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WVU receives $1 million award to better prepare West Virginia's rural, first generation students for careers of the future

Wed, 2018-09-12 12:06

While many students enter college without the necessary skills to study and learn effectively, they can cultivate positive study habits after they arrive. A new cross-unit collaboration will help move WV Forward by preparing rural, underrepresented Appalachian West Virginia University students for long-term computational careers in West Virginia’s evolving workforce environment. 

The Center for Excellence in STEM Education and the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences have received a $1 million award from the National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program. Funding 20 scholarships to support students majoring in Computational Physics and impacting instruction in core courses taken by the majority of science and engineering students, the program will not only develop students’ learning in physics and calculus, but it will help guide them to successfully learn and study on their own.

Game at NC State Will Not Be Played This Weekend - West Virginia University

Tue, 2018-09-11 13:30

NC State will not play its scheduled football game with West Virginia University this weekend due to the increasing likelihood of severe and unsafe conditions associated with Hurricane Florence. The planned trip and performances by the WVU Marching Band have also been canceled.

Game at NC State Will Not Be Played This Weekend - West Virginia University

Tue, 2018-09-11 13:30

NC State will not play its scheduled football game with West Virginia University this weekend due to the increasing likelihood of severe and unsafe conditions associated with Hurricane Florence.

WVU researchers receive $2.38M grant for hybrid imagining system

Tue, 2018-09-11 11:46

Two West Virginia University School of Medicine researchers have received $2.38 million from the National Institutes of Health to build a one-of-a-kind pre-clinical imaging system that integrates PET-scan technology with a magnet-based imagining system that’s akin to MRI.

WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities develops collaborative to address neonatal abstinence syndrome service challenges

Mon, 2018-09-10 12:45

Over the next five years, a West Virginia University partnership with three divisions of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources will target the prevalence of neonatal abstinence syndrome and the effect it has on children’s developmental outcomes. 

The WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities will partner with the West Virginia Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health, Project W.A.T.C.H. and the West Virginia Home Visitation Program. This collaborative has developed the Appalachian Rural Health Integration Model, which will work to continue strengthening the existing infrastructure for children with special needs and their families. 

Mark Gavin brings management expertise to new role in WVU Office of the Provost

Mon, 2018-09-10 11:59

With West Virginia University facing "enormous budget challenges," Provost Joyce McConnell has added management expert Mark Gavin from the College of Business and Economics to her leadership team. 

"We must have expertise in our office to face fiscal issues head-on,” McConnell said. “With gaps in our staff at several levels, we are excited to welcome Mark to our office to help us surmount both budget and facilities challenges with creative, forward-thinking solutions.”

With NIH funding, WVU grad student investigates neural circuit’s development

Mon, 2018-09-10 08:30

You’re taking a walk, and you hear a dog growl. Is it behind you or in front of you? Two houses down or at your heels? The calyx of Held, which is located in the part of the brain that controls hearing, helps you discern this instantly. 

A West Virginia University graduate student is studying how certain cells affect the development of this part of the brain, and therefore, how they could affect how quickly and accurately the brain processes sounds.

WVU to host Education Day

Mon, 2018-09-10 08:00

The women's basketball team will host local middle and elementary schools for its nonconference game against Bryant on Nov. 15 as part of the program's first Education Day. Tipoff is set for 10 a.m. inside the WVU Coliseum.

WVU LaunchLab’s Welcome Back Pitch & Showcase competition focused on how students can move WV Forward

Fri, 2018-09-07 08:31

The West Virginia University LaunchLab kicked off the 2018 Fall semester with its first Welcome Back Pitch & Showcase. Participating students presented a two-minute pop-up pitch, highlighting a problem and solution that apply to one of West Virginia Forward’s three main areas of focus: business, education or human capital. Students’ pitches included specific ideas on how we can bring more manufacturing jobs to the state, advance educational opportunities to students to retain talent in West Virginia – particularly among underrepresented populations – and create more jobs.

In addition to the pop-up pitches, current LaunchLab clients demonstrated their ideas and innovations to the crowd. This first event of the year gave participants and spectators a better understanding the resources, connections and successes that the LaunchLab offers.

WVU fashion, dress and merchandising alumna and textiles entrepreneur establishes scholarship

Thu, 2018-09-06 11:14

West Virginia University students in the fashion, dress and merchandising program will benefit thanks to a new scholarship established by program alumna and a textiles industry entrepreneur, Amy Bircher. The Amy Bircher and MMI Textiles Scholarship is an endowed fund that will support FDM students who show strong academic promise.

WVU Center for Excellence in STEM Education to help rural students succeed in STEM careers

Thu, 2018-09-06 10:01

Strengthening its commitment to help support broad based prosperity in West Virginia, the Center for Excellence in STEM Education at West Virginia University will lay the foundation for student success. 

“Empowering West Virginia students to pursue and stay in STEM fields is a critical component to moving West Virginia forward,” said principal investigator and WVU CE-STEM director Gay Stewart. “By encouraging just 25 percent more of our students to complete their STEM degrees, we can contribute to 75 percent of the state’s additional workforce needed over the next decade. That is a real and powerful impact we cannot afford to pass by.” 

