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WVU Board of Governors receives facilities plan update

Fri, 2017-12-15 16:19

Meeting between commencement exercises for the largest December graduating class in West Virginia University’s 150-year history, the Board of Governors received an update on its current master facilities plan Friday (Dec. 15), with a look ahead to a refreshing of the plan through 2022.

Vice President for Strategic Initiatives Rob Alsop highlighted accomplishments so far, including new facilities for the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources on the Evansdale campus, as well as improvements in student housing.

‘The engine of innovation is change,’ WVU’s December graduates told

Fri, 2017-12-15 16:00

The weather outside wasn’t quite frightful, and it was delightful inside the West Virginia University Coliseum Friday (Dec. 15) as the largest December graduating class in the University’s 150 years received diplomas amid cheers, shrill whistles and honking horns from their friends and families.

For the first time, WVU held two ceremonies, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon, to accommodate more than 2,800 graduates. 

Crawford to miss the bowl game

Fri, 2017-12-15 08:26

Football Coach Dana Holgorsen has announced that senior running back Justin Crawford has decided not to participate in the 2017 Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl and will focus on his preparation for the 2018 NFL Draft.

Grier to return for senior season

Fri, 2017-12-15 08:25

Junior quarterback Will Grier has announced that he will return for his senior season in 2018. Grier, who will graduate today (Dec. 15) with a degree in multidisciplinary studies, was the 2017 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year as selected by the league coaches, and the Associated Press.

NIH funds WVU research to make diabetes and hypertension management a community activity

Thu, 2017-12-14 08:15

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—Managing diabetes and high blood pressure can feel like a solitary enterprise dependent on relationships with objects (like pills or foods) and activities (like brisk walks or early bedtimes) instead of relationships with people, but a group of West Virginia University researchers is hoping to change that.

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $450,000 to Ranjita Misra, a professor of public health at WVU; Usha Sambamoorthi, a WVU pharmacy professor; and a multidisciplinary team of WVU researchers to study how lifestyle modification with support from health coaches helps diabetic, hypertensive individuals control their blood sugar and blood pressure.

WVU engineering students conduct research in microgravity conditions

Wed, 2017-12-13 10:30

A team of engineering students from West Virginia University recently conducted soldering experiments aboard the Zero Gravity Corporation’s microgravity research aircraft, G-Force One.

The team built upon work done by past WVU Microgravity Research Teams in an effort to remove bubbles or voids that form in solder joints when soldering is performed under microgravity conditions. According to team advisor John Kuhlman, professor emeritus of mechanical and aerospace engineering, the voids make the solder joints weaker and less electrically conductive than they would be if they were created within Earth’s normal gravity.

Gee Mail: The Best of 2017

Wed, 2017-12-13 09:09

With 2018 lurking around the corner, West Virginia University President Gordon Gee bids farewell to the year in this look at the Best of Gee Mail: 2017 edition. 

WVU physicists among collaborators granted $7 million to form U.S. Department of Energy center of excellence

Tue, 2017-12-12 14:00

Scientists pause each afternoon at Kirtland Air Force Base in Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, awaiting the daily lightning flash and unmistakable floor jolt that accompanies a Z shot. West Virginia University physics professor Mark Koepke and his students are often among them, taking advantage of approximately 20 of the more than 200 Z shots per year to examine the physical principles that govern extreme astrophysical environments through the study of high energy density physics.

WVU community builds 18th Toy Mountain

Tue, 2017-12-12 11:00

West Virginia University faculty, staff and students have donated toys throughout the holiday season to construct Toy Mountain, located in the Mountainlair.  The College of Business and Economics has helped build that mountain with a contribution this year.

“We would also like to give special recognition and thanks to the College of Business and Economics and Dean Javier Reyes for sponsoring their own toy drive in support of Toy Mountain,” said Kim Harrison, assistant director of Student Engagement and Leadership.

Latest WVU statement on student radio station issues

Mon, 2017-12-11 14:35

West Virginia University issued the following statement today (Dec. 11) regarding personnel issues at the student-run radio station WWVU:

West Virginia University is committed to creating an educational and workplace environment where faculty, staff and students feel welcome, safe and free to express themselves. However, this commitment has been questioned through the concerns raised by students working at the student-run radio station, U92.

WVU forensic financial expert: Opportunities lost for West Virginia in opioid epidemic are ‘staggering’

Mon, 2017-12-11 13:30

A research professor and forensic economic expert at West Virginia University said the opioid epidemic has taken a substantial, expensive toll on this state, preventing West Virginia from investing in its citizens because of this drug abuse crisis.

