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BENEDUM DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARS SHOWCASE

2021 Inside the Scholars Studio

Recognizing the high caliber of research and scholarly activity of WVU's Benedum Distinguished Scholars


March 2, 2021 | 5-6:30 p.m.

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This year’s virtual celebration is modeled on the Emmy-award winning series “Inside the Actors Studio” by James Lipton and will feature 3MT-style video presentations of each of the 2019-2020 Scholars, followed by a live panel discussion and moderated Q&A session.

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2020 Showcase


Michael Germana

Michael Germana

Professor, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Time as a Weapon of Whiteness: Ralph Ellison’s Plunge into the Philosophy of Temporality

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Joshua Hall

Joshua Hall

Professor, Chair, John Chambers College of Business and Economics

Economic Freedom: From Measurement to Understanding

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John Hu

John Hu

Professor, Chair, Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

Conversion of Stranded Energy Resources into Value-Added Chemicals

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About Michael Germana

Germana is honored in the humanities and the arts category of the Benedum Distinguished Scholars. An English professor with specializations in American literature and American studies, his research includes two books and over a half-dozen articles as well as presentations and invited talks. This award recognizes in particular Gemana’s 2018 volume “Ralph Ellison: Temporal Technologist,” a unifying theory that weaves its way through the sum of Ellison’s work. The work was published by one of the most prestigious presses in the field, Oxford University Press. The interdisciplinary nature of Ellison’s corpus is reflected in Germana’s approach that draws upon film theory, antebellum visual rhetoric, photomaterialism and music theory. The result is a complete re-evaluation of Ellison’s lifework and a much-needed lens for re-examining the legal, economic and social frameworks through which the body is read in our own time. The work has been praised by reviewers as “the finest and most important work on Ellison to date” and for transforming the field of Ellison studies.

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About Joshua Hall

Hall is honored in the behavioral and social sciences category. He is an internationally recognized scholar in the field of economics and is known for creating an annual index of economic freedom in the world that is widely used for research in economics and other social sciences. The various annual editions of his Economic Freedom in the World have received over 4,500 citations. In addition to the index, Hall has published seven books, over 100 peer-reviewed articles in the field and 35 book chapters. Since 2016, 15 of his peer-reviewed articles have investigated the relationship between economic freedom and economic outcomes in areas such as income levels and economic growth. Hall has been an invited speaker at over 40 universities. According to a nomination letter, Hall’s innovative research sparks “new conversations in the literature” and “enriches the discipline.”

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About John Hu

Hu is honored in the physical sciences and technology category. His work focuses on two main areas of research: the development of carbon-neutral liquid fuels (CNLFs) and the direct conversion of natural gas to value-added liquid chemicals through single-step dehydroaromatization. In both of these areas, Hu is a world leader and has established a nationally recognized program at WVU. He has undertaken a number of U.S. Department of Energy and other federal agency-funded projects. Hu has published more than 100 journal articles and conference papers and has received 32 U.S. patents, all related to catalysis and reaction engineering. Since joining WVU in 2016, he has published 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, filed seven U.S. patents, presented 30 keynote speeches at national and international conferences, and secured over $12 million in research funding. The selection committee states that Hu’s work has defined major areas of shale gas research, and he continues to make significant research contributions.

View his bio and CV online.


2021 Benedum Distinguished Scholars Showcase

Benedum Scholars Celebration