Tag Archives: Research

South Africa: I’m Finally Here

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At 08:03 local time, the plane touched down in Johannesburg. Although the last flight was a whopping 15-hours total air time, the South African Airlines flight crew did an amazing job making sure we were as comfortable as possible. After a trip through customs to get my passport stamped, and several laps around terminals A and B, I found my… Read more »

Dr. Tina Dow Featured in University Graduate Catalog

The 2012-2013 West Virginia University Graduate Catalog has featured Dr. Tina Dow as a mentor for prospective students.  While attending University, Dr. Dow was awarded a Graduate Teaching Fellowship and Tuition waiver.  She was the first person in her family to attend college.          

Timber Rattlesnake Survey

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This year, 2012, has been an exciting time for the Timber rattlesnake population and reproductive assessment survey research. The driving force behind this project was to better understand how human presence in the north eastern part of their range has affected overall rattlesnake numbers and breeding success compared to previous data. In addition, we wanted to learn more about Timber… Read more »

Big Impact, Big Research — Dr. Tina Dow’s Research Highlighted in WVU Alumni Magazine

It was certainly a weekend of celebrations in West Virginia.  In addition to participating in the 143rd Commencement at West Virginia University, Dr. Tina Dow’s research was highlighted  in the latest edition of the WVU Alumni Magazine. Big Impact, Big Research Written By Jake Stump/ Photographs By Scott Lituchy The story of Tina Dow’s love of elephants began in another… Read more »

Researching the Researcher– Dr. Tina Dow Featured in the Latest Edition of JEMA

Recently, Dr. Tina Dow was featured in the Researching the Researcher section of the latest edition of the Journal of the Elephant Managers Association (JEMA).  The article highlighted Tina’s doctoral research while at West Virginia University and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.            

A Trunk of Love Wins Telly Award for WVU

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Award-winning videos feature WVU’s true story on YouTube Six WVU University Relations-produced videos honored with prestigious Telly Award. Yes, substantive content does exist on YouTube. Beyond the guitar-shredding cats, personal pleas to Justin Bieber and brouhahas in fast food parking lots, the true stories of West Virginia University’s academic heart and soul can be seen, heard and experienced on the world’s most… Read more »

The Year of the Dragon

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The dragon is both revered and feared in many cultures around the world.  This year the Chinese will celebrate the upcoming new year as the Year of the Dragon.  A symbol of strength and royalty, you can find interpretations of these mythical beasts adorning clothing, wall tapestries, statues, and even etched into flesh.  But what do we know about our… Read more »

WVU Doctoral Student Pursues Passion

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WVU Doctoral Student Pursues Passion By: Kaidy Murdock For the Charleston Daily Mail MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Tina Dow has always had an interest in elephants.   From her first Little Golden Book and frequent visits to the Pittsburgh Zoo as a girl, the Cumberland, Md., native’s love for the creatures has transformed into a career and a passion. “In my backpack… Read more »

Devil Facial Tumor Disease

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In honor of Australia Day I thought it would be fitting to write about one of their most beloved species, the Tasmanian devil.  Immortalized as the spinning, incoherent cartoon character, the survival of the real Tasmanian devil is in peril.  A communicative disease called Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD) is decimating the devil population of Tasmania.  As researchers race to… Read more »