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  • Maher to chair statewide technology-based economic development coalition

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    Marshall Vice President for Research John M. Maher has been elected chairman of the board of TechConnect West Virginia. A statewide economic development organization, TechConnect fosters and promotes innovation-based businesses and entrepreneurial activities. The group’s members represent education and research, private industry and the public sector. Anne Barth, TechConnect executive director, said, “A longtime member of our board, Dr. Maher brings significant value to the position of chairman. His background in research and new business development in the private sector, as well as his current role leading the research enterprise at Marshall University, give him insight that benefits our organization greatly. We ...
  • 2014 Birke Fine Arts Festival closes with artist talk tomorrow evening

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    A lecture by visiting artist Vanessa German will close the 2014 Birke Fine Arts Festival at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6. The event will take place in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on Marshall’s Huntington campus. A closing reception will follow in the playhouse lobby. The lecture marks the end of a month-long symposium, Trending Now: Artists and Audiences in the Information Age, which featured internationally renowned guest artists, public performances, lectures and exhibitions for the university and the community. German is a self-taught, multidisciplinary art maker. She was born in Milwaukee and raised in ...
  • Women of Color program, featuring Carmen Mitzi Sinnott, rescheduled for March 25

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    Marshall’s annual Women of Color program, originally scheduled for March 4, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 25. The celebration will begin at noon in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center.   This year’s theme is “Our Community in the Americas.”  The keynote speaker will be Carmen Mitzi Sinnott, a versatile actress, writer, educator and activist.  Women of Color awards will be presented and a luncheon buffet will follow.   Sinnott is the author of Snapshot, a one-woman play about her African American father, Lorenzo Batts, a popular and talented Huntington native who left for the Vietnam War before she was born.  Her answers ...
  • Mathematician to speak at Marshall March 10 and 11

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    Dr. Jeffry Hirst, professor of mathematics at Appalachian State University, will give two talks on computation and mathematics at Marshall next week. On Monday, March 10,  Hirst will give a general audience talk on “Ada and Alan’s Theoretical Machines” at 4 p.m. in the Shawkey Room of the Memorial Student Center. In this talk, he will discuss the work of computability pioneers Ada Lovelace and Alan Turing.  On Tuesday, March 11, he will give a research talk on “Reverse Mathematics, Graphs, and Matchings” at 4 p.m. in Science Hall 465.  Additional information may be found at www.marshall.edu/math/ARI/ . Hirst earned a Ph.D. ...
  • Foster Care Awareness subject of event March 12


    WomenConnect will host an awareness event about foster care in West Virginia at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in the Shawkey Dining Room in the Memorial Student Center. Presenters will address current issues within the foster-care system of West Virginia, said Dr. Laura Michele Diener, assistant professor of history and one of the organizers of the event. They also will discuss opportunities for internships and careers, as well as potential projects for service learning courses. The National Association of Social Workers will set up an information booth. Speakers will include Carrie Dawson, M.A., Public Relations Director at Mission WV Inc.;  Jessa Dingess, ...
  • Development of transgender rights subject of lecture


    Dr. Jami Taylor, an assistant professor of political science and public administration at the University of Toledo, will be the featured speaker Friday, March 7, at the 2014 Paul D. Stewart Lectureship. Taylor’s lecture, titled “The Politics of Trans Rights,” starts at 2 p.m. in room 402 of the Drinko Library. Taylor will explore the development of transgender rights as a concern in governance. She also will explore the policy and political environment for trans identities in the United States, as well as the historic tensions within the gay rights advocacy movement over transgender inclusion and more recent concerns within the ...
  • Marshall student team wins undergraduate business case competition


    Marshall University was named the winner of the second annual Peoples Bank Undergraduate Business Case Competition Saturday, Feb. 1. The Marshall team earned $1,500 for their first-place finish. They were advised by Dr. Marc Sollosy, assistant professor of management. Dr. Dallas Brozik, professor of finance, helped the students fine-tune their presentation skills. “We appreciate the opportunity Peoples Bank gave them to put their knowledge into practice, hone their critical thinking and presentation skills, and further develop professionally,” said Dr. Deanna Mader, senior associate dean of the College of Business. The teams, which each consisted of four undergraduate students, presented their business case responses to a panel ...
  • Women’s Studies Faculty Colloquium Series continues March 7


    Dr. Walter Squire, assistant professor in the English department, will speak from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, March 7, in the Drinko Library auditorium, Room 402. Squire’s presentation, “Sky Gods, Mad Scientists, and Impossible Genetics: Frankenstein Fathers in Children’s Film and Television,” will consider a number of animated children’s films with motherless protagonists.   “When a character is motherless but no mention is made of that character ever having had a mother, one can wonder whether or not a viewer is supposed to believe that the character was created by a father alone.” Squire said. He received his Ph.D. in English from the ...
  • Robertson to receive regional award from TRiO personnel association

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    Scott Robertson, Educational Counselor for Heart of Appalachia Talent Search (HATS), will be recognized as West Virginia’s 2013 Outstanding TRiO Achiever Tuesday, April 1, during the Mid-Eastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel’s conference at Virginia Beach, Va. He was selected at last fall’s  conference of the West Virginia Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (known as WV TRiO) and the Virginia Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel, held in Virginia Beach. TRIO equals educational opportunity for low-income, first generation, veteran and disabled Americans.  In support of this commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help low-income and first generation Americans enter ...
  • Marshall to partner in clean water initiative


    Marshall University will be partnering with the Charleston Area Alliance and others to create a center of innovation for water cleanliness and sustainability at the West Virginia Regional Technology Park in South Charleston. The mission of the new West Virginia Water Sustainability Institute will be to develop and commercialize innovative technologies to maintain, improve and protect water supplies throughout the state. Dr. John Maher, vice president for research, said the university is pleased to join the effort. “The ultimate goal of the West Virginia Water Sustainability Institute is to harness the research assets of all the partners to make our water supply cleaner and safer, and to help ...
  • School of Medicine announces creation of two new scholarships


    Two new scholarships have been established at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine to assist medical students with their educational expenses. The first scholarship was created by Dr. Clark D. Adkins, a member of the SOM class of 1989, through the school’s “Adopt a Medical Student” program, which is a graduated giving program that allows gifts to be made annually until the fund becomes fully endowed. The Dr. Clark D. Adkins Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to a first-year medical student who is a West Virginia resident and has financial need as per Office of Student Financial Assistance standards. Adkins, who ...

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