Archives for October 6, 2009
- 29 Oct| October 29th, 2009[Snippet Error: This file has been deleted.]Matt Wilson, associate professor of animal and nutritional sciences in West Virginia University’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, will examine “Dietary Manipulation of Progesterone Catabolism” in his contribution to the Davis-Michael Seminar Series at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, in 1001 Agricultural Sciences building.
Wilson is the recipient of the Young Scientist Research Award for the Northeast Region of the American Society of Animal Science and American Dairy Science Association. He has also has been named an outstanding early career alumnus of Purdue University’s Department of Animal Science. Wilson will be recognized at a ceremony on Nov. 13 in West Lafayette, IN.
For more information on the Davis-Michael Seminar Series and a full schedule, visit WVU Today.
- 27 Oct| October 27th, 2009
You can clean out your closet, help the homeless, and keep a lid on our burgeoning landfills at the same time with the help of the annual A-WEAR-ness Campaign for the Homeless.
West Virginia University’s Fashion Design and Merchandising 235 class will again be collecting worn, unusable garments and textile products from Nov. 2 to Dec. 2.
“Apparel that is usable will be recovered and distributed to help homeless individuals and families,” said Tracy Vash, a visiting assistant professor in the Division of Design and Merchandising in WVU’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. “Goods that are torn or too worn will be baled at the Clarksburg Mission and then recycled.” The shelter will then sell the bales to a recycling firm. Proceeds will then go to support Mission programs and activities.
For the full story, including drop-off locations, visit WVU Today.
- 26 Oct| October 26th, 2009
By James Thompson
Associate Professor of Soils and Land Use
It has been a wet fall on the Cumberland Plateau of central Tennessee, and there was no break in the rain last week when teams representing 12 different schools gathered in Crossville, TN, for the 2009 Southeast Regional Collegiate Soils Contest. Despite over an inch of rainfall during the week, which turned soil pits into small ponds, the students of the WVU Soils Team took every opportunity to study the local conditions and practice their soil judging skills as they examined soil profiles of the different soils found in the region.
The contest was hosted by the University of TennesseeKnoxville. Other schools that participated were Auburn University, Clemson University, the University of Florida, the University of Georgia, the University of Kentucky, North Carolina State University, the University of TennesseeMartin, Tennessee Tech, Virginia Tech, and Western Kentucky University.
The Team spent three days dodging raindrops while practicing for the contest, examining representative soils and landscapes of the area. The eight students that traveled with the Team are Ben Bennett, Katey Buckland, Josh Hall, T.J. Montgomery, Chris Orndorff, Katie Payne, Samantha Spencer, and Sarah Taylor. Other students on the Team are Victoria Bishop, Samantha Galloway, Kate Hendershot, Brittany Parks, Rebecca Rush, and Marc Wist.While the WVU Soils Team has gone to the National Collegiate Soils Contest each of the last four years, finishing in the top five each year, the Team has never finished higher than third in the Southeast Regional. In fact, the Team has not won the Southeast Regional since 1981. In spite of the soggy conditions, the Team performed well, impressing their coach and themselves. When the results were announced, four WVU students placed in the top ten, with Katey Buckland (senior, Environmental Protection) finishing seventh, Sarah Taylor (senior, Agronomy) fourth, Chris Orndorff (senior, Agronomy) third, and Josh Hall (senior, Agronomy) second. This strong showing in the individual contest led WVU to a first place finish in the team competition. The Team will now begin to prepare for the National Collegiate Soils Contest, which will be held March 21-26, 2010, in Lubbock, TX. The other schools who finished in the top six and will represent the Southeast Region in the National Contest are Virginia Tech (second), Auburn (third), Clemson (fourth), Georgia (fifth), and TennesseeMartin (sixth).
