30 Mar

WVU alum Sunny Narayanan is pursuing his graduate degree at Texas A&M in Space Life Sciences. Sunny graduated in 2012 and was a member of the Honors College during his time at WVU. The unique program that brought him to A&M has been an exceptional experience for him, and he noted that it is a highly multi-disciplinary program; he interacts with faculty and students in engineering, exercise physiology, nutrition, genetics, etc. on a constant basis. In the hopes of bringing more Mountaineers to the program, he has shared with us the program’s website at the following link: http://slsgraduateprogram.tamu.edu/NSBRI/content.aspx?page=252. Interested students are encouraged to visit the website to learn more!

30 Mar

Mindfit Searching for Tutors

Savanah | March 30th, 2015

Mindfit, a tutoring program on-campus for students with learning disabilities, is now hiring tutors for the fall 2015 semester! For more information, view their flyer here or visit their website at the following link: http://accessibilityservices.wvu.edu/map/tutors/tutor-application

30 Mar

2015 High Performance Computing Day

Savanah | March 30th, 2015

April 16, 2015 * 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Waterfront Place Hotel, Morgantown, WV


HPC Poster Competition
Travel Awards for the top three posters
Open to graduate and undergraduate students who use high performance computing for their research or scholarship
All science and humanities disciplines are welcome
30-inch x 40-inch poster format
Select “Yes” to the poster question at the registration site
Questions? Contact Dr. Kimberly Quedado (Kimberly.quedado@mail.wvu.edu)

Researchers increasingly use the power of high performance computing (HPC) to unravel scientific mysteries and spur innovation at an accelerating pace, from the inner workings of the brain to the design of space-age materials. At the 2015 High Performance Computing Day, listen to and meet HPC experts from the:

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Research Campus
National Energy Technology Laboratory
National Center for Computational Science at Oak Ridge
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
Wabash College
West Virginia University

Learn about new applications in fields such as materials, energy, biology, chemistry, and genomics and about the tools available at WVU and through WVU’s connections to HPC organizations nationally. If you are already part of the HPC community, you may discover novel HPC methods that can be of use to you. If HPC is new to you and you want to tap its revolutionary potential, you will be able to meet others who can explain how to access and use the tools.

Formal presentations coupled with ample networking sessions and a student poster competition are designed to inspire you to harness the power of HPC to fast track your research. Follow these links to details about the AGENDA and the special invited PRESENTERS.

WVU 2015 HPC Day organizing committee members include:
Mr. Don McLaughlin, WVU HPC Manager
Dr. Kimberly Quedado, WVU Physics Education Coordinator Kimberly.Quedado@mail.wvu.edu
Dr. Aldo Romero, WVU Associate Professor of Physics
Ms. Trina Wafle, WVU Shared Research Facilities Director tkwafle@mail.wvu.edu

30 Mar

WVU Jackson & Kelly Professor of Law Emeritus to Present “The Assassination of President Lincoln, What Really Happened?”

April 2015 marks the conclusion of the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. To commemorate this anniversary, The Honors College of West Virginia University is hosting a series of events. On April 14, Forest Jackson “Jack” Bowman, the Jackson & Kelly Professor of Law Emeritus at West Virginia University and an avid student of history, will present “The Assassination of President Lincoln, What Really Happened?” in the Honors Hall Media Room at 7:00 p.m.
Bowman, a former Captain in the United States Army, is especially interested in the American Civil War, having had ancestors who served on both sides of that struggle. His particular area of interest is in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, a subject he has studied intensely for over fifty years.

His research has taken him from the back door of Washington, DC’s Ford’s Theater, to the want ad pages of the New York Daily Intelligencer, to the Library of Congress, to the private writings of a former president of Virginia Polytechnic Institute (who was a secret agent for Jefferson Davis), to an obscure threat made by Confederate Col. John Singleton Mosby to a Confederate soldier from Bowman’s hometown of Petersburg, West Virginia. Along the way, he has discovered that much of what has been written about President Lincoln’s assassination is not simply misleading and confusing, it is completely wrong.

In his presentation, “The Assassination of President Lincoln, What Really Happened?” he will tell us the true story of what happened on that tragic night at Ford’s Theater.

16 Mar

Students interested in receiving a Committee Letter of Evaluation and Interview from the West Virginia University PreHealth Committee for the 2015 application cycle can view the complete instructions for the process at the link below. The application process will be available from March 9, 2015 to May 15, 2015. All FERPA waivers, application forms, letters of evaluations, and interview requests must be submitted to the PreHealth Office by this time to receive a Committee Letter and to schedule an Interview. The complete instructions are attached here.

An informational session about the process will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm in the Shenandoah Room in the Mountainlair. If you have questions, please contact Nichelle Sowers at Nichelle.Perkins@mail.wvu.edu.

