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WVU research shows students with disabilities will benefit from COVID-19's fast-tracking of app-based learning

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After COVID-19 moved classes online in 2020, a West Virginia University expert in adapted physical activity discovered that apps aren’t created equal when it comes to accessibility.

Even so, Samantha Ross, an assistant professor in the College of Applied Human Sciences, knew apps like Chrome or YouTube could still benefit users with disabilities, delivering multiple alternative ways to access information, from screen readers that turn written words into spoken language, to closed captions that convert spoken words into text. And once schools reopened classrooms, she observed that apps continued to be a big part of how K-12 teachers engaged classes.

WVU addresses youth mental health crisis and critical provider shortage with innovative in-school programming

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Mental health experts based at the  West Virginia University  College of Applied Human Sciences will soon be going into public schools in parts of the Mountain State to work to address critical and growing mental health needs among children.

Rawn Boulden, assistant professor and project lead, Christine Schimmel, associate professor and University faculty ombudsperson, and Kim Floyd, associate professor and interim associate school director — all in the School of Counseling and Well-Being — will guide the rollout of a new program designed to put more counselors in schools across West Virginia, starting in Harrison County.

School of Sport Sciences students, faculty and alumni earn national honors

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The School of Sport Sciences recently had several faculty, students and alumni recognized for outstanding work across multiple fields and disciplines.

Tsuda named SHAPE Research Fellow
Emi Tsuda headshot.Emi Tsuda, assistant professor, was named a SHAPE Research Fellow at the organization’s annual conference. Fellow status is reserved for members who have made significant and sustained contributions to scholarship (research, creative, or scholarly activity) and related service in the areas of interest to SHAPE America. The purpose of Fellow status is to promote scholarship as an integral component of SHAPE America, recognize accomplishments in scholarship and promote participation in research activities of SHAPE America.

CAHS set to celebrate students on April 27

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The College of Applied Human Sciences will hold an end-of-semester celebration on Thursday, April 27, from 3-5 p.m. at the Rec Center. The event is being held to celebrate the success of the inaugural year of the College and its students.

Celebrating Writing in West Virginia Conference to be held on May 20

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The "Celebrating Writing in West Virginia" mini-conference will be held on Saturday, May 20, at Colson Hall on the campus of West Virginia University from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

This day-long session is focused on local and place-based writing and teaching and will provide attendees with an opportunity to learn from celebrated West Virginia writers, such as Ann Pancake, Marc Harshman, and Torli Bush, who will be sharing their writing processes and discussing West Virginia authors and stories they love.

Campbell named Mathematics Teacher of the Year

Matt Campbell stands in front of a backdrop receiving a certificate for being named teacher of the year.

Matthew Campbell, associate professor of mathematics education in the College of Applied Human Sciences School of Education, has been named the 2023 College/University Mathematics Teacher of the Year by the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Campbell was recognized at a ceremony on March 17 as part of the WVCTM annual conference at the Stonewall Resort. Since 1982, awards are given annually to educators at the elementary, middle school, high school, and college levels in recognition of exemplary and impactful mathematics teaching and service in the field of mathematics education.

Crellin Elementary students visit WVU

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Last fall, over 50 WVU elementary education students in the WVU School of Education visited Crellin Elementary School to learn about the school's innovative place-based education practices as part of their coursework. On Friday, March 31, the students from Crellin made a return visit to WVU to learn about college and about being a college student.

Crellin Elementary School is a rural Appalachian school in Maryland that is nationally renowned for its emphasis on community engagement, relationships, sustainability, project learning, strong academic achievement, and local/global connections.