July 2004 News Releases



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday July 30, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

College Summit to conduct workshops at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - College Summit, a national comprehensive nonprofit program to improve the college-going rate, will conduct workshops Thursday, Aug. 5 through Sunday, Aug. 8 on Marshall University's Huntington campus for 30 students from eight high schools in Cabell, Wayne and Kanawha counties.

"College Summit is a comprehensive program to improve the college-going rate and the college transition system for the entire community," said the organization's founder and C.E.O, J.B. Schramm. "College Summit helps to bring about a much-needed, systemic change in the college transition process for students."

According to Schramm, College Summit, which is based in Washington, D.C., has grown rapidly in West Virginia, from a program serving two teachers and 10 students in 2001 to a program featuring five workshops and serving approximately 1,000 students from 19 schools in eight counties this year. In addition to the workshop at Marshall, sessions were also conducted this summer at West Virginia University, West Virginia State University, Concord University and the University of Charleston.

Schramm said College Summit provides a comprehensive solution to the nationwide problem of talented students who don't continue their education.

"College Summit is a comprehensive program to improve the college-going rate, from helping students and teachers manage the application process to providing students with trained managers who can lead the process," he explained. "Teachers are provided with the training and support needed to play the manager role for all students. Not only can students complete their college application using College Summit's on-line tools, but College Summit also provides teachers with an on-line application management tool to track all students' progress quickly and efficiently."

For more information about College Summit, log onto the organization's Web site, www.collegesummit.com, or call College Summit West Virginia at (304) 926-3138. Schramm may be reached at (202) 965-1222.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday July 29, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall has 16 presentations at Statewide Technology Conference

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will be well represented at the West Virginia Statewide Technology Conference Monday, Aug. 2, through Wednesday, Aug. 4, in Charleston.

"Hands down, we'll have more presentations than any other agency or institution," said Jan Fox, Vice President for Information Technology. "And some of them will be national-level presentations."

Fox said the conference brings together K-12 educators, state government, universities and the private sector into a unified technology conference. The event takes place at the Charleston Civic Center and the Clay Center.

Fox said this is the first year for a combined conference involving the different agencies. The change was made, in part, for financial reasons, she said, and to give each agency the opportunity to see what others are doing.

"Many times people don't know what's in their back yard," Fox said. "We have a broad spectrum of presentations. There will be some excellent information sharing."

Twenty-two people from Marshall will take part in 16 presentations, beginning at 8 a.m. Monday and continuing through 11:50 a.m. Wednesday. The Marshall Community and Technical College, the MU Graduate College and the Marshall University School of Medicine also will be represented.

More information on the conference is available at www.wvnet.edu/conference. Here is the complete list of Marshall participants and their presentations:

Date/Time

Title

Person

Location

MONDAY

 

 

 

8:00-12:00 am

Adobe PhotoShop Elements 2.0

Lisa Heaton, MUGC

Clay Center

4:30-6:20 pm

Nanotechnology Education Across the Board

Ashok Vaseashta, Dept. Physics

Room 204

4:30-5:20 pm

PocketMedSchool

Mike McCarthy,
MUSOM

Parlor C

TUESDAY

 

 

 

8:00-8:50 am

Kicking E-Learning Up A Notch: Campus Benefits of Implementing WebCT Vista

Matt Christian, CIT

Room 204

9-00-9-50 am

A Closer Look at Distance Learning from Students

Nega Debela. MUGC

Parlor B

9:00-9:50 am

Web-Based Workforce Development: A Public Library Training Module

Monica Brooks, Libraries
Carol Parry, MCTC

Room 204

10:20-11-30 am

Tapping Technology to Integrate Learning and Administrative Systems

Terri Tomblin-Byrd, Computing Services

Parlor C

1:30-2:20 pm

Transforming Technology into Jobs, The Response of Higher Education

Cal Kent, IDEA

Room 204

1:30-2:20 pm

Matching Online Instruction to the Infrastructure Used by Adult Learners

Calvin F. Meyer, MUGC

Room 103

1:30-2:20 pm

Moving to Cellular, Losing Revenue or Gaining Students

Jan I. Fox, IT
Arnold R. Miller, IT
Joseph Whitt, Res. Serv.

