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WVU celebrates West Virginia’s 155th birthday with latest gift from the Blenko family

Tue, 2018-06-19 08:45

A new limited-edition piece from Blenko Glass will be added to West Virginia University’s art collection.

The company is continuing its tradition of providing WVU with the latest piece from the collection. The donation has become an annual occurrence on June 20 – the state’s birthday. Started by the company in 1980, the West Virginia Birthday Blenko Glass Collection celebrates the state’s birthday with just the exact number of pieces as the state’s age made and sold each year.

Duo captures national rifle titles

Mon, 2018-06-18 16:05

Rising senior Ginny Thrasher and junior Morgan Phillips return to Morgantown this fall as national champions, as the pair collected four national titles at the 2018 USA Shooting National Championships for Rifle and Pistol.

WVU researcher pursues updated vaccine against whooping cough

Mon, 2018-06-18 12:45

Before the whooping-cough vaccine came into widespread use in the 1940s, about 9,000 American children died from the infection each year. Today, thanks to the vaccine’s efficacy, reported cases of whooping cough have dramatically declined and fatalities have dropped to up to 20 children each year.

But for the vaccine to remain effective, it must be modified to keep pace with the whooping-cough bacteria as it evolves over time. Reconfiguring the vaccine to lengthen its period of protectiveness would help ward off the illness even more.

WVU law students win cases for two West Virginia veterans

Mon, 2018-06-18 10:30

Students at the West Virginia University College of Law are winning benefits for the state’s veterans.

Recently, student attorneys in the Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic at WVU successfully appealed two denial of claim decisions by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

WVU announces spring 2018 graduation honors, President's and Dean's lists

Mon, 2018-06-18 09:44

West Virginia University has released its graduation honors for the spring 2018 semester. A total of 4,120 students graduated from the University in May.

A total of 3,532 students were named to the Dean’s list for spring 2018. Those on the Dean’s list received a 3.5 GPA or higher. A total of 2,171 students were named to the President’s list after receiving a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

WVU research reveals clues on the cause of muscle fatigue in breast cancer patients

Fri, 2018-06-15 13:08

West Virginia University researchers may have uncovered the cause of muscle fatigue in breast cancer patients. Emidio Pistilli, Ph.D. A recent study led by Emidio Pistilli, Ph.D., associate professor in the WVU School of Medicine Division of Exercise Physiology and the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cell Biology, suggests that molecular alterations in the cell tissue of breast cancer patients may be the cause of fatigue in patients.

Record number of WVU students named Gilman Scholars

Thu, 2018-06-14 15:00

 A record number of West Virginia University students are traveling the world in 2018 as Gilman Scholars. The 14 students, all West Virginia residents, represent a variety of majors and will study on five continents.

“Our commitment to a global education extends to all of our students,” said Ryan Claycomb, faculty advisor for the Gilman Scholars and interim director of the Humanities Center. “Travel can be a transformative experience and this scholarship helps students who may not have otherwise had the opportunity.” 

2017-18 another banner season for WVU Athletics

Thu, 2018-06-14 11:30

It was another banner year for Shane Lyons' West Virginia University athletic department competing in the Big 12 - the only Power 5 conference in America with teams participating in this year's College Football Playoff, NCAA men's Final Four and College World Series.

WVU researcher reveals new cell type in human brain that plays crucial role in visual search

Thu, 2018-06-14 11:01

Every day, people are asked to find something – a familiar face in a crowd, a child in the park, a particular house on a street. While researchers have long-since known that the ability to effectively search and detect goal-relevant targets is controlled by top-down signals from the brain’s frontal area, a researcher from West Virginia University has found evidence that the human medial temporal lobe – or MTL – also plays an essential role in this process.

In a report recently published in “Current Biology,” Shuo Wang, assistant professor of chemical and biomedical engineering, has found that the MTL contains a strikingly functional type of cell never described before in humans: target cells.

WVU announces spring 2018 graduation honors, President's and Dean's lists

Wed, 2018-06-13 15:31

West Virginia University has released its graduation honors for the spring 2018 semester. A total of 4,120 students graduated from the University in May.

A total of 3,533 students were named to the Dean’s list for spring 2018. Those on the Dean’s list received a 3.5 GPA or higher. A total of 2,170 students were named to the President’s list after receiving a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

WVU Libraries, WVRHC examine law and lawyers for West Virginia Day celebration

Wed, 2018-06-13 14:35

West Virginia University Libraries and the West Virginia and Regional History Center will address the law and lawyers in the Mountain State to mark the 155th anniversary of West Virginia’s founding on June 20.

“Justice for All; Law and Lawyers in West Virginia” will commemorate the key role the legal profession has played throughout the history of the nation’s 35th state.

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: