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Fun fact: Ohio doesn’t have an official state microbe, but local students are determined to put an end to that atroscity. Otterbein University’s American Society for Microbiology is currently working on a project called MicrOhio. Its aim is to establish an official state microbe for Ohio in the same way that we have a state flower or bird.

The University of Akron’s College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) is the recipient of approximately $4 million in federal grants, coming at a time when university trustees have approved investments in “key areas of strength and opportunity.”

Industry Analyst Kevin Swift, American Chemistry Council’s chief economist, projects a significant increase over the next five years in plastics investments in Ohio. In addition to the projected investments, the American Petroleum Institute predicts an increase in natural gas jobs in Ohio and across the United States.

Beginning in July, Ohio drivers will receive a new design when they renew their licenses. In addition to other security features built into the design, the licenses will be made of a 5-layer polymer that will make them much harder to counterfeit.

Dr. Andre Palmer of the Ohio State University has developed a polymerized hemoglobin he calls PolyHb that would give a critical patient enough time to get to the hospital for a blood transfusion.

A recent paper published by polymer scientist Saranshu Singla and his team at the University of Akron in Ohio described the findings of the team’s study of the glue manufacturing process of orb spiders.

It doesn’t matter what career stage you are in, any STEM professional will benefit from the latest Siegal continuing education program at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). CWRU has collaborated with Lightweighting Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) to offer Advanced Lightweighting Certification Training in three courses: Polymers Design, Additive Manufacturing Design, and Advanced Materials Design.

On the lighter side of polymer research — no pun intended — Kent State University has been involved in a recent experiment along with USC to determine if the composition of new baseballs were the result of an uptick in home runs over the past few baseball seasons.

On Friday, March 2nd, the dean of the University of Akron’s College of Polymer Science and Engineering (CPSE), Eric Amis, announced he would relinquish his position in June of this year. This is just the latest in a reduction of staff that the college has seen over the past two to three years–staff that has not been replaced by the financially strapped university.

In an effort to better monitor head impacts in the area of sports, a team of doctors and scientists called Prevent Biometrics have developed a smart mouthguard that monitors the number, direction and force of head impacts through a flexible circuit board embedded within the guard. The circuit board is held in place by a proprietary thermoplastic polymer.

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