July 12-18, 2010

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from G)
  • Writing support and career advising in the GLC will resume in the fall. For writing assistance in the summer, contact the Writing Center at 231-5436.

2. SHORT COURSE IN STATS:  T-test, ANOVA, and ANCOVA
Tuesday, Jul 13, 4:00-6:00pm, Fralin Auditorium
Taught by Jennifer Kensler, this course covers the one sample, two sample and matched-pairs t-tests, one-way ANOVA (Analysis of Variance), two-way ANOVA and ANCOVA (Analysis of Covariance).  These techniques will be demonstrated using JMP. JMP is available for free download to VT students. Participants may want to bring a laptop with JMP installed.

3. GSA POTLUCK AND POT PAINTING
Tuesday, Jul 13, 5:00-6:30pm, GLC Room B
Join GSA for a potluck dinner and artistic escape! Use your creativity to paint a terra cotta pot and relax with friends while enjoying a potluck dinner. Pots, paints and brushes will be provided, but feel free to bring your own paint to add to the rainbow of choices. All guests are asked to bring a covered dish to add to the collective dinner.  Be sure to wear clothes you can paint in!  Please register here. Questions: contact Amanda Cronin Rumore (VP of Programs).

4. SUMMER SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS – SCHEDULE
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) provides a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. These two-hour courses teach practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data.  Visit LISA’s website for instructions on how to register and to learn more.  Refreshments will be provided at the end of each short course! All courses will be held in Fralin Auditorium from 4-6PM. Remaining summer 2010 schedule:

  • Wednesday, Jul 21: Regression Using Bayesian Statistics in R
    Taught by Nels Johnson, this course addresses the use of an alternative paradigm called Bayesian statistics in which to perform statistical analyses. The presenter will explain some of the basic terminology of Bayesian statistics (prior distributions, posterior distributions, credible intervals, conjugacy, etc.), some software options to perform the analyses, and how interpretations of results change in this new paradigm. Participants will use the R software language to run some examples of multiple linear regression and probit regression using the bayesm package that will illustrate these concepts.
  •  Tuesday, Jul 27: Linear and Non-linear Mixed Effects Models

5. GSA RE-OPENS EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT POSITION FOR 2010-11—APPLY NOW!
The Graduate Student Assembly is re-opening the 10 hour assistantship executive assistant position for the 2010-2011 academic year, effective immediately. A brief description of this position can be found on the GSA website at www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu. If you are interested, please send inquiries, your CV/resume, AND a cover letter to GSA President, Michelle McLeese by Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 5pm.

6. ASSISTANTSHIP OPPORTUNITIES IN HYDROLOGY/HYDROPEDOLOGY-2nd posting
Two research assistantships are available for students in ag, engineering, science and natural resources, beginning January 2011 or sooner: for projects supported by the NSF at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire. The study focuses on feedbacks between hydrology, soil characteristics, and catchment biogeochemistry and is aimed at explaining the spatial and temporal variation in stream water chemistry at the headwater catchment scale. The project has an intensive field component that will require extensive travel. Students work with VT faculty, as well as with federal and other university scientists. Strong background in hydrology, forest soils, and/or geospatial analyses is highly desired; M.S. degree in hydrology, soil science, ecology or related field is required. The student may enroll in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation or in the interdisciplinary Geospatial and Environmental Analysis program in the College of Natural Resources and Environment. PhD assistantships will start at approximately $20,000 per year, plus tuition and health insurance subsidy. Graduate research assistants are actively involved in the departmental teaching program. If interested, contact Dr. Kevin McGuire, Research Assistant Professor of Forest Hydrology, 231-6017.

7. UPCOMING EVENTS:

GSA SUMMER 2010 WINE SOCIAL

Friday, Jul 30, 5:30-9:00pm, University Club
Join GSA and your fellow grad students at a favorite annual summer event—the GSA Summer Wine Social! Wine service will stop at 8:30pm. Tickets are only $10 and can be pre-purchased online  or at the door. GSA Delegate and Cabinet members can get in for $5 at the door. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help with the event, please contact Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs.

