Institute News and Announcements

  • Dr.Jason Best interviewed in Spring 2014 Shepherd University Magazine feature on alumni gifts.

  • Dr. Sytil Murphy co-awarded NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium funds for STEM conference for middle school girls.

  • Dr. Jeff Groff's article featured on cover of American Journal of Physics.

  • Dr. Jason Best provides campus tours of Observatory, Renewable Energy Demonstration site as part of 2013 Shepherd University Family Weekend

  • Dr. Ed Snyder featured on cover of Fall 2013 Shepherd University Magazine.

  • Dr. Clarissa Mathews appears in "Host Plants and Damage in Vegetables" video.

  • Dr. Jeff Groff receives McDaniel College Honors Program College Scholar Alumni Award .

  • Institute to host Earth Day Celebration.

  • Shepherd University environmental Studies students help track black bears.

  • Dr. Jason Best interviewed about Russian meteor explosion.

  • Shepherd's Foundation announces Berkeley Community Pride's annual environmental scholarship.

  • Dr. Clarissa Mathews presents at the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Working Group Meeting held in WInchester, VA.

  • Shepherd University environmental studies students and faculty participate in Jefferson County Science Olympiad.

  • Dr. Clarissa Mathews serving as co-PI on Rutgers University USDA grant.

  • Dr. Jason Best named President of the West Virginia Academy of Science.

  • Dr. Jeff Groff receives physical computing grant from NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

  • Dr. Ed Snyder and Dr. Jason Best serve as instructors for Shepherd's Washington Gateway Academy.

  • Shepherd University historic preservation students restore historic gravestones.

  • Institute for Environmental and Physical Sciences Welcomes New Physics Faculty Member.

  • Distinguished Professor Dr. Ed Snyder and Shepherd's Environmental Studies Program featured on WV EPSCoR-funded, PBS-broadcast "Mountain State Science" series.

  • Dr. Jason Best gives Martha Wehrle Opening Lecture at 2011 National Youth Science Camp.

  • Dr. Clarissa Mathews presents at the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Working Group Meeting held at the Penn State University Fruit Research and Extension Center in June.

  • Shepherd Foundation accepts gift to continue funding historic preservation summer living history program.

  • Shepherd University Observatory accepts extensive book collection.

  • Dr. Jeff Groff presents public physics talk as part of Shepherd's Common Reading Program.

  • Dr. Ed Snyder named West Virginia's Professor of the Year.

  • Historic Preservation students solving mystEries in Shepherdstown graveyards.

  • Dr. Jason Best and Shepherd University Astronomy featured on WV EPSCoR-funded, PBS-broadcast "Mountain State Science" series (with video and audio links).

  • Dr. Ed Snyder announced as finalist for Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia's 2010 Professor of the Year honor.

  • Dr. Keith Alexander awarded grant for elementary school outreach.

  • Historic Preservation students complete service learning projects.

  • Dr. Keith Alexander and collaborators awarded a WV Humanities Council GeoExplorer grant.

  • Dr. Ed Snyder and Dr. Jason Best featured in "20 years of Washington Gateway Academy" article.

  • Dr. Clarissa Mathews tenured and promoted to Associate Professor of environmental studies.

  • IES Historic Preservation students present living history program at C & O Canal.

  • Dr. Jason Best wins Shepherd University Outstanding Faculty Award in Service.

  • IES Renewable Energy Demonstration Site featured as part of Earth Day 2010 story in Hagerstown Herald-Mail newspaper.

  • Dr. Jason Best elected to the office of President-Elect of the West Virginia Academy of Science.

  • Dr. Ed Snyder and Dr. Clarissa Mathews present Faculty Research Forum.

  • Dr. Peter Vila awarded water quality grant.

  • Dr. Ed Snyder and Dr. Keith Alexander present at the 2010 World Affairs Seminar - Energy: The Global Green Challenge.

