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WVU amends Morgantown steam plant contract, refinances bonds

Fri, 2020-01-24 13:48

The West Virginia University Board of Governors agreed Friday (Jan. 24) to amend its contract with the company that provides steam to the campus to permit a switch from coal waste to natural gas.

In a special meeting, the Board amended its contract with Morgantown Energy Associates after Mon Power terminated its contract with the company. MEA then asked the University to amend its contract, originally signed in 1989 and amended in 2012, to permit the use of natural gas and base the cost on the amount of gas used. The amended agreement will expire in April 2027 as originally envisioned.

Backyard Brawl returns to PNC Park

Fri, 2020-01-24 09:04

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced the Club will once again play host to the Backyard Brawl for the University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University baseball regular season game on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at PNC Park.

Cell-phone-sized device that stimulates nerve in neck may prevent migraine

Thu, 2020-01-23 13:51

If your bank account balance looks nail-bitingly low and you won’t get paid for days, you might agonize over every dollar you spend. Maybe you’ll scrutinize grocery-store ads more closely than usual or brew your own coffee instead of ordering it from a barista.

Migraine patients can face a similar sense of scarcity when it comes to migraine medications. Drugs called triptans are the “mainstay of migraine treatment,” said West Virginia University neurologist Umer Najib, but typically, patients can’t take them more than twice a week. If they have a third migraine, they’re out of luck. But Najib is researching a new way to treat—and prevent—migraine attacks without this limitation: neuromodulation.

Chambers’ planned gift to benefit WVU

Thu, 2020-01-23 11:45

The legacy of Drs. John T. (Jack) and June Richie Chambers of Charleston will live on through a planned gift made by the late alumni to West Virginia University

Two unitrusts established by the couple will provide the Chambers College of Business and Economics, Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute and the School of Medicine with  more than $668,000 to support programs and research. 

WVU reminds campus community of winter weather procedures

Wed, 2020-01-22 13:50

Campus leaders at West Virginia University remind students, faculty and staff that as temperatures fall and the possibility of inclement weather increases, they are to exercise caution and use personal judgment before venturing out. 

“As always, the safety of our faculty, staff and students remains a top priority,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Maryanne Reed. “We urge faculty to notify their students in advance if they intend to cancel class and to be accommodating to students who live off campus and have far to travel. We don’t want anyone taking unnecessary risks.”

From refugee to researcher: Graduate student focuses on harmful particle exposure

Wed, 2020-01-22 10:45

Nearly two decades ago, Amina Kunovac sat in a room in Croatia with an interviewer and a translator. 

The interviewer asked her, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The scared 7-year-old replied, in Bosnian, that she wanted to be a dentist. 

WVU fraternities and sororities maintain above average GPAs

Tue, 2020-01-21 11:45

Fraternity and sorority members show higher academic performance than West Virginia University students at large.

The fall 2019 Greek average, which includes organizations in the Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Panhellenic Association and Professional Greek Council was 3.240. The average GPA for all WVU undergraduate students was 2.969.

Lyons names Stratford new men’s soccer coach

Tue, 2020-01-21 08:51

Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President Shane Lyons has named Dan Stratford as the school's 10th men's soccer coach. Stratford, who played for the Mountaineers from 2004-07, and served as an assistant coach at WVU from 2011-13, returns to Morgantown after a three-year stint as the head coach at the University of Charleston.

Thorn's number to be retired

Thu, 2020-01-16 12:02

West Virginia University will retire the playing number of all-time basketball great Rod Thorn. In a career spanning more than 50 years, Thorn has excelled as a player and as a front office executive where he became one of the game's most influential figures.

Maintaining momentum: WVU researchers promote maple syrup production through education

Wed, 2020-01-15 14:15

With more than 400 million maple trees, it’s no wonder maple syrup is one of the West Virginia’s fastest growing industries. 

To help keep the momentum – and overcome challenges – a team of West Virginia University experts wants to educate landowners, foresters and loggers on the nuances of southern sugarbush management.

Cancer survivor pays it forward at Bob Huggins Fish Fry

Wed, 2020-01-15 11:45

When Angie Blankenship woke up following double mastectomy surgery, she was relieved to hear that her breast cancer had not spread to her lymph nodes. But, she said, “in that moment of jubilation, I also knew that we had the fight of healing.” 

