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West Virginia Quilt Documentation Project seeks to record the history of quilts during WVU Mountaineer Week

Fri, 2017-09-08 09:30

West Virginia University’s Mountaineer Week (Oct. 20-29) will be part of the West Virginia Quilt Documentation Project which seeks to record the history of quilts that have been made or are currently housed in West Virginia.

Sponsored by the West Virginia Quilters, Inc., in collaboration with the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and supported by the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, two “documentation days” are slated for Oct. 21 and 22.

WVU professor plays key role in telescope program that will map the history of the Universe

Fri, 2017-09-08 09:00

Since the early 1900s scientists have known that the Universe is expanding but recent studies have shown that the rate of expansion is accelerating. The reason for this is currently unknown; however, Kevin Bandura, an assistant professor in the Lane Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University, has been working on the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment, or CHIME, for the past several years to solve the mystery.

Researchers think that an unknown form of energy, called dark energy, is causing the accelerated expansion but this cannot be confirmed without first understanding the history of the Universe. CHIME is a telescope project that was designed to map that history by studying dark energy and observing hydrogen gas in distant galaxies that were strongly affected by it.

Three elected to WVU Foundation Board of Directors

Thu, 2017-09-07 13:30

Three West Virginia University alumni with successful careers in a variety of industries have been elected to the WVU Foundation Board of Directors.

Gina L. Dubbé of Glenelg, Maryland, graduated from WVU in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and also holds a master’s degree in engineering from George Washington University. She is one of the founding members of Private Digital Networks, an information technology company which focuses on the meld of cloud computing with content delivery. With over 30 years of cross functional expertise, Dubbé’s background has encompassed sales, marketing and business development arenas in tandem with engineering, general and project management. She was the co-founder of THERA°PEARL®, a doctor-designed, drug-free way to relieve pain and inflammation. It was later acquired by Hygenic Corporation. A holder of multiple patents, Dubbé was named to the Forbes list of Women Who Built Outstanding Companies in 2013.

Growing the future: WVU biologists team up to research new bioproducts

Thu, 2017-09-07 10:45

West Virginia University biologists are part of a $40 million Department of Energy effort to create sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts through four new bioenergy research centers.

As part of the Center for Bioenergy Innovation led by the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Steve DiFazio and Jonathan Cumming received $1.25 million to increase the viability of the bioproducts industry by enhancing trees’ biofuel production, while Eddie Brzostek has received $718,000 as part of the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation led by the University of Illinois.

WVU engineering alumnus flies into the eye of Hurricane Irma

Thu, 2017-09-07 08:33

West Virginia University alumnus Nick Underwood has been flying into the eye of Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history, to collect critical data about the storm and where it’s headed.

Underwood, a native of Beaver, graduated from WVU in 2014 with a degree in aerospace engineering. He has spent the last year working with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s Aircraft Operations Center.

WVU Reed College of Media to host panel discussion on covering the Trump Administration

Wed, 2017-09-06 13:07

Every administration has had its run-ins with the press, but the Trump Administration’s relationship with the media has been particularly rocky. West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media will take an in-depth look at that relationship as it hosts the panel discussion Journalism on the Frontlines: Covering the Trump Administration Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.

President Trump has called the media “fake news” and journalism the “enemy of the American people.” His administration has restricted access to the White House press briefings and limited the flow of information to the journalists. 

WVU biologists awarded $1.4 million Air Force grant to examine moths’ olfactory systems

Wed, 2017-09-06 10:59

As humans walk and talk, we sense our own movements or sounds. Yet, we can distinguish our actions from everything else in our environment that affects our senses.

When our nervous systems send motor commands to our muscles, they also send a copy of that motor command, called a corollary discharge, to networks in our brains that process sensory information. This approach allows networks to differentiate self-generated sounds produced by moving from sound generated by other sources.

Clear bag policy reminder: ECU game information

Wed, 2017-09-06 09:40

To provide a safer environment for Mountaineer fans and to expedite entry into all ticketed WVU athletic events, the West Virginia Department of Intercollegiate Athletics enforces the NFL's Clear Bag Policy.

Mountain State Business Index: West Virginia economy to see solid growth through end of 2017

Wed, 2017-09-06 08:49

The Mountain State Business Index jumped 0.3 percent in August, marking the index’s 11th month-to-month gain over the last 13 months. Economists at West Virginia University said the MSBI has risen 1.3 percent on an annualized basis over the last six months and posted a 2.0 percent gain over its August 2016 reading, returning to its highest level since the second quarter of 2015. 

