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Hand in glove: WVU researchers test safety measures for coal industry

Mon, 2019-08-26 12:15

While researchers at West Virginia University were testing coal miners’ safety gloves to help reduce lost-time accidents, they went a step further. Eduardo Sosa, a research associate professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, and Marta Moure, a post-doctoral fellow from Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain, reduced the need for future physical testing of the gloves through computer simulations.

Their research involved testing with hand models that included wooden dowels, 3D printed bones and, eventually, cadaveric hands.

Up, up and away: WVU receives record $181 million-plus in research funding

Fri, 2019-08-23 09:26

External funding for research and other sponsored programs at West Virginia University totaled $181.4 million this past fiscal year, a University record that bucks a downward trend that sees higher ed grappling with dwindling resources. 

“Our record-breaking numbers reflect the commitment of our faculty, staff and partners to continue elevating the research profile of West Virginia University,” Vice President for Research Fred King said today in announcing the latest numbers.

WVU names 2019 class of Ruby Fellows

Thu, 2019-08-22 09:30

Seven students pursuing doctoral degrees at West Virginia University are receiving funding through the Ruby Scholars Graduate Fellows Program. Lauryn Alexander, Heather Baldwin, Elaine Christman, John Hansen, Emily Hughes, Alyssa Stonebraker and Nicholas Winch have been named to the eighth class of fellows. 

The program, established in 2011, includes a $34,000 stipend, a $2,000 travel grant and tuition waivers for each fellow to continue their research at WVU.  

Gee Mail: Welcome to the Mountaineer Family

Wed, 2019-08-21 15:18

With a fresh semester officially here, West Virginia University has welcomed more than 5,000 new students into its family. 

WVU School of Music launches K-12 music program

Wed, 2019-08-21 13:30

 A new program in the West Virginia University School of Music will allow K-12 students to learn about music through live performance, all free of charge.

Creativity Academy is an educational matinee program based out of WVU’s Creative Arts Center on the Evansdale campus in Morgantown. The series of weekday matinee performances is open to all grades and ages from public schools, private schools and homeschool groups. The performances provide an opportunity to enhance school curriculum and expose students to the arts. 

Karen and Jerry West donate to WVU Medicine Children’s “Grow Children’s” Capital Campaign

Wed, 2019-08-21 11:30

Karen and Jerry West, West Virginia University Men’s Basketball and Los Angeles Lakers legend, have made a leadership-level donation to the WVU Medicine Children’s “Grow Children’s” Capital Campaign.

Successful WVU alum helps students with major gift to his alma mater

Wed, 2019-08-21 10:45

A $500,000 donation from West Virginia University graduate Michael Manley of Morgantown will create two endowed scholarships for students in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

A lot has changed since Manley received his master’s degree in computer science from WVU in 1975. Personal computers had yet to be invented, some businesses used mainframes, and many businesses just used pencil and paper. Tuition was about $100 per semester for in-state residents. 

WVU Center for Excellence in STEM Education, WV Forward, LIFT celebrate top MakerMinded schools

Tue, 2019-08-20 12:45

(EDITOR’S NOTE: For media interested in attending the ceremonies at either of the local high schools and learn event details, RSVP to Katie Farmer at 315.256.8509 or

The West Virginia University Center for Excellence in STEM Education, WV Forward and national manufacturing innovation institute Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, will celebrate the top two schools of West Virginia’s inaugural MakerMinded competition Aug. 23 at Tygarts Valley Middle/High School and Sept. 6 at Cabell Midland High School. 

West Virginia Business Hall of Fame to honor Chris Cline, new inductees

Tue, 2019-08-20 08:45

The West Virginia Business Hall of Fame will posthumously honor coal industry billionaire and philanthropist Chris Cline and three other state business leaders who have led widespread growth.

The 2019 Hall of Fame class are Bill Bayless, chief executive officer of American Campus Communities Inc.; Judy K. Sheppard, chief executive officer of Professional Services of America, Inc.; and Leo A. Vecellio, Jr., chairman, president and CEO of Vecellio Group, Inc. 

WVU study investigates rural LGBTQ youth’s motivations for participating in activism

Mon, 2019-08-19 10:45

While marriage equality continues to be a big win for the LGBTQ movement since its passage in the U.S. in 2015, many activists are concerned about what’s next. 

Researchers from West Virginia University and the University of Kansas have spent the intervening years studying young adults comprising the next generation of LGBTQ activists to understand their aspirations for the movement’s future. 

Libraries to host ‘Appalachian Futures’ exhibit

Mon, 2019-08-19 09:30

How do you imagine the future of Appalachia?

“Appalachian Futures,” West Virginia University Libraries’ new year-long exhibition, addresses the current dominant narratives about Appalachia in a new way, by looking at how the people of Appalachia have worked and will work to rewrite their own story.