That fight continues even as she approaches five years in remission. Though people often think cancer treatment ends after completing chemotherapy, radiation or post-operative recovery, Blankenship said it’s an ongoing battle that brings daily struggles. 

WVU bringing hands-on learning opportunities to the Capitol for students, families, alumni

Tue, 2020-01-14 11:45

West Virginia University continues to change the lives of West Virginians and people around world through innovative academic programs, life-changing research and other programs geared toward improving our communities.

Students, families, 4-H’ers and alumni are invited to learn more about the exciting programs and engage in hands-on activities during the 2020 WVU Day at the Legislature. The free event, hosted by WVU and WVU Extension Service, is open to the public and will take place at the Capitol in Charleston on Jan. 21, 2020, from 9 a.m. to noon.

New WVU grant provides children with needed mobility equipment

Tue, 2020-01-14 08:45

Kids like to move and be as independent as possible. But for children with mobility impairments, equipment needs may limit their ability to get out and go.

The West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities is working to change that through new funding which will provide children aged 3-12 with mobility assistance and other durable medical equipment not covered by West Virginia Medicaid or private insurance. 

WVU Reed College of Media launches fellowship to support local news outlets with new investment from Knight Foundation

Mon, 2020-01-13 14:45

Aspiring journalists looking for a pathway to newspaper ownership will get a leg up at West Virginia University thanks to the nation’s only fellowship program designed to maintain and strengthen local news ownership. 

“Many current owners are aging and ready to retire but have no succession plans and don’t want to sell their legacy operations to media chains,” said Jim Iovino, director of NewStart, a new entrepreneurial media ownership program at the West Virginia University Reed College of Media which today announced a $200,000 investment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation that will help students ensure communities stay informed and local democracy thrives.

Gee Mail: A hip new year for West Virginia University

Mon, 2020-01-13 10:12

In his first Gee Mail of 2020, West Virginia University President Gordon Gee draws on the best of 2019 to move us into a new year of purpose. 

WVU researchers to unveil economic action plan for Potomac Highlands counties

Mon, 2020-01-13 08:45

The five-county area comprising West Virginia’s Potomac Highlands could improve economically by embracing and promoting its regional identity, according to a new study by three West Virginia University centers.

After a year and a half of research, the plan which recommends several strategic actions to promote economic prosperity in the region will be released Friday at West Virginia Community and Technical College in Moorefield. 

Athletics receives gift from Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust

Thu, 2020-01-09 11:29

West Virginia University Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President Shane Lyons announced today a $10 million gift from the Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust to build an Athletics Performance Center at the WVU Coliseum Sports Complex.

When physical activity extends beyond PE class

Thu, 2020-01-09 08:30

Kids are supposed to get an hour of physical activity a day, but fewer than a quarter of them do. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, classroom-based physical activity can boost their activity levels and is associated with longer attention spans, increased focus and memory and higher academic achievement.

But practically speaking, how can teachers add physical activity to their already overstuffed agendas? And if they manage to do it, will it actually help their students? West Virginia University researchers Nancy O’Hara Tompkins and Lesley Cottrell launched a project to help answer these questions. Their goal: to increase physical activity in West Virginia classrooms.

If trees could talk: WVU researchers use historic log structures to map migration of European settlers, Native Americans

Tue, 2020-01-07 12:15

Log cabins in West Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains have a story to tell: when people leave, the forest takes over. 

Researchers at West Virginia University are using tree-ring dating to determine not only when trees were cut down to build historic log buildings in the region but also what the forests were like before European immigrants arrived. This could help researchers shed light on when Native Americans abandoned the area and how their absence altered the landscape.

In a nearby galaxy, a fast radio burst unravels more questions than answers

Mon, 2020-01-06 11:01

For more than a decade, astronomers across the globe have wrestled with the perplexities of fast radio bursts — intense, unexplained cosmic flashes of energy, light years away, that pop for mere milliseconds. 

Despite the hundreds of records of these enigmatic sources, researchers have only pinpointed the precise location of four such bursts.