Paul Speaker, who works as a finance professor and whose area of expertise is public sector financial management at the WVU College of Business and Economics, said the cost of the opioid crisis is mounting quickly, and that you do not have to look that far to see the toll it is taking. He said the turnaround time on a lab request in West Virginia is approximately 270 days in a system that is clogged with opioid cases, causing significant delays in tests needed for countless criminal investigations. 

You know it's winter at WVU when...

Mon, 2017-12-11 12:05

Dear West Virginia University Family:

Our shared experiences weave us into the gold-and-blue fabric that is West Virginia University. 

PRT winter break schedule begins Dec 14

Mon, 2017-12-11 08:15

West Virginia University’s Personal Rapid Transit system will not be in operation during the winter break planned Dec. 14 - Jan. 3. The PRT will resume normal operations Jan. 4.  

PRT train control modernization efforts will continue during winter break. The West Virginia University campus service Blue and Gold Connector through the Mountain Line Transit Authority will be operational during the winter break with exceptions for Christmas and New Year’s Day. The Beechurst Express and Campus PM will not operate during the WVU winter break. 

WVU to partner with to advance computer science in K-12

Fri, 2017-12-08 11:00

Continuing its commitment to excellence in science, technology, engineering and math education, the West Virginia University Center for Excellence in STEM Education announced today (Dec. 8) its selection as a regional partner of, a national network working to ensure that all students K-12 have the opportunity to learn computer science.

“We are thrilled to become a Regional Partner and establish CodeWV to help build an effective computer science educator community across West Virginia, particularly in our rural and underserved areas,” said Center Director Gay Stewart. “With computing jobs now the number one source of new earnings in the U.S., computer science must be a critical part of the K-12 curriculum. Not only can we ensure that West Virginia students have the skills necessary for future success, we can also bolster jobs and economic growth in the state.”

WVU statement on student job action at radio station

Thu, 2017-12-07 17:24

WestVirginia University today (Dec. 7) issued the following statement regarding the actions undertaken by student workers at WWVU:

It is unfortunate that students at WWVU, West Virginia University’s student-run radio station, have resorted to a job action that has resulted in the station shutting down, an action which if it continues could jeopardize the station’s license.

WVU students compete in national ‘Real’ Elevator Pitch Competition

Thu, 2017-12-07 15:00

A West Virginia University student placed second in a national competition that required him to explain his business idea in a 40-second elevator pitch. 

Ethan Ball, a senior Entrepreneurship and Innovation major in the College of Business and Economics, was one of two West Virginia University finalists in the St. Louis Elevator Pitch Competition. He plans to use the $1,500 award to further develop his prototype for an innovative housing solution.

David Fryson named WVU senior advisor for diversity community outreach

Thu, 2017-12-07 14:00

David M. Fryson, currently West Virginia University’s vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, will assume a new role as senior advisor to President Gordon Gee for diversity community outreach, as part of a phased retirement.

Fryson joined WVU in 2010 as deputy general counsel before being named its first chief diversity officer in 2012 and then vice president two years later. He will assume his new duties Jan. 1.

WVU research team to test effectiveness of drones, robots in underground tunnels

Thu, 2017-12-07 11:59

Can robots and drones peacefully coexist on search and rescue missions under less than optimal conditions? A research team at West Virginia University plans to find out.

Mechanical and aerospace engineering faculty members Jason Gross and Yu Gu have been awarded nearly $300,000 in funding from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to study autonomous operations of UAVs and ground robots in underground tunnels/caves.

WVU gas utilization team to showcase technology and economic development efforts

Wed, 2017-12-06 14:30

West Virginia University, a leader in technology and economic development around gas utilization, today announced that WVU’s Center for Innovation in Gas Research and Utilization will showcase its achievements at an open house on Tues., Dec. 12, from 4:30 p.m. to  7:30 p.m., at the Erickson Alumni Center.

Speakers will include Provost Joyce McConnell, Brian Anderson, director of the WVU Energy Institute, Gene Cilento, Glen H. Hiner Dean of the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, and John Hu, CIGRU director and the Statler Chair in Engineering for Natural Gas Utilization. The event will conclude with a networking reception.

WVU receives $4 million to commercialize work in vaccinations, artificial intelligence and shale gas energy

Wed, 2017-12-06 13:45

From protecting us from dangerous infections to redefining the future of artificial intelligence to advancing the use of natural gas to bring economic benefit to the state, the depth and breadth of West Virginia University’s research and its potential to improve the lives of the citizens of the state is being recognized.

WVU research is being bolstered by $3.9 million in Research Challenge Grants from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission to build additional research strength and work toward commercial products over a five-year period. The grants were administered by the Commission’s Division of Science and Research.