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Gee Mail Hits the Recruiting Trail

Wed, 2018-04-25 14:41

The recruiting season is winding down for West Virginia University, but it may not be the sort of recruiting you're thinking about.

WVU President Gordon Gee is scouting for talent all across the region by visiting high schools and hosting “Ask Us Anything” events to join the Class of 2022.

WVU engineering student presents undergraduate research on Capitol Hill

Wed, 2018-04-25 12:23

A student from the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University was one of 60 students selected nationally by the Council on Undergraduate Research to showcase their work on Capitol Hill during the annual Posters on the Hill session, held April 17-18.

Morgan Menke, an electrical engineering major from Ridgeley, was the sole student from West Virginia selected for the competitive event that gives students the opportunity to showcase their research to congressional members, meet with their representatives and learn about advocacy for undergraduate research.

WVU English professor awarded prestigious Carnegie fellowship

Wed, 2018-04-25 08:30

West Virginia University English professor Stephanie Foote has been named one of the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellows for her work related to cultural production in and around the Anthropocene, the geological epoch in which human activity has had a global effect on Earth’s climate and environment.

The Carnegie Corporation of New York awards the high-profile fellowship, known as the “brainy award.” Foote was chosen from among 270 nominees from across the country and is the first WVU professor to receive the prestigious recognition.

Through rain, sleet and snow, WVU teams with Barnwood Builders to create heritage center at WVU Jackson’s Mill

Tue, 2018-04-24 12:45

West Virginia University alumnus Mark Bowe will be the first to tell you he is passionate about heritage and history, something he and his team strive to preserve as they travel the country honoring pioneer-era craftsmanship on the popular DIY network show, Barnwood Builders.

He also will tell you that he is equally passionate about his alma mater and that he relishes in the opportunity to give back to the place that provided him with the drive and skills to succeed.

WVU broadens planned job fair to include WVU Hospitals

Tue, 2018-04-24 09:45

West Virginia University will broaden a previously planned job fair to include additional opportunities at both the University and the WVU Hospital System

The job fair will be open to the general public and will take place on May 1, from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Erickson Alumni Center. The event originally was to focus on filling positions within WVU’s facilities operations; however, it now also will include faculty, staff and temporary positions in several functional areas across WVU and WVU Hospitals. 

WVU Faculty honored for distinguished undergraduate research mentoring

Tue, 2018-04-24 08:30

Edward Sabolsky, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Fernando Lima, assistant professor of chemical engineering, have been awarded the 2018 Faculty Award for Distinction in Mentoring Undergraduates in Research. Both awardees are faculty in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.

Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Honors College, this Faculty Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award serves to recognize, reward and encourage faculty members who mentor undergraduate students in research and creative endeavors. The award applies rigorous criteria in identifying faculty who specifically mentor undergraduates in making an original intellectual or creative contribution to their discipline.

PRT suspends summer service for modernization and testing

Tue, 2018-04-24 08:15

Beginning May 5, West Virginia University’s PRT will be closed for passenger service to continue with automatic train control modernization and to perform other maintenance and testing activities. It is anticipated that normal operations will resume Wednesday, Aug. 1.

Two WVU commencement venues—the Creative Arts Center and the Coliseum— will have shuttle service surrounding short-term parking lots on the Evansdale Campus, including lots 1, 4 and 9.

WV KIDS COUNT releases brief on children’s issues

Mon, 2018-04-23 15:45

WV KIDS COUNT, in partnership with WVU Medicine Children’s and the WVU Rockefeller School of Public Policy and Politics, released the second in a series of six issue briefs on the well-being of children and families in West Virginia. This issue brief, “Accounting for Enrollment Success and Considering the Challenges Ahead for Children’s Health Insurance,” credits West Virginia for its Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) outreach and enrollment efforts.

WVU expert to brief congressional panel on needle exchange

Mon, 2018-04-23 15:15

West Virginia University infectious disease expert Judith Feinberg, M.D., will participate in a briefing for members of Congress and their staffs on Capitol Hill Tuesday (April 24), at noon in the Congressional Visitor Center. Feinberg is the vice chair of the HIV Medicine Association and co-leader of a federally-funded project to reduce the incidence of infectious diseases in communities hard-hit by the opioid crisis.

Four receive award for excellence in advising

Mon, 2018-04-23 14:00

Four academic advisers at West Virginia University have been awarded the Nicholas Evans Award for Excellence in Advising.

This annual award, established by the Office of the Provost, is given in honor of Dr. Nicholas Evans, a lifelong proponent of the importance of undergraduate advising at WVU. Each year two faculty and two staff are recognized for their work advising and mentoring students. The recipients for 2017-18 are:

WVU to offer graduate program in biomedical engineering

Mon, 2018-04-23 12:05

Building on the success of its undergraduate program, the West Virginia University Board of Governors has approved a graduate program in biomedical engineering. The program, which will award degrees at both the master’s and doctoral levels, will be offered in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources starting in the fall semester of this year. 

The focus of the graduate program will be to prepare students to be skilled in learning and discovering processes that aim to integrate engineering and life sciences for the advancement of human health and medical technologies.

