West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center seeks grant applicants for FOCUS WV Program

The FOCUS WV Brownfields program helps communities create a redevelopment vision for brownfield properties of strategic community interest. Examples of activities eligible for funding include conducting environmental site assessments, developing project funding strategies, engaging project stakeholders, and procuring feasibility and design services.

Brownfields are abandoned or underutilized properties that have not been redeveloped due to real or perceived environmental barriers. Examples of brownfields include former gas stations, glass factories, machine shops, manufacturing and processing facilities, dry cleaners, mine scarred lands, abandoned schools and former railroad-related properties.

WVU Art Exhibit Celebrates Water and the Women Who Protect It

A collaborative art exhibit at West Virginia University focuses on one of the state’s most abundant resources -- water. It also celebrates the many women who protect it.

Featuring brightly colored panels covering wide swaths of the downtown campus library’s walls, “WATER: Exploring the Significance, Power and Play of Life’s Critical Resource” explores the state’s rivers and wetland ecosystems, celebrates the art and recreation opportunities afforded by water, and explores challenges and solutions facing the state’s water resources.

University community invited to Carl Irwin retirement celebration

RSVP to Angela Shock at 304.293.6520 or angela.shock@mai.wvu.edu by April 3.

Irwin began his WVU career as a professor in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences’ Mathematics Department. More recently, he served as director of the TransTech Energy Research and Business Development Program, an initiative he founded that advocates for the development of transitional energy technologies. The program has helped over 150 energy and advanced manufacturing researchers, innovators, and business startups throughout the Mid-Atlantic region engage with financial investors and move towards commercializing their products and ideas.

WVU Energy Institute director to testify before Senate Committee on Energy Innovation and Diversity

“West Virginia University is committed to maintaining outcomes-based research programs that improve the reliability of electric generation diversity so that industry and commerce may continue to grow and provide opportunities in the Appalachian Basin and the nation,” Wood said.

In his testimony to the committee, Wood will emphasize WVU’s research commitment to improve existing coal-fired power generation, recover rare earth elements from coal wastes, develop instrumentation and sensors to accurately measure fugitive emissions from shale gas wells, analyze underground geological structures to store natural gas liquids, store carbon and produce natural gas from shale formations at reduced environmental impacts

West Virginia Water Research Institute requests proposals for water quality projects

Any investigator at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States is eligible to apply for a grant through a Water Research Institute or Center established under the provisions of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984, as amended (http://water.usgs.gov/wrri/institutes.html). 

Proposals involving substantial collaboration between the USGS and university scientists are encouraged. Proposals may be for projects of 1 to 3 years in duration and may request up to $250,000 in federal funds. Successful applicants must match each dollar of the federal grant with one dollar from non-federal sources.

WVU maintains R1 status, ranking alongside most prestigious research universities

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University continues to rank among the nation’s elite research institutions as reflected in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. 

Carnegie released its every-three-year assessment this week, and WVU continues to be rated as an R1, or very high research activity, institution, the most elite category for research-focused schools, alongside such institutions as Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Johns Hopkins. Only 120 of the nation’s 4,500 colleges and universities attain this ranking.