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

Mahfuz Rahman and Mannon Gallegly hold the new tomato varieties

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – From a pool of more than 100 submissions, there was not just one, but two names, that rose to the top of the list for the new tomato varieties created by West Virginia University researchers Mannon Gallegly and Mahfuz Rahman in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.

The popularity of those two names, combined with the ultimate decision to release both tomato varieties, resulted in the final selection of two official names: West Virginia '17A (Mountaineer Pride, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the WVU Davis College) and West Virginia '17B (Mountaineer Delight, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the WVU Davis College).

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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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West Virginia University research says technology that connects aging adults in rural areas with health experts improves weight loss

In many rural areas, treating chronic diseases related to diet and weight is challenging because of limited access to food and nutrition experts. A West Virginia University professor has found that using technology to connect those experts with middle-aged and older patients in those areas can improve nutritional health.

Melissa Ventura Marra, assistant professor of  human nutrition and foods in the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, is part of a multistate research team that is evaluating how food security and lifestyle choices such as diet quality and physical activity affect individual health and well-being. 

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A model of success: WVU graduate lands national magazine cover

West Virginia University alumna Elleyse Gemondo just took her modeling career to the next level, landing her first national magazine cover earlier this summer.

“Last year, Bella Gladys, a high-end publication that features models, brands, designers and photographers from around the world, invited me to be a model in its summer issue of 2017,” Gemondo, fashion, dress and merchandising graduate, said. “We did the photoshoots last fall with two different photographers and teams.”

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WVU assistant professor of landscape architecture earns international recognition

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Vaike Haas, assistant professor of landscape architecture West Virginia University took center stage in Beijing, China, over the weekend, as Vaike Haas , assistant professor of landscape architecture , was honored for her exemplary work by the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, the premier international organization for landscape architecture educators.

Haas was recognized with CELA’s 2017 Excellence in Service Learning Award, Junior Level, which honors a faculty member’s excellent ability to direct design studio projects that demonstrate outstanding quality and/or emphasize the critical thinking and creative process. The award was presented during CELA’s international conference, held May 26-29.

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DPS Land Services endows scholarship benefitting WVU Davis College students

ELM students

Energy land management students at West Virginia University will have additional opportunities to network with industry professionals thanks to an endowment established by DPS Land Services.

The $25,000 endowment – the first for the energy land management program in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design – is designed to provide funding to support travel for conferences, meetings and other extracurricular activities for students enrolled in the program.

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WVU professor traveling to Israel as part of summer faculty fellowship

Jim Anderson

This June, West Virginia University professor Jim Anderson will expand his own horizons and make international connections as part of the Jewish National Fund Faculty Fellowship Summer Institute in Israel.

Anderson, whose areas of expertise include wetland ecology and wildlife ecology and management, is the first WVU faculty member to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The competitive academic fellowship links scholars from diverse disciplines with their Israeli counterparts at major institutions for the purpose of initiating exchanges and collaborations.

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WVU faculty inspire students to pursue research, achieve National Science Foundation fellowships

Two West Virginia University students will take their research projects to a new level and one NSF fellow will bring her research to the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources thanks to prestigious graduate fellowships from the National Science Foundation.

And they credit their success to the faculty who mentored and supported them.

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