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WVU professor of resource economics and management named Southern Regional Science Association Fellow

Tue, 2018-04-03 13:00

Professor of Resource Economics and Management Peter Schaeffer has been named a 2018 Southern Regional Science Association Fellow, making him the fifth named Fellow from West Virginia University.

SRSA is an association for the advancement of regional analysis and related spatial and areal studies with the primary goals of fostering the exchange of ideas and promoting studies that focus on regional topics and issues. The SRSA Fellows program recognizes individuals with particularly outstanding records of scholarship and/or service to the Association in the advancement of regional analysis and related fields of study. The Executive Council of the Association elects individuals for this honorary position.

WVU-led research team earns top honors for bridge construction system

Tue, 2018-04-03 09:45

A cost-effective bridge construction system developed by researchers at West Virginia University has won an award for technological advancement from the National Steel Bridge Alliance.

Karl Barth, Samples Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at WVU, and his former doctoral student, Greg Michaelson, now an assistant professor in the Weisberg Division of Engineering at Marshall University, were recognized for their work on a folded steel gate girder bridge in Muskingum County, Ohio. The researchers created a new type of tub girder that requires less fabrication and installation time than conventional bridge systems. The pair worked in conjunction with the Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance.

WVU student researching social change in Appalachia

Tue, 2018-04-03 09:00

Pride in his Appalachian roots led West Virginia University junior Joshua Stuart to reclaim what it means to be Appalachian. Stuart, an interdisciplinary studies major in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences from Philippi, West Virginia will present research at the Appalachian Studies Association conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 5-8. His presentation focuses on queer culture in Appalachia, where he pulls perspectives from his background in creative writing, sociology and LGBTQ+ studies.

Campus safety group recognizes WVU Police’s Roberts as ‘Chief of the Year’

Tue, 2018-04-03 09:00

Bob Roberts, chief of the West Virginia University Police, has been named national chief of the year by the National Association of Campus Safety Administrators.

Roberts “is a proven leader with the ability to use logic and reason to solve today’s problems facing police in higher educational settings,” the association said in announcing the award in the “sworn officer” category. “He has displayed a propensity to be fair and balanced when directing his staff to achieve the goals set for successful police service.”

WVU business school alumnus makes major gift to benefit new B&E building, major projects

Mon, 2018-04-02 13:00

As the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics embarks on a new chapter with plans of a new building complex and other innovative and entrepreneurial initiatives, B&E alumni like Bryan Katchur are helping to the lead the way. 

Residents of Parkersburg, Katchur and his wife, Karen, are giving back to the College in the form of a $100,000 gift to help support the new B&E building complex project on Morgantown’s waterfront, as well as and other projects and programs at the business school.

Award-winning novel ‘Station Eleven’ chosen as WVU’s 2018-2019 Campus Read

Mon, 2018-04-02 11:00

A flu pandemic has decimated the population of the world, unraveling civilization and erasing centuries of technological and scientific advances. Those remaining have figured out how to survive, but is that all there is: survival? What about beauty, art, history and human connection? 

These are the questions at the heart of West Virginia University’s 2018-2019 Campus Read: “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel. This is no post-apocalyptic thriller, but a hopeful story that focuses on a traveling theater and music troupe determined to bring beauty back to shattered communities. This novel centers on characters connected to one another in unexpected ways. 

Carter wins Naismith Trophy Defensive Player of the Year

Mon, 2018-04-02 10:20

The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced that senior Jevon Carter is the first recipient of the newly-created Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award presented by Bona.

Carter Repeats as NABC Defensive Player of the Year

Mon, 2018-04-02 10:10

The stars of the season, including Jevon Carter, were honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches at its annual NABC Guardians of the Game awards show Sunday evening at the Lila Cockrell Theater in San Antonio.

WVU faculty, staff encouraged to support Gold Blue & You Campaign

Mon, 2018-04-02 09:30

West Virginia University faculty and staff can invest in the University through the WVU Foundation’s Gold Blue & You Campus Campaign which kicks off Tuesday (April 3).

Through the Campus Campaign, WVU employees can give to programs or funds across the University they feel passionately about, including scholarship funds, specific departments/units, academic programs and special faculty/student support initiatives.

WVU researcher investigates role of misfolded proteins in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease

Mon, 2018-04-02 08:30

Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease may have more in common than their effects on the functions of the brain and spinal cord. And finding that common thread could lead to a treatment that could work for all three.

A recent study by David Smith, associate professor of biochemistry in the West Virginia University School of Medicine, suggests that at the heart of all three diseases may be misfolded proteins that are shaped in similar ways. His findings have been published in the journal Nature Communications.