Parlor B

3:34-4:30 pm

Some Courses Do and Some Don't: Examining Appropriate Courses for Online Delivery in Higher Education

Christine J. Schimmel, MUGC

Room 204

4:40-5:30 pm

Wayne County Meets the Mummy

Sharon Mullins - MU Community Schools

David Johnson, Distributed Ed

Room 206

WEDNESDAY

 

 

 

8:00-8:50 am

Interactive Internet Robotics from City Traffic to Mars

Linda Hamilton

Room 2002

10:00-10:50 am

The Utilization of Online Course Training. Elementary/Middle School Teachers in Science Education

Fred Pauley, MUGC
Sherri Ritter, CIT

Room 103

10:00-10:50 am

The UCS Orientation CD

Chuck Elliott, Computing Services

Room 203

11:00-11-50 am

On-Line Voting: Enhancing Our Portal

Terri Tomblin-Byrd
Gary Weis
Computing Services

Parlor C


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday July 23, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

HSTA Summer Program begins Sunday at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA) Summer Institute begins Sunday, July 25 at Marshall University.

HSTA is an internationally recognized, community-based program that provides academic enrichment for West Virginia high school students in grades nine through 12. With the recent addition of Cabell and Lincoln counties in November 2003, the program is now offered in 26 of the state's 55 counties.

The summer institute is called Fun with Science and runs through July 30. It will bring 96 incoming high school freshmen from around the state to Marshall's campus for one week to learn that science is fun.

During the institute, students will learn about genetics while solving a "Cold Case," using forensic evidence as is done on the TV show of that name. They will learn to use geographical information systems (GIS) and geographical positioning systems (GPS) while participating in "Geocaching," or treasure hunting, on a trip to Thurmond, W.Va.

While in Thurmond, students also will study the history and culture of the coal mining areas of West Virginia, and they will discuss what they have learned in classes on multicultural history and diversity when they return to campus.

Dr. Joseph Bragin, Dean of the College of Science, said HSTA aims to be both a learning experience, and very enjoyable.

"While conducting the Cold Case investigation, students will actually solve a case and even hold a mock trial," Bragin said. "The trial will give the students an opportunity to develop their presentation skills.

"Involving students in activities such as the Cold Case investigation relates course work to things they read about in the papers every day, and gets them interested in science," Bragin said.

HSTA students are required to attend two summer institutes between their ninth- and 12th-grade years. This is one of several requirements participants must fulfill to complete the program.

Stephanie Smith, HSTA Cabell/Lincoln local governing board chairperson, said once HSTA students are selected they remain in the HSTA program without reapplying.

"Once students are in they are in," Smith said. "They just have to maintain their GPA and fulfill program requirements."

The summer institute is a two-week program. Prior to the first week, from July 18 to 23, HSTA teachers from around the state prepared to teach the curriculum. During that week, teachers learned about the curriculum and how it should be taught. They discussed multicultural sensitivity and diversity issues, self-esteem building, motivational techniques, leadership development and study skills with an emphasis on how to incorporate these topics in the classes they teach.

Currently, more than 700 students participate in HSTA , and nearly 500 HSTA graduates are attending higher education institutions in West Virginia for undergraduate, graduate and professional training utilizing HSTA tuition and fee waivers. Currently, 22 students who have successfully completed HSTA attend Marshall with tuition and fee waivers.

The long-range goal of HSTA, which was established with 45 students from two counties in 1994, is to increase the number of underrepresented and minority students who complete a post-secondary education in the health professions (medicine, nursing, dentistry and pharmacy, for example) and remain in West Virginia as primary care givers.

More information about HSTA is available online at www.wv-hsta.org.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday July 21, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Six students selected as Erma Byrd Scholars at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Six incoming freshmen from West Virginia have been selected as the latest class of Erma Byrd Scholars at Marshall University, Evelyn Pupplo-Cody, coordinator of the program, said today.

