February 28 – March 7, 2011

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career services walk-in advising: not available in the GLC for rest of Spring 2011; please visit the Career Services Center on weekdays 12:00-3:00pm
  • Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from G)
  • Writing support: Thursdays, 1:00-6:00pm, Video Conference Room

2. SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS FOR NON-STAT MAJORS: INTRODUCTION TO R
Monday and Tuesday, Feb 28 and Mar 1, 4:00-6:00pm, 3080 TORG
R is a free computing and graphical software/environment for statistical analysis. This short course consists of 3 sections: (1) provides introduction to R programming basics, such as data objects in R, loops, import/export datasets, along with an example of data manipulation/cleaning; (2) discusses the R graphing environment and how to create some basic statistical plots; (3) introduces how to perform basic statistical analysis in R, such as t-test, ANOVA and linear regression. The Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) provides a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. Visit LISA for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Refreshments are provided at the end of each short course. All courses are from 4:00-6:00pm in 3080 TORG.
The rest of Spring 2011 Schedule:

  • Mar 14-15: Bayesian Methods for Regression in R* (these two sessions are the same)

3. GSA POTLUCK AND POT PAINTING
Tuesday, Mar 1, 6:30-8:00pm, GLC Room G
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. Terra cotta pots, paints, and brushes will be provided, but feel free to bring your own paint or decorations to add to the rainbow of choices. All guests are asked to bring a dish to add to the collective dinner.  Be sure to wear clothes you can paint in!  As always, children, spouses, and friends are welcome. Please register if you are planning to attend. Questions: Amanda Cronin Rumore (VP of Programs).

4. INTERVIEWING SKILLS WORKSHOP

Wednesday, Mar 2, 5:30pm, Room F
Be prepared for initial screening interviews as well as on-site interviews. This seminar addresses interviewing basics, employer expectations, and insights into behavioral interviews. Brought to you by VT Career Services.

5. PLANT WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Mar 2, 6:30-7:30pm, GLC Room D
Take a plant home for Spring Break! Learn about different indoor plant propagation techniques, growing conditions and basic horticulture principles. Start your own herb garden and take cuttings from common indoor plant varieties. For more information, contact GLC Resident Fellow Scott Lail.

6. GRAD SCHOOL WOMEN’S CONNECT LUNCHEON

Thursday, Mar 3, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room G
The Graduate School invites you to join its Women’s Month Luncheon and share what topics you would like to discuss. Please register here if you plan to attend.

7. ENDNOTE WEBINAR
Thursday, Mar 3, 6:30-7:30pm
Rebecca Miller, Science Librarian, will be providing an introduction to the citation software Endnote. If you have ever been interested in learning the basics of Endnote or finding out more about this software, this is a great opportunity. The webinar will be offered online and can be watched from your computer anywhere where you have a good internet connection (you are welcome to use the computer lab in the GLC). If you are interested in participating, please sign up. More information about the webinar will follow to the e-mail that you provide on the survey.

8. NEW MEMBERS SOUGHT FOR AEL GRAD HONOR SOCIETY

Application are now accepted for Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) Graduate Honor Society, the only academic excellence and leadership honor society of graduate and professional school students. Graduate students may become members based on their academic achievements and leadership experiences. Apply by March 4, 2011. The induction ceremony for new members will take place during Graduate Education Week, March 21-25. Please contact Ganesh Balasubramanian with any questions.

9. ETHICAL DILEMMAS – SIGN UP NOW!

Come join a lively discussion about ethical dilemmas within and outside academe: test your sense of ethics, communication and critical thinking skills on Wednesday, Mar 16, 3:00-4:30pm in the GLC. You can participate as a team and compete in the Ethics Bowl, or as an audience member via Google Moderator. Bring your friends, bring a laptop or other mobile device, and discuss and resolve case-study-based ethical dilemmas with fellow students and faculty. You may sign up as a team of 3-4, as an individual and be assigned to a team, or as an audience member. Teams may include current VT students, faculty or staff, but team leaders must be graduate students. Register by Monday, Mar 14, 12:00 noon.

10. SPRING 2011 ART, PHOTO & WRITING CONTEST: FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD

The Graduate School invites submissions of food-themed art work, photography and as a new addition, written work, by graduate students for display in the GLC during Graduate Education Week 2011 and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art, photography, or written work) per graduate student. Submissions may depict anything related to food, including but not limited to growing, preparing, experimenting with, missing, consuming, sharing, and enjoying food. Submission deadline: Mar 16, 2011. Read more

11. GRAD ED WEEK 2011: REGISTER NOW FOR GRAD OLYMPICS

Put your wit, physical skills and team spirit to the test in a light-hearted competition among graduate student teams. Up to ten teams of 4-6 members may compete for great prizes. No prior experience necessary, but resourcefulness and knowledge of the GLC are a plus. All materials are provided. All teams must pre-register and wait for confirmation that their registration was accepted. To pre-register, fill out this survey. You will be notified if your registration is accepted. Teams will receive extra points for a creative team name, flag design and team cheer.

12. IDR HONOR SOCIETY CALLS FOR COMMUNICATION NETWORK PARTICIPANTS

As part of its launch, the Interdisciplinary Research (IDR) Honor Society intends to create a forum for open discussion of interdisciplinary issues. In conjunction with this forum, they hope to establish a list of contacts on their  website, which will serve as nodes of communication to facilitate interdisciplinary contact within the university. Students interested in participating will be a source of contact for others by either responding to questions directly or providing further direction to other resources. Please contact Risa Pesapane  with your contact information such as email, office location, area of expertise/department, and work phone (optional) if you are interested in being listed as part of the communication network. All disciplines are encouraged to apply!

13. ULAX IS COMING TO VT – SRPING MEN’S LACROSSE LEAGUE – 2nd posting

Graduate student Zach Geller invites you to join: cost per player: $115.00, which includes 6 regular season games and a playoff for the top teams (weather permitting); ULAX Jersey; photos and stats each week; professional referees; champions shirts for the winners; games played at VT’s SRA fields. Sign up deadline: Mar 12, 2011 ($25 late fee). First week starts Mar 20. Sign up fast! Space available for 8 teams! Email Zach Geller for more info or visit the league website.

14. DOCTORAL STUDENT PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SURVEY ON POST-PHD CAREER CHOICES – 2nd posting
Doctoral students are invited to participate in a short survey (approx. 10 min) on factors that influence post-PhD career choices. The information you provide on what will influence your career choice after completing your PhD will enable VT to better serve you as a valued professional. It will form the basis of some preliminary recommendations to improve PhD student experiences and professional preparation that will be shared with senior university leaders as well as President Steger. For more information and to complete the survey, follow this link. Contact Mike Garvin at garvin@vt.edu with any questions.

15. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MINDFULNESS STUDY – 3rd posting

Participants are sought for a mindfulness study aimed at increasing cardio-respiratory fitness in sedentary adults. Participants must be in good health (e.g. non-smoker, no history of diabetes, heart, liver, or pulmonary disease, no orthopedic injury or musculoskeletal disability), between the ages 18-64, and NOT engage in any regular physical activity (but willing to start!). Participation will involve weekly group workshop sessions over a 10-week period.  These workshops will use mindfulness practices to help increase your adherence to a fitness-based walking program. For more information, please call Emily Martin, MS at the Center for Research in Health Behavior with the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech, 231-8746 or email.

16. GET INVOLVED WITH LEANTEAM@VIRGINIATECH – 3rd posting
LeanTeam@VirginiaTech is recruiting and developing high performing, keen to learn to be lean students from across disciplines. You will get the chance to develop and run Lean workshops and summits for professionals from a broad range of organizations, participate in continuous improvement events, and undertake fun team events. If this is what you always wanted, then  contact the LeanTeam by email, or phone at 540-443-6688. Learn more>>.

17. FREE TAX ASSISTANCE FOR INCOME ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES

Wednesdays by appointment
Free tax assistance is available to eligible employees, including graduate assistants, by appointment every Wednesday afternoon through Apr 13. International student taxes are beyond the scope of this service, but tax software for international students is available through the Cranwell International Center. Visit this website  for details. 

18. GSA 27TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM: (RE)SEARCH: WHY IT MATTERS!
There are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved with the GSA Research Symposium:

  • Volunteer to review abstract submissions by completing this survey
  • Help the GSA recruit faculty judges for the event by completing this survey

The time commitment is low compared to the potential to share your prestigious research, win prize money within your category, and add a line to your CV for volunteering some of your time. Please contact Samantha Downey with any questions. 

19. TRAVEL FUND AND GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

The GSA’S Travel Fund (TFP) and Graduate Research Development Programs are competitive travel and research funding (reimbursement) opportunities administered by the GSA to support qualified travel and research and innovative ideas proposed by VT graduate students. Applications go through a rigorous review process. Visit  (TFP) OR (GRDP) to learn more about these opportunities. All questions should be directed to the TFP Chair, Courtney Gleason, or GRDP Chair, Ranjana Mehta.

20. UPCOMING EVENTS:

ETHICAL DILEMMAS – SIGN UP NOW!
Wednesday, Mar 16, 3:00-4:30pm in the GLC
Join a lively discussion about ethical dilemmas within and outside academe: test your sense of ethics, communication and critical thinking skills. You can participate as a team and compete in the Ethics Bowl, or as an audience member via Google Moderator. Bring your friends, bring a laptop or other mobile device, and discuss and resolve case-study-based ethical dilemmas with fellow students and faculty. You may sign up as a team of 3-4, as an individual and be assigned to a team, or as an audience member. Teams may include current VT students, faculty or staff, but team leaders must be graduate students. Register by Monday, Mar 14, 12:00 noon.

REGISTER NOW FOR CANCER RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
Friday, Apr 29, 9:00am-5:00pm
The Cancer Research Symposium serves as the first interdisciplinary cancer symposium at VT, providing an opportunity for faculty and graduate students to showcase their research. Invited speakers include leaders in the field of cancer research. There will be a poster session (lunch provided), which is open to graduate students involved in cancer research. The symposium will also include a survivors and advocates panel to allow the researchers to see the impact of their work. If interested, please register by March 15 (registration is free).

February 28 – March 7, 2011

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career services walk-in advising: not available in the GLC for rest of Spring 2011; please visit the Career Services Center on weekdays 12:00-3:00pm
  • Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from G)
  • Writing support: Thursdays, 1:00-6:00pm, Video Conference Room

2. SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS FOR NON-STAT MAJORS: INTRODUCTION TO R
Monday and Tuesday, Feb 28 and Mar 1, 4:00-6:00pm, 3080 TORG
R is a free computing and graphical software/environment for statistical analysis. This short course consists of 3 sections: (1) provides introduction to R programming basics, such as data objects in R, loops, import/export datasets, along with an example of data manipulation/cleaning; (2) discusses the R graphing environment and how to create some basic statistical plots; (3) introduces how to perform basic statistical analysis in R, such as t-test, ANOVA and linear regression. The Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) provides a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. Visit LISA for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Refreshments are provided at the end of each short course. All courses are from 4:00-6:00pm in 3080 TORG.
The rest of Spring 2011 Schedule:

  • Mar 14-15: Bayesian Methods for Regression in R* (these two sessions are the same)

3. GSA POTLUCK AND POT PAINTING
Tuesday, Mar 1, 6:30-8:00pm, GLC Room G
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. Terra cotta pots, paints, and brushes will be provided, but feel free to bring your own paint or decorations to add to the rainbow of choices. All guests are asked to bring a dish to add to the collective dinner.  Be sure to wear clothes you can paint in!  As always, children, spouses, and friends are welcome. Please register if you are planning to attend. Questions: Amanda Cronin Rumore (VP of Programs).

