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WVU to partner with Code.org to advance computer science in K-12

Fri, 2017-12-08 11:00

Continuing its commitment to excellence in science, technology, engineering and math education, the West Virginia University Center for Excellence in STEM Education announced today (Dec. 8) its selection as a regional partner of Code.org, a national network working to ensure that all students K-12 have the opportunity to learn computer science.

“We are thrilled to become a Code.org Regional Partner and establish CodeWV to help build an effective computer science educator community across West Virginia, particularly in our rural and underserved areas,” said Center Director Gay Stewart. “With computing jobs now the number one source of new earnings in the U.S., computer science must be a critical part of the K-12 curriculum. Not only can we ensure that West Virginia students have the skills necessary for future success, we can also bolster jobs and economic growth in the state.”

WVU statement on student job action at radio station

Thu, 2017-12-07 17:24

WestVirginia University today (Dec. 7) issued the following statement regarding the actions undertaken by student workers at WWVU:

It is unfortunate that students at WWVU, West Virginia University’s student-run radio station, have resorted to a job action that has resulted in the station shutting down, an action which if it continues could jeopardize the station’s license.

WVU students compete in national ‘Real’ Elevator Pitch Competition

Thu, 2017-12-07 15:00

A West Virginia University student placed second in a national competition that required him to explain his business idea in a 40-second elevator pitch. 

Ethan Ball, a senior Entrepreneurship and Innovation major in the College of Business and Economics, was one of two West Virginia University finalists in the St. Louis Elevator Pitch Competition. He plans to use the $1,500 award to further develop his prototype for an innovative housing solution.

David Fryson named WVU senior advisor for diversity community outreach

Thu, 2017-12-07 14:00

David M. Fryson, currently West Virginia University’s vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, will assume a new role as senior advisor to President Gordon Gee for diversity community outreach, as part of a phased retirement.

Fryson joined WVU in 2010 as deputy general counsel before being named its first chief diversity officer in 2012 and then vice president two years later. He will assume his new duties Jan. 1.

WVU research team to test effectiveness of drones, robots in underground tunnels

Thu, 2017-12-07 11:59

Can robots and drones peacefully coexist on search and rescue missions under less than optimal conditions? A research team at West Virginia University plans to find out.

Mechanical and aerospace engineering faculty members Jason Gross and Yu Gu have been awarded nearly $300,000 in funding from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to study autonomous operations of UAVs and ground robots in underground tunnels/caves.

WVU gas utilization team to showcase technology and economic development efforts

Wed, 2017-12-06 14:30

West Virginia University, a leader in technology and economic development around gas utilization, today announced that WVU’s Center for Innovation in Gas Research and Utilization will showcase its achievements at an open house on Tues., Dec. 12, from 4:30 p.m. to  7:30 p.m., at the Erickson Alumni Center.

Speakers will include Provost Joyce McConnell, Brian Anderson, director of the WVU Energy Institute, Gene Cilento, Glen H. Hiner Dean of the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, and John Hu, CIGRU director and the Statler Chair in Engineering for Natural Gas Utilization. The event will conclude with a networking reception.

WVU receives $4 million to commercialize work in vaccinations, artificial intelligence and shale gas energy

Wed, 2017-12-06 13:45

From protecting us from dangerous infections to redefining the future of artificial intelligence to advancing the use of natural gas to bring economic benefit to the state, the depth and breadth of West Virginia University’s research and its potential to improve the lives of the citizens of the state is being recognized.

WVU research is being bolstered by $3.9 million in Research Challenge Grants from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission to build additional research strength and work toward commercial products over a five-year period. The grants were administered by the Commission’s Division of Science and Research.

WVU again sends two teams to NASA Mars Ice Challenge; seeks to defend title

Wed, 2017-12-06 08:44

For the second straight year, West Virginia University will have two teams in the Mars Ice Challenge, a special edition competition under NASA’s Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage brand of competitions.  

Nine universities were selected to participate in the challenge, which seeks revolutionary methods to drill into and extract water from simulated Martian subsurface ice stations. Joining WVU are teams from MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, Colorado School of Mines, Virginia Tech, Northeastern University, Rowan University, University of Tennessee Knoxville and Alfred University. WVU is the only university to field two teams.

WVU physicists tune the dynamics of exotic quantum particles

Tue, 2017-12-05 16:27

Physicists at West Virginia University have discovered a way to control a newly discovered quantum particle, potentially leading to faster computers and other electronic devices.

