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West Virginia 4-Hers capture two titles at national competition

Wed, 2017-05-24 09:10

Four Monroe County youths added to a legacy of West Virginia University Extension Service 4-H teams who have fared well in land judging and homesite evaluation contests by winning the national championship in both categories at the National Land, Range and Homesite Evaluation Contest held in Oklahoma on May 4.

DPS Land Services endows scholarship benefitting WVU Davis College students

Wed, 2017-05-24 08:00

Energy land management students at West Virginia University will have additional opportunities to network with industry professionals thanks to an endowment established by DPS Land Services.

The $25,000 endowment – the first for the energy land management program in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design – is designed to provide funding to support travel for conferences, meetings and other extracurricular activities for students enrolled in the program.

Coben named to lead WVU School of Public Health

Tue, 2017-05-23 10:11

Jeffrey Coben, M.D., has been named dean of the West Virginia University School of Public Health.

“Jeff Coben has been instrumental to the success of the School of Public Health in attracting and educating students since its founding. He is among the most respected leaders in public health in West Virginia and across the country,” said Clay Marsh, M.D., WVU vice president and executive dean for health sciences. “All of us at WVU are extraordinarily grateful to Jeff for his willingness to step up and lead this School forward.”

WVU’s ‘Book Club for the Soul’ combines summer reading with meditation classes

Tue, 2017-05-23 08:57

Living well and finding joy in life are two things we all yearn for in these times of uncertainty and change. They are also the topics being explored in “Book Club for the Soul,” a unique summer course to be held on the West Virginia University campus during June and July.

Participants will read books by authors Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Douglas Abrams, as well as Buddhist nun Pema Chodron and will take part in meditation classes designed to enhance well-being.

Late WVU genetics professor honored by former student

Mon, 2017-05-22 12:06

A long-time West Virginia University genetics and developmental biology professor who had a profound impact on his students has been honored through the establishment of a graduate fellowship and the naming of a conference room in the new Agricultural Sciences Building.

The Dr. Valentin Ulrich Genetics & Developmental Biology Fellowship and the Dr. Valentin Ulrich Conference Room will be dedicated at 4 p.m. June 23 in Room 3402 of the Agricultural Sciences Building during a reception to honor the late professor. Ulrich died in 2009, but his legacy will remain a part of the college through the fellowship and conference room naming.

WVU professor traveling to Israel as part of summer faculty fellowship

Mon, 2017-05-22 08:15

This June, West Virginia University professor Jim Anderson will expand his own horizons and make international connections as part of the Jewish National Fund Faculty Fellowship Summer Institute in Israel.

Anderson, whose areas of expertise include wetland ecology and wildlife ecology and management, is the first WVU faculty member to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

WVU Law's employment rate beats the national average

Fri, 2017-05-19 13:09

Graduates from WVU Law are employed at rates higher than the national average. That is the message in employment data recently released by the American Bar Association (ABA) for the Class of 2016 from 204 law schools.

WVU professor’s patented system could save lives and make cities more resilient after natural disasters

Thu, 2017-05-18 13:57

(Editor’s note: An online media kit containing downloadable videos, photos and other resources is available at WVUToday.) 

Fear of the “Big One,” a magnitude 8.0 or greater earthquake, has been fodder for cinema and amusement park rides for decades, but the reality could be devastating for communities who are unprepared for that rare rupture or even weaker, but more common, lower-magnitude tremors. 

WVU faculty inspire students to pursue research, achieve National Science Foundation fellowships

Thu, 2017-05-18 08:30

Two West Virginia University students will take their research projects to a new level and one NSF fellow will bring her research to the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources thanks to prestigious graduate fellowships from the National Science Foundation.

And they credit their success to the faculty who mentored and supported them.

Elementary school students create scholarship at WVU business school with lemonade stand proceeds

Wed, 2017-05-17 13:46

Each year, less than a football field away from the College of Business and Economics, elementary school-aged students from the area near West Virginia University put forth their best entrepreneurial efforts on Lemonade Day. And each year, the group of participating students gets to decide where their proceeds will go.

