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The annual initiative is an eight-week reading and nutrition program offered in rural and low-income West Virginia communities. Energy Express helps children entering kindergarten through sixth grade overcome the “summer slide” that occurs when youths fall behind academically during the summers in between school years.
West Virginia University’s Institute for Water Security and Science to feature pivotal water research at Feb. 28 symposium
Researchers at West Virginia University’s Institute for Water Security and Science have been busy since the Institute got off the ground in early 2016, and they are eager to share their research with attendees at their upcoming spring symposium from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 at Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown.
According to IWSS Director Jason Hubbart, the event will serve as a networking opportunity between water researchers at WVU and representatives from partner institutions, industry and federal and state agencies – but it will also focus on critical water research conducted by WVU researchers and elevating the importance of water resources in West Virginia.
West Virginia’s coal industry is shifting into a lower gear, creating widespread economic issues and challenging communities to reframe their identities. But where there is challenge, there is also opportunity—and the state needs to look no farther away than Pittsburgh for an example of economic transformation.
Using the decline of the steel industry and widespread unemployment, Bill Strickland, this year’s Deem Distinguished Lecture speaker at West Virginia University’s School of Art and Design, learned how hardships and obstacles could be overcome through vocational training and the arts.
Civil engineering major Morgan King and Savannah Lusk, who majors in exercise physiology, know first-hand how difficult it can be for women to succeed in male-dominated fields of study. But the pair found inspiration from someone whose story only recently came to light: Katherine Johnson.
Thanks to the book and feature film, “Hidden Figures,” the world has become aware of Johnson’s story. A native of West Virginia, Johnson was the first woman to desegregate the graduate school at West Virginia University. After teaching for seven years, she went to work in 1953 as a pool mathematician or “computer” for the Langley Research Center, part of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (now NASA) in Hampton, Virginia.
The United States Department of Energy has marked an engineering research project at West Virginia University as a high potential opportunity to make a demonstrable impact on the country’s energy portfolio and to do it quickly.
The University has received $1.25 million from DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, known as ARPA-E. The award will be used to develop technologies for converting electrical energy from renewable resources into energy-dense carbon-neutral liquid fuels – that is, fuels that do not increase carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Television viewers can now watch the number one college newscast in the country right here in the Mountain State.
This month, the Broadcast Education Association awarded “WVU News” first place in the Television Newscast (airing three days per week or less) category in the 2017 Festival of Media Arts competition. “WVU News” won the top honor out of more than 1,500 entries.
Greenbrier County native Troy Clemons will hold on to his buckskins, coonskin cap and musket as he has been named again as the Mountaineer Mascot for the 2017-18 year.
“It is a huge honor to represent the University and West Virginia, my home, as the mascot for another year,” Clemons said. “My love and appreciation for Mountaineers everywhere has only grown over the past year and I look forward to seeing what the upcoming year will bring.”
Erin Ellis, assistant professor of cello, had participated in an outreach program during her studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and knew the impact it had.
As hospitals and other healthcare organizations across the country work to address the need for highly trained nurses, the West Virginia University School of Nursing is doing its part to address those demands. Beginning in fall 2017, the School will offer in-state tuition for all students (regardless of residency) to enhance professional opportunities for nurses through the online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) degree program.
Rita Colistra, professor of public relations in the Reed College of Media, has been named the recipient of the 2016 James and Karen Caveney Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award.
The award, established in 2014, is intended for a “highly-productive” faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching and research alongside a demonstrated “commitment to the people of West Virginia.”
More than 90 percent of West Virginia University students say they feel physically safe on campus, although almost 20 percent say they have experienced some type of unwanted contact, according to the preliminary results of an initial "climate survey" of students released Friday.
"While we are pleased that members of our community generally feel safe and comfortable on campus, we are committed to lowering the number of incidents the survey reported," said Provost Joyce McConnell, whose office commissioned the survey along with the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. "Indeed, we have done much already to address those issues through campus-wide programs such as the WVU Peer Advocates and It's on Us.”
One of the keys in moving West Virginia's economy forward is building a workforce capable of the performing the technology-laden jobs of the future, but that can't happen until the educational system instills those skills in students.
West Virginia University, as the state's flagship university, is committed to providing high school teachers with the training and expertise to do just that through WVUteach, an innovative STEM educator preparation program supported by a $1.45 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative.
In honor of Black History Month, The West Virginia University Muslim Student Association and the WVU Center for Black Culture and Research will co-sponsor a forum on navigating race, religion and gender in America on Tuesday (Feb. 28) at 7 p.m. in Rhododendron Room of the Mountainlair.
The event, free and open to the public, will feature special guest speaker Riham Osman, communications coordinator for the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Washington, D.C. Osman specializes in digital media, manages the organization’s online presence and works to ensure the media accurately portrays Muslim Americans.
Using a variety of connections, including social media and similar interests, the student ambassador program at the West Virginia University College of Education and Human Services is working to recruit and retain prospective students.