4. INTERVIEWING SKILLS WORKSHOP

Wednesday, Mar 2, 5:30pm, Room F
Be prepared for initial screening interviews as well as on-site interviews. This seminar addresses interviewing basics, employer expectations, and insights into behavioral interviews. Brought to you by VT Career Services.

5. PLANT WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Mar 2, 6:30-7:30pm, GLC Room D
Take a plant home for Spring Break! Learn about different indoor plant propagation techniques, growing conditions and basic horticulture principles. Start your own herb garden and take cuttings from common indoor plant varieties. For more information, contact GLC Resident Fellow Scott Lail.

6. GRAD SCHOOL WOMEN’S CONNECT LUNCHEON

Thursday, Mar 3, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room G
The Graduate School invites you to join its Women’s Month Luncheon and share what topics you would like to discuss. Please register here if you plan to attend.

7. ENDNOTE WEBINAR
Thursday, Mar 3, 6:30-7:30pm
Rebecca Miller, Science Librarian, will be providing an introduction to the citation software Endnote. If you have ever been interested in learning the basics of Endnote or finding out more about this software, this is a great opportunity. The webinar will be offered online and can be watched from your computer anywhere where you have a good internet connection (you are welcome to use the computer lab in the GLC). If you are interested in participating, please sign up. More information about the webinar will follow to the e-mail that you provide on the survey.

8. NEW MEMBERS SOUGHT FOR AEL GRAD HONOR SOCIETY

Application are now accepted for Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) Graduate Honor Society, the only academic excellence and leadership honor society of graduate and professional school students. Graduate students may become members based on their academic achievements and leadership experiences. Apply by March 4, 2011. The induction ceremony for new members will take place during Graduate Education Week, March 21-25. Please contact Ganesh Balasubramanian with any questions.

9. ETHICAL DILEMMAS – SIGN UP NOW!

Come join a lively discussion about ethical dilemmas within and outside academe: test your sense of ethics, communication and critical thinking skills on Wednesday, Mar 16, 3:00-4:30pm in the GLC. You can participate as a team and compete in the Ethics Bowl, or as an audience member via Google Moderator. Bring your friends, bring a laptop or other mobile device, and discuss and resolve case-study-based ethical dilemmas with fellow students and faculty. You may sign up as a team of 3-4, as an individual and be assigned to a team, or as an audience member. Teams may include current VT students, faculty or staff, but team leaders must be graduate students. Register by Monday, Mar 14, 12:00 noon.

10. SPRING 2011 ART, PHOTO & WRITING CONTEST: FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD

The Graduate School invites submissions of food-themed art work, photography and as a new addition, written work, by graduate students for display in the GLC during Graduate Education Week 2011 and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art, photography, or written work) per graduate student. Submissions may depict anything related to food, including but not limited to growing, preparing, experimenting with, missing, consuming, sharing, and enjoying food. Submission deadline: Mar 16, 2011. Read more

11. GRAD ED WEEK 2011: REGISTER NOW FOR GRAD OLYMPICS

Put your wit, physical skills and team spirit to the test in a light-hearted competition among graduate student teams. Up to ten teams of 4-6 members may compete for great prizes. No prior experience necessary, but resourcefulness and knowledge of the GLC are a plus. All materials are provided. All teams must pre-register and wait for confirmation that their registration was accepted. To pre-register, fill out this survey. You will be notified if your registration is accepted. Teams will receive extra points for a creative team name, flag design and team cheer.

12. IDR HONOR SOCIETY CALLS FOR COMMUNICATION NETWORK PARTICIPANTS

As part of its launch, the Interdisciplinary Research (IDR) Honor Society intends to create a forum for open discussion of interdisciplinary issues. In conjunction with this forum, they hope to establish a list of contacts on their  website, which will serve as nodes of communication to facilitate interdisciplinary contact within the university. Students interested in participating will be a source of contact for others by either responding to questions directly or providing further direction to other resources. Please contact Risa Pesapane  with your contact information such as email, office location, area of expertise/department, and work phone (optional) if you are interested in being listed as part of the communication network. All disciplines are encouraged to apply!

13. ULAX IS COMING TO VT – SRPING MEN’S LACROSSE LEAGUE – 2nd posting

Graduate student Zach Geller invites you to join: cost per player: $115.00, which includes 6 regular season games and a playoff for the top teams (weather permitting); ULAX Jersey; photos and stats each week; professional referees; champions shirts for the winners; games played at VT’s SRA fields. Sign up deadline: Mar 12, 2011 ($25 late fee). First week starts Mar 20. Sign up fast! Space available for 8 teams! Email Zach Geller for more info or visit the league website.

14. DOCTORAL STUDENT PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SURVEY ON POST-PHD CAREER CHOICES – 2nd posting
Doctoral students are invited to participate in a short survey (approx. 10 min) on factors that influence post-PhD career choices. The information you provide on what will influence your career choice after completing your PhD will enable VT to better serve you as a valued professional. It will form the basis of some preliminary recommendations to improve PhD student experiences and professional preparation that will be shared with senior university leaders as well as President Steger. For more information and to complete the survey, follow this link. Contact Mike Garvin at garvin@vt.edu with any questions.

15. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MINDFULNESS STUDY – 3rd posting

Participants are sought for a mindfulness study aimed at increasing cardio-respiratory fitness in sedentary adults. Participants must be in good health (e.g. non-smoker, no history of diabetes, heart, liver, or pulmonary disease, no orthopedic injury or musculoskeletal disability), between the ages 18-64, and NOT engage in any regular physical activity (but willing to start!). Participation will involve weekly group workshop sessions over a 10-week period.  These workshops will use mindfulness practices to help increase your adherence to a fitness-based walking program. For more information, please call Emily Martin, MS at the Center for Research in Health Behavior with the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech, 231-8746 or email.

16. GET INVOLVED WITH LEANTEAM@VIRGINIATECH – 3rd posting
LeanTeam@VirginiaTech is recruiting and developing high performing, keen to learn to be lean students from across disciplines. You will get the chance to develop and run Lean workshops and summits for professionals from a broad range of organizations, participate in continuous improvement events, and undertake fun team events. If this is what you always wanted, then  contact the LeanTeam by email, or phone at 540-443-6688. Learn more>>.

17. FREE TAX ASSISTANCE FOR INCOME ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES

Wednesdays by appointment
Free tax assistance is available to eligible employees, including graduate assistants, by appointment every Wednesday afternoon through Apr 13. International student taxes are beyond the scope of this service, but tax software for international students is available through the Cranwell International Center. Visit this website  for details. 

18. GSA 27TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM: (RE)SEARCH: WHY IT MATTERS!
There are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved with the GSA Research Symposium:

  • Volunteer to review abstract submissions by completing this survey
  • Help the GSA recruit faculty judges for the event by completing this survey

The time commitment is low compared to the potential to share your prestigious research, win prize money within your category, and add a line to your CV for volunteering some of your time. Please contact Samantha Downey with any questions. 

19. TRAVEL FUND AND GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

The GSA’S Travel Fund (TFP) and Graduate Research Development Programs are competitive travel and research funding (reimbursement) opportunities administered by the GSA to support qualified travel and research and innovative ideas proposed by VT graduate students. Applications go through a rigorous review process. Visit  (TFP) OR (GRDP) to learn more about these opportunities. All questions should be directed to the TFP Chair, Courtney Gleason, or GRDP Chair, Ranjana Mehta.

20. UPCOMING EVENTS:

ETHICAL DILEMMAS – SIGN UP NOW!
Wednesday, Mar 16, 3:00-4:30pm in the GLC
Join a lively discussion about ethical dilemmas within and outside academe: test your sense of ethics, communication and critical thinking skills. You can participate as a team and compete in the Ethics Bowl, or as an audience member via Google Moderator. Bring your friends, bring a laptop or other mobile device, and discuss and resolve case-study-based ethical dilemmas with fellow students and faculty. You may sign up as a team of 3-4, as an individual and be assigned to a team, or as an audience member. Teams may include current VT students, faculty or staff, but team leaders must be graduate students. Register by Monday, Mar 14, 12:00 noon.

REGISTER NOW FOR CANCER RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
Friday, Apr 29, 9:00am-5:00pm
The Cancer Research Symposium serves as the first interdisciplinary cancer symposium at VT, providing an opportunity for faculty and graduate students to showcase their research. Invited speakers include leaders in the field of cancer research. There will be a poster session (lunch provided), which is open to graduate students involved in cancer research. The symposium will also include a survivors and advocates panel to allow the researchers to see the impact of their work. If interested, please register by March 15 (registration is free).

February 21-27, 2011

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career services walk-in advising: not available in the GLC for rest of Spring 2011; please visit the Career Services Center on weekdays 12:00-3:00pm
  • Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from G)
  • Writing support: Thursdays, 1:00-6:00pm, Video Conference Room

2. SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS FOR NON-STAT MAJORS: INTRO TO SAS PART I and II
Monday and Tuesday, Feb 21 and 22, 4:00-6:00pm, 3080 TORG
These two sessions provide an introduction to SAS statistical software for people who have little to no experience using SAS. Part 1 contains two sections: an introduction to the SAS environment, SAS programs and datasets and methods used to manipulate data, including combining and sub-setting data and the creation of new variables. Part 2 provides an overview of common procedures that can be used to summarize and analyze data, including those that generate descriptive statistics, plots, and frequency tables, and that analyze correlation, association, ANOVA, linear regression, and logistic regression. These courses will be conducted in a computer lab and attendees will program the SAS code along with the instructor. The Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) provides a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See LISA website for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Refreshments are provided at the end of each short course. All courses are from 4:00-6:00pm in 3080 TORG.
The rest of Spring 2011 Schedule:

  • Feb 28 and Mar 1: Introduction to R
  • Mar 14-15: Bayesian Methods for Regression in R* (these two sessions are the same)

3. VT GRADUATION FAIR
Wednesday, Feb 23, 11:30am-7:30pm, Holtzman Alumni Center
Get all your graduation needs at this fair, from caps and gowns, diploma frames to graduation announcements. Take a tour of the Holtzman Alumni Center and learn about all the programs and services that the Virginia Tech Alumni Association has to offer. Learn more about this program. The Alumni Association also offers post-graduation trips.

4. UPRISING IN THE MIDDLE EAST: MAKING SENSE OF HISTORY IN THE MAKING
Wednesday, Feb 23, 7:00pm, 130 Hahn Hall
A panel discussion with VT Faculty sponsored by: departments of Religion and Culture, Political Science, Economics, Science and technology in Society, The Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (ISCE), The Middle East Working Group, Center for Human-Computer Interaction, Iranian Society at Virginia Tech and Friends of Egypt. Contact graduate student Aida Farough if you have any questions.

5. LEARN TURKISH AT VT
Starting Thursday, Feb 24, 6:00pm, Cranwell International Center
Experienced teachers are offering Turkish language classes – brought to you by the Intercultural Understanding Club, a graduate student organization. You don’t need to know any Turkish to start Turkish classes. The Intercultural Understanding Club offers Turkish courses from elementary to advanced levels.
Spring program: One hour-long class per week, four classes in a month. For registration and questions, contact Haktan Suren.

