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Dr. Brenden McNeil's interview - "It’s now or never on climate change"

Dr. McNeil was interviewed on “The Gary Bowden Show” on WAJR-Clarksburg last week. His interview was picked up by WV MetroNews.


Geology grad receives GeoCUR Award for Outstanding Research

Alumna Holly Pettus (BS Geology, 2018) is among 15 undergraduate students from universities across the nation to be recognized for her outstanding research with the 2018 GeoCUR Award for Excellence in Student Research. Her research focused on investigating the origin of potassium feldspar (K-feldspar) megacrysts from a small granitoid intrusion in western Nevada. 

Kenneth Brown, a teaching assistant professor of geology, said he nominated Pettus because he was impressed with her work and dedication to science.

“Beyond being a great student, Holly is very motivated and has shown a remarkable sense of curiosity, enthusiasm and interest in the fields of igneous petrology, volcanology and geochemistry,” Brown said. “She is an excellent role model for other young, female students entering the STEM fields.”

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Lions, Zebras and Geography, Oh My!

Among the lions and zebras in Tanzania in the summer heat, a West Virginia University environmental geoscience student explored the geography of the land.

Weirton, West Virginia, native Francesca Basil (BA Environmental Geoscience, 2018) traveled to the East African country in summer 2018 with support from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences’ Academic Enrichment Program.

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Geography class featured in WVU Magazine

This spring, a Geography 102 class made a project for extra credit that has turned into a testament to West Virginia's staying power throughout the world. The students searched for videos of people around the world singing what may be your favorite song: “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” They put their research into an online map displaying more than 50 versions of the song. Read more about the project.

Dr. Brent McCusker has recently contributed to a major study of migration projections in the developing world.


Jing Chen, RRI GRA and Ph.D. candidate in Geography, wins 2018 Barry M. Moriarty Award

West Virginia University alumnus Jothiganesh Shanmugasundaram received an Outstanding Scientist Award during the National Conference on Climate Resilience for Sustainable Livelihood in Annamalai Nagar, Tamil Nadu, India on Wednesday, Feb. 28.

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