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WVU Brownfields grants to breathe new life into abandoned properties statewide

4 hours 23 min ago

From an old train depot to empty buildings dotting a town square, the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University hopes to revive communities through its latest string of redevelopment grants. 

Nine West Virginia communities will each benefit from a $5,000 grant award, made possible by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, to redevelop abandoned and dilapidated industrial sites. The awards are part of the 2019-2020 Foundations for Overcoming Challenges and Utilizing Strengths West Virginia Brownfields Program, which helps communities create a redevelopment vision for brownfield properties.

Record number of colleges, universities advance to West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition semi-finals

Mon, 2019-12-09 15:45

Eighteen state colleges and universities will be represented in the 2019-2020 West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition semifinals, with a total of 31 teams moving onto the next stage of the competition. 

Semifinalist colleges and universities include Alderson Broaddus University, Bluefield State College, Blueridge Community & Technical College, Concord University, Davis & Elkins College, Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Marshall University, Ohio Valley University, Pierpont Community & Technical College, Potomac State College, Shepherd University, University of Charleston, West Liberty University, West Virginia State University, West Virginia University, West Virginia Wesleyan College and WVU Institute of Technology.

Clean water and compassion: A recipe to rebuild a hurricane-ravaged island

Mon, 2019-12-09 11:15

Somewhere on the island of Barbuda is a 67-year-old man sleeping on a crooked lawn chair inside a tent. 

George Jeffrey is one of many residents who lost their homes to the wrath of Hurricane Irma, the Category 5 mega-storm that decimated 95 percent of the island’s buildings and infrastructure in September 2017. 

WVU engineering professor named Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Fri, 2019-12-06 08:30

Greg Thompson, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at West Virginia University, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, which is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors. 

The NAI Fellows Program highlights academic inventors who have demonstrated a spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. 

WVU Reed College of Media receives largest single donation in school history through planned gift to support education and journalism in the state

Mon, 2019-11-25 12:00

Students will be better equipped to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing media landscape thanks to a gift from an award winning journalist and West Virginia University alumnus. 

Bob and Luanne Kittle have been generous contributors to the Reed College of Media for more than 30 years. But their most recent pledge, the largest single donation in College of Media history, will allow them to make an impact on education and journalism in the state earlier than they anticipated. 

WVU, Monongalia County Health Department establish Academic Health Department to enhance public health training, research and service

Fri, 2019-11-22 08:30

Top-tier training, research and service opportunities will remain at the forefront for students in the School of Public Health as West Virginia University and the Monongalia County Health Department establish an Academic Health Department, reinforcing the School’s commitment to give students learning experiences based in real-world public health practice. 

School of Public Health Dean Jeffrey Coben says the concept of academic health departments has been around for several years, emerging as practitioners began to think about the future of public health. 

Fighting opioids with an unlikely supplemental painkiller: anti-itch medicine

Thu, 2019-11-21 11:45

Pain is a mosaic. From a distance, it looks like one big “ouch.” But if you step closer, many types of pain—like tiles of different shades—emerge. A headache doesn’t feel like a papercut. The sting of denim against a sunburn is nothing like the jolt of ice against a sensitive tooth. 

Pain relievers are equally diverse. By interacting with different parts of the nervous system, they treat some pains better than others. West Virginia University researcher Shane Kaski is investigating whether an anti-itch medication that targets a specific part of our nerve cells can make morphine—which targets a different part—more effective. His findings suggest it can. 

WVU healthcare simulation center earns full accreditation, joining less than 3 percent of centers worldwide

Thu, 2019-11-21 10:45

Students at West Virginia University’s Health Sciences campus now have the opportunity to learn hands-on patient care at one of the world’s only fully-accredited healthcare simulation centers. 

David and JoAnn Shaw Simulation Training and Education for Patient Safety recently attained full accreditation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s accreditation council. 

Alumni, West Virginia natives Harris, Sanghavi to speak at WVU December commencement exercises

Thu, 2019-11-21 08:30

A barrier-breaking physician and a successful entrepreneur, both natives of West Virginia and graduates of West Virginia University, will provide real-life examples of success for graduates at the University’s December commencement.

Dr. Patrice Harris, the first African American woman to become the president of the American Medical Association, and Nesha Sanghavi, the owner and president of women’s collegiate brands UG Apparel and chicka-d, are the speakers on Dec. 21 at the WVU Coliseum

Duenkels make program-changing gift to men’s soccer

Wed, 2019-11-20 15:15

Loyal West Virginia University supporters Dan and Alex Duenkel have contributed a major gift of $1.25 million to the WVU men's soccer program.

