July 2012 Press Releases

Tuesday July 31, 2012
Contact: Leah Clark Payne, Public Affairs Director, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, (304) 691-1713

Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine features dual-degree program with emphasis on research

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Joseph I. Shapiro, dean of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University, today announced revitalization of a research-focused dual-degree program at the School of Medicine.

The M.D./Ph.D. program has existed at Marshall since 1992, but operated on an ad hoc basis as students expressed interest.

The revised M.D./Ph.D. program is a seven-year commitment that allows students to graduate with both degrees, preparing them for careers in patient care and medical research.  

"The School of Medicine is positioned to offer students interested in medical research an enriching experience that combines traditional medical education with laboratory research in an effort to develop new treatments for their patients," Shapiro said.   "The field of biomedical research is exploding with opportunity and we are thrilled to offer this degree option to our students."

Dr. Richard Niles, senior associate dean for research and graduate education, says most of the students interested in the dual-degree program are interested in careers in academic medicine.

"Students exploring careers in research and medicine have historically found themselves having to choose one field or the other," he said.  "This option allows them to pursue dual goals, combining their desire to help others through both clinical and research experiences."

Niles says students interested in pursuing the combined degree will check off the corresponding box on their American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application.  When Marshall receives the applications, they will be flagged for review by a subcommittee consisting of members of the medical school admission committee and the graduate studies committee which, in turn, will make admissions recommendations.

Additional application information is available at www.musom.marshall.edu/md-phd/

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Monday July 30, 2012
Contact: Mary Thomasson, Marshall University Forensic Science Center,, 304-691-8961

Marshall University professors bring forensic science to high school scientists at West Virginia Youth Science Camp

  HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University faculty brought forensic science to high school student scientists from across West Virginia attending the West Virginia Youth Science Camp last Thursday at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley.


Dr. Terry W. Fenger, director of the Marshall University Forensic Science Center, and John Sammons, an assistant professor in Marshall's Integrated Science and Technology Department, were invited to address the students as visiting scientists at the 2nd Annual West Virginia Youth Science Camp. The summer camp began Sunday, July 15, and ended Saturday, July 28.


Fenger's interactive presentation involved placing the students in the role of Sherlock Holmes to assess whether evidence found at a crime scene was from the victim, a possible perpetrator of the crime or someone not related to the crime scene. "It was a pleasure interacting with such inquiring, bright young individuals," he said.

"I explained that crime today is being facilitated more and more with technology," Sammons said. "It's not just identity theft and child pornography. Traditional crimes such as robbery, burglary and murder also generate digital evidence."

The West Virginia Youth Science Camp is made possible through a partnership between the National Youth Science Foundation and the West Virginia Department of Education. The two-week program offers lectures, hands-on directed studies by visiting scientists and educators and outdoor activities.



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Friday July 27, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University purchasing agent earns CPPO credential

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Yetta S. Meadows, a purchasing agent at Marshall University, was recently notified by the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) that she has earned recognition from the UPPCC by receiving the Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) credential.

Meadows was among 57 professionals who successfully completed the CPPO examination held May 7-19, 2012. Established in 1964, this prestigious certification is an outstanding honor for individuals employed in the public procurement profession and is an asset to their specific division of governmental administration.

"Yetta pursued and accomplished this on her own accord," said Stephanie Smith, director of purchasing at Marshall. "This is another step in the right direction for the office of purchasing's goal for pursuit and maintenance of purchasing proficiency."

To date 2,125 procurement professionals have achieved this accomplished status. To become certified as a CPPO, candidates must demonstrate through an application process that they meet specific requisites established by the UPPCC, including formal education, procurement related coursework/training, public purchasing experience and functional management experience.

A comprehensive written examination is required to confirm the candidate's mastery of the body of knowledge for public procurement professionals. The CPPO certification recognizes only those professionals who have fulfilled these prescribed standards of competency in public procurement.

Ron Bell, CPCM, President of the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO), said, "These designations signal that the individual is not only highly trained in the procurement field but is serious in executing her responsibility to protect the public trust. Congratulations to every individual who earns this distinction."

Other West Virginia CPPO-certified 2012 recipients are David R. Tincher,  director of the West Virginia State Purchasing Division, and Roberta Wagner, a buyer supervisor at the West Virginia State Purchasing Division.

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Thursday July 26, 2012
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304-746-1964

Free seminar to focus on intellectual property in health care and life sciences

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Technology Transfer Office will present a free program about intellectual property and patent protection in the health care and life sciences setting from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 10, in the Board Room of Cabell Huntington Hospital, 1340 Hal Greer Blvd., Huntington.

