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WVU College of Education and Human Services dean to lead faculty development and support activities at Virginia Commonwealth University

Tue, 2018-06-12 15:30

West Virginia University’s dean of the College of Education and Human Services, Dr. Gypsy Denzine, has been appointed senior vice provost for faculty affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, effective Aug. 6. 

“Gypsy is a thoughtful, visionary educator and administrator who has been a tremendous asset to WVU, both as the leader of our College of Education and Human Services and as an advocate for our land grant mission,” said Joyce McConnell, provost and vice president for academic affairs.  “We are excited for her to have this exciting opportunity at VCU, where the campus community is gaining a wonderful leader and colleague.”

WVU physicist receives prestigious NSF CAREER Award

Tue, 2018-06-12 11:00

In the heat of the space race in 1958 between the United States and the Soviet Union, James Van Allen discovered Earth’s radiation belt. The belt is located at 500 to 60,000 kilometers above Earth’s surface and is populated with energetic “killer” electrons that create a hazardous environment for satellites and other spacecrafts operating within this zone. 

While significant progress has been achieved in understanding the enhancement of relativistic electrons that create extreme space weather conditions, the sudden drop out of radiation belt electrons remains unsolved.  

Second annual WVU Day of Giving to be held Nov. 14

Mon, 2018-06-11 08:41

Hoping to build on the success of their inaugural Day of Giving last fall, West Virginia University Foundation officials have announced plans to conduct a second WVU Day of Giving on Nov. 14. 

“In one 24-hour period last November, our generous alumni and friends stepped up to give nearly $3 million to WVU,” said B.J. Davisson, Foundation senior vice president of development and chief development officer. “Given this tremendous response and the private funding needs that remain, we plan to do it again later this year and make it an annual event. Mountaineers always step up, and we are confident we’ll have another successful online fundraising event in 2018.”   

WVU team finishes second in NASA’s Mars Ice Challenge

Fri, 2018-06-08 11:00

Not a leaking drain plug nor a blown water line could keep the MIDAS II team from West Virginia University from placing in NASA’s Mars Ice Challenge.

Led by Powsiri Klinkhachorn, professor of computer science and electrical engineering, the Mountaineer Ice Drilling Automated System team picked up second place and top honors for extracting the clearest water during the three-day event, besting the likes of MIT, Carnegie Mellon and Virginia Tech. 

WVU researchers investigate link between sleep apnea treatment and diabetes management

Thu, 2018-06-07 08:00

For adults with diabetes, managing the disease is a day-in, day-out effort to control the factors that affect blood sugar levels. A team of scientists, including two West Virginia University professors, is researching how one aspect of a patient’s daily routine could help keep blood sugar levels within a specific range.

Robert Stansbury, assistant professor in the WVU School of Medicine, is working as part of a multi-center project sponsored by the National Institutes of Health to assess what impact treating obstructive sleep apnea has on diabetes self-management.

Huggins named to NABC Board

Wed, 2018-06-06 14:01

West Virginia University head coach Bob Huggins and University of Missouri head coach Cuonzo Martin have accepted invitations to join the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Board of Directors.

WVU engineering students sweep SAMPE Additive Manufacturing Contest

Wed, 2018-06-06 13:00

Engineering students from West Virginia University’s Student Chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering swept top honors in the Student Additive Manufacturing Contest that was held during the 2018 SAMPE Conference and Exhibition on May 21-24, in Long Beach, California.

The national contest challenged students to design and create a 3D-printed vertical structure that could withstand a minimum load of 100 pounds during compression testing. Each structure received scores for weight, height and load supported before failure.

Order of Vandalia inducts six

Wed, 2018-06-06 08:00

West Virginia University Order of Vandalia inducted new members Saturday (June 2), adding six West Virginians to a distinguished list of recipients including Sen. Jay Rockefeller, Sen. Robert C. Byrd, Hazel Ruby McQuain, Sen. Jennings Randolph, John Chambers, James "Buck" Harless and Jack Fleming.

The current inductees are:

WVU launches Distinguished West Virginians Archives

Tue, 2018-06-05 14:25

It comes as a surprise to some that West Virginia and its flagship university have both produced a cavalcade of distinguished leaders in business, science, government, the arts and the military, just to name some areas.

“People will say, ‘I didn’t know that you were from West Virginia,’ or ‘I didn’t know you went to West Virginia University’. And that, of course, is something we want people to understand,” WVU President Gordon Gee said in announcing an effort to remedy that lack of knowledge.

