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WVU engineering students launch water restoration project in McComas

West Virginia University continues fulfilling its land-grant mission by helping state communities maintain their most important infrastructure—water systems. WVU’s Chapter of Engineers Without Borders recently traveled to McComas in Mercer County to conduct an assessment of an abandoned water system.

WVU, WVDNR partnership leads to native trout release in Eastern Panhandle

For years, a team of West Virginia University researchers has been working alongside West Virginia Division of Natural Resources to restore and protect native brook trout in the state’s watersheds. Most recently, the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design provided access to its aquaculture facilities at Reymann Memorial Farm in Wardensville, allowing DNR scientists to successfully hatch fertilized native brook trout eggs collected from breeding-sized fish. WV Division of Natural Resources will release native brook trout into an Eastern Panhandle watershed that lost its population years ago Friday (May 25).

WVU Extension Service expert recommends easy steps for protection from ticks

Despite subzero temperatures this winter, ticks—and the pathogens they carry—are still a concern for West Virginia residents as warm weather settles in around the state. West Virginia University Extension Service entomology specialist Daniel Frank recommends using an integrated approach to help limit tick exposure this season. Some easy steps for protection include dressing appropriately, managing the landscape around the home and using insecticides, if necessary.

Opioid epidemic, suicide rates related, WVU expert says

Steadily rising suicide rates are related to the country’s opioid epidemic, a West Virginia University epidemiologist says. According to Dr. Ian Rockett, WVU’s newest study reveals that drug suicides are a significant public health issue.

WVU volcanologist can offer insights on volcanic eruptions in Hawai’i

New cracks and lava leaks on Hawai’i near two established volcano vents pose significant hazards for the area’s residents, and not only from the currents of lava flow creeping toward the Pacific Ocean. According to Graham Andrews, West Virginia University volcanologist, large earthquakes and repeated small, explosions at the volcanos, plus toxic gases and vapors released from the lava and where the it enters the ocean are likely to make breathing difficult, a combination that is making life on Hawai’i perilous.

WVU’s Travis Stimeling publishes book about songwriters in West Virginia

Inspired by the state’s diverse cultural expressions, West Virginia University musicology professor Travis Stimeling has published Songwriting in Contemporary West Virginia: Profiles and Reflections, a new book in WVU Press’ Sounding Appalachia series. With its contents arranged geographically, Songwriting in Contemporary West Virginia is a guidebook to the professional musicians living and working across the state.

Excitement over royal wedding is normal (even if you’re not invited)

A lot of people are excited to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get married, even though they’ve never met these people. Some people might think that parasocial attachments to celebrities and royalty is bizarre, but research suggests it’s actually quite normal and can even be healthy. Human beings are social beings, and we are hardwired to feel connected with other people, even if those people don’t even know us.