AGPA hosts Inquiry Based Learning Using Polymers 2016 Workshop
The Akron Global Polymer Academy’s (APGA) passion for science and polymers is continuously expanding to educate and intrigue others, and this time its significant impact has reached local teachers.
[Video] Akron maintains Rubber City reputation
WKYC Channel 3's Jasmine Monroe finds out how innovation and adaptability have helped Akron maintain its leadership in the polymer industry.
Newkome named KSU distinguished alumnus
George R. Newkome, vice president of research Emeritus and the James and Vanita Oelschlager Professor of Science and Technology in the Department of Polymer Science, will receive the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from Kent State University at a ceremony in September recognizing him, and other notable Kent alumni and friends.
Polymer outreach welcomes Great Lakes Science Center campers
The Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA) at The University of Akron is making great strides in educating young students about the world of science, polymers, and endless possibilities.
Every summer, the Great Lakes Science Center hosts a series of summer camps for middle school students. This year, AGPA hosted visits at UA on June 15, 29, and July 14.
Polymer Outreach supports expansion of STEM program to local high schools
RC cars and racing game engines? Sounds like fun! And, it’s all in the name of science education!
The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Foundation has awarded the Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA) a grant to support the expansion of the Full Throttle STEM program to the nine high schools in the Akron Public Schools (APS) system.
1st Annual CPSPE Battle of the Labs a Huge Success
Thank you and congratulations to all of the research groups that participated in the 1st Annual CPSPE Battle of the Labs!
The college’s June Safety Focus was a friendly competition between labs and an introduction to the 5S workplace organization (cleaning) system. The level of enthusiasm and friendly competition made the entire experience fun and exciting, all while creating safer and cleaner labs for the faculty and students.
July Safety Focus: HAZCOMM/GHS Training
The July Safety Focus is HAZCOMM/GHS training. All students are required to complete the HAZCOMM/GHS Training module on their Springboard. This is a MANDATORY training required by the University Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety.
[Video] CPSPE is featured in a new JobsOhio video
CPSPE is featured in a new JobsOhio video! Ohio leads the U.S. providing an unparalleled plastic and rubber ecosystem helping more companies achieve long-term success and strategic growth.
Crain's Cleveland Business: Record-breaking event helps illustrate Akron's footing in the polymer science world
Crain's Cleveland Business article highlights the 12th National Graduate Research Polymer Conference hosted by the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at UA.
Global Partner, East China University of Science and Technology, visits The University of Akron
On June 23, the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) had the privilege of welcoming longtime, global partner East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) to The University of Akron (UA).
Dhinojwala Group Wins at PiNO
June 10, 2016, three Department of Polymer Science students made nearly a clean sweep at the Polymer Initiative of Northeast Ohio (PiNO) Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. Dharamdeep Jain, Nishad Dhopatkar, and Gaurav Amarpuri, students from the Dhinojwala group, won three of four prizes awarded to graduate students.
Polymer Outreach Program Offers Research Experience for Teachers
This week, the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering’s Akron Global Polymer Academy began the Research Experience for Teachers in Polymer Engineering (RET) program. This program, funded by NSF Award Number EEC-1542358, sponsors ten high school science teachers who will work for eight weeks conducting polymer research in a lab of a CPSPE faculty member. Nine of the educators making up this year’s cohort are from districts in Northeast Ohio and one has traveled from Houston, Texas to participate.
Akron Polymer Technology Services has a Worldwide Impact
Akron Polymer Technology Services (APTS), formerly known as the Akron Polymer Training Center and Applied Polymer Research Center, is making worldwide strides.
Dr. Kevin Cavicchi co-edits special issue of Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics
The Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics has published a special issue on shape-memory polymers. The special issue, called “Shaping Shape-Memory”, was edited by Mitchell Anthamatten of the University of Rochester and Kevin Cavicchi of The University of Akron.
June Safety Focus: Lab Cleaning
The June Safety Focus is a friendly competition between labs and an introduction to the 5S workplace organization (cleaning) system.
The elasticity of creativity in the minds of young inventors
AnnualRubber Band Contest for Young Inventors draws students and their novel ideas from around the nation.
Research Experience For Undergraduates Launches This Year’s Summer Program
The University of Akron’s College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) offers a unique internship program for undergraduate students in the field of polymer science and polymer engineering. Research Experience for Undergraduates, is an eleven week internship program in which students from colleges across the United States will work closely with CPSPE faculty to investigate a fundamental question within the disciplines of polymer science and polymer engineering, including chemistry, physics, characterization and biomaterials.
Tosoh Bioscience LLC and The University of Akron Debut The Tosoh Polymer Chromatography Laboratory at the Goodyear Polymer Center
The Tosoh Polymer Chromatography Laboratory located at the Goodyear Polymer Center offers start-of-the-art Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC) Systems from Tosoh Bioscience for polymer scientists working in academia and industry.
They built a better bandage, and won $7,000
Two graduate students invented an adhesive bandage that allows for easy removal with minimal pain, winning the LaunchTown Entrepreneurship Competition and money to advance their idea.
Akron Global Polymer Academy Inspires K-12 Students with Hands-On Polymer Experiences
On April 20th and 27th, 55 students visited the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering and the National Center for Education and Research on Corrosion and Materials Performance. These students earned their field trip to UA through participation in Akron Public School’s First Annual Chemistry Erlenmeyer Flask Three Fold Challenge—a partnership with Chemistry teachers across the district aimed at promoting shared community experiences with other teachers/students and learning through direct experiences and problem-solving.
May Safety Focus: Lab Coats
Lab Coats is the topic for the May Safety Focus. You will be required to wear a lab coat, gloves and safety glasses when you are working in the lab.
CPSPE Director of Outreach, Paula Watt, speaks about the benefits of collaboration between industry and research scientists in Plastics News
“University researchers and industry scientists and engineers tend to think differently,” said Paula Watt, outreach director for the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron. “But collaboration is a necessity.” - Plastics News
Drs. Soucek and Miller receive Roon Foundation Award from American Coatings Association
Dr. Mark Soucek and Kent Miller (Ph.D. 2012, Polymer Engineering) received the second place Roon Foundation Award for their work on a new low-temperature cure-on-command process for coatings. The 2016 American Coatings Association Roon Awards were presented at the American Coatings Show, April 12-14, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Polymer Outreach inspires over 800 middle and high school students in March
The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering’s Akron Global Polymer Academy – with the generous help of faculty, staff, graduate students, and volunteers – reached over 800 middle and high school students during the month of March through two major events on campus: The Time Warner Cable Akron Regional Science Olympiad and The Western Reserve District 5 Science Day.
Yipin Duan wins SPE Mettler Toledo Award
Yipin Duan has won the SPE Mettler Toledo Award for 2015-16. He is an accelerated master’s student working in the research groups of Profs. Zacharia and Vogt.