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The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will be publishing two issues of newsletter every year. We plan to use the newsletter to share the accomplishments by our faculty, students, and alumni. Please send your news and stories to Dr. Naveed Zaman (zamanna@wvstateu.edu).
    
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image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowMessage from Dean

Welcome to the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics on behalf of its faculty, staff, and students. The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is one of the four academic colleges at West Virginia State University. The College takes great pride in quality of its academic programs, faculty, and students.

About Our Academic Programs:

The College has four academic departments: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Physics (located in Hamblin and Wallace Halls). Its faculty and staff are committed to delivering quality up-to-date undergraduate programs in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Mathematics and a graduate program in Biotechnology as well as general education courses to all university undergraduate students in the areas of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. In addition, the College partners with WVU on 2+2 programs in Civil, Industrial, and Mechanical Engineering. We are excited about helping our students in becoming competent professionals, excellent researchers, and responsible citizens.  

About Our Faculty:

Our College is proud to have a very highly qualified and dedicated teaching and research faculty. In academic year 2014-15, our college faculty (92% of whom hold doctoral degrees in their respective fields) has published 34 research articles in various national and international journals. In the past five years, our faculty has secured over $27 million in grants and contracts from federal and state funding agencies (including grants secured in cooperation with the research programs of the WVSU Gus R. Douglass Land Grant Institute). Our faculty members conduct research on cancer, coronary artery disease, evolution, horticulture, genomics, natural products synthesis, acid mine drainage, embedded electronics systems, and classical mathematics (to name a few). Moreover, the College faculty is actively involved in programs designed for outreach to science and math teachers and students in the public schools of our service area.  Even while conducting innovative research, our faculty continues to give students the attention normally found only at small colleges.

About Our Students:

The College has a very vibrant student body. In classrooms and research activities, our students engage in critical and creative thinking, and hone their oral and written communication skills. Our students have the opportunity to participate in a number of undergraduate research programs. These programs include: Research Rookies scholarships (research program for freshmen and sophomores), NASA Space Grant Consortium scholarships (research program, generally for juniors and seniors), and Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) scholarships (an eight week summer research programs). Additionally, many of our students are paid stipends to work on ongoing research projects in the College.

In addition, the College has very active faculty-sponsored student clubs including: ACS (American Chemical Society) Club, DNA (biology students) Club, SPACE (Student Partnership for the Advancement of Cosmic Exploration) Club, and Math & CS Club.
 
Our College hosts two research symposia every year where students make either oral or poster presentations of their research. Our Annual Research Symposium is held at the end of April of each year. Our SURE Symposium is held in summer at the end of SURE program.

Last but not the least, our College is appreciative to to have a very hard-working staff. Mr. Doug Bright (Biology) and Ms. Elizabeth Keville (Chemistry) serve as lab managers. Ms. Glenna Curry, Mrs. Audrana Austin, and Mrs. Jeannie Starr are always available to help and welcome  faculty, students, and visitors.  


Naveed Zaman, Ph.D.
Interim Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Hamblin Hall 101
zamanna@wvstateu.edu
Phone: (304) 766-4248
Fax: (304) 766-4248
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ACS (American Chemical Society) Club: 
The student members is a diverse group of students who want to advance science and science education in the area.  Any student who is interested in science can participate in community outreach and career development.  Outreach activities include trips to local schools and civic groups and career development involves seminars, professional meetings, and industrial visits.

Faculty advisor: Dr. Michael Fultz (304) 766-3106
Club President: Aaron Smith
 

DNA (Delta Nu Alpha) Club (Biology) This is a social organization for lovers of the outdoors (animals, plants, environment, and nature.)  Members have opportunities to participate in varied activities, such as spelunking and canoeing.  This group performs community service on and off campus.  Membership is open to all students.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tim Ruhnke (304) 766-3210
Club President: Umer Rizwan

MATH/CS Club
A work in collaboration between the computer science and mathematics majors on campus, the Mathematics & Computer Science Club is dedicated to advancing education and research in the fields of Robotics, Applied & Classical Mathematics, Computer Science, and Innovation in the sciences. With active members from all tiers of interests and experience, we invite anyone willing to participate in on-campus projects, community service, and advanced one-to-one research amongst peers and professors.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sonya Armstrong (304) 766-3390
Club President: Danford Smith

SPACE Club
The purposes of this organization are the exploration of space-related topics and the enrichment of members on academic and research areas. The primary purpose of this club is to give educational options to those students who wish to have experiences related to space exploration and/or the space sciences and other topics that support space exploration, allowing students to have a direct influence on their own educational experience that would be most beneficial to them. The club wishes to inspire an interest in space-related topics among the WVSU campus, therefore increasing the number of research opportunities within the university. The club’s expansion will provide support to students in hopes of obtaining research and professional practices.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Marek Krasnansky (304) 766-3257
Club Presidents: Umer Rizwan
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowCollege Mission

The Mission of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

The West Virginia State University College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics exists, first to educate students so that they can understand, utilize, and improve upon scientific and mathematical principles and relate such principles to the rest of human knowledge; second, to promote scientific and mathematical literacy on the part of students of other colleges of the University; and third to utilize the expertise of its faculty in service to the state and to the people and institutions of the surrounding area.
 
By instruction and mentoring, the College will promote students’ motivation as well as knowledge and skills, and through research, the faculty will set an example to the students making it clear that knowledge is not just to be learned, but also to be created and advanced, by humankind’s efforts.
 
Its graduates are expected to have broad familiarity with the many fields of knowledge that have been promoted by humankind’s intellectual and creative skills, as well as a deep understanding of at least one of the areas of natural sciences or mathematics, along with a set of skills for probing such areas as to develop new knowledge, solve problems, and enjoy the satisfaction of the intellectual adventure.
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NSM Student Council

Membership: The NSM Student Council consists two appointed (student) members and one liaison each from the existing College Student Clubs (currently, ACS club, the DNA club, the Math club, SPACE CLUB), and one graduate student representative. The membership is not very exclusive; any student who would like to get involved can become a member.  

