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Oh my gourd!

As a child, Trychta was fascinated by the giant pumpkins grown by his neighbor. He longed to buy one for Halloween each year, but they were always too expensive.

As an adult, he’s been growing giant pumpkins for nine years.

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WVU alumnus establishes endowed fund to support students in the Division of Natural Resources and Forestry

Gensheimer has committed a gift of $25,000 to create the Gregory J. Gensheimer Scholarship, which will support WVU juniors and seniors majoring in recreation, parks and tourism resources or wildlife and fisheries resources in the Davis College School of Natural Resources.

The Pittsburgh native, who now resides in Montverde, Florida, has a long-held passion for wildlife and the outdoors.

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WVU to host veterinary career day October 7

Are you a student interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine?

If so, join the West Virginia University Davis-Michael Scholars Program and the West Virginia Veterinary Medical Association for the Eighth Annual Veterinary Career Day.

This educational event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Oct. 7, at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown.

The session will feature a series of short presentations from a variety of veterinary professionals and will give attendees an opportunity to interact one on one with presenters and educators.

Veterinarians will offer insight on what their position entails professionally and what a typical “day” practicing veterinary medicine includes. Faculty from the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design will be present to discuss the Davis-Michael Pre-Veterinary Scholars Program.

An overview of the West Virginia Veterinary School Contract system for West Virginia residents will also be presented.

The free event is open to middle, high school and college students interested in learning more about the field of veterinary medicine. Parents, high school teachers, counselors and college advisers are also welcome to attend.

Those with allergies should be aware that live animals may be a part of the day.
For additional information or to register, please visit http://davismichael.wvu.edu. All attendees and accompanying parents or guardians should register individually.

Registration forms must be completed online by September 29. The registration form can be found at http://davismichael.wvu.edu.

The Davis-Michael Scholars Program was established to support the pre-veterinary medicine program within the School of Agriculture and Food in the Davis College. This was made possible through a generous bequest from two Morgantown sisters, Gladys Gwendolyn Davis and Vivian Davis Michael.  The Scholars Program is a direct result of their love of pets and their desire to foster quality veterinary care in West Virginia.

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WVU announces the names of two new tomato varieties released in honor of 150th anniversary

“Though we initially considered the idea of releasing only one variety, it became apparent to me that both varieties were very good – each in their own way,” said Gallegly, emeritus professor of plant pathology and creator of the popular West Virginia ’63 Tomato. “Also, the more I thought about it, the more I recognized the value in keeping with the tradition of honoring our state and recognizing the year in which it was released, just as we did with the West Virginia ’63.

“There will be others who follow in my and Mahfuz’s footsteps, creating their own tomatoes, so by indicating the year of release within each name helps scientists like us keep them all straight.”  

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WVU completes study estimating urban forests provide more than $59 million in ecosystem services

West Virginia University researchers and the West Virginia Division of Forestry have teamed up to better understand and communicate the significant economic and environmental impacts of urban tree canopy cover across the state.

Greg Dahle, associate professor of arboriculture and urban forestry in the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, completed a report estimating that West Virginia urban forests provide annual ecosystem services of $59,749,507 by capturing 4,348,592 pounds of pollutants. The report also revealed that more than 2.8 million tons of carbon are sequestered by the trees that make up these urban forests, resulting in an overall benefit of $53,308,328 in stored carbon.

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Groundbreaking date set for Preston County dam rehabilitation project that will benefit local residents and advance WVU research

A collaboration between the West Virginia Conservation Agency, the Monongahela Conservation District, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and West Virginia University will result in improved safety for local residents, real savings for some Preston County water customers and research for faculty and students. 

At 11 a.m. on August 7, ground will be broken on a nearly $8 million rehabilitation of the Upper Deckers Creek Site 1 dam in Preston County. 

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