  • Dr. Jason Best and the Shepherd University Observatory featured on the cover of the Winter 2010 issue of The Neuron: West Virginia Journal of Science and Research.

  • Dr. Jason Best featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • Biophysicist Dr. Jeff Groff awarded the third West Virginia EPSCoR Innovation Grant in Shepherd's history.

  • IES Renewable Energy Demonstration Site featured in the Fall 2009 issue of The Neuron: West Virginia Journal of Science and Research.

  • Dr. Jeff Groff publishes chapter in Stochastic Methods in Neuroscience (Oxford University Press).

  • Shepherd's Historic Preservation students bring the past to life on Halloween night.

  • Dr. Clarissa Mathews moderates panel as part of Shepherd's Common Reading Program.

  • Dr. Ed Snyder presents plenary session, leads geology field trip at the 5th Annual National Conference of the Alliance of Natural Resource Outreach & Service Programs

  • Dr. Ed Snyder leads discussion of film sponsored by the Shepherdstown Film Society in conjuntion with Shepherd University's Appalachian Heritage Writer in Residence program.

  • Dr. Ed Snyder leads film discussion as part of Shepherd's Common Reading Program.

  • Hagerstown Herald-Mail article and embedded video focusing on the HSTA Fun With Science Academy at Shepherd (with Dr. Jason Best and Dr. Ed Snyder of the IES).

  • NBC25 Television features Shepherd's HSTA Fun With Science Academy, involving Institute faculty and facilities.

  • IES wind turbine featured on NBC25 Television broadcast.

  • IES Renewable Energy Demonstration Site featured in Hagerstown Herald-Mail newspaper.

  • Martinsburg Journal Article on Shepherd's Washington Gateway Junior High Academy features Institute faculty.

  • Institute for Environmental Studies Welcomes New Physics Faculty Member.

  • Dr. Jason Best promoted to Professor of astronomy and astrophysics.

  • New Environmental Sustainability Concentration for Fall 2008 Program Description (.pdf).

  • The IES has once again represented Shepherd University in the national RecycleMania competition. RecycleMania is supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency?s WasteWise program and the National Recycling Coalition (NRC), and is coordinated as a project of NRC?s College and University Recycling Council (CURC).

    Congratulations to the Shepherd University students
    and campus coordinator Dr. Clarissa Mathews for placing

    1st in the state of West Virginia in Per Capita Corrugated Cardboard collection
    2nd in the state of West Virginia in Per Capita Bottles and Cans collection
    3rd in the state of West Virginia in Per Capita Paper collection

  • The revised Internship Document (effective Spring 08) is available under the Student Focus link on the main IES web page.

  • Dr. Clarissa Mathews, assistant professor of environmental studies, is the subject of a feature article in the Fall 2007 issue of the Shepherd University Magazine.

  • Fall 2007: The MANDATORY IES Internship Meetings will be held EVERY WEDNESDAY at noon, beginning with Wednesday, August 22, at noon in BY 103.

    Internship Fall 2007 Deadlines:
    Monday, October 15: Internship Papers (3 copies) DUE at 12:00 p.m. to Internship Coordinator

    Friday, October 26: Internship Copies returned at 12:00 p.m. by Internship Coordinator

    Wednesday, December 5: Final Papers (3 copies) DUE at 12:00 p.m. to Internship Coordinator

    Saturday, December 8: Internship Presentations, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

  • The Shepherd University Observatory hosted members of the Martinsburg Civil Air Patrol Squadron. See the National Civil Air Patrol news release here.

  • Join us for the World Affairs Forum: ?International and U.S. Perspectives on Global Climate Change - Thinking Globally and Acting Locally? Tuesday, April 24, 7 pm at the Frank Center. Click to see flyer.

  • Shepherd University's RecycleMania and Sustainable Energy efforts, led by Dr. Clarissa Mathews and coordinated by students in Environmental Studies, have been featured in a live interview (March 14, 2007) on Washington D.C.'s Fox 5 network.

