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Monday, Oct. 17

1:00 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. Welcome – April Kaull

Executive Director, Office of Communications

1:10 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Hiding in Plain Sight: Polarization and Extremism Online Impacting Youth in Appalachia

This research examines the platforms, processes and networks that influence online youth culture and identifies risks of exposure to extremist ideologies, violence and hate through memes and other content in social media and online gaming.

Dana Coester

Professor, Reed College of Media

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1:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Opportunity for one-on-one interviews

1:50 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. BREAK

2:00 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. The Future of Energy

The state of energy is ever-evolving, particularly in the Appalachian region. Three WVU researchers will tap into their expertise on efforts to amplify and diversify energy production and utilization. Topics discussed will be energy geosciences, shale and natural gas, and hydrogen. 

Sam Taylor 

Assistant Director, WVU Energy Institute

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Shikha Sharma

Professor, Geology, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences 

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Xingbo Liu

Associate Dean for Research, Statler Chair Professor, Statler College of Engineering & Mineral Resources

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2:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Opportunity for one-on-one interviews

3:00 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. BREAK

3:10 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Fungi’s Fun Guy

Through “zombie” cicadas, fungus Peeps, moldy Twinkies and now jack-o’-lanterns and all things pumpkin spice, WVU mycologist Matthew Kasson strives to make fungus fun and applicable to the general public. Kasson will dig into the science of fungi and how he utilizes experiments and social media to engage with the masses. Recently, he’s observed how fungi interacts with pumpkins and pumpkin spice ingredients. 

Matt Kasson

Associate Professor, Forest Pathology and Mycology, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Design

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3:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. Opportunity for one-on-one interviews

3:50 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. BREAK

4:00 p.m. - 4:20 p.m. The Effects of Dark Design on Children’s Digital Well-Being

The time that children spend with digital devices and online technology affects their mental, social and physical well-being. Of specific interest in this research is dark design – a concept centered around deceptive design and patterns – intended to “trick users into doing things they might not otherwise do.”

Laurel Cook 

Associate Professor, Marketing, Chambers College of Business & Economics

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4:20 p.m. - 4:40 p.m. Opportunity for one-on-one interviews

4:40 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Wrap up and adjourn