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Mission of West Virginia University

Founded in 1867, West Virginia University is the flagship land-grant, doctoral degree-granting research university in the state of West Virginia. As such, the institution occupies a unique position within the state.

West Virginia University's primary mission is to provide high-quality programs of instruction at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels; to stimulate and foster both basic and applied research and scholarship; to engage in and encourage other creative and artistic work; and to bring the resources of the University to all segments of society through continuing education, extension, and public service activities.

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Three factors may predict first-year college students’ loss of self-control, WVU study finds

Joining a club that sparks a new interest, playing a new intramural sport or finding a new group of friends may be just as indicative of a college freshman’s loss of self-control as drinking or drug use, according to new research at West…

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Like night and day: Animal studies may not translate to humans if time of day is disregarded

Imagine being woken up at 3 a.m. to navigate a corn maze, memorize 20 items on a shopping list or pass your driver’s test.According to a new analysis out of West Virginia University, that’s often what it’s like to be a rodent in a…

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CHIME telescope and collaborative efforts from WVU lead to the detection of more than 500 fast radio bursts

The large stationary radio telescope CHIME, the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment, has detected 535 fast radio bursts between 2018 and 2019, during its first year of operation. West Virginia University engineer Kevin Bandura explained…

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DataRobot to partner with WVU, open office on Morgantown campus

Editor’s note: WVUToday is sharing this announcement from the West Virginia Governor’s Office on Wednesday, June 9.Gov. Jim Justice joined leaders with DataRobot, the leader in Augmented Intelligence, at a ceremony today to announce that…

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WVPEC announces statewide ‘Sparking Early Literacy Growth’ projects to help close disparity gap in reading proficiency

Even amid talk of COVID-19’s “lost year of learning,” the urgency to help West Virginia’s youngest learners strengthen their reading and writing skills was never lost on the state’s education leaders. Heeding the…

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WVU outlines employee expectations for the fall semester

As West Virginia University prepares to welcome back students, faculty and staff to campus for the fall 2021 semester, the University has developed plans and guidelines for employees to ensure continued adaptation of new ways of working and…

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WVU student recognized for environmental research as Udall Scholar

West Virginia University student Teagan Kuzniar was first drawn to environmental issues after a guest lecture in her high school science class from a member of the Friends of Deckers Creek, a non-profit organization that works to clean-up and…

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WVU Extension Service, West Virginia State University Extension Service partnership receives $250,000 to enhance vaccine education

West Virginia University Extension Service and West Virginia State University Extension Service have received nearly $250,000 to enhance vaccine education and immunization outreach to West Virginians. The award was presented by the Extension…

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Cincinnati-area fundraising event boosts cancer research via Huggins memorial fund

Cancer fosters bittersweet connections. Virtually everyone has felt its devastating impact one way or another – including West Virginia University alumnus Pete Zulia, who lost his father to lung cancer more than 25 years ago.“Cancer…

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WVU Alumni Association Board of Directors welcomes new members

Four eminent West Virginia University alumni were appointed to serve the WVU Alumni Association Board of Directors at its fourth quarterly meeting on Friday, June 4. Kamau Brown, Gabrielle St. Léger, Nesha Sanghavi and Monté Williams…

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Dip your toe – or dive right in: WVU psychologists spill advice on reentering the world post-COVID

Slowly, but surely, America is returning to some semblance of normalcy. Masks, wipes and sanitizers can now be found in discount bins. Dine-in restaurants are filling back up, and concerts and sporting events are opening the gates. Read more…

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Faith-community nurses promote physical activity among congregants

If someone joins a church, mosque or synagogue, they may be seeking better emotional or spiritual health. But according to research out of West Virginia University, faith communities have the potential to promote physical wellbeing, as well.A new…

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WVU Vice President Poore to lead Big 12 diversity officers

West Virginia University Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Meshea L. Poore, Esq. is the new president of the Big 12 Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. Her term officially began on June…

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WVCTSI at WVU designated as one of only eight ECHO Superhubs in the U.S.

The West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute Project ECHO program has been spreading specialty care knowledge across the Mountain State for five years. Building upon its success, the project can now lend resources and expertise to…

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Calhoun County kids get free fruits and vegetables this summer at participating stores

This summer, kids in Calhoun County will have a chance to “shop” for local produce at select stores throughout the community — for free. The new Kids Market @ The Store is open to any child ages 4 to 17 in Calhoun County, thanks to…

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WVU Extension’s award-winning summer reading program receives $1.2 million award

West Virginia Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin recently announced that West Virginia University Extension Service’s Energy Express program has been awarded more than $1.2 million to support literacy programs for West Virginia…

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As CBD oil sales hit the gas, WVU researcher studies its effects on driving performance

People have been driving under the influence of alcohol since before the first person crank-started a Ford Model T. But CBD oil didn’t become a concern until years after people began driving the Tesla Model X.The widespread use of CBD oil is…

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WVU updates mask wearing and out-of-state travel guidance for fully vaccinated individuals

West Virginia University is lessening some restrictions around mask wearing and out-of-state travel for people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and verified their vaccinations with the University. Fully-vaccinated people will not…

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Caterpillar engine donation supports WVU Statler College research to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

A powerful industrial natural gas engine donated to West Virginia University from Caterpillar Inc. will bolster research by engineers at the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources aimed at developing new technology that…

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Four West Virginia University women Awarded Critical Language Scholarships

Four West Virginia University women have been awarded the Critical Language Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State, recognizing their commitment to language learning and personal growth. The awardees will participate in fully-funded…

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New food options in works for WVU’s Morgantown campus

Preparations are underway at West Virginia University for a full reopening of Dining Services in time for the start of the fall semester on Aug. 18.Members of WVU’s Board of Governors approved several projects designed to enhance the dining…

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As one salamander species, on the verge of local extinction, loses ground to another, WVU researchers try to save both

Two of West Virginia’s mountain-loving salamander species are wrestling for resources and space as climate change threatens their habitats. Researchers with the West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and…

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Provost’s Office announces plans to merge two WVU colleges

As part of West Virginia University’s ongoing commitment to adapt and innovate amid a changing higher education landscape, the Office of the Provost announced Wednesday, May 19, the University’s plan to merge the College of Physical…

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WVU researchers find disparities among COVID-19 testing, positivity rates in Black communities and communities with food insecurity

In studying COVID-19 testing and positivity rates in West Virginia between March and September 2020, West Virginia University researchers found disparities among Black residents and residents experiencing food insecurity. Specifically, the…

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Diabetes-prevention program supports addition of 4.4 quality-adjusted years to participant average lifespan

You can do a lot in four years: go from white to black belt in taekwondo, plant a dwarf apple tree and pick its fruit, see your grandchild off to college and attend her graduation or get your own degree. But the most severe complications of…

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Halliburton software grant aids students at WVU Statler College

Students at West Virginia University’s Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources will gain practical experience using industry-leading energy exploration and production software thanks to a multimillion-dollar grant by…

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WVU celebrates graduates with in-person commencement

(Editor’s note: A comprehensive photo gallery is available and will be updated with additional images.) Following a year of missed milestones, celebrations and traditions, West Virginia University’s first in-person commencement …

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Biology student wins National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

As people across the eastern United States prepare to deal with the emergence of millions of cicadas, West Virginia University student Noah Spencer plans to give these insects a closer look, researching how certain types of cicadas interact with…

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Moving Mountains: WVU engineers lead project to reclaim mine refuse site in West Virginia

A 10-year research project to restore a 40-acre abandoned mine refuse site nestled atop the mountains of Greenbrier County is in its final stages of development thanks to the work of civil engineers at West Virginia University, local and state…

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Gee Mail: A new era for a treasured tradition

As nearly 4,500 students gear up for the first in-person Commencement at West Virginia University in nearly two years, President Gordon Gee could not help but to soak in the atmosphere beforehand at Milan Puskar Stadium in this edition of Gee…

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WVU School of Public Health takes over workplace health major as scope of occupational health hazards broadens to include infectious diseases

As COVID-19 and its variants continue to spread throughout the country, workplace safety has taken on a new meaning. West Virginia University’s Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene, newly moved to the WVU School of Public Health, is…

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Reminiscing with confidence: New WVU activity guide supports dementia caregiving

Sounds like crickets chirping and the taste of warm buckwheat pancakes can spark the senses of people with dementia — a fact faculty and students at West Virginia University used to develop a way for those people to experience parts of their…

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‘I’ve cared for children’ hospitalized with COVID-19: WVU pediatrician urges youth to get vaccinated

With Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the Food and Drug Administration for adolescents ages 12 to 15, one West Virginia University pediatrician assured its safety and efficacy: It underwent the same rigorous testing as for…

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Student honored for efforts to help raise $193K for WVU Medicine Children’s

A West Virginia University student who helped raise more than $193,000 to support the most urgent needs at WVU Medicine Children’s via MountaineerTHON is being honored for her efforts by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. WVU…

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West Virginia youths win statewide competition to make hometowns ‘cooler’

West Virginia youths feel pretty passionate about their communities. And they are improving their hometowns by developing ideas and opportunities to make their communities even “cooler.” Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU researchers study the effects of vaping during pregnancy

Spurred by unproven assumptions that vaping is safer than smoking cigarettes, a team at West Virginia University is conducting a three-year study on the effects of vaping during pregnancy. It is estimated that half of all women who smoke prior…

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Too much, too little or just right: WVU researchers study proper ‘dosing’ of telehealth

More than ever, patients are using telehealth to ask doctors and nurses about worrying blood-pressure readings, nauseating migraines and stubborn foot ulcers. But for patients with chronic conditions, how frequent should telehealth appointments be?…

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WVU’s top seniors named, eight honored with 2021 Order of Augusta

An international student who has immersed himself in the “cultural heartbeat” of his new community, a first-generation student graduating with a cumulative 4.0 grade-point average who had no access to high school college-prep courses and…

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Mapping the past, present and future of West Virginia

New research from West Virginia University is transforming understanding of the Mountain State’s famous landscape – and identifying ways to preserve it. As WVU’s latest NSF CAREER Award winner, Assistant Professor of Geography…

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2020-‘21 inductees into West Virginia Business Hall of Fame represent WV values

The 2020-‘21 class of the West Virginia Business Hall of Fame honors a group of pioneers and visionaries who have transformed the business landscape of our state and inspire us to move West Virginia Forward.This class of inductees includes: …

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WVU provides a look forward for fall 2021 semester

West Virginia University’s fall 2021 semester begins on Wednesday, Aug. 18. While many public health guidelines will remain in effect, there is much hope that we can return to a vibrant campus environment.Since the pandemic is not yet…

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WVU names 2021 Foundation Scholars

Distinguished by high standards for academics and a passion for discovery and to serve their state and others, five rising freshmen have been named to the 2021-22 cohort of West Virginia University Foundation Scholars, the highest academic…

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WVU students use skills in cybersecurity exercise with W. Va. National Guard, Polish allies

In mid-April, West Virginia University students were given the opportunity to participate in an international, multi-agency cyber competition, Locked Shields. This out-of-classroom exercise enabled students to use the skills they’ve learned in…

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WVU to resume offering Johnson & Johnson vaccine, shifting COVID-19 operations as semester comes to a close

West Virginia University will resume administration of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine based on the recent recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. “As we look at the…

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Memorial crowdfunding effort aids wilderness medicine at WVU

It’s been 10 years since former West Virginia University Emergency Medicine resident Greg Seftick died in an avalanche at Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. Shortly after the tragic accident, the WVU Foundation worked with…

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Grant aims to reduce overdose deaths by connecting substance users in the emergency department to long-term treatment and recovery resources

Patients with substance use disorder will be able to better connect with emergency department-initiated treatment programs at participating hospitals throughout the state, thanks to a partnership between West Virginia University Office of Health…

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Flipping eyesores into assets: WVU brownfields team earns $1 million from EPA to revamp blighted sites

From abandoned coal mines to shuttered factories, the Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University has helped communities resurrect once lifeless properties since 2006. With a boost from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in…

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Writing the history of feminism in the South and Appalachia: WVU researcher earns prestigious Carnegie award

There’s more to the American women’s movement of the 1960s and 1970s than burning bras and Gloria Steinem. Jessica Wilkerson, associate professor of history at West Virginia University, wants to change that narrative to its truest…

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WVU receives NSF grant to transition large fungal collection to University of Kansas

For more than 30 years, the world’s largest collection of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi – the “good” kind essential for sustaining plant life – has been rooted at West Virginia University.  Over the next…

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Tennessee and West Virginia will kick off 2028 College Football Season in Charlotte

The Charlotte Sports Foundation announced Tuesday, April 27, that the University of Tennessee will play West Virginia University in the 2028 Duke's Mayo Classic in Charlotte. West Virginia will be designated the home team for the game at Bank…

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West Virginia’s COVID-19 response provides blueprint to limit climate threats

West Virginia is no stranger to ravaging floods, severe droughts and other climate change threats. One West Virginia University expert, Nicolas Zegre, thinks the state can shape possible solutions to future weather-related disruptions by applying a…

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WVU wildlife & fisheries student awarded Goldwater Scholarship

Bethany Wager has prioritized pursuing undergraduate research experiences throughout her time at West Virginia University. That hard work is being recognized this year, as Wager has been awarded the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, given to…

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Investing in the future: West Virginia college students grow into entrepreneurs at 15th annual WV Statewide Business Plan Competition

The 15th annual West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition left no doubt that West Virginia’s future is bright and brimming with entrepreneurial talent.Hosted annually by the Encova Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship…

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With mental health concerns on the rise, WVU to offer new major in mental health and addiction studies

To meet West Virginia’s growing demand for mental health and addiction professionals, West Virginia University will launch a new undergraduate major in mental health and addiction studies for the 2021-2022 academic year. The program, housed in…

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‘Passing of the Rifle Ceremony’ held for the Mountaineer Mascot Program

A West Virginia University tradition, although delayed by a global pandemic, was held Friday, April 23, as Timmy Eads passed the Mountaineer Mascot rifle to Colson Glover, who will begin his second year in the buckskins with the spring football…

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Gee addresses mental health challenges facing campus communities as WVU’s Board of Governors resumes in-person meetings

Members of the West Virginia University Board of Governors met in person at the Erickson Alumni Center for the first time since the pandemic began more than a year ago.A virtual meeting option was available for those unable to be in Morgantown. …

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Small business owners find big opportunity in first annual Seed WV competition

Entrepreneurial seeds are sprouting in West Virginia as a result of the first annual Seed WV contest.The first of its kind in the Mountain State, the contest — brought to life by the West Virginia University John Chambers College of Business…

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Lyons announces contract extension for Brown

West Virginia University Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President Shane Lyons has announced a two-year contract extension for football head coach Neal Brown that will run through the 2026 season. Read more at West Virginia University…

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WVU joins national effort to address campus sexual violence

A full assessment along with targeted organizational changes are the goals of a new two-year program at West Virginia University focused on improving the reporting of sexual violence on campus and, ultimately, preventing it. WVU has joined 20…

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WVU to extend test optional admissions due to impacts of COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the ability of many college-bound high school students to take either the ACT or the SAT, West Virginia University has joined a growing list of institutions extending a relaxation of test score…

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WVU selects ‘The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border’ as 2021-2022 Campus Read

A gripping memoir by a former border patrol agent who worked in the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas will engross West Virginia University students, faculty and staff as this year’s WVU Campus Read. Francisco…

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From pollutant to resource: WVU scientists push rare earth element technologies closer to production

Water researchers at West Virginia University hope to turn a pollutant – acid mine drainage - into a technological resource through the continuation of a $2.1 million contract from the National Energy Technology Laboratory. The West…

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West Virginia University receives STARS Silver rating for sustainability achievements

West Virginia University has earned a STARS Silver rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education STARS — the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and…

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Huggins family patriarch passes away

Charlie Huggins, the father of West Virginia University men's basketball coach Bob Huggins, has died. Charlie Huggins is a legendary name in Ohio prep basketball circles, the elder Huggins having coached three teams to Class A state…

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E-cigarette users in rural Appalachia develop more severe lung injuries, according to new study

Just as e-cigarette ingredients can vary from one region to another, the health effects of vaping can have regional characteristics as well. A new study out of West Virginia University suggests that rural e-cigarette users are older—and often…

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Barnwood Builders features apprentices enrolled in WVU pathway degree program

No one appreciates skilled, talented workers more than Mark Bowe. When the West Virginia University alumnus and host of Barnwood Builders learned about a new WVU degree program available to apprentices, he seized the opportunity to work…

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Pediatric ICU stay can be scary, lonely experience—for parents

When children are admitted to a pediatric intensive care unit, they aren’t the only ones who can find the experience sad, scary and lonely. So can their parents.A new study led by Brad Phillips—a researcher with the West…

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WVU Police confirm student death

West Virginia University Police have confirmed Benjamin Pravecek, a 20-year-old business major from Harpers Ferry, died Friday afternoon (April 16). Officers are continuing their investigation, but early indications suggest no foul play was…

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WVU Police respond to incident at University Place, issue Community Notice

West Virginia University Police responded to University Place Friday (April 16) just after 12:30 p.m. after reports that a person either fell or jumped from the parking garage and landed on the sidewalk below.No additional information was…

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WVU student named Newman Civic Fellow to create mentorship opportunities for future female engineers

A first-generation college student who aspires to become a physician-researcher, will use her role as West Virginia University’s 2021 Newman Civic Fellow to undertake a year-long project to increase access to engineering mentorships for young…

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Political science student named WVU’s 25th Truman Scholar

Abigail Smith, a West Virginia University student committed to improving the future of West Virginia through public policy, has been named the University’s 25th Truman Scholar, the nation’s top graduate fellowship award for…

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WVU pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccinations based on joint CDC and FDA recommendation

West Virginia University will pause administration of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine based on a joint recommendation released Tuesday (April 13) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug…

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Grant opportunities available through Women of WVU Enrichment Fund

Applications are now being accepted for the seventh round of grants through an enrichment fund established by Women of WVU. The group was established by the West Virginia University Foundation in 2014 to provide women who…

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Gov. Justice, Brad & Alys Smith, and West Virginia University launch Ascend WV remote worker program

WVUToday is sharing this Monday, April 12 news release from Gov. Jim Justice and the State of West Virginia:CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice today announced the launch of the nation’s premier remote work program, aimed at…

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WVU Foundation inducts new Irvin Stewart Society members

The West Virginia University Foundation honored donors whose recent planned gifts will benefit the future of the University.The Irvin Stewart Society virtually welcomed 132 new members at its 26th celebration event April 9. WVU President Gordon Gee …

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WVU names Stephen Pachuta to lead School of Dentistry

Retired United States Navy rear admiral and former chief of the U.S. Navy Dental Corps, Dr. Stephen Pachuta, has been appointed dean of West Virginia University’s School of Dentistry by Dr. Clay Marsh, vice president and executive dean for WVU…

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Public Safety Advisory Committee partners with WVU Police to better meet needs of diverse campus community

As part of continuing efforts to increase transparency and better evaluate resources, West Virginia University recently launched a new Public Safety Advisory Committee to partner with the University Police Department to meet the needs of its diverse…

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‘Pain is always a perception’: Physical therapy can help prevent, treat opioid use disorder

When you think of ways to treat opioid use disorder, you might think methadone clinics and Narcotics Anonymous meetings. You probably don’t imagine stretches and strengthening exercises.But Anne Swisher—professor at the West Virginia…

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Helping new scientists bloom: WVU biologist using orchid research to inspire more West Virginia students to pursue STEM

A West Virginia University biologist is working to cultivate a bumper crop of young scientists through the study of wild orchids – and the fungi they eat. As WVU’s latest National Science Foundation CAREER Award recipient, Assistant…

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Academic prowess, passion for discovery and service earn West Virginia students Bucklew Scholarship

Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, West Virginia University’s Bucklew Scholars continue to maintain high standards for academics, a passion for discovery and a desire to serve their state and others, while eagerly awaiting an…

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WVU to hold four in-person commencement ceremonies in May

West Virginia University graduates will return to in-person commencement ceremonies this May; and although some restrictions will be in place because of COVID-19, the celebrations will be no less memorable for the 4,499 who walk across the stage to…

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$1.27M gift boosts Huggins research endowment at WVU Cancer Institute

A Charleston man’s $1.27 million gift to the WVU Cancer Institute will help improve cancer care for future patients in memory of his late wife, certified orthopedic nurse Deborah K. Knowles. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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2021 Gold-Blue Spring Game tickets now on sale

After a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19, West Virginia University will hold its annual Gold-Blue Spring Football Game, presented by Encova, on Saturday, April 24, at 1 p.m., at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. A portion of the proceeds…

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Private support aids efforts to control, contain COVID-19 by studying variants

Private philanthropic support is driving timely COVID-19 research by West Virginia University – along with partners at Marshall University and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources – that could ultimately save lives…

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Making the pieces fit: How WVU, Marshall and the state of West Virginia detect new COVID-19 variants

Picture viral RNA as a single component that you can break into one million pieces. Now imagine reassembling those pieces together, literally like a jigsaw puzzle.  Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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New initiatives, hires highlight WVU’s commitment to ensuring an inclusive campus

From classrooms and laboratories to residence halls, meeting rooms and a variety of nearby shops and restaurants, West Virginia University is focused on fostering a more inclusive environment for students, faculty and staff that extends across the…

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$18.1M in scholarship support raised to benefit WVU students

In the year since the COVID-19 pandemic began, West Virginia University alumni and friends have contributed over $18.1 million to ensure students can achieve their dreams by enrolling at WVU or proceeding with their education.More than 3,100…

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Gifts to WVU Davis College provide scholarships for underrepresented students

The necessity of improving diversity in the fields of agriculture and forestry prompted recent gifts to the West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design for scholarships dedicated to underrepresented students.…

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WVU, state announce first communities to host unique remote worker program

“I may have spent the first 22 years of my life dreaming of a way out, but I can tell you with clear eyes and full heart I’ve spent every day since looking for a way back home.”Intuit executive and Kenova native Brad Smith hopes…

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A different kind of science: WVU Chambers College data scientists propel West Virginia’s acclaimed vaccine strategy with digital inventory management system

As West Virginians receive the COVID-19 vaccine at record rates, citizens credit the power of medical science for making that shot in the arm possible. But there’s a different kind of science that is driving a critical, yet less…

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Couple’s legacy gift aids chemical engineering students at WVU’s Statler College

Chemical engineering students in need will benefit from a $1.7 million legacy gift made by an alumnus of West Virginia University’s Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources and his wife. The planned gift from James…

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$1.75M gift provides scholarships for Md. students to attend WVU, Potomac State College

A $1.75 million gift from a West Virginia University alumnus and his wife will empower students from Allegany County, Maryland, to further their education at WVU’s main campus in Morgantown and WVU Potomac State College in Keyser.Jim and…

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Virtual Bob Huggins Fish Fry raises $500K to support WVU Cancer Institute, Remember the Miners

The first livestreamed Bob Huggins Fish Fry raised $500,000 to benefit the Norma Mae Huggins Endowment at the WVU Cancer Institute and the Remember the Miners organization.   The annual Fish Fry was held Friday, Feb. 26, via…

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WVU launches text service to reinforce safe choices, curb binge drinking

Students at West Virginia University can now receive adaptive text messages encouraging them to make safer choices about alcohol use by questioning how likely they are to have more than four drinks at any single occasion, how they are prepared to…

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WVU addresses addiction crisis with novel ultrasound treatment

On the heels of the country’s deadliest year for drug overdoses, the West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute launched a first-in-the-world clinical trial to investigate the use of focused ultrasound Read more at West…

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Major gift boosts Reynolds Hall construction, student success and faculty support for WVU Chambers College

Reynolds Hall, the future home of West Virginia University’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics, Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU School of Nursing professor’s gift endows Peer Tutoring Program

Future generations of students at the West Virginia University School of Nursing will have access to pivotal peer tutoring services thanks to a $30,000 endowment gift from a faculty member and her husband. Associate Professor of Nursing Kari…

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In pursuit of pathogens: WVU student researching infectious diseases spread by insects

In a time when most people are avoiding diseases like the plague, one West Virginia University biology student is pursuing them instead. Oxford, Pennsylvania, native Jessica Towey researches in Assistant Professor of Biology Tim…

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WVU Police make arrest in knife brandishing incident

West Virginia University Police have arrested a man they suspect of brandishing a knife on Belmar Avenue Wednesday night (March 10) near, but not on the Morgantown campus. The University issued a WVU Alert that night in response to the…

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WVU president addresses potential campus carry bills moving through legislature

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee shared with the University community a letter he wrote to the West Virginia State Senate addressing potential campus carry bills that would allow guns on college campuses. March 11, 2021 Read more…

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Jernigan is first Black woman elected WVU student government president

The campaign for West Virginia University Student Government Association leadership ended Wednesday evening (March 10) as the SGA Judicial Court certified Amaya Jernigan and Hunter Moore as president and vice president, respectively, for the 2021-22…

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WVU issues Alert after man reported with knife near Morgantown campus

West Virginia University Police issued an Alert at 8:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10, after a man was reported with a knife near, but not on, the Morgantown campus.The suspect, described as a shirtless Black man wearing khaki pants, was last seen on…

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NACDA names Lyons Athletics Director of the Year

The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics has named West Virginia's Shane Lyons one of four winners of the 2021 Athletics Director of the Year Award. The Athletics Director of the Year Award highlights the efforts of…

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Lessons from the pandemic: What WVU has learned, accomplished and shared in the year of COVID-19

(Editor's note: Find videos, photos, links to selected past COVID-19 stories, Expert and Story pitches in this WVUToday Media Tool Kit.)Under the quiet surface of near-stilled campuses over the past year, West Virginia University…

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Preston County water conditions return to normal after heavy rain, mine discharge, WVU researchers conclude

Heavy rains last week pummeled the region hard enough to overwhelm an acid mine drainage treatment plant's plumbing system in Preston County, causing the discharge of untreated water into Muddy Creek, which feeds into the Cheat River.  West Virginia…

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WVU energy expert to speak before Senate committee hearing on electricity, climate change and economic growth

James Wood, director of the Energy Institute at West Virginia University, will offer testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Wednesday Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Loss of Y chromosome, RNA tied to radiation resistance in male lung-cancer patients

The science behind the COVID-19 vaccine has the potential to do more than prevent cases of COVID-19 itself. In the coming years, it could also help doctors treat stubborn forms of cancer.West Virginia University researcher Ivan Martinez is…

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Evansdale WVU Bookstore location temporarily closed due to COVID-19 exposure

West Virginia University announced Friday (March 5) in a Community Notice that the Evansdale WVU Bookstore location has temporarily closed after the University was notified of a COVID-19 exposure at the…

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WVU adjusts amid pandemic-related impacts, plans for the future

The West Virginia University Board of Governors approved several measures during a special meeting on Friday (March 5) as the University continues efforts to successfully navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and plan for the…

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WVU Day of Giving sets new records for dollars raised, gifts received

Alumni and friends of West Virginia University made over 5,000 gifts totaling  $11.9 million Wednesday (March 3) during the University’s fourth Day of Giving, setting new records for the 24-hour online fundraising event held across the…

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Doubling up on masks doubles down on protection, WVU experiment confirms

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that Americans start doubling up on masks. The new guidelines suggest that a cloth mask or gaiter be layered on top of a surgical mask to better protect the wearer and…

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WV Prevention Research Center initiatives address COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic created a barrier to care for West Virginians living with chronic disease, meaning many residents needed to find a new way of managing their health. The West Virginia Prevention Research Center, housed in the West…

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WVU experts encourage healthcare providers, institutions to build trust with communities of color to improve COVID-19 vaccination rates

While West Virginia is one of the nation’s leaders in COVID-19 vaccine delivery, some folks in the state—notably people of color—may be hesitant to receive the vaccine. Experts at West Virginia University point to misinformation…

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WVU to continue distributing emergency CARES grants to students

Eligible, degree-seeking students at any West Virginia University campus can receive emergency grants through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II, part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. WVU will…

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Participation, fundraising challenges boost impact of WVU Day of Giving

West Virginia University supporters can boost the impact of their Day of Giving contributions Wednesday, March 3, by taking part in a number of fundraising challenges planned throughout the day.Now in its…

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New radiology research shows promise for focused ultrasound treatment of Alzheimer’s

(Editor's note: This story was updated March 1, 2021 from a previous version.)Alzheimer’s disease is the nation’s most common form of dementia, accounting for between 60% and 80% of all dementia cases. And it’s on the rise.…

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WVU’s Global Supply Chain Management program accelerates into future with game-changing gift

The future of supply chain education has arrived at West Virginia University, thanks to a $1.6 million gift supporting the growth and acceleration of the Global Supply Chain Management program in the John Chambers College of Business and Economics.…

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Chick-fil-A at Mountainlair reduces operating hours due to COVID-19 exposure

West Virginia University announced in a Community Notice on Sunday (Feb. 28) the Chick-fil-A location at the Mountainlair will temporarily reduce its operating hours due to staffing limitations following a COVID-19 exposure…

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New radiology research shows promising results for focused ultrasound treatment of Alzheimer’s

West Virginia University scientists used MRI scans to show what happens when ultrasound waves target a specific area of Alzheimer’s patient’s brains. They concluded that this treatment may induce an immunological healing response, a…

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WVU researchers study high-risk populations in low-tech communities

Closed religious communities such as the Amish are high-risk populations for the spread of both infectious diseases and public health misinformation, according to sociologists from West Virginia University who are working with data from Amish and…

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West Virginia’s enduring, intertwined epidemics: Opioids and HIV

Long before COVID-19 entered the picture, West Virginia had been battling two other major public health crises: opioids and HIV.  Dr. Sally Hodder, a leading infectious disease expert at West Virginia University, believes that despite the…

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WVU School of Dentistry scholarship carries on philanthropic tradition in honor of late alumnus

Dentistry students at West Virginia University will benefit from a generous gift made in honor of a late alumnus who launched a family legacy at the School of Dentistry. The recently completed Dr. Richard L. & Dr. Edward E. Howard Dentistry…

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WVU Alert system informs campus, surrounding community about emergencies and more

From severe weather events to crimes on campus and important safety updates, West Virginia University uses its WVU Alert system to inform the campus and surrounding community about emergencies and incidents on or near the Morgantown…

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WVU confirms presence of COVID-19 variant in community

West Virginia University confirmed three cases of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 have been detected in the Morgantown area – two are WVU students.Genetic sequencing of samples from the WVU Medicine testing program detected the B.1.1.7 variant in…

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‘No COVID-19 is good COVID-19': Variants spur WVU scientists to study, mitigate strain outbreaks

West Virginia University scientists knew it was coming.When health officials confirmed the first three cases of a COVID-19 variant in West Virginia late Friday (Feb. 19), they were not surprised. In fact, WVU researchers had, in recent weeks,…

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West Virginia University, CDC relaunch mask observation study

In an ongoing effort to support West Virginia University’s commitment to keeping its campus community and others safe, the School of Public Health is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct an eight-week mask…

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Starbucks at The Market @ UPlace temporarily reduces operating hours due to COVID-19 exposure

West Virginia University Thursday (Feb. 18) announced the Starbucks location at The Market @ UPlace will temporarily reduce its operating hours due to staffing limitations following a COVID-19 exposure at the storefront…

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WVU provides COVID-19 updates on Rec Center, Commencement and more

West Virginia University has made several updates to its COVID-19 procedures after reviewing the latest COVID-19 numbers on the Morgantown campus and within Monongalia County. As of Monday (Feb. 15), the University was reporting a weekly…

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Fundraising effort seeks to honor late WVU neurosurgeon, football team physician

As a resident at New York University in the 1980s, Dr. Mark Lee was honored to meet and learn from world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr. G. Robert Nugent, a visiting West Virginia University professor invited to share his expertise by a longtime…

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UPDATE: WVU to remain in remote delivery mode for Morgantown campus on Thursday, Feb. 18

West Virginia University will continue remote instruction for the Morgantown campus the remainder of Thursday (Feb. 18) due to inclement weather and road conditions. Classes already offered online and those in hybrid form will also continue as…

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WVU moves to remote delivery for Morgantown campus until 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18

West Virginia University will move to remote instruction on the Morgantown campus online until 11:30 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 18) due to inclement weather and road conditions. Classes already offered online and those in hybrid form will also…

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New app offers remote connection, resources for those struggling with substance use disorder

A free smartphone app is now available for state residents who are searching for connection while struggling with substance use disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through a partnership between West Virginia University and the West Virginia…

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WVU launches refreshed student food pantry with donations from Kroger and Kraft Heinz

A partnership between West Virginia University and two major U.S. food corporations — Kroger Mid-Atlantic and Kraft Heinz — will supply The Rack: Student Food Pantry, allowing students to have affordable and nutritious meals. In the…

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You snooze, you lose – with some sleep trackers, say WVU neuroscientists

Wearable sleep tracking devices - from Fitbit to Apple Watch to never-heard-of brands stashed away in the electronics clearance bin – have infiltrated the market at a rapid pace in recent years. And like any consumer products, not all…

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WVU researchers investigate recreating wetlands and West Virginia

Wetlands are essential for their ability to clean water, reduce flooding and promote biodiversity; however, these valuable ecosystems have been destroyed across West Virginia, forcing scientists to recreate the habitats. One West Virginia…

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Harry H. Esbenshade Jr. honored with gift to WVU John Chambers College of Business and Economics

A state-of-the-art auditorium at Reynolds Hall, the new home of West Virginia University’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics will be named in honor of the late Harry H. Esbenshade Jr., an accomplished business leader and…

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Beating the resistance: WVU scientists target antibiotic-resistant infections with $1.4M DOD grant

Antibiotic resistance is not exclusively a health issue.It’s a national security threat, as the Department of Defense has tapped a team of West Virginia University scientists to help exterminate the enemy – infectious biological agents. …

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A Valentine’s Gee Mail: WVU’s not-so-secret admirer declares the 10 things he loves about the University

Roses are gold. Violets are blue. No matter where we are. We always love WVU. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Six home games, including Virginia Tech, highlight 2021 football schedule

West Virginia University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Shane Lyons, in conjunction with the Big 12 Conference has announced the 2021 football schedule. The schedule features six home dates, with four conference games and matchups against…

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WVU announces updates to on-campus operations for Thursday due to inclement weather

West Virginia University in Morgantown will adjust some of its on-campus operations for Thursday, Feb. 11 due to inclement weather and deteriorating road conditions. Thursday was previously designated as a non-instructional date on the academic…

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WVU’s Board of Governors receives updates on COVID-19 response, transformation efforts

The West Virginia University Board of Governors received reports Wednesday (Feb. 10) about the positive national attention surrounding the success of COVID-19 vaccination efforts across the State and supported by WVU.“I am grateful to Gov. Jim…

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WVU biologists uncover forests’ unexpected role in climate change

New research from West Virginia University biologists shows that trees around the world are consuming more carbon dioxide than previously reported, making forests even more important in regulating the Earth’s atmosphere and forever shift how…

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Death by suicide? Drug overdoses muddy waters for investigators, amplify national mental health crisis

Classifying a death as suicide may be easiest for medical examiners and coroners in the western United States, which reports the highest suicide rates officially. Suicide by firearm is the leading method there, and usually clear in terms of…

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A remix on brain research: DJ Steve Aoki teams up with WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, donates $20K

World-renowned DJ and two-time Grammy-nominated producer Steve Aoki has collaborated with dozens of talented partners (BTS, Linkin Park, Lil Jon) over the course of his career. His latest collaborating partner hails from West Virginia…

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WVU Black alumni renew efforts to carry on Belmear legacy through scholarship

As West Virginia University works to ensure social justice on campus, Black alumni are renewing efforts to expand opportunities for minority students –specifically Black, Indigenous and people of color – through the Horace and Geraldine…

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Marsh to address congressional committee on COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Dr. Clay Marsh, West Virginia’s Coronavirus Czar and West Virginia University Health Sciences vice president and executive dean, will address the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Read more at West…

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WVU to hold entrepreneurial contest through new Seed WV program

New ideas, like plants, can, under the right conditions, grow from something small into something sustainable and productive. West Virginians with ideas for new products and services that have the potential to be brought to market quickly could…

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WVU Day of Giving set for March 3

As West Virginia University and its students face unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mountaineer Nation is invited to show its support Wednesday, March 3, to mark WVU’s fourth Day of Giving.The WVU Foundation is organizing…

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WVU moves to all remote delivery for Morgantown campus until noon Monday, Feb. 1

West Virginia University will move in-person instruction on the Morgantown campus online until noon Monday (Feb. 1) due to inclement weather and road conditions. Classes already offered online and those in hybrid form will also continue as…

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‘Honey, I’m home – all the time:’ Pandemic life for married couples can lead to sadness, anger

Maybe space is tight in your home and you share a remote office with your spouse. Or your partner asks you to step away from work to watch the children because they have an important call to jump on. Then you may wonder, ‘Well, what makes…

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WVU to provide emergency COVID-19 federal grants to eligible students

The federal government has approved new emergency funding amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II as authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, West Virginia…

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WVU announces Dean’s, President’s lists for fall 2020

A total of 6,937 West Virginia University students earned honors during the fall 2020 semester. In all, 4,078 students were named to the Dean’s List, having earned a 3.5 GPA or higher.  Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU School of Nursing and WVU Medicine United Hospital Center announce new campus

Aspiring nurses soon will have access to an undergraduate program at West Virginia University’s new School of Nursing campus located at WVU Medicine United Hospital Center in Bridgeport. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Monongalia County, Mon Health Department, Mon Health System, and WVU Medicine to form COVID-19 vaccine partnership

Citing the urgent need to vaccinate as many West Virginians against the SARS-CoV-2 virus as soon as possible, the elected leadership of Monongalia County, the Monongalia Health Department, Mon Health System, and WVU Medicine announced Monday (Jan.…

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Using wearable tech to keep babies, pregnant women healthy

If a weightlifter is pregnant, she may get conflicting medical advice about how much she can safely lift at the gym. One doctor might say she shouldn’t exceed 90 pounds. Another might draw the line at 25. Still another might suggest that she…

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WVU moves to all remote delivery for Morgantown campus until noon Monday, Jan. 25

West Virginia University will move on-campus instruction on the Morgantown campus online until noon Monday (Jan. 25) due to inclement weather and road conditions.Classes already offered online and those in hybrid form will also continue as planned.…

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Build on what you’ve got: WVU economic study says regional strengths key to prosperity

Sometimes, thinking inside the box is what’s best for business. A recent report by the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research suggests that capitalizing on the existing strengths of regional industries can spur…

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University Police Chief Chedester stepping down, Scott to serve as interim chief

West Virginia University announced Thursday, Jan. 21 that University Police Chief William P. “W.P.” Chedester II has decided to step down from his role due to medical reasons. Chedester will continue to serve University Police as a…

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WVU extends cancellation of classes on Morgantown campus due to weather, road conditions

West Virginia University has extended the cancellation of classes on the Morgantown campus until 1 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 20) due to inclement weather and road conditions. In-person instruction with a start time prior to 1 p.m. are canceled today.…

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WVU classes to be canceled until 10:30 a.m. on Morgantown Campus due to weather, road conditions

In-person classes will be delayed two hours on West Virginia University’s Morgantown campus Wednesday (Jan. 20) due to inclement weather and road conditions. In-person instruction with a start time prior to 10:30 a.m. are canceled…

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Burns hotter, costs cheaper: WVU engineer selected for prestigious ARPA-E program

 A new engineering research project at West Virginia University has the potential to make a demonstrable impact on the efficiency of electricity generation in the United States, decreasing carbon emissions and lowering costs for…

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Shooting for the moon: WVU qualifies for final round of NASA Centennial Challenge

The robotics team at West Virginia University has set its sights on the moon, launching off a long history of success in robotics competitions and NASA Centennial Challenges. After a year of competition in the Space Robotics Challenge Phase 2,…

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WVU Pharmacy professor drives effort to administer COVID-19 vaccine to West Virginia teachers

As West Virginia primary and secondary school students prepare for in-person instruction next week, an associate professor in the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy is organizing the effort to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to teachers and…

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Diversity & Society: New course encourages students to become comfortable with the uncomfortable

In a newly developed course, West Virginia University undergraduate and graduate students will have an opportunity to expand how they think about diversity, power, oppression, social justice and more.  Diversity & Society, DSGN 493B, is open to…

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Common workplace interactions can trigger suicidal thoughts for employees with mood disorders

Ignoring a colleague’s greeting or making a sarcastic comment in the workplace may actually do more harm than intended, according to West Virginia University research.Perceived low-grade forms of workplace mistreatment, such as avoiding eye…

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Presidential inaugurations boost tourism, but not this year, WVU economist says

While new research from West Virginia University economists finds that presidential inaugurations have gained popularity as must-see tourist events in recent years, major security threats will keep visitors away for the inauguration of…

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WVU’s Lyons to chair NCAA Division I Council

West Virginia University Director of Athletics Shane Lyons has added another chairmanship to his impressive resume of accomplishments. He was recently appointed chair of the NCAA Division I Council, which is responsible for the day-to-day decision…

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WVU Public Health professor aims to better understand the needs of pregnant women with substance use disorder through telehealth data

Dr. Brian Hendricks, a research assistant professor with the West Virginia University School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, is trying to better understand the needs of a historically underserved population in West Virginia…

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WVU receives grant to pilot drinking water testing program

Jason Hubbart, an educator and researcher at West Virginia University, is acutely aware of the importance of quality drinking water in a society and for its people and he is compelled to help others understand that as well.“There are many…

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WVU pays tribute to alumnus, longtime supporter George Farmer Jr.

