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Transitioning from basic science to clinical care, second-year WVU medical students earn white coats

Sat, 2019-03-23 17:48

As they marked a symbolic day in their medical journey, 109 students in West Virginia University School of Medicine’s Class of 2021 received their white coats Saturday (March 23), marking their transition from basic science to clinical care.

“There are many aspects of being a physician – few of which have to do with your wardrobe, but many of which encompass what this white coat represents – care, compassion and responsibility for yourself as a clinician and for your patients as their advocates,” Dr. Clay Marsh, vice president and executive dean of  WVU Health Sciences, said. 

Mountaineers open historic home slate with W.Va. Open

Fri, 2019-03-22 13:30

For the first time in program history, the West Virginia University track and field team competes at The Track & Field Complex at Mylan Park when it hosts the West Virginia Open, on Saturday, March 23. Competition at the meet is slated to begin at 11 a.m., with running events scheduled to commence at 2 p.m. Admission and parking are free for all fans.

WVU researchers evaluate impact of local rail-trails

Thu, 2019-03-21 11:00

 An effort to expand a multi-use rail-to-trail network throughout the Industrial Heartland is drawing on the expertise and work of faculty at the West Virginia University Health Research Center

In 2016-2017, the Center evaluated the business impact of the Mon River Trails System, a network of 48 miles of trails in north central West Virginia. Their unique findings were featured in a recent feasibility study and publicity video by the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition.

WVU researcher finds some Medicaid populations more likely to die by suicide

Wed, 2019-03-20 13:00

West Virginia University researcher has discovered the suicide rate of some Medicaid-insured youth—including girls and young women—is higher than those with private insurance.

John Campo, chief behavioral wellness officer at WVU and the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, and his colleagues are working to fill a gap in analyzed suicide trends among 10- to-18-year-olds. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among this group, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but no studies to date addressed a large subset of the population: Medicaid recipients.

WVU women's basketball WNIT game vs. Rider to tip Thursday at 7 p.m.

Wed, 2019-03-20 09:54

Tipoff for the WVU women's basketball team's WNIT first-round game against Rider has been set for 7 p.m. on Thursday (March 21) at the WVU Coliseum.

WVU to host two-day Esports gaming symposium and master class

Wed, 2019-03-20 08:30

West Virginia University will host a two-day event designed to expose students to career opportunities in Esports, a gaming phenomenon that has become a billion-dollar global industry. 

The Esports Symposium and Master Class held Thursday and Friday (March 21 and 22) offers a general introduction to Esports, organized, multiplayer video game competitions.

Gee: WVU must create positive vision for the future

Tue, 2019-03-19 15:43

 West Virginia University must create a positive vision of the future for not only the campus and the state, but also for a nation that increasingly mistrusts higher education, President Gordon Gee said Tuesday (March 19).

“We cannot let caution or skepticism deter us from visualizing a happier population, a healthier environment and a better world,” Gee said in his biannual State of the University address.

WVU Southern New Jersey Alumni Chapter establishes Eric S. Schaetzle Memorial Scholarship

Tue, 2019-03-19 12:01

The Southern New Jersey Chapter of West Virginia University’s Alumni Association has established an endowed scholarship in memory of WVU graduate Eric Schaetzle. Eric passed away in a car accident shortly after graduating from WVU with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

“He was a young man who had a passion for sports, his family and helping others,” Eric’s brother said. “He was charismatic and always looked to make the best of a situation.”

Board of Governors approves leasing athletic center to Montgomery YMCA

Tue, 2019-03-19 10:37

The YMCA of Kanawha County will be able to use West Virginia University’s former athletic facility in Montgomery under a lease approved Tuesday by the West Virginia University Board of Governors

In a related move, the Board also took steps to terminate a lease-purchase agreement of the former WVU Tech campus with KVC Foundation Inc. 

Men's basketball to host Grand Canyon Wednesday

Tue, 2019-03-19 09:32

The WVU men's basketball team has accepted a bid to the Roman College Basketball Invitational (CBI). The Mountaineers will host Grand Canyon in a first-round game on Wednesday, March 20 at the WVU Coliseum. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.

