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Contura Energy executive to deliver Poundstone Lecture at WVU

Tue, 2017-09-12 09:30

Keith Hainer, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Contura Energy, will speak as part of West Virginia University’s Department of Mining Engineering’s William N. Poundstone Lecture Series. The lecture, titled “A Career of Opportunities,” will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in Grand Hall A of the Erickson Alumni Center.

Challenges, opportunities ahead for West Virginia, Gee says

Mon, 2017-09-11 16:04

(Editors note: A copy of the speech as prepared is available on President Gee’s website. A link to the video shown during the speech is also available at WVU’s YouTube channel.) 

Acknowledging the challenges West Virginia faces while emphasizing the opportunities it has before it, West Virginia University President Gordon Gee delivered his fall State of the University address during Monday’s annual Faculty Assembly meeting held at the Erickson Alumni Center

Nora Myers named director of WVU Tech's LaunchLab in Beckley

Mon, 2017-09-11 15:10

Nora Myers has been named director of WVU Tech’s LaunchLab, a resource center for entrepreneurial WVU Tech students who want to start or grow new business initiatives.

WVU Reed College of Media receives a $150,000 grant to expand community-based reporting aimed at bridging America’s divides

Mon, 2017-09-11 14:00

A foundation launched by the founder of eBay is supporting the efforts of West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media to better tell the stories of Appalachian communities and to help bridge America’s political and cultural divides.

The Democracy Fund recently awarded the College of Media $150,000 to combine and advance three of its successful programs: the Innovator-in-Residence program, currently funded by the Knight Foundation; the start-up digital publication “100 Days in Appalachia,” and the social justice reporting collaboration between the College of Media and Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.

PNC chief economist, Commerce Secretary Thrasher to speak at statewide WVU BBER Economic Outlook Conference

Mon, 2017-09-11 11:00

West Virginia’s economy has seen a turbulent year, filled with budget uncertainty and lot of angst about the future of the state.

That will make the 24th Annual West Virginia Economic Outlook Conference Oct.5 in Charleston that much more important to state business leaders, policymakers and stakeholders. The EOC event will be held at Charleston Embassy Suites from 7:30 a.m. to noon and will include a full agenda that includes data, economic forecasts and key speakers. 

Will power: WVU wins home opener against ECU

Mon, 2017-09-11 08:43

Where there is a Will there is a way. The Will is junior quarterback Will Grier, of course, and the way he's running this Mountaineer offense it's going to be difficult for any team to slow them down, including Oklahoma.

WVU’s State of Minds campaign nears end, but need for support remains

Fri, 2017-09-08 14:58

Even as its State of Minds fund-raising campaign nears a successful conclusion, the need for continued financial support for West Virginia University continues, the Board of Governors was told Friday. 

“Every day brings us new challenges,” Cindi Roth, president and CEO of the WVU Foundation said in her annual report to the Board. “They are profound, they are far-reaching social problems. Our state is the best petri dish in the country, and this university is positioned perfectly to solve the problems that are out there.” 

West Virginia Quilt Documentation Project seeks to record the history of quilts during WVU Mountaineer Week

Fri, 2017-09-08 09:30

West Virginia University’s Mountaineer Week (Oct. 20-29) will be part of the West Virginia Quilt Documentation Project which seeks to record the history of quilts that have been made or are currently housed in West Virginia.

Sponsored by the West Virginia Quilters, Inc., in collaboration with the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and supported by the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, two “documentation days” are slated for Oct. 21 and 22.

WVU professor plays key role in telescope program that will map the history of the Universe

Fri, 2017-09-08 09:00

Since the early 1900s scientists have known that the Universe is expanding but recent studies have shown that the rate of expansion is accelerating. The reason for this is currently unknown; however, Kevin Bandura, an assistant professor in the Lane Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University, has been working on the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment, or CHIME, for the past several years to solve the mystery.

Researchers think that an unknown form of energy, called dark energy, is causing the accelerated expansion but this cannot be confirmed without first understanding the history of the Universe. CHIME is a telescope project that was designed to map that history by studying dark energy and observing hydrogen gas in distant galaxies that were strongly affected by it.

Three elected to WVU Foundation Board of Directors

Thu, 2017-09-07 13:30

Three West Virginia University alumni with successful careers in a variety of industries have been elected to the WVU Foundation Board of Directors.

Gina L. Dubbé of Glenelg, Maryland, graduated from WVU in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and also holds a master’s degree in engineering from George Washington University. She is one of the founding members of Private Digital Networks, an information technology company which focuses on the meld of cloud computing with content delivery. With over 30 years of cross functional expertise, Dubbé’s background has encompassed sales, marketing and business development arenas in tandem with engineering, general and project management. She was the co-founder of THERA°PEARL®, a doctor-designed, drug-free way to relieve pain and inflammation. It was later acquired by Hygenic Corporation. A holder of multiple patents, Dubbé was named to the Forbes list of Women Who Built Outstanding Companies in 2013.