The program will begin with an overview of the main areas of intellectual property law (patent, trademark and copyright) and will continue with a focus specifically on patent protection in the health care and life sciences setting. The program will cover not only the requirements for obtaining a patent, but also will include discussions about ownership of inventions; the distinction between a patent application and publication of research; the differences between inventorship and authorship; preserving patent rights in health care and academic settings; and issues to consider when patenting surgical and diagnostic methods.

The seminar will be led by attorney Terry Wright of the firm Stites & Harbison PLLC in Louisville, Ky. He is one of 16 registered patent attorneys at the firm and is a member of the Intellectual Property and Technology Service Group. His practice focuses on patent‐related aspects of intellectual property, including patent drafting, patent prosecution, and counseling clients about infringement, validity and patentability.

Wright has a background in life sciences and experience with academic research in the areas of cardiovascular biology, molecular and cellular biology, pharmacology and biotechnology. He counsels companies and university technology transfer/licensing offices regarding strategies for protecting patent‐based intellectual property.

The program is free but reservations are requested. Send reservations to tto@marshall.edu. For more information, contact Amy Melton at 304-696-4365.

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Thursday July 19, 2012
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304-746-1964

Marshall scientist awarded NIH grant for lung cancer research

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A Marshall University faculty member has been awarded a three-year, $426,000 grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to further her lung cancer research.

Dr. Piyali Dasgupta, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Toxicology in the university's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, will use the grant to continue her work to determine if the nutritional agent capsaicin the active ingredient in chili peppers can improve the anti-cancer activity of the commonly used chemotherapy drug cisplatin in patients with small cell lung cancer.

Dasgupta received the funding through the National Cancer Institute's Academic Research Enhancement Award program. The program supports research projects in the biomedical and behavioral sciences that strengthen the research environment of the institution and expose students to research. Her co-investigator is Dr. Monica Valentovic, a professor in the same department.

"Small cell lung cancer is characterized by a high rate of growth, early metastasis and a dismal survival rate," said Dasgupta. "Although chemotherapy works well initially in these patients, they often relapse quickly and become unresponsive to chemotherapy. Since the preliminary data in our laboratory shows that capsaicin manifests anti-cancer activity in this type of cancer, we are hopeful our studies under this new grant may lead to new treatments."

She continued, "I am thrilled to receive this funding and I am grateful to a lot of people who have been instrumental in our success to this point. My collaborator Dr. Valentovic is a fabulous scientist to work with. I am also grateful to all the members of my lab for their hard work and dedication."

Dasgupta also acknowledged the support of the chairman of her department, Dr. Gary Rankin, and acknowledged Dr. Marcia Harrison and the MU-ADVANCE program, which she says made it possible for undergraduate students to work in her lab. MU-ADVANCE is a National Science Foundation-funded program to help increase the number of female science and engineering faculty at the university.

Dasgupta says she believes her proposal was selected for funding at least in part because the grant program's focus on student research made it a good match for her lab. Undergraduates working in her lab have a track record of receiving research grants, authoring publications and presenting their findings at international conferences.

Dr. John M. Maher, Marshall's vice president for research, congratulated the researchers, saying, "NIH grants are extraordinarily competitive, and I applaud Drs. Dasgupta and Valentovic for having a successful application. They are doing vital research that may very well have a positive impact on human health in the not-so-distant future. In addition, the grant will allow them to continue to give students hands-on, meaningful research opportunities in the lab."

In addition to receiving the new NIH funding, Dasgupta recently was notified that her grant from the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute has been renewed for an additional two years. The renewal, which extends the original three-year award, makes the total grant worth nearly $550,000. That grant is funding Dasgupta's study of how nicotine, the active component in cigarette smoke, facilitates the progression of lung cancer. Valentovic is also the co-investigator on that award.


Photo: Marshall University researchers Dr. Piyali Dasgupta, left, and Dr. Monica Valentovic have received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to further their work to determine if capsaicin the active ingredient in chili peppers can improve the anti-cancer activity of a common chemotherapy drug in patients with small cell lung cancer. Photo by Rick Haye/Marshall University.     

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Wednesday July 18, 2012
Contact: Homer Preece, Director, Mid-Ohio Valley Center,, 304-674-7201

'Get Your Career On Track' at the Mid-Ohio Valley Center July 24

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va.--Marshall University's Mid-Ohio Valley Center (MOVC) in Point Pleasant will host an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 24.

"We want students to consider Marshall University as a whole," said Homer Preece, director of the MOVC. "We want to provide information on all programs that are being offered, whether it is here at the Mid-Ohio Valley Center or in Huntington or South Charleston. Information will be provided on both graduate and undergraduate programs."

Representatives from Marshall University will be available to answer questions and assist with the applications process, enrollment, financial aid and educational planning.

