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WVU Extension Service program helps kids struggling with weight and pre-diabetes

7 hours 28 min ago

Armed with data from a new study raising alarms about the health of children in the Mountain State, a West Virginia University Extension Service program has mobilized to help families who want to make healthy lifestyle changes.

The data, collected by the Coronary Artery Risk Detection in Appalachian Communities Project, highlights problems of obesity and diabetes showing up even in toddlers and preschoolers. 

WVU clears Engineering Research Building after chemical accident

8 hours 30 min ago

West Virginia University students, faculty and staff in the Engineering Research Building on the Evansdale Campus are being sent home for the day (Tuesday, Oct. 22) as a precaution after a chemical accident inside one of the laboratories. 

Permit holders in Area 40 also need to vacate that parking area by moving their vehicles to another lot. Area 40 permit holders also may go home for the day. 

WVU students to experience global travel, research as part of international partnership

9 hours 28 min ago

 An international partnership is expanding a gateway of cross-campus collaboration while opening avenues for West Virginia University students to travel, conduct research and explore a global perspective. 

Fernando Mezzadri, professor in the department of physical education and pro-rector (provost) of planning, budget and finance at Universidad Federal do Parana in Brazil, will meet this week with representatives from the WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences and Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources to foster opportunities for student and faculty partnerships. 

2020 football schedule announced

12 hours 57 min ago

West Virginia University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Shane Lyons, in conjunction with the Big 12 Conference has announced the 2020 football schedule.

Nominations now open for 2020 West Virginia Business Hall of Fame

Mon, 2019-10-21 12:45

The nomination process for the 2020 West Virginia Business Hall of Fame is open until Nov. 30.

Sponsored annually by the West Virginia University John Chambers College of Business and Economics, the Business Hall of Fame kicks off the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Business Summit at The Greenbrier to honor and recognize those with strong West Virginia ties who have made a significant impact on the business landscape. 

WVU Foundation captures prestigious MarCom awards

Mon, 2019-10-21 11:00

The West Virginia University Foundation’s Communications team won four awards in the 2019 international MarCom Awards, which recognizes outstanding creative achievement in the marketing and communications fields.

The winners were chosen from more than 6,000 entries from corporate and educational marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, public relations firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers throughout the United States, Canada and several other countries. The Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals bestows the awards annually.

WVU only higher education institution named as top employer in 2019 CandE Awards

Mon, 2019-10-21 08:30

West Virginia University has been nationally recognized as one of 65 employers – and the only higher education institution — to receive the 2019 North American Candidate Experience award. This is the second time WVU has received this honor.

“At West Virginia University, we are dedicated to providing high-quality service to all members of our Mountaineer family,” said Cris DeBord, vice president of Talent and Culture. “From initial interviews to the end of the hiring process, we want to ensure that all prospective employees feel at home here.”

It’s electric: WVU breaks new ground in developing transportable, carbon-neutral energy source

Fri, 2019-10-18 11:45

Electricity is something we rarely think about -- we expect it to be there, flowing hundreds of feet over our heads, powering every facet of our daily lives. 

But what if we didn’t have giant towering power lines above us and instead the electricity flowed under our feet?

New WVU program aims to serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Thu, 2019-10-17 11:59

High school graduates with intellectual and developmental disabilities will soon be joining West Virginia University’s campus through a new program developed to prepare them for independence that will provide improved academic, social engagement and real-world work experiences.

Students, ages 18-23, enrolled in the program— tentatively named The Country Roads Program—will live in a shared residential housing arrangement, participate in social activities across campus and receive career education and training. The program will include a two-year core track focused on independent-living skills and workforce preparedness, plus the option of an advanced track for an additional two years. During the advanced track, students will apply their new skills in workplace settings and can enroll in select WVU certificate programs.

WVU researcher studies link between caffeine, sleep and alcohol use in middle-schoolers

Thu, 2019-10-17 10:45

Research into young people’s drinking habits tends to focus on high school and college students. Middle school students are rarely the subject. Yet they are “at this critical age for substance use initiation,” according to Alfgeir Kristjansson, an associate professor in the West Virginia University School of Public Health.

In a new study funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a division of the National Institutes of Health, Kristjansson will investigate two potential targets for preventing middle-schoolers from alcohol use: caffeine use and sleep deprivation.

Making reservations on the economic hype: Pro sports have little effect on tourism dollars, say WVU economists

Wed, 2019-10-16 08:30

Government and tourism officials love to tout the economic boon that professional sports bring to their cities. 

Now picture those conventional claims as a basketball floating through the air. 