The new Erma Byrd Scholars are: Shannon Renee Summers of Sistersville and Adam Oberdick of Wheeling, representing District 1; Marisa Rubio of Martinsburg and Megan Corley of Charles Town, representing District 2; and Jessica R. Brown of Beckley and Alexis Stewart of West Logan, representing District 3.

Two Erma Byrd Scholars from each of the state's three congressional districts are chosen each year. The program was established in 1994 to honor Erma Byrd, wife of West Virginia's senior United States Senator, Robert C. Byrd.

Mrs. Byrd has been instrumental in the distinguished career of her husband. Marshall University chose to establish the scholarship program to honor her contribution to West Virginia.

The scholars were selected on the basis of an essay they wrote during the application process, their high school grade point average and two recommendations. They are required to maintain a grade point average of 3.5 while enrolled at Marshall. They also will have the opportunity, when schedules permit, to visit Washington, D.C., and meet with Senator and Mrs. Byrd.

Erma Byrd Scholars are not limited to a particular field of study at MU. Current and past Erma Byrd Scholars have been majors in physics, chemistry, biology, English, history, integrated science and technology, communication studies, political science and teacher education.

For more information, persons may contact Pupplo-Cody at (304) 696-3047.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday July 19, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

MU faculty, students to do research during annual Ohio River Run

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Marshall University will be one of four institutions participating in the annual Ohio River Run, a research expedition in which faculty and students collect data from the river's entire 981 miles.

Ohio River Run 2004 begins Aug. 1 in Paducah, Ky., and ends Aug. 15 in Pittsburgh. Joining Marshall will be faculty and students from Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky., the University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Ky. Participants will travel aboard the 65-foot long Chattanooga Star Riverboat.

The same four institutions participated in the past three Ohio River Runs, the first two of which covered half the distance. Last year's trek was the first to cover the entire 981 miles.

During Ohio River Run 2003, Marshall's team of researchers, led by Dr. Chuck Somerville, a professor of biological science, and MU graduate student Lisa Smith, monitored density of culturable bacteria and Eschercheri coli, and the proportion of bacteria resistant to one or more antibiotics as indices of land/water use.

This year, Marshall will be looking at two major groups of bacteria: 1), those that indicate fecal contamination; and 2), those that are antibiotic resistant. MU's crew includes five people, but no more than three at a time on the riverboat. They are Somerville, Smith, undergraduate Sydnee Smirl, graduate student Kathy Loughman and Andy Johnson, lab manager and a senior researcher in Somerville's lab.

"It takes a huge amount of cooperation and coordination between the four schools," Somerville said of the river run. "I've gotten to know these folks from Thomas More College, the University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky really well. Different institutions have different interests."

A benefit of the collaborative research is the ability to create "layered data tests," Somerville said. Those tests result from four different samples being taken in the same location at the same time, he said.

The riverboat is expected to dock at Huntington's Harris Riverfront Park at about 8 p.m. on Aug. 10, then leave early the next day on its way to Pittsburgh, Somerville said. More information on the river run is available by calling Somerville at (304) 696-2424.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday July 15, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Motorists, pedestrians urged to use caution near site of biotechnology science center construction

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Steel erection at the site of the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center at Marshall University begins at 6:30 a.m. Monday, July 19, Mike Meadows, director of facilities planning and management, said today.

Because of the construction process involved in erecting the steel, Meadows is urging pedestrians and motorists in the area to use caution. The facility is under construction between 18th Street and 17th Street on the north side of 3rd Avenue, and the steel erection process likely will take about 12 weeks.

Meadows said the right lane (north side) on 3rd Avenue near the site will closed at times, possibly one to two days a week during the 12 weeks as trucks unload steel for the project.

Construction of the $40 million Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center is expected to continue for about two more years.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday July 15, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Booth Scholars Program begins Sunday at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Booth Scholars Program, designed to prepare students to succeed in higher education, is coming to Marshall University's Huntington campus Sunday, July 18, through Friday, July 30.

The purpose of the Booth Scholars Program is to assist academically promising youth in a selected region of Appalachia to further their preparation for entrance into and success in higher education.

Booth Scholars attending the summer program at Marshall are from Wayne County. In all, 90 high school students in grades 9 through 12 will take part in the program. The program began in 2001 at Pikeville (Ky.) College, and Wayne County students, along with students from one Kentucky county and one in Virginia, took part.

"They (Booth Scholars) will spend one to two weeks on campus participating in various math and science related activities, as well as cultural and ACT prep classes," said Brenda Napier, director of the program.

The program begins at 3 p.m. Sunday with an ice cream social in the Ed Grose Suite of the Harless Dining Hall. A welcome and overview of the schedule follows at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center.

Napier said 26 freshmen will take part in the first week of the program. Sophomores, juniors and seniors will join the program the following Sunday, July 25. The majority of the 90 students, Napier said, plan to attend Marshall after graduating from high school.

"The most important thing about the Booth Scholars Program is the exposure these students will get to college life," Napier said. "They will feel more like a college student being here on campus, and that feeling of what it's like on a college campus will remain with them."

To qualify for the program, the students must have an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 and scored 60 or better on their SAT 9 tests.

"These are very good students," Napier said.

For more information about the Booth Scholars Program, persons may call Napier at (304) 696-5205 or contact her via email.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday July 13, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Bookwalter named faculty athletic representative for new configuration of Conference USA

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Robert B. Bookwalter, Marshall University's faculty athletic representative to the NCAA for the past two years, has been elected faculty athletic representative group chair for the new configuration of Conference USA.

Bookwalter, who is beginning the third year of a four-year term as Marshall's faculty athletic representative, already has begun his duties with C-USA. He will preside over three meetings in the upcoming year as the league prepares to welcome six schools - including Marshall - to competition in 2005.

"It's good for us and it's good for Marshall," Bookwalter said of his new role with C-USA. "The whole affiliation is good, they're happy to have us. I'm honored to have been chosen for this role and look forward, just as we do at Marshall, to promoting the best possible education for the student-athletes in Conference USA."

Bookwalter, who was elected in May, said he stays in constant touch with the league office in Dallas as he prepares to preside over meetings in Dallas in October, in Charlotte, N.C., in March 2005 and in Destin, Fla., in May 2005. The first two meetings will involve items such as planning, reviewing bylaws and policies, and eligibility requirements.

Besides Marshall, other new C-USA members are Rice University, Southern Methodist University, the University of Tulsa, the University of Central Florida and the University of Texas El Paso. They join East Carolina University, the University of Alabama-Birmingham, the University of Southern Mississippi, the University of Memphis, Tulane University and the University of Houston to form the 12-team league.

Bookwalter is a native of San Jose, Calif., and has been teaching at Marshall for 17 years. He is a professor in the Communications Studies Department. He may be reached by calling (304) 696-2815.


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Monday July 12, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Hess, Gibson, Chafin appointed to MU Board of Governors

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Three people have been appointed by Gov. Bob Wise to serve on Marshall University's Board of Governors, Wise announced last week.

The new members, all of whom will serve four-year terms ending June 30, 2008, are John G. Hess of Barboursville, Verna K. Gibson of Sarasota, Fla., and Letitia Neese Chafin of Williamson, W.Va.

The next board meeting is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 14, at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing in Huntington. Hess, Gibson and Chafin will be sworn in at that time.

"We're always delighted to have new enthusiasm and support for Marshall University," MU President Dan Angel said. "We're delighted with our three new members and look forward to working with them."

Hess, an independent, replaces Stephen Haid, who resigned earlier this year. Gibson, a Republican, succeeds Carol Hartley, whose term expired June 30. And Chafin, a Democrat, succeeds Tom Wilkerson, whose term also expired June 30.

