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WVU Benedum Distinguished Scholars Showcase Event Slated for April 12

Benedum Event 2023
Join the Office of the Provost and WVU’s Benedum Distinguished Scholars for an evening of dialogue about research, passion and purpose.

Scheduled for Wednesday, April 12 at 7 p.m., the 2023 Benedum Scholars Showcase will be an in-person event at the Gladys G. Davis Theatre of the WVU Creative Arts Center. A live-streaming option will also be available for virtual viewers on the website.

Styled after James Lipton’s Emmy-award winning series “Inside the Actors Studio,” WVU’s “Inside the Scholars Studio” will highlight short videos of the faculty members who were named as the Benedum Distinguished Scholars last spring, followed by a live panel discussion and Q&A session. Honorees from the 2021-2022 academic year include:

  • Co-recipients Joel Beeson and Dana Coester, both professors of journalism in the Reed College of Media, who were selected for the Benedum Distinguished Scholar Award in the Humanities and the Arts for their collaborative research and creative investigative work documenting the recruitment techniques of domestic white supremacist and extremist groups in Appalachia
  • Christina Duncan, professor of psychology in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, who was selected as the Benedum Distinguished Scholar in Behavioral and Social Sciences for her significant contributions to the research in and practice of pediatric psychology
  • Jessica Hoover, associate professor of chemistry in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, who was honored as the Benedum Distinguished Scholar in Physical Science and Technologies for her significant discoveries in inorganic, organometallic and organic chemistry, specifically transition metal catalyzed reactions

Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Culture Melissa Latimer will serve as host and discussion moderator.

Additional details about the event and the honored scholars can be found on the Office of the Provost’s website at A recording will be made available on the website after the event.