The Newsletter for Marshall University                                       April 14, 2021

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Chris Risher

Researcher receives $400K NIH grant to study nervous system development

W. Christopher Risher, Ph.D., an assistant professor of biomedical sciences at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, has been awarded a $399,600 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his research on the differences in brain development between males and females. This line of research is critical for the development of novel, targeted therapies for individuals with …

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Classified Staff Council 2021 General Election to take place starting Thursday

As mandated by H.B. 2224, the Classified Staff Council will hold an election to select no more than five representatives from each of the university’s five EEO groups, the Staff Council chair, the Institutional Board of Governors (IBOG) representative, and the Advisory Council of Classified Employees (ACCE) representative. Elected candidates will serve from July 1, 2021 until June 30, 2023. …

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MU Theatre to present ' 'Night Mother ' beginning April 15

Marshall University School of Theatre will present Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama, "'Night Mother," April 15-18 at 7:30 p.m. and April 18th at 2 p.m. on Vimeo. The performances are free and open to the public. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, this eloquent, enthralling and ultimately shattering play explores the final hour in …

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West Virginia colleges and universities to celebrate National Collegiate Recovery Day Thursday, April 15

The West Virginia Collegiate Recovery Network (WV CRN), a program of the Marshall University Research Corporation’s Alliance for the Economic Development of Southern West Virginia, is collaborating with schools and organizations across the state to celebrate National Collegiate Recovery Day on Thursday, April 15. Nearly a dozen organizations and institutions in West Virginia are participating, including BridgeValley Community and Technical …

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Marshall to offer in-person Green and White Day open houses

Marshall has announced the availability of in-person Green and White Day open house events on Friday, April 16, and Saturday, April 17. These signature recruitment and admissions events will allow prospective students to visit campus for a day of informational sessions and activities. The Green and White Day open house events provide students with the opportunity to tour Marshall’s award-winning …

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Spring fountain ceremony to take place Saturday

Marshall Athletics has announced that Bob Coleman will serve as the featured speaker at the annual spring Memorial Fountain ceremony Saturday, April 17, at 12:30 p.m. The event, which includes turning on the fountain, will be held prior to the 3 p.m. spring football game. The ceremony is held each spring to celebrate the rebirth of Marshall Football and to …

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Brad D. Smith Business Incubator named HubSpot for Startups partner

The Brad. D. Smith Business Incubator has been approved as a HubSpot for Startups partner. The new designation means that business incubator clients will be able to access educational resources and tailored training, professional software at startup prices and an integrated platform for startups. HubSpot helps businesses grow by creating an ecosystem of software, education and community. The HubSpot for …

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BSMD Students entering Fall 2021

Marshall announces newest class of B.S./M.D. students

Marshall and the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine have selected nine high school seniors from across West Virginia as the newest class of students for the accelerated B.S./M.D. program. The program was established in 2015 as a pathway for high-performing West Virginia students to finish both their Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees in seven years. The …

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Hwapyeong Song

Computer science graduate student receives Best Paper award at Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Smart Cities

Hwapyeong Song, who is a graduate student studying cybersecurity in the Department of Computer Sciences and Electrical Engineering, received the “Best Paper Award” in the Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Smart Cities in 2021. Her paper was titled “A Study of Implementing Smart Combined Sewer Systems.” The joint technical conference was hosted by the Korean American Society of Civil …

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WMUL-FM students receive national broadcast awards

Students from  WMUL-FM received awards from the 19th annual Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts Student Audio Competition, as well as the 81st annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Conference’s 12th Annual Awards. In the Broadcast Education Association competition, the students earned one first-place award, one second-place award and one third-place award. The 2021 Festival of Media Arts winners were selected …

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Rose Ayoob, Amanda Dye

Marshall Health adds kidney and diabetes care specialists to its pediatric care team

Marshall Health, Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and Hoops Family Children’s Hospital (HFCH) at Cabell Huntington Hospital, a member of Mountain Health Network (MHN) are expanding their pediatric provider teams with the addition this month of nephrologist Rose Ayoob, M.D., and endocrinologist Amanda Dye, M.D. Ayoob is a board-certified, fellowship-trained pediatric nephrologist. She previously served at West Virginia University …

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'Focus Forward' program to take place April 22

