Warding Off Weedy Invaders
To the casual observer, Japanese stiltgrass appears as a harmless, leafy green plant that blends into the majestic scenery of your weekend hike through the woods.
Plant biologists like Dr. Barrett know better. He and his colleagues will receive $2 million from the National Science Foundation to understand how plants undergo rapid evolution to become invasive and provide insights into the management and prevention of invasive species.More About Dr. Barrett’s Research
An Unimaginable Cost
Having studied the economic impact of the opioid epidemic, Dr. Speaker says the presence — and easy accessibility — of the synthetic drugs fentanyl and carfentanil have had devastating economic effects on West Virginia and other states.More About Dr. Speaker's Research
Dr. Herron and his collaborators at the University of Illinois and Florida International University were awarded a $1.1 million Minerva Research Initiative award to better predict how hostile powers might interfere with their neighbors.More About Dr. Herron
Fighting the opioid crisis
Drawing on her 20 years as an addiction counselor, Professor Tack coordinates WVU’s new minor in addiction studies — one of the University's many efforts to combat the region's opioid crisis.More About Addiction Studies Minor
Through Trees and Ice
The National Science Foundation awarded a three-year, $219,263-grant to Dr. Hessl to reconstruct a 2,000-year history of a westerly wind belt circling Antarctica.
To achieve that, she and her team will break down data from two of nature’s simple wonders: trees and ice.More About Dr. Hessl's Research
New Readings of Ugolino’s Treatise
Dr. MacCarthy is one of just 30 American artists and scholars to earn the highly competitive Rome Prize, which he’ll use to support his work on the encyclopedic treatise on music written by Ugolino of Orvieto, a fifteenth-century composer, music theorist and archpriest of the Cathedral of Ferrara.More About Dr. MacCarthy
Alternative treatment for HER2-positive cancers
What do one in five breast cancers have in common? Large amounts of a protein called HER2 (or human epidermal growth factor receptor 2).
Dr. Agazie is researching an alternative treatment for HER2-positive breast cancers, which tend to grow and spread especially fast. The National Cancer Institute, a division of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded him $1.6 million over five years to study the treatment’s effectiveness in preclinical models.More About Dr. Agazie’s Research
Understanding a forest's response to climate change
The world’s forests are on a fast food diet of carbon dioxide, which is currently causing them to grow faster.
But Dr. McNeil, along with an international team of scientists, finds evidence suggesting that forest growth may soon peak as the trees deplete nitrogen in the soil over longer growing seasons.More About Dr. McNeil’s Research
Interacting with virtual media
Video games and interactive media like the Fallout series and Fortnite have interested Dr. Bowman for years. He's researching how people experience and interact with video games and other virtual environments.More About Dr. Bowman
Dr. Jutla is part of a British-led humanitarian team that is working to predict and prevent a major outbreak of cholera in war-torn Yemen.
Working with NASA satellite data, Jutla, along with researchers from the University of Maryland, have developed a model to predict the distribution of pathogenic cholera bacteria.More About Dr. Jutla
Designing Better Hospitals
Using immersive virtual reality technologies, Professor Jiang and her research team are addressing the functionality of finding your way in large hospitals.
"The functional complexity of large hospitals can often lead to spatial disorientation and wayfinding difficulties for its patients, often exacerbating a situation that is already anxiety-producing."More About Professor Jiang's Research
A dermatologist may distinguish a mole from a tumor based on a glance. But medical students don’t have enough experience to make such intuitive diagnoses. Dr. Kolodney has developed a smartphone app, called Skinder, to cultivate that intuition in medical students sooner.More About Skinder
Transformation through technology
MIT Technology Review Spanish edition named Dr. Savage a 2018 Innovator Under 35 in Latin America.
