August 5, 2015

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  • Marshall  to partner on $20 million scientific research grant; governor, congressional delegation announce National Science Foundation award


    Marshall University researchers will be part of a $20 million scientific research project funded by the National Science Foundation. The award was announced Monday by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, along with Representatives David McKinley, Alex Mooney and Evan Jenkins. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the highly-competitive grant to West Virginia’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) to boost academic scientific research and upgrade infrastructure at Marshall University, West Virginia University, West Virginia State University and other state institutions. EPSCoR is facilitated by the state Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Science ...
  • Offices of University Communications, Information Technology ready new look for Marshall website


    There’s a new look coming for the Marshall University website, and it is scheduled to roll out Thursday afternoon, Aug. 6. Members of the University Communications website work group and Web Designer Justin Howell have been working for several months to get the new look online. “We are so pleased to have this fresh, new design for the website,” said Ginny Painter, senior vice president for communications and marketing. “It is targeted to students and prospective students, and will have an increased emphasis on mobile applications and a clean look that we think people will find attractive and easy to use.” On Thursday, ...
  • Engineering complex opening celebration slated for next Thursday, Aug. 13; Campus community asked to plan ahead for expected parking and traffic changes


    The grand opening of the Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex will be celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13, on the Morrow Library Lawn (Third Avenue side). The ceremony will be followed by a reception and tours of the new building. Interim President Gary G. White, Provost Gayle Ormiston, the Weisberg family, members of the state’s congressional delegation, and faculty and students will be participating in the event. The university community is welcome and encouraged to attend. Please note that parking on campus will be difficult that day due to the number of guests expected. No ...
  • Marshall Artists Series announces upcoming season


    As the Marshall Artists Series prepares to open its 79th season, there’s a lavish banquet of arts and entertainment in store—everything from rock, country, and pop performances, to big showy Broadway musicals, a symphony orchestra concert, a legendary ballet, film festivals and more. “The events showcased on the 2015-2016 season offer a fresh perspective in the ever-evolving world of arts and entertainment,” said Penny Watkins, executive director of the Artists Series. “For our 79th season, we are presenting a lineup that is exciting and diverse. We have music greats this year including rock pioneer Boz Scaggs, country/pop phenom Kacey Musgraves, and the ...
  • Special Collections, Government Documents to close Aug. 10-14


    The Special Collections Department and the Government Documents Department (Federal Depository Library Collection) in the James E. Morrow Library will be closed from Monday, Aug. 10, through Friday, Aug. 14. These departments will be closed for staff development training, cleanup and maintenance of the University Archives and Manuscript Collections, and database maintenance. During this period, the Morrow Stacks will remain open during their regular hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  All materials in the Morrow Stacks will be available for patron use and checkout.
  • Lisa Hughes named Employee of the Month


    Lisa Hughes, Business Manager I, Technical Services in the Drinko Library, has been named the Marshall University Employee of the Month for May, according to the Employee of the Month Committee. Employed for more than 19 years, she was nominated by Patsy Stephenson and Teresa Bolt. In her nomination Stephenson wrote that when Hughes began working for her as a freshman  in 1991 she  was so impressed by her work that when a job opened up in her department  in 1996 “I hunted her down to apply.” Hughes is very organized, according to Stephenson, and successfully manages myriad duties.  “She is the business manager for ...
  • Professor receives $350,000 National Science Foundation research grant


    Dr. Elmer Price, professor of biological sciences, has been awarded a three-year, $350,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will fund his research, which Price said “aims to provide new information regarding the mechanisms responsible for the important and complex process of adult neurogenesis—the process by which the brain constantly generates new cells that migrate into regions of the brain involved in memory, learning and the sense of smell.” “My goal is to develop bioengineered matrices which, when implanted into the brain, will redirect these new cells into areas that are damaged by injury or disease, potentially leading to new ...
  • Two local physicians join Marshall Medical Alumni Association


    The Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Alumni Association recently elected two local physicians to its board of directors. Adam M. Franks, M.D., is a professor in the department of family and community health at the School of Medicine. After earning his medical degree from Marshall in 1999, Franks completed his residency at Marshall and a fellowship in surgical obstetrics at Advanced Maternal Care in Memphis, Tenn. He practices family medicine at Marshall University Medical Center and at Marshall Family Medicine in Lavalette. Adrienne M. Mays, M.D., is an assistant professor in the department of family & community health at the School of Medicine. ...
  • Forensic Science group to sponsor pancake breakfast Aug. 22


