Marshall University ALS Clinic named first ALS Association Recognized Treatment Center in West Virginia

The Marshall University Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Clinic, jointly operated by Marshall Health Network and Marshall University, has been named the first ALS Association Recognized Treatment Center in West Virginia.

“This prestigious designation underscores our commitment to providing exceptional care and support to individuals and families affected by ALS,” said Paul B. Ferguson, M.D., Marshall Health neurologist and professor and chair of neurology at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, leading to muscle weakness, paralysis, and ultimately, respiratory failure. The multidisciplinary clinic, established in 2018, is one of only 100 treatment centers recognized by the ALS Association in the United States. It provides comprehensive care to ALS patients including medical management, rehabilitation, and supportive services.

“ALS patients who receive services from multidisciplinary care models like ours have shown improved quality of life and life expectancy,” said Jared Hollinger, M.D., Marshall Health neurologist, assistant professor at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, and medical director of Marshall’s ALS Clinic.

To achieve certification as a Recognized Treatment Center, the clinic underwent a rigorous evaluation process conducted by the ALS Association. The evaluation assessed care delivery, including clinical expertise, access to specialized treatments, patient support services and adherence to best practices in ALS management.… Read More

Marshall biomedical engineering professor receives NSF CAREER Award

Dr. Nasim Nosoudi, an assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering in Marshall’s College of Engineering and Computer Sciences has been awarded the U.S. National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award in the amount $604,047.

The funds will be granted over the next five years and go toward her research project, “Exploring the Differentiation of Mesenchymal Stem Cell to Chondrocytes After Electrospraying.”

According to the National Science Foundation (NSF), the CAREER award program “supports early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.”

Nosoudi has been at Marshall University since 2019. She received her Ph.D. in Bioengineering with focus on Nanomedicine from Clemson University. Her research interests include cell electrospinning and nanomedicine for cardiovascular diseases. Her teaching experience includes tissue engineering, nanomedicine, biomechanics and biotransport.

Nosoudi’s project chosen to receive the CAREER award explores a new method called cell electrospinning/electrospraying.

“We aim to understand how this technique affects cell development, specifically in guiding stem cells to become cartilage cells, by investigating the molecular mechanisms involved and the impact on gene expression,” she said. “Our goal is to pave the way for future applications of electrospraying in directing cell differentiation, potentially aiding treatments like Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation.”… Read More

West Virginia Autism Training Center names Marshall alumna as director of campus-based services

The West Virginia Autism Training Center (WVATC) at Marshall University has named Mindy Thornton as the new director of campus-based services.

In the position, Thornton will oversee the individualized academic, social and independent living supports for students diagnosed with autism who are enrolled in the program.

WVACTC Executive Director Marc Ellison offered a warm welcome for Thornton.

“We at the WV Autism Training Center are thrilled that Mindy Thornton has joined our team,” Ellison said. “She brings proven leadership skills and a clinical perspective that will well serve both WVATC employees and the students we support.”

Thornton received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Marshall University.

She worked for 18 years in children’s services for a local community mental health organization and spent the last six years as the assistant state director for NECCO, a foster care company in West Virginia. Thornton is passionate about advocating for youth with complex needs.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling and attending concerts with her two adult children and husband.… Read More

Hope Blooms brunch, fashion show to benefit Project Hope for Women and Children

Marshall Health will host Hope Blooms, a fundraiser in support of Project Hope for Women and Children, at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at the St. Mary’s Center for Education at 2853 Fifth Ave.

Project Hope is a premier residential treatment facility for women with substance use disorders and their children. This inaugural event will feature a brunch and family fashion show, showcasing the spirit of community and resilience embodied by Project Hope. Guests will also experience the creativity and success stories of many of our region’s recovery-friendly businesses.

“The stories of the families Project Hope serves do, as our name suggests, inspire hope,” said Kathleen Maynard, MA, LPC, director of Project Hope for Women and Children. “Through Hope Blooms, we aim to celebrate these stories while raising crucial funds to support our families in their journey toward recovery as they work to rebuild their lives.”

Sponsorship opportunities are available starting at $1,000. Tickets are $125 per person. Proceeds from the event go to support the costs associated with housing, utilities and essential amenities for Project Hope families and ensure they have a safe, supportive space where they can work toward recovery.… Read More

Marshall Health offers weight management support

A new group at Marshall Health, a member of Marshall Health Network, provides support to individuals working to manage their weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle.    

The Weight Management Skills and Support Group meets from 5 – 6 p.m. on the last Wednesday of every month at the Erma Ora Byrd Clinical Center, 1249 15th St/ (Third Floor) in Huntington. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 29.  

The group is led by Internal Medicine Nurse Practitioner Jackie Sheppard, APRN, NP-C and Clinical Psychologist Kyle Tackett, Psy.D., in coordination with Bisher Mustafa, M.D., a board-certified weight management specialist at Marshall Internal Medicine and interim chair of medicine at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. This group provides educational and emotional support for individuals on their weight management journey. Attending regular meetings will provide strategies for incorporating nutrition and physical activity into daily life and offer the motivation to address the challenges of losing weight and keeping it off.   

Throughout the year, participants will hear from guest presenters from cardiology, dietetics, endocrinology, gastroenterology, pharmacy and psychology. Topics will address heart health concerns, diabetes in relation to weight loss, mental health, diet and nutrition, as well as gastrointestinal (GI) disorders that benefit from weight management.  

