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West Virginia Innocence Project client freed from prison

8 hours 23 min ago

The Innocence Project law clinic at the West Virginia University College of Law has helped free a client from prison after proving he was convicted of a crime he did not commit.

The Circuit Court for Tyler County recently vacated the conviction of Christopher Dodrill. In 2016, Dodrill was found guilty of child abuse with serious bodily injury and unlawful assault after a child under his care became injured. He was sentenced to three-to-15 years in prison.

WVU coal report: Production will weaken in short term, persistent declines over next two decades

9 hours 50 min ago

Despite recent export-driven gains, the state’s coal output is expected to plateau during the next two years before seeing persistent production declines over the next two decades, according to the latest long-term coal forecast from West Virginia University.

WVU’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research released “Coal Production in West Virginia: 2018-2040” on Thursday (Aug. 16). The study, produced within the College of Business and Economics, forecasts that coal production will drop by about 5 million tons in the next two years, and fall back below the 80-million-ton mark by the mid-2020s. 

WVU's Eberly College to celebrate 25th anniversary

12 hours 23 min ago

On August 21, 2018, the Eberly College will kick off a year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of its naming. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are invited to attend the celebration at 2 p.m. in Woodburn Circle.

Charleston businessman Robert ‘Bob’ Orders to lead WVU Foundation Board

12 hours 53 min ago

Robert O. “Bob” Orders, a longtime West Virginia businessman and West Virginia University alumnus, will serve as chairman of the West Virginia University Foundation Board of Directors.

A resident of Charleston, Orders is CEO of Orders Construction Company, Inc., a highway, utility and industrial construction company with operations in West Virginia and Virginia. 

WVU Provost’s Office, Student Life reorganize to improve operations for faculty, students

13 hours 23 min ago

Highlighting the reorganizations are an increased focus on student retention and success in the provost’s office and creation of a new office within Student Life to oversee the University’s commitment to youth development. 

“We are seeing our student body both growing in size and becoming increasingly talented, while our faculty members continue to win awards for their research, teaching and service within the community, nationally and even internationally,” Provost Joyce McConnell said. “Our goal is to serve our exceptional faculty and students by providing the very best, most effective academic enterprise. With this new structure, we are perfectly positioned to do that.”

WVU’s David Stewart to lead Royal University for Women in Bahrain; Brugnoli named to Global Affairs post

Wed, 2018-08-15 13:45

Longtime West Virginia University administrator David Stewart, in keeping with the institution’s strategic partnership with the Royal University for Women, is taking a leave of absence to serve as president of the Bahraini school.

RUW was established in 2006 by WVU alumni in the Middle East with the mission of providing high quality education for women in the region.

57 questions in 2 minutes with the WVU President

Wed, 2018-08-15 12:09

Nothing is better than the excitement that fall brings, as our West Virginia University faculty, staff and students converge on campus for a new semester. To our new students, I am excited to get to know you — and I hope you will get to know as many of your fellow students as possible. Building your own sense of community is a key to success in college.

To our new faculty and staff, I am eager to get to know you, too, as you work to make our University a polar star for those we serve.

You can get to know me better through my answers to some serious and silly questions in my recent GeeMail. But, when it comes to making friends on campus, a barrage of questions is rarely the best approach.

Instead, just be yourself.

Students, from joining student organizations to discovering local eateries, go where your interests take you and connect with people who share them. To our faculty and staff, be curious, engage with others and create partnerships across disciplines to make this University better.

Our campus is our home. Together we form a family — a family whose members support one another, protect one another and cheer one another on to ever-greater accomplishments.

So, my wishes for our academic year are simple: Enjoy yourself. Work smart. Celebrate. Learn from your mistakes.

As West Virginia University makes its mark on you, make your mark on our University. Look for opportunities to solve problems and advocate for improvements. You are a unique, irreplaceable part of our community. Letting your light shine will make all our lives brighter.

Let’s go.

WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital receives three national U.S. News & World Report rankings

Tue, 2018-08-14 07:32

Four WVU Medicine hospitals have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as part of its 2018-19 Best Hospitals in the United States.

WVU’s Monday Night Lights to begin at 8:30 p.m. due to inclement weather

Mon, 2018-08-13 18:49

West Virginia University’s Monday Night Lights will begin at 8:30 p.m. tonight (Aug. 13) due to inclement weather.

The Welcome Week event for all first-year students had originally been planned to be begin at 8 p.m. at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Lil Yachty, Brothers Osborne, MisterWives to play FallFest 2018

Fri, 2018-08-10 12:20

FallFest, West Virginia University’s annual welcome-back-to-campus concert will be held Tuesday, Aug.14, on the Evansdale Rec Fields adjacent to the Student Rec Center. This year’s performers are Lil Yachty, Brothers Osborne and MisterWives. Gates will open at 4 p.m. and the show will begin at 5 p.m. Lil Yachty will close the show which is expected to conclude at 9:30 p.m. FallFest is FREE and open to WVU students only. Students must obtain and activate their Welcome Week Wristband BEFORE coming to FallFest.

