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WVU recognizes six faculty members as Foundation Outstanding Teachers for 2019

Wed, 2019-04-24 12:02

Six West Virginia University faculty members have been recognized with the University’s 2019 Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching, which honors exceptional professors who go above and beyond to inspire their students. This year’s honorees are:

·      Manal AlNatour, associate professor of Arabic Studies

Batter up: WVU student improving baseball team’s analytics

Tue, 2019-04-23 14:45

A West Virginia University industrial mathematics and statistics student is helping WVU baseball coaches improve their understanding of the strike zone.

Joseph Cuomo is a senior from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and a student manager for the WVU baseball team. Using the TrackMan radar system, which runs on a large radar panel installed behind home plate in Monongalia County Ballpark, Cuomo and the baseball staff collect data about pitches. The data ranges from pitchers’ extensions and release locations to pitch velocity and spin rate to the speed and location of where pitches cross home plate. 

WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute opens new Innovation Center

Tue, 2019-04-23 14:07

The West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute announced last week that it will open its new Innovation Center and convening its inaugural Summit from Wednesday to Thursday, May 15-16, in Morgantown.

West Virginia Girls Who Code 4-H Club virtually addresses stereotypes, earns spot in Facebook hackathon

Tue, 2019-04-23 12:45

Today’s youths are in tune with and committed to a variety of social issues facing our nation and world. A group of West Virginia 4-H’ers is using their savvy computer and coding know-how to virtually address one of those critical issues – stereotypes. Their work has earned them one of 40 spots nationwide in a Facebook hackathon. 

The Kanawha County Plane Janes Girls Who Code 4-H Club, hosted at the Kanawha County West Virginia University Extension Service office, recently participated in Facebook’s Engineer for the Week, a program aimed at demystifying the world of technology while empowering youths to explore engineering and develop computer science skills. 

WVU partners with Google for Applied Computing Series

Tue, 2019-04-23 11:45

Google’s Applied Computing Series teaches the foundations of computer and data science through hands-on, project-based course content, topically designed to attract students who might not consider themselves destined for a technology career.

“We are continually looking for new ways to better prepare WVU students for the increasingly data-driven jobs we see coming in the economy,” said Brian Powell, teaching assistant professor in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. “Cultivating a workforce that is familiar with programming and data science is a great way that we can help move West Virginia forward. Google’s Applied Computing Series is an opportunity for us to partner with an industry leader to help deliver resources to prepare our students for these new economy jobs.”

WVU musicology professor named recipient of prestigious Rome Prize

Mon, 2019-04-22 12:45

Evan MacCarthy, assistant professor of musicology in the School of Music, has been named a recipient of the 2019–20 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome.

The highly competitive Rome Prize, awarded this year to just 30 American artists and scholars, supports advanced independent work and research in the arts and humanities. Recipients are selected annually from a nationwide pool by independent juries of distinguished artists and scholars.

WVU debuts new neuroscience ‘Brain Camp’ for high school students

Thu, 2019-04-18 12:45

Students in 11th and 12th grades looking for a unique, immersive, science-based camp experience should consider Brain Camp, a new week-long educational program taking place on West Virginia University’s Morgantown Campus in July. 

The camp, run by the WVU School of Medicine’s Department of Neuroscience, in association with the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, runs July 14-20 and is limited to 30 students.

WVU’s Talent West Virginia names inaugural winners

Thu, 2019-04-18 11:26

West Virginia University's College of Creative Arts hosted Talent West Virginia, a statewide musical talent contest and fundraiser April 6. Funds raised through the competition will support West Virginia Public Theatre and its mission to bring the arts to all West Virginians.

WVU School of Medicine alumni, LaunchLab Network clients win $25,000 and coveted spot in AlphaLab Gear Incubator

Thu, 2019-04-18 08:30

West Virginia University School of Medicine alumni and LaunchLab Network clients will use $25,000 in startup funding from the AlphaLab Gear accelerator program for early-stage startups to help drive down maintenance costs and increase productivity in laboratories. 

SwifTAG Systems was founded by School of Medicine alumni Dr. Zachary Wright, Dr. Brandon Lucke-Wold and Nachiket Pendse, along with the Statler College of Engineering’s Daryl Reynolds while they were students at WVU. The company creates products that marry high technology and medical research to create an integrated animal monitoring system that reduces the burden of managing lab mice.

Maryanne Reed named provost at West Virginia University

Wed, 2019-04-17 13:00

Maryanne Reed, who transformed West Virginia University’s journalism school into an exemplar of modern media training as the Reed College of Media, was named vice president for academic affairs and provost of the University on Wednesday (April 17).

Reed, who became dean of the then-named P.I. Reed School of Journalism in 2004, succeeds Joyce McConnell, recently named president of Colorado State University.

WVU graduate student who researches college food insecurity selected for competitive American Society of Nutrition fellowship

Wed, 2019-04-17 11:45

A West Virginia University graduate student whose research focuses on college food insecurity has been selected for a fellowship with the American Society for Nutrition. 

Rebecca Hagedorn studies stressors that directly relate to students who struggle with finding reliable food options. 

