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14th
October

The last day for all advance registration is today, Monday, October 14

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Walk-in registration  only, after Monday, October 14.  

The registration fee covers the cost of using the hotel for meeting space, breaks, lunches, reception hors d’ oeuvres, continental breakfast, speaker fees and miscellaneous costs.

Cost after Monday October 14, 2013

Regular Registration: $150 

Student Registration: $85  

Register here: STaR Symposium 2013 Electronic Registration Form

 
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19th
September

STaR Symposium Early Registration Ends September 23

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STAR-logo-smallerLearn about the Evolution of Energy at the 2013 STaR Symposium

The 5th biennial Science, Technology and Research Symposium will be October 22-23, 2013 at Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown.

The theme, appropriate for an energy state like West Virginia, is The Evolution of Energy: From Scarcity to Abundance.

Keynote speaker will be David Pogue, New York Times columnist, author, CBS News correspondent and host of NOVA Science Now.

The STaR Symposium is open to students, faculty, researchers, industry and business people wanting to learn about energy use, energy conservation and energy research in the Mountain State. Learn what experts say about the realistic potential of energy development and use in West Virginia.

 Early Registration Ends September 23.

Register and pay by September 23 for discounted registration fee.  The registration fee covers the cost of using the hotel for meeting space, breaks, lunches, reception hors d’ oeuvres, continental breakfast, speaker fees and miscellaneous costs.

Early Regular Registration: $115 (register and pay by September 23)
Late Regular Registration: $150 (after September 23)

Student Registration: $85 (register by October 14)

The last day for all advance registrations will be Monday, October 14.  

Register here: STaR Symposium 2013 Electronic Registration Form

 

Go here for the Agenda. 

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8th
July

Students sought for video challenge

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The Herald-Dispatch
July 7, 2013

CHARLESTON — Students at colleges and universities across West Virginia are being sought to enter the Science, Technology and Research Symposium student science video competition.

This is the first video competition to be held in conjunction with the STaR Symposium, replacing the traditional student poster competition.

The 5th biennial STaR Symposium will take place in October, at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown. The competition is open to students, faculty, researchers and business and industry representatives interested in energy use, energy conservation and energy research in West Virginia.

The theme is “The Evolution of Energy: From Scarcity to Abundance.” The keynote speaker will be David Pogue, a nationally known science author, New York Times columnist and host of the Public Broadcasting series “Nova Science Now.”

Other speakers will include Cal Kent, the retired vice president of Business and Economic Research at Marshall University, and Tom Witt, professor emeritus of Economics at West Virginia University, along well as more than a dozen energy experts and researchers.

The deadline for video entries is Sept. 8, with 20 finalists to be selected to present at the symposium.

Information about the video competition and registration for the STaR Symposium is available at www.wvresearch.org/STaR.

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19th
June

17th
April

Recap of the 2013 STaR Symposium

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Click on the image above to see photos of the event.

 

 
The 5th biennial Science, Technology and Research (STaR) Symposium, hosted by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Science and Research, took place on Oct. 22-23 in Morgantown. The theme of this event was The Evolution of Energy: From Scarcity to Abundance, and registered attendees included industry leaders, business representatives, researchers and college and university faculty and students who have varying interests in the energy industry in West Virginia. In addition, an outstanding keynote address was given by David Pogue – science and technology author and host of PBS’s Nova Science Now. His well-received talk was about why America is failing science and how we can turn it around.

In addition to the energy-focused program, students at colleges and universities entered a student science video competition which concluded at the Symposium. 

“Communicating science is an important part of any scientist’s life, whether it’s getting a job, talking to the media, or advocating for research funding,” said Dr. Jan Taylor, Director of Research Programs for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Science and Research. “We challenged students to produce the best three-minute video that explains their research to a non-scientist.”

Cash prizes were awarded to the winners at the STaR Symposium for first and second place in both undergraduate and graduate categories. Recipients received $1,000 and $500 respectively.

In the undergraduate category, first place went to Hannah Cavender from West Virginia State University for a video she produced explaining her research about the complexation of aluminum by nitrogen-containing ligands. Shawn Cheeks from Marshall University won second place for his video about an Android-based application that he developed. The app will allow users to submit reports of severe weather directly to the National Weather Service.

In the graduate category, the first place was awarded to Oshadha Ranasingha and the second place to Justin Chambers. Both are graduate students at West Virginia University (WVU). Ranasingha’s video explained his research on carbon dioxide conversion by nano heaters. Chambers used his three-minute video to explain his research as well as a collaboration that is taking place between the School of Engineering and the School of Medicine at WVU in the emerging field of nano-particle aerosol technology.

The three-minute videos can be viewed at these links:

Cavender: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlO0hVnaHVw&feature=youtu.be
Cheeks:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvZXSPals9M&feature=youtu.be
Ranasingha: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXRuLSTxOxk&feature=youtu.be
Chambers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDE62NVZsHM&feature=youtu.be

This student science video competition was the first of its kind for the Division of Science and Research. It replaced the traditional student poster competition typically associated with the STaR Symposium.

