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WVU researchers to unveil economic action plan for Potomac Highlands counties

The five-county area comprising West Virginia’s Potomac Highlands could improve economically by embracing and promoting its regional identity, according to a new study by three West Virginia University centers.

After a year and a half of research, the plan which recommends several strategic actions to promote economic prosperity in the region will be released Friday at Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College in Moorefield. 

WVU awarded $5 million to continue rare earth project, build acid mine drainage treatment facility

The funding received the full support of West Virginia’s five congressional delegates and will help continue ongoing research of the project, which began with a pilot plant in 2018. 

Rare earth elements are used to power everything from smartphones to the nation’s missile guidance system, and they come from an unlikely Appalachian source – acid mine drainage sludge. 

WVU Brownfields grants to breathe new life into abandoned properties statewide

From an old train depot to empty buildings dotting a town square, the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University hopes to revive communities through its latest string of redevelopment grants. 

Nine West Virginia communities will each benefit from a $5,000 grant award, made possible by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, to redevelop abandoned and dilapidated industrial sites. The awards are part of the 2019-2020 Foundations for Overcoming Challenges and Utilizing Strengths West Virginia Brownfields Program, which helps communities create a redevelopment vision for brownfield properties.

Up, up and away: WVU receives record $181 million-plus in research funding

“Our record-breaking numbers reflect the commitment of our faculty, staff and partners to continue elevating the research profile of West Virginia University,” Vice President for Research Fred King said today in announcing the latest numbers.

“The ability of the University community to attract such a volume of research dollars is one definitive reason why government and industry view us as a leader. It is a virtuous cycle in which such recognition, in turn, generates more investment in the University.”

Hand in glove: WVU researchers test safety measures for coal industry

Their research involved testing with hand models that included wooden dowels, 3D printed bones and, eventually, cadaveric hands.

“Ultimately what the mining industry and miners need is to select the most appropriate glove for their safety concerns,” Sosa said.