The NSM Student Council exists to:
  • assist and work with the dean in enhancing the academic and social experiences of College's students
  • communicate students’ concerns and ideas to the dean
  • promote student involvement in College activities and organizations
  • coordinate (and lead) students' activities within the College.

The Council will meet at least once a month during the academic year.
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowGrants
  • Reddy, U.K, USDA-NIFA Proposal no. 2015-09260. CUCCAP: LEVERAGING APPLIED GENOMICS TO INCREASE DISEASE RESISTANCE IN CUCURBIT CROPS. (01 SEP 2015 - 31 AUG 2019) $6,515,655 (Research grant; as Co-PI for $300,000).
  • Eya, J.C, USDA – Capacity Building Grant (01 Oct. 2015 - 31 Sept. 2018) No. 2011-38821-31130 ($295,663).
  • Reddy, U.K, USDA-NIFA Proposal no. 2015-09260. CUCCAP: LEVERAGING APPLIED GENOMICS TO INCREASE DISEASE RESISTANCE IN CUCURBIT CROPS. (01 SEP 2015 - 31 AUG 2019) $6,515,655 (Research grant; as Co-PI for $300,000).
  • Reddy, U.K, USDA-NIFA Proposal no. 2015-06226. Phenomics for crop improvement: tools to create next generation plant breeders (01 SEP 2015 - AUG 2018), $299,940 (Research grant; as PI).
  • Barbara E. Liedl, USDA NIFA Capacity Building Grant Program, 2012-38821-20049, Understanding Segregation Distortion and Reproductive Barriers Improves Breeders Ability to Transfer Traits from Wild Species to Cultivated, $299,734, 10/2012 - 9/2016
  • Siddhartha Dasgupta, Michael Bomford and Barbara E. Liedl, USDA NIFA Capacity Building Grant Program, 2014-38821-22413, Developing a Comprehensive High Tunnel App as a New Tool for Building Capacity for Agricultural Extension at Two Appalachian 1890 Land Grant Institutions, $349,999, 10/2014 - 9/2017
  • Rakesh Chandran, Jennifer O. Williams, Daniel, Frank, Mafuz Rahman, Mira Dqanilovich, Sheldon Owen, Barbara E. Liedl, S. Starcher, M.-B Bennett, M. Harman, USDA EIP, #2014-70006-22578, Extension Implementation Program in West Virginia, $169,000, 9/2014-8/2017
  • Reddy, U.K, USDA-NIFA Proposal no. 2013-04053. Summer academy of plant breeding: A platform to develop minority workforce in molecular plant breeding (01 SEP 2013 - 31 AUG 2016), $120,000 (Higher Education grant; as Co-PI).
  • Reddy, U.K, USDA-NIFA Proposal no. 2013-03685. Diversifying the watermelon cultivar genetic base using genomic selection to improve nutraceutical traits and use them as parental lines (01 SEP 2013 - 31 AUG 2016), $444,346 (Research grant; as PI).
  • Reddy, U.K, USDA-NIFA Proposal no. 2012-02508. Genome-wide association mapping for improving nutraceutical traits in pumpkin and squash (01 SEP 2012 -31 AUG 2016), $299,832 (Research grant; as Co-PI).
  • Eya, J.C, (14 Feb. 2014 - 14 Feb. 2015) DOD - Research and Education Program Grant No. W911NF-14-1-0122 ($156,336). 
  • Eya, J.C, (1 Oct. 2011 - 30 Sept. 2015) USDA – Capacity Building Grant No. 2015-38821-24346 ($599,997).
  • Doolarie Singh-Knights, Daisy Bailey, Barbara E. Liedl, and Cynthia Martel, Northeast Extension Risk Management Education (ERME), Growing Agritourism and Farm-Based Education in West Virginia - Managing Risks for Improved Income Diversification, $25,014, 7/2014 - 6/2015
  • Reddy, U.K, USDA-NIFA Proposal no. 2012-02617. Engaging students in global genomic research through CGIAR visits and independent next-generation sequencing projects (01 SEP 2012 - 31 AUG 2015), $299,811 (Higher Education grant; as PI).
  • Reddy, U.K, USDA-NIFA Proposal no. 2010-02247. Stories of crop evolution, biodiversity and domestication and methods of genomic assisted crop improvement for curricula development (01 SEP 2010 - 31 AUG 2014), $299,986 (Higher Education grant; as Co-PI).
  • Ruhnke T.R, (2010- 2015) WVSU Faculty Coordinator, NSF EPSCoR RII, “Bionanotechnology for Public Security and Environmental Safety”
  • Reddy, U.K, USDA-NIFA Proposal no. 2007-03349. BAC to genes: "Upgrading the genome core facility with robotics for use in integrating genomic research and education" (01 SEP 2007 - 31 AUG 2011), $199,936 (Higher Education grant; as Co-PI).
  • Reddy, U.K, USDA-NIFA Proposal no. 2007-03466. Syntenic analysis of cucurbit cultivar complex for widening genetic diversity and functional genomics of fruit quality and architecture (01 SEP 2007 - 31 AUG 2011), $499,762 (Research grant; as PI).
  • Reddy, U.K, USDA-NIFA Proposal no. 2005-03605. Physical mapping and eco-tilling for high-throughput allele mining of disease resistant and nutraceutical genes for pyramiding in sweet potato (15 SEP 2005 - 31 AUG 2010), $499,960 (Research grant; as Co-PI).
  • Reddy, U.K, USDA-NIFA Proposal no. 2004-02467. Understanding the simplicity of DNA sequence and jugglery of gene mapping: a new paradigm for biology education (01 SEP 2004 - 31 AUG 2008), $198,695 (Higher Education grant; as PI).
  • Reddy, U.K, USDA-NIFA Proposal no. 2004-02563. Use of functional genomics for pyramiding favorable allele combinations for enhancing the technology to produce seedless watermelon (01 SEP 2004 - 31 AUG 2009), $285,925 (Research grant; as PI).
  • Reddy, U.K, USDA-NIFA Proposal no. 2003-03965. Utilization of genomics for molecular breeding of high quality and disease resistant peppers (01 SEP 2003 - 31 AUG 2008), $299,647 (Research grant; as Co-PI).
  • Barbara E. Liedl, Doolarie Singh-Knights and John E. Porter, WV Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant, Maximizing Profitability and Productivity for Sustainable Multiple Vegetable Crop Production in West Virginia High Tunnels, $16,000, 10/2014 - 9/2017. 
  • Barbara E. Liedl, USDA NE SARE Professional Development Program, Enhancing Farm Viability and Profitability through Improved Specialty Crop Production and Handling$16,633, 10/1/15 thru 9/30/16
  • Barbara E. Liedl, USDA NE SARE Professional Development Program, Enhancing Farm Viability and Profitability through Improved Specialty Crop Production and Handling$16,633, 10/1/15 thru 9/30/16
  • Barbara E. Liedl, USDA NE SARE Professional Development Program, Enhancing Farm Viability and Profitability through Improved Specialty Crop Production and Handling$16,663, 10/1/14 thru 9/30/15
  • Barbara E. Liedl, USDA NE SARE Professional Development Program, Support for Sustaining family farms and their communities by building new capacity to enter and compete in locally accessible higher-value markets, $5,000, 10/1/13 thru 9/30/14
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowNews & Events

