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WVU Women’s Business Center hires new director

Wed, 2018-11-07 13:00

Vicki Greene has been appointed director of the West Virginia University Women’s Business Center, to assist entrepreneurs across the state in all stages of business development, with a special focus on women-owned and managed businesses.

WVU’s Assistant Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Carrie White, expressed excitement for Greene to help entrepreneurs, particularly women, develop and grow their businesses. “Vicki has a great combination of experience and business knowledge,” White said. “She will be instrumental in moving forward small business growth and development in the state.”

WVU wins second straight SME mine rescue competition

Wed, 2018-11-07 09:00

For the second straight year the team from West Virginia University took home top honors in the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration–Eastern Collegiate Mine Rescue Fall 2018 Competition.

WVU bested teams from University of Kentucky, Virginia Tech and Penn State to win the event, which was held at the Coronado Coal Mine Rescue Training Center, in Oakwood, Virginia, on Nov. 3. WVU also won the Combination Team trophy for having the best overall combined score in the Mine Rescue Problem and the Smoke Competition and placed third in the Smoke Competition.

Game information available for TCU contest

Wed, 2018-11-07 08:45

Information is now available for Saturday’s (Nov. 10) football game against TCU.

WVU Reed College of Media receives Benedum grant to support strong and sustainable local journalism

Mon, 2018-11-05 13:00

The West Virginia University Reed College of Media has received a grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation to help strengthen local journalism in West Virginia and preserve it for the future by creating a new ownership pipeline.

The $125,000 grant will support a partnership between the College of Media and the West Virginia Press Association to recruit, develop and train the next generation of independent community newspaper owners. The program anticipates that a number of West Virginia’s small-market newspaper owners and publishers will be ready to retire and sell their news operations over the next several years, creating potential news “deserts” in their local communities. 

WVU researchers investigate how hospital lighting may hinder patient recovery

Mon, 2018-11-05 08:30

Now that Daylight Saving Time has ended, cyclists are attaching lights to their helmets, and dog walkers are storing flashlights next to their leashes. But one place that won’t get darker with the time change is the hospital. New research out of West Virginia University illuminates how the round-the-clock brightness of hospital rooms may stymie some patients’ recovery.

Randy Nelson, who chairs the Department of Neuroscience in the WVU School of Medicine, and Courtney DeVries, the John T. and June R. Chambers Chair of Oncology Research at WVU, are studying how light at night may worsen outcomes in cardiac patients. Both researchers are members of the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute. The National Institutes of Health has awarded them nearly $1.2 million for their three-year investigation. 

WVU graduate is finalist for two prestigious Awards

Fri, 2018-11-02 13:00

For Morgan King, the first weekend in November this year will be one to remember. She will fly back to the United States from Spain where she is on a Fulbright Scholarship to interview with the British Marshall scholarship committee in Washington, D.C., and then travel to New York to interview with the Schwarzman Scholarship committee.

Both scholarships are highly competitive and being named a finalist for both speaks to all that King achieved while an Honors College undergraduate student at West Virginia University. The Charleston native graduated in May with a degree in civil engineering from the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. She was involved in Engineers Without Borders where she led several trips to Prenter, a small southern West Virginia community without water, to collect data which was shared with the state. The community should receive water within a year.

WVU LaunchLab Network hosted second annual Women’s Pitch Competition

Fri, 2018-11-02 09:45


Ali Jeney, a graduate student studying in the College of Education and Human Services, secured first place for pitching the idea to bring the first hostel to Morgantown. The ANT Hill Hostel would open doors to bring more untapped populations, specifically international and adventure travelers, to Morgantown. She and her partner, David Billups, a graduate student in Aerospace Engineering, will use the funding toward building inspections and final business plans for securing WV Small Business Development Center funding.

Three WVU students named Rhodes finalists

Thu, 2018-11-01 09:22

 Three outstanding young women at West Virginia University have been named finalists for the Rhodes Scholarship, one of the oldest and most celebrated international awards in the world. This may be the first time that WVU has advanced this many finalists for this award.

“I am thrilled by the unprecedented good news that WVU has three finalists for the highly competitive Rhodes Scholarship,” said Katherine Aaslestad professor of history and faculty advisor for the Rhodes Scholarship. “All three are exceptional young women in their own way, study in three different colleges at the university, and reveal the many different paths to success at WVU. It is a pleasure to work with these remarkable young women and the ASPIRE Office

Connecticut Chief Justice to speak at WVU College of Law

Thu, 2018-11-01 09:00

The Honorable Richard A. Robinson, the first African-American Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, will deliver the 2018 Ihlenfeld Lecture at the West Virginia University College of Law on Nov. 7 at noon in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom.

A 1984 graduate of the WVU College of Law, Robinson will discuss the judiciary in a multicultural world. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

WVU Institute of Water Security and Science to develop first comprehensive regulatory guidance for state wetland water quality standards

Wed, 2018-10-31 12:00

To advance the needs of state and federal agencies seeking information about important water quality measures in wetlands and in the headwaters of West Virginia’s rivers, the West Virginia University’s Institute of Water Security and Science will develop and recommend wetland water quality standards for the state.

