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WVU to celebrate diversity with annual Women of Color Luncheon

Wed, 2017-08-30 11:00

West Virginia University will celebrate diversity October 8-14. Diversity Week, sponsored by the WVU Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is an annual week-long event providing opportunities for those on and off campus to come together in unity to celebrate the rich diversity within campus.

During Diversity Week, I hope students, faculty, staff and community come away with an increased knowledge of difference,” said sociology professor Daniel Brewster, who previously co-chaired the luncheon and planning committee, “I hope they understand the role each of us play as Mountaineers in creating a diverse and inclusive community.”

WVU Fire Service Extension urges students to put fire safety first

Tue, 2017-08-29 15:52

While classes on many local college campuses are getting underway, the West Virginia University Fire Service Extension urges students to take basic steps to get used to their new dorms and apartments so that in the case of a fire, they’ll be safe.

U.S.-Cuba baseball diplomacy to be discussed at the WVU College of Law

Tue, 2017-08-29 15:40

International relations scholar Daniel Añorve Añorve will deliver the annual Archibald McDougall Lecture on International Law on September 5 at 1 p.m. in the Event Hall at the West Virginia University College of Law

Añorve will discuss “The Role of Baseball Diplomacy in U.S.-Cuban Relations.” He is a professor of law, policy and government at the University of Guanajuato in Mexico. 

Sixth class of Ruby Fellows chosen for graduate research funding at WVU

Tue, 2017-08-29 13:00

Five doctoral students are the latest recipients of West Virginia University graduate school funding through the Ruby Scholars Graduate Fellows Program

Maryssa Beasley, Angella Macias, Jill Riddell, Adama Warr and Andrew Weaver make up the sixth class of Fellows.

WVU’s Watts Museum exhibit, open house explores coal mining mechanization

Tue, 2017-08-29 11:00

From late 19th century coal mining with picks and shovels to the huge longwall machines used today, mine mechanization has transformed underground coal mining from an industry once reliant upon muscle power to one now powered by machines. A new exhibition at West Virginia University’s Watts Museum showcases that transition. 

“Man Power, Mine Power: The Evolution and Impact of Coal Mining Machines” explores how the introduction of machines drastically altered the workplace structure, labor relations and livelihood of those that relied on the coal industry. Prior to mechanization, miners were considered independent craftsmen. Working either alone or in pairs and with little supervision, their job required a high level of knowledge, experience, strength and dexterity. These men maintained a degree of freedom on the job that workers in other industries lacked. 

WVU-led research team lays foundation for natural gas storage ‘hub’; opportunity for economic growth in the region

Tue, 2017-08-29 09:50

It is no secret that the region around West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio has abundant natural gas resources, but can the three states uncover the keys to turning those resources into economic growth? West Virginia University-led research may have some of the answers. 

On August 29, WVU is releasing to the public a study that shows how the region can support storage facilities that are critical for attracting petrochemical and related industries to the area. Researchers will present the data at a technical workshop in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, hosted by the Eastern Petroleum Technology Transfer Council, PTTC, at WVU. 

West Virginia University releases December Commencement information

Mon, 2017-08-28 15:00

West Virginia University has released the 2017 December Commencement schedule. August and December graduates will celebrate their achievements at the WVU Coliseum on December 15, 2017 with two separate ceremonies.

Graduates from the Eberly College of Arts & Sciences and from the College of Business & Economics will walk in a ceremony at 9 a.m. Graduates of all other schools and colleges will walk in a ceremony at 2 p.m. 

Football releases new video narrated by Owen Schmitt

Mon, 2017-08-28 14:53

Watch the video and get your tickets for the home opener to be part of the special tradition that is a West Virginia football game day.

WVU Professor, student win best paper award at prestigious international data science forum

Mon, 2017-08-28 14:30

Representatives from West Virginia University’s Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources captured best paper honors at the premier international forum for data science.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Yanfang “Fanny” Ye and doctoral student Shifu Hou received the prestigious KDD 2017 Best Paper and Best Student Paper awards in the applied science track at the annual Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, held recently in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The conference, which brings together researchers and practitioners from data science, data mining, knowledge discovery, large-scale data analytics and big data, only accepts 10 percent of the papers submitted for presentation.

Pharmacology endowment established in honor of longtime WVU faculty member

Mon, 2017-08-28 14:00

A longtime, much beloved professor and supporter of West Virginia University is being honored with a newly established endowment.

The William W. Fleming Pharmacology Award has been established to honor William W. Fleming, PhD, former chair of the Department of Pharmacology, who passed away in April 2015.