Green Chemistry at WVSU 

posted: October 24, 2016

An article in the Nexus Blog (Newsletter for Green Chemistry Institute)


Guest Speaker Coming to WVSU Hamblin Hall

posted: October 18, 2016

On Tuesday, October 25 at 7:00 PM in Hamblin 107,  the WVSU chapter of the American Chemical Society will be hosting Carrie Kirkpatrick, Supervisor of the drug identification section of the forensic laboratory for the West Virginia State Police. 

Her abstract for the seminar: 

This presentation will cover testing that is performed at the West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory Drug Identification Section.   The major question to be answered in the drug identification section is what controlled substance(s) and/or regulated chemicals are present if any in the substances submitted.  This presentation will cover preliminary and confirmatory testing and the different types of tests that are performed on the substances that are received at the laboratory.   I will also discuss the current drug trends and how they are changing in the state of West Virginia.

Biography

My name is Carrie Kirkpatrick and I am from Glenville, WV. I attended Glenville State College on an athletic scholarship.  I graduated from Glenville State College in '98 with a Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry and Biology.  I worked in the private sector as a lab technician for three years with an oil and gas company Dowell Schlumberger.  I started my career with the West Virginia State Police as a forensic analyst in the forensic laboratory in February of 2001.   I have been working cases as a forensic analyst since June of 2001.  I have analyzed over 10,000 cases in my career with the WVSP.  I am currently the supervisor of the drug identification section of the forensic laboratory.  I have been in this role for the past five years.  I am an ASCLD-LAB assessor and have testified in federal, state and magistrate court over 150 times throughout the state of West Virginia and I have had the opportunity to testify in federal court in the Southern District of Illinois as well in Virginia. 

NASA Scholarships and Faculty Awards for AY 2016-17

Posted: October 11, 2016

The WVSU NASA Space Grant Consortium committee awarded research scholarships to nine undergraduate students. These students will present the outcomes of their research in NSM Annual Research Symposium in April 2017. The Committee also awarded Research Enhancement Awards to seven faculty members to support their research.

DNA Club Holds Elections

posted: October 6, 2016


On Wednesday, October 5th the DNA club held elections and Umer Rizwan was elected President.

DNA Club to Host Multiple Events in October

posted: October 5, 2016

On October 12th the DNA Club will be hosting a Hot Chili and Hot dog Cook-off from 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM in the Hamblin Hall Lobby.  On October 14-15 they are sponsoring a Cranberry Glades Camping Trip.  On October 31 they are hosting a DNA Halloween Bake Sale.

The proceeds from the Hot-Chili and Hot dog cook-off will benefit the Hamblin scholarship fund. Chili or hot dog entries can be registered by filling out this form before midnight on October 11. Also, if you are interested to go on the Cranberry Glades camping trip, please sign up here. If  you want more information regarding the camping trip the faculty contact is Vasilios Dianellos ( vasilios.dianellos@wvstateu.edu ) and the student contact is Stephanie Curry ( scurry4@wvstateu.edu).


WVSU ACS Wins National Award

posted: September 23, 2016


The WVSU ACS Chapter was just awarded a 7th consecutive Green Chemistry Chapter Award.  The award provides national recognition for ACS student chapters who have shown outstanding commitment to incorporating green chemistry into their annual activities. 


Guest Speaker Coming to WVSU

posted: September 21, 2016

On Thursday, September 22 at 12:30 PM,  the WVSU chapter of the American Chemical Society will be hosting Dr. Allison Campbell, Associate Laboratory Director for Earth and Biological Sciences at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and President Elect of the National American Chemical Society. 

Her abstract for the seminar: 

A Career in Science:  How I got from there to here

A career in science is a rewarding and fulfilling experience.  The route getting to that career can take many twists and turns.  This talk will explore my career path to and within the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as well as the role that professional societies play in science careers. I will discuss the lessons I learned as well as the insights I have gained from my career in chemistry. This talk will also highlight technical programming, events and initiatives planned during my tenure in the ACS Presidential succession to showcase how chemistry can be accomplished safely, sustainably, and securely and drive solutions to our most pressing global issues. 


2016 Undergraduate Day at the Capitol

posted: February 25, 2016

Fifteen WVSU students (including thirteen from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics presented at the Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol.

