March 28 – April 3, 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/consultations: Thursdays, 1:00-6:00pm, Video Conference Room (don’t wait until your paper is due, get assistance now!)

2. CALL FOR LISTSERV POSTING SUBMISSIONS FOR APR 1 SPECIAL EDITION
Here is your opportunity to get published in a peer-viewed online weekly non-journal! Submit your fake event description, faux call for research subjects, and other nonexistent opportunities for graduate students for the April 1 special edition of the GLC weekly listserv posting. Exercise your imagination and writing skills and earn extra points (in the form of chocolates and candy in 117 GLC) for creative event or research idea, succinct description, and completeness of details. Submission deadline: March 31, 5:00pm. Send to Monika, with subject line: You are a fool.

3. NETWORKING: THE BACKBONE OF YOUR JOB SEARCH

Wednesday, Mar 30, 5:30pm, GLC Room F
Networking: you’ve heard the word and possibly even know what it means – but are you using the essential job search skill appropriately, or at all? Too many job searchers shy away from networking because they say they don’t know anyone or feel like they’re using people – or any number of other excuses. Attend this session to demystify networking and learn the basics of how to get started. Presented by Amy McPherson, interim director of Career Services.

4. THE LITTLE GIRL WHO FOUGHT THE GREAT DEPRESSION: SHIRLEY TEMPLE AND 1930’S AMERICA
Wednesday, Mar 30, 7:00pm, 300 Whittemore
Phi Alpha Theta/History Club and the History Department present guest speaker Dr. John Kasson from UNC Chapel Hill. This lecture will investigate the origins of modern commercial culture and its attendant new structures of feeling as well as the place of children in the changing financial and emotional economies during a pivotal decade. Contact grad student Erin Curtis for more information.

5. GSA HEALTH FORUM
Thursday, Mar 31, 6:00pm, Location Room G
The GSA health care committee is hosting this health forum, featuring representatives from Schiffert Health Center and Cook Counseling Center as guest speakers. To provide an informative and engaging forum, all interested graduate students are asked to complete a brief survey to list your questions, concerns, and suggestions regarding health services at VT, and express your intent to attend. The focus of this forum will be on the services provided at Schiffert Health Center, and general health concerns at the university. Food and refreshments will be provided. Contact GSA health care committee co-Chair Michael Sage with any questions.

6. GSA SPRING 2011 WINE SOCIAL
Friday, Apr 1, 5:30-9:00pm at the University Club
Join the GSA and your fellow grad students to celebrate springtime in Blacksburg at the annual GSA Spring Wine Social! Wine services will stop at 8:30pm. Tickets are $10 each (cash/check) at the door. GSA delegates and cabinet members can get in for $5. Must be over 21; valid ID required for entry. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help with the event, please contact Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs.

7. AFRICAN STUDENT ASSOCIATION PRESENTS ASA NIGHT
Friday, Apr 1, 7:30pm, GLC Auditorium
To kick-off International Education Week 2011, the African Students Association at Virginia Tech present ASA Night. This annual event showcases the talents, culture, knowledge and experiences of African students at VT through poetry, monologues, music, dance, and more. This event is open to the general public, admission is free.

8. INTERNATIONAL STREET FAIR
Saturday, Apr 2, 11:00am-4:00pm, College Ave and surrounding area
The Council of International Student Organizations presents the 52nd annual International Street Fair, a popular event held every spring. College Avenue is transformed into a multicultural marketplace where vendors sell international foods, handicrafts, and more. The Fair also features live performances of traditional music and dance from around the world. See more at CISO or email your questions.

9. LAVENDER CEREMONY
The LGBT Caucus at VT is sponsoring the Third Annual Lavender Commencement Ceremony, which will be held May 12, 11:00am in Old Dominion Ballroom of Squires to recognize lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual students and their allies from all majors, both graduate and undergraduate, who earned their degrees this spring. Participating students will be awarded a unique rainbow cord that can be worn with academic regalia. A reception will follow the ceremony. If you’re graduating, email Tami Grossman if you’d like to participate in this ceremony. Typically, the person graduating has a mentor/friend give a short speech about them. More information about the rest of the ceremony to follow.

10. CALL FOR GRDP REVIEWERS
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) is looking for candidates to serve as reviewers for the Graduate Research and Development Program (GRDP). The GRDP provides monetary support for degree-contingent research conducted by graduate students. Reviewers are responsible for assessing research proposals in their research area or related fields, using specific rubrics provided to them. The proposals are about 2-4 pages in length. This is a great opportunity for those who are interested in applying to the GRDP to learn about the process and also for those who would like to be involved with the GSA. If you are interested please fill out this survey.  Please contact Ranjana Mehta, GRDP Chair, if you have any questions.