As always, I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of all of these students, and I hope that you will join me in congratulating them if you have them in any of your courses or if you interact with them in other ways. These students continue to build upon the past success of the WVU Soils Team, and students and faculty from other schools are noticing our students’ achievements. I believe this speaks to the quality of the training that these students receive from the Division of Plant & Soil Sciences. It also reflects the overall strength of the academic programs across the Davis College, because the Soils Team includes students from Animal & Nutritional Sciences, Plant & Soil Sciences, and Resource Management. Thank you for your support of these students, particularly when they are away from campus for extended periods at critical times during the semester.
- 22 Oct| October 22nd, 2009West Virginia University researchers have been leading the flock in trying to find a better way to figure out the ages of birds. Now, a doctoral student has earned national recognition for her contribution to the project.
Crissa Cooey, a Ph.D. student in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources, received top honors from the Wildlife Society for her poster presentation at the organization’s recent annual meeting in Monterey, Calif. Cooey studied a minimally invasive method of taking a sample of from live birds to determine their age. Pentosidine is an end product of glycation, a process associated with aging in birds and mammals. It accumulates in body tissues over time and is easily measured in a laboratory setting.
“It’s notoriously difficult to determine a bird’s age,” said Hillar Klandorf, a professor of animal physiology in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and one of Cooey’s collaborators. “The traditional method of determining the age of birds is through banding, and that’s very labor intensive.”
Cooey found that the least intrusive means of obtaining a usable sample was to take it from the patagium, a fold of skin that makes up the leading edge of a bird’s wing. She then closed the wound using a special tissue glue. Recovery time was shorter for these birds than other methods, and the samples offered accurate information on their ages.
To learn more, visit WVU Today.
- 22 Oct| October 22nd, 2009
A home energy efficiency audit was part of WVU’s Oct. 22 observation of National Campus Sustainability Day. Tanya Tandon covered the event for The Daily Athenaeum, and Brad Davis contributed photos of Davis College faculty and students in action during the audits. Click here for the online version of the story.
The DA also runs a substantial question-and-answer session with this year’s Homecoming Court, including interior design major Kori Dee Korczyk. Click here for the Q&A.
- 21 Oct| October 21st, 2009Joe Moritz, associate professor of poultry science in West Virginia University’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, will examine “Hurdles in Commercial Poultry Nutrition” in his contribution to the Davis-Michael Seminar Series at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in 1001 Agricultural Sciences building.
Moritz’s presentation will include information on the structure of the commercial poultry industry, the economic importance of poultry in West Virginia, current hurdles in nutrition, solutions provided by WVU poultry nutrition research, and a review of past WVU students currently working in the poultry industry.
For more information on the Davis-Michael Seminar Series and a full schedule, visit WVU Today.
- 21 Oct| October 21st, 2009
West Virginia is often the front line in the battle between competing concerns of economic development and environmental protection. A new research center at West Virginia University will try to help reconcile those seemingly incompatible interests.
WVU’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design has received $1.7 million from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to establish an Environmental Research Center. The WVU center, to be initially housed in WVU’s Davis College, will help formulate policy and promote economic development focused on a sustainable and productive natural environment.
“The ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life for citizens of West Virginia and beyond,” said Jim Anderson, professor of wildlife and fisheries resources, associate director of the Natural Resource Analysis Center in the WVU Davis College, and the director of the Environmental Research Center.
Visit WVU Today for the full story.
- Associated Press coverage in The Charleston Gazette
- 20 Oct| October 20th, 2009
When 56,000 people gather for the 82nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis Oct. 21-24, West Virginia University will be in the thick of things. You can be there with them by following @MountaineerFFA on Twitter.
More than a dozen graduate and undergraduate students and faculty from WVU’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design will be on hand at the convention to network with educators and professionals, chat with prospective students and bring a big dose of gold and blue to the proceedings.
For the full story, visit WVU Today.
- 19 Oct| October 19th, 2009
December graduates, jumpstart your job search by attending a career fair hosted by the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.
Top companies in agriculture, landscape architecture, horticulture, and forestry and natural resources will be on campus from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 22, 2009, in the Agricultural Sciences and Percival Hall Lobbies.
Students should dress professionally and have their resumes and portfolios on hand.
