WVU Dentistry offers free children’s dental exams

More than $100 in free dental services are available to children ages one-to-17, Friday, Feb. 1 in Morgantown at the West Virginia University Pediatric Dentistry Clinic. Services by dental and dental hygiene students from the WVU School of Dentistry include an exam, necessary X-rays and fluoride treatments. Clients can begin scheduling appointments for the limited spaces Friday (Jan. 18).

WVU Foundation awards scholarships to 10 grad students

West Virginia University graduate students provide valuable research and teaching services to the West Virginia University campus and the greater Morgantown community. Ten graduate students have been selected to receive scholarships that will defray the costs of their education and promote the dissemination of their research to a broader audience.

WVU to host Martin Luther King Jr Unity Breakfast followed by a day of service

The MLK Scholarship Award and the MLK Achievement Award will be presented at the breakfast. The scholarship is awarded annually to a WVU student who demonstrates an active interest and meaningful involvement in areas of human rights, civil rights and social justice. The Achievement Award is given to the nominee from West Virginia who best exemplifies working to fulfill King’s commitment. Following the breakfast, volunteers will travel to complete a variety of service projects in Morgantown.

WVU students earn national fashion scholarships

Three West Virginia University fashion, dress and merchandising students were recently named 2019 YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund recipients – an honor that includes a $5,000 scholarship as well as networking and internship opportunities. The merit scholarships are awarded based on the completion of a case study project, a personal essay, an interview with a scholarship fund ambassador and an applicant’s GPA.

Biotechnology can be used to combat forest pests and diseases

Biotechnology provides opportunities to restore native species that are threatened by insect pest or pathogen outbreaks. In some cases the resistant trees may be intentionally released into the wild where they could proliferate with minimal human intervention, thus raising issues that are fundamentally different from those encountered in agricultural biotechnology. More research is needed on the ability of the existing tree population to adapt and efforts to enhance resistance with biotechnology should be integrated with breeding programs for the target trees.

Coal mining dangers remain 50 years after Coal Mine Safety and Health Act, subsequent mine disasters

Nearly 50 years after the passage of the federal Coal Mine Safety and Health Act, significant occupational dangers for coal miners remain. As the anniversary of the Sago Mine Disaster approaches, and on the heels of the 50th anniversary of the Farmington Mine Disaster, Michael McCawley from the West Virginia University School of Public Health notes black lung cases are on the rise and silicosis diagnoses persist. His research has been inspired by these and other mine tragedies in an effort to make coal mines safe and healthy places to work.

WVU research focuses on how attitudes toward mental illness affect student-athletes

The cultural stigma related to mental illness and those seeking mental health services is pervasive. Suicide tends to rate as the second or third highest cause of death for student-athletes, according to Robert Hilliard, a West Virginia University doctoral student. Hilliard is using an NCAA grant to examine the role that stigma plays in student-athletes’ attitudes toward seeking help for mental health services.