"Attendees will be able to meet with the experts from both the Huntington and South Charleston campuses," Preece said. "They will be able to speak with people concerning the different majors that Marshall University offers and, of course, we will have people on hand to discuss everything from the admission process to financial aid."

MOVC delivers core courses and specialized programs of study through daytime and evening time periods that meet the needs of accelerated high school students, traditional college age students and those adults who have chosen to return to school.

MOVC offers three complete master's degree programs, two complete bachelor's degree programs and multiple undergraduate and graduate-level courses in various academic areas. Currently, MOVC is serving the following high schools with College Courses in the High Schools: Hannan High School, Mason County Career Center; Point Pleasant High School and Wahama High School.

Information will also be available for online classes, the Regents Bachelor of Arts program and much more. 

"Come and get your 'Career on Track' in a very informal setting," Preece said. "The time is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m., although we will stay as long as people are here."

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Wednesday July 18, 2012
Contact: Leah Clark Payne, Public Affairs Director Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy,, 304-691-1713

Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine class of 2014 excels on national exam

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. Dr. Joseph I. Shapiro, dean of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University, today announced that 64 members of the Class of 2014 have passed the United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 1, marking a 100 percent pass rate for Marshall students taking the test. 

The national exam is taken at the end of the second year of medical school and students must pass in order to continue into the third year of training.  

"I am thrilled with our students' outstanding performance on Step 1. They have put in hours and hours of studying and are deserving of our praise for this historical accomplishment," Shapiro said. "I also want to publicly commend our dedicated faculty and staff for their service and commitment to the medical school and our students."

Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education Dr. Aaron McGuffin congratulated class members for their exceptional performance, which included a mean score of 227. This score is higher than the 2011 national mean, which was 224. The 2012 national mean will be released later this year.

McGuffin said, "This is a tribute to their hard work and dedication in concert with the excellent teaching provided by our basic science and clinical faculty. We at the medical school are privileged to be a part of continuing to produce the best and the brightest students for tomorrow's physician workforce."

The United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) is a multi-part professional exam.  All three steps of the USMLE exam must be passed before a physician with an M.D. degree is eligible to apply for an unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States.

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Monday July 16, 2012
Contact: Matt Turner, Chief of Staff, (304) 696-6713

State of the University to be presented in Washington, D.C. tomorrow

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp will give an update on the state of the university tomorrow in Washington, D.C.

Approximately 200 persons are expected to attend what has become an annual event, including the West Virginia congressional delegation and staff as well as Washington-area alumni and other supporters. The program is designed to highlight the university's progress and to showcase the impact federally funded research projects have in West Virginia.

Kopp is expected to discuss the new construction that is now under way in Huntington, including the parking facility on 5th Avenue, the soccer facility on the site of the Veterans Memorial Field House, the new Arthur Weisberg Family Engineering Complex, and the visual arts center on the Stone and Thomas site. He will also address Marshall's record enrollment over the past two years, the financial condition of the university and private fundraising efforts.

Kopp will be joined by Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick, Head Football Coach Doc Holliday, and Men's Basketball Coach Tom Herrion, all of whom also will make remarks.

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Friday July 13, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Run for the Kids supports MU's Department of Communication Disorders

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Jule Huffman's Run for the Kids, a 5K Run/Walk that supports a program in Marshall University's Department of Communication Disorders, will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 21, in Huntington.
 Proceeds from the event directly support the Scottish Rite Childhood Speech and Language Program at Marshall. Specifically, the funding supports a clinical position within the MU Speech and Hearing Center.
 The Run for the Kids will take place on a 3.1-mile course that starts on Veterans Memorial Boulevard in downtown Huntington. It then goes west to First Street, south on First Street to Fifth Avenue, east on Fifth Avenue to Hal Greer Boulevard, north on Hal Greer Boulevard to Third Avenue, then west on Third Avenue to Veterans Memorial Boulevard where the race started.
 Entry fee is $20 through July 15, then $25 through race day. The first 200 pre-registered participants will receive a t-shirt.
 More information on the Run for the Kids and a registration form can be found at http://www.tristateracer.com/raceinfo.php?RaceID=337.

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Friday July 13, 2012
Contact: Pat Dickson, University Communications, 304-746-1971

Two from MU receive Blackboard Catalyst Award

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Two Marshall University staff members have been named winners of a Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Program.


Dr. Lori Ellison, assistant professor of Counseling in the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development, and Paula Kaplan, Instructional Designer in Instructional Technology/Online Learning  and Libraries, received the award, which honors members of the community who design and develop innovative courses that represent the best in technology and learning. 


