E. Gordon Gee was named West Virginia University’s permanent president today (March 3) the third time he’s been asked to lead the state’s land-grant, flagship research University.
Gee, 70, first served as president from 1981-1985 hired when he was just 36. He returned in January 2014 for a term to replace the departing Jim Clements, and was asked by the WVU Board of Governors Monday to serve as the University’s permanent 24th presidentpending a special meeting of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and its approval.
West Virginia University has received a commitment of $5 million from business school alumnus Ken Kendrick and his wife, Randy, and the Charles Koch Foundation as a lead gift to launch a new center to study the economic, political and social factors that increase prosperity.
The gift will enable the College of Business and Economics to create a Center for Free Enterprise, led by co-directors and associate Economics professors Joshua Hall and Andrew Young. The new center will advance teaching and research on the roles that the principles and institutions of a free society play in creating widely shared prosperity and improving quality of life, and will complement more than a decade of B&E support for the study of free market economics.
Congratulations to Dr. Guodong Guo, in WVU’s Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, for his recent contribution in editing a book entitled, “Support Vector Machines Applications,” published by Springer. This book focuses on business intelligence, computer vision, pattern recognition, machine learning, and more.
You can learn more about the book here: http://www.springer.com/engineering/signals/book/978-3-319-02299-4 and more about Dr. Guo and his ongoing research efforts here: http://www.csee.wvu.edu/~gdguo/
Congratulations to the WVU Solar Decathlon Team! They were chosen again to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 to be held in Irvine, California. The WVU team is one of only eight teams that were invited back to compete!
For more information on the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, log on to: http://1.usa.gov/1fgUgKD
Two days after a chemical leaked into the Elk River and contaminated the water supply of 300,000 West Virginians, a website launched to make the lives of those affected a little easier.
WVFindWater.com quickly garnered 10,000 hits and sent hundreds of SMS alerts to people who had registered with the site. An interactive map on WVFindWater.com showed visitors where they could grab a clean shower, wash their laundry or go for a bite to eat knowing which restaurants remained open during the chemical leak.
One of the minds behind this innovative service is Samuel McLaughlin, a computer science senior at West Virginia University.
It’s just one prime example of ingenuity that will be on display Wednesday (Jan. 29) at Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day, hosted by Industries of the Future-WV and TechConnectWV, at the state Capitol in Charleston.
West Virginia University has been selected the Large Business of the Year for 2014 by the Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce.
The University is among four winners recognized Friday in the Chamber’s Best in Business Awards for 2014. The others were: BlaineTurner Advertising, Small Business; Mona Supply Co., Medium Business; and Bartlett House Inc., Non-Profit Business.
The late Hilda Rosenbaum, for whom Ruby Memorial Hospital’s Rosenbaum Family House is named, was posthumously awarded the Earl L. Core Award, the Chamber’s highest honor.
In honoring WVU, the Chamber noted that the University is in various stages of construction or development on approximately 20 capital projects. A recent study by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research put the total economic impact of these projects at $1 billion, with more than $700 million benefiting Monongalia and surrounding counties alone. WVU employs more than 6,000 employees on its Morgantown main campus and more than 20,000 system-wide.
LIINC and the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) are offering a faculty development workshop this Friday, January 24, 2013, from 2-3 pm in the Mountainlair Bluestone Room. The workshop is entitled, “Connecting with Potential Industry Partners, Protecting Intellectual Property, and Starting a Company”. Follow the link to register: https://cal.wvu.edu/EventList.aspx?view=EventDetails&eventidn=10163&information_id=25198&type=&syndicate=syndicate
Dr. Tim Nurkiewicz, an associate professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, is an example of a faculty researcher who has taken advantage of WVU’s research-related resources. Dr. Nurkiewicz has worked with the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) to patent his intellectual property (IP) and has benefited from networking with potential industry partners through the Linking Innovation Industry and Commercialization (LIINC) program.
Dr. Nurkiewicz and his team were noticed ten years ago when they were the first group to identify that the inhalation of nanomaterials caused microvascular disease. Since then, they have worked with an aerosol generator to unearth the toxicity of nanomaterials when inhaled and absorbed. They obtained the patent for the self-created generator through OTT and are working on miniaturizing the size of the generator for individual medical use. Currently, they are working on the effects of nanomaterials during pregnancy, and how it creates complications for the fetus during various points of the gestation period.
Dr. Nurkiewicz contributes a lot of his success to working with the OTT and LIINC. “I have received numerous professional contacts from attending LIINC events, which have broadened my communications. You never know which contact you may have who links you to your field of opportunity,” Dr. Nurkiewicz stated in an interview.
The industry contacts Dr. Nurkiewicz made through OTT and LIINC have been from all over the country. These contacts have brought attention to his work, his team, WVU, and the State. OTT has provided one-on-one service, walking him through every step of the IP and licensing process, as well as assisting him with industry negotiations. Dr. Nurkiewicz plans on continuing his partnership with LIINC and OTT as he looks for funding and other resources to develop the miniaturization of the aerosol generator.
For information about all upcoming faculty development workshops, please visit: http://tlcommons.wvu.edu/Events/.
As West Virginia University prepares for reaccreditation, President E. Gordon Gee is encouraging the Mountaineer community to “reaffirm” its belief and devotion to its flagship, research, land-grant institution.
Gee and Provost Michele Wheatly taped video messages discussing the value of accreditation in higher education.
West Virginia University is advising students, faculty and staff who may be traveling in the area of a recent chemical spill to use caution.
A state of emergency was declared following a chemical spill affecting water in southern West Virginia. The counties of Boone, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam and Roane are being advised to use tap water only to flush toilets.
The chemical, 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, is used as a foaming agent to separate coal from rock in washing plants, said Paul Ziemkiewicz, director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute.
He said that the chemical, which has a molecule of alcohol in its chemical composition, is soluble in water. Its main effect on humans would be that of an irritant to the eyes, skin and lungs.
The amount of chemical released into the Elk Riverwhich he estimated to be about 3,000 gallonswould translate to 41 milligrams per liter in the Elk River and six milligrams per liter in the Kanawha River using data available now.
“Those are pretty low concentrations,” he said. “You would have to drink thousands of gallons of that water to get anywhere near a lethal dose.”
But the diluted chemical could irritate skin and lungs.
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