13 NSM Students are accepted for Undergraduate Research Day At The Capitol

Posted: January 21, 2016

Thirteen (13) students from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics have been accepted for poster presentation at 2016 Undergraduate Research Day at Capitol which will be held in the West Virginia Capitol Rotunda Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 9 am to 12 pm. These students are; Josh Davidson, Amanda Smith, John Lucas, Claire Shanholtzer, Megan Guetzloff, Justin Spradling, Seth McCormick, Emma Nelhaus, Morgan Bright, Stephanie Curry, Hunter Aliff, Victoria Daniel, and Brandi Bricker. Congratulations to the students and their research advisors. 

Guest Speaker Coming to WVSU

Posted: January 21, 2016

On Thursday, February 18 at 12:30 PM,  the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will be hosting Dr. Timothy Long from the Marshall University school of Pharmacy.  The title of his talk is: Drug Discovery Research on Antimicrobial Agents for Malaria and Biofilm Pseudomonas.
Dr. Long helps selecting students for the pharmacy school so any student who is actively looking to go to pharmacy school should really consider attending the talk.

NSM Slogan Competition

Posted: January 14, 2016

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics announces a competition for suggesting a slogan for the College. The competition is open to WVSU faculty, students, and staff. The deadline to participate is Friday, January 29, 2016. Submit your entries in H101 (in person). Click here to print the form.

Dr. Reddy is invited to be a guest editor

Posted: Dec. 18, 2015

The International Journal of Genomics has invited Dr. Umesh Reddy (Department of Biology) to be the lead guest editor for a special issue in 2015.

Regional Science Bowl held at WVSU

Posted: November 20, 2015.

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at WVSU hosted the regional Science Bowl Competition on Friday, November 13, 2015. Eighty high school students from 8 different high schools took part in the competition. In the final, Capitol High School beat George Washington High School to win the competition.

Conference on Polymers at WVSU

Posted: October 23, 2015.

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics hosted Polymer Conference on Thursday, October 22, 2015. This conference, sponsored by Center for Layered Polymeric Systems, featured lectures by two of the renowned researchers in the field of Polymer Chemistry; Dr. David Schiraldi (Case Western Reserve University), and Dr. Benny Freeman (University of Texas). 

Dr. Magan recognized by AAPT

Posted: October 23, 2015.

Dr. John R. “Jack” Magan (department of Physics) was named to be the recipient of Distinguished Service Award of the year by Appalachian Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) at its annual meeting on October 17, 2015 in Wheeling Jesuit University.

NASA Scholarships and Faculty Awards for AY 2015-16

Posted: October 9, 2015

The WVSU NASA Space Grant Consortium committee awarded research scholarships to eleven (11) undergraduate students. These students will present the outcomes of their research in NSM Annual Research Symposium in April 2016. The Committee also awarded Research Enhancement Awards to eight (8) faculty members to support their research.

Sure Symposium 2015

Posted: Aug. 28, 2015

The 2015 SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience) program featured 19 undergraduate students conducting research under the supervision of 13 faculty members. The SURE symposium was held on July 31 in Hamblin Auditorium where each of the students presented their research.

 
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Year 2016

  • Nimmakayala P, Abburi VL, Saminathan T, Almeida A, Davenport B, Davidson J, Reddy CM, Hankins G, Ebert A, Choi D, Stommel J, Reddy U (2016) Genome-wide divergence and linkage disequilibrium analyses for Capsicum baccatum revealed by genome-anchored single nucleotide polymorphisms. Frontiers in Plant Science 7 (1646). doi:10.3389/fpls.2016.01646
  • Sridhar Vaddi, Venkatesan Thiruvengadam, Sunil Joshi, Jalali Sushil Kumar, Lakshmana Reddy, Dhoranalapalli Chinnappareddy, Padma Nimmakayala, Yan Tomason, Gopinath Vajja & Umesh K Reddy (2016) In silico mining of microsatellites and analysis of genetic diversity among inter and intra-generic aphids of the subfamily Aphidinae. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. doi: 10.1111/eea.12450
  • Perla V, Nimmakayala P, Nadimi M, Alaparthi S, Hankins GR, Ebert AW, Reddy UK (2016) Vitamin C and reducing sugars in the world collection of Capsicum baccatum L. genotypes. Food Chemistry 202:189-198. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodchem.2016.01.135
  • Timothy R. Ruhnke, Janine Caira, Allison Cox, "The cestode order Rhinebothriidea no longer family-less: A molecular phylogenetic investigation with erection of two new families and description of eight new species of Anthocephalum", Zootaxa. 2015 Jan 5;3904(1):51-81. (LINK)
  • Barney, R. J.  2016. Pachybrachis Chevrolat (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cryptocephalinae) Endemic to Florida, Including a Description of Four New Species. The Coleopterist Bulletin 70(1): 1-22.

