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Media Alert: WVU Academic Media Day on state’s economy set for Monday, Oct. 7

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — It’s time again for an Academic Media Day at West Virginia University.

On Monday, Oct. 7, WVU — the state’s only R1, or very high research, university —  will present several researchers discussing various aspects of the West Virginia economy.

Register today:

Topics range from how arts can be a key to economic growth to cybersecurity opportunities to regional growth to rare earth elements to the roles of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Javier Reyes, Milan Puskar Dean of the John Chambers College of Business and Economics and vice president of Start-up West Virginia, will be the keynote speaker.

The full agenda is available by following this link and below.


Monday, Oct. 7

10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m: Welcome — John Bolt, Senior executive director, Office of Communications

10:10 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. — Through a Different Lens:  Arts as a Key to Population Growth and Retention;    Keith Jackson, Dean, College of Creative Arts

10:40 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. — Cybersecurity research and education: Helping meet the high demand for cybersecurity experts; Katerina Goseva -Popstojanova Professor, Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

11:10 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. — Break-opportunity for one-on-one interviews

11:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. — Extracting Rare Earth and Critical Minerals from Coal Mine Drainage: Supplying the Nation’s Strategic Needs while Improving Our Streams; Paul Ziemkiewicz, director, West Virginia Water Research Institute

12:10 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. — Building an Innovation Economy in West Virginia: Lunch/Keynote; Javier Reyes, Milan Puskar Dean of the John C. Chambers College of Business and Economics and vice president, Start-up West Virginia

1:40 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. — Break-opportunity for one-on-one interview

2:10 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. — Understanding regional economic growth; Heather Stephens, Assistant Professor, Resource Economics and Management

2:40 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. — Vantage Ventures: Overcoming Stall Points to Scaling Start-ups; Sarah Biller, executive director, Vantage Ventures 
John Chambers College of Business and Economics

3:10 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. — Break-opportunity for one-on-one interviews

3:40 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. — Down on Main Street: The Capital of Community Resilience; Tony Michael, director, WVU Extension Service Family and Community Development.

4:10 p.m. — Wrap up and adjourn

“One of the most popular features of Academic Media Days is that we provide extended breaks every couple of speakers to provide reporters time for one-on-one interviews with the experts, either to flesh out their remarks or just make connections for future stories. ” said John A. Bolt
Senior Executive Director, University Relations/Communications.

“Naturally, it’s all on the record. I can guarantee that you’ll come away with more than one story, as well as contacts that will help as you cover this important topic,” Bolt added.

“We’ll get started at 10 a.m. in the Erickson Alumni Center and wrap up by 4:10 p.m. Lunch is provided. There is no cost to attend, although we do ask you to RSVP at this link so that we can have an accurate count for lunch.  I hope to see you in Morgantown on Oct. 7. Please let me know if you have any questions,” Bolt said.

For more information, contact John A. Bolt, Senior Executive Director, University Relations/Communications, West Virginia University
[email protected] or 304.293.5520 (o) / 304.382.4707 (m)

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