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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.

WVU Extension Service urges residents to put safety first when heating homes

Fri, 2018-01-05 14:00

With frigid temperatures well below normal and not much relief in sight, many West Virginia residents are turning to additional heat sources to help their primary heater keep up with the arctic chill that has dominated early winter.

One of the most affordable and common alternatives are space heaters. While they can keep certain rooms warmer, they’re a bit of a double-edged sword according to West Virginia University Safety and Health Extension specialists.

WVU receives $750,000 to support science advisor to help address regional water quality concerns in the Chesapeake Bay watershed

Fri, 2018-01-05 13:00

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will provide the West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design with $750,000 over the next five years to support hiring a science advisor to assist the agency with addressing regional water quality concerns in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

“A vibrant and healthy agricultural sector is one key to restoring and improving the Chesapeake Bay,” said Jason Hubbart, the Davis College associate dean for research and director of the WVU Institute of Water Security and Science.

WVU researcher to conduct neuroimaging studies on people with autism

Fri, 2018-01-05 11:00

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in every 68 children born in the United States has a form of autism. Children with autism spectrum disorder typically pay less attention to faces and other social stimuli, preferring to fixate on objects. Shuo Wang, an assistant professor of chemical and biomedical engineering at West Virginia University, is hoping to find out what role a portion of the brain may play in this behavior.

Wang will conduct electrophysiology studies on abnormal signaling in the amygdala, the brain’s alarm circuit for fear and a critical brain structure for social behavior. His work is being funded by a three-year, $200,000 grant from The Dana Foundation, the first ever received by WVU.

WVU Stroke Center at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital awarded state’s only Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers

Thu, 2018-01-04 10:30

WVU Medicine today announced that the WVU Stroke Center at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.

In a first for West Virginia, WVU Heart and Vascular Institute team implants life-saving heart pump

Wed, 2018-01-03 14:30

A 62-year-old Maryland man with a failing heart has received a permanent heart pump in an operation performed for the first time in West Virginia. A team of specialists at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute on Dec. 11 installed the pump, known as a left ventricular assist device for Ken Ritchey of LaVale, Maryland.

Men's basketball wins 2nd straight on road, 13th straight overall

Tue, 2018-01-02 08:46

Bob Huggins reached back to his basketball past to help West Virginia win its 13th straight game Monday night at Kansas State.

WVU reminds campus community of winter weather procedures as new semester begins

Tue, 2018-01-02 08:30

West Virginia University’s spring semester starts Jan. 8, calling for a reminder about how the University responds when harsh winter weather occurs. 

Should conditions occur making travel potentially dangerous, both students and employees are reminded to use their own good judgment before venturing out.