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Two selected in NWSL College Draft

Fri, 2018-01-19 09:12

For the first time in program history, two members of the women's soccer program were selected in the National Women's Soccer League College Draft, as Michaela Abam and Amandine Pierre-Louis were drafted with the No. 4 and No. 6 overall picks by Sky Blue FC.

Recent graduate is first WVU finalist for international Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Fri, 2018-01-19 08:15

Dillon Muhly-Alexander, a 2017 West Virginia University graduate, has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, an award that funds graduate study at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Muhly-Alexander, who was also a Rhodes finalist in 2017, is WVU’s first Gates Cambridge finalist.

Muhly-Alexander is currently serving in a one-year position as an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer in the Honors College where he assists with program development relating to increasing education accessibility for first-generation and low-income students.

Regrowth: WVU biology professor seeks to use reclaimed mines for plant growth

Thu, 2018-01-18 12:30

 Jonathan Cumming has always been interested in plants and the way they grow. A professor of biology at West Virginia University, it all started when he was growing plants in his house as a child and, years later, he chose to focus his career on identifying specific plants and how they thrive in different types of soil. 

Today, he is studying willow and poplar trees by analyzing their differential sensitivity to soils that are left behind after mining.

Nationally recognized sport and coaching science experts featured in upcoming WVU seminar

Thu, 2018-01-18 09:30

A West Virginia University-hosted event will provide unprecedented access to renowned sport sciences professionals. The first workshop of its kind in West Virginia will feature speakers typically found on national platforms and allow area coaches an opportunity to benefit from the locally-based clinic.   

“This is an incredible opportunity for coaches and strength coaches in the state and surrounding area. We will truly have some of the world leaders in the field of strength and conditioning and sport science attending and presenting the state clinic. Additionally, it is a tremendous chance for students to learn from icons in the field,” Guy Hornsby, West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences  athletic coaching education teaching assistant professor, explained.

WVU Reed College of Media receives $250,000 AEP Foundation grant to expand community branding initiative

Thu, 2018-01-18 08:15

West Virginia University Reed College of Media students will work with local communities to tell and “sell” their stories thanks to a grant from the American Electric Power Foundation.

The $250,000 grant supports WVU’s Community Branding Initiative, BrandJRNY. Students enrolled in specialized upper-level strategic communications courses will develop integrated communications campaigns for selected West Virginia communities within AEP’s Appalachian Power service area. Students will hone skills in campaign research, strategy, community engagement, budgeting, innovative storytelling and creating promotional materials, while they discover and decide how best to brand each community.

Gee-SPN delivers a Mountaineer basketball edition of Gee Mail

Wed, 2018-01-17 09:12

The West Virginia University  men's basketball team is off to a hot start as a Top 10 contender this season. 

WVU to continue normal operations today, students and employees urged to use caution during inclement weather

Wed, 2018-01-17 06:24

West Virginia University’s main campus in Morgantown will operate on a normal schedule today (Jan. 17).

Several University officials have consulted on the condition of campus roads and grounds as well as conditions in the vicinity. While roads and sidewalks may have been plowed and treated, they will remain icy in spots. Be sure to drive slow, allow extra time and use caution.

Football announces change in future schedule

Tue, 2018-01-16 15:53

West Virginia University Director of Athletics Shane Lyons and Pitt Director of Athletics Heather Lyke have announced the "Backyard Brawl" football game in 2022 at Heinz Field will be moved to Sept. 3 and will be the season opener for both schools.

WVU plans Friday bell-ringing ceremony

Tue, 2018-01-16 12:37

West Virginia University will hold a bell-ringing ceremony, coordinated by the Office of Campus and Community Life and Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity, on Friday (Jan. 19) in remembrance of student Alana Sulick. 

Sulick,18, a pre-medical laboratory science major from Kingwood, died Nov. 30.

WVU Wind Symphony to play Carnegie Hall

Tue, 2018-01-16 09:30

The West Virginia University Wind Symphony will take its talents from Morgantown to Manhattan as it makes its debut in one of the world’s most prestigious music venues a in March. The festival is held March 3-7, and will feature a showcase performance by the Wind Symphony March 6. 

The Wind Symphony is one of two selected showcase ensembles for the 2018 New York Wind Band Festival, which brings together six of the best high school groups in the nation to perform and be evaluated by a panel of prominent wind band directors at the historic venue. 

