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Mylan Park Track and Field Complex dedicated

Mon, 2018-10-29 15:04

Earlier today, Mylan Park held its official ribbon cutting ceremony for the new outdoor track and field complex that will serve as the host venue for the West Virginia University track and field program, as well as local Monongalia County high schools and area running enthusiasts.

Life without lead: WVU anthropologist researches lead contamination in Uruguay

Mon, 2018-10-29 10:45

Prior to regulations, lead-infused paint covered the walls of American homes, leaded gasoline fueled cars and lead pipes carried water into glasses.

Through these factors, Americans were in direct and regular contact with lead contamination. While the United States took precautions to help reform and prevent lead contamination in the 1970s, some countries around the world, such as Uruguay, didn’t take precautions until recent years. 

Conference at WVU College of Law will discuss social justice topics

Fri, 2018-10-26 14:00

Legal scholars concerned about economic justice and other social issues are meeting at the West Virginia University College of Law Nov. 2-3. 

The conference, Rising Together for Economic Hope, Power and Justice, is the annual meeting of ClassCrits, a network for the critical analysis of law and economic inequality. Presenters will examine a range of social concerns, including the opioid crisis, child and health care, immigration, poverty, racial inequality, economic development, and democracy.

Record number of state schools represented in West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition semi-finals

Fri, 2018-10-26 13:00

The field of young entrepreneurs varies each year in the West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition, and this year is no different as a record eight state colleges and universities are represented in the group of 2018-19 competition semi-finalists.

A total of 30 semi-finalist teams have moved on to the next stage of the 13th annual competition, 10 in each of three categories. A $10,000 grand prize awaits each winner in the Lifestyle and Innovation, Hospitality and Tourism, and STEM categories. In all, 201 entries from 15 different schools from across the state were judged in the first round. 

WVU Native American Studies Program to host 26th anniversary of the Peace Tree Ceremony Oct. 30

Fri, 2018-10-26 12:00

The Native American Studies Program at West Virginia University welcomes the public to its 26th anniversary of the Peace Tree Ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 11:30 a.m. at the Peace Tree, located between Martin and Elizabeth Moore halls. The Mountainlair ballrooms will serve as a rain location for the ceremony.

WVU team selected to compete in EcoCAR Mobility Challenge

Fri, 2018-10-26 11:00

Seeking to build off its second-place finish in the final year of the EcoCAR 3 competition, the team from West Virginia University was one of 12 to be selected for the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge, which will feature the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer as the vehicle platform.

The EcoCAR Mobility Challenge is four-year Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors and The MathWorks, and managed by Argonne National Laboratory. Students are challenged to increase vehicle efficiency by developing connected and automated vehicle – or CAV – technologies and implementing advanced propulsion systems and electrification. The goal is to reduce energy consumption while maintaining the performance, safety and overall sporty design and feel of the original vehicle, specifically for a carsharing market.

WVU Police investigates fan incident during Baylor football game

Thu, 2018-10-25 22:36

West Virginia University Police is investigating an incident at Milan Puskar Stadium during tonight’s (Oct. 25) game against Baylor.

Witnesses told officers a 49-year-old male fan in Section 134 scaled and then intentionally jumped over the wall of the South Concourse area following a series of verbal altercations with those seated nearby. He fell onto the concrete concourse below.

Scott, Antinone, named 2018 WVU Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer

Thu, 2018-10-25 21:15

West Virginia University has named Stephen Scott and Mia Antinone the 2018 Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer. A long-time Mountaineer Week tradition, the prestigious award recognizes exemplary academic achievement and extracurricular involvement.

Scott and Antinone were announced as this year’s honorees during the halftime of the WVU vs. Baylor football game tonight (Oct. 25) at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Robison appointed dean of agriculture and life sciences at Iowa State, WVU to appoint Interim Davis College Dean soon

Thu, 2018-10-25 11:15

An interim dean for the West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design will be appointed with the next few weeks, Provost Joyce McConnell said today (Oct. 25), following the announcement of current dean Daniel Robison as dean of Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. 

“Dan is a visionary thinker and a dynamic leader who shepherded our oldest academic unit through some exciting times, including the Davis College’s 150th birthday,” McConnell said. “We’re delighted that he will have the opportunity to bring his tremendous energy to a new constituency at Iowa State.”  

Not ‘just for kids’: WVU communication studies professor researches the interactivity of video games

Thu, 2018-10-25 11:00

 A nuclear war survivor stands on the edge of an Appalachian mountain in an apocalyptic setting at the beginning of the Fallout 76’s trailer, while a version of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” plays in the background. The video continues to show popular places in the state, including a few from West Virginia University. The video game takes place in West Virginia and is set to release Nov. 14. 

Video games and interactive media like the Fallout series and Fortnite, which is currently one of the nation’s most popular games, have interested Nick Bowman, associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies and a research associate of WVU’s Interaction Lab, for years. Growing up around interactive media such as video games, Bowman has been researching how people experience and interact with video games and other virtual environments. 

