West Virginia University honored leaders in innovative research. On Monday, WVU held its Second Annual Innovation Awards Ceremony at the Waterfront Place Hotel. Four honorees were chosen from among 43 faculty, staff and students who have contributed to innovation by impacting the society through the commercialization of their ideas.

“I think at the end of the day the University is a place of people and ideas, but those ideas mean nothing unless they are translated out and have an impact on society. So we have worked very hard to create and atmosphere which people think about their ideas and how they take those out and change lives,” said WVU’s Vice President Fred King. The awards support a 21st century land grant mission and are part of WVU’s vision to create a “State of Innovation.”

Early Career Award Nominees- Dr. Taura L. Barr

Established Career Innovator Award- Dana Coester

Presidential Innovation Service Award- Dr. James Smith

Student Innovator Award- Justin Chambers

See the video at: http://www.wboy.com/story/26599917/west-virginia-university-honors-innovative-research-leaders

WVU announces Innovation Award winners

Posting date:September 23rd, 2014

A wide range of innovation – from a life sciences startup to the latest in media technology – was recognized Monday (Sept. 22) by West Virginia University during the second annual Innovation Awards.

The awards honor contributions to innovation and impact on society through commercialization of ideas. For these awards, innovation includes all forms of discovery, creation, and production of inventive and progressive ideas, methods, and products that promote society’s growth.

Taura Barr, Richard Giersch, Ashley Petrone and Connie Tennant received the Early Career Innovator Award; Dana Coester received the Established Career Innovator Award; James Smith received the Presidential Innovation Service Award; and Justin Chambers received the Student Innovator Award.

See more at: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2014/09/23/wvu-announces-innovation-award-winners

Recognizing the role and importance energy plays in the world, and especially the state, West Virginia University has created the WVU Energy Institute to establish a powerful network of expertise in energy research and education. Brian J. Anderson, a top energy researcher at WVU, will head the institute.

“Access to affordable, clean energy is one of the most complex and far-reaching issues of our time. Energy is a key driver of our state’s economy and economies around the world. It affects the health and quality of life of the world’s citizens,” President Gordon Gee said.

The institute will connect WVU’s existing energy efforts and respond to new opportunities, Anderson said. It will enable faculty to conduct research and pursue larger and multidisciplinary problems, solutions and funding opportunities. The four main areas of focus will be fossil energy, sustainable energy, energy policy and environmental stewardship.

Read more at: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2014/09/15/wvu-creates-energy-institute-to-generate-energy-research-and-collaboration

Research Corp. has won a nearly $487,000 cyberinfrastructure grant from the National Science Foundation for significant upgrades to high-speed, high-volume Internet connections that will benefit University researchers and their work. The networking grant will help create a science DMZ, or demilitarized zone, which is essentially a secure “express lane” subnetwork for research data traffic within the University’s larger network. The upgrades in speed and creation of the DMZ will give Information Technology Services the ability to separate research traffic from other Internet traffic, guarantee high-speed Internet2 access for researchers, and more.

Read more at: http://sharedresearchfacilities.wvu.edu/

West Virginia University’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design had a busy summer preparing to launch its Bachelor of Science degree program in Energy Land Management (ELM). This is a companion to the Environmental and Energy Resource Management program launched last year.

Both programs were developed as a result of the exponential growth of energy as an innovative industry and are designed to prepare students for important roles in the energy sector. Students will develop skillsets that are portable across industries, and they will graduate equipped to work in the oil, natural gas, coal and renewable energy sectors in positions ranging from government and regulatory affairs to land contracts and lease management.

See more at: http://techconnectwv.org/wvu-launches-two-new-energy-programs-designed-to-prepare-students-for-careers-in-energy/#sthash.sk3wcVsc.dpuf

West Virginia’s bioscience industry has grown 6.9 percent since 2007, according to a new study released by Battelle and the Biotechnology Industry Organization.

The report “Battelle/BIO State Bioscience Jobs, Investments and Innovation 2014” found the state’s bioscience industry employed nearly 6,400 people at 343 different businesses in 2012, an increase of 6.9 percent since 2007.

“This is great news that reflects the growing culture of innovation and entrepreneurism in our state, as well as the increased focus on bio-related research and development by our research universities, like West Virginia University and Marshall University, among others,” said Bryan Brown, executive director of the West Virginia Bioscience Association.

Read more at: http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140626/DM05/140629386/1280

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Sally Hodder, M.D., professor of Medicine at Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School, has been named director and principal investigator (PI) of the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute (WVCTSI).

“Dr. Sally Hodder is exactly the right person to lead West Virginia’s largest research collaborative,” said Christopher C. Colenda, M.D., M.P.H., chancellor forWest Virginia University Health Sciences and president and CEO of the West Virginia United Health System. “She’s an accomplished physician who has shown that she can improve the lives of patients through the integration of research and healthcare. We expect her to put that experience to work for people and communities across West Virginia.”

Both the University and the System have committed millions of dollars to support WVCTSI.

Dr. Hodder currently serves as the director for HIV Programs in the Department of Medicine and director of the Clinical Research Unit at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Hodder was selected following a national search and is expected to begin her new role in September. An interdisciplinary search committee made up of representatives from across the WVCTSI partner institutes (WVU, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, and WVU-Charleston/Charleston Area Medical Center Institute), led by WVCTSI Interim Director Glenn H. Dillon, Ph.D., chose Hodder to fill the post.

Read more at: http://wvuhealthcare.com/news/story?headline=hodder-named-director-of-west-virginia-clinical-and-translational-science-institute

For years, diabetics have been using a tiny drop of blood from a finger prick to accurately detect blood sugar glucose levels. Now a team of researchers at West Virginia University is working to develop a similar device to diagnose two very different types of problems: traumatic brain injury and heavy metals in water supplies.

Nianqiang Wu, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Yuxin Liu, an assistant professor in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, have teamed up to create the strips. Both have extensive experience in the development of nano-scale devices with applications in healthcare and environmental monitoring.

Read more at: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2014/05/29/wvu-research-team-developing-test-strips-to-diagnose-traumatic-brain-injury-heavy-metals

Six West Virginia University professors will explore complex shale gas issues ranging from the potential impacts on heart health, water resources, the chemical industry, and policy development not only in West Virginia but also around the world.

Each professor won a $10,000 research grant from WVU’s National Research Center for Coal and Energy and Office of Research as part of their newly launched WVU Shale Gas Network.

Research projects include improving the safety and efficiency of shale gas exploration and production, developing new methods to use shale gas in chemical manufacturing, studying the potential impact of shale gas production on cardiovascular health and researching the development of shale gas in other countries.

Read more at: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2014/05/23/six-wvu-professors-to-study-shale-gas-and-its-impacts-locally-and-globally

A "Happy" Community in Tennessee

Posting date:May 22nd, 2014

The City of Franklin, TN has creatively combined promotional advertising, city pride, and community unity (with the help of some clutch licensing deals) to inform the world about the city’s enthusiasm and capabilities through song—thanks to its happy residents and employees.