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Shepherd hosted 16 international clinicians and law enforcement professionals on March 27 who are touring the United States as part of a U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program for a project titled Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. Cleveland, Seattle, Chicago, and Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Pictured in the front row are (l. to r.) Kevin Knowles, director, Berkeley County Recovery Resource Center; Maury Richards, Martinsburg chief of police; John McAvoy, Shepherd police chief; Dr. Mary J.C. Hendrix, Shepherd president; Kimberly Havenner, international visitor exchange specialist, Office of International Visitors, U.S. Department of State; and Dr. Scott Beard, Shepherd provost.

A new book by Dr. James Broomall, director of Shepherd University’s George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, examines how the American Civil War reshaped the emotional expressions and gendered behavior of white Southern men. Private Confederacies: The Emotional Worlds of Southern Men as Citizens and Soldiers is part of the Civil War America series published by the University of North Carolina Press.

Dr. Arnold Bakker, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, gave a talk “Alzheimer’s disease and dementia: Current treatments and new approaches” on March 25 as part of the President’s Lecture Series. Pictured (l. to r.) are Karen Rice, Dr. Bakker, and President Mary J.C. Hendrix.

Shepherd University has signed a memorandum of understanding with Dimensional Learning Solutions and the internationally based ANL Health Solutions and Consultants to recruit nursing students from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Pictured (l. to r.) are Provost Scott Beard, Ming Yu, chair, ANL Health Solutions and Consultants, and Brian Talbott, CEO and founder, Dimensional Learning Solutions.

Tom Wingfield, the acting chancellor of the National Defense University’s College of Information and Cyberspace delivered a lecture on March 5 that focused on artificial intelligence, national security, and cyber law. A former chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee on International Criminal Law, he is the author of The Law of Information Conflict: National Security Law in Cyberspace and a member of the drafting committee for the Tallinn Manual on the International Law applicable to Cyber Warfare.

Joss Poteet of Wildwood Middle in Jefferson County won the West Virginia State Geography Bee March 29 at Shepherd University. First runner-up was Grant Kenamond of Triadelphia Middle in Ohio County, and Andrew Oyerly of Shepherdstown Elementary School was second runner-up. This is the first time Shepherd has hosted the statewide GeoBee, which was sponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the West Virginia Geographic Alliance. Poteet won a medal, $1,000 in cash and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C., May 19-22 to represent the state in the National Championship at National Geographic Society headquarters. The second and third place winners received cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively.

The 10 finalists who competed in the GeoBee are (l. to r.) Frank Day, St. Joseph Grade School, Huntington; Alex Himes, Taylor County Middle School; Mitchell Proper, Winfield Middle School; Trayven Neely, Princeton Middle School; Dave Lemon, West Fairmont Middle School; Andrew Overly, second runner-up, Shepherdstown Middle School; Grant Kenamond, first runner-up, Triadelphia Middle School; Quinn Brown, Bluefield Middle School; Moses Warui, St. Joseph School, Martinsburg; Joss Poteet, state champion, Wildwood Middle School.