West Virginia University alumnus George R. Farmer Jr. was a successful attorney who devoted his career to carrying on the giving tradition of one of West Virginia’s most celebrated benefactors. In doing so, he helped transform his alma mater…

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WVU Foundation initiative provides nearly $281K to students in need

As West Virginia University prepares for the spring semester, the generosity of Mountaineer Nation is empowering students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to proceed with their education.As of late December 2020, 254 WVU students had been awarded…

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Legal education innovator and leader to serve as next dean of WVU College of Law

An experienced academic leader and patent law expert has been selected as the next William J. Maier, Jr. Dean of the West Virginia University College of Law.Amelia Smith Rinehart’s appointment was announced Tuesday, Jan. 12, by Provost and…

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The link to COVID-19 herd immunity is in the supply chain, says WVU business expert

The journey of the COVID-19 vaccine – from the factory to the needle injected into a patient - is not immune to breaks in the supply chain.John Saldanha knows firsthand from his time in the Merchant Marines and at Dole Food Company that…

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WVU provides updates ahead of spring semester, which begins Jan. 19

The spring semester begins on Tuesday, Jan. 19, and West Virginia University is sharing details to help students, faculty and staff stay safe and abide by the University’s guidance to protect the campuses and surrounding communities from the…

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President Gee: ‘Democracy is sacred, strong and will always prevail – even in the darkest of times’

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee wrote to the University Community Friday (Jan. 8), noting that America’s democracy will prevail in spite of the violence in Washington, D.C., Wednesday (Jan. 6) and that this moment is a calling…

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No spectators for athletic events through Jan. 24

The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, in conjunction with University, local and state officials, has extended the time period for no fans at all home indoor athletic events through Jan. 24. Read more at West Virginia…

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‘Food for thought’: How parents can help children develop a positive self-image and relationship with food, WVU researcher advises

As a new year begins – and the inevitable wave of health-related resolutions go into effect – one West Virginia University researcher reminds parents in particular of the critical role they play when it comes to shaping their…

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WVU mycologists receive National Geographic Explorers grant to study fungal diversity of millipedes

Millipedes represent some of the earliest known terrestrial animals and are highly understudied, but two West Virginia University researchers are working to shine a light on these important invertebrates. Several years ago, Matt Kasson and…

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WVU holds off Army to snap 3-game bowl losing skid

Senior Austin Kendall came off the bench to throw two second-half touchdown passes to lead West Virginia to a 24-21 come-from behind victory over Army in the 2020 AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee. Read more at West Virginia University…

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‘Don’t feel like a guinea pig:’ New COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective

It may seem that the COVID-19 vaccine came from out of nowhere, but it actually underwent the same rigorous testing that all vaccines do. It’s safe. It’s effective. And it represents a huge step toward making life feel normal again,…

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WVU to face Army West Point in 62nd AutoZone Liberty Bowl

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl has announced that Army-West Point will replace Tennessee as the opponent for West Virginia in the 62nd game at Liberty Bowl Stadium on Thursday, Dec. 31 at 4 p.m., ET. Tennessee was unable to fulfill its commitment to play…

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WVU researchers inform COVID-19 vaccine communication

The first shipments of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrived in West Virginia on December 14. As doses are administered, researchers from the West Virginia University Public Interest Communication Research Lab are focused on making sure West…

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WVU’s annual Clery Act report now available

The most recent Clery Act report for West Virginia University shows instances of robbery decreased in 2019 compared to the previous year, reported burglaries remain flat and an uptick in arrests for liquor law and drug abuse violations, as well as…

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The quest for carbon capture: WVU engineer explores the ways through four federally-funded projects

One silver lining to COVID-19 restrictions, based on a recent report, is a 2.4 billion-ton plummet in global carbon emissions. Yet worldwide carbon output remains astronomical – 34 billion tons – and experts project an uptick in…

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West Virginia and Tennessee to meet in 62nd AutoZone Liberty Bowl

The 62nd AutoZone Liberty Bowl will feature a pair of teams that have a long history with the Bowl when the Mountaineers and the Tennessee Volunteers meet on Thursday, Dec. 31 at 4 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPN. Read more at West Virginia…

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WVU graduates encouraged to celebrate resilience, game-changing milestones

Not only do West Virginia University’s newest graduates have much to celebrate in a year that defied traditions and norms, as they enter the next phase of their lives, they are drawing strength from being tested and are instilled with the most…

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Gee: WVU must ‘differentiate and lead’ during ‘perilous times’ in higher ed

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee called for transformation during Friday’s (Dec. 18) Board of Governors meeting, warning that across the country there is a loss of public trust and the perceived value of higher education has…

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WVU’s Lyons appreciates the importance of recruiting

Don't think for a minute West Virginia University director of athletics Shane Lyons doesn't appreciate the value of recruiting. He understands all too well that recruiting is the lifeblood of any successful athletic program, and…

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‘No such thing as a little bit of pain:’ More cancer patients could benefit from rehabilitation, WVU researcher says

Cancer treatment isn’t just a matter of shrinking or removing a tumor. It also involves preserving or improving the patient’s quality of life. Rehabilitation services—such as behavioral therapies to alleviate pain and exercise to…

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$100K gift boosts scholarships to support School of Medicine histotechnology students

A growing number of scholarships are available to students in the West Virginia University School of Medicine’s in-demand histotechnology program, which prepares graduates to work in a challenging scientific field that offers ample well-paid…

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Donor-funded research position curbs disease associated with opioid epidemic

As West Virginia became the epicenter of the nation’s opioid epidemic, donor dollars brought Dr. Judith Feinberg to the West Virginia University School of Medicine to expand research focused on the intersection of addiction and infectious…

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WVU alumnus to take part in holiday PBS programs

With baton in hand, West Virginia University alumnus Luke Frazier will lead the American Pops Orchestra in “Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas with Vanessa Williams” and “United in Song: Celebrating the Resilience of…

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WVU pauses all football activities

Due to a surge of positive Covid-19 cases and contact tracing within the football program, West Virginia University Director of Athletics Shane Lyons and WVU's medical officials have paused all football activities, including workouts and games,…

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Virtual therapy: The ‘new normal’ after COVID-19

Once the COVID-19 pandemic is over, a lot of things will go back to normal. We’ll stop wearing masks. We’ll crowd into restaurants. We’ll walk whatever direction we want to down grocery store aisles. But some changes that the…

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WVU, DHHR establish new COVID-19 testing laboratory in Morgantown

To address the challenges of COVID-19 testing shortages and lagging turnaround times, West Virginia University and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources have teamed up to create a new testing laboratory at the Health Sciences…

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It’s in the water: WVU scientists turning No. 2 into a No. 1 predictor of COVID-19 infections

As the fictional Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles roam sewers to fight their archenemy Shredder and his goons, a team of real-life West Virginia University superhero scientists lurk around the portals to the underground land of drainage and waste to…

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WVU, CDC finalize mask observation study results with plans to continue in the spring

The West Virginia University School of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded their mask-observation study, with plans to continue the project in the spring. The primary purpose of the study: estimate Read more…

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Entrepreneurism, innovation grows at WVU thanks to $2M gift to Chambers College

A $2 million gift from the Hayhurst family will strengthen West Virginia University’s entrepreneurship network and support a new facility at Reynolds Hall, the future home of the Chambers College of Business and Economics, to foster student…

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WVU to hold online commencement ceremonies Dec. 19

“Although we would have preferred to celebrate in-person, we look forward to celebrating our graduates virtually and welcome all of Mountaineer Nation to join us for this momentous occasion,” Special Events Coordinator Lisa Martin…

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WVU School of Public Health accredited for seven-year term

The West Virginia University School of Public Health has been reaccredited through December 2027, making it one of 67 schools to receive national accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health.The Council on Education for Public Health…

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New energy conversion system built by WVU engineers will bridge gap between renewable energy and power grid

Engineers at West Virginia University are creating a new energy conversion system that has the potential to bridge renewable energy sources into the existing United States energy infrastructure.As solar and wind energy become increasingly necessary…

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Social, behavioral modifications can be positive trigger to mitigating gun violence, per WVU professor

Large-scale behavior change is a critical component when it comes to mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. But, as one West Virginia University researcher points out, it can also be leveraged to address a separate, yet, equally important,…

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No spectators for December basketball games

The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, in conjunction with University, local and state officials, has determined that December men's and women's home basketball games will take place without spectators in the…

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WVU Davis College receives grant to help lift up West Virginia communities

Faculty and students in the West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design are leading an effort to help state communities overcome some obstacles — and thrive. Funded by a new two-year grant from the…

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Glucosamine may reduce overall death rates as effectively as regular exercise, says WVU study

Glucosamine supplements may reduce overall mortality about as well as regular exercise does, according to a new epidemiological study from West Virginia University. “Does this mean that if you get off work at five o’clock one day,…

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John Chambers empowers underrepresented WVU students to become entrepreneurs

The visionary namesake behind West Virginia University’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics is empowering underrepresented students to transform West Virginia’s economy through entrepreneurship and innovation via a new…

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Gee Mail: Giving thanks to resiliency, determination, community

In a year that’s certainly posed its share of obstacles, West Virginia University President Gordon Gee reminds us of the silver - or gold-and-blue - lining in those dark clouds.  Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU Alumni Association president and CEO to step down at end of academic year

The West Virginia University Alumni Association announced Tuesday, Nov. 24, that Colonel Sean Frisbee, USAF (Ret.), president and CEO of the WVU Alumni Association and vice president for alumni relations, will leave office on June 30, 2021, after…

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WVU engineer wins third R&D 100 award

A novel modeling and optimization framework intended to support the United States energy industry developed in part by a West Virginia University engineer has received global recognition for its capabilities to address the nation’s need for…

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WVU student develops video game that leaves players questioning their mortality and the afterlife

 No one knows what happens after death, but a student at West Virginia University has created a video game that considers what uncertainties could lie ahead. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU, West Virginia Wesleyan College partner to expand doctoral teaching opportunities, diversity

West Virginia University doctoral candidates will have a new opportunity to gain teaching experience at the college level through a new partnership with West Virginia Wesleyan College starting in January 2021.A new Memorandum of Understanding…

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WVU details parking, transportation, additional information for spring semester

To help students, faculty and staff prepare for a safe return to campus in January, West Virginia University is providing details on parking, transportation and more for the spring semester, which begins on Tuesday, Jan. 19.Parking Read…

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WVU to shift undergraduate classes online ahead of holiday break, end of fall semester

Due to the increased number of COVID-19 cases within the state and on West Virginia University’s campuses, including Keyser and Beckley, all undergraduate instruction will move online Nov.…

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‘Meet people where they are:’ Local health departments key to hepatitis B vaccination

In 2018, West Virginia had the highest rate of acute hepatitis Brate of acute hepatitis B in the nation. That same year, the state had the highest rate of opioid prescriptions per 100,000 people. That’s not a coincidence: drug…

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WVU trauma surgeons, ER doctors help train young hunters to triage injuries and save lives

Six thousand young hunters will learn to stop and prevent significant injuries in their tracks while taking in the wild and wonderful West Virginia scenery through a partnership with the West Virginia University School of Medicine and the Division…

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‘Breathe, Nolan, Breathe’ documentary wins an Emmy as ‘Would You?’ anti-hazing campaign gains national traction

In the year since West Virginia University launched the “Would You? Campaign” to raise bystander awareness regarding hazing and binge drinking on college campuses, the centerpiece of the initiative, “Breathe, Nolan, Breathe,”…

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WVU innovation allows patient simulation program to continue through COVID-19

After COVID-19 stopped in-person simulated training for West Virginia University medical students, leaders of the Interprofessional Education program and the Simulation Training for Education and Patient Safety Center got creative, using a…

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Opportunity knocked: WVU to use Virgin Hyperloop collaboration as a springboard for student, faculty research, state economic development

(Editor’s note: This is the fourth and final in a series of stories outlining contributions from the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, John Chambers College Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Continuing medical education for obesity care now available online for primary care providers

Primary care providers now have access to continuing medical education on obesity care from a team of West Virginia University obesity experts. Created by Drs. Laura Davisson, Joanna Bailey and Treah Haggerty, “Obesity Medical Education…

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Putting stock into Twitter: Social media can influence returns, WVU finance professor says

Twitter’s impact is not limited to news, sports and political opinions.Posts on the social media platform can influence stock returns, according to research led by a West Virginia University financial expert. Read more at West Virginia…

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Mountaineer Week 2020 to be held online Nov. 8-14

It may look a little different this year, but Mountaineer Week, West Virginia University’s annual celebration of Appalachian culture will take place Nov. 8-14. The 73rd celebration will offer a variety of activities, mainly geared toward WVU…

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WVU plans for the future as BOG reviews year that required ‘laser-like’ focus

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee told Board of Governors members that during the COVID-19 crisis he is “proud that we have retained our laser-like focus on the pillars of our land-grant mission – education, healthcare and…

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WVU Coliseum reduced capacity plans for upcoming basketball season

The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will welcome fans to the WVU Coliseum, beginning with the men's basketball home opener on Dec. 2 against Youngstown State and the women's basketball home opener on Dec. 3…

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Unraveling the mysteries of the cosmos: New telescope at Green Bank Observatory will improve localization of Fast Radio Bursts

In pursuit of unraveling the mysteries of Fast Radio Bursts, a new telescope will bring engineers at West Virginia University one step closer to an explanation. Thanks to a $1.7 million National Science Foundation grant awarded to Kevin…

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WVU announces details on residence hall return and COVID-19 testing for spring semester

To help students, faculty and staff prepare for a safe return to campus in January, West Virginia University is providing details on the residence hall return process and COVID-19 testing for the spring semester, which begins on Tuesday, Jan.…

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WVU alumnus Al Ware who had ‘unwavering history of support’ dies

Alfred “Al” F. Ware, a devoted West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciencesalumnus, died Tuesday (Nov. 3) at the age of 93 after a short illness in Franklin, Tennessee.Ware, of Rupert, and his late…

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Estate gift benefits WVU School of Medicine, WVU Tech chemistry program

Students in medicine at West Virginia University’s main campus and chemistry at West Virginia University Institute of Technology will benefit from a nearly $1.4 million estate gift made by Mary Lou Hudnall.Hudnall, of Wheeling, West Virginia,…

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The need for speed – and science: Virgin Hyperloop to benefit from WVU neuroscientists’ expertise on brain, body impacts

(Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of stories outlining contributions from the John Chambers College of Business and Economics, Statler Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU Center for Black Culture and Research to help advance black cultural centers

Aimed at bringing together staff and students from across the country to advance black cultural centers on campus, West Virginia University’s Center for Black Culture and Research has played an important role in planning the 29th annual…

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Childhood trauma especially common among rural women with substance use disorders

Rural women with substance use disorders may have experienced significantly more childhood trauma than their male counterparts, according to new research from the West Virginia University School of Medicine.The study—led by Erin Winstanley, an…

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WVU Day of Giving moves to March

Mark your calendar: West Virginia University’s fourth annual Day of Giving is set for March 3, 2021. Day of Giving is a 24-hour online event that encourages WVU alumni and friends to support the University’s greatest priorities and…

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WVU Libraries’ student-curated online exhibit explores West Virginia political memorabilia

Elections are a foundation of American democracy, and the act of campaigning for public office is nearly as old as the Republic itself. In this election year, the West Virginia & Regional History Center is highlighting campaign materials from…

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Safer future for rail transportation of hazardous materials being developed by WVU engineers

A team of West Virginia University researchers are making railways safer by developing a Band-Aid-like protective jacket for tank cars that haul hazardous materials. The composite material, because of its superior puncture and fire resistance…

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WVU to shift COVID-19 testing, reporting schedule during holidays

West Virginia University is providing details on its upcoming COVID-19 testing schedule as the end of the fall semester and the holidays approach.Community Testing Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Men's hoops Big 12 schedule announced

West Virginia will open Big 12 Conference play in December with two league games, starting with a home contest against Iowa State on Dec. 18 and a game at Kansas on Dec. 22. To start the 2021 calendar year, the Mountaineers will have a two-game trip…

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New technology to improve underground mine safety in development by WVU engineers

Technology created by engineers at West Virginia University will improve safety in underground mines by reducing the likelihood of “fall of ground” related accidents, one of the leading causes of injuries in underground mines, which…

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Donors boost scholarship support for students via ‘We Are Stronger Together’ initiative

As families nationwide face financial challenges due to COVID-19, nearly 240 West Virginia University students in need are receiving timely scholarship support thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends. As of mid-October, 236 WVU students…

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WVU’s unique blend of engineering expertise helps secure Virgin Hyperloop Certification Center in West Virginia

(Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories outlining contributions from the John Chambers College of Business and Economics, Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute and others at WVU in this project.)A unique blend of expertise in…

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WVU collaboration strives to overcome childhood obesity in the state

A group of West Virginia University researchers is working to change the narrative on childhood obesity and physical inactivity in the Mountain State. The West Virginia Coronary Artery Risk Detection in Appalachian Communities Project efforts in…

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WVU will offer additional in-person instruction this spring

West Virginia University will offer additional in-person and hybrid classes during the spring 2021 semester, which will begin on January 19. The University will continue its strategy from the fall of reducing some classroom density and moving…

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COVID-19 heightens urgency of advanced care planning, according to WVU study

No one likes to think about their own mortality. But COVID-19 has shoved life’s dark questions to the forefront: “What if I’m hooked to a ventilator and can’t speak?” “If my heart stops beating, do I want to be…

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WVU researchers continue studies to decrease stroke morbidity and mortality

A group of West Virginia University researchers will continue a basic and translational study to decrease the morbidity and mortality related to stroke.WVU School of Medicine researchers Courtney DeVries and James Simpkins were awarded $11,383,100…

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Backyard Brawl moved to 2023-24 season

The men's basketball game between West Virginia University and the University of Pittsburgh that was scheduled to take place this season in Morgantown has been rescheduled to the 2023-24 season. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Starbucks at The Market @ UPlace temporarily closed due to COVID-19 exposure

The Starbucks location at The Market @ UPlace temporarily closed today (Oct. 15) after West Virginia University was notified of a COVID-19 exposure at the storefront. WVU immediately implemented its safety Read more at West Virginia University…

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Poore calls for sustained engagement in WVU’s journey toward social justice in State of Diversity address

In the face of the dual pandemics of coronavirus and racism, West Virginia University Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Meshea L. Poore called Mountaineers to action.“We talk about Mountaineers going first – but first we…

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Chambers College innovation, research expertise built momentum for West Virginia in Hyperloop process

In the fall of 2018, possibilities were being redefined in West Virginia.John Chambers, two-time West Virginia University alumnus, former CEO and Chairman of Cisco Systems Inc., and founder and CEO of JC2 Ventures, partnered with WVU and the College…

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WVU collaboration earns $1.35 million POWER grant to reduce impact of substance abuse, develop a healthy workforce

McDowell County—in the southern coalfields of West Virginia—is the second-most at-risk in the nation for an HIV outbreak related to drug injection. Neighboring Wyoming and Mercer Counties follow close behind. All three have some of the…

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WVU partners with the CDC to conduct mask observation study, reports encouraging baseline results

The rate of COVID-19 positivity among young adults has been higher than other age groups during July and August. And, while the West Virginia University community is no stranger to doing its part to help suppress the positivity rate and keep others…

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WVU collaborative receives funding to provide opioid crisis training to educators

The gap in training for teachers related to the opioid crisis’ effect on students is being filled by a West Virginia University partnership that will develop and distribute materials to help the state’s teachers support their students…

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Kansas game to be televised on FOX

The Big 12 Conference has announced that WVU's Saturday, Oct. 17 Big 12 Conference football game against Kansas now will be televised on FOX at noon ET. The game was originally slated to be aired on televised on FS1. Read more at West Virginia…

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WVU announces next steps in efforts to address campus racial inequities

West Virginia University is moving forward with recommendations to address critical and long-standing issues related to racism and inequality on its campuses.President Gordon Gee announced the creation of “action-oriented” working groups…

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Gee outlines successes, challenges and opportunities in annual State of the University address

A global pandemic, ongoing concerns about racial injustice and continued debate about the value and relevance of higher education in our daily lives set the virtual stage for West Virginia University President Gordon Gee’s annual State of the…

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WVU-led physical activity community program thrives, despite COVID-19, seeks new applicants

Amidst a global pandemic, exercise has become a more valuable tool in boosting immune systems and managing stress, according to West Virginia University researchers. Thanks to a program spearheaded by the WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport…

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WVU Medicine improving care for transgender patients through training, departmental curriculum, improved medical records, and more

Across the nation, many individuals who identify as transgender or gender diverse avoid accessing health care, even basic primary care, because of fear of discrimination or mistreatment — but WVU Medicine is implementing a number of strategies…

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WVU receives $1.2 million telehealth grant to connect rural ERs with medical specialists

Rural emergency departments often lack the medical specialists who staff larger, urban hospitals. Yet rural patients have the same conditions—and need the same prompt care—that people in cities do.West Virginia University researcher…

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Virgin Hyperloop to build Hyperloop Certification Center in West Virginia

(Additional information, including resources from the State of West Virginia, West Virginia University and Marshall University, is available in an online media supplement.)West Virginia, birth place of Chuck Yeager, the first person to fly faster…

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William and Patricia Sheedy commit $2.5 million to bring experiential learning to future WVU business students in Reynolds Hall

As Reynolds Hall, the new hub for business education on the campus of West Virginia University continues to build on the Morgantown waterfront, a John Chambers College of Business and Economics alumnus has given a gift that…

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WVU engineers receive funding to improve methane sensor technology in longwall mines

Despite longwall mining being an efficient way of extracting coal, it produces dangerous methane gas that has the potential to lead to explosions in underground mines. Researchers from West Virginia University are combatting this issue by developing…

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Hazard-Jenkins named permanent director of WVU Cancer Institute

Dr. Hannah Hazard-Jenkins, associate chair of surgery for cancer services, has been named the permanent director of the WVU Cancer Institute after having served in the position on an interim basis since January. Read more at West Virginia…

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Kansas game to be televised on FS1 at noon

The Big 12 Conference has announced that WVU's Saturday, Oct. 17 Big 12 Conference football game against Kansas at Milan Puskar Stadium will be televised on FS1 at noon ET. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU receives $25 million gift to support outdoor economic development, develop new remote worker program

A $25 million gift to West Virginia University from Intuit executive Brad Smith and his wife, Alys, will fund innovative new programs to ignite West Virginia’s economy, develop world-class recreational infrastructure and expand outdoor…

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National 4-H Week will be celebrated virtually this year  

For a group that is known for its hands-on type of service and work, West Virginia 4-H’ers demonstrated an impressive example in their seamless shift to online programming this past year. National 4-H Week will follow suit with its…

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WVU Diversity Week offers variety of virtual events

 West Virginia University’s annual Diversity Week (Oct. 11-16), while an online event, will broach the subjects of justice for indigenous peoples, people with disabilities and people in the LGBTQIA+ community from its daily keynote…

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WVU School of Dentistry one of two in US to offer robotic guided implant surgeries

Visiting the dentist, especially for dental surgery, can be a source of anxiety and fear for many patients. Providing a quick and efficient procedure may put a big smile on some patient's faces by allowing them to get back to their lives…

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Fans arrive like butterflies: Pearl Jam concerts drive tourism, hotel demand, per WVU study

You could say Seattle came alive with more than an even flow of tourism dollars from a pair of highly-anticipated Pearl Jam concerts, according to rockin’ new research by West Virginia University economists.Dubbed the “Home Shows,”…

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WVU incorporates student-athletes, Athletics staff testing data into COVID-19 dashboard

West Virginia University is providing additional data to its COVID-19 testing dashboard to help the campus and surrounding community better understand positive test results and monitoring protocols.The dashboard will be updated tonight to…

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WVU researcher to tackle the mysteries of dark energy and the universe beyond

Though it makes up roughly 70 percent of the universe, dark energy is one of the greatest cosmological discoveries that is the least understood among scientists. A new project led by West Virginia University researcher Kevin Bandura will help…

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Former director’s $50K gift boosts research at WVU Cancer Institute

Research efforts aimed at improving cancer care for patients in West Virginia and beyond will be boosted by a gift from the former director of the West Virginia University Cancer Institute and his wife who have made a $50,000 gift.A…

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WVU Extension Service to offer education and community to state’s female farmers through online curriculum

Women farmers from across the state have come together each fall for the last seven years to participate in the West Virginia University Extension Service Women in Agriculture program’s annual conference, sharing knowledge and networking. Even…

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Buying emergency contraception is legal but not always easy at small, mom-and-pop pharmacies

About 22 percent of women between the ages of 15 and 44 report having used emergency contraception. But even though the Food and Drug Administration approved levonorgestrel—more commonly known as Plan B—for over-the-counter use for women…

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Milan Puskar Stadium At 25% Capacity Beginning Oct. 17

West Virginia University and its Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will welcome fans back to Milan Puskar Stadium for the first time this football season, when the Mountaineers play host to the Kansas Jayhawks on Oct. 17. Read more at West…

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WVU engineers receive $3 million DOE award to capture emissions at shale gas production sites

A three-year collaborative project to develop a new low-cost process to convert the natural gas that is commonly flared at industrial sites could benefit a number of industrial sectors including the carbon fiber industry, carbon composite,…

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Research funding for WVU hits all-time high at $195 million this past year

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing uncertainties in the higher education world, West Virginia University received $195 million in external funding for research and other sponsored programs this past fiscal year.The amount shatters last…

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WVU Hardesty Festival of Ideas speakers to examine social justice issues through diverse lenses

Protecting the rights of others, exposing discrimination through entertainment venues, sharing the anxiety of recovering from substance abuse disorder and recounting the personal experience of escaping a war-torn country through refugee camps are…

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WVU and Pitt team up for laser trial to treat glaucoma

Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world. The condition causes damage to the optic nerve resulting in slow, painless vision loss over many years. While there is no cure for glaucoma, most patients are able to avoid…

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Hodder, WVU team to lead $1.5 million, multi-state data project to examine COVID-19 outcomes, treatments

The power of data, often an underappreciated catalyst to fixing the world’s pressing problems, was recognized by Dr. Sally Hodder as a critical key in battling COVID-19 before West Virginia even reported its first case. Months later, her…

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WVU to resume in-person classes after temporary pause

West Virginia University will resume in-person undergraduate classes on the Morgantown campus Monday, Sept. 28.“The data drove our decision and I am so delighted all indications are we can safely return to in-person instruction,”…

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Starbucks at The Market @ UPlace temporarily closed due to COVID-19 exposure

The Starbucks location at The Market @ UPlace temporarily closed today (Sept. 23) after West Virginia University was notified of a COVID-19 exposure at the storefront.WVU immediately implemented its safety Read more at West Virginia University…

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Test, isolate, communicate: Keys to controlling a COVID-19 outbreak in a long-term care facility

Widespread COVID-19 testing may be an obvious way to control an outbreak in a long-term care facility. But communication among the facility’s staff, its residents and the residents’ family members is crucial, too. A new study led by…

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WVU Downtown Library to close at 8 p.m., service hours temporarily adjusted after COVID-19 exposure

West Virginia University’s Downtown Campus Library will close at 8 p.m. today (Sept. 21) after being notified of a COVID-19 exposure in Access Services.The area was disinfected as part of routine daily cleaning protocols, but several staff are…

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No spectators for Baylor game

The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, in conjunction with University, local and state officials, has determined that football's Big 12 Conference home opener against Baylor on Oct. 3 will take place without…

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WVU students lead upgrades to Green Bank Telescope

A critical advancement for astrophysics research led by a team of West Virginia University physics and astronomy students will allow astronomers to be seven times faster in mapping a galaxy. The new radio camera at the Green Bank Telescope is the…

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Fitzsimmons Law Firm establishes litigation and advocacy center at WVU College of Law

The newly-established Fitzsimmons Center for Litigation and Advocacy at the West Virginia University College of Law will provide additional opportunities for students to enhance essential lawyering skills—including understanding and analyzing…

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Hatfields at WVU Mountainlair temporarily closed due to COVID-19 exposure

Hatfields at the Mountainlair temporarily closed today (Sept. 20) after West Virginia University was notified of a COVID-19 exposure at the dining hall. The University immediately implemented its safety Read more at West Virginia University…

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WVU adapts and plans for the future amid COVID-19 response

Plans for new and reimagined academic and athletics spaces, upgraded technology and an ongoing commitment to create a supportive campus environment for all at West Virginia University are moving forward despite the health, safety and fiscal…

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Retired doctor’s gift supports WVU School of Medicine scholarships

West Virginia University School of Medicine students will benefit from a retired alum’s dedicated effort to donate $100,000 in scholarship support. Dr. and Mrs. John E. Cooke, MD, FACEP, recently made a $25,000 gift to the School of…

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WVU’s Center for Applied Coaching and Sport Sciences nationally recognized for promoting participation in youth sports

The COVID-19 pandemic has made physical activity for youth more important than ever—and a West Virginia University organization’s focus on providing opportunity, motivation and access for every child to play sports has been identified by…

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WVU to celebrate Mountaineer Nation Day Sept. 26

West Virginia University’s Mountaineer Nation Day will dedicate Sept. 26 to WVU fans and their pride and passion for the state’s flagship University.Fans from around the world can celebrate by using the hashtag #WVUMND on social…

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WVU researcher: Racial and economic inequity a rural problem, too

As the United States experiences mass racial unrest and nationwide protests, equity issues have become elevated in the American consciousness. And according to Erin McHenry-Sorber, an associate professor of higher education in the West Virginia…

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WVU Chambers College to induct four into 10th class of Roll of Distinguished Alumni

A group of four West Virginia University John Chambers College of Business and Economics alumni who have trailblazed their way to success in the business world will join this year’s Roll of Distinguished Alumni. This…

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$4.8M trust gift bolsters education, health and athletics at West Virginia University

A $4.8 million trust gift from longtime West Virginia University supporter David G. Allen is benefitting five programs across campus that reflect his diverse interests in education, health, athletics and more.Allen, of Clarksburg, died Sept. 21,…

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Using artificial intelligence to predict genuine outcomes in COVID-19 patients

Artificial intelligence can do more than recommend a song or suggest what to write in an email. It might even be able to predict outcomes in COVID-19 patients. Larissa Casaburi, a researcher in the West Virginia University School of Medicine,…

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Wheeling Hospital to join WVU Medicine

Wheeling Hospital, a 223-bed, acute-care, not-for-profit hospital affiliated with the Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston since its founding in 1850 by the first Bishop and a local physician, will become a full member of the West Virginia…

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WVU physicians lead fundraising effort to support Mountaineer Food Bank

More and more West Virginians, financially burdened by the COVID-19 pandemic, are turning to food banks to put meals on their tables – and one team of West Virginia University physicians is pledging to provide more fresh and frozen food for…

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Three WVU alums awarded Fulbright Scholarships

Three West Virginia University alumni will teach English abroad next year after being awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, allowing them to develop cross-cultural competency, as well as skills to further their career goals.Riley Imlay,…

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Coming up for air: Extinct sea scorpions could breathe out of water, WVU fossil detective unveils

Scientists have long debated the respiratory workings of sea scorpions, but a new discovery by a West Virginia University geologist concludes that these largely aquatic extinct arthropods breathed air on land. James Lamsdell dug into the…

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WVU Public Health researcher studying racial disparities in infant mortality in West Virginia

Black infants die at almost twice the rate of white infants in West Virginia, a statistic nursed by racism and other adverse circumstances not only in the state, but across the nation. West Virginia University School of Public Health professor Lauri…

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Ticked off: WVU researchers target Lyme disease vaccine with aid of $1.9M federal grant

Pesky, yet dangerous ticks are no longer latching exclusively onto hunters and outdoor enthusiasts. Milder winters and disrupted habitats have driven them out of the woods, with Lyme disease cases in the United States tripling since the late…

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Former WVU president Gene Budig dies

Former West Virginia University president Gene Budig died Tuesday (Sept. 8) at 81. Budig was president of two other universities—Illinois State and Kansas—was a newspaper editor and author and the former president of baseball’s…

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Gee issues statement on death of former WVU President Gene Budig

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee issued the following statement on the death today (Sept. 8) Wednesday of former WVU President (1977-80) Gene Budig:“I am deeply saddened to learn that my dear friend Gene Budig…

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WVU temporarily shifts most undergraduate courses online amid increasing COVID-19 cases

After an announcement Monday (Sept. 7) that most undergraduate, in-person classes on the Morgantown campus will move online for two weeks, West Virginia University President Gordon Gee detailed plans for the transition in a letter to the University…

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WVU moves undergraduate classes online through Sept. 25 on Morgantown campus, reduces in-person activities

In-person classes will be canceled on West Virginia University’s Morgantown campus Tuesday, Sept. 8. Online classes will continue as usual, as will University operations. Staff and faculty should report to work as usual.Beginning Wednesday,…

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WVU suspends 29 students for COVID-19-related violations, additional sanctions pending

Twenty-nine West Virginia University students are being placed on immediate interim suspension amid ongoing COVID-19-related investigations. Additional sanctions are pending as investigations continue.The latest actions follow more reports to the…

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WVU Board of Governors approves negotiation to amend multimedia rights agreement with Learfield IMG College

The West Virginia University Board of Governors held a special meeting Friday (Sept. 4).The Board, citing West Virginia Code §6-9A-4(b)(9) and (12), then entered executive session to discuss confidential legal, personnel, and deliberative…

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WVU adds isolation, quarantine and third-party testing data to COVID-19 dashboard

In an effort to help the campus and surrounding community better understand positive test results, monitoring and response protocols, West Virginia University is providing additional data to its COVID-19 testing dashboard.Beginning today (Sept. 4),…

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WVU Student Conduct imposes additional sanctions in COVID-19-related investigations

West Virginia University has scheduled hearings that could result in suspension or expulsion for three students who have a history of repeated violations as part of ongoing investigations related to COVID-19 and violations of the Student Code of…

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Mountaineers conclude preseaon camp

Second-year West Virginia coach Neal Brown concluded preseason training camp Tuesday night under the lights inside Milan Puskar Stadium with some heavy special teams work. In fact, close to half of the practice involved working all five units in…

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Gee: Gatherings outside Morgantown bars put us all in jeopardy

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee admonished students for not following safety protocols in off-campus gatherings in a letter today (Sept. 2) to the campus and Morgantown communities.Read the letter. Read more at West Virginia…

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Katherine Johnson scholarship aids African American students pursuing math, science degrees at WVU

A new scholarship created as a tribute to NASA pioneer Katherine Johnson will benefit African American students studying math or science within West Virginia University’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. Inspired by the movie…

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WVU Starbucks location temporarily closed after COVID-19 exposure

The Starbucks at the Market @ UPlace remains closed this morning (Sept. 2) after West Virginia University was notified the previous evening of a COVID-19 exposure at the University Place storefront. The University immediately implemented its…

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Eastern Kentucky Game to be Televised on FS1 at Noon

The Big 12 Conference has announced that WVU's Saturday, Sept. 12, football game against Eastern Kentucky at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, West Virginia, will be played at noon, ET and be televised on FS1. Read more at West Virginia…

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Can heavy-duty diesel vehicles afford the switch to alternative fuels? WVU engineer to address critical knowledge gap

While personal vehicles that use electricity, propane or natural gas have gained popularity thanks to availability and affordability, heavy-duty vehicles like 18-wheelers and buses have been slow to change gears because of maintenance costs. But…

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WVU provides additional COVID-19 testing information

West Virginia University is providing additional COVID-19 data to help the campus and surrounding community have a better understanding of positive test results, monitoring and response protocols.WVU moved last week to ongoing testing focused on…

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WVU SAAC sponsors Sunday evening Unity Walk

A march organized by West Virginia University's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in support of the Black student-athlete experience took place Sunday evening. Several hundred Mountaineer student-athletes representing all sports walked from…

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WVU Extension Service’s Family Nutrition Program partners with farmers and health providers to prescribe fresh fruits and vegetables

Imagine going for a checkup and receiving some not-so-great news—but instead of your physician adding another pill to add to your morning routine, she hands you a slip of paper that reads: “One heaping bag of farm-grown fruits and…

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WVU ‘gets the facts out’ to help reverse high school math and science teacher shortage in West Virginia, nationwide

Highly prepared math and science teachers are the catalysts behind the scientific advancements that change our world every day, and yet, there’s not enough of them in our classrooms to instruct the next generation of experts in STEM…

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WVU partners with building trades organizations to launch Apprenticeship Pathway Degree Program

A partnership among West Virginia University, WVU Potomac State College, WVU Extension Service Institute for Labor Studies and Research, the West Virginia Carpenters Training Center and the West Virginia State Building and Construction Trades…

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Additional WVU students to face sanctions in COVID-19-related investigations

More than a dozen West Virginia University students have been placed on probation as part of ongoing investigations related to violations of the Student Code of Conduct. The Office of Student Conduct has placed 17 students on probation for…

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‘We Are Stronger Together’ scholarships aid students affected by COVID-19

As West Virginia University embarks on a new academic year amid the challenges of COVID-19, more than 60 students are beginning or resuming their coursework thanks to the generosity of Mountaineer Nation.“We Are Stronger Together,” a…

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Learning how one element—zinc—helps millions of nerve cells communicate

Zinc isn’t just an ingredient in the lozenges you might take when you feel a cold coming on. It’s also crucial to communication among the neurons—or nerve cells—in your brain, whether those neurons are helping you remember…

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WVU’s Gee: Academic year begins with challenges… and opportunities

President Gordon Gee sent a letter today (Aug. 26) welcoming West Virginia University students, faculty and staff to campus for the start of a new academic year. He called on Mountaineers to approach this unprecedented semester with transparency,…

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WVU-led study aims to identify, relieve anxiety and depression caused by COVID-19

With anxiety and depression on the rise amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, a West Virginia University-led study seeks to identify mental health issues and test online treatments among West Virginians at home – particularly those in…

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New blood, new hope: Transfusions protect the brain from stroke damage, according to WVU neuroscience research

Muscle weakness permeates through one side of your body and your speech slurs. It’s a stroke. And you need to be rushed to the emergency room. Doctors replace your blood with the blood of a healthy person who’s never suffered a…

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WVU completes baseline COVID-19 testing, transitions to surveillance testing

West Virginia University has completed baseline COVID-19 testing as part of its Return to Campus plan launched this summer. A total of 26,726 tests were collected from students and employees across the WVU System from July 20-Aug. 22:  …

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Gee Mail: Welcome home…and mask up!

