Twofold lesson from Auschwitz can inform modern society

WVU experts are available to comment on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and Monday’s (Jan. 27) live-stream from the Memorial and Museum at Auschwitz-Birkenau beginning at 9:30 in the Shenandoah Room at the Mountainlair. In addition, WVU’s Downtown Library is showcasing a selection of books around Auschwitz and featuring reproduced artwork from the Yad Vashem Art Museum that investigate how survivors reacted to the liberation through art.

WVU Law event to discuss community response to energy transition

WVU College of Law hosts “Leaving No One Behind: Ensuring a Fair Transition for Workers and Communities,” a free public education workshop which will explore how the state’s communities can respond to the world’s transition to new energy sources and technology.

WVU holds leadership role in advancement of water quality and agriculture in West Virginia and beyond

West Virginia University is leading efforts to protect water quality which affects more than 18 million people while advancing agriculture production in West Virginia and across the country. WVU will host the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee members, federal and state government officials and nationally recognized experts Jan. 23-24 to focus on soil health, which is a cornerstone for agricultural productivity and water quality.

Australian fires will be ‘dwarfed’ by future events, continued warming, drying climate

West Virginia University geographer and paleoclimatologist Amy Hessl has studied the climate history of Australia and even happens to be in the country as it faces massive fires that have left many homeless and resulted in at least 20 deaths. A changing climate, particularly warmer, drIer conditions in Australia, have contributed to these extreme fires, according to Hessl, who is known for her expertise as a dendrochronologist, a person who unravels climate histories and trends through the study of tree-ring growth patterns.

New Year’s resolutions should focus on meaningful changes

New Year’s resolutions born of fear, guilt and shame are doomed to fail, but choosing behavior changes that improve relationships and create connections we have with people are more likely to generate more meaningful changes in their lives, according to Stephanie McWilliams, a clinical instructor and assistant director in the department of psychology at West Virginia University.