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WVU chemist studying fuel efficiency and pollutant formation

Tue, 2018-08-28 16:13

A West Virginia University chemist is working to improve fuel efficiencies in transportation and power generation. Fabien Goulay, an associate professor in the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry, is investigating combustion reaction mechanisms, which take place in power generators like engines and turbines.

WVU Reed College of Media selects Pineville for community branding

Tue, 2018-08-28 13:45

The West Virginia University Reed College of Media is launching the next phase of its community branding initiative with the naming of Pineville as its latest community partner.

In January, the American Electric Power Foundation awarded the College of Media a $250,000 educational grant to support and sustain “BrandJRNY," a community branding initiative launched by the College of Media in 2015 with a grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. The initiative is designed to help revitalize West Virginia communities by identifying and promoting their unique qualities to encourage economic development, boost tourism and increase community pride. College of Media faculty and students work with stakeholders to develop a research-based brand campaign for each community, and communications and creative deliverables. Past community partners included Matewan, Grafton and Whitesville.

WVU alumni establish scholarship, enrichment fund to honor retired business school professor

Tue, 2018-08-28 09:30

The former students of a staple in the West Virginia University Department of Accounting are giving back to the College and University to honor his work and to look to the future of the industry. The gift is given in honor of Dr. Robert S. Maust, who retired in 2013 after more than 50 years at the College of Business and Economics and made a tremendous impact on the lives of countless accounting students.

Among those former students is John Wilson, a 1989 Master of Accountancy graduate, partner at Schmidt & Wilson LLC in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, and owner of Cox Well Service, LLC, in Spencer, West Virginia, worked directly with Maust as a graduate assistant during his time at WVU, and said Maust helped shape his career. Recently, Wilson made a generous gift to establish an endowed scholarship fund, the Professor Robert Maust Scholarship. Recipients of the Professor Robert Maust Scholarship must be undergraduate students enrolled full-time at B&E and majoring in accounting.  

WVU professor part of international effort to predict where cholera will strike next

Mon, 2018-08-27 13:46

(Editor’s note: An online media kit containing downloadable video, photos and other resources is available in the WVUToday Media Center.)

Antar Jutla, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at West Virginia University, is part of a British-led humanitarian team that is working to predict and prevent a major outbreak of cholera in war-torn Yemen.

WVU law professor awarded Fulbright scholarship

Mon, 2018-08-27 11:00

Matthew Titolo, a professor at the West Virginia University College of Law, has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar grant for the spring 2019 semester.

As a Fulbright Senior Scholar, Titolo will teach and study at the University de La Laguna in Tenerife, Spain, focusing on international commercial law and European Union law. He will also lecture on his forthcoming book, “Privatization and Its Discontents: Infrastructure, Law and American Democracy”, to be published by Cambridge University Press.

WVU Honors College announces 2018 Faculty Fellows Lecture Series

Mon, 2018-08-27 09:45

Imagine taking courses on some of the hottest topics today—energy, banking, child care and the dark side new media—from some of the best professors on campus.

This fall, the Honors College at  West Virginia University opens up its courses in a series of lectures to showcase the faculty’s expertise. Selected from a competitive pool of applicants, Honors Faculty Fellows are chosen to design new courses that fit within the general education framework. As part of their fellowship, each professor gives a public lecture, which allows students to learn more about each topic and the community a chance to experience an honors course for an evening.

WVU researchers earn NSF award to study methane emissions from natural gas fields

Mon, 2018-08-27 09:30

Researchers at West Virginia University have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to study methane emissions from natural gas well sites. The three-year grant comes with more than $320,000 in funding.

Large uncertainties exist in the ability to measure and quantify the amount of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, that is released along the natural gas supply chain. Recent studies have shown significant variations in methane losses, and if these losses are large enough, they may mitigate the benefits of natural gas use.

WVU awarded 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant

Fri, 2018-08-24 14:47

West Virginia University is one of 10 higher education institutions in the United States to be awarded an Innovation Fund grant to grow study abroad partnerships with Argentina. The U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas and NAFSA: Association of International Educators announced the winning teams as part of the Argentina-U.S. Workforce Development competition sponsored by Chevron and the U.S. Department of State.

WVU will partner with Universidad Nacional del Comahue to implement a new program to allow engineering students to learn more in-depth practical knowledge about exploration and production of shale oil and gas. Students from both universities will travel to host institutions to interact with their students and faculty, participate in workshops, and gain more understanding of shared challenges and opportunities in this field of study.

VIDEO: WVU welcomes the class of 2022 to its new home

Thu, 2018-08-23 09:31

For nearly 5,000 first-year students, West Virginia University became their new home during Welcome Week 2018.

Our newest students moved into their rooms, hugged their families and friends goodbye and embarked on a new journey — all in a 24-hour period. Throughout Welcome Week, they participated in statewide community service projects, explored new adventures and stepped foot on campus as WVU students for the very first time.

WVU faculty awarded USDA grant to help apple growers tap snack market and add to profits

Wed, 2018-08-22 14:00

The old saying goes “where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” and a few West Virginia University faculty believe the adage holds true when looking at the potential for West Virginia’s apple growers to develop and market a unique food item that could become the hottest new snack — dried, smoked apple chunks.

Growers and other interested parties will soon learn about producing, marketing and selling the snack thanks to faculty from the WVU Extension Service, WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, and the WVU School of Social Work who received a United States Department of Agriculture grant to develop and later deliver workshops around the state.