Year 2015

  • Saminathan T., S.A. Malkaram, D. Patel, K. Taylor, A. Hass, P. Nimmakayala, D.H. Huber, and U.K. Reddy. 2015. Transcriptome Analysis of Invasive Plants in Response to Mineral Toxicity of Reclaimed Coal-Mine Soil in the Appalachian Region. Environmental Sci. Tech., 49(17):10320-9
  • Saminathan T, Malkaram SA, Patel D, Taylor K, Hass A, Nimmakayala P, Huber DH, Reddy UK (2015) Transcriptome Analysis of Invasive Plants in Response to Mineral Toxicity of Reclaimed Coal-Mine Soil in the Appalachian Region. Environmental Science & Technology 49 (17):10320-10329. doi:10.1021/acs.est.5b01901
  • Paris HS, Doron-Faigenboim A, Reddy UK, Donahoo R, Levi A (2015) Genetic relationships in Cucurbita pepo (pumpkin, squash, gourd) as viewed with high frequency oligonucleotide–targeting active gene (HFO–TAG) markers. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 62 (7):1095-1111. doi:10.1007/s10722-015-0218-6
  • Linwei Niu, Gang Quan, “Peripheral-Conscious Scheduling for Weakly Hard Real-Time Systems”, International Journal of Embedded Systems, Volume 7, No. 1, page 11-25, 2015.
  • Riley, E. G., and R. J. Barney.  2015.  Definition and revision of the viduatus species-group of North American Pachybrachis Chevrolat (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cryptocephalinae).  The Coleopterist Bulletin 69(1): 25-59.
  • Eya, J.C., Ukwuaba, V.O.,  Yossa, R. and Gannam , A.L. 2015Interactive Effects of Dietary Lipid and Phenotypic Feed Efficiency on the Expression of Nuclear and Mitochondrial Genes Involved in the Mitochondrial Electron Transport Chainin Rainbow Trout. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 16: 7682-7706; doi:10.3390/ijms16047682.
  • Eya, J.C., Ukwuaba, V.O., Yossa, R., Ashame, M.F., Pomeroy, C.F., Gannam, A.L. 2015. Growth performance and mitochondrial function in juvenile rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) fed graded dietary lipid levels. Annals of Aquaculture and Research 2(1): 1006-1018.
  • Singh N, Abburi V, Ramajayam D, Kumar R, Chandra R, Sharma K, Sharma J, Babu KD, Pal R, Mundewadikar D, Saminathan T, Cantrell R, Nimmakayala P, Reddy U (2015) Genetic diversity and association mapping of bacterial blight and other horticulturally important traits with microsatellite markers in pomegranate from India. Mol Genet Genomics:1-10. doi:10.1007/s00438
  • Venkatesan T, Sridhar V, Tomason YR, Jalali SK, Behere GT, Shanthi RM, Kumar R, Vajja VG, Nimmakayala P, Reddy UK (2015) Use of expressed sequence tag microsatellite markers for population genetic research of Helicoverpa armigera (Lepidoptera Noctuidae) from India. The Canadian Entomologist FirstView 1-13. doi:4039/tce.215.47
  • Anderson, N.O., P.D. Ascher, V. Fritz, C. Rohwer, S. Poppe, S. Yao, P. Johnson, and B.E. Liedl.  (2015). Chrysanthemum xhybridum MammothTM ‘Dark Bronze Daisy’ Garden Chrysanthemum.  HortScience 50:1260-1264.

Year 2014

  • Fine P., R. Paresh, A. Beriozkin, and A. Hass. 2014. Chelant-enhanced heavy metal uptake by Eucalyptus trees under controlled deficit irrigation. Sci Total Environ. 493: 995-1005.
  • Hall, S. L., R. L. McCulley, R. J. Barney, and T. D. Phillips. 2014.  Does fungal endophyte infection improve tall fescue growth response to fire and water limitation? PLoS ONE 9(1): e86904. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0086904
  • Nimmakayala, P., Abburi VL, Abhishek bhandari, Lavanya Abburi, Venkata Gopinath Vajja, Rishi Reddy, Sridhar Malkaram, Pegadaraju Venkatramana, Asela Wijeratne, Yan. R. Tomason, Amnon Levi, Todd c. Wehner, and Reddy UK2014. Use of VeraCode 384-plex assays for watermelon diversity analysis and integrated genetic map of watermelon with single nucleotide polymorphisms and simple sequence repeats. Molecular Breeding, DOI 10.1007/s11032-014-0056-9.
  • Qiushi Han, Linwei Niu, Gang Quan, Shaolei Ren, Shangping Ren, “Energy Efficient Fault-Tolerant Earliest Deadline First Scheduling for Hard Real-Time Systems”, Journal of Real-Time Systems´╝Üthe International Journal of Time-Critical Computing Systems, Volume 50 Issue 5-6, pages 592-619, November, 2014.
  • Eya, J.C.,  Nouaga, R.Y., Ashame, M.F., Pomeroy, C.F., Gannam, A.L. 2014. Effects of dietary lipid levels on mitochondrial gene expression in low and high-feed efficient families of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Journal of Fish Biology 84: 1708-1720.
  • Linwei Niu, “Power-Low Scheduling for Real-Time Embedded Systems with QoS Constraints”, WIT Transactions on Engineering Sciences, Volume 87, page 389-395, 2014.
  • Linwei Niu, “Energy-Efficient Scheduling for (m,k)-firm Real-Time Control Systems”, International Journal of Automation and Power Engineering, Volume 3 Issue 1, page 28-31, January 2014
  • Bar-Tal, A., U. Yermiyahu, A. Ben-Gal, P. Fine, and A. Hass. 2014. Practices that simultaneously optimize water and nutrients use efficiency: Israeli experiences in fertigation and irrigation with treated waste water. p.209-241, In: The Links Between Fertilizers Use and Water Management. (P. Heffer, ed.) IFA/IWMI/IPNI Scientific Publication.
  • Hass A., J.M. Gonzalez. 2014. Biochar. p. 95-124 In: Lopez-Valdez F. and Fernandez-Luqueno F. (Eds.), Fertilizers: components, uses in agriculture and environmental impacts.
  • Reddy UK, Abburi L, Abburi VL, Saminathan T, Cantrell R, Vajja VG, Reddy R, Tomason YR, Levi A, Wehner TC, Nimmakayala P (2014) A Genome-Wide Scan of Selective Sweeps and Association Mapping of Fruit Traits Using Microsatellite Markers in Watermelon. Journal of Heredity. doi:10.1093/jhered/esu077
  • Saminathan T, Nimmakayala P, Manohar S, Malkaram S, Almeida A, Cantrell R, Tomason Y, Abburi L, Rahman MA, Vajja VG, Khachane A, Kumar B, Rajasimha HK, Levi A, Wehner T, Reddy UK (2014) Differential gene expression and alternative splicing between diploid and tetraploid watermelon. Journal of Experimental Botany. doi:10.1093/jxb/eru486
  • Padma Nimmakayala, Amnon Levi, Lavanya Abburi, Venkata Lakshmi Abburi, Yan R. Tomason, Thangasamy Saminathan, Venkata Gopinath Vajja,Sridhar Malkaram, Rishi Reddy, Todd C. Wehner, and Umesh K. Reddy 2014. Single nucleotide polymorphisms generated by genotyping by sequencing used to characterize genome-wide diversity, linkage disequilibrium and selection sweep for worldwide cultivated watermelon. BMC Genomics 2014,15:767 (Highly accessed)
  • Reddy UK, Nimmakayala P, Levi A, Abburi VL, Saminathan T, Tomason YR, Vajja G, Reddy R, Abburi L, Wehner TC, Ronin Y, Korol A. 2014 High-Resolution Genetic Map for Understanding the Effect of Genome-Wide Recombination Rate on Nucleotide Diversity in Watermelon. G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics.  doi: 10.1534/g3.114.012815.
  •  Nimmakayala, P., Venkata l. Abburi, Lavanya Abburi, Suresh Babu Alaparthi, Robert Cantrell, Minkyu Park, Doil Choi, Gerald Hankins, Sridhar Malkaram and Reddy UK. 2014. Linkage disequilibrium and population structure analysis among Capsicum annuum L. cultivars for use in association mapping. Molecular Genetics and Genomics, DOI 10.1007/s00438-014-0827-3.
  • Anderson, N.O., V. Fritz, C. Rohwer, S. Poppe, B.E. Liedl, S. Yao, P. Johnson, J. Reith-Rozell, L. Klossner and N. Eash.  (2014).  Chrysanthemum xhybridumMammothTM ‘Dark Pink Daisy’ Garden Chrysanthemum.  HortScience 49:1595-1599.
  • Salisbury, T.B., Tomblin, J.K., Primerano, D.A., Boskovic, G., Fan, J., Mehmi, I., Fletcher, J., Santanam, N., Hurn, E., Morris, G.Z., Denvir, J. (2014) Endogenous aryl hydrocarbon receptor promotes basal and inducible expression of tumor necrosis factor target genes in MCF-7 cancer cells. Biochemical Pharmacology, 91:3, 390-399.
  • Reddy, U. K., A. Almeida, V. L. Abburi, S. B. Alaparthi, Nimmakayala P et al., 2014. Identification of Gene-Specific Polymorphisms and Association with Capsaicin Pathway Metabolites in Capsicum annuum L Collections. PLoS ONE 9: e86393.
  • Anderson, N.O., E. Gesick, V. Fritz, C. Rohwer, S. Yao, P. Johnson, S. Poppe, B.E. Liedl, L. Klossner, N. Eash, and J. Reith-Rozell.  (2014).  MammothTMSeries Garden Chrysanthemum ‘Lavender Daisy’.  HortScience 49:1600-1604.
  • Djanaguiraman M, Vara Prasad PV, Murugan M, Perumal R, Reddy UK (2014) Physiological differences among sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench) genotypes under high temperature stress. Environmental and Experimental Botany 100, 43-54.