“Given continued improvement to the MSBI, we remain confident that West Virginia’s economy remains firmly in recovery territory and should post moderate growth over the next several months,” said John Deskins, director of the WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research, which operates within the College of Business and Economics and produces the MSBI. 

WVU's IMC graduate program awards first scholarships from new fund

Tue, 2017-09-05 14:00

Two West Virginia University Reed College of Media online graduate students have been awarded scholarships from the College's newly-established General IMC Scholarship Fund. The competitive scholarship, established in 2017 by College of Media alumni and employees Catherine and Chad Mezera, is for students enrolled in the College’s Integrated Marketing Communications and Data Marketing Communications graduate programs.

Barnettes donate Monongalia County family farm to WVU

Tue, 2017-09-05 12:45

Longtime supporters of West Virginia University, alumni Curtis H. “Hank” Barnette and his wife, Joanne Harner Barnette, are donating to the University the Harner-Barnette farm which includes 10 acres of land outside Morgantown, a house and related buildings on the property with furnishings, and farm implements.

WVU intends to use the property, long-term, to develop single-family housing to support the recruitment and retention of faculty and staff, while celebrating the property’s heritage and historical purpose. The property has significant meaning to the Barnettes as it was Harner Barnette’s family homestead. 

WVU researcher works to help prevent childhood obesity

Tue, 2017-09-05 08:15

Melissa Olfert, associate professor of human nutrition and foods in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, hopes to continue the fight against childhood obesity with HomeStyles, a parent-focused educational program devoted to positive diets, physical activity and sleep strategies.

The multi-institution project is supported by a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. WVU was awarded $650,000 for the five-year project.

Inspiration starts with a question: WVU national TV spot shoots for the stars

Fri, 2017-09-01 11:24

West Virginia University’s  2017-2018 national television spot, tying into its “Mountaineers Go First” creative brand campaign, has been released and will debut during Sunday’s football game against Virginia Tech, continuing throughout the academic year. 

The spot explores how WVU is the catalyst to discovery: 

WVU announces the names of two new tomato varieties released in honor of 150th anniversary

Fri, 2017-09-01 08:24

From a pool of more than 100 submissions, there was not just one, but two names, that rose to the top of the list for the new tomato varieties created by West Virginia University researchers Mannon Gallegly and Mahfuz Rahman in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.

WVU Extension Service addresses critical need for livestock producers and state

Fri, 2017-09-01 08:15

Through a new program, Bill Shockey is working to address the veterinarian access problem across the Mountain State with fellow Extension faculty and support from the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.

WVU’s Statler College ranked 28th in nation for value

Thu, 2017-08-31 13:30

For the fourth straight year, West Virginia University’s Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources has been ranked in the top 10 percent of all engineering schools nationwide for offering the best value for the money for undergraduate degree programs.

WVU President Gee unveils cooperative plan to move WV Forward

Thu, 2017-08-31 10:30

(Editor’s Note: More detail is available on the web at WVForward. An “as-prepared” copy of President Gee’s full remarks is also available online.) 

West Virginia faces a critical time in its history as it lags behind a growing national economy, West Virginia University President Gordon Gee told state business leaders Thursday as he unveiled a comprehensive study of how to address those issues and put the state on the road to prosperity. 

Peck named director of WVU Immigration Law Clinic

Wed, 2017-08-30 13:00

Professor Alison Peck has been appointed director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the West Virginia University College of Law.

“Alison has the background and the passion to ensure that our immigration clinic continues to serve clients in need and provide our students with valuable legal experience,” said Gregory Bowman, dean of the College of Law.

WVU Engineers Without Borders begins five-year initiative in Uganda

Wed, 2017-08-30 12:13

Four students from the West Virginia University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders traveled to the Kasese District of Uganda on August 6-13, to begin a five-year project that will provide a safe water supply for residents in the village of Kabughabugha.

Kabughabugha has a population of 7,200 people who live in extreme conditions without basic sanitation and hygiene practices or easy access to clean water. Women and children must walk up to three miles through the rugged terrain in the Rwenzori Mountains multiple times per day barefoot just to collect unfiltered water for drinking, cooking or washing.

WVU Reed College of Media course tackles the topic of fake news

Wed, 2017-08-30 11:30

 We first heard about “fake news” during the 2017 Presidential election. Now, the term is being used widely by journalists and politicians alike. This fall, the West Virginia University Reed College of Media is offering a new course in media literacy that tackles the phenomenon of fake news head on.

The new curriculum is designed to help students become savvier media consumers by teaching them how to access and critically analyze and evaluate news and information across media platforms.