6. GRAD STUDENT PREVIEW EVENT IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION

Thursday-Friday, Feb 24-25
The Department of Engineering Education invites prospective doctoral students for its preview event. Participants will have the opportunity to meet current graduate students and faculty, attend a weekly research seminar, and learn about the program curriculum, application processes, and research opportunities. Please direct questions to Whitney Hoskins, Graduate Coordinator, or 540/231-7359.

7. COMMUNITY VOICES: SPEAKERS WORTH HEARING
Thursday, Feb 24, 4:00pm, Lyric Theatre
Graduate students are invited to the first Community Voices presentation by Anthony Flaccavento, recipient of The Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World Award. Anthony will talk about "Economies, Community and Love: Renewing the American Dream from the Ground Up." The speaker will discuss how locally-led economies, resilient communities and love could provide the foundation for this new vision.  He is an organic farmer who was recognized with a Fellowship on National Food and Society Policy. Community Voices engages leaders from public, private, and non-profit sectors in sharing stories and insights about their creative leadership initiatives and innovative approaches to problem-solving. Speakers give concise, engaging talks, followed by dialogue with audience members. The presentations are video recorded and made available through a public website. If you have any questions about this event, contact Brendan Brink-Halloran, or Deepu George.

8. ENGINEERING EDUCATION GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
Friday, Feb 25
The Department of Engineering Education offers a 13-credit certificate for those graduate students interested in exploring teaching practices specific to engineering courses. This certificate is complementary to the Graduate School’s Future Professoriate Graduate Certificate. The PhD program seeks undergraduate and graduate students interested in rigorous research in engineering education, faculty positions in universities, pursuing careers in engineering policy, corporate training management, university assessment staff or administrative faculty. If interested in learning more about the certificate and PhD or participation in the recruitment day, please contact Whitney Hoskins.

9. LATEX WORKSHOP II.
Friday, Feb 25, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Room C
This workshop is a follow-up to the previous workshop to give advanced assistance with LaTeX, a type-setting program for creating professional scientific documents. It will cover document creation (document classes, the basic preamble, basic environments and sectioning) and tricks of using LaTeX at a more advanced level. The presentation will leave time for a Q&A session. Please register here if you are interested in attending. If you have any questions, please contact grad student presenter Darren Maczka.

10. MULTICULTURALS IN AGRICULTURE CELEBRATION
Friday, Feb 25, 6:30pm, Sharkey’s , 9:00pm in BreakZONE
Graduate student Keira Banks invites you to this celebration hosted by the MANRRS VT Chapter, in honor of multiculturals in agriculture. Join other multiculturals in CALS who are honored to be a part of the diversity in agriculture. Dinner social will start at Sharkey’s at 6:30pm; event will continue in the BreakZONE in Squires from 9:00pm. All majors are welcome! Pleaser register here. Contact Keira if you have any questions.

11. SPRING 2011 ART, PHOTO & WRITING CONTEST: FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD
The Graduate School invites submissions of food-themed art work, photography and as a new addition, written work, by graduate students for display in the GLC during Graduate Education Week 2011 and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art, photography, or written work) per graduate student. Submissions may depict anything related to food, including but not limited to growing, preparing, experimenting with, missing, consuming, sharing, and enjoying food. Submission deadline: Mar 16, 2011. Read more here

12. ULAX IS COMING TO VT – SRPING MEN’S LACROSSE LEAGUE
Graduate student Zach Geller invites you to join: cost per player: $115.00, which includes 6 regular season games and a playoff for the top teams (weather permitting); ULAX Jersey; photos and stats each week; professional referees; champions shirts for the winners; games played at VT’s SRA fields. Sign up deadline: Mar 12, 2011 ($25 late fee). First week starts Mar 20. Sign up fast! Space available for 8 teams! Email Zach Geller for more info or visit the project website.

13. NEW MEMBERS SOUGHT FOR AEL GRAD HONOR SOCIETY
Application is now open for AEL Grad Honor Society.  Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) is the academic excellence and leadership honor society of graduate and professional school students. Graduate students may become members based on their academic achievements and leadership experiences. Apply here by March 4, 2011. The induction ceremony for new members will take place during the Graduate Education Week at the Graduate School. Please contact Ganesh Balasubramanian  for any questions.

14. DOCTORAL STUDENT PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SURVEY ON POST-PHD CAREER CHOICES – 1st posting
Doctoral students are invited to participate in a short survey (approx. 10 min) on factors that influence post-PhD career choices. The information you provide on what will influence your career choice after completing your PhD will enable VT to better serve you as a valued professional. It will form the basis of some preliminary recommendations to improve PhD student experiences and professional preparation that will be shared with senior university leaders as well as President Steger. For more information and to complete the survey, follow this link. Contact Mike Garvin with any questions.

15. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MINDFULNESS STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are sought for a mindfulness study aimed at increasing cardio-respiratory fitness in sedentary adults. Participants must be in good health (e.g. non-smoker, no history of diabetes, heart, liver, or pulmonary disease, no orthopedic injury or musculoskeletal disability), between the ages 18-64, and NOT engage in any regular physical activity (but willing to start!). Participation will involve weekly group workshop sessions over a 10-week period.  These workshops will use mindfulness practices to help increase your adherence to a fitness-based walking program. For more information, please call Emily Martin, MS at the Center for Research in Health Behavior with the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech, 231-8746 or email.

16. GET INVOLVED WITH LEANTEAM@VIRGINIATECH – 2nd posting
LeanTeam@VirginiaTech is recruiting and developing high performing, keen to learn to be lean students from across disciplines. You will get the chance to develop and run Lean workshops and summits for professionals from a broad range of organizations, participate in continuous improvement events, and undertake fun team events. If this is what you always wanted, then  contact the LeanTeam by email, or phone at 540-443-6688. You can learn more here.

17. GSA 27TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM: (RE)SEARCH: WHY IT MATTERS!
There are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved with the GSA Research Symposium:
a) Submit an abstract: Feb 11-Feb 25 
b). Volunteer to review abstract submissions by completing this survey

c) Help the GSA recruit faculty judges for the event by completing this survey
The time commitment is low compared to the potential to share your prestigious research, win prize money within your category, and add a line to your CV for volunteering some of your time. Please contact Samantha Downey with any questions. 

18. TRAVEL FUND AND GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

The GSA’S Travel Fund (TFP) and Graduate Research Development Programs are competitive travel and research funding (reimbursement) opportunities administered by the GSA to support qualified travel and research and innovative ideas proposed by VT graduate students. Applications go through a rigorous review process. Visit  (TFP) or (GRDP) to learn more about these opportunities. All questions should be directed to the TFP Chair, Courtney Gleason, or GRDP Chair, Ranjana Mehta.

19. GRA OPENING FOR SPRING 2011-2012 – 3rd posting

Graduate Research Assistant is sought for Virginia Broadband Mapping and Planning project, funded by the Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration and managed by VT eCorridors and the Center for Geospatial Information Technology. The GRA will inventory, analyze, and model various aspects of statewide broadband infrastructure; participate in the research, development and maintenance of a comprehensive statewide data library that represents broadband availability, affordability and quality of service in Virginia through the use of existing data/base maps, supplemental data from private/public sector providers, third-party (independent) data collection and verification, survey research methods, and self-reporting Internet speed testing and mapping tools. Requirements: good organizational and communication skills and attention to detail. Preferred qualifications: experience with GIS software, data collection and management, and map preparation. Interested students, or their faculty advisors, should contact Jean Plymale at 231.2270. This position will remain open until filled.

20. UPCOMING EVENTS:

GSA POTLUCK AND POT PAINTING
Tuesday, Mar 1, 6:30-8:00pm, GLC Room G
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. Terra cotta pots, paints, and brushes will be provided, but feel free to bring your own paint or decorations to add to the rainbow of choices. All guests are asked to bring a dish to add to the collective dinner.  Be sure to wear clothes you can paint in!  As always, children, spouses, and friends are welcome. Please register here. Questions: Amanda Cronin Rumore (VP of Programs).

PLANT WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Mar 2, 6:30-7:30pm, GLC Room D
Take a plant home for Spring Break! Learn about different indoor plant propagation techniques, growing conditions and basic horticulture principles. Start your own herb garden and take cuttings from common indoor plant varieties. For more information, contact GLC Resident Fellow Scott Lail.

ETHICS BOWL 2011-sign up now
Test your sense of ethics, communication and critical thinking skills during the 4th annual Ethics Bowl organized by the Graduate School. Consider, discuss and resolve case-study-based ethical dilemmas with fellow students and faculty on Wednesday, Mar 16, 3:00-4:30pm in GLC Room G. You may sign up as a team of 3-4, or as an individual and be assigned to a team by the organizers, or you may attend as an audience member. Teams may include current VT students, faculty or staff, but team leaders must be graduate students. Register here by Monday, Mar 14, 12:00 noon.

REGISTER NOW FOR CANCER RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
Friday, Apr 29, 9:00am-5:00pm
The Cancer Research Symposium serves as the first interdisciplinary cancer symposium at VT, providing an opportunity for faculty and graduate students to showcase their research. Invited speakers include leaders in the field of cancer research. There will be a poster session (lunch provided), which is open to graduate students involved in cancer research. The symposium will also include a survivors and advocates panel to allow the researchers to see the impact of their work. If interested, please register by March 15 (registration is free).

February 21-27, 2011

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career services walk-in advising: not available in the GLC for rest of Spring 2011; please visit the Career Services Center on weekdays 12:00-3:00pm
  • Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from G)
  • Writing support: Thursdays, 1:00-6:00pm, Video Conference Room

2. SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS FOR NON-STAT MAJORS: INTRO TO SAS PART I and II
Monday and Tuesday, Feb 21 and 22, 4:00-6:00pm, 3080 TORG
These two sessions provide an introduction to SAS statistical software for people who have little to no experience using SAS. Part 1 contains two sections: an introduction to the SAS environment, SAS programs and datasets and methods used to manipulate data, including combining and sub-setting data and the creation of new variables. Part 2 provides an overview of common procedures that can be used to summarize and analyze data, including those that generate descriptive statistics, plots, and frequency tables, and that analyze correlation, association, ANOVA, linear regression, and logistic regression. These courses will be conducted in a computer lab and attendees will program the SAS code along with the instructor. The Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) provides a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See LISA website for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Refreshments are provided at the end of each short course. All courses are from 4:00-6:00pm in 3080 TORG.
The rest of Spring 2011 Schedule:

  • Feb 28 and Mar 1: Introduction to R
  • Mar 14-15: Bayesian Methods for Regression in R* (these two sessions are the same)

3. VT GRADUATION FAIR
Wednesday, Feb 23, 11:30am-7:30pm, Holtzman Alumni Center
Get all your graduation needs at this fair, from caps and gowns, diploma frames to graduation announcements. Take a tour of the Holtzman Alumni Center and learn about all the programs and services that the Virginia Tech Alumni Association has to offer. Learn more about this program. The Alumni Association also offers post-graduation trips.