Leader’s legacy, service inspire students during Martin Luther King Jr. Day events at WVU

Mon, 2018-01-15 10:54

In honor of the late Martin Luther King Jr., the West Virginia University Center for Black Culture and Research hosted its 27th annual Unity Breakfast today (Jan. 15) in the Mountainlair Ballrooms; followed by a day of service organized by the Center for Service and Learning.

This keynote speaker for this year’s breakfast was Charleston artist, advocate and entrepreneur Crystal Good. Good uses poetry and performance to explore the landscape of Appalachia as a lens into the universe.

Athletic Director Shane Lyons provides mid-year update

Fri, 2018-01-12 12:00

Athletic Director Shane Lyons takes a peek back at what the program has done before setting sights on what's ahead.

B&E expands entrepreneurial initiatives with addition of in-house business coach

Fri, 2018-01-12 11:15

The West Virginia University College of Business and Economics has strengthened its commitment to entrepreneurship by adding a business coach in the BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Deborah Magyar is the new West Virginia Small Business Development Center business coach at B&E, an addition WVU’s business school dean said reaffirms a dedication to fostering entrepreneurship and transforming the business landscape across the state.

WVU researcher uses photography to analyze food access among rural seniors

Fri, 2018-01-12 08:30

Lauri Andress, an assistant professor in the West Virginia University School of Public Health, is working to disrupt the current model for how seniors in rural Appalachia access healthy food.

“The way the health system chooses to address those problems is not moving the needle or supporting efforts that would get at the heart of these problems,” she said.

New program established to enhance leadership skills in WVU Davis College students

Thu, 2018-01-11 14:45

This spring, high-achieving freshmen in the West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design will be offered a chance to become part of new program designed to enhance their leadership skills and career preparedness.

The Davis-Michael Sustainability Fellows Program will offer transformational learning opportunities to exceptional students across all disciplines in the college.

WVU Reed College of Media among the best in MediaShift rankings

Thu, 2018-01-11 14:38

The West Virginia University Reed College of Media has topped two different “best of” lists for innovation.

MediaShift, the premier destination for insight and analysis at the intersection of media and technology, recently announced its top picks for media innovation in several areas. Dean Maryanne Reed was recognized in “EducationShift20: Honoring Innovative Journalism Educators.” College of Media faculty Dana Coester and Gina Martino Dahlia were listed in “MediaShift20: Recognizing Digital Media’s Top Innovators” for their work on “100 Days in Appalachia,” which was also recognized in “Top 6 Journalism Collaborations of 2017” by MediaShift contributor Stefanie Murray.

WVU researchers investigate disparities in orthodontia completion among Appalachians

Thu, 2018-01-11 08:30

Orthodontic care, such as braces, bite plates and retainers, typically costs between $3,000 and $8,000. But research out of the West Virginia University School of Dentistry suggests that only half of Appalachian orthodontia patients can complete their treatment.

WVU researchers Chris Martin, professor of orthodontia, Daniel McNeil, clinical psychologist and professor of dental practice and rural health, and third-year student of dentistry, Breana Dieringer, wanted to find out why. The researchers hope that by more accurately predicting which patients may have difficulty sticking with treatment, dentists and orthodontists can intervene.

New study led by public health researcher finds ‘suicides by drugs’ profoundly undercounted in the United States

Wed, 2018-01-10 15:10

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate in the United States increased by 34 percent between 2000 and 2016. While that rate seems high, a team of researchers led by a West Virginia University faculty member believes it is seriously underestimated.

A new study suggests that the difference may be due to drug intoxication suicides being misclassified. Ian Rockett, professor of Epidemiology in WVU’s School of Public Health, spearheaded the study conducted by an international team of renowned epidemiologists, psychiatrists, emergency physicians and a chief medical examiner.

New program established to enhance leadership skills in WVU Davis College students

Wed, 2018-01-10 14:45

This spring, high-achieving freshmen in the West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design will be offered a chance to become part of new program designed to enhance their leadership skills and career preparedness.

The Davis-Michael Sustainability Fellows Program will offer transformational learning opportunities to exceptional students across all disciplines in the college.

WVU researchers partner with start-up on natural gas to hydrogen and carbon fiber technology

Wed, 2018-01-10 14:01

Researchers from West Virginia University will partner with colleagues from Southern California Gas Company and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on technology that converts natural gas to hydrogen and value-added forms of carbon.

The availability of unprecedented volumes of shale gas resources present a significant opportunity to develop completely new processes for hydrogen generation.