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New major features custom physical activity degree within three-year program

Thu, 2018-03-08 13:00

A unique major now available through the West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences focuses on the importance of regular physical activity in promoting health, reducing risk for chronic disease and improving quality of life.

Science advocate, author to speak at WVU

Thu, 2018-03-08 11:00

Paul A. Offit, M.D., has built an international reputation defending science and medicine against attack. But he doesn’t think scientists never make mistakes. He’s planning to visit West Virginia University March 23 to talk about what we can learn from the laboratory mishaps of the past.

WVU Extension Service's 4-H program tapped to lead 2018 National Youth Science activities

Wed, 2018-03-07 14:45

West Virginia University Extension Service’s 4-H program has been tapped to lead the 2018 NYSD challenge which will be held throughout October. WVU’s program was chosen via a competitive selection process conducted by the National 4-H Council, USDA-NIFA and Google to serve as the lead land-grant university for the event.

WVU Board of Governors approves both undergraduate and graduate cybersecurity programs

Wed, 2018-03-07 10:45

In response to the surging, global demand for cybersecurity professionals, the West Virginia University Board of Governors Tuesday (March 6) approved both undergraduate and graduate academic programs in cybersecurity. The approvals by the WVU board set into motion collaborative and independent curricula by the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources and the College of Business and Economics starting in the fall semester of this year.

The undergraduate degree offered by the Statler College will provide students with skills in areas such as business, criminal justice and cryptography to prepare them for careers in industry, law enforcement and defense.

WVU Board of Governors sends out updated rules for review

Tue, 2018-03-06 14:41

Continuing its work implementing changes allowed by the “freedom agenda” adopted by the 2017 Legislature, the West Virginia University Board of Governors issued a notice of proposed rulemaking Tuesday (March 6) for an amended set of academic rules and one additional faculty rule.

These are the fourth set of rules changes in the wake of the state Legislature’s adoption of laws permitting more independence from the state Higher Education Policy Commission. Rules on governance and talent and culture were previously adopted; faculty rules are currently out for comment.

Cottrell named 2017-2018 James and Karen Caveney Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award recipient

Tue, 2018-03-06 08:30

Lesley Cottrell, director of the Center for Excellence in Disabilities in the Health Sciences Center at West Virginia University, has been named the recipient of the 2017-2018 James and Karen Caveney Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award.

Established in 2014 as a donation to the WVU State of Minds Campaign, the award is intended to recognize the contributions of a “highly-productive” faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching and research alongside a demonstrated “commitment to the people of West Virginia.” 

Lyons named to NCAA Division I Council

Mon, 2018-03-05 15:07

Director of Athletics/Associate Vice-President Shane Lyons has been named to the NCAA Division I Council. The Division I Council is a high-level group responsible for the day-to-day decision-making for Division I. The council is comprised of practitioners who work daily in Division I athletics, and it has primary legislative authority for Division I.

Carter, Konate earn All-Big 12 recognition

Mon, 2018-03-05 10:21

Senior guard Jevon Carter and sophomore forward Sagaba Konate headline WVU's awards for the 2018 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men's Basketball teams. Carter was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year for the second-straight season and is just the third player from a major conference (first Big 12 player) to be named to the All-Defensive Team all four years of his career. He was a unanimous choice for the All-Big 12 First Team and the Big 12 All-Defensive Team.

WVU student is finalist for Truman Scholarship

Mon, 2018-03-05 08:30

Emma Harrison found her passion for expanding educational opportunities for imprisoned people in a West Virginia University class she shared with incarcerated men. That passion has led to her selection as a finalist for the prestigious Truman Scholarship, the premier award for those who are pursuing careers in public service.

A native of Morgantown, Harrison is a junior majoring in political science and multidisciplinary studies. She was named a Milan Puskar Scholar for outstanding leadership and public service and an Eberly Scholar which recognizes the top 25 students in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. She is also a student in the Honors College.

WVU national moot court competition to tackle liquefied natural gas problem

Fri, 2018-03-02 14:00

Law students from across the country will be in Morgantown March 8-10 for the eighth annual National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition hosted by the West Virginia University College of Law.

The competition problem this year involves a liquefied natural gas facility, and whether an analysis of the environmental impacts requires consideration of the greenhouse gases that will be released when the natural gas is ultimately combusted in its foreign destination. 

WVU business school named divisional champions at international supply chain competition

Fri, 2018-03-02 08:30

West Virginia University’s Global Supply Chain Management program has not be around a long time, but you would never know that from the accolades it has received in its short life.

