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West Virginia Business Hall of Fame to honor Chris Cline, new inductees

1 hour 46 min ago

The West Virginia Business Hall of Fame will posthumously honor coal industry billionaire and philanthropist Chris Cline and three other state business leaders who have led widespread growth.

The 2019 Hall of Fame class are Bill Bayless, chief executive officer of American Campus Communities Inc.; Judy K. Sheppard, chief executive officer of Professional Services of America, Inc.; and Leo A. Vecellio, Jr., chairman, president and CEO of Vecellio Group, Inc. 

WVU study investigates rural LGBTQ youth’s motivations for participating in activism

Mon, 2019-08-19 10:45

While marriage equality continues to be a big win for the LGBTQ movement since its passage in the U.S. in 2015, many activists are concerned about what’s next. 

Researchers from West Virginia University and the University of Kansas have spent the intervening years studying young adults comprising the next generation of LGBTQ activists to understand their aspirations for the movement’s future. 

Libraries to host ‘Appalachian Futures’ exhibit

Mon, 2019-08-19 09:30

How do you imagine the future of Appalachia?

“Appalachian Futures,” West Virginia University Libraries’ new year-long exhibition, addresses the current dominant narratives about Appalachia in a new way, by looking at how the people of Appalachia have worked and will work to rewrite their own story.

Louis the Child, Gucci Mane and Jon Bellion to perform at 25th annual FallFest 2019

Fri, 2019-08-16 12:03

(WVUToday will distribute a media advisory Monday, Aug. 19 with FallFest credentials and other logistics details. Read more about WVU’s 2019 Welcome Week.) 

FallFest, West Virginia University’s 25th annual welcome-back-to-campus concert will be held Tuesday, Aug. 20, on the Evansdale Rec Fields adjacent to the Student Rec Center. This year’s performers are Louis the Child, Gucci Mane and Jon Bellion. Gates will open at 4 p.m. and the show will begin at 5 p.m. with Jon Bellion. Louis the Child will close the show which is expected to conclude at 9:30 p.m. FallFest is FREE and open to WVU Students only. Students must obtain and activate their Welcome Week Wristband BEFORE coming to FallFest. 

As whooping cough evolves, WVU researcher studies how to maintain vaccine’s effectiveness

Thu, 2019-08-15 08:30

Scientists and bacteria are locked in an arms race. Over time, bacteria can evolve to resist today’s powerful vaccines. Bordetella pertussis—which causes pertussis, or whooping cough—is no different. Although the current vaccines that protect against it are highly effective—plunging the annual death rate from around 9,000 in the early 1940s to 13 in 2017—there’s no guarantee they will stay that way.

West Virginia University researcher Mariette Barbier is working to preserve the pertussis vaccines’ effectiveness, even as the bacteria adapt. The National Institutes of Health has awarded her $2.6 million, over five years, for the project.

Mountaineer Medical Scholarship established to support School of Medicine Charleston students

Wed, 2019-08-14 15:00

Dr. James P. Griffith and his wife Marla have established the Dr. James P. and Marla R. Griffith Mountaineer Medical Scholar program. A $20,000 commitment, the scholarship will be awarded to a student who chooses to further his or her education on the West Virginia University Health Sciences Charleston Campus, with preference given to those from West Virginia and/or Roane County and who have an interest in internal medicine and/or psychiatry

“I have loved my time learning and working at the Charleston Division and CAMC for my entire career,” Dr. Griffith said. “As a graduate and former director of the oldest combined Internal Medicine/Psychiatry residency program in the U.S., I have devoted my career to the practice and teaching of these specialties. I consider it a privilege to provide care to the people of the Charleston area as well as many from Roane County where Marla was born and raised. We are excited to be able to provide financial support for students on our campus who are planning careers in these areas of medical practice.”

WVU PRT resumes operation Thursday

Wed, 2019-08-14 13:45

In anticipation of students’ arrival on campus, the West Virginia University Personal Rapid Transit system will resume operations Thursday (Aug. 15).

As part of continuing modernization efforts, the PRT was closed during the summer to work on system integration and enhancements. Part of this work included the integration of digital signage with the public address system on PRT platforms.


Tue, 2019-08-13 10:18

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Hacking off the hackers: WVU programmed to fill cybersecurity jobs with NSF award

Mon, 2019-08-12 13:02

When West Virginia University first offered cybersecurity classes in 2003, the gravest fear of a casual Internet user might have been opening an infected email attachment that erased computer files or reset their homepage. 

And who could forget landing on some dodgy website that would generate a never-ending array of pesky popup windows

Students seek purpose, find path during WVU Welcome Week

Mon, 2019-08-12 08:45

An array of Welcome Week activities designed to foster lifelong passion and purpose await an estimated 5,600 new students from around the world making their way to Morgantown this week to embark on a new journey at West Virginia University.

