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Marshall selected to help implement new energy curriculum for high school students

Jul. 13, 2013 @ 11:30 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University has been selected by the Southern Regional Education Board to help implement an energy and power program of study for high school students in West Virginia and other states.

As part of SREB's Advanced Career program, faculty members from Marshall's College of Information Technology and Engineering are working with the West Virginia Department of Education to launch a sequence of four courses intended to increase the number of students who leave high school prepared for further study, advanced training and careers in energy and power.

Engineering professor Richard Begley, who is directing the project at Marshall, said the field of energy and power was selected for the project because of its importance to West Virginia's economy.

"The Advanced Career program focuses on high-wage, skilled fields important to the participating state's economy," Begley added. "The goal is to deliver courses that start students down the path toward a recognized industry certificate, a community/technical college certificate, or an associate or bachelor's degree in that field."

The new courses were designed by teams from universities and high schools in partnership with industry experts. The curriculum incorporates a hands-on approach with experiments that use energy and power measurement instruments, data software and computer simulations. Participating students will learn to apply mathematical and scientific concepts, and will use technology and engineering to solve real-world problems found in the energy and power industry.

MU assistant professor details research on collaboration

HUNTINGTON -- Monika Sawhney, an assistant professor with the Marshall University College of Health Professions, will give a presentation on her research of health care economics on July 8 in Sydney, Australia.

Her presentation, "The performance of India's health care system: Evidence from a stochastic frontier analysis," involves the basic principle of efficiency.

"We have so many economic challenges all over the world," said Sawhney, the director of the Public Health program at Marshall. "In order to be efficient, we have to implement the best health care practices. One of the ways to do this is to make efficient use of available resources."

She said this is a very timely topic for not only developing countries such as India, but for nations across the globe as well as the United States, especially West Virginia.

"Many national and local governments - both in the developing and developed world - are faced with the possibility of a decline in resources for health and other social sectors," Sawhney said. "This conference will provide an opportunity to be exposed to cutting-edge research that can help policymakers implement strategies that encourage high levels of efficiency."