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Leading civil and environmental engineer identifies construction quality as potential contributor to Florida building collapse

Though a lot was not known immediately about the cause of the deadly collapse of a high-rise residential building in Surfside, Florida on June 24, Hota GangaRao, a civil and environmental engineering professor at West Virginia University’s Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, has identified three possible contributing factors: quality of construction, subsidence and corrosion.

Blue-eyed buzzers, human interest emerge from Brood X

Prepare to say hello to cleaner windshields and goodbye to a distinct, deafening buzzing sound – for four years, at least. Brood X (“ten”), the noisy batch of cicadas running rampant throughout the East Coast and Midwest, will be departing over the next couple of weeks.

WVU Extension Service expert reminds West Virginians of the importance of pollinators during National Pollinator Week

Bees, butterflies and other insect pollinators play a crucial role in growing our state’s food crops. But, Sheldon Owen, West Virginia University Extension Service associate professor and wildlife specialist, reminds us that populations of these important insects have declined across the nation and need to be protected. As part of National Pollinator Week (June 21-27), Owen challenges residents to learn more about the pollinators found in West Virginia and their important role in nature. Owen provides helpful information about insect pollinators and how people can help sustain their populations.

WVU art professor focuses on Indigenous America in new photography book

Few people regularly consider the history of the land where they do their grocery shopping, get gas or pick up dinner. What came before, though, serves as inspiration for Michael Sherwin, an associate professor of art in West Virginia University’s School of Art and Design, whose new book, Vanishing Points,” is due to be released on July 6.

High school students gain ‘ACCESS’ to college through WVU program

As Gen Zers consider what their futures hold in a post-pandemic world, the majority of high school students who are considering college now value affordability, community and an immediate career path over the student experience – and hundreds are earning credits toward their degree by taking college-level coursework through the West Virginia University High School ACCESS program.