WVU Today

Subscribe to WVU Today feed
RSS feed for the WVU Today blog.
Updated: 34 min 11 sec ago

Graduate students showcase research at Three-Minute Thesis Competition

Mon, 2018-04-09 12:01

Some of West Virginia University’s extraordinary researchers are mapping the universe, using hair follicles to solve crimes and helping consumers understand the risks of off-label prescription drugs. Three of those researchers were celebrated last week at the Office of Graduate Education and Life’s annual Three-Minute Thesis Competition, in which 12 doctoral students from across the University competed for the top spots, all of which came with cash awards.

First place was awarded to William Armentrout, a doctoral student in the department of Physics and Astronomy, for his presentation “A User’s Guide to Mapping Our Galaxy Far, Far Away.” Armentrout is advised by Loren Anderson, who in 2013 was part of a team that discovered hundreds of previously unknown sites of massive star formation in the Milky Way galaxy. 

National Institute of Food and Agriculture director to offer 2018 Davis-Michael Distinguished Lecture

Mon, 2018-04-09 11:00

A leader in improving global food security and advancing agricultural research is this year’s Davis-Michael Distinguished Lecturer at the West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.

Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will present “Transformative Innovations and the Future of Food” Wednesday (April 11) at 11 a.m. in G06 Agricultural Sciences Building.

WVU College of Law named a top environmental law school

Mon, 2018-04-09 09:53

The West Virginia University College of Law has been rated one of the top schools in the country for environmental law. 

In its spring issue, preLaw Magazine awards WVU College of Law a grade of A for the range of its energy and environmental law classes and other related opportunities. Only 12 other law schools in the nation scored higher. 

Holgorsen walks to benefit WVU Medicine Children’s

Mon, 2018-04-09 08:52

The frigid weather and snowy conditions didn't stop hundreds of local residents from coming out and supporting the new Family Resource Center at WVU Medicine Children's as part of the April 7 "Walk the Talk With Coach Dana Holgorsen."

Iron Mountaineer award winners announced

Fri, 2018-04-06 15:59

West Virginia University football players Gary Jennings Jr., Colton McKivitz, David Sills V and Dylan Tonkery were named the recipients of the 2018 Iron Mountaineer Award, presented to the most outstanding performers in WVU's offseason strength and conditioning program.

National Institute of Food and Agriculture director to offer 2018 Davis-Michael Distinguished Lecture

Fri, 2018-04-06 14:39

A leader in improving global food security and advancing agricultural research is this year’s Davis-Michael Distinguished Lecturer at the West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.

Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will present “Transformative Innovations and the Future of Food” Wednesday (April 11) at 11 a.m. in G06 Agricultural Sciences Building.

WVU receives American Historical Association grant to support career diversity initiative

Fri, 2018-04-06 14:00

West Virginia University is one of 20 institutions in the U.S. to receive a 2018 Career Diversity Implementation Grant from the American Historical Association to support a career diversity initiative for graduate students in the Department of History.  

Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the AHA, the two-year grant will allow the Department of History to add broad-based professional development into its doctoral curriculum to help prepare students for a variety of career options after graduation.

Teaching, advising, research awards announced in WVU’s Statler College

Fri, 2018-04-06 13:45

Gene Cilento, Glen H. Hiner Dean of the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University, announced the winners of the College's outstanding teaching, advising and researcher awards for 2017-2018. The awards were handed out at the College's annual Honors Ceremony, which took place on April 6.

Peter Gall, teaching assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was named the College’s Teacher of the Year. Also recognized for outstanding teaching were Powsiri Klinkhachorn from the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, and Edward Sabolsky and Mario Perhinschi from mechanical and aerospace engineering.

Grant opportunities available through Women of WVU Enrichment Fund

Fri, 2018-04-06 09:30

Applications are now being accepted for the fifth round of grants through an enrichment fund established by Women of WVU

The group was established by the WVU Foundation in 2014 to provide women who love the University another way to become involved using educational activities, networking opportunities and philanthropy.

Five Foundation Scholars to be chosen from Bucklew cohort

Fri, 2018-04-06 08:30

The 2018 Bucklew Scholars chose West Virginia University for a variety of reasons— its status as an R1 Research Institution, its close community feel, its school spirit and most of all—it’s home. 

The Bucklew Scholarship is given to 20 high-achieving West Virginia students who have been accepted to the University and qualifies them to be considered for a Foundation Scholarship, the highest academic scholarship the University awards.

WVU to host documentary and panel discussion: “Talking Black in America”

Thu, 2018-04-05 15:45

West Virginia University’s  David C. Hardesty, Jr. Festival of Ideas series will address African American English, the most controversial and misunderstood variety of speech in the United States, during a documentary and panel discussion titled “Talking Black in America” April 10 at 7 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.

