Ebola outbreak worsens because of unstable political climate

Since the start of the Ebola outbreak in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Conga in August last year, at least 1,223 people have died out of 1,847 confirmed cases. Of those who died, 30 percent were children, according to the World Health Organization. West Virginia University expert Tamba M’bayo believes political unrest is the cause of the disease’s deadly spread.

WVU expert: Alternative fuel vehicles offer lower maintenance costs

With a mission to educate the nation about alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles, a West Virginia University expert notes that electric cars are safe and have lower maintenance costs. Micheal Smyth, interim director of the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium, will “demystify electric vehicle systems” this weekend on PBS’ “Motorweek.” Next month, NAFTC will host EXP III, including a tour of the Center for Alternative Fuel Engines and Emissions and WVU’s Personal Rapid Transit System.

WVU scholars incorporate ‘Game of Thrones’ themes into classes

Five professors at West Virginia University’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences are using HBO’s award-winning series “Game of Thrones” to illustrate how the program, which will end this weekend, intersects their fields of study. The experts in women’s studies, international relations, religious studies, linguistics, social work and communication studies say with tens of millions of viewers each week, the show’s characters and themes have become cultural touchstones.

Improved editorial practices may reduce positive spin, increase objectivity in peer-reviewed medical journals

West Virginia University researcher Safi U. Khan, an assistant professor in the School of Medicine, is part of a team that examined six prestigious medical journals and identified positive spin in how they portrayed cardiovascular trials. The researchers found that 57 percent of the abstracts—and 67 percent of the articles themselves—were phrased to make results seem more statistically significant than they were.

WVU expert supports Facebook’s ban of high profile uses for ‘dangerous speech’

According to Elizabeth Cohen, associate professor of communication studies at West Virginia University, Facebook’s analysis of the hate speech expressed by Louis Farrakhan and Alex Jones as dangerous is correct because they have a large following and wield a lot of influence. Banning Farrakhan and Jones “makes a statement,” Cohen said.

WVU researcher says black hole photo confirms long-held suspicions about gravity, light and galaxies

The first photo taken of a black hole underscores the astrophysics research happening at the Center for Gravitational Waves Cosmology at West Virginia University. Associate Professor Sarah Burke Spolaor is part of the WVU team that explores the origins of the universe and the fundamental processes involved in galaxy formation, stellar evolution and star formation through observations with telescopes across the electromagnetic and gravitational wave spectrum.

WVU expert calls new country music a major testament to musicians’ hard work and the role music plays in our everyday lives

American filmmaker Ken Burns will in 2019 release "Country Music," highlighting the history of the genre and chronicling the characters who created it. West Virginia University expert Travis Stimeling says Ken Burns’ 'Country Music' is a major testament to the important work of country musicians and to the role that country music has played in the lives of everyday people throughout the United States.

Alliance of American Football shutdown is a shock

The sudden cease of operations for the Alliance of American Football came as a shock to everyone involved, including sport communication scholars. Jennifer L. Harker., assistant professor at the West Virginia University Reed College of Media, has been researching the AAF since before its inaugural launch in February.

Chambers College fraud experts to speak to congressional watchdog General Accounting Office

In its charge as the investigative, auditing arm of Congress, the U.S. General Accountability Office has reached out to two fraud experts from the John Chambers College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University. Drs. Richard Riley and Scott Fleming will lead discussion with the GAO on Wednesday (April 10), covering issues ranging from fraud topics and trends to what drives people to commit fraud.

WVU public health expert calls on Congress to support study of health impacts of mountaintop removal mining

A West Virginia University expert is scheduled to testify in support of the proposed Appalachian Community Health Act, which calls for scientific studies on the health impacts of mountaintop removal mining. In his testimony prepared for delivery before the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, Michael McCawley will discuss previous studies that have found higher rates of disease in MTR areas and exposure assessments that indicate a causal – not just correlative – relationship between MTR air pollution and increased rates of chronic disease.