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Monday, Apr. 24

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Gather
10:00 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Welcome

John Bolt, senior executive director, University Relations Communications

Use of advanced polymer composites for infrastructure systems in WV

Hota GangaRao, director, Constructed Facilities Center, Maurice A. and

Joann Wadsworth Distinguished Professor, Civil and Environmental

Engineering. Whether in Washington or in Charleston, improving

infrastructure has been singled out as a primary topic of discussion.

Hota GangaRao has been searching finding ways to address those

issues for three decades.

10:40 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Battling lung cancer in West Virginia

Dr. Patrick Ma, co-leader, Lung Cancer Program

West Virginia has one of the nation’s highest incidence rates of lung

cancer, with a mortality rate significantly higher than the national

average. Dr. Ma is leading research as well as treatment in how to

battle the disease.

11:40 a.m. - 12:10 Nothing artificial about AI

Dr. Stephany Coffman-Wolph, assistant professor, computer science

and information systems, West Virginia University Institute of Technology

Much has been made lately about the advances in artificial intelligence,

and the issues presented. It’s not science fiction anymore, if it ever was.

12:10 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch/Keynote by President Gee
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Looking at the numbers behind the violence

Dr. Walter DeKeseredy, director WVU Research Center on Violence

The Center conducts research and publishes scholarly work to prevent and

control violent behaviors. Its researchers study some of the world’s most

compelling social problems, from sexual assault to environmental crime.

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Opportunity for one-on-one interviews
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. A,E,I,O,U and you

Dr. Kirk Hazen, professor of linguistics, director, WV Dialect Project;

Audra Slocum, assistant professor of English education, College of

Education and Human Services, co-director National Writing Project.

Hazen and Slocum are studying differences in dialects among West

Virginia teens and how it affects their lives, including education.

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Opportunity for one-on-one interviews
3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Wrapup

Sharon Martin, vice president for University Relations

3:15 p.m. - Adjourn