WVU Humanities Center to host ‘Quality of Life’ speaker series

Wed, 2018-08-22 09:30

The West Virginia University Humanities Center will focus its 2018-19 speaker series on “Quality of Life,” addressing a tradition as old as the very idea of a university.

The series will illustrate how humanities inquiry stands alongside economic indicators, technological developments and medical innovations in improving quality of life in Appalachia and beyond. The eight events, which will take place at venues across Morgantown will represent a wide variety of disciplines and will explore cultural objects and moments that lend themselves to richer understandings of our world and ways of living in it.

WVU researcher studies quick blood test to help diagnose blood clots

Wed, 2018-08-22 08:00

Getting tested for deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, can disrupt a patient’s whole day. Typically, one of the first methods a clinician uses to diagnose the condition is an ultrasound in order to see the blood vessels in a patient’s legs and assess blood flow. From check in to check out, the procedure can take several hours. For rural patients, who often drive long distances to reach medical practices where the necessary equipment and personnel are available, the process is even more onerous. 

Albeir Mousa, a professor of vascular surgery at West Virginia University, has used an innovative, faster method for ruling out DVT in patients before they have an ultrasound. He and his research team found that measuring the level of a specific protein—called D-dimer—in a patient’s blood may predict whether a time-intensive ultrasound is warranted. The “Annals of Vascular Surgery” has published the team’s results.

WVU issues statement after meeting with fraternity leaders

Tue, 2018-08-21 20:12

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee issued the following statement Tuesday after meeting with leaders of several fraternities who recently dissociated from the University:

"While there is still much work to be done, we had an open and honest conversation. I believe we more clearly understand each other’s position, and we are hopeful that we can come to an agreeable resolution. Nevertheless, West Virginia University will not deviate from its goal to provide for the safety and welfare of its students. We are also dedicated to working with our student leaders who remain steadfast in their commitment to strengthen Fraternity and Sorority Life on our campus."

WVU hosts information exchange between Sister Cities Morgantown and Xuzhou

Tue, 2018-08-21 15:51

Although half a world away from one another, Sister Cities Morgantown and Xuzhou in the Peoples Republic of China shared common ground at a day-long meeting, highlighting initiatives for redeveloping old mined land and industrial sites to promote economic development. 

Delegations from the two cities met in Morgantown Aug. 21 hosted by the West Virginia University U.S.-China Energy Center of the Energy Institute / National Research Center for Coal and Energy and Morgantown’s Sister Cities Commission. 

WVU College of Creative Arts unveils new arts series

Tue, 2018-08-21 13:00

From mainstage plays to large music ensemble concerts and art exhibitions to visiting artist lectures and student recitals, the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts’ 800-plus students and 100 faculty members present hundreds of events throughout the year. From September through April, the College will host The Curiosity Series, 25 events that are a chance for fans of one genre of music to listen to another or to attend a lecture on an arts topic that holds interest for them. 

“We know that people are curious about the arts, but we also know that the arts can be intimidating so people typically stick to what they know,” said Keith Jackson, interim dean. “People know what to expect at a rock show – they may not know what to expect at a wind symphony concert or a visiting artist lecture, so they shy away from attending. We want our community members to have an open mind and try something they have been curious about.” 

1988 football team to be honored at home opener

Tue, 2018-08-21 09:27

The West Virginia University Varsity Club has announced that the 1988 Mountaineer Football team, one of only two teams to go 11-0 in school history, will be recognized for its 30-year anniversary the weekend of Sept. 7-8, with activities surrounding the home-opening football game vs. Youngstown State.

WVU Festival of Ideas announces the fall 2018 series

Tue, 2018-08-21 08:45

This season’s Festival of Ideas at West Virginia University addresses topics at the forefront of the American conversation—from suicide prevention and genetically engineered food to civic engagement and why we should resist hate with free speech instead of censorship.

The series begins at 4 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Health Sciences Center – Okey Patteson Auditorium

Police say body found on WVU campus not connected with University

Mon, 2018-08-20 14:30

 A West Virginia University employee discovered a body at approximately 6:30 this morning (Aug. 20) on a small section of University property near the intersection of Beechurst Ave. and University Ave. 

The employee contacted University Police who determined the body was a male believed to be in his late 40s or early 50s. 

Seventh class of Ruby Fellows named for graduate research funding at WVU

Mon, 2018-08-20 10:45

Four students pursuing doctoral degrees at West Virginia University are receiving funding through the Ruby Scholars Graduate Fellowship Program. The seventh class of fellows includes Hannah Clipp, Michelle Frankot, Dylan Linville and Lakyn Sanders. 

The program, established in 2011, includes a stipend of $34,000, a $2,000 travel grant and tuition waivers for each fellow to continue their research at WVU.

WVU engineering student celebrates the launch of new video game

Mon, 2018-08-20 09:00

When Connor Haynes decided to pursue a degree in computer science at West Virginia University he never dreamed that he would one day be developing video games, let alone running his own company. Now in his senior year, Haynes is celebrating the release of Perspectrum, a two-dimensional side-scrolling puzzle-platform game produced by his company, Proud Mom Games. 

Perspectrum was released Aug. 9, by Vandalia Softworks, a Morgantown-based interactive entertainment publishing company owned by Jordan Hallow, a WVU alumnus with a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship and innovation and a minor in computer science.

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