Fourteen companies are currently registered to speak with students:
Agricultural Sciences Lobby
- Denison Landscaping
- McHales Landscape Design, Inc.
- RGS Associates, Inc.
- US Peace Corp
- USDA APHIS Veterinary Services
- USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
- Willard Agri-Service
- Rupert Landscape
Percival Hall Lobby
- Columbia Forest Products
- Bartlett Tree Experts
- Landmark Forestry LLC
- Maryland Park Service
- Navy Officer Recruiting
For more information, contact Sarah Rotruck with the Career Services Center at Sarah.Rotruck@mail.wvu.edu.
- 19 Oct| October 19th, 2009
A home energy audit demonstration will provide homeowners with energy-saving techniques at the old WVU Nursery School near Towers on Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 2-4:30 p.m. The demonstration will be led by Chris Haddox, visiting assistant professor of Design Studies.
The demo will be part of West Virginia University’s observation of National Campus Sustainability Day. The Higher Education Associations’ Sustainability Consortium established the national event in 2002 to encourage colleges and universities to develop events on campus and elsewhere that engage faculty, staff, and students in an exchange of ideas and knowledge from across all departments, disciplines and communities.
For more on WVU’s participation, visit WVU Today.
- 19 Oct| October 19th, 2009
Monica Stoops, an alumna of WVU’s Wildlife and Fisheries Resources program, appeared in the Oct. 18 episode of Nature on PBS. The episode “brings you face-to-face with the world’s five species of rhino, each struggling, with varying degrees of success, for their continued survival.” Stoops is working at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, part of a team conducting researching and developing techniques for artificial insemination of the Indian rhinos.
- 16 Oct| October 16th, 2009
The West Virginia Agricultural and Forestry Hall of Fame is currently accepting nominations:
“Enshrinement in the West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame is granted only to those individuals, businesses, organizations, institutions and foundations who have helped make this Nation great through outstanding contributions to the establishment, development, advancement or improvement of the agricultural, forestry and/or family life of West Virginia.”
- 15 Oct| October 15th, 2009From reclaimed mines to recreational streams and fish oil to fertilizer, West Virginia’s aquaculture industry has been changing over the last decade. This is due in part to a team of West Virginia University researchers who are examining the industry from every angle.
The team behind WVU’s Aquaculture Product and Marketing Development Project will share progress reports at its annual project meeting Friday, Oct. 23 at the National Research Center for Coal and Energy (room 101 B). The program begins at 9 a.m. and ends at about noon.
WVU’s aquaculture efforts, led by Extension Aquaculture Specialist Ken Semmens, take a multidisciplinary approach to studying and promoting the region’s consumable fish industry. The research team includes animal scientists and engineers, economists and nutritionists, recreation specialists and food scientists.
Researchers will present brief presentations on a range of topics including re-use of by-products of fish production, aquaponics, stocking recreational ponds and waterways and human health implications of fish consumption.
The program was launched in 1998. In its almost 10 years, it has encompassed research from WVU’s Extension Service, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, College of Business and Economics, and College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. WVU’s research has received international attention, particularly for its examination of reclaimed mine sites as settings for aquaculture production.
For a full schedule, click here.
- 15 Oct| October 15th, 2009
Down on the farm fun and friendly gatherings will be abundant at an open house and fourth annual Horse Pull, Sunday, Oct.18 at the West Virginia University Reedsville Farm in Preston County.
The Open House begins at 2 p.m., followed by the Horse Pull at 3 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.
More than 20 pulling teams from seven different states will be there competing to see which draft horses can pull the most weight. The horses will be dressed in harnesses, some in teams of two and others single to pull heavy sleds or stone-boats.
The Appalachian Horse Pulling Association will sponsor the event.
WVU Reedsville Experiment Farm, is located off of the Kingwood Pike near Reedsville in Preston County. The farm is less than 5 minutes northwest of Reedsville, and 20 minutes southeast of Morgantown.
For more information about the open house and horse pull, contact Rob Michael at 304-278-7083.