11. CALL FOR GSA PROGRAM CHAIR APPLICATIONS – 1st posting
Are you looking to serve the graduate student community and gain valuable leadership experience? If yes, consider applying for a GSA Program Chair position! Applications are accepted for the following positions: Website Director, Research Symposium Chair, Graduate and Professional School Day Chair, Graduate Research and Development Program Chair, Travel Fund Program Chair, GSA Events Chair, and GSA Historian.  Please view the GSA website for a full description of each position. Please contact the current chairs with any questions specific to the position.  The deadline for application submission (letter of interest, resume/CV, and goals for 2011-2012) is Friday, April 8, 2011. Interviews will be conducted the following week. Please direct any questions to Swetha Kumar

12. GSA CABINET POSITIONS 2011-12 – 2nd posting

The GSA Cabinet is a branch of the Graduate Student Assembly that represents graduate students in the university governance structure. Cabinet members report directly to the VP of Membership of the GSA and sit on university commissions and committees or are members of the GSA committees.  Cabinet members are expected to attend the regularly scheduled meetings of those commissions or committees (usually once or twice a month), one delegate meeting per semester and the GSA cabinet meetings that fit their schedule. They also keep the graduate community abreast of committee/commissions activities by providing cabinet summaries on the GSA website. Graduate students interested in serving on the cabinet should visit the Cabinet section of the GSA website, and click on the Cabinet Positions for 2011-2012 or download this handout for more information.  The handout lists all of the Cabinet positions and provides links to those webpages available.  You may also search the name of any committee/commission on the GSA website to bring up cabinet summaries from current cabinet members that get more current information regarding topics covered in those committees and commissions. You may fill out the Cabinet Interest Survey to nominate yourself for up to three commissions/committees.  The deadline to apply: Apr 18, 2011, or until all positions are filled. Contact current VP of Membership, Jonathan Moore, with questions.

13. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS INVITED – 2nd posting
Have you used your research to benefit society in any way? If so, consider applying for the Citizen Scholar award.  If not, consider designing a Citizen Scholar project! Program requirements are described here. Applications are due April 28th.  For more information, email Eric Hodges.

14. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR LOCOMOTION STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are needed for a study investigating the age-related effects of visual input on biomechanical changes during walking and unexpected slip perturbations. The study consists of 2 separate experimental sessions (each lasting 2 hours). Participants will be compensated $10/hour. Requirements: male and female, age 18-30 and age 65-84, correct vision 20/40 or better, no recent history of musculoskeletal disorders. If interested, please contact Manutchanok (MJ) Jongprasithporn.

15. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are sought for a study investigating the effects of flexion and lifting on the biomechanics and neuromuscular control of the human torso.  The study consists of six separate experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 2 hours) and participants will be compensated $10/hour.  To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18-29, have a lean body, and regularly exercise at least 2-3 times per week.  For more information or to inquire about participation, please contact Khoirul.

16. INVITATION TO COMPLETE HARASSMENT SURVEY – 2nd posting
A PhD student in the Sociology Department invites you to participate in an online survey gathering information regarding Virginia Tech student’s experiences and perceptions of workplace harassment. The online survey is brief (will only take 5-7 minutes), voluntary, and anonymous, and is open to any and all Virginia Tech students. Please participate by completing the survey.

17. BEREAVEMENT GROUP AT THE FAMILY THERAPY CENTER – 3rd posting
If you or someone you know is… grieving the loss of a loved one; feeling alone or sad; feeling angry or guilty or empty; searching for someone who "gets it"; considering sharing your story of loss with others, then you may find value in what the Family Therapy Center has to offer: the Family Therapy Center at VT offers an opportunity for you to gather with people who have lost a loved one and are in need of additional support. For group details, please contact Annie Bao at (540) 231-7261 ext. 2.

18. ROWING COACH POSITION AVAILABLE – EXPERIENCED ROWERS NEEDED – 2nd posting
The VT Crew Club will need additional coaches for next fall season and beyond. Candidates must have prior rowing experience, preferably collegiate rowing, but competitive high school rowing also acceptable. Prior coaching experience not required. This is a volunteer position, but all expenses (gas, travel costs, etc.) are covered by the team. Practices are held daily at nearby Claytor Lake during the fall and spring seasons, and in the team’s erg room in War Memorial Gym for winter conditioning. The weekend/travel commitment is for three to four regattas per season (fall and spring). It is a very rewarding experience, helping a motivated group of undergradutes compete and succeed at a high level of rowing. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact the current Novice Men’s Coach (next year’s Head Coach), graduate student Meghan McNulty.

19. UPCOMING EVENTS:

ADVANCE-VT GRAD STUDENT LUNCH SEMINAR: HIGHER EDUCATION 101 – register now!

Monday, Apr 4, 12:00–1:30pm, GLC Room F
In addition to knowing how to teach and to conduct research, it is important for new faculty members to understand how a university operates.  Join Dr. Ellen Plummer, Assistant Provost at Virginia Tech, to learn more about different types of educational institutions, university governance, and challenges currently facing higher education in the U.S. 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 Mar 31.