July 12-18, 2010

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from G)
  • Writing support and career advising in the GLC will resume in the fall. For writing assistance in the summer, contact the Writing Center at 231-5436.

2. SHORT COURSE IN STATS:  T-test, ANOVA, and ANCOVA
Tuesday, Jul 13, 4:00-6:00pm, Fralin Auditorium
Taught by Jennifer Kensler, this course covers the one sample, two sample and matched-pairs t-tests, one-way ANOVA (Analysis of Variance), two-way ANOVA and ANCOVA (Analysis of Covariance).  These techniques will be demonstrated using JMP. JMP is available for free download to VT students. Participants may want to bring a laptop with JMP installed.

3. GSA POTLUCK AND POT PAINTING
Tuesday, Jul 13, 5:00-6:30pm, GLC Room B
Join GSA for a potluck dinner and artistic escape! Use your creativity to paint a terra cotta pot and relax with friends while enjoying a potluck dinner. Pots, paints and brushes will be provided, but feel free to bring your own paint to add to the rainbow of choices. All guests are asked to bring a covered dish to add to the collective dinner.  Be sure to wear clothes you can paint in!  Please register here. Questions: contact Amanda Cronin Rumore (VP of Programs).

4. SUMMER SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS – SCHEDULE
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) provides a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. These two-hour courses teach practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data.  Visit LISA’s website for instructions on how to register and to learn more.  Refreshments will be provided at the end of each short course! All courses will be held in Fralin Auditorium from 4-6PM. Remaining summer 2010 schedule:

  • Wednesday, Jul 21: Regression Using Bayesian Statistics in R
    Taught by Nels Johnson, this course addresses the use of an alternative paradigm called Bayesian statistics in which to perform statistical analyses. The presenter will explain some of the basic terminology of Bayesian statistics (prior distributions, posterior distributions, credible intervals, conjugacy, etc.), some software options to perform the analyses, and how interpretations of results change in this new paradigm. Participants will use the R software language to run some examples of multiple linear regression and probit regression using the bayesm package that will illustrate these concepts.
  •  Tuesday, Jul 27: Linear and Non-linear Mixed Effects Models

5. GSA RE-OPENS EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT POSITION FOR 2010-11—APPLY NOW!
The Graduate Student Assembly is re-opening the 10 hour assistantship executive assistant position for the 2010-2011 academic year, effective immediately. A brief description of this position can be found on the GSA website at www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu. If you are interested, please send inquiries, your CV/resume, AND a cover letter to GSA President, Michelle McLeese by Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 5pm.

6. ASSISTANTSHIP OPPORTUNITIES IN HYDROLOGY/HYDROPEDOLOGY-2nd posting
Two research assistantships are available for students in ag, engineering, science and natural resources, beginning January 2011 or sooner: for projects supported by the NSF at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire. The study focuses on feedbacks between hydrology, soil characteristics, and catchment biogeochemistry and is aimed at explaining the spatial and temporal variation in stream water chemistry at the headwater catchment scale. The project has an intensive field component that will require extensive travel. Students work with VT faculty, as well as with federal and other university scientists. Strong background in hydrology, forest soils, and/or geospatial analyses is highly desired; M.S. degree in hydrology, soil science, ecology or related field is required. The student may enroll in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation or in the interdisciplinary Geospatial and Environmental Analysis program in the College of Natural Resources and Environment. PhD assistantships will start at approximately $20,000 per year, plus tuition and health insurance subsidy. Graduate research assistants are actively involved in the departmental teaching program. If interested, contact Dr. Kevin McGuire, Research Assistant Professor of Forest Hydrology, 231-6017.

7. UPCOMING EVENTS:

GSA SUMMER 2010 WINE SOCIAL

Friday, Jul 30, 5:30-9:00pm, University Club
Join GSA and your fellow grad students at a favorite annual summer event—the GSA Summer Wine Social! Wine service will stop at 8:30pm. Tickets are only $10 and can be pre-purchased online  or at the door. GSA Delegate and Cabinet members can get in for $5 at the door. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help with the event, please contact Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs.