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MEDIA ADVISORY: Statler College to host 31st annual Pumpkin Drop

WVU’s Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources will host hundreds of elementary, middle and high school teams from across the state and region for the 31st annual Pumpkin Drop. The competition aims to teach engineering concepts by designing an enclosure with the ability to protect pumpkins from damage when dropped from the roof of a building.

Experts discuss immediate and lasting impacts of hurricanes

As the second hurricane in a month makes landfall along the U.S. coast, West Virginia University experts are available to discuss how climate, sea level and land-use changes affect flooding in coastal watersheds, as well as the vulnerability and resilience of communities devastated by large-scale disasters.

WVU’s Reed College of Media to host training on covering elections

This event will teach attendees about verification and fact checking, safety and security, data journalism and journalism ethics. Hear from visiting professor Mike Reilly, a former LA Times reporter, and Samantha Sunne, who runs a journalism tech group called Hacks/Hackers.

WVU experts weigh in on Nobel Prize-winning laser research and women’s contributions to physics

Two physicists at West Virginia University celebrate women’s contributions to the field and highlight the research they’re doing in light of the 2018 Nobel Prize award to Donna Strickland, only the third woman to win the prize in more than a century. Cheng Cen works on surface and interface dynamics and Micky Holcomb uses pulsed lasers to study a range of materials, including magnets for next-generation.

Panel discussion to help consumers make informed food choices

“Beyond the Headlines: Food Choices that are Right for You” is a panel discussion covering how consumers sift through available information to make the make best food choices for themselves at the WVU Media Innovation Center, Evansdale Crossing Thursday (Oct. 4), 3:30 – 5 p.m.

WVU LaunchLab Network and WV Manufacturing Extension Partnership to host Manufacturing Day Pitch Competition

Ahead of the 2018 Manufacturing Day on October 5, West Virginia University’s LaunchLab Network and the WV Manufacturing Extension Partnership will host their inaugural Manufacturing Day Pitch Competition where participating students will showcase their physical products that can be manufactured. They will each present a five-minute pitch to a panel of judges, followed by another five-minute question and answer period.

WVU Extension Service 4-H program leads 2018 National Youth Science Day challenge

Youths throughout West Virginia and the nation will have an opportunity to learn about computer science and coding through hands-on experience as part of the 2018 4-H and Google National Youth Science Day challenge. This year’s theme, “Code Your World,” was developed by West Virginia University Extension Service and Google, and includes a four-part challenge for kids ages 8-14 to apply computer science to the world around them.