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From the Director's DeskDr. DeKeseredy

Greetings Friends and colleagues! 

On behalf of local, national and international scholars and practitioners affiliated with the Research Center on Violence at West Virginia University, I welcome you to the Center’s inaugural newsletter. Co-edited by Kathryn Burnham and Robert Nicewarner, the newsletter’s objective is multi-pronged. It reports what Center staff and affiliates are doing, announces events and activities relevant to the study and prevention of violence, and features interviews with some of the world’s leading experts in the field.

Currently, the Center is conducting the very first West Virginia Crime Victimization Survey with the assistance of Kathryn, Robert, and an energetic group of undergraduate interns. This project involves telephone interviews and the data will be used to inform effective policies. Further, it will enhance a social scientific understanding of various types of crime in rural areas. Criminology has a long history of being urban-biased and the Center seeks to help remedy this problem.

Center staff are involved with other major projects, such as studying hate crime, homicide, pornography and violence against women, and analyzing data gleaned from the recent WVU Campus Quality of Life Survey. We will keep you up-to-date on publications and reports that emerge from these and other projects.

Speaking of Center staff, WVU psychologist Jeffrey Daniels is featured in this newsletter and other affiliates will be featured in subsequent issues. Dr. Daniels research interests are law enforcement officer ambushes, global hostage-taking, military psychology, and school violence prevention.

Early this fall, the Center and WVU’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology were honored to co-host public lectures given by Drs. Joseph F. Donnermeyer (The Ohio State University) and William F. Flack Jr. (Bucknell University). An interview with the former appears in this issue and one with the latter will be included in the next one.  

The Center greatly appreciates the support of the Dean of WVU’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. Dean Gregory Dunaway recently joined the WVU community and is now a member of the Center’s Executive Board. His research interests include studying social factors associated with crime and delinquency, inequality and crime and justice, and criminal justice policy.

We hope you enjoy this newsletter and we look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at Center events.