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Four finalists to compete Monday in Mountaineer Mascot Cheer-off

Thu, 2018-02-08 11:00

Four finalists will don the buckskins and carry the musket Monday (Feb. 12) in competition to be the 66th West Virginia University Mountaineer Mascot. The cheer-off will be held during the men’s basketball game vs. Texas Christian University at 9 p.m. in the WVU Coliseum.

The four, all West Virginia natives, 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 cancels afternoon classes, employee celebration dinner; Morgantown campus to remain open

Wed, 2018-02-07 12:58

West Virginia University classes are canceled beginning at 2 p.m. today (Feb. 7) due to deteriorating and potentially hazardous weather conditions in the Morgantown area.

The planned Celebration of Mountaineer Values for employees at 5 p.m. at the Erickson Alumni Center is being postponed. 

WVU study: Medicaid cuts would have deep impact on West Virginia's economy

Wed, 2018-02-07 10:54

Cutting Medicaid in West Virginia would have substantial economic impact on the state’s economy, according to a study released today by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research in West Virginia University’s College of Business and Economics.

The research was funded by the West Virginia Health Care Association, the West Virginia Hospital Association and the West Virginia Behavioral Healthcare Providers Association. Nearly 30 percent of state residents are enrolled in the program. In 2017, the study said, Medicaid accounted for nearly $3.7 billion in the state’s economy directly.

John Campo and Rhonda Campo join WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute

Tue, 2018-02-06 15:21

WVU Medicine announced Tuesday (Feb. 6) that John V. Campo, M.D., a nationally recognized child and adolescent psychiatrist, and Rhonda S. Campo, M.B.A., a seasoned healthcare and biotech professional, will join the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute this spring.

Three invited to NFL Combine

Tue, 2018-02-06 15:11

Three football players have been invited to this year's NFL Scouting Combine, taking place Feb. 27 through March 5 in Indianapolis. They are running back Justin Crawford, wide receiver Ka'Raun White and safety Kyzir White.

WVU announces fall 2017 graduation honors, President's and Dean's lists

Tue, 2018-02-06 10:55

West Virginia University has released its graduation honors for the fall 2017 semester. A total of 1,509 students graduated from the University in December.

A total of 3,710 students were named to the Dean’s list for fall 2017. Of those, 2,212 were named to the President’s list after receiving a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Those on the Dean’s list received a 3.5 GPA or higher.

Monroe County 4-H robotics team wins state championship, advances to world tournament

Tue, 2018-02-06 10:30

The Boa Constructors team is serious about robotics, specifically FIRST Lego League competitions, where members won first place at the statewide tournament in December. Now, the team is preparing for a trip to compete against the best 100 robotics teams from all over the world in Detroit in April.

Four former Mountaineers join exclusive list of Super Bowl champions

Tue, 2018-02-06 09:04

Linebacker Najee Goode, defensive back Rasul Douglas, wide receiver Shelton Gibson and running back Wendell Smallwood were part of the Philadelphia Eagles' thrilling 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

WVU program produces state's first National Board Certified pre-K teachers

Tue, 2018-02-06 08:30

A partnership between the West Virginia University College of Education and Human Services and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation has produced West Virginia’s first 17 National Board Certified pre-K teachers from the grant’s cohort. The pre-K teachers work in classrooms across 12 counties throughout the state.

“We have long considered National Board Certification to be the gold standard for quality teaching,” said Jim Denova, vice president of the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.  “It’s very hard to achieve, and it takes a lot of support for those educators who seek that certification.”

WVU's Brumage named new director of state Office of Drug Control Policy

Mon, 2018-02-05 15:37

Dr. Michael Brumage, assistant dean for public health practice and service at the West Virginia University School of Public Health, will lead the effort against West Virginia’s opioid drug crisis. Gov. Jim Justice today (Feb. 5) appointed Brumage the director of the Office of Drug Control Policy in the Department of Health and Human Resources.

“The opioid crisis is the most challenging and damaging public health problem of my lifetime,” Brumage said. “The health, human, social and economic costs are incalculable. We must tackle this challenge by bringing all our people together and systems to bear and reconnect with each other with open minds and open hearts. My charge will be connecting people and resources for the benefit of all.”

