When our students aren’t in the classroom, they’re learning in the real world. Because sometimes it’s these experiences that make the best lessons. For Carol R. Amendola, coordinator of the bachelor of social work program at West Virginia University, that means sending students out into the field to learn about how a water crisis can affect a community.
Every four years, the Olympic Games arrive on the international scene to great fanfare. But, this year’s Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil have been surrounded by a myriad of negative attention. The issues facing this year’s Olympics have ranged from widespread fear of the Zika virus, to poor water quality, and threats of terrorism.
When it rains, it pours and sometimes the overflow from such storms contain pollutants that have a significant impact on water quality. A researcher from West Virginia University is working to create a wireless sensor network to detect when such systems reach capacity and are in danger of breaching their containment walls.
Unusual but not unprecedented. That is how one West Virginia University expert describes the flash floods of June 23 that killed 23 people and damaged or destroyed homes and businesses across much of West Virginia.
Recognizing the vital role of water to the world and state, West Virginia University has created the Institute of Water Security and Science. The Institute will establish a strong and collaborative network of cross-disciplinary expertise in water research with the goal of shaping the future of water resources and stewardship.
With the help of two West Virginia University researchers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative now have a science-based, online tool to help prioritize and target fish habitat conservation.