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School of Sport Sciences connects WesMon Baseball League with Positive Coaching Alliance

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The WesMon Baseball League, through an alliance with the West Virginia University School of Sport Sciences in the College of Applied Human Sciences, begins its relationship with the Positive Coaching Alliance this spring to support a positive sports experience for local athletes and parents. PCA is a national non-profit developing “Better Athletes, Better People” by working to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building sports experience.

PCA will host an interactive workshop for coaches in the WesMon Baseball league this Friday, March 31, at 6 p.m., at The River Church in Westover. Attendees will explore why and how to pursue both winning and the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports.

Martucci recipient of Big 12 Faculty Fellowship

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Ashley Martucci, associate service professor in the College of Applied Human Sciences, School of Education, is one of five faculty members be named as a recipients of the University’s 2023-24 Big 12 Faculty Fellowship Program.

The Big 12 Faculty Fellowship Program at WVU is designed to stimulate scholarly initiatives through the creation of an academic community within the institutions in the Big 12 Athletic Conference. The Big 12 Faculty Fellowship Program offers WVU faculty members the opportunity to travel to member institutions to exchange ideas and research. Faculty may work on collaborative research, consult with faculty and students, offer a series of lectures or symposia, acquire new skills, or take advantage of a unique archive or laboratory facility.

Robbins recognized for excellence in advising

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Betsy Robbins, student success coordinator in the College of Applied Human Sciences, has been named a recipient of the 2023 Nicholas Evans Professional Staff Advising Excellence Award.

At the direction of the Office of the Provost, the WVU Academic Advising Council selects honorees for the Nicholas Evans Awards for Advising Excellence to recognize  outstanding advising and mentoring provided by faculty and professional advisers at WVU. The awards are in honor of Nicholas Evans, a lifelong proponent and exemplar of undergraduate advising at WVU.

CAHS study to look at Facebook for health education promotion

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Leveraging the power of social media, a new study led by WVU College of Applied Human Sciences is tapping into Facebook to deliver health education and promotion programs to a digital audience.

Professor Peter Giacobbi is leading a research study funded by Facebook/Meta via its non-profit foundation, Global Impact. His team is investigating the feasibility and impact of a physical activity and sleep intervention for adults ages 50-65 in private Facebook groups.

Murphy recognized for exceptional teaching and service at WVU

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Emily Murphy, associate professor of health and well-being in the College of Applied Human Sciences, is one of four West Virginia University faculty members to be recognized for their exceptional teaching and service to the University, students and community.

Murphy was one of two recipients of the Ethel and Gerry Heebink Awards for Distinguished State Service, which recognize faculty or staff members who have provided distinguished service to West Virginia over a period of time. These awards were established by David Heebink in 1982 in memory of his parents, Ethel and Gerry Heebink, two former University employees. She is the recipient of the 2023 Heebink Award for extended (i.e., at least eight years) distinguished service to West Virginia.

Research spotlight on Reagan Curtis

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Reagan Curtis, the Chester E. and Helen B. Derrick endowed professor of education psychology at the College of Applied Human Sciences, along with colleague Johnna Bolyard, associate professor of mathematics education, and Darran Cairns, formerly an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, presented a new approach to teaching mathematics, engineering, science and literacy in the book “Design Thinking in the Middle Grades: Transforming Mathematics and Science Learning.” 

Zulia inducted into the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapists Hall of Fame

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Peter S. Zulia is accustomed to helping others. As a three-time WVU graduate who went on to start Oxford Physical Therapy Centers in Cincinnati, Ohio, he has helped the physical rehabilitation of countless people and helped them get back to the activities they enjoy. As a philanthropist, he and his wife Linda have raised close to a million dollars for cancer research and an endowed a scholarship for future Mountaineers.

Last weekend, though, the spotlight was squarely on Zulia as he was inducted into the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapists Turner A. Blackburn Hall of Fame/Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony in San Diego, Calif. The award is the highest and most prestigious recognition granted by AASPT and is given to members who have made a lasting contribution to the specialty of sports physical therapy over their career.

Cyprès to be featured as TEDxWVU speaker

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Autumn Tooms Cypreès, founding dean of the College of Applied Human Sciences, was selected as one of five speakers to present at the TEDxWVU "Dig Deeper" event being held on Sunday, April 16, at the Canady Creative Arts Center Gladys Davis Theatre.

The following speakers will present information on a variety of topics encouraging visionary conversations and new ideas.