Five WVU women named Fulbright Scholars

Tue, 2019-04-16 13:45

Five West Virginia University women have been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to teach English abroad next year. 

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program. Recipients are given a stipend to study, teach or conduct research while increasing mutual understanding between Americans and people of other countries. This new cohort makes 64 Fulbright scholars for West Virginia University.

NR: WVU researcher finds sexism ‘pervasive in agriculture faculty’

Tue, 2019-04-16 11:45

A West Virginia University researcher has found that sexism is still pervasive among agriculture faculty in spite of gains made in the last 15 years. Haley Rosson, assistant professor of agriculture in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and Extension education, said behaviors include toxic work environments, unhealthy competition, inappropriate interactions and policy violations.

Rosson was part of a team that won an award for its paper “Women Faculty in Postsecondary Agricultural and Extension Education: A Fifteen Year Update.” The team was recognized for their outstanding paper/presentation at the Southern Region American Association of Agricultural Education Conference held in Birmingham, Alabama.

WVU Research team approved for NASA grant for early-stage space technologies

Tue, 2019-04-16 10:45

A research team from West Virginia University has been approved for a grant from a NASA fund designed to determine the feasibility of early stage technologies that could go on to change what’s possible in space.

Associate Professor Yu Gu and Assistant Professor Piyush Mehta from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering were one of 12 teams selected to receive a $125,000 Phase One grant from NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts Program. NIAC nurtures visionary ideas that could transform future NASA missions with the creation of breakthroughs — radically better or entirely new aerospace concepts — while engaging America’s innovators and entrepreneurs as partners in the journey.

Fentanyl deaths up 122 percent in West Virginia, say WVU researchers

Tue, 2019-04-16 08:30

If heroin is coffee, fentanyl is espresso. Just as a miniscule cup of espresso can hype you up more than a whole mug of coffee, a single exposure to fentanyl can get a user vastly higher than injecting the same volume of heroin. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin. 

In a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health, West Virginia University researchers Gordon Smith, Marie Abate and Zheng Dai found that fentanyl-related deaths are on the rise in West Virginia, even as deaths related to prescription opioids decline.

WVU, Marshall, Morgantown High and Buckhannon-Upshur students capture grand prizes in statewide business plan competitions

Mon, 2019-04-15 16:15

This year’s winning business ideas in the West Virginia Collegiate and High School Business Plan Competitions are a sign of the times: STEM learning, food and gaming. Three collegiate and two high school teams are a step closer to their entrepreneurial dreams, as entries from West Virginia University, Marshall University, Morgantown High School and Buckhannon-Upshur High School captured the grand prizes in the competitions April 12.

The competitions are hosted by West Virginia University’s BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, located in the John Chambers College of Business and Economics

Registration open for WVU on-campus and online summer courses, education abroad

Mon, 2019-04-15 13:45

It’s time to think about West Virginia University's Summer term , where students can take courses on-campus, online or abroad. Summer Term allows students to get ahead in their majors, complete a minor or enhance their educational experience through education abroad.

With more than 2,000 courses available this year, the Summer Term schedule is more flexible than ever, offering courses in three-, six-, eight-, nine- and 12-week increments. The first summer classes begin May 13. Students can register now, up through the first day of classes, providing that seats are available.

WVU doctoral student wins National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Mon, 2019-04-15 12:56

Harrison “Henry” Loh, a doctoral student conducting research in materials science and engineering at West Virginia University, is the recipient of a 2019 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The award will allow the Wheeling native to expand his research in the area of flexible technologies and devices.

Loh is currently studying graphene-based inks and their use in the fabrication of versatile and tunable chemical and gas sensors.

WVU Foundation inducts new Irvin Stewart Society members

Mon, 2019-04-15 11:59

The West Virginia University Foundation honored donors whose planned gifts over the past year will provide for the future of the University. 

The Irvin Stewart Society welcomed 58 new members during its 25th luncheon April 5 at Blaney House hosted by WVU President Gordon Gee. Membership in the Society is given to those who include a gift provision in a will or revocable trust, create a life-income gift, designate an after-death gift of a retirement account, make checking, savings or stock accounts “payable upon death,” donate life insurance, or make a gift of real estate with a retained life interest benefiting WVU and its entities.

WVU commencement weekend to feature messages of aspiration, inspiration spanning nearly a century of achievement

Mon, 2019-04-15 08:30

In a weekend of commencement events May 9-12, West Virginia University’s nearly 4,600 graduates will hear from a host of speakers whose pasts have earned them a Pulitzer Prize, an Emmy, a spot as a cyber-security top cop — and one whose career has begun before she leaves middle school. 

Hilde Lysiak, the 12-year-old publisher of the Orange Street News in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, and the youngest member of the Society of Professional Journalists, will address the Reed College of Media commencement Friday, May 10, at 9 a.m. at the WVU Coliseum. Three years ago, Lysiak broke the news of a murder in her hometown and subsequently investigated corruption at her local fire department, resulting in the top officers losing their jobs. The aspiring journalist, also the author of the six-book series Hilde Cracks the Case, has been profiled by the New York Times, the Columbia Journalism Review, the Washington Post, NBC Today and others.