WVU expert available to talk about tariffs and trade wars

The real question about the U.S.-China trade war is how long it will last and which country will blink first, according to West Virginia University associate professor of political science Christina Fattore. President Trump’s assessment of the World Trade Organization as weak is driving his use of higher tariffs, which could drive up costs for businesses, and eventually, consumers, Fattore said.

President may have to compromise on Supreme Court nomination

Although President Trump has promised to appoint a conservative justice to the Supreme Court—one who could overturn Roe vs. Wade if given the opportunity—he might need to compromise and find a candidate who is more moderate, according to a West Virginia University law professor. Democrats may have to flip only one vote during the confirmation process in the U.S. Senate, assuming the party stands together, Anne Lofaso said.

WVU researcher to discuss challenges and opportunities of opioid crisis

The contemporary opioid epidemic is atypical in comparison with other drug epidemics throughout history and that distinction offers both a challenge and an opportunity for drug policymakers, according to a West Virginia University researcher who will speak at an event next week.

EXPERT PITCH: WVU expert calls US withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council ‘tragic’

An expert in human rights issues says the U.S. decision to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council will have long-lasting consequences and allow the implementation of policies that will negatively affect countless Americans and other citizens from around the world. West Virginia University law professor Jena Martin believes that while there are legitimate criticisms of the Council, leaving is the governmental equivalent of throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

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.

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.

SCOTUS decision effectively opens path for legalized sports betting throughout US

On May 14, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was unconstitutional. PASPA regulated betting on professional and amateur sports since 1992, and effectively outlawed betting on sports everywhere in the United States except in the State of Nevada.