WVU takes interim steps to increase driver and pedestrian safety awareness

Thu, 2018-03-29 14:17

In the wake of two more pedestrians being struck by automobiles on or near the West Virginia University campus, University Police today (March 29) added portable signs at intersections where the incidents have occurred.

Two students were struck, but suffered only minor injuries, on Wednesday, March 28, at intersections on Morrill Way and Patteson Drive. The Patteson Drive intersection was also the site of a fatal accident on Feb. 1. Later that month, a second pedestrian was struck and seriously injured crossing Monongahela Boulevard.

Cassese named WVU’s first Harriet E. Lyon Professor in Women's and Gender Studies

Thu, 2018-03-29 08:44

Erin Cassese, an associate professor of political science at West Virginia University, has been named the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences’ first Harriet E. Lyon Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies. The first-of-its-kind professorship recognizes the interdisciplinary role of women’s and gender studies on the WVU campus. It is designed to support the dissemination of knowledge sensitive to gender and places women's concerns, ideas, perspectives and interests at the center of the scholarly and teaching enterprise.

Carter named to John Wooden All-American Team

Thu, 2018-03-29 08:38

Jevon Carter has been named to the 2018 John R. Wooden Award Presented By Wendy's All American Team. The Wooden Award All American Team is made up of ten student athletes who were the top vote-getters in the quest to earn college basketball's most prestigious honor.

Jackson named Fellow of American Academy of Forensic Sciences

Wed, 2018-03-28 15:00

Glen Jackson, a professor of forensic and investigative science at West Virginia University, has been promoted to the rank of Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. The rank is one of the highest recognitions for researchers in the forensic science discipline. It was announced at the 2018 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle.

WVU School of Public Health to kick off National Public Health Week celebration with national organization

Wed, 2018-03-28 14:00

During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week, recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health.

This year, the WVU School of Public Health will celebrate National Public Health Week, April 2-7, with a series of events focused on student and community engagement. The School will kick off its celebration in partnership with the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health’s This Is Public Health Roadshow.

WVU researchers win inaugural R&D grant from AVEVA

Wed, 2018-03-28 10:45

West Virginia University is one of only two universities worldwide selected to receive a research and development program award from AVEVA, a leader in engineering and industrial software. The first-of-its-kind award will be used to focus on the research and development of next-generation engineering design and simulation software.

The WVU team, led by Richard Turton, WVU Bolton Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, and Fernando Lima, assistant professor of chemical and biomedical engineering, will use AVEVA’s Unified Simulation Platform or SimCentral platform, a process simulation tool for designing and operating power plants. 

Mountaineers, Hokies set for rematch

Wed, 2018-03-28 08:27

After an 11-year hiatus in the Black Diamond Rivalry ended in November, the women's basketball team is set to face rival Virginia Tech for the second time this season today (March 28) when the two meet in the 2018 Postseason WNIT Semifinals. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum.

WVU launches new Master of Legal Studies curriculum

Mon, 2018-03-26 14:00

To meet the changing needs of professionals working with evolving policy and regulatory issues in the justice system, homeland security and healthcare, the West Virginia University Department of Public Administration has launched a new 30 credit hour Master of Legal Studies (MLS) curriculum for fall 2018.

WVU Libraries opens exhibition about the U.S. Congress

Mon, 2018-03-26 13:00

The United States Congress is the branch of the federal government closest to the people, where representatives and their constituents most directly engage over the issues of the day. Yet many Americans view Congress with a mix of frustration, confusion, and disapproval.

To promote a better understanding of Congress, the West Virginia and Regional History Center at West Virginia University Libraries will open a new exhibit, “The People’s Branch: Exploring the U.S. Congress with Archives,” on April 2, in the Downtown Campus Library’s Rockefeller Gallery. It will remain on display through December 2018.

West Virginia University launches minor in addiction studies to combat the nation’s opioid crisis

Mon, 2018-03-26 08:45

In the face of the national opioid epidemic, the West Virginia University College of Education and Human Services will launch its minor in addiction studies beginning in the fall of 2018. The minor, open to undergraduate students in all academic disciplines, will provide students with a broad-based view of addiction theories, assessment and treatment to prepare them for employment in substance use disorder treatment and related settings.

“There is a clear need in our State and nation for professionals who can address the unique needs of individuals and families who are coping with substance use disorders,” said CEHS Dean Gypsy Denzine. “We created the minor in addiction studies to provide students in a variety of fields with the necessary skills to make a difference in this area of great need.”