The West Virginia Public Education Collaborative, of which Marshall is a member, will present "Focus Forward: Beyond the Cloud Part II," Thursday, April 22. The program will include keynote and industry panel discussions from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by a design thinking workshop from noon to 1:30 p.m. President Gilbert will be delivering welcoming remarks and Ben Eng and …

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Professional Licensure Disclosures: Q&A Session Scheduled for April 22

Jendonnae L. Houdyschell, associate general counsel, and Dr. Monica Brooks, associate vice president for online learning and dean of libraries, have announced an informal Q&A session regarding new federal requirements for disclosing professional licensure. The session will take place from 1 - 2:​30 p.​m.​ on Thursday, April 22, inside the Professional Licensure Disclosures Team in Microsoft Teams. This is a …

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Local TedX event focuses on rising from tragedy

The Marshall University community celebrated an evening of “RISING” last Friday at the third annual TEDxMarshallU event. TEDxMarshallU’s talks centered around a wide array of topics, ranging from empowering students by Lt. Chad Napier of Appalachia HIDTA and Handle with Care West Virginia and Dr. Kathy D’Antoni of the Marshall University Board of Governors; rebuilding the Appalachian economy by Lee Farabaugh of CORE10 and Brandon Dennison of …

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Marshall to offer Virtual Adventure Zone GenCyber summer camp for high school STEM teachers

The Department of Computer Sciences and Electrical Engineering will host the Virtual Adventure Zone Teacher Academy Summer Camp June 14-18 for high school STEM teachers. The free, online camp will be offered with support from a GenCyber summer camp grant from the National Science Foundation and National Security Agency. Participants will receive a $1,250 stipend for attendance and meal support, …

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Tri-State Conference on Diversity and Inclusion accepting workshop proposals

The 7th Annual Tri-State Conference on Diversity and Inclusion is now accepting workshop proposals. The 2021 conference theme is Dimensions of Diversity: The Impact of Visible and Invisible Identities; this virtual conference is hosted by Ohio University Southern and will take place Sept. 20-24. The call for proposals will remain open until May 7. For more information, please visit the Call for Proposals …

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RCBI Training for Navy

RCBI assists U.S. Navy with 3D printing technology

Navy sailors aboard the USS Tulsa now have access to 3D printing technology and the know-how to use it thanks, in part, to the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) at Marshall University and its Apprenticeship Works partner AST2. RCBI’s Apprenticeship Works and AST2 (Applied Systems & Technology Transfer) recently provided virtual training to help sailors prepare to use 3D printing …

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Joanne Drescher Caudill

In Memoriam: Joanne Drescher Caudill

Joanne Drescher Caudill, who was a music faculty member in piano at Marshall, died April 4. She was born July 21, 1924, in Spencer, Indiana, to Morgan L. and Ruby Hickam Drescher.  Her whole life was centered in the musical environment and heritage of her family.  She was preceded in death by two brothers, Morgan H. Drescher and John L. …

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Southern Coalfields Alumni Chapter

Southern Coalfields alumni chapter recognized

Marshall’s Southern Coalfields alumni chapter has made an impact on Marshall for several years. This past year, they were recognized for their lifetime giving and welcomed into the Marshall University Foundation’s President’s Circle, which recognizes those who have given $100,000 to $249,999 to help the university rise. “We are always excited when a group of alumni come together to keep …

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Rho Chi Inductees

School of Pharmacy initiates new honor society members

Eight School of Pharmacy students joined the Rho Chi Society during a small, socially distanced event at Kopp Hall April 8. The event was also livestreamed so family and friends could watch. The following students, who represent the top 20% of the Class of 2023, received their pins and certificates: Alexandra Brown, Becky Cook, Shayna Follett, William Foster, …

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Coronavirus Statistics:

New Cases Since March 31, 2021
   Students: 8
   Faculty: 0
   Staff*: 1

* Includes auxiliary employees (Sodexo, Aetna, Rec Center, etc.)

All testing is being done in partnership with Marshall Health, Cabell Huntington Hospital, Pleasant Valley Hospital, QLabs Inc. and MedExpress Urgent Care.

The most recent information is always available at www.marshall.edu/coronavirus/dashboard.

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The next regular issue of We Are...Marshall will be distributed April 21, 2021. Please send items for consideration to WAMnewsletter@marshall.edu by 5 p.m. Monday, April 19, 2021.

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