Year 2013

  • Liedl, B.E., J.A. Labate, J.R. Stommel, A. Slade and C. Kole (eds).  (2013).  Genetics Genomics and Breeding of Tomato.  Genetics, Genomics and Breeding Series, Boca Raton, FL:  CRC Press.
  • Barney, R. J., L. LeSage, and K. Savard. 2013. Pachybrachis (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) of Eastern Canada. ZooKeys 332: 95–175.  doi: 10.3897/zookeys.332.4753
  • Tomason Y, Nimmakayala P, Levi A and Reddy UK. 2013. Map-based molecular diversity, linkage disequilibrium and association mapping of fruit traits in melon. Mol Breeding, 31(4): 829-841 (doi: 10.1007/s11032-013-9837-9).
  • Umesh K. Reddy, Nischit Aryal, Nurul Islam-Faridi, Yan Tomason, Amnon Levi and Padma Nimmakayala. 2013. Cytomolecular characterization of rDNA distribution in various Citrullus species using fluorescent in situ hybridization. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution. DOI 10.1007/s10722-013-9976-1.13.  
  • Eya, J.C.,  Nouaga, R.Y., Ashame, M.F., Pomeroy, C.F., Gannam, A.L. 2013. Effects of dietary lipid levels on growth, feed utilization and mitochondrial function in low- and high- feed efficient families of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Aquaculture 416-417: 119-128.
  • Ruhnke, T. R. and R. E. Workman. 2013. Two new species and a new phyllobothriid cestode genus from sharks of the genus Negaprion Whitley (Carcharhiniformes). Systematic Parasitology 85: 37-48.
  • Levi A, Thies J A, Wechter P, Harrison HF, Simmons AM, Reddy UK, Nimmakayala P, and Fei Z. 2013. High frequency oligonucleotides: targeting active gene (HFO-TAG) markers revealed wide genetic diversity among Citrullus spp. accessions useful for enhancing disease or pest resistance in watermelon cultivars. Genet Resour and Crop Evol, 60, 427-440.
  • Tomason Y, Nimmakayala P, Levi A and Reddy U.2013. Map-based molecular diversity, linkage disequilibrium and association mapping of fruit traits in melon. Mol Breeding (doi:10.1007/s11032-013-9837-9 ).16.   Hussain, A. J., Ali, J., Siddiq, E. A., Gupta, V. S., Reddy, U. K., and Ranjekar, P. K. (2012) Mapping of tms8 gene for temperature-sensitive genic male sterility (TGMS) in rice (Oryza sativa L.), Plant Breeding 131, 42-47.
    17.  
  • Levi A, Thies J A, Wechter P, Harrison HF, Simmons AM, Reddy UKNimmakayala P, and Fei Z. 2013. High frequency oligonucleotides: targeting active gene (HFO-TAG) markers revealed wide genetic diversity among Citrullus spp. accessions useful for enhancing disease or pest resistance in watermelon cultivars. Genet Resour and Crop Evol, 60, 427-440.

