Life sciences startup companies have a new home at West Virginia University.
Over the past 100 years every prediction that Albert Einstein made in his theory of general relativity has been directly observed, except for one. Now, on the centennial of the publication of Einstein’s magnum opus, a global team of researchers, including an astrophysicist from West Virginia University, have verified that Einstein’s final prediction is true.
When it comes to research, West Virginia University is a major player.
That is the message behind an exciting piece of news: Our University has achieved the highest level of research activity, as defined by the Carnegie Classification of Institutes of Higher Education. We are now a “Highest Research Activity”—or R1—university, one of only 115 among the nation’s more than 4,000 higher education institutions.
This new stature is a testament to the innovative work that our faculty, staff and students do, as well as the University’s strategic action to forge partnerships, build cutting-edge facilities, secure external funding and invest in scholarly excellence.
Signs of our growing research success abound:
Arvind Thiruvengadam, a member of the West Virginia University team of researchers who discovered elevated levels of emissions from Volkswagen vehicles, has been named number two on Motor Trend’s annual Power List.
West Virginia University’s Board of Governors on Friday (Sept. 25) approved a new master’s degree program in the emerging field of business data analysis. The new degree, which crosses many disciplines, is a one-year, full-time online program with two three-day residencies aimed at filling a void in the emerging new field of “big data,” according to Provost Joyce McConnell.
The West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute has named Julie Brefczynski-Lewis, PhD, to its Research Scholar Program. The mission of the Research Scholars Program is to further develop outstanding early career research investigators in the clinical and/or translational sciences.