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WVU to host founder and CEO of Coalfield Development Corporation, presenting ‘Rebuilding the Appalachian Economy’

Fri, 2017-09-15 09:30

Gumption. Grit. Grace. These are the core values of the Coalfield Development Corporation, a community-based nonprofit in southern West Virginia that empowers individuals to learn and grow while improving communities in tangible ways– all in the face of a challenging economic climate. West Virginia University will host the organization’s founder and CEO, Brandon Dennison, who will share Coalfield’s unique approach to community development.  

The guest lecture, hosted by the IDEA Fellows Program and the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, will be held Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. in room 414 of Evansdale Crossing. Dennison will present “Rebuilding the Appalachian Economy from the Ground Up: Social Entrepreneurship, Creative Economic Development, and Social Justice in the Coalfields of West Virginia.”

WVU receives Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award

Thu, 2017-09-14 15:00

For the second consecutive year, West Virginia University’s efforts in diversity and inclusion have been honored with the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

The HEED Award recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. WVU will be featured, along with 79 other recipients, in the November 2017 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition now part of national program

Thu, 2017-09-14 14:00

The West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition has partnered with Silicon Valley’s longest-serving CEO to become part of a national network of similar competitions, and will benefit from valuable financial and mentoring resources.

The statewide event that encourages students from West Virginia’s colleges and universities to participate in a competition that awards three $10,000 grand prizes is now part of the ZinnStarter program to help college students launch new products and companies. Ray Zinn, the longest-serving CEO in Silicon Valley and founder of Micrel Semiconductors, provided $10,000 to the West Virginia University BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, host of the statewide competition.

WVU physicists chase new ‘wave’ of condensed matter research

Thu, 2017-09-14 12:50

Just one year after arriving at West Virginia University, physicist Lian Li is taking physics research to new frontiers.

In collaboration with fellow WVU condensed matter experiment expert Cheng Cen, he is breaking the rules of classical physics in search of a solution to making computers faster than ever.

Discovering the art of waste: WVU English professor named a fellow of the National Humanities Center

Thu, 2017-09-14 11:00

Stephanie Foote is the first West Virginia University faculty member to be chosen for a National Humanities Center Fellowship. 

Foote is in residence at the National Humanities Center in Durham, North Carolina, for the 2017-18 academic year while working on her book about waste.

DeLynn Lecture to feature national expert on improving cancer care delivery

Thu, 2017-09-14 09:30

Deborah Schrag, MD, MPH, a nationally renowned medical oncologist and population health researcher, will deliver the 2017 Laurence and Jean DeLynn Lecture at 4 p.m., Sept. 21, in the Fukushima Auditorium of the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center. The lecture is open to the public. A reception will follow in the Learning Center Commons.

The title of Schrag’s lecture is “Precision Public Health:  High Value Strategies to Decrease the Burden of Cancer on the Health of Communities.”

WVU in Top 100 public universities

Thu, 2017-09-14 09:15

West Virginia University remains one of the top 100 public universities in rankings published this week by U.S. News and World Report.

WVU is tied for 99th among public universities and tied for 187th among all national universities, which includes private schools which offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and doctoral programs. These colleges also are committed to producing groundbreaking research. The rankings, including ties, are little changed from last year.

Campus and Community invited to events celebrating Hidden Figures

Wed, 2017-09-13 14:00

The best-selling book Hidden Figures, along with the Oscar-nominated film of the same name, has inspired people around the world through the story of three brilliant African-American women who played a role in America’s race to space. West Virginia University chose Hidden Figures as the 2017-18 Campus Read and faculty and staff have organized multiple events to continue the conversation outside of the classroom and engage the community.  

“Two of the main characters, Katherine Johnson and Dorothy Vaughan, have ties to Morgantown, so this is an excellent opportunity to explore local history as well as issues of desegregation, women in the sciences and other 'hidden figures’ today,” said Susan Jennings Lantz, director of the WVU Campus Read. “The campus has embraced this book and developed incredibly creative programming that will bring this story to life in a variety of ways.”

WVU to host North American Power Symposium

Wed, 2017-09-13 13:00

Representatives from more than 15 countries will head to West Virginia University Sept. 17-19 for the 49th annual North American Power Symposium at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place. NAPS provides an international forum for participants from academia and industry to present their research and development in power and energy with special attention to the latest advances and challenges in power and energy technologies.

According to organizing co-chairs Jignesh Solanki and Sarika Khushalani Solanki, a record number of accepted publications will be presented in 32 technical sessions.