WVU Extension Service and partners host series of safety trainings for fruit, vegetable growers

Thu, 2018-09-06 08:38

West Virginia University Extension Service is helping local farmers and agribusiness owners navigate new safety regulations and procedures while providing education and training to increase consumer safety from these foodborne illnesses. Teaming up with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture and West Virginia State University, WVU Extension Service is offering a series of Food Safety Modernization Act training sessions for fruit and vegetable growers, as well as others interested in learning about produce safety.

2018-19 WVU men's basketball schedule announced

Wed, 2018-09-05 12:36

WVU will open the regular season on Friday, Nov. 9 at home against Buffalo. Six days earlier, the Mountaineers will play its lone exhibition game on Saturday, Nov. 3 against Alderson Broaddus. The non-conference home schedule is highlighted by Pitt's first visit to the WVU Coliseum since 2012 and three teams (Buffalo, Rider and Jacksonville State) who advanced to postseason play in 2017-18.

WVU researcher works to improve access to depression care in rural areas

Wed, 2018-09-05 12:01

Rates of depression tend to be higher in rural areas than in urban ones, yet rural residents may have a harder time accessing mental health care. Driving to see a psychiatrist or counselor may take hours, and wait times for an appointment may take months.

West Virginia University researcher Robert Bossarte has received a $13.3-million award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to compare three treatment strategies for rural depressed patients: antidepressants alone; antidepressants combined with unguided cognitive behavior therapy provided online; and antidepressants combined with guided online cognitive behavior therapy. 

Office of the Provost at WVU announces 2018-2019 class of Academic Leadership Fellows

Wed, 2018-09-05 09:30

The Office of the Provost at West Virginia University welcomed its fourth class of Academic Leadership Fellows this summer, giving nine tenured faculty members the opportunity to strengthen their leadership skills and gain direct experience in academic administration.

The fellows, chosen based on application materials, recommendation letters from administrators and interviews, will spend the 2018-2019 academic year with part-time appointments in the Office of the Provost. They will work closely with Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Joyce McConnell and her leadership team.

WVU researchers awarded grant to develop new techniques to enhance cyberinfrastructure security

Tue, 2018-09-04 12:00

Software plays a vital role in supporting scientific communities. Yanfang (Fanny) Ye, assistant professor of computer science and electrical engineering at West Virginia University, has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation in support of her work to enhance security for modern software programming cyberinfrastructure. The award comes with $649,156 in funding over a three-year period.

Modern software programming cyberinfrastructure, consisting of online discussion platforms like Stack Overflow and social coding repositories such as Github, offers an open-source and collaborative environment for scientific communities to expedite the process of software development. Within this ecosystem, researchers and developers can reuse code snippets and libraries, or adapt existing ready-to-use software to solve their own problems. One such example, CycleGAN, a software developed by computer vision researchers, has been shared by research the community to expedite the development of novel image processing applications.

West Virginia University becomes home to State Champion paperbark maple

Tue, 2018-09-04 10:45

Thanks to West Virginia University’s growing commitment to campus tree care and an ongoing collaboration between the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and Facilities Management, WVU Evansdale is now home to a newly crowned champion – the largest paperbark maple in the state. The 24-foot “State Champion” is the first of its kind to be nominated to the West Virginia Big Tree Program.

The WV Big Tree Program, administered by the WV Division of Forestry, is an ongoing effort to locate, measure and record the largest trees in the state. According to Bob Hannah, who coordinates both the Urban Forestry and Big Tree Programs for the WVDOF, the program dates back to 1963 and serves a valuable purpose.  

WVU launches new Interactive Design for Media major

Fri, 2018-08-31 08:30

The West Virginia University Reed College of Media and the WVU College of Creative Arts have developed a new major that combines journalism and communication with art and media design.

The Interactive Design for Media major, which launched in fall 2018, will teach students how to tell compelling stories through graphics, animation, video, audio, mobile apps and other forms of emerging media. The program will provide students with fundamental journalism skills, such as writing, media ethics, and audience-development and give them hands-on training in creative subjects, such as animation, coding and web design.

WVU Public Health students named Milken Institute Future Health Leaders

Thu, 2018-08-30 14:30

Three West Virginia University public health students have joined nine others from top institutions to work with leading organizations on current public health issues affecting our communities.

The students are participating in the new Future Health Leaders Pilot Program offered by the Milken Institute Lynda and Stewart Resnick Center of Public Health, a non-profit, non-partisan think tank dedicated to finding solutions to complex public health challenges. 

West Virginia community colleges and WVU join together to help more students earn degrees

Thu, 2018-08-30 11:00

(Editor’s note: This news was originally shared by the West Virginia Community and Technical College System)

West Virginia community college students who transfer to West Virginia University before earning their associate degrees can now receive their credentials retroactively, thanks to a new partnership between the institution, the West Virginia Community and Technical College System (WVCTCS) and the National Student Clearinghouse.