    The Marshall University Forensic Science Delta Delta Epsilon National Honor Society is sponsoring a pancake breakfast fundraiser beginning at 8 a.m., Saturday, August 22 at Max & Erma’s in Pullman Square. Students will serve the all-you-can-eat breakfast featuring pancakes, a choice of bacon or sausage and beverages. Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased by contacting Dr. Pam Staton, program coordinator of the Forensic Science Graduate Program and the honor society’s faculty advisor, at 304-691-8962 or by e-mailing staton1@marshall.edu.  The fundraiser will support scholarly activities of students who demonstrate a high level of academic achievement. Delta Delta Epsilon is a national honor society dedicated ...
  • Marshall, New River CTC sign agreements


    Marshall University and New River Community and Technical College have entered into two agreements that will allow students of New River CTC to apply up to 72 of their credits earned to bachelor’s degrees at Marshall. One agreement is for students who wish to complete a traditional bachelor’s degree at Marshall and the second is for students who intend to pursue the Regents Bachelor of Arts degree at Marshall. Provided a student is in good standing with New River CTC and meets the admission requirements for Marshall, that student is eligible to begin coursework at Marshall. “Marshall University is committed to finding ...
  • Marshall Speech and Hearing Center holds ‘Tiny Talkers’ program graduation ceremony


    Marshall’s Speech and Hearing Center has created programs to facilitate speech therapy through the use of books and other activities. One of them, the Tiny Talkers Book Club, was established in 2013 and focuses on developing literacy for 4-5 year olds. A new class was established this summer at St. John’s House through a literacy grant from Phi Kappa Phi to focus on the needs of children who come from low-socioeconomic backgrounds. Jen Baker, speech language pathologist in the MUSHC, said programs like these provide a solid foundation for youth with regard to language and literacy. “Children with speech and language disorders are ...
  • Fresh Market Days taking place today, each Wednesday during growing season


    The Sustainability Department is hosting its weekly Fresh Market Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Wednesday throughout the growing season in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus. Produce is harvested from the Sustainability Gardens and seedlings grown in Marshall’s Greenhouse are shared with the campus community. The goal is to help nourish and educate. Although it is free to receive the produce and plants, donations are greatly appreciated. MU’s weekly Market Day serves university students, faculty and staff, as well as area residents. All are welcome to attend. Today, Wednesday, Aug. 5, is a Market Day. The MU Sustainability Gardens and the weekly ...
  • Forum on geohazards taking place this week


    Consultants, contractors and representatives of state and federal agencies involved with planning, monitoring, design and construction of transportation systems are gathering in Huntington through tomorrow for the 15th annual technical forum, “Geohazards Impacting Transportation in Appalachia.” The forum is  hosted by the West Virginia Division of Highways and sponsored by the MU Center for Environmental, Geotechnical, and Applied Sciences (CEGAS).  The forum provides an opportunity for geotechnical professionals to share information and best practices, and collaborate on transportation related projects. . “Federal, state and private entities that deal with the prevention and remediation of common geologic problems, such as rock falls on highways ...
  • New pediatric oncologist joins Marshall School of Medicine


    Paul Finch, M.D., a board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatric oncologist/hematologist, has joined the department of pediatrics at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center as an assistant professor. Prior to joining Marshall, Finch most recently served as a pediatric hematology/oncology fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh—University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Finch earned his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center/Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Finch has also served as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Pittsburgh since ...
  • Marshall School of Medicine receives $1.22 million to promote primary care


    The department of family and community health at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine has received a five-year, $1.22 million grant from the federal government to develop ways to educate and train new physicians in novel methods of primary care, specifically geared toward the patient-centered medical home and its team approach to health care. In announcing the grant, Joseph I. Shapiro, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine, praised Stephen M. Petrany, M.D., department chair, and his team in family medicine. “Marshall has a long-standing track record of excellence in preparing family physicians,” Shapiro said. “Steve Petrany and many others in ...
  • School of Medicine welcomes 21 students for Project P.R.E.M.E.D.


    Twenty-one students from colleges and universities around the nation were on the Huntington campus last week for the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine’s Project P.R.E.M.E.D. (Providing Real World Experiences for future Marshall Educated Doctors). The annual program allows undergraduate students of color to explore and experience the medical school during a five-day campus immersion visit that included mock medical school interview sessions, robotic surgery demonstrations, suturing instruction, and discussions with current medical students and residents about life as a physician. “We are pleased to offer this program again at Marshall, Our diversity initiatives promote an inclusive environment by attracting, recruiting and ...


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