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Bridge Faculty Fellow Recipients

Science and technology are driving forces behind vast changes across much of our society.

For public officials grappling with difficult policy decisions, data and analysis from experts can be indispensable. Bridge Faculty Fellows work with the Bridge Initiative to engage with the policy arena, increase the impact of their work for the public good, and stimulate new ideas for research and innovation to help fulfill our Land Grant Mission.

Second Cohort      2022 – 2023

Jamison Conley

Jamison Conley

Associate Professor of Geography, Eberly College

As a geographer, I have an overarching interest in the statistics, algorithms, and techniques for the analysis of spatial data. I’ve used these tools in a variety of projects, including finding and analyzing disease clusters.

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Vaike Hass

Vaike Haas

Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design

My work at WVU promotes social equity and diversity in public greenspace. One of my current interests is in pedestrian and bike infrastructure, especially safe routes to school, with a focus on implementation in Morgantown.

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Crosby Hipes

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Department of Social Sciences and Public Administration, WVU Institute of Technology

My research focuses on public attitudes toward people with stigmatized identities. Currently, I am working on a project assessing public perceptions of opioid drug offenses, including whether attitudes depend on the offender’s social characteristics.

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Kevin Orner

Kevin Orner

Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering, Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

My research focuses on improving human and environmental health locally and globally through the safe and sustainable recovery of resources such as nutrients, energy, and water from concentrated waste streams.

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Nicole Stout

Nicole Stout

Research Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, WVU Cancer Institute and School of Public Health

My current research focuses on cancer survivorship and the functional needs of individuals living with and beyond cancer. Of particular importance is the lack of community-based services that are available and accessible to rural individuals with cancer.

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Inaugural Cohort      2021 – 2022


Eddie Brzostek

Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Eberly College

Forest Ecology & Ecosystem Modeling

The overarching goal of my research program is to understand how processes that operate at the level of soil microbes and roots influence the ability of forests to take up carbon dioxide and slow the pace of global change.

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Emily Garner

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Statler College

Environmental Engineering, Applied Microbiology

I work in natural and engineered systems to understand fundamental processes impacting water quality and to develop solutions that promote safe and sustainable water resources.

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Jamie Shinn

Assistant Professor, Department of Geology and Geography, Eberly College

Geographer, flooding vulnerability, climate change adaptation

I use qualitative methods such as interviews, focus groups, and photography to document people’s lived experiences of vulnerability to flooding and to identify equitable solutions for climate change adaptation.

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