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Mountaineers, Orange to meet in Orlando for Camping World Bowl

Mon, 2018-12-03 08:53

The No. 16 West Virginia Mountaineers and the 20th-ranked Syracuse Orange will play in the 2018 Camping World Bowl. The game will kick off at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28 at Camping World Stadium and will be televised nationally by ESPN.

Read more about the bowl game.

WVU College of Law and Marshall University launch Center for Consumer Law and Education

Fri, 2018-11-30 10:00

The West Virginia University College of Law and Marshall University have established a one-of-its-kind Center for Consumer Law and Education to build advocacy for those in West Virginia and beyond. 

The universities officially launched the CCLE at special events on their campuses Nov. 28 and 29. 

Hudak to retire, WVU to restructure Facilities and Services

Thu, 2018-11-29 08:30

Randy Hudak, senior associate vice president for Facilities and Services at West Virginia University, is set to retire from the University.

“Randy’s knowledge and expertise have served the University well over the past 17 years,” Vice President for Strategic Initiatives Rob Alsop said. “His contributions have significantly transformed the look and feel of our campuses.”

Priority bowl ticket requests now available at

Wed, 2018-11-28 15:00

All active WVU football season ticket holders and 2018 Mountaineer Athletic Club members can now log in to their accounts at to request priority postseason bowl tickets. The priority deadline to request tickets is Dec. 3.

WVU Cancer Institute studies new treatment for colorectal cancer using novel drug combination

Wed, 2018-11-28 08:30

Once colorectal cancer invades another organ—the liver or lung, for instance—a cancer patient has about a 13 percent chance of living five more years. 

Richard Goldberg, who directs the West Virginia University Cancer Institute, is searching for new ways to slow this cancer’s progression. In a recent study, he and an international team of scientists investigated a new drug combination for treating metastatic colorectal cancer in patients who had   no—or only temporary—success with conventional chemotherapy treatments.

WVU Libraries seeking submissions for ‘Appalachian Futures’ exhibit

Tue, 2018-11-27 14:00

What do you imagine is in the future for Appalachia? West Virginia University Libraries is developing an interdisciplinary exhibit for 2019-20 themed around “Appalachian Futures.”

The WVU Libraries’ Arts in the Libraries Committee is seeking content from scholars, artists, community groups and practitioners from a range of fields to integrate into a curated exhibition that will be designed and installed in WVU’s Downtown Campus Library in the spring and summer of 2019, and potentially travel throughout the state

WVU showcase focuses on sustainable economic development from natural gas

Tue, 2018-11-27 09:30

As an energy-producing state that has experienced its share of boom-bust cycles, West Virginia has struggled to create an energy economy with stable, good paying jobs for its residents.

The Center for Innovation for Gas Research and Utilization at West Virginia University has assembled an expert panel to discuss how the state can harness the current surge in natural gas production from the Marcellus and Utica plays, using the latest developments in natural gas utilization for long-term prosperity.

WVU’s Savage named under 35 innovator by MIT Technology Review

Mon, 2018-11-26 11:00

Saiph Savage, J. Wayne and Kathy Richards Faculty Fellow and assistant professor in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University, has been selected MIT Technology Review in Spanish as a 2018 Innovator Under 35 in Latin America.

The award recognizes individuals whose technical work promises to shape the coming decades. Selected by a jury of tech experts, winners are honored for creatively applying technology to solve the world’s biggest problem. The MIT Technology Review expanded its program in 2012 to include young innovators and entrepreneurs transforming Latin America. The award was presented at an event was organized by MIT Tech Review and Opinno, a global consultancy firm that supports innovation around the world.

2019 baseball schedule announced

Tue, 2018-11-20 12:33

Featuring 22 home games at Monongalia County Ballpark, Director of Athletics Shane Lyons has announced the 2019 baseball schedule. The Mountaineers' 53-game schedule consist of 22 contests in Morgantown and 30 away from home, including the Backyard Brawl at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, and a matchup with Marshall at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston.

WVU researcher seeks vaccine to prevent lethal pneumonia

Tue, 2018-11-20 08:30

About half of all people with cystic fibrosis, the most common genetic disorder in the United States, die from a lung disease before they turn 40. A form of pneumonia called Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a likely culprit. These bacteria have become so hard to treat that the Centers for Disease Control deemed it a serious threat to the nation.

“That’s the main reason I work with Pseudomonas,” said Mariette Barbier, an assistant professor in the West Virginia University School of Medicine. “It is on the CDC’s list of antibiotic-resistant bacteria of concern.” She and her research team are investigating ways to keep cystic fibrosis patients and other at-risk populations—including patients hospitalized for severe burns or recovering from major surgery—from catching this deadly illness. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, National Institutes of Health and West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission are funding her work.