WVU Online offers a wide variety of courses during Winter Intersession, Dec. 17-Jan. 3

Wed, 2018-10-24 14:00

West Virginia University undergraduates looking to fit an extra course into their schedule, who want to boost their GPAs, or who simply want to make the most of their upcoming winter breaks can earn up to three credit hours during WVU Online’s “Winter Intersession,” Dec. 17-Jan. 3.

Winter Intersession offers a flexible, online environment that allows students to take classes while still enjoying their winter break,” said Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning Keith Bailey. “Students who are looking to earn credits, or those wanting to lessen their Spring 2018 academic course load, would benefit from participating in Winter Intersession.

Walton Family Foundation Fellow to speak at WVU on characteristics of competitive places

Wed, 2018-10-24 11:59

Ross DeVol, a Walton Fellow with the Walton Family Foundation, will present “Characteristics of Competitive Places: The Role of the Entrepreneur and University,” Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m., at West Virginia University. The lecture, part of the Glen H. Hiner Distinguished Lecture Series in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, will be held in room G102 of the Engineering Sciences Building on the Evansdale campus.

DeVol studies national economic trends and how they impact the American heartland. He assesses opportunities for regional innovation ecosystems that foster job creation, wage gains and economic growth for the non-coastal areas of the nation. DeVol works with universities, colleges, the business community, public policy leaders and philanthropy to analyze resources supporting the startup community and identify workforce and talent gaps.

WVU grad student pursues drug to treat aggressive form of blood cancer

Wed, 2018-10-24 08:30

Multiple myeloma doesn’t play around. Within five years of being diagnosed with this form of blood cancer, about half of all patients die from it. And even if they initially respond well to treatment, the cancer can hide in their bone marrow for years before reemerging in a tougher-to-treat form.

Osama Elzamzamy, a doctoral student in the West Virginia University School of Medicine, is researching a new drug for use when multiple myeloma just won’t leave a patient alone. He is part of WVU’s doctoral program in clinical and translational science.

Is every neuron a unique snowflake? WVU biology student studies organizing principles of neuron diversity

Tue, 2018-10-23 11:00

Just as no two snowflakes are alike, a new study by Kristyn Lizbinski, a doctoral student studying biology at West Virginia University, reveals that neurons may be just as diverse. 

Neurons communicate via chemicals called neurotransmitters that can have different effects on the brain based on the receptor proteins expressed by other neurons. Neurotransmitters are often used to classify neuron types because each neurotransmitter can be thought of as a tool for communicating with other neurons. 

WVU Extension Service announces campaign to enhance recreation, educational and camping opportunities at WVU Jackson’s Mill

Tue, 2018-10-23 09:00

WVU Jackson’s Mill has been an integral part of the history of West Virginia and has played host to hundreds of thousands of visitors throughout its nearly 100-year history. Looking toward the future of facility, WVU Extension Service is planning for the next century of camping and education to meet the evolving needs and interests of youths and other visitors in West Virginia and beyond.

WVU Extension Service Dean Steven Bonanno announced today the launch of the Centennial Campaign, a $2.8 million fundraising initiative to preserve the treasured history of WVU Jackson’s Mill while providing critical enhancements to ensure it continues to meet the camping, recreation and educational needs for future visitors.

WVU announces conditional pilot program for secondary IFC recruitment period

Mon, 2018-10-22 14:30

As part of its continued commitment to culture change and student safety, West Virginia University will offer Interfraternity Council members in good standing an exemption process for a second membership intake period to be held under strict guidelines.

“I am so proud of our students who developed the proposal and worked with us because they want to remain members of our University community,” President Gordon Gee said. “I firmly believe this will benefit their chapter growth and ultimately promote a safer and healthier environment for new member recruitment. I am hopeful the national headquarters will work with us in good faith.”

Amory family creates scholarship at WVU in memory of daughter

Mon, 2018-10-22 14:00

A scholarship that honors the memory of a young woman whose dream to be a professional dancer was shattered when she died at 25 will help students in West Virginia University’s College of Creative Arts live out their own dreams. 

The Megan E. Amory Memorial Scholarship was created by the Amory family to honor their late daughter.

WVU to celebrate Mountaineer Nation Day

Mon, 2018-10-22 12:00

West Virginia University fans from around the world will celebrate the seventh-annual Mountaineer Nation Day on Nov. 3. 

Mountaineer Nation Day is a 24-hour period dedicated to fans and their pride and passion for WVU. This year’s celebration will take place on the day the football team takes on Texas.

WVU conference promotes energy innovators working on ‘some of the world’s most challenging problems’

Mon, 2018-10-22 08:30

A gathering of innovative startup companies will promote businesses and projects that reduce building energy costs by up to 40 percent while maintaining comfort in every room; convert waste materials to energy and useful products; adapt the Internet of Things concepts for smarter manufacturing and a more dependable electric grid. 

These are just a few of the ideas being pitched tomorrow and Wednesday (Oct. 23-24) to investors and industry partners at the seventh TransTech Energy Business Development Conference at the Hilton Garden Inn in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

Statewide partnership celebrates health outcomes

Mon, 2018-10-22 08:30

A unique West Virginia-based healthcare partnership is ending, following a 10-year collaboration. The Weight Management Program, a community-based diet and exercise program, reached 33 counties through approximately 100 fitness centers around the Mountain state.