Yet again, Einstein’s theory passes the test with flying colors

An international team of astronomers, which includes Duncan Lorimer, West Virginia University professor of physics and astronomy, has tested Einstein’s theory using three stars orbiting each other: a neutron star and two white dwarfs. Their findings, published in “Nature”, prove that Einstein’s theory still passes the test in such extreme conditions.

WVU geologist receives NASA grant to research environments similar to Mars

Is there life on Mars? One WVU researcher is discovering ways to improve the search for life on the desert planet. Kathleen Benison, professor in the Department of Geology and Geography, has received a two-year grant from NASA’s Astrobiology Program to study modern and fossil microorganisms trapped in halite and gypsum from acid salt lakes.

WVU biology student receives NASA grant to study the brain

Kaylynn Coates, a doctoral student in the West Virginia University Department of Biology, has received a grant from the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium to study how serotonin neurons are regulated in the brain.

WVU law students win cases for two West Virginia veterans

Students at the West Virginia University College of Law are winning benefits for the state’s veterans. Recently, student attorneys in the Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic at WVU successfully appealed two denial of claim decisions by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

WVU professors bring the scientific community closer to understanding binary star mergers

Maura McLaughlin and Duncan Lorimer, professors of physics and astronomy at West Virginia University, have discovered a new pair of pulsars and have followed up on characteristics of another new duo. Their research will bring insights into the understanding of the how many of these systems exist and the rate in which they merge in our galaxy.

WVU Board continues work on implementing faculty, academic rules

The West Virginia University Board of Governors continued its work Friday (May 18) on the process of enacting new policies and procedures in the wake of the state Legislature’s adoption of laws permitting more independence from the state Higher Education Policy Commission. In a special meeting, the Board approved final academic rules and one faculty rule.

Gee urges WVU Class of 2018 to make choices that serve their purpose in life

This class of more than 4,450 is likely a generation prepared for enacting “vital change,” having earned a University record 10 Fulbright Scholarships, two Boren Scholarships, an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and a Truman Scholarship. Eight students were named to the Order of Augusta, WVU’s most prestigious student honor.

WVU biology student connects sense of smell to brain diseases

Studying how insects’ wing movements affect their sense of smell has the potential to explain underlying causes of disorders like schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease and shortness of breath, according to new research from West Virginia University.