Researcher to speak about cervical cancer disparities in Appalachia

Cervical cancer rates are higher among women in Appalachia due to a variety of factors ranging from health policy to biology. Electra Paskett’s research focuses on how healthcare interventions at the individual, physician, clinic, organization and community levels can impact cancer prevention, detection and treatment among underserved populations, including rural Appalachia.

Murray Energy bankruptcy ‘inevitable’

A West Virginia University expert says the Murray Energy bankruptcy was “inevitable,” citing coal as no longer cost effective in energy production. “It’s a matter of economics,” according to James Van Nostrand, director of the WVU College of Law’s Center for Energy and Sustainable Development. Van Nostrand said numbers remain favorable for renewable energy projects over continuing to operate existing coal plants.

New WVU student podcast explores ‘Educated: A Memoir’ this year's Campus Read

This year’s campus read “Educated: A Memoir” has inspired an entire podcast at West Virginia University. Geoffrey Hilsabeck, a visiting assistant professor in the Department of English and a community outreach fellow in the WVU Humanities Center, wanted to create this podcast so that his guests could reflect on the author’s story from their own perspective, and explore the similarities between this true story in rural Idaho and their personal experiences growing up in West Virginia.

MEDIA ADVISORY: WVU Statler College to host 32nd annual Pumpkin Drop

For the past 32 years, crowds of elementary, middle and high school students accompanied by friends, teachers and guardians have gathered around the 11-story Engineering Sciences Building to watch hundreds of pumpkins, each weighing about 60 pounds, fall from its roof, hopefully not to their doom. The Pumpkin Drop is Friday (Oct. 25) from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the Engineering Science Building on WVU’s Evansdale Campus.