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WVU researchers investigate disparities in orthodontia completion among Appalachians

Thu, 2018-01-11 08:30

Orthodontic care, such as braces, bite plates and retainers, typically costs between $3,000 and $8,000. But research out of the West Virginia University School of Dentistry suggests that only half of Appalachian orthodontia patients can complete their treatment.

WVU researchers Chris Martin, professor of orthodontia, Daniel McNeil, clinical psychologist and professor of dental practice and rural health, and third-year student of dentistry, Breana Dieringer, wanted to find out why. The researchers hope that by more accurately predicting which patients may have difficulty sticking with treatment, dentists and orthodontists can intervene.

New study led by public health researcher finds ‘suicides by drugs’ profoundly undercounted in the United States

Wed, 2018-01-10 15:10

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate in the United States increased by 34 percent between 2000 and 2016. While that rate seems high, a team of researchers led by a West Virginia University faculty member believes it is seriously underestimated.

A new study suggests that the difference may be due to drug intoxication suicides being misclassified. Ian Rockett, professor of Epidemiology in WVU’s School of Public Health, spearheaded the study conducted by an international team of renowned epidemiologists, psychiatrists, emergency physicians and a chief medical examiner.

New program established to enhance leadership skills in WVU Davis College students

Wed, 2018-01-10 14:45

This spring, high-achieving freshmen in the West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design will be offered a chance to become part of new program designed to enhance their leadership skills and career preparedness.

The Davis-Michael Sustainability Fellows Program will offer transformational learning opportunities to exceptional students across all disciplines in the college.

WVU researchers partner with start-up on natural gas to hydrogen and carbon fiber technology

Wed, 2018-01-10 14:01

Researchers from West Virginia University will partner with colleagues from Southern California Gas Company and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on technology that converts natural gas to hydrogen and value-added forms of carbon.

The availability of unprecedented volumes of shale gas resources present a significant opportunity to develop completely new processes for hydrogen generation.

WVU provides update following Gee fall

Tue, 2018-01-09 15:15

Recently it was reported that Dr. Gee fell at the Pittsburgh airport while returning from holiday break. During the testing that followed, it was discovered he had minimal scarring around his heart that could have caused a momentary tachycardia event (when the heart rate exceeds the normal resting rate).

As a precaution, Dr. Gee underwent a procedure on Friday, Jan. 5, to implant an internal defibrillator. His team of physicians report that everything went smoothly and that Dr. Gee is recovering well.

WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute continues to expand

Tue, 2018-01-09 15:05

WVU Medicine announced today (Jan. 9) that Randy Nelson, Ph.D., and A. Courtney DeVries, Ph.D., have been appointed to major leadership roles in the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI).

Countdown to code camp: WVU Extension 4-H program to host innovative camp to help students learn about computer science

Tue, 2018-01-09 13:00

West Virginia youths will get a chance to tap into the technological future as part of Google’s “4-H Computer Science Career Pathway” program. Last year Google awarded $1.5 million to 4-H programs in 22 states, including West Virginia, to help young people learn more about this exciting field. WVU Extension Service is using the grant to host its first 4-H Code Camp at WVU Jackson’s Mill Feb. 23-25 to help area youths get a head start in learning these critical skills.

Financial services pioneer, best-selling author and B&E alumnus to headline 2018 Distinguished Speaker Series Jan. 19

Tue, 2018-01-09 03:30

Robert L. Reynolds, president and CEO of Great-West Financial and Putnam Investments, will add best-selling author to his credentials when he returns to his alma mater later this month. Reynolds is author of the USA Today Bestseller From Here to Security: How Workplace Savings Can Keep America’s Promise returns to West Virginia University on Jan. 19 to talk about the future of investments and retirement in the United States as part of the 2018 B&E Distinguished Speaker Series.

The event, hosted by the WVU College of Business and Economics, will be held at 12:30 p.m. in Ming Hsieh Hall on the WVU downtown campus. Additionally, a book signing event will be held at 3 p.m. that afternoon at the Charles C. Wise Library Atrium, also located on the downtown campus. 

WVU software engineering program 15th in US News Rankings; three other programs in top 100

Tue, 2018-01-09 00:02

 For the second straight year, West Virginia University’s online graduate program in software engineering has been ranked in the top 15 nationwide by U.S. News & World Report in its Best Online Program rankings.

The program, offered by the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, joins a number of other WVU programs – online hybrid MBA (47 out of 267), nursing (51 out 154) and business (non-MBA) (63 out of 158) – that were featured in the rankings released Tuesday. More than 1,300 online programs were reviewed on categories ranging from student engagement, faculty credentials and training and peer reputation.

