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WVU Board of Governors approves 2019 budget, including tuition, salary increases

Fri, 2018-06-22 12:13

 A $1.1 billion budget unanimously approved Friday (June 22) by the West Virginia University Board of Governors includes $15 million for additional pay raises for faculty and staff during FY2019.

While the State provided $3.1 million in state funding for the pay raises, the University was required to identify the remaining funding to make them a reality.

Jevon Carter finds a home in the NBA

Fri, 2018-06-22 09:00

The best defensive player in college basketball the last two seasons has found a home in the NBA. West Virginia guard Jevon Carter, who won the inaugural Naismith National Defensive Player of the Year award at this year's Final Four, was the 32nd overall pick in the second round of last night's NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies. The general manager of the Grizzlies is West Virginia native Chris Wallace.

WVU researchers improve screening rates for state’s second-deadliest cancer

Thu, 2018-06-21 13:00

In West Virginia, where colorectal cancer is the second-deadliest type of cancer, half of all colorectal cancers elude diagnosis until they have already grown beyond the colon. With Medicaid expansion, more West Virginians now have health insurance for cancer screening, yet many barriers to screening persist.

West Virginia University researchers are working to improve screening rates for the state, which has one of the highest incidences of colorectal cancer and one of the lowest screening rates in the nation.

WVU and Girl Scouts address areas of concern for state girls

Thu, 2018-06-21 11:15

Tackling four areas of concern for girls and young women in West Virginia—diversity/inclusion, health, STEM and education— West Virginia University and the Girl Scouts of the Black Diamond Council hosted “State of the Girl,” an event centered around the landmark study of the same name conducted by the Girl Scouts of the USA.

“We are committed to ensuring that our girls grow up to be strong, confident women,” said Meshea Poore, vice president of WVU’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Our goal on Monday was to explore ways to make that a reality for all of the rock star girls who live in West Virginia.

WVU freshman wins National History Day award

Thu, 2018-06-21 09:00

New Mountaineer Brennan Lawless is off to a fast start as a West Virginia University freshman. The Daniels native attended New Student Orientation on June 4, and won an award at National History Day just a week later.

Lawless finished second in the nation for his individual documentary “Books, Bombs, and Barricades: The Kanawha County Textbook War and West Virginia’s Role in the Rise of Educational Conservatism.”

WVU announces recommendations as part of fraternity and sorority system review

Wed, 2018-06-20 10:51

West Virginia University has conducted a review of its fraternity and sorority system and the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life announced recommendations to strengthen oversight of the social and social-professional fraternities on campus.

The “Reaching the Summit: Plan for Excellence” review process was launched earlier this year as part of the University’s ongoing efforts to address culture change, along with a moratorium on IFC activity.

Women of Appalachia Project spoken word event seeks submissions

Tue, 2018-06-19 15:00

This fall, West Virginia University will again host the Women of Appalachia Project, which invites residents of all 420 Appalachian counties to submit writing to be featured in “Women Speak” a juried performance of poetry, song, short stories and essay. 

WVU Libraries is partnering with the Women’s Resource Center, and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies to bring the spoken word event to the Downtown Campus Library on October 6 from 1-3 p.m.

WVU researcher developing innovative process to improve environmental sustainability and water quality

Tue, 2018-06-19 11:00

West Virginia University could be at the forefront of solving a $57 billion dollar pollution problem and finding new ways to transform forestry waste into a cash crop for the state and region. 

Kaushlendra Singh, associate professor of wood science and technology in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, is leading a multidisciplinary research team to develop innovative biochar, a specialized form of charcoal that can be used to improve soil quality. It is produced by heating organic matter, such as wood chips or pine needles, to high temperatures under controlled conditions.  

WVU celebrates West Virginia’s 155th birthday with latest gift from the Blenko family

Tue, 2018-06-19 08:45

A new limited-edition piece from Blenko Glass will be added to West Virginia University’s art collection.

The company is continuing its tradition of providing WVU with the latest piece from the collection. The donation has become an annual occurrence on June 20 – the state’s birthday. Started by the company in 1980, the West Virginia Birthday Blenko Glass Collection celebrates the state’s birthday with just the exact number of pieces as the state’s age made and sold each year.