WVU political scientist receives $1.1 million Minerva Award

Mon, 2019-03-18 15:45

 MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A political scientist at West Virginia University is researching the vulnerability of states that border a hostile, larger power and how that proximity affects the ability of those countries to provide basic services to their people. 

WVU Libraries opens Congressman Arch Moore archives, releases digital photographs

Mon, 2019-03-18 13:45

West Virginia University Libraries’ West Virginia & Regional History Center has opened the congressional archives of former U.S. Congressman and West Virginia Governor Arch A. Moore Jr. and released digitized photographs that document Moore’s decade in the House of Representatives.  

A native of Moundsville, Arch A. Moore Jr. served in the European theatre during World War II before enrolling at West Virginia University as a political science major in 1946. He later earned his law degree from WVU College of Law. In 1949, Moore married Shelley Riley, a fellow WVU student, and they had three children together, Arch A. (Kim) Moore III, Shelley Wellons, and Lucy St. Clair. Daughter Shelley served in the U.S. House of Representatives (2001-2014) and the U.S Senate (2015-present). 

WVU fourth-year medical students learn their residency placements through technology, tradition

Fri, 2019-03-15 16:25

 They might be practicing in state-of-the-art hospitals or using the latest digital charting software, but for West Virginia University School of Medicine fourth-year students, it’s an old-fashioned white envelope that sealed their residency placement fates during Friday’s Match Day events.

Match Day is a national celebration where medical students learn in which U.S. residency programs they will train for the next three to seven years. For WVU’s School of Medicine’s three campuses: Morgantown, Charleston and Martinsburg, the celebration unites more than 100 students, families, faculty members and friends as they unveil their “match.”

WVU College of Law clinic helps veteran with discharge upgrade

Fri, 2019-03-15 14:00

The Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic at the West Virginia University College of Law recently secured a discharge upgrade for an Army veteran that qualifies him for benefits.

Clinic client Jerry Severt, a native of McDowell County, West Virginia, was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1968. Traumatized by the death of his seven-year-old brother in 1970, Severt was unfavorably discharged. 

WVU Board Chair Wilmoth and President Gee statements on McConnell selection as Colorado State presidential finalist

Fri, 2019-03-15 12:37

 West Virginia University President Gordon Gee and Board of Governors Chair William Wilmoth issued the following statements Friday on the announcement from Colorado State University that it had selected WVU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Joyce McConnell as the finalist for its 15th president:

President Gordon Gee:

NSF award to fund undergraduate summer robotics research experience at WVU

Fri, 2019-03-15 11:00

Eight undergraduate students, mostly from the Appalachian region, will come to West Virginia University each of the next three summers to conduct state of the art robotics research, thanks to a more than $287,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

Under the direction of Yu Gu, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, the Research Experiences for Undergraduates site will provide training, mentorship and support to undergraduate students so that they can become independent researchers. Joining Gu on the project as mentors are Powsiri Klinkhachorn, professor of computer science and electrical engineering, and Assistant Professor Jason Gross and Associate Professor Guilherme Pereira from mechanical and aerospace engineering. 

WVU receives grant for statewide financial literacy conference for state educators

Thu, 2019-03-14 13:00

West Virginia University John Chambers College of Business and Economics will expand its Finance University, a financial literacy conference open to primary and secondary educators across the state, thanks to a grant from Next Gen Personal Finance to the Center for Financial Literacy and Education

A nationally renowned organization dedicated to financial literacy, NGPF’s goal is to ensure that 100 percent of students leave high school financially capable by 2030.

WVU researchers investigate the impact of the statewide opioid crisis on teachers

Wed, 2019-03-13 13:00

When their family members struggle with substance use disorders, children bring experiences of neglect, trauma and often, mental health issues into the classroom, creating challenging environments for their teachers. Researchers at West Virginia University have evaluated the impact of the opioid crisis in classrooms across the Mountain State through a survey of 2,205 teachers in 49 counties. 

The study, conducted by three scholars from the WVU College of Education and Human ServicesSara Anderson, assistant professor in the Department of Learning Sciences and Human Development; Jessica Troilo, associate professor in the Department of Learning Sciences and Human Development; and Frankie Tack, addiction studies minor coordinator and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling and Counseling Psychology – blends Anderson and Troilo’s expertise in child development and family systems with Tack’s background in the field of addiction.