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WVU study of rare earth elements moves to second phase

Thu, 2017-08-24 14:37

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory has selected West Virginia University to move forward with its program to extract valuable rare earth elements, vital to the technology industry, from coal mining by-products.

Phase two of the WVU project – which includes $3.38 million of federal and industry funding – will demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of extracting rare earth elements from acid mine drainage, or AMD. The selection follows two earlier NETL awards to study AMD as a feedstock to bolster U.S. domestic supplies of rare earth elements. 

WVU Extension partners with Rainelle bakery, offers hope and opportunity to West Virginia residents overcoming addiction

Thu, 2017-08-24 09:15

West Virginians are no strangers to resiliency.

Through tragic flooding in southern counties and challenging economic times, the state’s people have a way of bouncing back.

WVU Extension Service and partners host series of safety trainings for fruit, vegetable growers

Wed, 2017-08-23 09:30

With new safety regulations and procedures in place for farmers and agribusiness owners, West Virginia University Extension Service is helping local growers navigate these changes while providing education and training to ensure consumer safety.

WVU Extension Service joins the West Virginia Department of Agriculture and West Virginia State University to offer a series of Food Safety Modernization Act training sessions for fruit and vegetable growers, as well as others interested in learning about produce safety. The first Producer Safety Alliance-approved training will be held Aug.31 at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center (200 Armory Dr.) in Beckley. A second session will be offered at the Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College on September 14 in Moorefield. The third session will be held on Sept. 21 at the Comfort Suites (285 White Oaks Blvd.) in Bridgeport. Each session runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New WVU study provides roadmap to lower methane emissions for future heavy-duty natural gas vehicle fleet

Wed, 2017-08-23 08:45

A new study published today (August 23) in the Journal of Air and Waste Management Association builds upon recent heavy-duty natural gas vehicle methane emission measurements to model methane emissions from a future, much larger vehicle fleet. The predicted methane emissions rates from a 2035 natural gas fleet cover a wide range depending on technologies adopted and best management practices employed.

This study, conducted by researchers at West Virginia University’s Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines, and Emissions, comes as the price of natural gas has decreased, leading to interest in natural gas as a cleaner replacement for diesel in heavy-duty vehicles. Natural gas vehicles currently make up a small market share but are predicted to grow significantly over the next few decades.

WVU plans Friday bell-ringing ceremony

Tue, 2017-08-22 11:00

West Virginia University will hold a bell-ringing ceremony, coordinated by the Office of Campus and Community Life and Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity, on Friday (Aug. 25) in remembrance of students Moses Lawer-Yolar, Matthew McCoy, and Jacob McCreesh.

Lawer-Yolar, 20, a pre-business major from Morgantown, died on June 12; McCoy, 19, a philosophy major from Buckhannon, died on June 15; and McCreesh, 20, a political science major from Pittstown, New Jersey, died on July 2.

Decorated WVU/VT former coaches to serve as honorary captains for Black Diamond Trophy Game

Tue, 2017-08-22 10:04

Former West Virginia University football coach and Hall of Famer Don Nehlen and former Virginia Tech football coach and almost assuredly soon to be Hall of Famer Frank Beamer, will serve as honorary captains when West Virginia and Virginia Tech renew their rivalry for the Black Diamond Trophy at FedExField on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m., televised on ABC.

WVU Physical Education Teacher Education recognized for national excellence

Tue, 2017-08-22 09:30

West Virginia University’s Physical Education Teacher Education program has gained national recognition for preparing its students to be effective educators.

The Society of Health and Physical Educators has nationally recognized the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences program for having met or exceeded the Initial Physical Education Teacher Education Standards in preparing its undergraduate students.

WVCTSI expands access to substance abuse treatment in West Virginia

Mon, 2017-08-21 13:45

West Virginia continues to be devastated by the opioid epidemic, leading the nation in overdose death rates. According to STAT News, opioids could kill nearly half a million Americans in the next 10 years.

WVU alumni make estate gift to support first generation college students

Mon, 2017-08-21 13:30

West Virginia University alumni Dr. Kenneth Oldfield and his wife, Angela, are remembering their alma mater in their estate plan with a generous gift to the WVU Foundation.

A portion of the Oldfield’s estate establishes a scholarship fund to benefit future first generation college students.

WVU engineering student rediscovers himself through service, adventure, poetry

Mon, 2017-08-21 12:30

While most students spend their summer breaks decompressing from a busy academic year, one international student from West Virginia University’s Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources used his time off to give back while pursuing his passions.

