February 4, 2015

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  • Faculty urged to consider service learning workshop Feb. 6


    A last call has gone out to register for the spring Service Learning Workshop and Course Design to be held Friday, Feb. 6, at the Ritter Park Rose Garden in the Room with a View. A Panera lunch for current and interested service learning faculty and community partners will be from noon to 1 p.m. The interactive workshop, focusing on course construction for those new to service learning or for faculty who want to reorient themselves to service learning will take place from 1 to 4:30 p.m.  If you have a specific course in mind,  bring all course materials such as syllabi, assignments, with you ...
  • Rec Center to celebrate sixth anniversary Thursday, Feb. 5


    The Marshall Recreation Center will celebrate its 6th anniversary Thursday, Feb. 5. A variety of activities will take place and prizes will be given out, and a membership special will also be offered. Since opening in 2009, the Marshall Recreation Center has aided many students, employees and members of the community on their journey to a more healthful lifestyle. Anyone who wishes to join the Recreation Center that day can do so and receive their first month free with a 12-month membership commitment. Potential new members are eligible to join the Recreation Center if they have an affiliation with Marshall University such as alumni ...
  • Reminder: President, cabinet to hold open houses starting today


    Beginning today, Wednesday, Feb. 4, Interim President Gary White and members of the university’s senior management team will be hosting informal monthly open houses for members of the Marshall University community. The open houses will be held  from 3-4 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month in the reception area of the Office of University Communications, 213 Old Main. “We want to give students, faculty and staff an opportunity to ‘drop in’ and discuss an idea or suggestion, or to ask a question in a relaxed environment,” said Ginny Painter, senior vice president for communications and marketing. “With the legislature in session, ...
  • Turtles available for Valentine’s Day; quantities are limited


    For that special gift for Valentine’s Day, Marshall University Women’s Studies is selling Valentine’s Day turtles in limited quantities. Each turtle is handmade with a felt heart on its back, which can be embroidered with initials to your specifications. Proceeds benefit Branches Domestic Violence Shelter. The turtles are ten dollars each.  To order, contact Jill Treftz (treftz@marshall.edu or ext. 66699) by Friday, Feb. 6.
  • Internationally recognized kidney specialist and sodium pump researcher to speak as part of MIIR lecture series


    One of the world’s leading kidney authorities and researchers will be speaking next week at Marshall University. Dr. Anita Aperia, professor of pediatrics at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm and a former member of the Nobel Assembly, is widely recognized for her groundbreaking research contributions to medicine’s understanding of how the kidneys function in health and disease. Her talk titled “The Physiological Function of Na+/K+-ATPase” will begin at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, in Room 101 of the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center. The free event is part of a series of public lectures hosted by the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research. Research ...
  • Valentine’s edition of Kids’ Night Out set for Friday, Feb. 13, at Rec Center


    Parents who would like to have their own special night out can drop off their kids at the  Recreation Center for a special Valentine’s Day Edition of Kids’ Night Out from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13. Children ages 4-12 are welcome and will be entertained in a fun, safe environment. They will experience climbing on the Rec Center’s rock wall, swimming in the indoor pool, playing basketball on the courts and having a pizza party.   Each child must be potty trained. The cost for members is $15 ($10 for each additional sibling), and the cost for non-members is $20  ($15 ...
  • Three investigators join Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research


    Three investigators have joined the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research. Research at the institute is focused on a protein, Na/K-ATPase, that directs many cellular processes in the heart, kidney and other tissues. By studying how this cellular signaling occurs, MIIR researchers are working to develop new treatments for cancer, heart and kidney disease. Dr. Jinsong Hao, an assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences and research at the School of Pharmacy since 2013, has been named adjunct assistant investigator at MIIR. An expert in drug formulation and drug delivery to the nail, eye and inner ear, Hao obtained her bachelor of engineering degree and ...
  • Mountain Stage to celebrate Mardi Gras at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center Feb. 15


    West Virginia’s own live radio program, Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, is returning to Huntington with a Mardi Gras-themed party just in time for Fat Tuesday. This live show, featuring famed New Orleans pianist, Allen Toussaint, jazz guitar great John Pizzarelli and Americana songstress Caroline Rose will be at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center Sunday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. Founded in 1983 in Charleston,  Mountain Stage has transformed public radio with live performances for over 30 years. Each show is recorded in front of a live audience with 3 to 5 guest artists and broadcast to more than 150 National Public Radio ...
  • Marshall names Larry Crum new assistant director of alumni relations


    Larry Crum, a 2005 graduate of Marshall University with a degree in public relations, has been named the new assistant director of alumni relations at Marshall. He began his new position  Jan. 20. Crum joins the Marshall University Alumni Association after more than six years as the media and public relations manager for the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) in Norwalk, Ohio, where he oversaw the daily media and PR functions for one of the largest motorsports sanctioning bodies in the United States. Prior to that, from 2004 to 2009, Crum worked as sports editor at Ohio Valley Publishing, which included newspapers in ...
  • Marshall biomechanics expert to conduct medical testing on 300-plus collegiate athletes at NFL Combine