  Year 2012 and Before

  • Anderson, N.O., S. Poppe, P.D. Ascher, E. Gesick, S. Yao, D. Wildung, P. Johnson, V. Fritz, J. Hebal, L. Klossner, N. Eash, B.E. Liedl, and J. Reith-Rozell.  (2012).  Mammoth™ ‘Yellow Quill’ Garden Chrysanthemum.  HortScience 47(2):285-288.
  • Debinski D. M., R. A. Moranz, J. T. Delaney, J. R. Miller, D. M. Engle, L. B. Winkler, D. A. McGranahan, R. J. Barney, J. C. Trager, A. L. Stephenson, and M. K. Gillespie. 2012. A cross-taxonomic comparison of insect responses to grassland management and land-use legacies. Ecosphere 2(12): Article 131. [doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES11-00226.1]
  • Hall, S. L., R. L. McCulley, and R. J. Barney.  2012. Restoration of native warm season grassland species in a tall fescue pasture using prescribed fire and herbicides. Restoration Ecology 20(2):194-201.
  • Hass A., J.M. Gonzalez, I.M. Lima, H.W. Godwin, J.J. Halvorson, and D.G. Boyer. 2012. Chicken Manure Biochar as Liming and Nutrient Source for acid Appalachian Soil. Journal of Environmental Quality, 41: 1096-1106.
  • Eya, J.C., Ashame, M.F. Pomeroy, C.F., Manning, B.B. and Brian, B.C.  2012. Genetic variation in feed   consumption, growth, nutrient utilization efficiency and mitochondrial function within a farmed population of channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus). Comparative   Biochemistry and Physiology Part B 163: 211-220.
  • Guru J, Nimmakayala P, Zheng Y, Gouda K, Reddy U and Sunkar R. 2012. Characterization of the small RNA component of the transcriptome in leaves and fruits of four cucurbits revealed dynamic regulation of conserved and novel miRNAs. BMC Genomics, 13:329.
  • Paterson AH, Wendel JF, Gundlach H, Guo H, Jenkins J, Jin D, Llewellyn D, Showmaker KC, Shu S, Udall J, Umesh K. Reddy et al 2012. The cotton genomes, their polyploidies, and the evolution of spinnable fibers. Nature. DOI:10.1038/nature11798
  • Anderson, N.O., E. Gesick, P.D. Ascher, S. Poppe, S. Yao, D. Wildung, P. Johnson, V. Fritz, J. Hebal, L. Klossner, N. Eash, B.E. Liedl, and J. Reith-Rozell.  (2012).  Mammoth™ ‘Twilight Pink Daisy’ garden chrysanthemum.  HortScience.
  • Ritchey K.D., L.D. Norton, A. Hass, J. M. Gonzalez, and J.D. Snuffer. 2012. Effects of selected soil conditioners on soil erosion, runoff, and rye growth. Soil and Water Conservation, 67(4): 264-274.
  • Manohar S.,  Jagadeeswaran G., Nimmakayala P., Tomason Y.,  Almeida A., Sunkar R., Levi  A., Reddy UK. (2012) Dynamic regulation of novel and conserved miRNAs across various tissues of diverse Cucurbit species. Plant Mol. Biol. Rep ;31 335-343
  • Atkinson, J., Kapralov, A.A., Yanamala, N., Tyurina, Y.Y., Amoscato, A.A., Pearce, L., Peterson, J., Huang, Z., Jiang, J., Samhan-Arias A.K., Maeda, A., Feng, W., Wasserloos, K., Belikova, N.A., Tyurin, V.A., Wang, H., Fletcher, J., Wang, Y., Vlasova, I.I., Klein-Seetharaman, J., Stoyanovsky, D.A., Bayir, H., Pitt, B.R., Epperly, M.W., Greenberger, J.S., Kagan, V.E. (2011) A mitochondria-targeted inhibitor of cytochrome c peroxidase mitigates radiation-induced death.Natural Communications, 2:497
  • Hall, S. L. and R. J. Barney.  2011. Leaf Beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) Biodiversity within Isolated Remnant Grasslands in Kentucky State Nature Preserves. Journal of the Kentucky Academy of Science 72(1): 24-38.
  • Barney, R. J., S. M. Clark and E. G. Riley.  2011.  Annotated List of the Leaf Beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) of Kentucky: Subfamily Cryptocephalinae.  Journal of the Kentucky Academy of Science 72(1): 3-23.
     
    Barney, R. J. and S. L. Hall. 2011. New host plant records for selected Cryptocephaline leaf beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in Kentucky. The Coleopterists Bulletin 65(1): 15-19.
  • Ruhnke, T.R.  2011 A monograph on the Phyllobothriidae.  Bulletin of the University of Nebraska State Museum, 25: 1-208.
  • Hass A., and W.R. Zobel. 2011.  Using soil E horizon in salvaged topsoil material - effect on soil texture. Soil Use and Management, 27(4): 470–479.
  • Hass A., R.H. Loeppert, M.G. Messina, and T.D. Rogers. 2011. Determination of phosphate in selective extractions for soil iron oxides by the molybdenum blue method in an automated continuance flow injection system. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 42(14): 1619-1635.
  • Dawei Li, Jordi Garcia-Mas, Juan Zalapa, Jack E Staub, Umesh K. Reddy, Xiaoming He, Zhenhui Gong, Yiqun Weng 2011. Syntenic Relationships between Cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) and Melon (C. melo L.) chromosomes as revealed by comparative genetic mapping. BMC Genomics 2011, 12:396
  • Eya, J.C., Ashame, M.F. and Pomeroy, C.F. 2011:  Association of mitochondrial function with feed efficiency in rainbow trout: Diets and family effects. Aquaculture 321(1-2):71-84.
  • Nimmakayala P, Vajja G, Gist R, Tomason YR, Levi A, Reddy UK. 2011. Effect of DNA methylation on molecular diversity of watermelon heirlooms and stability of methylation specific polymorphisms across the genealogies.  Euphytica. 177: 79-89.
  • Reddy UK, Rong JK, Nimmakayala P, Vajja G, Rahman M, Yu JZ, Soliman K, Heller-Uszynska K,  Kilian A, and Paterson A.H. 2011. Use of DArT markers for integration into cotton reference map and anchoring to a RIL map. Genome 54(5): 349-359.
  • Nimmakayala P, Faridi NI, Tomason YR, Lutz F, Levi A and U K. Reddy. 2011. Citrullus. (Book chapter). Wild Crop Relatives: Genomic and Breeding Resources, Vegetables. Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg. Pages 59-66.
  • Nimmakayala P, Jeong J, Tomason Y, Levi A, Ramasamy P, UK. Reddy.2010. Genetic reticulation and interrelationships among Citrullus species as revealed by joint analysis of shared AFLPs and species-specific SSR alleles. Plant Genetic Resources 8 (1): 16-25.25.  
  • Nimmakayala P, Tomason Y, Jeong J, Vajja G, Levi A, Gibson P, UK. Reddy.2009. Molecular diversity in the Ukrainian melon collection as revealed by AFLPs and microsatellites. Plant Genetic Resources 7: 127-134.
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image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowSTEP to Success
The purpose of STEP to Success at West Virginia State University is to increase the number of graduates receiving baccalaureate degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) over a five-year period using grant funding provided by the National Science Foundation. According to Pew Research Center, over 60% of tomorrow’s high-wage, high-demand jobs will be in the STEM areas. The STEP to Success program will support this increase in graduates through focused recruiting, early academic support, and ongoing mentoring and student engagement.
 
