Despite the popular cliché, sitting in front of the TV may not rot the brain. For Jay Malarcher, associate professor of theatre history and criticism, consuming episodes of classic TV sitcoms helped him launch and maintain a career in researching television and comedy at the intersection of real life. Malarcher has published a book, “The Classically American Comedy of Larry Gelbart” and served a Fulbright lectureship teaching American comedy as a cultural mirror in Croatia.
In the next decade, humans are preparing to blanket the most accessible little slice of the cosmos — low Earth orbit — with more than 50,000 satellites, a more than 25-fold increase. Safe and sustainable space operations in this crowded domain require reckoning with a challenging, yet largely unexplored, phenomenon called space weather.
Over the past 10 years, the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute, housed at West Virginia University, has grown from a “seed” of possibility to an “amazing tree” of innovation, outreach and service. The decade to come promises to be even more fruitful.
Hannah Bush’s sweet voice fills a small room as it softly registers just above the acoustic guitar she plays; the rhythm underneath not a drum or a tambourine, but the steady beeping of a ventilator and other medical machines. Her audience of one will never applaud, but Bush will have the research-based knowledge that the little girl’s blood pressure has been reduced and so has her rapid heart rate — effects that will last after the music stops.