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Grammy Award-winner Cage the Elephant to headline FallFest 2017

Fri, 2017-08-11 12:03

West Virginia University’s annual FallFest concert will be held Tuesday, Aug.15, on the Evansdale Rec Fields adjacent to the Student Rec Center. The show begins at 5 p.m. and will include performances by Cage the Elephant, 21 Savage and RL Grime. Cage the Elephant will close the show. FallFest is free and open to WVU Students only. Students must present their valid WVU Student ID to enter. Gates open at 4 p.m.

Alternative rockers Cage the Elephant – Matt Shultz (vocals), Brad Shultz (guitar), Daniel Tichenor (bass) and Jared Champion (drums) may hail from Bowling Green, Kentucky, but their first step to fame came from chart success in England, where they had relocated before the release of their first album. The band has since released six albums. Cage the Elephant’s self-titled debut album garnered both commercial and critical success and the band earned a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album for 2016’s “Tell Me I’m Pretty.” Their latest release, “Unpeeled,” is their second live album and chronicles a series of intimate, stripped-down performances that the band played earlier this year.

WVU Extension Service offers flood recovery tips for gardeners and farmers

Thu, 2017-08-10 15:00

Floods have far reaching effects that extend past the immediate damage and danger that high water presents at the crest stage. In addition to the clean-up efforts afterwards, there are agricultural considerations for the home gardener and farmer with livestock.

‘Drive to the finish line’ continues as WVU’s ‘State of Minds’ Campaign tops $1.12 billion

Thu, 2017-08-10 14:30

With fewer than six months left in “A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University,” gifts to the comprehensive fundraising effort continue to roll in.

Through June 30, donors have given $1.125 billion to the Campaign, an increase of $26 million over the past three months. The Campaign’s success was bolstered by $139.8 million in new gifts and pledges in FY’17 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017), the second highest fiscal year of giving ever in the Foundation’s history. Part of that included a record $21.6 million given by donors to the Foundation’s annual giving program, the University Fund. 

Ecosystem greenhouse gases under rising temperatures to be studied by WVU researcher

Thu, 2017-08-10 13:00

An award from the National Science Foundation will allow a researcher from West Virginia University to better predict greenhouse gases and carbon storage under rising temperatures and changing environments.

Omar Abdul-Aziz, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will use publicly available data sets from around the world to identify the ecological similarities and emergent scaling laws of carbon, water and energy exchanges between the land and atmosphere. The three-year award is expected to total nearly $300,000.

West Virginia University researchers receive NSF funding to support student diversity in engineering and computer science

Thu, 2017-08-10 10:45


West Virginia University researchers have been awarded a five-year, $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to improve classroom experiences for engineering and computer science students.

WVU completes study estimating urban forests provide more than $59 million in ecosystem services

Wed, 2017-08-09 13:00

West Virginia University researchers and the West Virginia Division of Forestry have teamed up to better understand and communicate the significant economic and environmental impacts of urban tree canopy cover across the state.

Greg Dahle, associate professor of arboriculture and urban forestry in the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, completed a report estimating that West Virginia urban forests provide annual ecosystem services of $59,749,507 by capturing 4,348,592 pounds of pollutants. The report also revealed that more than 2.8 million tons of carbon are sequestered by the trees that make up these urban forests, resulting in an overall benefit of $53,308,328 in stored carbon.

Hostetler donation establishes Family Resource Center at WVU Medicine Children’s

Wed, 2017-08-09 09:02

Families who find themselves at WVU Medicine Children’s, away from home and struggling to adjust to their new circumstances, can now find resources and support at the Jeff and Vicky Hostetler Family Resource Center, which was dedicated today (Aug. 8) at the hospital.

Mountaineer GameDay Fall Football Special

Wed, 2017-08-09 09:00

As part of its partnership with WVU and IMG College, West Virginia Illustrated is set to kick off the 2017 season by airing its "Mountaineer GameDay - The Fall Football Special” this weekend. The special will first air on Friday (Aug. 11) at 5 p.m. on AT&T Sports Network, Saturday (Aug. 12) at 11 a.m. and Aug. 16, at 12:30 p.m., prior to the Pirates-Brewers pregame show.

WVU researcher to study carbon dioxide reduction under NSF collaborative award

Tue, 2017-08-08 11:00

One of the biggest factors hampering the growth of renewable energy is storage. Sun and wind are intermittent and dependent on geography, requiring energy storage and transportation. Batteries are a means of addressing the storage problem, but they have a low-energy density, and are relatively expensive and difficult to transport. A researcher at West Virginia University will be investigating one possible alternative that could potentially create a route to “green” hydrocarbons.

