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Dr. Elizabeth Cohen, who studies the psychology of Facebook, Twitter, television and other media, talks about the 2016 Presidential Election during Academic Media Day at WVU on Oct. 11. Cohen specializes in understanding the emotional benefits of media experiences such as live tweeting, TV binge watching, and relationships with celebrities.

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — With President Gordon Gee outlining WVU’s role in charting West Virginia’s future, explanations of social media’s role in the 2016 Presidential election and talk about everything from robotics to crime scene investigation, WVU’s first Academic Media Day provided attending media with a wide range of possible articles.

The most valuable piece of information, according to the event’s organizer,  John Bolt, WVU’s Senior Executive Director of Communications, was a simple link:

The link takes the user to WVU Today’s “expert database.” The website gives media access to West Virginia University experts who can provide commentary, insights and opinions on various news topics.
Through the website — and with or without the assistance of Bolt and April Kaull, WVU’s director of news — media can search for an expert by name, title, area of expertise or college/school/department.
Dr. Glen Jackson talks forensic research with Kathryn Ghion of WBOY-TV.

The goal of the Academic Media Day program was to help reporters, editors and others in media as depth and detail to articles and coverage through the use of experts in the WVU database.

Academic Media Day was “an opportunity for reporters and editors to connect with West Virginia University’s top — and most topical — researchers. The University invited media to hear about their work and why it matters, and come away with stories, ideas and contacts for the future,” Bolt said.

The Times West Virginian’s Michelle Dillon talks with Dan Carder, left, and Dr. Sergiy Yakovenko during WVU’s Academic Media Day on Oct. 11.
For more information on Academic Media Day or the expert database, contact: Bolt or Kaull.
John A. Bolt
Senior Executive Director of Communications
University Relations / West Virginia University
304.293.5520 office / 304.382.4707 mobile

April Kaull,
Director of News
University Relations/Communications
West Virginia University
304-293-3990 | 304-212-8710

Below are the presenters at WVU Academic Media Day, links to some of the presentations, and their bios:

Dan Carder

Dan Carder

Dan Carder led the research team that broke open the Volkswagen emissions scandal. He specializes in the measurement and control of engine exhaust emissions and alternative fuels research.

More About Dan Carder

Presentation: One year after Volkswagen
Dan Carder, director, Center for Alternative Fuels, Emissions and Engines


Elizabeth Cohen

Elizabeth Cohen studies the “the bright side” of media uses and effects or the prosocial impact of involvement with different media on people’s social lives. She is also interested in the social and emotional benefits of shared media experiences, such as live tweeting​ and television co-viewing between friends, fans or family.

More About Elizabeth Cohen

Presentation: Social media and the 2016 Presidential election
Dr. Elizabeth Cohen, assistant professor
Department of Communication Studies

Paul Ziemkiewicz

Paul Ziemkiewicz specializes in issues surrounding the use and disposal of water in drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale region. He also focuses on acid mine drainage research and watershed restoration.

More About Paul Ziemkiewicz

Presentation: What MSEEL tells us about shale gas water and waste
Dr. Paul Ziemkiewicz, director
Water Research Institute

Sergiy Yakovenko

Sergiy Yakovenko is at the frontline of research and development of rehabilitation of movement impairments, such as those associated with post-stroke disability. His goal is to make rehabilitation more accessible, affordable and fun by delivering subject-specific robotic and virtual reality rehabilitation in the form of engaging rehab games.

More About Sergiy Yakovenko

Presentation: A slice of WVU’s neuroscience research
Dr. Sergiy Yakovenko, director
Neural Engineering Lab

Glen Jackson

One of Glen Jackson’s research goals is to move biomedical, analytical and forensic research forward through the development of mass spectrometric instrumentation. He has also focuses on drug, ignitable liquid residue, explosives and synthetic cannabinoid analyses.

More About Glen Jackson

Presentation: Forensic science at WVU
Dr. Glen Jackson, Ming Hsieh Distinguished Professor of
Forensic and Investigative Science

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