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WVU researchers investigate treating post-stroke depression with magnetic fields

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Obstetricians and midwives often warn new mothers about postpartum depression. They might mention what symptoms women should look out for—such as crying spells or extreme irritability—and where they can turn for help. But people who have strokes may not learn that they, too, are at risk for depression. 

Post-stroke depression stems from the cardiovascular changes in the brain that lead to a stroke in the first place. It’s a type of depression that scientists are just now starting to probe. At the West Virginia University School of Medicine, a team of researchers is taking a bench-to-bedside look at whether magnetic fields can help treat this unexplored mood disorder. 

WVU history faculty earn prestigious NEH fellowships

Wed, 2018-12-12 10:50

An unprecedented two scholars from West Virginia University have received the top fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Katherine Aaslestad and Tamba M’bayo, both professors in the Department of History, will each receive $60,000 for the 2019-2020 academic year to conduct research for their respective book projects.

WVU Libraries lead effort to create Morgantown Public Art Guide

Wed, 2018-12-12 09:30

Do you know about the John F. Kennedy Memorial in Star City? Did you know the large Coca-Cola mural on a High Street building is a restoration originally painted in 1953?

These sites are just two of the 44 local attractions detailed in the new Morgantown Public Art Guide, a collaborative initiative among West Virginia University Libraries,

WVU Humanities Center awarded major grant to enhance ‘Quality of Life’ speaker series

Wed, 2018-12-12 08:30

The WVU Humanities Center has been awarded a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council to support its 2018-2019 Quality of Life Speaker Series.  

“We are fortunate to have an active Humanities Council dedicated to supporting the humanities practitioners in our communities,” said Provost Joyce McConnell. “I’m delighted that the Council has recognized the important contribution that our Humanities Center is making to improving the quality of life in the state and moving West Virginia forward.”

WVU joins national initiative to increase college access, graduates

Tue, 2018-12-11 13:37

West Virginia University is joining with scores of universities in a national initiative to increase college access, close the achievement gap and significantly produce more degrees by 2025. 

“Powered by Publics” is an initiative of the Association of Land-Grant and Public Universities and involves 130 schools, gathered into 16 different clusters around regions, size and/or mission. 

WVU Law is now home to the state’s Access to Justice Commission

Tue, 2018-12-11 09:30

Across the country, special commissions remove barriers to justice for low-income and disadvantaged people by working with courts, the bar, and legal aid organizations. 

The West Virginia University College of Law is now home to the state’s Access to Justice Commission. Only two commissions in the country are administered by law schools. 

Mountaineers invited to Camping World Bowl fan events in Orlando

Mon, 2018-12-10 13:00

Fans following the West Virginia University football team to the Camping World Bowl in Orlando are encouraged to join fellow Mountaineers at fan events planned Thursday, Dec. 27, and Friday, Dec. 28.

Thursday, December 27

West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition finalists include would-be entrepreneurs from five state schools

Mon, 2018-12-10 09:30

After two phases of competition, 15 teams of college entrepreneurs have advanced to the finals of the 13th annual West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition. The 15 finalists hail from five colleges and universities in West Virginia, as the teams try to capture a grand prize of $10,000 in each of three categories of competition.

The competition categories include STEM, Lifestyle & Innovation, and Hospitality & Tourism. Collegiate teams from Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, Marshall University, Shepherd University, University of Charleston and West Virginia University have secured finalist positions, and will receive $1,000 to help further develop their business idea in the final phase. A winter workshop designed to develop business ideas will be held for the teams in February, with the three winners to be announced in April.

WVU statement on passing of “the man behind the rifle”

Fri, 2018-12-07 15:58

West Virginia University issued this statement on the passing of Marvin Wotring, who has made every rifle carried by the school’s Mountaineer Mascot since 1977:

Mountaineers everywhere mourn the Dec. 2 passing of Marvin Wotring, who created every rifle carried by West Virginia University’s Mountaineer Mascot since 1977.

WVU opens Veteran and Military Family Support Headquarters

Fri, 2018-12-07 13:12

A new Veteran and Military Family Support Headquarters underscores West Virginia University’s commitment to those who have served our country.

WVU President Gordon Gee and the WVU Center for Veteran, Military and Family Programs hosted a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new center Friday, Dec. 7 at the Mountainlair .  

WVU study suggests loneliness can hinder management of diabetes, hypertension

Fri, 2018-12-07 08:30

One isn’t just the loneliest number. It may also be the unhealthiest. 

New research led by Laurie Theeke, a professor and nurse practitioner in the West Virginia University School of Nursing, suggests that loneliness may be making it harder for middle-aged Appalachians to manage chronic conditions, such as diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure. 

WVU selected to compete in third-straight Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge

Thu, 2018-12-06 15:45

For the third straight year, a team from West Virginia University will compete in the Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge, a special edition competition under NASA’s Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage brand of competitions. 

Ten university teams were selected for the competition, which challenges finalists to design and build hardware that can identify, map and drill through a variety of subsurface layers, then extract water from an ice block in a simulated off-world test bed. The challenge seeks to advance critical capabilities needed on the surface of the Moon and Mars.

WVU supply chain students tackle state food desert

Thu, 2018-12-06 15:00

(Editor’s note: A luncheon, presentations and networking reception will be held Friday (Dec. 7) from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place. Presentations will include tools student working groups created: an actual 3-D model of the marketplace floor plan to aid in product placement, informational staffing videos about the GOV market and a produce-cooling prototype that will increase shelf life of fresh products.

A group of West Virginia University students is addressing the growing problem of “food deserts” in the state, as the combination of a declining rural population and below average income have left many West Virginians living significant distances from supermarkets and reliable food sources. That project, as it turns out, may not only help with West Virginia’s food access problem, but may also address the problem on a global scale.

WVU to close Wednesday, Dec. 5 in accordance with state holiday and day of observance

Tue, 2018-12-04 17:48

West Virginia University will close Wednesday, Dec. 5 following a Presidential Proclamation and separate Executive Order issued by Gov. Jim Justice for a state holiday and day of mourning in honor of former President George H. W. Bush. 

While classes are canceled, essential campus services including the Carruth Center, Child Learning Center, Creative Arts Center, dining services, Information Technology Services, Libraries, Mountainlair, PRT and/or WVU buses, residence halls, Student Health, Student Recreation Center and University Police will remain open. 

Gee Mail: A salute to WVU’s student-veterans

Tue, 2018-12-04 15:13

In this edition of Gee Mail, West Virginia University President Gordon Gee visits with students who have undergone life experiences that are different from others on campus. They are veterans of the United States Armed Forces, and their journeys beyond the military have stretched to the campus of WVU.

“More than 1,000 veterans, active-duty personnel and dependents are furthering their education here at West Virginia University,” Gee said. “And we want to serve them just as they served us.”

Gee’s visit coincides with recent strides to make WVU more of a veteran-friendly campus. In September, the university hired career Army officer Jerry Wood as its director of the WVU Center for Veteran, Military and Family Programs.

On Friday (Dec. 7), the center will host a grand opening of its new Veteran and Military Family Support Headquarters, also known as “The Mountaineer Bunker.” The 2,500 square-foot facility, located in the Mountainlair, will serve as a welcoming space and support center for student veterans, armed forces personnel and dependents of current and former military service members.

“These men and women are outstanding,” Gee said. “Not just with their educational and professional pursuits, but with their overall well-being and their acclimation to the community.

“They served our great nation, and now we will be certain to serve them so they can pursue their passion and purpose.”

WVU researcher named Challenge Problem Winner in Artificial Intelligence for Cyber Security workshop

Tue, 2018-12-04 14:00

Yanfang (Fanny) Ye, assistant professor of computer science and electrical engineering at West Virginia University and her collaborators have received the prestigious Challenge Problem Winner award in the Artificial Intelligence for Cyber Security Workshop.

AICS 2019 emphasizes research and applications of techniques to attack and defend machine learning systems or adversarial learning, especially in the context of cyber security. The Challenge problem, “Malware Classification Under Adversarial Conditions,” challenged competitors to construct artificial intelligence-based malware classifiers based on redacted data that would be robust to adversarial attacks. 

Donors contribute $125K to WVU Foundation’s 2018 Pride Travel Fund

Tue, 2018-12-04 11:45

Nearly 900 donors contributed $125,000 to the West Virginia University Foundation’s Pride Travel Fund this fall in support of the Mountaineer Marching Band.

The annual campaign was established to help defray the costs of travel for the band, including transportation, hotels and food for the more than 350 members and staff. 

WVU physicists awarded $1.34 million to develop machine-learning software

Tue, 2018-12-04 08:30

Researchers from West Virginia University have received $1.34 million to develop machine-learning software for the U.S. Department of Energy. 

The researchers, James Lewis and Aldo Romero from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, will lead a team from WVU, University of Southern California and Kitware, Inc. to develop new machine-learning tools for advancing chemical and materials science discoveries on the nation’s future high-speed computing platforms. 

Former interim President Peter Magrath remembers WVU in his estate plan

Mon, 2018-12-03 14:00

C. Peter Magrath, who served as interim president of West Virginia University from 2008-2009, is leaving nearly $1 million to WVU in his will.

A highly respected leader in higher education circles across the country, Magrath made his intentions known Nov. 14 during WVU’s second annual Day of Giving.

Engineering graduate is WVU’s third Marshall Scholar

Mon, 2018-12-03 10:01

Morgan King has been awarded a Marshall Scholarship, one of the country’s top awards, to study in the United Kingdom. 

This is a highly competitive scholarship. King is one of 48 students to be selected from a pool of more than 1,000 applications from across the United States. She is the third West Virginia University graduate to achieve this award.