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The Newsletter for Marshall University                   June 27, 2012

Marshall University receives large gift pledge
for Engineering Complex

  Huntington-based company Arthur’s Enterprises has made a large gift pledge to the Marshall University Foundation, which will help build the university’s new, advanced Applied Engineering Complex, President Stephen J. Kopp announced earlier this month.

The all-new academic facility will have more than 141,000 square feet of classroom, laboratory, office and special applications spaces that will have a transformative effect on the College of Information Technology and Engineering and science-related disciplines, Kopp said. Construction is expected to begin in October.

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Marshall celebrates opening of Physical Therapy program


A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of new School of Physical Therapy took place June 18 with university officials along with members of the Marshall Board of Governors on hand to welcome the inaugural class of 29 students at the St. Mary’s Center for Education.
Students in the program will be  pursuing their Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degrees.

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Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine names physician as first Maier Clinical Research Professor

  Dr. Shirley M. Neitch (shown at left with Dr. Larry Dial), professor of internal medicine and chief of geriatrics at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, has been named the inaugural Maier Clinical Research Professor.

The professorship will support interdisciplinary translational research investigating the causes, management and treatment of dementia.

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Michelle Ruppert named Employee of the Month


Michelle Ruppert, Administrative Secretary Senior for Counseling in the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development, has been named the Marshall University Employee of the Month for April, according to Michelle Brown Douglas, Chair of the Employee of the Month Committee.

She was nominated by Counseling faculty members Andrew Burck, Lisa Burton, Michael Burton, Lori Ellison, Enobong Inyang, Jonathan Lent, Bob Rubenstein and Carol Smith.

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Tri-State Arts Association exhibition under way

Thirty-two artists from the Tri-State Arts Association are showcasing 60 pieces of their artwork at Gallery 842 in an exhibition that opened June 22.

  Gallery 842, located at 842 4th Ave., is a collaboration between Marshall University and the Huntington community. Gallery director John Farley said that patrons can expect to see many types of work.

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Faculty/Staff Achievements

MU Forensic Science researcher presents his research on Windows 8

Josh Brunty, Digital Forensics Technical Manager at the Forensic Science Center, presented his forensic research on Windows 8 June 5 at the Fourteenth International Techno Security and Digital Investigations Conference.

The annual conference was held June 3-6 in Myrtle Beach, S.C., with more than 1,000 attending, according to Brunty. Organizers of the event sought to raise international awareness of education and ethics in information technology security among practitioners and researchers from the digital forensics and information security community.

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Marshall professor is appointed to national controlled substance committee

Dr. J. Graham Rankin, of the Forensic Science Graduate Program, has been named a core committee member of the newly formed Advisory Committee for the Evaluation of Controlled Substance Analogs (ACECSA).

The mission of the committee is to recommend minimum standards for the evaluation of non-controlled substances being considered as analogs of controlled substances. Its main objective is to establish a working definition of “analog” and related terms within the scope of forensic drug analysis.

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Mozingo receives writing awards

Martha Mozingo, grants coordinator, was the recipient of  two People’s Choice Awards at the annual West Virginia Writer’s Conference held June 8-10 at Cedar Lakes in Ripley. 

Her articles about her dog Frank won her  second and third place awards in the non-fiction prose category. 

Marshall  interdisciplinary teams to present research at national pharmacy conference

Interdisciplinary teams of researchers representing four areas at Marshall have had their abstracts accepted for the July 2012 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s annual meeting in Kissimmee, Fla.

The teams include faculty researchers and students from the School of Pharmacy, School of Medicine, Department of Biological Sciences and Center for Diagnostic Nanosystems.

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Marshall announces 7th Annual West Virginia Brownfields Conference

Marshall University’s Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences (CEGAS) and the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall have announced that the 7th Annual West Virginia Brownfields Conference will be held Sept. 5-6 at The Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels.


The annual statewide conference, attended by more than 150 people, is hosted by the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall, in conjunction with the Northern Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and the West Virginia Development Office.

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Profile: Debby Stoler

  - a series on interesting Marshall University people


Matthew McConaughey spent time in her house. In fact you could even say he lived there. And certainly he could be seen bounding down her front steps to pick up a newspaper in her yard.

Debby Stoler and her family never dreamed their home in the Highlawn section of Huntington would be taking a star turn in the 2006 movie, "We Are Marshall." And unlike the hordes of local folk who lined up and patiently waited hours to see if they could land a role as an extra, her house never even had to audition.

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