This year, the group of budding entrepreneurs took the project to a whole new level, deciding to create a scholarship with their Lemonade Day efforts for a WVU business school student interested in entrepreneurship.

Renowned pediatric urologist to join WVU Medicine Children’s

Wed, 2017-05-17 09:42

Michael Ost, M.D., pediatric urologist, has been named associate surgeon-in-chief for WVU Medicine Children’s and professor of surgery at the West Virginia University School of Medicine effective Sept. 1.

WVU Selected as a Peace Corps Prep Partner School

Wed, 2017-05-17 09:37

West Virginia University will prepare undergraduate students for a global career and a competitive edge when applying to the Peace Corps through a new certificate program that aligns curriculum and service learning to meet the needs of this internationally recognized organization.

The Peace Corps recognized this effort by naming WVU a partner school. There are more than 70 active Peace Corps prep schools in the country. WVU’s globally infused curriculum and established service learning program make it possible for students to prepare for international fieldwork in the six sectors that the Peace Corps serves: education, health, environment, agriculture, youth in development and community and economic development.

WVU concession sales benefit many

Tue, 2017-05-16 14:05

Whenever you are purchasing a hot dog, hamburger, soft drink or your favorite beverage at West Virginia University athletic events, chances are that smiling face serving you is a volunteer working for a local non-profit group.

Five awarded WVU Foundation Scholarships

Tue, 2017-05-16 13:54

With the Class of 2017 only recently making its departure from West Virginia University, a new freshman class began forming Tuesday (May 16) with the announcement of the next group of five WVU Foundation Scholars, the highest academic scholarship the University awards.

The group included the first recipient from tiny Wirt High School, as well as two from Wheeling Park High School; others were from Morgantown High School and Hedgesville High School.

WVU researchers partner with West Virginia Natural Resources Conservation Service to improve the lives of West Virginians

Tue, 2017-05-16 11:30

When it comes to problem-solving, the WVU Davis College and the West Virginia Natural Resources Conservation Service have a lot in common. This is one of the many reasons why the two entities developed a five-year project agreement in 2015, initially allocating resources for six research projects to be carried out by WVU researchers.

WVU School of Medicine names university’s first patient care music therapist

Mon, 2017-05-15 11:08

Amy Rodgers Smith, M.M.T., assistant professor in the West Virginia University School of Medicine’s Department of Physical Therapy, was recently named as the university’s first healthcare-focused music therapist.

2017 May Commencement

Sun, 2017-05-14 17:01

Libraries and Honor College name two Munn Scholars

Thu, 2017-05-11 14:00

West Virginia University Libraries and the Honors College selected Hayley Harman and Janelle Vickers as 2017 Robert F. Munn Undergraduate Library Scholars.

“All of us at WVU Libraries and the Honors College congratulate our Munn Scholars, Hayley Harman and Janelle Vickers, for producing impressive works of scholarship,” Dean of Libraries Jon E. Cawthorne said. “They clearly dedicated considerable time and effort to gathering and evaluating pertinent resources, and we celebrate their use of scholarship in their research.”

NCAA releases Academic Progress Report data

Thu, 2017-05-11 09:43

West Virginia University’s combined varsity athletic teams have an Academic Progress Rate score of 982 according to data released today by the NCAA. The 982 score is WVU’s highest in the 13 years of the NCAA Academic Performance Program.

Roll of Distinguished Alumni nominations open for WVU business school

Thu, 2017-05-11 09:30

The West Virginia University College of Business and Economics will accept nominations for the 2017 Class of its Roll of Distinguished Alumni through June 30.

This year’s inductees will be honored on October 13 at a luncheon at WVU’s Erickson Alumni Center on the Evansdale Campus. The Roll of Distinguished Alumni was founded during the business school’s 60th anniversary year in 2011, and adds inductees each year to recognize the tremendous success of its graduates.