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The Newsletter for Marshall University        June 23, 2010

Med School Ranked in Top 20 in New Study

A groundbreaking national study published today earlier this month in the Annals of Internal Medicine ranks Marshall University’s medical school among the top 20 in the United States in fulfilling medical schools’ fundamental mission: training physicians to care for the nation’s population as a whole.


  The George Washington University study breaks new ground by providing what the journal’s news release called “a real-time and real-place report” on doctors who graduated between 1999 and 2001: what their backgrounds are, where they work, and what kind of medicine they practice.

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Skydivers, Olympic-style parade onto field
among highlights of soccer tournament’s opening ceremony

A spirited leap into Joan C. Edwards Stadium by a professional sky diving team, an Olympic-style parade onto the stadium turf by some 5,000 athletes and a flag roll-out during the National Anthem are among the highlights of the U.S. Youth Soccer Region I (East) Championships opening ceremony next week on Marshall University’s Huntington campus.   The formal ceremony is set for 3:50 p.m. Thursday, July 1, at the stadium, and admission is free. It will be preceded by several activities, including Team Fastrax skydivers delivering a 2,000 square-foot American flag to the stadium when they jump at 3:41 p.m.


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Bookwalter to serve as interim dean of College of Education
and Human Services

Dr. Robert Bookwalter has been named interim dean of the Marshall University College of Education and Human Services, according to Dr. Gayle Ormiston, senior vice president of academic affairs and provost.


  Bookwalter is a 23-year veteran faculty member of Marshall University currently serving as the chairman of the Department of Communication Studies in the College of Liberal Arts. He began his new duties as interim dean on June 16. A nationwide search to fill the permanent position will begin during the fall semester.

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Bookstore anniversary marks $8 million in student scholarships

Marshall University will soon celebrate a 15-year partnership with Follett Higher Education Group and in celebration of that anniversary Follett plans to serve light refreshments and have drawings for door prizes between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, July 9.
  The partnership has resulted in more than $8 million in sales commissions that have gone toward scholarships.

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College of Science faculty members to present ecological research
Watercolor society exhibit continues through July 30
Three Marshall University researchers will be contributing oral papers at the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Pittsburgh. The faculty members and their topics include "Soil microbial communities and nitrogen (N) dynamics along a weathering gradient in an N-saturated hardwood forest watershed,” Dr. Frank S. Gilliam; “A mathematical model for antibiotic resistant bacteria in the Mud River, WV,” Dr. Anna Mummert; “Changes over 10 years in soil nitrogen dynamics and stem growth of forest trees in response to long-term nitrogen fertilization in a mid-Appalachian forest,” Dr. Jeffrey May.

  Gallery 842, located at 842 4th Ave. in downtown Huntington, is  hosting  the 2010 West Virginia Watercolor Society juried exhibition Festival of Colors through July 30.

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Environmental Partnership Award goes to
Brownfields Assistance Centers

The Brownfields Assistance Centers at Marshall University and West Virginia University (WVU) have been awarded the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) Environmental Partnership Award for 2010.

  The award recognizes the collaborative approach the centers use to help communities across the state identify, clean up and redevelop brownfields sites, and the centers’ positive working relationships with state and federal agencies.

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Greenbrier Classic badges still available

Marshall University fans and supporters still have the opportunity to purchase special weekly admission badges to the inaugural Greenbrier Classic and benefit the Marshall University Foundation and the Marshall University Alumni Association under the Greenbrier Classic’s Badges for Charity program.

  The Greenbrier Classic is an official PGA Tour event which takes place July 26-Aug. 1 at the Old White Course in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Special admission badges are available through July 14.

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Profile: Cindy Warren - a series on interesting Marshall University people

A chance remark by a relative changed Cindy Warren from a West Virginia University-bound scholarship student to a die-hard, bleed-green Marshall student, alumna and employee. And the comment changed the course of her life.
  “I had just graduated from Logan High School and was only three weeks away from starting at WVU, where I had won a scholarship and gone through orientation,” said Warren who is the assistant dean of Admissions of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. “Then I happened to overhear an aunt complaining to my mother about the financial burden this would place on my family.”

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