Ellison and Kaplan were honored alongside 37 other Exemplary Course Program winners during the BbWorld, Blackboard's annual user conference, which took place July 10-12 in New Orleans. 


Blackboard is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovation solutions with the aim of improving the experience of millions of students and learners around the world.  Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education and K-12,  professional, corporate and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities.  


Part of the annual Blackboard Catalyst Awards program since 2000, the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Award highlights technologically rich, well designed and instructionally sound  courses that showcase best practices for those who use them.   More than 151 entries were evaluated in a rigorous peer-review process by more than 250 faculty and instructional designers.  Submissions were judged on course design, interaction, collaboration, assessment and learner support.


"Designing and teaching an online course titled Death and Grief Counseling presents unique challenges," said Kaplan, "but Lori and I were able to translate her personal engaging style of teaching into a highly interactive and effective online course in part by incorporating some of the new collaboration tools available in Blackboard Learn 9.1 such as wikis.  Working with Lori was a great pleasure, and I am truly honored to be recognized with her for this award."


And, Ellison added, "I'm so proud and happy the work Paula and I did has been recognized in this way. I have learned a lot about effective online teaching in my time here at Marshall and I'm grateful for the endorsement of our work.  I am most grateful to Paula for her help and my students who made this course a truly special learning experience for all."


"We applaud the Blackboard Catalyst Award winners and their accomplishments," said Ray Henderson, Chief Technology Officer and President of Academics for Blackboard.  "Their work represents some of the most innovative thinking in education today, and offers great models for how technology can help shape an improved education experience.  We congratulate the award winners for their leadership, creativity and passion that is clearly evident in their work."  

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Thursday July 12, 2012
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation,, 304-746-1989

Allied Logistics establishes $50,000 engineering scholarship to honor legacy of Dick Smith

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Allied Logistics announced today it has established a $50,000 engineering scholarship and paid summer internship at Marshall University in honor of Dick Smith, who passed away Feb. 17 at the age of 87.

Key to the growth and success of Huntington-based Allied Logistics, Smith was an accomplished engineer by training, a businessman and an innovator. He touched many lives, including that of Allied Logistics chairman and president Lake Polan III, who considered Smith a close friend and mentor.

"Dick had a gentle demeanor and quiet manner that hid his brilliant mind, outstanding negotiating skills and steely determination to succeed," said Polan. "He was truly self-effacing, deeply religious and devoted both to his family and mine. I am in many ways a product of his upbringing, along with the legacy left by my own father, Lake Polan Jr."

Smith worked in the management of Polan Industries during the 1960s. In the 1970s, he launched Allied Realty's warehousing business. He later became president of Allied Warehousing, leading its transition from a grocery distribution center to a focus on the chemical industry. Under Smith's leadership, Allied Warehousing established multiple locations, launched its transportation business and began engaging in toll services for its industrial customers. 

Marshall University welcomed the scholarship announcement funded through a $30,000 investment this year and $20,000 in 2013 as a way for Smith's legacy to continue to drive local and regional innovation. The scholarship recipient is expected to be announced this summer.

"They say that family is the tie that binds. That is certainly the case with the Polans," said Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the Marshall University Foundation Inc. "Their family has been a part of the Marshall University and Foundation family for many years, serving in a number of key roles on our board of directors.

"We are deeply grateful to the Polans for this significant engineering scholarship commitment, their continued support and leadership, and their dedication to the betterment of our entire region."

Today's announcement comes on the heels of Allied Logistics' and Allied Realty Company's $100,000 donation last January to support the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, which promotes economic development and entrepreneurial activity in West Virginia by funding commercially viable bioscience research at Marshall University and facilitating potential partnerships with outside companies. Allied Realty Company has given a total of $350,000 to the Marshall University Foundation for the institute since 2008, which, with the state's "Bucks for Brains" West Virginia Research Trust Fund matching program, results in a doubling of the benefit to Marshall of $700,000.



Allied Realty Company is the corporate hub for a full-service global logistics business with more than 2.5 million square feet of commercial, manufacturing and distribution holdings in downtown Huntington, Kenova, Nitro and Parkersburg; Paris, Ky.; and Waynesboro and Harrisonburg, Va.


Allied Logistics, operating originally as Allied Warehousing Services Inc., entered the warehousing business in 1970 when its parent company, Allied Realty Company (founded in 1922), acquired a 100,000-square-foot, multi-floor warehouse. The company has grown to operate more than 2 million square feet of public and contract warehousing with nine facilities in the central and western areas of West Virginia and western Virginia. As the company grew, Allied Logistics was created to consolidate many of the services of the companies that had preceded it, including Allied Transportation Services Company, Reo Distribution Services and Allied Processing Services. For more information, visit alliedlogistics.com.


