July 22, 2015

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  • Smith, McComas promoted to permanent roles in Academic Affairs


    Two Marshall administrators have accepted permanent appointments to roles in which they had been serving on an interim basis, Dr. Gayle Ormiston, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Marshall, has announced. Dr. Sherri Smith, former executive director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, has been the interim associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of undergraduate studies since July 28, 2014. Ormiston said she assumed those roles permanently July 1. Dr. Karen McComas, former assistant director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, has been interim executive director of the center since July 28 of last year. ...
  • School of Pharmacy names Oklahoma scientist to administrative position


    M.O. Faruk Khan, M. Pharm, B. Pharm, Ph.D., M.B.A, chairman of the department of pharmaceutical sciences at the Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy, has been named chairman of the department of pharmaceutical sciences and research at the Marhall University School of Pharmacy, according to Kevin W. Yingling, R.Ph., M.D., dean of the school. The appointment is effective Aug. 3. “I’m encouraged and emboldened by Dr. Khan joining us here at Marshall,” Yingling said.  “He is a highly qualified researcher and educator who will be a great asset to our faculty and brings a wealth of experience in the education and ...
  • Chute presents success of project to review sexual assault cases at national DNA Technical Conference


    Forensic Science Center DNA Technical Leader Jason Chute delivered a presentation about a successful pilot project to review and expedite sexual assault kit cases recently at the 12th Annual DNA Technical Workshop Bode West in Coronado, Calif. Chute was asked to present at the conference because this approach to reviewing cases has never been taken before. The presentation provided an overview of the strategies, challenges and successes that were encountered during development and implementation of the novel project. A few years ago, the Michigan State Police (MSP) was faced with addressing a backlog of over 8,000 sexual assault kits from Detroit that ...
  • Department of Surgery welcomes new clinical faculty members


    The Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine welcomed two new surgeons to its clinical faculty July 1 in the Department of Surgery. The new physicians are: James C. Kitchen, M.D., a fellowship-trained vascular surgeon, joins the Department of Surgery and the medical staff at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Kitchen graduated from Marshall’s School of Medicine in 2008 where he was president of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Beta Chapter.While at Marshall, he also received the School of Medicine’s Faculty Choice Award his senior year. Following graduation from medical school, Kitchen completed a general surgery residency at Marshall and then completed training in ...
  • Katherine Steele named Resident of the Month


    Third-year family medicine resident physician Katherine J. Steele, M.D., has been selected as the July 2015 Resident of the Month, according to Paulette S. Wehner, M.D., vice dean for graduate medical education at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Steele was officially recognized at the family medicine grand rounds on July 16. “A major part of the resident’s responsibility is to teach medical students and other residents,” Wehner said. “Residents like Dr. Steele who excel at teaching will play a critical role in educating medical students and junior residents and getting them excited about a career in medicine.  The nomination submitted ...
  • Four Marshall School of Medicine research students receive NASA research grants


    Four biomedical science Ph.D. students from the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine have received West Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate Research Fellowship grants to fund their continued dissertation research in a variety of disease-related areas. Each student received a $12,000 grant from NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium for their projects, which vary from the study of protein functions to metabolic diseases to growth factors in cancer cells. The awards are supplemented by the School of Medicine and each student will work closely with a faculty member to conduct his or her research. “These students are conducting valuable research to help ...
  • Reminder: Marco Cornhole Classic to debut Aug. 1


    A new event, featuring fun for the whole family and a spirited cornhole tournament, is coming to Marshall’s Huntington campus Saturday, Aug. 1. The Marco Cornhole Classic and Marshall Family Fun Day, presented by Huntington Bank, will feature an afternoon of activities for Marshall alums, faculty, family and friends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Harless Field, according to the Marshall University Alumni Association. Designed to bring members of the Herd family together, the day will feature the Cornhole Classic tournament, which is open to everyone. Organizers say that there will be  activities for children of all ages, which will include ...
  • Marshall ROTC makes plans to honor Joyce B. Wills


    A campaign is currently underway to raise funds to purchase a bronze plaque dedicated to Joyce. B. Wills, who served as the Military Personnel Technician in the U.S. Army ROTC Detachment at Marshall from 1975 to 2001. She is characterized as having made a significant impact on the lives of thousands of ROTC cadets during that 26-year period. The memorial plaque honoring her will be mounted in an appropriate area within the ROTC Department. Former Marshall cadets and cadre, along with others who are interested in donating to the fund, should contact former assistant professor of military science, retired Lt. Col. ...
  • School supply drive for Huntington East Middle School to run until July 31


    Marshall’s Department of Internal Medicine is taking part in a project to collect school supplies for students at Huntington East Middle School and they’re welcoming donations. Supported by Mattress Warehouse and Dr. Jennifer Daniel Dental, the back-to-school drive will run through Friday, July 31. Any surplus supplies will go to the Huntington City Mission and Branches Domestic Violence Center in support of their school-age residents. Items needed include pencils, notebook paper, 2- and 3-inch ring binders, zip-up binders, colored pencils, highlighters, scissors and rulers. Drop-off locations are: GME office, 1600 Medical Center Drive, Suite 2582, Marshall Medical Center Byrd Clinical Center, 1249 15th Street Mattress Warehouse, ...
  • H.E.L.P. program to offer ACT preparation this fall


    The H.E.L.P. Program will offer test preparation courses for the ACT this fall. Sessions will cover basic test-taking strategies for the areas of reading comprehension, English, mathematics and science. Two four-week sessions are expected to be offered. Session 1 is Aug. 18 through Sept.10. Session 2 is Sept. 29 through Oct. 22. Depending on student interest, a tentative Session 3 is planned for Nov. 10 through Dec. 10  (no class week of Nov. 24). All sessions meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $350 per five-week session. All sessions are held in Myers Hall on the Huntington ...


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