Shirley Stewart Burns

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2009 Innovative Learning Through ETDs

Ph.D. History

West Virginia University, U.S.A.

Shirley’s ETD has allowed her to accomplish her goal of raising the public consciousness and discourse about mountain top removal. She was able to reach a world-wide audience almost instantaneously, resulting in publication of a book that is now in use in the K-12 and higher education curriculum.  A press release about her success is available at 


Bringing Down the Mountains: The Impact of Mountaintop Removal on Southern West Virginia Communities

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