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Thorn's number to be retired

Thu, 2020-01-16 12:02

West Virginia University will retire the playing number of all-time basketball great Rod Thorn. In a career spanning more than 50 years, Thorn has excelled as a player and as a front office executive where he became one of the game's most influential figures.

Maintaining momentum: WVU researchers promote maple syrup production through education

Wed, 2020-01-15 14:15

With more than 400 million maple trees, it’s no wonder maple syrup is one of the West Virginia’s fastest growing industries. 

To help keep the momentum – and overcome challenges – a team of West Virginia University experts wants to educate landowners, foresters and loggers on the nuances of southern sugarbush management.

Cancer survivor pays it forward at Bob Huggins Fish Fry

Wed, 2020-01-15 11:45

When Angie Blankenship woke up following double mastectomy surgery, she was relieved to hear that her breast cancer had not spread to her lymph nodes. But, she said, “in that moment of jubilation, I also knew that we had the fight of healing.” 

That fight continues even as she approaches five years in remission. Though people often think cancer treatment ends after completing chemotherapy, radiation or post-operative recovery, Blankenship said it’s an ongoing battle that brings daily struggles. 

WVU bringing hands-on learning opportunities to the Capitol for students, families, alumni

Tue, 2020-01-14 11:45

West Virginia University continues to change the lives of West Virginians and people around world through innovative academic programs, life-changing research and other programs geared toward improving our communities.

Students, families, 4-H’ers and alumni are invited to learn more about the exciting programs and engage in hands-on activities during the 2020 WVU Day at the Legislature. The free event, hosted by WVU and WVU Extension Service, is open to the public and will take place at the Capitol in Charleston on Jan. 21, 2020, from 9 a.m. to noon.

New WVU grant provides children with needed mobility equipment

Tue, 2020-01-14 08:45

Kids like to move and be as independent as possible. But for children with mobility impairments, equipment needs may limit their ability to get out and go.

The West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities is working to change that through new funding which will provide children aged 3-12 with mobility assistance and other durable medical equipment not covered by West Virginia Medicaid or private insurance. 

WVU Reed College of Media launches fellowship to support local news outlets with new investment from Knight Foundation

Mon, 2020-01-13 14:45

Aspiring journalists looking for a pathway to newspaper ownership will get a leg up at West Virginia University thanks to the nation’s only fellowship program designed to maintain and strengthen local news ownership. 

“Many current owners are aging and ready to retire but have no succession plans and don’t want to sell their legacy operations to media chains,” said Jim Iovino, director of NewStart, a new entrepreneurial media ownership program at the West Virginia University Reed College of Media which today announced a $200,000 investment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation that will help students ensure communities stay informed and local democracy thrives.

Gee Mail: A hip new year for West Virginia University

Mon, 2020-01-13 10:12

In his first Gee Mail of 2020, West Virginia University President Gordon Gee draws on the best of 2019 to move us into a new year of purpose. 

WVU researchers to unveil economic action plan for Potomac Highlands counties

Mon, 2020-01-13 08:45

The five-county area comprising West Virginia’s Potomac Highlands could improve economically by embracing and promoting its regional identity, according to a new study by three West Virginia University centers.

After a year and a half of research, the plan which recommends several strategic actions to promote economic prosperity in the region will be released Friday at West Virginia Community and Technical College in Moorefield. 

Athletics receives gift from Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust

Thu, 2020-01-09 11:29

West Virginia University Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President Shane Lyons announced today a $10 million gift from the Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust to build an Athletics Performance Center at the WVU Coliseum Sports Complex.

When physical activity extends beyond PE class

Thu, 2020-01-09 08:30

Kids are supposed to get an hour of physical activity a day, but fewer than a quarter of them do. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, classroom-based physical activity can boost their activity levels and is associated with longer attention spans, increased focus and memory and higher academic achievement.

But practically speaking, how can teachers add physical activity to their already overstuffed agendas? And if they manage to do it, will it actually help their students? West Virginia University researchers Nancy O’Hara Tompkins and Lesley Cottrell launched a project to help answer these questions. Their goal: to increase physical activity in West Virginia classrooms.

If trees could talk: WVU researchers use historic log structures to map migration of European settlers, Native Americans

Tue, 2020-01-07 12:15

Log cabins in West Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains have a story to tell: when people leave, the forest takes over. 

Researchers at West Virginia University are using tree-ring dating to determine not only when trees were cut down to build historic log buildings in the region but also what the forests were like before European immigrants arrived. This could help researchers shed light on when Native Americans abandoned the area and how their absence altered the landscape.

In a nearby galaxy, a fast radio burst unravels more questions than answers

Mon, 2020-01-06 11:01

For more than a decade, astronomers across the globe have wrestled with the perplexities of fast radio bursts — intense, unexplained cosmic flashes of energy, light years away, that pop for mere milliseconds. 

Despite the hundreds of records of these enigmatic sources, researchers have only pinpointed the precise location of four such bursts. 

WVU athletics extends multimedia rights agreement with Learfield IMG College

Tue, 2019-12-24 09:28

The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Friday (Dec. 23) it will continue to work with Learfield IMG College for multimedia rights representation.

WVU graduates encouraged to follow their intuition, passions to find purpose

Sat, 2019-12-21 15:52

Graduates were urged to tap into their inner wisdom and make decisions that align with their passions at West Virginia University's commencement ceremonies Saturday (Dec. 21).

“On this journey, there is no Google Maps or WAZE app to guide you,” Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Maryanne Reed told graduates. “Thanks to your education at West Virginia University, you now have the tools and knowledge to be successful in the world.”

WVU’s retention efforts highlighted at Board of Governors meeting

Fri, 2019-12-20 13:57

West Virginia University students who are tantalizingly close to completing their degrees, but are at the end of their financial resources, will receive a new benefit beginning next semester with the implementation of “completion grants” to help fill the gap between checkbooks and commencement.

“We know that unmet financial need continues to be a barrier to completion for some WVU students,” Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Maryanne Reed told the Board of Governors during its regular meeting Friday (Dec. 20).

Bob Huggins on Naismith Hall of Fame Class of 2020 ballot, Fred Schaus on Veterans ballot

Fri, 2019-12-20 11:29

Men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins has been announced as a candidate for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020.

WVU economists fueled to pave the way for enhanced traffic safety, road quality

Fri, 2019-12-20 10:35

Researchers from West Virginia University's John Chambers College of Business and Economics are revving up a project that will explore road pavement quality and traffic safety, thanks to funding from the National Bureau of Economic Research. 

“Effects of Pavement Maintenance on Traffic Outcomes” is one of only six proposals receiving funding from NBER. The project is part of a three-year NBER research initiative on “Transportation Economics in the 21st Century.” 

Thrasher named and NCAA Today’s Top 10 Honoree

Tue, 2019-12-17 15:37

Former West Virginia University rifle standout Ginny Thrasher has been selected as one of 10 NCAA student-athletes across all sports and all divisions to be honored as the 2020 Today's Top 10 Award winners, announced by the NCAA on Tuesday.

Expanded CHIP services aim to help low income mothers, babies

Tue, 2019-12-17 11:45

The West Virginia Children’s Health Insurance Program recently added coverage for maternity services — a move that can greatly improve the health of the state’s low-income mothers and their babies, according to a West Virginia University pediatrician. 

“With pregnancy, our body undergoes various physiologic changes,” said Dr. Lisa Costello, an assistant professor in the West Virginia University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. “It’s very important to have routine prenatal and maternal care so those changes can be monitored.” 

WVU specialist to help state primary care providers with obesity care

Mon, 2019-12-16 14:45

In areas where access to specialty care is scarce, a West Virginia University doctor wants to make sure primary care providers have the tools they need to help patients with obesity. 

“When I first started my weight management clinic, I had several providers around the state reach out for help,” said Dr. Laura Davisson, chief of obesity medicine at WVU.