In a call unifying the West Virginia University family to embark safely and resiliently into a new academic year, President Gordon Gee welcomed faculty, staff and students back into the fold in his latest Gee Mail.  Read more at West Virginia…

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WVU students to face sanctions amid social gatherings investigation

West Virginia University Dean of Students Corey Farris announced six students have been identified as part of an investigation into parties held last weekend in the downtown areas near campus. The students will be…

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The masked singers: How a WVU choir director composed the perfect masks for performance art

We know that wearing a mask reduces the risk of transmitting viral droplets from person to person.But one question remains: Can you carry a tune in one? Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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No spectators for WVU football season opener

The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, in conjunction with University, local and state officials, has determined that football's season opener against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 12 will take place without…

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WVU researchers receive $1.5 million DOE grant to develop technology aimed at decreasing natural gas emissions

With the target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from natural gas production sites, engineers at West Virginia University are developing new technology that will not only harness the gas but improve gas consumption.Thanks to a $1.5 million grant…

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Lyons creates Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

To further emphasize the importance of respect to everyone, West Virginia University Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President Shane Lyons has developed and initiated a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee for his department. …

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WVU provides second COVID-19 weekly ‘trends’ report

West Virginia University’s public dashboard, which tracks and compiles COVID-19 information collected during testing across the WVU system, reported 96 positive test results out of 16,046 tests resulted between July 21-Aug. 16. Those positive…

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WVU reinforces seriousness of following COVID-19 health and safety guidelines

West Virginia University is taking enforcement of COVID-19 protocols very seriously this fall. WVU is aware of recent off-campus parties that some of our students hosted and attended and the office of Student Conduct is already reviewing the…

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WVU graduate student leads COVID-19 mobile testing response for West Virginia National Guard

Following her education and hands-on laboratory experience at West Virginia University, graduate student Samantha Fabian is leading the West Virginia National Guard’s COVID-19 mobile testing laboratories. WVNG Capt. Fabian serves as the…

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COVID-19 Saliva Test Provides a Ray of Hope For Sports

News of a COVID-19 saliva test developed by the Yale School of Public Health could potentially be significant for sports and daily life. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Athletics provides COVID-19 testing update

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics provided updated COVID-19 testing numbers as of Aug. 15. Since testing began in June, a total of 823 tests have been administered specifically through the Department’s protocol. Read more at West…

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WVU researcher to study fentanyl test strips as an opioid overdose prevention strategy

A West Virginia University researcher will co-lead a study to learn more about the off-label use of rapid response fentanyl test strips as an opioid overdose prevention strategy.“With the knowledge from this study, we will be able to provide…

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WVU BOG amends rules as new federal Title IX regulations go into effect

West Virginia University’s Board of Governors took action today (Aug. 14) to implement the new Title IX guidance by the deadline provided in the federal regulations.Board members voted to amend two BOG rules through the emergency rulemaking…

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Gaiters do no harm: WVU toxicologists find coverings help contain the spread of exhaled droplets

Experts with the West Virginia University Center for Inhalation Toxicology found that – assuming it’s a good fit - a gaiter will, despite recent reports, provide a respiratory containment of exhaled droplets comparable to a common…

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Six home dates highlight updated 2020 football schedule

West Virginia University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Shane Lyons, in conjunction with the Big 12 Conference, has announced the updated 2020 football schedule. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU names 2020 class of Ruby Fellows

Three students pursuing doctoral degrees at West Virginia University are receiving funding through the Ruby Scholars Graduate Fellows Program. Jared Beard, Evan Cramer and Kinsey Reed are this year’s Ruby Fellows.Recipients must be pursuing a…

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WVU updates, recaps Morgantown Return to Campus information

West Virginia University released updated Return to Campus information today (Aug. 11). A Return to Campus Conversation will also be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13 where senior administrators will continue to answer questions and…

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The air out there: WVU toxicologist earns $3 million NIH grant to study impact of air pollution on lung healing

Each time we breathe in, we’re not inhaling just one component that seeps into our lungs. It’s a medley of gasses and particles – both natural and human-made – that can unleash unknown consequences on respiratory health.One…

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Brown believes football can be safely played in the fall

Neal Brown was happy to finally be back out on the football field with his guys on Monday doing what he loves to do most – coach football. Brown, for one, is advocating that college football be played this fall. He believes it can be done…

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WVU provides COVID-19 weekly ‘trends’ report

A week after launching its public dashboard to track and compile COVID-19 information collected during testing across the West Virginia University System, a total of 67 positive results have been recorded out of 11,604 tests resulted between…

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WVU dean of students sets expectations to preserve on-campus academic experience for fall semester

West Virginia University Dean of Students Corey Farris sent a letter Monday (Aug. 10) asking students to make good choices and adhere to safety protocols. Farris warned house parties, going to bars and gathering in large groups will very likely…

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Glover to serve as Mountaineer mascot through 2021-22

The Mountaineer Advisory Council announced today (Aug. 10) that Colson Glover and Brooke Ashby, will serve as the West Virginia University Mountaineer mascot and alternate Mascot, respectively, through 2021-22, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Glover, a…

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Mountaineer gridders begin practice

The most unusual season in 129 years of West Virginia University football begins Monday morning (Aug. 10) when Neal Brown's Mountaineers officially begin practice. Since March when the COVID-19 virus shut down NCAA sports, nothing has been…

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A conversation with WVU Director of Athletics Shane Lyons

Tony Caridi sat down with WVU director of athletics Shane Lyons for an all-encompassing interview with Lyons on the state of the Mountaineer program and collegiate athletics in general as the country continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. …

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WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute expands pioneering Alzheimer’s treatment to wider region of the brain

A hospital nurse for 33 years, Nanette Miller would call her husband Frank at the end of each shift to let him know she was coming home. On Dec. 7, 2018, the phone call came with a somber declaration: “I can’t do this…

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WVU’s Provost announces revised Fall 2020 course schedule for the Morgantown Campus

Maryanne Reed, West Virginia University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, sent a letter today (Aug. 5) to the University’s students, faculty and staff announcing the revised course schedule for the Morgantown Campus.Read the…

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WVU provides additional details for Return to Campus

West Virginia University released more information today (Aug. 4) concerning its phased Return to Campus plan.Read the announcement. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Dedicated workspaces improve quality of life during COVID-19 pandemic

There’s no place like home, but because of COVID-19, many people are learning there’s no place like the classroom or the office, either. New research led by Tina Antill Keener, an assistant professor in the West Virginia University…

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Updated football information

The start of conference play will be solidified in the coming weeks, with an anticipated start sometime between mid-to-late September, with the expectation that nonconference games are contested prior to the beginning of league games. Read more at…

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Big 12 Conference adopts 9+1 football schedule

The Big 12 Board of Directors today announced that Conference football programs will play a "9+1" schedule for the 2020 season consisting of nine conference games and one non-conference home opponent. Read more at West Virginia University…

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WVU launches dashboard to track campus COVID-19 data

West Virginia University launched a new public dashboard today (Aug. 3) to track and compile COVID-19 information collected during testing across the WVU System.As part of the University’s commitment to protecting the safety and well-being of…

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WVU Chambers College scholarships offer security, opportunities for students

During his 43 years at West Virginia University’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics, Professor Emeritus Adolph Neidermeyer always bid farewell to his students with a purposeful reminder: “Remember what WVU has done for you,…

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WVU joins INFLCR as first college football program in NIL Data Services pilot product offering

INFLCR is excited to announce the launch of WVU football as its first college football partner who will be piloting the "Data Services" product offering from the INFLCR team. The new Data Services offering from INFLCR is the first of…

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WVU women’s sports pioneer Blakemore passes away

Kittie J. Blakemore, the mother of WVU women’s sports, died yesterday (Jul. 29) in her native Manassas, Virginia, following months of declining health. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU Dental Care offers teledentistry for virtual patient visits

West Virginia’s rural residents will have more access to dental care through teledentistry —the process of connecting dentists and patients online— provided by WVU Dental Care in partnership with dentists and oral health…

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WVU extends fall payment deadline, provides more details on ‘phased’ Return to Campus plans

West Virginia University has extended the payment deadline for certain fall charges so students have more time to plan after announcing a phased Return to Campus in Morgantown. The payment deadline for fall charges on July eBills is now…

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Gee announces phased return to Morgantown campus in letter to WVU community

West Virginia University students will have a phased return to the Morgantown campus that includes a later class start date (Aug. 26) and hybrid or online delivery for upper division undergraduate courses, President Gordon Gee announced in a letter…

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Walmart Foundation grant to expand access to healthy foods in West Virginia, give boost to state agriculture industry

Fresh, healthy foods can be difficult to find in rural West Virginia communities. This isn’t only evident at the dinner table, its impact shows up at the doctor’s office, too. One in four of the state’s rural residents is food…

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Return of the zombie cicadas: WVU team unearths manipulative qualities of fungal-infected flyers

Mind games aren’t exclusive to humans. Cicadas infected with the parasitic fungus Massospora unknowingly engage in trickery with their fellow insects, resulting in effective disease transmission, according to West Virginia University-led…

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COVID-19 testing update for WVU Athletics

The following are updated COVID-19 testing numbers from the West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics as of July 25. Since testing began in June, a total of 600 tests have been administered. Read more at West Virginia…

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WVU Board of Governors welcomes Harris and Riggs, hears update on COVID-19 response

West Virginia University Board of Governors Chairman David Alvarez began Friday’s (July 24) special meeting by welcoming Chase Riggs, who replaces Kate Dye as the student representative, as well as Dr. Patrice Harris, who was appointed to the…

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Justice appoints Patrice Harris, reappoints two others to WVU Board of Governors

A three-time West Virginia University graduate who has completed her term as the first African-American woman president of the American Medical Association will join the WVU Board of Governors.Gov. Jim Justice announced the appointment of Dr.…

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WVU’s Poore pens letter celebrating anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act, calls on campus community to ‘sustain the important work’ of the ADA

Meshea L. Poore, Esq., West Virginia University vice president for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, sent a letter today (July 24) reflecting on the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act noting the COVID-19 pandemic has…

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WVU teams up with ANC to elevate fan atmosphere

West Virginia University and ANC, an experience design and execution company, today announced a new partnership to significantly enhance the fan atmosphere and drive incremental revenue opportunities across Mountaineer football's Milan Puskar…

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WVU partners with DTE Energy Foundation to establish West Virginia’s first EMS physician response team, save lives in rural areas

A new pilot project launched by the West Virginia University School of Medicine in partnership with the DTE Energy Foundation will deploy physicians to respond to emergencies in rural areas of West Virginia, improving access to – and quality…

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Catapulting WVU into higher ed’s new normal of teaching and learning

Hybrid. HyFlex. Synchronous. Asynchronous. These are some of the many buzzwords Todd Hamrick hears as he sits through a session of the West Virginia University Teaching and Learning Commons’ Fall Hybrid Teaching Institute. As a teaching…

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New center for neuroscience research brings together faculty, students across WVU

Just as nerve cells don’t work in isolation when we think, speak or move, scientists don’t work alone when they study the nervous system.A new center at West Virginia University—the Center for Foundational Neuroscience Research and…

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WVU and Koenning agree to mutually separate

The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and football defensive coordinator Vic Koenning have mutually agreed to separate. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU releases statement following meeting with Governor, higher ed institutions to discuss return to campus plans

West Virginia University released the following statement Tuesday (July 21):“West Virginia University appreciates Gov. Justice's leadership as we continue to battle COVID-19. His concern for the health and safety of our faculty, staff and…

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WVU dean of students updates University’s safety precautions for return to campus

West Virginia University Dean of Students Corey Farris outlined in a letter to students today (July 21) the precautions the University will take and students will be expected to take as they return to campus Aug. 19.Read the letter. Read more at…

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WVU to celebrate 50 great years of Coliseum memories

During a visit to Morgantown near the time construction of the WVU Coliseum was wrapping jp in the summer of 1970, famous stage and film actor Vincent Price said the new structure looked just like a “great, big cupcake.” Well, this…

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Hot hemp: WVU researcher studying THC levels in industrial crop

As interest in industrial hemp increases, a West Virginia University professor hopes to help farmers and growers better understand the most conducive environments for a successful harvest.Michael Gutensohn, assistant professor horticulture in the…

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WVU launches fundraising campaign to aid underrepresented students

Historic and systemic obstacles, made more pressing by the COVID-19 pandemic, mean current and prospective students from underrepresented groups often need financial help to start or continue their education at West Virginia University. The WVU…

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Athletics provides COVID-19 testing update

The following are updated COVID-19 testing numbers from the West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics as of July 17. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Navigating space junk: WVU engineer selected for NASA Small Business Innovation Research program

Over the last six decades, spacefaring nations have slowly, but surely, cluttered up the final frontier. A report on space debris by the European Space Agency estimates that there are currently about 34,000 debris objects larger than 10 centimeters,…

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Uncovering the invisible universe: WVU physicist Sean McWilliams wins NSF CAREER Award

A West Virginia University physicist has created an exact mathematical formula to explain the gravitational wave signals that have been observed from colliding black holes, which serve as a key validation of Albert…

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WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute develops new technology to predict onset of COVID-19 related symptoms

WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI) researchers have developed new tools, including the forecasting of temperature and a “Health Index,” to warn users of the onset of COVID-19 related symptoms and signs of infection in real…

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‘Breathe, Nolan, Breathe’ documentary nominated for an Emmy

(Editor's note: A media kit with downloadable photos, videos and additional resources regarding the documentary, safety campaign and more, is available in the WVUToday Media Center.)A documentary born from tragedy, Read more at West Virginia…

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The ‘new face’ of the mandated report: Recognizing and reporting child abuse and neglect

Although declining reports of child abuse and neglect during the last few months may seem like good news, it raises a red flag to public health experts at West Virginia University and officials at the West Virginia Center for Children’s…

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WVU to adopt test optional admissions due to impacts of COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the ability of many college-bound high school students to take either the ACT or the SAT, West Virginia University has joined a long list of institutions relaxing test score requirements in its admission…

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WVU’s Huggins lends name to McLendon Minority Leadership Initiative

Kentucky coach John Calipari has always been an idea guy and his latest one involves roughly 35 college basketball coaches so far, including West Virginia's Bob Huggins. Calipari's plan is to use the influence and resources college…

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WVU applauds decision to rescind ICE guidance for international students amid COVID-19 pandemic

The federal government has rescinded guidance, opposed by West Virginia University and other higher education institutions, that would have required international students to enroll in in-person courses to remain lawfully present in the United…

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West Virginia Public Education Collaborative leading efforts to improve third grade literacy rates in West Virginia

Faced with a global pandemic that has closed schools and declining literacy numbers, the West Virginia Public Education Collaborative, housed in West Virginia University’s Office of the Provost, is taking on the challenge to improve West…

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WVU outlines employee expectations for safely returning to on-campus work

West Virginia University announced its Return to On-Campus Work Playbook for Faculty and Staff today (July 14). WVU Vice President of Talent and Culture Cris DeBord explained the guidelines in a letter to the campus community.Read the letter. Read…

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More than 150 volunteers now trained in Contact Tracing and Pandemic Response

More than 150 volunteers from throughout West Virginia have now completed Contact Tracing and Pandemic Response, a training developed by the West Virginia University School of Public Health and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human…

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Milan Puskar Stadium turns 40 in September

Forty years ago this September, West Virginia University celebrated the opening of what was then known as “new Mountaineer Field.” It was perhaps the most significant moment in the history of WVU football – maybe even the…

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Tweaking the chemical makeup of hydroxychloroquine beyond COVID-19

Researchers are still evaluating the utility of hydroxychloroquine for treatment or prevention of COVID-19, but it still has well documented use in helping millions of people around the world manage some autoimmune diseases such as lupus and…

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Quenching the need for water quality data in West Virginia

A new portal created at West Virginia University is increasing access to surface and groundwater water quality data from shale gas regions around the state to inform stakeholders about trends in water quality. Read more at West Virginia University…

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New solutions in math teaching and learning: WVU project bringing $3 million investment to West Virginia

Experts agree that a solid math foundation opens doors for future possibilities, yet improvement in math outcomes has proven an elusive target for states across the country. Innovation is necessary, and the Mountain State is poised to lead the…

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WVU opposes new ICE guidance, underscores commitment to international students

West Virginia University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Maryanne Reed and Amber Brugnoli, associate vice president and executive director of the Office of Global Affairs, addressed new guidance issued from U.S. Immigration and…

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Athletics postpones women's basketball workouts

The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, in consultation with its medical officials, has postponed women's basketball team workouts for 14 days following the most recent COVID-19 test results. Read more at West…

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WVU researchers leading $10 million sustainable biomass to value-added bioproducts project

As demand increases for sustainable and environmentally friendly energy and products, the Mid-Atlantic region with its abundance of forests and abandoned mine land is poised to grow its biomass-based renewable energy and products economy.With the…

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WVU’s Huggins promotes mask wearing on NABC Video

West Virginia University men's basketball coach Bob Huggins recently took part in a National Association of Basketball Coaches campaign to promote wearing masks to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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How colliding neutron stars could shed light on universal mysteries

An important breakthrough in how we can understand dead star collisions and the expansion of the universe has been made by an international team that includes researchers with the Center for Gravitational Waves and Cosmology at West Virginia…

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WVU Robotic Technology Center and Maxar Technologies partner on SPIDER: the future of in-space assembly

A new space race is underway throughout the globe and the renewed interest in space exploration is trickling down to the Robotic Technology Center at West Virginia University in a big way.Maxar Technologies, a trusted partner and innovator in earth…

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WVU outlines health and safety protocols for the Return to Campus

West Virginia University leaders Vice President for Strategic Initiatives Rob Alsop and Drs. Clay Marsh and Jeff Coben today (July 7) sent a letter to the campus community outlining safety procedures for students’…

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Athletics postpones men's basketball workouts

The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, in consultation with its medical officials, has today postponed the start of men's basketball team workouts for 14 days following the most recent COVID-19 test results. Read…

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WVU students testing positive for COVID-19 confirmed

Monongalia County Health Department and West Virginia University were notified that 13 new cases were reported today (July 2) with at least 10 WVU students who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.Although…

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WVU ‘fossil detective’ links past to future in discovering what drives the evolution of new animals

Fossil records that reveal how new animals evolve is key not only to understanding the history of life on Earth, but could play a role in guiding modern conservation efforts in predicting responses to future climate change, according to West…

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WVU announces Dean’s, President’s lists for spring 2020

More than 7,000 West Virginia University students earned honors during the spring 2020 semester.A total of 3,866 students were named to the Dean’s List, having earned a 3.5 GPA or higher. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Four elected to WVU Foundation Board of Directors

Three West Virginia University alumni and a graduate of Concord University, all with successful careers in business, healthcare and human resources, were elected to the WVU Foundation Board of Directors at its annual meeting this month.Serving…

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WVU men’s basketball student-athlete tests positive for COVID-19

The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced today that one Mountaineer men's basketball student-athlete has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and has entered a self-isolation period for 14 days. Read…

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Two undergraduate students to research ways to treat disorders under WVU Beckman Scholars Program

Two students with a vested interest in bettering the human condition will spend their final two years as undergraduates conducting funded research as West Virginia University’s first two Beckman Scholars.Abreanne Andlinger, a biology junior…

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It’s getting hot in here: WVU engineer improves efficiency of U.S. energy infrastructure

In the United States we throw away a lot of energy.In power plants fired by fossil fuels alone, 67 percent of the electricity generated is released unproductively into the environment in the form of heat, according to the U.S. Energy Information…

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WVU to continue to increase colorectal cancer screenings and early detection with help of $3.62 million CDC grant

Using a $3.62 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the West Virginia University Cancer Institute will continue working with clinics across the state to increase colorectal cancer screenings. Read more at West Virginia…

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WVU Extension Service, West Virginia Public Broadcasting partner to bring educational programming into homes

West Virginia University Extension Service and West Virginia Public Broadcasting have partnered to bring youth programming into the homes of West Virginia families.WVU Extension Service’s Energy Express, a six-week summer reading program…

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Passage of 2016 fireworks law ignites increase in fireworks-related injuries in West Virginia

All those pops and crackles ripping through your neighborhood at night could come with unwanted consequences – at the firework enthusiast’s expense.Fireworks-related injuries in West Virginia have shot up 40 percent since a 2016 state…

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A letter from Neal Brown

Head football coach Neal Brown sent a letter to the WVU community late Tuesday evening (June 23) in response to the concerns raised by one of his players, Kerry Martin. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Statement from WVU Director of Athletics Shane Lyons

WVU Director of Athletics Shane Lyons issued a statement Tuesday (June 23) regarding concerns raised by football player Kerry Martin. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Big 12 Conference, Learfield IMG College Unveil First-Ever Madden NFL 20 Esports Competition for 10 Member Schools

The Big 12 Conference and Learfield IMG College, its comprehensive multimedia rights partner, today announced the launch of an esports tournament for all 10 member schools. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU discusses return to campus plans for safe, meaningful experience for all students

West Virginia University Dean of Students Corey Farris outlined in a letter to the campus community Tuesday (June 23) plans for a return to campus in the fall designed to create a safe and meaningful experience for all students.Read the letter: …

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Signals from deep space: WVU students develop AI to detect fast radio bursts

West Virginia University’s Duncan Lorimer might be the godfather of the fast radio burst, but a pair of international students has taken exploring these mysterious cosmic flashes to a new level.In 2007, Lorimer was credited for helping…

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A second WVU football player tests positive for COVID-19

The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Saturday (June 20) that a second Mountaineer football student-athlete has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and will enter a self-isolation period for the next 14…

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WVU Board OKs reduced budget for coming fiscal year

Anticipating a slightly smaller enrollment and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the West Virginia University Board of Governors on Friday approved a budget for the coming fiscal year more than $23 million less than the previous year.“As we…

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Gee announces first steps in WVU’s efforts to address campus racial shortcomings

(Editor’s note: The full text of Gee’s remarks is available at presidentgee.wvu.edu.)West Virginia University will undertake an internal review of its systems and policies, with a goal to begin implementing some recommendations by…

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Finding renewal in the aftermath of floods

Four years after the disastrous flooding in southern West Virginia, new research from West Virginia University’s Department of Geology and Geography highlights the role faith-based groups and other community organizations have played in the…

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Poore celebrates, reflects on Juneteenth in letter to WVU Community

Meshea L. Poore, Esq., West Virginia University vice president for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, sent a letter reflecting on Juneteenth in its historical context and its meaning in light of current racial issues in the U.S. to the University…

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WVU Medicine begins relaxing visitation restrictions

WVU Medicine has begun relaxing the visitation restrictions that were put into place at its hospitals and clinics as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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U.S. cities with pro sports see more flu deaths

Sports leagues may want to consider calling a timeout on reopening their doors to fans, based on new West Virginia University-led research that links an uptick in seasonal flu deaths to U.S. cities with pro sports teams. Analyzing Centers for…

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WVU responds to petition wanting increased action on opposing racism

West Virginia University Thursday (June 17) issued the following response to a petition received on June 16 outlining various actions the University should take to fight racism:West Virginia University has received a petition citing several areas…

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Overcoming crime in Costa Rica: WVU forensic scientists join forces with Central American country

Costa Rica is known around the world over for its rainforests, coffee and beaches. But despite Costa Rica's reputation for safety and its recent economic growth, criminals use its strategic location for smuggling activities.A team of U.S.…

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Athletics announces transition to mobile ticketing

Improved health and safety measures, contactless points of entry, added convenience and ease of flow through the gates are just some of the benefits Mountaineer football fans will experience this fall as the WVU Department of Intercollegiate…

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WVU outlines additional safety protocols for return to campus

Rob Alsop, vice president for Strategic Initiatives at West Virginia University Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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West Virginia University remembers Betty Puskar

Betty J. Puskar wanted to be remembered as someone who facilitated breast cancer care and for making breast cancer something that people talked about. She also wanted to be known as someone who helped people.Those who crossed paths with Puskar can…

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One WVU football player tests positive for COVID-19

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Monday (June 15) that one Mountaineer football student-athlete has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and will enter a self-isolation period for the next 14 days. Read more at West Virginia…

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WVU student to connect underserved students with academic resources as Newman Civic Fellow

Amelia Jones is a student who has devoted much of her college career to community-engaged leadership. Jones will continue her work helping connect disadvantaged students with educational resources as West Virginia University’s 2020 Newman…

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To help West Virginia reopen safely, WVU researchers develop new COVID-19 tests

COVID-19 tests are in short supply. The companies that make the necessary chemicals—called reagents—can’t keep up with demand. But researchers at West Virginia University are developing new tests on their own to identify who has…

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UMWA raising $1 million for WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital

A grassroots effort to honor United Mine Workers of America President Cecil E. Roberts aims to raise $1 million for the new WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital. Roberts is a native of West Virginia and sixth-generation coal miner. As…

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Statement from WVU Police Chief W.P. Chedester

W.P. Chedester, chief of the West Virginia University Police issued this statement today (June 10):Earlier today I participated in a virtual Campus Conversation with our vice president of diversity, Equity and inclusion. Our goal was to focus on how…

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Finding community in digital spaces

The coronavirus has driven us indoors and separated us from coworkers, friends and loved ones. That’s nothing really new for Sara Loftus, a West Virginia University geography doctoral student who is studying how to build an…

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WVU provost discusses academic plans for fall return

West Virginia University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Maryanne Reed outlined plans for the academic calendar, and course adjustments to maintain the health and safety of the campus community in a letter Monday, June 8.Read the…

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WVU Alumni Association welcomes new members to board of directors

The West Virginia University Alumni Association has announced the addition of five people to its board of directors: Sharon Flanery, Bill Gray, Marilyn McClure-Demers, Zach Mendelson and Darin Rogers will offer their time and experience to the…

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VP of DEI and UPD chief issue letter: Fostering a Safe, Diverse and Inclusive Culture at WVU

West Virginia University’s Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Meshea Poore and W.P. Chedester, chief of University Police, issued a joint letter to the Mountaineer family on Friday, June 5.Read the full letter: Read more at…

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WVU announces plans for return to campus for fall semester, communication timeline released

(Editor’s Note: A media availability is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, June 4. Details to follow in a separate advisory this afternoon. President Gordon Gee’s corresponding letter today to the WVU community is available at…

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Gee calls on higher ed to create necessary dialogues, asks WVU community to lean on Mountaineer values in wake of Floyd, ‘countless’ other Black deaths

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee penned a letter to the Mountaineer family Wednesday, June 3, reflecting on the recent death of George Floyd, the other deaths in the Black community and the events of recent days. Read President…

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WVU psychologist shares quick relief for parents struggling with child behavior during COVID-19 pandemic

Nonstop family time during the COVID-19 pandemic has magnified challenges for parents caring for young children around the clock. Using research-backed therapies that she helped pioneer, a West Virginia University psychology professor has quick…

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WVU researchers tap into wood for protection against COVID-19

As healthcare facilities grapple with personal protective equipment shortages, West Virginia University researchers are going against the grain to help with an earthy, unorthodox resource: wood.At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gloria Oporto,…

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WVU partnership to develop evaluation for state child mental health services

A West Virginia University partnership is developing a comprehensive evaluation for West Virginia children’s mental health services to ensure the best outcomes including fewer hospitalizations, shorter lengths of stay, fewer children being…

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WVU football set for phased return

With the country and state starting to reopen from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has initiated a phased approach to bringing its football staff and student-athletes back to campus. Read more at West Virginia…

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WVU announces associate director of bands

With more than a decade of experience as a secondary music educator, Cheldon Williams has been named the associate director of bands at West Virginia University. Williams will become the 13th director of the Pride of West Virginia Mountaineer…

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WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute announces capability to predict COVID-19 related symptoms up to three days in advance

The West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI) and WVU Medicine, in conjunction with Oura Health, have addressed a major concern regarding the spread of COVID-19. The RNI has created a digital platform that can detect COVID-19…

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WVU, through partnerships, producing thousands of swabs for COVID-19 testing

With significantly increased testing a key component in the battle against COVID-19, the Innovation Hub at West Virginia University is working with WVU Medicine to churn out up to 10,000 swabs weekly to meet demands for tests.The swabs have been in…

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Dr. Clay Marsh to resume WVU Health Sciences leadership role

At the end of March, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice named Dr. Clay Marsh, the state’s COVID-19/Coronavirus Czar. While Marsh will continue his work with the state, in June he will begin to transition back into his position as West Virginia…

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Big 12 Board of Directors approves phase-in for student-athletes to return to campus

The Big 12 Conference Board of Directors today approved a phase in for student-athletes to return to campus to engage in voluntary activities related to sport participation. Beginning June 15 football student-athletes will be permitted to access…

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WVU Statement regarding creation of the Fraternity Forward Coalition

West Virginia University Thursday (May 21) issued the following statement on the establishment of a coalition that urges fraternities to separate from university governance:When five fraternities walked away from West Virginia…

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Two WVU students awarded Boren Scholarship

Two West Virginia University students will work for solutions to world problems and provide education opportunities to refugees as Boren Scholars in Oman and Jordan— two countries identified as critical to U.S. interests.Both 2020 recipients,…

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Memorial Day traffic one of the deadliest, according to WVU researcher

COVID-19 has put the brakes on AAA’s Memorial Day travel forecast due to unavailable economic data and estimates that fewer travelers will hit the road this holiday weekend due to the pandemic and social distancing recommendations.But that…

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WVU awards emergency grants to students for spring, announces CARES Act Emergency Grants for summer

West Virginia University has awarded $6.72 million in emergency grants to students from funds provided through the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act. 8,003 students that met the…

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Diversity experts say COVID-19 has exacerbated class, racial disparities

Face coverings, one of the recommended strategies to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, can evoke “mental gymnastics” for some groups—particularly those in communities who are already viewed with suspicion, according to a…

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WVU launches new COVID-19 focused podcast series

A new West Virginia University podcast series will seek to answer questions about the new coronavirus, COVID-19.    In this interview-driven series, “WVU and the Coronavirus” will examine what’s already known about…

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NCAA releases APR data

West Virginia University's varsity athletic teams have a combined Academic Progress Rate score of 985 according to data released by the NCAA. The 985 score matches last year's high score for the 16 years of the NCAA Academic Performance…

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Retired doctor establishes WVU School of Medicine scholarship

Fourth-year West Virginia University School of Medicine students pursuing clinical careers in internal medicine will benefit from a new scholarship that honors a retired alum’s immigrant grandparents. Dr. Ronald R. Scobbo, a retired…

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Machine that oxygenates blood may help critically ill COVID-19 patients, according to WVU study

When COVID-19 patients are critically ill, the biggest threat to their lives is lung dysfunction. If their lungs don’t work, their blood can’t circulate enough oxygen to the brain, the liver and other organs.A new cohort study out of…

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WVU celebrates May graduates during online commencement ceremony

From the mountains of West Virginia to cities and towns across the country and around the world, West Virginia University graduates and their families gathered around computers and other smart devices to attend Mountaineer Graduation Day on Saturday…

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Pediatric specialists donate $100K to WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital

Two pediatric specialists who graduated from the West Virginia University School of Medicine are paying tribute to their alma mater and more with a $100,000 gift to the new Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU professor says trail use up amid pandemic

A West Virginia University researcher says exercising on local rail trails has doubled during the pandemic and is safe as long as people use best practices to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.According to the Mon River Trails Conservancy trail…

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Credit and non-credit options now available for online course on COVID-19 contact tracing

The West Virginia University School of Public Health and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health are partnering on an initiative to recruit participants for a newly developed online course,…

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WVU awarded $300K for state redevelopment projects

Grafton's historic and industrial districts will be redeveloped by West Virginia University’s Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center in an effort to preserve local history and revitalize the community. The Center was awarded…

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Three Mountaineer teams honored by NCAA

The men's basketball, rifle and golf teams received public recognition Tuesday (May 12) by the NCAA for their latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate scores. The three teams posted multi-year APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each…

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Marketing amid a pandemic: WVU students, experts boost online presence for businesses hit by COVID-19

While the closing of popular downtown burger joint Tailpipes left many crying in their fry sauce, the impact of that business shuttering stretched beyond grumbling tummies and milkshake memories.Laurel Cook and her Marketing 389 students at West…

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WVU names 2020 Foundation Scholars

Five of the state’s young emerging leaders have been named to the 2020 cohort of West Virginia University Foundation Scholars, the highest academic scholarship the University awards. These students come to the University well-equipped and…

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Fundraising initiative targets emergency scholarship dollars for WVU students in need

A special fundraising initiative launched this week urges West Virginia University alumni, donors and friends to help boost emergency unrestricted scholarship support for students facing unprecedented need due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The WVU…

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WVU to hold online commencement ceremonies Saturday

While West Virginia University’s 4,500-member Class of 2020 will graduate in various states and countries instead of Morgantown and in one ceremony instead of more than a dozen, graduates will be connected to each other and to Mountaineers…

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WVU mourns passing of longtime benefactor Carolyn Eberly Blaney

Carolyn Eberly Blaney, a loyal West Virginia University alumna who carried on a longstanding family tradition of philanthropy, passed away Friday (May 8) at the age of 96.Blaney, of Chalk Hill, Pennsylvania, and her late husband, W. Gerald Blaney,…

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Lyons announces budgetary actions

To help mitigate the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President Shane Lyons has announced athletic staff salary reductions for fiscal year 21. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU enacts temporary furlough program in response to COVID-19

West Virginia University announced Friday (May 8) it will implement a temporary furlough, affecting approximately 875 staff employees, as part of cost-saving efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.A temporary furlough is defined as a temporary…

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Breastfeeding may give babies a language boost by influencing brain growth

Breastfeeding may “rewire” babies’ brains in ways that help them acquire language and eventually learn to read, according to a new study from the West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute.“The more an…

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Special day of giving brings in $500K to help WVU students hurt by COVID-19

West Virginia University supporters donated more than $500,000 for students Tuesday (May 5) during #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity created to help meet the unprecedented need caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.The WVU Foundation…

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West Virginia University offers webinars to help state businesses successfully navigate COVID-19 comeback

In a hopeful, cautious step forward, West Virginia is starting the process of reopening its doors for business after stay-at-home orders were issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic nearly two months ago.West Virginia University’s John…

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WVU announces scheduling, procedure for students to retrieve belongings from residence halls

West Virginia University students may return to campus to collect their belongings from residence halls and to complete the check-out process beginning May 18 and continuing through June 6. The move-out process was developed with guidance…

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WVU Extension encourages West Virginia families to take ‘bar of soap’ challenge

As many West Virginia families continue to practice social distancing, identifying innovative and unique activities can be exhausting. WVU Extension Service has the solution: gather up those household items, toys and tools, and be a part of the Rube…

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WVU’s top seniors named, eight honored with 2020 Order of Augusta

Students who have exceeded classroom boundaries and demonstrated an unwavering commitment to solving complex global challenges and serving others—among them a distance learner with autism, a gymnast and an alternate Mountaineer…

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West Virginia University, divisional campuses, plans to open for fall, holds line on tuition, fees for ’20-’21 year

(Editor's note: A letter from President Gee to the Mountaineer Community is also be available presidentgee.wvu.edu.)Envisioning a return of students to its three campuses in the fall, the West Virginia University Read more at West Virginia…

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Aromatherapy may reduce nurses’ stress, WVU researcher suggests

Even under normal circumstances, nursing can be a stressful profession. The COVID-19 pandemic only exacerbates it. New research led by Marian Reven, a Ph.D. student in the West Virginia University School of Nursing, suggests that aromatherapy…

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A rapid research response to COVID-19’s effect on communities

With the COVID-19 pandemic upending life as we know it, researchers in West Virginia University’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences are taking quick action to study how people from Appalachia to Europe are responding to the pressure this…

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WVU selects ‘The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After’ as 2020-2021 Campus Read

A story of growth, family, survival and new beginnings will engross students, faculty and staff at West Virginia University as they encounter Clemantine Wamariya and her story of refugees from war and “the hope of the human spirit” in…

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WVU appoints Morris, Watson as deans through 2022

During a time of transition and uncertainty, two experienced West Virginia University administrators currently serving as interim deans will be given extended appointments to continue their service to their colleges. Tracy Morris, who has…

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Online course will train public health investigators on contact tracing for COVID-19

The West Virginia University School of Public Health and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health are partnering on an initiative to recruit participants for a newly developed online course,…

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Donation of industry-leading software gives WVU students an edge

Access to industry-leading software – donated for more than a decade by Schlumberger, a worldwide provider of technology for reservoir characterization, drilling, production and processing within the oil and gas industry – gives students…

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WVU business experts partner with the National Guard to forecast PPE needs

When COVID-19 started depleting stockpiles of medical gear in hotspots like New York and New Jersey, the West Virginia National Guard took notice – and reached out to experts at the John Chambers College of Business and Economics at West…

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Gee: Mountaineer values continue to guide us in COVID-19 response

President Gordon Gee sent a letter Thursday (April 23) to the West Virginia University campus community calling on Mountaineers to “stay the course and take pride in knowing that we are adapting in ways we never thought possible.”Dear…

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WVU’s 24/7 crisis text line for students supported by donor’s gift

An anonymous donor’s gift will ensure that, although they aren’t on campus, students enrolled at West Virginia University can reach out to the Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services through a 24/7 crisis text line to…

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Glover to serve as 67th WVU Mountaineer

Colson Glover, an Honors College sophomore from Lewisburg, will begin his year as the 67th West Virginia University Mountaineer Friday (April 24).Glover was named the Mountaineer for 2020-21 March 7 at the WVU Men’s basketball game. A…

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Decoding COVID-19 through data: WVU team builds patient registry to harness research, predict outcomes

Even before West Virginia reported its first case of the novel coronavirus, Dr. Sally Hodder and her team recognized the need for a COVID-19 patient data registry. It was after attending a January conference at the National Institutes of Health…

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Special day of giving planned May 5 to help WVU students hurt by COVID-19

West Virginia University supporters are being asked to step up for students Tuesday, May 5, during #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity created to help meet the unprecedented need caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.The WVU Foundation is…

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WVU Medicine receives FDA Investigational Drug Approval for COVID-19 immunotherapy

WVU Medicine pediatric and adult allergist and immunologist Brian Peppers, D.O., Ph.D., has received Investigational New Drug approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the experimental treatment of COVID-19 using convalescent donor…

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WVU announces additional emergency financial assistance for students for spring, waives Online Learning Student Support fee for summer

 West Virginia University is expected to receive $20.2 million from the federal stimulus package enacted to provide significant relief to higher education.Funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act will be received in two…

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WVU engineers, designers partner to test materials for surgical masks

(Editor’s Note: This is the most recent story from WVUToday highlighting innovative and collaborative efforts at West Virginia University to address the COVID-19 pandemic.)When the director of West Virginia University’s Innovation Hub…

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Tests of Towers residents, workers return only one positive COVID-19 result

Tests of more than 100 residents and workers associated with West Virginia University’s Evansdale Residential Complex have been completed, with only one additional resident testing positive for COVID-19. The tests were administered after…

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WVU-engineered intubation boxes to help reduce risk to clinicians during COVID-19 pandemic

A global pandemic, a worried wife and a campus that, like its home state, is full of connections, were the impetus for protective devices that were created at West Virginia University and are now being used by a variety of health care professionals…

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Mikitas donate $100K to WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital

A retired West Virginia University-trained radiologist and his wife donated $100,000 to the new WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital.The gift from Dr. and Mrs. John Mikita, of Hilton Head, S.C., will support a general radiology room on the…

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West Virginia University applauds passage of FinTech Sandbox bill to support entrepreneurs

West Virginia is the latest state in the U.S. to adopt a regulatory sandbox to encourage the development of new rising industries within its borders.In these uncertain times, it’s a move that brings hope to an entrepreneurial community –…

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WVU Extension Service and West Virginia Department of Agriculture partner to inspire statewide family gardening

With extra time on their hands, many West Virginians are looking for ways to keep busy. And, West Virginia University Extension Service and the West Virginia Department of Agriculture believe they have the perfect solution – family…

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Hayanga appointed as Health and Human Services special advisor

Dr. Jeremiah Hayanga, ECMO program director at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, has been appointed as a special advisor by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric D. Hargan. Read more at West Virginia University…

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Some older patients may struggle with telemedicine during COVID-19 pandemic, says WVU nurse practitioner

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, more patients are using their computers or smartphones to visit their doctors virtually instead of in person. But not everyone who needs to see a nurse or doctor while maintaining social distance can embrace…

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WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute first in the world to open hippocampal blood brain barrier in Alzheimer’s patients

The West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute today announced a new study published in partnership with Weill Cornell Medical Center that demonstrates the successful opening of the blood brain barrier in the hippocampus and…

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COVID-19 creates new dangers for police, says WVU criminologist, but opportunity awaits for police reform

The novel coronavirus does not discriminate when it comes to disrupting lives, including those of the men and women charged with serving and protecting society.James Nolan, professor of sociology at West Virginia University and former police…

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WVU team unmasks effective N95 alternatives

The novel coronavirus pandemic has nearly exhausted stockpiles of medical gear in the United States. Personal protective equipment, like masks, serve as a first-line defense for medical professionals with a front row seat to COVID-19.Coming to the…

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Taylor appointed interim dean of WVU College of Law

A First Amendment expert with extensive administrative experience at West Virginia University will guide the College of Law as interim dean, an appointment that will likely encompass the next academic year. Jackson Kelly Professor John E.…

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Positive case of COVID-19 confirmed at WVU residence hall

West Virginia University was notified Sunday afternoon (April 12) by the Monongalia County Health Department that a resident in one of its residence halls tested positive for coronavirus COVID-19. WVU is working with MCHD and West…

