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Pump the brakes: Rough roads reduce traffic speeds and safety, based on WVU research

I68 feature: New research based on transportation data by WVU economists Brad Humphreys and Alexander Cardazzi shows that rough roads reduce traffic speeds and safety. (WVU Photo/Jennifer Shephard)

Rough roads and decreasing pavement quality drive up vehicle crash rates and slow down average vehicle speeds, posing major concerns for motorists and highlighting the importance of public transportation spending,  West Virginia University economists have concluded.

WVU community invited to embrace complex issues and exchange ideas through the WVU Campus Read events

This year’s  West Virginia University  Campus Read selection, “The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border” by Francisco Cantú, prods readers to consider timely, complex views on migration, law enforcement, politics and more, as Mountaineers continue to take on big issues and ask tough questions.

“I’m excited for our WVU family to get lost in Cantú’s experiences from his time as a border patrol agent along America’s southern border, but even more so, to discuss how each of us can relate to Cantú’s narrative, his inner conflicts and his examination of place, history and identity,” said  Renée Nicholson, director of the  WVU Humanities Center, which also oversees the Campus Read.

Reynolds Hall Sneak Peek

Fall is here and we're enjoying all of the sights on campus, including our new business college on Morgantown's waterfront. 

September 2021 Department Digest and Awards

Economics professor, Dr. Brad Humphreyshad his paper, "Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Pavement Damage Reduces Traffic Safety and Speed" written with two (now former) Economics graduate students and published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The former students are Margaret Bock, now assistant professor at Goucher College, and Alex Cardazzi, not a visiting assistant professor here in the economics department. This work was funded by an NBER grant awarded in January 2020.

Marketing Student and Coca-Cola Ambassador

Mason Harp is not only a marketing junior at Chambers College, but he is also West Virginia University’s Coca-Cola Ambassador! In fact, he is currently ranked 31st on the leaderboard for Coca-Cola Campus Ambassadors. 

So, what is a Coca-Cola Ambassador

WVU researcher develops copper-infused mask for hospitality and tourism industry

With the delta variant on the rise, the lambda variant taking hold and an upswing in COVID-19 cases, the hospitality business is seeing staffing issues as people weigh their personal safety against their employment as the pandemic rages on.

Masking up is one safe precaution. But it’s also an uncomfortable gesture, as some masks may inflict wear and tear on the face or not provide an adequate level of protection for the worker, explained Ajay Aluri, founding director of the Hospitality Innovation and Technology Lab at West Virginia University.

Recognizing our Professional Sales Competition Winners

It’s the start of the fall semester and, as students and faculty begin to settle into our new routines, we inevitably start looking forward. For some of us at West Virginia University’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics, that means preparing for upcoming sales competitions.

For years, members of our College’s Professional Sales Competition Team have put their skills to the test by participating in a variety of events, including: the WVU Sales Competition, the Steel City Sales Competition at Duquesne University, the International Collegiate Sales Competition and many more. Victoria McDonald, a 2020 graduate and first place winner of last year’s WVU Sales Competition, thought that being a part of the competition was already special. 

Hall prepares for new academic year with new leaders, associate dean team reorganization

Josh Hall is preparing for a new academic year that will signal the official start of his deanship by strategically aligning his leadership team to provide focus to core operational areas: graduate programs, undergraduate programs, outreach and innovation and research.

Hall was announced as the next Milan Puskar Dean June 16 when Javier Reyes was named as the next provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Reyes begins his next chapter at UIC Aug. 16, the same day that Hall will assume his role as dean. Reyes and Hall are working closely together to ensure a smooth leadership transition.

Mountain State money moves: WVU’s Finance University spreads financial literacy statewide

MORGANTOWN, W.VA—Young people entering college or the workforce are navigating an increasingly complex economic landscape. Beyond the basics of money management, they must understand fintech, alternative investments and entrepreneurship. To address this need, West Virginia University will host its 19th annual Finance University for primary and secondary teachers so they can bring advanced financial literacy skills back to their classrooms.

From July 18 to 22, educators in West Virginia and neighboring counties who teach math, business and civics will visit Morgantown for this immersive professional development conference organized by the John Chambers College of Business and EconomicsCenter for Financial Literacy and Education, directed by Amy Pridemore.