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WVU student taps University resources to build beekeeping business into success

Thu, 2017-11-30 11:59

 Many West Virginia University students have busy lives, balancing their studies, social activities and family obligations. However, for one student, in addition to all that, there’s 960,000 employees dependent on him to maintain maximum efficiency in his business. The employees? Well, they’re honeybees, and not only is his profit margin at stake, but also an increasingly critical part of ecology — pollination.

By most estimates, bees are slowly disappearing. That’s an important fact since they pollinate roughly a third of all the food we eat, and over 80 percent of crops grown for human consumption need bees and other insects to pollinate them to increase the quality and yield of fruit. It’s not constrained to fruits and vegetables either. Nuts, plants used to produce oils, such as sunflowers, cocoa beans, coffee, tea and cotton are also dependent on pollinators.

WVU Jackson’s Mill continues holiday tradition

Thu, 2017-11-30 09:30

Celebrate the holiday season with the Winter Lights Buffet and Breakfast with Santa held in the historic Mount Vernon Dining Hall at West Virginia University Jackson’s Mill near Weston.

WVU volleyball moves on to NIVC Elite Eight

Thu, 2017-11-30 08:39

Notching its second sweep in two days, the volleyball team downed Temple in the second round of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship on Wednesday evening at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown. The Mountaineers will host the third round of the NIVC Tournament on Monday (Dec. 4) at 6 p.m. inside the WVU Coliseum.

WVU students receive NASA Space Grant fellowships

Wed, 2017-11-29 14:00

Five students from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University have been awarded undergraduate fellowships from the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium. Each student will receive a $1,000 award – $500 from the Eberly College and $500 from the West Virginia Space Grant Consortium, a NASA-sponsored organization. The recipients are Ryan Culp, Ben Gregg, Andrew McGrady, Holly Pettus and Emma Sherfinski.

WVU, NETL to collaborate with Pitt, Shell to develop process to transform stranded natural gas into marketable products

Wed, 2017-11-29 13:00

Researchers at West Virginia University have had a long and successful working relationship with their colleagues from the National Energy Technology Laboratory. Thanks to a four-year award from the Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment Manufacturing Institute, that relationship will continue.

John Hu, Statler Chair in Engineering for Natural Gas Utilization at WVU, will lead a team that will investigate ways to convert stranded gas resources into value-added liquid products that could reduce the United States’ demand for crude oil by up to 20 percent.

WVU sweeps UMES, advances in national tournament

Wed, 2017-11-29 12:30

The West Virginia University volleyball team advanced to the second round of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship with a 3-0 win over Maryland Eastern Shore Tuesday evening inside the WVU Coliseum. West Virginia will face Temple on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 6 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum.

Mike Carey honored in his hometown

Wed, 2017-11-29 12:30

West Virginia University women's basketball coach Mike Carey was honored in his hometown of Clarksburg on Tuesday afternoon. Mayor Catherine Goings unveiled a sign dedicated to Carey on behalf of the city during a ceremony at Jackson Square. The sign will be permanently displayed on the Hewes Ave parking structure above U.S. Route 50.

Leidos gift to support student involvement, research efforts at WVU

Wed, 2017-11-29 08:50

A grant from FORTUNE 500 science and information technology company Leidos will assist research initiatives and student involvement at campus events at West Virginia University

The grant was made through the WVU Foundation and will be used to continue research funding on topics like blockchain technology, and population health data management, which attempts to investigate and alleviate the health problems that ail the state. 

WVU graduate student lays groundwork for potential new diabetes treatments, receives NIH grant

Wed, 2017-11-29 08:30

Conventional diabetes medications tend to fix downstream problems, meaning they typically work by stabilizing blood sugar levels, not by improving the chemical processes that underlie how the body makes and processes blood sugar in the first place. A West Virginia University graduate student is working to change that by studying an unexplored enzyme.                                          

“It is like having a car that is leaking antifreeze, but instead of fixing the leak, you just keep buying cases of antifreeze and refilling the engine” said Stephanie Shumar, a graduate student in WVU’s School of Medicine who is studying biochemistry and molecular biology.

WVU’s Valenti named IEEE Fellow

Tue, 2017-11-28 13:32

Matthew Valenti, professor in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University, has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The IEEE is the world's largest technical professional organization whose mission is to encourage its members to revolutionize technology for the benefit of humanity.

West Virginia Innocence Project receives $100,000

Tue, 2017-11-28 09:30

The law firm Wilson, Frame & Metheney, PLLC has made a $100,000 gift to the Innocence Project at the West Virginia University College of Law.

The funds, paid over five years, will provide operational support for the West Virginia Innocence Project, a law clinic that serves the wrongfully convicted free of charge while providing work experience for student attorneys.