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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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WVU equine therapy 'changing lives'

West Virginia University’s equine therapy program is helping change the lives of people with disabilities, providing the training for nuanced care for both physical and mental impairments.

“Horse therapy is not only for people with physical disabilities; it also supports mental health and overall stability,” said Carol Petitto, an adjunct instructor in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Design, said. “Those who benefit include people with autism, visual impairment, emotional disabilities and brain injuries. We have found it is beneficial for at-risk students and even veterans.”

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Family honors the memory of longtime WVU professor with endowed scholarship

Donald J. Horvath, longtime professor of animal and veterinary sciences atDr. Donald Horvath, ca. 1957  West Virginia University, passed away in 2011, but left behind a legacy of inspired learning that his family will honor through the establishment of the Dr. Donald J. Horvath Memorial Scholarship.

Horvath’s immediate family members — his wife, Jaqueline; daughter, Shelly Poston; and sons, Christopher, Jeremy and David— recently made a $25,000 gift to support the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, establishing an endowed fund that will benefit undergraduate students majoring in animal and nutritional sciences or graduate students in animal physiology. First preference will be given to graduate students who wish to teach at the university level.

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WVU Davis College announces 150th anniversary ice cream flavors

“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream,” and not just any ice cream, but Appalachian Apple Crumble and Land Grant Crunch, two flavors recently voted as most desired in an online poll held by the West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.

After more than 150 votes were tallied, these two flavors tied for first, and they will serve as the Davis College’s signature desserts throughout its yearlong 150th anniversary celebration next year.

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WVU design students showcase talents, compete to have t-shirt design produced

Earlier this semester, students from WVU’s  graphic design and  fashion, dress and merchandising programs joined an elite group of designers from five universities to compete in the Student Design League.

Powered by Robin Ruth, an international casual lifestyle and traveler’s brand, the unique competition was created to empower student designers and give them a chance to showcase their talents.

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From Mars to a greenhouse near you: WVU team transitions robot from rover to pollinator

Pollinators play a significant role in the production of more than 150 food crops in the United States with almost all fruit and grain crops requiring pollination to produce their crop. Pollinators come in all shapes and sizes and if a research team from  West Virginia University has its way, they may also one day come in the form of a robot.

And it’s not just any robot; it’s  Cataglyphis, winner of the Sample Return Robot Challenge, part of NASA’s Centennial Challenge.

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WVU and global energy giant form clean energy technology partnership

A new partnership between  West Virginia University one of the world’s largest energy companies will promote discoveries that could provide cleaner, cheaper energy to countries across the globe, bolstering economies and providing a better future for the world’s citizens.

Officials from WVU and a delegation from China Shenhua Energy Company gathered in Morgantown today (Oct. 27) to create a partnership focused on the development of clean energy technologies.

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