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WVU’s 70th annual celebration of Mountaineer Week begins Friday

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West Virginia University’s Mountaineer Week gives students and other guests the opportunity to discover the historically rich culture of West Virginia and Appalachia by showcasing music, cuisine, arts, influential people and various traditions that make West Virginia unique.

The celebration, now in its 70th year, will kick off at 11:30 a.m. Friday (Oct. 20) with an opening ceremony in the Mountainlair Ballroom, featuring keynote speaker Tom Sloane, a retired long-term WVU student life administrator, and a musical performance by Mountaineer Idol finalist Natto Soares.

WVU opens new inhalation facility, $1.7 million NIH grant investigates effects of inhaled particles on health

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Sunscreen spray, a necessary defense against the risks associated with sun exposure, can present a risk of its own. The reflective nanoparticles that protect your skin can also be inhaled, making it harder for the smallest blood vessels in the body to dilate and contract in response to cells’ needs. We encounter risks such as these every day, in common activities, and the cumulative toll on our health may be at a tipping point. 

West Virginia University’s new Inhalation Facility will be the home for research and collaborations that measure, identify and discover how the particles we breathe affect our health. Timothy Nurkiewicz, a microvascular physiologist in the School of Medicine’s Department of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience, is the director of the new lab. 

WVU’s Job Accommodation Network receives $12.7 million funding renewal

Tue, 2017-10-17 14:00

Housed at the West Virginia University College of Education and Human Services, the Job Accommodation Network, known as JAN, is the nation’s leading source of free, expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.

Start-up companies, emerging technologies to be featured at 6th TransTech Energy Business Development Conference

Tue, 2017-10-17 09:30

Exciting start-up companies pitching new energy technologies developed by regional innovators will be on hand at the 2017 TransTech Energy Business Development Conference Oct. 24-25 at the Hilton Garden Inn-Southpointe near Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

The academic base for the 2017 TTE Conference is expanding this year to include students, faculty and staff from Case Western Reserve University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, along with TTE founder West Virginia University.

WVU ranked one of world’s top universities in high-profile ranking

Mon, 2017-10-16 14:00

West Virginia University has been ranked among the top 1.5 percent of the universities in the world by the Center for World University Rankings, the largest academic ranking of its kind. 

“This ranking shows that West Virginia University is known around the world as a leader in teaching and research,” said William Brustein, vice president for global strategy and international affairs. “Thanks to the great achievements of our students, faculty, staff and alumni we are being recognized as a leading global university.” 

WVU awarded grant to develop critical mineral reserves

Mon, 2017-10-16 13:00

With a national reputation as a leader in rare earth extraction research, West Virginia University is poised to take another step in developing a domestic supply of rare earth minerals that are critical to national defense and U.S. economic security.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory has announced a $644,000 research grant to WVU to continue its research supporting DOE’s ongoing program to recover rare earth elements from coal and coal by-products. Since February 2016, the West Virginia Water Research Institute at WVU has led $5.6 million in research across four projects under that program, including $4.46 million in federal and $1.13 million in industry funds. The team’s research includes a current project to build a pilot scale processing plant on the WVU Evansdale campus

LIGO and Virgo make first detection of gravitational waves produced by colliding neutron stars

Mon, 2017-10-16 10:00

(Editor’s Note: Citation is below.)

For the first time, scientists have directly detected gravitational waves—ripples in space and time—from the spectacular collision of two neutron stars. Light from the collision was also observed by telescopes, marking the first time that a cosmic event has been viewed in both gravitational waves and light.

West Virginia University Police recognized for safety efforts

Mon, 2017-10-16 09:30

West Virginia University Department of Police and Emergency Management is ranked ninth in the nation among 4,706 colleges and universities for its campus safety initiatives.

The Safe Campus Top 25 list was announced Monday, recognizing UPD’s accomplishments in improving university campus safety including a partnership with Morgantown Police Department to become the primary responder to the Coop Zone. It was were also recognized for co-sponsoring an emergency management drill which involved the university community, the National Guard, Department of Corrections, Department of Health and other state and local agencies. 

Cunningham and Hageboeck named 2017 WVU Homecoming queen, king

Sat, 2017-10-14 14:07

A week of Homecoming activities at West Virginia University culminated today (Oct. 14) with the crowning of Morgan Cunningham and Charlie Hageboeck as the 2017 king and queen. 

The announcement was made during the half-time ceremony at Saturday’s Homecoming football game against Texas Tech. 

WVU engineering students win best poster awards at prestigious international biometrics conference

Fri, 2017-10-13 11:00

Doctoral students from West Virginia University’s Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources captured best poster awards at the International Joint Conference on Biometrics held October 1-4, in Denver, Colorado.

Naman Kohli and Daksha Yadav, doctoral students in computer science, received a best poster award for their paper titled, “Synthetic Iris Presentation Attack Using iDCGAN.” Commercial iris recognition systems find it difficult to discriminate between synthetically generated iris images and real iris images. Kohli and Yadav’s research proposes a solution to this challenging problem by developing a novel algorithm to generate realistic looking synthetic iris images using a new framework called iris deep convolutional generative adversarial network.

