Science & Research

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

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For Dr. Michael Norton, the path is important. Recalling the attention the he received as an undergraduate student, he passes that same philosophy on to inspire his students. Read Scientist Spotlight.

Dr. Cerasela Zoica Dinu is making a difference in education and research in West Virginia. While conducting groundbreaking research in nanoscience, she’s stimulating her students to be critical thinkers.  Read Scientist Spotlight.

Dr. Bryan Raudenbush applies common scents to his research. Literally. He is studying the under-researched area of scent and odors and their affect on human performance. He is also an outstanding faculty mentor. Read Scientist Spotlight.

Dr. Brian Antonsen wants to give kids a different view of scientists than what they see on television. That’s why he directs the annual Brain Expo. Read about that work, and his research on how social experience influence brain development. Read Scientist Spotlight.

Dr. Maura McLaughlin‘s astronomical search for gravitational waves involves teenage students from the community near Green Bank, W. Va. Dr. McLaughlin tries to show kids that scientists are real people too.  Read Scientist Spotlight.

Dr. Tina Cartwright is a firm believer in undergraduate research, but the colleges and universities need a supply of students qualified in STEM fields. Read how she is working to improve eduction in science, technology, engineering and math teaching at the grade school level.  Read Scientist Spotlight.

Dr. Xiadong ‘Mike’ Shi is researching compounds that may revolutionize health care and bio-sensor industries. He has received an NSF CAREER award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars. Read Scientist Spotlight.

Dr. Tony Szwilski directs a Marshall University visualization lab that is a real asset for coal-mine safety, among other uses. Learn how the visualization lab and the CEGAS center generate economic development.  Read Scientist Spotlight.

Dr. Jason Best is known for his energetic style in the classroom. Outside of the classroom, he directs the Shepherd University Observatory that enhances the classroom experience. Read how he involves the community in learning about astronomy. Read Scientist Spotlight.

Dr. Letha Sooter is working to develop sensors for the U.S. Military to use to detect and identify potential threats to soldiers and civilians. Read how this research may lead to common household products that prevent food poisoning. Read Scientist Spotlight.