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WVU researcher investigates role of misfolded proteins in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease

Mon, 2018-04-02 08:30

Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease may have more in common than their effects on the functions of the brain and spinal cord. And finding that common thread could lead to a treatment that could work for all three.

A recent study by David Smith, associate professor of biochemistry in the West Virginia University School of Medicine, suggests that at the heart of all three diseases may be misfolded proteins that are shaped in similar ways. His findings have been published in the journal Nature Communications.

WVU takes interim steps to increase driver and pedestrian safety awareness

Thu, 2018-03-29 14:17

In the wake of two more pedestrians being struck by automobiles on or near the West Virginia University campus, University Police today (March 29) added portable signs at intersections where the incidents have occurred.

Two students were struck, but suffered only minor injuries, on Wednesday, March 28, at intersections on Morrill Way and Patteson Drive. The Patteson Drive intersection was also the site of a fatal accident on Feb. 1. Later that month, a second pedestrian was struck and seriously injured crossing Monongahela Boulevard.

Cassese named WVU’s first Harriet E. Lyon Professor in Women's and Gender Studies

Thu, 2018-03-29 08:44

Erin Cassese, an associate professor of political science at West Virginia University, has been named the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences’ first Harriet E. Lyon Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies. The first-of-its-kind professorship recognizes the interdisciplinary role of women’s and gender studies on the WVU campus. It is designed to support the dissemination of knowledge sensitive to gender and places women's concerns, ideas, perspectives and interests at the center of the scholarly and teaching enterprise.

Carter named to John Wooden All-American Team

Thu, 2018-03-29 08:38

Jevon Carter has been named to the 2018 John R. Wooden Award Presented By Wendy's All American Team. The Wooden Award All American Team is made up of ten student athletes who were the top vote-getters in the quest to earn college basketball's most prestigious honor.

Jackson named Fellow of American Academy of Forensic Sciences

Wed, 2018-03-28 15:00

Glen Jackson, a professor of forensic and investigative science at West Virginia University, has been promoted to the rank of Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. The rank is one of the highest recognitions for researchers in the forensic science discipline. It was announced at the 2018 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle.

WVU School of Public Health to kick off National Public Health Week celebration with national organization

Wed, 2018-03-28 14:00

During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week, recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health.

This year, the WVU School of Public Health will celebrate National Public Health Week, April 2-7, with a series of events focused on student and community engagement. The School will kick off its celebration in partnership with the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health’s This Is Public Health Roadshow.

WVU researchers win inaugural R&D grant from AVEVA

Wed, 2018-03-28 10:45

West Virginia University is one of only two universities worldwide selected to receive a research and development program award from AVEVA, a leader in engineering and industrial software. The first-of-its-kind award will be used to focus on the research and development of next-generation engineering design and simulation software.

The WVU team, led by Richard Turton, WVU Bolton Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, and Fernando Lima, assistant professor of chemical and biomedical engineering, will use AVEVA’s Unified Simulation Platform or SimCentral platform, a process simulation tool for designing and operating power plants. 

Mountaineers, Hokies set for rematch

Wed, 2018-03-28 08:27

After an 11-year hiatus in the Black Diamond Rivalry ended in November, the women's basketball team is set to face rival Virginia Tech for the second time this season today (March 28) when the two meet in the 2018 Postseason WNIT Semifinals. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum.

WVU launches new Master of Legal Studies curriculum

Mon, 2018-03-26 14:00

To meet the changing needs of professionals working with evolving policy and regulatory issues in the justice system, homeland security and healthcare, the West Virginia University Department of Public Administration has launched a new 30 credit hour Master of Legal Studies (MLS) curriculum for fall 2018.

WVU Libraries opens exhibition about the U.S. Congress

Mon, 2018-03-26 13:00

The United States Congress is the branch of the federal government closest to the people, where representatives and their constituents most directly engage over the issues of the day. Yet many Americans view Congress with a mix of frustration, confusion, and disapproval.

To promote a better understanding of Congress, the West Virginia and Regional History Center at West Virginia University Libraries will open a new exhibit, “The People’s Branch: Exploring the U.S. Congress with Archives,” on April 2, in the Downtown Campus Library’s Rockefeller Gallery. It will remain on display through December 2018.