Wadsworth family makes $6 million gift commitment to WVU

Wed, 2019-11-20 10:45

A loyal alumnus and his wife have continued their history of giving to West Virginia University with a $6 million gift that will expand opportunities for students, increase support for faculty, research and other programs in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.

In total, the Wadsworths have donated $8 million to the Statler College, along with many decades of service and time to the department and college. To honor their contributions and dedication to the department, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will be rededicated as the Wadsworth Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, effective Nov. 8.

Helicopter parents and ‘hothouse children’—WVU researcher explores the high stakes of family dynamics

Mon, 2019-11-18 12:15

True helicopter parents talk a good game in making their actions all about their children, but according to one West Virginia University researcher, what they’re doing is reaping—and heaping—the rewards for themselves. 

Kristin Moilanen, associate professor of child development and family studies, said the phenomena of helicopter parenting most often occurs in middle- to upper-class families where stakes are high for parents to be able to show off their children’s success. Her research, which focuses on young adults 18- to 24- years-old, indicates that high helicopter parenting leads to “low mastery, self-regulation and social competence.”

Men’s soccer wins MAC Championship

Mon, 2019-11-18 10:15

Freshman midfielder Luke McCormick's 86th-minute goal helped the men's soccer team to a 1-0 win over Bowling Green in the 2019 Mid-American Conference Championship Final on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 17) at FirstEnergy Stadium in Akron, Ohio.

Gee Mail: ‘Are you Mountaineer enough to help someone in need?’

Mon, 2019-11-18 09:56

Last week, the West Virginia University community reflected on the fifth anniversary of the Nolan Burch tragedy and rolled out an anti-hazing campaign, “Would You?

New technology helps WVU Online train much-needed teachers

Fri, 2019-11-15 11:15

New technology is helping pre-K teachers studying online at West Virginia University to complete their student teaching in their home communities.

With a new “virtual” system, professors are using video to observe student teachers in the classroom and computer technology to meet with them remotely to discuss their teaching. 

WVU student awarded prestigious State Department fellowship

Thu, 2019-11-14 13:45

At West Virginia University, where students are encouraged to “Go First,” Dylan Vest has taken that mantra to heart. He was the first in his family to go to college, to travel abroad and even get on a plane. Now he’s one step closer to his dream of becoming a Foreign Service Officer by becoming the first WVU student to receive the highly competitive Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Fellowship from the U.S. State Department. 

A native of Princeton, he was one of only 30 students out of 844 applicants nationally to win the fellowship. Vest will receive $37,500 annually for two years to fund a master’s degree. He hopes to attend the University of Pittsburgh or the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, to earn his master’s degree in an area related to international affairs. He will have two internships with the State Department—one at the State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C., and the other at a U.S. embassy overseas. The program provides additional support for summer travel, housing and other related expenses.

Too much light may darken mood of hospital patients, say WVU researchers

Thu, 2019-11-14 12:15

This time of year can cause trouble for people with seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression that the waning daylight of autumn evokes. But new research by West Virginia University researchers Randy Nelson and Courtney DeVries suggests that getting too much light—instead of too little—may trigger depression, too.  

Specifically, Nelson and DeVries are interested in how light at night affects the mood of hospitalized people. 

‘Would You?’ WVU responds to hazing tragedy with awareness campaign

Thu, 2019-11-14 08:30

(Editor's note: A media kit with downloadable photos, videos and additional resources is available in the WVUToday Media Center.)

“Nolan, breathe for me, buddy.”

Third annual Day of Giving brings in more than $11 million for WVU

Thu, 2019-11-14 08:22

Donors gave more than $11 million Wednesday (Nov. 13) during West Virginia University’s third annual Day of Giving, topping last year’s $6.2 million raised. 

It was promoted as “One University. Our Future. Our Day” and donors responded making more than 4,000 gifts during the WVU Foundation’s 24-hour online giving event totaling $11.3 million. That’s over 1,000 gifts more than were made during 2018’s WVU Day of Giving. 

United Bank donates $1M for new WVU Medicine Children’s tower

Wed, 2019-11-13 18:00

United Bank marked West Virginia University’s third annual Day of Giving with a $1 million donation to the new WVU Medicine Children’s tower. 

United Bank representatives presented a check to WVU Medicine Children’s officials Wednesday (Nov. 13), at the current Family Resource Center. The donation will support family-friendly facilities adjacent to the new tower’s main lobby and welcome center, including a gift shop, pharmacy and lounge area. All three spaces will be named for United Bank.