WVU hospitality students provide valuable data for state parks and the West Virginia Tourism Office to help move West Virginia Forward

Mon, 2018-04-23 10:59

West Virginia University Hospitality and Tourism Management students in the College of Business and Economics had the unique opportunity to experience real-world training in hotel management while helping the West Virginia Tourism Office find ways to increase business in state parks. The students analyzed revenue trends of lodging facilities in state parks across West Virginia to determine how best to regulate proper occupancy rates and pricing regimes.

The semester-long project resulted from recommendations laid out in West Virginia Forward’s findings, which encouraged utilizing the state’s unique assets to help maximize growth opportunities. West Virginia’s tourism industry already serves as a key economic driver across the state, generating more than $4 billion in direct spending, creating 45,000 jobs and welcoming some 16 million overnight visitors a year. However, though hotel occupancy rates have seen year-over-year growth the past two years, data indicated that lodging facilitates in state parks could improve the measurements of hotel occupancy rates.

WVU’s top seniors honored with 2018 Order of Augusta, Outstanding Seniors award

Mon, 2018-04-23 08:30

Eight students who collectively “reflect West Virginia University’s mission and vision” have been honored with the Order of Augusta, WVU’s most prestigious student honor. 

“When we recognize some of our soon-to-be graduates with the Outstanding Senior award and the Order of Augusta, we celebrate their extraordinary achievements so far,” said Provost Joyce McConnell. “But perhaps even more exciting, we anticipate their future achievements, knowing they will make our world a better place, today and tomorrow.”

WVU consolidates neuroscience research into new department

Fri, 2018-04-20 14:06

In a move to help improve people’s lives through innovation in fundamental neuroscience research and education, West Virginia University will bring together some 50 of its laboratories to form a new Department of Neuroscience within the School of Medicine

The move, effective July 1, was approved Friday (April 20) by the University’s Board of Governors. 

Associate dean of School of Dentistry honored with 2018 Bucklew Social Justice Award

Fri, 2018-04-20 13:00

Shelia S. Price, associate dean for admissions, recruitment and access and diagnostic sciences professor at the West Virginia University School of Dentistry has been awarded West Virginia University’s 2018 Neil S. Bucklew Social Justice Award.

Named after WVU’s 21st president, Neil S. Bucklew, the Bucklew award is presented annually to a WVU faculty or staff member who demonstrates outstanding leadership, courage and support in the areas of social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion. 

WVU student wins chance to pitch clean energy technology to U.S. Department of Defense

Fri, 2018-04-20 11:00

Thanks to connections made by West Virginia University’s College of Business and Economics, an MBA student is pitching new technology—a wireless electric power system potentially adaptable to charging phone, computer, drone and electric car batteries—to two federal agencies. The relationship has also inspired a business to move to West Virginia from Alabama.

David Smith pitched the inductive transmission technology at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2018 Allegheny Cleantech University Prize Collegiate Competition. Smith is the first WVU student to participate in a regional CUP event, which is held annually during Carnegie Mellon University’s Energy Week. The event provides the next generation of clean energy entrepreneurs the chance to obtain funding and educational support for commercializing their innovations. 

Engineering student wins National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Thu, 2018-04-19 14:00

Anna Gilpin, a senior biomedical engineering major in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources from Martinsburg has been named a Graduate Research Fellow by the National Science Foundation.

Through the GRFP, Gilpin will pursue a PhD in biomedical engineering at Duke University, intending to work in the research and development of biomaterials for regenerative medicine applications.

WVU student researching effects of reproductive politics on West Virginia women

Thu, 2018-04-19 11:00

West Virginia University junior Ashley Brash is researching the effects of reproductive politics on women in West Virginia. Brash’s research focuses on interpreting actions by legislators and construction of arguments against abortion and allowance of access to reproductive healthcare.

The Oak Hill native presented her findings at the North Central Sociological Association conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 5-8 and at the WVU Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 14. She is a sociology and political science dual major with a minor in women’s and gender studies.

57 WVU students travel to Nicaragua to address medical needs

Wed, 2018-04-18 13:30

For the last nine years, the West Virginia University Global Medical and Dental Brigades groups have worked in collaboration with Global Brigades to facilitate work in Latin America. 

This spring, the largest group to travel from WVU worked in rural Nicaragua for nine consecutive days, serving members of a highly resource-reduced region of the world. Fifty-seven WVU students and four faculty members traveled to Nicaragua to give medical care to the citizens of La Corona and Las Limas.

WVU’s GangaRao testifies before House Committee on the use of composites in infrastructure

Wed, 2018-04-18 11:15

In testimony delivered today (April 18) to the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Hota GangaRao, the Maurice and Jo Ann Wadsworth Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at West Virginia University, discussed the importance of investing in advanced materials to continue to lead the world in composite research, development and implementation.  

In his report, GangaRao, who directs the Constructed Facilities Center and the National Science Foundation-funded Center for the Integration of Composites into Infrastructure at WVU, discussed the benefits of using fiber-reinforced polymer composites in structural projects.