West Virginia 4-H’ers to ‘find their path’ at WVU Day at the Legislature

Higher education can open the door to a world of possibilities for West Virginia’s young people. Hundreds of 4-H’ers will have an opportunity to learn how they can find their path to those possibilities and to West Virginia University during the 2019 WVU Day at the Legislature. The event, hosted by WVU and WVU Extension Service, will take place at the Capitol in Charleston Jan. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon.

WVU students receive NASA Space Grant fellowships

Each student will receive a $1,000 award: $500 from the Eberly College and $500 from the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium. The recipients are Erica Chwalik, Dillion Cottrill, Ryan Culp, Brenden Glover, Janna Kleinsasser, Maxwell Reese, Simon Wirth and Olivia Young.

WVU researchers pinpoint factor that predicts unplanned hospital readmissions

New research from West Virginia University suggests a widely used index to assess hospital patients’ risk of readmission may have a blind spot. Physicians and nurses use a tool called the “LACE index” to identify which patients are most likely to be readmitted to the hospital because symptoms come back or complications arise. But research out of the Health Sciences Center suggests the index fails to consider a key variables that could improve predictions in West Virginia: whether patients are on Medicaid.

WVU Extension Service empowers young entrepreneur to add bite to his business plan’s bark

Fueled by his ultimate love of dogs and a simple product, Zeb Helmick manages to be the figurehead of a pet treat company that is expanding — fast. Of course he’s nudged in the right direction by his parents, and he’s also equipped with knowledge from the West Virginia University Extension Service. With that guidance, Zeb’s Barky Bites has grown in to something that not only benefits the furry, four-legged animals, but also those involved in agriculture.