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WVU faculty fellows to focus on entrepreneurship and innovation in the classroom

Fri, 2018-01-26 09:30

The IDEA Fellows recently returned from the Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators at Babson College in Massachusetts, where they received extensive training on how to effectively teach entrepreneurship in their coursework. Using the knowledge and skills they learned at Babson, each IDEA Fellow will either create a new course or modify an existing one for the coming academic year. WVU’s faculty members were selected by the Office of the Provost through a rigorous application process open to faculty in all disciplines on WVU divisional campuses at WVU Tech and Potomac State College. As a cohort, the Fellows will work for the next two years to champion entrepreneurship and innovation across the University.

The IDEA Fellows for 2018-2019 are:

WVU graduate student discovers potential target for cocaine- and amphetamine-addiction therapeutics

Fri, 2018-01-26 08:30

Between 2010 and 2015, the combined overdose deaths from cocaine and psychostimulants with abuse potential—a drug category that includes methamphetamine, Adderall and Ritalin—equaled the number of overdose deaths from heroin.

West Virginia University doctoral candidate Joshua Gross is investigating how a particular protein influences the brain’s response to such drugs. Gross is conducting his research in collaboration with his two mentors: David Siderovski, Chair of WVU’s Physiology, Pharmacology, and Neuroscience Department, and Vincent Setola, Director of WVU’s Laboratory of Neuroscience and Genetics of Substance Abuse.

WVU forensic and investigative science professor researching connection between fingerprints and firearms

Thu, 2018-01-25 14:00

A West Virginia University researcher is uncovering how firearm evidence and latent fingerprint evidence helps solve crimes by finding the “perfect match.”

WVU launches inaugural Hazing Prevention Week, convenes special task force

Thu, 2018-01-25 13:00

A new Hazing Prevention Task Force, spearheaded by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, with members representing several different units on campus, has planned a full slate of activities to raise awareness around the issue of hazing and the impact it has on campus, Jan. 29-Feb. 2. 

“Hazing is a criminal act in the State of West Virginia and counterintuitive to the mission of West Virginia University,” said Matthew Richardson, director of the WVU Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. “It is our hope that by providing continuous education through active and passive programs, we’ll be better equipped as a University community to eliminate hazing in every setting possible.”

West Virginia University Office of the Provost reconfigures WVU Online and Teaching and Learning Commons to ensure optimal services for students and faculty

Thu, 2018-01-25 09:00

The West Virginia University Office of the Provost announced today that the Teaching and Learning Commons will be realigning with WVU Online under the leadership of Dean Keith Bailey. As part of this move, Bailey will also be named the assistant provost for teaching and learning. Tracey Beckley, current executive director of the TLC, will become the assistant dean for teaching and learning. This expanded role will encompass online program planning as well as continued growth of services offered by the TLC.

“We’ve taken a close look at our organization and identified two talented people who are ready to take their units in bold new directions,” said WVU Provost Joyce McConnell. “By re-aligning our Teaching and Learning Commons more closely with WVU Online, we are fostering the existing natural collaboration between those units. I am also excited to name both Keith and Tracey to new roles and see the innovative things they do next.”

WVU facilities master update features 16 projects under active consideration

Wed, 2018-01-24 11:33

With five years remaining on its current master facilities plan, West Virginia University has 16 projects that are active, or under consideration, across the system, ranging from a residence hall at WVU Tech in Beckley to better facilities at Jackson’s Mill to remodeling of space in Morgantown, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives Rob Alsop said today (Jan. 24). 

During a special meeting, Alsop updated the Board of Governors on the progress of the 10-year plan adopted in 2012, highlighting accomplishments so far, including new facilities for the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources on the Evansdale campus, as well as improvements in student housing. 

WVU researchers investigate bioelectricity to better understand breast cancer

Wed, 2018-01-24 08:15

Although breast cancer mortality has declined in the U.S., it is still the most frequently diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer deaths in women under 60 years old.

“This suggests there are still some important mechanisms influencing risk, etiology and progression that remain unknown to us,” said Sarah Knox, an epidemiologist at the West Virginia University School of Public Health.

ESPN College GameDay fan information

Tue, 2018-01-23 15:09

Important information related to admission, parking and transportation is now available for Saturday's (Jan. 27) ESPN College GameDay Covered by State Farm event at the WVU Coliseum.

WVU offering nation's first Master of Laws degree in white-collar crime

Mon, 2018-01-22 14:00

West Virginia University has launched the nation’s only Master of Laws degree in forensics for white-collar crime.

The LL.M. in White-Collar Forensic Justice is designed for lawyers seeking expertise in financial fraud and forensic accounting. The 14-month online program is a collaboration between the WVU College of Law and the Department of Accounting at the WVU College of Business and Economics. Classes start in August.

