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WVU announces conditional pilot program for secondary IFC recruitment period

Mon, 2018-10-22 14:30

As part of its continued commitment to culture change and student safety, West Virginia University will offer Interfraternity Council members in good standing an exemption process for a second membership intake period to be held under strict guidelines.

“I am so proud of our students who developed the proposal and worked with us because they want to remain members of our University community,” President Gordon Gee said. “I firmly believe this will benefit their chapter growth and ultimately promote a safer and healthier environment for new member recruitment. I am hopeful the national headquarters will work with us in good faith.”

Amory family creates scholarship at WVU in memory of daughter

Mon, 2018-10-22 14:00

A scholarship that honors the memory of a young woman whose dream to be a professional dancer was shattered when she died at 25 will help students in West Virginia University’s College of Creative Arts live out their own dreams. 

The Megan E. Amory Memorial Scholarship was created by the Amory family to honor their late daughter.

WVU to celebrate Mountaineer Nation Day

Mon, 2018-10-22 12:00

West Virginia University fans from around the world will celebrate the seventh-annual Mountaineer Nation Day on Nov. 3. 

Mountaineer Nation Day is a 24-hour period dedicated to fans and their pride and passion for WVU. This year’s celebration will take place on the day the football team takes on Texas.

WVU conference promotes energy innovators working on ‘some of the world’s most challenging problems’

Mon, 2018-10-22 08:30

A gathering of innovative startup companies will promote businesses and projects that reduce building energy costs by up to 40 percent while maintaining comfort in every room; convert waste materials to energy and useful products; adapt the Internet of Things concepts for smarter manufacturing and a more dependable electric grid. 

These are just a few of the ideas being pitched tomorrow and Wednesday (Oct. 23-24) to investors and industry partners at the seventh TransTech Energy Business Development Conference at the Hilton Garden Inn in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

Statewide partnership celebrates health outcomes

Mon, 2018-10-22 08:30

A unique West Virginia-based healthcare partnership is ending, following a 10-year collaboration. The Weight Management Program, a community-based diet and exercise program, reached 33 counties through approximately 100 fitness centers around the Mountain state.

Team from South Middle School wins 31st annual WVU Pumpkin Drop

Fri, 2018-10-19 15:08

On a day that saw 355 pumpkins survive the 11-story drop from atop West Virginia University’s Engineering Sciences Building, it was team 314 from South Middle School in Morgantown that took top honors in the 31st Annual Pumpkin Drop. Their pumpkin landed just one-foot from the target, earning them the $100 first prize.

Team 35 from Saint Francis Central Catholic in Morgantown finished second, landing its pumpkin one-foot, 11-inches from the target. They were awarded a check for $50.

Suspect arrested in ‘shots fired’ incident near WVU campus

Fri, 2018-10-19 11:05

 A suspect in a shots fired incident at the top of North High Street in Morgantown Oct. 7 has been arrested according to West Virginia University Police and Office of Emergency Management

Shaiheed Moore, 21, of Charleston, was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals’ Mountain State Fugitive Task Force in Charleston Thursday (Oct. 18). Moore was arrested on a University Police Department warrant for felony wanton endangerment. He is currently being held in the South Central Regional Jail on a $10,000 cash bond. 

WVU faculty awarded CDC grant to help southern West Virginia communities build healthy futures

Fri, 2018-10-19 09:30

It’s no secret that West Virginia has some of the highest rates of obesity and cardiovascular disease in the country. But to create a healthier landscape in some of our state’s unhealthiest counties, a few West Virginia University faculty believe you have to empower the entire community.   

Communities in Clay and McDowell counties will soon be the focus of a rural health project led by faculty from WVU Extension Service, WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, and WVU School of Public Health and West Virginia Prevention Research Center, who received a five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help reduce obesity and other chronic diseases in these communities related to long-term unhealthy lifestyles. 

2019 football schedule released

Fri, 2018-10-19 08:33

Six home dates, two Power 5 nonconference games and five Big 12 Conference road dates comprise the upcoming schedule. The season is spread over 15 weeks with open dates on Sept. 28 and Oct. 26. It is the first schedule with two open weeks since 2016.

‘Most Loyals’ chosen for Mountaineer Week at WVU

Thu, 2018-10-18 12:48

 A Morgantown couple who has given back to the University, a successful alumnus engineer, an internationally-known professor, a dedicated residence life employee, and a late director of the Mountainlair are being honored as “Most Loyals” during the 71st Mountaineer Week, a celebration of Appalachian Heritage, Oct. 19-28, on West Virginia University’s campus.

