3 Oct

Curiosity nurtured at WVU lands on Mars

Adam | October 3rd, 2012

Curiosity did not kill the cat, if you ask a pair of West Virginia University engineering alums now NASA scientists.

In fact, “Curiosity killed the cat” may be the most ill-advised, self-limiting proverb – an expression that goes against the livelihood of Dan Moyers and Steven Mikes. Without Curiosity, there is no exploration, discovery or progress. Perhaps that’s why NASA aptly named its latest rover project “Curiosity.”

Moyers and Mikes work at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. and have had a hand in the development of the Curiosity rover, a car-sized robotic currently roaming around the surface of Mars. More online: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2012/10/03/curiosity-nurtured-at-wvu-lands-on-mars

3 Oct

WVU-Baylor game 360-degree photo

Adam | October 3rd, 2012

As part of the festivities around the first Big 12 Conference football game in WVU history, a high-resolution 360-degree photo was taken during the first quarter of West Virginia’s 70-63 victory over Baylor at Milan Puskar Stadium.

The Mountaineers Gigapixel, being the largest photo ever taken of the stadium, allows you to zoom in with incredible detail and tag yourself and friends. Don’t forget to click the scoreboard to view a special message. To view the photo, go to http://www.wvusports.com/gigapixel/.

3 Oct

Each year the WVU Alumni Association recognizes its successful graduates with induction into the WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni.

Nominations for the 2013 Academy are being accepted through Friday, Oct. 12.

Individuals can submit nominations electronically or by mailing a completed packet to the WVU Alumni Association, One Alumni Dr., P.O. Box 4269, Morgantown, WV 26504-4269. Nomination packets should include: nomination form, letters of support, newspaper/magazine articles and other supporting materials. All nominations must be received by 4 p.m. Oct. 12. Alumni can be nominated by general membership of the Alumni Association or by their respective schools or colleges. Nominees cannot be an employee of WVU, the WVU Alumni Association, or the WVU Foundation, Inc., but can be a member of the Board of Governors, Foundation Board, etc. Posthumous nominations are also accepted.

The Academy of Distinguished Alumni induction ceremony will take place on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at The Erickson Alumni Center. For more information, please contact the WVU Alumni Association at (304) 293-4731 or visit http://alumni.wvu.edu.

3 Oct

John Burton, an internationally known architect who serves as Surveyor of the Fabric at Canterbury Cathedral and Surveyor Emeritus of Westminster Abbey, will share his experiences in preserving these iconic buildings with the WVU and Morgantown communities in an upcoming lecture.

Burton’s lecture will be held on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Metropolitan Theatre on High Street. The free event is hosted by the Division of Design and Merchandising in the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. More online: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2012/10/03/wvu-to-host-lecture-by-canterbury-conservator-on-oct-8

3 Oct

A major player in the nation’s agricultural research efforts will visit WVU and present a seminar hosted by the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. Caird Rexroad, Ph.D., will speak on “Meeting the Grand Challenges: Research on Food and the Environment” at 7 p.m. Friday (Oct. 5) at the Morgantown Event Center. The seminar is part of WVU’s year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Land Grant University System.

More online: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2012/10/03/wvu-davis-college-hosts-agricultural-research-leader-caird-rexroad

3 Oct

Are you…an adult with Type 2 Diabetes? Have you been…feeling depressed for two weeks or longer? Does depression get in the way of work or home life? Would you like to…feel less depressed and healthier?

If so, you may be interested in Program ACTIVE (Appalachians Coming Together to Increase Vital Exercise), a 12-week study of exercise and talk therapy. Guy Hornsby, Ph.D. and the Human Performance Laboratory of West Virginia University are conducting the study to evaluate options for depression in adults with type 2 diabetes.

Participants will be assigned to one of four treatment groups:

• Exercise, Talk Therapy, Talk Therapy + Exercise, or Usual Care.

• The actual group assignment is purely by chance.

• The treatment period is 12 weeks with follow-up assessments conducted after 6 months and one year.

Participants will not be charged for taking part in the study.

For more information, call (855) 362-2848. WVU IRB approval is on file.

2 Oct

Notice of proposed rulemaking

Adam | October 2nd, 2012

This notice of proposed rulemaking is issued pursuant to West Virginia University Board of Governors Policy 45 and W. Va. Code R. 133-4-1 to -8. The proposed change is to West Virginia University Board of Governors Policy 29, Salary Policy, and will update the policy to reflect the fact that the classified staff salary schedule has been fully funded.

A copy of the current policy can be found at http://bog.wvu.edu/r/download/4234 and a copy of the proposed policy can be found at http://bog.wvu.edu/bog_policies_pending_adoption Additionally, copies of both are available at the President’s Office in Room 103 of Stewart Hall.

There will be a public comment period until November 1, 2012 for the submission of written comments. Comments should be submitted to Valerie Lopez, Special Assistant to the Governing Board, at Valerie.Lopez@mail.wvu.edu or Valerie Lopez, Office of the President, West Virginia University, PO Box 6201, Morgantown, West Virginia 26506-6201. The policy may be changed, subject to comments received from the various constituency groups.

2 Oct

Two WVU doctoral students are the recipients of the first Ruby Scholars graduate fellowships – awards designed to assist talented graduate students pursuing degrees in predominantly energy-related or science and engineering disciplines.

In addition to graduate and tuition fee waivers, Derrick Banerjee of Parkersburg and Thomas Devine of Fairmont will each receive a $30,000 stipend and a $2,000 travel grant for professional development opportunities as part of the 2012-2013 Ruby Scholars Graduate Fellowship Program, established last year with a $5 million gift from the Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust and matched by the West Virginia Research Trust Fund, bringing the total value of the fellowship program to $10 million. “These two scholars are the first of many who will build a proud legacy for the Ruby Fellowship program at WVU,” said President Jim Clements during an event today (Oct. 2) announcing the recipients. More online: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2012/10/02/wvu-grad-students-awarded-first-ruby-fellowships-for-innovative-doctoral-work

2 Oct

The Committee of Retired Faculty, a standing committee of the WVU Faculty Senate, is seeking names of full-time, tenured faculty who retired within the past three or four years or are considering retirement. The Committee hosts informative monthly programs and special events and wants to make sure retired faculty are kept updated.

The Committee seeks to support the University’s programs and activities. It studies and recommends to the Senate proposals of concern to the academic community and provides advocacy for issues affecting retired faculty and their spouses. The Committee also partners with the WVU Foundation and the Athletic Department, benefitting retired faculty and their spouses. If you have retired, know of recent retirees, or are planning to retire soon, contact Dr. Sophia Blaydes at blaydes652@comcast.net.

2 Oct

The WVU College of Law, in conjunction with Florida Coastal School of Law and Louisiana State University Law Center, will host a panel discussion on how to apply to law school.

The discussion will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Mountainlair Mountaineer Room. Students who attend will be entered into a drawing for application fee waivers and gift cards. For more information, contact the WVU College of Law at (304) 293-5304.