Five esteemed professionals announced as inductees to WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni

Mon, 2018-02-05 12:30

Five leaders in the fields of landscape architecture, engineering, business, athletics and healthcare will join an elite group of West Virginia University graduates as this year’s inductees into the Academy of Distinguished Alumni at the Erickson Alumni Center May 18 at 6 p.m.

One of the highest honors awarded to WVU graduates, J. Keith Bowers, Michael Flowers, Albert Lewis, Oliver Luck and Alan Zuccari will join the likes of Jerry West, David Selby, Sam Huff and Robert H. Foglesong in the Academy.

WVU Extension experts encouraged residents to take control of their heart health

Thu, 2018-02-01 09:16

During heart health month, West Virginia University Extension Service experts urge residents to take control of their health by starting to manage their personal heart disease risk factors.

West Virginia Small Farm Conference set to educate local farmers and equip them for success

Thu, 2018-02-01 09:00

With the recipes we hand down to the next generation and local specialties we pride ourselves on, food plays an important part in our lives as West Virginians. A resurgence in popularity of locally grown, quality food has led to farmers markets and food related festivals springing up all across the Mountain State.

West Virginia University awarded prestigious Heiskell Award for International Partnerships

Thu, 2018-02-01 08:10

West Virginia University has been selected as the recipient of the Heiskell Award for innovation in international partnerships with its strategic partner in the Middle East, the Royal University for Women in Bahrain.

Awarded by the Institute of International Education, the distinguished award is given to institutions that demonstrate excellence in international education. As a recipient, WVU will be showcased as a best practice at the 2018 IIE Best Practices conference and will be represented on a panel-discussion with other leaders in international education.

WVU business school program recognized with award from state Hospitality & Travel Association

Wed, 2018-01-31 13:30

Just four years after its creation, West Virginia University’s Hospitality and Tourism Management program is receiving national and state accolades for furthering the professionalism of the tourism industry through education and training. 

The program in the College of Business and Economics was presented with the Excellence in Tourism Education Award at the 8th Annual Hospitality University conference at the Greenbrier Jan. 29. 

You can help choose the next Ultimate Mountaineer Fan

Wed, 2018-01-31 08:30

West Virginia University fans will have the opportunity to choose the next Ultimate Mountaineer Fan and the newest WVU hat in a vote, which starts today (Jan. 31). 

The three finalists for Ultimate Mountaineer Fan worked with WVU licensee Top of the World to develop a unique hat. The hat with the most votes will be sold at WVU retailers this spring. The finalist that designs the winning hat will win a free trip for two to the Big 12 Conference men’s basketball tournament in Kansas City in March. 

WVU to conduct commercial-scale research of clean tech for coal-fired power plants

Tue, 2018-01-30 13:00

West Virginia University researchers are leading commercial-scale research and development of two new innovations at the country’s most efficient coal-fired power plant in Maidsville. The devices, a corrosion sensor invented at WVU and a gas sensor invented at Los Alamos National Laboratory, could make coal combustion more efficient with fewer emissions and fewer unplanned outages saving millions of dollars.

The WVU Electrochemical Systems Research Center, directed by Xingbo Liu, plans to conduct experiments of the sensors at Longview Power, LLC’s 700 net megawatt power plant under two projects that total $1.8 million. The projects are funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory with matching contributions from the participating organizations. Researchers from WVU, Los Alamos and two private-sector firms are collaborating on the efforts.

WVU report links fentanyl use to amnesia

Tue, 2018-01-30 10:54

[Editor’s Note: Citation is below.]

 A case report by a West Virginia University neuropsychologist suggests a new reason fentanyl—alone, or in combination with stimulants—may put substance users at risk, whether they take it knowingly or not. It may cause amnesia.

WVU baseball slated for national TV game on FS1

Tue, 2018-01-30 08:51

The baseball team will play in front of a national-television audience on FS1 when it travels to Texas Tech on March 30, at 7:30 p.m. ET, as the Big 12 Conference announced its TV schedule on Monday.

WVU research examines a different culprit behind Alzheimer's disease

Tue, 2018-01-30 08:30

What if one of the prime suspects behind Alzheimer’s disease was a case of mistaken identity?

Amyloid plaques, sticky buildup that accumulates in and around neurons in the brain, have long been believed to be an indicator of neurodegenerative disease. Most clinical drug trials for Alzheimer’s disease treatment have failed, presumably because they target these plaques.