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WVU plans Friday bell-ringing ceremony

Tue, 2018-01-16 12:37

West Virginia University will hold a bell-ringing ceremony, coordinated by the Office of Campus and Community Life and Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity, on Friday (Jan. 19) in remembrance of student Alana Sulick. 

Sulick,18, a pre-medical laboratory science major from Kingwood, died Nov. 30.

WVU Wind Symphony to play Carnegie Hall

Tue, 2018-01-16 09:30

The West Virginia University Wind Symphony will take its talents from Morgantown to Manhattan as it makes its debut in one of the world’s most prestigious music venues a in March. The festival is held March 3-7, and will feature a showcase performance by the Wind Symphony March 6. 

The Wind Symphony is one of two selected showcase ensembles for the 2018 New York Wind Band Festival, which brings together six of the best high school groups in the nation to perform and be evaluated by a panel of prominent wind band directors at the historic venue. 

Leader’s legacy, service inspire students during Martin Luther King Jr. Day events at WVU

Mon, 2018-01-15 10:54

In honor of the late Martin Luther King Jr., the West Virginia University Center for Black Culture and Research hosted its 27th annual Unity Breakfast today (Jan. 15) in the Mountainlair Ballrooms; followed by a day of service organized by the Center for Service and Learning.

This keynote speaker for this year’s breakfast was Charleston artist, advocate and entrepreneur Crystal Good. Good uses poetry and performance to explore the landscape of Appalachia as a lens into the universe.

Athletic Director Shane Lyons provides mid-year update

Fri, 2018-01-12 12:00

Athletic Director Shane Lyons takes a peek back at what the program has done before setting sights on what's ahead.

B&E expands entrepreneurial initiatives with addition of in-house business coach

Fri, 2018-01-12 11:15

The West Virginia University College of Business and Economics has strengthened its commitment to entrepreneurship by adding a business coach in the BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Deborah Magyar is the new West Virginia Small Business Development Center business coach at B&E, an addition WVU’s business school dean said reaffirms a dedication to fostering entrepreneurship and transforming the business landscape across the state.

WVU researcher uses photography to analyze food access among rural seniors

Fri, 2018-01-12 08:30

Lauri Andress, an assistant professor in the West Virginia University School of Public Health, is working to disrupt the current model for how seniors in rural Appalachia access healthy food.

“The way the health system chooses to address those problems is not moving the needle or supporting efforts that would get at the heart of these problems,” she said.

New program established to enhance leadership skills in WVU Davis College students

Thu, 2018-01-11 14:45

This spring, high-achieving freshmen in the West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design will be offered a chance to become part of new program designed to enhance their leadership skills and career preparedness.

The Davis-Michael Sustainability Fellows Program will offer transformational learning opportunities to exceptional students across all disciplines in the college.

WVU Reed College of Media among the best in MediaShift rankings

Thu, 2018-01-11 14:38

The West Virginia University Reed College of Media has topped two different “best of” lists for innovation.

MediaShift, the premier destination for insight and analysis at the intersection of media and technology, recently announced its top picks for media innovation in several areas. Dean Maryanne Reed was recognized in “EducationShift20: Honoring Innovative Journalism Educators.” College of Media faculty Dana Coester and Gina Martino Dahlia were listed in “MediaShift20: Recognizing Digital Media’s Top Innovators” for their work on “100 Days in Appalachia,” which was also recognized in “Top 6 Journalism Collaborations of 2017” by MediaShift contributor Stefanie Murray.

WVU researchers investigate disparities in orthodontia completion among Appalachians

Thu, 2018-01-11 08:30

Orthodontic care, such as braces, bite plates and retainers, typically costs between $3,000 and $8,000. But research out of the West Virginia University School of Dentistry suggests that only half of Appalachian orthodontia patients can complete their treatment.

WVU researchers Chris Martin, professor of orthodontia, Daniel McNeil, clinical psychologist and professor of dental practice and rural health, and third-year student of dentistry, Breana Dieringer, wanted to find out why. The researchers hope that by more accurately predicting which patients may have difficulty sticking with treatment, dentists and orthodontists can intervene.

New study led by public health researcher finds ‘suicides by drugs’ profoundly undercounted in the United States

Wed, 2018-01-10 15:10

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate in the United States increased by 34 percent between 2000 and 2016. While that rate seems high, a team of researchers led by a West Virginia University faculty member believes it is seriously underestimated.

A new study suggests that the difference may be due to drug intoxication suicides being misclassified. Ian Rockett, professor of Epidemiology in WVU’s School of Public Health, spearheaded the study conducted by an international team of renowned epidemiologists, psychiatrists, emergency physicians and a chief medical examiner.