The next STaR Symposium will take place in early 2015 and will likely include another student video competition.

For up-to-date news about science and research taking place in West Virginia, visit www.wvresearch.org, www.facebook.com/WVScienceResearch or www.twitter.com/researchwv.

For more information specifically about the 2013 STaR Symposium or ways to get involved in a future event, contact Communications Manager Amanda Ramey at amanda.ramey@wvresearch.org.

 To view the PowerPoint presentations from the conference please go here.

Agenda

Thanks again to the supporters of the 2013 STaR Symposium!

West Virginia University

Marshall University

Appalachian Power

Concord University

MATRIC

TechConnect West Virginia

WVHTC Foundation

West Virginia Space Grant Consortium

West Virginia State University

Bethany College

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation

Chesapeake Energy

West VirginiaWesleyan College

 

Previous STaR Symposiums

Read about the 2012 STaR Symposium here: http://www.wvresearch.org/archives/2086 and past Symposiums in our Library

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19th
March

Registration open for statewide science gathering featuring noted scientists and honored guests

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Charleston, W.Va. – Some of the most respected names in the nation’s scientific community will be guest speakers at an upcoming science conference including U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, National Science Foundation (NSF) Director Subra Suresh, and noted solar system exploration engineer Gentry Lee.

These speakers and others are scheduled for the 4th biennial Science, Technology & Research (STaR) Symposium and West Virginia Academy of Science (WVAS) annual meeting to be held April 20-21 on the campus of West Virginia State University in Institute.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) through the Division of Science and Research, along with the WVAS, is co-sponsoring the event.   Event Information, including a detailed agenda and registration information, is available at www.wvresearch.org.  Registration will be available at the event.  

The two-day event, focusing on Innovation, From Concept to Commercialization, will feature a multitude of speakers from across West Virginia, many who have successfully transitioned scientific research from the laboratory to the marketplace in order to generate revenue and create jobs.  Speakers will also provide advice to aspiring scientists and researchers.

“On behalf of the state’s higher education system, I am excited to host a scientific conference with speakers of this caliber,” said Dr. Paul L. Hill, the Commission’s Chancellor, who will speak during the event about his science education while growing up in the Mountain State.

Chancellor Hill previously served as the Commission’s Vice Chancellor for Science and Research and was principal investigator for several multi-million dollar research grants.  Chancellor Hill noted, “West Virginia has been able to successfully compete for federal research dollars due to the leadership of Dr. Suresh and the mission of EPSCoR, an NSF program that encourages competitive research.”  Chancellor Hill added, “Senator Rockefeller has served as an advocate for research funding by working tirelessly to provide competitive funding opportunities for deserving researchers across the nation.”
 
The program will consist of four panel presentations including: biotechnology start up success stories; transforming discovery into a successful product; government and private groups available to help; and research funding opportunities within West Virginia.  Each panel will include expert speakers in those fields and will be moderated by Lindsay Emery from West Virginia University’s Office of Research and Economic Development; Anne Barth from TechConnectWV; Charlotte Weber from the Robert C. Byrd Institute of Advanced Flexible Manufacturing; and Dr. Jan Taylor from the Commission’s Division of Science and Research.

The event also features science students from West Virginia colleges and universities, who will be competing for awards for their scientific abstracts and poster presentations.  Other awards presented at the Symposium and WVAS meeting will include: the Science Teacher of the Year and a student competition for High-Performance Computational Resources.

More information regarding the upcoming event is available at www.wvresearch.org/starsymposium.

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24th
February

STaR Symposium and WV Academy of Science Call for Papers and Student Poster Competition

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The STaR Symposium/West Virginia Academy of Science has announced its Call for Papers and a Student Poster Competition. The symposium will be April 20-21, 2012, at West Virginia State University in Institute.

Submit papers and student poster abstracts by March 23, 2012. Cash prizes are available for the poster competition. Faculty, encourage your students to enter their research.

Download and read the Call for Abstracts below:

STaR Symposium and WV Academy of Science 2012 abstract submission information

 

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12th
February

STaR Symposium 2012 | Hotels

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Blocks of rooms are being held for STaR Symposium/WVAS meeting attendees at two Charleston area hotels: the Wingate Inn and Marriott Town Center.

Wingate Inn

402 2nd Avenue, South Charleston  25303
304 744-4444 
Approximate distance from campus:  4.2 miles
Single or double rooms available at $89 per night. Make reservations by April 2. Specify STaR Symposium.

Charleston Marriott Town Center

200 Lee Street, Charleston  25301
304 345-6500
Approximate Distance from campus: 9 miles
Single or double rooms available at $109 per night. Make reservations by March 29. Specify WV Academy of Science.