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Thursday July 12, 2012
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304-746-1964

Marshall investigators to help lead Research Challenge Fund projects for energy, cancer studies

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Researchers at Marshall University are among the lead investigators on two projects to be funded through the state's Research Challenge Fund, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission announced today.

Marshall faculty members Drs. Thomas Wilson, Richard Niles and Donald Primerano will help direct the projects one to develop better electronics and the other to learn more about cancers affecting West Virginians. The projects began this month and will be conducted in cooperation with researchers at West Virginia University (WVU). Each project will receive a total of $1,350,000 over the next five years.

The Research Challenge Fund was established by the state legislature in 2002 to provide seed money for new research. Projects funded through the program support the creation of research centers and start-up businesses, and foster economic development and work force advancement.

Announcing the awards, Dr. Paul L. Hill, the commission's chancellor, said, "The primary goal of the Research Challenge Fund is to sponsor innovative research at our colleges and universities while improving the institutions' ability to compete for federal and private funding on the national level."

Dr. John M. Maher, Marshall's vice president for research, said, "Marshall University is pleased to have been selected to receive funding through this important program. The Research Challenge Fund is one of the state's largest investments in research and innovation, and the application process is always quite competitive. The fact that our investigators are integral to two of the projects announced today speaks volumes about the quality of research being done at Marshall. I look forward to watching these projects develop over the coming years."

The funding to create a Center for Energy Efficient Electronics at Marshall and WVU will be used to investigate and develop devices that will lead to next-generation electronics that are smaller, faster and more energy efficient than current technology allows. The principal investigators on the project are Wilson, who is a professor of physics at Marshall; Dr. David Lederman, a professor of physics at WVU; and Drs. Alan Bristow, Mikel Holcomb and Tudor Stanescu, associate professors of physics at WVU.

According to the investigators, there is strong interest in the research community in the concepts of spintronics and magnonics, where spin degrees of freedom and magnetic excitations are used for information storage and processing. Spintronics and magnonics are expected to result in electronic devices that are faster and use substantially less power than current electronics because spin and magnetic excitation currents do not dissipate nearly as much energy as charge currents.

"In my lab at Marshall, I will be probing the effects of applying uniaxial stress to the magnonic devices to adjust their frequencies," said Wilson. "This proof-of-concept experiment will permit us to determine whether it is feasible to use strain to fabricate THz magnonic devices for ultrafast communication applications."

The second research project will further develop and expand the West Virginia Cancer Genomics Network to involve Marshall, WVU and Charleston Area Medical Center. Network partners will develop a genetic database for cancers with a higher incidence in West Virginia. Researchers will use the data in studies and clinical trials funded by federal and/or private grants and to help develop start-up biotechnology companies. Principal investigators for this study are Niles, who is a professor and chairman of Marshall's Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology; Primerano, who is a professor of biochemistry and microbiology at Marshall and the director of the university's Genomics Core Facility; Dr. William Petros, a professor of biochemistry at WVU; and Dr. Todd Kuenstner, the director of pathology at Charleston Area Medical Center.

Niles said, "We started the Cancer Genomics Network several years ago with money from the federal stimulus, to collect genetic information about cancers that have a high prevalence in West Virginia namely lung, colorectal and ovarian cancers, and acute myeloid leukemia. Through this award, along with our network partners at WVU and CAMC, we'll be working to identify new diagnostic/prognostic markers and new targets for cancer therapy."

Primerano added, "At our Genomics Core Facility, we will be sequencing and analyzing the tissue samples collected through the network, allowing us to gain information critical to understanding, preventing and treating cancer in future patients."

The grants announced today are the third round of Research Challenge Fund awards made since the program began. According to the Higher Education Policy Commission, the first round a state investment of $8.4 million produced more than $20 million in external funding, helped create five startup companies and led to 10 patent applications. Results from the second round of grants, awarded in 2007, are being analyzed and will be reported to the governor and legislature by the end of the year.

More information about the Research Challenge Fund program and other research initiatives is available at www.wvresearch.org.


Photos: Drs. Thomas Wilson (above), Richard Niles (middle) and Donald Primerano (below).

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Thursday July 12, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Health Science and Technology Academy (HSTA) summer institute kicks off Sunday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - About 110 ninth-grade students from throughout West Virginia will visit Marshall University's Huntington campus July 15-20 to take part in the annual Health Science & Technology Academy (HSTA) Summer Institute.

The students will be joined by eight HSTA teachers, four field site coordinators and Marshall faculty and staff in the "Fun With Science" summer institute, according to David Cartwright, director of the event.

