West Virginia University will dedicate the Newton apple tree, a direct descendant of the one that inspired Sir Isaac Newton’s theory of gravity.

The tree was awarded to retired Sen. Jay Rockefeller by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in honor of his science policy leadership and his strong commitment during a 30-year career in the United States Senate.

Rockefeller has bestowed the tree upon WVU to inspire future generations to pursue scientific and technological discovery.

WHEN: 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22.

WHERE: John D. Rockefeller IV Gallery, Wise Library – Downtown Library Complex, Morgantown

The tree will be planted on the slope between White Hall and the library.

Scheduled speakers:

  • WVU President Gordon Gee.
  • Richard Cavanagh, acting associate director for laboratory programs and director of the Special Programs Office, National Institute of Standards and Technology.
  • Paul Hill, chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.
  • Maja Husar Holmes, associate professor of public administration and director of the Master of Public Administration degree program.
  • Hannah Clipp, wildlife and fisheries undergraduate student and Udall and Goldwater Scholarship winner.