New federal ‘Opportunity Zones’ include WVU locations

Tue, 2018-06-05 11:00

Three Morgantown census tracts that include portions of West Virginia University will now be eligible for a new federal tax incentive program designed to encourage private investors to make capital investments. 

The three are among 55 “opportunity zones” announced by Gov. Jim Justice and U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito last month.

WVU Medicine breaks ground for WVU Medicine Children’s tower

Tue, 2018-06-05 08:22

Monday (June 4), seven current and former WVU Medicine Children’s patients grabbed a shovel and a hard hat to turn some dirt at a ceremonial groundbreaking for a $150-million hospital that will revolutionize the care of women and children in West Virginia and the region.

WVU researcher receives NIH grant to explore effects of fracking on cardiovascular health

Tue, 2018-06-05 08:00

Building and operating a hydraulic fracturing well site can emit airborne particles in multiple ways. But scientists still don’t fully understand how these particles impact human health.

Travis Knuckles, assistant professor in the West Virginia University School of Public Health, has received $450,000 from the National Institutes of Health to investigate these questions.

WVU to establish first Public Health Residency program in Appalachia

Mon, 2018-06-04 13:15

To help combat the region’s ongoing health issues, the West Virginia University School of Public Health is developing a new residency program focused on public health, the first of its kind in Appalachia.

The School was recently awarded funding by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, one of only 17 such awards in the country, to establish a new Public Health and General Preventive Medicine residency and expand the existing Occupational Medicine residency. Both two-year programs are the only preventive medicine residencies in the Appalachian region and are aimed at training physicians skilled in public and occupational health who are committed to serving rural and underserved populations across Appalachia.  

WVU signs expanded cooperation agreement with Chinese energy company

Fri, 2018-06-01 15:34

West Virginia University and Shanxi International Energy Group have signed an expanded agreement to cooperate on energy research, training and education through the U.S.-China Energy Center-Shanxi. 

“Agreements such as these serve as another example of the types of relationships that WVU has been building in China for the past 18 years,” said Brian Anderson, WVU Energy Institute director.

Three night games announced for Milan Puskar Stadium

Thu, 2018-05-31 15:10

The Big 12 Conference has announced the game times and broadcast partners for three of West Virginia's six home games for the 2018 season.

WVU Extension Service and partners lead national Leap into Science initiative

Thu, 2018-05-31 14:39

The West Virginia University Extension Service is partnering with the Green Bank Observatory, Pocahontas County Libraries and the Morgantown Public Library System to develop and guide the Leap into Science program in West Virginia through 2021.

WVU named among top sales schools in the world for seventh consecutive year

Thu, 2018-05-31 11:00

A sales education environment comprised of high-level classroom education, valuable experiential learning, exposure to companies that have relationships with West Virginia University, internship opportunities and sales case competitions has landed the Professional Sales Institute at WVU a position as one of the top sales schools in the world.

WVU was listed in the “2018 Top Universities for Professional Sales Education” by the Sales Education Foundation. This marks the seventh consecutive year the Institute, housed in the College of Business and Economics, has been named to the world-wide list.

WVU Police Chief Bob Roberts retiring after 28 years leading the department

Wed, 2018-05-30 12:50

When Bob Roberts first walked on to the West Virginia University campus, he was a 23-year-old non-commissioned officer with the U.S. Air Force, working with ROTC

Now, more than 37 years, later, he’s preparing to retire after 33 years – the last 28-plus as chief of what is now the University Police Department

WVU landscape architecture graduates and professor earn international recognition, 8th annual Yuan Ye competition

Wed, 2018-05-30 11:00

For the second consecutive year, the West Virginia University landscape architecture program in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design was recognized for excellence in innovation, design and teaching in the Yuan Ye International Competition, an annual landscape design competition.

Connor Price and Sean Fasano, both 2017 graduates of the landscape architecture program, earned the second prize award in the urban design category with their capstone project “Almono.” Shan Jiang, assistant professor of landscape architecture who advised their work, once again earned the Yuan Ye Excellent Guide Teacher recognition. More than 80 institutions competed in the event.

Four factors predict chronic opioid use, suggests study by WVU researchers

Tue, 2018-05-29 08:45

Four factors increase the odds that a patient will wind up on chronic opioid therapy, suggests research conducted by a team of researchers led by Nilanjana Dwibedi, assistant professor in the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy

It is the first study to investigate the risk of transitioning to incident chronic opioid use among patients with noncancer pain. The findings are published in the journal “American Health & Drug Benefits.”