"The HSTA students we will serve will be exposed to a variety of hands-on science experiences," Cartwright said. "They will learn while enjoying being involved in experiments, simulations and activities. We at Marshall University will have the wonderful opportunity to expose these young people to our outstanding programs, such as professional health, allied health, science and engineering."

HSTA is a highly successful academic and enrichment initiative designed to encourage high school students to enroll in college and pursue degrees in the health sciences. The program has paid off well for Marshall. Cartwright said that of the 150 HSTA graduates last year, about 50 are enrolled at Marshall.

"This statewide program chiefly aspires to enroll African American youth to offset the disparity of African Americans as professionals in related fields of study, while also targeting low-income and first-generation students," Cartwright said.

Aaron McGuffin, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education with the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, said the HSTA program is important to the futures of the participating students and to Marshall University.

"The HSTA program is an essential outreach program for the School of Medicine as we continually seek to encourage the best and brightest students from throughout West Virginia to consider becoming West Virginia's physicians of tomorrow," McGuffin said.

Cartwright said several new health-related features are planned this year. One of the best, he said, is a Mobile Science Lab, a hands-on science laboratory in which an experiment to determine how caffeine affects the heart rate in a Zebra fish is conducted. The lab is set up in a semi-truck, which will be parked on campus near the Science Building Monday and Tuesday, July 16-17.

Also new this year are simulated laparoscopy surgery, a heart and suture lab, a safety engineering lab and the Montserrat Emergency Experience, in which students make up an emergency team on the "Island of Montserrat," which is hit first by a hurricane, then by a volcano.

Students in the School of Medicine will be involved as well. According to Jo Ann Raines, SOM senior program coordinator, fourth-year medical students will help teach two workshops in the heart and suture lab.  They include a suturing workshop and a heartbeat workshop.  Students will use pigs' feet to practice suturing and be introduced to Harry the Simulator for the heartbeat workshop.

"This is a wonderful outreach opportunity for the School of Medicine because it allows our medical students to interact with younger students who might be considering a career in medicine and also helps our fourth-year students earn credit for an academic medicine elective," Raines said.

The HSTA students will learn how to maintain a healthy lifestyle by using correct eating habits. They also will take part in numerous evening activities, such as bowling, Zumba, yoga, visits to the Marshall Recreation Center, dancing or going to a movie, and by participating in the Amazing Race, an activity based on the TV show of the same name.

The annual kickoff dinner for the "Fun With Science" summer institute is at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 15, in Memorial Student Center Room BE 5 on the Huntington campus. Ann Chester, director of the HSTA program in West Virginia, will be among those delivering remarks.

Marshall is presenting the institute in collaboration with West Virginia University. HSTA was started in 1994 by WVU with 45 students from two counties. It now averages around 800 students enrolled in the program each year from 26 counties throughout the state.

For more information, contact Helen Bonham at 304-696-4672.

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Wednesday July 11, 2012
Contact: Lalena Price, University Communications, 304-746-1989

Advance only tickets on sale now for Marshall University's 15th annual Paint the Capital City Green rally

CHARLESTON - Tickets are on sale for the 15th annual Paint the Capital City Green celebration coming to Charleston Embassy Suites on Thursday, Aug. 23.

Thundering Herd fans will hear from Doc Holliday, Marshall University's head football coach, athletic director Mike Hamrick and President Stephen J. Kopp as well as key members of this year's team as they talk about the future of Marshall University football. Fans will also enjoy a pep rally atmosphere that includes a tailgate spread, entertainment by mascot Marco, the cheerleading squad, dance team and members of the Marshall University Marching Thunder. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. and the formal program begins at 7:30 p.m. 

Advance only tickets are $50 and must be purchased by close of business on Thursday, Aug. 16, to be entered into a drawing for the opportunity to win admission and hotel accommodations for two to an away game. For ticket information, call the Big Green Scholarship Foundation at 304-696-7138 or e-mail paintthecapital@marshall.edu.

The event, presented by Friends of Coal, is the nation's largest indoor pep rally for Thundering Herd alumni, fans and friends. Paint the Capital City Green is hosted by the Big Green Scholarship Foundation, the Marshall University Alumni Association, the Greater Kanawha Valley Alumni Club and the Charleston Quarterback Club. Event proceeds benefit the Big Green Scholarship Foundation and the Marshall University Alumni Association.

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Wednesday July 11, 2012
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304-746-1964

Marshall University sponsoring regional forum on geohazards impacting transportation

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Engineers, geologists and transportation planners from across the region will gather at Tamarack in Beckley from July 31 through Aug. 2 for the Appalachian States Coalition for Geohazards in Transportation's 12th Annual Technical Forum, "Geohazards Impacting Transportation in the Appalachian Region."

Coordinated by Marshall University's Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences (CEGAS), this year's forum is hosted by the West Virginia Department of Transportation.