WVU Humanities Center announces ‘The Future’ as 2019-2020 Speakers’ Series annual theme

Tue, 2019-10-15 16:00

At a time when West Virginia is looking to chart new pathways toward greater prosperity, the West Virginia University Humanities Center has chosen “The Future” as its 2019-2020 annual theme. 

Throughout the academic year, featured speakers will share insights on how humans today and in the past have grappled with their beliefs, fears and fantasies about the future, and how individuals experience the complex and real interactions among people, ideas, technology and the planet.  

WVU researcher to help target victims of rural sex trafficking through new mobile app

Tue, 2019-10-15 10:45

A West Virginia University School of Medicine researcher is developing an app to train key personnel in rural areas how to identify and report one of the lesser known elements of the opioid epidemic— child sex trafficking.

“Trafficking is often done to fuel someone’s illicit drug habit,” said Amie Ashcraft, director of research for the Department of Family Medicine. “In West Virginia, we’ve only recently started appreciating that it’s happening here.” 

State of the University: Gee builds on his five years at WVU to plan the University’s future

Mon, 2019-10-14 15:50

The wisdom of the past, especially as articulated by Abraham Lincoln, provides a guidepost for the future, especially for the land-grant universities he signed into law, West Virginia University President Gordon Gee said Monday (Oct. 14) in his annual State of the University address.

Weaving the 16th president’s words throughout his speech, Gee recounted his five years at WVU’s helm and looked to the future, approaching it, as Lincoln said, “one day at a time, one step at a time, one hard decision at a time.”

Third annual WVU Day of Giving set for Nov. 13

Mon, 2019-10-14 11:45

West Virginia University alumni and friends are being encouraged to make a gift to the University on Wednesday, Nov. 13, as part of the third annual WVU Day of Giving.

The WVU Foundation is organizing the 24-hour online fundraising event as a convenient way for supporters to contribute to the University. Last year, the event raised more than $6 million.

WVU chemists lead the ‘charge’ with new molecular research tool

Mon, 2019-10-14 10:58

New research from West Virginia University is transforming technology for biomedicine and beyond. 

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences faculty in the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry are simplifying experiments in mass spectrometry, a method commonly used by chemists, biologists, physicists and forensic scientists for analyzing molecular materials. 

WVU Wind Symphony to participate in ‘life changing’ China tour

Fri, 2019-10-11 12:15

Students in the West Virginia University Wind Symphony will participate in a unique cultural musical exchange thanks to an invitation from the United States – China Cultural & Educational Foundation to take part in a three-city performance tour of China. 

“At the College of Creative Arts, we have a history of both expanding educational opportunities for our students and serving as ambassadors for WVU and the state of West Virginia,” said Keith Jackson, dean of WVU’s College of Creative Arts. “Of course, performing in some of the largest cities in the world is important, but the exchange of culture is an even larger opportunity that is truly life changing.” 

A saving grace underground: WVU engineers utilize robots to improve mine safety

Fri, 2019-10-11 10:45

Injuries and deaths caused by roof collapses and falling debris, common culprits for underground mine accidents, could be prevented by the unlikely force of robots and drones, thanks to the work of West Virginia University engineers. 

Ihsan Berk Tulu, assistant professor of mining engineering, along with Jason Gross, Yu Gu and Guilherme Pereira, from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, are developing an autonomous robotic system to monitor the structural integrity and safety of underground mines.

Future of finance education at WVU begins next chapter as alums announce trading lab gift for Reynolds Hall

Fri, 2019-10-11 08:30

As Reynolds Hall, the new hub for business education on the campus of West Virginia University and the Morgantown waterfront comes to life, two John Chambers College of Business and Economics alumni are making a gift that will place future Mountaineers on the cutting edge of finance education. 

Penni Facemire Roll and Rob Roll met at WVU, where they both graduated with accounting degrees in 1988 and 1987, respectively. The Rolls announced a gift to the Building Beyond campaign in New York City Oct. 10 to give back to the College where their story began. That gift will establish the Roll Capital Markets Center.

WVU to celebrate Mountaineer Nation Day Oct. 19

Thu, 2019-10-10 12:15

West Virginia University’s Mountaineer Nation Day will dedicate Oct. 19 to WVU fans and their pride and passion for the state’s flagship university. 

Fans from around the world can celebrate as the Mountaineers take on Oklahoma by registering game watch parties. Each registration is an automatic entry to win an official Mountaineer Nation Day prize pack and/or a special game day watch party Snapchat geofilter. All registered fans will receive a 15 percent off coupon to the Official Store of the West Virginia Mountaineers.