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WVU to provide need-based support for students affected by COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically altered life for West Virginia University students and their families, many of whom are unsure how they will afford food, housing and education costs in the coming months.To help students meet basic needs and…

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WVU partnerships help WVU Medicine community and beyond amidst personal protective equipment shortage

Engineers in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University are using their expertise and equipment in a campus-wide effort to create personal protective equipment to keep up with the needs of health…

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Food systems engineer named new dean of WVU’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design

A leader and expert in process operations, risk assessment and food safety has been selected as the next dean of the West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.Darrell Donahue’s appointment as the dean…

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WVU students testing positive for COVID-19 confirmed

The Monongalia County Health Department and West Virginia University were notified today (April 8) that more than a dozen WVU students have tested positive for novel coronavirus COVID-19. Although investigations and contact tracing are ongoing,…

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Morgantown-area businesses donate facemasks to WVU Medicine

As WVU Medicine prepares for a surge in COVID-19 patients, two Morgantown-area businesses donated 10,000 facemasks to help boost personal protective equipment supplies for healthcare providers.The masks were donated on behalf of Fusion Japanese…

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No in-person classes through summer, Gee announces in letter praising WVU community's COVID-19 response

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee sent a letter Wednesday, April 8, to the Mountaineer family announcing no in-person classes through the summer while praising the WVU community's COVID-19 response. The letter also noted measures…

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WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute and Oura Health unveil study to predict the outbreak of COVID-19 in healthcare professionals

(Editor’s note: A media tool kit with photos, videos and additional resources is available in the WVUToday Media Center.)The West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Read more at West Virginia University…

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Ruby Trust purchases $1.3 million of personal protective equipment for West Virginia hospitals

The purchase, coordinated through the West Virginia University Health System, includes 1,149,000 procedural masks, 163,025 surgical masks, 116,120 N95 respirators, 290,180 disposable gowns, 29,400 pairs of protective eyewear (goggles and glasses),…

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WVU provides student emergency financial assistance amid COVID-19 crisis

WVU Vice President for Strategic Initiatives Rob Alsop and Dean of Students Corey Farris provided details regarding student emergency financial assistance in a letter sent to parents and students on Tuesday, April 7.   Read more at West…

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WVU’s Encova Center to provide assistance program for area small businesses impacted by COVID-19

West Virginia University’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics is offering services to small businesses feeling the strain of prolonged closures or limited offerings stemming from the COVID-19 global pandemic.Nearly 40 Chambers…

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WVU pharmacy professor leads critical state resource during COVID-19 epidemic, discusses life on the other side of the line

Fewer than 15 minutes after the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources opened its Coronavirus Hotline, the first caller dialed in. Since opening on March 9 at 9:30 a.m., hotline workers have fielded more than 11,700 calls…

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Morgantown’s Chinese community donates $10K for protective equipment to aid in COVID-19 response

As health care providers nationwide struggle to secure ample personal protective equipment to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, Morgantown’s Chinese community donated $10,000 to help supply masks, face shields, gloves and more for WVU Medicine…

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Huggins reflects on COVID-19 crisis

A self-quarantined Bob Huggins was a guest on a popular Pittsburgh morning radio show. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU students win top prize in first virtual West Virginia Business Plan Competition

West Virginia University seniors Samuel Chico and Kyle Seese have an idea for low-cost, eco-friendly energy storage systems that repurpose retired EV battery modules from auto manufacturers. With a $10,000 boost from the John Chambers College…

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WVU Board briefed on pandemic responses and plans

West Virginia University’s Board of Governors was briefed Thursday on the institution’s ongoing responses to the coronavirus pandemic and background on decisions that have been made and are under consideration. “This is an…

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West Virginia’s young emerging leaders vie for Foundation Scholarships

Although this year’s Bucklew Scholars will begin their journey at West Virginia University in various disciplines, a deep respect for cultural diversity, a passion for sustainable innovation and a desire to serve others unites the 2020…

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Crime trends during COVID-19 pandemic will shift beyond common street crime, says WVU sociologist

With the novel coronavirus pandemic keeping Americans indoors, preliminary data suggests it has led to a decrease in crime. But one crime expert at West Virginia University cautions that “every crisis is an opportunity for people to…

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WVU’s Statler College develops surgical mask extender template for public distribution

The Innovation Hub, a prototyping center in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University, has successfully created surgical mask extenders to be used by health care professionals.To protect…

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Gifted education expert offers tips for academic enrichment at home

With the closure of schools for the foreseeable future, many parents and caregivers find themselves struggling to balance the demands of working and maintaining a household with teaching their children. These demands may seem even more daunting for…

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Donor support providing legal relief to West Virginia veterans through WVU College of Law clinic

When Lawrence Brown returned stateside from the Vietnam War, the combat veteran from Pursglove  was overwhelmed by the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.Rooted in that daily struggle, Brown was absent from the Army without leave on a…

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Spring football game canceled

Due to the ongoing developments related to COVID-19, the Big 12 Conference extended its suspension from March 29 to May 31 of all team activities whether organized or voluntary. This suspension includes team and individual practices, meetings, and…

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WVU launches online map of COVID-19 testing sites in West Virginia

West Virginians now have a virtual one-stop shop to see where they can get tested for the novel coronavirus. The Office of Health Services Research, in the West Virginia University School of Public Health, has launched an online map that shows…

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Brown doing his best to work from home to help Mountaineers deal with COVID-19

Our world is sick right now and the best thing for us to do is hunker down and help our health professionals get a handle on this sickness by practicing social distancing. That's the message football coach Neal Brown is preaching to his team…

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WVU’s campus-wide effort harnesses creativity, innovation to support health care workers at WVU Medicine and around the state

A fashion designer stops creating clothing and turns her skills into making surgical masks. Cloth that might have been the mask for the Phantom of the Opera, instead is headed to J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital to become a mask that protects a health…

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WVU’s Marsh to lead COVID-19 efforts for West Virginia

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice named Dr. Clay Marsh, West Virginia University’s vice president and executive dean for Health Sciences, the state’s COVID-19/Coronavirus Czar during a news conference at the Capitol Complex in Charleston on…

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WVU Dental treating emergencies only, patients asked to call ahead

To further help in the effort to stop the spread, walk-in visits are discouraged. Patients should call ahead at 304-293-6208. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Long term air and water pollution to remain steady despite quarantines, says climate change expert

One of the COVID-19’s more pleasant impacts has been stories of a cleaner environment as people hunker down inside.Satellite video shows pollution dissipating across the United States and China; the usually murky Venice, Italy canals are now…

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WVU addiction studies expert addresses the effects of social distancing on individuals in recovery

The effects of social distancing and self-quarantine are weighing on all Americans, but a WVU expert in addiction studies suggests that individuals with substance use disorders who are in the recovery process may be more vulnerable to feelings of…

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WVU to hold ‘virtual’ commencement experience in May, ceremony in December

West Virginia University will hold a “virtual commencement experience” for graduates in May, then have an in-person celebration in December, the school announced today (March 25).The plans were announced in a letter and video from…

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WVU law student European court clerkship cut short by COVID-19

The pandemic put a stop to Hannah Steketee's Dean Acheson clerkship, but it was still a good experience, she says. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Creative Arts Center renamed in honor of Canady leadership gift

When students return to campus, the beloved home of the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts will have a new name in honor of a leadership gift from the Valerie Canady Charitable Foundation. Beginning today, the former Creative Arts…

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Dr. Marsh talks about turning COVID-19 ‘tsunami into a stream’

In this latest blog post, Vice President and Executive Dean for Health Sciences Dr. Clay Marsh writes about how we can turn the COVID-19 tsunami into a stream. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game priority ticket request deadline extended

Due to the ongoing developments related to COVID-19, the West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is extending the priority ticket request deadline for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game to May 1. Read more at West Virginia…

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WVU Medicine Urgent Care offering video visits

To help lessen the spread of COVID-19, all WVU Medicine Urgent Care locations are now offering virtual video visits at no cost for adults and children ages 5 and up. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Atiles named WVU's dean of Extension and engagement

A dynamic national leader in engagement, collaboration and outreach with significant experience in the land-grant system has been selected as the next leader of the statewide West Virginia University Extension Service. The appointment of Jorge…

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WVU Medicine implements no visitor policy at all hospitals and outpatient clinics

WVU Medicine will implement a no-visitor policy at 8 a.m. Monday (March 23) at all of its hospitals and outpatient clinics. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU eases scholarship requirements in light of academic changes amid COVID-19 outbreak

West Virginia University students will be able to more easily focus on transitioning to online courses during the COVID-19 outbreak instead of being troubled about maintaining their scholarship eligibility Read more at West Virginia University…

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Celebrities, athletes and public figures with COVID-19 influence public perception of the virus, says WVU communication studies expert

Within 48 hours of actors Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson announcing they tested positive for the novel coronavirus, one West Virginia University expert launched into research mode.Elizabeth Cohen, associate professor in the Department of Communication…

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WVU will not hold in-person classes this semester, campus shuts down with all work remote

West Virginia University and its divisional campuses in Keyser and Beckley will extend alternative delivery of classes through the rest of the semester in response to the continued threat of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Additionally, all…

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COVID-19 threatens 2020 election; WVU political scientist urges feds to explore voting alternatives

As states postpone their primary elections in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, one West Virginia University political scientist is calling on President Donald Trump to assemble a bipartisan task force to consider voting options for…

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WVU Medicine to offer pre-screened patients drive-through specimen collection for COVID-19

WVU Medicine announced it is establishing five drive-through collection points in West Virginia to collect specimens from pre-screened patients to test for COVID-19. The collection points will be in Morgantown, Parkersburg, Bridgeport, Wheeling, and…

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Ohio County 4-H’ers to appear on latest episode of Barnwood Builders

This Sunday, fans of Barnwood Builders will have a chance to see West Virginia 4-H’ers coming together in a unique project with the crew of the popular DIY show. Taped last fall, a group of WVU Extension Service 4-H’ers from Ohio…

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WVU ticket refund policy announced

Due to the ongoing developments related to COVID-19, the Big 12 Conference announced March 13 that all conference and nonconference competitions are canceled through the end of the academic year, including spring sports that compete beyond the…

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WVU Medicine to defer all elective, non-emergent surgeries and GI procedures

At the urging of the U.S. Surgeon General and multiple professional medical societies, WVU Medicine will defer all elective, non-emergent surgeries and gastrointestinal (GI) procedures starting Thursday, March 18, until Friday, May 15. Read more at…

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WVU cancels Hardesty Festival of Ideas events

West Virginia University has canceled two Hardesty Festival of Ideas events to help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. W. Kamau Bell and Piper Kerman were scheduled to be part of the 2019-20 FOI Series.  Read more at…

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Telehealth can help ‘flatten the curve,’ serve critical role in COVID-19 response, says WVU health expert

A week ago, Steve Davis and his team at West Virginia University, enrolled the first four of about 30 rural West Virginians into a pilot project. It connects patients, recently discharged from long-term care facilities, with medical…

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COVID-19 travel advice from WVU’s Dr. Clay Marsh

West Virginia University Vice President and Executive Dean for Health Sciences Dr. Clay Marsh offered COVID-19 travel advice in a message to the campus and greater Mountaineer community:While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in West…

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Statement from WVU Director of Athletics Shane Lyons

"The announcement by the Big 12 to cancel the spring competition season is certainly disappointing but also is a necessity. We must take all precautions to ensure the health and safety of the league's Universities, student-athletes and…

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Big 12 statement on athletic activities

All conference and non-conference competitions are canceled through the end of the academic year, including spring sports that compete beyond the academic year. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU Medicine implements strict visitation policy at hospitals in response to COVID-19

Because the safety of our patients and caregivers is our highest priority, WVU Medicine has implemented restricted visitation policies for all member hospitals in an effort to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Read more at West…

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March 29 Mountain Stage performance at the WVU Creative Arts Center has been canceled

The Mountain Stage performance scheduled for March 29, at the WVU Creative Arts Center has been canceled due to the suspension of in-person classes and events on the WVU campus. All ticketholders will automatically be refunded at the point of…

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WVU Athletics events suspended through March 22

West Virginia University Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President Shane Lyons announced today that the WVU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will suspend all upcoming athletic events through March 22. Read more at West Virginia…

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TEDxWVU event scheduled for March 28 has been indefinitely postponed

West Virginia University’s TEDxWVU event “Say it Loud” scheduled for March 28, has been indefinitely postponed due to the suspension of in-person classes and other events on the WVU campus. All ticketholders will automatically…

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Big 12 implements limited access to tournament games

After careful consideration and consulting with medical officials, other conferences, the NCAA and local officials, the Big 12 Conference announced that after tonight's men's first round games, all remaining Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's…

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Riggs, Bragg elected WVU Student Government Association leaders

The campaign for West Virginia University Student Government Association leadership ended Wednesday evening (March 11) as the SGA Judicial Court announced Chase Riggs and Jaron Bragg, as president and vice president, respectively, for the 2020-21…

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WVU to temporarily suspend in-person classes after spring break, move to online model

West Virginia University will temporarily suspend in-person classes the week following spring break then offer online class instruction or other alternative learning options beginning March 30 as it continues to monitor the threat of…

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WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute first in the state to use deep brain stimulation to treat epilepsy

The West Virginia Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute and WVU Medicine announced today (March 10) that they have treated the state’s first two patients with deep brain stimulation (DBS) for medically refractory, or drug-resistant, epilepsy. …

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University Police issue alert, assist Morgantown officers in off-campus incident

 UPDATE: 3:03 p.m. (March 10)WVU Police issued a follow-up Alert indicating the incident on North Willey Street was safely resolved and it was safe to resume normal activities. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Glover named WVU’s 67th Mountaineer mascot

Sophomore Honors College student Colson Glover has fulfilled his lifelong dream to serve West Virginia University and the people of his home state as the Mountaineer mascot. The Lewisburg native was announced as the 67th Mountaineer today (March 7)…

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WVU’s Dr. Clay Marsh provides stats, facts and ‘what to do’ related to COVID-19

West Virginia University Health Sciences Vice President and Executive Dean Dr. Clay Marsh sent the following letter to the campus community Friday, March 6:  Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU launches website, phone number to provide COVID-19 information

West Virginia University has launched a website dedicated to information about the COVID-19 coronavirus and the University’s response and plans should the disease begin to affect the institution and community.The website is located at…

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Gift establishes Cleckley minority scholarship at WVU College of Law

A new scholarship for students of color at the West Virginia University College of Law honors the late Franklin Cleckley, who was the first African American faculty member at the college and one of the first African American professors at…

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WVU reminds spring break travelers to take precautions against COVID-19

West Virginia University officials remind students, faculty and staff preparing to head out on spring break to take appropriate precautions to prevent contracting or spreading COVID-19.Those precautions include: Read more at West Virginia…

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Women and men may cope differently with diabetes diagnoses, suggests new study

Women may be more likely than men to use negative coping styles when they’re diagnosed with diabetes, according to a West Virginia University School of Nursing study. “We also found that women with type 2 diabetes reported poorer…

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WVU to hold entrepreneurial contest through new Seed WV program

New ideas, like plants, can, under the right conditions, grow from something small into something sustainable and productive. West Virginians with ideas for new products and services could benefit from a program planted in the West Virginia…

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WVU Hardesty Festival of Ideas 2020 hosts nationally renowned activists

Three people whose activism and advocacy for gender, race and incarcerated women have put them on the national stage will visit the West Virginia University Morgantown campus during the David C. Hardesty, Jr., Festival of Ideas this spring,…

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Milan Puskar Foundation gives $1M to WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital

(Editor's note: Watch a video highlighting the gift and contributions of the Milan Puskar Foundation.)Building upon its namesake’s legacy of improving the quality of life in West Virginia, the Milan Puskar Foundation donated $1 million to…

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WVU shares lessons learned, expands ‘Would You?’ campaign with free educational toolkit to end hazing, increase bystander awareness

You’re at a local bar and notice a friend trying unsuccessfully to fend off a sexual advance. Would you intervene?A classmate has been uncharacteristically withdrawn in recent days, then doesn’t show up at all. Would you check in to see…

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WVU President Gee addresses recent campus tragedies

(The victim in the Feb. 29 off-campus shooting incident has been identified as a WVU student. Find the update at WVUToday.)Dear West Virginia University family, Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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One person injured in off-campus Morgantown shooting incident

One person was injured in an off-campus shooting incident Saturday, Feb. 29. The victim’s condition is unavailable at this time.West Virginia University Police issued a WVU Alert Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Graduation rate on upward trend at West Virginia University

Graduation rates at West Virginia University continue to increase for every cohort of students, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Maryanne Reed reported to the Board of Governors Friday (Feb. 28). “In addition to an increase…

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UPDATE: WVU police confirm one dead, two suspects in custody after early morning shooting

UPDATE, 6:53 a.m. Feb. 28: One person is dead, and two suspects are in custody, according to University Police, after an early morning shooting at an apartment complex near West Virginia University’s downtown Morgantown campus.  Read…

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WVU and W.Va. Department of Education announce free computer science workshops for educators

Students in West Virginia schools will have the opportunity to learn age-appropriate computer science curriculum taught by trained teachers thanks to a partnership between the West Virginia University Center for Excellence in STEM Education’s…

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Printer toner linked to genetic changes, health risks in new study

Getting printer toner on your hands is annoying. Getting it in your lungs may be dangerous.According to a new study by West Virginia University researcher Nancy Lan Guo, the microscopic toner nanoparticles that waft from laser printers may…

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TEDxWVU announces speakers for March event: ‘Say it Loud’

West Virginia University’s TEDxWVU event “Say it Loud” March 28 in the Creative Arts Center Gladys Davis Theater Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU President Gordon Gee on the death of Katherine Johnson

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee reacted to news today (Feb.24) of the death of Katherine Johnson, one of the subjects of Hidden Figures, and a West Virginian who did graduate work at the University, and was one of the first black…

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An ‘awesome’ library makeover took place Monday in Morgantown

The Big 12 Conference, in partnership with the College Football Playoff Foundation and Lakeshore Learning Materials, unveiled its Mountainview Elementary School library makeover Monday morning (Feb. 24). Through a $50,000 grant from the College…

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WVU’s strength in entrepreneurship and innovation bolstered by alignment of resources

MORGANTOWN, W. Va.— West Virginia University’s commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship resources that fuel the creation of businesses from idea to market is stronger than ever.In an effort to support growing campus resources in the…

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Students vying to be the next Mountaineer Mascot will compete in cheer-off

Four students who are eager to represent West Virginia University and their home state as the next Mountaineer Mascot will compete in a cheer-off during the men’s basketball game vs. Oklahoma at 4 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 29) in the WVU…

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About 8 percent of West Virginia babies are exposed to alcohol shortly before birth

About 8 percent of West Virginia newborns are exposed to alcohol two to four weeks before birth, according to a new study.“Alcohol exposure during the last trimester is associated with a range of developmental problems that may not be overtly…

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WVU’s Stratford supports proposal to alter NCAA men’s soccer season

In April, the NCAA is going to vote on a proposal Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski has been working on for the better part of seven years to change Division I men's soccer from a three-month season in the fall to one that spans the fall and spring…

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WVU Extension Service and Wyoming County food pantry provide nutrition and inspiration through poultry project

Wyoming County is nestled between the steep mountains of southern West Virginia with equally steep economic struggles. When Arnold Simonse kept seeing the same families every month at the Itmann food pantry, he knew he had to find a way to give…

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WVU School of Nursing now offering DNP – Nurse Anesthetist program, first in the state

Nurses who want to become nurse anesthetists can now work toward that degree through the WVU School of Nursing. The WVU School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice – Nurse Anesthetist program received its accreditation from the Council…

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Mon Valley Habitat for Humanity partners with WVU Athletics

The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is partnering with Mon Valley Habitat for Humanity to build affordable housing units in Monongalia County. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU Medicine performs state’s first heart transplant

On Saturday, Robert Parsons, a 61-year-old male from Chesapeake, Ohio, got a new lease on life when surgeons at the West Virginia University Heart and Vascular Institute and the WVU Medicine Transplant Alliance performed West Virginia’s first…

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WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute first in U.S. to use deep brain stimulation to fight opioid addiction

(Editor’s note: A media tool kit with photos, videos, and additional resources is available in the WVUToday Media Center.)  Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU plans Friday bell-ringing ceremony

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 (Nov. 8) in remembrance of students Ryan Diviney and Rylee…

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Beyond borders: Geographers link formation of international laws to refugee crisis

West Virginia University geographers are linking the political and human rights issues at borders today to the legacies of foreign and domestic policy across the globe since World War I. Karen Culcasi and Cynthia Gorman, of the Department of…

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WVU Extension Service helps residents ‘rethink their drink,’ an important step in the battle against obesity

West Virginians have reached an important milestone in the battle against obesity and its related conditions - years ahead of schedule - thanks in large part to a West Virginia University program aimed at reducing consumption of sugar-sweetened…

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WVU Extension Service partnership provides oil and gas job training for high school seniors

Four hundred West Virginia high school seniors can enter a pipeline of future workers in the oil and gas industry through an industry-specific training program initiated by West Virginia University Extension Service Safety and Health Extension.The…

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WVU honors those ‘most loyal’ during Mountaineer Week

Love and devotion through leadership, service and support exemplify this year’s class of “Most Loyals” during the 72nd Mountaineer Week on West Virginia University’s campus. The 2019 honorees are Robert "Bob"…

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Breaking the code in Appalachia: WVU researchers hope to improve identification of gifted students through STEM

Only 1.8 percent of West Virginia public school students are identified “gifted,” or having intellectual abilities higher than average. That’s well below the national average of 6 percent, according to the National Association for…

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Enter the exosome: WVU researcher studies how cancer and immune cells communicate

Cells can’t text each other the way we can, but they can still communicate. One way they send each other messages is through exosomes—tiny, spherical “packages” of information they emit. David Klinke, a researcher with…

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A global mindset: new academic program at WVU will encourage cross-cultural collaboration

 In a major step toward preparing students to succeed in the global market, the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources and the School of Chemical Engineering and Technology at the China University of Mining and Technology are…

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WVU geologist selected for NASA’s Mars 2020 team

When samples from the Mars 2020 expedition eventually make their way to Earth, the scientists of tomorrow will have a Mountaineer to thank.West Virginia University geologist Kathy Benison is representing the Mountain State as one of 10 scientists…

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WVU Literacy Education Program receives one of the first national certificates of distinction from the International Literacy Association

West Virginia University students pursuing careers in literacy will now graduate from the award-winning Literacy Education Program, selected as one of only two programs in the nation to receive a National Recognition with Certificate of Distinction…

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WVU students to compete for the title of 2019 Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer

West Virginia University students who have demonstrated exemplary academic performance and extracurricular involvement will compete in one of Mountaineer Week’s oldest traditions—the title of Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer.The group of 10…

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Mountaineer Week to celebrate 72 years of Appalachian culture, heritage

The annual celebration begins with the Arts and Crafts Fair inside the Mountainlair from noon Friday (Nov. 1) to 4 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 3).Visitors will be immersed in the historically rich culture of West Virginia as sweet sounds emanate from the…

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Team from Doddridge Middle School wins 32nd annual WVU Pumpkin Drop

Team 153 from Doddridge Middle School in West Union went home with top honors from West Virginia University’s 32nd annual Pumpkin Drop, defeating nearly 300 other teams today (Oct. 25). Their pumpkin landed just one foot and two inches…

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Grammy-winning recording artist Kathy Mattea to be Distinguished Artist in Residence at WVU

Masterclasses, one-on-one mentoring and maybe even a jam session with a country music icon await students in the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts. Grammy-winning recording artist Kathy Mattea has been named a Distinguished Artist…

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WVU Press to release book on history and symbol of the Mountaineer

The West Virginia University Mountaineer is not just a mascot—it is a symbol of West Virginia history and identity embraced throughout the Mountain State. Rosemary Hathaway, folklorist and associate professor of English in the Eberly Read…

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WVU students benefit from international learning exchange

Students at West Virginia University have the opportunity to enhance their cultural intelligence through the visits of educators, engineers, healthcare workers and urban planners from all over the world who have traveled here for professional…

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Hanshaw to deliver Augusta Lecture at WVU College of Law

West Virginia Speaker of the House Roger Hanshaw will deliver the Presidential Augusta Ambassadors Lecture Oct. 29 at 10:30 a.m. in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom at the West Virginia University College of Law. Read more at West Virginia…

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WVU researchers study effects of new opioid law on doctors, pharmacists, patients

In 2017, West Virginia healthcare providers wrote 81.3 opioid prescriptions for every 100 state residents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The national average? Just 58.7.Treah Haggerty and Cara…

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Giggenbach to lead West Virginia Innocence Project at WVU

Attorney Melissa Giggenbach has been named director of the West Virginia Innocence Project Law Clinic at the West Virginia University College of Law.Staffed by law students, the clinic provides free legal representation for the wrongfully…

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West Virginia 4-H’ers enhance teamwork, problem-solving skills with the help of cast and crew of Barnwood Builders

Learn by doing. That phrase is deeply engrained in 4-H’ers all over the country. A group of 4-H’ers from Ohio County recently had a chance to put that motto to the test.The crew from Barnwood Builders, led by WVU alumnus Mark Bowe,…

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WVU service dog training program provides life-changing benefits to veterans

 While serving in the U.S. Army, service members are joined by a “battle buddy” – a friend to watch out for them. For some local veterans, that friend is four-legged and furry.For more than 10 years, West Virginia University…

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WVU Extension Service program helps kids struggling with weight and pre-diabetes

Armed with data from a new study raising alarms about the health of children in the Mountain State, a West Virginia University Extension Service program has mobilized to help families who want to make healthy lifestyle changes.The data, collected by…

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WVU clears Engineering Research Building after chemical accident

West Virginia University students, faculty and staff in the Engineering Research Building on the Evansdale Campus are being sent home for the day (Tuesday, Oct. 22) as a precaution after a chemical accident inside one of the…

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WVU students to experience global travel, research as part of international partnership

 An international partnership is expanding a gateway of cross-campus collaboration while opening avenues for West Virginia University students to travel, conduct research and explore a global perspective. Fernando Mezzadri, professor in…

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2020 football schedule announced

West Virginia University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Shane Lyons, in conjunction with the Big 12 Conference has announced the 2020 football schedule. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Nominations now open for 2020 West Virginia Business Hall of Fame

The nomination process for the 2020 West Virginia Business Hall of Fame is open until Nov. 30.Sponsored annually by the West Virginia University John Chambers College of Business and Economics, the Business Hall of Fame kicks off the West Virginia…

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WVU Foundation captures prestigious MarCom awards

The West Virginia University Foundation’s Communications team won four awards in the 2019 international MarCom Awards, which recognizes outstanding creative achievement in the marketing and communications fields.The winners were chosen from…

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WVU only higher education institution named as top employer in 2019 CandE Awards

West Virginia University has been nationally recognized as one of 65 employers – and the only higher education institution — to receive the 2019 North American Candidate Experience award. This is the second time WVU has received this…

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It’s electric: WVU breaks new ground in developing transportable, carbon-neutral energy source

Electricity is something we rarely think about -- we expect it to be there, flowing hundreds of feet over our heads, powering every facet of our daily lives. But what if we didn’t have giant towering power lines above us and instead the…

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New WVU program aims to serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

High school graduates with intellectual and developmental disabilities will soon be joining West Virginia University’s campus through a new program developed to prepare them for independence that will provide improved academic, social…

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WVU researcher studies link between caffeine, sleep and alcohol use in middle-schoolers

Research into young people’s drinking habits tends to focus on high school and college students. Middle school students are rarely the subject. Yet they are “at this critical age for substance use initiation,” according…

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Making reservations on the economic hype: Pro sports have little effect on tourism dollars, say WVU economists

Government and tourism officials love to tout the economic boon that professional sports bring to their cities. Now picture those conventional claims as a basketball floating through the air.  Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU Humanities Center announces ‘The Future’ as 2019-2020 Speakers’ Series annual theme

At a time when West Virginia is looking to chart new pathways toward greater prosperity, the West Virginia University Humanities Center has chosen “The Future” as its 2019-2020 annual theme. Throughout the academic year, featured…

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State of the University: Gee builds on his five years at WVU to plan the University’s future

The wisdom of the past, especially as articulated by Abraham Lincoln, provides a guidepost for the future, especially for the land-grant universities he signed into law, West Virginia University President Gordon Gee said Monday (Oct. 14) in his…

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Third annual WVU Day of Giving set for Nov. 13

West Virginia University alumni and friends are being encouraged to make a gift to the University on Wednesday, Nov. 13, as part of the third annual WVU Day of Giving.The WVU Foundation is organizing the 24-hour online fundraising event as a…

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WVU chemists lead the ‘charge’ with new molecular research tool

New research from West Virginia University is transforming technology for biomedicine and beyond. Eberly College of Arts and Sciences faculty in the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry are simplifying experiments in mass spectrometry, a…

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WVU Wind Symphony to participate in ‘life changing’ China tour

Students in the West Virginia University Wind Symphony will participate in a unique cultural musical exchange thanks to an invitation from the United States – China Cultural & Educational Foundation to take part in a three-city…

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A saving grace underground: WVU engineers utilize robots to improve mine safety

Injuries and deaths caused by roof collapses and falling debris, common culprits for underground mine accidents, could be prevented by the unlikely force of robots and drones, thanks to the work of West Virginia University engineers. Ihsan Berk…

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Future of finance education at WVU begins next chapter as alums announce trading lab gift for Reynolds Hall

As Reynolds Hall, the new hub for business education on the campus of West Virginia University and the Morgantown waterfront comes to life, two John Chambers College of Business and Economics alumni are making a gift that will place future…

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WVU to celebrate Mountaineer Nation Day Oct. 19

West Virginia University’s Mountaineer Nation Day will dedicate Oct. 19 to WVU fans and their pride and passion for the state’s flagship university. Fans from around the world can celebrate as the Mountaineers take on Oklahoma by…

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Health Sciences and Technology Academy celebrates 25 years of mentorship and empowerment

(Editor's note: An online media kit containing downloadable photos, videos and other resources is available in the WVUToday Media Center.) Only about half of West Virginians who graduate high school enroll in college. What if there…

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WVU researchers tackle rising health care costs with artificial intelligence

Researchers at West Virginia University are using artificial intelligence to counter soaring costs of health care and deliver more efficient and accurate diagnoses of cardiovascular diseases.Donald Adjeroh, professor and associate chair in the Lane…

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WVU IDEA Hub and LaunchLab Network recognized on the global stage for second consecutive year

The West Virginia University IDEA Hub and LaunchLab Network have been recognized on the global stage for the second year in a row.Awarded as one of the top three finalists out of more than 130 nominations in eight categories at the Global Consortium…

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WVCTSI Clinical Trials Center of Excellence opens at WVU

To help further cement its status as a top research institution, the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute has announced the formation of the Clinical Trials Center of Excellence at West Virginia University. The Center will…

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WVU-led study reveals uptick in suicide and fatal drug self-intoxication rates among blacks, Hispanics and women

To classify a death as a suicide, medical examiners and coroners rely on hard evidence, perhaps a suicide note or a gun near the body. But research led by Ian Rockett, professor emeritus of the West Virginia University School of Public Health,…

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WVU receives national award for excellence in military pain medicine

West Virginia University’s Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and the WVU Medicine Center for Integrative Pain Management’s efforts to improve military pain medicine care for soldiers in the field were recognized by a national award for…

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WVU receives CDC award to curb vaping and opioid abuse, improve health outcomes in West Virginia

West Virginia University’s efforts to address chronic disease and substance abuse prevention, growing concerns related to vaping and youth mental health issues will be bolstered by funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,…

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Dillie and Hoang named 2019 WVU Homecoming king, queen

A week of Homecoming activities at West Virginia University culminated today (Oct. 5) with the crowning of Thaiddeus Dillie and Teresa Hoang as the 2019 king and queen.The announcement was made during the half-time ceremony at Saturday’s…

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New resource to fuel a new West Virginia Economy: WVU Vantage Ventures celebrates launch in partnership with John Chambers

In a major step towards helping create a new Mountain State economy driven by entrepreneurship and innovation, West Virginia University’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics today (Oct. 4) unveiled Vantage Ventures.Vantage Ventures…

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WVU Extension Service inspires ‘kids to do’ as part of National 4-H Week

As part of National 4-H Week (Oct. 6-12), WVU Extension Service’s 4-H Youth Development program will be celebrating with activities and events focused on this year’s National 4-H Week theme, “Inspire Kids to Do.” Read more…

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WVU researchers study link between low birth weight and cardiovascular risk

Low birth weight is linked not only to poor health outcomes at birth but also to chronic health conditions later in life. In a recent study, West Virginia University researcher Amna Umer explored how low birth weight correlates to…

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The sky is not the limit: WVU’s partnership with NASA continues soaring with $25 million contract

West Virginia University students will be able to help ensure space travel is safe for future explorers thanks to the continuation of a long-standing partnership with NASA announced Wednesday (Oct. 2). NASA approved a contract of up to $24.9…

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Thrasher named a finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year

Former rifle standout Ginny Thrasher has been included as one of nine former collegiate student-athletes selected as finalists for the 2019 Woman of the Year Award. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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U.S. Navy recognizes mechanical and aerospace engineering professor for research contribution

A West Virginia University professor received a rare research award today (Oct.1) from the United States Navy for his contributions to a critical research effort.Patrick Browning, assistant professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering at the…

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WVU awarded $5 million to continue rare earth project, build acid mine drainage treatment facility

The West Virginia Water Research Institute at West Virginia University has been awarded $5 million by the U.S. Department of Energy to scale up its successful Rare Earth Recovery Project, which will include building a facility at a new acid mine…

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Exploring the brain in a new way: WVU researcher records neurons to understand cognition

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Where is Waldo? Whether we’re searching for Waldo or our keys in a room of clutter, we tap into a part of the frontal region of the brain when performing visual, goal-related tasks. Some of us do it well, whereas…

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WVU study reveals falsification issues in higher education hiring processes

When concerns are expressed about distrust in science, they often focus on whether the public trusts research findings. A new study from West Virginia University, however, explores a different dimension of trust.  Read more at West…

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WVU expanding its Charleston presence with new office space

West Virginia University is expanding its presence in Charleston, leasing two floors in Equities House, a central downtown office building that will become home to several University offices in the state’s capital city.“Charleston is the…

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Gee Mail: International Edition

As West Virginia University recently wrapped up its annual Diversity Week celebration, President Gordon Gee took Gee Mail to the streets – at the 2019 International Street Festival.WVU is home to students from 118…

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WVU Alumni Association announces Homecoming awards

The WVU Alumni Association celebrates the winners of the 2019 West Virginia University Homecoming and Alumni Service Awards, which recognize graduates who have embodied Mountaineer values throughout Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Petroleum and natural gas student receives Leah Berhanu Memorial Award

Torey Wright, a sophomore petroleum and natural gas major and Arabic studies minor, has been awarded the 2019 Leah Berhanu Memorial Award by The Thrasher Group. The award honors Leah Berhanu, a civil engineering student at West Virginia…

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WVU receives 2019 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award

West Virginia University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion has been recognized by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine with the 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity for the fourth consecutive year.“As we attract an increasingly…

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Karwaki named first health law fellow at WVU College of Law

For the next two years, Tanya Karwaki will teach and mentor law students and conduct legal research in health care issues as the first Health Law Fellow at the West Virginia University College of Law.“I am excited to work in this position…

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West Virginia University’s annual Clery Report is available

According to the most recent Clery Report for West Virginia University, instances of dating violence, stalking, destruction of property and arrests for drug and alcohol law violations on the Morgantown campus decreased in 2018 compared to prior…

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WVU researcher studies gene modulation to 'bypass evolution,' prevent blindness

Genes borrowed from a spider turned Peter Parker into Spiderman. If scientists can use archaea—tiny organisms similar to bacteria—as a source of useful genes for humans, might it help prevent blindness one day?West Virginia University…

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WVU Extension Service joins Marie’s House in the battle against the opioid epidemic

When West Virginia University Extension Service Family Nutrition Program Health Educator Lisa Bell first heard about Marie’s House, she immediately saw an opportunity for WVU Extension Service to be a part of that solution. Each person in the…

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WVU Chambers College to induct four into Roll of Distinguished Alumni

Three West Virginia University graduates who parlayed their degrees into success and leadership in the retail, financial and technology industries have been named to the John Chambers College of Business and Economics Roll of Distinguished…

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WVU pharmacy student and childhood cancer survivor found career path through treatment

 A West Virginia University School of Pharmacy student who spent most of her high school years inoutpatient chemotherapy treatments was inspired to pursue her degree because her doctor explained to her how the cancer-fighting drugs were…

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Lyons Signs Mazey to Contract Extension

West Virginia University Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President Shane Lyons has announced a three-year contract extension for baseball coach Randy Mazey that will run through the 2025 season. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU announces 2019 Homecoming court, voting begins next week

Candidates for West Virginia University’s 2019 Homecoming court have been selected and will now vie for the title of 2019 Homecoming queen and king. All voting will take place on WVUENGAGE from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 1 and 2. Students can…

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Collegiate, high school business plan competitions now accepting submissions

Submissions are now open for the West Virginia Collegiate and High School Business Plan Competitions, giving students the opportunity to compete for a $10,000 grand prize to bring their business idea to life.The Business Plan Competitions are hosted…

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Ross family donates $1M to WVU Medicine Children’s, School of Medicine Outreach Fund

Mike and JoAnn Ross and their family have donated $1 million in support of the WVU Medicine Children’s “Grow Children’s” Capital Campaign and the Brick Health Outreach Fund in the WVU School of Medicine. A native of…

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Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering receives accreditation

 West Virginia University’s undergraduate biomedical engineering program is one of the top in the nation after graduating just two generations of students.The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, which has set the…

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WVRHC receives fifth NEH grant to digitize historical newspapers

The West Virginia University Libraries’ West Virginia & Regional History Center has received a $201,917 grant – its fifth from the National Endowment for the Humanities – to continue digitizing newspapers published in West Virginia from…

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Author visit highlights this fall’s Campus Read events

The best-selling book “Educated: A Memoir” has sparked many conversations at West Virginia University and the whole community can now join the conversation in a series of events celebrating this year’s Campus Read. Tara…

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WVU Coliseum site of state’s first opioid awareness summit

The Coliseum was the host venue Tuesday (Sept. 17) for the first Opioid Awareness Summit. More than 4,000 high school students from the northern part of the state attended a two-hour presentation featuring Herren, Rhonda Sciortino and Shaun Derik. …

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WVU engineer aims to improve profitability and flexibility of coal-fired power plants using AI

One West Virginia University chemical engineer is tapping into artificial intelligence to prolong the lives of power plant boilers. Debangsu Bhattacharyya, GE Plastics Material Engineering Professor of chemical and biomedical engineering,…

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Internationally renowned robotic thoracic surgeon joins the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute

Dr. Alper Toker, an experienced thoracic surgeon who is internationally recognized for his expertise in minimally invasive/robotic thoracic surgery, has joined the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute and the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic…

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Poore defines vision for diversity, equity and inclusion at WVU

Every member of the West Virginia University family has a responsibility to create an inclusive environment where Mountaineers celebrate differences and find a path for unity, Meshea Poore, who leads the University’s Read more at West…

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WVU astronomers help detect the most massive neutron star ever measured

West Virginia University researchers have helped discover the most massive neutron star to date, a breakthrough uncovered through the Green Bank Telescope in Pocahontas County. The neutron star, called J0740+6620, is a rapidly spinning pulsar…

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Encova Insurance Group makes first corporate gift for WVU’s Reynolds Hall

West Virginia University’s Brickstreet Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation will become the Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU improves retention rate to go along with larger first-freshmen class

Several changes in approaching freshmen retention issues, plus a multi-year emphasis on keeping students at West Virginia University have resulted in an improved retention rate this semester Provost Maryanne Reed told the Board of Governors…

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WVU PA voice Nevin wins national award

The National Association of Sports Public Address Announcers has selected Bill Nevin, West Virginia University P.A. Announcer, as the College 2018-19 Bob Sheppard P.A. Announcer of the Year. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU researchers tackle food safety issues for local farmers

West Virginia leads the nation in the number of small farmers, and a team of researchers at West Virginia University hopes to help them increase the safety of the local foods sold to communities. The WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural…

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Looking beyond the tooth: WVU studies impact of social support on kids’ oral health

