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WVU study suggests loneliness can hinder management of diabetes, hypertension

Fri, 2018-12-07 08:30

One isn’t just the loneliest number. It may also be the unhealthiest. 

New research led by Laurie Theeke, a professor and nurse practitioner in the West Virginia University School of Nursing, suggests that loneliness may be making it harder for middle-aged Appalachians to manage chronic conditions, such as diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure. 

WVU selected to compete in third-straight Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge

Thu, 2018-12-06 15:45

For the third straight year, a team from West Virginia University will compete in the Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge, a special edition competition under NASA’s Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage brand of competitions. 

Ten university teams were selected for the competition, which challenges finalists to design and build hardware that can identify, map and drill through a variety of subsurface layers, then extract water from an ice block in a simulated off-world test bed. The challenge seeks to advance critical capabilities needed on the surface of the Moon and Mars.

WVU supply chain students tackle state food desert

Thu, 2018-12-06 15:00

(Editor’s note: A luncheon, presentations and networking reception will be held Friday (Dec. 7) from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place. Presentations will include tools student working groups created: an actual 3-D model of the marketplace floor plan to aid in product placement, informational staffing videos about the GOV market and a produce-cooling prototype that will increase shelf life of fresh products.

A group of West Virginia University students is addressing the growing problem of “food deserts” in the state, as the combination of a declining rural population and below average income have left many West Virginians living significant distances from supermarkets and reliable food sources. That project, as it turns out, may not only help with West Virginia’s food access problem, but may also address the problem on a global scale.

WVU to close Wednesday, Dec. 5 in accordance with state holiday and day of observance

Tue, 2018-12-04 17:48

West Virginia University will close Wednesday, Dec. 5 following a Presidential Proclamation and separate Executive Order issued by Gov. Jim Justice for a state holiday and day of mourning in honor of former President George H. W. Bush. 

While classes are canceled, essential campus services including the Carruth Center, Child Learning Center, Creative Arts Center, dining services, Information Technology Services, Libraries, Mountainlair, PRT and/or WVU buses, residence halls, Student Health, Student Recreation Center and University Police will remain open. 

Gee Mail: A salute to WVU’s student-veterans

Tue, 2018-12-04 15:13

In this edition of Gee Mail, West Virginia University President Gordon Gee visits with students who have undergone life experiences that are different from others on campus. They are veterans of the United States Armed Forces, and their journeys beyond the military have stretched to the campus of WVU.

“More than 1,000 veterans, active-duty personnel and dependents are furthering their education here at West Virginia University,” Gee said. “And we want to serve them just as they served us.”

Gee’s visit coincides with recent strides to make WVU more of a veteran-friendly campus. In September, the university hired career Army officer Jerry Wood as its director of the WVU Center for Veteran, Military and Family Programs.

On Friday (Dec. 7), the center will host a grand opening of its new Veteran and Military Family Support Headquarters, also known as “The Mountaineer Bunker.” The 2,500 square-foot facility, located in the Mountainlair, will serve as a welcoming space and support center for student veterans, armed forces personnel and dependents of current and former military service members.

“These men and women are outstanding,” Gee said. “Not just with their educational and professional pursuits, but with their overall well-being and their acclimation to the community.

“They served our great nation, and now we will be certain to serve them so they can pursue their passion and purpose.”

WVU researcher named Challenge Problem Winner in Artificial Intelligence for Cyber Security workshop

Tue, 2018-12-04 14:00

Yanfang (Fanny) Ye, assistant professor of computer science and electrical engineering at West Virginia University and her collaborators have received the prestigious Challenge Problem Winner award in the Artificial Intelligence for Cyber Security Workshop.

AICS 2019 emphasizes research and applications of techniques to attack and defend machine learning systems or adversarial learning, especially in the context of cyber security. The Challenge problem, “Malware Classification Under Adversarial Conditions,” challenged competitors to construct artificial intelligence-based malware classifiers based on redacted data that would be robust to adversarial attacks. 

Donors contribute $125K to WVU Foundation’s 2018 Pride Travel Fund

Tue, 2018-12-04 11:45

Nearly 900 donors contributed $125,000 to the West Virginia University Foundation’s Pride Travel Fund this fall in support of the Mountaineer Marching Band.

The annual campaign was established to help defray the costs of travel for the band, including transportation, hotels and food for the more than 350 members and staff. 

WVU physicists awarded $1.34 million to develop machine-learning software

Tue, 2018-12-04 08:30

Researchers from West Virginia University have received $1.34 million to develop machine-learning software for the U.S. Department of Energy. 