4. UPRISING IN THE MIDDLE EAST: MAKING SENSE OF HISTORY IN THE MAKING
Wednesday, Feb 23, 7:00pm, 130 Hahn Hall
A panel discussion with VT Faculty sponsored by: departments of Religion and Culture, Political Science, Economics, Science and technology in Society, The Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (ISCE), The Middle East Working Group, Center for Human-Computer Interaction, Iranian Society at Virginia Tech and Friends of Egypt. Contact graduate student Aida Farough if you have any questions.

5. LEARN TURKISH AT VT
Starting Thursday, Feb 24, 6:00pm, Cranwell International Center
Experienced teachers are offering Turkish language classes – brought to you by the Intercultural Understanding Club, a graduate student organization. You don’t need to know any Turkish to start Turkish classes. The Intercultural Understanding Club offers Turkish courses from elementary to advanced levels.
Spring program: One hour-long class per week, four classes in a month. For registration and questions, contact Haktan Suren.

6. GRAD STUDENT PREVIEW EVENT IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION

Thursday-Friday, Feb 24-25
The Department of Engineering Education invites prospective doctoral students for its preview event. Participants will have the opportunity to meet current graduate students and faculty, attend a weekly research seminar, and learn about the program curriculum, application processes, and research opportunities. Please direct questions to Whitney Hoskins, Graduate Coordinator, or 540/231-7359.

7. COMMUNITY VOICES: SPEAKERS WORTH HEARING
Thursday, Feb 24, 4:00pm, Lyric Theatre
Graduate students are invited to the first Community Voices presentation by Anthony Flaccavento, recipient of The Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World Award. Anthony will talk about "Economies, Community and Love: Renewing the American Dream from the Ground Up." The speaker will discuss how locally-led economies, resilient communities and love could provide the foundation for this new vision.  He is an organic farmer who was recognized with a Fellowship on National Food and Society Policy. Community Voices engages leaders from public, private, and non-profit sectors in sharing stories and insights about their creative leadership initiatives and innovative approaches to problem-solving. Speakers give concise, engaging talks, followed by dialogue with audience members. The presentations are video recorded and made available through a public website. If you have any questions about this event, contact Brendan Brink-Halloran, or Deepu George.

8. ENGINEERING EDUCATION GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
Friday, Feb 25
The Department of Engineering Education offers a 13-credit certificate for those graduate students interested in exploring teaching practices specific to engineering courses. This certificate is complementary to the Graduate School’s Future Professoriate Graduate Certificate. The PhD program seeks undergraduate and graduate students interested in rigorous research in engineering education, faculty positions in universities, pursuing careers in engineering policy, corporate training management, university assessment staff or administrative faculty. If interested in learning more about the certificate and PhD or participation in the recruitment day, please contact Whitney Hoskins.

9. LATEX WORKSHOP II.
Friday, Feb 25, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Room C
This workshop is a follow-up to the previous workshop to give advanced assistance with LaTeX, a type-setting program for creating professional scientific documents. It will cover document creation (document classes, the basic preamble, basic environments and sectioning) and tricks of using LaTeX at a more advanced level. The presentation will leave time for a Q&A session. Please register here if you are interested in attending. If you have any questions, please contact grad student presenter Darren Maczka.

10. MULTICULTURALS IN AGRICULTURE CELEBRATION
Friday, Feb 25, 6:30pm, Sharkey’s , 9:00pm in BreakZONE
Graduate student Keira Banks invites you to this celebration hosted by the MANRRS VT Chapter, in honor of multiculturals in agriculture. Join other multiculturals in CALS who are honored to be a part of the diversity in agriculture. Dinner social will start at Sharkey’s at 6:30pm; event will continue in the BreakZONE in Squires from 9:00pm. All majors are welcome! Pleaser register here. Contact Keira if you have any questions.

11. SPRING 2011 ART, PHOTO & WRITING CONTEST: FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD
The Graduate School invites submissions of food-themed art work, photography and as a new addition, written work, by graduate students for display in the GLC during Graduate Education Week 2011 and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art, photography, or written work) per graduate student. Submissions may depict anything related to food, including but not limited to growing, preparing, experimenting with, missing, consuming, sharing, and enjoying food. Submission deadline: Mar 16, 2011. Read more here

12. ULAX IS COMING TO VT – SRPING MEN’S LACROSSE LEAGUE
Graduate student Zach Geller invites you to join: cost per player: $115.00, which includes 6 regular season games and a playoff for the top teams (weather permitting); ULAX Jersey; photos and stats each week; professional referees; champions shirts for the winners; games played at VT’s SRA fields. Sign up deadline: Mar 12, 2011 ($25 late fee). First week starts Mar 20. Sign up fast! Space available for 8 teams! Email Zach Geller for more info or visit the project website.

13. NEW MEMBERS SOUGHT FOR AEL GRAD HONOR SOCIETY
Application is now open for AEL Grad Honor Society.  Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) is the academic excellence and leadership honor society of graduate and professional school students. Graduate students may become members based on their academic achievements and leadership experiences. Apply here by March 4, 2011. The induction ceremony for new members will take place during the Graduate Education Week at the Graduate School. Please contact Ganesh Balasubramanian  for any questions.

14. DOCTORAL STUDENT PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SURVEY ON POST-PHD CAREER CHOICES – 1st posting
Doctoral students are invited to participate in a short survey (approx. 10 min) on factors that influence post-PhD career choices. The information you provide on what will influence your career choice after completing your PhD will enable VT to better serve you as a valued professional. It will form the basis of some preliminary recommendations to improve PhD student experiences and professional preparation that will be shared with senior university leaders as well as President Steger. For more information and to complete the survey, follow this link. Contact Mike Garvin with any questions.

15. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MINDFULNESS STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are sought for a mindfulness study aimed at increasing cardio-respiratory fitness in sedentary adults. Participants must be in good health (e.g. non-smoker, no history of diabetes, heart, liver, or pulmonary disease, no orthopedic injury or musculoskeletal disability), between the ages 18-64, and NOT engage in any regular physical activity (but willing to start!). Participation will involve weekly group workshop sessions over a 10-week period.  These workshops will use mindfulness practices to help increase your adherence to a fitness-based walking program. For more information, please call Emily Martin, MS at the Center for Research in Health Behavior with the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech, 231-8746 or email.

16. GET INVOLVED WITH LEANTEAM@VIRGINIATECH – 2nd posting
LeanTeam@VirginiaTech is recruiting and developing high performing, keen to learn to be lean students from across disciplines. You will get the chance to develop and run Lean workshops and summits for professionals from a broad range of organizations, participate in continuous improvement events, and undertake fun team events. If this is what you always wanted, then  contact the LeanTeam by email, or phone at 540-443-6688. You can learn more here.

17. GSA 27TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM: (RE)SEARCH: WHY IT MATTERS!
There are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved with the GSA Research Symposium:
a) Submit an abstract: Feb 11-Feb 25 
b). Volunteer to review abstract submissions by completing this survey

c) Help the GSA recruit faculty judges for the event by completing this survey
The time commitment is low compared to the potential to share your prestigious research, win prize money within your category, and add a line to your CV for volunteering some of your time. Please contact Samantha Downey with any questions. 

18. TRAVEL FUND AND GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

The GSA’S Travel Fund (TFP) and Graduate Research Development Programs are competitive travel and research funding (reimbursement) opportunities administered by the GSA to support qualified travel and research and innovative ideas proposed by VT graduate students. Applications go through a rigorous review process. Visit  (TFP) or (GRDP) to learn more about these opportunities. All questions should be directed to the TFP Chair, Courtney Gleason, or GRDP Chair, Ranjana Mehta.

19. GRA OPENING FOR SPRING 2011-2012 – 3rd posting

Graduate Research Assistant is sought for Virginia Broadband Mapping and Planning project, funded by the Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration and managed by VT eCorridors and the Center for Geospatial Information Technology. The GRA will inventory, analyze, and model various aspects of statewide broadband infrastructure; participate in the research, development and maintenance of a comprehensive statewide data library that represents broadband availability, affordability and quality of service in Virginia through the use of existing data/base maps, supplemental data from private/public sector providers, third-party (independent) data collection and verification, survey research methods, and self-reporting Internet speed testing and mapping tools. Requirements: good organizational and communication skills and attention to detail. Preferred qualifications: experience with GIS software, data collection and management, and map preparation. Interested students, or their faculty advisors, should contact Jean Plymale at 231.2270. This position will remain open until filled.

20. UPCOMING EVENTS:

GSA POTLUCK AND POT PAINTING
Tuesday, Mar 1, 6:30-8:00pm, GLC Room G
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. Terra cotta pots, paints, and brushes will be provided, but feel free to bring your own paint or decorations to add to the rainbow of choices. All guests are asked to bring a dish to add to the collective dinner.  Be sure to wear clothes you can paint in!  As always, children, spouses, and friends are welcome. Please register here. Questions: Amanda Cronin Rumore (VP of Programs).

PLANT WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Mar 2, 6:30-7:30pm, GLC Room D
Take a plant home for Spring Break! Learn about different indoor plant propagation techniques, growing conditions and basic horticulture principles. Start your own herb garden and take cuttings from common indoor plant varieties. For more information, contact GLC Resident Fellow Scott Lail.

ETHICS BOWL 2011-sign up now
Test your sense of ethics, communication and critical thinking skills during the 4th annual Ethics Bowl organized by the Graduate School. Consider, discuss and resolve case-study-based ethical dilemmas with fellow students and faculty on Wednesday, Mar 16, 3:00-4:30pm in GLC Room G. You may sign up as a team of 3-4, or as an individual and be assigned to a team by the organizers, or you may attend as an audience member. Teams may include current VT students, faculty or staff, but team leaders must be graduate students. Register here by Monday, Mar 14, 12:00 noon.

REGISTER NOW FOR CANCER RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
Friday, Apr 29, 9:00am-5:00pm
The Cancer Research Symposium serves as the first interdisciplinary cancer symposium at VT, providing an opportunity for faculty and graduate students to showcase their research. Invited speakers include leaders in the field of cancer research. There will be a poster session (lunch provided), which is open to graduate students involved in cancer research. The symposium will also include a survivors and advocates panel to allow the researchers to see the impact of their work. If interested, please register by March 15 (registration is free).

February 14-20, 2011

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career services walk-in advising: not available in the GLC for rest of Spring 2011; please visit the Career Services Center on weekdays 12:00-3:00pm
  • Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from G)
  • Writing support: Thursdays, 1:00-6:00pm, Video Conference Room

2. AAUW: “POWERFUL PRESENCE” BROWNBAG LUNCH
Tuesday, Feb 15, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Join the newly formed VT chapter of American Association of University Women as they launch their new Blacksburg branch.  Dr. Christine Fiori will lead a session on “Intuition –  Learning to Connect to the Powerful Voice Within.” Come explore simple and effective ways to reconnect to your intuition. For more information, please contact  Trish Connor at pmcon51@vt.edu. Visit the new AAUW chapter’s Facebook page.

3. FIWGSA PRESENTS: TREES, ADELGIDS, DEER RODENTS, FUNGI, AND PIGS – THE ANATOMY OF A PATAGONIAN INVASION
Tuesday, Feb 15, 3:30pm, Brush Mountain A, Squires
The Fisheries and Wildlife Graduate Student Association invites you to the seminar of Dr. Dan Simberloff. Arrive early for good seating. For more information on Dr. Simberloff and his research, please visit his website. Contact Dan Stich with questions or helpful suggestions.

4. SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS FOR NON-STAT MAJORS: REGRESSION
Tuesday, Feb 15, 4:00-6:00pm, Fralin Auditorium
Instructor: Jennifer Kensler. This short course provides an introduction to simple linear regression, multiple linear regression, and regression with categorical variables. 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. The Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) provides a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. Visit LISA for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Refreshments are provided at the end of each short course. All courses are from 4:00-6:00pm in Fralin Auditorium.
The rest of Spring 2011 Schedule:
– Monday & Tuesday, Feb 21-22: Intro to SAS* (these two sessions are the same)
– Tuesday, Mar 1: Analyzing Non-Normal Data Using Generalized Linear Models
– Monday & Tuesday, Mar 14-15: Bayesian Methods for Regression in R* (these two sessions are the same)

5. CAREER FAIR PREPARATION FOR GRADS
Wednesday, Feb 16, 5:30pm in Room F
Employers are interested in talking with graduate students, especially at the master’s level. Do you know how to present yourself to an employer at a job fair? What to ask? What they’ll expect? Attend this seminar and learn a few tricks. Visit Career Services to find out about upcoming job fairs.

6. ETD WORKSHOP SERIES: COPYRIGHT

Wednesday, Feb 16, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Room G
Gail McMillan of University Libraries will discuss copyright, permissions and representing other author’s works in your ETD. This workshop series is brought to you by the Graduate School. For more information contact Janice Austin.

7. FREE TAX ASSISTANCE FOR INCOME ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES
Wednesdays by appointment
Free tax assistance is available to eligible employees, including graduate assistants, by appointment every Wednesday afternoon through Apr 13. International student taxes are beyond the scope of this service, but tax software for international students is available through the Cranwell International Center. Visit the Work//Life office website for details. 

8. SPRING 2011 ART, PHOTO & WRITING CONTEST: FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD

The Graduate School invites submissions of food-themed art work, photography and as a new addition, written work, by graduate students for display in the GLC during Graduate Education Week 2011 and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art, photography, or written work) per graduate student. Submissions may depict anything related to food, including but not limited to growing, preparing, experimenting with, missing, consuming, sharing, and enjoying food. Submission deadline: Mar 16, 2011. Read more>>. 

9. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MINDFULNESS STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are sought for a mindfulness study aimed at increasing cardio-respiratory fitness in sedentary adults. Participants must be in good health (e.g. non-smoker, no history of diabetes, heart, liver, or pulmonary disease, no orthopedic injury or musculoskeletal disability), between the ages 18-64, and NOT engage in any regular physical activity (but willing to start!). Participation will involve weekly group workshop sessions over a 10-week period.  These workshops will use mindfulness practices to help increase your adherence to a fitness-based walking program. For more information, please call Emily Martin, MS at the Center for Research in Health Behavior with the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech, 231-8746 or email.

10. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a study investigating the effects of job rotation on muscle fatigue and performance. The study consists of 6 separate experimental sessions (each lasting 2 hours) and one screening session. Participants will be compensated $10/hour with a $10 bonus after completing all sessions. Requirements: female, age 18-25, low body fat, right handed, 20/20 vision (corrected okay), no recent history of musculoskeletal disorders, and exercise 2-3 times per week (including weight lifting). If interested, please contact Leanna Horton.

11. GET INVOLVED WITH LEANTEAM@VIRGINIATECH

LeanTeam@VirginiaTech is recruiting and developing high performing, keen to learn to be lean students from across disciplines. You will get the chance to develop and run Lean workshops and summits for professionals from a broad range of organizations, participate in continuous improvement events, and undertake fun team events. If this is what you always wanted, then  contact the LeanTeam by email, or phone at 540-443-6688. You can learn more here.

12. GSA 27TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM: (RE)SEARCH: WHY IT MATTERS!
There are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved with the GSA Research Symposium:
1. Submit an abstract: Feb 11-Feb 25
2. Volunteer to review abstract submissions by completing this survey
3. Help the GSA recruit faculty judges for the event by completing this survey
The time commitment is low compared to the potential to share your prestigious research, win prize money within your category, and add a line to your CV for volunteering some of your time. Please contact Samantha Downey  with any questions. 

13. APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY
After a semester of continuous work, a group of VT graduate students are officially launching the nation’s first chapter of the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society, Iota Delta Rho. Membership applications are now being accepted, and everyone pursuing interdisciplinary research is strongly encouraged to apply. Download application documents and instructions. Applications are due by Friday, Feb 18, via email to Tammy E. Parece at tammyep@vt.edu. For further information about Iota Delta Rho, please check the website.

14. TRAVEL FUND AND GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
The GSA’S Travel Fund (TFP) and Graduate Research Development Programs are competitive travel and research funding (reimbursement) opportunities administered by the GSA to support qualified travel and research and innovative ideas proposed by VT graduate students. Applications go through a rigorous review process. Visit  (TFP) or  (GRDP) to learn more about these opportunities. All questions should be directed to the TFP Chair, Courtney Gleason, or GRDP Chair, Ranjana Mehta.

15. STUDENT CONDUCT OFFICE SEEKING STUDENT LEADERS – 3rd posting
Student Conduct is currently looking for qualified students to serve on the 2011-2012 Student Conduct Committee, a panel of students who determine if an accused studentorganization is responsible for a non-academic policy violation and if so, determine sanctions. Students are encouraged to apply if they are responsible, open minded, professional, mature, a team player, and able to deal with ambiguity. Applicants should also have a positive attitude, solid problem solving skills, integrity, and understanding and appreciation of the VT Principles of Community, the student population and institutional culture. Applications are available online at www.studentconduct.vt.edu. For more information, visit www.studentconduct.vt.edu or call 231-3790. Candidates must complete and return an application to Student Conduct no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, Feb 25, 2011.

16. GRA OPENING FOR SPRING 2011-2012 – 2nd posting
Graduate Research Assistant is sought for Virginia Broadband Mapping and Planning project, funded by the Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration and managed by VT eCorridors and the Center for Geospatial Information Technology. The GRA will inventory, analyze, and model various aspects of statewide broadband infrastructure; participate in the research, development and maintenance of a comprehensive statewide data library that represents broadband availability, affordability and quality of service in Virginia through the use of existing data/base maps, supplemental data from private/public sector providers, third-party (independent) data collection and verification, survey research methods, and self-reporting Internet speed testing and mapping tools. Requirements: good organizational and communication skills and attention to detail. Preferred qualifications: experience with GIS software, data collection and management, and map preparation. Interested students, or their faculty advisors, should contact Jean Plymale at 231.2270. This position will remain open until filled.

17. GOVERNOR’S FELLOWS PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS NOW – 2nd and final posting
This program offers an opportunity to experience first-hand the administration of state government in Virginia. Qualified applicants must be college seniors or enrolled as degree-seeking graduate students in a VA university and have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in academics, proven leadership ability, and involvement in extracurricular activities and community service. The program runs Jun 6-Aug 5, 2011. The VP for Student Affairs offers a $2,000 stipend to any VT student who is selected for this fellowship. Application deadline: Feb 15. Learn more >>.

18. GLC RESIDENT FELLOW POSITIONS OPEN FOR 2011-12 – final posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking motivated graduate students to live in the GLC and take on Residence Life and programming duties. An ideal candidate would have previous Residence Life and/or event planning experience. Compensation includes a free room in the GLC, a monthly stipend and a partial tuition waiver. Application materials must be turned in to the Graduate Student Services office (110 GLC – Lauren Surface) by 5:00PM on Friday, Feb 18, 2011.  For more information, contact Katie Martin at 231-5691, ktgreen@vt.edu or Lauren Surface at 231-9561, lkeister@vt.edu. Download the application.

19. UPCOMING EVENTS:

VT GRADUATION FAIR

Wednesday, Feb 23, 11:30am-7:30pm, Holtzman Alumni Center
Get all your graduation needs at this fair, from caps and gowns, diploma frames to graduation announcements. Take a tour of the Holtzman Alumni Center and learn about all the programs and services that the Virginia Tech Alumni Association has to offer. Learn more about this program at http://www.alumni.vt.edu/gradfair. The Alumni Association also offers post-graduation trips: http://www.alumni.vt.edu/gradtrip.

LEARN TURKISH AT VT
Starting Thursday, Feb 24, 6:00pm, Cranwell International Center
Experienced teachers are offering Turkish language classes – brought to you by the Intercultural Understanding Club, a graduate student organization. You don’t need to know any Turkish to start Turkish classes. The Intercultural Understanding Club offers Turkish courses from elementary to advanced levels. Spring program: One hour-long class per week, four classes in a month. For registration and questions, contact Haktan Suren, hsuren@vt.edu

GRAD STUDENT PREVIEW EVENT IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION

Thursday-Friday, Feb 24-25
The Department of Engineering Education invites prospective doctoral students for its preview event. Participants will have the opportunity to meet current graduate students and faculty, attend a weekly research seminar, and learn about the program curriculum, application processes, and research opportunities. Please direct questions to Whitney Hoskins, Graduate Coordinator, at whoskins@vt.edu or 540/231-7359."

COMMUNITY VOICES: SPEAKERS WORTH HEARING
Thursday, Feb 24, 4:00pm, Lyric Theatre
Graduate students are invited to the first Community Voices presentation by Anthony Flaccavento, recipient of The Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World Award. Anthony will talk about "Economies, Community and Love: Renewing the American Dream from the Ground Up." The speaker will discuss how locally-led economies, resilient communities and love could provide the foundation for this new vision.  He is an organic farmer who was recognized by the Kellogg Foundation with a Fellowship on National Food and Society Policy. If you have any questions about this event, contact Brendan Brink-Halloran at bbrink42@vt.edu.

REGISTER NOW FOR CANCER RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

Friday, Apr 29, 9:00am-5:00pm
The Cancer Research Symposium serves as the first interdisciplinary cancer symposium at VT, providing an opportunity for faculty and graduate students to showcase their research. Invited speakers include leaders in the field of cancer research. There will be a poster session (lunch provided), which is open to graduate students involved in cancer research. The symposium will also include a survivors and advocates panel to allow the researchers to see the impact of their work. If interested, please register by March 15 (registration is free).

February 14-20, 2011

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career services walk-in advising: not available in the GLC for rest of Spring 2011; please visit the Career Services Center on weekdays 12:00-3:00pm
  • Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from G)
  • Writing support: Thursdays, 1:00-6:00pm, Video Conference Room

2. AAUW: “POWERFUL PRESENCE” BROWNBAG LUNCH
Tuesday, Feb 15, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Join the newly formed VT chapter of American Association of University Women as they launch their new Blacksburg branch.  Dr. Christine Fiori will lead a session on “Intuition –  Learning to Connect to the Powerful Voice Within.” Come explore simple and effective ways to reconnect to your intuition. For more information, please contact  Trish Connor at pmcon51@vt.edu. Visit the new AAUW chapter’s Facebook page.

3. FIWGSA PRESENTS: TREES, ADELGIDS, DEER RODENTS, FUNGI, AND PIGS – THE ANATOMY OF A PATAGONIAN INVASION
Tuesday, Feb 15, 3:30pm, Brush Mountain A, Squires
The Fisheries and Wildlife Graduate Student Association invites you to the seminar of Dr. Dan Simberloff. Arrive early for good seating. For more information on Dr. Simberloff and his research, please visit his website. Contact Dan Stich with questions or helpful suggestions.

4. SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS FOR NON-STAT MAJORS: REGRESSION
Tuesday, Feb 15, 4:00-6:00pm, Fralin Auditorium
Instructor: Jennifer Kensler. This short course provides an introduction to simple linear regression, multiple linear regression, and regression with categorical variables. 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. The Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) provides a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. Visit LISA for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Refreshments are provided at the end of each short course. All courses are from 4:00-6:00pm in Fralin Auditorium.
The rest of Spring 2011 Schedule:
– Monday & Tuesday, Feb 21-22: Intro to SAS* (these two sessions are the same)
– Tuesday, Mar 1: Analyzing Non-Normal Data Using Generalized Linear Models
– Monday & Tuesday, Mar 14-15: Bayesian Methods for Regression in R* (these two sessions are the same)

5. CAREER FAIR PREPARATION FOR GRADS
Wednesday, Feb 16, 5:30pm in Room F
Employers are interested in talking with graduate students, especially at the master’s level. Do you know how to present yourself to an employer at a job fair? What to ask? What they’ll expect? Attend this seminar and learn a few tricks. Visit Career Services to find out about upcoming job fairs.

6. ETD WORKSHOP SERIES: COPYRIGHT

Wednesday, Feb 16, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Room G
Gail McMillan of University Libraries will discuss copyright, permissions and representing other author’s works in your ETD. This workshop series is brought to you by the Graduate School. For more information contact Janice Austin.

7. FREE TAX ASSISTANCE FOR INCOME ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES
Wednesdays by appointment
Free tax assistance is available to eligible employees, including graduate assistants, by appointment every Wednesday afternoon through Apr 13. International student taxes are beyond the scope of this service, but tax software for international students is available through the Cranwell International Center. Visit the Work//Life office website for details. 

8. SPRING 2011 ART, PHOTO & WRITING CONTEST: FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD

The Graduate School invites submissions of food-themed art work, photography and as a new addition, written work, by graduate students for display in the GLC during Graduate Education Week 2011 and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art, photography, or written work) per graduate student. Submissions may depict anything related to food, including but not limited to growing, preparing, experimenting with, missing, consuming, sharing, and enjoying food. Submission deadline: Mar 16, 2011. Read more>>. 

9. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MINDFULNESS STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are sought for a mindfulness study aimed at increasing cardio-respiratory fitness in sedentary adults. Participants must be in good health (e.g. non-smoker, no history of diabetes, heart, liver, or pulmonary disease, no orthopedic injury or musculoskeletal disability), between the ages 18-64, and NOT engage in any regular physical activity (but willing to start!). Participation will involve weekly group workshop sessions over a 10-week period.  These workshops will use mindfulness practices to help increase your adherence to a fitness-based walking program. For more information, please call Emily Martin, MS at the Center for Research in Health Behavior with the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech, 231-8746 or email.

10. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a study investigating the effects of job rotation on muscle fatigue and performance. The study consists of 6 separate experimental sessions (each lasting 2 hours) and one screening session. Participants will be compensated $10/hour with a $10 bonus after completing all sessions. Requirements: female, age 18-25, low body fat, right handed, 20/20 vision (corrected okay), no recent history of musculoskeletal disorders, and exercise 2-3 times per week (including weight lifting). If interested, please contact Leanna Horton.

11. GET INVOLVED WITH LEANTEAM@VIRGINIATECH

LeanTeam@VirginiaTech is recruiting and developing high performing, keen to learn to be lean students from across disciplines. You will get the chance to develop and run Lean workshops and summits for professionals from a broad range of organizations, participate in continuous improvement events, and undertake fun team events. If this is what you always wanted, then  contact the LeanTeam by email, or phone at 540-443-6688. You can learn more here.

12. GSA 27TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM: (RE)SEARCH: WHY IT MATTERS!
There are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved with the GSA Research Symposium:
1. Submit an abstract: Feb 11-Feb 25
2. Volunteer to review abstract submissions by completing this survey
3. Help the GSA recruit faculty judges for the event by completing this survey
The time commitment is low compared to the potential to share your prestigious research, win prize money within your category, and add a line to your CV for volunteering some of your time. Please contact Samantha Downey  with any questions. 

13. APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY
After a semester of continuous work, a group of VT graduate students are officially launching the nation’s first chapter of the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society, Iota Delta Rho. Membership applications are now being accepted, and everyone pursuing interdisciplinary research is strongly encouraged to apply. Download application documents and instructions. Applications are due by Friday, Feb 18, via email to Tammy E. Parece at tammyep@vt.edu. For further information about Iota Delta Rho, please check the website.

14. TRAVEL FUND AND GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
The GSA’S Travel Fund (TFP) and Graduate Research Development Programs are competitive travel and research funding (reimbursement) opportunities administered by the GSA to support qualified travel and research and innovative ideas proposed by VT graduate students. Applications go through a rigorous review process. Visit  (TFP) or  (GRDP) to learn more about these opportunities. All questions should be directed to the TFP Chair, Courtney Gleason, or GRDP Chair, Ranjana Mehta.

15. STUDENT CONDUCT OFFICE SEEKING STUDENT LEADERS – 3rd posting
Student Conduct is currently looking for qualified students to serve on the 2011-2012 Student Conduct Committee, a panel of students who determine if an accused studentorganization is responsible for a non-academic policy violation and if so, determine sanctions. Students are encouraged to apply if they are responsible, open minded, professional, mature, a team player, and able to deal with ambiguity. Applicants should also have a positive attitude, solid problem solving skills, integrity, and understanding and appreciation of the VT Principles of Community, the student population and institutional culture. Applications are available online at www.studentconduct.vt.edu. For more information, visit www.studentconduct.vt.edu or call 231-3790. Candidates must complete and return an application to Student Conduct no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, Feb 25, 2011.

16. GRA OPENING FOR SPRING 2011-2012 – 2nd posting
Graduate Research Assistant is sought for Virginia Broadband Mapping and Planning project, funded by the Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration and managed by VT eCorridors and the Center for Geospatial Information Technology. The GRA will inventory, analyze, and model various aspects of statewide broadband infrastructure; participate in the research, development and maintenance of a comprehensive statewide data library that represents broadband availability, affordability and quality of service in Virginia through the use of existing data/base maps, supplemental data from private/public sector providers, third-party (independent) data collection and verification, survey research methods, and self-reporting Internet speed testing and mapping tools. Requirements: good organizational and communication skills and attention to detail. Preferred qualifications: experience with GIS software, data collection and management, and map preparation. Interested students, or their faculty advisors, should contact Jean Plymale at 231.2270. This position will remain open until filled.

17. GOVERNOR’S FELLOWS PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS NOW – 2nd and final posting
This program offers an opportunity to experience first-hand the administration of state government in Virginia. Qualified applicants must be college seniors or enrolled as degree-seeking graduate students in a VA university and have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in academics, proven leadership ability, and involvement in extracurricular activities and community service. The program runs Jun 6-Aug 5, 2011. The VP for Student Affairs offers a $2,000 stipend to any VT student who is selected for this fellowship. Application deadline: Feb 15. Learn more >>.

18. GLC RESIDENT FELLOW POSITIONS OPEN FOR 2011-12 – final posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking motivated graduate students to live in the GLC and take on Residence Life and programming duties. An ideal candidate would have previous Residence Life and/or event planning experience. Compensation includes a free room in the GLC, a monthly stipend and a partial tuition waiver. Application materials must be turned in to the Graduate Student Services office (110 GLC – Lauren Surface) by 5:00PM on Friday, Feb 18, 2011.  For more information, contact Katie Martin at 231-5691, ktgreen@vt.edu or Lauren Surface at 231-9561, lkeister@vt.edu. Download the application.

19. UPCOMING EVENTS:

VT GRADUATION FAIR

Wednesday, Feb 23, 11:30am-7:30pm, Holtzman Alumni Center
Get all your graduation needs at this fair, from caps and gowns, diploma frames to graduation announcements. Take a tour of the Holtzman Alumni Center and learn about all the programs and services that the Virginia Tech Alumni Association has to offer. Learn more about this program at http://www.alumni.vt.edu/gradfair. The Alumni Association also offers post-graduation trips: http://www.alumni.vt.edu/gradtrip.

LEARN TURKISH AT VT
Starting Thursday, Feb 24, 6:00pm, Cranwell International Center
Experienced teachers are offering Turkish language classes – brought to you by the Intercultural Understanding Club, a graduate student organization. You don’t need to know any Turkish to start Turkish classes. The Intercultural Understanding Club offers Turkish courses from elementary to advanced levels. Spring program: One hour-long class per week, four classes in a month. For registration and questions, contact Haktan Suren, hsuren@vt.edu

GRAD STUDENT PREVIEW EVENT IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION

Thursday-Friday, Feb 24-25
The Department of Engineering Education invites prospective doctoral students for its preview event. Participants will have the opportunity to meet current graduate students and faculty, attend a weekly research seminar, and learn about the program curriculum, application processes, and research opportunities. Please direct questions to Whitney Hoskins, Graduate Coordinator, at whoskins@vt.edu or 540/231-7359."

COMMUNITY VOICES: SPEAKERS WORTH HEARING
Thursday, Feb 24, 4:00pm, Lyric Theatre
Graduate students are invited to the first Community Voices presentation by Anthony Flaccavento, recipient of The Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World Award. Anthony will talk about "Economies, Community and Love: Renewing the American Dream from the Ground Up." The speaker will discuss how locally-led economies, resilient communities and love could provide the foundation for this new vision.  He is an organic farmer who was recognized by the Kellogg Foundation with a Fellowship on National Food and Society Policy. If you have any questions about this event, contact Brendan Brink-Halloran at bbrink42@vt.edu.

REGISTER NOW FOR CANCER RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

Friday, Apr 29, 9:00am-5:00pm
The Cancer Research Symposium serves as the first interdisciplinary cancer symposium at VT, providing an opportunity for faculty and graduate students to showcase their research. Invited speakers include leaders in the field of cancer research. There will be a poster session (lunch provided), which is open to graduate students involved in cancer research. The symposium will also include a survivors and advocates panel to allow the researchers to see the impact of their work. If interested, please register by March 15 (registration is free).

February 7-13, 2011

1.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career services walk-in advising: not available in the GLC for rest of Spring 2011; please visit the Career Services Center on weekdays 12:00-3:00pm
  • Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from G)
  • Writing support: Thursdays, 1:00-6:00pm, Video Conference Room

2. SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS FOR NON-STAT MAJORS: Using JMP for Statistical Analysis Parts I & II*
Monday & Tuesday, Feb 7-8, 4:00-6:00pm, 3080 TORG
(it is suggested though not required that you attend both sessions)
Instructor: Wandi Huang. This two-session short course is designed for students and researchers who want to use JMP to perform the basic statistical analyses: exploratory data analysis (EDA), t-tests, analysis of variance (ANOVA), linear regression, and analysis of covariance (ANCOVA). The second session will cover how to design and analyze experiments in JMP, and other more advanced topics.
The Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) provides a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See LISA for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Refreshments are provided at the end of each short course. All courses are from 4:00-6:00pm in Fralin Auditorium. The rest of Spring 2011 schedule:

  • Tuesday, Feb 15: Regression
  • Monday & Tuesday, Feb 21-22: Intro to SAS* (these two sessions are the same)
  • Tuesday, Mar 1: Analyzing Non-Normal Data Using Generalized Linear Models 
  • Monday & Tuesday, Mar 14-15: Bayesian Methods for Regression in R* (these two sessions are the same)

3. ADVANCE-VT GRAD STUDENT LUNCH SEMINAR: NEGOTIATING FACULTY JOB OFFERS
Tuesday, February 8, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., GLC G
Negotiating a faculty job offer is a unique process.  Learn from experienced panelists about what to expect and the types of resources and benefits that may be negotiable. Speakers for this event are Dr. Ken Ball, L.S. Randolph Professor and Department Head, Mechanical Engineering, and Beate Schmittmann, Professor and Department Chair, Physics.  AdvanceVT Graduate Student Lunch Seminars are designed to help graduate students prepare for careers in academe.  All graduate students and postdocs are welcome, and lunch is provided.  Register here by February 3.

4. WRITING A WINNING RESUME
Tuesday, Feb 8, 5:30pm, GLC Room F
If you are planning an industry, government, or non-tenure track educational job search, having a well polished resume is the most critical step toward getting an interview. Learn how to present yourself most effectively on paper to prospective employers. This seminar was rescheduled from Jan 26.

5. FREE TAX ASSISTANCE FOR INCOME ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES
Free tax assistance is available to eligible employees, including graduate assistants, by appointment every Wednesday afternoon through Apr 13. International student taxes are beyond the scope of this service, but tax software for international students is available through the Cranwell International Center. Visit VT’s Work-Life website for details. 

6. KIDS NIGHT OUT
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm, VT Women’s Ctr, 206 Washington St.
Kids Night Out, a drop-in evening of free childcare for kids aged 2-12, will resume on Thursday, Jan 27. This service is available throughout the semester (except spring break and university holidays), and is open to the children of any VT students. Kids must be toilet trained. Crafts, toys, games, new friends, and a snack await your child(ren)! If you have any questions, please contact Jessie Meltsner, 231-7806.

7. EFFECTIVE READING WORKSHOP

Thursday, Feb 10, 7:00pm, GLC Room F
Educational researchers estimate that at best we retain only about 10 percent of the information that we read. Want to improve on that estimate in your academic reading? This workshop will describe how one can read more actively and purposely in order to locate needed information, increase comprehension of that information, and boast retention of it for later use.

8. LATEX WORKSHOP
Friday, Feb 11, 6:00pm, Room B in the GLC
This workshop is designed to give an introduction to the world of LaTeX, a type-setting program for creating professional scientific documents. It will cover the different compilers and front-ends, where to obtain them, how to install them and how to create a basic document (document classes, the basic preamble, basic environments and sectioning). The presentation will leave time for a Q&A session. Please register here if you are interested in attending. This workshop is presented by Darren Maczka, ECE doctoral student.

9. GRAD STUDENT SPEED-DATING
Friday, Feb 11, 7:00-10:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Want to meet and mingle with other single VT graduate students? Need to show mom you are at least trying to meet someone? The VT Graduate Student Assembly is hosting its annual speed dating event where you will have the chance to go on at least 10 “speed-dates” and maybe even meet “The One”! The event is free and includes drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Registration is highly encouraged but walk-ins are also welcome (if space is available). The dress code is "date-appropriate" clothing (no jeans/t-shirts). Your contact information will NOT be displayed or shared unless you give written permission at the end of the event. Please direct any questions to Amanda Rumore, VP of Programs.  

10. GRADUATE SCHOLARS SOCIETY REGISTRATION STILL OPEN

Do you want to change the world?  Ever wonder what stirs someone’s curiosity?  Discuss these and other topics with your fellow graduate students and some faculty members involved in the Graduate Scholar Society (GSS). During this info session you can learn more about the GSS and the topics of discussion for the spring semester. Lunch will be provided. Learn more about GSS at http://gss.grads.vt.edu/. Please register for one of the discussion groups.

11. SPRING 2011 ART, PHOTO & WRITING CONTEST: FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD
The Graduate School invites submissions of food-themed art work, photography and as a new addition, written work, by graduate students for display in the GLC during Graduate Education Week 2011 and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art, photography, or written work) per graduate student. Submissions may depict anything related to food, including but not limited to growing, preparing, experimenting with, missing, consuming, sharing, and enjoying food. Submission deadline: Mar 16, 2011. Read more>> .

12. TRAVEL FUND AND GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
The GSA’S Travel Fund (TFP) and Graduate Research Development Programs are competitive travel and research funding (reimbursement) opportunities administered by the GSA to support qualified travel and research and innovative ideas proposed by VT graduate students. Applications go through a rigorous review process. Visit  the GSA’s TFP site or their GRDP site to learn more about these opportunities. All questions should be directed to the TFP Chair, Courtney Gleason,  or GRDP Chair, Ranjana Mehta.

13. STUDENT CONDUCT OFFICE SEEKING STUDENT LEADERS – 2nd posting
Student Conduct is currently looking for qualified students to serve on the 2011-2012 Student Conduct Committee, a panel of students who determine if an accused studentorganization is responsible for a non-academic policy violation and if so, determine sanctions. Students are encouraged to apply if they are responsible, open minded, professional, mature, a team player, and able to deal with ambiguity. Applicants should also have a positive attitude, solid problem solving skills, integrity, and understanding and appreciation of the VT Principles of Community, the student population and institutional culture. Applications are available online at www.studentconduct.vt.edu. For more information, visit www.studentconduct.vt.edu or call 231-3790. Candidates must complete and return an application to Student Conduct no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, Feb 25, 2011.

14. GRA OPENING FOR SPRING 2011-2012
Graduate Research Assistant is sought for Virginia Broadband Mapping and Planning project, funded by the Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration and managed by VT eCorridors and the Center for Geospatial Information Technology. The GRA will inventory, analyze, and model various aspects of statewide broadband infrastructure; participate in the research, development and maintenance of a comprehensive statewide data library that represents broadband availability, affordability and quality of service in Virginia through the use of existing data/base maps, supplemental data from private/public sector providers, third-party (independent) data collection and verification, survey research methods, and self-reporting Internet speed testing and mapping tools. Requirements: good organizational and communication skills and attention to detail. Preferred qualifications: experience with GIS software, data collection and management, and map preparation. Interested students, or their faculty advisors, should contact Jean Plymale by email or at 231.2270. This position will remain open until filled.

15. GOVERNOR’S FELLOWS PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS NOW

This program offers an opportunity to experience first-hand the administration of state government in Virginia. Qualified applicants must be college seniors or enrolled as degree-seeking graduate students in a VA university and have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in academics, proven leadership ability, and involvement in extracurricular activities and community service. The program runs Jun 6-Aug 5, 2011. The VP for Student Affairs offers a $2,000 stipend to any VT student who is selected for this fellowship. Application deadline: Feb 15. Learn more.

16. GLC RESIDENT FELLOW POSITIONS OPEN FOR 2011-12 – 3rd posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking motivated graduate students to live in the GLC and take on Residence Life and programming duties. An ideal candidate would have previous Residence Life and/or event planning experience. Compensation includes a free room in the GLC, a monthly stipend and a partial tuition waiver. Application materials must be turned in to the Graduate Student Services office (110 GLC – Lauren Surface) by 5:00PM on Friday, Feb 18, 2011.  For more information, contact Katie Martin, 231-5691,  or Lauren Surface at 231-9561. Download the application here.

17. REGISTRATION OPEN FOR SPRING ’11 WOMEN WELLNESS SESSIONS
Registration is now open for the Spring 2011 Women and Wellness sessions, which offer an array of wellness programs for staff, faculty and students. The Wellness Project is a collaborative effort of the Women’s Center, the Graduate Student Assembly and the Graduate School. Registration is required for all events. Registration closes Feb 8. For more information and to register for a session, please visit the Women’s Center website  or contact the Women’s Center Program Coordinator, 231-7806.

18. LEADERSHIP TECH FACILITATORS SOUGHT – 2nd posting
The Department of Student Activities seeks graduate students to volunteer to be small group facilitators for an undergraduate leadership development program.  If you are interested in leadership development and would like to meet and interact with undergraduate students outside the classroom, this might be the opportunity for you. Facilitators work in teams of two or three to guide a group of 10-15 sophomore and/or junior students organized around one of the following issues: engaging leadership; society & environmental sustainability; health and wellness; multicultural communities; and global social change. Information session will be held on:
– Monday, Feb 7, 5:30-6:30pm, 342 Squires
– Thursday, Feb 10, 6:00-7:00pm, 342 Squires
If you have any questions, please  contact Allison Dunn.

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DRIVING EXPERIMENT – 2nd posting
The VT Transportation Institute (VTTI) is looking for participants for a transportation technology study. Participants will be asked to drive a VTTI vehicle during peak hour traffic around the New River Valley for 20 sessions. The first session will be approximately 90-105 minutes and participants will be paid $30. Each other session will be around 60-75 minutes and participants will be paid $20 per session. After the completion of all 20 sessions, participants will fill in a post-runs questionnaire and receive a bonus $50. If you have a valid driver’s license, your age is 18-33 or 55-75, and you wish to participate, please email Aly Tawfik, or call 231-1509.

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY – 3rd posting
Volunteers needed for a study examining how diet influences muscle metabolism. Participants must be: Between the ages of 18-40; not currently taking any medications; non-smokers; without any major medical problems; willing to eat a high fat diet for 5 days. Participants will receive extensive health information and may receive up to $150 to compensate for their time.  If you meet the above requirements and are interested in participating in this study, contact John Pownall at the Human Integrative Physiology Laboratory at Virginia Tech at 231-8299.

21. SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS SOUGHT FOR STUDY – 3rd posting
VT researchers are conducting a study to identify how information systems development team members define success. Anyone with software development experience is sought to participate. The survey is estimated to take about 30 minutes to complete.  The information you provide will be used to develop the Theoretical Model of Information Systems Development Success.  If you are interested in participating, please complete the questionnaire. Contact Lucian Zelazny with any questions.

22. UPCOMING EVENTS:

FIWGSA PRESENTS: TREES, ADELGIDS, DEER, RODENTS, FUNGI, AND PIGS – THE ANATOMY OF A PATAGONIAN INVASION
Tuesday, Feb 15, 3:30pm, Brush Mountain A, Squires
The Fisheries and Wildlife Graduate Student Association invites you to the seminar of Dr. Dan Simberloff. Arrive early for good seating. For more information on Dr. Simberloff and his research, please visit his website. Contact Dan Stich with questions or helpful suggestions.

ETD WORKSHOP SERIES: COPYRIGHT
Wednesday, Feb 16, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Room G
Gail McMillan of University Libraries will discuss copyright, permissions and representing other author’s works in your ETD. This workshop series is brought to you by the Graduate School. For more information contact Janice Austin.

February 7-13, 2011

1.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career services walk-in advising: not available in the GLC for rest of Spring 2011; please visit the Career Services Center on weekdays 12:00-3:00pm
  • Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from G)
  • Writing support: Thursdays, 1:00-6:00pm, Video Conference Room

2. SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS FOR NON-STAT MAJORS: Using JMP for Statistical Analysis Parts I & II*
Monday & Tuesday, Feb 7-8, 4:00-6:00pm, 3080 TORG
(it is suggested though not required that you attend both sessions)
Instructor: Wandi Huang. This two-session short course is designed for students and researchers who want to use JMP to perform the basic statistical analyses: exploratory data analysis (EDA), t-tests, analysis of variance (ANOVA), linear regression, and analysis of covariance (ANCOVA). The second session will cover how to design and analyze experiments in JMP, and other more advanced topics.
The Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) provides a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See LISA for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Refreshments are provided at the end of each short course. All courses are from 4:00-6:00pm in Fralin Auditorium. The rest of Spring 2011 schedule:

  • Tuesday, Feb 15: Regression
  • Monday & Tuesday, Feb 21-22: Intro to SAS* (these two sessions are the same)
  • Tuesday, Mar 1: Analyzing Non-Normal Data Using Generalized Linear Models 
  • Monday & Tuesday, Mar 14-15: Bayesian Methods for Regression in R* (these two sessions are the same)

3. ADVANCE-VT GRAD STUDENT LUNCH SEMINAR: NEGOTIATING FACULTY JOB OFFERS
Tuesday, February 8, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., GLC G
Negotiating a faculty job offer is a unique process.  Learn from experienced panelists about what to expect and the types of resources and benefits that may be negotiable. Speakers for this event are Dr. Ken Ball, L.S. Randolph Professor and Department Head, Mechanical Engineering, and Beate Schmittmann, Professor and Department Chair, Physics.  AdvanceVT Graduate Student Lunch Seminars are designed to help graduate students prepare for careers in academe.  All graduate students and postdocs are welcome, and lunch is provided.  Register here by February 3.

4. WRITING A WINNING RESUME
Tuesday, Feb 8, 5:30pm, GLC Room F
If you are planning an industry, government, or non-tenure track educational job search, having a well polished resume is the most critical step toward getting an interview. Learn how to present yourself most effectively on paper to prospective employers. This seminar was rescheduled from Jan 26.

5. FREE TAX ASSISTANCE FOR INCOME ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES
Free tax assistance is available to eligible employees, including graduate assistants, by appointment every Wednesday afternoon through Apr 13. International student taxes are beyond the scope of this service, but tax software for international students is available through the Cranwell International Center. Visit VT’s Work-Life website for details. 

6. KIDS NIGHT OUT
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm, VT Women’s Ctr, 206 Washington St.
Kids Night Out, a drop-in evening of free childcare for kids aged 2-12, will resume on Thursday, Jan 27. This service is available throughout the semester (except spring break and university holidays), and is open to the children of any VT students. Kids must be toilet trained. Crafts, toys, games, new friends, and a snack await your child(ren)! If you have any questions, please contact Jessie Meltsner, 231-7806.

7. EFFECTIVE READING WORKSHOP

Thursday, Feb 10, 7:00pm, GLC Room F
Educational researchers estimate that at best we retain only about 10 percent of the information that we read. Want to improve on that estimate in your academic reading? This workshop will describe how one can read more actively and purposely in order to locate needed information, increase comprehension of that information, and boast retention of it for later use.

8. LATEX WORKSHOP
Friday, Feb 11, 6:00pm, Room B in the GLC
This workshop is designed to give an introduction to the world of LaTeX, a type-setting program for creating professional scientific documents. It will cover the different compilers and front-ends, where to obtain them, how to install them and how to create a basic document (document classes, the basic preamble, basic environments and sectioning). The presentation will leave time for a Q&A session. Please register here if you are interested in attending. This workshop is presented by Darren Maczka, ECE doctoral student.

9. GRAD STUDENT SPEED-DATING
Friday, Feb 11, 7:00-10:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Want to meet and mingle with other single VT graduate students? Need to show mom you are at least trying to meet someone? The VT Graduate Student Assembly is hosting its annual speed dating event where you will have the chance to go on at least 10 “speed-dates” and maybe even meet “The One”! The event is free and includes drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Registration is highly encouraged but walk-ins are also welcome (if space is available). The dress code is "date-appropriate" clothing (no jeans/t-shirts). Your contact information will NOT be displayed or shared unless you give written permission at the end of the event. Please direct any questions to Amanda Rumore, VP of Programs.  

10. GRADUATE SCHOLARS SOCIETY REGISTRATION STILL OPEN

Do you want to change the world?  Ever wonder what stirs someone’s curiosity?  Discuss these and other topics with your fellow graduate students and some faculty members involved in the Graduate Scholar Society (GSS). During this info session you can learn more about the GSS and the topics of discussion for the spring semester. Lunch will be provided. Learn more about GSS at http://gss.grads.vt.edu/. Please register for one of the discussion groups.

11. SPRING 2011 ART, PHOTO & WRITING CONTEST: FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD
The Graduate School invites submissions of food-themed art work, photography and as a new addition, written work, by graduate students for display in the GLC during Graduate Education Week 2011 and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art, photography, or written work) per graduate student. Submissions may depict anything related to food, including but not limited to growing, preparing, experimenting with, missing, consuming, sharing, and enjoying food. Submission deadline: Mar 16, 2011. Read more>> .

12. TRAVEL FUND AND GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
The GSA’S Travel Fund (TFP) and Graduate Research Development Programs are competitive travel and research funding (reimbursement) opportunities administered by the GSA to support qualified travel and research and innovative ideas proposed by VT graduate students. Applications go through a rigorous review process. Visit  the GSA’s TFP site or their GRDP site to learn more about these opportunities. All questions should be directed to the TFP Chair, Courtney Gleason,  or GRDP Chair, Ranjana Mehta.

13. STUDENT CONDUCT OFFICE SEEKING STUDENT LEADERS – 2nd posting
Student Conduct is currently looking for qualified students to serve on the 2011-2012 Student Conduct Committee, a panel of students who determine if an accused studentorganization is responsible for a non-academic policy violation and if so, determine sanctions. Students are encouraged to apply if they are responsible, open minded, professional, mature, a team player, and able to deal with ambiguity. Applicants should also have a positive attitude, solid problem solving skills, integrity, and understanding and appreciation of the VT Principles of Community, the student population and institutional culture. Applications are available online at www.studentconduct.vt.edu. For more information, visit www.studentconduct.vt.edu or call 231-3790. Candidates must complete and return an application to Student Conduct no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, Feb 25, 2011.

14. GRA OPENING FOR SPRING 2011-2012
Graduate Research Assistant is sought for Virginia Broadband Mapping and Planning project, funded by the Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration and managed by VT eCorridors and the Center for Geospatial Information Technology. The GRA will inventory, analyze, and model various aspects of statewide broadband infrastructure; participate in the research, development and maintenance of a comprehensive statewide data library that represents broadband availability, affordability and quality of service in Virginia through the use of existing data/base maps, supplemental data from private/public sector providers, third-party (independent) data collection and verification, survey research methods, and self-reporting Internet speed testing and mapping tools. Requirements: good organizational and communication skills and attention to detail. Preferred qualifications: experience with GIS software, data collection and management, and map preparation. Interested students, or their faculty advisors, should contact Jean Plymale by email or at 231.2270. This position will remain open until filled.

15. GOVERNOR’S FELLOWS PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS NOW

This program offers an opportunity to experience first-hand the administration of state government in Virginia. Qualified applicants must be college seniors or enrolled as degree-seeking graduate students in a VA university and have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in academics, proven leadership ability, and involvement in extracurricular activities and community service. The program runs Jun 6-Aug 5, 2011. The VP for Student Affairs offers a $2,000 stipend to any VT student who is selected for this fellowship. Application deadline: Feb 15. Learn more.

16. GLC RESIDENT FELLOW POSITIONS OPEN FOR 2011-12 – 3rd posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking motivated graduate students to live in the GLC and take on Residence Life and programming duties. An ideal candidate would have previous Residence Life and/or event planning experience. Compensation includes a free room in the GLC, a monthly stipend and a partial tuition waiver. Application materials must be turned in to the Graduate Student Services office (110 GLC – Lauren Surface) by 5:00PM on Friday, Feb 18, 2011.  For more information, contact Katie Martin, 231-5691,  or Lauren Surface at 231-9561. Download the application here.

17. REGISTRATION OPEN FOR SPRING ’11 WOMEN WELLNESS SESSIONS
Registration is now open for the Spring 2011 Women and Wellness sessions, which offer an array of wellness programs for staff, faculty and students. The Wellness Project is a collaborative effort of the Women’s Center, the Graduate Student Assembly and the Graduate School. Registration is required for all events. Registration closes Feb 8. For more information and to register for a session, please visit the Women’s Center website  or contact the Women’s Center Program Coordinator, 231-7806.

18. LEADERSHIP TECH FACILITATORS SOUGHT – 2nd posting
The Department of Student Activities seeks graduate students to volunteer to be small group facilitators for an undergraduate leadership development program.  If you are interested in leadership development and would like to meet and interact with undergraduate students outside the classroom, this might be the opportunity for you. Facilitators work in teams of two or three to guide a group of 10-15 sophomore and/or junior students organized around one of the following issues: engaging leadership; society & environmental sustainability; health and wellness; multicultural communities; and global social change. Information session will be held on:
– Monday, Feb 7, 5:30-6:30pm, 342 Squires
– Thursday, Feb 10, 6:00-7:00pm, 342 Squires
If you have any questions, please  contact Allison Dunn.

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DRIVING EXPERIMENT – 2nd posting
The VT Transportation Institute (VTTI) is looking for participants for a transportation technology study. Participants will be asked to drive a VTTI vehicle during peak hour traffic around the New River Valley for 20 sessions. The first session will be approximately 90-105 minutes and participants will be paid $30. Each other session will be around 60-75 minutes and participants will be paid $20 per session. After the completion of all 20 sessions, participants will fill in a post-runs questionnaire and receive a bonus $50. If you have a valid driver’s license, your age is 18-33 or 55-75, and you wish to participate, please email Aly Tawfik, or call 231-1509.

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY – 3rd posting
Volunteers needed for a study examining how diet influences muscle metabolism. Participants must be: Between the ages of 18-40; not currently taking any medications; non-smokers; without any major medical problems; willing to eat a high fat diet for 5 days. Participants will receive extensive health information and may receive up to $150 to compensate for their time.  If you meet the above requirements and are interested in participating in this study, contact John Pownall at the Human Integrative Physiology Laboratory at Virginia Tech at 231-8299.

21. SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS SOUGHT FOR STUDY – 3rd posting
VT researchers are conducting a study to identify how information systems development team members define success. Anyone with software development experience is sought to participate. The survey is estimated to take about 30 minutes to complete.  The information you provide will be used to develop the Theoretical Model of Information Systems Development Success.  If you are interested in participating, please complete the questionnaire. Contact Lucian Zelazny with any questions.

22. UPCOMING EVENTS:

FIWGSA PRESENTS: TREES, ADELGIDS, DEER, RODENTS, FUNGI, AND PIGS – THE ANATOMY OF A PATAGONIAN INVASION
Tuesday, Feb 15, 3:30pm, Brush Mountain A, Squires
The Fisheries and Wildlife Graduate Student Association invites you to the seminar of Dr. Dan Simberloff. Arrive early for good seating. For more information on Dr. Simberloff and his research, please visit his website. Contact Dan Stich with questions or helpful suggestions.

ETD WORKSHOP SERIES: COPYRIGHT
Wednesday, Feb 16, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Room G
Gail McMillan of University Libraries will discuss copyright, permissions and representing other author’s works in your ETD. This workshop series is brought to you by the Graduate School. For more information contact Janice Austin.