FROM GANDHI, TO DR. KING, TO VIRGINIA TECH

Tuesday, Apr 5, 7:00-8:30pm, Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires
The ASPECT/PGG Speaker Series (managed by graduate students) is proud to present the Ut Prosim Month Keynote Speaker Dr. Clayborne Carson, internationally renowned scholar and founding director of the MLK Research and Education Institute at Stanford University.  Dr. Carson will give a powerful talk tracing the legacy of Gandhi and MLK through the twentieth century and up to the tragedy at Virginia Tech in 2007.  This presentation has been collaboratively envisioned by graduate students in conversation with Dr. Carson as a unique opportunity to place the history of Virginia Tech within the context of over a century of critical thought on violence and its alternatives in the modern world.  Contact Jordan Hill if you have questions or need more info.

PRESENTATION AND BOOK SIGNING WITH JORGE CHAM, CREATOR OF PHD COMICS
Wednesday, Apr 13, 7:30pm, GLC Auditorium
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) invites you to “The Power of Procrastination,” presented by Jorge Cham, creator of the popular comic strip “Piled Higher and Deeper” (“PhD Comics”). Refreshments and book signing will immediately follow the lecture. This event is FREE and open to the public – please invite your friends and colleagues! Please direct any questions to Amanda Rumore, GSA V.P of Programs.

IDR DAY
Tuesday, Apr 19, 5:00-9:30pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech
The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (IDR) is sponsoring the very first Interdisciplinary Research Day at Virginia Tech. Enjoy an evening of exciting discussions about transdisciplinarity and interdisciplinarity. Dr. Paul Knox (University Distinguished Professor & Senior Fellow for International Advancement) will give a presentation about “Transdisciplinary Research: Wicked Problems and Zombie Institutions.” Then the audience will subdivide into groups and attempt to tackle modern-day wicked problems by using creativity and interdisciplinarity. Dinner is provided. Registration is FREE but required due to limited spaces. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. Event program and registration >>.

March 28 – April 3, 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/consultations: Thursdays, 1:00-6:00pm, Video Conference Room (don’t wait until your paper is due, get assistance now!)

2. CALL FOR LISTSERV POSTING SUBMISSIONS FOR APR 1 SPECIAL EDITION
Here is your opportunity to get published in a peer-viewed online weekly non-journal! Submit your fake event description, faux call for research subjects, and other nonexistent opportunities for graduate students for the April 1 special edition of the GLC weekly listserv posting. Exercise your imagination and writing skills and earn extra points (in the form of chocolates and candy in 117 GLC) for creative event or research idea, succinct description, and completeness of details. Submission deadline: March 31, 5:00pm. Send to Monika, with subject line: You are a fool.

3. NETWORKING: THE BACKBONE OF YOUR JOB SEARCH

Wednesday, Mar 30, 5:30pm, GLC Room F
Networking: you’ve heard the word and possibly even know what it means – but are you using the essential job search skill appropriately, or at all? Too many job searchers shy away from networking because they say they don’t know anyone or feel like they’re using people – or any number of other excuses. Attend this session to demystify networking and learn the basics of how to get started. Presented by Amy McPherson, interim director of Career Services.

4. THE LITTLE GIRL WHO FOUGHT THE GREAT DEPRESSION: SHIRLEY TEMPLE AND 1930’S AMERICA
Wednesday, Mar 30, 7:00pm, 300 Whittemore
Phi Alpha Theta/History Club and the History Department present guest speaker Dr. John Kasson from UNC Chapel Hill. This lecture will investigate the origins of modern commercial culture and its attendant new structures of feeling as well as the place of children in the changing financial and emotional economies during a pivotal decade. Contact grad student Erin Curtis for more information.

5. GSA HEALTH FORUM
Thursday, Mar 31, 6:00pm, Location Room G
The GSA health care committee is hosting this health forum, featuring representatives from Schiffert Health Center and Cook Counseling Center as guest speakers. To provide an informative and engaging forum, all interested graduate students are asked to complete a brief survey to list your questions, concerns, and suggestions regarding health services at VT, and express your intent to attend. The focus of this forum will be on the services provided at Schiffert Health Center, and general health concerns at the university. Food and refreshments will be provided. Contact GSA health care committee co-Chair Michael Sage with any questions.

6. GSA SPRING 2011 WINE SOCIAL
Friday, Apr 1, 5:30-9:00pm at the University Club
Join the GSA and your fellow grad students to celebrate springtime in Blacksburg at the annual GSA Spring Wine Social! Wine services will stop at 8:30pm. Tickets are $10 each (cash/check) at the door. GSA delegates and cabinet members can get in for $5. Must be over 21; valid ID required for entry. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help with the event, please contact Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs.

