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WVU debuts new neuroscience ‘Brain Camp’ for high school students

Thu, 2019-04-18 12:45

Students in 11th and 12th grades looking for a unique, immersive, science-based camp experience should consider Brain Camp, a new week-long educational program taking place on West Virginia University’s Morgantown Campus in July. 

The camp, run by the WVU School of Medicine’s Department of Neuroscience, in association with the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, runs July 14-20 and is limited to 30 students.

WVU’s Talent West Virginia names inaugural winners

Thu, 2019-04-18 11:26

West Virginia University's College of Creative Arts hosted Talent West Virginia, a statewide musical talent contest and fundraiser April 6. Funds raised through the competition will support West Virginia Public Theatre and its mission to bring the arts to all West Virginians.

WVU School of Medicine alumni, LaunchLab Network clients win $25,000 and coveted spot in AlphaLab Gear Incubator

Thu, 2019-04-18 08:30

West Virginia University School of Medicine alumni and LaunchLab Network clients will use $25,000 in startup funding from the AlphaLab Gear accelerator program for early-stage startups to help drive down maintenance costs and increase productivity in laboratories. 

SwifTAG Systems was founded by School of Medicine alumni Dr. Zachary Wright, Dr. Brandon Lucke-Wold and Nachiket Pendse, along with the Statler College of Engineering’s Daryl Reynolds while they were students at WVU. The company creates products that marry high technology and medical research to create an integrated animal monitoring system that reduces the burden of managing lab mice.

Maryanne Reed named provost at West Virginia University

Wed, 2019-04-17 13:00

Maryanne Reed, who transformed West Virginia University’s journalism school into an exemplar of modern media training as the Reed College of Media, was named vice president for academic affairs and provost of the University on Wednesday (April 17).

Reed, who became dean of the then-named P.I. Reed School of Journalism in 2004, succeeds Joyce McConnell, recently named president of Colorado State University.

WVU graduate student who researches college food insecurity selected for competitive American Society of Nutrition fellowship

Wed, 2019-04-17 11:45

A West Virginia University graduate student whose research focuses on college food insecurity has been selected for a fellowship with the American Society for Nutrition. 

Rebecca Hagedorn studies stressors that directly relate to students who struggle with finding reliable food options. 

Five WVU women named Fulbright Scholars

Tue, 2019-04-16 13:45

Five West Virginia University women have been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to teach English abroad next year. 

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program. Recipients are given a stipend to study, teach or conduct research while increasing mutual understanding between Americans and people of other countries. This new cohort makes 64 Fulbright scholars for West Virginia University.

NR: WVU researcher finds sexism ‘pervasive in agriculture faculty’

Tue, 2019-04-16 11:45

A West Virginia University researcher has found that sexism is still pervasive among agriculture faculty in spite of gains made in the last 15 years. Haley Rosson, assistant professor of agriculture in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and Extension education, said behaviors include toxic work environments, unhealthy competition, inappropriate interactions and policy violations.

Rosson was part of a team that won an award for its paper “Women Faculty in Postsecondary Agricultural and Extension Education: A Fifteen Year Update.” The team was recognized for their outstanding paper/presentation at the Southern Region American Association of Agricultural Education Conference held in Birmingham, Alabama.

WVU Research team approved for NASA grant for early-stage space technologies

Tue, 2019-04-16 10:45

A research team from West Virginia University has been approved for a grant from a NASA fund designed to determine the feasibility of early stage technologies that could go on to change what’s possible in space.

Associate Professor Yu Gu and Assistant Professor Piyush Mehta from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering were one of 12 teams selected to receive a $125,000 Phase One grant from NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts Program. NIAC nurtures visionary ideas that could transform future NASA missions with the creation of breakthroughs — radically better or entirely new aerospace concepts — while engaging America’s innovators and entrepreneurs as partners in the journey.

Fentanyl deaths up 122 percent in West Virginia, say WVU researchers

Tue, 2019-04-16 08:30

If heroin is coffee, fentanyl is espresso. Just as a miniscule cup of espresso can hype you up more than a whole mug of coffee, a single exposure to fentanyl can get a user vastly higher than injecting the same volume of heroin. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin. 

In a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health, West Virginia University researchers Gordon Smith, Marie Abate and Zheng Dai found that fentanyl-related deaths are on the rise in West Virginia, even as deaths related to prescription opioids decline.

WVU, Marshall, Morgantown High and Buckhannon-Upshur students capture grand prizes in statewide business plan competitions

Mon, 2019-04-15 16:15

This year’s winning business ideas in the West Virginia Collegiate and High School Business Plan Competitions are a sign of the times: STEM learning, food and gaming. Three collegiate and two high school teams are a step closer to their entrepreneurial dreams, as entries from West Virginia University, Marshall University, Morgantown High School and Buckhannon-Upshur High School captured the grand prizes in the competitions April 12.

The competitions are hosted by West Virginia University’s BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, located in the John Chambers College of Business and Economics

Registration open for WVU on-campus and online summer courses, education abroad

Mon, 2019-04-15 13:45

It’s time to think about West Virginia University's Summer term , where students can take courses on-campus, online or abroad. Summer Term allows students to get ahead in their majors, complete a minor or enhance their educational experience through education abroad.