Nicholas County couple donates $1M to WVU’s Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Fund

Fri, 2017-08-25 10:45

Future cancer research at West Virginia University will benefit from a $1 million estate gift from longtime WVU supporters Steve and Jamie Antoline.

The Antolines, from Mount Lookout, W.Va., have designated in their will that the donation be made to the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Fund at WVU.

WVU’s Academy of Engineering Success provides scholarships to underrepresented students

Fri, 2017-08-25 09:11

The Academy of Engineering Success at West Virginia University awarded seven engineering students with the 2017 Statler Access and Diversity in Engineering Scholarship.

AcES is an academic success and professional development bridge program that allows freshmen in the Fundamentals of Engineering Program to come to campus one week ahead of other students for a week-long series of activities designed to acclimate them to campus life.

WVU, Uniformed Services University form unique collaboration to combat the opioid epidemic

Fri, 2017-08-25 09:00

Drawing from the latest strategies and techniques in battlefield medicine, leaders from West Virginia University are collaborating with the Uniformed Services University’s Defense and Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management to combat opioid misuse and addiction in the state of West Virginia.

WVU study of rare earth elements moves to second phase

Thu, 2017-08-24 14:37

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory has selected West Virginia University to move forward with its program to extract valuable rare earth elements, vital to the technology industry, from coal mining by-products.

Phase two of the WVU project – which includes $3.38 million of federal and industry funding – will demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of extracting rare earth elements from acid mine drainage, or AMD. The selection follows two earlier NETL awards to study AMD as a feedstock to bolster U.S. domestic supplies of rare earth elements. 

WVU Extension partners with Rainelle bakery, offers hope and opportunity to West Virginia residents overcoming addiction

Thu, 2017-08-24 09:15

West Virginians are no strangers to resiliency.

Through tragic flooding in southern counties and challenging economic times, the state’s people have a way of bouncing back.

WVU Extension Service and partners host series of safety trainings for fruit, vegetable growers

Wed, 2017-08-23 09:30

With new safety regulations and procedures in place for farmers and agribusiness owners, West Virginia University Extension Service is helping local growers navigate these changes while providing education and training to ensure consumer safety.

WVU Extension Service joins the West Virginia Department of Agriculture and West Virginia State University to offer a series of Food Safety Modernization Act training sessions for fruit and vegetable growers, as well as others interested in learning about produce safety. The first Producer Safety Alliance-approved training will be held Aug.31 at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center (200 Armory Dr.) in Beckley. A second session will be offered at the Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College on September 14 in Moorefield. The third session will be held on Sept. 21 at the Comfort Suites (285 White Oaks Blvd.) in Bridgeport. Each session runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New WVU study provides roadmap to lower methane emissions for future heavy-duty natural gas vehicle fleet

Wed, 2017-08-23 08:45

A new study published today (August 23) in the Journal of Air and Waste Management Association builds upon recent heavy-duty natural gas vehicle methane emission measurements to model methane emissions from a future, much larger vehicle fleet. The predicted methane emissions rates from a 2035 natural gas fleet cover a wide range depending on technologies adopted and best management practices employed.

This study, conducted by researchers at West Virginia University’s Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines, and Emissions, comes as the price of natural gas has decreased, leading to interest in natural gas as a cleaner replacement for diesel in heavy-duty vehicles. Natural gas vehicles currently make up a small market share but are predicted to grow significantly over the next few decades.

WVU plans Friday bell-ringing ceremony

Tue, 2017-08-22 11:00

West Virginia University will hold a bell-ringing ceremony, coordinated by the Office of Campus and Community Life and Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity, on Friday (Aug. 25) in remembrance of students Moses Lawer-Yolar, Matthew McCoy, and Jacob McCreesh.

Lawer-Yolar, 20, a pre-business major from Morgantown, died on June 12; McCoy, 19, a philosophy major from Buckhannon, died on June 15; and McCreesh, 20, a political science major from Pittstown, New Jersey, died on July 2.

Decorated WVU/VT former coaches to serve as honorary captains for Black Diamond Trophy Game

Tue, 2017-08-22 10:04

Former West Virginia University football coach and Hall of Famer Don Nehlen and former Virginia Tech football coach and almost assuredly soon to be Hall of Famer Frank Beamer, will serve as honorary captains when West Virginia and Virginia Tech renew their rivalry for the Black Diamond Trophy at FedExField on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m., televised on ABC.

WVU Physical Education Teacher Education recognized for national excellence

Tue, 2017-08-22 09:30

West Virginia University’s Physical Education Teacher Education program has gained national recognition for preparing its students to be effective educators.

The Society of Health and Physical Educators has nationally recognized the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences program for having met or exceeded the Initial Physical Education Teacher Education Standards in preparing its undergraduate students.