WVU men's basketball climbs to No. 2 in AP Poll

Mon, 2018-01-08 12:30

Coach Bob Huggins' Mountaineers jumped four spots from No. 6 last week to No. 2 this week in the latest Associated Press Top 25 rankings, revealed earlier today (Jan. 8). It's the highest ranking for West Virginia since Dec. 29, 1959 - Jerry West's senior season.

WVU public health, business schools collaborate to build a digitally skilled workforce in West Virginia

Mon, 2018-01-08 12:30

West Virginia University is expanding its efforts to propel West Virginia’s workforce into today’s digital economy.  

WVU recently was awarded a Digital Economy Initiative grant through Cisco's donor-advised fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Analysis by WVU finance professor for the Wall Street Journal prompts Germany to change how it releases economic data

Mon, 2018-01-08 09:30

An analysis of data prepared for the Wall Street Journal by a West Virginia University business professor last year noted suspicious trading in financial markets in the United Kingdom, where confidential economic data was provided to dozens of government officials in advance of the public release of the data.

In his analysis, WVU professor Alexander Kurov researched key economic announcements over a six-year period in the U.K., including industrial production, Consumer Price Index and jobless numbers. In these announcements, he found evidence of price drift in the “right” direction in the one hour leading up to the public announcement of the data. As a result of these findings and subsequent public discussion, Britain established new policy whereby government officials would no longer have early access to economic data.

WVU Extension Service urges residents to put safety first when heating homes

Fri, 2018-01-05 14:00

With frigid temperatures well below normal and not much relief in sight, many West Virginia residents are turning to additional heat sources to help their primary heater keep up with the arctic chill that has dominated early winter.

One of the most affordable and common alternatives are space heaters. While they can keep certain rooms warmer, they’re a bit of a double-edged sword according to West Virginia University Safety and Health Extension specialists.

WVU receives $750,000 to support science advisor to help address regional water quality concerns in the Chesapeake Bay watershed

Fri, 2018-01-05 13:00

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will provide the West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design with $750,000 over the next five years to support hiring a science advisor to assist the agency with addressing regional water quality concerns in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

“A vibrant and healthy agricultural sector is one key to restoring and improving the Chesapeake Bay,” said Jason Hubbart, the Davis College associate dean for research and director of the WVU Institute of Water Security and Science.

WVU researcher to conduct neuroimaging studies on people with autism

Fri, 2018-01-05 11:00

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in every 68 children born in the United States has a form of autism. Children with autism spectrum disorder typically pay less attention to faces and other social stimuli, preferring to fixate on objects. Shuo Wang, an assistant professor of chemical and biomedical engineering at West Virginia University, is hoping to find out what role a portion of the brain may play in this behavior.

Wang will conduct electrophysiology studies on abnormal signaling in the amygdala, the brain’s alarm circuit for fear and a critical brain structure for social behavior. His work is being funded by a three-year, $200,000 grant from The Dana Foundation, the first ever received by WVU.

WVU Stroke Center at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital awarded state’s only Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers

Thu, 2018-01-04 10:30

WVU Medicine today announced that the WVU Stroke Center at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.

In a first for West Virginia, WVU Heart and Vascular Institute team implants life-saving heart pump

Wed, 2018-01-03 14:30

A 62-year-old Maryland man with a failing heart has received a permanent heart pump in an operation performed for the first time in West Virginia. A team of specialists at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute on Dec. 11 installed the pump, known as a left ventricular assist device for Ken Ritchey of LaVale, Maryland.

Men's basketball wins 2nd straight on road, 13th straight overall

Tue, 2018-01-02 08:46

Bob Huggins reached back to his basketball past to help West Virginia win its 13th straight game Monday night at Kansas State.

WVU reminds campus community of winter weather procedures as new semester begins

Tue, 2018-01-02 08:30

West Virginia University’s spring semester starts Jan. 8, calling for a reminder about how the University responds when harsh winter weather occurs. 

Should conditions occur making travel potentially dangerous, both students and employees are reminded to use their own good judgment before venturing out. 

National awards, titles add up for WVU graduate

Wed, 2017-12-27 09:30

In his first year as a head coach, West Virginia University alumnus Dan Stratford used what he learned as a student and assistant coach to lead his team to the NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer National Championship.

Stratford, who first earned a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education Teachers Education in June 2009 and then a master’s in July 2015, both from the WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, says consistent messaging kept the players at the University of Charleston focused.

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