Marietta College political science student to present at conference

Marietta College's Nicholas Busch '08, who is majoring in political science, will attend the 31st annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference at Marshall University on March 28-30.

"It's quite an accomplishment for Nick to have had his paper chosen for presentation at the annual Appalachian Studies meeting because this is a well known regional, inter-disciplinary professional association, and not just an undergraduate research conference," said Dr. Mike Tager, associate professor of political science.

The conference theme is, "The road ahead: The Next Thirty Years of Appalachian Studies" with a sub-theme of "The Social Costs of Coal."

A native of Elizabeth, W.Va., Busch has done internships with both the West Virginia legislature and the judiciary, so Tager said Busch has a real sense of the impact the coal industry has on the state's politics.

The title of Busch's research presentation is "Investigating the Impact of Coal Interest Groups on the West Virginia Electoral Process" and it deals largely with how coal politics work in West Virginia. His research sheds light on the impact of coal interests on West Virginia elections, but has implications for larger issues like global warming and energy self-sufficiency.

Busch will be presenting alongside presenters from Penn State, Antioch University of New England, and the University of Oregon.