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2018 WVU Sports Hall of Fame class revealed

Tue, 2018-05-29 08:14

The 2018 class includes Kate Bulger (women's basketball), Jon Capon (men's soccer), Avon Cobourne (football), Mike Gansey (men's basketball), Tom Keane (football), Larry Krutko (football), Eleanor Lamb (administration), Steve Slaton (football), Bev Fry Plocki (gymnastics), Pat White (football) and Web Wright (rifle). Induction ceremonies will take place Sept. 22, prior to the West Virginia-Kansas State football game.

WVU board OKs FY19 budget assumptions, tuition and dining services vendor

Fri, 2018-05-25 14:17

The West Virginia University Board of Governors took steps Friday to ensure a strong, vibrant education for its students, and continued its search for revenue that can help mitigate needed increases in tuition and fees.

The Board approved budget assumptions for the fiscal year beginning July 1, based on a 5.7 percent increase in tuition and fees and an incoming full-time freshman class of 4,900. 

Summer at WVU: Young people can learn new skills, make new friends

Thu, 2018-05-24 13:00

All summer, various youth camps and summer programs at West Virginia University—both on and off campus—will help young people develop new skills while making new friends.

Learning sports and adventure photography and video, how to start a business, the skills of a forensic scientist or how to create works of art are just a few of the experiences students can explore. 

WVU School of Dentistry operates new specialty program to treat gum disease

Thu, 2018-05-24 12:00

A new post-graduate program at the West Virginia University School of Dentistry trains dentists to become specialists in preventing and treating gum disease and related conditions in the use of dental implants.

Dr. Gian Pietro Schincaglia will lead “Periodontology and Dental Implant Surgery,” a program designed for students to develop a better understanding of periodontal disease and the prevention and management of this condition that leads to tooth loss.

NCAA releases APR data

Wed, 2018-05-23 15:53

West Virginia University's combined varsity athletic teams have an Academic Progress Rate score of 984 according to data released today by the NCAA. The 984 score is WVU's highest in the 14 years of the NCAA Academic Performance Program.

WVU Public Health faculty lead efforts in evaluating substance use disorder services

Wed, 2018-05-23 15:45

A new effort at West Virginia University will support the state’s campaign to address the opioid crisis.

Team from WVU finishes second in DOE-GM sponsored EcoCAR 3 competition

Wed, 2018-05-23 14:45

At the end of year two of the EcoCAR 3 competition, the team from West Virginia University won the “Team to Watch” award, which is presented to the school that shows strong improvement from year one as well as the potential to grow in future years of the competition. 

That prediction came true on Tuesday, May 22, when WVU vaulted over perennial favorites University of Alabama, Virginia Tech, University of Tennessee and Georgia Tech to finish second overall in the four-year competition. The competition, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors and challenged teams from across the nation to redesign a Chevrolet Camaro to reduce its environmental impact while maintaining the muscle and performance expected from this iconic American car, was won for the fourth straight time by Ohio State University.

WVU professors bring the scientific community closer to understanding binary star mergers

Wed, 2018-05-23 09:45

Imagine only knowing 15 people in the world, and as you discover more people, your knowledge expands. Scientists studying our galaxy face something similar as they make discoveries that build our understanding of the universe. 

Maura McLaughlin and Duncan Lorimer, professors of physics and astronomy at West Virginia University, have discovered a new pair of pulsars and have followed up on characteristics of another new duo. Their research will bring insights into the understanding of the how many of these systems exist and the rate in which they merge in our galaxy. 

WVU, Revature partnership to provide on-campus coding training

Tue, 2018-05-22 09:45

West Virginia University and Revature, a leading technology talent development company, have announced a strategic partnership to provide WVU and other college graduates with hands-on technology training that will help prepare them to fill a demand for highly-skilled software programmers. 

Revature will offer intensive coding programs beginning in May. Immersive programs that teach recent graduates enterprise and emerging technology skills will be held on the WVU campus, providing companies in the region with direct access to highly-skilled technology talent through Revature.   

WVU researchers receive funding from the Alpha Foundation to study mine safety and health

Tue, 2018-05-22 08:45

A pair of research teams from West Virginia University have received close to $500,000 in funding from the Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health.

