Bringing new perspective to science, technology, education and the arts, Elevations is a weekly radio show presented Saturdays at 7 a.m. on 89.7 WKSU-FM. Hosted by Dr. Amy Reynolds, dean of the College of Communication and Information, Elevations features interviews with Kent State University faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends. Through engaging conversations, we are telling the story of Kent State’s upward trajectory made possible by the innovative spirit and boundless energy of our community members.

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Kent State University

David Dees, Ph.D. is Dean of Kent State’s Columbiana County campuses – Salem and East Liverpool. Among Dees' many areas of expertise are enhancing college attendance and assuring student success among those who would be first-generation college students. 

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Kent State University

Jason Lorenzon is a FAA licensed Commercial Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor. He was one of the first pilot-lawyers to receive the Remote Pilot In Command sUAV (drones) FAA Certificate in Ohio.

Lorenzon teaches Aviation Law, Aviation Security, and Policy and periodically instructs Flight Tech majors at the Kent State University Airport.

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Kent State University

David Hacker, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Geology at Kent State University at Trumbull. His main area of focus deals with mega-landslides in volcanic events.

His book, Earth’s Natural Hazards: Understanding Natural Disasters and Catastrophes is one of the standard textbooks in the field. 

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Tara Smith, Ph.D. is a Professor of Epidemiology in the College of Public Health at Kent State University. Smith’s research generally focuses on zoonotic infections (infections which are transferred between animals and humans). 

Her work has been profiled in many publications including Science, Nature, and The New York Times.

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Bobby Selvaggio is a composer, band leader, and one of the leading alto saxophone voices in today's jazz genre. He is currently the Director of Jazz Studies at Kent State University.


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Kent State University

Dr. C. Lockwood Reynolds is an associate professor of economics in the College of Business Administration at Kent State. Reynolds’ research is in the area of empirical economics, where he attempts to distinguish between correlational and causal factors on topics ranging from local tax policy to college access and affordability. 

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Kent State University

Patrick Coy, Ph.D. is a professor in the School of Peace and Conflict Studies at Kent State. Pat and his colleagues have served as a regional and national resource for conflict resolution and mediation for nearly 50 years.