WVU Today

Subscribe to WVU Today feed
RSS feed for the WVU Today blog.
Updated: 18 min 35 sec ago

WVU researcher to conduct neuroimaging studies on people with autism

Fri, 2018-01-05 11:00

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in every 68 children born in the United States has a form of autism. Children with autism spectrum disorder typically pay less attention to faces and other social stimuli, preferring to fixate on objects. Shuo Wang, an assistant professor of chemical and biomedical engineering at West Virginia University, is hoping to find out what role a portion of the brain may play in this behavior.

Wang will conduct electrophysiology studies on abnormal signaling in the amygdala, the brain’s alarm circuit for fear and a critical brain structure for social behavior. His work is being funded by a three-year, $200,000 grant from The Dana Foundation, the first ever received by WVU.

WVU Stroke Center at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital awarded state’s only Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers

Thu, 2018-01-04 10:30

WVU Medicine today announced that the WVU Stroke Center at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.

In a first for West Virginia, WVU Heart and Vascular Institute team implants life-saving heart pump

Wed, 2018-01-03 14:30

A 62-year-old Maryland man with a failing heart has received a permanent heart pump in an operation performed for the first time in West Virginia. A team of specialists at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute on Dec. 11 installed the pump, known as a left ventricular assist device for Ken Ritchey of LaVale, Maryland.

Men's basketball wins 2nd straight on road, 13th straight overall

Tue, 2018-01-02 08:46

Bob Huggins reached back to his basketball past to help West Virginia win its 13th straight game Monday night at Kansas State.

WVU reminds campus community of winter weather procedures as new semester begins

Tue, 2018-01-02 08:30

West Virginia University’s spring semester starts Jan. 8, calling for a reminder about how the University responds when harsh winter weather occurs. 

Should conditions occur making travel potentially dangerous, both students and employees are reminded to use their own good judgment before venturing out. 

National awards, titles add up for WVU graduate

Wed, 2017-12-27 09:30

In his first year as a head coach, West Virginia University alumnus Dan Stratford used what he learned as a student and assistant coach to lead his team to the NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer National Championship.

Stratford, who first earned a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education Teachers Education in June 2009 and then a master’s in July 2015, both from the WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, says consistent messaging kept the players at the University of Charleston focused.

Utah overpowers WVU in Heart of Dallas Bowl

Tue, 2017-12-26 20:12

West Virginia's offense, without several key playmakers including starting quarterback Will Grier, played in a fog thicker than Tuesday's (Dec. 26) Dallas weather that enveloped the Cotton Bowl, and the Mountaineers fell to Utah, 30-14.

WVU alumni create six new scholarships for business school students

Thu, 2017-12-21 12:40

New scholarships will spark innovative thinking and enable students at the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics to dive into new experiences through their courses, internships, study abroad programs, student organizations and beyond.

“It truly comes full circle when our passionate alumni reflect on their own experiences at WVU and, in turn, give back to the College, creating new opportunities for current and future business students,” said B&E Milan Puskar Dean Javier Reyes. “We are deeply grateful for the generosity, support and character-driven leadership of these true Mountaineers.”

WVU’s Experimental Rocketry team gears up to defend title in international competition

Thu, 2017-12-21 09:30

The event hosts student rocketry teams from all over the world to launch solid, liquid and hybrid rockets to target altitudes of 10,000 and 30,000 feet while carrying a minimum of 8.8 pounds of payload. For the first time, the team will compete in both categories at the event, which will be held at the Spaceport America Campus near Las Cruces, New Mexico, June 19-23.

“WVUER has never competed in the 30,000-foot launch competition so this will be a new experience for us,” said team President Casey Wilson, a mechanical and aerospace engineering major from Wheeling. “We are extremely excited to showcase all of the talents that the engineering students at WVU bring to the table.”

WVU nursing researcher intervenes between patients and loneliness

Wed, 2017-12-20 08:30

“Find Yourself First.” “Don’t Be in a Hurry.” “Stay Connected to Friends While You’re Young.” “Treat Loneliness as a Thief in the Night.” These are just some of the insights that participants in the Listen program wrote as news headlines during the final writing activity of the program’s pilot run.

Laurie Theeke, a nurse practitioner in the West Virginia University School of Medicine and associate professor in the WVU School of Nursing, developed Listen to give lonely people the skills to explore what makes them lonely and devise strategies to feel more connected.

Football Signing Day starts Wednesday

Tue, 2017-12-19 15:57

The first football early signing period takes place Wednesday (Dec. 20), and will once again have all of the signings. All signings will be officially announced via twitter (@wvufootball) before being posted to the website.

WVU-led project team wins top honors at national composites conference

Tue, 2017-12-19 14:00

An innovative solution that extends the life of aging dams that was created, tested and implemented in conjunction with researchers at West Virginia University has received top honors at a national composites conference.

The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo awarded its Combined Strength Award to Composite Advantage LLC, which teamed with WVU and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to produce new glass-fiber reinforced plastic wicket gates to replace standard wicket gates made of white oak.

Nationally recognized lifestyle medicine expert named dean at WVU Eastern Campus

Tue, 2017-12-19 11:00

Diabetes and endocrinology expert Dr. Emma B. Morton-Eggleston was recently named associate vice president of Health Sciences and dean of West Virginia University’s Eastern Campus. She has been serving in an interim role following the retirement of former dean and associate vice president, Konrad C. Nau, M.D., in August. 

Eggleston is also director of the newly established WVU Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Health. In addition to patient care and clinical outreach, she serves as the Quad Graphics chair of internal medicine research on WVU’s Eastern Campus.

Donors contribute $100K to WVU Foundation’s 2017 Pride Travel Fund

Mon, 2017-12-18 14:00

More than 800 donors contributed more than $100,000 to the West Virginia University’s Pride Travel Fund this fall in support of the Mountaineer Marching Band.

The annual campaign was established to help defray the costs of travel for the band, including transportation, hotels and food for the more than 350 members and staff. 

Sills V to return for senior season

Mon, 2017-12-18 12:52

West Virginia All-American receiver David Sills V has announced that he will return for his senior season in 2018.

WVU student to study in South Africa on Gilman Scholarship

Mon, 2017-12-18 12:30

A West Virginia University student with aspirations of becoming an anthropologist will spend the spring term in South Africa as a Gilman Scholar. London Orzolek, a junior majoring in anthropology and women’s and gender studies, is from Wheeling.

The Gilman Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs within the State Department to foster mutual understanding between Americans and people in other countries. Orzolek will spend the semester at Stellenbosch University, one of WVU’s global exchange partner schools. She will take classes in race, poverty, inequality and development, and Xhosa, a local language.

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.