The board now has 16 members. They include:

  • Terms ending June 30, 2005 - Virginia King, A. Michael Perry, Joseph L. Williams, Dr. James Sottile (faculty representative), Brandon Stevens (student representative) and Sherri Noble (classified staff council representative).
  • Terms ending June 30, 2006 - Robert Shell, Jr., Menis Ketchum and Gary G. White.
  • Terms ending June 30, 2007 - Michael J. Farrell, Gary Adkins and Brent A. Marsteller.
  • Terms ending June 30, 2008 - Verna K. Gibson, John G. Hess and Letitia Neese Chafin.
  • Ex-officio voting member - William Smith.

Hess, a certified public accountant, is a member/partner with Hess, Stewart & Campbell, PLLC, which has offices in Huntington, Beckley and Oak Hill, W.Va. He graduated from Marshall in 1973 with a BBA degree in accounting. Hess is a member of the Huntington Chamber of Commerce, the Marshall University Foundation, Inc., and the Big Green Scholarship Foundation.

"I'm really excited about being appointed to the Board of Governors," Hess said. "It is a wonderful opportunity to be involved in an institution I have great passion for. I'm honored and thrilled and feel very privileged."

Gibson is nationally known for her career and leadership in the retail fashion clothing industry. She joined The Limited Stores as a merchandising trainee in 1971 and worked her way up the corporate ladder to become the president and CEO of The Limited Stores. She was the first woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

Gibson is a member of the John Marshall Society and a former member of the Society of Yeager Scholars. She and her husband, Jim, are vice chairs of the Campaign for National Prominence. They support MU athletics, the West Virginia Autism Training Center at Marshall and the H.E.L.P. Program. Gibson, too, is excited about joining the board.

"Whatever I'm asked to do, I hope to do a very good job," she said. "I'm very proud to be part of the board and I hope we can keep the university moving in the positive direction it's currently moving in."

Chafin is an attorney with her husband, Senate Majority Leader H. Truman Chafin, with the H. Truman Chafin Law Firm, PLLC, in Williamson, W.Va. She is a former employee of NCR Corporation as both West Virginia and national representative. Chafin graduated with honors from Marshall in 1986, and is a 1996 graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law. Chafin said she believes higher education is the answer to the economic problems facing West Virginia.

"I'm very honored to be selected and excited about the opportunity to serve," she said of her appointment. "I'm looking forward to it, it's going to be challenging. I'm ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work."


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday July 7, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Starting time changed for GHA Performance Expo

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The starting time for the Governor's Honors Academy Performance Expo, scheduled Friday, July 16 at Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, has been changed.

The expo begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. It previously was slated to start at 8 p.m.

The Performance Expo features students showing off what they have learned, as it lends itself to performance, during their three weeks at the Governor's Honors Academy, according to Martha Woodward, Dean of the Governor's Honors Academy and Executive Director of Marshall's John R. Hall Center for Academic Excellence.

The academy began June 27 and concludes July 18. In all, 163 rising high school seniors from West Virginia are participating, along with five students from Russia.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday July 2, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall Upward Bound hosts annual Upward Bound Day

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students from seven Upward Bound programs around the state are participating in Upward Bound Day at Marshall University Thursday, July 8.

Upward Bound Day, an annual activity for students participating in Upward Bound Programs, is a day of athletically and academically stimulating events.

Tori Wucher, program coordinator, said the day of events establishes a sense of camaraderie as well as competition among the students.

"These events are a combination of physical activities as well as academic activities," Wucher said. "It's a great way for students in Marshall's program to meet students in other programs and learn about good sportsmanship at the same time."

Upward Bound Day begins at 10:30 a.m. and concludes at 7 p.m. The day's activities include basketball, tennis, vocals, chess, oratory, football, volleyball, track, a math competition, swimming, billiards, ping pong, tug of war, a poster competition and an academic bowl. Awards will be presented for first and second place in each event.

Wucher said this activity not only serves the students, but also acts as a recruitment tool for the university.

"We are really showing off our campus, the cafeteria and the new residence halls," Wucher said. "This is a great way to show off our wonderful campus and help with recruitment."