The researchers, James Lewis and Aldo Romero from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, will lead a team from WVU, University of Southern California and Kitware, Inc. to develop new machine-learning tools for advancing chemical and materials science discoveries on the nation’s future high-speed computing platforms. 

Former interim President Peter Magrath remembers WVU in his estate plan

Mon, 2018-12-03 14:00

C. Peter Magrath, who served as interim president of West Virginia University from 2008-2009, is leaving nearly $1 million to WVU in his will.

A highly respected leader in higher education circles across the country, Magrath made his intentions known Nov. 14 during WVU’s second annual Day of Giving.

Engineering graduate is WVU’s third Marshall Scholar

Mon, 2018-12-03 10:01

Morgan King has been awarded a Marshall Scholarship, one of the country’s top awards, to study in the United Kingdom. 

This is a highly competitive scholarship. King is one of 48 students to be selected from a pool of more than 1,000 applications from across the United States. She is the third West Virginia University graduate to achieve this award.

Mountaineers, Orange to meet in Orlando for Camping World Bowl

Mon, 2018-12-03 08:53

The No. 16 West Virginia Mountaineers and the 20th-ranked Syracuse Orange will play in the 2018 Camping World Bowl. The game will kick off at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28 at Camping World Stadium and will be televised nationally by ESPN.

Read more about the bowl game.

WVU College of Law and Marshall University launch Center for Consumer Law and Education

Fri, 2018-11-30 10:00

The West Virginia University College of Law and Marshall University have established a one-of-its-kind Center for Consumer Law and Education to build advocacy for those in West Virginia and beyond. 

The universities officially launched the CCLE at special events on their campuses Nov. 28 and 29. 

Hudak to retire, WVU to restructure Facilities and Services

Thu, 2018-11-29 08:30

Randy Hudak, senior associate vice president for Facilities and Services at West Virginia University, is set to retire from the University.

“Randy’s knowledge and expertise have served the University well over the past 17 years,” Vice President for Strategic Initiatives Rob Alsop said. “His contributions have significantly transformed the look and feel of our campuses.”

Priority bowl ticket requests now available at

Wed, 2018-11-28 15:00

All active WVU football season ticket holders and 2018 Mountaineer Athletic Club members can now log in to their accounts at to request priority postseason bowl tickets. The priority deadline to request tickets is Dec. 3.

WVU Cancer Institute studies new treatment for colorectal cancer using novel drug combination

Wed, 2018-11-28 08:30

Once colorectal cancer invades another organ—the liver or lung, for instance—a cancer patient has about a 13 percent chance of living five more years. 

Richard Goldberg, who directs the West Virginia University Cancer Institute, is searching for new ways to slow this cancer’s progression. In a recent study, he and an international team of scientists investigated a new drug combination for treating metastatic colorectal cancer in patients who had   no—or only temporary—success with conventional chemotherapy treatments.

WVU Libraries seeking submissions for ‘Appalachian Futures’ exhibit

Tue, 2018-11-27 14:00

What do you imagine is in the future for Appalachia? West Virginia University Libraries is developing an interdisciplinary exhibit for 2019-20 themed around “Appalachian Futures.”

The WVU Libraries’ Arts in the Libraries Committee is seeking content from scholars, artists, community groups and practitioners from a range of fields to integrate into a curated exhibition that will be designed and installed in WVU’s Downtown Campus Library in the spring and summer of 2019, and potentially travel throughout the state

WVU showcase focuses on sustainable economic development from natural gas

Tue, 2018-11-27 09:30

As an energy-producing state that has experienced its share of boom-bust cycles, West Virginia has struggled to create an energy economy with stable, good paying jobs for its residents.

The Center for Innovation for Gas Research and Utilization at West Virginia University has assembled an expert panel to discuss how the state can harness the current surge in natural gas production from the Marcellus and Utica plays, using the latest developments in natural gas utilization for long-term prosperity.

WVU’s Savage named under 35 innovator by MIT Technology Review

Mon, 2018-11-26 11:00

Saiph Savage, J. Wayne and Kathy Richards Faculty Fellow and assistant professor in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University, has been selected MIT Technology Review in Spanish as a 2018 Innovator Under 35 in Latin America.

The award recognizes individuals whose technical work promises to shape the coming decades. Selected by a jury of tech experts, winners are honored for creatively applying technology to solve the world’s biggest problem. The MIT Technology Review expanded its program in 2012 to include young innovators and entrepreneurs transforming Latin America. The award was presented at an event was organized by MIT Tech Review and Opinno, a global consultancy firm that supports innovation around the world.