When Noah Johnson is fully “locked in,” very few people in the competitive gaming world can touch him. “Locked in” — his phrase — is a hyper mind for the first-year economics student at West Virginia University. A native of Baltimore, Md., Noah is WVU’s inaugural official esports player who also happens to be one of the best Madden NFL players in the world.
Flashback—The Mountaineer Statue at 50
What is now an enduring symbol of the spirit of West Virginia University stands 50 years after its creation outside the Mountainlair — after more than 20 years of planning and being nearly derailed multiple times by controversy and other obstacles. The twists and turns of the story are documented in “The Mountaineer Statue,” by Gordon Thorn, BSA ’53, MSA ’55 and Scott Rubin, BS ’05.Read→
Solving for the real world
Researchers from across campus crowded into the sleek Media Innovation Center with coffee in hand — curious and committed to nearly 36 hours of working together with some people they knew and a lot of others they did not. Provost Maryanne Reed stood at a lectern to kick off a hackathon — the kind of challenge found in Silicon Valley.Read→