Space shuttle astronaut to be WVU scholar-in-residence as part of the 2017-18 Campus Read

Mon, 2018-01-22 12:30

An astronaut who shares the record for most Space Shuttle missions will visit West Virginia University as a scholar-in-residence to meet with students as a continuation of the yearlong celebration of Hidden Figures, the 2017-18 Campus Read.

Jerry L. Ross will also give a public lecture Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mountainlair ballrooms.

WVU music faculty nominated for Grammy

Mon, 2018-01-22 08:15

An album recorded and produced by West Virginia University faculty in the College of Creative Arts has received a nomination for a 2018 Grammy Award in the Best Classical Compendium category. 

Lucy Mauro, associate professor of piano, and Mark Benincosa, recording engineer and instructor of music technology, released “Mademoiselle – Première Audience” in March 2017 to document the work of Nadia Boulanger, one of the leading musicians of the 20th century, an influential teacher and gifted pianist and organist whose students included Roy Harris, Quincy Jones and John Eliot Gardiner.

College GameDay returns to Morgantown

Sun, 2018-01-21 19:42

ESPN's College GameDay Covered by State Farm is headed to Morgantown on Saturday (Jan. 27) for ahead of the Big 12/SEC Challenge matchup featuring No. 18 Kentucky and No. 6 West Virginia (7 p.m. ET, ESPN). The morning show will be live from the Coliseum, beginning at 11 a.m. on ESPN, followed by an evening edition leading into the game telecast.

Two selected in NWSL College Draft

Fri, 2018-01-19 09:12

For the first time in program history, two members of the women's soccer program were selected in the National Women's Soccer League College Draft, as Michaela Abam and Amandine Pierre-Louis were drafted with the No. 4 and No. 6 overall picks by Sky Blue FC.

Recent graduate is first WVU finalist for international Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Fri, 2018-01-19 08:15

Dillon Muhly-Alexander, a 2017 West Virginia University graduate, has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, an award that funds graduate study at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Muhly-Alexander, who was also a Rhodes finalist in 2017, is WVU’s first Gates Cambridge finalist.

Muhly-Alexander is currently serving in a one-year position as an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer in the Honors College where he assists with program development relating to increasing education accessibility for first-generation and low-income students.

Regrowth: WVU biology professor seeks to use reclaimed mines for plant growth

Thu, 2018-01-18 12:30

 Jonathan Cumming has always been interested in plants and the way they grow. A professor of biology at West Virginia University, it all started when he was growing plants in his house as a child and, years later, he chose to focus his career on identifying specific plants and how they thrive in different types of soil. 

Today, he is studying willow and poplar trees by analyzing their differential sensitivity to soils that are left behind after mining.

Nationally recognized sport and coaching science experts featured in upcoming WVU seminar

Thu, 2018-01-18 09:30

A West Virginia University-hosted event will provide unprecedented access to renowned sport sciences professionals. The first workshop of its kind in West Virginia will feature speakers typically found on national platforms and allow area coaches an opportunity to benefit from the locally-based clinic.   

“This is an incredible opportunity for coaches and strength coaches in the state and surrounding area. We will truly have some of the world leaders in the field of strength and conditioning and sport science attending and presenting the state clinic. Additionally, it is a tremendous chance for students to learn from icons in the field,” Guy Hornsby, West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences  athletic coaching education teaching assistant professor, explained.

WVU Reed College of Media receives $250,000 AEP Foundation grant to expand community branding initiative

Thu, 2018-01-18 08:15

West Virginia University Reed College of Media students will work with local communities to tell and “sell” their stories thanks to a grant from the American Electric Power Foundation.

The $250,000 grant supports WVU’s Community Branding Initiative, BrandJRNY. Students enrolled in specialized upper-level strategic communications courses will develop integrated communications campaigns for selected West Virginia communities within AEP’s Appalachian Power service area. Students will hone skills in campaign research, strategy, community engagement, budgeting, innovative storytelling and creating promotional materials, while they discover and decide how best to brand each community.

Gee-SPN delivers a Mountaineer basketball edition of Gee Mail

Wed, 2018-01-17 09:12

The West Virginia University  men's basketball team is off to a hot start as a Top 10 contender this season. 

WVU to continue normal operations today, students and employees urged to use caution during inclement weather

Wed, 2018-01-17 06:24

West Virginia University’s main campus in Morgantown will operate on a normal schedule today (Jan. 17).

Several University officials have consulted on the condition of campus roads and grounds as well as conditions in the vicinity. While roads and sidewalks may have been plowed and treated, they will remain icy in spots. Be sure to drive slow, allow extra time and use caution.

Football announces change in future schedule

Tue, 2018-01-16 15:53

West Virginia University Director of Athletics Shane Lyons and Pitt Director of Athletics Heather Lyke have announced the "Backyard Brawl" football game in 2022 at Heinz Field will be moved to Sept. 3 and will be the season opener for both schools.