Dr. Tony Szwilski, CEGAS director, is the chairman of the coalition.

"It is an exciting prospect to work with federal, state and private entities to share best practices on the prevention and remediation of geological problems that affect transportation throughout the Appalachian region," he said. "We encourage anyone with an interest in this topic to join us for what promises to be an excellent program."

Members of the nationally recognized coalition meet annually to share information about research developments and projects related to rock falls and landslides along highways, seismic activity and hazard-prone areas impacting the region's transportation infrastructure. The topics of risk assessment and emergency response also will be covered at the forum.

This year's event will include a pre-conference field trip to the New River Gorge National River and the catwalk under the New River Gorge Bridge, and a visit to the Bluestone Dam. The visit to the dam is being organized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District.

Szwilski said the forum and field trip will be of interest to geologists, geotechnical engineers, environmental scientists, planners and others interested in geohazards.

Coalition members represent the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S.  Army Corps of Engineers, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern Corporation, the Federal Highway Administration, and the departments of transportation and state geological surveys in Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

For more information, visit www.marshall.edu/cegas or contact Szwilski at szwilski@marshall.edu or 304-696-5457.

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Wednesday July 11, 2012
Contact: Leah Clark Payne, Public Affairs DIrector, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, 304-691-1713

Scholarship created in honor of retiring Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine administrator

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - James "Jim" J. Schneider retired from the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in June, but his service to the school will live on through the creation of an endowed scholarship in his name.

The scholarship, known as the James "Jim" J. Schneider Endowed Scholarship, will be awarded to an entering first-year student chosen by the School of Medicine scholarship committee in conjunction with the Marshall University Financial Aid office.

"Jim was a steady and effective leader during the School of Medicine's expansion to the Marshall University Medical Center in the 1990s," said Linda Holmes, director of development and alumni affairs with the School of Medicine.   "He also guided several other multi-million dollar School of Medicine building projects.  The formation of this scholarship is quite fitting because of Jim's commitment to our students for so many years."

Schneider served the School of Medicine and University Physicians & Surgeons, Inc., for 21 years, finishing his career as the senior associate dean for finance and administration and executive director, respectively.

Anyone wanting to make a gift to the Schneider scholarship may contact Holmes at 304-691-1711 or holmes@marshall.edu.

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Friday July 6, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall to house about 275 power line workers

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University is housing about 275 out-of-state utility workers brought in by Appalachian Power to help the company restore power following last week's record-breaking storm that damaged electrical infrastructure across much of the Mid-Atlantic.

The workers are staying in three of the four Marshall Commons residence halls on the Huntington campus tonight and Saturday night, said Dr. Karen Kirtley, senior vice president for administration. 

Kirtley said Appalachian Power contacted Marshall for availability when the large number of workers brought in for the recovery created a lodging need well beyond the capacity available at area hotels and motels. Marshall's Huntington campus has had power since last Saturday, although the university did suffer about $95,000 in damage and its South Charleston and Point Pleasant, W.Va., campuses were closed on Monday due to power outages. 

"Our Huntington campus has been fortunate to have power throughout this week, so President Kopp has offered our facilities and any assistance we can give to the state and local emergency services," Kirtley said. "We have been on standby to house local elderly residents; however, Appalachian Power quickly restored power to the high-rise housing facilities and thus far our residence halls have not been needed for that purpose. 

"We are glad to be available for Appalachian Power and its workers. I know they are working long days in this remarkable heat to get all of us back up, so we will do what we can to help."

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Friday July 6, 2012
Contact: Lalena Price, University Communications, 304-746-1989

Incoming freshmen participate in Marshall University's free English and math summer workshops

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Incoming freshmen at Marshall University are fast-tracking their college success during the Summer Bridge Program, a pair of free workshops designed to give new students the fundamentals they need for college success.

Approximately 100 freshmen wrapped up the first session today and more than 100 already are signed up for the second session, which begins July 23. That session is still accepting interested students.

Dr. Rudy Pauley, Associate Vice President for Outreach and Continuing Studies, said the program's first session went well and that participants felt it was worth giving up some free summer days to sharpen their skills.

"This program is all about our commitment at Marshall to student success and the participants seem to really want to work hard to excel," Pauley explained. "We have faculty working with new students with the idea that if we can make them stronger in math and English before they even officially step foot on our campuses, we are helping them ensure success in college and beyond."

Session Two will run from July 23 through Aug. 2. Classes will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday on the Huntington, South Charleston and Point Pleasant (Mid-Ohio Valley Center) campuses. The Summer Bridge Program is free to incoming freshmen who have been admitted to Marshall for the fall of 2012, have paid their enrollment deposit and meet workshop entry guidelines.

