Take a look at Appalachia through the eyes of noted authors during WVU's Festival of Ideas

The David C. Hardesty Jr. Festival of Ideas is bringing two authors with differing perspectives on Appalachian culture to West Virginia University. J.D. Vance, author of the No. 1 New York Times best seller "Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis" will be held tonight, (Feb. 21) at 7: 30 p.m. in the Mountainlair ballrooms. Elizabeth Catte, public historian and author of "What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia" will discuss her work Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Life Sciences Building, room G15.

WVU Center for Executive Education helping to connect forensic science and business

With a backlog of DNA cases at the West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory and a push to do more with less money, Sheri Lemons needed help. The director of the state crime lab was desperate to apply business skills to forensic science, so she turned to West Virginia University to help her manage people, money and projects. The solutions Lemons needed were in WVU's Center for Executive Education, where she found the internationally recognized Forensic Management Academy and Lean Six Sigma programs. Call it a game-changer for Lemons and for the entire state forensic lab.

WVU doctors and nurses work together to get tonsillectomy patients home faster

After having their tonsils removed, patients often can't leave the hospital for six hours, even if they bounce back from surgery sooner. Hospital policy commonly mandates a six-hour recovery time. But research led by Habib Zalzal, a resident in the West Virginia University School of Medicine, suggests that not all tonsillectomy patients have to wait that long.

WVU students selected for legislative internships

Eleven students from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University have been selected to intern at the West Virginia State Legislature this semester. The interns were selected through a competitive application process and will assist legislators in their daily activities. Participants will gain first-hand knowledge from the 60-day legislative session, which runs from Jan. 10 through March 10.

2018 Annual Gold-Blue Game set

West Virginia University will hold its annual Gold-Blue Spring Game presented by U.S. Cellular on Saturday, April 7, at 1 p.m., at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium.