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  • Newest alumni honored May 11

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    More than 1,500 new alumni of Marshall University were honored Saturday, May 11, at two commencement ceremonies in the Big Sandy Superstore arena. Among the 1,507 students who received degrees were 986 undergraduates, 439  graduate students and 72 from the School of Medicine. About 650 undergraduates and 175 graduate students took part in their respective ceremonies. James C. Smith, president and CEO of Thomson Reuters and a 1981 MU graduate, delivered the keynote speech in the morning ceremony for undergraduates. Dr. Donna Spindel, dean of the Marshall Graduate College, spoke in the afternoon ceremony for those receiving graduate degrees. Marshall conducted two commencements ...
  • Investiture ceremony honors latest medical school graduates

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    Seventy-five medical students received their Doctor of Medicine degrees Friday, May 10, in the Investiture Ceremony of Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. President Stephen J. Kopp, who was among the speakers, conferred the students’ degrees. This year’s Investiture speaker was Dr. Gloria A.  Wilder, a nationally-recognized pediatrician, public speaker and expert on poverty and social justice.   She has served as chair of Mobile Health Programs for the Children’s Health Project of D.C. at Georgetown University and the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. In addition, Wilder is president and chief executive officer of CORE HEALTH, a health care ...
  • Physical Therapy students honored at white coat ceremony

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    Twenty-seven students emerged as future physical therapists when slipping into their white coats during the first-ever Marshall University School of Physical Therapy White Coat Ceremony May 10. Dr. Tamara Gravano, assistant professor and director of clinical education for the school, said the White Coat Ceremony marks a student’s transition from student to clinical intern, as he or she strives forward to earn a doctoral degree in physical therapy. “It is a rite of passage, which represents a milestone on the journey toward a career in health care professions, and this class has certainly earned it,” Gravano said. “The next two years will be ...
  • Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine picks up national award for family medicine

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    The Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine has received a Family Medicine “Top Ten” award from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) for being one of the nation’s top schools in the percentage of graduates entering family medicine residencies. Based on a three-year average ending in October 2012, AAFP reports 18.5 percent of Marshall medical school graduates have chosen family medicine residencies. The average places the school as number five in the country and the only medical school in West Virginia in the Top Ten. “Educating primary care doctors remains our top priority,” said Dr. Joseph I. Shapiro, dean of the ...
  • CBER to Host Energy Efficiency Conference


    The Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) at Marshall, in conjunction with the West Virginia Division of Energy and the U.S. Department of Energy, will host an energy efficiency conference Wednesday, May 22, at Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center. The one-day conference,” Energy Efficiency in West Virginia: Projects and Prospects,” offers participants the opportunity to learn more about commercial, residential and industrial energy efficiency initiatives, both locally and nationally. “This will be the first multi-sector energy efficiency event in West Virginia in that it will include presentations from industrial, commercial and residential energy efficiency experts,” Jeff ...
  • Graduate health informatics program at Marshall is one of three accredited in U.S.


    Marshall’s Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) degree program was awarded national accreditation April19 from the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management. It is one of three nationally accredited programs in the United States, joining the University of Illinois at Chicago and Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Ore. It is also the only accredited, graduate-level program in health informatics within the state of West Virginia. Bruce Felder, manager of human resources at Cabell Huntington Hospital, said the MSHI program at Marshall is shedding light on how technology and one’s ability to become self-sufficient can spill over ...
  • Marshall professor in Greece for her work with the Global Burden of Disease

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    Dr. Monika Sawhney of the College of Health Professions is currently in Greece attending  the “Global Burden of Disease” workshop taking place until Friday, May 17. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation organized this technical workshop to train interested researchers and policymakers in the data, methods, findings and implications of Global Burden of Disease Study of 2010. Sawhney, program director for the  public health program, has an extensive background in the coordination and implementation of programs that strengthen the public health sector around the world. “I’ve worked with the World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control to coordinate and manage ...
  • SURE program selects 13 undergraduates for research fellowships


    Thirteen undergraduate students have been selected to receive the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Fellowship at Marshall University for 2013. SURE is aimed at undergraduates who are interested in performing research, according to Dr. Michael Norton, professor of chemistry and director of the program. Norton said SURE will fund thirteen research projects that have been selected for support by the SURE proposal evaluation committee. “We want students to know how strongly Marshall supports undergraduate research,” Norton said. “This is the time when these young minds start utilizing their research skills in preparation for graduate school.” The program has been conducted at Marshall since ...
  • Faculty Achievement: Dr. Kevin Law


    Dr. Kevin Law, associate professor of geography and the West Virginia State Climatologist, coauthored a poster with two geography students titled “Analyzing the Environmental Preconditions of the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Derecho.” It was presented at the Association of American Geographers’ Conference in Los Angeles during April. Law said that climatologically, one to two derecho events occur annually throughout the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. However, derechos of similar magnitude as last June’s occur about every 20 years. The last derecho that caused as much widespread damage in West Virginia occurred in April of 1991.
  • Rec Center observing annual shutdown this week


    The  Recreation Center is closed this week through Friday, May 17, in observance of its fifth annual shutdown week. It will reopen Saturday, May 18. Members of the center staff will be busy during shutdown week. They will have various tasks, such as wiping down fitness and exercise equipment (cardio machines, jump ropes, physio balls, yoga mats and dumbbells).  There also will be some painting and window washing, as well as resurfacing of the fitness studio floors, remodeling of the second-floor fitness desk, carpet repair and replacement, lighting fixture repairs, cleaning of the rock wall holds, and more. Staff members also will ...

The next issue of We Are…Marshall will be distributed May 22, 2013. Please send any materials for consideration to Pat Dickson by noon, May 20.