Mylan departure will have ‘ripple effects’ on regional economy

With the announcement that Mylan Pharmaceuticals is closing its manufacturing facility in Morgantown, West Virginia University’s Bureau of Business and Economics director John Deskins says the “major blow” to the regional economy will be spread beyond job loss.

Research indicates chemical plant explosion investigation should be swift, community members consulted

Research from two West Virginia University experts indicates that investigations into industrial accidents like the Charleston-area chemical plant explosion should be transparent and involve surrounding community members. Martina Angela Caretta, assistant professor in the Department of Geology and Geography, has interviewed hundreds of West Virginians about natural resource extraction over more than four years, noting they are aware of the economic lifeline these industries provide while still having the potential for environmental and chemical disaster. Erin Brock Carlson, assistant professor, Department of English, has researched the effects of industrial development, particularly pipeline construction, on state residents, finding a shared concern about accidents, and how best to protect themselves and their families.

WVU experts offer insights into Charleston-area chemical plant explosion

West Virginia University experts are available to comment on the Dec. 8 Charleston-area chemical plant explosion. Harry Finklea, professor emeritus, C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry can offer insights into the chemicals, while Michael McCawley, clinical associate professor in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences, can comment on the effects of weather and terrain, the history of chemical plants in the area and the importance of vigilance in the areas around the plants.

WVU experts offer tips and information about getting the most out of your holiday wreaths, plants

West Virginia University experts Mira Danilovich, consumer horticulture specialist and associate professor, WVU Extension Service, and Sven Verlinden, director of plant and soil sciences center and associate professor of horticulture, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, offer tips and guidance on how to keep your holiday décor long-lasting and safe.

Tips for safely enjoying a fresh-cut Christmas tree this holiday season

The holiday season is now upon us, and many West Virginia families will be decking their halls with garland, tinsel, lights and most commonly, the Christmas tree. While some opt for the ease and convenience of a pre-lit, artificial tree, others prefer the authentic look and smell of a fresh-cut Christmas tree. A fresh-cut tree does require a bit more attention and care, but according to West Virginia University Extension Service expert Dave McGill, if you take a few simple precautions, you and your family can safely enjoy your tree all season long.

Leftovers? Store them safely this Thanksgiving

It’s important to keep food safety in mind when storing your leftover turkey, dressing and other Thanksgiving fixings. Molly Poffenbarger, health educator with the West Virginia University Extension Service Family Nutrition Program, offers some tips on safely storing leftovers.

Properly thaw your frozen turkey for a perfect Thanksgiving feast

Preparing a Thanksgiving turkey requires planning. Thaw your frozen bird too early and you could unknowingly serve your guests a foodborne illness. Leave it in the freezer too long and it won’t be ready for the big day. Molly Poffenbarger, health educator with the West Virginia University Extension Service Family Nutrition Program, shares tips on how to properly thaw your frozen turkey.

Navigating holiday celebrations, traditions in the midst of a pandemic

What should be a happy, joyous time of celebration with friends and family is being met with challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic. WVU Extension Service Family and Community Development agent, Ami Cook, offers advice on how you, with a positive attitude and proper planning, can make the most of this year’s holiday season and do it safely.