* WHO :* C. Peter Magrath, interim West Virginia University president; Rudolph P. Almasy, interim dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences; Ming Hsieh (pronounced SHAY ), president and chief executive officer of Cogent, a global biometric identification company that provides solutions to governments, law enforcement agencies and commercial enterprises; and Keith Morris, director of WVU s Forensic and Investigative Science Program

* WHAT :* Dedication ceremony for the Ming Hsieh Distinguished Professorship in Forensic and Investigative Science

* WHEN :* Thursday, Feb. 19, at 4 p.m.

* WHERE :* 122 Ming Hsieh Hall, Downtown Campus

* PARKING :* Mountainlair garage (Display press parking pass)

* ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :* In 2007, the Hsieh Family Foundation provided an endowment to establish two distinguished professorships for the Forensic and Investigative Science Program in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. Establishing these professorships was especially important to Hsieh because he has an interest in training, mentoring and nurturing the next generation of forensic scientists.

The Forensic and Investigative Science Program at WVU is one of only 13 accredited undergraduate programs in the United States and is generally regarded as the nations top academic program in the field.

The funds are being administered by the WVU Foundation, a private, nonprofit corporation that generates, receives and administers private gifts from individuals and organizations for the benefit of WVU .