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2016 Benedum Distinguished Scholars to present public lectures on quantum mechanics, the economics of sports, innovation in science, and the first modern war

Fri, 2017-09-22 12:14

The four 2016-2017 Claude Worthington Benedum Distinguished Scholars will present highlights of their award-winning research in individual lectures this fall, beginning this week. All members of the campus and local community are invited to attend these lectures and the receptions following.

The faculty members named Benedum Distinguished Scholars for 2016-2017 were announced last spring. They are:

WVU researcher receives $1.6 million to fight inflammation in neurodegenerative diseases

Fri, 2017-09-22 10:00

Inflammation is overwhelmingly beneficial, helping to fight illnesses caused by bacteria and viruses. However, most neurological diseases involve inflammation in the brain, which is thought to contribute to or exacerbate diseases. A West Virginia University researcher has been recently awarded $1.6 million to conduct research on how harmful inflammation can be targeted without disrupting normal immune function.

WVU Alumni Association hosts Pioneer Sessions Week

Fri, 2017-09-22 09:30

Pioneer Sessions Week returns to the Erickson Alumni Center, Oct. 2-6. Designed to help students and alumni gain professional life-skills development, Pioneer Sessions are focused on connecting alumni with current students to provide an opportunity to facilitate learning and networking. The sessions are sponsored by the WVU Alumni Association’s student organization, the Gold and Blue Crew.

This fall’s lineup features speakers from a variety of different fields and topics ranging from attending law school to financial planning.

WVU business school to host first insurance symposium

Fri, 2017-09-22 09:00

Insurance and risk management represents one of the largest and most important industries in the world, and West Virginia University’s business school has developed an area of emphasis within its finance major designed to meet the needs of that industry.

As a result, the WVU College of Business and Economics Center for Financial Literacy and Education will host its first Insurance Symposium Sept. 25. The objectives are to discuss the critical needs within the industry and help cultivate new talent in a sector that admittedly needs an infusion of bright, new minds.

Researchers find Flint’s water crisis led to fewer babies and higher fetal death rates

Thu, 2017-09-21 16:48

An estimated 275 fewer children were born in Flint, Michigan, while the city was using lead-contaminated water from the Flint River, according to findings by researchers from West Virginia University and the University of Kansas.

“We compared fertility rates in Flint to fertility rates in other big cities in Michigan and we found that, following the water change, fertility rates dropped substantially in Flint but did not change in other areas,” said Daniel Grossman, assistant professor of economics at WVU’s College of Business and Economics. “We also explored fetal death rates in Flint and found that they increased 58 percent following the water switch.

WVU mining extension instructor inducted into National Coal Mine Rescue Hall of Fame

Thu, 2017-09-21 13:00

Jonathan Sabo, a mine rescue and fire brigade instructor with West Virginia University’s Mining Extension Service, has been inducted into the National Coal Mine Rescue Hall of Fame. Established by the Mine Safety and Health Administration, the Hall of Fame honors individuals who stand out as exceptional in the field of mine rescue.

High school students can now start tracking WVU scholarship earning potential through new online platform

Thu, 2017-09-21 11:00

Prospective West Virginia University students who begin assessing their college options in their early high school years can now start tracking their financial options, too.

Starting as early as their freshman year of high school, aspiring Mountaineers can track their progress toward scholarship dollars at WVU through RaiseMe, a free online enterprise that makes calculating scholarship dollars more accessible.

Data analytics program expands to include two-year option at WVU business school

Wed, 2017-09-20 15:00

After the successful launch of the master’s level business data analytics program at West Virginia University, the program has already expanded to meet the needs of students to also offer a two-year option.

With one year under its belt, overwhelming interest, global demand for qualified data analysts and a market growing hungrier by the minute to turn a lot of data into advantages for business, WVU’s College of Business and Economics was quick to respond. After introducing one of the first online, master’s level data analytics programs, the program enters only its second year. Students interested in the Master of Science in Business Data Analytics program will now have a choice of completing the program in one or two years. And choices are good. 

Mountaineer Parents Club to welcome WVU families to annual Fall Family Weekend Sept. 22-24

Wed, 2017-09-20 13:00

The Mountaineer Parents Club will welcome families of West Virginia University students to campus this weekend for the annual Fall Family Weekend. WVU will host a variety of social and educational opportunities to help connect families to the WVU campus, Mountaineer culture, and the greater Morgantown community.

“Fall Family Weekend is great time on campus for students and their families to reconnect,” said Sabrina Cave, assistant vice president of Parent Programs. “Students love having their families visit so that they can show off their new home.”

WVU biology students investigate the impact of climate change on Appalachian forests

Wed, 2017-09-20 11:00

Biology students at West Virginia University are studying the impact of climate change on the forests of the Appalachian Mountains.

