Jakli's lab is always actively involved in community
outreach. In addition to accepting multiple REU students each
summer, the lab regularly hosts interested high school students and Dr.
Jakli's graduate students are frequently available to give lectures and
lab tours to visiting grade school students, special interest clubs and
other members of the public.
- Summer/Fall 2008: Hudson
High School Field Trip.
150 Hudson High School students visited the Kent State science
departments. At the LCI, John Harden provided
lab demonstrations, Stefanie Taushanoff showed off the LCI cleanroom
and Nick Diorio and Stefanie discussed why they chose to go to graduate
school at the LCI. Liquid
Crystal Day: John Harden
provided lab demonstrations. Parent's
Day Open House: John Harden
provided lab demonstrations while Stefanie Taushanoff and Jeremy Neal
gave lectures and demonstrations about nematic liquid crystals and TN
Saba Hamidi was this summer's REU student, while Andy McBain joined the
lab the summer before his senior year at Archbishop Hoban High after
his chemistry teacher met an LCI faculty member at a political rally.
- Spring, 2008: Stefanie
Taushanoff and Nick Diorio participate in a mentoring program at
Stanton Middle School, and take part in the kids' Physics Day at Cedar
- Previous interns and
REU students include:
Ohio State engineering students Mark Murphy (2007) and Paul Murphy
Cody Notz, whose 2004 project about night navigation in migrating birds
based on the piezoelectric properties of lyotropic systems found in
cell membranes went on to earn him scholarships to two universities
(Case Western and Wooster College).
Youngstown State student Jaclyn Kusluch, Allegheny College student
David Barnes, and Calvin College chemistry major Tina Heetderks
Psmere Tessema and Walsh High student Thomas Caston (2006)
Above: John explains nematic liquid crystals to Hudson High students,
2008. Below: Richelle explains measuring flexoelectricity
using an interferometer to junior high school students, 2007.
Jakli gave a lecture “Challenges in liquid crystals
research” at Allegheny College, Department of Physics,
Meadvile, PA (April 14. 2005)
In February, 2005,
Antal Jakli participated in the annual meeting of the National Society
of Black Physicists, in Orlando, Florida, where he represented both
CPIP/LCI and the Department of Physics.
Antal Jakli have
hosted 12 students from the Central State University on August 1st,
2005, and presented the possibilities to do graduate studies at Kent