AB Announces Addition of Aquaponics Lab

Alderson Broaddus University is pleased to announce the addition of an Aquaponics Laboratory System to the College of Science, Technology and Mathematics.

This opportunity is made possible by the generosity of New Vision Renewable Energy in collaboration with The Alderson Broaddus University Department of Environmental Sciences. New Vision Founder and CEO Ruston Seaman states, “Our desire to help communities learn how to manage limited water resources and feed a growing population of people  led us to develop the aquaponics lab as a tool for community development. We are very excited about the ability to expand this project’s capacity through a partnership with AB students and faculty.”

Faculty Project Director Dr. Constance Brown says, “I am delighted to offer students this hands-on research opportunity. Students are very excited and eager to begin working with the lab. It is my hope that these young leaders of tomorrow will take what they learn here today, out into the world of tomorrow, and teach others how to implement similar alternative energy and recycling systems.”

The Aquaponics Laboratory will be housed in the Kemper Redd Green House at AB. In addition to research, this project will further provide community outreach opportunities for AB students. Students will observe and interact with the various processes that cycle matter and energy through plants and animals. This process will simultaneously provide healthy, nutritious food, filter and clean toxins, and recycle nutrients. Students will not only learn and study about these alternative energy options, but will take an active part in using the system to provide outreach to the community beyond campus.

Republicans, Democrats Likely to Split Wins on Election Day

According to a poll conducted by the Alderson Broaddus University Political Science Program’s class on Campaigns and Elections, Tuesday Night should be an interesting night, with the Republicans in Barbour County winning the Presidency, the House of Representatives, the Auditor’s race (by a small margin), the House of Delegates, the Attorney General’s race and the County Assessor. Democrats in Barbour County should prevail in the Secretary of State, the Treasurer, State Senate, Commissioner of Agriculture, County Clerk and County Commission Races. The races for Attorney General and Governor are too close to call.

Almost 77 percent of all respondents believe our presidential nominees are worse than in previous elections; 14 percent believe they are the same; and 5 percent think they are better than in previous elections.  More than sixty % say they have been following the election closely, with 24 % saying they have followed it sometimes.  76 % of respondents got their campaign information from broadcast or cable news, with 14 % getting information from the Internet.  Only 7 % listened to the radio for their campaign information.

The survey, which was conducted from October 14 to October 26, has a statistical margin of error of 7.6%.  The Survey sampled 150 Likely Voters in Barbour County, asking respondents who they planned to vote for in 14 ballot races in November.  The sample respondents were 92% White Non-Hispanic; were 52% females; were on average 57 years of age; and had incomes around $47,500.  68 % of respondents were born in West Virginia; and 27 % were born in Philippi.  43 % of the sample were self-identified Democrats, 42% were self-identified Republicans. 9 % of respondents were Independents and 3 % were Mountain Party members.


Republicans are slightly more enthused about their candidates than are Democrats– Republican candidates in this poll are predicted to win with an average of 52% of the vote; Democratic candidates are predicted to win with an average 47 % of the vote.  However, the margin of victory for the winning candidate is the same for Republican candidates and Democratic candidates: roughly 1 and a half votes for every vote the losing candidate receives.


Political scientists have long noted that Republican candidates suffer a gender gap in voting– Female voters nationally and in most states are much more likely to vote Democratic than are their male counterparts. This finding is generally not true in Barbour County.  The only race in which significant gender differences appeared was in the race for Secretary of State, and in that race, females were three times more likely to be undecided or to refuse to answer. In terms of vote choice, there was no difference between male and female resondents.


One would expect an age gap, with so many races pitting an older candidate against a younger candidate; but once again, in general age made no difference in voting choice.


Perhaps the most interesting finding was that for the race for Governor, for Attorney General and for Commissioner of Agriculture; there was a significant gap between those born in West Virginia and those born outside the state.  Those born outside West Virginia are more than twice as likely to state they were planning to vote for a Third Party candidate than for either Bill Cole or Jim Justice.  Those in West Virginia were three times more likely than those not born in West Virginia to state they were undecided for the Attorney General race– anecdotal data suggests this is because of the extremely negative campaign both candidates have run.  The same is true of the Secretary of Agriculture’s race– many more of those born in West Virginia stated they were not going to vote for this office than those born outside the State.


Perhaps the most interesting finding was differences in voting intention between those born in Philippi and those born outside Philippi.  Those born in Philippi were twice as likely as those born outside Philippi to choose Jim Justice over Bill Cole.  Those born outside of Philippi were twice as likely as those born in Philippi to choose David McKinley over Mike Manypenny.  Those born in Philippi were twice as likely as those born outside Philippi to choose Natalie Tennant over Mac Warner for Secretary of State. Those born in Philippi were equally divided in their support for Thomas Hoxie and for Jodie Boylen, but those born outside Philippi prefer Hoxie by a more than two to one margin over Boylen.  Finally, those born in Philippi prefer Jedd Schola by a two to one margin over Susie Cvechko, but those born outside Philippi prefer Cvechko by a small margin.


In Barbour County, the vote seems to depend on male voters more than female voters.  Throughout the data, the candidate who won did so by attracting more male voters than did that candidate’s opponent.  In most cases, female voting split pretty equally between candidates.  Most of the time, female voting tended far more towards third party candidates or towards not voting than did male voting.


It should be noted that this is a poll of voters who had voted in at least one previous presidential election, and the sample is weighted equally between the parties.  Nevertheless, the patterns of responses were quite consistent as the surveys came in, suggesting that these are real patterns.

Perhaps the most interesting finding is that only five precent of Democrats voted party line, and the same amount of Republicans voted a straight party ticket. Democrats were far more likely to cross party lines for the Presidency, and Republicans were more likely for Secretary of State and County Commission.

For more information, contact Michael Bobic, bobicmp@ab.edu, (304) 457-6330.

AB Announces Masters of Science in Anatomy

Thomas Moore, Dean of the College of Medical ScienceAB to launch M.S. in Anatomy beginning in Fall of 2017

Philippi, W.Va. – Alderson Broaddus University announced a new graduate degree the Masters of Science in Anatomy. The announcement was made Thursday in a press conference held on the Alderson Broaddus campus.

This is the second new graduate program announced at Alderson Broaddus in as many weeks. The Masters of Science in Anatomy program is a 24-month on-campus blended program is conducted in a traditional face-to-face lecture format, with some online courses offered during the student’s class schedule.

“It is appropriate that we continue our growth in the field of Medical Sciences with the addition of the Masters of Science in Anatomy,” said Alderson Broaddus President Dr. Tim Barry. “Throughout the history of Alderson Broaddus the main activities here are to teach and learn. This program helps us teach graduate students and prepare them to be educators in the field of anatomy.”

Students in the Masters of Science in Anatomy program will be educated to be an anatomist, work in a clinical laboratory, teach in community colleges and universities and pursue professional education in medical or research related fields.

“Students who earn the Masters of Science in Anatomy will receive through both didactic and laboratory experience, and gain the expertise and experience required to teach in the undergraduate, graduate and health science setting,” said Thomas Moore, Dean of the College of Medical Science. “This program benefits traditional and non-traditional students who desire a professional education in anatomy and seek to further their development for professional or health-related education.”

Course work includes: human anatomy, embryology, histology, neuroanatomy, radiological anatomy, research seminar, education courses and student teaching practicum.

Applications for the Masters of Science in Anatomy program are being accepted immediately with the first cohort beginning classes in the Fall of 2017.

Alderson Broaddus is continuing to add programs and academic initiatives.