WVU’s Clay Marsh to address congressional caucus on opioid epidemic

Fri, 2017-10-13 11:00

West Virginia University Health Sciences Vice President and Executive Dean Clay B. Marsh, MD, will address the Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus as part of a panel discussion on how medical schools and teaching hospitals are working to treat patients with opioid use disorders and ultimately stem the tide of overdoses in hard-hit and underserved areas of the country.

Sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the luncheon briefing is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 17 at noon in Room HVC-201 at the Capitol Visitors Center, Washington, D.C.

WVU energy conference to address state’s economic opportunities

Fri, 2017-10-13 09:30

West Virginia University will look at the state’s emerging energy economy through industry experts, public policy organizations, environmental groups and academic institutions at the sixth annual National Energy Conference Oct. 20.

“Our goal is to bring together policy makers and practitioners, with a focus on sound science, to help lead West Virginia into an environmentally responsible and economically viable energy future,” said Shanda Minney, executive director of the Appalachian Stewardship Foundation.

WVU LaunchLab Network awarded grant to boost business, entrepreneurship

Fri, 2017-10-13 09:21

The three-year grant will help expand services at the LaunchLab on the Morgantown campus and increase staffing and service capabilities at the LaunchLab at West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Beckley.

“We are absolutely thrilled and energized by the grant from the EDA,” said Mindy Walls, assistant vice president for entrepreneurship and innovation. “Every student who walks through our doors with a vision, a brilliant idea, or a business plan in hand is a potential business owner bringing revenue into West Virginia. This grant will allow us to help more of those young people bring their visions to fruition.” 

WVU LaunchLab Network awarded grant to boost business, entrepreneurship

Fri, 2017-10-13 09:21

The three-year grant will help expand services at the LaunchLab on the Morgantown campus and increase staffing and service capabilities at the LaunchLab at West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Beckley.

“We are absolutely thrilled and energized by the grant from the EDA,” said Mindy Walls, assistant vice president for entrepreneurship and innovation. “Every student who walks through our doors with a vision, a brilliant idea, or a business plan in hand is a potential business owner bringing revenue into West Virginia. This grant will allow us to help more of those young people bring their visions to fruition.” 

WVU alum returns with original composition for University’s 150th

Thu, 2017-10-12 14:00

When Jay Chattaway left West Virginia University in 1968, he spent seven years in the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C., diverting him from the path he thought he wanted – a professorship at his alma mater. That diversion took him on a journey he couldn’t have predicted and opened a road from Morgantown to Hollywood, where he earned a Grammy for producing and an Emmy for composing.

Chattaway, a trumpet player who majored in music composition and music education, returns to Morgantown this weekend for the first time since graduation to conduct the WVU Marching Band as it performs his original work Jubilee 150, written in honor of the University’s 150th birthday for WVU’s Homecoming.

WVU alum returns with original composition for University’s 150th

Thu, 2017-10-12 14:00

When Jay Chattaway left West Virginia University in 1968, he spent seven years in the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C., diverting him from the path he thought he wanted – a professorship at his alma mater. That diversion took him on a journey he couldn’t have predicted and opened a road from Morgantown to Hollywood, where he earned a Grammy for producing and an Emmy for composing.

Chattaway, a trumpet player who majored in music composition and music education, returns to Morgantown this weekend for the first time since graduation to conduct the WVU Marching Band as it performs his original work Jubilee 150, written in honor of the University’s 150th birthday for WVU’s Homecoming.

Basketball Season Tips with Gold-Blue Debut

Thu, 2017-10-12 13:07

West Virginia University will tip off the 2017-18 men's basketball season with the Gold-Blue Debut presented by Coca-Cola on Friday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum.

WVU Reed College of Media launches new Sports and Adventure Media major

Thu, 2017-10-12 12:30

West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media has developed the only known undergraduate major in the country to focus on sports and adventure media.

With its big-time college sports programs and beautiful natural setting, the Mountain State is a mecca for sports and adventure enthusiasts, and also the perfect setting for the new major designed to prepare students for careers in sports journalism and adventure media communications.

WVU Reed College of Media launches new Sports and Adventure Media major

Thu, 2017-10-12 12:30

West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media has developed the only known undergraduate major in the country to focus on sports and adventure media.

With its big-time college sports programs and beautiful natural setting, the Mountain State is a mecca for sports and adventure enthusiasts, and also the perfect setting for the new major designed to prepare students for careers in sports journalism and adventure media communications.

Tradition runs deep: Gaziano family creates WVU English professorship

Thu, 2017-10-12 09:30

The Mountaineer tradition runs deep for the Gaziano family of Charleston, West Virginia. Dominic Gaziano, Rosalie Gaziano and their five sons all graduated from West Virginia University’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, totaling 28 years of enrollment.

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