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Summer 2016

First, let me add my congratulations to the WVU researchers who have advanced the technology and science of vehicle testing. Great work. Well-deserved notoriety.

Second, and not so cheery, I want to point out that the engineers involved and WVU in general should recognize a much larger truth than the exposé on Volkswagen. 

To put all that in perspective requires only one bombshell statistic: Namely
the fact that only 0.01 percent of NOx emissions come from light-duty diesel cars [Time, Nov. 30, 2015, p. 104].

 To state that profound statistic another way, only 1/10,000 of the NOx emissions coming from diesels comes from light-duty cars. And 99.99 percent of it is coming from somewhere else. Has the lightbulb not yet lit over the heads of any sane person reading this?

This is the smoking gun, the ultimate proof, that the Environmental Protection Agency is totally out of control and irresponsible. With light-duty diesel NOx emissions being under 0.01 percent, it is overwhelmingly obvious that emissions regulations on those vehicles were plenty strict enough (probably already needlessly overbearing) and clearly did not need to be tightened. With the NOx emissions of this class of vehicle so obviously negligible, the right thing to do was to declare victory in that area and concentrate elsewhere on significant sources of pollution. Instead the zealots at EPA turned down the screws some more. Incredible, irresponsible, outrageous.

… Anything resembling justice would reprimand the EPA, force them to revise their emissions requirements, limit their loose-cannon behavior, and provide logical, common sense oversight of the EPA. They are the real villains, not VW.

I grant you VW needs to have knuckles rapped for outsmarting the EPA and breaking the (unjustifiable) rules, but what is currently going on is the worst-founded witch hunt since the Salem stocks confined the witches. Instead of the outrage of forcing VW into multibillion-dollar debt and probably bankruptcy, EPA should be exposed for colossal poor judgment. In my opinion VW deserves an award for exposing the EPA!

All EPA rule making authority should be suspended until they are brought under reasonable oversight and control. The main “scoop” WVU should get credit for is not exposing the cleverness of VW but rather the hideous overreach and tyranny of the EPA.

Will WVU take the lead, as you should, in exposing the EPA and seeing something closer to justice done here?

Bill Rymer
BS ’66, Electrical Engineering 
Lexington Park, Md.

We need more people/groups to be doing factual investigations of things we take for granted, i.e., that emission tests are accurate, or processed food actually contains what is claimed, etc.

Roger Smith 

To me it is very sad that a very well-known brand cheats to gain leverage over competitors. In this case, VW did the world harm by allowing more pollutants into the atmosphere than allowed. Thank you WVU team for exposing the truth about Volkswagen AG.

Chris Nelson

Fantastic article [Fractured Spaces]! I consider myself very lucky that I got to work with Lois [Raimondo] while I was at WVU.

Rachel Yoke

What an amazing variety of university activities you introduced us to!

Your Spring 2016 magazine was innovative, engaging and very informative. And also labor-intensive — I'm a retired journalist. Thank you.

Louise Crumrine Seals 
BS ’66, Journalism 
Richmond, Va.

Launch Lab art

Good heavens! Who is the artist of the out-of-this-world piece (p. 40–41) for the LaunchLab story? Credit, kudos and thanks to Kirk Hazen for the Last Word!

[The quilling or rolled paper design was created by Forrest Conroy, who was the magazine’s art director.]

Trina Wafle 
BA ’82, English 
Morgantown, W.Va.

[On “Engineering a New Medicine”]

Needles ... Ugh. One thing I can never watch is a blood test, shot, IV placement, etc. It’s even worse when the needle is in MY arm! I’m certainly glad there are people out there who aren’t squeamish like me.

Jason Toney

Great story! I’m in my last semester of nursing in Parkersburg, and the manikins definitely help! Simulations make those of us entering the medical work force prepared for the “what ifs.”

Christina Salser 

[On “The Last Word with Kirk Hazen”]
Not sure if you follow your own comments, but Hi from formerly Laine Hall of the linguistically boring PNW. Can’t believe you’ve finally made linguistics cool … or maybe I can.

Laine Gawthrop

[On “Nature’s Lab”]

A real life “Hodgins” from Bones!!

Carol Marshall

I was thinking Grissom from CSI.

Steve Simmons
Instagram photo of Rebecca Graham wearing sculpture.

westvirginiau Rebecca Graham, an advanced sculpture student, made these awesome bat-like wings and molded them to her body in an attempt to evoke Leonardo da Vinci’s Flying Machine. She created them for an assignment focusing on making a prosthesis that hindered movement. Learn more about Rebecca and the experimental discoveries made in her class in the newest edition of the @WVUMagazine at

jillian_dworak Read the article :) very awesome!

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