David Mebane, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, will be investigating the conversion of carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide and oxygen at high temperatures using a solid oxide electrolysis cell. He will be joined on the project by Stephen Nonnenmann, an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

WVU Medicine Urology ranked 26th nationally by U.S. News & World Report

Tue, 2017-08-08 09:42

For the first time in the health system’s history, a WVU Medicine program is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine ranked WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals Urology 26th in the nation.

WVU Tech kicks off fall semester with orientation and first day community events

Mon, 2017-08-07 15:00

August 16 is the first day of classes and the beginning of WVU Tech’s operation solely on the Beckley campus. Leading up to the first day of classes, the university will host a range of new student orientation events to welcome newcomers and help them get acclimated to the college experience.

Photo exhibit in Downtown Campus Library documents prison visits in Appalachia

Mon, 2017-08-07 14:45

The Divide, an exhibit of black and white photographs on display in the WVU Libraries’ Downtown Campus Library Atrium, documents a van trip for families from urban Virginia to visit their relatives incarcerated in Appalachia.

The installation consists of 10 printed photographs as well as an interactive tablet so visitors may see additional photos and learn more about the project created by Raymond Thompson, a multimedia producer for WVU Magazine. A participatory element allows visitors to comment about the impact of the exhibit and share their own experiences.

WVU announces schedule for regional economic outlook conferences

Mon, 2017-08-07 13:09

West Virginia has several different economies within the state with different characteristics and components, and West Virginia University will present comprehensive economic data on each of those regional economies this fall.

The WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research will offer five economic outlook conferences later this year in an effort to provide an accurate look at economic conditions in each of the economies and provide an outlook for the coming year. Each conference features BBER and national economists, along with business and community leaders. The BBER, which operates in the WVU College of Business and Economics , will host regional conferences throughout the state as follows:

Country roads take students home to WVU Welcome Week

Mon, 2017-08-07 12:30

As country roads lead some 5,200 first-year students to Morgantown this week, they will be met with a week of activities centered around student life and culture at West Virginia University

"I do not have a favorite time of year. But if I had to choose one, the return of so many students to campus would be a top contender," said President Gordon Gee. "I love to see the wide-eyed faces of our new students and the joy of friends seeing each other again after months apart. 

2017 Pride Travel Fund to help WVU Marching Band make trips to Maryland, Charleston

Mon, 2017-08-07 08:30

Alumni and friends of West Virginia University and the Mountaineer Marching Band are being asked to help the band travel this fall, including a planned trip to Landover, Maryland, for the Sept. 3 football game against the Virginia Tech Hokies.

In addition to the trip to Maryland, the band will travel to Charleston for the annual Gazette-Mail/Kanawha County Band Festival, an event that hosts high school bands from Kanawha County, and the 2017 Buckwheat Festival in Kingwood. 

WVU Medicine’s Dr. A.J. Monseau to serve as head team physician and medical director for WVU Athletics

Fri, 2017-08-04 10:53

A.J. Monseau, M.D., WVU Medicine Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine physician, has been selected to serve as head team physician and medical director for WVU Athletics.

WVU women’s soccer team opens season ranked No. 1

Fri, 2017-08-04 10:29

For the first time in program history, the West Virginia University women’s soccer team will open a season ranked No. 1 nationally, as the Mountaineers own the top spot in the 2017 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Women National Preseason Ranking.

West Virginia University’s PRT resumes operation Aug. 10

Thu, 2017-08-03 14:00

 The West Virginia University Personal Rapid Transit system will resume operations for Welcome Week activities beginning Aug. 10 with hours from 6:30 a.m. to 10:15 p.m.

PRT modernization efforts to replace the automatic train control system will continue into the fall/spring semesters in preparation for full scale testing and commissioning during the summer of 2018.

High school students discover passion for business and state at Governor’s School for Entrepreneurship

Thu, 2017-08-03 10:15

From the first day of the 2017 Governor’s School of Entrepreneurship at West Virginia University, high school students from different areas of the state worked with economics experts from the University and West Virginia to transform their passions and ideas into reality.

During the 21-day residential program (July 5-25) GSE students honed their entrepreneurial mindsets through lectures and presentations, hands-on workshops, competitions, travel and adventure.

WVU Engineering Challenge Camps help long-time camper discover his passion

Wed, 2017-08-02 11:30

While the program has evolved in many ways over the years the one thing that has remained constant has been the attendance of Max Kemp-Rye, the only student to attend all six years of the program.