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WVU receives $2.2 million software gift from Petroleum Experts Limited

Tue, 2019-01-15 11:45

For more than a decade, geology students at West Virginia University have used the same advanced software used by oil and gas companies worldwide, expanding their marketability for industry jobs. 

WVU’s Lorimer named associate dean for external research development in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Tue, 2019-01-15 09:30

Duncan Lorimer has been named the associate dean for external research development in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University.

The associate dean for external research development is responsible for leading faculty in research, research program development and intellectual property activities. As part of the Eberly College’s senior leadership, Lorimer will facilitate independent research and interdisciplinary research projects between the Eberly College, other WVU colleges and schools and outside collaborators. He will also monitor research metrics, develop college research policies and practices and lead the Eberly College’s Office of Research.

WVU business, engineering online graduate programs land in U.S. News top 50; education program in top 100

Tue, 2019-01-15 08:30

Online graduate business programs in data analytics, the online MBA, and forensic accounting and fraud examination at West Virginia University have been recognized in the top 50 of the latest U.S. News & World Report Best Online Program rankings, as has an online graduate engineering program in information technology.

Gee Mail welcomes Neal Brown to the WVU family — and tests his gold-and-blue knowledge

Mon, 2019-01-14 14:00

West Virginia University has a new football coach and President Gordon Gee is already making him earn his gold-and-blue stripes.

Recently, we caught up with Coach Neal Brown for a Gee-SPN edition of Gee Mail.

WVU researchers pinpoint factor that predicts unplanned hospital readmissions

Mon, 2019-01-14 08:30

New research from West Virginia University suggests a widely used index to assess hospital patients’ risk of readmission may have a blind spot.

Physicians and nurses use a tool called the “LACE index” to identify which patients are most likely to be readmitted to the hospital because symptoms come back or complications arise. But research out of the Health Sciences Center suggests the index fails to consider a key variables that could improve predictions in West Virginia: whether patients are on Medicaid.

Seven schools advance to final round of West Virginia High School Business Plan Competition

Fri, 2019-01-11 13:00

Teams from seven different high schools across the state have advanced to the final round of the West Virginia High School Business Plan Competition.

As they gain invaluable entrepreneurial education in the sixth annual competition, teams are also learning about startup opportunities in the state and working to make their business ideas as strong as possible. After all, a prize of $10,000 in college scholarship money is at stake for the winning team.

Neal Brown formally introduced as football coach

Fri, 2019-01-11 10:53

Neal Brown was introduced as West Virginia University's 35th head football coach on Thursday (Jan. 10) in a news conference at the Milan Puskar Center Team Room.

WVU Extension Service empowers young entrepreneur to add bite to his business plan’s bark

Fri, 2019-01-11 09:30

Entrepreneurship takes a lot of work to get right, and there are countless variables that ultimately affect how successful a business becomes. Coming up with a vision, developing products, figuring out distribution and crafting a sustainable business model is tricky for anyone, much less a 10-year-old who has normal kid stuff to do. 

But, fueled by his ultimate love of dogs and a simple product, Zeb Helmick manages to be the figurehead of a pet treat company that is expanding — fast. Of course he’s nudged in the right direction by his parents, and he’s also equipped with knowledge from the West Virginia University Extension Service. With that guidance, Zeb’s Barky Bites has grown in to something that not only benefits the furry, four-legged animals, but also those involved in agriculture. 

WVU physics student develops machine-learning model for energy and environmental applications

Thu, 2019-01-10 09:37

A West Virginia University physics student has created a new machine-learning model that has the potential to make searching for energy and environmental materials more efficient. 

Gihan Panapitiya, a doctoral student from Sri Lanka, published a study in the Journal of the American Chemical Society using the model to predict the adsorption energies, or adhesive capabilities, in gold nanoparticles. 

WVU Libraries collaborates in Digital Virginias initiative

Wed, 2019-01-09 15:00

 Although Virginia split into two separate states in 1863, West Virginia University Libraries and organizations from Virginia are uniting as part of the Digital Public Library of America’s new Digital Virginias service hub.

Digital Virginias, consisting of institutions from both Virginia and West Virginia, offers more than 58,000 items from historical and cultural collections for research and exploration. Read more about the service hub, including how to get involved, at

WVU professor’s work on detection of fast radio bursts detailed in Nature

Wed, 2019-01-09 13:31

When researchers first began working on the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment, or CHIME, they envisioned a radio telescope that would make precise measurements of the acceleration of the Universe to improve the knowledge of why the expansion of the universe is accelerating. Instead, it has become ideal for detecting fast radio bursts—radio flashes happening from far outside the Milky Way galaxy. 