Louis the Child, Gucci Mane and Jon Bellion to perform at 25th annual FallFest 2019

Fri, 2019-08-16 12:03

(WVUToday will distribute a media advisory Monday, Aug. 19 with FallFest credentials and other logistics details. Read more about WVU’s 2019 Welcome Week.) 

FallFest, West Virginia University’s 25th annual welcome-back-to-campus concert will be held Tuesday, Aug. 20, on the Evansdale Rec Fields adjacent to the Student Rec Center. This year’s performers are Louis the Child, Gucci Mane and Jon Bellion. Gates will open at 4 p.m. and the show will begin at 5 p.m. with Jon Bellion. Louis the Child will close the show which is expected to conclude at 9:30 p.m. FallFest is FREE and open to WVU Students only. Students must obtain and activate their Welcome Week Wristband BEFORE coming to FallFest. 

As whooping cough evolves, WVU researcher studies how to maintain vaccine’s effectiveness

Thu, 2019-08-15 08:30

Scientists and bacteria are locked in an arms race. Over time, bacteria can evolve to resist today’s powerful vaccines. Bordetella pertussis—which causes pertussis, or whooping cough—is no different. Although the current vaccines that protect against it are highly effective—plunging the annual death rate from around 9,000 in the early 1940s to 13 in 2017—there’s no guarantee they will stay that way.

West Virginia University researcher Mariette Barbier is working to preserve the pertussis vaccines’ effectiveness, even as the bacteria adapt. The National Institutes of Health has awarded her $2.6 million, over five years, for the project.

Mountaineer Medical Scholarship established to support School of Medicine Charleston students

Wed, 2019-08-14 15:00

Dr. James P. Griffith and his wife Marla have established the Dr. James P. and Marla R. Griffith Mountaineer Medical Scholar program. A $20,000 commitment, the scholarship will be awarded to a student who chooses to further his or her education on the West Virginia University Health Sciences Charleston Campus, with preference given to those from West Virginia and/or Roane County and who have an interest in internal medicine and/or psychiatry

“I have loved my time learning and working at the Charleston Division and CAMC for my entire career,” Dr. Griffith said. “As a graduate and former director of the oldest combined Internal Medicine/Psychiatry residency program in the U.S., I have devoted my career to the practice and teaching of these specialties. I consider it a privilege to provide care to the people of the Charleston area as well as many from Roane County where Marla was born and raised. We are excited to be able to provide financial support for students on our campus who are planning careers in these areas of medical practice.”

WVU PRT resumes operation Thursday

Wed, 2019-08-14 13:45

In anticipation of students’ arrival on campus, the West Virginia University Personal Rapid Transit system will resume operations Thursday (Aug. 15).

As part of continuing modernization efforts, the PRT was closed during the summer to work on system integration and enhancements. Part of this work included the integration of digital signage with the public address system on PRT platforms.


Tue, 2019-08-13 10:18

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Hacking off the hackers: WVU programmed to fill cybersecurity jobs with NSF award

Mon, 2019-08-12 13:02

When West Virginia University first offered cybersecurity classes in 2003, the gravest fear of a casual Internet user might have been opening an infected email attachment that erased computer files or reset their homepage. 

And who could forget landing on some dodgy website that would generate a never-ending array of pesky popup windows

Students seek purpose, find path during WVU Welcome Week

Mon, 2019-08-12 08:45

An array of Welcome Week activities designed to foster lifelong passion and purpose await an estimated 5,600 new students from around the world making their way to Morgantown this week to embark on a new journey at West Virginia University.

“I have been a university president for a long time, but I still get excited at this time of year,” President Gordon Gee said. “The renewed energy our students bring is only matched by the excitement they display when they graduate. It is also a testament to the continuing growth of West Virginia University in stature and accessibility. I look forward to welcoming everyone to campus –– and I plan to get a selfie with every one of them!”

WVU Foundation records year with $177 million in contributions

Thu, 2019-08-08 14:15

Alumni and friends gave $177 million to West Virginia University this past year, making it the second highest year of giving in the University’s history. 

For the fiscal year July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019, the WVU Foundation notes 20,857 donors, including 10,232 alumni, made 42,116 gifts totaling $177.4 million. This total is second only to $196.8 million donated in FY’12. 

First board-certified oncologic physical therapist in state offers services to patients at the WVU Cancer Institute

Thu, 2019-08-08 12:30

Megan Burkart, assistant professor in the West Virginia University School of Medicine’s Division of Physical Therapy, is the first physical therapist in West Virginia to achieve specialization as an Oncologic Clinical Specialist.  

She is one of only 68 physical therapists in the United States to earn this new certification from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Burkart provides state of the art care for patients at the WVU Cancer Institute’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center and works closely with lung cancer patients in the Bridge Survivorship Program.