7. AFRICAN STUDENT ASSOCIATION PRESENTS ASA NIGHT
Friday, Apr 1, 7:30pm, GLC Auditorium
To kick-off International Education Week 2011, the African Students Association at Virginia Tech present ASA Night. This annual event showcases the talents, culture, knowledge and experiences of African students at VT through poetry, monologues, music, dance, and more. This event is open to the general public, admission is free.

8. INTERNATIONAL STREET FAIR
Saturday, Apr 2, 11:00am-4:00pm, College Ave and surrounding area
The Council of International Student Organizations presents the 52nd annual International Street Fair, a popular event held every spring. College Avenue is transformed into a multicultural marketplace where vendors sell international foods, handicrafts, and more. The Fair also features live performances of traditional music and dance from around the world. See more at CISO or email your questions.

9. LAVENDER CEREMONY
The LGBT Caucus at VT is sponsoring the Third Annual Lavender Commencement Ceremony, which will be held May 12, 11:00am in Old Dominion Ballroom of Squires to recognize lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual students and their allies from all majors, both graduate and undergraduate, who earned their degrees this spring. Participating students will be awarded a unique rainbow cord that can be worn with academic regalia. A reception will follow the ceremony. If you’re graduating, email Tami Grossman if you’d like to participate in this ceremony. Typically, the person graduating has a mentor/friend give a short speech about them. More information about the rest of the ceremony to follow.

10. CALL FOR GRDP REVIEWERS
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) is looking for candidates to serve as reviewers for the Graduate Research and Development Program (GRDP). The GRDP provides monetary support for degree-contingent research conducted by graduate students. Reviewers are responsible for assessing research proposals in their research area or related fields, using specific rubrics provided to them. The proposals are about 2-4 pages in length. This is a great opportunity for those who are interested in applying to the GRDP to learn about the process and also for those who would like to be involved with the GSA. If you are interested please fill out this survey.  Please contact Ranjana Mehta, GRDP Chair, if you have any questions.

11. CALL FOR GSA PROGRAM CHAIR APPLICATIONS – 1st posting
Are you looking to serve the graduate student community and gain valuable leadership experience? If yes, consider applying for a GSA Program Chair position! Applications are accepted for the following positions: Website Director, Research Symposium Chair, Graduate and Professional School Day Chair, Graduate Research and Development Program Chair, Travel Fund Program Chair, GSA Events Chair, and GSA Historian.  Please view the GSA website for a full description of each position. Please contact the current chairs with any questions specific to the position.  The deadline for application submission (letter of interest, resume/CV, and goals for 2011-2012) is Friday, April 8, 2011. Interviews will be conducted the following week. Please direct any questions to Swetha Kumar

12. GSA CABINET POSITIONS 2011-12 – 2nd posting

The GSA Cabinet is a branch of the Graduate Student Assembly that represents graduate students in the university governance structure. Cabinet members report directly to the VP of Membership of the GSA and sit on university commissions and committees or are members of the GSA committees.  Cabinet members are expected to attend the regularly scheduled meetings of those commissions or committees (usually once or twice a month), one delegate meeting per semester and the GSA cabinet meetings that fit their schedule. They also keep the graduate community abreast of committee/commissions activities by providing cabinet summaries on the GSA website. Graduate students interested in serving on the cabinet should visit the Cabinet section of the GSA website, and click on the Cabinet Positions for 2011-2012 or download this handout for more information.  The handout lists all of the Cabinet positions and provides links to those webpages available.  You may also search the name of any committee/commission on the GSA website to bring up cabinet summaries from current cabinet members that get more current information regarding topics covered in those committees and commissions. You may fill out the Cabinet Interest Survey to nominate yourself for up to three commissions/committees.  The deadline to apply: Apr 18, 2011, or until all positions are filled. Contact current VP of Membership, Jonathan Moore, with questions.

13. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS INVITED – 2nd posting
Have you used your research to benefit society in any way? If so, consider applying for the Citizen Scholar award.  If not, consider designing a Citizen Scholar project! Program requirements are described here. Applications are due April 28th.  For more information, email Eric Hodges.

14. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR LOCOMOTION STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are needed for a study investigating the age-related effects of visual input on biomechanical changes during walking and unexpected slip perturbations. The study consists of 2 separate experimental sessions (each lasting 2 hours). Participants will be compensated $10/hour. Requirements: male and female, age 18-30 and age 65-84, correct vision 20/40 or better, no recent history of musculoskeletal disorders. If interested, please contact Manutchanok (MJ) Jongprasithporn.

15. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are sought for a study investigating the effects of flexion and lifting on the biomechanics and neuromuscular control of the human torso.  The study consists of six separate experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 2 hours) and participants will be compensated $10/hour.  To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18-29, have a lean body, and regularly exercise at least 2-3 times per week.  For more information or to inquire about participation, please contact Khoirul.

16. INVITATION TO COMPLETE HARASSMENT SURVEY – 2nd posting
A PhD student in the Sociology Department invites you to participate in an online survey gathering information regarding Virginia Tech student’s experiences and perceptions of workplace harassment. The online survey is brief (will only take 5-7 minutes), voluntary, and anonymous, and is open to any and all Virginia Tech students. Please participate by completing the survey.

17. BEREAVEMENT GROUP AT THE FAMILY THERAPY CENTER – 3rd posting
If you or someone you know is… grieving the loss of a loved one; feeling alone or sad; feeling angry or guilty or empty; searching for someone who "gets it"; considering sharing your story of loss with others, then you may find value in what the Family Therapy Center has to offer: the Family Therapy Center at VT offers an opportunity for you to gather with people who have lost a loved one and are in need of additional support. For group details, please contact Annie Bao at (540) 231-7261 ext. 2.

18. ROWING COACH POSITION AVAILABLE – EXPERIENCED ROWERS NEEDED – 2nd posting
The VT Crew Club will need additional coaches for next fall season and beyond. Candidates must have prior rowing experience, preferably collegiate rowing, but competitive high school rowing also acceptable. Prior coaching experience not required. This is a volunteer position, but all expenses (gas, travel costs, etc.) are covered by the team. Practices are held daily at nearby Claytor Lake during the fall and spring seasons, and in the team’s erg room in War Memorial Gym for winter conditioning. The weekend/travel commitment is for three to four regattas per season (fall and spring). It is a very rewarding experience, helping a motivated group of undergradutes compete and succeed at a high level of rowing. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact the current Novice Men’s Coach (next year’s Head Coach), graduate student Meghan McNulty.

19. UPCOMING EVENTS:

ADVANCE-VT GRAD STUDENT LUNCH SEMINAR: HIGHER EDUCATION 101 – register now!

Monday, Apr 4, 12:00–1:30pm, GLC Room F
In addition to knowing how to teach and to conduct research, it is important for new faculty members to understand how a university operates.  Join Dr. Ellen Plummer, Assistant Provost at Virginia Tech, to learn more about different types of educational institutions, university governance, and challenges currently facing higher education in the U.S. 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 Mar 31.

FROM GANDHI, TO DR. KING, TO VIRGINIA TECH

Tuesday, Apr 5, 7:00-8:30pm, Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires
The ASPECT/PGG Speaker Series (managed by graduate students) is proud to present the Ut Prosim Month Keynote Speaker Dr. Clayborne Carson, internationally renowned scholar and founding director of the MLK Research and Education Institute at Stanford University.  Dr. Carson will give a powerful talk tracing the legacy of Gandhi and MLK through the twentieth century and up to the tragedy at Virginia Tech in 2007.  This presentation has been collaboratively envisioned by graduate students in conversation with Dr. Carson as a unique opportunity to place the history of Virginia Tech within the context of over a century of critical thought on violence and its alternatives in the modern world.  Contact Jordan Hill if you have questions or need more info.

PRESENTATION AND BOOK SIGNING WITH JORGE CHAM, CREATOR OF PHD COMICS
Wednesday, Apr 13, 7:30pm, GLC Auditorium
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) invites you to “The Power of Procrastination,” presented by Jorge Cham, creator of the popular comic strip “Piled Higher and Deeper” (“PhD Comics”). Refreshments and book signing will immediately follow the lecture. This event is FREE and open to the public – please invite your friends and colleagues! Please direct any questions to Amanda Rumore, GSA V.P of Programs.

IDR DAY
Tuesday, Apr 19, 5:00-9:30pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech
The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (IDR) is sponsoring the very first Interdisciplinary Research Day at Virginia Tech. Enjoy an evening of exciting discussions about transdisciplinarity and interdisciplinarity. Dr. Paul Knox (University Distinguished Professor & Senior Fellow for International Advancement) will give a presentation about “Transdisciplinary Research: Wicked Problems and Zombie Institutions.” Then the audience will subdivide into groups and attempt to tackle modern-day wicked problems by using creativity and interdisciplinarity. Dinner is provided. Registration is FREE but required due to limited spaces. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. Event program and registration >>.

March 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/consultations: Thursdays, 1:00-6:00pm, Video Conference Room (don’t wait until your paper is due, get assistance now!)

2. REAL COFFEE BREAK IN THE VIRTUAL GLC
Monday, Mar 21, 1:30-3:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Get some fresh coffee for real and take your avatar for a walk around the virtual GLC. This free demo is brought to you by Learning Technology’s Innovation Space. Be among the first ones to try it! Brought to you by Learning Technology’s Innovation Space, a division of Information Technology.

3. GET PLUGGED IN!
Monday, Mar 21, 4:00-6:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Many organizations and services on campus are here to help you get through graduate school. Get plugged into these resources and enjoy some free pizza and raffle prizes.