This monthly support group is open to patients, family, friends and community members.   Read More

Marshall University announces partnership with Cabell County Schools

In a press conference today at Huntington High School, Marshall University and Cabell County Schools announced a distinctive partnership, a groundbreaking initiative to simplify the path to higher education for local high school graduates.

Under this program, Marshall University will automatically accept any graduating student from Huntington High School, Cabell Midland High School and the Cabell County Career and Technology Center with a GPA of 2.5 or greater. The new program eliminates the traditional application process, providing a seamless and stress-free transition for students pursuing a four-year degree.

President Brad D. Smith expressed his enthusiasm for the transformative collaboration, emphasizing its role in breaking down barriers to education.

“This new commitment ensures that deserving students in Cabell County have a direct pathway to a four-year degree without the usual complexities of the application process. Our goal is to make higher education more accessible and to empower local talent,” Smith said. “Ensuring guaranteed college admission is not just an investment in individuals but a commitment to investing in our local community, state, and nation.  I commend both teams for their efforts to create this important program.”

On what’s being dubbed the Cabell Commitment, Cabell County Superintendent Dr. Ryan Saxe expressed his excitement about the new collaboration.… Read More

Marshall’s Departments of Graduate Humanities and English create anthology of students’ written works

Marshall University’s departments of English and Graduate Humanities have teamed up with Mountain State Press to publish an anthology of works by Marshall students, faculty and alumni. The anthology is entitled “We Are Appalachia!” and was edited by Brooke Hypes, a 2023 Marshall graduate and a contributor to the book.

“ ‘We Are Appalachia!’ is a collection of stories, poems and essays to speak to myriad visions and perspectives on Appalachia,” said Cat Pleska, a fulltime instructor in Marshall’s Department of English and Graduate Humanities program. “It showcases voices not heard before as well as many who are well-known. Contributors include students in the English Graduate program and Graduate Humanities Program.”

The anthology is “a powerful illustration of how diverse experiences of a place can yield examples and dynamic understanding of Appalachia often glossed in popular imaginings of what it’s like to live here,” said Eric Luke Lassiter, a professor and director of the Marshall University Graduate Humanities Program.

The collection was the result of a class Pleska taught for the Graduate Humanities program, cross-listed with Graduate English students in the spring of 2022. It was called Publishing Appalachia: Mountain State Press, and the student contributions in the anthology come from creative work the students produced for the class. It’s a showcase not just for Marshall students’ work, but it also demonstrates the importance of providing students with real-life experiences, concrete skill-building, and collaboration on projects resulting in a public format, Pleska said.… Read More

Marshall names National Society of ACTA Scholars

Marshall University’s John Deaver Drinko Academy for American Political Institutions and Civic Culture has announced its August 2023, December 2023 and Spring 2024 classes of National Society of ACTA Scholars.

The Marshall University Chapter of the National Society of ACTA Scholars saw a total of 56 students graduate in the 2023-2024 academic year. These students come from 23 different counties in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky.

The following Marshall graduates are students from Putnam and Cabell counties, West Virginia who have been recognized as ACTA Scholars:… Read More

Pheister family establishes scholarship for students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications

The Marshall University Foundation has announced the establishment of the Pheister Family Scholarship for Media Excellence. This scholarship is generously provided by Jason Pheister and his wife, Erin Tunis Pheister. Jason Pheister is a 2001 graduate of Marshall University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and broadcasting. He was one of four individuals inducted into the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications Hall of Fame this spring.

“I’m originally from Columbus but spent almost eight years in West Virginia between Marshall and working at local TV stations. The state holds a special place in my heart forever which is why it was so important that we pay it forward,” Pheister said.

As a multi-time Emmy award-winning journalist, he worked for several media companies, including WSAZ, WOWK, WCMH, WBNS, as well as The Columbus Dispatch. He also has led television and digital networks for Time Warner Cable across the country. He is the vice president of content and news at Spectrum Networks for Charter Communications. In addition to his bachelor’s degree, he has a Master of Business Administration from Ohio University and a Master of Science in Innovation from Northeastern University.… Read More

The Society of Yeager Scholars announces 38th class of students at Marshall University

The Society of Yeager Scholars is proud to introduce its 38th class of exceptional students at Marshall University. This year, eight outstanding scholars will join the prestigious program, bringing the total number of Yeager Scholars on campus to 35—the highest count since 2011.

The incoming class boasts an impressive average SAT score of 1470 and an average ACT score of 32. These scholars have demonstrated their commitment to learning and achievement, positioning themselves for success in their academic pursuits.

Among the eight students, five are valedictorians of their graduating classes.  They and all of the Yeager scholars bring passion and drive to the Yeager program, enriching the intellectual environment at Marshall University.

“The scholars in the incoming class are an exceptional group of distinct, thoughtful students who are eager to learn at Marshall University,” said Cara Bailey, director of the Society of Yeager Scholars. “The students were selected from one of the most competitive pools of applicants I’ve seen. I’m excited to see them prove their ability as top scholars for the Marshall community.”

The class will be named in honor of Nicki LoCascio, the longtime director of the Yeager program and retired Honors College dean. LoCascio’s contributions to Marshall University have been invaluable, from her early days as a faculty member in Biology to her leadership as associate dean and then dean in the Honors College. Her legacy inspires the next generation of scholars who follow in her footsteps.

The Dr. N.J. LoCascio Class of 2028:… Read More