West Virginia State Auditor announces partnership with WVU for Small Government Monitoring Project

Mon, 2017-12-04 12:15

West Virginia University students have taken on another project that will benefit the state, this time in an effort to help smaller, local governments operate more efficiently. Students at the College of Business and Economics will work in the Small Government Monitoring Project, a program spearheaded by the West Virginia State Auditor’s Office to local governments across the state operate more efficiently and save money.

State Auditor John B. McCuskey said at a press conference today (Dec. 4) at the WVU Erickson Alumni Center that the program was created in response to financial concerns of local West Virginia government officials. 

Mountaineers head to Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl Game, official bowl travel packages available

Mon, 2017-12-04 11:48

Packages including hotel stay at the Omni Dallas Hotel for fans traveling to Dallas are available through PrimeSport, the Official Fan Travel Partner of WVU.

Official pregame events will be announced within the week. Game tickets may be purchased online through WVUGAME.com or by calling 1.800.WVU.GAME. This year’s Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl will be televised nationally on ESPN and will be aired in both English and Spanish on the Heart of Dallas Bowl Radio Network.

WVU graduate awarded international scholarship to study in China

Mon, 2017-12-04 10:40

Colin Lopez has been selected as West Virginia University’s first Schwarzman Scholar and one of only 142 students worldwide chosen to study at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s premiere institutions.

The Schwarzman Scholars program was inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship hosted by Oxford University, but with the goal of confronting the difficult challenges of the 21st century. The students will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures and traveling widely to develop a deep understanding of China, from the language, people and culture to the political and economic realities of the country.

Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl ticket information

Mon, 2017-12-04 09:04

Tickets for West Virginia's appearance in the 2017 Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 26, at the Historic Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas, are now on sale on a priority basis.

WVU accepts Heart of Dallas Bowl invite

Mon, 2017-12-04 09:00

The West Virginia Mountaineers and Utah Utes have officially accepted invitations to play in the 2017 Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl. The game will be played Tuesday, Dec. 26 at Cotton Bowl Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. ET and the contest will be televised by ESPN.

WVU to hold December commencement exercises

Mon, 2017-12-04 08:30

West Virginia University will celebrate its December graduates in two ceremonies held at the WVU Coliseum Dec. 15.

WVU Provost Joyce McConnell will address graduates at the 9 a.m. exercises, which will include the College of Business and Economics and the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

Art Museum of WVU serves as regional education resource

Fri, 2017-12-01 15:30

During public visiting hours, the Art Museum of West Virginia University is a sanctuary of peace and culture, where visitors can view regional and international artwork in a welcoming and professional environment. During the hours the museum is closed to the public, it welcomes hundreds of students each month to use its exhibits and resources as an outlet for learning.

 

Scholarship established in memory of beloved WVU physician

Fri, 2017-12-01 09:00

The Edwin J. and Naomi F. Morgan Medical Scholarship has been established in memory of Edwin James Morgan, MD.

The $50,000 scholarship has been established by Morgan’s brother and sister-in-law, Raymond F. Morgan, MD, and his wife, Sue Ann Morgan, benefiting the School of Medicine at West Virginia University.

WVU student taps University resources to build beekeeping business into success

Thu, 2017-11-30 11:59

 Many West Virginia University students have busy lives, balancing their studies, social activities and family obligations. However, for one student, in addition to all that, there’s 960,000 employees dependent on him to maintain maximum efficiency in his business. The employees? Well, they’re honeybees, and not only is his profit margin at stake, but also an increasingly critical part of ecology — pollination.

By most estimates, bees are slowly disappearing. That’s an important fact since they pollinate roughly a third of all the food we eat, and over 80 percent of crops grown for human consumption need bees and other insects to pollinate them to increase the quality and yield of fruit. It’s not constrained to fruits and vegetables either. Nuts, plants used to produce oils, such as sunflowers, cocoa beans, coffee, tea and cotton are also dependent on pollinators.

WVU Jackson’s Mill continues holiday tradition

Thu, 2017-11-30 09:30

Celebrate the holiday season with the Winter Lights Buffet and Breakfast with Santa held in the historic Mount Vernon Dining Hall at West Virginia University Jackson’s Mill near Weston.

WVU volleyball moves on to NIVC Elite Eight

Thu, 2017-11-30 08:39

Notching its second sweep in two days, the volleyball team downed Temple in the second round of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship on Wednesday evening at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown. The Mountaineers will host the third round of the NIVC Tournament on Monday (Dec. 4) at 6 p.m. inside the WVU Coliseum.

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