Advice on coping with school anxiety from WVU Extension Service experts

Wed, 2017-09-13 11:40

Summer is over and the kids are back in school. For many families, it’s an exciting time—but for some children, it’s filled with anxiety as the transition brings several new changes in routine, according to Monongalia County West Virginia University Extension Service Agent Eric Murphy.

WVU Constitution Day program Sept. 18 will address freedom of the press

Wed, 2017-09-13 11:21

West Virginia University’s annual observance of Constitution Day this year will focus on the role of a free press in a democratic society.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist will join WVU communications, journalism and law professors to address the erosion of the First Amendment, fake news, and why a free press is necessary for a strong democracy.

Hall of Fame set for Saturday

Wed, 2017-09-13 08:39

The University will hold its 27th annual Sports Hall of Fame induction on Saturday (Sept. 16) prior to the WVU-Delaware State football game. Induction ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility. The public is invited to attend and the event is free of charge.

WVU-led report shows smoking has not flamed out in all populations

Wed, 2017-09-13 08:30

 The number one cause of preventable death is on the decline, but not for everyone. A new report led by a West Virginia University public health expert shows that despite a drop in cigarette smoking nationwide, minority groups are at higher risk for tobacco-related diseases than others.

The latest monograph published by the National Cancer Institute and led by Linda Alexander, associate dean of academic affairs for the WVU School of Public Health and professor of social and behavioral sciences, investigates tobacco-related health disparities. The report represents the most comprehensive review of tobacco use among racial and ethnic minorities and low-socioeconomic-status populations since a 1998 Surgeon General report.

WVU Foundation to induct new Irvin Stewart Society members Sept. 15

Tue, 2017-09-12 14:00

The West Virginia University Foundation will honor donors whose planned gifts over the past year will provide for the future of the University. 

The Irvin Stewart Society will welcome 45 new members during a brunch at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place Friday (Sept. 15). Membership in the Society is given to those who include a gift provision in a will or revocable trust, create a life-income gift, designate an after-death gift of a retirement account, make checking, savings or stock accounts “payable upon death,” donate life insurance, or make a gift of real estate with a retained life interest benefiting WVU and its entities.

WVU alum makes gift to support future programming at the WVU Alumni Association

Tue, 2017-09-12 13:09

The West Virginia University Alumni Association has received a generous gift from a WVU alum who is paving the way for future students to stay connected with their alma mater. Casey Rentch and his wife, Jaime, recognize the important role the Alumni Association has played in their lives following his graduation at the University.

The couple, who resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, said their choice to give to WVU comes from a long history of support from the Alumni Association.  As life members, they also support the organization on the local level, volunteering with the Charlotte alumni chapter. 

WVU Dept. of History to host 7th annual Sen. Rush D. Holt guest lecture

Tue, 2017-09-12 11:00

The Department of History at West Virginia University will feature historian and religious studies scholar Jon Butler for its annual Sen. Rush D. Holt Lecture Series. Butler will present his lecture, “Protestantism, American Religion and the Unanticipated Reformation,” Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in G9 White Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Contura Energy executive to deliver Poundstone Lecture at WVU

Tue, 2017-09-12 09:30

Keith Hainer, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Contura Energy, will speak as part of West Virginia University’s Department of Mining Engineering’s William N. Poundstone Lecture Series. The lecture, titled “A Career of Opportunities,” will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in Grand Hall A of the Erickson Alumni Center.

Challenges, opportunities ahead for West Virginia, Gee says

Mon, 2017-09-11 16:04

(Editors note: A copy of the speech as prepared is available on President Gee’s website. A link to the video shown during the speech is also available at WVU’s YouTube channel.) 

Acknowledging the challenges West Virginia faces while emphasizing the opportunities it has before it, West Virginia University President Gordon Gee delivered his fall State of the University address during Monday’s annual Faculty Assembly meeting held at the Erickson Alumni Center

Nora Myers named director of WVU Tech's LaunchLab in Beckley

Mon, 2017-09-11 15:10

Nora Myers has been named director of WVU Tech’s LaunchLab, a resource center for entrepreneurial WVU Tech students who want to start or grow new business initiatives.

WVU Reed College of Media receives a $150,000 grant to expand community-based reporting aimed at bridging America’s divides

Mon, 2017-09-11 14:00

A foundation launched by the founder of eBay is supporting the efforts of West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media to better tell the stories of Appalachian communities and to help bridge America’s political and cultural divides.

The Democracy Fund recently awarded the College of Media $150,000 to combine and advance three of its successful programs: the Innovator-in-Residence program, currently funded by the Knight Foundation; the start-up digital publication “100 Days in Appalachia,” and the social justice reporting collaboration between the College of Media and Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.