4. WORLD WATER DAY CELEBRATION AND FOOD SALE
Tuesday, Mar 22, 11:00am-3:00pm, Drillfield
The American Water Resources Association VT student chapter, led by graduate student Courtney Reijo, will be selling pizza, baked goods, and drinks on the Drillfield to raise funds for Amman Imman, a nonprofit organization that works to provide sources of safe-drinking water to communities in West Africa. Try your hand at the "Tap Water Challenge" and see if you can really tell the difference between popular bottled water and VT tap water!  Buy lunch, celebrate World Water Day, and help provide safe drinking water in Africa! For more information contact Courtney.

5. LOUNGE AT THE LIBRARY

Tuesday, Mar 22, 12:00pm, 416 Newman Library
Take advantage of this exclusive access space for grad students and meet with subject librarians over for a light lunch.

6. CAREER BOOSTER SPECIALS
Tuesday, Mar 22, 12:00-5:00pm, Smith Career Center
Career Services offers these special opportunities to celebrate Grad Ed Week:
– 12:00-3:00pm walk-in advising for grads
– 2:00-3:00pm two separate panels will help you with tricks of the trade in academic or industry job searches
– 3:00-5:00pm mix and mingle with faculty and employers to practice your networking skills

7. MOVIE NIGHT AT THE LYRIC: BLUE VALENTINE

Tuesday, Mar 22, 7:00 and 9:15pm, Lyric Theatre
Enjoy a night at the movies, compliments of the Graduate School and The Lyric Theatre. Pick up your free ticket at the GLC Information Desk or in 110 GLC (and vote on your favorite photos, art or writing, while you are at it).

8. REMOVING THE MYSTERY OF THE ETD REVIEW
Tuesday, Mar 22, 7:00pm, GLC Room F
Learn what happens to your ETD after you submit it to the Graduate School: what  items will be checked, timeline of the submission process, corrections, and final approval.

9. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM AND EXPOSITION

Wednesday, Mar 23, 9:00am-4:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room and meeting rooms
Stop by to see the latest in graduate research, presented by the Graduate Student Assembly.

10. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM KEYNOTE: DR. CAROL YOON
Wednesday, Mar 23, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Author of Naming Nature and science writer for the New York Times, Dr. Yoon will discuss her scientific journey and translation of research. Free and open to the public.

11. JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN THE CIA
Thursday, Mar 24, 10:00-11:30am, GLC Room G
Speakers from the CIA Directorate Of Intelligence (DI) will discuss intelligence analysis, the mission of the DI, and how the cycle of intelligence analysis works (requirements, collections, analysis and distribution). They will cover the types of careers in the DI and the kinds of positions currently needed, and provide application tips. The session will conclude with a Q&A.

12. FARMER’S MARKET ON THE PLAZA
Thursday, Mar 24, 11:00am-3:00pm, GLC Plaza
Shop for some fresh locally grown/produced foods and enjoy some live music! Also visit with organic farmer/philosopher Fred Kirshenmann.

13. GUTS, BUTTS AND THIGHS

Thursday, Mar 24, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Heed the old saying about a healthy mind in a healthy body and bust your butt for an hour during this workout session lead by a certified trainer graduate student. You won’t regret it, although your gut, butt or thighs may complain the next day.

14. CULTIVATING AN ECOLOGICAL CONSCIENCE

Thursday, Mar 24, 7:00pm, Fralin Auditorium
Farmer philosopher Fred Kirschenmann, a world-renowned leader in sustainable agriculture combines his experience as an organic farmer with an education philosophy to offer a unique view of agriculture. He travels widely and extensively to discuss the importance of maintaining soil health, developing various-sized farms, and incorporating biodynamic techniques into farms. He has written extensively about ethics and agriculture. For more information contact graduate student Matt Benson.

15. GRAD OLYMPICS
Friday, Mar 25, 3:00-4:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room and neighboring locations
Even if you didn’t sign up as part of a team, you can stop by to watch your fellow grads compete in this contest that will challenge their wits as much as their bodies. Where else will you see them ride around on tricycles wearing beer goggles?

16. BIG COOK OUT – RAIN OR SHINE!

Friday, Mar 25, 4:30-6:30pm, GLC Lawn and Multipurpose Room
The traditional closing event of GEW offers free food, music, games, and raffle prizes to our grad students and their families. Bring a blanket if it shines, or a big umbrella if it rains.

17. MEET AND GREET WITH DR. TYRONE HAYES OF UC BERKLEY
Saturday, Mar 26, 1:30-2:30pm, 100 McBryde
Kids’ Tech University and the Black Graduate Student Organization invite you to meet with renowned African American biologist who will be visiting Virginia Tech. This informal session provides you the opportunity to ask questions about his research, career, and what it takes to be the best in your field. For more information contact graduate student Shernita Lee.

