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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WVU-led research shows loss of tree diversity could lower global forest productivity, inflicting billions per year of loss in forestry

The world’s forests constitute the most varied and diverse terrestrial ecosystems on the planet, and are home to thousands of species of plants, animals and micro-organisms.

A new study coordinated and co-authored by West Virginia University researchers says that conserving these diverse forests not only retains a species-rich environment, but also maintains the forests’ output and services for future generations.

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