“The structure of the pulse is expected to tell us about the environment of the source, and is another indication that these are real events,” said West Virginia University Assistant Professor Kevin Bandura

WVU Extension Service and AmeriCorps seek volunteers for summer reading and nutrition program

Tue, 2019-01-08 14:00

Reading and comprehension skills are critical to success in today’s fast-paced world. Energy Express, a summer reading and nutrition program offered by WVU Extension Service and AmeriCorps, helps to ensure West Virginia’s youths keep up with those much-needed skills, particularly during the summer months.

“Energy Express, an eight-week reading and nutrition program offered in rural and low-income West Virginia communities, helps children entering first through sixth grade overcome the ‘summer slide’ that occurs when youths fall behind academically during the summers in between school years, said Andrea Price, WVU Extension Service 4-H Energy Express program director. “In 2018, more than 3,000 children in 40 West Virginia counties participated in the program, and we need dedicated mentors and volunteers to help make this program a success.” 

Reimagining information processing

Tue, 2019-01-08 11:30

West Virginia University physicists Cheng Cen, Lian Li, Yanjun Ma, Ming Yang and Chenhui Yan are looking beyond the limits of classical computing used in our everyday devices and are working toward making quantum device applications widely accessible.

In a study published in Nature Communications, the researchers proved that superconductivity, which has a wide range of technological applications including being an integral component of quantum computing, can be manipulated by a weak, continuous ultraviolet light. This discovery has broad fundamental and applicational impacts, such as those in the development of quantum computation.

West Virginia University’s PRT resumes operation for spring 2019 semester

Mon, 2019-01-07 08:30

The West Virginia University Personal Rapid Transit system resumed operations today (Jan. 7) for the spring 2019 semester.

The PRT will operate on a normal schedule with hours from 6:30 a.m. to 10:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and closed on Sunday.

Brown named WVU’s 35th football coach

Sat, 2019-01-05 10:24

Neal Brown, one of six FBS coaches to win 10 or more games in each of the last three years, has been named West Virginia University’s 35th head football coach. WVU President Dr. E. Gordon Gee, in conjunction with Director of Athletics Shane Lyons, officially signed Brown to a six-year, $19,050,000 contract.

WVU business student awarded Gilman Scholarship

Thu, 2019-01-03 14:45

A student entrepreneur at West Virginia University will learn how to grow his business when he studies in Hong Kong as a Gilman Scholar.

Demitrus Jones, a junior majoring in entrepreneurship and innovation in the John Chambers College of Business and Economics, will attend Hong Kong Baptist University in the spring semester. His goal is to learn more about the global and Chinese markets with an eye to strengthening the brand of clothing he has developed as an undergraduate student. He’s selling shirts under the brand of Royalte-Earn Your Blessings. 

WVU doctoral candidate wins Facebook Emerging Scholar Fellowship

Thu, 2019-01-03 13:00

Claudia Flores-Saviaga, a doctoral candidate at West Virginia University, has won a 2019 Facebook Emerging Scholar Fellowship.

The highly competitive fellowship is given to outstanding Ph.D. students from across the world who are engaged in innovative computer science research. The award is designed to support the best and brightest students in the technology sector to conduct research that will impact both academia and industry. 

WVU researchers find telemedicine may increase patients’ satisfaction with their medical care

Thu, 2019-01-03 08:30

Cardiovascular disease pervades Appalachia, yet many Appalachians live far from any heart and vascular specialist. Follow-up doctor’s visits in the weeks after cardiovascular surgery can involve hours-long drives down narrow, winding roads.

A recent study led by Albeir Mousa, a professor in the West Virginia University School of Medicine, suggests telemedicine may improve these patients’ satisfaction with their postoperative care as well as their quality of life. Their results have been accepted for publication in The Annals of Vascular Surgery.

Statement from Director of Athletics Shane Lyons

Wed, 2019-01-02 15:06

WVU Athletic Director Shane Lyons issued the following statement Wednesday, Jan. 2: "I want to thank Coach Holgorsen for his eight years at West Virginia. We wish him and his family all the best at the University of Houston. Our national search for his replacement has already begun, and I know it will be a successful one." Read the full statement...

Huggs, Schaus on 2019 Naismith Hall of Fame ballot

Fri, 2018-12-28 12:05

Men's basketball coach Bob Huggins is on the ballot for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for the Class of 2019. The late Fred Schaus, former WVU basketball coach and athletic director, also made the list.