New program established to enhance leadership skills in WVU Davis College students

Wed, 2018-01-10 14:45

This spring, high-achieving freshmen in the West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design will be offered a chance to become part of new program designed to enhance their leadership skills and career preparedness.

The Davis-Michael Sustainability Fellows Program will offer transformational learning opportunities to exceptional students across all disciplines in the college.

WVU researchers partner with start-up on natural gas to hydrogen and carbon fiber technology

Wed, 2018-01-10 14:01

Researchers from West Virginia University will partner with colleagues from Southern California Gas Company and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on technology that converts natural gas to hydrogen and value-added forms of carbon.

The availability of unprecedented volumes of shale gas resources present a significant opportunity to develop completely new processes for hydrogen generation.

WVU provides update following Gee fall

Tue, 2018-01-09 15:15

Recently it was reported that Dr. Gee fell at the Pittsburgh airport while returning from holiday break. During the testing that followed, it was discovered he had minimal scarring around his heart that could have caused a momentary tachycardia event (when the heart rate exceeds the normal resting rate).

As a precaution, Dr. Gee underwent a procedure on Friday, Jan. 5, to implant an internal defibrillator. His team of physicians report that everything went smoothly and that Dr. Gee is recovering well.

WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute continues to expand

Tue, 2018-01-09 15:05

WVU Medicine announced today (Jan. 9) that Randy Nelson, Ph.D., and A. Courtney DeVries, Ph.D., have been appointed to major leadership roles in the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI).

Countdown to code camp: WVU Extension 4-H program to host innovative camp to help students learn about computer science

Tue, 2018-01-09 13:00

West Virginia youths will get a chance to tap into the technological future as part of Google’s “4-H Computer Science Career Pathway” program. Last year Google awarded $1.5 million to 4-H programs in 22 states, including West Virginia, to help young people learn more about this exciting field. WVU Extension Service is using the grant to host its first 4-H Code Camp at WVU Jackson’s Mill Feb. 23-25 to help area youths get a head start in learning these critical skills.

Financial services pioneer, best-selling author and B&E alumnus to headline 2018 Distinguished Speaker Series Jan. 19

Tue, 2018-01-09 03:30

Robert L. Reynolds, president and CEO of Great-West Financial and Putnam Investments, will add best-selling author to his credentials when he returns to his alma mater later this month. Reynolds is author of the USA Today Bestseller From Here to Security: How Workplace Savings Can Keep America’s Promise returns to West Virginia University on Jan. 19 to talk about the future of investments and retirement in the United States as part of the 2018 B&E Distinguished Speaker Series.

The event, hosted by the WVU College of Business and Economics, will be held at 12:30 p.m. in Ming Hsieh Hall on the WVU downtown campus. Additionally, a book signing event will be held at 3 p.m. that afternoon at the Charles C. Wise Library Atrium, also located on the downtown campus. 

WVU software engineering program 15th in US News Rankings; three other programs in top 100

Tue, 2018-01-09 00:02

 For the second straight year, West Virginia University’s online graduate program in software engineering has been ranked in the top 15 nationwide by U.S. News & World Report in its Best Online Program rankings.

The program, offered by the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, joins a number of other WVU programs – online hybrid MBA (47 out of 267), nursing (51 out 154) and business (non-MBA) (63 out of 158) – that were featured in the rankings released Tuesday. More than 1,300 online programs were reviewed on categories ranging from student engagement, faculty credentials and training and peer reputation.

WVU men's basketball climbs to No. 2 in AP Poll

Mon, 2018-01-08 12:30

Coach Bob Huggins' Mountaineers jumped four spots from No. 6 last week to No. 2 this week in the latest Associated Press Top 25 rankings, revealed earlier today (Jan. 8). It's the highest ranking for West Virginia since Dec. 29, 1959 - Jerry West's senior season.

WVU public health, business schools collaborate to build a digitally skilled workforce in West Virginia

Mon, 2018-01-08 12:30

West Virginia University is expanding its efforts to propel West Virginia’s workforce into today’s digital economy.  

WVU recently was awarded a Digital Economy Initiative grant through Cisco's donor-advised fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Analysis by WVU finance professor for the Wall Street Journal prompts Germany to change how it releases economic data

Mon, 2018-01-08 09:30

An analysis of data prepared for the Wall Street Journal by a West Virginia University business professor last year noted suspicious trading in financial markets in the United Kingdom, where confidential economic data was provided to dozens of government officials in advance of the public release of the data.

In his analysis, WVU professor Alexander Kurov researched key economic announcements over a six-year period in the U.K., including industrial production, Consumer Price Index and jobless numbers. In these announcements, he found evidence of price drift in the “right” direction in the one hour leading up to the public announcement of the data. As a result of these findings and subsequent public discussion, Britain established new policy whereby government officials would no longer have early access to economic data.