The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, an international organization dedicated to promoting electronic theses, is recognizing two West Virginia University graduates and one staff member for their success in creating ETDs.

Kelly C. Barkhurst, of Hedgesville, who earned a masters degree from the College of Creative Arts ; Shirley S. Burns, of Matheny, who earned a doctorate in history; and John H. Hagen, of Flint, Mich., manager program coordinator for the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Program at WVU will be recognized for their leadership and innovation in developing ETDs. They will receive their awards at the ETD Symposium, held at the University of Pittsburgh on June 10-13.

Barkhurstis one of three 2009 recipients of the Innovative ETD Award for her dissertation titledDesign Taking Action: A Holistic Approach to Design Problem Solving Applied to Disease Education. _


The award recognizes student efforts to transform print dissertations through the use of innovative software to develop cutting-edge ETDs. Renderings, photos, video and other multimedia objects included in the electronic document were considered innovations.

The fact that a WVU student won the Innovative ETD Award means that WVU is very forward thinking and proactive in supporting not only electronic theses and dissertations, but especially in encouraging students to fully exploit the electronic medium as new forms of scholarly communication evolve,Hagen said.

Hagen is being recognized for exemplary leadership and commitment to ETD . He is one of two recipients of the 2009 ETD Leadership Award, which recognizes members of the university community whose leadership and vision have helped raise awareness of the benefits of ETDs and whose efforts have improved graduate education through the use of ETDs.

Over the past decade, Johns commitment to ETDs at WVU has resulted in a program that serves as a model for many other universities,said Christine Jewell, NDLTD board member and awards committee chair.John has led regional and international workshops for the NDLTD , and he has hosted many visitors who come to WVU to learn about the ETD program. He has becomerecognized internationally for his ETD implementation and open access advocacy.

Burns is one of two recipients of the Innovative Learning Through ETDs Award for her dissertation titledBringing Down the Mountains: The Impact of Mountaintop Removal on Southern West Virginia Communities.

The innovative learning award recognizes a student whose professional life has been enhanced by the ETD process.

Burns dissertation has allowed her to raise awareness and discourse about mountaintop removal.Additionally, her research on mountaintop removal has resulted in the publication of a book that is now in use in both grade school and higher education curriculums.

The popularity of my dissertation and its immediate availability led to my editing of another book that will be out this fall. Its a companion book for a movie and is being published by a trade press,Burns said.

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