WVU researchers partner with West Virginia Natural Resources Conservation Service to improve the lives of West Virginians

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - When it comes to problem-solving, the WVU Davis College and the West Virginia Natural Resources Conservation Service have a lot in common. This is one of the many reasons why the two entities developed a five-year project agreement in 2015, initially allocating resources for six research projects to be carried out by WVU researchers.

“There had been some discussion on our level about this project, but a lot of it came about with a discussion between WVU Davis College Dean Robison and the State Conservationist,” said Jerry Fletcher, professor of resource economics and director of the WVU Davis College Natural Resource Analysis Center.  

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WVU to provide opportunity for students, community members to learn from Pittsburgh’s ‘Rust Belt revitalization’

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Mellon Square, Susan RademacherOver the past few decades, the City of Pittsburgh has become “a model of Rust Belt revitalization,” and its revival, in large part, is due to the preservation and management of parks systems. West Virginia University will provide an opportunity for students and community members to learn valuable lessons from one of Pittsburgh’s distinguished environmental designers, who has been a key player in the city’s reinvention.

Butler, who often uses Pittsburgh as a hands-on learning site for his students, giving them opportunities to collaborate with other designers, planners and community members, says the city is “fast becoming a model of ‘rust belt’ revitalization” and “the lessons of maintaining and enhancing open spaces as a city reinvents itself is extraordinarily valuable.”

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Kiddie Days set for April 25-27 at WVU Animal Sciences Farm

Remember the first time you saw a cow up close or heard the baa of a sheep in person? Thousands of area kids will experience those firsts when West Virginia University’s Animal Sciences Farm hosts Kiddie Days April 25-27. Kiddie Days

Hosted by the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design, the event allows kids and adults in the region to not only see animals, but also learn more about farming and where the food on their table comes from.

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The Legacy Project

At the end of Outlook Street, less than one-half mile from the Mountainlair student union, Vaike Haas, assistant professor of landscape architecture, and a group of her students are taking advantage of the nice weather to work on a project near and dear to her heart. Falling Run

Donning hard hats and carrying shovels, garden hoes and spades, the students walk down a dirt trail leading into a forest-like area.

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Assistant Professor Lisa Orr featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine

Lisa Orr Lisa Orr's lifelong fascination with Appalachia's rural cemeteries began when she was just 11 years old during a visit with her family to the rolling hills of Preston County, where she attended the funeral of her great-grandmother. She was inspired so much that this topic became a life-long-learning pursuit, becoming the subject of her research in graduate school at the University of California at Berkeley and continuing at WVU, where she serves as assistant professor of landscape architecture. 

This month, Orr's years of research and dedicated work are being highlighted in a feature piece titled "Request Not Found" in a premier publication for landscape architecture, Landscape Architecture Magazine.

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Thompson honored as WVU Foundation Outstanding Teacher

James ThompsonJames Thompson, professor of soil science, is one of six West Virginia University faculty members to be selected for the 2017 Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching.

Established in 1985 by the WVU Foundation, the Outstanding Teaching award honors faculty who are particularly effective, inspiring teachers or who have established patterns of exceptional innovation in teaching methods, course and curriculum design and instructional tools.

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WVU to host international mining and reclamation conference April 9-13

On April 9-13, West Virginia University scholars will join other experts in the fields of mining and reclamation for a joint conference of three prominent organizations.

Members of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation, the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative, and the West Virginia Mine Drainage Task Force will gather at the Waterfront Place Hotel for the four-day event.

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Author and environmental steward to offer this year’s Davis-Michael Distinguished Lecture

The West Virginia University Davis College of ALarry Nielsengriculture, Natural Resources and Design will welcome Larry Nielsen, professor of natural resources at North Carolina State University, as this year’s Davis-Michael Distinguished Lecturer.

Nielsen will present “What do the great conservationists of the past and present have to say to us today?” at 11 a.m. April, 4, in G06 Agricultural Sciences Building.  

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Journal of Chemical Education features new curriculum developed by WVU researchers

Journal of Chemical EducationThe work of several West Virginia University researchers from the Davis College Division of Plant and Soil Sciences and Eberly College of Arts and Sciences was recently featured on the front cover of the Journal of Chemical Education. Their article, "Demonstrating the Effect of Surfactant on Water Retention of Waxy Leaf Surfaces," reports on their development of chemistry and biology lab curriculum. This curriculum development, led primarily by Kang Mo Ku, assistant professor of horticulture in the Davis College Division of Plant and Soil Sciences, and his graduate research assistant, Yu-Chun Chiu, is both inexpensive and accessible to undergraduate students, albeit not limited exclusively to them, as it is also accessible to middle school and high school students. The curriculum allows all students to gain hands-on learning experience while using technology with which they are quite familiar -- their own smartphones.

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