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WVU now part of consortium for increased opportunities in international business education and research

3 hours 40 min ago

West Virginia University has joined forces with two other notable universities to open the door to new resources in international business education and research.

The Robbins Center for Global Business and Strategy, which is housed in the WVU College of Business and Economics, is now part of an international regional business consortium with George Washington University, and is included in its Center for International Business Education and Research. The University of Richmond has also joined the consortium, completing an effort to bridge CIBER across the District of Columbia, Virginia and West Virginia.

WVU students to compete for the title of Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer

4 hours 55 min ago

West Virginia University students who have demonstrated exemplary academic performance and extracurricular involvement will compete in one of Mountaineer Week’s oldest traditions—the title of Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer.

The group of 10 represents a wide range of disciplines, but shares impressive academic achievements and experiences. The students, from West Virginia, New York and India, are all members or former members of the WVU Honors College.

WVU to hold second annual Day of Giving in November

Mon, 2018-10-15 14:00

West Virginia University alumni and friends are being encouraged to make a gift to the University Wednesday, Nov. 14, as part of the second annual WVU Day of Giving

The WVU Foundation is organizing the 24-hour online fundraising effort as an easy way for University supporters to contribute to the University. Last year, during the inaugural WVU Day of Giving, nearly $3 million was raised.

Open Access Week promotes benefits of free distribution of research

Mon, 2018-10-15 11:00

As part of International Open Access Week, Oct. 22-28, West Virginia University Libraries is promoting the benefits of Open Access publishing to researchers, academic communities, health care providers and citizens.

Open Access refers to free online access to digital full-text scientific and scholarly material, primarily research articles published in peer-reviewed journals.

WVU’s 71st Mountaineer Week to feature new traditions

Mon, 2018-10-15 08:30

Soon the smell of fresh, hot kettle corn, funnel cakes and fresh apple butter simmering over an open fire will fill the air, luring students and the community into the West Virginia University Mountainlair to celebrate the 71st Mountaineer Week Craft Fair and Quilt Show.

This year’s celebration, themed “Appalachian Foods,” will kick off at 11:30 a.m. Friday (Oct. 19) with an opening ceremony in the Mountainlair Ballroom, featuring keynote speaker Lyn Dotson, a retired WVU and WVU Foundation administrator, and a musical performance by Mountaineer Idol contestants.

WV Forward, DRWV host roundtable on urgency to reduce national security backlog to accelerate job growth in West Virginia

Fri, 2018-10-12 13:38

The increasing national backlog of security clearance approval hinders West Virginia’s ability to take advantage of one of the nation’s fasting growing economic sectors, prompting two development groups to convene a discussion Friday with Senator Joe Manchin, representatives from the office of Senator Shelley Moore Capito, and array of government officials and industry to discuss how to chip away at the buildup. 

West Virginia Forward, a collaboration of West Virginia University, the state Department of Commerce and Marshall University, joined with Discover the Real West Virginia to bring together Manchin, West Virginia National Guard members, congressional delegation representatives, government officials, business and industry executives and higher education leaders. 

WVU helps Addivant address training, workforce needs

Thu, 2018-10-11 14:45

A cross-campus collaboration at West Virginia University is helping a local business train and retain employees, strengthening the expertise of the company’s workforce. 

Addivant’s 27 employees earned a customized professional certificate for chemical operators after completing curriculum that included math and science skills, the chemical process, process integrity and regulatory and safety practices. Addivant, an innovator in the field of polymer additives, is recognized industry-wide for its extensive portfolio of specialty additives, including antioxidants, light stabilizers, rubber additives and more. 

WVU, partners announce regional hub to train entrepreneurs, commercialize healthcare technology

Thu, 2018-10-11 11:30

Hoping to speed up the move from idea to application, West Virginia University and 23 other regional institutions have come together to create a “virtual hub” that will ultimately help speed the commercialization of groundbreaking university research. 

WVU, as part of its commitment to create and support a strong entrepreneurial culture in the state, will collaborate with XLerateHealth, a small business that focuses on healthcare technology startups and commercialization. 

WVU researcher explores how an immune system problem may sabotage depression treatment

Thu, 2018-10-11 08:30

A West Virginia University researcher is investigating how a type of white blood cell that makes antibodies, called a B cell, may influence whether depressed patients respond well to pharmacological treatment.

Elizabeth Engler-Chiurazzi, a research assistant professor in WVU’s School of Medicine, and her colleagues at WVU are among the first researchers to make the connection between B cells and the effectiveness of antidepressants. 

PRT to close for West Virginia University fall break Oct. 12

Wed, 2018-10-10 09:30

The Personal Rapid Transit will be closed for passenger service Friday (Oct. 12) in observance of the West Virginia University fall break schedule.

