Australian fires will be ‘dwarfed’ by future events, continued warming, drying climate

West Virginia University geographer and paleoclimatologist Amy Hessl has studied the climate history of Australia and even happens to be in the country as it faces massive fires that have left many homeless and resulted in at least 20 deaths. A changing climate, particularly warmer, drIer conditions in Australia, have contributed to these extreme fires, according to Hessl, who is known for her expertise as a dendrochronologist, a person who unravels climate histories and trends through the study of tree-ring growth patterns.

New Year’s resolutions should focus on meaningful changes

New Year’s resolutions born of fear, guilt and shame are doomed to fail, but choosing behavior changes that improve relationships and create connections we have with people are more likely to generate more meaningful changes in their lives, according to Stephanie McWilliams, a clinical instructor and assistant director in the department of psychology at West Virginia University.

WVU tax expert shares end of year tax tips

Gary LeDonne, executive in residence and MAcc coordinator for West Virginia University’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics, breaks down the Tax Cut and Jobs Act and how changes to the tax structure offer new planning opportunities and considerations for taxpayers at the end of the year.

Safety expert provides tips to avoid fire hazards this holiday season

For many West Virginia families, homes are ready for the holidays with lights and decorations on the tree. But decorations, lights and even family pets can be a potential fire hazard in the home. West Virginia University Extension Service expert, Mark Lambert, provides some safety tips to spark joy — not fire — this holiday season.

WVU Extension Service expert offers advice for maintaining fresh-cut Christmas tree safety

During the holiday season, many West Virginia families deck their halls with garland, tinsel, lights and most commonly, the Christmas tree. While the ease and convenience of a pre-lit, artificial tree appeal to some, others prefer the 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, by taking a few simple precautions, you and your family can safely enjoy your tree all season long.

How to shop for Thanksgiving and still have money left for Christmas

It’s easy to blow your budget while grocery shopping for big holiday meals. How do you spend money wisely while still preparing a feast your family will remember for years to come? Melissa Painter, a nutrition outreach instructor with WVU Extension Service Family Nutrition Program, has plenty of tips for making your food budget go further.

WVU LGBTQ+ Center encourages inclusion, diversity through education, research and events

A new GLAAD report recently announced a surge in LGBTQ+ and gender inclusiveness on television at the same time the FBI reports hate crimes against transgender and Latina/o/x people are at a 16 year high. West Virginia University LGBTQ+ Center director Cris Mayo, who recently co-edited two scholarly collections in LGBTQ+ studies in education and co-authored the book Navigating Trans*+ and Gender Complex Identities, notes that there has been progress in media representation but clearly much more work needs to be done to prevent bias-related violence.