Philosophers to discuss ethics at international summer conference hosted by WVU

Philosophy is a little discussed area of our lives, but we live out our ethics in daily decisions. West Virginia University will host a three-day international conference focusing on the relationship of human beings to each other and also to the world. Beginning Thursday (June 20) the Department of Philosophy and the Emmanuel Levinas Center at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences will focus on existentialism in Oglebay Hall, from 9:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.

WVU students make advocacy part of their project

West Virginia University Reed College of Media students interviewed formerly incarcerated women, most of whom had suffered from substance use disorder, over the last year. According to Mary Kay McFarland, West Virginia Uncovered Project Coordinator, the project challenged her students’ perception of people who are different from them, which in turn helped them become empathetic storytellers who can connect their audience with their subjects.

West Virginia Day celebration to focus on early photography

Civil War era photography program hosted by West Virginia University Libraries and the WVRHC. The program features an exhibit of early photographs from the WCRHC historical photography collection following the keynote address.

WVU to host Pedestrian Safety Symposium and Summit

The West Virginia Local Technical Assistance Program, housed in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University will host a Pedestrian Safety Symposium and Summit June 11-13.

WVSSAC to announce collaborative effort to fight state’s opioid epidemic

The West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission will host a news conference June 4 to announce a collaboration with the West Virginia Department of Education, Office of Gov. Jim Justice, West Virginia University, Marshall University and MVB Bank to increase awareness of the state’s opioid epidemic and possible solutions.

Ebola outbreak worsens because of unstable political climate

Since the start of the Ebola outbreak in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Conga in August last year, at least 1,223 people have died out of 1,847 confirmed cases. Of those who died, 30 percent were children, according to the World Health Organization. West Virginia University expert Tamba M’bayo believes political unrest is the cause of the disease’s deadly spread.

WVU expert: Alternative fuel vehicles offer lower maintenance costs

With a mission to educate the nation about alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles, a West Virginia University expert notes that electric cars are safe and have lower maintenance costs. Micheal Smyth, interim director of the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium, will “demystify electric vehicle systems” this weekend on PBS’ “Motorweek.” Next month, NAFTC will host EXP III, including a tour of the Center for Alternative Fuel Engines and Emissions and WVU’s Personal Rapid Transit System.

WVU scholars incorporate ‘Game of Thrones’ themes into classes

Five professors at West Virginia University’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences are using HBO’s award-winning series “Game of Thrones” to illustrate how the program, which will end this weekend, intersects their fields of study. The experts in women’s studies, international relations, religious studies, linguistics, social work and communication studies say with tens of millions of viewers each week, the show’s characters and themes have become cultural touchstones.