The 2018 honorees are William and Loulie Canady, Most Loyal West Virginians; William Cawthorne, Most Loyal Alumni Mountaineer; Powsiri “Klink” Klinkhachorn, Most Loyal Faculty/Professional Staff; Avery “Tony” Richardson, Most Loyal Staff; and Bob McWhorter, Most Loyal Spirit Award. The group will be honored during the halftime ceremonies of Thursday’s (Oct. 25) WVU-Baylor football game.

Air Force funds WVU research on morality in human-robot interactions

Thu, 2018-10-18 12:00

“The mediator between the head and the hands must be the heart,” says Maria, the working class advocate-turned machine in Fritz Lang’s 1927 film, “Metropolis.”

Considered to be the earliest film depiction of a robot, Maria is the namesake of West Virginia University professor Jaime Banks’ latest research. 

Protecting coal miners from black lung disease

Thu, 2018-10-18 08:30

Black lung disease didn’t go away with pickaxes and carbide lamps. Today’s coal miners may use diesel-powered equipment to break through rock and light their way with LED bulbs, but they still get black lung, an irreversible and potentially fatal condition. In fact, black lung has been on the rise among coal miners since 2000.

In a report published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, West Virginia University researcher Michael McCawley and his colleagues pinpoint shortcomings in how miners’ exposure to respirable coal-mine dust is monitored. Inhaling this dust over time leads to black lung disease.

West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute pioneers promising new Alzheimer’s therapy

Wed, 2018-10-17 15:02

Investigators at the West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute performed the first procedure in the world of a phase II trial using focused ultrasound to treat a patient with early stage Alzheimer’s.

WVU plans Friday bell-ringing ceremony

Wed, 2018-10-17 14:00

West Virginia University will hold a bell-ringing ceremony, coordinated by the Office of Campus and Community Life and Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity, on Friday (Oct. 19) in remembrance of student Anthony Cistaro.

Cistaro, 19, an accounting major from Clarksburg, died on Sept. 26.

WVU College of Law new veterans advocate will serve southern West Virginia

Wed, 2018-10-17 13:00

More of West Virginia’s veterans will soon have access to free legal help from the West Virginia University College of Law.

The law firm of Wooton, Davis, Hussell & Ellis, PLLC in Beckley, has pledged $60,000 over the next two years to fund a full-time fellow in the college’s Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic. Based at the West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Beckley, the fellow will provide legal services for veterans who reside in the southern part of the state. 

West Virginia Business Hall of Fame nominations now open

Wed, 2018-10-17 10:30

The West Virginia Business Hall of Fame has announced that the nomination process for 2019 inductees is open until Nov. 30.

The event, which kicks off the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Business Summit at The Greenbrier, saw its largest crowd this past August. The event will be next held on Aug. 27, 2019, and is hosted annually by the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics.

WVU College of Law graduates admitted to West Virginia Bar

Tue, 2018-10-16 21:13

Each fall, West Virginia University College of Law graduates take the oath to become members of the West Virginia bar. 

In the presence of family, friends, and new colleagues, 53 recent WVU Law graduates and others were sworn in October 10 to the state bar at the WV Supreme Court of Appeals and the federal bar for the Southern District of West Virginia.

WVU research team take tops honors for creative application at national composites conference

Tue, 2018-10-16 16:00

For the second year in a row, researchers from West Virginia University have taken home the hardware from the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo.

Hota GangaRao, the Maurice and JoAnn Wadsworth Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at WVU, and doctoral candidate Praveen Majjigapu, won the Most Creative Application Award in the design category for their patented NextGen Multifunctional Composite System

WVU now part of consortium for increased opportunities in international business education and research

Tue, 2018-10-16 13:00

West Virginia University has joined forces with two other notable universities to open the door to new resources in international business education and research.

The Robbins Center for Global Business and Strategy, which is housed in the WVU College of Business and Economics, is now part of an international regional business consortium with George Washington University, and is included in its Center for International Business Education and Research. The University of Richmond has also joined the consortium, completing an effort to bridge CIBER across the District of Columbia, Virginia and West Virginia.

WVU students to compete for the title of Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer

Tue, 2018-10-16 11:45

West Virginia University students who have demonstrated exemplary academic performance and extracurricular involvement will compete in one of Mountaineer Week’s oldest traditions—the title of Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer.

The group of 10 represents a wide range of disciplines, but shares impressive academic achievements and experiences. The students, from West Virginia, New York and India, are all members or former members of the WVU Honors College.