“I have been a university president for a long time, but I still get excited at this time of year,” President Gordon Gee said. “The renewed energy our students bring is only matched by the excitement they display when they graduate. It is also a testament to the continuing growth of West Virginia University in stature and accessibility. I look forward to welcoming everyone to campus –– and I plan to get a selfie with every one of them!”

WVU Foundation records year with $177 million in contributions

Thu, 2019-08-08 14:15

Alumni and friends gave $177 million to West Virginia University this past year, making it the second highest year of giving in the University’s history. 

For the fiscal year July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019, the WVU Foundation notes 20,857 donors, including 10,232 alumni, made 42,116 gifts totaling $177.4 million. This total is second only to $196.8 million donated in FY’12. 

First board-certified oncologic physical therapist in state offers services to patients at the WVU Cancer Institute

Thu, 2019-08-08 12:30

Megan Burkart, assistant professor in the West Virginia University School of Medicine’s Division of Physical Therapy, is the first physical therapist in West Virginia to achieve specialization as an Oncologic Clinical Specialist.  

She is one of only 68 physical therapists in the United States to earn this new certification from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Burkart provides state of the art care for patients at the WVU Cancer Institute’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center and works closely with lung cancer patients in the Bridge Survivorship Program. 

WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute researchers first to test aneurysm treatment device

Tue, 2019-08-06 15:33

Doctors at the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute have treated the first patients in the world in a clinical trial to collect real-world, post-marketing data on the use of a new device for the endovascular treatment of cerebral aneurysms.

Hotter, wetter, dryer: WVU research forecasts an uptick in extreme weather, temperatures in West Virginia

Tue, 2019-08-06 08:45

It’s going to rain a lot in West Virginia. It’s going to be really dry, too. 


Join WVU and WVU Extension Service for fun and education at the State Fair of West Virginia

Mon, 2019-08-05 12:45

From the time-honored 4-H livestock projects to cutting-edge STEM activities, West Virginia University Extension Service will offer a blend of tradition and innovation at the State Fair of West Virginia in Fairlea from Aug. 8 to Aug. 17.

WVU Extension Service Interim Dean Sue Day-Perroots said the fair is an opportunity to honor the state’s agricultural roots and showcase the new directions the state is heading — through a fun and family-oriented atmosphere. 

WVU researcher tailors first-responder app to improve stroke outcomes

Mon, 2019-08-05 08:30

Doctors have about three hours to administer the most effective treatment for the most common type of stroke. If they miss that window, recovery becomes questionable, and survival rates plummet.

Amelia Adcock, associate director of the West Virginia University Stroke Center, is customizing an app that helps first responders in West Virginia triage stroke patients efficiently when they respond to a 911 call.

WVU Honors College, Humanities Center announce new leaders

Thu, 2019-08-01 08:35

Two leaders known for their innovation, energy and creativity will bring those essential skills to bear in their new roles at West Virginia University.

Damien Clement will serve as acting dean of the Honors College and Rhonda Reymond as interim director of the Humanities Center effective Aug. 1.

WVU’s 100 Days in Appalachia to expand academic platform, improve national coverage of region

Wed, 2019-07-31 14:15

West Virginia University will offer new cross-disciplinary courses that are working areas of Appalachian identity, history and culture and provide faculty training in new media technology through a grant awarded to 100 Days in Appalachia, a media outlet incubated at the Reed College of Media’s Media Innovation Center.

The $250,000 Andrew W. Mellon grant will support the integration of 100 Days into the curriculum at WVU and engage students and faculty from journalism, English, history, linguistics, folklore, cultural geography, religion and other disciplines, eventually laying the groundwork for a potential new major in social documentary storytelling.

WVU Board of Governors OKs three major construction projects and financing

Wed, 2019-07-31 12:09

Citing the need to “improve the quality of student life, enrich academic experience, enhance student services, and respond to students’ needs,” the West Virginia University Board of Governors unanimously approved construction plans Wednesday for three major projects totaling $176 million. 

The projects will be funded by a combination of private donations, auxiliary revenue, private financing (bonds) and reserves. 

WVU Curiosity Series lineup announced

Wed, 2019-07-31 08:30

West Virginia University students, faculty and professional artists from around the world will show off their talents as part of Curiosity Series, hosted by WVU’s College of Creative Arts.

In its second season, the Curiosity Series is a sampling of the hundreds of events presented yearly in the College of Creative Arts. According to Dean Keith Jackson, this year’s programming has something for everyone in the greater Morgantown community.