WVU Inducts New Student Researchers
NASA Scientist and WVU Alumna Emily Morey-Holton to Speak

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Before stepping into the world of hands-on research, the next generation of West Virginia University researchers will grace the stage at the 2007 WVU Health Science Research Induction Ceremony on June 1.

The ceremony begins at noon and honors doctoral students who completed their core educational course work, identified their mentors and are entering their selected areas of graduate research. 

Traditionally, the ceremony signifies the students’ ability to take research work beyond the books and into the labs.

Faculty mentors present the research students with a white lab coat to commemorate their entry into the process of research and discovery. 

The students will also recite the “Affirmation for Scientists,” an oath to consider research importance and begin the incorporation of principles of scientific integrity and ethics into their training.  This is the same oath that they will recite at the Investiture Ceremony, when they are awarded their Ph.D. degrees.

WVU alumna Emily Morey-Holton will speak at the ceremony.  She earned a bachelors degree in liberal arts from WVU in 1958.  She continued at the University, earning a masters and a doctorate degree in pharmacology in 1961 and 1964 respectively. 

Morey-Holton is one of the founders of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology and senior chief scientist of the BioSciences Division at NASA’s Ames Research Center.

She has received numerous awards, including AIAA Jeffries Medical Research Award, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, president of the American Society of Gravitational and Space Biology, NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, NASA Special Achievement Award, and the NASA-Ames Associate Fellowship.

In 1990 she was inducted into the WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni and currently serves on the WVU HSC National Advisory Council.

At the WVU Health Sciences Center, students perform research and scholarship that advances their chosen field of study with anticipation that such discoveries will eventually alleviate suffering, rehabilitate the injured, treat disease, and lead to new strategies to promote health.

The ceremony takes place in the HSC’s Fukushima Kodo and is hosted by the WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Office of Research and Graduate Education and the Office of Alumni Affairs.

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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