WVU students, faculty, staff and the public should use alternative transportation during this closure. University shuttles will run from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on a continuous loop Friday at the following locations: Mountainlair, Evansdale Crossing, Towers and Mountaineer Station.

NIH awards WVU $11.2 million for interdisciplinary cancer research

Wed, 2018-10-10 08:30

West Virginia University’s School of Pharmacy will soon become one of the few pharmacy schools in the nation that leads a center of biomedical research excellence. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, these centers support interdisciplinary, thematically related research into preventing, diagnosing and treating health problems. 

NIH has awarded WVU $11.2 million, over five years, to establish a center that focuses on microenvironments surrounding tumors. Just as a plant may thrive in a sunny garden, a benign tumor may be more likely to grow, become cancerous and spread if its surroundings are appropriately acidic, for example. 

WVU researchers linking Clean Air Act to soil composition

Tue, 2018-10-09 13:45

A team of West Virginia University researchers is investigating the impact of the Clean Air Act on soil and tree growth in the eastern U.S.  

Soil plays a major role in a healthy climate. As the largest reservoir of carbon on land, soil can directly affect the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

2018 Mountaineer Week kicks off with West Virginia Quilt Documentation Project

Tue, 2018-10-09 13:00

The West Virginia Quilt Documentation Project is seeking to record the history of quilts made in, or currently residing in, West Virginia. Individuals who have quilts made prior to 1970 can have their quilts “documented” during Mountaineer Week at the WVU Mountainlair from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20.

The “documentation days” are part of an ongoing effort to record West Virginia’s quilt artistry and history, and to create a record for future historians and researchers.

WVU to host National Portfolio Day

Tue, 2018-10-09 09:30

High school students interested in a career in the art industry can gain feedback and insight from universities and colleges from around the region when West Virginia University plays host to National Portfolio Day on Oct. 28.

WVU researcher delves into cardiovascular effects of vaping

Tue, 2018-10-09 08:30

Vaping has surpassed all other forms of tobacco use in middle- and high-schoolers. New research led by Mark Olfert, an associate professor in the West Virginia University School of Medicine, suggests if teenagers continue to vape into adulthood, the cardiovascular effects may, by some measures, be as dire as if they’d smoked cigarettes. 

Flavors like blue raspberry, birthday cake, root beer float and honey nut cereal are just some of the flavors that vapers can add to make e-cigarettes more appealing to younger consumers. But virtually all e-cigarettes contain a similar base solution that often includes nicotine. 

Gee: Fear of failure must not stop WVU, state from meeting challenges

Mon, 2018-10-08 15:48

West Virginia University’s quest for innovation can be seen in the way it addresses curriculum for students who face an ever-changing job market, the issues facing the Mountain State and in its groundbreaking research, President Gordon Gee said Monday in his annual State of the University address. 

But before West Virginia and its flagship University can be successful, there are challenges that must be overcome, including, Gee said, the fear of failure. 

Summersville native Sara Bright to exhibit artwork, speak at WVU

Mon, 2018-10-08 14:58

Los Angeles-based artist Sara Bright will bring artwork to her home state for the first time with an exhibition and Visiting Artist Lecture at West Virginia University.

The lecture will be in the Davis Theatre on opening night, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. Source is hosted by the Mesaros Galleries in WVU’s School of Art and Design and the exhibition will run through Nov. 9.

WVU physics professor awarded 2019 Hans Christian Oersted Medal

Mon, 2018-10-08 12:00

A West Virginia University professor joins the ranks of luminaries Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman and Nobel laureates as the recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Oersted Medal from the American Association of Physics Teachers.

Gay Stewart, Eberly Distinguished Professor of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education in the Physics and Astronomy Department of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and director of the West Virginia University Center for Excellence in STEM Education, is being recognized with the annual award, established in 1936, which recognizes an individual who has had an outstanding, widespread and lasting impact on the teaching of physics.

WVU to host WV Art Educators Association conference in October

Mon, 2018-10-08 11:00

Art educators from around the region are invited to attend the West Virginia Art Education Association’s regional fall conference Oct. 26-27 at West Virginia University.

Model to predict greenhouse gases, carbon storage in coastal wetlands under changing conditions developed at WVU

Mon, 2018-10-08 09:30

A pair of researchers from West Virginia University has developed a new model to reliably predict the greenhouse gas fluxes of carbon dioxide and methane in coastal wetlands under rising temperatures and changing environments.

Omar Abdul-Aziz, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Khandker S. Ishtiaq, a postdoctoral fellow, have developed the model, which was published in a recent edition of the American Geophysical Union’s “Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeoscience.”