Seating for Session Two is limited and registration is required. For more information, call 304-696-3646 or e-mail recruitment@marshall.edu.

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Tuesday July 3, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall's Japan Outreach Initiative program director to help chaperone 23 local high school students' 2-week visit to Japan

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Twenty-three students and recent graduates from three local high schools will travel to Japan for a two-week study tour beginning Sunday, July 8.

In addition to the students, two chaperones - Azusa "Hanah" Yamada and Miho Egnor - will make the trip. Yamada is Japan Outreach Initiative program director at Marshall University, and Egnor is a Spanish teacher at Huntington High School and wife of Clark Egnor, Marshall's executive director of the Center for International Programs.

Twelve students from Huntington High School, 10 from Cabell Midland High School and one from Fairland (Ohio) High School will make the trip.

The purpose of the two-week visit to Japan is to promote understanding about the current situation in that country and recovery efforts after the earthquake and tsunami that occurred on March 11, 2011. It also will encourage greater understanding between the youth of Japan and the United States and foster long-term and ongoing interest in one another by providing firsthand experiences with the culture of the other.

"Earlier this year, the College of Liberal Arts hosted the presentation of the documentary, Wave: Restart from the Rubble, a film that showed the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that crippled the region in March, 2011," said Dr. David Pittenger, dean of Marshall's College of Liberal Arts. "All who saw the film were greatly moved by the will and determination of those who had lost everything to retain their dignity and restore their community. Now, students from Cabell County and Lawrence County, Ohio, will be greeted with open arms by members of a Japanese community who welcome our students as guests in their country."

The trip is a new initiative by the Laurasian Institution in partnership with the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. The project is called Kizuna (Bonds of Friendship) and provides for a fully funded, two-week study tour to Japan.

The Laurasian Institution is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization founded in 1990. It offers a variety of international and cross-cultural education programs in which people of different cultures meet, learn and gain a greater understanding of one another.

"We want the students to establish friendships, ongoing relationships," Yamada said. "We don't want them to stop the relationships when they leave."

The trip will include travel to both the Kanto and Kansai areas where the students will have an opportunity to volunteer in a community affected by the tsunami and earthquake.

The students also will experience a three-day homestay while in Japan. Each student will stay in the home of a Japanese family for three days, witnessing and learning the traditional way of life in Japan. Next spring, as part of the new program, 23 students from Japan will visit the Huntington area, and while here will also participate in a three-day homestay.

Yamada said two of the 23 students making the trip will be attending Marshall in the fall, majoring in Japanese. Here is a list of students making the trip to Japan:

Huntington High : Deloris Brown, Joseph Fisher, Emily Kingery, Allison Albers, Emily Murray, Kathryne Murphy, Kiersten Oldham, Drew Thompson, Kelsey Vallance, Zackariah Pate, Clare Loftus and Kate Colclough

Cabell Midland: Lance Black, Nathaniel Napier, JamieThompson, Caitlyn Adkins , Katarina Criddle, Jackson Berezo, Mickey Crisp, Kiri Black, Kara Hancock and Montana Richardson

Fairland High School: Molly Mcilvain

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Monday July 2, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

South Charleston campus, Mid-Ohio Valley Center to reopen Tuesday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's South Charleston campus and the Mid-Ohio Valley Center in Point Pleasant will reopen Tuesday with classes taking place as scheduled.

As of 4 p.m. today, power had been restored at both sites. The power had been off at the South Charleston campus and Mid-Ohio Valley Center since Friday's storm.

Rudy Pauley, Associate Vice President for Outreach and Continuing Studies at Marshall, said anyone with questions should contact their supervisor.

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Sunday July 1, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Huntington campus open Monday; South Charleston, Mid-Ohio Valley closed

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Huntington campus is fully functional and will be open for business as usual Monday, July 2, despite suffering some minor damage in Friday's storm. Summer classes will operate as scheduled, unless instructors have notified students otherwise.

However, the South Charleston campus and Mid-Ohio Valley Center in Point Pleasant, both of which are still without power, will be closed Monday for safety reasons. Employees in South Charleston and Point Pleasant should contact their supervisors for further instruction about whether they have essential duties and should still report to work, or if they should work from home or an alternate location. Classes offered at those campuses have been postponed until power can be restored.

Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said the physical plant and buildings and grounds crews did remarkable work ensuring the damage at the Huntington campus was minimized and getting everything up and running again.

"They and the contractors they've worked with deserve tremendous credit and our thanks for the quick recovery," Kopp said.

Huntington employees should report to work as normal. Those unable to report to work due to a power outage at their home are asked to contact their supervisor for further instruction.

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