  • Internship Spring 2007 Deadlines:
    Monday, March 12: Internship Papers (3 copies) DUE at 12:00 p.m. to Internship Coordinator

    Monday, March 26: Internship Copies returned at 12:00 p.m. by Internship Coordinator

    Wednesday, April 25: Final Papers (3 copies) DUE at 12:00 p.m. to Internship Coordinator

    Friday, May 4: Internship Presentations, 3:00 p.m., BY 103

  • Dr. Ed Snyder, professor of environmental studies and Chair of IES, Dr. Clarissa Mathews, assistant professor of environmental studies, and Dr. Jason Best, associate professor of astrophysics, are featured in the Shepherd University President's Report and Honor Roll of Donors 2005-2006.

  • Dr. Keith Alexander, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies and coordinator of the historic preservation program, will present the November 2006 Faculty Research Forum talk. The press release can be found here.

  • The IES thanks West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Cabinet Secretary Stephanie R. Timmermeyer, who was on campus on October 18, 2006, to meet with Dr. Snyder's Environmental Policy (ENVS 306) course. Click to see images (30 Meg, .pps format).

  • The IES hosted the 2006 Alternative Energy Odyssey on Thursday, October 12, 2006, at the Frank Arts Center. See the conference agenda.

  • Dr. Ed Snyder, professor of environmental studies and Chair of IES, and collaborator have just published the paper "New Fenestrate Bryozoa of the Gerster Limestone (Permian), Medicine Range, Northeastern Nevada" in the Journal of Paleontology.

  • The Shepherd University Observatory hosted the Kickoff Event for the Jefferson County Schools Education Foundation on October 3, 2006. The event's theme was "Helping Our Children Shoot for the Stars". Attendees included representatives from the University, the University Board of Governors, the Jefferson County Board of Education, and invited community guests.

  • Dr. Jason Best, associate professor of astrophysics, gave the featured talk at the October 2006 meeting of the Shenandoah Astronomical Society

  • Dr. Clarissa Mathews, assistant professor of environmental studies, and collaborators have just published the paper "Effect of floral and extrafloral resources on predation of Aphis spiraecola by Harmonia axyridis on Apple" in the journal BioControl.

  • The Mandatory IES Internship Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 5, at 5 p.m. in BY 103.

    Internship Fall 2006 Deadlines:
    Monday, October 16: Internship Papers (3 copies) DUE at 12:00 p.m. to Internship Coordinator

    Friday, October 27: Internship Copies returned at 12:00 p.m. by Internship Coordinator

    Wednesday, December 6: Final Papers (3 copies) DUE at 12:00 p.m. to Internship Coordinator

    Saturday, December 9: Internship Presentations, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., BY 108

  • The Institute for Environmental Studies welcomes Dr. Keith Alexander as a visiting assistant professor of environmental studies. He will be coordinating the Historic Preservation program.

  • Congratulations to environmental studies student Emily Messenger for receiving a scholarship from The Pittsburgh Foundation

  • The Shepherd University Observatory has achieved "First Light". Click the Images link at the Shepherd University Observatory website to see the first image from the 14" LX200GPS telescope.

  • Any internship questions during the summer should be directed to your campus internship coordinator.

  • The Shepherd University Observatory is featured in the Spring 2006 issue of the Shepherd University Magazine and on the Shepherd University Features website.

  • Dr. Clarissa Mathews, assistant professor of environmental studies, and Dr. Edward Snyder, professor of environmental studies and Chair of IES, are each congratulated in the Spring 2006 issue of The Neuron: WV EPSCoR Journal of Science and Research for their recent grant activities.

  • Congratulations to environmental studies student Kristin Retter, who won the Best Undergraduate Oral Research Presentation Award at the 2006 West Virginia Academy of Science meeting held at Shepherd University on April 22. Her research, "Detailed taxonomoic analysis of a Rhabdomesoid Bryozoa morphological species", was supervised by Dr. Edward Snyder of the Institute for Environmental Studies.