Duo captures national rifle titles

Mon, 2018-06-18 16:05

Rising senior Ginny Thrasher and junior Morgan Phillips return to Morgantown this fall as national champions, as the pair collected four national titles at the 2018 USA Shooting National Championships for Rifle and Pistol.

WVU researcher pursues updated vaccine against whooping cough

Mon, 2018-06-18 12:45

Before the whooping-cough vaccine came into widespread use in the 1940s, about 9,000 American children died from the infection each year. Today, thanks to the vaccine’s efficacy, reported cases of whooping cough have dramatically declined and fatalities have dropped to up to 20 children each year.

But for the vaccine to remain effective, it must be modified to keep pace with the whooping-cough bacteria as it evolves over time. Reconfiguring the vaccine to lengthen its period of protectiveness would help ward off the illness even more.

WVU law students win cases for two West Virginia veterans

Mon, 2018-06-18 10:30

Students at the West Virginia University College of Law are winning benefits for the state’s veterans.

Recently, student attorneys in the Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic at WVU successfully appealed two denial of claim decisions by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

WVU announces spring 2018 graduation honors, President's and Dean's lists

Mon, 2018-06-18 09:44

West Virginia University has released its graduation honors for the spring 2018 semester. A total of 4,120 students graduated from the University in May.

A total of 3,532 students were named to the Dean’s list for spring 2018. Those on the Dean’s list received a 3.5 GPA or higher. A total of 2,171 students were named to the President’s list after receiving a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

WVU research reveals clues on the cause of muscle fatigue in breast cancer patients

Fri, 2018-06-15 13:08

West Virginia University researchers may have uncovered the cause of muscle fatigue in breast cancer patients. Emidio Pistilli, Ph.D. A recent study led by Emidio Pistilli, Ph.D., associate professor in the WVU School of Medicine Division of Exercise Physiology and the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cell Biology, suggests that molecular alterations in the cell tissue of breast cancer patients may be the cause of fatigue in patients.

Record number of WVU students named Gilman Scholars

Thu, 2018-06-14 15:00

 A record number of West Virginia University students are traveling the world in 2018 as Gilman Scholars. The 14 students, all West Virginia residents, represent a variety of majors and will study on five continents.

“Our commitment to a global education extends to all of our students,” said Ryan Claycomb, faculty advisor for the Gilman Scholars and interim director of the Humanities Center. “Travel can be a transformative experience and this scholarship helps students who may not have otherwise had the opportunity.” 

2017-18 another banner season for WVU Athletics

Thu, 2018-06-14 11:30

It was another banner year for Shane Lyons' West Virginia University athletic department competing in the Big 12 - the only Power 5 conference in America with teams participating in this year's College Football Playoff, NCAA men's Final Four and College World Series.

WVU researcher reveals new cell type in human brain that plays crucial role in visual search

Thu, 2018-06-14 11:01

Every day, people are asked to find something – a familiar face in a crowd, a child in the park, a particular house on a street. While researchers have long-since known that the ability to effectively search and detect goal-relevant targets is controlled by top-down signals from the brain’s frontal area, a researcher from West Virginia University has found evidence that the human medial temporal lobe – or MTL – also plays an essential role in this process.

In a report recently published in “Current Biology,” Shuo Wang, assistant professor of chemical and biomedical engineering, has found that the MTL contains a strikingly functional type of cell never described before in humans: target cells.

WVU announces spring 2018 graduation honors, President's and Dean's lists

Wed, 2018-06-13 15:31

West Virginia University has released its graduation honors for the spring 2018 semester. A total of 4,120 students graduated from the University in May.

A total of 3,533 students were named to the Dean’s list for spring 2018. Those on the Dean’s list received a 3.5 GPA or higher. A total of 2,170 students were named to the President’s list after receiving a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

WVU Libraries, WVRHC examine law and lawyers for West Virginia Day celebration

Wed, 2018-06-13 14:35

West Virginia University Libraries and the West Virginia and Regional History Center will address the law and lawyers in the Mountain State to mark the 155th anniversary of West Virginia’s founding on June 20.

“Justice for All; Law and Lawyers in West Virginia” will commemorate the key role the legal profession has played throughout the history of the nation’s 35th state.