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  • Researchers awarded $750,000 NASA grant to study muscle and bone loss associated with space travel

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    Dr. Miaozong Wu of the Center for Diagnostic Nanosystems at the School of Pharmacy has been awarded a $750,000 grant from NASA to lead a team of researchers investigating the muscle and bone loss associated with space travel. Wu’s three-year project was one of only 14 funded nationally through NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). According to Dr. Majid Jaridi, chairman of the NASA West Virginia EPSCoR Committee, which coordinates the grant proposal process in West Virginia, researchers in 29 states were eligible to compete. “Marshall University has had a track record of success in winning these grants. The program is quite ...
  • Autism training center director at MU named Professional of the Year

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    Dr. Barbara Becker-Cottrill, executive director of the West Virginia Autism Training Center (WVATC) at Marshall University, was recently named the Dr. Cathy Pratt Autism Professional of the Year at the 44th annual Autism Society of America Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa. Becker-Cottrill has served as executive director of the WVATC for the past 23 years. Among her accomplishments in this position was the development and implementation of a comprehensive service delivery program for families and their children with autism spectrum disorders. “It was truly an honor to receive this recognition from the Autism Society and it has been a great honor to serve ...
  • Jody Scott named Employee of the Month

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    Jody Scott, Admissions Assistant III in Undergraduate Admissions, has been named the Marshall University Employee of the Month for March, according to Michelle Brown-Douglas, chair of the Employee of the Month Committee. She was nominated by Eric R. Casto, Marc F. Danner and Tammy Johnson. In their nomination they wrote:  “Jody has sustained an exceptional work ethic during her time in the Admissions Office and is an integral member of our team.  She is self-motivated  and has the drive to produce results.  She diligently works to complete assigned duties and is always willing to take on extra tasks when needed.  She displays ...
  • Herd fans to choose Marco costume from among three concepts

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    Marshall ’s beloved mascot is getting a new costume, and for the first time the responsibility of choosing his new look is in the hands of Thundering Herd fans and friends. Beginning today through Facebook social media, Herd fans have the opportunity to determine whether Marco will keep his current design or be given a new or updated look. His current costume, after five years of extensive wear, travel, cleaning and repair, has been stretched as far as it can, so it’s time to replace it, said Matt Turner, Marshall’s chief of staff. “There’s no doubt that Marco means a lot to ...
  • Marshall faculty member and former Olympic trainer will travel to Brazil to present biomechanics research

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    Dr. Suzanne Konz of the  College of Health Professions will travel to Natal, Brazil this summer to present research at the 2013 International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) conference, which takes place once every two years. Konz, an assistant professor of biomechanics in the School of Kinesiology, said she will share her research among the biggest players in the biomechanical field. She will give an oral presentation on her work titled, “Changes in Windmill Pitch Over Time.” “This is one of those conferences, as a biomechanist, that seems more challenging because I’ll be presenting in front of scholars from all around the world,” ...
  • Retirement receptions to honor Becker-Cottrill, Dempsey


    Retirement receptions honoring two longtime employees have been scheduled over the next few days. A reception for Dr. Barbara Becker-Cottrill, who for 23 years has served as the executive director of the West Virginia Autism Training Center at Marshall, will take place Friday, July 26, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the Foundation Hall rotunda. Paul Dempsey, a forty-plus year employee, will be celebrated for his service in the School of Music and Theatre Monday, July 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Smith Music Hall 107. Everyone is cordially invited to attend these receptions and wish these retirees well.  
  • ‘Tech Up’ program helps nontraditional students with technology concerns

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    When Karen Riffle returned to Marshall University in 2012 as a nontraditional student after 30 years away from the college environment, she quickly discovered a big technology gap between herself and traditional students. She could have used the new “Tech Up” program being offered at Marshall. “Tech Up,” which debuts next month, has one purpose—to help nontraditional students succeed at Marshall by being technologically up to speed by the time they take their first course. What surprised Riffle most was the learning style of the current traditional students and the extent to which they rely on technology. Because of the requirements of one ...
  • Marshall gives Scouts a look at virtual technology, 3-D printing

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    Scouts who attended the National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Fayette County got the opportunity to explore state-of-the-art virtual technology and 3-D printing, thanks to Marshall University’s engineering and advanced manufacturing programs.  The Jamboree ended yesterday. Hundreds of Scouts each hour visited the Jamboree exhibits sponsored by the  Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences and the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing. CEGAS Director Dr. Tony Szwilski says his group demonstrated their latest research and development efforts, including an interactive, multi-user virtual program designed to support mine emergency response training. The program simulates an underground coal mine ...
  • In memoriam: Goran Boskovic


    Dr. Goran Boskovic, manager of the Next Generation and Microarray Core facilities and professor of biochemistry and microbiology, died July 14 at his home in Louisa, Ky. Born in Nis, Serbia, in 1963, he received a B.Sc. in chemistry from the University of Nis and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Medical College of Wisconsin.  He came to Marshall in 1996 and served until 2004 as a postdoctoral fellow in the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. In 2004 he joined the Genomic Core facility, where he was manager of the Microarray Core until 2011 when he was named Manager of ...
  • Kimberly White elected to social work board


    Kimberly White, a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) and a mental health specialist in the MU Counseling Center, has been elected president-elect of the National Association of Social Workers West Virginia Chapter Board of Directors. Her term as president will run from June 2014 through June 2016. “I am honored to have been elected by the NASW-WV membership.” White said.  “My involvement with NASW-WV has provided me so many opportunities for personal and professional growth, and now I am pleased to be able to serve the organization and its members in this leadership role.” NASW-WV is a professional organization of social workers that ...
  • MU Foundation surpasses goal in 630 by 6/30 challenge campaign


    The  Office of Development surpassed an ambitious fundraising goal in June, helping the MU Foundation finish the fiscal year on a strong note. A one-month campaign, called “MU Challenge 630 by 6/30,” raised more than $78,000 – including two endowed scholarship gifts totaling $32,000, according to Griffin Talbott, director of annual giving. The goal was for 630 donors to make contributions during the month of June. Overall, 648 donors gave to the campaign. Dr. Greg Crews and Dr. Dallas Nibert, who have a family dentistry practice in Huntington, agreed to contribute $10,000 when the goal of 630 donors was met. “The MU Challenge 630 ...

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