Justin Mathias and Nanette Raczka, Ph.D. students in the Department of Biology, have received Smithsonian Center for Tropical Forest Science-ForestGEO grants to support their research.  

WVU research gives self-driving vehicles a boost

Tue, 2017-09-19 13:45

While the future of vehicles may be driverless, West Virginia University is steering the technology in the right direction.

More and more cars being sold today include semi-automated features ranging from self-parking to lane departure to automatic braking, but fully automated vehicles are on the horizon. WVU’s researchers are working to improve vehicle and smart infrastructure technology that underpins their development and their benefit to communities in areas such as safety, energy, traffic, economic opportunity and more. 

WVU business school to induct four into Roll of Distinguished Alumni

Tue, 2017-09-19 13:00

The West Virginia University College of Business and Economics will induct four graduates into its renowned B&E Roll of Distinguished Alumni during WVU Homecoming Weekend. This year’s honorees, who represent various industries, will be inducted during a ceremony and luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 13, at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown.

This year’s inductees will include Armando Anido, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Berwyn, Pennsylvania; Kim Craig, president and chief executive officer of F.N.B. Wealth Management, Morgantown; Royce Harworth Keller, former chief financial officer and chairperson of the board for CLG, Morgantown; and Rodney Williams, CEO and co-founder of LISNR, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Wikimedia Foundation awards grant to WVU Libraries

Tue, 2017-09-19 11:30

The Wikimedia Foundation has award West Virginia University Libraries a $52,000 grant to enable Kelly Doyle, the Libraries’ Wikipedian in Residence for Gender Equity, to continue her efforts at WVU and expand the thriving program to three other universities.

“We are thrilled that the Wikimedia Foundation recognizes WVU Libraries’ contribution to Wikipedia and has chosen to support our continued work of addressing Wikipedia’s gender gap,” said Karen Diaz, interim dean of WVU Libraries. “We are very excited to continue this work and lead the academic library community in Wikipedia initiatives.”

WVU biochemist goes online to X-ray life-sustaining crystals

Tue, 2017-09-19 08:15

Under conventional magnification, the crystals Aaron Robart grows in his West Virginia University lab may look like simple rock salt, but by bombarding them with X-rays, he and his research team can build computational models that reveal the molecules within.

On August 22, Robart, assistant professor of biochemistry in the WVU School of Medicine, used the powerful Advanced Photon Source at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago to zap three types of life-sustaining crystals with X-rays revealing molecular structures that resemble tangles of corkscrew pasta or patterns of daisies.

Change never ages: WVU introduces new gerontology minor

Mon, 2017-09-18 14:00

As the second-oldest state in the nation, West Virginia is in dire need for professionals who can work with its aging population.

To meet this need, the School of Social Work at West Virginia University has launched a new undergraduate gerontology minor, an interdisciplinary program geared toward understanding the biological, social and spiritual aspects associated with the aging process.

Izzo-Brown inducted into WVSA Hall of Fame

Mon, 2017-09-18 13:56

The West Virginia Soccer Association announced the induction of Nikki Izzo-Brown, head coach for the WVU women's soccer team, as a meritorious member into the WVSA Hall of Fame - Class of 2018.

WVU listed among top sales schools in the world for sixth straight year

Mon, 2017-09-18 13:00

West Virginia University’s Professional Sales Institute has been named to the “2017 Top Universities for Professional Sales Education” by the Sales Education Foundation, marking the sixth straight year WVU has been listed among the best schools in the world.

The Professional Sales Institute is located within the WVU College of Business and Economics, and is among the top schools to be recognized in North American and internationally by the SEF. 

WVU Libraries holds film screening, opens exhibit about Vietnam War

Mon, 2017-09-18 11:30

West Virginia University Libraries invites the campus community and the public to a screening and panel discussion of the West Virginia Public Broadcasting documentary “Vietnam: West Virginians Remember” at the Mountainlair’s Gluck Theatre Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. The Libraries welcomes all interested attendees and hopes many student veterans and campus veteran advocates will join us for this program.

A panel discussion will follow the film and feature WVPB Executive Producer Suzanne Higgins and WVU Associate Professor of History James Siekmeier. WVU Reed College of Media Shott Chair of Journalism and Assistant Professor Lois Raimondo will moderate the discussion.

FIve women’s hoops games to air on FOX

Mon, 2017-09-18 08:43

The women's basketball team will have five games air on FOX Sports Networks as part of the Big 12 Conference's 2017-18 television schedule. Three of the contests will be televised nationally, and three games will originate from the WVU Coliseum.

WVU kicks off 2017 United Way campaign

Mon, 2017-09-18 08:15


Vice President and Executive Dean for Health Sciences, Dr. Clay Marsh will serve as the chair of the 35th annual campaign. This year’s theme, My United Way, is designed to allow community members, donors and volunteers to express what the United Way means to them. The campaign, which lasts eight weeks, will wrap up Nov. 10.