WVU chemists find new frontier for pharmaceutical development

Mon, 2018-11-19 16:00

West Virginia University chemists have developed an experiment to improve the efficiency of creating new medicine. 

The research, conducted by Associate Professor of Chemistry Jessica Hoover and doctoral student Robert Crovak, was published earlier this year in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, a top chemistry-focused journal. 

WVU researcher wins R&D 100 Award

Mon, 2018-11-19 15:30

Vinod Kulathumani, associate professor of computer science and electrical engineering at West Virginia University, is part of a research team that has won the R&D 100 Award. The awards, known as the “Oscars of Innovation,” honor the top 100 proven technological advances of the past year as determined by a panel selected by “R&D Magazine.”

Working in partnership with researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Kulathumani developed an ultra large scale sensor network for detection of storm water overflow in real-time. To the best of his knowledge, it is the largest flat, multi-hop sensor network in terms of the area covered.

New training model mimics real-world surgery for WVU surgical residents

Mon, 2018-11-19 15:00

Instinct— surgeons act on it in the operating room, but it can be difficult-- though not impossible-- to teach, thanks to a perfused cadaver training model at the West Virginia University School of Medicine that mimics real-world surgery conditions.

Surgical residents are placed in simulated operating rooms, working with fresh cadavers which are connected to perfusion machines that pump simulated blood through the body. This allows the blood vessels and tissues to “bleed” as they would in live patients.

WVU College of Law clinic case is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court

Mon, 2018-11-19 14:00

A case being handled by a clinic at the West Virginia University College of Law will be argued in the United States Supreme Court on Dec. 3.

WVU Law students in the U.S. Supreme Court Clinic have been preparing for Dawson v. Steager, a tax discrimination case, for 18 months. They conducted much of the required research, analysis and writing for the case under the leadership of Lawrence Rosenberg, a partner with Jones Day in Washington, DC, and Anne Marie Lofaso, professor of law.

Alumnus gives $1 million to WVU Department of Neurology for patient support

Mon, 2018-11-19 09:30

Michael T. Escue, a native of Point Pleasant, has committed $1 million to West Virginia University to establish the Ronald E. & Jo Ann Reynolds Escue Neurology Endowment named for his parents. 

The gift will be used to assist the Department of Neurology in the WVU School of Medicine in meeting its mission of patient care, treatment, outreach and healthcare access. Specifically, the endowment will help patients and their families or caregivers with various needs associated with treatment including medication costs, lodging and transportation to and from University healthcare facilities, and other supportive services.  It may also be used for training of rural doctors/health professionals. 

Beneath the surface: WVU students cave in Cuba

Fri, 2018-11-16 13:00

In Cuba, more than 65 percent of the archipelago of islands is karst, a landscape that is characterized by numerous caves, sinkholes, fissures and underground streams. 

These caves are rich in biology, archeology and history and played an important role in the interactions between American and Cuban scientists during the Cold War and in the years following.

WVU seeks youth and adult participants for Sport Diplomacy Program - Sport for Social Change, Mexico

Fri, 2018-11-16 12:00

West Virginia University is seeking applicants for a U.S. State Department Sport for Social Change exchange between the U.S. and Mexico. The program will involve an eight-day trip to Mexico with the goal of using the sport of soccer to promote leadership and empowerment among young women in Mexico. The U.S.-based participants will later interact with participants from Mexico during a 13-day exchange in the United States to build on lessons learned in Mexico.

Three WVU School of Nursing doctoral students awarded Jonas Scholarships

Fri, 2018-11-16 11:59

Three doctoral students from the West Virginia University School of Nursing have been chosen for the highly competitive Jonas Nurse Leader Scholars Program from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare.

Brad Phillips, clinical education instructor at WVU’s Morgantown campus, and Jessica Floyd and Melissa McCoy, students in the School’s doctoral program, each will receive a $10,000 grant over a two-year period. The School of Nursing will match the funds for a total of $20,000 for each student to be used for tuition and other academic needs.

WVU researchers continue fight against pasture parasites in sheep

Fri, 2018-11-16 09:15

 West Virginia University scientists are on the front lines of the battle against pasture parasites – especially those detrimental to sheep populations. 

Of the many parasites that effect sheep populations, the most deadly and difficult to control is Haemonchus contortus or barber pole worm. 

WVU issues interim suspension of students, SAE chapter

Thu, 2018-11-15 18:33

West Virginia University today (Nov. 15) placed a number of students on interim suspension, and additional students may face disciplinary action, related to events that occurred at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house Nov. 10, 2018.

David Rusko, 22, of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, a senior finance major, fell down stairs at the house while visiting with fellow brothers. His visit was not part of any organized fraternity event.