Paul Kinder, a research scientist with the WVU Natural Resource Analysis Center, said the Center has been using manned aircrafts for several years to map natural resources around the state from coal to oil and gas to wildlife and now is exploring drone-based technologies.
“We are working to better understand the dynamics of water temperatures in mountain streams that have trout. High temperatures are lethal to trout, but with a drone and thermal sensor, we can map surface water temperatures and identify danger zones of warming as well as areas where springs and ground water offer cooler temperatures as refuge to trout especially in the summer months,” Kinder said.
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Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Fred King, vice president of research at WVU, will moderate the second annual energy forum roundtable discussion from 10 a.m.-noon Monday (Dec. 9) at the Mountainlair Ballroom. The roundtable is open to the public and will feature lawmakers, industry leaders and energy experts.
The big picture question for the forum is “How do current and proposed energy policies impact the economic climate in the United States?”
“West Virginia is an energy rich state,” Burnett said, “and the coal is one of the State’s primary economic resources. Because WVU is West Virginia’s land-grant, flagship university, we can provide the perfect public forum for a discussion like this.”
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Wesley Davis had a characteristic reaction to learning that he had been elected Eastern Region Vice President for the National FFA organization.
The West Virginia University student was sitting in a Louisville auditorium with thousands of his peers at the FFA national convention, meeting the organization’s new leadership roster.
“As soon as I heard, ‘From the State of West Virginia?’ I just started running.”
Running is Davis’s natural state, whether in the literal sense for exercise or in the metaphorical sense suited to a multitasking high achiever. And, for the next year, he’ll be racking up some serious mileage.
“The FFA expects that we’ll travel about 300 days out of the next year,” Davis said. Some destinations include Wisconsin for training and Japan to check in with the emerging Future Farmers of Japan group that the U.S. FFA helped form.
“It gives me chills to think about it,” Davis admitted. But the chills are of anticipation rather than anxiety. “I want to work with members to create opportunities and meet challenges.”
Davis, of Point Pleasant, W.Va., is pursuing a dual major in agribusiness management and rural development and agricultural and extension education in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. He’ll have to put his WVU education on hold for his year in office, but he expects the experience to be akin to “another degree tacked on to the ones I’ll earn on campus.”
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As a Fulbright Specialist, D’Souza received this opportunity after being chosen based on need by the Fulbright Foundation.
“I met with various faculty members, with college students and even gave a weekend talk to high school students who were learning English through the U.S. Embassy in Paraguay,” he said. “The purpose of the trip was for them to understand how we in the U.S. deal with issues like environmental equality, energy and sustainability.”
While in Paraguay, D’Souza presented a series of nine different lectures on various topics including environmental economics, sustainability, water quality and agribusiness. Those presentations were put together with the help from six students and young professionals from Paraguay that D’Souza calls Team ParagUSA. The seven have stayed in touch through Facebook since D’Souza’s return to the U.S.
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West Virginia University continues to strengthen its position as a key place for energy research and education with the development of a new undergraduate degree, a bachelor’s of science in Environmental and Energy Resource Management.
The new degree, which will begin accepting students immediately, will build upon efforts already under way with other industry partners and institutions of higher learning that are helping to pave the path for research in the energy industry. It will also provide a fast track into the region’s rapidly growing energy industry.
WVU is moving aggressively in the energy research sphere through partnerships with The Ohio State University for shale energy research, outreach and education, and with Northeast Natural Energy for projects between business and academia.
“These partnerships enhance the university’s ability to fulfill the land-grant mission of teaching, research and service,” said Provost Michele Wheatly. “As a driving force shaping our country’s energy future, we are working to benefit not only WVU, but our state and country.”
The objective of the degree is to provide a strong foundation for those students interested in pursuing a career focusing on the business and entrepreneurial aspects of the growing energy and environmental sector.
“Students completing this major will be prepared for employment in the private sector, governmental agency employment, consulting, and for entrepreneurial ventures of their own design,” said Fonda Holehouse, teaching associate professor of agricultural and resource economics in WVU’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.
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Decision-makers in energy producing nations on opposite sides of the world will need nimble skills to navigate complicated intersections of intertwined issues if they hope to develop sustainable clean energy industries for the rest of the 21st century.
A team of West Virginia University researchers has been given the green light to research and build models that can help by examining two important energy rich regions of the world West Virginia and the Shanxi Province of China.
The project is a collaboration among key experts in the WVU Regional Research Institute and the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design including Principal Investigator Hodjat Ghadimi, Wesley Burnett, and Jerald J. Fletcher, all of the Davis College, and RRI Director Randall Jackson.
They may have spent more than 30 hours rattling through the air in a twin-engine aircraft and traveled almost 3,500 miles roundtrip, but for West Virginia University researchers Paul Kinder and Adam Riley their most recent data-gathering excursion was an opportunity they couldn’t pass up.
The duo, researchers with the Natural Resource Analysis Center in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, recently traveled to the Midwest and Southwest to collect high resolution airborne light detection and ranging data of several sites in Colorado, Oklahoma and New Mexico.
The Davis College’s Natural Resource Analysis Center is working with Geostellar, an eastern panhandle tech firm that helps industry and individuals estimate energy potential. West Virginia Public Radio’s Cecelia Mason reports:
Currently estimates are only available for a small area in West Virginia because the company is still collecting the aerial photography needed to create the maps. They are available for Jefferson County and planes have flown over Morgan and Berkeley Counties. The company is collecting photos of the rest of the state.
“We’re working with the West Virginia University Natural Resources Center that’s collecting this very high resolution model it’s called Lidar, for the rest of the state,” Levine said. “So it’s going to be rolling out to the rest of the state over the course of a year.”
Coal may be king in West Virginia, but there are other members of the Mountain State’s royal family of energy Natural gas, wind, solar and biofuels are taking their places in the state’s energy portfolio, and industry is looking for graduates who see the big picture.
Two West Virginia University educators are crafting programs that foster those industry-ready graduates with the assistance of a $150,000 grant from the Benedum Foundation.
Fonda Holehouse and Gerard D’Souza, faculty in the agricultural and resource economics program in WVU’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, are developing a range of initiatives under an umbrella they call “EQuad.”
West Virginia University’s chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the honor society of agriculture, recently recognized students, faculty, alumni and friends at its annual initiation and awards banquet.
The chapter honored professors and alumni for their work with awards of merit and distinguished service. Twelve students from the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design were presented outstanding sophomore, junior, senior and service and leadership awards.
The following students received the chapters Outstanding Sophomore Awards: Caitlin Shields, an interior design major from Princeton, W.Va., and Michelle Williams, an agribusiness management and rural development major from Middlebourne, W.Va.