With more than 2,000 courses available this year, the Summer Term schedule is more flexible than ever, offering courses in three-, six-, eight-, nine- and 12-week increments. The first summer classes begin May 13. Students can register now, up through the first day of classes, providing that seats are available.

WVU doctoral student wins National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Mon, 2019-04-15 12:56

Harrison “Henry” Loh, a doctoral student conducting research in materials science and engineering at West Virginia University, is the recipient of a 2019 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The award will allow the Wheeling native to expand his research in the area of flexible technologies and devices.

Loh is currently studying graphene-based inks and their use in the fabrication of versatile and tunable chemical and gas sensors.

WVU Foundation inducts new Irvin Stewart Society members

Mon, 2019-04-15 11:59

The West Virginia University Foundation honored donors whose planned gifts over the past year will provide for the future of the University. 

The Irvin Stewart Society welcomed 58 new members during its 25th luncheon April 5 at Blaney House hosted by WVU President Gordon Gee. Membership in the Society is given to those who include a gift provision in a will or revocable trust, create a life-income gift, designate an after-death gift of a retirement account, make checking, savings or stock accounts “payable upon death,” donate life insurance, or make a gift of real estate with a retained life interest benefiting WVU and its entities.

WVU commencement weekend to feature messages of aspiration, inspiration spanning nearly a century of achievement

Mon, 2019-04-15 08:30

In a weekend of commencement events May 9-12, West Virginia University’s nearly 4,600 graduates will hear from a host of speakers whose pasts have earned them a Pulitzer Prize, an Emmy, a spot as a cyber-security top cop — and one whose career has begun before she leaves middle school. 

Hilde Lysiak, the 12-year-old publisher of the Orange Street News in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, and the youngest member of the Society of Professional Journalists, will address the Reed College of Media commencement Friday, May 10, at 9 a.m. at the WVU Coliseum. Three years ago, Lysiak broke the news of a murder in her hometown and subsequently investigated corruption at her local fire department, resulting in the top officers losing their jobs. The aspiring journalist, also the author of the six-book series Hilde Cracks the Case, has been profiled by the New York Times, the Columbia Journalism Review, the Washington Post, NBC Today and others. 

WVU announces partnership with Nike’s Global Identity Group

Mon, 2019-04-15 08:28

West Virginia University's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Nike's Global Identity Group have partnered on a graphics and uniform package designed to further enhance the West Virginia brand on the national level.

West Virginia University approves minimal tuition and fee increase for 2019-20

Fri, 2019-04-12 14:06

The cost to attend West Virginia University will go up by the lowest percentage in at least two decades with Friday’s approval of a $60, or 1.36 percent, per semester increase for in-state undergraduate students and $180, or 1.44 percent, for out-of-state students.

The exact individual tuition and fees approved by the Board of Governors will vary, depending on specific colleges, resulting in effective increases ranging from 1.26 percent to 1.69 percent for in-state students and 1.22 percent to 1.8 percent for out-of-state students. The only negative vote was by Isaac Obioma, who represents students on the Board.

WVU Board begins process to extend President Gee’s contract

Fri, 2019-04-12 13:12

 The West Virginia University Board of Governors began the process Friday of a state-mandated periodic evaluation of President Gordon Gee, and also set guidelines for a possible renewal of his contract beyond its June 30, 2021 expiration.

While the state mandates evaluation of presidents every three years, Board Chair William Wilmoth said, “President Gee has indicated he would be interested in extending his time with West Virginia University, and I am excited and believe it is in this institution’s best interest to explore that option.”

WVU Extension Service Community Leadership Academy engages leaders to encourage change, promote prosperity

Fri, 2019-04-12 11:45

As communities work together to improve lives and promote growth for their fellow West Virginians, West Virginia University Extension Service is providing tools and resources to assist with those efforts.

Through the Community Leadership Academy, leaders come together to enhance their skills on a variety of topics aimed at helping their communities. Topics range from education and volunteerism to financial management and economic development. David C. Hardesty Jr., WVU president emeritus, will share his leadership experiences and tips with attendees as the keynote address (May 2).

WVU achieves 2018 Tree Campus USA designation, invites campus community to Arbor Day planting

Fri, 2019-04-12 10:45

West Virginia University’s commitment to effective urban forest management was fast-tracked throughout the last year, enhancing the look and feel of campus by preserving campus trees and planning for the planting of dozens of new trees to replace canopy cover lost to pests and age. The work has earned WVU a Tree Campus USA designation, making it one of 364 campuses to have the title.

WVU achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning projects.

Focus on cultural representation in education leads to WVU’s 24th Truman Scholar

Thu, 2019-04-11 16:45

Kassandra Colón, a West Virginia University student committed to improving cultural representation in the classroom, has been named the University’s 24th Truman Scholar, the nation’s top graduate fellowship award for aspiring public service leaders.

“Kassandra is a perfect example of the commitment and creative thinking that students bring to West Virginia University,” President Gordon Gee said. “Her passion for creating inclusive spaces and improving cultural representation in the classroom has been nurtured through her experiences on our campus. Like West Virginia University’s 23 Truman scholars before her, she will make the world a better place for all of us.”