Growing the future: WVU biologists team up to research new bioproducts

Thu, 2017-09-07 10:45

West Virginia University biologists are part of a $40 million Department of Energy effort to create sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts through four new bioenergy research centers.

As part of the Center for Bioenergy Innovation led by the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Steve DiFazio and Jonathan Cumming received $1.25 million to increase the viability of the bioproducts industry by enhancing trees’ biofuel production, while Eddie Brzostek has received $718,000 as part of the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation led by the University of Illinois.

WVU engineering alumnus flies into the eye of Hurricane Irma

Thu, 2017-09-07 08:33

West Virginia University alumnus Nick Underwood has been flying into the eye of Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history, to collect critical data about the storm and where it’s headed.

Underwood, a native of Beaver, graduated from WVU in 2014 with a degree in aerospace engineering. He has spent the last year working with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s Aircraft Operations Center.

WVU Reed College of Media to host panel discussion on covering the Trump Administration

Wed, 2017-09-06 13:07

Every administration has had its run-ins with the press, but the Trump Administration’s relationship with the media has been particularly rocky. West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media will take an in-depth look at that relationship as it hosts the panel discussion Journalism on the Frontlines: Covering the Trump Administration Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.

President Trump has called the media “fake news” and journalism the “enemy of the American people.” His administration has restricted access to the White House press briefings and limited the flow of information to the journalists. 

WVU biologists awarded $1.4 million Air Force grant to examine moths’ olfactory systems

Wed, 2017-09-06 10:59

As humans walk and talk, we sense our own movements or sounds. Yet, we can distinguish our actions from everything else in our environment that affects our senses.

When our nervous systems send motor commands to our muscles, they also send a copy of that motor command, called a corollary discharge, to networks in our brains that process sensory information. This approach allows networks to differentiate self-generated sounds produced by moving from sound generated by other sources.

Clear bag policy reminder: ECU game information

Wed, 2017-09-06 09:40

To provide a safer environment for Mountaineer fans and to expedite entry into all ticketed WVU athletic events, the West Virginia Department of Intercollegiate Athletics enforces the NFL's Clear Bag Policy.

Mountain State Business Index: West Virginia economy to see solid growth through end of 2017

Wed, 2017-09-06 08:49

The Mountain State Business Index jumped 0.3 percent in August, marking the index’s 11th month-to-month gain over the last 13 months. Economists at West Virginia University said the MSBI has risen 1.3 percent on an annualized basis over the last six months and posted a 2.0 percent gain over its August 2016 reading, returning to its highest level since the second quarter of 2015. 

“Given continued improvement to the MSBI, we remain confident that West Virginia’s economy remains firmly in recovery territory and should post moderate growth over the next several months,” said John Deskins, director of the WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research, which operates within the College of Business and Economics and produces the MSBI. 

WVU's IMC graduate program awards first scholarships from new fund

Tue, 2017-09-05 14:00

Two West Virginia University Reed College of Media online graduate students have been awarded scholarships from the College's newly-established General IMC Scholarship Fund. The competitive scholarship, established in 2017 by College of Media alumni and employees Catherine and Chad Mezera, is for students enrolled in the College’s Integrated Marketing Communications and Data Marketing Communications graduate programs.

Barnettes donate Monongalia County family farm to WVU

Tue, 2017-09-05 12:45

Longtime supporters of West Virginia University, alumni Curtis H. “Hank” Barnette and his wife, Joanne Harner Barnette, are donating to the University the Harner-Barnette farm which includes 10 acres of land outside Morgantown, a house and related buildings on the property with furnishings, and farm implements.

WVU intends to use the property, long-term, to develop single-family housing to support the recruitment and retention of faculty and staff, while celebrating the property’s heritage and historical purpose. The property has significant meaning to the Barnettes as it was Harner Barnette’s family homestead. 

WVU researcher works to help prevent childhood obesity

Tue, 2017-09-05 08:15

Melissa Olfert, associate professor of human nutrition and foods in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, hopes to continue the fight against childhood obesity with HomeStyles, a parent-focused educational program devoted to positive diets, physical activity and sleep strategies.

The multi-institution project is supported by a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. WVU was awarded $650,000 for the five-year project.

Inspiration starts with a question: WVU national TV spot shoots for the stars

Fri, 2017-09-01 11:24

West Virginia University’s  2017-2018 national television spot, tying into its “Mountaineers Go First” creative brand campaign, has been released and will debut during Sunday’s football game against Virginia Tech, continuing throughout the academic year. 

The spot explores how WVU is the catalyst to discovery: