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Four finalists to compete Monday in Mountaineer Mascot Cheer-Off

Fri, 2019-02-15 10:45

 The four finalists vying for the title to represent the student body as the 67th West Virginia University Mountaineer Mascot come from a variety of academic backgrounds and are involved in an array of extra-curricular activities. All West Virginia natives, they will compete wearing buckskins and carrying the rifle in a cheer-off held during the men’s basketball game vs. Kansas State at 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, in the WVU Coliseum. 

They were selected by a committee of faculty, staff and students based on an application, essay and interview. Finalists will be judged on their performance and interaction with the crowd.

WVU oncologist researches new treatment for cervical and vaginal cancers

Thu, 2019-02-14 10:45

Cervical cancer can be insidious. Changes to the cervix are often detected with a pap smear, but for those with limited access to health care, cervical and vaginal cancers can go unnoticed for years—silently growing, spreading and invading other organs—and by the time they’re detected, they may be so advanced that the patient’s prognosis is poor and her treatment options few. 

Valerie Galvan Turner, a gynecologic oncologist at the West Virginia University Cancer Institute, has opened a randomized clinical trial to assess whether a novel supplemental treatment can help chemotherapy and radiation fight these dangerous forms of cancer better.

U.S. Fourth Circuit judges to hear arguments at WVU College of Law

Wed, 2019-02-13 09:00

 A panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will convene at the West Virginia University College of Law Feb. 19. 

The judges will hear arguments in three cases beginning at 9 a.m. and the public is invited to attend. Security screening and seating begins at 8 a.m. and photo ID is required. Bags, backpacks, cell phones and other electronic devices are not allowed in the courtroom.

Zinn named to Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Class of 2019

Wed, 2019-02-13 08:14

Deputy Director of Athletics Keli Zinn has been named to the prestigious Sports Business Journal's Forty Under 40 class of 2019.

Through trees and ice: WVU geographer earns NSF award to reconstruct 2,000-year climate history of Southern Hemisphere

Mon, 2019-02-11 10:45

Shifting storm tracks and warming climate have marred countries south of the equator, particularly Australia, in recent decades with drought-like conditions and less rainfall. 

To gain a more comprehensive understanding of this pattern, a West Virginia University geographer and her research team will study the movement of a westerly wind belt circling Antarctica that influences Southern Hemisphere climate, carbon and heat uptake and Antarctic ice melt. 

Charles Capito named to West Virginia University Board of Governors

Fri, 2019-02-08 17:42

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee welcomed Friday’s (Feb. 8) appointment of Charleston finance executive Charles Capito to the institution’s Board of Governors.

Capito, managing director and complex manager for the Wells Fargo Advisors office in Charleston, was appointed by Gov. Jim Justice to replace Charleston attorney and former Board Chair Tom Flaherty, who was not eligible for reappointment. Capito’s term will run through June 30, 2022.

WVU board approves new policies governing ethics, identity theft and tobacco

Fri, 2019-02-08 12:50

The West Virginia University Board of Governors today (Feb. 8) gave final approval to a trio of updated policies, and also sent out for comment the latest updated rule as it works to complete policy revisions in the wake of the adoption of laws permitting more independence from the state Higher Education Policy Commission. 

The three rules, unanimously approved, deal with conflicts of interest, outside consulting and ethics; identify theft detection and prevention; and a tobacco-free campus. 

TEDxWVU returns, featuring speakers who offer solutions to ‘Bridging the Gap’

Fri, 2019-02-08 10:45

Following a successful debut at West Virginia University, TEDxWVU returns March 2 at 9 a.m. in the Gladys S. Davis Theatre in the Creative Arts Center with five speakers who will support the theme “Bridging the Gap,” challenging people to look at their similarities instead of their differences.

Dr. Ali Rezai leads the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute and serves as the associate dean and John D. Rockefeller IV tenured professor in neuroscience at the School of Medicine. Rezai was named one of the best doctors in America in Castle and Connolly’s Guide to America’s Top Doctors from 2001-2017. He is the past president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the largest neurological society in the world. He has received numerous awards such as the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Clinical Fellowship Award.

WVU researchers assess how a vegetarian diet can help prevent or control diabetes

Thu, 2019-02-07 13:00

As West Virginia University works toward becoming the world’s first Blue Zones Certified university, a graduate-student researcher in the WVU School of Public Health is exploring how one of the Blue Zone Project’s tenets—eating an abundance of vegetables—can make individuals with diabetes, and those at-risk of developing the condition, healthier.

Rachel Wattick, a doctoral student specializing in social and behavioral sciences, investigated the association between a range of vegetarian diets and diabetes outcomes. She and her mentor Melissa Olfert—an associate professor of human nutrition and foods in the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design—found that whole plant foods play a crucial role in preventing and managing type 2 diabetes. Their work is part of WVU’s Lifestyle Intervention Research Lab, which Olfert leads. 

WVU professor: Improved financial literacy of college students could translate into future monetary freedom, homeownership

Thu, 2019-02-07 11:00

“The generational preferences for home ownership have shifted,” said Naomi Boyd, Fred T. Tattersall Chair of Finance and director of the Center for Financial Literacy and Education at WVU’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics.

“There are several factors at work here: salaries have stagnated, home prices have risen and young adults are starting their careers with higher levels of debt,” Boyd said. “And with the level of debt that has accrued over the past decade — $1.5 trillion — it’s not surprising that homeownership is down.”

2019 annual Blue-Gold Spring Game set

Thu, 2019-02-07 09:21

It's the start of a new era for West Virginia University football, and fans will get their first chance to see the Mountaineers under coach Neal Brown at the annual Gold-Blue Spring Game, presented by U.S. Cellular on Saturday, April 13, at 1 p.m., at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium.

WVU Energy Institute director to testify before Senate Committee on Energy Innovation and Diversity

Wed, 2019-02-06 14:15

James Wood, interim director of the Energy Institute at West Virginia University, is part of a panel reporting on the outlook of U.S. energy innovation to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources tomorrow (Feb 7).

“West Virginia University is committed to maintaining outcomes-based research programs that improve the reliability of electric generation diversity so that industry and commerce may continue to grow and provide opportunities in the Appalachian Basin and the nation,” Wood said.

Late WVU alum, WW II veteran leaves more than $2 million for engineering student scholarships

Tue, 2019-02-05 13:00

 A late West Virginia University alumnus and World War II veteran has left $2.3 million in his will to the University. 

The estate gift from Forrest D.L. Coontz will benefit students in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, significantly boosting the already established and endowed Forrest & Barbara Coontz Scholarship. 

REMIX the WVRHC Archives: Call for digital/collage work

Tue, 2019-02-05 10:08

The West Virginia University Arts in the Libraries committee wants people to get creative with history.

“REMIX the WVRHC Archives,” an exhibition and online project by the Art in the Libraries program, encourages people to use the West Virginia & Regional History Center’s online resources to design unique artistic works, such as collages, memes, GIFs, creative writing, redaction poetry and other agglomerations.

WVU announces statewide music competition, ‘Talent West Virginia’

Mon, 2019-02-04 16:00

West Virginia University College of Creative Arts today (Feb. 4) launched a statewide musical talent competition in an effort to promote the arts in the Mountain State.

Talent West Virginia, sponsored by WVU Medicine and WVU Health Systems, is open to West Virginia residents and college students attending a West Virginia institution. The competition has two categories - professional, for competitors 18 and up, and junior, for competitors 14 - 17.  

WVU business school opens enhanced center focused on academic success, communication skills, career preparedness

Mon, 2019-02-04 14:00

A newly revamped facility, the Academic engagement and Success Center (the AeSC acronym, pronounced “ask”), is a center that features the kinds of assistance they need to not only excel academically, but will also propel them into their careers. The most unique aspect of the center is that it operates primarily with students helping students. 

“Most college students who struggle with academics, communication skills or career preparedness don’t lack ability or intelligence. They lack an understanding of the mechanisms behind success,” said Susan Lantz, director of Academic Engagement and Success. “AeSC selects student leaders and trains them to run review sessions, coach students on how to seek jobs, become better communicators and model help in successful student behaviors. We also coordinate relationships between Chambers College freshman students, our faculty and the Adventure West Virginia Program.”

Signing Day show to air Wednesday afternoon

Mon, 2019-02-04 11:46

West Virginia University is revealing its newest class of Mountaineer football players on Wednesday (Feb. 6) and once again will be inside the Milan Puskar Center to provide exclusive live coverage.

WVU researcher unearths an ice age in the African desert

Mon, 2019-02-04 10:15

A field trip to Namibia to study volcanic rocks led to an unexpected discovery by West Virginia University geologists Graham Andrews and Sarah Brown.

While exploring the desert country in southern Africa, they stumbled upon a peculiar land formation—flat desert scattered with hundreds of long, steep hills. They quickly realized the bumpy landscape was shaped by drumlins, a type of hill often found in places once covered in glaciers, an abnormal characteristic for desert landscapes. 

WVU to cancel classes as snow and frigid temperatures persist

Fri, 2019-02-01 09:11

West Virginia University’s Morgantown campus, including WVU Research Corp., will remain closed today (Feb. 1) until 5 p.m. when normal operations will resume. Classes are canceled today.

University officials continue to closely monitor reports from the National Weather Service. The latest update indicated snowfall lasting longer than originally predicted in the Morgantown area and higher total accumulations.

WVU to reopen on delayed schedule Friday

Thu, 2019-01-31 20:53

West Virginia University’s Morgantown campus, including WVU Research Corporation, will reopen on a delayed schedule Friday, Feb. 1, due to predicted snowfall during the morning commute complicated by the extreme cold temperatures of the past few days. Normal operations will resume at 11:30 a.m. Classes will resume beginning at 11:30 a.m. The PRT and buses will resume operation at 10:30 a.m.

 As communicated previously, students and employees should use good judgment when traveling to work or class in inclement weather.