The documentary showcases the history and symbolic role of language in the lives of African Americans and highlights its tremendous impact on the speech and culture of the United States. It also addresses the persistent misinformation about African American speech and situates it as an integral part of the historical and cultural legacy of all Americans.

WVU geographer helps prepare for internal climate migration through new World Bank report

Thu, 2018-04-05 14:00

Internal climate migrants are rapidly becoming the human face of climate change, according to a new report from World Bank. Brent McCusker, a professor of geography at West Virginia University, has contributed to a study of migration projections in the developing world, including Ethiopia, Mexico and Bangladesh, to help inform government leaders of what to expect from future migration patterns as a result of climate change.

2018 Gold-Blue Spring Game cancelled due to predicted inclement weather

Thu, 2018-04-05 10:42

Due to impending wintry weather being forecast for the Morgantown area on Saturday, April 7, the 2018 Gold-Blue Spring Football Game has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. Tickets sold to fans in advance of the spring game will be automatically refunded by the Mountaineer Ticket Office if paid by credit card or check.

WVU Foundation to induct new Irvin Stewart Society members April 10

Thu, 2018-04-05 09:50

The West Virginia University Foundation will honor donors on Tuesday, April 10, whose planned gifts over the past year will provide for the future of the University. 

The Foundation’s Irvin Stewart Society will welcome 39 new members during a lunch and induction ceremony at the Erickson Alumni Center. Membership in the Society is given to those who include a gift provision in a will or revocable trust, create a life-income gift, designate an after-death gift of a retirement account, make checking, savings or stock accounts payable upon death, donate life insurance, or make a gift of real estate with a retained life interest benefiting WVU and its entities.  

New Mountaineer to begin term after April 6 ‘Passing of the Rifle” ceremony

Thu, 2018-04-05 09:33

Trevor Kiess will officially begin his reign as the 2018-19 West Virginia University Mountaineer Mascot on Friday (April 6), when current Mountaineer Troy Clemons passes the rifle on to him in a formal ceremony. The ceremony, open to the public, will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Barnette Room of the Erickson Alumni Center

Kiess, a senior accounting major minoring in pre-law and legal studies from Elkins, was named the mascot during the February 24 WVU-Iowa State men’s basketball game. His first official appearance as the Mountaineer will take place at the 2018 Gold-Blue Spring Game slated to begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday (April 7) at the Milan Puskar Stadium.

Carl Schmidt, M.D., to join WVU Cancer Institute

Wed, 2018-04-04 15:36

WVU Medicine announced Tuesday (April 3) that Carl Schmidt, M.D., a nationally recognized surgical oncologist specializing in cancers of the liver, pancreas, and stomach will join the WVU Cancer Institute in July.

Pioneers in marketing communications, insurance and technology to be inducted into the 2018 West Virginia Business Hall of Fame

Wed, 2018-04-04 14:30

Commemorating deep West Virginia roots and extraordinary leadership in the world of business, three trailblazing individuals will be inducted into the West Virginia Business Hall of Fame in 2018.

Inductees this year will include Linda Arnold, founder and former chairman and CEO of The Arnold Agency, Charleston, W.Va.; Andrew J. Paterno, CEO of Centurion Insurance Services, LLC, Charleston, W.Va.; and Brad Smith, chairman and CEO of Intuit, Mountain View, Calif. The Hall of Fame will honor the inductees at an evening ceremony and reception on August 28 at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs. The event will kick off the 2018 West Virginia Business Summit and Annual Meeting. 

Gold-Blue Spring Game to be played this Saturday

Wed, 2018-04-04 11:29

West Virginia University is hosting its annual Gold-Blue Spring Football Game on Saturday (April 7) at 1 p.m., at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium.

WVU students win 2018 Schuman Challenge in Washington, D.C.

Wed, 2018-04-04 11:00

Student representatives from West Virginia University have won the European External Action Service’s 2018 Schuman Challenge, the second edition of a foreign policy contest for undergraduate students held in Washington, D.C.

Garrett Burgess, a senior Honors student majoring in political science and world languages, literatures and linguistics with a concentration in Russian studies, and Morgan King, a senior Honors student majoring in civil and environmental engineering with a minor in international and comparative politics, placed first among ten teams competing from institutions including the American University, Johns Hopkins University and the US Naval Academy.

New WVU course studies regional economics while providing areas of West Virginia with economic forecasts

Wed, 2018-04-04 09:30

A small group of students at West Virginia University have undertaken class projects that will ultimately provide economic data to various regions of the state, and help those regions better understand their opportunities and challenges.

The revolutionary class is titled Applied Regional Economics Research, an advanced undergraduate class where students were selected prior to the current semester to research assigned regions, compile data and present a statistical analysis to business leaders in their respective regions. Their research involves economic forecasting for those areas and will be part of official statewide data compiled by the WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research, which operates in the College of Business and Economics.