Media Advisory: WVU terrorism experts available

September 11th, 2001

Four West Virginia University terrorism experts are available to answer media calls pertaining to apparent terrorist attacks today (Sept. 11) at the Pentagon and World Trade Center.

They are:

  • Dr. Rusty Russell, director of WVU s Virtual Medical Campus, 304-293-5998. The objective of the Virtual Medical Campus is to prepare doctors and emergency personnel to respond to terrorist attacks on American soil. The Virtual Medical Campus is the computer network and national information delivery arm of the National Training Center for Homeland Security (NTC-HLS) that WVU and the West Virginia National Guard are developing together.
  • Lawrence Nichols, associate professor of sociology and anthropology and an expert in terrorism, 304-293-5801, ext. 1630.
  • Dr. John E. Prescott, professor of emergency medicine, president and CEO of University Health Associates, and an expert in emergency medical management and developing disaster plans, 304-293-7425.
  • Joseph Scotti, associate professor of psychology and the Eberly Family Professor for Outstanding Public Service, is an expert in post-traumatic stress syndrome, 304-293-2001, ext. 667. Dr. Scotti has worked with victims of war, domestic violence, rape and traffic accidents.


  • Tom Witt, associate dean of the College of Business and Economics, is attending a conference at the World Trade Center and witnessed the attack. Contact Tim Terman at B&E at 304_293_7760 for more information.
  • Brian Bowers, the son of Gloria Bowers, administrative secretary to University President David C. Hardesty Jr., works near the Trade Center. He was on his way to work and witnessed one of the explosions. Gloria Bowers can be reached at 304-293-5531.

Classes at WVU will go on as scheduled today, University officials confirmed. However, Provost Gerald Lang urges faculty and administrators to be sensitive to studentsand employeesconcerns and fears in this time of national emergency.