July 16, 2014

 

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  • Marshall Artists Series announces 2014-2015 season


    The 2014 – 2015 season of the Marshall Artists Series promises to be another thrilling season, according to Penny Watkins, executive director of the series. “We are presenting a series of icons in our 78th season,” she said.  “From TV icon Jay Leno, to music icons Frankie Valli, American Idol’s Phillip Phillips and W.Va. music icon Kathy Mattea.  From Broadway icons Beauty and the Beast, Elf and Cole Porter’s classic Anything Goes to the beloved holiday icon Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer on its 50th Anniversary; and from Dancing Pros Live to opera’s iconic La Boheme, to one of the world’s finest orchestras, and ...
  • School of Medicine faculty member elected to national post


    Dr. Darshana Shah, associate dean for faculty affairs and professional development at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, is the new chair-elect of the Association of American Medical College’s Group on Faculty Affairs (GFA) Steering Committee. The mission of the GFA is to build and sustain faculty vitality in medical schools and teaching hospitals. “I feel honored and privileged to have been elected to this post, “Shah said.  “GFA professionals feel a great responsibility to prepare our faculty to meet the challenges of the 21st century.  My training as a biomedical scientist, and experiences in the medical education and professional development ...
  • HSTA Summer Institute attracts more than 100 students from southern West Virginia


    About 112 high school students from southern West Virginia  are visiting the Huntington campus July 13-18 to take part in the annual Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA) Summer Institute, conducted in collaboration with West Virginia University. This will be the 10th year of “Fun With Science” at Marshall, which enables the students to learn more about science and the opportunities that are available to students majoring in science. “The Health Sciences and Technology Academy’s (HSTA) vision was founded in 1994 on the faith, resilience, spirit and commitment of individuals, communities and universities throughout the state,” said Ann Chester, state director of ...
  • Heather Harrah-Lea named Employee of the Month


    Heather Harrah-Lea, DNA Research Analyst, Forensic Science, has been named the Marshall University Employee of the Month for April, according to the Employee of the Month Committee. Employed since 2005, she was nominated by Judy Fry. In her nomination Fry said Harrah-Lea began working in the Forensic Center after receiving a B.A. degree in Integrated Science and Technology with a concentration in Biotechnology and Forensics from Marshall, and continued her education, completing a M.S. degree in Physical Science from Marshall as well. “Heather didn’t take the easy route in graduate school but took as many classes as possible which would enable her ...
  • Marshall University student researcher presents at national conference


    Mohit Harsh,a research student at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and an entering first-year medical student, presented his team’s findings last month during a poster session at the 16th International Congress of Endocrinology in Chicago. The research was done in the laboratory of Dr. Nader G. Abraham, one of the foremost researchers on the topic of obesity and metabolic syndrome in the world, as well as the Vice Dean for Research for the School of Medicine.  The study focused on fructose and a metabolic by-product of fructose metabolism called uric acid and their effects on bone marrow-derived ...
  • Online Master of Arts in Journalism, New Media Studies emphasis launches


    The W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications  is offering a fully online graduate program in New Media Studies beginning this fall. It’s a 30-credit-hour program that serves individuals who want to enter mass communications for the first time or veterans who are retooling for a changing industry. The online Master of Arts in Journalism maintains the school’s commitment to advanced study and research, but it approaches mass communications’ storytelling and graduate scholarship in innovative ways. Students will study, write, design and produce digital work that will be distributed through emerging technology including mobile devices. The “master’s initiative” requirement of ...
  • Diversity conference seeks workshop proposals


    The Tri-State Diversity Conference planning committee is accepting workshop proposals for the Tri-State Conference on Diversity & Inclusion, according to Dr. Shelvy Campbell, Assistant Dean for Diversity for the Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy. Here is a link with general information on the conference, program guidelines and submission information. Proposals should be submitted by Friday, July 11, at 5 p.m. “I hope you will consider participating by presenting a workshop. Please feel free to contact me with any questions,” said Campbell.  She can be reached at 304-691-1607 or at campbels@marshall.edu.
  • In Memoriam: Dr. David Ice


    Dr. David Ice, who served several years as Marshall’s Director of Pre-Award Research Projects, died July 9 in Colorado, where he lived after retiring from his Marshall post. Born in Sistersville, W.Va., he attended Ohio Valley College and earned a B.A. from Harding College, then completed graduate work at West Virginia University in political science and public administration. Ice had a long and distinguished career working in education, beginning as a teacher and  culminating with his appointment first as undersecretary of West Virginia  Education and the Arts and then to the cabinet-level position of Secretary  of  Education and the Arts, where he had oversight ...
  • Research institute and medical school to partner with international company in drug development venture


    The Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (MIIR) and the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine announced last week that they will be partnering with an international biosciences company to develop potential anti-cancer drugs. Under the agreement with Shanghai-based HD Biosciences Co. Ltd., the three partners will share the costs and risks of discovery and development of these new drugs. They also will jointly own any intellectual property and commercialization rights to products developed through the collaboration. According to Dr. Zijian Xie, MIIR’s director, getting new drugs from the research laboratory to clinical trials—where it is determined if the treatment is safe and ...
  • “Lose the Training Wheels” underway in Huntington


    For the fourth consecutive year, the School of Kinesiology is hosting the Lose the Training Wheels Camp July 14-18 at Huntington High School. The program, offered in concert with the non-profit charity iCanShine, teaches participants with disabilities how to independently ride a two-wheel bicycle. iCanShine is a national organization that works with local organizations to host camps in individual communities. Staff members travel the country conducting the camps, and have an average success rate of more than eighty percent. Participants attend one 75-minute session each day for five consecutive days.

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