U.S. Navy recognizes mechanical and aerospace engineering professor for research contribution

A West Virginia University professor received a rare research award today (Oct.1) from the United States Navy for his contributions to a critical research effort. Patrick Browning, assistant professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering at the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources was presented the award – given only in unique circumstances - by John Fiore, technical director of the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division.

Exploring the brain in a new way: WVU researcher records neurons to understand cognition

Whether we’re searching for Waldo or our keys in a room of clutter, we tap into a part of the frontal region of the brain when performing visual, goal-related tasks. Some of us do it well, whereas for others it’s a bit challenging. One West Virginia University researcher set out to investigate why, and what specifically this part of the brain, called the pre-supplementary motor area, does during searching.

WVRHC receives fifth NEH grant to digitize historical newspapers

The West Virginia University Libraries’ West Virginia & Regional History Center has received a $201,917 grant – its fifth from the National Endowment for the Humanities – to continue digitizing newspapers published in West Virginia from 1790 to 1923.

WVU researchers tackle food safety issues for local farmers

The WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and WVU Extension Service Small Farm Center are partnering to develop a three-step wash process to help mitigate food safety risks associated with locally grown fresh produce in the state.

Looking beyond the tooth: WVU studies impact of social support on kids’ oral health

Limiting sugary drinks and insisting on regular toothbrushing can prevent tooth decay in kids. Maybe providing their mothers with social support can, too. A study by Daniel McNeil, a WVU School of Dentistry researcher, suggests children may be less likely to have a lot of cavities if their mothers have someone to talk to about their problems.