The first team, led by Derek Johnson, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, will look at cost-effective ways to measure methane in longwall coal mining operations in hopes of preventing the most feared hazards in underground coal mines: methane and dust explosions. Joining Johnson on the team are Nigel Clark, George B. Berry Chair of Engineering and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, Yi Luo, associate professor of mining engineering, and Mark Sindelar, research assistant professor of mining engineering.

WVU biology student links Clean Air Act to red spruce recovery in Appalachia

Mon, 2018-05-21 10:55

A dramatic recovery of red spruce trees in the central Appalachian Mountains led West Virginia University researchers to pursue the driving factors behind improved forest health.

After a 50-year period of declining growth of the tree species prior to the Clean Air Act, a new study by Justin Mathias, a biology Ph.D. candidate, and Richard Thomas, chair and professor in the Department of Biology, found that declining air pollution alongside increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide and warmer spring temperatures have resulted in dramatic forest growth recovery.

Inaugural class of WVUteach graduates celebrate achievement, prepare for STEM teaching careers in West Virginia

Mon, 2018-05-21 09:30

West Virginia University celebrated its first graduating class of the WVUteach program this commencement season. The program is designed to provide students the opportunity to fulfill their majors of choice while exploring the profession of teaching in science, technology, engineering and math fields. WVUteach offers hands-on learning, allowing students to supplement their four-year degrees with the experience and certification necessary to teach secondary math or science. 

This year’s WVUteach scholars are mathematics majors Bradley Post and Angelo Inglisa and physics major Alec Dufresne. In 2019, the program expects 12 graduates, three from the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, eight from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and one with an intercollegiate biochemistry major. 

WVU Board continues work on implementing faculty, academic rules

Fri, 2018-05-18 10:40

The West Virginia University Board of Governors continued its work Friday (May 18) on the process of enacting new policies and procedures in the wake of the state Legislature’s  adoption of laws permitting more independence from the state Higher Education Policy Commission.  

In a special meeting, the Board approved final academic rules and one faculty rule.  

WVU Tech welcomes Dr. Joan Neff as provost

Fri, 2018-05-18 09:57

After an extensive, nationwide search, WVU Tech administration has announced the installment of Joan Neff as the University’s new provost.

Neff will oversee the institution’s academic efforts, working alongside the academic deans and faculty to maintain and enhance the quality of academic programs, implement innovation in the classroom and encourage the professional development of WVU Tech’s instructors.   

WVU Medicine Children’s launches School Intervention Program

Thu, 2018-05-17 11:14

When a child is hospitalized, what he or she considers “normal” – going to school, participating in extracurricular activities, daily routines – is disrupted. For children who are admitted for extended stays at WVU Medicine Children’s, a new School Intervention Program is available to keep them on track, so they can return to their classrooms without missing a beat.

Basketball Hall of Fame Showcase announced

Thu, 2018-05-17 11:10

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the matchups for the annual Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase presented by Citi on Sunday, December 16 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Training 'ninja' analysts

Thu, 2018-05-17 11:00

Karen and Mike Carver, West Virginia University sociology and anthropology alumni and owners of Ninja Analytics, gave $25,000 to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology to support student research.

WVU Extension partners with drug courts to offer a fresh start to residents fighting addiction

Wed, 2018-05-16 12:00

Illicit drug use in the United States has been steadily increasing, and in 2014 alone, more than seven million Americans who struggled with drug use. West Virginia has the highest rate of drug-related deaths in the United States and one-in-10 people in the state battle with some form of drug addiction. 

West Virginia has taken measures into its own hands by adding supportive, alternative education programs to augment drug courts, which are designed to be an alternative to serving jail time for nonviolent, drug-dependent offenders. The goal is to reduce future offenses and substance abuse, while providing life skills.  

WVU Upward Bound Provides Summer Food Service Program

Tue, 2018-05-15 13:36

The West Virginia University (WVU) Upward Bound (UB) program announces its sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s federally funded Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) for its 2018 summer residential program.

UB will receive reimbursement from the USDA for meals served to income-eligible students enrolled in the camp. Approximately 30 high school students will attend the summer program located on the WVU campus from June 25 through August 3. Students will eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at two WVU Dining Services locations on campus, Café Evansdale and Hatfield’s, from Monday-Friday during the duration of the summer program.  

Founding director of Art Museum of WVU to retire in July

Mon, 2018-05-14 11:38

Art Museum of West Virginia University Director Joyce Ice announced Monday (May 14) her plans to retire, effective July 7.