May 7, 2014

 

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  • More than 1,500 to graduate from Marshall Saturday


    More than 1,500 students will graduate from Marshall University Saturday, May 10, in a pair of commencement ceremonies at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in downtown Huntington. For the third consecutive year, Marshall will conduct two commencements. The 9 a.m. ceremony is for undergraduates, and a 2 p.m. ceremony the same day is for graduate students. Among the 1,528 students receiving degrees are 1,039 undergraduates, 426 graduate students and 63 from the School of Medicine. Registrar Roberta Ferguson said 438 students will graduate with honors. Seventy-two will graduate summa cum laude (3.85 to 4.0 GPA), 138 magna cum laude (3.6 to 3.84 GPA), ...
  • Reminder: Manchin to visit RCBI in South Charleston Friday


    A new public/private partnership in advanced manufacturing and 3-D metal printing technology will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, May 9, in the Robert C. Byrd Institute located on the South Charleston campus. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, along with representatives of the Robert C. Byrd Institute, ATK, U.S.  Navy and Marshall University will be on hand to see a demonstration of the new technology and learn how Toyota Motor Corp. is using this advanced technology for its operation. Faculty and staff are invited to attend the demonstration.
  • Jamie Warner named Hedrick Faculty Teaching Fellow


    Dr. Jamie Warner, professor of political science, will join the Center for Teaching and Learning for the next academic year as the inaugural Hedrick Faculty Teaching Fellow. The new annual fellowship gives one Marshall University faculty member the  opportunity to pursue a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning project, collaborate with the center staff and other Marshall faculty, and develop a niche area of expertise in faculty development, thus adding to the programming regularly offered by the center. “The Hedrick family has long supported teaching and learning at Marshall University,” said Dr. Sherri Smith, executive director of the center. “By using Hedrick funds to establish this ...
  • 2014 Research and Practice Day winners announced


    The first Research and Practice Day sponsored by the College of Health Professions took place April 25 with awards presented to 11 students. The event showcased the work of undergraduate and graduate students in both oral and poster presentations. Entries included such topics as communication disorders in Appalachia, smartphone applications in medicine and innovations in nursing practice.   The winners for Outstanding Research Presentation and their advisers were: Graduate Having a Disability in Appalachia: Social, Cultural, and Political Considerations Sara Henson, Megan Foster, Hilliary Johnson, Jordan Lewis, Katie Wilson Communication Disorders Adviser: Dr. Karen McComas Undergraduate Utilization of Unilateral Heat to Increase Extremity Bone Length in Mice Jenna Vance School of Kinesiology Adviser: Dr. ...
  • Director of undergraduate public health program receives grant for breast cancer research


    Dr. Monika Sawhney of the  College of Health Professions has received a grant through the Higher Education Policy Commission of West Virginia to conduct breast cancer research in rural communities across the state. Sawhney, director of Marshall’s undergraduate public health program, said this research will provide an opportunity for student-focused research training in regard to breast cancer screenings. The students chosen to work on this project include undergraduate public health students Minal Patel and Cory Lambert; School of Medicine resident Mohamed Alsharedi; and medical students Andrew Myers and Chad Crigger. “These students will collaborate and practice the skills they’ve been learning in ...
  • ‘Creek Geeks’ exploring effects of humans on region’s waterways


    The recent water crisis in Kanawha and surrounding counties put a spotlight on the quality of West Virginia’s rivers and streams. A wide variety of research at Marshall  is focused on many of the issues raised by the crisis, including how to detect contaminants in the region’s water supply, predicting how dangerous those toxins may be and finding the best ways to remove them from the environment. Dr. Mindy Armstead, an associate professor of integrated science and technology, is heading up some of that water research. She leads a group of Marshall students who call themselves the “Creek Geeks” and work both ...
  • Investigator joins Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research


    Dr. Sandrine V. Pierre has been named associate investigator and education coordinator at the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research. Pierre most recently was on the faculty of the University of Toledo College of Medicine, where she had served as an associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Cancer Biology since July 2013. Prior to that, she was an assistant professor in the same department. From 2003 to 2011, she was an assistant professor in the college’s Department of Physiology and Pharmacology. In addition, she was a research instructor and post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Physiology at Texas Tech University from ...
  • Reminder: Farewell reception for Barnett is Friday, May 9


    It’s not an easy decision to leave behind your work from the past decade, but it’s one Marshall University Band Director Steve Barnett felt was right for him. He will be honored at a reception at 2 p.m. Friday, May 9, in the Smith Hall Atrium on the Huntington campus. Barnett publicly announced his resignation as the face of the Marching Thunder on April 29, explaining that the opportunity to move into another area of music education and also the need to help his 80-year-old mother manage two farms in his hometown of Humboldt, Tennessee, prompted the move. After 35 years ...
  • Human Resources to offer search committee orientation


    A series of seminars for those interested in becoming active participants in staff recruitment will be offered over the coming months by Human Resources Services and Equity Programs.  Participants who successfully complete this training will be certified to serve on university search committees for a two-year period. The sessions will take place in Old Main 323 from 10 to 11:15 a.m. “Search Committee Orientation” consists of two parts. First, instruction will be provided about how to use the PeopleAdmin system in accessing and reviewing applications. In the second part of the class, participants will receive search committee orientation, which will include guidance on ...
  • Update: Arrears pay expected to begin in September


    WVOasis Project Manager Todd Childers says the state will convert to arrears payment to state employees in the last pay of September 2014. As part of the State of West Virginia’s move to the wvOASIS Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP), Marshall, like all state agencies, will move to a bi-weekly pay system in January 2015. So instead of being paid twice a month as they are now, employees will be paid on the same day every other week. The transition is part of a system-wide plan to bring employees at all state locations into a standardized pay schedule. In preparation for the move to bi-weekly, ...
  • RCBI to offer advanced “arts and bots’ for grades 3-8


    The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) and the June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development, in the College of Education and Professional Development, are partnering to offer an Advanced Arts and Bots camp for 3rd- through 8th-grade students who have experience with robotics. The camp is scheduled June 16-20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day at the Robert C. Byrd Institute, 1050 Fourth Avenue, in Huntington.  Cost for the camp is $100 and a light snack is included. Children enrolled in the camp will design, build and program their own robots using various craft ...

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