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Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Ryan McCarthy

Co-hosts of Healthcare is Human podcast Ryan McCarthy and Shruthi Sreekumar interview a nurse in the emergency department at the Berkeley Medical Center. Photos for the project by Molly Humphreys.

Meet Dr. Ryan McCarthy, an Honors College alumnus working to share the stories of community members who work in healthcare with the new Healthcare is Human podcast and photo project.

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Recent Grad Spotlight: Oriana Ovide

Recent graduate Oriana Ovide knew the Honors College was right for her from her first tour of WVU, with the great access to academic resources and tight-knit community. Oriana pursued experiences in undergraduate research from the beginning of her time at WVU, researching with WVU’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, presenting at a conference with her research group junior year, and spending as summer researching with the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD after being awarded a prestigious NSF summer research fellowship.

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Employee Spotlight: Kevin Walden

Kevin Walden headshot.

Kevin Walden works in the Office of Undergraduate Research (UGR), working with students to help them explore undergraduate research and their future careers. A first-generation student from West Virginia, Kevin appreciates how important mentorship can be for students. “I think of myself and how I first came to the University, and I didn’t really know what I was doing. I just really loved having these advisors take an interest in me and they took it upon themselves to see that I would succeed,” Kevin said. “And I feel that is the role that our office plays for students.”

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Spring 2021: Mid-Semester Book Club Courses

Want to earn an additional Honors credit this semester and learn more about an interesting topic? Consider adding one of these mid-semester book club courses to your schedule! Classes start the week of March 15-19.

In the course “Love in a Time of Affliction,” students will investigate, with the help of readings and media from various sources, how human relations (romantic, familial, friendship and social) are affected by, and how they can survive, during times of severe trial such as pandemics, oppressive political regimes, war etc. Through a discussion enriched by our own personal experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic, the aim of the course is to get to a deeper understanding of the nature of human relationships, and to strengthening our ability to cope with and respond to such times of trial.

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