STEP to Success has 10 concurrent initiatives to increase STEM enrollment at WVSU. These include a five-week, credit-bearing residential summer bridge program to address common deficiencies in mathematics, longitudinal learning communities to establish a system of major-oriented peer support, and peer-led supplemental instruction to improve student performance in freshman- and sophomore-level courses in the STEM programs. Ongoing mentoring and student engagement will build on the University’s prior success in placing students in undergraduate research positions and internships with university faculty and regional STEM-related employers.
 
The STEP to Success Program is expected to increase enrollment of first-time freshmen in STEM majors by 20% and increase year-to-year retention by 10 percentage points, producing 16 additional STEM graduates per year by the end of the five-year award period, including at least 10 per year from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM.

Dr. Michael Fultz
STEP to Success Project Director
217 Hamblin Hall
(304) 766-3106
mfultz@wvstateu.edu

Dr. Xiaohong Zhang
Supplemental Instruction Program Coordinator
717 Wallace Hall
(304) 766-3398
zhangxi@wvstateu.edu


Supplemental Instruction
Another key component of the STEP to Success grant is Supplemental Instruction. Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a series of weekly review sessions offered by SI leaders to students taking courses with high levels of difficulty. SI is available to any student who wants to improve their understanding of course material in an effort to improve their grades.
 
Attendance at SI sessions is voluntary, but for students it is a chance to interact with others in your class that allows you to compare notes, discuss important concepts, develop strategies for studying, and quiz each other before your professor does.
 
SI leaders guide students through these activities at each SI session. SI leaders are current students and they share the knowledge that they learned over the years about how to study. SI leaders know the course content and are anxious to assist others. SI leaders attend class each day hearing what you hear and reading what you read; however, SI leaders do not lecture you. The SI leaders help you think about the lectures you heard and the books you read, and then put it all together during an SI review sessions so you can learn it more efficiently.
 
Each SI leader establishes 2-3 review sessions per week at times that are best for the majority of the students who wish to attend. You can attend as many sessions as you want, but each one is different because you always have new material to discuss. SI review sessions are informal so bring your notes, textbook, and your questions.
 
Make plans now to attend the SI sessions to develop a better understanding of course content as well as more effective ways to study which will also help you in other classes.
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowSummer Bridge Program
The Summer Bridge Program at West Virginia State University is a free four-week program open to students registered at West Virginia State University with a declared major in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The Summer Bridge Program starts July 11, 2016 and provides students with an opportunity to have a head start on the college education, especially to provide a good background in mathematics. The major focus of the program is the opportunity to earn credit for MATH 119 (Algebraic Methods) – a prerequisite for many science classes. This is a full-time program. Although the focus of the program is math, students also participate in fun activities such as going to movies, fieldtrips, and more. 

All your costs including tuition, text books, accommodation and food are covered for the duration of the program. In addition, students who successfully complete the program will earn a stipend of $1000.

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Dr. Upali Karunathilake
Summer Math Bridge Program Coordinator
818 Wallace Hall
(304) 766-3244
ukarunathil@wvstateu.edu           


FAQ

What are the benefits of the Summer Bridge Program?

The Summer Bridge Program at West Virginia State University is free to all participants, and it is a good opportunity for students who want to improve math skills in college algebra. The program offers personalized contact with instructors so students have more one-on-one contact in case they have any problems in the program. The Summer Bridge Program is also a great opportunity to meet new people and participate in exciting out of classroom experiences. In addition, students can earn a stipend of $1000 for successful completion of the program.

What are the application requirements for the Summer Bridge Program?

Applicants must meet the following requirements to participate in the Summer Bridge Program:
  • The student must be a United States citizen or a permanent resident.
  • The student must have an ACT mathematics score of 18 to 20 (or equivalent) or ACT mathematics score of 17 and an ACT English score of 18 or above.
  • The student must be admitted to West Virginia State University with a declared major in biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, or engineering.

How much does the Summer Bridge Program cost?

A grant from the National Science Foundation provides funding for most of the program. Below are some of the items that we cover:
  • Tuition and books for college algebra.
  • Room and board if you decide to stay on campus during the program.
  • Exciting fieldtrips throughout the Kanawha Valley.
  • $1000 stipend for successful completion of the program.

 Do I need to stay on campus for the Summer Bridge Program?

Students have a choice of staying on campus. Cost of your stay is covered by the program.

 What is the Summer Bridge Program schedule?

Please click here to view the schedule for the Summer Bridge Program at West Virginia State University.
 
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Dr. Naveed Zaman
Interim Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Tuesday: 9:00-11:00
Wednesday: 10:30-11:00
Thursday: 9:00-11:00
101 Hamblin Hall, WVSU
Institute, WV 25112
Phone: (304) 766-4248
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