WVU In the News
WVU PROFESSOR DEVELOPED CENTENNIAL TOMATO [CHARLESTON DAILY MAIL]: In early 1950, a young West Virginia University professor embarked on a painstaking, 13-year project to develop a blight-resistant tomato. It was formally unveiled for the state’s centennial in 1963 and appropriately named the West Virginia 63. The hard work has paid off many times over for that professor, Mannon Gallegly, who turns 90 this month and still is enjoying the fruits of his labor, literally. Yes, he likes to eat the tomato variety, though these days he either has to eat them cooked or remove the seeds if he eats them raw.
BRICKSTREET INSURANCE GIVES WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY RECORD $4M GIFT [INSURANCE JOURNAL]: West Virginia University’s College of Business and Economics has received the largest gift in its history. The university said that the BrickStreet Insurance Foundation donated $3 million to the college’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The center wProgram Coordinatorill now be called the BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.Another $1 million was donated to the athletics department to improve athletic facilities. The university said the foundation donated the money through the WVU Foundation’s A State of Minds campaign. The campaign launched last June seeks to raise $750 million. It will continue through December 2015.
TRUST GIVES $7.5M TO WVU COLLEGE OF LAW [THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]: A trust is giving West Virginia University’s law school more than $7 million to help pay for a building and renovation project. The university says the gift from the Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust is the largest capital gift in the law school’s history.College of Law dean Joyce McConnell said Tuesday that the gift will launch the law school into a new era of legal education and service. WVU broke ground last fall for the $25 million building and renovation million project. It includes adding 20,000 square feet for classrooms, law clinics and the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development.
POLICE DEPARTMENT AT WVU FIRST CAMPUS FORCE IN WV TO BE ACCREDITED [WBOY]: The West Virginia University Police Department has become the state’s first campus force to receive accreditation by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), according to a new release from WVU. The police department is also the 35th out of 1,200 member colleges and universities to receive accreditation, officials said. “Accreditation requires that procedures are documented and that personnel are given clear guidance,” Chief Bob Roberts said. “It makes it easier to hire and keep qualified personnel and ensures that they receive proper training and function according to established policies and procedures. Accreditation also assures the university administration, faculty and staff, the community and local law enforcement of the quality of services our University Police Department provides.”
WVU’S SOLAR DECATHLON TEAM CONTINUES PREPARATIONS FOR COMPETITION [WV PUBLIC BROADCASTING]: West Virginia University’s solar decathlon team is now less than eight months from competing in this year’s competition. The team is one of a select few from around the world that’s building a home using newer, greener, technologies. The team is made up of students from several schools at WVU, and there are also faculty advisors helping. They are building a rustic style log cabin using technology that will help reduce harmful impact to the environment. It will use solar power, but also incorporate resources like natural light to improve energy efficiency.
BOOMERS AGING WORSE THAN PAST GENERATION, REPORT SUGGESTS [NBC NEWS]: Like many baby boomers, 63-year-old Beth Thomas feels her age. “I’m an expert on pain,” says the Johnstown, Pa., horse trainer. “But I think I’m doing really well for my age. You just see me saying ‘Ouch, ouch, ouch’ as I move.” Each passing year brings more aches and pains. Old injuries have started grumbling again. Fingers that were once supple are often stiff and sore. Thomas does her best to stay active. She says she used to jog, but these days has to settle for long walks because of the toll running took on her knees and back. Baby boomers may view aging as a thing that happens to someone else, but in reality, the more than 78 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 may be facing a creakier, sicker old age than their parents, according to a new report. Cholesterol-lowering statin medications to protect against cardiovascular disease, boomers are far less likely to say they are in excellent health compared to what people born between 1922 and 1943 reported when they were in the same age range, researchers from the West Virginia University School of Medicine reported Monday.