September 23, 2015

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  • School of Medicine receives Insight Into Diversity 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award


    The Joan C, Edwards School of Medicine  has received the 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. The School of Medicine will be featured, along with 91 other recipients, in the November 2015 issue of the magazine. “Marshall’s School of Medicine has made tremendous strides in the areas of diversity and inclusion and our efforts are being recognized on the national level,” said Shelvy Campbell-Monroe, Ph.D., assistant dean for diversity at the SOM.  “Day by day, we continue to promote an inclusive environment that is reflective of ...
  • Director of The Cradle project, One Million Bones to speak at Marshall


    Naomi Natale, the artistic director of the Art of Revolution, will deliver the sixth annual Da Vinci Lecture Friday, Sept. 25. The lecture, which is free to the public, is called “The Art of Revolution.” “Her focus is quite different from our previous speakers, but just as timely and impactful,” said Dr. Nicki LoCascio, interim dean of the Honors College. “I am looking forward to welcoming Naomi to Marshall.” The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in the Visual Arts Center in downtown Huntington. The sixth annual Da Vinci luncheon, for faculty and staff, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, ...
  • Marshall University’s bond rating of ‘AA-’ affirmed by Fitch Ratings


    Marshall University officials last week announced Fitch Ratings has affirmed its “AA-” ratings of more than $83 million on university revenue bonds. Fitch’s affirmation specifically made reference to $51.9 million in university revenue bonds, series 2011; and $31.9 million in university refunding revenue bonds, series 2010. In the affirmation document, Fitch said the rating reflects the university’s “historically stable student enrollment and demand for auxiliary facilities.” The document also cited Marshall’s switch this year to zero-based budgeting, as well as the university’s “solid institutional profile” and “balance sheet strength,” saying it expects the institution to manage effectively through any cuts in state ...
  • New music lecture series starts Monday, Sept. 28; first topic is Beethoven


    Marshall University’s School of Music and Theatre will launch a new music lecture series, MUsic Mondays, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, at the Cellar Door, 905 3rd Ave., Huntington. The fall series, titled “The Path to the New Music,” will investigate the influence of philosophical thought, art and literature, and scientific theory on music from the 19th and early 20th centuries. The inaugural lecture, “Beethoven: The Man Who Freed Music,” will focus on Beethoven and his famous Ninth Symphony. Lead presenter Dr. Vicki Stroeher, professor of music history at Marshall University, said that Beethoven’s importance to the direction music took ...
  • Library to screen ‘Sin Pais’ next week


    There will be a free screening of the POV/PBS documentary Sin Pais (Without Country) at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, in Drinko Library 402.  This is the first in a series of movies and events in the 2015-16 Cultural Literacy Series.  For more information, contact Kelli Johnson, associate professor/librarian III by e-mail at Johnson28@marshall.edu or by phone at ext. 6-6567. Click on the graphic at left to view it in a larger size.
  • Marshall Artists series to present Anthony Jeselnik Oct. 1


    Rising comedic star Anthony Jeselnik, the host of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” is coming for an Evening of Comedy at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1. The Pittsburgh-born comic is a stand-up who has had his own Comedy Central series, ‘The Jeselnik Offensive,’ which  has raised a few eyebrows here and there. The comedian has found there is  an art to writing and delivering derisive celebrity jokes in an inventive way. Jeselnik’s star has risen rapidly, as he gains a big following while climbing comedy’s ranks. His distinct talent often doesn’t set out to be intentionally offensive with ...
  • School of Medicine physician selected for national leadership program


    Dr. Hisham A. Keblawi, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of the third-year OB-GYN clerkship at the  Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, has been selected for the 2016-2017 Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) Academic Scholars and Leaders Program. The program is an initiative to enhance education in obstetrics and gynecology by preparing OB-GYN physician faculty, through a rigorous 15-month curriculum, to possess the skills and knowledge necessary to be outstanding teachers and educational administrators.  Admission to the program is highly competitive, with each class limited to 24 academic obstetricians and gynecologists. Graduates of the program are ...
  • South Charleston campus to welcome Cat Pleska Sept. 25


    Cat Pleska  a 7th-generation West Virginian, educator, author, editor, storyteller, and occasional re-enactor of historical characters,  will be giving a presentation in the  South Charleston campus library from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25. The title of her talk is In the Fullness of Time: How the Humanities Can Save the World. The program will feature her experience in the humanities, and she will also provide a short reading from her memoir, titled Riding on Comets: a Memoir, published this past May. Pleska holds a B.A. in English from West Virginia State University, an M.A. in Humanities from Marshall, and an M.F.A. from Goucher ...
  • Dr. Muneer Al Zoby recognized as September Fellow of the Month


    Dr. Muneer Al Zoby has been selected as the September 2015 Resident-Fellow of the Month, Dr. Paulette Wehner, vice dean for graduate medical education at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine has announced. Al Zoby is a second-year pulmonary fellow.  Pulmonary fellowship is completed after a three-year internal medicine residency. “Years ago, patients may have been cared for by a single doctor, but as the field of medicine changes to a team approach, working well as part of the medical team is imperative to a successful practice in medicine,” Wehner said. “This month’s Resident-Fellow of the Month was nominated for helping ...
  • Latest from Information Technology: Blackboard workshop, DocDel


    Marshall’s Information Technology department will offer a workshop in Blackboard Learn next week. It has also announced DocDel, a new method that enables faculty and staff to receive items requested from the library to their departmental mailboxes.   Blackboard Learn Workshop Bb Learn Tool Overview (excellent for beginning users) Friday, October 2 | 9:00 A.M. | Blackboard Collaborate (see info below) This workshop will be presented virtually using Blackboard Collaborate by Tammy Jolley, Customer Success Advocate, Blackboard Inc. To Attend this workshop: Please e-mail  tammy.jolley@blackboard.com to reserve a seat. Seats are limited, so be sure to reserve your spot. Once registered, you will receive the specific meeting log-in ...
  • Marshall study shows that cerium oxide may be useful for the treatment of sepsis


    Research into treatment for sepsis, one of the world’s major health problems, is underway at Marshall. An article on the study, “Therapeutic Potential of Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles for the Treatment of Peritonitis Induced by Polymicrobial Insult in Sprague-Dawley Rats,” will appear in a future issue of Critical Care Medicine. It is available online now at http://journals.lww.com/ccmjournal/Abstract/publishahead/Therapeutic_Potential_of_Cerium_Oxide.97161.aspx. Peritonitis, an infection of the abdominal cavity, sometimes leads to sepsis, also known as blood poisoning.  Sepsis kills more people on an annual basis than prostate cancer, breast cancer, and AIDS combined and is the number one of killer of critically ill patients and infants. The research studies ...
  • Faculty/Staff Achievement: Dr. Masudur Rahman


    Dr. Masudur Rahman, post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Michael Norton’s nano-scale chemistry lab in the Department of Chemistry, gave both an oral and a Sci-Mix poster presentation at the 250th annual American Chemical Society meeting in Boston Aug. 16-20. Rahman’s presentation, titled “DNA nanostructures: Template Tool for Nanoelectronics” described part of his cutting-edge research, which provides an alternative nanolithography technique for the generation of nano scale features using DNA nanostructures. This research has the potential impact to many other areas, including electronics, optical physics, and biosensor development. Norton’s research has been funded by grants from the Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation and NASA. He is working  to develop molecular level platforms for ...

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