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WVU coal report: State coal industry stable in short term, declining in long term

Wed, 2017-06-28 08:18

Coal mine output totaled 80 million short tons in 2016, just over half of the 158 million short tons in 2008. While the baseline forecast calls for statewide coal production to approach 89 million short tons in 2017 and remain in the upper 80 million ton range into the early 2020s, the secular decline in demand for West Virginia coal will continue and lead to output sinking below 80 million tons by 2030. 

The coal production report is produced annually by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research in the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University. Within the report, BBER economists explain how an array of market and regulatory forces that affect coal use both domestically and internationally have caused this industry to endure significant declines in recent years and how many of these same factors will limit any upside potential for coal production in the future. In particular, the report highlights the dramatic shifts in market conditions and regulations for domestic power plants have and will continue to shape statewide coal production. 

WVU takes first place in Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition

Tue, 2017-06-27 14:24

West Virginia University’s Experimental Rocketry team captured first place in the 10,000-foot launch category at the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition during the Spaceport America Cup, held near Las Cruces, New Mexico, June 20-24.

The competition challenges teams of college students to design, build and launch solid-, liquid- or hybrid-fuel rockets to a targeted altitude. More than 100 teams from around the world competed in the event, which is run by the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association.

Duo reaches air rifle final

Tue, 2017-06-27 10:21

Ginny Thrasher and Milica Babic of the West Virginia University rifle team finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the junior women’s 10m air rifle, today, at the 2017 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Championship Rifle/Pistol, at the Schießsportzentrum in Suhl, Germany.

West Virginia University’s Weese to retire after 37 years; Gee restructures leadership team

Tue, 2017-06-27 09:00

Narvel G. Weese Jr. on Tuesday (June 27) announced his retirement from West Virginia University effective Oct. 1, culminating a 37-year career in financial management at the university, the last dozen as vice president of administration and finance. 

“Narvel has set a high standard for those who come after him,” President Gordon Gee said. “He has built a creative and innovative team that has helped drive West Virginia University to become a leader in higher education administration. 

Redefining literacy: WVU rolls out nationally accredited online masters in literacy education

Mon, 2017-06-26 11:30

The definition of literacy has evolved to include not only reading, but writing, speaking, listening and visual literacy, as well. So it made sense for West Virginia University professors Allison Dagen and Aimee Morewood to reinvent the College of Education and Human Services reading specialist certification program to reflect a more current delivery method for the degree program.

The nationally accredited Masters of Arts in Literacy Education will be be fully online when it is rolled out this fall. The program is the only online program of its kind in West Virginia and one of only a handful in the country. Dagen and Morewood hope the new delivery platform will entice more teachers to become reading specialists.

Buchanan to attend Honda Cup award ceremony

Mon, 2017-06-26 08:47

West Virginia University women’s soccer defender Kadeisha Buchanan will join 11 other finalists vying for the Honda Cup at the 2017 Collegiate Women Sports Awards Show presented by Honda on Monday, June 26, at the USC Galen Center Founders Room in Los Angeles.

Lyons to chair Big 12 Athletic Director’s Council

Fri, 2017-06-23 08:43

As chair, WVU Director of Athletics Shane Lyons will organize all meetings, presiding over such important league issues as television, scheduling, championships, finances and so forth.

West Virginia University ranked among safest college campuses

Fri, 2017-06-23 08:30

West Virginia University is among the top 40 safest campuses in the United States, according to the National Council for Home Safety and Security. Ranked 34th among 2,000 colleges assessed on campus safety, University Police protects more than 30,000 students and 6,000 employees.  

“This recognition is a reflection on our campus community and the city of Morgantown,” said Bob Roberts, chief of University Police. He added the department is committed to keeping WVU safe and secure through community policing and prevention. 

Video games offer active military and veterans coping mechanism for stress

Thu, 2017-06-22 11:15

After watching family members find stress relief through video games, West Virginia University professor Jaime Banks saw a connection to her research on communication technology and human identity.

Gee addresses status of University budget, action expected by July 1

Thu, 2017-06-22 09:59

In a letter to faculty, staff and students today (June 22), West Virginia University President Gordon Gee thanked them for their patience, understanding and cooperation as he addressed the status of the University budget. 

Here is the text of the letter: 

Buchanan nominated for ESPY Award

Thu, 2017-06-22 09:12

For the first time in program history, the West Virginia University women’s soccer team will be represented at The ESPYs, as five-time All-American Kadeisha Buchanan is a nominee for the Best Female College Athlete.