Through comprehensive, science-based research and analysis, IWSS will assess and monitor more than 200 wetlands across the state, establish numeric criteria for chemical constituents based on the type and location of the wetlands and improve how to identify and classify water pollution problems.

WVU Libraries launches repository for scholarship, creative work and research

Wed, 2018-10-31 11:00

 West Virginia University Libraries has launched the Research Repository @ WVU, an online, openly available, home for the scholarship, creative work and research of University faculty, researchers and students.

“The Research Repository @ WVU provides the University community with a library-supported platform for sharing their work with the worldwide scholarly community,” said Ian Harmon, scholarly communications librarian.

Alpha Foundation to fund additional research in coal mine fires at WVU

Wed, 2018-10-31 09:00

The Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health has awarded additional funds to V’yacheslav Akkerman, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at West Virginia University, to expand his research on the predictability and hazards related to mine fires.

Working in partnership with Ali Rangwala, professor of fire protection engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Akkerman was awarded a grant from the Alpha Foundation in 2014 to create a knowledgebase and computational model capable of quantifying the probability and associated hazards of spontaneous ignition, fire and explosion. Akkerman and Rangwala went on to develop the Dust and Gas Explosion Model, or D-GEM, a joint analytical and computational platform quantifying mining fire hazards, namely, the probability of spontaneous ignition, the evolution of a flame front and the likelihood of a deflagration-to-detonation transition in the presence of combustible dust.

WVU College of Law continues to be ranked a Best Value

Tue, 2018-10-30 14:00

West Virginia University College of Law has once again made preLaw Magazine’s list of the nation’s Best Value Law Schools.

WVU Law scored a grade of A-, which is higher than 178 other law schools approved by the American Bar Association. Only 25 law schools scored higher. This is the fourth consecutive year WVU Law has been named a Best Value.

WVU establishes first accelerated master’s degree program with external institution

Tue, 2018-10-30 12:45

In an effort to provide an affordable option for students seeking a graduate degree, the West Virginia University School of Public Health has established the first shared-credit degree program with a program outside of the University system. 

The School recently signed an agreement with Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania, that will provide qualified students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Master of Science in Biostatistics in just five years. 

WVU researcher explores how to improve stroke recovery in obese patients

Tue, 2018-10-30 08:30

Obesity doesn’t just make strokes more likely. It also makes them more damaging—and more lethal. 

Paul Chantler, an associate professor in the West Virginia University School of Medicine, is researching why obese stroke patients have more trouble recovering than their lean counterparts. His work, funded by the National Institutes of Health, hints at a medical treatment that may narrow this gap.

Mylan Park Track and Field Complex dedicated

Mon, 2018-10-29 15:04

Earlier today, Mylan Park held its official ribbon cutting ceremony for the new outdoor track and field complex that will serve as the host venue for the West Virginia University track and field program, as well as local Monongalia County high schools and area running enthusiasts.

Life without lead: WVU anthropologist researches lead contamination in Uruguay

Mon, 2018-10-29 10:45

Prior to regulations, lead-infused paint covered the walls of American homes, leaded gasoline fueled cars and lead pipes carried water into glasses.

Through these factors, Americans were in direct and regular contact with lead contamination. While the United States took precautions to help reform and prevent lead contamination in the 1970s, some countries around the world, such as Uruguay, didn’t take precautions until recent years. 

Conference at WVU College of Law will discuss social justice topics

Fri, 2018-10-26 14:00

Legal scholars concerned about economic justice and other social issues are meeting at the West Virginia University College of Law Nov. 2-3. 

The conference, Rising Together for Economic Hope, Power and Justice, is the annual meeting of ClassCrits, a network for the critical analysis of law and economic inequality. Presenters will examine a range of social concerns, including the opioid crisis, child and health care, immigration, poverty, racial inequality, economic development, and democracy.

Record number of state schools represented in West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition semi-finals

Fri, 2018-10-26 13:00

The field of young entrepreneurs varies each year in the West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition, and this year is no different as a record eight state colleges and universities are represented in the group of 2018-19 competition semi-finalists.

A total of 30 semi-finalist teams have moved on to the next stage of the 13th annual competition, 10 in each of three categories. A $10,000 grand prize awaits each winner in the Lifestyle and Innovation, Hospitality and Tourism, and STEM categories. In all, 201 entries from 15 different schools from across the state were judged in the first round. 

WVU Native American Studies Program to host 26th anniversary of the Peace Tree Ceremony Oct. 30

Fri, 2018-10-26 12:00

The Native American Studies Program at West Virginia University welcomes the public to its 26th anniversary of the Peace Tree Ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 11:30 a.m. at the Peace Tree, located between Martin and Elizabeth Moore halls. The Mountainlair ballrooms will serve as a rain location for the ceremony.