West Virginia University launches minor in addiction studies to combat the nation’s opioid crisis

Mon, 2018-03-26 08:45

In the face of the national opioid epidemic, the West Virginia University College of Education and Human Services will launch its minor in addiction studies beginning in the fall of 2018. The minor, open to undergraduate students in all academic disciplines, will provide students with a broad-based view of addiction theories, assessment and treatment to prepare them for employment in substance use disorder treatment and related settings.

“There is a clear need in our State and nation for professionals who can address the unique needs of individuals and families who are coping with substance use disorders,” said CEHS Dean Gypsy Denzine. “We created the minor in addiction studies to provide students in a variety of fields with the necessary skills to make a difference in this area of great need.”

Muldrow’s career day leads WVU past St. John’s

Sun, 2018-03-25 19:47

With the win, the Mountaineers advance on to Wednesday's (March 28) Postseason WNIT Semifinals. West Virginia is set to host Virginia Tech in a 7 p.m. tipoff at the WVU Coliseum.

WVU women down JMU; advance to WNIT Quarters

Fri, 2018-03-23 21:42

The women's basketball team took down the Dukes, 67-55, in the third round of the Postseason WNIT on Friday night at the WVU Coliseum. With the win, the Mountaineers are set to host St. John's on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum in the Postseason WNIT Quarterfinals.

AmeriCorps now recruiting 510 members for summer reading and nutrition program to help West Virginia youths

Fri, 2018-03-23 14:17

West Virginians 18 years or older can now apply for paid positions as AmeriCorps members for the award-winning West Virginia University Extension Service Energy Express program.

WVU researcher illuminating gender dynamics in 2018 election

Fri, 2018-03-23 14:15

Recent social movements, such as the women’s march and #MeToo, have brought gender to the forefront of public discussion.

Erin Cassese, an associate professor of political science at West Virginia University, has been selected to contribute her expertise on gender in American politics to Gender Watch 2018, a non-partisan project dedicated to tracking, analyzing and illuminating gender dynamics in the 2018 election.

WVU and GW partner around journalism effort to burst media bubble; will launch Atlantic Coast Pipeline reporting project

Thu, 2018-03-22 12:34

In a unique effort to burst long-standing “media bubbles,” students and faculty from the West Virginia University Reed College of Media and the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs are teaming up for an in-depth reporting project to assess the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s impact in West Virginia. 

The project, which culminates with a four-week intensive collaboration, is being funded by Scott Widmeyer who has played a senior role over the past three decades in strengthening public affairs communications and supporting a wide range of journalistic endeavors. The founder of Washington-based Widmeyer Communications, his firm is now part of Finn Partners, a growing global communications firm where Scott serves as founding managing partner and chief strategy officer in Washington, D.C. 

Kenneth Means named 2018 Heebink Award recipient for distinguished state service

Thu, 2018-03-22 11:30

Kenneth Means, professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University, has been named the recipient of the 2018 Heebink Award for Distinguished Service to West Virginia. 

The Heebink award is given to a faculty or staff member who has “used the unique resources of the university” and their own professional expertise to provide an educational or public service activity to the citizens of the state. 

DiBartolomeo named a 2018-2019 American Council on Education Fellow

Wed, 2018-03-21 17:24

Lisa Di Bartolomeo, a professor in the department of World Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics and senior advisor in the Office of Global Affairs, has been named a Fellow for the 2018-2019 academic year by the American Council on Education.

Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing faculty and staff for senior positions in college and university administration through its distinctive and intensive nominator-driven, cohort-based mentorship model. Di Bartolomeo is one of 45 fellows selected nationally this year after nomination by senior administration.

WVU’s women's basketball game with JMU moved to Friday

Wed, 2018-03-21 15:40

Due to a delay in James Madison's travel schedule, the West Virginia women's basketball WNIT game set for Thursday (March 22) has been moved to Friday (March 23) with a tipoff set for 5:30 p.m.

Gee Mail: Bloopers, Fails and Outtakes

Wed, 2018-03-21 14:31

In an era when arguing with strangers in the comments sections are the norm, it's good to remember to laugh every once in a while, said West Virginia University President Gordon Gee in his latest Gee Mail.

“I have always been a big believer in taking your work seriously but not taking yourself too seriously,” Gee said.

“Even more so, humor is desperately needed in this day and age when everyone on social media is angry and political discourse is far from civil.”

To exhibit his tendency for the lighter side, Gee reflects on four years' worth of bloopers and outtakes from his Gee Mail tapings.

“Remember: Laughter is the antidote for life’s woes.”