Last fall, the work of a small university found that Volkswagen diesels were producing far more emissions than federal regulations allow. This led to one of the largest automotive scandals in history. Investigations were launched to find out what happened, executives lost jobs, and VW had fines to pay and a colossal PR nightmare to sort out.

But what got lost in the madness of cheating devices, proposed fixes and car buybacks was the university that uncovered VW's wrongdoing in the first place. The New York Times went back to West Virginia University to talk with the professor and students who worked on mobile emissions testing to see how they're doing. According to the article, they certainly gained more fame, but still struggle for funding, and apparently this isn't a particularly new trend. Check out the full story here.

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