Those accolades kept right on coming this past weekend, as a student supply chain competition team from the WVU College of Business and Economics was named divisional champion of the international Supply Chain Skills Challenge on Feb. 24 at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. The three-day challenge included 13 competing schools divided into four divisions, and consisted of a “jeopardy” and a case study.

WVU's Jutla earns prestigious NSF CAREER award

Thu, 2018-03-01 14:00

According to Jutla, there are several issues that have led to the rapid spread of this disease, which is 100 percent preventable and treatable.

“Aging and deteriorating civil infrastructure is the major road block to combat diseases such as cholera,” said Jutla. “A natural disaster usually destroys fragile infrastructure, which causes people to interact with water that is already contaminated with pathogens.”

Cassak named 2017-2018 Benedum Distinguished Scholar in Physical Sciences and Technology

Thu, 2018-03-01 13:00

Paul Cassak, associate professor of Physics and Astronomy in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences has been named West Virginia University’s 2017-2018 Benedum Distinguished Scholar in Physical Sciences and Technology. This designation is intended to recognize and reward WVU faculty who exemplify distinction in research, scholarship or creative activity.

Cassak is a theoretical and computational plasma physicist specializing in space physics and magnetically confined fusion. His research explores a phenomenon called magnetic reconnection, which drives solar flares in the sun’s atmosphere and leads to auroral light displays and space weather at Earth. He serves on numerous science community committees and does elementary school outreach throughout West Virginia in partnership with Morgantown’s Spark! Imagination and Science Center. Cassak has also made appearances on NASA TV.

Holgorsen hopes to build on red zone success in 2018

Thu, 2018-03-01 11:22

Each year, coaching staffs across the country assemble and go over all of the things their teams did well, all of the things they didn't do well and all of the things they want to see improved during the spring.

WVU Alumni Association alumni chapters reach $1 million mark

Thu, 2018-03-01 08:15

West Virginia University alumni continue to show their devotion to their alma mater by contributing more than $2 million for scholarships and the WVU Alumni Association

More than 60 active chapters across the United States and internationally, were able to raise more than $1 million so that alumni chapters can continue to work tirelessly to engage and connect with graduates of WVU. Through outreach programs, service events, student recruitment and networking opportunities, alumni chapters serve as an extended arm of the Alumni Association in forming communities of Mountaineers across the world.

Single game baseball tickets on sale

Wed, 2018-02-28 14:16

Single game tickets are on sale now for another exciting season of West Virginia University baseball at Monongalia County Ballpark.

Marsh to speak at South by Southwest Conference in Texas

Wed, 2018-02-28 12:00

WVU’s chief health leader will participate in a discussion of new ways to approach the nation’s drug crisis at the South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas. Clay B. Marsh, M.D., WVU vice president and executive dean for health sciences, will be one of four panelists discussing “Hacking the Opioid Epidemic: How Behavioral Science Can Help Us Combat America’s Most Pressing Health Crisis,” from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. March 13 in the Austin Convention Center.

WVU College of Law student named one of the country's top leaders

Wed, 2018-02-28 09:30

Ryan Wallace, a third-year student at the West Virginia University College of Law, has been named one of the top student leaders in the country by The National Jurist.

In it spring issue, the magazine named Wallace a finalist for Law Student of the Year. He is among 20 student leaders from across the country recognized for significantly contributing to their law school and community.

WVU Center for Excellence in STEM Education receives $100,000 Eberly Foundation grant to expand WVUteach program

Wed, 2018-02-28 00:00

Through WVUteach, the West Virginia University Center for Excellence in STEM Education is set to produce nearly 25 STEM teachers each year, accelerating the pace of placing certified teachers in vacant West Virginia classrooms.

A $100,00 grant from the Eberly Foundation will support that effort through a master teacher assistant, allowing nearly 100 additional students to enter WVUteach over the span of four years, with 12 estimated to credential and enter the classroom following graduation each year. The remainder of these students will graduate with a STEM degree.

WVU’s ‘State of Minds’ fundraising campaign brings in more than $1.2 billion

Tue, 2018-02-27 16:00

The largest private fundraising campaign in West Virginia University history saw more than 90,000 donors contribute just over $1.2 billion to the University.

Alumni and friends of WVU contributed $1,218,886,505 to the “State of Minds” campaign which ended Dec. 31, WVU President Gordon Gee announced Tuesday (Feb. 27) during his State of the University Address at Erickson Alumni Center. That amount is more than $200 million over the campaign’s $1 billion goal.