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Education in Prison Initiative Improves Access and Equity in Appalachia

Education in Prison Initiative Improves Access and Equity in Appalachia

It’s 7:00 a.m. and WVU graduate student Destinee Harper is dressing carefully for a day of teaching. Nothing too tight or see through, no open-toed shoes, no jacket, no cardigan or shirt with pockets. She wants to make sure she is allowed in the classroom. “I think that was a big part of that first week, was [sic] making sure that we were abiding by these rules, that they would let us in and that they wouldn't have a reason to say, no, you can't come in and learn in this space.”  

WVU charting public policy model to address state’s opioid crisis

WVU charting public policy model to address state’s opioid crisis

While solutions for addressing the opioid crisis often involve either beefing up law enforcement or widening the scope of health services, West Virginia University researchers said they believe the best approach is a synergistic mix of both.

woman with very long dark hair year wears an emerald green blouse and dark plastic glasses.

Eberly College researcher works to improve diagnosis speed for rare conditions like the one her child was ‘lucky’ to survive

Professor Katie Corcoran of the WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences will analyze national Medicaid data to evaluate how patients’ gender and race affect doctors’ diagnostic accuracy and speed, asking whether marginalized patients with symptoms that aren’t clear cut are more likely to experience diagnostic delays than patients from non-minoritized groups.

A younger James Nolan with a mullet, mustache and beard stands in front of a wallpapered wall

Cop-turned-professor pushes for stronger police-community partnerships

Dead from a cocaine overdose, a waitress found in a trendy Wilmington, Delaware neighborhood set the gears in motion for one of James Nolan’s last cases as a vice detective. It also served as the catalyst for his next career investigating different strategies in policing as a West Virginia University sociology professor.

Six faculty members in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences were awarded fellowship grants by the West Virginia Humanities Council. The 2023 Humanities Council Fellows from Eberly College are Brooke Durham, Enkeshi El-Amin, Sean Lawrence, Austin McCoy, Mason Moseley and Devin Smart.

Eberly faculty awarded fellowship grants by the West Virginia Humanities Council

Each year, the organization awards $3,000 grants to a select group of teachers, college faculty and independent scholars to support research and writing projects in the humanities. The 2023 Humanities Council Fellows from Eberly College are Brooke Durham, Enkeshi El-Amin, Sean Lawrence, Austin McCoy, Mason Moseley and Devin Smart.

Eberly staff members receive 2023 Outstanding Staff Award

Eberly staff members receive 2023 Outstanding Staff Award

Miranda Heitz and Barb Reiprich have been named 2023 recipients of the Eberly College of Arts and Science Outstanding Staff Award.

Three Eberly professors selected for upcoming cohort of Honors College Faculty Fellows

Three Eberly professors selected for upcoming cohort of Honors College Faculty Fellows

During the 2023-24 academic year, six Honors College Faculty Fellows will help WVU students grow their knowledge in areas of climate change and the environment, communication, youth development and collective violence. Half of them are from Eberly College. 

WVU researchers envision police as community partners, not adversaries

WVU researchers envision police as community partners, not adversaries

West Virginia University sociologists James Nolan and Henry Brownstein hope to shift the primary focus of policing from law enforcement activities, such as making arrests and seizing large quantities of guns and drugs, to helping residents create the conditions in their communities where crime and violence are less likely to thrive.