Only 45 percent of Medicaid-enrolled children in West Virginia received dental care in 2017, according to the West Virginia Kids Count Data Book. When visits to the dentist office are few and far between, dental professionals strive even harder to…

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WVU releases December 2019 and May 2020 Commencement Ceremony Information

West Virginia University has released the Dec. 2019 and May 2020 Commencement schedules. August and December graduates will celebrate their achievements at the WVU Coliseum on Sat., Dec. 21, in two separate ceremonies.Graduates from the John Read…

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Thrasher makes top 30 in NCAA Woman of the Year field

Former rifle standout Ginny Thrasher has been selected as one of the top-30 nominees for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The Springfield, Virginia, native is the first WVU student-athlete to be selected as a top-30 honoree since the…

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Invasion of the Japanese stiltgrass: WVU biologist targets plant that wreaks havoc on forest ecosystems

To the casual observer, Japanese stiltgrass appears as a harmless, leafy green plant that blends into the majestic scenery of your weekend hike through the woods. Plant biologists like Craig Barrett know better.  Read more at West…

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Soil scientist researches nature versus nurture in microorganisms

A West Virginia University researcher used science and data to solve the timeless argument of nature versus nurture – at least when it comes to microorganisms.   Ember Morrissey, assistant professor of environmental microbiology in…

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WVU receives national recognition for LGBTQ+ outreach and student engagement

West Virginia University's LGBTQ+ Center has received national recognition on two fronts for its commitment to helping provide a safe and inclusive campus for all students.  For three consecutive years, BestColleges, in partnership…

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WVU business college launches campaign to bring new building to fruition

(Editor's Note:Read more about the Building Beyond Campaign, find renderings and a video of the future Reynolds Hall or learn more about contributing to the campaign.)In a little more than two years, the John Chambers College of Business and…

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WVU researcher finds link between deprivation and rural suicide rates

This is National Suicide Prevention Week, and John Campo—the chief behavior wellness officer at West Virginia University—is examining trends in suicide rates to make suicide prevention more effective. His recent findings suggest that…

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WVU researchers to spearhead collaborative opioid treatment program in rural counties

West Virginia University’s expertise on combating the opioid epidemic will be utilized in a federally-funded program targeting seven rural West Virginia counties. The project, supported by a $1 million U.S. Department of Health and Human…

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WVU Extension Service 4-H program to lead national ‘Game Changers’ science challenge

The world around us is changing at a rapid pace. With new technologies and innovative programs, the way companies do business and the skillsets they demand is also changing. Enter West Virginia University Extension Service’s 4-H Youth…

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WVU researcher studies differences in the immune systems of men and women

Females are less susceptible to infection but are 10 times more likely than males to develop an autoimmune disorder, such as hypothyroidism or rheumatoid arthritis. The female immune system is “a double-edged sword” in that way, said…

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WVU plans Friday bell-ringing ceremony

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 (Sept. 6) in remembrance of students Delaney Wykle and Makenzie…

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2019 Pride Travel Fund to help WVU Marching Band travel around the state

Alumni and fans who enjoy performances of the West Virginia University Mountaineer Marching Band have the opportunity to help it travel across the state this fall for performances in Wheeling and Charleston. Donations are now being accepted to the…

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WVU engineer developing ‘critical’ rare earth elements from coal waste

West Virginia University mining engineers are developing a method to create a self-supply of rare earth elements in the United States from coal waste. “Rare earth elements are critical to the high-tech industry and to national defense,…

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WVU student awarded Gilman Scholarship to study neuroscience in Denmark

A West Virginia University Honors College student who wants to pursue bridging the gap between the technical world and the healthcare sector has been awarded a Gilman Scholarship to study in Denmark. Hana Ulman, a senior biomedical engineering…

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WVU issues statement, offers condolences to Diviney family

West Virginia University released the following statement upon learning of the death of former student Ryan Diviney:“Our sincere condolences are with the Diviney family with word of Ryan’s death. The Diviney family has been an…

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Using bacteria from hot springs, WVU biochemist studies RNA splicing in humans

About 70 percent of the human genome doesn’t code for anything. When it’s transcribed to RNA—the instructions our cells follow when they make proteins—most of the message doesn’t contain any useful information. As West…

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There’s no beauty premium in college football: Aggressive features = higher pay for coaches, say WVU researchers

Football was never intended to be a beauty pageant, and this study by West Virginia University researchers backs it up. In fact, if you’re a handsome heartthrob coaching an NCAA Division I team, you might get a penalty flag when it comes…

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WVU Reed College of Media selects Point Pleasant for community branding

The West Virginia University Reed College of Media has announced Point Pleasant, West Virginia, as the next partner for BrandJRNY, a project that aims to revitalize communities in the Mountain State through customized branding plans that promote…

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WVU researcher, Pocahontas County Schools partner to improve mathematics education in the Mountain State

West Virginia University College of Education and Human Services will expand a mathematics education project launched by an alumna in Pocahontas County to five additional school systems in an effort to improve instruction in the…

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The positive implications of…climate change? WVU researcher sees agricultural, food availability and economic possibilities

Depending on your side of the aisle, climate change either elicits doomsday anxiety or unabashed skepticism. Jason Hubbart, director of Institute of Water Security and Science at West Virginia University, takes a more centered approach. Read…

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Chick-fil-A Kids Zone to debut at Mountaineer football games

The Chick-fil-A Kids Zone is a pre-game interactive fan entertainment area located at the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility on the south side of Milan Puskar Stadium. The Chick-fil-A Kids Zone opens 2 1/2 hours prior to kickoff at every home…

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WVU project forges pathways for underrepresented faculty

Researchers at West Virginia University are helping universities nationwide overcome barriers to STEM faculty careers for women and underrepresented minorities.While there have been increases in the diversity of faculty positions, the share of women…

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Hand in glove: WVU researchers test safety measures for coal industry

While researchers at West Virginia University were testing coal miners’ safety gloves to help reduce lost-time accidents, they went a step further. Eduardo Sosa, a research associate professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering in the…

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Up, up and away: WVU receives record $181 million-plus in research funding

External funding for research and other sponsored programs at West Virginia University totaled $181.4 million this past fiscal year, a University record that bucks a downward trend that sees higher ed grappling with dwindling…

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WVU names 2019 class of Ruby Fellows

Seven students pursuing doctoral degrees at West Virginia University are receiving funding through the Ruby Scholars Graduate Fellows Program. Lauryn Alexander, Heather Baldwin, Elaine Christman, John Hansen, Emily Hughes, Alyssa Stonebraker and…

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Gee Mail: Welcome to the Mountaineer Family

With a fresh semester officially here, West Virginia University has welcomed more than 5,000 new students into its family.  Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU School of Music launches K-12 music program

 A new program in the West Virginia University School of Music will allow K-12 students to learn about music through live performance, all free of charge.Creativity Academy is an educational matinee program based out of WVU’s Creative…

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Karen and Jerry West donate to WVU Medicine Children’s “Grow Children’s” Capital Campaign

Karen and Jerry West, West Virginia University Men’s Basketball and Los Angeles Lakers legend, have made a leadership-level donation to the WVU Medicine Children’s “Grow Children’s” Capital Campaign. Read more at West…

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Successful WVU alum helps students with major gift to his alma mater

A $500,000 donation from West Virginia University graduate Michael Manley of Morgantown will create two endowed scholarships for students in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. A lot has changed since Manley…

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WVU Center for Excellence in STEM Education, WV Forward, LIFT celebrate top MakerMinded schools

(EDITOR’S NOTE: For media interested in attending the ceremonies at either of the local high schools and learn event details, RSVP to Katie Farmer at 315.256.8509 or katie.farmer@mail.wvu.edu.) The West Virginia University Center for…

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West Virginia Business Hall of Fame to honor Chris Cline, new inductees

The West Virginia Business Hall of Fame will posthumously honor coal industry billionaire and philanthropist Chris Cline and three other state business leaders who have led widespread growth.The 2019 Hall of Fame class are Bill Bayless, chief…

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WVU study investigates rural LGBTQ youth’s motivations for participating in activism

While marriage equality continues to be a big win for the LGBTQ movement since its passage in the U.S. in 2015, many activists are concerned about what’s next. Researchers from West Virginia University and the University of…

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Libraries to host ‘Appalachian Futures’ exhibit

How do you imagine the future of Appalachia?“Appalachian Futures,” West Virginia University Libraries’ new year-long exhibition, addresses the current dominant narratives about Appalachia in a new way, by looking at how the people…

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Louis the Child, Gucci Mane and Jon Bellion to perform at 25th annual FallFest 2019

(WVUToday will distribute a media advisory Monday, Aug. 19 with FallFest credentials and other logistics details. Read more about WVU’s 2019 Welcome Week.) FallFest, West Virginia University’s 25th annual welcome-back-to-campus…

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As whooping cough evolves, WVU researcher studies how to maintain vaccine’s effectiveness

Scientists and bacteria are locked in an arms race. Over time, bacteria can evolve to resist today’s powerful vaccines. Bordetella pertussis—which causes pertussis, or whooping cough—is no different. Although the current vaccines…

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Mountaineer Medical Scholarship established to support School of Medicine Charleston students

Dr. James P. Griffith and his wife Marla have established the Dr. James P. and Marla R. Griffith Mountaineer Medical Scholar program. A $20,000 commitment, the scholarship will be awarded to a student who chooses to further his or her education on…

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WVU PRT resumes operation Thursday

In anticipation of students’ arrival on campus, the West Virginia University Personal Rapid Transit system will resume operations Thursday (Aug. 15).As part of continuing modernization efforts, the PRT was closed during the summer to work…

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Students seek purpose, find path during WVU Welcome Week

An array of Welcome Week activities designed to foster lifelong passion and purpose await an estimated 5,600 new students from around the world making their way to Morgantown this week to embark on a new journey at West Virginia University.“I…

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WVU Foundation records second best year ever with $177 million in contributions

Alumni and friends gave $177 million to West Virginia University this past year, making it the second highest year of giving in the University’s history. For the fiscal year July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019, the WVU Foundation notes 20,857…

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First board-certified oncologic physical therapist in state offers services to patients at the WVU Cancer Institute

Megan Burkart, assistant professor in the West Virginia University School of Medicine’s Division of Physical Therapy, is the first physical therapist in West Virginia to achieve specialization as an Oncologic Clinical…

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WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute researchers first to test aneurysm treatment device

Doctors at the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute have treated the first patients in the world in a clinical trial to collect real-world, post-marketing data on the use of a new device for the endovascular treatment of cerebral aneurysms. Read…

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Hotter, wetter, dryer: WVU research forecasts an uptick in extreme weather, temperatures in West Virginia

It’s going to rain a lot in West Virginia. It’s going to be really dry, too. Huh? Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Join WVU and WVU Extension Service for fun and education at the State Fair of West Virginia

From the time-honored 4-H livestock projects to cutting-edge STEM activities, West Virginia University Extension Service will offer a blend of tradition and innovation at the State Fair of West Virginia in Fairlea from Aug. 8 to Aug. 17.WVU…

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WVU researcher tailors first-responder app to improve stroke outcomes

Doctors have about three hours to administer the most effective treatment for the most common type of stroke. If they miss that window, recovery becomes questionable, and survival rates plummet.Amelia Adcock, associate director of the West Virginia…

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WVU Honors College, Humanities Center announce new leaders

Two leaders known for their innovation, energy and creativity will bring those essential skills to bear in their new roles at West Virginia University.Damien Clement will serve as acting dean of the Honors College and Rhonda Reymond as interim…

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WVU’s 100 Days in Appalachia to expand academic platform, improve national coverage of region

West Virginia University will offer new cross-disciplinary courses that are working areas of Appalachian identity, history and culture and provide faculty training in new media technology through a grant awarded to 100 Days in Appalachia, a media…

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WVU Board of Governors OKs three major construction projects and financing

Citing the need to “improve the quality of student life, enrich academic experience, enhance student services, and respond to students’ needs,” the West Virginia University Board of Governors unanimously approved construction plans…

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WVU Curiosity Series lineup announced

West Virginia University students, faculty and professional artists from around the world will show off their talents as part of Curiosity Series, hosted by WVU’s College of Creative Arts.In its second season, the Curiosity Series is a…

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Green Bank Observatory, site for breakthrough WVU research and teaching, to remain open

 The National Science Foundation has formally decided to keep open the Green Bank Observatory, a partner of West Virginia University and a key site for the University’s astronomy research.On Friday (July 26), the NSF signed a…

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First MSJ students pursue emphasis in Advocacy and Public Interest Communication

Two West Virginia University Reed College of Media students are dedicating their class time to learn how to generate positive social change through their respective undergraduate programs. The graduate-level Advocacy and Public Interest…

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WVU Extension brings computer science education to rural communities through partnership with Google and National 4-H

Students in rural communities across the United States, including students in West Virginia, will be honing computer science skills and further developing science, technology, math and engineering education with the help of Google and the National…

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WVU researchers use telehealth to head off hospitalizations and ER visits

West Virginia University researcher Steve Davis is piloting an intervention program that uses telehealth to connect rural West Virginians with nurses who can help them manage—and even prevent—conditions like these. The program will focus…

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WVU earns reaccreditation for humane animal research

West Virginia University has earned reaccreditation from the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science. Animal-related…

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WVU prepares rural students for STEM majors through new summer camp

Nine first-year students arrived at West Virginia University this week to get a head start on their college experiences.The students are part of the First2 STEM Success Network, an INCLUDES Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU College of Law professors fought to disclose opioid pill data

Two professors at West Virginia University College of Law helped to secure the recent release of data that is shedding light on the national distribution of opioids. Patrick McGinley and Suzanne Weise represented pro Read more at West Virginia…

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Marrying science, math and humanities: WVU faculty to research ‘holistic engineering’

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.— If you’re an engineer, you can probably build a bridge or a car or an app. But can you effectively communicate? Can you market your ideas or comprehend the business side of your work? Read more at West Virginia…

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Fan Day set for Saturday, August 3

West Virginia University fans will be given the opportunity to get autographs from their favorite Mountaineer players and coaches and watch practice at the football team's annual Fan Day on Saturday, August 3. New coach Neal Brown, assistant…

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WVU researcher explores link between intercellular communication and incurable blindness

Sandwiched between the retina and the eye’s vascular layer, the retinal pigment epithelium is just a single layer of cells, but it plays an outsize role in energizing the retina. In fact, RPE dysfunction can cause irreversible…

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WVU Alumni Association Board of Directors welcomes new members

The West Virginia University Alumni Association Board of Directors has appointed Gregory Darby, Darren Feeley, Thomas Flaherty, James “Rocky” Gianola and Tracy Schoenadel to serve six-year terms on the board. The board also elected…

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WVU physicists receive $2 million for new plasma physics center

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at West Virginia University received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to fund the new Center for Kinetic Experiment, Theory and Integrated Computation Physics.The center will integrate…

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Fans have the chance to create WVU’s newest national TV commercial

For the first time, West Virginia University is crowdsourcing to find its nationally running TV commercial. The “2019 Find Your Purpose” contest is a worldwide search for the best-told WVU story. Fans are encouraged to grab a camera…

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Nutritional supplements and diets not always protective, WVU research suggests

Do the nutritional supplements people take or the diets they adhere to actually protect them against cardiovascular problems and death?Maybe not, suggests a new umbrella review of meta-analyses and randomized controlled trials by Safi Khan, an…

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Gold Rush/Stripe the Stadium/True Blue Games announced

The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has released its 2019 football home game promotional schedule. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU researchers map crystals to advance treatments for stroke, diabetes, dementia

Medications attach to the proteins in our bodies the way spacecrafts dock into the International Space Station. Describing that process in detail can reveal a lot about how the medications work—and what form new medications should…

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Additional 'floating' holiday available for WVU leave-eligible employees

Gov. Jim Justice today (July 3) issued executive orders declaring July 5, 2019 as an official holiday for State employees. The University has modified its holiday calendar to include an additional 7.5-hour “floating” holiday (pro-rated…

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WVU Provost announces strategic leadership roles to better serve faculty and students

As new West Virginia University Provost Maryanne Reed steps into her role this week, she has announced several appointments in the Office of the Provost that speak to her commitment to establishing a dynamic leadership team that proactively…

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2019 soccer scarf voting open

The men's and women's soccer teams need Mountaineer Nation's help in selecting the design for the 2019 Soccer Scarf. Fan voting is now LIVE on both teams' social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Voting will…

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WVU researcher studies how nursing homes can accommodate obese residents

About 30 percent of nursing home residents are obese. That can complicate their care. The facility may need to buy them special wheelchairs or motorized lifts. Nursing aides may struggle to help them shower. And doctors may grapple with how—or…

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WVU chemist is a molecular architect

West Virginia University chemist Kung Wang is an architect—not the kind who designs houses – one who designs molecules.Wang is constructing a synthetic pathway to creating new molecular templates for growing carbon nanotubes,…

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WVU Extension Service brings edible landscaping to Randolph County elementary schools

Across the state, classrooms are quiet and hallways have emptied as another school year comes to a close. But at six Randolph County elementary schools, summer break is a time of growth and maturity – for the schools’ newly planted…

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WVU receives national award for educational fundraising

The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education is recognizing West Virginia University for exemplary fundraising programs and activities.For the first time, WVU has received a 2019 CASE Educational Fundraising Award, recognizing the…

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WVU to partner with Pitt to study opioid use in Appalachia

West Virginians may gain better access to investigational approaches to managing and preventing substance abuse disorders related to the ongoing opioid epidemic as part of a collaborative $5.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. …

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Mazey Named ABCA Regional Coach of the Year

After guiding the baseball team to one of its best seasons in program history, coach Randy Mazey has been named the East Regional Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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‘Flying salt shakers of death’: The lives of fungal-infected zombie cicadas, explained by WVU researchers

If cicadas made horror movies, they’d probably study the actions of their counterparts plagued by a certain psychedelic fungus. West Virginia University researchers have discovered that a cicada fungus called Massopora contains chemicals…

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WVU Sports Hall of Fame class selected

The 2019 class includes Meg Bulger (women's basketball), Steve Dunlap (football), Greg Jones (wrestling), Vertus Jones (wrestling), Darryl Prue (men's basketball), Lisa Stoia (women's soccer), John Thornton (football), Dr. Stefan…

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WVU Board adopts smaller budget for upcoming fiscal year

The West Virginia University Board of Governors on Friday (June 21) adopted a $1.1 billion budget for the next fiscal year, some $17 million less than the previous year.The budget, approved unanimously, is in line with parameters adopted in April…

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WVU Board of Governors extends Gordon Gee’s contract through 2024

BECKLEY, W.Va. – Gordon Gee will remain president of West Virginia University through 2024 under a contract extension approved Friday (June 21) by the Board of Governors.“Gordon is one of, if not the top, university leader in the…

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Two elected to WVU Foundation Board of Directors

Two West Virginia University alumni with successful careers in business and law have been elected to the WVU Foundation Board of Directors. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Wheeling Hospital enters into management agreement with the WVU Health System, names new CEO

The Boards of Directors of Wheeling Hospital and the West Virginia University Health System (WVU Medicine) today (June 20) announced that they have entered into a management services agreement and named Douglass E. Harrison as Wheeling…

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Barnette Board of Governors Room at WVU to see significant technology upgrades

West Virginia University alumni Curtis H. “Hank” Barnette and his wife, Joanne, have made a significant gift to upgrade the Barnette Board of Governors Room located on the second floor of the Erickson Alumni Center. The Barnette…

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WVU Athletics Means Big Business

The economic impact of WVU athletics alone to the state of West Virginia is at least $302.7 million per year, according to third party research. Locally, the economic impact to Monongalia County is $78.8 million and the overall tax impact to the…

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WVU celebrates West Virginia’s 156th birthday with latest gift from the Blenko family

Blenko Glass, a glassware manufacturer located in Milton, is continuing its tradition of providing West Virginia University with the latest piece from its West Virginia Birthday Blenko Glass Collection.The donation has become an annual occurrence in…

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WVU Athletics Communications Earns Nation’s Best 19 Awards

The West Virginia University Athletics Communications Office was honored last week in Orlando, Florida, at the 2019 College Sports Information Directors of America Workshop, capturing 19 awards for Excellence in Publications and Digital Design,…

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WVU Extension Service and CDC project announces community partnerships to support healthy lifestyles in southern West Virginia

Improving the healthy lifestyle landscape in some West Virginia areas might sound like a tough task, but a group of passionate West Virginia University faculty and staff believe the secret lies in empowering communities and providing the support…

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WVU researchers dig in to find ways to reclaim marginal lands, economies

Out of the 10 million acres of land damaged by extractive industries in Appalachia, about 500,000 lie in the borders of West Virginia. Rather than discarding the region’s history, West Virginia University researcher Zachary Freedman sees the…

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WVU Medicine Children’s Pediatric Urology climbs 12 spots in national U.S. News & World Report rankings

Pediatric Urology at WVU Medicine Children’s has again been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report, this year coming in at 30th in the nation – a dozen spots up from last year’s ranking, which marked WVU Medicine…

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New Center for Women’s and Gender Studies leadership expanding research and curriculum at WVU

New leadership in West Virginia University’s Center for Women’s and Gender Studies is expanding research and teaching initiatives surrounding gender diversity and social justice. Sharon Bird, professor and head of sociology at…

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WVU researcher studies new treatment for pancreatic cancer

If the American Cancer Society’s projections prove accurate, more people will die from pancreatic cancer than from breast, brain, ovarian or prostate cancer this year. One reason pancreatic cancer is so lethal is its resistance to…

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WVU School of Nursing receives 10-year accreditation

The West Virginia University School of Nursing today (June 13) announced that its baccalaureate degree, master’s degree, Doctor of Nursing Practice and post-graduate Advanced Practice Registered Nurse certificate programs have been granted…

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WVU Upward Bound provides Summer Food Service Program

The West Virginia University Upward Bound program announces its sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s federally funded Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) for its 2019 summer program. Upward Bound will receive reimbursement…

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WVU medical student first in state selected for prestigious NIH scholar program

Sundus Lateef, a second year medical student in the WVU School of Medicine and Bridgeport native, was one of only 50 students selected from across the nation to participate in the NIH Medical Research Scholars Program. Read more at West Virginia…

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WVU Extension Service interim dean focused on land-grant mission, outreach

Sue Day-Perroots is no stranger to West Virginia University and the State of West Virginia. After 34 years of service in key roles at the University, she retired as associate provost in 2017. When President Gordon Gee presented her with an…

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WVU IDEA Hub wins national rising star award for entrepreneurship and innovation

The West Virginia University IDEA Hub has received national recognition for its comprehensive, University-wide efforts in entrepreneurship and innovation, an award for which it had been named a finalist in previous years.Assistant Vice President for…

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Field House’s final days bring back flood of memories

Pretty soon, Stansbury Hall will cease to exist. Interior demolition work has begun on the 90-year-old facility that was once the home of West Virginia University basketball from 1929-70. In its place will be Reynolds Hall, the new home of the John…

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WVU and NIOSH study ways to prevent lung disease in dentistry professionals

Inhaling dangerous particulates is a hazard of coal mining, mold remediation, sandblasting … and dentistry.Fotinos Panagakos, associate dean of research at the West Virginia University School of Dentistry, is collaborating with a team at the…

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WVU Extension Service program helps farmers continue to be productive and prosperous

The adage “life happens” exists for a reason. On occasion, unforeseen circumstances lead to tragic events, and they affect people of all walks of life. Our resolve as people to get through tough times builds character and ultimately…

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WVU announces spring 2019 graduation honors, President's and Dean's lists

West Virginia University has released its graduation honors for the spring 2019 semester. A total of 4,221 students graduated from the University in May.A total of 3,532 students were named to the Dean’s list for spring 2019. Those on the…

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WVU researchers thirsty for reducing fresh water use by power plants

Water is the essence of life. And electricity. Power plants across the country utilize more than four times as much water as all U.S. homes and account for 41 percent of total water withdrawals, according to federal data.  Read more at…

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WVU begins demolition activities at Stansbury Hall

West Virginia University has begun interior demolition activities at Stansbury Hall to make way for the construction of Reynolds Hall, the new home of the John Chambers College of Business and Economics.  WVU has vacated Stansbury…

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Record eight Mountaineers selected in MLB draft

A record eight West Virginia University baseball players were selected in the 2019 MLB Draft, as six players were picked on the final day. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU robotics team on top again, wins second NASA competition in 3 years

Persistence, combined with a bit of a gambling spirit, carried West Virginia University’s robotic drilling team to another first place finish Thursday (June 6) in NASA’s Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge, the team’s second top…

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WVU researchers keep coal mining community alive through oral history and photography

Researchers from West Virginia University are preserving the memories of a coal community through oral history and photography. Supported by a grant from the WVU Humanities Center, the research team used historical images from the West Virginia…

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WVU Foundation honors endowed scholarship, fellowship donors

The West Virginia University Foundation is recognizing the alumni and friends of WVU who have created endowed scholarships, fellowships and student awards in calendar year 2018.Fifty-three donors are being honored by having their name engraved in…

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WVU breaks new ground in students headed to mining program in China

Kaitlyn Greg, Tatianna Evanisko and Hanna Byxbee may shrug it off, but they are pioneers in West Virginia University’s long-standing partnership with the China University of Mining Technology.The three will be the first women from WVU to…

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Barrett honors Douglas with Tower Society gift

Betty Barrett, a longtime supporter of the West Virginia University Alumni Association, is the newest member of the WVU Alumni Tower Society with her $50,000 contribution in memory of Steve Douglas, the former WVU Alumni Association president and…

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WVU biology student to investigate the role of soils in climate change across global ecosystems

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A West Virginia University graduate student is investigating how soils store carbon in ecosystems around the world to understand the impact of climate change.Biology Ph.D. student Nanette Raczka’s summer research…

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WVU study links exposure to chemicals found in household items to lower heart disease rates in diabetics

Chemicals found in nonstick cookware, cleaning products and paint may help lead to new treatments for heart disease in diabetic adults, according to a West Virginia University epidemiologist’s research. Kim Innes, of the WVU School of…

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Order of Vandalia to induct three new members

 West Virginia University will induct three new members into the Order of Vandalia, the University’s highest honor for outstanding service and loyalty, Friday (June 7) at the Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU joins WVSSAC in historic collaborative effort to fight state’s opioid epidemic

WVSSAC launches historic collaborative effort to fight state’s opioid epidemicWest Virginia University, Marshall University, West Virginia Department of Education and MVB Bank Will Join the Fight Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU great West to be awarded Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Jerry West has earned yet another prestigious award. President Donald Trump has announced the 81-year-old West will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Gee Mail: President surprises a new batch of ‘Good EGGs’

In a previous Gee Mail, President Gordon Gee surprised and celebrated members of the West Virginia University family who embodied the five core Mountaineer values: service, curiosity, respect, accountability and appreciation.  Read more at…

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Baseball suffers heartbreaking end to season

The baseball team's season came to an end with an 11-10 loss to Texas A&M in the NCAA Morgantown Regional on Sunday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark. The loss ends West Virginia's 2019 season, which was highlighted by the…

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Gee Mail: President surprises a new batch of ‘Good EGGs’

In a previous Gee Mail, President Gordon Gee surprised and celebrated members of the West Virginia University family who embodied the five core Mountaineer values: service, curiosity, respect, accountability and appreciation.  Read more at…

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Mountaineers host NCAA regional

The No. 15-seeded West Virginia University baseball team hosts the 2019 NCAA Morgantown Regional from Friday, May 31 – Monday, June 3, at Monongalia County Ballpark. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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First WVU graduate completes Peace Corps Prep Program

Armed with a degree in international studies from West Virginia University, Lauren Headley plans to use what she’s learned in the Peace Corps. The first WVU graduate of the Peace Corps Prep Program, Headley, who is from Myersville, Maryland,…

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Seven students to visit WVU for summer psychology research program

College students from across the U.S. will visit West Virginia University this summer for their first research experiences. WVU’s Department of Psychology will host seven undergraduate students for intensive, eight-week research projects.…

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WVU biostatistician studies link between microbiome and preterm birth

Pregnant African American women are more likely than white women to give birth prematurely, but they’re underrepresented in studies of preterm birth rates. Snehalata Huzurbazar, a biostatistics professor in the West Virginia University School…

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Four WVU students awarded prestigious NSF summer research fellowships

Four West Virginia University students will spend their summer researching thermodynamic models, new material for aircraft under impact, glass in crime scene evidence and the dynamics of how proteins change. Daniel Baker, Chad Hite, Oriana…

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WVU Selected to Host NCAA Baseball Regional

The West Virginia University baseball team has been selected to host an NCAA Baseball Regional for the first time since 1955. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU Police holding on-campus training exercise Wednesday

As part of continuing efforts to promote a safe and secure campus community, the West Virginia University Police Department and the Office of Emergency Management will hold an on-campus training exercise Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU Coliseum floor to get a new look this summer

A "clean" and "classy" look is what West Virginia University director of athletics Shane Lyons was seeking with a new Coliseum court design, and that's exactly what WVU's 49-year-old arena will be getting later this…

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WVU College of Law graduate awarded fellowship to support addiction recovery

Brendan Wood, a 2019 graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law, has been awarded a post-graduate legal fellowship from Equal Justice Works that will allow him to offer legal assistance to West Virginians recovering from addiction as…

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Barnwood Builders reveals ‘finished product’ at Jackson’s Mill

Barnwood Builders returned to WVU Jackson’s Mill this spring to film an episode called “The Finished Product,” which will feature the new heritage and artisan center. That episode will air Sunday (May 26) at 9 p.m. on the DIY…

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WVU to hire associate provost for undergraduate education; Campbell focuses on research

Continuing its emphasis on student success and retention, West Virginia University will hire an associate provost to lead those efforts and more across the entire system, Vice Provost Paul Kreider announced today (May 22). The new…

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WVU researchers study how brain cells stress each other out for their own good

Inflammation can be a good thing. If you burn yourself, it helps your skin heal. If you eat contaminated food, it helps you fend off a stomach bug. But scientists don’t fully understand the role inflammation plays in neurological diseases like…

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Big 12 names Manoah pitcher, Mazey coach of the year

Baseball coach Randy Mazey has been named the Big 12 Coach of the Year and junior right-handed pitcher Alek Manoah has been recognized as the unanimous Big 12 Pitcher of the Year to highlight the conference's postseason awards. Read more at…

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WVU social workers support opioid recovery through new trainings

Researchers at West Virginia University are fighting West Virginia’s opioid epidemic with new professional development opportunities for social workers. Two new initiatives in the WVU School of Social Work are working to meet these needs…

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Steven Bonanno retires after more than 37 years of service to the state

Service to the state and commitment to West Virginia University’s land-grant mission define the career of WVU Extension Service Dean and Director Steven Bonanno. Bonanno retired May 15 after more than 37 years of service.Bonanno joined WVU as…

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Dedication held for WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute Innovation Center

The West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute unveiled its new Innovation Center on Wednesday (May 15). On Thursday (May 16), RNI convened its inaugural Summit, “Breaking Barriers,” at the Morgantown Marriott at…

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Longtime WVU Equipment Manager Schmidt retiring in June

When you've worked at the same place for 42 years you're bound to have some stories, and West Virginia University's Bubba Schmidt has plenty of them. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU receives $8.2 million software gift from LMKR for energy geology coursework and research

LMKR, an international petroleum technology company, has partnered with West Virginia University to expand student and faculty access to industry-leading software.  Beginning fall 2019, the Department of Geology and Geography will…

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WVU-Marshall consumer center joins federal program

The Center for Consumer Law and Education, a joint program between West Virginia University College of Law and Marshall University, has joined a federal program that empowers consumers. The CCLE is now a member of “Your Money, Your…

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WVU becomes first university in U.S. to offer technical art history degree

Students interested in the science behind art and its conservation will now be able to study at West Virginia University in the Bachelor of Arts in Technical Art History program, the first degree of its kind in the nation. “Technical art…

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WVU expert briefs Congressional committee on extracting rare earth elements from coal

Paul Ziemkiewicz, director of the Water Research Institute at West Virginia University’s Energy Institute, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Tuesday, May 14, on recent research advances on the…

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West Virginia 4-H’ers snag top honors at national competition

There’s a long history of West Virginia University Extension Service 4-H teams that have fared well in land judging and homesite evaluation competitions. And, on May 2, three Monroe County youths continued that legacy by earning a national…

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Potomac State tuition lowered to open the way for free community college

Tuition for Potomac State College for the upcoming academic year was cut $418 Tuesday as the West Virginia University Board of Governors adjusted the cost to open the way for in-state students to be eligible for free community college…

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WVU students named Gilman Scholars

Six West Virginia University students will study or intern abroad this summer as Gilman Scholars.The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship enables them to gain skills that are critical to the country’s national…

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WVU psychologists receive NIH award to seek cures for chronic traumatic brain injuries

With more than 2.8 million occurring annually, traumatic brain injuries are one of the most pressing challenges facing the medical community. Survivors of TBI often experience chronic psychiatric symptoms such as increased risky decision-making and…

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WVU researcher studies incurable blood disease usually diagnosed in children

Treating a stubborn blood disease that strikes children may come down to tweaking energy production in stem cells, suggests research out of West Virginia University.Wei Du, an assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy, is investigating the link…

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WVU graduates embody Gee’s charge to take risks

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee’s knack for risk-taking is generally well-known, as is his encouragement to students to live lives based on their passions, not their fears. In his weekend (May 10-12) commencement addresses to WVU…

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The economics of opioids: Fentanyl has a steep price tag in lives, lab costs and resources

Researchers at West Virginia University have studied the overwhelming, detrimental effects of opioid abuse on this state and the nation, and a new wave of the epidemic may be the most daunting yet.Paul Speaker, a professor of finance and an adjunct…

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WVU scores its best in NCAA Academic Progress Rate

West Virginia University’s combined varsity athletic teams have an Academic Progress Rate score of 985 according to data released this week by the NCAA. The 985 score is WVU’s highest in the 15 years of the NCAA Academic Performance…

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WVU College of Law to become first campus building with solar panels

The West Virginia University College of Law is about to become the first building at the University to help offset its reliance on the electrical grid with a solar panel array.The 48-panel system will be installed this summer on the College's…

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WVU researcher: HIV epidemic partially fueled by national opioid crisis

Infectious diseases expert Sally Hodder, director of the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute and associate vice president for clinical and translational science at West Virginia University, was part of a national…

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Cheer squads announced

The University has announced the Gold and Blue cheerleading squads for the 2019-20 season. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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West Virginia University researchers want to up the game for nationwide physical education standards

Sacrificed by No Child Left Behind in favor of academic achievement, physical education requirements for public schools returned with the subsequent Every Student Succeeds Act in 2015, but that doesn’t mean that school systems have…

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WVU history student awarded Boren Scholarship

Laura Curry has never been abroad, but next year she’ll have the opportunity to study in Tanzania as West Virginia University’s 26th Boren Scholar.As a history major in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, Curry has concentrations in…

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WVU students studying climate change effects in nature through national research program

Three West Virginia University graduate students spent the 2018-2019 academic year as Graduate Student Climate Adaptation Partners scholars, developing a digital library and webinar series based on their climate change research. Brooke Eastman…

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WVU-led research project to advance forest biomass harvest and logistics for value-added bioproducts

Each year, more than 10 million dry tons of forest logging residue is produced in the eastern United States. According to a West Virginia University researcher, those residues are sustainable and can be used for biofuels, bioenergy, green…

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WVU social worker named West Virginia Social Worker of the Year

Jacki Englehardt, the Master of Social Work admissions and recruitment coordinator in the School of Social Work, has been selected by the West Virginia chapter of the National Association of Social Workers for the award. Read more at West Virginia…

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WVU names 2019 Foundation Scholars

Five of the state’s best and brightest senior high school students who had their choice of some of the nation’s most esteemed colleges have chosen to attend West Virginia University as 2019 Foundation Scholars, the highest…

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WVU student arrested for making terroristic threats

A West Virginia University student has been arrested, charged with making terroristic threats. Acting on a tip, University Police arrested Cheickna Kagnassy, a 21-year-old freshman pre-business major from Columbia, Maryland, at his residence in…

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West Virginia University announces new leadership at Reed, Statler colleges

Diana Martinelli, who has played a critical role in adapting and expanding curriculum at West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media, was named dean of the school today (May 1). Martinelli, who has served as associate dean since…

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WVU researcher studies bystander behavior in sexual-assault prevention

Carry your keys. Pretend you’re on the phone. Don’t go out alone after dark. People—especially girls and women—receive advice like this every day from friends and family members concerned for their safety. But what if…

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Four WVU professors awarded Fulbright grants

Four West Virginia University faculty members, all in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, have received grants from the U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program to conduct research abroad. The recipients are: Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU student-athletes give back to the community

Through a wide-range of activities with organizations and groups of all ages, student-athletes performed more than 460 hours of community service Saturday (April 27) in WVU's first Student-Athlete Day of Service. Read more at West Virginia…

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Wilson to retire after 26 years as associate provost for academic personnel

After more than 40 years at West Virginia University, Associate Provost for Academic Personnel C.B. Wilson plans to retire effective Sept. 1. Wilson began his tenure at WVU as chair and professor of Music in 1977 and took on progressive leadership…

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Grier, Cajuste among several Mountaineers on their way to the NFL

Quarterback Will Grier was chosen by the hometown Carolina Panthers with the 100th overall pick, and then the guy in charge of protecting his backside, Yodny Cajuste, heard his name called one spot later when he was drafted by the New…

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WVU’s top seniors named, eight honored with 2019 Order of Augusta

An Olympic gold medalist, a retired master sergeant of the U.S. Air Force, a musician, a humanitarian and a legacy who has carried on the Mountaineer spirit as the 21st family member to attend West Virginia University are among those who…

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Long returns to lead WVU Tech effective Monday

With today’s (April 26) announcement of a new interim chancellor for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, Carolyn Long will return to her post as campus president of West Virginia University Institute of Technology effective…

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Summer camps at WVU provide many opportunities for youth to explore

Summer camp season at West Virginia University begins in May and offers many options for young people to engage both academically and physically during their summer break. Summer camps are known for providing a safe environment where children gain…

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2019 inductees into West Virginia Business Hall of Fame have led widespread growth from West Virginia roots

The three inductees for the 2019 West Virginia Business Hall of Fame share a common thread: they all acquired a taste for business in West Virginia, and have found incredible success in the state and far beyond.Bill Bayless, chief executive officer…

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WVU students selected to present research to members of Congress

Two West Virginia University students’ novel research on ergot alkaloids - toxic compounds produced by fungi - and their importance to the fields of agriculture and medicine will take them to Capitol Hill to present their findings to…

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WVU celebrates explosion of innovation and entrepreneurship at second annual Demo Day

At West Virginia University, students, faculty and staff are charged with pursuing world-changing discoveries, innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges, academic engagement and excellence, and they are responding to the call. WVU’s…

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WVU research suggests conflicting drug laws may keep contaminated needles in circulation, contribute to hepatitis C infections

Acute hepatitis C infections rose 98 percent between 2010 and 2015 nationwide, largely because more people were injecting drugs. Using a new needle for every injection can slow the spread of hepatitis C, but getting those new needles isn’t…

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WVU researchers study factors that affect stream water quality

Clean water is indispensable for human health, and human activity plays a large role water quality. West Virginia University researchers have compared that circular relationship in watersheds affected by different water movement and external factors…

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WVU recognizes six faculty members as Foundation Outstanding Teachers for 2019

Six West Virginia University faculty members have been recognized with the University’s 2019 Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching, which honors exceptional professors who go above and beyond to inspire their students. This…

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Batter up: WVU student improving baseball team’s analytics

A West Virginia University industrial mathematics and statistics student is helping WVU baseball coaches improve their understanding of the strike zone.Joseph Cuomo is a senior from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and a student manager for the WVU…

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WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute opens new Innovation Center

The West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute announced last week that it will open its new Innovation Center and convening its inaugural Summit from Wednesday to Thursday, May 15-16, in Morgantown. Read more at West Virginia…

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West Virginia Girls Who Code 4-H Club virtually addresses stereotypes, earns spot in Facebook hackathon

Today’s youths are in tune with and committed to a variety of social issues facing our nation and world. A group of West Virginia 4-H’ers is using their savvy computer and coding know-how to virtually address one of those critical issues…

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WVU musicology professor named recipient of prestigious Rome Prize

Evan MacCarthy, assistant professor of musicology in the School of Music, has been named a recipient of the 2019–20 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. The highly competitive Rome Prize, awarded this year to just 30 American artists…

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WVU debuts new neuroscience ‘Brain Camp’ for high school students

