Spring 2016

Rebecca Graham wears her winged sculpture.

Sculpted Imagination

Check out these wild sculptures from lizard wings to a medieval torture device.

Judith Hayes

Making Food for Astronauts

After she left WVU, this researcher went on to design the astronaut exercise program still used on the International Space Station.


Inventing for Lacrosse

If you could invent anything, what would it be? For these guys, it was a lacrosse tool to put in the hands of the growing number of devotees of the sport.


Finding Time of Death

In between teaching classes, Rachel Mohr takes her trusty backpack to crime scenes where she uses insects to measure time of death.


Meet STF-1

West Virginia's first satellite is only the size of a bread loaf. But on the inside, it has the potential to improve how we measure the distance between satellites and the Earth.

A student inserts a syringe into a manikin arm beside a human arm that has an IV inserted.

From Manikin to Man

Meet the "patients" that students practice on before they ever meet a human patient.

Paper quilling graphic that says

Ready. Set. Launch.

Syringes. Bees. Soil. Microgreens. They're all part of the entrepreneurship wave coming out of the WVU LaunchLab.


Fractured Spaces

Photojournalist Lois Raimondo went into Iraq and Afghanistan after 9/11. This is what she saw.


Cracking the Cosmos

Gravitational waves are a ripple in spacetime. Researchers at WVU helped to make this discovery possible.

Hemanth Kappanna superimposed over a roadway.

Double Exposure

This is the real story about the team who uncovered the global Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal.


The Fungus Among Us

There's a fungus among us. Arbuscular endomycorrhizal fungi help 80 percent of plants on earth stay alive. The largest collection on Earth of these lifesavers is at WVU.

Kirk Hazen

Swearing Through the Centuries

Kirk Hazen is a linguist who studied 1800s-era swearing to consult on an upcoming HBO Miniseries. Read on to find out his favorite old-time swear words.

Alison Peck

Genetically Modified Food

Agriculture law professor Alison Peck says your food is more unregulated than you think. As genetic engineering has advanced, U.S. law hasn't caught up, and she has some ideas on how to change that.

Michael McCawley at a water treatment plant.

Making Water Safe

Michael McCawley has been in the public health trenches from the fiery oil fields of Kuwait to the aftermath of the Mount St. Helens eruption. Right now, he's got some ideas about how to avoid water crises like the one in Flint, Mich.