16 Mar

The Mountaineer Undergraduate Research Review is looking for submissions from undergraduate students who are wishing to have their research featured in the Spring 2015 publication. Submissions from undergraduate researchers in all fields (natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, etc.) are welcome and encouraged. The link to the submission form is: https://aspirewvu.wufoo.com/forms/mountaineer-undergraduate-research-review-2015/. The deadline for submissions is April 1st. For more information or questions, please contact Luke Bowling at lbowling@mix.wvu.edu or Cate Johnson at Cate.Johnson@mail.wvu.edu.

16 Mar

Peace Corps Visit April 21

Savanah | March 16th, 2015

The Peace Corps will be hosting an information session for interested students on Tuesday, April 21, in the Shenandoah Room of the Mountainlair from 12-1 pm. More information can be seen in the flyer for the session below.

Peace Corps at WVU 4 21 15

16 Mar

The WVU Department of Social Work is offering a summer study abroad program to Vietnam and Cambodia this summer for the 10th year in a row. This is a course that is appropriate as an elective for a variety of different majors at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Over the years, students majoring history, political science, communication studies, journalism, economics, biology, nursing, exercise physiology, anthropology/sociology, pre-med, gender studies, public health, and a number of other majors have gone on the trip. Undergraduates earn 6 credits and graduate students earn 3 credits. Students are also able to earn service hours as the course has a service designation and the hours can also be applied toward the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Global Engagement Certificate.

Tentative dates for the trip are May 19th through June 19th. More information on the trip can be found in the brochure, linked here.

16 Mar

WVU Summer Courses in the Caribbean

Savanah | March 16th, 2015

Are you interested in any of the following?

  • Earning up to 30 community service hours
  • Earning extra credits during the summer at a reasonable cost
  • Learning about Veterinary Science and Animal Production in the Tropics
  • Learning about the people, history and culture of people of the southern Caribbean
  • Gaining an international educational experience
  • Serving and assisting in the development of a rural community
  • Learning and living in one of the most diverse countries in the world
  • Experiencing tropical rainforest, sandy Caribbean beaches, a vibrant an energetic people and a modern fast pace economy all in the same country, or
  • Great food, entertainment and cultural experiences.

If you are interested in any of the above, or perhaps something close to them, then consider registering for the WVU summer study abroad courses “Tropical Animal & Veterinary Experience” or “Sociology, History, Culture and Development in the Caribbean”

Tropical Animal & Veterinary Experience is a service-based course designed to provide students with hands-on experience with tropical animal health and disease, livestock and wildlife, while engaging in service learning at a veterinary school and hospital (http://sta.uwi.edu/fms/vet/) and at governmental and non-governmental farms and zoos (http://www.zstt.org/). Students will also gain further exposure to tropical animal science by accompanying government and university veterinary health professionals on service calls, farm tours and student practical exercises. For the remainder of the period, students will visit cultural and historical sites, including many beautiful tourist attractions and beaches in both Trinidad and the sister island Tobago, to get a better feel for the people and history of the country. During each stage students will have periods of discussions/reflections to reinforce the learning outcomes of the course.

Sociology, History, Culture and Development in the Caribbean is a course designed for undergraduate students to discuss and implement inquiry based engagement. The course will provide students personal insights into the history, development and culture in small island developing states (SIDs) such as Trinidad and Tobago. The course will also focus on the many factors including contemporary issues that limit and threaten development and food security in Caribbean SIDs. Students will get hands-on experience of life in SIDs, by living in both under-developed rural settings as well as tourist enclaves. The history and culture would be experienced through civic engagement and service in supporting rural development, multiple interactions with many ethnic and social groups, tours to historic sites and participation in cultural and sporting activities

Some of the sites usually visited include:

For more information or questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Marlon Knights marlon.knights@mail.wvu.edu.

To apply for the Tropical Animal & Veterinary Experience course, visit the following link: https://studyabroad.wvu.edu/sites/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=930

To apply for the Sociology, History, Culture and Development in the Caribbean course, visit the following link: https://studyabroad.wvu.edu/sites/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=1382

Also, please feel free to view the videos below if you wish to know more about Trinidad:

9 Mar

Dr. Steve Davis will be offering CHPR 440, Clinical Research Methods and Practice, during the Fall Semester 2015. This course offers a unique, “hands on” experience in a busy academic emergency department (ED) and urgent care center where many public health issues and problems, such as substance abuse, diabetes, and intimate partner violence, are often encountered. In addition to a didactic component covering various topics including research ethics, research design, and database considerations, students will have the opportunity to enroll patients in various research studies and administer data collection instruments. Interested students should plan to meet briefly with Dr. Davis prior to enrollment to discuss specific course requirements. This course is especially of interest to students interested in pursuing a medical or health related career. The experiences gained in this course can help differentiate students from other applicants during the medical school (or other health profession) application process. Several honors college students have completed the course in the past and Dr. Davis would welcome many more! You can receive honors credit for this course by registering for the honors add-on section.

If you have further questions, or to schedule an appointment to discuss course enrollment, please kindly contact Dr. Davis at your convenience at: smdavis@hsc.wvu.edu.



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