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WVU School of Nursing dean to establish scholarship for fast-track nursing students

Thu, 2018-05-10 09:30

As the vice president of health promotion and wellness and dean of the WVU School of Nursing, Tara Hulsey, PhD, understands the need for qualified nurses in West Virginia. She is taking her passion for nursing and education one step further by providing $25,000 for WVU nursing scholarships.   

The Dr. Tara M. Hulsey BSN Fast-Track Student Scholarship will provide financial support to students who have obtained a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree and wish to become a registered nurse with a bachelor of science degree in nursing. This is the first scholarship of its kind at the WVU School of Nursing.  

WVU Medicine Children’s to open new Neurodevelopmental Center

Wed, 2018-05-09 09:11

WVU Medicine Children’s announced Monday (May 7) plans to open a Neurodevelopmental Center in late summer to evaluate and treat children with a wide variety of neurodevelopmental disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, neuromuscular disorders, and Tourette Syndrome.

Charlotte's Belk College Weekend gets a country kickoff

Wed, 2018-05-09 09:01

It might only be the beginning of May, but college football is already on the minds of many. The West Virginia University Mountaineers and University of Tennessee Volunteers are set to open their seasons at the Belk College Kickoff on September 1 at Bank of America Stadium.

Gee Mail: A Top 10 for the Class of 2018

Mon, 2018-05-07 15:14

President Gordon Gee has a few parting words — a top 10 list, to be precise — for the more than 4,450 soon-to-be graduates of West Virginia University.

Before many of them walk the stage to partake in commencement ceremonies this weekend, Gee wants to dispense to them “10 Things to Remember as you Embark on a New Journey.”

WVU biology student connects sense of smell to brain diseases

Mon, 2018-05-07 15:00

Studying how insects’ wing movements affect their sense of smell has the potential to explain underlying causes of disorders like schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease and shortness of breath, according to new research from West Virginia University

When our nervous systems send motor commands to our muscles, they also send a copy of that command, called a corollary discharge, to the parts of our brains that process sensory information, including our sense of smell. This approach allows the brain to differentiate between self-generated sensation produced by moving and sensation generated by other sources.

Record number of WVU students awarded NSF research fellowships

Mon, 2018-05-07 08:30

A record number of students - five - from West Virginia University have been selected to participate in National Science Foundation-funded summer research fellowships with the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Home to three Nobel Prize winners, NIST is one of the leading research organizations in the world. 

The students will spend 11 weeks contributing to ongoing research in NIST facilities in either Boulder, Colorado, or Gaithersburg, Maryland. 

WVU researchers to develop economic plan for Potomac Highlands region

Fri, 2018-05-04 14:48

A group of counties in eastern West Virginia have turned to West Virginia University to develop a strategic action plan for its future. WVU’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research will lead a team of expert organizations who will prepare the plan in an effort to promote economic development in West Virginia’s Potomac Highlands region. The plan will encompass Pendleton, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy and Mineral counties, which compose the Region 8 Planning and Development Council.

John Deskins, director of the BBER, which is housed in the WVU College of Business and Economics, said the need for this study stems to a significant degree from the closure of the Sugar Grove Naval Base in Pendleton County. The U.S. Navy decommissioned Sugar Grove in 2015 after 60 years of military activity there, mostly related to communications and information gathering.

Donation from WVU alumni Dan and Betsy Brown to benefit Formula SAE team

Thu, 2018-05-03 14:00

The latest gift from longtime West Virginia University supporters Dan and Betsy Brown will help fund activities related to the WVU Formula SAE racing team in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.

The significant donation will be used by the WVU Formula SAE team in preparation for 2019 competition.

New cohort of Foundation Scholars chosen

Thu, 2018-05-03 11:45

The first members of the West Virginia University Class of 2022 will be honored just two days after the Class of 2018 leaves campus. The WVU Foundation Scholars, the highest academic scholarship the University awards, will be celebrated May 15 during a luncheon hosted by President Gordon Gee at Blaney House. 

The rising WVU freshmen are committed to community service, research, cultural awareness, rights for people with disabilities and their future alma mater.

WVU biology student uses Appalachian forests to improve future climate predictions

Thu, 2018-05-03 11:00

A West Virginia University student is using Appalachian forests to improve predictions of future climate change.

According to Joe Carrara, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biology, research shows humans have more than doubled the rate of nitrogen deposition on ecosystems across the world. Like carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides are released into the atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels, where they accumulate, react alongside sulfur containing molecules and eventually return to the Earth’s surface as acid rain. 

Brown hired as strength coach for men’s basketball

Tue, 2018-05-01 14:07

Shaun Brown has been named the strength and conditioning coach for WVU men's basketball and brings 30 years of experience to Mountaineer basketball. Brown comes to West Virginia from Minnesota, where he served as the strength and conditioning coach for the Minnesota men's basketball team for the past five years.

Civil engineering professor named inaugural Wadsworth Faculty Fellow at WVU

Tue, 2018-05-01 09:30

Dimitra Pyrialakou, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been named the inaugural Maurice Wadsworth Faculty Fellow in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. Pyrialakou has initiated research on a project that assesses the efficiency and effectiveness of West Virginia’s rural transit systems through evaluations of peer transit agencies in the state in hopes of identifying opportunities for improvement.

Record number of WVU students receive Fulbright Scholarships

Tue, 2018-05-01 00:45

A record number of  West Virginia University students have been named Fulbright Scholars this year, doubling the previous record of five.

The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program, enables students to study, teach or conduct research while increasing mutual understanding between Americans and people of other countries.

First rural practice scholarships awarded at WVU College of Law

Mon, 2018-04-30 15:00

Nathan Bennett and Sarah Petitto are recipients of the first scholarship at the West Virginia University College of Law meant to increase the number of lawyers practicing in the state’s rural communities.

Established by the West Virginia State Bar, the Rural Practice Scholarship pays tuition and fees for three years of law school in exchange for the student’s commitment to three years of post-graduate legal practice in a rural county.

Four WVU students to study abroad as Boren scholars

Mon, 2018-04-30 12:45

Four West Virginia University students have been awarded the prestigious Boren Scholarship and will spend a year immersed in the language and culture of countries that have been identified as critical to U.S. interests. 

The Boren Scholarship, administered by the National Security Education Program, supports students who study abroad and then commit to working in the federal government for one year. 

WVU appoints Rhodes to lead health programs on Beckley Campus

Mon, 2018-04-30 09:30

Larry A. Rhodes, M.D., a pediatric cardiologist and former chair of the Department of Pediatrics in the West Virginia University School of Medicine, has been named assistant dean for health sciences programs at the University’s Beckley Campus.

Assistance centers at WVU and Marshall help West Virginia communities secure $2.8M in US EPA brownfield funding

Fri, 2018-04-27 14:09

The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University will assess, clean up and redevelop environmentally contaminated sites across the Mountain State thanks to $2.8 million in grants from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

“We know this investment from the EPA will help spark further investment from the public and private sectors,” said Patrick Kirby, director of the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at WVU.

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