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The Newsletter for Marshall University        July 20, 2011

New Board of Governors members to be sworn in Aug. 9

Marshall University’s board of governors will have four new members when it next meets on Tuesday, Aug. 9.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has appointed Phyllis Arnold and David Haden, both of Charleston, to the board.

  Marty Amerikaner, a psychology professor, will join the board as faculty representative, and Ray Harrell Jr., the new student government association president, will be the student representative on the board.

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Marshall University enables Internet2 access for West Virginia schools and other institutions

Students and researchers across West Virginia can now have access to advanced online resources through Internet2, a national networking consortium that provides high-speed bandwidth to the research and education community across the country.

  Earlier this month Marshall University officials announced the university, in cooperation with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, has successfully sponsored the statewide West Virginia educational system under the aegis of The West Virginia Internet2 Consortium as the newest Internet2 Sponsored Education Group Participant (SEGP).

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Nerhood becomes interim dean of School of Medicine


Dr. Robert C. Nerhood has accepted the position of interim dean for the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, according to President Stephen J. Kopp.

Nerhood, who retired in 2010, is an emeritus faculty member who formerly served as the school’s senior associate dean for clinical affairs and chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.


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Foundation board welcomes new members

The Marshall University Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors has six new members, Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ron Area announced last week.


The new members are James Farley of Cincinnati; Johnna Coats of Lexington, Ky.; Louis Weisberg of Charleston; John Ashford of Huntington; David Fox III of Huntington; and Gary Ambler of Ronceverte, W.Va.


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Himalayan monk to visit Huntington campus tonight


A Himalayan monk, Swami Vidyadhishananda will be speaking on the Huntington campus at 7 p.m. this evening in Smith Recital Hall with the theme of Balancing Faith and Evolution. His appearance is sponsored by the College of Science and is free and open to the public.


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Faculty member Kolling receives chemistry award


Dr. Derrick Kolling, a chemistry faculty member, has been awarded a $35,000 Cottrell College Science Award to continue his research on photosynthetic oxygen evolution.

The grant funding is part of the spring 2011 awards given by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA), which seeks to support early career scientists at primarily undergraduate institutions.

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Georgel to present poster at Era of Hope 2011 Conference

Dr. Philippe T. Georgel, a professor of biological sciences and director of the Cell Differentiation and Development Center, will present a poster on the effects of diet on breast cancer at the Era of Hope 2011 Conference in Orlando, Fla.

  Georgel’s abstract, done in collaboration with Dr. Elaine Hardman and titled "Maternal Consumption of Omega 3 Fatty Acids to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk in Offspring," was chosen for the conference by the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).

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Marshall University's Literacy Education students working to make stronger readers this summer

 Area youngsters are learning to become stronger readers with help from some Marshall graduate students.


Literacy Education students in the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development are spending several weeks this summer in an advanced practicum teaching children interested in reading achievement.

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Undergraduate students participate in summer research opportunities at Marshall University

Fifteen undergraduate students from nine institutions are spending their summer doing biomedical research in Marshall University’s laboratories.



The students are participating in two nine-week programs – one sponsored by the West Virginia IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE) and the other by the university’s Biomedical Sciences Summer Research Internship for Minority Students (SRIMS) program.

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Profile: Gina Kates

  - a series on interesting Marshall University people



Imagine growing up a cherished only child, a universe of one, and one day unexpectedly finding that you have eight siblings, countless nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles—a flourishing family tree heavily laden with newly discovered relatives.

Gina Kates always knew she was adopted; her parents made sure of that. “I knew the word ‘adopted’ when I was two years old, even though I didn’t have any idea what it meant.” In fact, just six hours after a home birth in Logan County she was scooped up by her adoptive parents, Verla and George McCloud, and brought to Huntington where they were living at the time.

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The next issue of We Are…Marshall will be distributed August 3, 2011. Please send any materials for consideration to Pat Dickson by Aug. 1.

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