Students in 11th and 12th grades looking for a unique, immersive, science-based camp experience should consider Brain Camp, a new week-long educational program taking place on West Virginia University’s Morgantown Campus in July. The…

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WVU’s Talent West Virginia names inaugural winners

West Virginia University's College of Creative Arts hosted Talent West Virginia, a statewide musical talent contest and fundraiser April 6. Funds raised through the competition will support West Virginia Public Theatre and its mission to bring…

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WVU School of Medicine alumni, LaunchLab Network clients win $25,000 and coveted spot in AlphaLab Gear Incubator

West Virginia University School of Medicine alumni and LaunchLab Network clients will use $25,000 in startup funding from the AlphaLab Gear accelerator program for early-stage startups to help drive down maintenance costs and increase productivity…

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Maryanne Reed named provost at West Virginia University

Maryanne Reed, who transformed West Virginia University’s journalism school into an exemplar of modern media training as the Reed College of Media, was named vice president for academic affairs and provost of the University on Wednesday (April…

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WVU graduate student who researches college food insecurity selected for competitive American Society of Nutrition fellowship

A West Virginia University graduate student whose research focuses on college food insecurity has been selected for a fellowship with the American Society for Nutrition. Rebecca Hagedorn studies stressors that directly relate to students who…

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Five WVU women named Fulbright Scholars

Five West Virginia University women have been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to teach English abroad next year. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program. Recipients are given a…

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WVU researcher finds sexism ‘pervasive in agriculture faculty’

A West Virginia University researcher has found that sexism is still pervasive among agriculture faculty in spite of gains made in the last 15 years. Haley Rosson, assistant professor of agriculture in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural…

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WVU research team approved for NASA grant for early-stage space technologies

A research team from West Virginia University has been approved for a grant from a NASA fund designed to determine the feasibility of early stage technologies that could go on to change what’s possible in space.Associate Professor Yu Gu and…

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Fentanyl deaths up 122 percent in West Virginia, say WVU researchers

If heroin is coffee, fentanyl is espresso. Just as a miniscule cup of espresso can hype you up more than a whole mug of coffee, a single exposure to fentanyl can get a user vastly higher than injecting the same volume of heroin. In fact, the Centers…

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WVU, Marshall, Morgantown High and Buckhannon-Upshur students capture grand prizes in statewide business plan competitions

This year’s winning business ideas in the West Virginia Collegiate and High School Business Plan Competitions are a sign of the times: STEM learning, food and gaming. Three collegiate and two high school teams are a step closer to their…

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Registration open for WVU on-campus and online summer courses, education abroad

It’s time to think about West Virginia University's Summer term , where students can take courses on-campus, online or abroad. Summer Term allows students to get ahead in their majors, complete a minor or enhance their…

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WVU doctoral student wins National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Harrison “Henry” Loh, a doctoral student conducting research in materials science and engineering at West Virginia University, is the recipient of a 2019 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The award will allow the…

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WVU Foundation inducts new Irvin Stewart Society members

The West Virginia University Foundation honored donors whose planned gifts over the past year will provide for the future of the University. The Irvin Stewart Society welcomed 58 new members during its 25th luncheon April 5 at Blaney House…

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WVU commencement weekend to feature messages of aspiration, inspiration spanning nearly a century of achievement

In a weekend of commencement events May 9-12, West Virginia University’s nearly 4,600 graduates will hear from a host of speakers whose pasts have earned them a Pulitzer Prize, an Emmy, a spot as a cyber-security top cop — and one whose…

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WVU announces partnership with Nike’s Global Identity Group

West Virginia University's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Nike's Global Identity Group have partnered on a graphics and uniform package designed to further enhance the West Virginia brand on the national level. Read more at…

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West Virginia University approves minimal tuition and fee increase for 2019-20

The cost to attend West Virginia University will go up by the lowest percentage in at least two decades with Friday’s approval of a $60, or 1.36 percent, per semester increase for in-state undergraduate students and $180, or 1.44…

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WVU Board begins process to extend President Gee’s contract

 The West Virginia University Board of Governors began the process Friday of a state-mandated periodic evaluation of President Gordon Gee, and also set guidelines for a possible renewal of his contract beyond its June 30, 2021 expiration.While…

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WVU Extension Service Community Leadership Academy engages leaders to encourage change, promote prosperity

As communities work together to improve lives and promote growth for their fellow West Virginians, West Virginia University Extension Service is providing tools and resources to assist with those efforts.Through the Community Leadership Academy,…

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WVU achieves 2018 Tree Campus USA designation, invites campus community to Arbor Day planting

West Virginia University’s commitment to effective urban forest management was fast-tracked throughout the last year, enhancing the look and feel of campus by preserving campus trees and planning for the planting of dozens of new trees to…

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Focus on cultural representation in education leads to WVU’s 24th Truman Scholar

Kassandra Colón, a West Virginia University student committed to improving cultural representation in the classroom, has been named the University’s 24th Truman Scholar, the nation’s top graduate fellowship award for aspiring…

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WVU-hosted strength and conditioning clinic features unique look at Human Performance Innovation Center

A West Virginia University-hosted event will provide unprecedented access to renowned sport sciences professionals. The second annual gathering, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (April 13) at the WVU Erickson Alumni Center, will highlight a…

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WVU awarded new active learning classroom by Steelcase Education

West Virginia University will expand its commitment to innovative education with an active learning classroom that will support instructors and students by creating an environment that encourages engagement, collaboration and creativity.The…

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WVU teams finish first, second at regional civil engineering competition

For the third time in four years, teams from West Virginia University finished at or near the top in the Steel Bridge and Concrete Canoe competitions at the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Virginias Conference and the American Institute…

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Cilento to step down after 19 years leading WVU’s Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

Gene Cilento, the inaugural Glen H. Hiner Dean in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, will step down from the administrative position he has held at West Virginia University for 19 years, effective June 30.After a…

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WVU’s new two-photon imaging facility to expand neuroscience research and teaching

A new two-photon imaging facility at West Virginia University is expanding opportunities for neuroscience research in the Department of Biology and beyond.  A central focus of neuroscience is understanding how sensory and motor neural…

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Welsh named recipient of 2018-2019 James and Karen Caveney Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award

Amy Welsh, associate professor of wildlife and fisheries resources in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design at West Virginia University, has been named the recipient of the 2018-2019 James and Karen Caveney Alumni…

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WVU Extension Service partners with the Polaris Foundation to improve ATV safety

It’s a common sight in much of West Virginia — ATVs and UTVs rushing up secondary roads, riding along forest trails and running across the hills. Given their popularity, the West Virginia University Extension Service is teaming up with…

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Dana Brooks to retire after 41 years in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences; Jack Watson to serve as interim dean

Dean Dana Brooks will retire from the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences June 30, 2019, after more than four decades as a passionate Mountaineer committed to promoting diversity and student success at West Virginia University. Upon…

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WVU student receives national forensic science and criminal justice scholarship

West Virginia University junior Samantha Mehnert has been selected as a recipient of the 2019 George H. Robinson Memorial Scholarship.The scholarship recognizes undergraduate students in forensic science and criminal justice. Mehnert received a…

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West Virginia Statewide Business Plan Competition gives young entrepreneurial talent a platform to make innovative ideas a reality

Collegiate entrepreneurs have lived and learned through an academic year full of new and valuable experiences in the 13th annual West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition. The competition’s concluding event will be held…

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Zinn claims prestigious honor

The awards keep piling up for Deputy Director of Athletics Keli Zinn, and this one is perhaps her most coveted of all. Zinn was recognized last week, along with 39 others in this year's Forty Under 40 class of leaders in sports, representing a…

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WVU staff, faculty encouraged to support Gold Blue & You Campus Campaign

West Virginia University faculty and staff can invest in the University through the WVU Foundation’s Gold Blue & You Campus Campaign which kicks off today (April 8).Through the Campus Campaign, WVU employees can give to programs or funds…

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West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at WVU seeks grant applicants for FOCUS WV Program

The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University is seeking communities to apply for up to $5,000 in redevelopment assistance from the Foundations for Overcoming Challenges and Utilizing Strengths West Program.…

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West Virginia’s best and brightest vie for the Foundation Scholarship

This year’s Bucklew Scholars are eager to embark on a new journey at West Virginia University where they can fully immerse themselves in rigorous academics, multidisciplinary research, travel abroad and University tradition.The Bucklew…

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Moore, Oppe named recipients of Heebink award for Distinguished Service

Two West Virginia University faculty members who embody WVU’s land-grant mission of teaching, research and service are the recipients of WVU’s 2019 Heebink Awards for Distinguished Service to the state of West Virginia.Charles Moore, the…

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Pay gap for women social work faculty continues nationwide

Leslie Tower, professor of social work at West Virginia University, found in a nationally representative survey that female social work faculty make less than their male counterparts by nearly $6,000 a year in spite of the fact that women are the…

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Matchups revealed for 2019-20 Big 12/BIG EAST Scheduling Alliance

The Big 12 and BIG EAST revealed the 2019-20 matchups for the inaugural year of the scheduling alliance between the two conferences. Games will be played in the month of December with dates announced once available. Read more at West Virginia…

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WVU researchers identify how light at night may harm outcomes in cardiac patients

In a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, West Virginia University neuroscientists linked white light at night—the kind that typically illuminates hospital rooms—to inflammation, brain-cell death and higher mortality risk…

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Gift from former WVU economist means real life experience for students, much needed ‘economic literacy’ for West Virginia

The former chief economist at West Virginia University knows all too well how important economic research and data are to the John Chambers College of Business and Economics, the University and the state. For nearly three decades, Tom S. Witt headed…

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West Virginia University revs up computer resources to help move region forward

West Virginia University, in partnership with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, announced Tuesday the creation of one of the state’s most powerful computer clusters to help power research and innovation statewide. The announcement came as…

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Two WVU students awarded Critical Language Scholarships

Two West Virginia University Honors College students will have an intensive cultural experience this summer as recipients of the highly competitive U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship.Keanan Allen will study Mandarin in…

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Grant opportunities available through Women of WVU Enrichment Fund

Applications are now being accepted for the sixth round of grants through an enrichment fund established by Women of WVU. The group was established by the West Virginia University Foundation in 2014 to provide women who love the University…

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WVU physicist named Cottrell Scholar

A West Virginia University physicist is using her experiences as a Cottrell Scholar to further her research efforts and create a new curriculum. Weichao Tu, an assistant professor of physics in the WVU Department Read more at West Virginia…

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WVU research team wins international award for material innovation

A pair of researchers from West Virginia University has won the Delmonte Award for Excellence for the development of their patented NextGen Multifunctional Composite System, presented by the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process…

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WVU extends investigative reporting partnership to address Appalachian opioid epidemic

A rural and urban university have teamed up to provide a deep dive into the opioid epidemic in Appalachia. This investigative reporting collaboration is an effort to transcend media biases and address a serious issue from multiple…

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Joyce McConnell hired as next CSU President

West Virginia University shared the following news release issued by Colorado State University Friday, March 29, 2019.For immediate release Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU breaks ground on state’s first dedicated STEM and makerspace facility

West Virginia University Extension Service broke ground this week on the Annette S. Boggs Educational Center, a 6,000-square-foot facility, which will be located at WVU Jackson’s Mill. The Boggs Educational Center will be home to…

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Newsweek names WVU Medicine among World’s Best Hospitals

The list is based on three data sources: recommendations from medical experts, results from patient surveys, and medical key performance indicators on hospitals. This ranking comes on the heels of last year’s U.S. News ranking of four WVU…

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Thrasher earns national team roster spot

Senior Ginny Thrasher of the West Virginia University rifle team finished third in the women's 10m air rifle at the USA Shooting Rifle/Pistol Spring Selection Match at the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit in Fort Benning, Georgia. Read more at West…

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Rural America needs more headache specialists, WVU researcher says

West Virginia is short on neurologists. According to David Watson, who directs the West Virginia University Headache Center, the state has just half of the neurologists it needs. This scarcity can cause problems for people with migraine whose…

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WVU Alumni Association accepting nominations for 2019 Homecoming and Alumni Service Awards

The West Virginia UniversityAlumni Associationis accepting nominations in seven categories for the 2019 Homecoming and Alumni Service Awards. Celebrating the accomplishments of alumni around the globe, these award categories honor…

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WVU’s HAPI Project/Healthy Start Program receives $5.47 million for next five years

The West Virginia Healthy Start/Helping Appalachian Parents and Infants Project received a total of $5.47 million in continued federal funding for the next five years through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s…

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WVU’s inaugural Research Week celebrates ‘research with purpose’

 West Virginia University’s inaugural Research Week is more than a showcase of the work done at the state’s only R1 Research Institute; it’s a celebration of the faculty and students across campus who pursue ground-breaking…

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Blankenship promoted to Assistant Athletics Director/Head Athletics Trainer for football

Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Shane Lyons has announced that Vince Blankenship has been promoted to assistant athletics director/head athletics trainer for football. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU student named Newman Civic Fellow to help high school students connect to scholarships

As a first-generation college student, David Laub is attuned to the disparities in opportunities for students like him especially if they come from a low-income background. For his efforts to connect top West Virginia University students with high…

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WVU researcher awarded NSF CAREER grant to develop new techniques to secure cyberspace

Yanfang (Fanny) Ye, assistant professor of computer science and electrical engineering at West Virginia University, has been awarded a prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation in support of her work to enhance the security…

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WVU selects ‘Educated: A Memoir’ as 2019-20 Campus Read

Tara Westover’s best-selling recounting of her pursuit of a college education after being raised “off the grid” in the rugged mountains of Idaho has been chosen as West Virginia University’s 2019-2020 Campus…

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Men’s basketball coaching legends to match wits

It's hard to believe that two college basketball coaches who have coached as long and as successfully as Bob Huggins and Cliff Ellis have never faced each other on the hardwood. Well, that is going to change Monday (March 25) when two of the…

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Carolyn Long to return as campus president at WVU Tech

Carolyn Long will return to West Virginia University Institute of Technology as campus president, WVU President Gordon Gee announced Monday (March 25). Long will return to lead the WVU Beckley campus on May 16,…

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Transitioning from basic science to clinical care, second-year WVU medical students earn white coats

As they marked a symbolic day in their medical journey, 109 students in West Virginia University School of Medicine’s Class of 2021 received their white coats Saturday (March 23), marking their transition from basic science to clinical…

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Mountaineers open historic home slate with W.Va. Open

For the first time in program history, the West Virginia University track and field team competes at The Track & Field Complex at Mylan Park when it hosts the West Virginia Open, on Saturday, March 23. Competition at the meet is slated to begin…

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WVU researchers evaluate impact of local rail-trails

An effort to expand a multi-use rail-to-trail network throughout the Industrial Heartland is drawing on the expertise and work of faculty at the West Virginia University Health Research Center. In 2016-2017, the Center evaluated the business…

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WVU researcher finds some Medicaid populations more likely to die by suicide

A West Virginia University researcher has discovered the suicide rate of some Medicaid-insured youth—including girls and young women—is higher than those with private insurance.John Campo, chief behavioral wellness officer at…

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WVU women's basketball WNIT game vs. Rider to tip Thursday at 7 p.m.

Tipoff for the WVU women's basketball team's WNIT first-round game against Rider has been set for 7 p.m. on Thursday (March 21) at the WVU Coliseum. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU to host two-day Esports gaming symposium and master class

West Virginia University will host a two-day event designed to expose students to career opportunities in Esports, a gaming phenomenon that has become a billion-dollar global industry. The Esports Symposium and Master Class held Thursday and…

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Gee: WVU must create positive vision for the future

 West Virginia University must create a positive vision of the future for not only the campus and the state, but also for a nation that increasingly mistrusts higher education, President Gordon Gee said Tuesday (March 19).“We cannot let…

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WVU Southern New Jersey Alumni Chapter establishes Eric S. Schaetzle Memorial Scholarship

The Southern New Jersey Chapter of West Virginia University’s Alumni Association has established an endowed scholarship in memory of WVU graduate Eric Schaetzle. Eric passed away in a car accident shortly after graduating from WVU with a…

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Board of Governors approves leasing athletic center to Montgomery YMCA

The YMCA of Kanawha County will be able to use West Virginia University’s former athletic facility in Montgomery under a lease approved Tuesday by the West Virginia University Board of Governors. In a related move, the Board also took…

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Men's basketball to host Grand Canyon Wednesday

The WVU men's basketball team has accepted a bid to the Roman College Basketball Invitational (CBI). The Mountaineers will host Grand Canyon in a first-round game on Wednesday, March 20 at the WVU Coliseum. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. Read…

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WVU political scientist receives $1.1 million Minerva Award

 MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A political scientist at West Virginia University is researching the vulnerability of states that border a hostile, larger power and how that proximity affects the ability of those countries to provide basic services…

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WVU Libraries opens Congressman Arch Moore archives, releases digital photographs

West Virginia University Libraries’ West Virginia & Regional History Center has opened…

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WVU fourth-year medical students learn their residency placements through technology, tradition

 They might be practicing in state-of-the-art hospitals or using the latest digital charting software, but for West Virginia University School of Medicine fourth-year students, it’s an old-fashioned white envelope that sealed their…

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WVU College of Law clinic helps veteran with discharge upgrade

The Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic at the West Virginia University College of Law recently secured a discharge upgrade for an Army veteran that qualifies him for benefits.Clinic client Jerry Severt, a native of McDowell County, West Virginia, was…

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WVU Board Chair Wilmoth and President Gee statements on McConnell selection as Colorado State presidential finalist

 West Virginia University President Gordon Gee and Board of Governors Chair William Wilmoth issued the following statements Friday on the announcement from Colorado State University that it had selected WVU Provost and Vice President for…

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NSF award to fund undergraduate summer robotics research experience at WVU

Eight undergraduate students, mostly from the Appalachian region, will come to West Virginia University each of the next three summers to conduct state of the art robotics research, thanks to a more than $287,000 award from the National Science…

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WVU receives grant for statewide financial literacy conference for state educators

West Virginia University John Chambers College of Business and Economics will expand its Finance University, a financial literacy conference open to primary and secondary educators across the state, thanks to a grant from Next Gen Personal Finance…

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WVU researchers investigate the impact of the statewide opioid crisis on teachers

When their family members struggle with substance use disorders, children bring experiences of neglect, trauma and often, mental health issues into the classroom, creating challenging environments for their teachers. Researchers at West Virginia…

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WVU faculty named 2018-2019 Benedum Distinguished Scholars

 Four exceptional faculty members at West Virginia University have been named 2018-2019 Benedum Distinguished Scholars in recognition of the high caliber of their research and scholarly activity:• Duncan Lorimer, professor…

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WVU awarded Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization

 West Virginia University has been selected as a recipient of the 2019 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. The award, given by NAFSA: Association of International Educators, recognizes institutions of higher learning that…

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WVU’s graduate Public Administration program jumps in US News rankings

 West Virginia University’s master’s program in public administration jumped 41 spots in the latest rankings of graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report released Tuesday (March 12), the most significant move among the nine…

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WVU researchers explore stroke’s effects on microbiome

Tumult in the bacterial community that occupies your gut—known as your microbiome—doesn’t just cause indigestion. For people recovering from a stroke, it may influence how they get better.A recent study by Allison Brichacek and…

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WVU to host women’s leadership panel as part of Distinguished Speaker Series

A panel of women who have demonstrated their abilities to lead and thrive in their respective areas of the business world will be the focus of the Distinguished Speaker Series at the West Virginia University John Chambers College of Business and…

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WVU student named finalist for Truman Scholarship

Kassandra Colón’s passion to cultivate inclusive spaces and improve cultural representation in the classroom has only grown through her experiences at West Virginia University. Her commitment to community engagement has led to her…

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Mountaineers national runner-up

Competing in the first-ever NCAA Championships final hosted by West Virginia University, the fourth-ranked Mountaineer rifle team finished second overall at the 2019 NCAA Rifle Championships with a two-day total of 4692, shot at the Bill McKenzie…

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West Virginia University Day at PNC Park set for July 24

Alumni, faculty, staff, students, retirees and their families are invited to West Virginia University Day at PNC Park as the Pittsburgh Pirates take on the St. Louis Cardinals July 24. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.Two ticket options are available…

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Dye, Matheny elected WVU Student Government Association leaders

The campaign for West Virginia University student body president and vice president ended Wednesday evening (March 6) as the Student Government Association Judicial Board announced Kate Dye and Madison Matheny, as president and vice president,…

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WVU Extension Service agent’s work spurs on Buffalo Creek recreation and tourism

 In a sense, for many West Virginia University Extension Service agents, a normal work day is anything but. As an agent in one of West Virginia’s 55 counties, typical office hours could bring questions about invasive plant species or…

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WVU College of Law named a top environmental law school for second year

 The West Virginia University College of Law has been named a top environmental law school for a second year. In its current issue, preLaw Magazine gives WVU College of Law a grade of A for the range of its energy and environmental law…

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WVU and Ohio State leaders discuss the future of Cooperative Extension

As the needs of those communities change so does the need for extension organizations to adapt to address the most pressing issues in those communities. In recent years, Cooperative Extension organizations have evolved to include a focus on tourism,…

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WVU eyeing attendance mark for 2019 Rifle Championships

The 2019 NCAA Rifle Championships will be held March 8-9 at the WVU Coliseum. Doors will open both days at 8:30 a.m. It's the first time an NCAA championship event has ever taken place on West Virginia University's campus. Read more at…

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Couple leaves behind a legacy of scholarship for future WVU students, 4-H’ers

Burkey and Marylou Lilly were proud graduates of West Virginia University. As the parents of three children, grandparents of five grandchildren and great grandparents to three great grandchildren, they valued education and service. The couple…

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WVU Public Health partnering with Davis College to identify barriers to food access in the Mountain State

A West Virginia University expert in the social determinants of health is exploring barriers that keep many West Virginians from eating healthy diets that can help protect against chronic disease. Lauri Andress, a professor Read more at West…

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WVU researchers pursue blood test for colorectal cancer

Researchers at the West Virginia University Cancer Institute are evaluating a first-of-its-kind blood test for detecting colorectal cancer. Their findings may help propel the test toward inclusion in the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s…

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UPDATE: WVU classes delayed additional hour; University operations normal

Classes will be delayed an additional hour on West Virginia University’s Morgantown campus Monday (March 4) due to inclement weather and road conditions. However, the remainder of the University, including buses, will operate on a normal…

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WVU program one of only 39 internationally to earn Certification for Education in Public Relations

 Noting that West Virginia University “offers a sound, insightful, career-building, challenging and successful program for its public relations majors,” reviewers recently awarded the Reed College of Media the Certification for…

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WVU Extension Service connects volunteer efforts and communities through Energy Express

While some college students look forward to time off during summer break, West Virginia University student Moriah Davis looks forward to heading back into the classroom where she helps young West Virginians enhance their reading skills through the…

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WVU John Chambers College of Business and Economics’ retention efforts increase undergraduate enrollment as universities face declining applications

Despite regional and nationwide trends of declining numbers of students graduating from high school, enrollment at the John Chambers College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University has increased.Actually, undergraduate enrollment has…

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WVU neuroscientist explores fighting weight gain with darkness

A novel way to treat weight gain may involve limiting our exposure to light at night—whether that light comes from our bedside lamps, the light pollution that sneaks through our windows or the electronic devices we use as we drift off to…

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WVU to offer new neuroscience major

This year, West Virginia University became the first university in the state to offer an undergraduate neuroscience major. The program, housed in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, is a dual effort between the departments of psychology and…

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Eads named WVU’s 66th Mountaineer Mascot

West Virginia University sophomore Timothy Eads can cross off one item from the bucket list he created his freshman year of high school—to serve as the Mountaineer Mascot. Eads heard his name announced as the next Mountaineer tonight (Feb. 25)…

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West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals to hear arguments at WVU College of Law

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals will convene at the West Virginia University College of Law March 5 to hear arguments in three cases.The court convenes at 10 a.m. in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom. Admission is free and the court’s…

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WVU’s Brustein recognized for contributions to international education

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — William Brustein, West Virginia University’s vice president for global strategies and international affairs and Eberly family professor of history, has been recognized for his contributions to international education…

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West Virginia - Alabama announce football series

West Virginia University Director of Athletics Shane Lyons announced today that WVU and Alabama will play a home-and-home football series beginning in 2026. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU raises more than $223,000 for United Way

The Mountaineer family at West Virginia University combined individual donations to raise more than $223,000 for the United Way campaign, helping support families and children in Monongalia and Preston counties. Led by Meshea Poore, Vice…

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WVU researcher explores what tumor cells and a healthy retina have in common

How is a healthy retina cell like a tumor cell? It hijacks an energy-producing chemical reaction to churn out molecular building blocks. When tumor cells do it, they use the building blocks to make cancer grow and spread. But when retina cells do…

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2019 WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni to be honored in May

Four prominent leaders in the fields of public relations, library science, finance, and medicine will join an influential group of West Virginia University graduates as this year’s inductees into the Academy of Distinguished…

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WVU professor helps military families 'navigate life outside the gate’

With 1.3 million active duty military personnel nationwide, coordinating and finding accessible healthcare and social services for their 1.7 million family members is a major challenge.Christopher Plein, the Eberly Family Professor for Outstanding…

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Gee Mail: The Magic Flute

Recently, the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts presented four live performances of one of Mozart’s greatest operas, “The Magic Flute.”To pull it off, a team of students and faculty had to conjure up…

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Royal University for Women in Bahrain makes gift to WVU

International students enrolled in West Virginia University’s civil engineering program in Bahrain now have an opportunity to receive tuition assistance thanks to a gift from the Royal University for Women.RUW, founded by four WVU alumni in…

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Four finalists to compete Monday in Mountaineer Mascot Cheer-Off

 The four finalists vying for the title to represent the student body as the 67th West Virginia University Mountaineer Mascot come from a variety of academic backgrounds and are involved in an array of extra-curricular activities. All West…

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WVU oncologist researches new treatment for cervical and vaginal cancers

Cervical cancer can be insidious. Changes to the cervix are often detected with a pap smear, but for those with limited access to health care, cervical and vaginal cancers can go unnoticed for years—silently growing, spreading and invading…

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U.S. Fourth Circuit judges to hear arguments at WVU College of Law

 A panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will convene at the West Virginia University College of Law Feb. 19. The judges will hear arguments in three cases beginning at 9 a.m. and the public is invited to…

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Zinn named to Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Class of 2019

Deputy Director of Athletics Keli Zinn has been named to the prestigious Sports Business Journal's Forty Under 40 class of 2019. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Through trees and ice: WVU geographer earns NSF award to reconstruct 2,000-year climate history of Southern Hemisphere

Shifting storm tracks and warming climate have marred countries south of the equator, particularly Australia, in recent decades with drought-like conditions and less rainfall. To gain a more comprehensive understanding of this pattern, a West…

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Charles Capito named to West Virginia University Board of Governors

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee welcomed Friday’s (Feb. 8) appointment of Charleston finance executive Charles Capito to the institution’s Board of Governors.Capito, managing director and complex manager for the Wells Fargo…

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WVU board approves new policies governing ethics, identity theft and tobacco

The West Virginia University Board of Governors today (Feb. 8) gave final approval to a trio of updated policies, and also sent out for comment the latest updated rule as it works to complete policy revisions in the wake of the adoption of laws…

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TEDxWVU returns, featuring speakers who offer solutions to ‘Bridging the Gap’

Following a successful debut at West Virginia University, TEDxWVU returns March 2 at 9 a.m. in the Gladys S. Davis Theatre in the Creative Arts Center with five speakers who will support the theme “Bridging the Gap,” challenging people…

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WVU researchers assess how a vegetarian diet can help prevent or control diabetes

As West Virginia University works toward becoming the world’s first Blue Zones Certified university, a graduate-student researcher in the WVU School of Public Health is exploring how one of the Blue Zone Project’s tenets—eating an…

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WVU professor: Improved financial literacy of college students could translate into future monetary freedom, homeownership

“The generational preferences for home ownership have shifted,” said Naomi Boyd, Fred T. Tattersall Chair of Finance and director of the Center for Financial Literacy and Education at WVU’s John Chambers College of Business and…

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2019 annual Blue-Gold Spring Game set

It's the start of a new era for West Virginia University football, and fans will get their first chance to see the Mountaineers under coach Neal Brown at the annual Gold-Blue Spring Game, presented by U.S. Cellular on Saturday, April 13, at 1…

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WVU Energy Institute director to testify before Senate Committee on Energy Innovation and Diversity

James Wood, interim director of the Energy Institute at West Virginia University, is part of a panel reporting on the outlook of U.S. energy innovation to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources tomorrow (Feb 7).“West…

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Late WVU alum, WW II veteran leaves more than $2 million for engineering student scholarships

 A late West Virginia University alumnus and World War II veteran has left $2.3 million in his will to the University. The estate gift from Forrest D.L. Coontz will benefit students in the Statler Read more at West Virginia University…

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REMIX the WVRHC Archives: Call for digital/collage work

The West Virginia University Arts in the Libraries committee wants people to get creative with history.“REMIX the WVRHC Archives,” an exhibition and online Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU announces statewide music competition, ‘Talent West Virginia’

West Virginia University College of Creative Arts today (Feb. 4) launched a statewide musical talent competition in an effort to promote the arts in the Mountain State.Talent West Virginia, sponsored by WVU Medicine and WVU Health Systems, is open…

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WVU business school opens enhanced center focused on academic success, communication skills, career preparedness

A newly revamped facility, the Academic engagement and Success Center (the AeSC acronym, pronounced “ask”), is a center that features the kinds of assistance they need to not only excel academically, but will also propel them into their…

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Signing Day show to air Wednesday afternoon

West Virginia University is revealing its newest class of Mountaineer football players on Wednesday (Feb. 6) and WVUsports.com once again will be inside the Milan Puskar Center to provide exclusive live coverage. Read more at West Virginia…

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WVU researcher unearths an ice age in the African desert

A field trip to Namibia to study volcanic rocks led to an unexpected discovery by West Virginia University geologists Graham Andrews and Sarah Brown.While exploring the desert country in southern Africa, they stumbled upon a peculiar land…

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WVU to cancel classes as snow and frigid temperatures persist

West Virginia University’s Morgantown campus, including WVU Research Corp., will remain closed today (Feb. 1) until 5 p.m. when normal operations will resume. Classes are canceled today. University officials continue to closely monitor reports…

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WVU to reopen on delayed schedule Friday

West Virginia University’s Morgantown campus, including WVU Research Corporation, will reopen on a delayed schedule Friday, Feb. 1, due to predicted snowfall during the morning commute complicated by the extreme cold temperatures of the…

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WVU’s Morgantown campus remains closed, classes canceled

Due to the continued bitterly cold temperatures, West Virginia University’s Morgantown campus will remain closed and classes will be canceled this afternoon and tonight (Jan. 31).University officials continue to closely monitor reports from…

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WVU closes, cancels classes due to extreme weather conditions

West Virginia University will close its Morgantown campus and cancel classes beginning at 1 p.m. today (Jan. 30) and reopen at 1 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 31) due to deteriorating conditions and bitterly cold weather predicted in the next 24…

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WVU offers resources, reminds campus community of procedures as temperatures dip

West Virginia will see bitterly cold weather in the next couple of days. Temperatures will dip to single digits with negative wind chill factors predicted in some areas.West Virginia University officials urge students, faculty and staff to…

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Mountaineer football’s first lady passes away

Merry Ann Nehlen, 82, wife of Hall of Fame coach Don Nehlen, passed away peacefully at home Jan. 28 surrounded by family following a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU research addresses suicide risk in rural communities

Karissa Bjorkgren, a second-year student in the Master of Social Work and Master of Public Administration programs at West Virginia University, is dedicated to addressing mental health in rural communities. A native of Franklin, Bjorkgren has…

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WVU Extension Service plants the seed for budding entrepreneur’s innovative microgreen business

Just across the Monongahela River from Morgantown sits a small greenhouse with a picturesque view of Woodburn Hall. During the winter months, you might notice its soft pinkish purple glow, but if you weren’t looking for it, you’d…

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WVU researchers awarded $1 million to develop AI technologies to combat opioid epidemic, trafficking

Yanfang (Fanny) Ye, assistant professor of computer science and electrical engineering at West Virginia University, has been awarded a grant from the National Institute of Justice in support of her work to develop novel artificial intelligence…

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WVU resources available to students, faculty and staff affected by federal government shutdown

Recognizing the continuing partial government shutdown – and the resulting missed paychecks for some federal employees – may be threatening students’ ability to meet financial obligations, West Virginia University has joined many…

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From spotlight to searchlight, WVU relights Up All Night

A large searchlight strategically placed in front of the Mountainlair each Friday and Saturday night draws attention to a re-energized WVUp All Night, West Virginia University’s alcohol-free weekend program, where students can watch movies,…

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WVU plans Friday bell-ringing ceremony

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 (Jan. 25) in remembrance of students Alexander Gray and Austin Cole…

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WVU researcher investigates a little-studied patient population: pregnant women with eating disorders

Eating disorders can offer people a false sense of control: control of what they eat, how much they weigh and how they look. Few things can shatter that sense of control the way pregnancy can.Elizabeth Claydon, an assistant professor in the West…

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Art Museum of WVU names new director

As the second director of the Art Museum of West Virginia University, Todd J. Tubutis plans to build on the progress of establishing the museum as a vibrant cultural hub for both the campus and the community. Tubutis, who succeeds the retired…

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New community standards take shape as WVU sororities and fraternities enter new member recruitment

The first significant number of West Virginia University students to go through sorority and fraternity recruitment under new community standards known as Reaching the Summit has begun on the Morgantown campus.Reaching the Summit was adopted in 2018…

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

West Virginia University has released its graduation honors for the fall 2018 semester. A total of 1,438 students graduated from the University in December. A total of 3,730 students were named to the Dean’s list for fall 2018. Those on…

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Three agree to leave West Virginia University after conduct investigation

Three West Virginia University students have agreed to permanent separation from the University as a result of an extensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fall of a student and its aftermath at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon…

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West Virginia 4-H’ers to ‘find their path’ at WVU Day at the Legislature

Higher education can open the door to a world of possibilities for West Virginia’s young people. Hundreds of 4-H’ers will have an opportunity to learn how they can find their path to those possibilities and to West Virginia University…

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WVU students receive NASA Space Grant fellowships

Each student will receive a $1,000 award: $500 from the Eberly College and $500 from the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium. The recipients are Erica Chwalik, Dillion Cottrill, Ryan Culp, Brenden Glover, Janna Kleinsasser, Maxwell Reese,…

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WVU’s Lorimer named associate dean for research in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Duncan Lorimer has been named the associate dean for research in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University.The associate dean for research is responsible for leading faculty in research, research program development and…

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WVU business, engineering online graduate programs land in U.S. News top 50; education program in top 100

Online graduate business programs in data analytics, the online MBA, and forensic accounting and fraud examination at West Virginia University have been recognized in the top 50 of the latest U.S. News & World Report Best Online Program…

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Gee Mail welcomes Neal Brown to the WVU family — and tests his gold-and-blue knowledge

West Virginia University has a new football coach and President Gordon Gee is already making him earn his gold-and-blue stripes.Recently, we caught up with Coach Neal Brown for a Gee-SPN edition of Gee Mail. Read more at West Virginia University…

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WVU researchers pinpoint factor that predicts unplanned hospital readmissions

New research from West Virginia University suggests a widely used index to assess hospital patients’ risk of readmission may have a blind spot.Physicians and nurses use a tool called the “LACE index” to identify which patients are…

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Seven schools advance to final round of West Virginia High School Business Plan Competition

Teams from seven different high schools across the state have advanced to the final round of the West Virginia High School Business Plan Competition.As they gain invaluable entrepreneurial education in the sixth annual competition, teams are also…

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Neal Brown formally introduced as football coach

Neal Brown was introduced as West Virginia University's 35th head football coach on Thursday (Jan. 10) in a news conference at the Milan Puskar Center Team Room. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU Extension Service empowers young entrepreneur to add bite to his business plan’s bark

Entrepreneurship takes a lot of work to get right, and there are countless variables that ultimately affect how successful a business becomes. Coming up with a vision, developing products, figuring out distribution and crafting a sustainable…

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WVU physics student develops machine-learning model for energy and environmental applications

A West Virginia University physics student has created a new machine-learning model that has the potential to make searching for energy and environmental materials more efficient. Gihan Panapitiya, a doctoral student from Sri Lanka, published a…

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WVU Libraries collaborates in Digital Virginias initiative

 Although Virginia split into two separate states in 1863, West Virginia University Libraries and organizations from Virginia are uniting as part of the Digital Public Library of America’s new Digital Virginias service hub.Digital…

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WVU professor’s work on detection of fast radio bursts detailed in Nature

When researchers first began working on the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment, or CHIME, they envisioned a radio telescope that would make precise measurements of the acceleration of the Universe to improve the knowledge of why the…

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WVU Extension Service and AmeriCorps seek volunteers for summer reading and nutrition program

Reading and comprehension skills are critical to success in today’s fast-paced world. Energy Express, a summer reading and nutrition program offered by WVU Extension Service and AmeriCorps, helps to ensure West Virginia’s youths keep up…

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Reimagining information processing

West Virginia University physicists Cheng Cen, Lian Li, Yanjun Ma, Ming Yang and Chenhui Yan are looking beyond the limits of classical computing used in our everyday devices and are working toward making quantum device applications widely…

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West Virginia University’s PRT resumes operation for spring 2019 semester

The West Virginia University Personal Rapid Transit system resumed operations today (Jan. 7) for the spring 2019 semester.The PRT will operate on a normal schedule with hours from 6:30 a.m. to 10:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.…

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Brown named WVU’s 35th football coach

Neal Brown, one of six FBS coaches to win 10 or more games in each of the last three years, has been named West Virginia University’s 35th head football coach. WVU President Dr. E. Gordon Gee, in conjunction with Director of Athletics Shane…

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WVU business student awarded Gilman Scholarship

A student entrepreneur at West Virginia University will learn how to grow his business when he studies in Hong Kong as a Gilman Scholar.Demitrus Jones, a junior majoring in entrepreneurship and innovation in the John Chambers College of Business and…

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WVU doctoral candidate wins Facebook Emerging Scholar Fellowship

Claudia Flores-Saviaga, a doctoral candidate at West Virginia University, has won a 2019 Facebook Emerging Scholar Fellowship.The highly competitive fellowship is given to outstanding Ph.D. students from across the world who are engaged in…

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WVU researchers find telemedicine may increase patients’ satisfaction with their medical care

Cardiovascular disease pervades Appalachia, yet many Appalachians live far from any heart and vascular specialist. Follow-up doctor’s visits in the weeks after cardiovascular surgery can involve hours-long drives down narrow, winding roads.A…

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Statement from Director of Athletics Shane Lyons

WVU Athletic Director Shane Lyons issued the following statement Wednesday, Jan. 2: "I want to thank Coach Holgorsen for his eight years at West Virginia. We wish him and his family all the best at the University of Houston. Our national search…

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Huggs, Schaus on 2019 Naismith Hall of Fame ballot

Men's basketball coach Bob Huggins is on the ballot for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for the Class of 2019. The late Fred Schaus, former WVU basketball coach and athletic director, also made the list. Read more at West…

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WVU graduate wins prestigious Pickering Fellowship

Jerrica “Ashley” Fox has been awarded a 2019 Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Fellowship to prepare for a career in the U.S. Foreign Service. Fox is the first West Virginia University alumna to win a Pickering Fellowship in at least a…

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'Tis the season ... for a laugh

During the holidays, I am constantly reminded that we share a common purpose — to transform lives in our state and around the world. Sometimes that transformation starts small, with a smile, a kind word or a moment of compassion on our own…

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WVU maintains R1 status, ranking alongside most prestigious research universities

West Virginia University continues to rank among the nation’s elite research institutions as reflected in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Carnegie released its every-three-year assessment this week, and…

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Gerald Lang to retire, Joan Neff to serve as WVU Tech Interim Campus President

After more than 40 years of experience in higher education leadership within the WVU system, Gerald Lang will retire as West Virginia University Institute of Technology’s interim campus president, effective Jan. 1. Joan Neff, who has been…

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Huntington Bank donates $2 million toward business startup facility at WVU’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics

Fuel makes an engine run, and two gifts from Huntington Bank will help provide fuel for the new Startup Engine business accelerator at the West Virginia University John Chambers College of Business and Economics. Huntington has committed $2…

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New research suggests forests, like humans, require a balanced diet

