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The Newsletter for Marshall University        September 22, 2010

Chesapeake Energy Corporation gives $200,000 to MU Foundation
in support of business and engineering, high school students

Chesapeake Energy Corporation has given $200,000 to the Marshall University Foundation, Inc., in support of scholarships for Marshall University business and engineering students, as well as a summer academy for high school students interested in pursuing a career in engineering.

The gift, to be distributed over a five-year period, was announced on the Huntington campus during a news conference at the MU Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center.

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Marshall receives $4.7 million for Center for Diagnostic Nanosystems

Marshall University has received $4.7 million in federal funding to support the new Center for Diagnostic Nanosystems at the university’s Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center.


  The funding, which was announced by U.S. Senators Jay Rockefeller and Carte Goodwin and U.S. Congressman Nick Rahall, was added to Fiscal Year 2009 and 2010 Senate Appropriations bills at the request of the late Senator Robert C. Byrd. U.S. Department of Energy officials have formally released $2.9 million, with an additional $1.8 million expected soon.

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Marshall University expands sustainability partnership
with EPA, raises bar on environmental goals

  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s mid-Atlantic region joined with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection in recognizing Marshall University for expanding its environmental goals under EPA’s Sustainability Partnership Program.

EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin and WVDEP Cabinet Secretary Randy Huffman met with President Stephen J. Kopp Monday to sign the agreement, which formalizes the working partnership.

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World renowned biologist Dr. Lynn Margulis to speak at Marshall

World renowned biologist Dr. Lynn Margulis will be on the Huntington campus Friday, Sept. 24, to deliver a public lecture titled Gaia as Planetary Symbiogenesis? The Rediscovery of Kozo-Polyansky.


  Margulis, a distinguished professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, will speak at 7 p.m. in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. The event, presented by the College of Science and the Drinko Academy, is free to the public.

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Sherri Stepp is Employee of the Month


Sherri Stepp, Interim Director of University College, has been named the Marshall University Employee of the Month for August, according to Michelle Brown Douglas, chair of the Employee of the Month Committee.

An employee since 1988, she was nominated by Sarah Craiger, Steve Hensley, and Jennifer Kennedy.

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Fall General Faculty Meeting set for Sept. 29 at Marshall University

The fall General Faculty Meeting of Marshall University’s 2010-11 academic year will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29 in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

The agenda will consist of welcoming remarks by the Faculty Senate Chair, Dr. Cam Brammer; singing of the Star Spangled Banner by Dr. Larry Stickler; introduction of new administrators by Provost Dr.


  Gayle Ormiston; introduction of 70 new faculty by Brammer and School of Medicine Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs Dr. Joseph Werthammer; a State of the Faculty Address by Brammer; and a State of the University Address by University President Dr. Stephen J. Kopp.

All faculty, staff, students and members of the public are invited to attend. After the meeting a reception to honor the new university personnel will be held in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center.

Curator of Holocaust Memorial Museum’s highly acclaimed exhibition,‘The Holocaust,’ to make presentation Sept. 23


Dr. Steven Luckert, curator of the Holocaust Memorial Museum’s highly acclaimed exhibition, The Holocaust, will make a presentation on Marshall University’s Huntington campus at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, in Room BE 5 of the Memorial Student Center. The program is free to the public.


Luckert, who also serves as director of the exhibition, will speak on “State of Deception: the Power of Nazi Propaganda,” a companion volume to the exhibition, which he wrote with Susan Bachrach.

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Marshall Artists Series to present
Fall International Film Festival
H.E.L.P. Sponsors Annual Golf Scramble
The Fall International Film Festival, part of the Marshall Artists Series, will take place Oct. 1-7 at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center and will feature six films.

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  The Marshall H.E.LP. Program is hosting its annual Golf Scramble on Friday, Oct. 8, at the Riviera Country Club. As a self-supporting, non-profit organization H.E.L.P. (Higher Education for Learning Problems) relies on funds generated from the scramble, which is the their only fundraiser, to sponsor scholarships for qualified students.

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Faculty Achievements


Dr. Sasha Zill, Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Pathology in the SOM has an article published in the journal Current Biology. 

  The article, “Invertebrate neurobiology: role of the insect brain in walking”  reviews recent findings that bridge the gap between molecular and systems biology.

Profile: Lisa Allen - a series on interesting Marshall University people

She was a big city girl who willingly traded the frenetic bustle of the military life for the serene hills of southern West Virginia.




“I was basically an ‘army brat,’” says Lisa Allen, administrative assistant in Multicultural Affairs. “I was born in Washington, D.C., where my mother was a Registered Nurse. In addition, I was surrounded by lots of uncles and aunts who helped raise me, coming from a single parent home. My aunt was in the military and I frequently lived with her and her family so when she was transferred, I traveled with them.”

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The next issue of We Are…Marshall will be distributed Oct. 6, 2010. Please send any materials for consideration to Pat Dickson by  Oct. 4.



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