Other hotels close to campus. No rooms blocked:

 Mardi Gras Casino & Resort 

#1 Greyhound Drive Cross Lanes, 25313 
1-866-599-6674
Approximate Distance:  3.7 mi 

Comfort Inn West 

102 Racer Dr Cross Lanes, 25313 
1-866-599-6674
Approximate Distance:  2.9 mi

 Sleep Inn And Suites 

15 Golf Crossing Drive Cross Lanes, 25313 
1-866-599-6674
Approximate Distance: 2.6 mi

 

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10th
February

STaR Symposium 2012 Agenda

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Preliminary Agenda

Innovation: From concept to commercialization

West Virginia State University

Day 1, Friday, April 20, 2012

8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.    

Registration in Wallace Hall

10 a.m.                

Welcome  West Virginia State University representative – Wallace Hall Auditorium
Brief opening remarks by Interim Chancellor Dr. Paul Hill

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

STaR Panel 1:  West Virginia biotech start up success stories – Wallace Hall Auditorium

Recent start ups turned successful companies who have developed and commercialized new products in West Virginia.

Moderator: Lindsay Emery, WVU Office of Research & Economic Development

        • Steve Turner, CEO, Protea Biosciences
        • Justin Swick, Engineering Director, Vandalia Research
        • Richard Niles, Ph.D. President, Progenesis Technologies
        • Jamie Miller, Ph.D. Chief Scientific Officer, TRAX Bio Discovery

 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.       

Lunch on your own (WVSU Cafeteria or attendee’s choice).

 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.         

STaR Panel 2: Transforming your discovery into a successful product – Wallace Hall Auditorium

Speakers discuss how to transform an idea into a business and all the steps involved .

Moderator: Anne Barth, TechConnect WV

        • Chris Kolanko, Ph.D. WVU College of Engineering, co-founder of Eyemarker, stationed in the WVU Business Incubator
        • Gary Morris, Ph.D. WVU Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Patent Agent in the Office of Technology Transfer
        • Rich Overmoyer, CEO, Fourth Economy Consulting
        • Ryan Wall, Director, Wheeling Jesuit University Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center

2 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.         

Poster Session – Hamblin Hall 1st, 2nd and 3rdfloors

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.   

Break

2:45 p.m. – 4 p.m.         

STaR Panel 3: Government and civic groups here to help – Wallace Hall Auditorium

How the state of West Virginia and public/private partnerships work to support and promote start ups and grow in-state businesses.

Moderator Charlotte Weber, Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing.

        • Natalie Tennant, West Virginia Secretary of State
        • Judy McCauley, Director, WV office of U.S. Small Business Administration
        • Anne Cavalier, Ed.D. U.S. Economic Development Authority
        • Ron Basini, President, West Virginia Angel Investment Network

4 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.                    

Break

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.   

Keynote Speaker B. Gentry Lee, Chief Engineer, Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, “A Vision of the 21st Century.”  – Wallace Hall Auditorium.

5:15: p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  

Reception in Erickson Alumni Center or Poster session visit

6:30 p.m.                        

Dinner on your own or with a pre-arranged group (more info to come).

Day 2, Saturday, April 21

8 a.m. – 3 p.m.          

Registration – Wallace Hall lobby

9 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.         

Welcome from WVSU, WVAS representatives

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

STaR Panel 4:  Funding Opportunities within West Virginia  – Wallace Hall Auditorium

Panel presentation to inform students and rising scientists of the competitive research programs available.

        • Jan Taylor, Ph.D. Director of Research Programs, WV Higher Education Policy Commission, Division of Science and Research, on the National Science Foundation’s EPSCOR program and state-funded programs.
        • Donald Primerano, Ph.D. Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Center, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall University, to discuss National Institutes of Health funded IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE).
        • Majid Jaridi, Ph.D. Director of NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Break

10:30 a.m. – Noon          

Keynote Speakers  Wallace Hall Auditorium

      • Paul L. Hill, Ph.D. Chancellor, WV Higher Education Policy Commission  
      • Jay Rockefeller, U.S. Senator
      • Subra Suresh, Ph.D. Director, National Science Foundation

Noon – 1 p.m.

Lunch on your own (WVSU Cafeteria or attendee’s choice).

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.      

Combined oral presentations – Hamblin Hall (rooms tba).

1 p.m.- 4 p.m.        

Poster session – Hamblin Hall 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors

3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.        

WVAS business meeting – Hamblin Hall (room tba)

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.         

Judges meet – Hamblin Hall (room tba)

4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.      

Awards ceremony and closing – Hamblin Hall Auditorium

Agenda up-to-date as of 3-13-2012.

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8th
February

STaR Symposium 2012 | Student High-Performance Computing Competition

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Students: Tell us your innovative and novel use of High-Performance Computational tools in problem solving and you can win cash!!

  • First prize: $1,000
  • Second prize: $500

Funding provided by West Virginia Research Challenge Fund

Learn more about the HPC competition at wvhpcr.com.

 

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