- 14 Oct| October 14th, 2009
Brittany McCutcheon, an animal and nutritional sciences major in the Davis College, is the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association’s featured member for the month of October. What does she like best about IHSA?
I’ve enjoyed the wonderful opportunities and friendly atmosphere. I’ve also developed life-long friendships.
Click here to read the rest of her profile.
- 14 Oct| October 14th, 2009
By Yukti Sancheti
Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Merchandising
The colors of fall, green and pink, were used by WVU’s Fashion Design and Merchandising students to design outfits for the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center Fashion Show. The show raises money for the Betty Pushkar Breast Care Center. This year’s show was held on Oct. 12, 2009, at Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa. Fashion Design and Merchandising students created outfits in their draping class using recycled clothing items. The assignment was to design a dress for the event, which meant everything they used had to be pink from the thread to the details. Students located supplies from places ranging from thrift stores to their grandmother’s attic to find something that could be used for their projects. Each student created one outfit that was displayed prior to the fashion show. Attendees voted for the design they liked best and the winner then walked the runway with a model wearing her design. The evening turned out to be a magical one for everyone, and the hearts were filled with awe for the survivors and pride for being a part of this noble cause.
- 13 Oct| October 13th, 2009
The Division of Forestry and Natural Resources will offer a new course during the Spring 2010 semester: Watershed Hydrology.
This class is being offered at both graduate and undergraduate levels and aims to describe principles and concepts related to the occurrence, distribution, and circulation of water near the Earth’s surface. This is an ideal class for students interested in advancing their understanding of hydrology and watershed processes from a quantitative, process-based perspective. Concepts such as stream-flow generation, evapotranspiration, and groundwater/surface interactions are considered across scale.
Class meeting location and times are to be announced. For more information, contact the instructor, Nicolas Zegre, assistant professor of forest hydrology, at 304-293-0049.
- 12 Oct| October 12th, 2009
What has the impact of the global recession been on world hunger? This question will be addressed in the 26th World Food Day Teleconference set for 12 to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16. The teleconference will be broadcast in rooms 1001 and 2001 of the Agricultural Sciences Building on West Virginia University’s Evansdale Campus.
In the teleconference, three experts will discuss the burden of the economic catastrophe on the world’s poor and what can be done about it. The three-hour broadcast from Washington, DC, features:
- Max Finberg, Director of the Department of Agriculture Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Finberg recently served as the Director of the Alliance to End Hunger and has had a distinguished career at various food and agriculture agencies;
- Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA), co-chair of the National Hunger Caucus. The seven-term congressman is Vice Chairman of the House Rules Committee and a member of the House Budget Committee;
- Joy Phumaphi, World Bank vice president and head of the bank’s Human Development Network. A former Health Minister of Botswana, she was Assistant Director General for Family and Community Health at the World Health Organization.
The annual World Food Day Teleconference is sponsored by the U.S. National Committee for World Food Day, a coalition of 450 private voluntary organizations. The event is designed to increase awareness, understanding and informed long-term action on the complex issues of food security for all.
For more information on the campus broadcast, contact Bill Bryan, professor of agronomy in WVU’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, at 304-293-6256 4318.
- 9 Oct| October 9th, 2009
There are two items of particular Davis College interest in today’s edition of The Daily Athenaeum:
- Paige Lavender previews the 2009 Betty Puskar Breast Cancer Fashion Show, taking place at the Lakeview Resort this Monday at 6 p.m. Students from our Fashion Design and Merchandising program have created garments for the event.
- Over in the Sports pages, Brad Joyal previews the season for WVU’s national champion rifle team. This year’s captain is Bryant Wallizer, an Environmental Protection major in the Davis College.
- 8 Oct| October 8th, 2009
Congratulations to Kori Dee Korczyk on being selected to the 2009 Homecoming Court! Korczyk is an interior design major from Beckley, W.Va. The candidates will begin campaigning at midnight on Oct. 12 and will end at 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 19. Voting will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 20-22 via the MIX (Mountaineer Information Xpress) system. The 2009 Homecoming king and queen will be crowned during a halftime ceremony at the WVU-Connecticut football game, which is scheduled for noon on Oct. 24 at Milan Puskar Stadium.
