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‘Most Loyals’ chosen for Mountaineer Week at WVU

Mon, 2017-10-23 12:30

A doctor known for his leadership and service, a successful entrepreneur, a highly-respected retired plant pathology professor and a dedicated administrative assistant are being honored as Most Loyals during the 70th annual Mountaineer Week, a celebration of Appalachian Heritage, Oct. 20-29, on West Virginia University’s campus.

The 2017 honorees are Dr. Ronald Wilkinson, Most Loyal West Virginian; Jon Hammock, Most Loyal Alumni Mountaineer; Mannon Gallegly, Most Loyal Faculty/Professional Staff Mountaineer; and Barbara Bodkins, Most Loyal Classified Staff Mountaineer. The group will be honored during halftime ceremonies of Saturday’s (Oct. 28) WVU-Oklahoma State football game.

Cisco executive, alumnus to address new digital era’s impact on education at WVU’s David C. Hardesty, Jr. Festival of Ideas series

Mon, 2017-10-23 11:00

There is no doubt that John Chambers has made an indelible impression on the global technology industry. And while he retired as chief executive officer of Cisco Systems Inc., in 2015 and plans to step down as Cisco’s executive chairman of the board at the end of the year when his term expires, Chambers is fully ready to take on new challenges.

A 1971 finance graduate of the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics and a 1974 WVU Law graduate, Chambers will speak on “The New Digital Era and the Implications for Education” on Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. The address is the latest in the David C. Hardesty Jr., Festival of Ideas series.

Men’s basketball to host charity exhibition game

Mon, 2017-10-23 09:41

The West Virginia University men's basketball team will host a charity exhibition game, presented by Coca-Cola, against Albany inside the WVU Coliseum on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. All proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross' hurricane relief efforts.

WVU researcher looks to Iceland to curb teen substance use in West Virginia

Mon, 2017-10-23 08:00

In Iceland, drug, alcohol and tobacco use in teens has been “virtually eradicated” as a result of a nationwide push to replace teens’ unsupervised, aimless leisure time with purposeful, organized activities. Now, a West Virginia University researcher is transplanting the program to West Virginia and hoping it takes root.

Alfgeir Kristjansson, an assistant professor in WVU’s School of Public Health, is studying data related to teen substance abuse in West Virginia. In 2016, his findings showed that at one high school in Wood County, 27 percent of students had smoked cigarettes, 41 percent had consumed alcohol and 20 percent had smoked marijuana.

Former ACLU president and law professor Nadine Strossen to speak at Mountainlair Oct. 24

Fri, 2017-10-20 09:00

The immediate past president of the American Civil Liberties Union and law school professor will speak at West Virginia University Oct. 24. Nadine Strossen, currently the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law at the New York Law School, will speak at the Gluck Theater at the WVU Mountainlair at 4 p.m. 

The event is co-hosted by the WVU College of Law and the Center for Free Enterprise at the College of Business and Economics. WVU students, the West Virginia University community and the public are invited to attend the free event.

Big 12 enrollment, business officers gather at WVU for annual meeting

Fri, 2017-10-20 08:45

More than 80 business and enrollment officers from around the Big 12 athletic conference will be on the campus of West Virginia University beginning Sunday for their annual three-day meeting.

“Many miles separate our institutions, but we have much in common,” said Anjali Halabe, WVU’s associate vice president for finance. “Today’s challenges facing higher education affect all of us as we work to move our universities forward. There is much we can learn from each other – and much we can do collaboratively.”

Pearl Harbor survivor to be honored at WVU Veterans Celebration

Fri, 2017-10-20 08:30

The world’s second oldest Pearl Harbor survivor will be honored at an event celebrating West Virginia University’s 150th anniversary.

At 104, Navy Lt. Jim Downing (Ret.), who was aboard the USS West Virginia during the attack, will be recognized by the WVU Alumni Association in a ceremony at 10 a.m. Nov. 3 on the downtown campus where the ship’s mast and bell are exhibited in front of Oglebay Hall. Following the ceremony, Downing will participate in a book signing at the WVU Bookstore at 11 a.m.

2017 WVU Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer candidates named as part of Mountaineer Week, Oct. 20-29

Thu, 2017-10-19 13:00

West Virginia University has announced the finalists for Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer 2017, an award that recognizes students’ exemplary academic achievement and extracurricular involvement.

A Mountaineer Week tradition, Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer will be named at the Saturday (Oct. 28) WVU football game vs. Oklahoma State at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Gee Mail Goes Clubbin'

Thu, 2017-10-19 09:28

No…not those clubs. 

CONTACT: University Relations/Communications 

WVU coaches wives give beyond the game

Thu, 2017-10-19 08:42

Kerry Gibson, wife of West Virginia Associate Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator Tony Gibson, is leading a group of Mountaineer football coaches' wives in a fundraising effort to raise money for victims of recent natural disasters.

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

Wed, 2017-10-18 13:00

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

Wed, 2017-10-18 08:00

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.