    Dr. Suzanne Konz of the  College of Health Professions, is heading to next month’s NFL Combine to assist in the medical evaluation of more than 300 professional football hopefuls. Konz, director of the biomechanics laboratory and an associate professor in the college, said this is her seventh year attending the combine to conduct isokinetic testing on collegiate athletes from across the U.S. “Isokinetic testing is a speed-based test which measures the strength and endurance of a muscle. This type of testing is necessary to determine the stability of the knee and possible longevity of these athletes,” Konz said. “To be invited back ...
  • Noted Lincoln scholar to speak at next Amicus Curiae Lecture


    The Amicus Curiae lecture series, sponsored by the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy at Marshall University, will mark the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s celebrated Second Inaugural Address with Dr. Lucas Morel, professor of ethics and politics and head of the politics department at Washington and Lee as the featured speaker. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday,  Feb. 19, in the Marshall University Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center, on the Huntington campus. Morel, a noted Lincoln scholar, is the author of Lincoln’s Sacred Effort:  Defining Religion’s Role in American Self-Government (2000) and is the editor ...
  • CSX makes $25,000 gift to Rahall Appalachian Transportation Institute


    CSX Corporation presented a gift of $25,000 to the Rahall Appalachian Transportation Institute, a National University Transportation Center based at Marshall, in a ceremony Jan. 16. The gift increased the total amount of donations from CSX to Marshall to more than $814,000 since 1984, according to Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the Marshall University Foundation Inc. Randy Cheetham, regional vice president for CSX, presented the check to Frank Betz, RTI’s executive director and CEO. “The Rahall Transportation Institute has become a great partner with CSX,” Cheetham said. “We’ve worked with them on several research projects, and we’ve found them to be a tremendous ...
  • Women Connect’s blanket drive underway; deadline is Feb. 27


    Women Connect is sponsoring a blanket drive/contest for Mission WV for school-age children in foster care.  All handmade blankets from quilts to fleece-tie blankets are welcome. Individuals and organizations may enter to vie for two $100 prizes—one for most artistic and one for greatest quantity. Blankets may be taken to the Women’s Center in Prichard Hall 143. The deadline is Friday, Feb. 27. “We did this project last year and it was a huge success, and the blankets were donated locally,” said Amy Saunders, director of student health education programs.  “MU Women Connect members focus their efforts on issues that affect women ...
  • Faculty Achievement: Dr. Jason Morrissette


    Dr. Jason Morrissette, associate professor of political science and director of the international affairs program, recently had research published in the Marine Corps University Journal, titled “Beyond 2014: Afghanistan’s Agricultural Revival, Water Scarcity, and Regional Security.” He co-authored it with Douglas A. Borer from the Naval Postgraduate School. In a summary, the article was described as examining  efforts underway in Afghanistan to shift away from poppy cultivation and revive the country’s “legitimate” agricultural sector. These initiatives have the potential to both promote economic development as well as disrupt the funding that the Taliban receives from the illicit opium trade. Afghanistan’s agricultural revival ...
  • Faculty Achievement: Dr. Jeffrey Powell


    Dr. Jeffrey Powell, professor of philosophy and a John Deaver Drinko Fellow, gave an invited talk at DePaul University Friday, Jan. 30. The title of his talk was “Historical Materialism: Benjamin and Heidegger.” In addition, he recently received notice that Indiana University Press is anticipating a publication date of December 2015, for his translation (with Will McNeill of DePaul University) of Martin Heidegger’s Die Geschichte des Seyns.  The English title is The History of Beyng.
  • Faculty Achievement: John Sammons


    John Sammons,  assistant professor and program coordinator for the digital forensics and information assurance program, has recently authored the 2nd edition of his  book,  The Basics of Digital Forensics by Syngress.  The book covers the fundamentals of digital forensics including evidence collection, Windows artifacts, anti-forensics, Internet evidence, core principles of forensic science and more. It has been adopted for classroom use in schools across the United States as well as Italy and Croatia,and has also been translated into Korean.    
  • Career Services announces spring event schedule


    Marshall University Career Services has scheduled a number of career-related events for students this semester.  Events scheduled to date are as follows:   Main Events: March 3,  Spring Etiquette Dinner All current students, with preference to juniors, seniors and graduate students March 10,  Educator Expo All education students and alumni, others with interest in teaching March 25,  Spring Job-a-Palooza Part-time employment and internship event in student center lobby April 8, Spring Career Expo Full time employment, part-time employment and internship opportunities – over 85 tables are expected.   Information Sessions: Feb. 19, IBM at 5 p.m., MSC  Room 2W22 Learn about careers with IBM – everyone welcome April  15, Target at 4 p.m., Career Services Office Learn about internship and management careers with Target   Interview Opportunities ...
  • Marshall’s tuba ensemble plays at US Army Band Workshop


    The Marshall University tuba/euphonium ensemble performed  at the United States Army Band’s annual Tuba-Euphonium Workshop for the first time. Their performance took place last weekend in Fort Myer, Virginia. Sgt. Maj. Donald “Don” J. Palmire Jr., group leader of the army band’s tuba-euphonium workshop, said Marshall’s ensemble, selected as one of the best based on knowledge of the group’s director, gained exposure. Their performance at the workshop  allowed hundreds of amateurs and professionals alike to enjoy their music, Palmire said. Conductor Dr. George Palton, adjunct professor of tuba and euphonium at Marshall, said the Marshall students and Huntington community members, who number nearly ...


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