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150th Anniversary - Appreciating Our Resources

As West Virginia University's oldest academic unit, the history of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design is deeply rooted in the land-grant mission. Since 1867, the college has been committed to educating and training our future leaders, conducting groundbreaking research and performing public outreach and service.  

As West Virginia University  celebrates its 150th anniversary, join the Davis College as it reflects on its proud history of fulfilling the land-grant mission. From Feb. 13 to Feb. 15, we'll be celebrating some past accomplishments, achievements in education and research, and the multitude of resources that enrich the student experience.

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150th Anniversary - Celebrating Research

As West Virginia University's oldest academic unit, the history of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design is deeply rooted in the land-grant mission. Since 1867, the college has been committed to educating and training our future leaders, conducting groundbreaking research and performing public outreach and service. 

The college has had many accomplishments since its inception. Of the most notable achievements is the Allegheny Highlands Project of the 1970s, mentioned below, which helped to revitalize the livestock-forage industry in West Virginia. Another significant cooperative project with Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda to provide assistance in developing higher education facilities and training the countries' future agricultural leaders. 

As West Virginia University  celebrates its 150th anniversary, join the Davis College as it reflects on its proud history of fulfilling the land-grant mission. From Feb. 13 to Feb. 15, we'll be celebrating some past accomplishments, achievements in education and research, and the multitude of resources that enrich the student experience.

CELEBRATING RESEARCH 

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150th Anniversary - Celebrating Past Accomplishments

As West Virginia University's oldest academic unit, the history of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design is deeply rooted in the land-grant mission. Since 1867, the college has been committed to educating and training our future leaders, conducting groundbreaking research and performing public outreach and service.

The college has had many accomplishments since its inception. Of the most notable achievements is the Allegheny Highlands Project of the 1970s which helped to revitalize the livestock-forage industry in West Virginia. Another significant cooperative project with Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda to provide assistance in developing higher education facilities and training the countries' future agricultural leaders.

As West Virginia University celebrates its 150th anniversary, join the Davis College as it reflects on its proud history of fulfilling the land-grant mission. From Feb. 13 to Feb. 15, we'll be celebrating some past accomplishments, achievements in education and research, and the multitude of resources that enrich the student experience.

In 2001, WVU announced an $18.4 million gift from Gladys Gwendolyn Davis and Vivian Davis Michael. At the time, it was the largest private donation from individuals in WVU's history and targeted $16.2 million to the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences. In honor of the women, the college was renamed the Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences.

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Moritz named finalist for Professor of the Year by Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia

Each year, the foundation honors an outstanding faculty member at a West Virginia college or university with the designation. The winner will be announced at a reception on March 13 in Charleston.

“Joe is an extraordinary faculty member whose work and commitment translate teaching, research and service into action,” said Dan Robison, dean of the WVU Davis College of Agriculture,Natural Resources and Design. “He makes a difference in the classroom, on the farm and in the community. He inspires current and future scientists and truly enables us to achieve the land grant mission.”

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Gift from family foundation to advance poultry research at West Virginia University

Chicken. It’s what’s for dinner in most American households, according to recent data from the  U.S. Department of Agriculture. United States consumers ate 90 pounds of chicken per capita in 2015. With projections for a continued rise in poultry consumption, the importance for the poultry industry to produce the healthiest chickens possible remains paramount. 

Thankfully, a $25,000 gift from the Briles Family Foundation has made it possible for one  West Virginia University researcher to focus on this very outcome in the months ahead. 

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WVU Davis College landscape architecture graduate and assistant professor receive international recognition

West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design alumna Yasmeen Juma was recently awarded 2nd prize in the Graduate Student Design Category at the 7th “Yuan Ye” International Competition, an annual design competition for landscape architecture students and professionals.

The competition is hosted by the Asian Landscape Architecture Society, Worldscape Magazine and China Landscape Architecture.

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WVU researcher uncovers influence of microorganisms on soil carbon storage

With more than 7 billion microorganisms in the soil, it’s no surprise we still have a lot to learn about them and their impact on the environment. A West Virginia University researcher is uncovering critical information about these tiny organisms under our feet, which although small, can have a huge impact on the environment.

Ember Morrissey, assistant professor of environmental microbiology in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, received a $150,000 grant from National Science Foundation’s Division of Environmental Biology’s Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research program, known as EAGER, to increase understanding of the behavior of microorganisms in the soil to provide descriptions of microbial function that currently aren’t available.

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WVU alumnus 'pays it forward,' establishes endowed scholarship for undergraduate students

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University alumnus Ralph Glover, Jr., believes in “paying it forward” when it comes to helping WVU students. To this end, he has established the Ralph Glover Forestry Scholarship, an endowed fund that will support undergraduate students enrolled in the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design’s Division of Forestry and Natural Resources

As a first-generation college student, Glover recalls what a privilege it was to not only attend WVU, but to have most of his college expenses covered by his parents.

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