April 16, 2014

 

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  • Marshall faculty member to lead team of experts for the National Children’s Study

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    Dr. Rose Rine  a faculty member in the College of Health Professions has been selected to lead a team of experts in the sensory domain for the National Children’s Study (NCS). The National Children’s Study, a multi-year research study, will examine the effects of environmental influences on the health and development of more than 100,000 children across the United States, following them from before birth until age 21. The goal of the study is to improve the health and well-being of children, according to the NCS website. The National Institutes of Health (NIH), an agency of the United States Department of ...
  • New research by Marshall University paleontologist shows climate change drove evolution of ice age predators

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    Concerns about climate change and its impact on the world around us are growing daily. New scientific studies by Marshall University paleontologist Dr. F. Robin O’Keefe and colleagues at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles are probing the link between climate warming and the evolution of Ice Age predators, attempting to predict how animals will respond to climate change today. The La Brea Tar Pits are famous for the amazing array of Ice Age fossils found there, such as ground sloths, mammoths, and predators like saber-toothed cats and powerful dire wolves. But the climate during the end of the ...
  • Jacobs-Jones named senior vice president for operations

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    Brandi D. Jacobs-Jones, director of administration and finance for the City of Huntington since 2007, has been named senior vice president for operations at Marshall University, President Stephen J. Kopp announced yesterday. She replaces Dr. Karen Kirtley, senior vice president for administration, who will retire at the end of this month. Jacobs-Jones will begin her duties at Marshall on May 12. “I’m delighted Ms. Jacobs-Jones has accepted this key leadership position,” said Kopp. “We have a number of challenges ahead as an institution and the wealth of experience she brings from her various roles with the city, combined with her considerable interpersonal ...
  • Reminder: Marshall Women’s Center to host screening and panel discussion for documentary on military sexual assault


    The Marshall University Women’s Center, in conjunction with CONTACT Rape Crisis Center, will sponsor a screening of “The Invisible War,” an investigative documentary about rape within the U.S. military at 6 p.m. tonight in room BE-5 of the Memorial Student Center.  It is free and open to the public. The film follows several veteran survivors of military sexual assault who tell their emotional stories and their efforts to rebuild their lives and seek justice, while revealing the systemic cover-up of rapes within the military.  This documentary has exposed a culture of widespread sexual harassment and sexual assault and is credited for ...
  • Alumni Weekend begins April 25


    Marshall University alumni, current students, and friends of the university will be welcomed to the Huntington campus for a weekend of activities Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, to celebrate Alumni Weekend 2014. Among the events planned during the two days are the annual Green and White football game, the annual fountain ceremony and the 77th annual Alumni Awards Banquet, all on Saturday. Events taking place include: Friday 6 p.m. – Dinner theatre, a Marshall University theatre production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew,  includes dinner, the play and coffee and conversation with the director afterwards in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre in ...
  • Researchers to present at the World Congress on Endometriosis in Brazil

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    Two investigators from the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine  will be traveling later this month to Sao Paolo to present their research at the World Congress on Endometriosis. The congress is held every three years and brings together scientists, clinicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals involved in research or treatment of endometriosis—a chronic, inflammatory condition that affects young women and adversely impacts their fertility and quality of life. Dr. Nalini Santanam, a professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Toxicology, and doctoral student Kristeena Ray said they are looking forward to participating in the conference, which is being held April ...
  • General Faculty meeting to honor retirees, award winners April 29


    Seventeen retiring faculty members will be honored for their combined 401 total years of service to Marshall when the spring general faculty meeting of the 2013-2014 academic year takes place Tuesday, April 29, beginning at 2 p.m. in the Playhouse of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. The agenda will include welcoming remarks by the Faculty Senate Chair, Dr. Eldon Larsen; remarks from President Stephen J.  Kopp; recognition of retiring faculty by Larsen and presentation of faculty awards by Dr. John Winfrey. The awards include Faculty Distinguished Service, John and Frances Rucker Graduate Advisor of the Year, Distinguished Artists and ...
  • Forensic Science Center receives National Visionary Voice Award for sexual assault outreach initiatives

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    The Marshall University Forensic Science Center is a recipient of the 2014 Visionary Voice Award, a national award honoring individuals and organizations throughout the country doing outstanding work to end sexual violence in their communities. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center sponsors the Visionary Voice Award in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month each April.  Nominees are selected by state, tribal or territory anti-sexual violence coalitions. The award was presented April 9 to Dr. Terry W. Fenger, director of the Forensic Science Center, and Jason Chute, DNA Technical Leader, at the 14th Annual Statewide West Virginia Sexual Assault and Stalking Symposium at ...
  • Department of Communication Disorders receives continuing accreditation


    The graduate program in speech-language pathology in the Department of Communication Disorders has been awarded continuing accreditation from the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA). As of Feb. 22, the CAA voted to re-accredit the program for a period of eight years beginning Dec. 1, 2013 and continuing through Nov. 20, 2021.  The program was originally accredited in 1992. Dr. Karen McNealy, chair of the Department of Communication Disorders, said accreditation was awarded as a result of an on-site visit from last fall and would not have been possible without the continued support of Marshall University and, specifically, ...
  • Marshall faculty member, alumni, students win best health care papers awards


    Dr. Alberto Coustasse, associate professor in the Health Care Management program, from the Marketing and MIS division of the College of Business, and several Marshall alumni and graduating students were honored with Best Paper Awards at the annual Business and Healthcare Administration Association (BHAA) conference held last month in Chicago. Their papers were among the top 10 papers selected. Categories and topics included: Healthcare Management – Early Mobilization in ICU Patients- Alex Hunter, Leslie Johnson, William K, Willis, Alberto Coustasse. Healthcare Economics – Financial Advantages of Hospitals’ Relationships with Accountable Care Organizations –  Rodrigo Camargo, Thaisa Camargo, Stacie Deslich, Alberto Coustasse. Healthcare Marketing – ...
  • Application process begins for Great Teachers Seminar in June


    The WV Higher Education Policy Commission, with support from the Faculty Advisory Council, will sponsor the 22nd Annual WV Great Teachers Seminar (GTS), Monday, June 16, through Thursday, June 19, at North Bend State Park in Cairo, W.Va.  Faculty interested in this unique professional development opportunity should contact  Dr. Sherri Smith in the Center for Teaching and Learning (smithsc@marshall.edu) for application information. Marshall University is eligible to send up to four faculty members to the seminar with all expenses  paid. Registration is funded by the HEPC, and travel expenses (lodging, meals and mileage) are funded by the MU Office of Academic Affairs. ...
  • Reminder: Student-run garden needs daily votes to win grant


    Tucked away behind the Career Services Center on 5th Avenue in Huntington is a humble student-run garden grown from campus and volunteer resources and organic seeds. In eight raised beds, the garden’s founders saw an opportunity to raise awareness about the merits and how-tos of growing your own vegetables and to give the Marshall University community a unique connection to locally grown produce. “Every year, that garden grows and not just in plants, but in scope and reach to people in the community,” said Margie Phillips, manager of Marshall’s Sustainability Department. Now the garden is in steep competition for a grant from ...

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