The world’s forests are on a fast food diet of carbon dioxide, which is currently causing them to grow faster. But a researcher at West Virginia University, along with an international team of scientists, finds evidence suggesting that forest…

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WVU’s December graduates are changed, ready to change the world

West Virginia University students who walked across the commencement stage Saturday (Dec. 15) may feel the world they’re entering is uncertain, but the sure thing in their lives is that their Morgantown experience has changed…

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Board of Governors proposes tightening of tobacco-free campus policy

A clarification and tightening of West Virginia University’s tobacco-free campus rules was approved for comment Friday by the Board of Governors.The move is part of an ongoing revision of University governance stemming from the state…

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WVU researchers investigate treating post-stroke depression with magnetic fields

Obstetricians and midwives often warn new mothers about postpartum depression. They might mention what symptoms women should look out for—such as crying spells or extreme irritability—and where they can turn for help. But people who have…

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WVU history faculty earn prestigious NEH fellowships

An unprecedented two scholars from West Virginia University have received the top fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.Katherine Aaslestad and Tamba M’bayo, both professors in the Department of History, will each receive…

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WVU Libraries lead effort to create Morgantown Public Art Guide

Do you know about the John F. Kennedy Memorial in Star City? Did you know the large Coca-Cola mural on a High Street building is a restoration originally painted in 1953?These sites are just two of the 44 local attractions detailed in the new…

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WVU Humanities Center awarded major grant to enhance ‘Quality of Life’ speaker series

The WVU Humanities Center has been awarded a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council to support its 2018-2019 Quality of Life Speaker Series.  “We are fortunate to have an active Humanities Council dedicated to supporting the…

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WVU joins national initiative to increase college access, graduates

West Virginia University is joining with scores of universities in a national initiative to increase college access, close the achievement gap and significantly produce more degrees by 2025. “Powered by Publics” is an initiative of…

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WVU Law is now home to the state’s Access to Justice Commission

Across the country, special commissions remove barriers to justice for low-income and disadvantaged people by working with courts, the bar, and legal aid organizations. The West Virginia University College of Law is now home to the…

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Mountaineers invited to Camping World Bowl fan events in Orlando

Fans following the West Virginia University football team to the Camping World Bowl in Orlando are encouraged to join fellow Mountaineers at fan events planned Thursday, Dec. 27, and Friday, Dec. 28.Thursday, December 27 Read more at West…

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West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition finalists include would-be entrepreneurs from five state schools

After two phases of competition, 15 teams of college entrepreneurs have advanced to the finals of the 13th annual West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition. The 15 finalists hail from five colleges and universities in West…

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WVU statement on passing of “the man behind the rifle”

West Virginia University issued this statement on the passing of Marvin Wotring, who has made every rifle carried by the school’s Mountaineer Mascot since 1977:Mountaineers everywhere mourn the Dec. 2 passing of Marvin Wotring, who created…

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WVU opens Veteran and Military Family Support Headquarters

A new Veteran and Military Family Support Headquarters underscores West Virginia University’s commitment to those who have served our country. WVU President Gordon Gee and the WVU Center Read more at West Virginia University…

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WVU study suggests loneliness can hinder management of diabetes, hypertension

One isn’t just the loneliest number. It may also be the unhealthiest. New research led by Laurie Theeke, a professor and nurse practitioner in the West Virginia University School of Nursing, suggests that loneliness may be making it…

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WVU selected to compete in third-straight Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge

For the third straight year, a team from West Virginia University will compete in the Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge, a special edition competition under NASA’s Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage…

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WVU supply chain students tackle state food desert

(Editor’s note: A luncheon, presentations and networking reception will be held Friday (Dec. 7) from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place. Presentations will include tools student working groups created: an actual…

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WVU to close Wednesday, Dec. 5 in accordance with state holiday and day of observance

West Virginia University, including the WVU Research Corp., will close Wednesday, Dec. 5 following a Presidential Proclamation and separate Executive Order issued by Gov. Jim Justice for a state holiday and day of mourning in honor of former…

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Gee Mail: A salute to WVU’s student-veterans

In this edition of Gee Mail, West Virginia University President Gordon Gee visits with students who have undergone life experiences that are different from others on campus. They are veterans of the United States Armed Forces, and their journeys…

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WVU researcher named Challenge Problem Winner in Artificial Intelligence for Cyber Security workshop

Yanfang (Fanny) Ye, assistant professor of computer science and electrical engineering at West Virginia University and her collaborators have received the prestigious Challenge Problem Winner award in the Artificial Intelligence for Cyber…

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Donors contribute $125K to WVU Foundation’s 2018 Pride Travel Fund

Nearly 900 donors contributed $125,000 to the West Virginia University Foundation’s Pride Travel Fund this fall in support of the Mountaineer Marching Band.The annual campaign was established to help defray the costs of travel for the band,…

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WVU physicists awarded $1.34 million to develop machine-learning software

Researchers from West Virginia University have received $1.34 million to develop machine-learning software for the U.S. Department of Energy. The researchers, James Lewis and Aldo Romero from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, will lead a…

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Former interim President Peter Magrath remembers WVU in his estate plan

C. Peter Magrath, who served as interim president of West Virginia University from 2008-2009, is leaving nearly $1 million to WVU in his will.A highly respected leader in higher education circles across the country, Magrath made his intentions known…

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Engineering graduate is WVU’s third Marshall Scholar

Morgan King has been awarded a Marshall Scholarship, one of the country’s top awards, to study in the United Kingdom. This is a highly competitive scholarship. King is one of 48 students to be selected from a pool of more than 1,000…

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Mountaineers, Orange to meet in Orlando for Camping World Bowl

The No. 16 West Virginia Mountaineers and the 20th-ranked Syracuse Orange will play in the 2018 Camping World Bowl. The game will kick off at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28 at Camping World Stadium and will be televised nationally by ESPN.Read more…

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WVU College of Law and Marshall University launch Center for Consumer Law and Education

The West Virginia University College of Law and Marshall University have established a one-of-its-kind Center for Consumer Law and Education to build advocacy for those in West Virginia and beyond. The universities officially launched the CCLE…

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Hudak to retire, WVU to restructure Facilities and Services

Randy Hudak, senior associate vice president for Facilities and Services at West Virginia University, is set to retire from the University.“Randy’s knowledge and expertise have served the University well over the past 17…

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Priority bowl ticket requests now available at WVUGAME.com

All active WVU football season ticket holders and 2018 Mountaineer Athletic Club members can now log in to their accounts at WVUGAME.com to request priority postseason bowl tickets. The priority deadline to request tickets is Dec. 3. Read more at…

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WVU Cancer Institute studies new treatment for colorectal cancer using novel drug combination

Once colorectal cancer invades another organ—the liver or lung, for instance—a cancer patient has about a 13 percent chance of living five more years. Richard Goldberg, who directs the West Virginia University Cancer Institute, is…

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WVU Libraries seeking submissions for ‘Appalachian Futures’ exhibit

What do you imagine is in the future for Appalachia? West Virginia University Libraries is developing an interdisciplinary exhibit for 2019-20 themed around “Appalachian Futures.”The WVU Libraries’ Arts in the Libraries Committee…

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WVU’s Savage named under 35 innovator by MIT Technology Review

Saiph Savage, J. Wayne and Kathy Richards Faculty Fellow and assistant professor in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University, has been selected MIT Technology Review in Spanish as a 2018…

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2019 baseball schedule announced

Featuring 22 home games at Monongalia County Ballpark, Director of Athletics Shane Lyons has announced the 2019 baseball schedule. The Mountaineers' 53-game schedule consist of 22 contests in Morgantown and 30 away from home, including the…

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WVU researcher seeks vaccine to prevent lethal pneumonia

About half of all people with cystic fibrosis, the most common genetic disorder in the United States, die from a lung disease before they turn 40. A form of pneumonia called Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a likely culprit. These bacteria have become so…

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WVU chemists find new frontier for pharmaceutical development

West Virginia University chemists have developed an experiment to improve the efficiency of creating new medicine. The research, conducted by Associate Professor of Chemistry Jessica Hoover and doctoral student Robert Crovak, was published…

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WVU researcher wins R&D 100 Award

Vinod Kulathumani, associate professor of computer science and electrical engineering at West Virginia University, is part of a research team that has won the R&D 100 Award. The awards, known as the “Oscars of Innovation,” honor the top 100…

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New training model mimics real-world surgery for WVU surgical residents

Instinct— surgeons act on it in the operating room, but it can be difficult-- though not impossible-- to teach, thanks to a perfused cadaver training model at the West Virginia University School of Medicine that mimics real-world surgery…

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WVU College of Law clinic case is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court

A case being handled by a clinic at the West Virginia University College of Law will be argued in the United States Supreme Court on Dec. 3.WVU Law students in the U.S. Supreme Court Clinic have been preparing for Dawson v. Steager, a tax…

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Alumnus gives $1 million to WVU Department of Neurology for patient support

Michael T. Escue, a native of Point Pleasant, has committed $1 million to West Virginia University to establish the Ronald E. & Jo Ann Reynolds Escue Neurology Endowment named for his parents. The gift will be used to assist the Department of…

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Beneath the surface: WVU students cave in Cuba

In Cuba, more than 65 percent of the archipelago of islands is karst, a landscape that is characterized by numerous caves, sinkholes, fissures and underground streams. These caves are rich in biology, archeology and history and played an…

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WVU seeks youth and adult participants for Sport Diplomacy Program - Sport for Social Change, Mexico

West Virginia University is seeking applicants for a U.S. State Department Sport for Social Change exchange between the U.S. and Mexico. The program will involve an eight-day trip to Mexico with the goal of using the sport of soccer to promote…

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Three WVU School of Nursing doctoral students awarded Jonas Scholarships

Three doctoral students from the West Virginia University School of Nursing have been chosen for the highly competitive Jonas Nurse Leader Scholars Program from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare.Brad Phillips, clinical…

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WVU researchers continue fight against pasture parasites in sheep

 West Virginia University scientists are on the front lines of the battle against pasture parasites – especially those detrimental to sheep populations. Of the many parasites that effect sheep populations, the most deadly and…

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WVU issues interim suspension of students, SAE chapter

West Virginia University today (Nov. 15) placed a number of students on interim suspension, and additional students may face disciplinary action, related to events that occurred at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house Nov. 10, 2018. David Rusko,…

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Education Day a big victory for West Virginia University

More than 8,000 area students watched a WVU Women's Basketball Game Thursday and learned about how to stay healthy while they did it. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Barnettes, Statlers honored on National Philanthropy Day

Two couples who have given tirelessly of their time, talent and resources to West Virginia University were honored today (Nov. 15) in the state of Pennsylvania on National Philanthropy Day.The Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of…

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WVU first site to launch clinical trial utilizing non-opioid micropellet implant for chronic pain

As part of an ongoing commitment to battle opioid addiction, the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute at West Virginia University today marked a major milestone, enrolling the first patient in a randomized clinical trial that will test the…

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WVU-led research team to study turning carbon dioxide from power plants into valuable products

Research at West Virginia University will focus on turning carbon dioxide in power plant flue gas into commercial-quality sodium bicarbonate—baking soda—aiming to use product sales to lower the cost of carbon capture…

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Claycomb named acting dean of Honors College, permanent Humanities Center Director

Ryan Claycomb, former associate dean of the Honors College and founding director of the West Virginia University Humanities Center, has been named acting dean of the Honors College effective Nov. 26. Honors College Dean Ken Read more at West…

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WVU faculty to develop food safety education and outreach program for food producers

Agriculture continues to grow in West Virginia; however, for the state’s food producers, there are barriers to safely producing, marketing and selling their products. To help break down those barriers, faculty from the West Virginia…

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Second annual Day of Giving brings in more than $6 million for WVU

Supporters of West Virginia University donated more than $6 million Wednesday (Nov. 14) during the University’s second annual Day of Giving, more than doubling last year’s total. It was promoted as “One Day to Give Back”…

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WVU researchers help West Virginia become first state to collect real-time data on neonatal abstinence syndrome

As opioid use has pervaded West Virginia, the rate of infants who develop neonatal abstinence syndrome has increased. But significant barriers—including that various ways healthcare providers define NAS and document it in medical…

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Matching, participation gift challenges part of Wednesday’s WVU Day of Giving

Donors to West Virginia University’s second annual Day of Giving Wednesday (Nov. 14) could see their investments grow immediately thanks to other generous University supporters.Several alumni and friends have issued challenge and…

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WVU researchers to study Fallout 76 gamers’ perceptions of West Virginia

Through the coming weeks, video gamers will be blasting away mutated monsters, exploring nuked country roads and rebuilding America, a noble duty that begins in virtual West Virginia. Fallout 76 is the highly-anticipated prequel to the Fallout…

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WVU Public Health students present work at national health summit

West Virginia University School of Public Health students recently had the opportunity to join their peers and health experts from across the country to share ideas and solutions for our nation’s most pressing health issues.The Future of…

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Berhanu family creates civil engineering endowment at WVU

Members of Leah Berhanu’s family were looking for a way to honor her legacy of lending a helping hand to those who needed it. They chose to create the Leah Berhanu Financial Rescue Scholarship at West Virginia University, her alma…

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Times set for NCAA tournament matches

The No. 8-ranked and second-seeded women's soccer team will play host to second- and third-round matches in the 2018 NCAA Tournament Thursday and Sunday (Nov. 16 and 18) at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The Mountaineers will face Wake Forest in…

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Former Cisco CEO and Chairman to help WVU support start-ups and entrepreneurship; business school renamed John Chambers College of Business and Economics

(Editor’s note: A media tool kit with downloadable photos, videos and additional resources is available and will be updated in the WVUToday Media Center.)In a unique agreement that will provide West Virginia Read more at West Virginia…

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WVU BOG continues implementing ‘freedom agenda,’ hears annual reports

The West Virginia University Board of Governors on Friday continued adjusting the institution’s governance rules in response to the state Legislature’s  adoption of laws permitting more independence from the state…

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Wood named WVU Energy Institute interim director as Anderson moves to NETL

 James F. Wood has been appointed interim director of the West Virginia University Energy Institute Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Karen Diaz named permanent dean of WVU Libraries

West Virginia University’s interim dean of Libraries, Karen Diaz, has been appointed the Libraries’ permanent dean by Provost Joyce McConnell. “Karen has been successful in various roles in our libraries because she is a great…

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Tonight’s WVU Festival of Ideas event canceled

Tonight’s (Nov. 8) David C. Hardesty Jr. Festival of Ideas event at West Virginia University has been canceled due to an unforeseen travel schedule conflict for the speaker.The program, “HATE: Why We Should Resist It With Free Speech,…

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High school juniors and seniors to compete for $10,000 college scholarship in statewide business plan competition

A college scholarship worth $10,000 is up for grabs in a competition for West Virginia high school juniors and seniors who have a great idea for a business and a plan for success.The Sixth Annual West Virginia High School Business Plan Competition…

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Keith Jackson named permanent dean of College of Creative Arts

West Virginia University’s interim dean of the College of Creative Arts, Keith Jackson, has been appointed to the position permanently, the WVU Office of the Provost announced today. “Under Keith’s leadership, our College of…

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WVU Women’s Business Center hires new director

Vicki Greene has been appointed director of the West Virginia University Women’s Business Center, to assist entrepreneurs across the state in all stages of business development, with a special focus on women-owned and managed…

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WVU wins second straight SME mine rescue competition

For the second straight year the team from West Virginia University took home top honors in the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration–Eastern Collegiate Mine Rescue Fall 2018 Competition.WVU bested teams from University of Kentucky,…

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Game information available for TCU contest

Information is now available for Saturday’s (Nov. 10) football game against TCU. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU Reed College of Media receives Benedum grant to support strong and sustainable local journalism

The West Virginia University Reed College of Media has received a grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation to help strengthen local journalism in West Virginia and preserve it for the future by creating a new ownership pipeline.The…

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WVU researchers investigate how hospital lighting may hinder patient recovery

Now that Daylight Saving Time has ended, cyclists are attaching lights to their helmets, and dog walkers are storing flashlights next to their leashes. But one place that won’t get darker with the time change is the hospital. New research out…

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WVU graduate is finalist for two prestigious Awards

For Morgan King, the first weekend in November this year will be one to remember. She will fly back to the United States from Spain where she is on a Fulbright Scholarship to interview with the British Marshall scholarship committee in Washington,…

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WVU LaunchLab Network hosted second annual Women’s Pitch Competition

 Ali Jeney, a graduate student studying in the College of Education and Human Services, secured first place for pitching the idea to bring the first hostel to Morgantown. The ANT Hill Hostel would open doors to bring more untapped populations,…

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Three WVU students named Rhodes finalists

 Three outstanding young women at West Virginia University have been named finalists for the Rhodes Scholarship, one of the oldest and most celebrated international awards in the world. This may be the first time that WVU has advanced this many…

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Connecticut Chief Justice to speak at WVU College of Law

The Honorable Richard A. Robinson, the first African-American Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, will deliver the 2018 Ihlenfeld Lecture at the West Virginia University College of Law on Nov. 7 at noon in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom.A…

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WVU Institute of Water Security and Science to develop first comprehensive regulatory guidance for state wetland water quality standards

To advance the needs of state and federal agencies seeking information about important water quality measures in wetlands and in the headwaters of West Virginia’s rivers, the West Virginia University Institute of Water Security and…

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WVU Libraries launches repository for scholarship, creative work and research

 West Virginia University Libraries has launched the Research Repository @ WVU, an online, openly available, home for the scholarship, Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Alpha Foundation to fund additional research in coal mine fires at WVU

The Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health has awarded additional funds to V’yacheslav Akkerman, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at West Virginia University, to expand his research on the…

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WVU College of Law continues to be ranked a Best Value

West Virginia University College of Law has once again made preLaw Magazine’s list of the nation’s Best Value Law Schools.WVU Law scored a grade of A-, which is higher than 178 other law schools approved by the American Bar Association.…

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WVU establishes first accelerated master’s degree program with external institution

In an effort to provide an affordable option for students seeking a graduate degree, the West Virginia University School of Public Health has established the first shared-credit degree program with a program outside of the University system.  The…

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WVU researcher explores how to improve stroke recovery in obese patients

Obesity doesn’t just make strokes more likely. It also makes them more damaging—and more lethal. Paul Chantler, an associate professor in the West Virginia University School of Medicine, is researching why obese stroke patients have…

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Life without lead: WVU anthropologist researches lead contamination in Uruguay

Prior to regulations, lead-infused paint covered the walls of American homes, leaded gasoline fueled cars and lead pipes carried water into glasses.Through these factors, Americans were in direct and regular contact with lead contamination. While…

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Conference at WVU College of Law will discuss social justice topics

Legal scholars concerned about economic justice and other social issues are meeting at the West Virginia University College of Law Nov. 2-3. The conference, Rising Together for Economic Hope, Power and Justice, is the annual meeting of…

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Record number of state schools represented in West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition semi-finals

The field of young entrepreneurs varies each year in the West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition, and this year is no different as a record eight state colleges and universities are represented in the group of 2018-19…

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WVU Native American Studies Program to host 26th anniversary of the Peace Tree Ceremony Oct. 30

The Native American Studies Program at West Virginia University welcomes the public to its 26th anniversary of the Peace Tree Ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 11:30 a.m. at the Peace Tree, located between Martin and Elizabeth Moore halls. The…

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WVU team selected to compete in EcoCAR Mobility Challenge

Seeking to build off its second-place finish in the final year of the EcoCAR 3 competition, the team from West Virginia University was one of 12 to be selected for the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge, which will feature the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer as the…

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WVU Police investigates fan incident during Baylor football game

West Virginia University Police is investigating an incident at Milan Puskar Stadium during tonight’s (Oct. 25) game against Baylor.Witnesses told officers a 49-year-old male fan in Section 134 scaled and then intentionally jumped over…

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Scott, Antinone, named 2018 WVU Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer

West Virginia University has named Stephen Scott and Mia Antinone the 2018 Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer. A long-time Mountaineer Week tradition, the prestigious award recognizes exemplary academic achievement and extracurricular involvement. Scott and…

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Robison appointed dean of agriculture and life sciences at Iowa State, WVU to appoint Interim Davis College Dean soon

An interim dean for the West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design will be appointed with the next few weeks, Provost Joyce McConnell said today (Oct. 25), following the announcement of current dean Daniel…

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Not ‘just for kids’: WVU communication studies professor researches the interactivity of video games

 A nuclear war survivor stands on the edge of an Appalachian mountain in an apocalyptic setting at the beginning of the Fallout 76’s trailer, while a version of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” plays in the…

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WVU Online offers a wide variety of courses during Winter Intersession, Dec. 17-Jan. 3

West Virginia University undergraduates looking to fit an extra course into their schedule, who want to boost their GPAs, or who simply want to make the most of their upcoming winter breaks can earn up to three credit hours during WVU Online’s…

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Walton Family Foundation Fellow to speak at WVU on characteristics of competitive places

Ross DeVol, a Walton Fellow with the Walton Family Foundation, will present “Characteristics of Competitive Places: The Role of the Entrepreneur and University,” Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m., at West Virginia University. The lecture,…

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WVU grad student pursues drug to treat aggressive form of blood cancer

Multiple myeloma doesn’t play around. Within five years of being diagnosed with this form of blood cancer, about half of all patients die from it. And even if they initially respond well to treatment, the cancer can hide in their bone marrow…

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Is every neuron a unique snowflake? WVU biology student studies organizing principles of neuron diversity

Just as no two snowflakes are alike, a new study by Kristyn Lizbinski, a doctoral student studying biology at West Virginia University, reveals that neurons may be just as diverse. Neurons communicate via chemicals called neurotransmitters that…

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WVU Extension Service announces campaign to enhance recreation, educational and camping opportunities at WVU Jackson’s Mill

WVU Jackson’s Mill has been an integral part of the history of West Virginia and has played host to hundreds of thousands of visitors throughout its nearly 100-year history. Looking toward the future of facility, WVU Extension Service is…

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WVU announces conditional pilot program for secondary IFC recruitment period

As part of its continued commitment to culture change and student safety, West Virginia University will offer Interfraternity Council members in good standing an exemption process for a second membership intake period to be held under strict…

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Amory family creates scholarship at WVU in memory of daughter

A scholarship that honors the memory of a young woman whose dream to be a professional dancer was shattered when she died at 25 will help students in West Virginia University’s College of Creative Arts live out their own dreams. The Megan…

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WVU to celebrate Mountaineer Nation Day

West Virginia University fans from around the world will celebrate the seventh-annual Mountaineer Nation Day on Nov. 3. Mountaineer Nation Day is a 24-hour period dedicated to fans and their pride and passion for WVU. This year’s…

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Statewide partnership celebrates health outcomes

A unique West Virginia-based healthcare partnership is ending, following a 10-year collaboration. The Weight Management Program, a community-based diet and exercise program, reached 33 counties through approximately 100 fitness centers around the…

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WVU conference promotes energy innovators working on ‘some of the world’s most challenging problems’

A gathering of innovative startup companies will promote businesses and projects that reduce building energy costs by up to 40 percent while maintaining comfort in every room; convert waste materials to energy and useful products; adapt the Internet…

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Team from South Middle School wins 31st annual WVU Pumpkin Drop

On a day that saw 355 pumpkins survive the 11-story drop from atop West Virginia University’s Engineering Sciences Building, it was team 314 from South Middle School in Morgantown that took top honors in the 31st Annual Pumpkin Drop. Their…

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Suspect arrested in ‘shots fired’ incident near WVU campus

A suspect in a shots fired incident at the top of North High Street in Morgantown Oct. 7 has been arrested according to West Virginia University Police and Office of Emergency Management. Shaiheed Moore, 21, of Charleston, was taken into…

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WVU faculty awarded CDC grant to help southern West Virginia communities build healthy futures

It’s no secret that West Virginia has some of the highest rates of obesity and cardiovascular disease in the country. But to create a healthier landscape in some of our state’s unhealthiest counties, a few West Virginia University…

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2019 football schedule released

Six home dates, two Power 5 nonconference games and five Big 12 Conference road dates comprise the upcoming schedule. The season is spread over 15 weeks with open dates on Sept. 28 and Oct. 26. It is the first schedule with two open weeks since…

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‘Most Loyals’ chosen for Mountaineer Week at WVU

 A Morgantown couple who has given back to the University, a successful alumnus engineer, an internationally-known professor, a dedicated residence life employee, and a late director of the Mountainlair are being honored as “Most…

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Air Force funds WVU research on morality in human-robot interactions

“The mediator between the head and the hands must be the heart,” says Maria, the working class advocate-turned machine in Fritz Lang’s 1927 film, “Metropolis.”Considered to be the earliest film depiction of a robot,…

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Protecting coal miners from black lung disease

Black lung disease didn’t go away with pickaxes and carbide lamps. Today’s coal miners may use diesel-powered equipment to break through rock and light their way with LED bulbs, but they still get black lung, an irreversible and…

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West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute pioneers promising new Alzheimer’s therapy

Investigators at the West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute performed the first procedure in the world of a phase II trial using focused ultrasound to treat a patient with early stage Alzheimer’s. Read more at West…

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WVU plans Friday bell-ringing ceremony

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 (Oct. 19) in remembrance of student Anthony Cistaro.Cistaro, 19, an…

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WVU College of Law new veterans advocate will serve southern West Virginia

More of West Virginia’s veterans will soon have access to free legal help from the West Virginia University College of Law. The law firm of Wooton, Davis, Hussell & Ellis, PLLC in Beckley, has pledged $60,000 over the next two years to fund a…

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West Virginia Business Hall of Fame nominations now open

The West Virginia Business Hall of Fame has announced that the nomination process for 2019 inductees is open until Nov. 30.The event, which kicks off the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Business Summit at The Greenbrier, saw its…

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WVU College of Law graduates admitted to West Virginia Bar

Each fall, West Virginia University College of Law graduates take the oath to become members of the West Virginia bar. In the presence of family, friends, and new colleagues, 53 recent WVU Law graduates and others were sworn in October…

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WVU research team takes top honors for creative application at national composites conference

For the second year in a row, researchers from West Virginia University have taken home the hardware from the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo.Hota GangaRao, the Maurice and JoAnn Wadsworth Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental…

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WVU now part of consortium for increased opportunities in international business education and research

West Virginia University has joined forces with two other notable universities to open the door to new resources in international business education and research.The Robbins Center for Global Business and Strategy, which is housed in the WVU College…

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WVU students to compete for the title of Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer

West Virginia University students who have demonstrated exemplary academic performance and extracurricular involvement will compete in one of Mountaineer Week’s oldest traditions—the title of Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer.The group of 10…

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WVU to hold second annual Day of Giving in November

West Virginia University alumni and friends are being encouraged to make a gift to the University Wednesday, Nov. 14, as part of the second annual WVU Day of Giving. The WVU Foundation is organizing the 24-hour online fundraising effort as an…

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Open Access Week promotes benefits of free distribution of research

As part of International Open Access Week, Oct. 22-28, West Virginia University Libraries is promoting the benefits of Open Access publishing to researchers, academic communities, health care providers and citizens.Open Access refers to free online…

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WVU’s 71st Mountaineer Week to feature new traditions

Soon the smell of fresh, hot kettle corn, funnel cakes and fresh apple butter simmering over an open fire will fill the air, luring students and the community into the West Virginia University Mountainlair to celebrate the 71st Mountaineer Week…

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WV Forward, DRWV host roundtable on urgency to reduce national security backlog to accelerate job growth in West Virginia

The increasing national backlog of security clearance approval hinders West Virginia’s ability to take advantage of one of the nation’s fasting growing economic sectors, prompting two development groups to convene a discussion Friday…

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WVU helps Addivant address training, workforce needs

A cross-campus collaboration at West Virginia University is helping a local business train and retain employees, strengthening the expertise of the company’s workforce. Addivant’s 27 employees earned a customized professional…

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WVU, partners announce regional hub to train entrepreneurs, commercialize healthcare technology

Hoping to speed up the move from idea to application, West Virginia University and 23 other regional institutions have come together to create a “virtual hub” that will ultimately help speed the commercialization of groundbreaking…

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WVU researcher explores how an immune system problem may sabotage depression treatment

A West Virginia University researcher is investigating how a type of white blood cell that makes antibodies, called a B cell, may influence whether depressed patients respond well to pharmacological treatment.Elizabeth Engler-Chiurazzi, a research…

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NIH awards WVU $11.2 million for interdisciplinary cancer research

West Virginia University’s School of Pharmacy will soon become one of the few pharmacy schools in the nation that leads a center of biomedical research excellence. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, these centers support…

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WVU researchers linking Clean Air Act to soil composition

A team of West Virginia University researchers is investigating the impact of the Clean Air Act on soil and tree growth in the eastern U.S.  Soil plays a major role in a healthy climate. As the largest reservoir of carbon on land, soil can…

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2018 Mountaineer Week kicks off with West Virginia Quilt Documentation Project

The West Virginia Quilt Documentation Project is seeking to record the history of quilts made in, or currently residing in, West Virginia. Individuals who have quilts made prior to 1970 can have their quilts “documented” during…

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WVU to host National Portfolio Day

High school students interested in a career in the art industry can gain feedback and insight from universities and colleges from around the region when West Virginia University plays host to National Portfolio Day on Oct. 28. Read more at West…

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WVU researcher delves into cardiovascular effects of vaping

Vaping has surpassed all other forms of tobacco use in middle- and high-schoolers. New research led by Mark Olfert, an associate professor in the West Virginia University School of Medicine, suggests if teenagers continue to vape into adulthood, the…

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Gee: Fear of failure must not stop WVU, state from meeting challenges

West Virginia University’s quest for innovation can be seen in the way it addresses curriculum for students who face an ever-changing job market, the issues facing the Mountain State and in its groundbreaking research, President Gordon Gee…

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Summersville native Sara Bright to exhibit artwork, speak at WVU

Los Angeles-based artist Sara Bright will bring artwork to her home state for the first time with an exhibition and Visiting Artist Lecture at West Virginia University.The lecture will be in the Davis Theatre on opening night, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m.…

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WVU physics professor awarded 2019 Hans Christian Oersted Medal

A West Virginia University professor joins the ranks of luminaries Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman and Nobel laureates as the recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Oersted Medal from the American Association of Physics Teachers.Gay Stewart, Eberly…

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WVU to host WV Art Educators Association conference in October

Art educators from around the region are invited to attend the West Virginia Art Education Association’s regional fall conference Oct. 26-27 at West Virginia University. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Model to predict greenhouse gases, carbon storage in coastal wetlands under changing conditions developed at WVU

A pair of researchers from West Virginia University has developed a new model to reliably predict the greenhouse gas fluxes of carbon dioxide and methane in coastal wetlands under rising temperatures and changing environments.Omar Abdul-Aziz,…

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WVU Police investigates shots fired incident on North High Street

The West Virginia University Police and Office of Emergency Management responded to a shots fired incident shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday (Oct. 7).WVU Police officers heard the shots at the top of North High Street and immediately responded to the…

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Ernest, Jr. and Lobban named 2018 WVU Homecoming king, queen

A week of Homecoming activities at West Virginia University culminated today (Oct. 6) with the crowning of Douglas Ernest, Jr. and Kendra Lobban, as the 2018 king and queen. The announcement was made during the half-time ceremony at…

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WVU endorses five for nation’s top scholarships

Five accomplished young women from the Honors College have been endorsed by West Virginia University to compete for three prestigious awards: the Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell scholarships.  “Watching these talented students flourish…

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WVU Extension Service invites youths to celebrate 4-H during National 4-H Week

West Virginia youths can join 75,000 of their peers in “discovering the treasures of 4-H” during National 4-H Week, held Oct. 7-13. Youths can go on a treasure hunt to explore the joys of 4-H, trying new experiences, serving their…

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WVU part of 10-university alliance improving diversity in STEM

West Virginia University continues to be part of a multimillion dollar effort across a 10-university alliance to support STEM education for underrepresented students in Appalachia. Funded for a third phase by a five-year, $3.5 million National…

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WVU Center for Excellence in STEM Education and WV Forward partner to bring LIFT’s MakerMinded student competition to West Virginia

West Virginia University’s Center for Excellence in STEM Education and West Virginia Forward are working to improve STEM education while encouraging more students to study disciplines that will help build the state’s manufacturing talent…

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Basketball season tips with Gold-Blue Debut

West Virginia University will tip off the 2018-19 men's basketball season with the Gold-Blue Debut presented by Coca-Cola on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum. Admission to the event is free with gates opening at 6 p.m. Read more at West…

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WVU Alumni Association announces 2018 Homecoming award recipients

The WVU Alumni Association will celebrate the winners of the 2018 West Virginia University Homecoming Awards, which is given to graduates who have demonstrated Mountaineer values throughout their lives and careers.Brien Forst and WVU Medicine…

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WVU researchers focus on school-based healthcare in Appalachia

Hindered by access to high-quality healthcare, West Virginia children demonstrate some of the worst health outcomes in the nation. More than 25 percent of West Virginia children live in poverty. Many rural communities do not have nearby OB-GYN…

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WVU’s Jutla to conduct research on Vibrio bacteria in Chesapeake Bay

The largest estuary in the U.S., the Chesapeake Bay, is home to more than 300 species of fish and numerous shellfish and crab species. It’s also home to Vibrio bacteria, a food-borne infection associated with eating undercooked…

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West Virginia’s economic future: State’s ‘uneven recovery’ sees robust growth in some areas, no development and population losses in others

An economist at West Virginia University said some areas of West Virginia are seeing healthy growth, while others continue to experience economic weaknesses and population loss.John Deskins, economist and director of…

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Emil Czul leaves $4 million to WVU for scholarships

Emil Czul (pronounced “Sewell”), a late West Virginia University alumnus raised in Lochgelly and a 1950 graduate of Oak Hill High School, is making certain that future generations from Fayette County will not struggle to afford college…

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WVU advances technology and transparency to shale gas in new MSEEL site

MORGANTOWN, W. Va.— Improving shale energy productivity and reducing the environmental footprint of the natural gas industry are the goals of a West Virginia University partnership at a second Marcellus Shale Energy and Environmental Lab Read…

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WVU awarded MSHA grant to study mine emergency prevention, preparedness

West Virginia University will train miners for mine emergency prevention and preparedness thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration.Joshua Brady, associate director of mining extension, and…

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WVU business school alum, fashion line creator establishes scholarship and enrichment fund

Inspiring and supporting young entrepreneurs as they pursue their dreams, Nesha Sanghavi is paying it forward in the form of a major gift to the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics. Sanghavi is a 2008 finance and…

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WVU College of Media partners with PolitiFact

The West Virginia University Reed College of Media is partnering with PolitiFact, a Pulitzer Prize-winning news organization, to help train student journalists how to properly fact-check.Bob Britten, a teaching associate professor in the College of…

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WVU School of Public Health, Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute collaborate to combat state’s opioid epidemic

West Virginia University School of Public Health and the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute are collaborating to create a new leadership position that will focus on advancing brain health research and services to combat the state’s ongoing…

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WVU School of Nursing advisor Julien Nguyen receives national advising award

West Virginia University School of Nursing advisor Julien Nguyen received the 2018 Outstanding Advising Award in the Academic Advising—Primary Role category from The National Academic Advising Association Read more at West Virginia…

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WVU Student Life Hall of Fame to induct five new members

A former student leader with 40 years of industry experience and his philanthropist wife, along with a long-time food service employee, an administrator dedicated to international education, and a devoted financial aid administrator with 33 years of…

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WVU’s annual Clery Report is available

The annual Clery Report for West Virginia University, reviewing crime on the Morgantown campus, is now available from the Police and Office of Emergency Management.The report is required by the federal Clery Act and includes WVU campus crime…

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WVU announces 2018 Homecoming court; voting begins Oct. 2

Candidates for West Virginia University’s 2018 Homecoming court have been selected.Voting will take place on Tuesday, October 2 and Wednesday, October 3, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at two locations: the Mountainlair and the Student Recreation…

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Carrie White to lead WVU Idea Hub as assistant vice president for entrepreneurship and innovation

West Virginia University Provost Joyce McConnell announced today that the former director of the WVU LaunchLab, Carrie White, has been named assistant vice president for entrepreneurship and innovation at the University. White was selected to fill…

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WVU bans dissociating fraternities for 10 years

Five social fraternities which have announced their intent to dissociate from West Virginia University have been banned from the campus for at least 10 years, President Gordon Gee announced Thursday. “As president of West Virginia…

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WVU School of Social Work receives federal funding to address opioid addiction

Social workers at West Virginia University are leading the way in opioid treatment and prevention in West Virginia, where overdose rates are the highest in the U.S.The WVU School of Social Work has received 2018 Behavioral Health Workforce Education…

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WVU to leverage entrepreneurial opportunities with the launch of the NSF I-Corps program

 The West Virginia University Evansdale Innovation Center is partnering with WVU LaunchLab Network to host the first National Science Foundation Innovation Corps training program to help prepare WVU scientists and engineers to accelerate their…

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Meditation and music may improve memory of those at-risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

September is World Alzheimer’s Month, and subjective cognitive decline, or SCD, can be a warning sign for the disease. Symptoms can include losing one’s train of thought, forgetting the content of a movie soon after the credits roll and…

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WVU business and engineering students capture fourth consecutive win in supply chain competition

It was a sign of things to come in October 2015, when a West Virginia University team made up of supply chain and industrial engineering students went to the University of Pittsburgh and won the Race to the Case Supply Chain Management Competition.A…

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WVU professor to conduct opioid epidemic research at Harvard Law School

Jennifer Oliva, an associate professor of law and public health at West Virginia University, will be a visiting research scholar at Harvard Law School in spring 2019. Oliva will conduct focused research on the national opioid epidemic while in…

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Gee Mail: Gee-SPN is kickin’ it with the women’s soccer team

The West Virginia University women’s soccer team has never had a losing season in its 22-year existence.Let that sink in.Roving Gee-SPN reporter and WVU President Gordon Gee caught up with players and Coach Nikki…

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WVU researcher awarded grant to develop techniques to enhance machine learning security

Yanfang (Fanny) Ye, assistant professor of computer science and electrical engineering at West Virginia University, has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to enhance security for machine learning mechanisms. The award comes…

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WVU business school to induct four into Roll of Distinguished Alumni

The West Virginia University College of Business and Economics will induct four graduates into its renowned B&E Roll of Distinguished Alumni during WVU Homecoming Weekend. This year’s honorees, who represent various industries, will be…

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WVU researcher selected as finalist for R&D 100 Award

Vinod Kulathumani, associate professor of computer science and electrical engineering at West Virginia University, is part of a research team that has been selected as a finalist for the R&D 100 Award. The award, known as the “Oscars of…

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WVU beefs up entrepreneurial support with space for B&E startup accelerator

West Virginia University’s array of programs to create, encourage and support entrepreneurship and the innovation economy in the state got a boost Friday as the Board of Governors approved $1.8 million to lease and renovate space for…

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Backyard Brawl coming to PNC Park in 2019

The West Virginia University baseball team will return to PNC Park in 2019, and will face Pitt in the Backyard Brawl on Tuesday, May 14, at the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition employs innovative Business Model Canvas to help students communicate business ideas

One of the most intriguing characteristics of Generation Z is that a substantial percentage wants to start their own businesses and hire workers.That characteristic has prompted the West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition to…

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Career Army officer appointed as director of WVU Office Veterans Affairs

Parkersburg native Jerry Wood has been tapped to lead the West Virginia University Office of Veterans Affairs, effective this month. As part of a recently announced reorganization, the Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU research team named finalists for international composites award

A research team from West Virginia University has been selected as a finalist for the Awards for Composites Excellence. Hota GangaRao, the Maurice and JoAnn Wadsworth Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering, and doctoral candidate Praveen…

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WVU Medicine announces plans to offer heart transplants

WVU Medicine announced Wednesday (Sept. 19) its plans to start West Virginia’s first heart transplant program at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU, Morgantown set sights on better health with Blue Zones Project

 West Virginia University and Morgantown city leaders are working together to create solutions for the area’s health problems at their source by creating a community that supports wholeness and improves physical, mental and social…

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Nationally recognized expert steps into new role of academic integrity director at WVU

Azalea Hulbert joined the Office of the Provost as director of academic integrity this month, stepping into a new role at West Virginia University consistent with the University’s commitment to student success.“Academic integrity is the…

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WVU state water conference to highlight flooding and pipelines

West Virginia often feels the ravages of hurricanes and tropical storms that hit U.S. coasts hundreds of miles away like Florence did last weekend in North Carolina. Even if the hurricane drops as little as two-to-four inches of rain, flooding…