18. EVENING OF INDIAN MUSIC AND DANCE: TAAL 2011
Saturday, Mar 26, 5:30-8:00pm, GLC Auditorium
The Association for India’s Development (AID) and the Indian Student Association (ISA) of Virginia Tech invite you for a mesmerizing evening of Indian music and dance. Soumya Chakraverty, an accomplished Sarod player from the Shahjahanpur Gharana, will be accompanied by Tabla Maestro Debu Nayak, a well known artist in Washington, DC music circles, and joined by Sonali Mishra, a talented dancer with an incessant flow of energy. This event is free and open to the public. More details >>.

19. GSA CABINET POSITIONS 2011-12

The GSA Cabinet is a branch of the Graduate Student Assembly that represents graduate students in the university governance structure. Cabinet members report directly to the VP of Membership of the GSA and sit on university commissions and committees or are members of the GSA committees.  Cabinet members are expected to attend the regularly scheduled meetings of those commissions or committees (usually once or twice a month), one delegate meeting per semester and the GSA cabinet meetings that fit their schedule. They also keep the graduate community abreast of committee/commissions activities by providing cabinet summaries on the GSA website. Graduate students interested in serving on the cabinet should visit the Cabinet section of the GSA website, and click on the Cabinet Positions for 2011-2012, or download a handout for more information.  The handout lists all of the Cabinet positions and provides links to those webpages available.  You may also search the name of any committee/commission on the GSA website to bring up cabinet summaries from current cabinet members that get more current information regarding topics covered in those committees and commissions. You may fill out the Cabinet Interest Survey to nominate yourself for up to three commissions/committees.  The deadline to apply: Apr 18, 2011, or until all positions are filled. Contact current VP of Membership, Jonathan Moore, at with questions.

20. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS INVITED
Have you used your research to benefit society in any way? If so, consider applying for the Citizen Scholar award.  If not, consider designing a Citizen Scholar project! Program requirements are described on the CSE website. Applications are due April 28th.  For more information, email Eric Hodges.

21. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR EXEMPLARY INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH & ESSAY AWARDS – 3rd posting
The newly formed interdisciplinary research honor society, Iota Delta Rho (IDR), is giving out four awards: two awards for Exemplary Interdisciplinary Research, and two awards for Exemplary Interdisciplinary Research Essay of the Year, acknowledging the most exemplary interdisciplinary research (IDR) taking place at Virginia Tech in the 2010-11 academic year, as well as recognizing the best academic essay that details the process of interdisciplinary research (IDR) that IDR seeks to promote at Virginia Tech.  One member and one non-member of the IDR Honor Society will be chosen for each award. Each award winner will receive a certificate and $250. All applications should be emailed to Alireza Salmanzadeh by Friday, Apr 1 (note extended deadline). More information>>.   

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR LOCOMOTION STUDY – 1st posting

Participants are needed for a study investigating the age-related effects of visual input on biomechanical changes during walking and unexpected slip perturbations. The study consists of 2 separate experimental sessions (each lasting 2 hours). Participants will be compensated $10/hour. Requirements: male and female, age 18-30 and age 65-84, correct vision 20/40 or better, no recent history of musculoskeletal disorders. If interested, please contact Manutchanok (MJ) Jongprasithporn.

23. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 1st posting

Participants are sought for a study investigating the effects of flexion and lifting on the biomechanics and neuromuscular control of the human torso.  The study consists of six separate experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 2 hours) and participants will be compensated $10/hour.  To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18-29, have a lean body, and regularly exercise at least 2-3 times per week.  For more information or to inquire about participation, please contact Khoirul.

24. INVITATION TO COMPLETE HARASSMENT SURVEY – 1st posting
A PhD student in the Sociology Department invites you to participate in an online survey gathering information regarding Virginia Tech student’s experiences and perceptions of workplace harassment. The online survey is brief (will only take 5-7 minutes), voluntary, and anonymous, and is open to any and all Virginia Tech students. Please participate by completing the survey.

25. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 3rd 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 upper body weight lifting). If interested, please contact Leanna Horton.

26. BEREAVEMENT GROUP AT THE FAMILY THERAPY CENTER – 2nd posting

If you or someone you know is… grieving the loss of a loved one; feeling alone or sad; feeling angry or guilty or empty; searching for someone who "gets it"; considering sharing your story of loss with others, then you may find value in what the Family Therapy Center has to offer: the Family Therapy Center at VT offers an opportunity for you to gather with people who have lost a loved one and are in need of additional support. For group details, please contact Annie Bao at (540) 231-7261 ext. 2.