WVU donations help residents, students recover from summer 2016 flood

Thu, 2017-06-22 08:30

(Editor's note: Learn more about the University’s flood relief efforts at WVUToday, including an online media kit containing downloadable photos, videos and other resources is available in the Media Center.)

The generosity of hundreds of West Virginia University alumni and friends has made the recovery process a bit easier over this past year for many victims of last summer’s devastating flooding in central and southern West Virginia.

WVU team MIDAS brings home the gold in NASA’s Mars Ice Challenge

Tue, 2017-06-20 14:06

West Virginia University was the only school in the nation to send two teams to NASA’s Mars Ice Challenge, a three-day event that challenged teams to extract water from simulated Martian subsurface ice. In the end, one team—Mountaineer Ice Drilling Automated System or MIDAS—had the golden touch.

Led by team lead Eric Loy, a master’s degree student in electrical engineering from Keyser, and advisor Powsiri Klinkhachorn, professor of computer science and electrical engineering, MIDAS captured top overall honors in the competition besting the likes of teams from Colorado School of Mines, University of Texas-Austin and University of Pennsylvania. The team also was first in both the most water collected and the cleanest water categories.

WVU study abroad trip provides sport networking, culture and service activities

Tue, 2017-06-20 13:00

A ball, a bat, a glove. Simple things that make up America's pastime.

But in the Dominican Republic, like so many Latin American countries, they represent much more, meshing families, every day life and history and influencing the future.

NCAA grants Grier eligibility for season opener

Tue, 2017-06-20 11:45

Grier played in six games and started five for Florida in 2015, before sitting out the rest of the season. He completed 106-of-151 passes for 1,204 yards and 10 touchdowns.

WVU cancer researcher participates in study that shows promising treatments for certain patients with advanced colorectal cancer

Tue, 2017-06-20 11:22

(Editor's Note: Citations below.)

A group of cancer researchers, including Richard Goldberg, M.D., director of the WVU Cancer Institute, released a study today (June 20) in the Journal of the American Medical Association comparing the results of combinations of chemotherapy delivered with targeted therapy drugs in the treatment of people with advanced colorectal cancer who had not received prior drug treatment for their advanced disease.

WVU leader named fellow of national nursing association

Tue, 2017-06-20 10:08

Dr. Toni DiChiacchio, assistant dean of the West Virginia University School of Nursing, has been named a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners for her outstanding contributions to clinical practice, research, education and policy.

Business leaders in transportation, construction, machinery industries to be inducted into West Virginia Business Hall of Fame

Tue, 2017-06-20 09:30

Honoring strong connections to the Mountain State and bold leadership, the 2017 West Virginia Business Summit and Annual Meeting will kick off this year with the induction of three pioneering individuals into the West Virginia Business Hall of Fame.

Inductees for 2017 include Charles T. Jones, president and CEO of Amherst Industries, Charleston; Robert O. Orders, CEO of Orders Construction Company, Inc., Charleston; and D. Stephen Walker, former president and CEO of Walker Machinery Company, Boca Grande, Florida. The Hall of Fame will partner with the West Virginia Chamber to honor the inductees at a ceremony and reception on the evening of August 29 at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs.

WVU is a home among the hills for students from around the world

Mon, 2017-06-19 13:28

Mays Ibraheem is one of West Virginia University’s students who immigrated to the U.S. There are other students whose families immigrated. And still others arrived in the U.S. just to attend college. The WVU Magazine focuses on 9 students who have varied cultural backgrounds and have lived in Appalachian states. Read about their struggles, their triumphs and what they bring to the world.

WVU wins one of three inaugural STEMx™ Challenge Grants to improve computer science education across the state

Mon, 2017-06-19 12:30

The West Virginia University Center for Excellence in STEM Education is one of three state-level organizations to receive grants of $15,000 from the STEMx™ network. These inaugural awards are intended to help states develop solutions to pressing science, technology, engineering and mathematics education issues.

The WVUCE-STEM will use the grant funds to host a statewide conference next spring, “STEM Forward: Building West Virginia’s Capacity through Computer Science,” for STEM educators, business and industry leaders, state agencies, public school districts, higher education institutions and nonprofit partners. Conference participants will explore strategies for providing computer science education to students across the state, with a particular focus on rural computer science education. The conference will produce a summative report that lays out how stakeholders can work together to provide computer science education for all West Virginia students. The results are intended to provide a model for other state-wide STEM networks.