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WVU names director of Greek Life

Wed, 2017-08-16 12:20

Matthew Richardson has been named director of Greek Life at West Virginia University, effective August 28. Richardson is currently the coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Pittsburgh.

As the director of Greek Life, he will provide leadership in moving forward WVU’s strategic initiative to strengthen and promote the positive aspects of the Greek community, with special emphasis on scholarship, service, leadership, friendship, and safety.

WVU opens Humanities Center; Claycomb to serve as interim director

Wed, 2017-08-16 08:25

West Virginia University is opening a new center for the humanities to support innovative, collaborative, and interdisciplinary faculty research in all humanities fields. Dr. Ryan Claycomb will serve as founding interim director. He most recently served as associate dean of the WVU Honors College

“Scholarly research faces defunding from the state and national levels, and the humanities disciplines are vulnerable because their value is hard to quantify,” said WVU Provost Joyce McConnell

WVU Law mourns the passing of Justice Frank Cleckley

Tue, 2017-08-15 15:00

Justice Franklin D. Cleckley, the Arthur B. Hodges Professor of Law Emeritus at the West Virginia University College of Law, passed away in Morgantown on August 14.

“Frank was a giant in legal education and in law practice,” said  Gregory W. Bowman, dean of the College of the Law. “He had one of the keenest intellects I have ever known, and he was admired and loved as a friend and colleague across the state and the country. He will be missed. Please keep his family in your thoughts.”

WVU to participate in national study of PhD student outcomes

Tue, 2017-08-15 08:30

West Virginia University will be participating as an affiliate partner in a collective effort spearheaded by the Council of Graduate Schools to gather and use data about the careers of Ph.D. students and alumni. The broad-based survey will collect data about Ph.D. careers in both STEM and humanities fields and is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

A total of 48 universities have been selected to participate as funded research partners or project affiliates. Collectively, these institutions award more than 8000 Ph.D. degrees annually (on average); WVU awards an average of 183 annually (2013-16).

WVU Foundation’s University Fund sets all-time giving record

Tue, 2017-08-15 08:30

Donors to the University Fund, the annual giving program of the West Virginia University Foundation, gave $21.6 million in fiscal year 2017, an all-time high record. The previous record high was $21.4 million donated in fiscal year 2016.

The $21.6 million is part of an overall $139.8 million in gifts and pledges by donors to WVU between July 1, 2016 and June 30, the second highest fiscal year of giving ever in the Foundation’s history. Foundation officials say 17,484 individual donors made 35,946 gifts to WVU through the University Fund between July 1, 2016 and June 30. 

Izzo-Brown sheds light on 2017 season

Mon, 2017-08-14 10:37

With preseason nearly complete and two exhibition wins to its name, the No. 1-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team can now turn its attention to its season opener, a 4 p.m. match at No. 5 Georgetown on Friday, Aug. 18, at Shaw Field, in Washington, D.C.

WVU Libraries receives fourth grant to digitize historical newspapers

Fri, 2017-08-11 13:30

The West Virginia University Libraries’ West Virginia & Regional History Center has received a $210,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue digitizing newspapers published in West Virginia from 1836 to 1922.

The award is the Libraries’ fourth NEH grant as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program. The collaboration between the NEH and the Library of Congress enlists libraries and institutions from around the country to create a digital database of historical United States newspapers.

Grammy Award-winner Cage the Elephant to headline FallFest 2017

Fri, 2017-08-11 12:03

West Virginia University’s annual FallFest concert will be held Tuesday, Aug.15, on the Evansdale Rec Fields adjacent to the Student Rec Center. The show begins at 5 p.m. and will include performances by Cage the Elephant, 21 Savage and RL Grime. Cage the Elephant will close the show. FallFest is free and open to WVU Students only. Students must present their valid WVU Student ID to enter. Gates open at 4 p.m.

Alternative rockers Cage the Elephant – Matt Shultz (vocals), Brad Shultz (guitar), Daniel Tichenor (bass) and Jared Champion (drums) may hail from Bowling Green, Kentucky, but their first step to fame came from chart success in England, where they had relocated before the release of their first album. The band has since released six albums. Cage the Elephant’s self-titled debut album garnered both commercial and critical success and the band earned a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album for 2016’s “Tell Me I’m Pretty.” Their latest release, “Unpeeled,” is their second live album and chronicles a series of intimate, stripped-down performances that the band played earlier this year.

WVU Extension Service offers flood recovery tips for gardeners and farmers

Thu, 2017-08-10 15:00

Floods have far reaching effects that extend past the immediate damage and danger that high water presents at the crest stage. In addition to the clean-up efforts afterwards, there are agricultural considerations for the home gardener and farmer with livestock.

‘Drive to the finish line’ continues as WVU’s ‘State of Minds’ Campaign tops $1.12 billion

Thu, 2017-08-10 14:30

With fewer than six months left in “A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University,” gifts to the comprehensive fundraising effort continue to roll in.

