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Forum will explore how photographs define Appalachia

A panel of West Virginia University faculty from journalism to public health will discuss how images in the media affect the nation's perceptions of Appalachia during a forum Feb. 7. The program is inspired by Looking at Appalachia, a juried collection of images by amateur and professional photographers, currently on display at the DCL as part of the WVU Libraries' Art in the Libraries series.

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Sandy Hook shooting prompts in-depth examination of rural police officers' gun control views

The 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which claimed 28 lives - 20 of those children - motivated WVU professor Rachael Woldoff to investigate rural police officers' views on gun control. The study is called "Unpacking Heat: Dueling Identities and Complex Views on Gun Control among Rural Police" and is the first to explore gun control views of rural U.S. police officers.

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WVU professor earns NEH fellowship to create the first historical record of 'Nashville Sound'

Travis Stimeling, an assistant professor of music history in the School of Music in the College of Creative Arts at West Virginia University has received a $50,400 fellowship from the National Endowment of the Humanities to chronicle the history of musicians and record production in Nashville between 1955 and 1973, known as country music's "Nashville Sound" era.

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