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Fall 2016

foodsafety

New and Notable

According to the Food Research Action Council, 22 percent of households in West Virginia had difficulty accessing food last year. A variety of State-sponsored programs work to narrow food access gaps, but private emergency food assistance providers have increasingly become a coping strategy for struggling families.

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Giving Back

Department of Geology and Geography graduates Pamela (MS ’88) and Dan (MS ’89) Billman have pledged to establish a permanent endowment in support of student field experiences for geology students in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

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Awards and Honors

Last April, the Eberly College honored alumni who are making important contributions in their community and within their professions.

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Land Reform

3 New Books from Eberly Scholars

Eberly scholars publish numerous books and articles every year. A short selection, bridging many disciplines, is included here.

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In Focus

Cameron Randall and Daniel McNeil report that dental care-related fear and anxiety is due, in part, to genetic influences inherited from parents. The study is one of the first to suggest that genetics, in addition to environmental factors, can be a basis for patients fearing dental treatment.

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Fall 2016

The focus in healthcare is shifting back to patient-centered healthcare, where physician and patient work together to determine what methods are working and how to best treat the person behind the illness. JoNell Strough, professor in the Department of Psychology, and Kristina Hash, professor in the School of Social Work, sat down to discuss how a background in humanities makes for better communicators and more effective physicians.

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Experience

Although he always had an interest in history, Jack Hammersmith never planned to pursue a career in the discipline. Born in a small town in northern Ohio, Hammersmith made a few changes to his career path before he found the direction he wanted to take.

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