Mining engineering student Jack Prommel has always had a passion for travel but it was his upbringing in La Paz, Bolivia, that inspired him to spend this summer volunteering in Africa.

Who feels most comfortable asking doctors to wash their hands? Parents

Mon, 2017-08-21 10:52

To keep from spreading illness among their patients, the best action healthcare providers can take is to wash their hands. Dr. Allison Lastinger, a fellow at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, recently led an investigation into whether adult patients and the parents of pediatric patients felt more comfortable asking their doctors and nurses to wash their hands, or reminding them by holding up a sign called a Patient Empowerment Tool (PET).

West Concourse renovations take shape at Milan Puskar Stadium

Fri, 2017-08-18 13:25

What Mountaineer fans appreciated on the east side of Milan Puskar Stadium last year will now be enjoyed on the west side, starting with West Virginia’s season opener game against East Carolina on Saturday, Sept. 9.

WVU and IMG debut Mountaineer Tailgate Club

Fri, 2017-08-18 11:14

West Virginia University Athletics and IMG announced Friday (Aug. 18) the debut of the Mountaineer Tailgate Club, a customizable, premier tailgate and hospitality experience for Mountaineer fans attending home games at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium.

West Virginia University Police Department up for reaccreditation Sept. 10

Fri, 2017-08-18 09:00

West Virginia University’s Police Department will be examined for reaccreditation by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement on September 10.  The IACLEA will examine all aspects of University Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operation and support services, Chief Bob Roberts announced today (Aug. 18).

“Accreditation shows that our department complies with the current best practices in law enforcement,” Roberts said. “Verification by the team that West Virginia University Police Department meets IACLEA’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to keep accreditation – a highly prized recognition of campus public safety professional excellence.”

Mountaineers and WVU Libraries renew TD Challenge

Thu, 2017-08-17 14:18

The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and WVU Libraries are teaming up again for the Mountaineer Touchdown Challenge, a fundraising campaign to benefit the Libraries.

Back-to-school budgeting made simple with advice from WVU Extension Service experts

Thu, 2017-08-17 14:00

Back-to-school time can be exciting for parents and students alike. With so many things to prepare for, shopping for school items might seem overwhelming—but it doesn’t have to be, according to West Virginia University Extension Service experts.

Rockefeller, Burwell to keynote WVU Children’s Health Policy Summit

Thu, 2017-08-17 11:30

As children’s access to quality and accessible health care is in uncertain times, West Virginia University’s John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics is partnering with the WVU Health Sciences Center and WVU Libraries to host a Children’s Health Policy Summit: Understanding the People, Place and Policy Behind Health Care.

The summit is scheduled for Sept. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Erickson Alumni Center. Keynote speakers will include West Virginia native Sylvia Burwell, president of American University and former secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and former U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, a leader in state and federal health care policy for 40 years.

West Virginia University system welcomes record enrollment

Wed, 2017-08-16 16:59

The West Virginia University system began classes Wednesday with record numbers of first-time freshmen enrollment – 6,224 across its three campuses in Morgantown, Beckley and Keyser. The incoming class also features higher test scores and an increase in international students. 

“This increase shows that more high school students everywhere are beginning to recognize the quality education available at West Virginia University,” President Gordon Gee said. “I have been saying for years that West Virginia University is the ‘Goldilocks’ university: not too big, and not too small, but just right.

WVU researchers, health professionals lead new effort to prevent HIV and hepatitis C outbreaks related to opioid epidemic

Wed, 2017-08-16 15:38

When communities face epidemics of drug abuse, a wave of infectious diseases often follows, including hepatitis and HIV. A new federally-funded program in southern West Virginia, led by West Virginia University, will seek to interrupt that cycle. 

“West Virginia has the highest drug overdose fatality and hepatitis rates in the U.S.,” said Judith Feinberg, M.D., of the WVU School of Medicine. “We have not seen an HIV outbreak yet. But it’s a ticking time bomb for us, especially in rural areas where the local health system’s ability to detect and mitigate an HIV outbreak may not be well developed.” 

Mountaineer Center wellness facility under construction at Mylan Park

Wed, 2017-08-16 12:34

The starting gun has sounded and construction workers are off and running building Mountaineer Center, a community wellness facility at Mylan Park featuring competitive and community pools and a track and field complex that will also attract visitors from across the region.

In addition to school and community use, the estimated $40 million, state-of-the-art center will also be home for West Virginia University’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving and track and cross-country teams.