WVU Today

Subscribe to WVU Today feed
RSS feed for the WVU Today blog.
Updated: 11 min 33 sec ago

It’s electric: WVU breaks new ground in developing transportable, carbon-neutral energy source

Fri, 2019-10-18 11:45

Electricity is something we rarely think about -- we expect it to be there, flowing hundreds of feet over our heads, powering every facet of our daily lives. 

But what if we didn’t have giant towering power lines above us and instead the electricity flowed under our feet?

New WVU program aims to serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Thu, 2019-10-17 11:59

High school graduates with intellectual and developmental disabilities will soon be joining West Virginia University’s campus through a new program developed to prepare them for independence that will provide improved academic, social engagement and real-world work experiences.

Students, ages 18-23, enrolled in the program— tentatively named The Country Roads Program—will live in a shared residential housing arrangement, participate in social activities across campus and receive career education and training. The program will include a two-year core track focused on independent-living skills and workforce preparedness, plus the option of an advanced track for an additional two years. During the advanced track, students will apply their new skills in workplace settings and can enroll in select WVU certificate programs.

WVU researcher studies link between caffeine, sleep and alcohol use in middle-schoolers

Thu, 2019-10-17 10:45

Research into young people’s drinking habits tends to focus on high school and college students. Middle school students are rarely the subject. Yet they are “at this critical age for substance use initiation,” according to Alfgeir Kristjansson, an associate professor in the West Virginia University School of Public Health.

In a new study funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a division of the National Institutes of Health, Kristjansson will investigate two potential targets for preventing middle-schoolers from alcohol use: caffeine use and sleep deprivation.

Making reservations on the economic hype: Pro sports have little effect on tourism dollars, say WVU economists

Wed, 2019-10-16 08:30

Government and tourism officials love to tout the economic boon that professional sports bring to their cities. 

Now picture those conventional claims as a basketball floating through the air. 

WVU Humanities Center announces ‘The Future’ as 2019-2020 Speakers’ Series annual theme

Tue, 2019-10-15 16:00

At a time when West Virginia is looking to chart new pathways toward greater prosperity, the West Virginia University Humanities Center has chosen “The Future” as its 2019-2020 annual theme. 

Throughout the academic year, featured speakers will share insights on how humans today and in the past have grappled with their beliefs, fears and fantasies about the future, and how individuals experience the complex and real interactions among people, ideas, technology and the planet.  

WVU researcher to help target victims of rural sex trafficking through new mobile app

Tue, 2019-10-15 10:45

A West Virginia University School of Medicine researcher is developing an app to train key personnel in rural areas how to identify and report one of the lesser known elements of the opioid epidemic— child sex trafficking.

“Trafficking is often done to fuel someone’s illicit drug habit,” said Amie Ashcraft, director of research for the Department of Family Medicine. “In West Virginia, we’ve only recently started appreciating that it’s happening here.” 

State of the University: Gee builds on his five years at WVU to plan the University’s future

Mon, 2019-10-14 15:50

The wisdom of the past, especially as articulated by Abraham Lincoln, provides a guidepost for the future, especially for the land-grant universities he signed into law, West Virginia University President Gordon Gee said Monday (Oct. 14) in his annual State of the University address.

Weaving the 16th president’s words throughout his speech, Gee recounted his five years at WVU’s helm and looked to the future, approaching it, as Lincoln said, “one day at a time, one step at a time, one hard decision at a time.”

Third annual WVU Day of Giving set for Nov. 13

Mon, 2019-10-14 11:45

West Virginia University alumni and friends are being encouraged to make a gift to the University on Wednesday, Nov. 13, as part of the third annual WVU Day of Giving.

The WVU Foundation is organizing the 24-hour online fundraising event as a convenient way for supporters to contribute to the University. Last year, the event raised more than $6 million.

WVU chemists lead the ‘charge’ with new molecular research tool

Mon, 2019-10-14 10:58

New research from West Virginia University is transforming technology for biomedicine and beyond. 

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences faculty in the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry are simplifying experiments in mass spectrometry, a method commonly used by chemists, biologists, physicists and forensic scientists for analyzing molecular materials. 

WVU Wind Symphony to participate in ‘life changing’ China tour

Fri, 2019-10-11 12:15

Students in the West Virginia University Wind Symphony will participate in a unique cultural musical exchange thanks to an invitation from the United States – China Cultural & Educational Foundation to take part in a three-city performance tour of China. 

“At the College of Creative Arts, we have a history of both expanding educational opportunities for our students and serving as ambassadors for WVU and the state of West Virginia,” said Keith Jackson, dean of WVU’s College of Creative Arts. “Of course, performing in some of the largest cities in the world is important, but the exchange of culture is an even larger opportunity that is truly life changing.” 

A saving grace underground: WVU engineers utilize robots to improve mine safety

Fri, 2019-10-11 10:45

Injuries and deaths caused by roof collapses and falling debris, common culprits for underground mine accidents, could be prevented by the unlikely force of robots and drones, thanks to the work of West Virginia University engineers. 