One of only nine women recognized, Savage was selected in the Pioneers category for her work using social media bots to mobilize people to collaborate in activities of positive impact.More About Dr. Savage Q&A With Dr. Savage
Curbing teen substance abuse
In Iceland, drug, alcohol and tobacco use in teens has been “virtually eradicated” as a result of a nationwide push to replace teens’ unsupervised, aimless leisure time with purposeful, organized activities. Now, Dr. Kristjansson is transplanting the program to West Virginia.More About Dr. Kristjansson
Preserving voting rights
Known for using pop culture texts to teach students about current election issues, Professor Ellis is an expert on voting rights law and how varying interpretations of the right to vote exclude certain voters. Most recently, he has conducted research on the barriers posed by voter identification laws, voting rights theory and how ideology affects the scope of the right to vote.More About Professor Ellis
A first of its kind study by WVU researchers, led by Dr. Dwibedi, shows four factors increase the odds that a patient will wind up on chronic opioid therapy, which can lead to addiction and other poor health outcomes.More About Dr. Dwibedi’s Research
An analysis of data prepared for the Wall Street Journal by Dr. Kurov last year noted suspicious trading in financial markets in the United Kingdom, where confidential economic data was provided to dozens of government officials in advance of the public release of the data.
As a result of his findings and subsequent public discussion, Britain established a new policy so government officials would no longer have early access to economic data.More About Dr. Kurov's Research
Creating Community Voices
Dr. Colistra directs WVU’s Community Branding Initiative, BrandJRNY, which helps local communities tell – and “sell” – their stories. Students hone skills in campaign research, strategy, community engagement, budgeting, innovative storytelling and creating promotional materials, while discovering how best to brand each community.Visit the BrandJRNY website
Dr. Rambo-Hernandez is the principal investigator for a project that's fostering inclusion among engineers and computer scientists.
Unlike other similar programs for first-year engineering students that focus only on keeping diverse students in engineering, WVU’s program seeks to educate all students about the importance of diversity.More About Dr. Rambo-Hernandez
Children with autism spectrum disorder typically pay less attention to faces and other social stimuli, preferring to fixate on objects. Dr. Wang hopes to find out what role a portion of the brain may play in this behavior.
Supported by a $200,000 grant from The Dana Foundation, he will conduct electrophysiology studies on abnormal signaling in the amygdala, the brain’s alarm circuit for fear and a critical brain structure for social behavior.More About Dr. Wang's research
Healthy change through physical activity
While working to improve the culture of health in West Virginia, Dr. Elliott conducts research in authentic environments where physical education activities can be provided and studied. She created Active Academics, a nationally-recognized web-based resource for classroom teachers to integrate physical activity throughout the school day.
‘Hearing’ the universe
Dr. McWilliams was part of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) team international collaboration that made the most important fundamental physics discovery of the past century: the detection of gravitational waves — invisible ripples in spacetime.More About Dr. McWilliams
Preparing well-rounded aquatic therapists
A longtime trainer and educator in the field of aquatics, Professor Sherlock works with Exercise Physiology students in the Aquatic Therapy emphasis and covers the full continuum of aquatic care, from rehabilitation to pool operator certification.More About Professor Sherlock
Harnessing solar power — for less
Dr. Milsmann earned the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER Award for research that could help develop solar energy applications that are more efficient and cheaper to produce.
He and five WVU graduate students hope to develop new compounds using early transition metals. These are more widely available and cost effective than the precious metals typically used in new solar cell technology.More About Dr. Milsmann's Research
Robotic space exploration
Dr. Gu mentored the highly successful WVU robotics team, which won $855,000 over three years of competition in NASA’s Sample Robot Return Challenge with its robot Cataglyphis. Now, Gu and his Statler College colleagues will use the algorithms that powered Cataglyphis to develop ways to increase the onboard autonomy of NASA’s planetary rovers.More About Dr. Gu's Research
Protecting water through land conservation
Many of West Virginia’s waterways are polluted, in part because of the way nearby land is used. Professor Garvey directs the WVU Land Use and Sustainable Law Clinic, which provides legal services to local governments, landowners and non-profit organizations to develop land conservation strategies and practices.More About Professor Garvey