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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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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