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Campus Read brings Smithsonian Exhibit to WVU

The WVU Campus Read has partnered with the Department of Biology to bring an exhibit called Outbreak! Epidemics in a Connected World to campus from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. The 2018-2019 Campus Read,…

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Football Hall of Fame set for Saturday

West Virginia University will hold its 28th annual Sports Hall of Fame induction on Saturday (Sept. 22) prior to the WVU-Kansas State football game. Induction ceremonies will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility. The public…

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Award-winning WVU Extension Service program bolsters rural healthcare recruitment

It could be argued West Virginians in rural communities need more prevalent access to healthcare and medical professionals — winding mountain roads and rivers can make it difficult for many to make appointments and maintain an active…

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WVU 2018 United Way campaign kicks off today

West Virginia University Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Meshea Poore will serve as the chair of the 36th annual United Way campaign, which begins today (Sept. 17). The 12-week campaign wraps up Dec. 14.This year’s theme,…

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Campus Read presents art exhibit in Stewart Hall

An exhibition of art related to the 2018-2019 Campus Read, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel will be housed in Stewart Hall on the downtown campus for the remainder of the academic year.Titled “Connection After Collapse: A…

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WVU team to promote women’s empowerment in Mexico through soccer

Concerns about women’s empowerment are a public health and policy issue in the U.S., Mexico and throughout the world. Using the sport of soccer, a West Virginia University team aims to enhance young women’s empowerment through leadership…

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WVU kicks off West Virginia Economic Outlook Series in Charleston

West Virginia University’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research will kick off its fall Economic Outlook Series in early October, the first of five events that will run through mid-November. The BBER, which is housed in the WVU …

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WVU astronomer to study the ‘extreme universe’ with international team

A West Virginia University astronomer is working to locate the origin of fast radio bursts coming from outside the Milky Way Galaxy. Sarah Burke-Spolaor, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has accepted a…

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WVU Constitution Day program will discuss education rights

West Virginia University’s annual observance of Constitution Day will focus on the right to an education. A panel of WVU College of Law professors will lead the discussion starting at noon Sept. 17 in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom at the law…

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Football starts new tradition to expand support of WVU Medicine Children’s

Mountaineer football has had a long-standing relationship with WVU Medicine Children's dating back to the early 1980s when former coach Don Nehlen made it his No. 1 charitable cause. Current coach Dana Holgorsen has fully gotten behind West…

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WVU receives $1 million award to better prepare West Virginia's rural, first generation students for careers of the future

While many students enter college without the necessary skills to study and learn effectively, they can cultivate positive study habits after they arrive. A new cross-unit collaboration will help move WV Forward by preparing rural,…

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Game at NC State Will Not Be Played This Weekend - West Virginia University

NC State will not play its scheduled football game with West Virginia University this weekend due to the increasing likelihood of severe and unsafe conditions associated with Hurricane Florence. The planned trip and performances by the WVU Marching…

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WVU researchers receive $2.38M grant for hybrid imaging system

Two West Virginia University School of Medicine researchers have received $2.38 million from the National Institutes of Health to build a one-of-a-kind pre-clinical imaging system that integrates PET-scan technology with a magnet-based imaging…

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WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities develops collaborative to address neonatal abstinence syndrome service challenges

Over the next five years, a West Virginia University partnership with three divisions of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources will target the prevalence of neonatal abstinence syndrome and the effect it has on children’s…

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Mark Gavin brings management expertise to new role in WVU Office of the Provost

With West Virginia University facing "enormous budget challenges," Provost Joyce McConnell has added management expert Mark Gavin from the College of Business and Economics to her leadership team. "We must have expertise in our…

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With NIH funding, WVU grad student investigates neural circuit’s development

You’re taking a walk, and you hear a dog growl. Is it behind you or in front of you? Two houses down or at your heels? The calyx of Held, which is located in the part of the brain that controls hearing, helps you discern this instantly. A…

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WVU to host Education Day

The women's basketball team will host local middle and elementary schools for its nonconference game against Bryant on Nov. 15 as part of the program's first Education Day. Tipoff is set for 10 a.m. inside the WVU Coliseum. Read more at…

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WVU LaunchLab’s Welcome Back Pitch & Showcase competition focused on how students can move WV Forward

The West Virginia University LaunchLab kicked off the 2018 Fall semester with its first Welcome Back Pitch & Showcase. Participating students presented a two-minute pop-up pitch, highlighting a problem and solution that apply to one of West…

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WVU fashion, dress and merchandising alumna and textiles entrepreneur establishes scholarship

West Virginia University students in the fashion, dress and merchandising program will benefit thanks to a new scholarship established by program alumna and a textiles industry entrepreneur, Amy Bircher. The Amy Bircher and MMI Textiles Scholarship…

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WVU Center for Excellence in STEM Education to help rural students succeed in STEM careers

Strengthening its commitment to help support broad based prosperity in West Virginia, the Center for Excellence in STEM Education at West Virginia University will lay the foundation for student success. “Empowering West Virginia students…

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

West Virginia University Extension Service is helping local farmers and agribusiness owners navigate new safety regulations and procedures while providing education and training to increase consumer safety from these foodborne illnesses. Teaming up…

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2018-19 WVU men's basketball schedule announced

WVU will open the regular season on Friday, Nov. 9 at home against Buffalo. Six days earlier, the Mountaineers will play its lone exhibition game on Saturday, Nov. 3 against Alderson Broaddus. The non-conference home schedule is highlighted by…

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WVU researcher works to improve access to depression care in rural areas

Rates of depression tend to be higher in rural areas than in urban ones, yet rural residents may have a harder time accessing mental health care. Driving to see a psychiatrist or counselor may take hours, and wait times for an appointment may take…

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Office of the Provost at WVU announces 2018-2019 class of Academic Leadership Fellows

The Office of the Provost at West Virginia University welcomed its fourth class of Academic Leadership Fellows this summer, giving nine tenured faculty members the opportunity to strengthen their leadership skills and gain direct experience in…

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WVU researchers awarded grant to develop new techniques to enhance cyberinfrastructure security

Software plays a vital role in supporting scientific communities. Yanfang (Fanny) Ye, assistant professor of computer science and electrical engineering at West Virginia University, has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation in…

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West Virginia University becomes home to State Champion paperbark maple

Thanks to West Virginia University’s growing commitment to campus tree care and an ongoing collaboration between the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and Facilities Management, WVU Evansdale is now home to a newly…

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WVU launches new Interactive Design for Media major

The West Virginia University Reed College of Media and the WVU College of Creative Arts have developed a new major that combines journalism and communication with art and media design.The Interactive Design for Media major, which launched in fall…

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WVU Public Health students named Milken Institute Future Health Leaders

Three West Virginia University public health students have joined nine others from top institutions to work with leading organizations on current public health issues affecting our communities.The students are participating in the new Future Health…

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West Virginia community colleges and WVU join together to help more students earn degrees

(Editor’s note: This news was originally shared by the West Virginia Community and Technical College System)West Virginia community college students who transfer to West Virginia University before earning their associate degrees can now…

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PRT will be closed for passenger service Sept.1 – 3

To accommodate additional testing of recent software updates, the West Virginia University Personal Rapid Transit will be closed for passenger service beginning Friday (Aug. 31) at 5 p.m. The PRT is closed on Sundays and will remain closed on Monday…

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WVU dermatologist develops app to help medical students spot skin cancer

A dermatologist may distinguish a mole from a tumor based on a glance, the way a cook can tell parsley from cilantro by sniffing it. But medical students don’t have enough experience to make such intuitive diagnoses. Michael Kolodney, who…

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WVU plans Friday bell-ringing ceremony

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. 31) in remembrance of students Christopher Stratton, Chase…

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WVU chemist studying fuel efficiency and pollutant formation

A West Virginia University chemist is working to improve fuel efficiencies in transportation and power generation. Fabien Goulay, an associate professor in the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry, is investigating combustion reaction…

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WVU Reed College of Media selects Pineville for community branding

The West Virginia University Reed College of Media is launching the next phase of its community branding initiative with the naming of Pineville as its latest community partner.In January, the American Electric Power Foundation awarded the College…

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WVU alumni establish scholarship, enrichment fund to honor retired business school professor

The former students of a staple in the West Virginia University Department of Accounting are giving back to the College and University to honor his work and to look to the future of the industry. The gift Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU professor part of international effort to predict where cholera will strike next

(Editor’s note: An online media kit containing downloadable video, photos and other resources is available in the WVUToday Media Center.)Antar Jutla, associate professor of Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU law professor awarded Fulbright scholarship

Matthew Titolo, a professor at the West Virginia University College of Law, has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar grant for the spring 2019 semester.As a Fulbright Senior Scholar, Titolo will teach and study at the University de La Laguna in…

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WVU Honors College announces 2018 Faculty Fellows Lecture Series

Imagine taking courses on some of the hottest topics today—energy, banking, child care and the dark side new media—from some of the best professors on campus.This fall, the Honors College at  West Virginia University opens up…

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WVU researchers earn NSF award to study methane emissions from natural gas fields

Researchers at West Virginia University have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to study methane emissions from natural gas well sites. The three-year grant comes with more than $320,000 in funding.Large uncertainties exist in…

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WVU awarded 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant

West Virginia University is one of 10 higher education institutions in the United States to be awarded an Innovation Fund grant to grow study abroad partnerships with Argentina. The U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas and NAFSA:…

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VIDEO: WVU welcomes the class of 2022 to its new home

For nearly 5,000 first-year students, West Virginia University became their new home during Welcome Week 2018.Our newest students moved into their rooms, hugged their families and friends goodbye and embarked on a new journey — all in a…

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WVU faculty awarded USDA grant to help apple growers tap snack market and add to profits

The old saying goes “where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” and a few West Virginia University faculty believe the adage holds true when looking at the potential for West Virginia’s apple growers to develop and market a…

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WVU Humanities Center to host ‘Quality of Life’ speaker series

The West Virginia University Humanities Center will focus its 2018-19 speaker series on “Quality of Life,” addressing a tradition as old as the very idea of a university.The series will illustrate how humanities inquiry stands alongside…

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WVU researcher studies quick blood test to help diagnose blood clots

Getting tested for deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, can disrupt a patient’s whole day. Typically, one of the first methods a clinician uses to diagnose the condition is an ultrasound in order to see the blood vessels in a patient’s legs and…

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WVU issues statement after meeting with fraternity leaders

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee issued the following statement Tuesday after meeting with leaders of several fraternities who recently dissociated from the University:"While there is still much work to be done,…

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WVU hosts information exchange between Sister Cities Morgantown and Xuzhou

Although half a world away from one another, Sister Cities Morgantown and Xuzhou in the Peoples Republic of China shared common ground at a day-long meeting, highlighting initiatives for redeveloping old mined land and industrial sites to promote…

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WVU College of Creative Arts unveils new arts series

From mainstage plays to large music ensemble concerts and art exhibitions to visiting artist lectures and student recitals, the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts’ 800-plus students and 100 faculty members present hundreds of…

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1988 football team to be honored at home opener

The West Virginia University Varsity Club has announced that the 1988 Mountaineer Football team, one of only two teams to go 11-0 in school history, will be recognized for its 30-year anniversary the weekend of Sept. 7-8, with activities surrounding…

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WVU Festival of Ideas announces the fall 2018 series

This season’s Festival of Ideas at West Virginia University addresses topics at the forefront of the American conversation—from suicide prevention and genetically engineered food to civic engagement and why we should resist hate with…

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Police say body found on WVU campus not connected with University

 A West Virginia University employee discovered a body at approximately 6:30 this morning (Aug. 20) on a small section of University property near the intersection of Beechurst Ave. and University Ave. The employee contacted University…

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Seventh class of Ruby Fellows named for graduate research funding at WVU

Four students pursuing doctoral degrees at West Virginia University are receiving funding through the Ruby Scholars Graduate Fellowship Program. The seventh class of fellows includes Hannah Clipp, Michelle Frankot, Dylan Linville and Lakyn…

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WVU engineering student celebrates the launch of new video game

When Connor Haynes decided to pursue a degree in computer science at West Virginia University he never dreamed that he would one day be developing video games, let alone running his own company. Now in his senior year, Haynes is celebrating…

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WVU warns parents about dissident fraternities

Concerned about an unfolding effort on the part of several fraternities to withdraw from  Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU releases December 2018 and May 2019 commencement ceremony information

West Virginia University has released the December 2018 and May 2019 Commencement schedules. August and December graduates will celebrate their achievements at the WVU Coliseum Saturday, Dec. 15, in two ceremonies. Read more at West Virginia…

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West Virginia Innocence Project client freed from prison

The Innocence Project law clinic at the West Virginia University College of Law has helped free a client from prison after proving he was convicted of a crime he did not commit.The Circuit Court for Tyler County recently vacated the conviction…

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WVU coal report: Production will weaken in short term, persistent declines over next two decades

Despite recent export-driven gains, the state’s coal output is expected to plateau during the next two years before seeing persistent production declines over the next two decades, according to the latest long-term coal forecast…

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WVU's Eberly College to celebrate 25th anniversary

On August 21, 2018, the Eberly College will kick off a year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of its naming. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are invited to attend the celebration at 2 p.m. in Woodburn Circle. Read more at West…

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Charleston businessman Robert ‘Bob’ Orders to lead WVU Foundation Board

Robert O. “Bob” Orders, a longtime West Virginia businessman and West Virginia University alumnus, will serve as chairman of the West Virginia University Foundation Board of Directors.A resident of Charleston, Orders is CEO of Orders…

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WVU Provost’s Office, Student Life reorganize to improve operations for faculty, students

Highlighting the reorganizations are an increased focus on student retention and success in the provost’s office and creation of a new office within Student Life to oversee the University’s commitment to youth development. “We…

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WVU’s David Stewart to lead Royal University for Women in Bahrain; Brugnoli named to Global Affairs post

Longtime West Virginia University administrator David Stewart, in keeping with the institution’s strategic partnership with the Royal University for Women, is taking a leave of absence to serve as president of the Bahraini school.RUW was…

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57 questions in 2 minutes with the WVU President

Nothing is better than the excitement that fall brings, as our West Virginia University faculty, staff and students converge on campus for a new semester. To our new students, I am excited to get to know you — and I hope you will get to know…

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WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital receives three national U.S. News & World Report rankings

Four WVU Medicine hospitals have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as part of its 2018-19 Best Hospitals in the United States. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU’s Monday Night Lights to begin at 8:30 p.m. due to inclement weather

West Virginia University’s Monday Night Lights will begin at 8:30 p.m. tonight (Aug. 13) due to inclement weather.The Welcome Week event for all first-year students had originally been planned to be begin at 8 p.m. at Milan Puskar Stadium. …

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Lil Yachty, Brothers Osborne, MisterWives to play FallFest 2018

FallFest, West Virginia University’s annual welcome-back-to-campus concert will be held Tuesday, Aug.14, on the Evansdale Rec Fields adjacent to the Student Rec Center. This year’s performers are Lil Yachty, Brothers Osborne and…

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WVU-led bridge research featured in technical report

A five-volume report produced by a professor from West Virginia University that details a new approach to developing and testing short-span bridges is gaining world-wide recognition.The report, Development and Experimental Testing of…

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West Virginia University’s PRT resumes operation ahead of Welcome Week 2018

The West Virginia University Personal Rapid Transit system resumed operations today (Aug. 9), in time for Welcome Week activities.The PRT came back online for passengers as part of the second phase of a multi-year modernization plan which is…

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WVU Welcome Week: A journey for passion and purpose begins

The journey toward life-long passion and purpose begins this week as West Virginia University welcomes 6,650 new students to its campuses in Morgantown, Beckley and Keyser for the 2018-19 academic year. "I cannot wait for our students to…

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Farm Credit gift supports value-added experiences programming for WVU Davis College students

With a recent gift of $500,000, Farm Credit of the Virginias will help to ensure students continue to have access to outside the classroom internships, research opportunities and study abroad—experiences that enhance their college careers. …

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2018 Pride Travel Fund to help WVU Marching Band make trips to North Carolina

Alumni and friends of West Virginia University and the Mountaineer Marching Band are being asked to help the band travel to support the football team at two games in North Carolina in September. Donations are now being accepted to the Pride…

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Join WVU and the WVU Extension Service for #WVUFairFun at the State Fair of West Virginia

The West Virginia University Extension Service will offer up a 10-day blend of tradition and future at the State Fair of West Virginia in Fairlea from Thursday (Aug. 9) to Aug. 18 through everything from time-honored livestock 4-H projects to the…

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Milsmann earns prestigious NSF CAREER Award

Carsten Milsmann, assistant professor in the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry at West Virginia University, has earned the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER Award for research that could help develop solar energy…

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Lyric logic: English professor receives prestigious Notre Dame fellowship

Johanna Winant, an assistant professor in the West Virginia University Department of English, has accepted a distinguished fellowship at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Notre Dame to work on her book project. Read…

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WVU faculty investigate safety of Suboxone use in pregnant, opioid-dependent women

Medications that physicians have traditionally prescribed to treat opioid use disorders—such as methadone and Subutex—can be misused by taking them in larger amounts than prescribed or by injecting them. The medication Suboxone is…

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West Virginia women farmers to receive education and encouragement at WVU Extension Service conference

Women farmers are one of the fastest growing segments in agriculture. Every day, more than 9,000 women are developing and maintaining their own farms and agribusinesses across West Virginia. Even though that amounts to less than 13 percent of…

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Athletics unveils new $100 million fundraising campaign

Director of Athletics Shane Lyons unveiled today (Aug. 2) the $100 million fundraising campaign for WVU Athletics' capital projects. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU biologist receives $1.3 million NIH grant to examine fruit flies’ olfactory systems

Andrew Dacks, assistant professor of neuroscience in the Department of Biology , received a $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct research at West Virginia University on the effects of serotonin in fruit flies. Dacks…

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Barnwood Builders episode featuring WVU set to air Sunday

 Tune in Sunday to see West Virginia University President Gordon Gee, bowtie and all, hammering nails and sawing wood as the Barnwood Builders episode, taped earlier this year at WVU Jackson’s Mill, airs on the DIY network Sunday (Aug. 5)…

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WVU Foundation’s annual giving program sets another new record

For the fourth straight year, the West Virginia University Foundation’s annual giving program received a record number of donations. Between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018, donors gave $22.3 million to the University Fund surpassing the…

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WVU researchers working to stop cancer-growth protein

What do one in five breast cancers have in common? Large amounts of a protein called HER2 (or human epidermal growth factor receptor 2). “Every healthy cell produces a normal amount of HER2, but HER2 is produced 10 to 20 times more in a…

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West Virginia University selected as first site to launch an innovative clinical trial for Alzheimer’s

West Virginia University (WVU) has been selected as the first site for an innovative clinical trial to treat Alzheimer’s disease. Ali Rezai, M.D., director of the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, will lead the initiative in…

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Morris appointed interim dean of WVU College of Education and Human Services

An award-winning teacher and researcher who has served in several leadership roles at West Virginia University will guide the College of Education and Human Services as interim dean, an appointment that will likely encompass the next academic…

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‘Loyal, generous bunch’ gives more than $160 million to WVU

Alumni and friends gave $161 million to West Virginia University this past year, making it the second highest year of giving in the University’s history.The WVU Foundation says 23,161 donors, including 12,471 alumni, made 46,056 gifts between…

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Lyons named to prestigious NCAA committee

Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President Shane Lyons has been appointed to the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee in a term that will expire in June 2022. Recently, Lyons was also named chair of that prestigious committee for the…

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Mountaineer Legends Society to expand

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced the initial members of the Mountaineer Legends Society for Olympic Sports. The 49 members will make the initial entrance into the Mountaineer Legends Society and will join the 22 men's…

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WVU receives $500,000 grant from BB&T Charitable Fund

A $500,000 grant from the BB&T Charitable Fund will be used in the Center for Financial Literacy and Education at West Virginia University’s College of Business and Economics and for the new business school complex to be built on…

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Appalachian literature expert to join WVU as writer-in-residence

An award-winning West Virginia author whose Appalachian roots inspire her characters will return to West Virginia University this fall as writer-in-residence. Ann Pancake will teach courses in Appalachian literature, environmental criticism and…

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The evolution of a dynasty… WVU Rifle

John Antonik talks with Ed Etzel and others about the history of the WVU rifle program and its rise to national prominence. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU researcher investigates risk for opioid overdose in rural West Virginia

Drug overdose deaths are on the rise in rural areas, and in some cases are overtaking death rates in urban areas. But unlike urban areas, there is little data about overdose prevention in rural America. Based at West Virginia University’s…

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Cross-discipline collaboration results in unique interactive sculpture at WVU Evansdale Library

An interactive sculpture on display at West Virginia University’s Evansdale Library illustrates the structure and function of a particular enzyme and can charge your smartphone.The stunning metal, wood and ceramic work, titled…

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WVU opens new research facility to extract valuable rare earths from acid mine drainage

West Virginia University researchers are opening a new facility to capture valuable materials from a novel source – acid mine drainage from coal mining – turning the unwanted waste into critical components used in today’s…

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Lyons reveals 2018-19 rifle schedule

The Mountaineers' slate culminates with the 2019 NCAA National Championships, set for March 8-9 at the WVU Coliseum. This year's championship marks the first NCAA final in Morgantown. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU School of Nursing dean re-elected president of state board of nursing

Tara Hulsey, dean of the West Virginia University School of Nursing and vice president of Health Promotion and Wellness for WVU, was unanimously re-elected to serve as the president of the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional…

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WVU Eye Institute expands, names prominent cornea specialist as director

West Virginia University has named Thomas Mauger, M.D., to lead the WVU Eye Institute and serve as chair for the Department of Ophthalmology. He will also serve as associate dean for practice plan integration. Dr. Mauger specializes in medical…

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Will Grier website debuts

The website Grier7heisman.com, launched Saturday (July 7), is part of the University's latest effort to promote one of its high-profile football players. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU Barbour County 4-H wins national land judging title, continues program’s success

This year, the Barbour County 4-H team won the national land judging championship while their 4-H peers from Clay County placed third in the nation. One of those Barbour County 4-H’ers won the highest individual honors. This comes on the heels…

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Lang named interim campus president at WVU Tech as Long heads to HEPC

With the announcement that Carolyn Long has been selected to temporarily lead the state’s higher education coordination body, Gerald Lang has been named interim campus president at West Virginia University Institute of Technology in…

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WVU professor receives Spencer Foundation grant to study rural childcare providers

A West Virginia University researcher, inspired by living in the Mountain State, is studying what works—and what doesn’t—in social and educational policies that affect children and families, particularly in rural…

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WVU transforms neuroscience research and education with new Department of Neuroscience

At WVU Medicine’s Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, basic neuroscience research is helping to develop new technologies that will aid scientists in understanding the intricacies of the brain and advance new treatments for some of the most…

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WVU professor awarded grant to research the impact of art therapy on middle schoolers

Kids on summer break make sandcastles at the beach with the expectation that the ocean will whisk away their work with the tides, but once they return to the classroom, students expect their work will be more permanent. A West Virginia…

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Gold Rush/Stripe the Stadium/True Blue games announced

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has released its 2018 football home game promotional schedule. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Yet again, Einstein’s theory passes the test with flying colors

Einstein’s theory of gravity, general relativity, predicts that all objects fall in the same way, regardless of their mass or composition. But does this principle also hold for objects with extreme gravity? An international team…

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West Virginia University professor recognized with national award for distinguished teaching and service

A longtime West Virginia University professor who has dedicated more than 40 years of his career to teaching, research and service will be honored by the American Society of Animal Science. Robert “Bob” Dailey, Davis-Michael…

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WVU geologist receives NASA grant to research environments similar to Mars

Is there life on Mars? One WVU researcher is discovering ways to improve the search for life on the desert planet. Kathleen Benison, professor in the Department of Geology and Geography, has received a two-year grant from NASA’s Astrobiology…

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WVU’s Chester recognized as national leader in science and math mentoring

West Virginia University Health Sciences and Technology Academy’s founder and director, Ann Chester, has been awarded a President’s Award for Excellence in Science Math and Engineering Mentoring— the highest honor for…

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WVU to help build robust pipeline of West Virginia mathematics teachers

West Virginia University’s College of Education and Human Services and Center for Excellence in STEM Education are set to implement a new project that will promote the support and development of mathematics teachers in West Virginia.The…

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WVU one of five worldwide awarded state-of-the-art manufacturing system from GE

Students at West Virginia University will have the opportunity to experience a full additive manufacturing experience, thanks to a gift from GE Additive.In the first quarter of 2019, the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources will take…

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275 Mountaineers named to Spring Big 12 Honor Roll

The Big 12 Conference released its 2018 Spring Commissioner's Honor Roll with a total of 275 West Virginia University student-athletes making the list. The conference recognizes all student-athletes at its member institutions during each…

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WVU to host annual Finance University to help primary and secondary educators learn financial literacy

If you want to educate primary and secondary school students about the importance of understanding money, the first step is to educate their teachers.That is the premise of the annual Finance University conference hosted by the College of Business…

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WVU Foundation honors endowed scholarship, fellowship donors

The West Virginia University Foundation is acknowledging those alumni and friends of WVU who have created endowed scholarships, fellowships and student awards in calendar year 2017.Eighty-three donors are being honored by having bricks engraved…

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WVU Potomac State College restructures, combines departments

West Virginia University Potomac State College has implemented organizational changes in continuing efforts to streamline operations.PSC has aligned Enrollment Management with University Relations, a move that mirrors the Morgantown campus with Dean…

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WVU business school alum, national student housing company CEO supports new B&E building complex

As CEO of American Campus Communities, Bill Bayless, understands how learning and living environments shape the student experience. As a generous alumnus of the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics, he is helping to shape that…

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WVU biology student receives NASA grant to study the brain

Kaylynn Coates, a doctoral student in the West Virginia University Department of Biology, has received a grant from the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium to study how serotonin neurons are regulated in the brain.Understanding how serotonin…

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WVU Medicine Children’s pediatric urology ranked 42nd nationally by U.S. News & World Report

WVU Medicine Children’s has received its first national ranking from U.S. News & World Report, tied for 42nd in the nation for pediatric urology with Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU School of Medicine announces new physician assistant program, names director

To meet growing healthcare needs locally and statewide, the West Virginia University School of Medicine is launching a new physician assistant education program. The 26-month, full-time graduate program will lead to a master’s degree in health…

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WVU finishes second in intercollegiate rocket engineering competition

West Virginia University’s Experimental Rocketry team overcame near catastrophic setbacks to capture second place in the 10,000 foot-launch category at the second annual Spaceport America Cup. The event, which was held on June 19-23, near Las…

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New scholarship awarded to incoming WVU student

An incoming freshman who found his career path while taking care of his grandfather is the first recipient of the Jim and Gerry Cox Endowed Academic Scholarship.Bradley Bordelon, who moved to West Virginia from Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina and…

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WVU, NIOSH partner to improve workplace health and safety

In a new collaborative partnership, West Virginia University is expanding efforts to enhance workplace health and safety. Through a new Scholar in Residence program at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Douglas Myers, an…

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WVU Center for Black Culture and Research celebrates 10th anniversary of Academic STARS

The West Virginia University Center for Black Culture and Research will host its 10th cohort of Academic Students Achieving and Reaching Success this summer, as it welcomes 14 students who will be freshmen at West Virginia University this…

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

 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…

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Jevon Carter finds a home in the NBA

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…

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

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…

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WVU and Girl Scouts address areas of concern for state girls

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,”…

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WVU freshman wins National History Day award

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…

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WVU announces recommendations as part of fraternity and sorority system review

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.…

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Women of Appalachia Project spoken word event seeks submissions

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…

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

West Virginia University could be at the forefront of solving a $57 billion 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…

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

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…

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Duo captures national rifle titles

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. Read more at West…

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WVU researcher pursues updated vaccine against whooping cough

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…

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WVU law students win cases for two West Virginia veterans

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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Record number of WVU students named Gilman Scholars

 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…

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2017-18 another banner season for WVU Athletics

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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WVU College of Education and Human Services dean to lead faculty development and support activities at Virginia Commonwealth University

West Virginia University’s dean of the College of Education and Human Services, Dr. Gypsy Denzine, has been appointed senior vice provost for faculty affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, effective Aug. 6. “Gypsy is a…

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WVU physicist receives prestigious NSF CAREER Award

In the heat of the space race in 1958 between the United States and the Soviet Union, James Van Allen discovered Earth’s radiation belt. The belt is located at 500 to 60,000 kilometers above Earth’s surface and is populated with…

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Second annual WVU Day of Giving to be held Nov. 14

Hoping to build on the success of their inaugural Day of Giving last fall, West Virginia University Foundation officials have announced plans to conduct a second WVU Day of Giving on Nov. 14. “In one 24-hour period last November, our…

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WVU team finishes second in NASA’s Mars Ice Challenge

Not a leaking drain plug nor a blown water line could keep the MIDAS II team from West Virginia University from placing in NASA’s Mars Ice Challenge.Led by Powsiri Klinkhachorn, professor of computer science and electrical engineering, the…

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WVU researchers investigate link between sleep apnea treatment and diabetes management

For adults with diabetes, managing the disease is a day-in, day-out effort to control the factors that affect blood sugar levels. A team of scientists, including two West Virginia University professors, is researching how one aspect of a…

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Huggins named to NABC Board

West Virginia University head coach Bob Huggins and University of Missouri head coach Cuonzo Martin have accepted invitations to join the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Board of Directors. Read more at West Virginia University…

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WVU engineering students sweep SAMPE Additive Manufacturing Contest

Engineering students from West Virginia University’s Student Chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering swept top honors in the Student Additive Manufacturing Contest that was held during the 2018 SAMPE…

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Order of Vandalia inducts six

West Virginia University Order of Vandalia inducted new members Saturday (June 2), adding six West Virginians to a distinguished list of recipients including Sen. Jay Rockefeller, Sen. Robert C. Byrd, Hazel Ruby McQuain, Sen. Jennings Randolph, John…

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WVU launches Distinguished West Virginians Archives

It comes as a surprise to some that West Virginia and its flagship university have both produced a cavalcade of distinguished leaders in business, science, government, the arts and the military, just to name some areas.“People will say,…

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New federal ‘Opportunity Zones’ include WVU locations

Three Morgantown census tracts that include portions of West Virginia University will now be eligible for a new federal tax incentive program designed to encourage private investors to make capital investments. The three are among 55…

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WVU Medicine breaks ground for WVU Medicine Children’s tower

Monday (June 4), seven current and former WVU Medicine Children’s patients grabbed a shovel and a hard hat to turn some dirt at a ceremonial groundbreaking for a $150-million hospital that will revolutionize the care of women and children in…

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WVU researcher receives NIH grant to explore effects of fracking on cardiovascular health

Building and operating a hydraulic fracturing well site can emit airborne particles in multiple ways. But scientists still don’t fully understand how these particles impact human health. Travis Knuckles, assistant professor in the West Virginia…

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WVU to establish first Public Health Residency program in Appalachia

To help combat the region’s ongoing health issues, the West Virginia University School of Public Health is developing a new residency program focused on public health, the first of its kind in Appalachia.The School was recently awarded funding…

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WVU signs expanded cooperation agreement with Chinese energy company

West Virginia University and Shanxi International Energy Group have signed an expanded agreement to cooperate on energy research, training and education through the U.S.-China Energy Center-Shanxi. “Agreements such as these serve as…

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Three night games announced for Milan Puskar Stadium

The Big 12 Conference has announced the game times and broadcast partners for three of West Virginia's six home games for the 2018 season. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU Extension Service and partners lead national Leap into Science initiative

The West Virginia University Extension Service is partnering with the Green Bank Observatory, Pocahontas County Libraries and the Morgantown Public Library System to develop and guide the Leap into Science program in West Virginia through 2021. …

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WVU named among top sales schools in the world for seventh consecutive year

A sales education environment comprised of high-level classroom education, valuable experiential learning, exposure to companies that have relationships with West Virginia University, internship opportunities and sales case competitions has landed…

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WVU Police Chief Bob Roberts retiring after 28 years leading the department

When Bob Roberts first walked on to the West Virginia University campus, he was a 23-year-old non-commissioned officer with the U.S. Air Force, working with ROTC. Now, more than 37 years, later, he’s preparing to retire after 33 years…

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WVU landscape architecture graduates and professor earn international recognition, 8th annual Yuan Ye competition

For the second consecutive year, the West Virginia University landscape architecture program in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design was recognized for excellence in innovation, design and teaching…

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Four factors predict chronic opioid use, suggests study by WVU researchers

Four factors increase the odds that a patient will wind up on chronic opioid therapy, suggests research conducted by a team of researchers led by Nilanjana Dwibedi, assistant professor in the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. It is…

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2018 WVU Sports Hall of Fame class revealed

The 2018 class includes Kate Bulger (women's basketball), Jon Capon (men's soccer), Avon Cobourne (football), Mike Gansey (men's basketball), Tom Keane (football), Larry Krutko (football), Eleanor Lamb (administration), Steve Slaton…

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WVU board OKs FY19 budget assumptions, tuition and dining services vendor

The West Virginia University Board of Governors took steps Friday to ensure a strong, vibrant education for its students, and continued its search for revenue that can help mitigate needed increases in tuition and fees.The Board approved budget…

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Summer at WVU: Young people can learn new skills, make new friends

All summer, various youth camps and summer programs at West Virginia University—both on and off campus—will help young people develop new skills while making new friends.Learning sports and adventure photography and video, how to start a…

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WVU School of Dentistry operates new specialty program to treat gum disease

A new post-graduate program at the West Virginia University School of Dentistry trains dentists to become specialists in preventing and treating gum disease and related conditions in the use of dental implants.Dr. Gian Pietro Schincaglia will lead…

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NCAA releases APR data

West Virginia University's combined varsity athletic teams have an Academic Progress Rate score of 984 according to data released today by the NCAA. The 984 score is WVU's highest in the 14 years of the NCAA Academic Performance Program. …

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WVU Public Health faculty lead efforts in evaluating substance use disorder services

A new effort at West Virginia University will support the state’s campaign to address the opioid crisis. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Team from WVU finishes second in DOE-GM sponsored EcoCAR 3 competition

At the end of year two of the EcoCAR 3 competition, the team from West Virginia University won the “Team to Watch” award, which is presented to the school that shows strong improvement from year one as well as the potential to grow in…

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WVU professors bring the scientific community closer to understanding binary star mergers

Imagine only knowing 15 people in the world, and as you discover more people, your knowledge expands. Scientists studying our galaxy face something similar as they make discoveries that build our understanding of the universe. Maura McLaughlin…

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WVU, Revature partnership to provide on-campus coding training

West Virginia University and Revature, a leading technology talent development company, have announced a strategic partnership to provide WVU and other college graduates with hands-on technology training that will help prepare them to fill a demand…

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WVU researchers receive funding from the Alpha Foundation to study mine safety and health

A pair of research teams from West Virginia University have received close to $500,000 in funding from the Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health. The first team, led by Derek Johnson, associate professor of mechanical and…

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WVU biology student links Clean Air Act to red spruce recovery in Appalachia

A dramatic recovery of red spruce trees in the central Appalachian Mountains led West Virginia University researchers to pursue the driving factors behind improved forest health.After a 50-year period of declining growth of the tree species prior to…

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Inaugural class of WVUteach graduates celebrate achievement, prepare for STEM teaching careers in West Virginia

West Virginia University celebrated its first graduating class of the WVUteach program this commencement season. The program is designed to provide students the opportunity to fulfill their majors of choice while exploring the profession of teaching…

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WVU Board continues work on implementing faculty, academic rules

The West Virginia University Board of Governors continued its work Friday (May 18) on the process of enacting new policies and procedures in the wake of the state Legislature’s  adoption of laws permitting more…

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WVU Tech welcomes Dr. Joan Neff as provost

After an extensive, nationwide search, WVU Tech administration has announced the installment of Joan Neff as the University’s new provost.Neff will oversee the institution’s academic efforts, working alongside the academic deans and…

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WVU Medicine Children’s launches School Intervention Program

When a child is hospitalized, what he or she considers “normal” – going to school, participating in extracurricular activities, daily routines – is disrupted. For children who are admitted for extended stays at WVU Medicine…

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Basketball Hall of Fame Showcase announced

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the matchups for the annual Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase presented by Citi on Sunday, December 16 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Training 'ninja' analysts

Karen and Mike Carver, West Virginia University sociology and anthropology alumni and owners of Ninja Analytics, gave $25,000 to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology to support student research. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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WVU Extension partners with drug courts to offer a fresh start to residents fighting addiction

Illicit drug use in the United States has been steadily increasing, and in 2014 alone, more than seven million Americans who struggled with drug use. West Virginia has the highest rate of drug-related deaths in the United States and one-in-10 people…

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WVU Upward Bound Provides Summer Food Service Program

The West Virginia University (WVU) Upward Bound (UB) program announces its sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s federally funded Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) for its 2018 summer residential program. UB will receive…

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Founding director of Art Museum of WVU to retire in July

Art Museum of West Virginia University Director Joyce Ice announced Monday (May 14) her plans to retire, effective July 7. Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Mylan and West Virginia University join forces to inspire West Virginia youth through STEM-CARE

(Editor's note: The following is a joint announcement from Mylan and West Virginia University.)Mylan and West Virginia University join forces to inspire West Virginia youth through STEM-CARE Read more at West Virginia University Press…

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Gee urges WVU Class of 2018 to make choices that serve their purpose in life

(Editor’s note: Media may download a 350 MB mp4 video file.)The West Virginia University Class of 2018 isn’t the first to leave college life for a turbulent world. President Gordon Gee earned his first degree 50 years ago amid Viet Nam…

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WVU School of Nursing dean to establish scholarship for fast-track nursing students

As the vice president of health promotion and wellness and dean of the WVU School of Nursing, Tara Hulsey, PhD, understands the need for qualified nurses in West Virginia. She is taking her passion for nursing and education one step further by…

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WVU Medicine Children’s to open new Neurodevelopmental Center

WVU Medicine Children’s announced Monday (May 7) plans to open a Neurodevelopmental Center in late summer to evaluate and treat children with a wide variety of neurodevelopmental disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental…

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Charlotte's Belk College Weekend gets a country kickoff

It might only be the beginning of May, but college football is already on the minds of many. The West Virginia University Mountaineers and University of Tennessee Volunteers are set to open their seasons at the Belk College Kickoff on September 1 at…

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Gee Mail: A Top 10 for the Class of 2018

President Gordon Gee has a few parting words — a top 10 list, to be precise — for the more than 4,450 soon-to-be graduates of West Virginia University.Before many of them walk the stage to partake in commencement…

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WVU biology student connects sense of smell to brain diseases

Studying how insects’ wing movements affect their sense of smell has the potential to explain underlying causes of disorders like schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease and shortness of breath, according to new research from West Virginia…

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Record number of WVU students awarded NSF research fellowships

A record number of students - five - from West Virginia University have been selected to participate in National Science Foundation-funded summer research fellowships with the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Home to three Nobel Prize…

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WVU researchers to develop economic plan for Potomac Highlands region

A group of counties in eastern West Virginia have turned to West Virginia University to develop a strategic action plan for its future. WVU’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research will lead a team of expert organizations who will prepare…

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Donation from WVU alumni Dan and Betsy Brown to benefit Formula SAE team

The latest gift from longtime West Virginia University supporters Dan and Betsy Brown will help fund activities related to the WVU Formula SAE racing team in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.The significant…

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New cohort of Foundation Scholars chosen

The first members of the West Virginia University Class of 2022 will be honored just two days after the Class of 2018 leaves campus. The WVU Foundation Scholars, the highest academic scholarship the University awards, will be Read more at West…

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WVU biology student uses Appalachian forests to improve future climate predictions

A West Virginia University student is using Appalachian forests to improve predictions of future climate change.According to Joe Carrara, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biology, research shows humans have more than doubled the rate of…

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Brown hired as strength coach for men’s basketball

Shaun Brown has been named the strength and conditioning coach for WVU men's basketball and brings 30 years of experience to Mountaineer basketball. Brown comes to West Virginia from Minnesota, where he served as the strength and conditioning…

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Civil engineering professor named inaugural Wadsworth Faculty Fellow at WVU

Dimitra Pyrialakou, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been named the inaugural Maurice Wadsworth Faculty Fellow in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. Pyrialakou has initiated research on a project…

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Record number of WVU students receive Fulbright Scholarships

A record number of  West Virginia University students have been named Fulbright Scholars this year, doubling the previous record of five.The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program,…

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