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.