Through June 30, donors have given $1.125 billion to the Campaign, an increase of $26 million over the past three months. The Campaign’s success was bolstered by $139.8 million in new gifts and pledges in FY’17 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017), the second highest fiscal year of giving ever in the Foundation’s history. Part of that included a record $21.6 million given by donors to the Foundation’s annual giving program, the University Fund. 

Ecosystem greenhouse gases under rising temperatures to be studied by WVU researcher

Thu, 2017-08-10 13:00

An award from the National Science Foundation will allow a researcher from West Virginia University to better predict greenhouse gases and carbon storage under rising temperatures and changing environments.

Omar Abdul-Aziz, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will use publicly available data sets from around the world to identify the ecological similarities and emergent scaling laws of carbon, water and energy exchanges between the land and atmosphere. The three-year award is expected to total nearly $300,000.

West Virginia University researchers receive NSF funding to support student diversity in engineering and computer science

Thu, 2017-08-10 10:45


West Virginia University researchers have been awarded a five-year, $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to improve classroom experiences for engineering and computer science students.

WVU completes study estimating urban forests provide more than $59 million in ecosystem services

Wed, 2017-08-09 13:00

West Virginia University researchers and the West Virginia Division of Forestry have teamed up to better understand and communicate the significant economic and environmental impacts of urban tree canopy cover across the state.

Greg Dahle, associate professor of arboriculture and urban forestry in the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, completed a report estimating that West Virginia urban forests provide annual ecosystem services of $59,749,507 by capturing 4,348,592 pounds of pollutants. The report also revealed that more than 2.8 million tons of carbon are sequestered by the trees that make up these urban forests, resulting in an overall benefit of $53,308,328 in stored carbon.

Hostetler donation establishes Family Resource Center at WVU Medicine Children’s

Wed, 2017-08-09 09:02

Families who find themselves at WVU Medicine Children’s, away from home and struggling to adjust to their new circumstances, can now find resources and support at the Jeff and Vicky Hostetler Family Resource Center, which was dedicated today (Aug. 8) at the hospital.

Mountaineer GameDay Fall Football Special

Wed, 2017-08-09 09:00

As part of its partnership with WVU and IMG College, West Virginia Illustrated is set to kick off the 2017 season by airing its "Mountaineer GameDay - The Fall Football Special” this weekend. The special will first air on Friday (Aug. 11) at 5 p.m. on AT&T Sports Network, Saturday (Aug. 12) at 11 a.m. and Aug. 16, at 12:30 p.m., prior to the Pirates-Brewers pregame show.

WVU researcher to study carbon dioxide reduction under NSF collaborative award

Tue, 2017-08-08 11:00

One of the biggest factors hampering the growth of renewable energy is storage. Sun and wind are intermittent and dependent on geography, requiring energy storage and transportation. Batteries are a means of addressing the storage problem, but they have a low-energy density, and are relatively expensive and difficult to transport. A researcher at West Virginia University will be investigating one possible alternative that could potentially create a route to “green” hydrocarbons.

David Mebane, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, will be investigating the conversion of carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide and oxygen at high temperatures using a solid oxide electrolysis cell. He will be joined on the project by Stephen Nonnenmann, an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

WVU Medicine Urology ranked 26th nationally by U.S. News & World Report

Tue, 2017-08-08 09:42

For the first time in the health system’s history, a WVU Medicine program is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine ranked WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals Urology 26th in the nation.

WVU Tech kicks off fall semester with orientation and first day community events

Mon, 2017-08-07 15:00

August 16 is the first day of classes and the beginning of WVU Tech’s operation solely on the Beckley campus. Leading up to the first day of classes, the university will host a range of new student orientation events to welcome newcomers and help them get acclimated to the college experience.

Photo exhibit in Downtown Campus Library documents prison visits in Appalachia

Mon, 2017-08-07 14:45

The Divide, an exhibit of black and white photographs on display in the WVU Libraries’ Downtown Campus Library Atrium, documents a van trip for families from urban Virginia to visit their relatives incarcerated in Appalachia.

The installation consists of 10 printed photographs as well as an interactive tablet so visitors may see additional photos and learn more about the project created by Raymond Thompson, a multimedia producer for WVU Magazine. A participatory element allows visitors to comment about the impact of the exhibit and share their own experiences.

WVU announces schedule for regional economic outlook conferences

Mon, 2017-08-07 13:09

West Virginia has several different economies within the state with different characteristics and components, and West Virginia University will present comprehensive economic data on each of those regional economies this fall.

The WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research will offer five economic outlook conferences later this year in an effort to provide an accurate look at economic conditions in each of the economies and provide an outlook for the coming year. Each conference features BBER and national economists, along with business and community leaders. The BBER, which operates in the WVU College of Business and Economics , will host regional conferences throughout the state as follows: