Marshall forensic science graduate students’ FSAT scores lead the nation

Students in Marshall University’s Forensic Science Graduate Program have again achieved the highest collective score nationally on the Forensic Science Aptitude Test (FSAT).

For the test, which is administered by the American Board of Criminalistics, students are required to answer 200 questions in 20 categories covering various crime laboratory disciplines, as well as ethics, law and safety. Marshall’s second-year graduate students have led the nation on this test for 13 of the past 15 years.

“The faculty and staff are incredibly proud of our students and their consistent success on this exam,” said Lauren Waugh, director of Marshall’s Forensic Science Graduate Program. “We are honored to be able to attract students with the knowledge and drive that this particular group has demonstrated. They all had impressive undergraduate careers, have excelled in their classes here, represented the program well at national meetings and have all already had job interviews. This achievement is the icing on the cake for them and for our program.”

Marshall’s M.S. Forensic Science program offers four areas of emphasis: DNA analysis, forensic chemistry, digital forensics, and crime scene investigation. Each area of emphasis is covered by faculty who have worked as a forensic scientist or investigator in the discipline they teach, Waugh said.… Read More

Marshall University signs exchange agreement with college in India

An agreement between Marshall University and Rajagiri College in Kerala, India will pave the way for exchange programs between the two institutions. 

The memorandum of understanding creates a partnership that will offer students and faculty unique opportunities to immerse themselves in diverse educational environments, enhancing their global perspectives and intercultural competencies.  

Marshall’s assistant provost for global education Dr. Zelideth Rivas helped coordinate the joint venture.  

“Marshall University is continuing its excellence in global education through this new partnership with Rajagiri College of Business and Rajagiri College of Social Sciences,” Rivas said. “This new partnership expands our existing collaborations with one of the most dynamic global markets. The proposed exchange agreement will allow students from Marshall to immerse themselves globally in the study of business and social science. We look forward to welcoming students from Rajagiri to our Marshall family and will showcase for them all the beauty that West Virginia has to offer.” 

By sharing different teaching methodologies, research approaches and cultural experiences, participants can gain a deeper understanding of global issues and innovative solutions, officials say. 

“This MoU is an exciting milestone in Rajagiri’s journey towards internationalization,” said Rev. Fr. Saju MD CMI, principal of Rajagiri College of Social Sciences. “We look forward to the mutual benefits this collaboration will bring to both our students and faculty. We are happy and excited to have Marshall University as one of our esteemed partners in the academic journey.” Read More

Marshall’s Career Education awards grant to six students

Six Marshall University students have been awarded the HerdHired Career Experience Grant for summer 2024.

The Office for Career Education established the grant for students hoping to supplement their classroom education with work-based learning experiences like internships, co-op programs, clinicals, research and other approved experiences.  The awards were based on a competitive application process. The students were awarded a total of $3,000.  The following students were selected:

Donald Speas, a sports business major, will intern with Mountain View High School in Orem, Utah and assist with coaching duties for their track and cross-country teams.
“My current career goal is to become a professional or collegiate track and field coach, so this gives me a great opportunity to get experience working with elite athletes in a low-pressure environment. Additionally, I will be able to put some of my sports business skills to use when I help craft team schedules and budgets.”

Amy Borowski, who is studying health science and accounting with a Spanish minor will be part of the Study Abroad Program through Marshall University.
“I selected this program because of the abundant educational advantages, particularly in the realms of language and history. The opportunity to learn the Spanish language directly from a native speaker in Spain not only enriches my language skills but also provides me a fully immersive experience as I pursue my studies.”… Read More

Dr. Vicki Stroeher recently named Marshall’s 29th Distinguished John Deaver Drinko Fellow

Dr. Vicki Stroeher, a professor of music at Marshall University, has been named the university’s 29th Distinguished John Deaver Drinko Fellow.  

The Drinko Fellowship is the university’s highest recognition for faculty and includes a stipend, re-assigned time from teaching and other financial and clerical support for two years. Drinko Fellows undertake research, special projects, or other scholarly pursuits on behalf of the university. 

“It is a great honor to welcome Dr. Vicki Stroeher to the ranks of the Distinguished Drinko Fellows at Marshall,” said Dr. Montserrat Miller, executive director of the Drinko Academy. “She is widely respected for her tireless dedication to our students, for her extensive and consistent service to the institution, and for being a consummate scholar on an international stage. Vicki is a role model for us all. She exemplifies why Marshall remains such a great choice for our students, why it is a great place for faculty to work and why the university was accorded the highly coveted R2 research designation by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.” Read More

Marshall University, state and federal partners break ground for Institute for Cyber Security 

Officials with Marshall University, West Virginia University and the Joint Force Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Network, a component of the United States Cyber Command, among other government, academic and industry partners, today broke ground on the $45-million Marshall University Institute for Cyber Security, located at the corner of Hal Greer Boulevard and Fourth Avenue in Huntington.  

The groundbreaking event symbolizes the initial strides in establishing the National Center of Excellence for Cyber Security in Critical Infrastructure, hailed as the second center of its type in the country on a college campus. 

Marshall University President Brad D. Smith said Marshall University and its partners are poised to create one of the world’s most critical centers for cyber security. 

“We stand at a pivotal moment in history for our university, the state of West Virginia, our country and the world as we embark on this transformative journey,” Smith said. “Through this center, we will develop advanced techniques, tools and methodologies to protect infrastructure and assets, as well as educate the next generation of cyber experts.”  

Lt. General Robert J. Skinner, commander of the Joint Force Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Network (DoDIN), said the facility and its operations will enable numerous opportunities for the future.  Read More

Hundreds of volunteers pitch in for Community Cares Week to make Marshall’s campus shine

Marshall University’s third annual Community Cares Week: Giving Back to the Herd was a tremendous success, with hundreds of volunteers pitching in to make a positive impact on the university’s campuses and in their hometowns.

The four-day sweat equity event focused on engaging faculty, staff, students, community members, local businesses and alumni chapters to help check off “To Do List” items on campus, while giving back to the university that has invested in them as well. Alumni chapters who were unable to make it back to campus worked on service projects in their own communities.

This year, the volunteer week surpassed last year’s event by more than 50% with a total of 1,088 people who pre-registered or walked up to volunteer, working 3,415.5 service hours. Of those, 785 volunteered on Marshall’s campuses, while 303 volunteered in their hometowns and even around the world through their Marshall alumni affiliations.  Approximately 100 staff members working as many as all eight shifts led projects and a dozen staff or cabinet members served lunches and drew raffle prizes each day.

Several area groups also volunteered together, including the MU Early Education Steam Center, Child Development Academy, Leadership West Virginia, staff members who serve West Virginia’s local, state and national representatives, State Electric Supply Company, Marshall’s ROTC, Nucor and Lowe’s and Comfort Inn employees.… Read More

Marshall Orthopaedics named official sports medicine provider for the Charleston Dirty Birds

Marshall Orthopaedics, a member of Marshall Health Network, is now the official sports medicine provider for the Charleston Dirty Birds baseball team.  

“Marshall Health’s dedication to our community and athletes at every level is truly remarkable. We have a very unique need when it comes to our season and our athletes, and we knew Marshall Health would be able to excel with everything our organization could ever ask for. Roughly one month into our season, it has already been a dream on the field, in the trainer’s room and phenomenal communication,” said Andy Shea, owner and CEO of the Charleston Dirty Birds. 

Under the direction of Marshall Health Orthopaedic Surgeon Chad D. Lavender, M.D., and supported on the field by certified athletic trainer Andrew Fitzgerald, A.T.C., Marshall Orthopaedics will provide comprehensive sports medicine services to the Charleston Dirty Birds. Players will have access to a team of highly skilled Marshall Health Network physicians, athletic trainers and physical therapists using state-of-the-art techniques and technology. Read More

NASA funds Marshall exercise science student’s research

Ethan Bowens, an undergraduate exercise science major, has received funding from NASA for research he is completing at Marshall University.

Bowens’ research was selected by NASA’s West Virginia Space Grant Consortium to receive Undergraduate Research Fellowship funding, a financial award totaling $5,000.

The study, titled “The Effects of Aging and Sex Effects on Muscle Size in Male and Female Rats,” provides insight into how muscle is lost during space travel. By simulating the microgravity conditions of space, Bowens’ study will investigate whether resistance training can reduce the muscle loss astronauts experience. The findings may reduce the occupational hazards presented by missions requiring extended time in space.

In addition to his academic work, Bowens is the co-captain of Marshall’s Track and Field Team.  He said participating in athletics has had a profound impact on his academic achievement.

“The discipline, determination and time management skills I have developed through sports have translated directly into my studies,” Bowens said. “When faced with tough problems or challenges in my academics, I am able to approach them with a similar mindset as I do in sports – with perseverance and a drive to overcome obstacles.”

He also thanked his professors and mentors, particularly Dr. Kumika Toma, an associate professor in exercise science who is overseeing his research.… Read More

Marshall Health Network performs West Virginia’s first Stryker Hinge revision knee replacement 

Orthopaedic surgeons at Marshall Health Network recently performed the state’s first Stryker Triathlon® Hinge revision knee replacement.

“The Triathlon Hinge expands a surgeon’s options when faced with a difficult or complex revision knee surgery. The Hinge interfaces seamlessly with the other line of primary and revision knee implants, which we offer at Marshall Orthopaedics,” said Matthew W. Bullock, D.O., MPT, orthopaedic surgeon and associate professor at Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

Bullock, who performed the surgery at Cabell Huntington Hospital, reported that patient Richard Ross is making excellent progress during his three-month recovery post-surgery. Ross required revision surgery after his revision knee replacement became infected.

“With this surgery, my quality of life is so much better. Now I’m able to get back on the elliptical and bike with my grandchildren,” said Ross. “Dr. Bullock made me feel comfortable and was caring throughout the procedure.”

Patients who experience a failed knee replacement or significant bone break around an old implant would be the most likely candidates for the Hinge. Due to an initial limited release of the Hinge implant, Bullock and fellow Marshall orthopaedic surgeon Alexander Caughran, M.D., assistant professor, are two of only a handful of surgeons across the country to have access to it.… Read More

Marshall University unveils helicopter for aviation program

Today, Marshall University, in collaboration with Airbus Helicopters Inc. and Loft Dynamics, celebrated the arrival of inaugural equipment set to propel the university’s aviation program forward, encompassing rotor-wing education.

In a ceremony at the Bill Noe Flight School, located at West Virginia International Yeager Airport, the H125 single engine helicopter arrived right on schedule for the unveiling ceremony. The aircraft was piloted by Noe and Nick King, senior manager with Airbus, along with several passengers including Marshall University President Brad D. Smith and university mascot Marco.

“We are incredibly excited to add this amazing aircraft to our aviation program,” said Smith. “We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our esteemed partners at Airbus for their unwavering support and collaboration, which have propelled Marshall’s aviation program to soaring heights, making it one of the premier flight schools in the country. I cannot wait to see what tomorrow holds.”

Airbus Helicopter, a premier, global manufacturer of air and space products, partnered with Marshall to provide the helicopter, which is considered an industry workhorse for multiple missions including rescue. … Read More