International Center for Disability Information (ICDI)
The International Center for Disability Information (ICDI) was established in 1965 as a rehabilitation research and training center. This organization houses information databases on vocational rehabilitation, job accommodations, and disability legislation. Faculty and staff are involved in research, training, and service activities. Students in assistantships and internships learn about rehabilitation research and practice. Special studies involving disability include projects on consumer needs assessment, program evaluation of vocational rehabilitation, and emergency-service research and development. The Job Accommodation Network is an information service about job accommodations and the employability of people with functional limitations. It has operated in the ICDI since 1983 and is funded through the Office of Disability Employment Policy of the U.S. Department of Labor.
National Research Center for Coal and Energy
The National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University develops, coordinates, and conducts multidisciplinary research and service programs about energy and environmental issues. The center works with faculty and students from departments throughout the university and with collaborators from other universities, government laboratories, and private industry.
NRCCE obtains funding by working with WVU faculty to submit proposals to agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Geological Survey, and others. NRCCE may provide cost sharing or seed monies for WVU faculty seeking federal research funding.
Some of the many NRCCE programs are: the Appalachian Oil and Natural Gas Research Consortium, the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council Regional Lead Organization for the Appalachian region, Industries of the Future--West Virginia and its Save Energy Now program, the U.S. DOE-WV Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium, the National Environmental Services Center, the US-China Energy Center which leads the Advanced Coal Technology Center of the US Department of Energy's US-China Clean Energy Research Center, and the West Virginia Water Research Institute including the National Mine Land Reclamation Center, the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center, the MonRiver Quest program.
The center is located on the Evansdale campus in a building that includes offices, wet/dry laboratories, an analytical laboratory, a high bay laboratory for pilot scale research projects, and a multimedia meeting facility.
Students in a variety of disciplines may find a limited number of graduate assistantships at the NRCCE in areas such as public affairs and communications, environmental sciences, or analytical laboratory sciences. Generally however, research funds are disbursed directly to the faculty in the colleges across the University who then recruit their own graduate students. To learn more about the research and service programs of the NRCCE, students are encouraged to visit http://www.nrcce.wvu.edu .