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BENEDUM DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARS SHOWCASE

2022 Inside the Scholars Studio

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


March 8, 2022 | 7 p.m.


Join the Office of the Provost and WVU’s 2020-2021 Benedum Distinguished Scholars for an evening of dialogue about research, passion and purpose. The showcase will be modeled after the Emmy-award winning series “Inside the Actors Studio” by James Lipton and will highlight short videos of each honoree, followed by a live panel discussion and moderated Q&A session.

This year’s celebration will be an in-person event for a limited audience at the Gladys G. Davis Theatre of the WVU Creative Arts Center. Seating for the one-hour event will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested attendees must register online to attend.

A livestreaming option will also be available to accommodate an extended virtual audience.


Cari Carpenter profile

Cari Carpenter

Professor, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

What the Curious Want to Know: Collecting Works of Ora Eddleman Reed

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Lisa Holland profile

Lisa Holland

Professor, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

New Technologies to Support and Develop New Health Treatments

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Cheryl McNeil profile

Cheryl McNeil

Professor, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Preschoolers with Emotional and Behavioral Problems

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About Cari Carpenter

Cari Carpenter, professor of English in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, was selected for the Benedum Distinguished Scholar Award in the Humanities and the Arts. She is recognized for her exemplary contributions to the field of American Indian Studies and women’s literature of the 19th century United States. Carpenter is known for her work keeping Native American women writers at the forefront of our national consciousness, particularly authors who had fallen out of our cultural memory. Since joining the faculty at WVU in 2004, she has published two books on American Indian women authors – a single-author monograph and a co-edited volume – with a third forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press. Throughout her scholarship, Carpenter performs the vital work of recentering the voices of indigenous women writers and, in many cases, recovering their writing from obscurity.

View her bio and CV online.


About Lisa Holland

Lisa Holland, professor of analytical chemistry in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, was selected for the Benedum Distinguished Scholar Award in Physical Science and Technologies. She is recognized for developing many successful cutting-edge innovations in capillary electrophoresis instrumentation, including the use of self-assembled nanomaterials to process and separate complex biomolecules. Holland’s work is also recognized for extending traditional analytical chemistry to broader applications in biomedical and pharmaceutical disciplines and for creating analytical technologies that push the scientific envelope and allow scientists to perform measurements that could not previously be made (e.g., new interfacing for capillary electrophoresis and mass spectrometry). These types of capillary electrophoresis measurements are in demand at pharmaceutical companies as the technique allows more effective monitoring of biological therapeutics to ensure stringent quality standards are met throughout the manufacturing process. Holland was recently recruited by Pfizer to develop and validate a method to enable higher-throughput analyses. Her research is also timely to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. She has created new technologies to improve and ultimately personalize antibody-based therapeutics and inhibitors of the influenza A enzyme, neuraminidase. Holland has received major grants from National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and Pfizer and has produced more than 70 scholarly works, including peer reviewed manuscripts, patents and book chapters.

View her bio and CV online.


About Cheryl McNeil

Cheryl McNeil, professor of clinical child psychology in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, was selected for the Benedum Distinguished Scholar Award in Behavioral and Social Sciences for her significant contributions to the research in and practice of parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT). During her celebrated career at WVU spanning nearly three decades, McNeil has become widely recognized as a leading expert in the field of child psychology. She is co-author of a foundational book dealing with PCIT and the sole author on three other books on the subject. Through her research and clinical work, McNeil has impacted people throughout West Virginia and is reaching a worldwide audience thanks to the exposure provided by DVDs published by the American Psychological Association. While at WVU, McNeil has tirelessly mentored undergraduate and graduate students who have played key roles in the development of PCIT. As a faculty member, she exemplifies the core Mountaineer values and continues to make long-lasting contributions to the University’s land-grant mission.

View her bio and CV online.