Ihsan Berk Tulu, assistant professor of mining engineering, along with Jason Gross, Yu Gu and Guilherme Pereira, from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, are developing an autonomous robotic system to monitor the structural integrity and safety of underground mines.

Future of finance education at WVU begins next chapter as alums announce trading lab gift for Reynolds Hall

Fri, 2019-10-11 08:30

As Reynolds Hall, the new hub for business education on the campus of West Virginia University and the Morgantown waterfront comes to life, two John Chambers College of Business and Economics alumni are making a gift that will place future Mountaineers on the cutting edge of finance education. 

Penni Facemire Roll and Rob Roll met at WVU, where they both graduated with accounting degrees in 1988 and 1987, respectively. The Rolls announced a gift to the Building Beyond campaign in New York City Oct. 10 to give back to the College where their story began. That gift will establish the Roll Capital Markets Center.

WVU to celebrate Mountaineer Nation Day Oct. 19

Thu, 2019-10-10 12:15

West Virginia University’s Mountaineer Nation Day will dedicate Oct. 19 to WVU fans and their pride and passion for the state’s flagship university. 

Fans from around the world can celebrate as the Mountaineers take on Oklahoma by registering game watch parties. Each registration is an automatic entry to win an official Mountaineer Nation Day prize pack and/or a special game day watch party Snapchat geofilter. All registered fans will receive a 15 percent off coupon to the Official Store of the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Health Sciences and Technology Academy celebrates 25 years of mentorship and empowerment

Thu, 2019-10-10 10:45

(Editor's note: An online media kit containing downloadable photos, videos and other resources is available in the WVUToday Media Center.) 

Only about half of West Virginians who graduate high school enroll in college. What if there were a way to boost that number to nine in 10?

WVU researchers tackle rising health care costs with artificial intelligence

Wed, 2019-10-09 13:45

Researchers at West Virginia University are using artificial intelligence to counter soaring costs of health care and deliver more efficient and accurate diagnoses of cardiovascular diseases.

Donald Adjeroh, professor and associate chair in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, has assembled a team from the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, WVU Health Sciences, West Virginia State University and three campuses of the University of Arkansas System to work on a $4 million project funded by the National Science Foundation.

WVU IDEA Hub and LaunchLab Network recognized on the global stage for second consecutive year

Tue, 2019-10-08 15:15

The West Virginia University IDEA Hub and LaunchLab Network have been recognized on the global stage for the second year in a row.

Awarded as one of the top three finalists out of more than 130 nominations in eight categories at the Global Consortium for Entrepreneurship Center’s annual conference in Stockholm, Sweden, the IDEA Hub and LaunchLab Network received recognition for their Outstanding Student Engagement and Leadership. The GCEC acknowledged WVU’s impact of student leaders, the variety and success of student projects and high levels of student engagement.

WVCTSI Clinical Trials Center of Excellence opens at WVU

Tue, 2019-10-08 13:45

To help further cement its status as a top research institution, the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute has announced the formation of the Clinical Trials Center of Excellence at West Virginia University

The Center will serve as a resource for clinical researchers, providing regulatory guidance, training support and other important resources with an eye on improving efficiency.

WVU-led study reveals uptick in suicide and fatal drug self-intoxication rates among blacks, Hispanics and women

Tue, 2019-10-08 08:30

To classify a death as a suicide, medical examiners and coroners rely on hard evidence, perhaps a suicide note or a gun near the body. 

But research led by Ian Rockett, professor emeritus of the West Virginia University School of Public Health, applied a wider lens on how suicides and drug deaths that implicated self-injurious behaviors could be categorized. Should most non-homicide opioid- and other drug-intoxication deaths, intentional or not, be reported as self-injury mortality along with all detected suicides?

WVU receives national award for excellence in military pain medicine

Mon, 2019-10-07 13:45

West Virginia University’s Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and the WVU Medicine Center for Integrative Pain Management’s efforts to improve military pain medicine care for soldiers in the field were recognized by a national award for excellence in military pain medicine. This is the first time the award was given to an institution rather than an individual.

Retired Colonel Dr. Chester “Trip” Buckenmaier III, director of the Defense and Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management, presented the Congressman John P. Murtha Memorial Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Military Pain Medicine at the WVU Medicine Center for Integrative Pain Management Conference held at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown on Fri., Sept 20.

WVU receives CDC award to curb vaping and opioid abuse, improve health outcomes in West Virginia

Mon, 2019-10-07 08:30

West Virginia University’s efforts to address chronic disease and substance abuse prevention, growing concerns related to vaping and youth mental health issues will be bolstered by funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, awarded to the West Virginia Prevention Research Center in the School of Public Health.  

“Rates of vaping in West Virginia are higher than those at the national level for both adolescents and adults,” said Melissa Blank, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology who leads the WVPRC’s research initiatives surrounding substance abuse.