WVU’s 2009 Homecoming celebration will take place Oct. 19-25. Watch this site for additional information.
Update: Learn more about this year’s Homecoming Court at WVU Today.
- 7 Oct| October 7th, 2009
Introducing the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, a new name for the oldest academic unit at West Virginia University.
The WVU Board of Governors approved the new name at its Sept. 11 meeting, rechristening the Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences.
The change is the result of an 18-month process of seeking input from faculty, staff, students, alumni and other stakeholders of the evolving academic institution. The Davis College undertook the process to select a name that better represented its academic offerings and research priorities.
“Agriculture, natural resources and design are the three terms that best reflect the Davis College’s primary cross-disciplinary areas and the evolving focus areas of our academic and research programs,” said Cameron Hackney, Dean of the Davis College.
For the full story, visit WVU Today.
- 6 Oct| October 6th, 2009
Representatives from the West Virginia Legislative Internship Program will be on campus Wednesday, October 7 to inform students about the many internship opportunities offered by the Legislature. Students and faculty interested in learning about the internships can visit the Program’s information booth on the main concourse of the Mountainlair from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
In addition to the information session in the Lair, the Division of Public Administration will sponsor a drop-in reception for all those interested in learning about the internship programs at 4:00 p.m. in Knapp Hall, Room 400. Students, faculty and staff from all academic disciplines are invited to attend.
- 6 Oct| October 6th, 2009
The second annual Mountaineer Madness Jackpot Show is Saturday, Oct. 10, at the West Virginia University Reedsville Farm in Reedsville, Preston County. The show is a fundraiser for students involved in the West Virginia University Mountaineer Collegiate branch of FFA.
Check-in time for participants is from 7 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. The show starts at noon.
“Last year’s show brought in 74 calves from West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, Maryland and Pennsylvania, and had about $1,500 in payouts,” said Joshua Rice, coordinator of the event and graduate student in the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. “This year will be bigger and better and should include around 150 calves from five states and $3,500 in payouts.”
The exhibitors of the grand champion steer and heifer will each be awarded $1,000 and a customized belt buckle from Gist Silversmiths in Placerville, Calif. Reserve champion steer and heifer exhibitors will each earn $500. Awards for division winners will also be given.
Exhibitor John Boyd, an animal and nutritional sciences major in the Davis College, won Grand Champion Steer at the 2008 show.
This year’s show features more than 20 vendors, including both local businesses and national companies like Select Genetics, will be present at the show and will have a trade component.
Registration for the show is $35 per animal and can be completed online at http://www.mountaineerffa.com/. In order to be eligible for the show, calves must have been born after January 1, 2009, and have current health papers.
WVU Reedsville Experiment Farm is off the Kingwood Pike, less than five minutes northwest of Reedsville, 20 minutes southeast of Morgantown.
For more information about the Mountaineer Madness Jackpot Show, contact Rice at (304) 319-0033 or email@example.com.
- 5 Oct| October 5th, 2009
The Daily Athenaeum turns to Ray Hicks, professor of forest ecology, for a preview of the region’s fall foliage season:
Temperatures and day length affect the speed of leaves’ color change, Ray Hicks, a professor of forest ecology at West Virginia University said.
“The Morgantown area typically reaches its peak around Oct. 15,” Hicks said. “So within the next two weeks.”
Click here for the full story.
- 2 Oct| October 2nd, 2009
Eric Heitzman, an assistant professor of silviculture in the Davis College’s Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, will speak on “The Iwokrama Forest: A Case Study of Sustainable Forestry in Guyana, South America” at 12 p.m. today (Friday, Oct. 2) in 314 Percival Hall on West Virginia University’s Evansdale Campus.
Heitzman’s presentation is a part of the Division’s International Forestry Colloquium. For more information on the colloquium, contact Dave McGill at 304-293-5930.