Schools participating in Upward Bound Day are Concord College, Davis and Elkins College, Marshall University, Potomac State College, Salem International University, West Virginia State University and West Virginia University Institute of Technology.

More information about Upward Bound Day is available by contacting Wucher at (304) 696-2270 or by e-mail.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday July 2, 2004
Contact: Beverly McCoy, , (304) 691-1713

Marshall Medical School gets $16 million NIH research grant

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The National Institutes of Health on Thursday awarded Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine a $16 million grant through which Marshall, as lead institution, will work in partnership with West Virginia University to support a research network made up of seven of the state's undergraduate colleges and universities.

The 5-year grant is the largest NIH grant in Marshall history, according to Dr. L. Howard Aulick, associate dean for research for Marshall's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and vice president for research at MU.

"This grant will increase the state's capacity to do competitive biomedical research," Aulick said. "It will bring new faculty and new technology to the participating schools, and it will give their students the opportunity to do front-line biomedical research on cardiovascular disease and cancer, which are huge issues for our state.

"The medical schools at Marshall and WVU will predominantly play a mentor role, not only helping the schools improve their research capacity but also helping them learn the intricacies of research administration," he said.

The new grant builds on efforts begun in 2001, when an NIH grant to Marshall allowed Marshall, WVU and other West Virginia colleges and universities to create a research network.

"Through the West Virginia Biomedical Infrastructure Network, we have developed a program to help state undergraduate institutions train students and faculty in important biomedical research," said Dr. John Prescott, dean of the West Virginia University School of Medicine. "WVU and Marshall researchers, faculty and students from around the state are working together to test better drugs, therapies and preventive strategies for disease, many of which are prevalent in West Virginia. Our award from the National Institute of Health will allow us to continue to build on the network's initial successes, and help educate and prepare future West Virginia researchers."

Dr. Gary O. Rankin, chair of Marshall's Department of Pharmacology, is the principal investigator for the project. In addition to Marshall and WVU, the participating schools are Fairmont State University, West Liberty State College, West Virginia State University, Wheeling Jesuit University, Bluefield State College, Alderson-Broaddus College and Shepherd University.

"This grant will help the predominantly undergraduate colleges and universities advance to the point that they can successfully compete for research funds at the national level," he said. "It will provide increased opportunities for students in West Virginia to see good biomedical science research in action. By attracting good students into graduate biomedical sciences programs at Marshall and WVU, we can develop a better-trained workforce that will be a major asset in economic development for West Virginia."

"This program reflects the vision we have for Marshall University as a lead institution for biomedical research in the region," said Marshall President Dan Angel. "We are pleased to work with colleagues at West Virginia University and throughout the state to bring about the kinds of projects that will lead to healthier lives for our citizens."

"The accelerating pace of biomedical discovery is changing the way medicine will be practiced," said Dr. Charles H. McKown Jr., dean of the school of medicine and Marshall's vice president for health sciences. "In addition to this recent award from the NIH, Senator [Robert C.] Byrd has been very responsive to our visionary efforts to develop the infrastructure that will allow Marshall and West Virginia to benefit from this booming field. The Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center initiated by the medical school and the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center now under construction position us well for medical advances, educational excellence and economic development.

"This $16 million is just the beginning," he added. "West Virginia can expect to see more tangible results in the future -- the very near future."

The researchers participating in the grant, by institution, are:

MU: Dr. Gary Rankin, Mike McCarthy, Dr. Elizabeth Murray, Dr. Don Primerano

WVU: Dr. Jim Sheil, Dr. Charles Harris, Dr. Mark Reasor, Dr. Robert Griffith, Dr. Mary Davis

Fairmont State University: Dr. Mark Flood, Dr. Albert Magro

West Liberty State College: Dr. Robert Kreisberg, Dr. Jarrett Aguilar

West Virginia State University: Dr. Robert Harris

Wheeling Jesuit University: Dr. Robert Shurina

Bluefield State College: Dr. Ethel Gordon


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