Lil Yachty, aka Lil Boat, aka “King of the Teens,” is a Grammy-nominated singer, rapper, producer, creative designer, branding genius and fashion icon.Rolling Stone describes his album “Teenage Emotions” a “landmark moment that may change the way people rap.”  The album reached no. 5 on theBillboard Top 200 Chart and no. 4 on Billboard’s Hip Hop/R&B chart.  “Teenage Emotions” is a reflection of young lives, from social media-saturated heartbreak to self-acceptance to the dance floor. The album’s tracks effortlessly bounce from rap to pop to something entirely its own. The 19-year-old Atlanta native has been featured on the cover of Paper and Fadermagazines, as well as the cover of The New York Times Men’s Style section and the XXL Freshman issue. Lil Yachty’s set is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. 

WVU-led bridge research featured in technical report

Fri, 2018-08-10 09:30

A five-volume report produced by a professor from West Virginia University that details a new approach to developing and testing short-span bridges is gaining world-wide recognition.

The report, Development and Experimental Testing of Press-Brake-Formed Steel Tub Girders for Short Span Bridge Applications, was compiled by Karl Barth, Samples Distinguished Professor of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and his former doctoral research assistant, Greg Michaelson, who is now on the faculty at Marshall University, and published by the Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance. 

West Virginia University’s PRT resumes operation ahead of Welcome Week 2018

Thu, 2018-08-09 13:35

The West Virginia University Personal Rapid Transit system resumed operations today (Aug. 9), in time for Welcome Week activities.

The PRT came back online for passengers as part of the second phase of a multi-year modernization plan which is designed to upgrade and replace all electronics and train control systems - in essence, everything except the tracks and cars.

WVU Welcome Week: A journey for passion and purpose begins

Thu, 2018-08-09 08:30

The journey toward life-long passion and purpose begins this week as West Virginia University welcomes 6,650 new students to its campuses in Morgantown, Beckley and Keyser for the 2018-19 academic year. 

"I cannot wait for our students to return,” President Gordon Gee said. "After all, helping them prepare for their purpose in life is our polar star. With their arrival comes great energy and excitement that only a new academic year can bring. We are ready to get started – and I will bring my best selfie smile."

Farm Credit gift supports value-added experiences programming for WVU Davis College students

Wed, 2018-08-08 14:12

With a recent gift of $500,000, Farm Credit of the Virginias will help to ensure students continue to have access to outside the classroom internships, research opportunities and study abroad—experiences that enhance their college careers.

2018 Pride Travel Fund to help WVU Marching Band make trips to North Carolina

Wed, 2018-08-08 11:45

Alumni and friends of West Virginia University and the Mountaineer Marching Band are being asked to help the band travel to support the football team at two games in North Carolina in September. 

Donations are now being accepted to the Pride Travel Fund, established by the WVU Foundation, to help reduce traveling costs for the Pride of West Virginia as the band is known.

Join WVU and the WVU Extension Service for #WVUFairFun at the State Fair of West Virginia

Tue, 2018-08-07 14:00

The West Virginia University Extension Service will offer up a 10-day blend of tradition and future at the State Fair of West Virginia in Fairlea from Thursday (Aug. 9) to Aug. 18 through everything from time-honored livestock 4-H projects to the innovation of a championship robotics team. 

WVU Extension Service Dean and Director Steve Bonanno said the fair is an opportunity to honor the state’s agricultural roots and showcase the new directions the state is heading — through a fun and family-oriented atmosphere. 

Milsmann earns prestigious NSF CAREER Award

Tue, 2018-08-07 11:00

Carsten Milsmann, assistant professor in the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry at West Virginia University, has earned the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER Award for research that could help develop solar energy applications that are more efficient and cheaper to produce.

“In general, we are interested in so-called photosensitizers because these molecules can absorb light and convert it into chemical energy,” Milsmann said.

Lyric logic: English professor receives prestigious Notre Dame fellowship

Mon, 2018-08-06 12:00

Johanna Winant, an assistant professor in the West Virginia University Department of English, has accepted a distinguished fellowship at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Notre Dame to work on her book project.

WVU faculty investigate safety of Suboxone use in pregnant, opioid-dependent women

Mon, 2018-08-06 11:00

Medications that physicians have traditionally prescribed to treat opioid use disorders—such as methadone and Subutex—can be misused by taking them in larger amounts than prescribed or by injecting them. 

The medication Suboxone is different.

West Virginia women farmers to receive education and encouragement at WVU Extension Service conference

Mon, 2018-08-06 09:00

Women farmers are one of the fastest growing segments in agriculture. Every day, more than 9,000 women are developing and maintaining their own farms and agribusinesses across West Virginia. 

Even though that amounts to less than 13 percent of farms around the state, the social and economic impact these women have on their communities is far greater.