WVU expert: Political clout put Justice Gorsuch on the bench, securing conservative majority for another generation

Recent U. S. Supreme Court decisions show the full effect of Justice Neil Gorsuch on the bench may not be immediately noticeable because of his philosophical alignment with his predecessor, Antonin Scalia. But history may look on his tenure as a sign of the Republican party’s tour de force at a pivotal time, according to a West Virginia University legal expert.

Senate health care bill will affect West Virginia’s ‘most vulnerable,’ according to WVU experts

West Virginia University experts predict dire consequences for the Mountain State if the Senate version of the Affordable Care Act replacement becomes law. With more than half of state residents relying on Medicaid, Medicare or CHIP, the most vulnerable West Virginia residents could lose access to health care. Further, one expert calls the bill “bad policy” that will affect West Virginia’s already ailing budget.

WVU expert: Trump Administration gets partial victory from U.S. Supreme Court ruling

The Donald J. Trump Administration got a partial victory Monday from a narrowly crafted U. S. Supreme Court ruling that focuses on the question of “balance of hardships” between the government and foreign nationals affected by the travel ban, according to a West Virginia University legal expert. The ruling stays the Fourth and Ninth Circuit injunctions against enforcement of the key provisions of the second “travel ban” executive order.

Statler College to host Growing Roots in STEM, Engineering Around the World Challenge Camps

West Virginia University’s Statler College will host two Engineering Challenge Camps the week of June 25. Growing Roots in STEM, a camp for female high school students, will give campers the opportunity to design and build hands-on engineering projects, tour industry facilities and work in teams and with professionals to learn about career paths and opportunities within STEM. Engineering Around the World, for middle school-aged children, will take campers from Japan to India to Brazil as they explore bridge building, dam construction and wind turbines.

WVU continues 150th birthday celebration with Morgantown community events

WVU’s 150th birthday celebration continues this weekend as the Morgantown Farmers Market will turn gold and blue with special give-aways available at the WVU table. WVU Magazine’s Jake Stump will lead a read aloud of Musket’s Big Adventure Tuesday morning with students at Mylan Park Elementary. Musket himself will be at the Black Bears baseball game on July 1, when the first 500 people through the gate will get an ice cream bar, and there are special gifts for 150 people with a “birthday card” under their seats.

Statler College to host Engineering in Coding, Engineering Around the World Challenge Camps

The Statler College will host two Engineering Challenge Camps the weeks of June 18. Engineering in Coding, a camp for high school students, will focus on how computer science and engineering skills can be applied to topics like robotics, cyber security, the “Internet of Things,” biometrics and the human-computer interface. Engineering Around the World, for middle schoolers, will take campers from Japan to India to Brazil as they explore bridge building, dam construction and wind turbines.

Communication studies students promote law enforcement motor vehicle safety

West Virginia University students are focusing on the leading cause of police officer deaths—motor vehicle accidents—developing and testing vehicle safety messages for safe motor vehicle practices including speeding, seatbelt use, distracted driving and stress management. The project is a partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.