27. ROWING COACH POSITION AVAILABLE – EXPERIENCED ROWERS NEEDED
The VT Crew Club will need additional coaches for next fall season and beyond. Candidates must have prior rowing experience, preferably collegiate rowing, but competitive high school rowing also acceptable. Prior coaching experience not required. This is a volunteer position, but all expenses (gas, travel costs, etc.) are covered by the team. Practices are held daily at nearby Claytor Lake during the fall and spring seasons, and in the team’s erg room in War Memorial Gym for winter conditioning. The weekend/travel commitment is for three to four regattas per season (fall and spring). It is a very rewarding experience, helping a motivated group of undergradutes compete and succeed at a high level of rowing. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact the current Novice Men’s Coach (next year’s Head Coach), graduate student Meghan McNulty.

28. UPCOMING EVENTS:

GSA HEALTH FORUM
Thursday, Mar 31, 6:00pm, Location TBA
The GSA health care committee is hosting this health forum, featuring representatives from Schiffert Health Center and Cook Counseling Center as guest speakers. To provide an informative and engaging forum, all interested graduate students are asked to complete a brief survey to list your questions, concerns, and suggestions regarding health services at VT, and express your intent to attend. The focus of this forum will be on the services provided at Schiffert Health Center, and general health concerns at the university. Food and refreshments will be provided. Contact GSA health care committee co-Chair Michael Sage with any questions.

GSA SPRING 2011 WINE SOCIAL
Friday, Apr 1, 5:30-9:00pm at the University Club
Join the GSA and your fellow grad students to celebrate springtime in Blacksburg at the annual GSA Spring Wine Social! Wine services will stop at 8:30pm. Tickets are $10 each (cash/check) at the door. GSA delegates and cabinet members can get in for $5. Must be over 21; valid ID required for entry. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help with the event, please contact Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs.

FROM GANDHI, TO DR. KING, TO VIRGINIA TECH
Tuesday, Apr 5, 7:00-8:30pm, Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires
The ASPECT/PGG Speaker Series (managed by graduate students) is proud to present the Ut Prosim Month Keynote Speaker Dr. Clayborne Carson, internationally renowned scholar and founding director of the MLK Research and Education Institute at Stanford University.  Dr. Carson will give a powerful talk tracing the legacy of Gandhi and MLK through the twentieth century and up to the tragedy at Virginia Tech in 2007.  This presentation has been collaboratively envisioned by graduate students in conversation with Dr. Carson as a unique opportunity to place the history of Virginia Tech within the context of over a century of critical thought on violence and its alternatives in the modern world.  Contact Jordan Hill if you have questions or need more info.

CPR TRAINING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
Friday, April 8, 8:30am-12:00pm, GLC Room G
You never know when a friend, professor, or colleague will be in need of CPR. Make sure you know the proper steps. Tony Mills from Environmental Health and Safety will lead this training for graduate students. The training fee of $20 includes a quick reference manual, full training manual with DVD, barrier mask and a two year certification from the National Safety Council. Learn more and sign-up here. Sponsored by the GLC Resident Fellows.

March 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/consultations: Thursdays, 1:00-6:00pm, Video Conference Room (don’t wait until your paper is due, get assistance now!)

2. REAL COFFEE BREAK IN THE VIRTUAL GLC
Monday, Mar 21, 1:30-3:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Get some fresh coffee for real and take your avatar for a walk around the virtual GLC. This free demo is brought to you by Learning Technology’s Innovation Space. Be among the first ones to try it! Brought to you by Learning Technology’s Innovation Space, a division of Information Technology.

3. GET PLUGGED IN!
Monday, Mar 21, 4:00-6:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Many organizations and services on campus are here to help you get through graduate school. Get plugged into these resources and enjoy some free pizza and raffle prizes.

4. WORLD WATER DAY CELEBRATION AND FOOD SALE
Tuesday, Mar 22, 11:00am-3:00pm, Drillfield
The American Water Resources Association VT student chapter, led by graduate student Courtney Reijo, will be selling pizza, baked goods, and drinks on the Drillfield to raise funds for Amman Imman, a nonprofit organization that works to provide sources of safe-drinking water to communities in West Africa. Try your hand at the "Tap Water Challenge" and see if you can really tell the difference between popular bottled water and VT tap water!  Buy lunch, celebrate World Water Day, and help provide safe drinking water in Africa! For more information contact Courtney.

5. LOUNGE AT THE LIBRARY

Tuesday, Mar 22, 12:00pm, 416 Newman Library
Take advantage of this exclusive access space for grad students and meet with subject librarians over for a light lunch.

6. CAREER BOOSTER SPECIALS
Tuesday, Mar 22, 12:00-5:00pm, Smith Career Center
Career Services offers these special opportunities to celebrate Grad Ed Week:
– 12:00-3:00pm walk-in advising for grads
– 2:00-3:00pm two separate panels will help you with tricks of the trade in academic or industry job searches
– 3:00-5:00pm mix and mingle with faculty and employers to practice your networking skills

7. MOVIE NIGHT AT THE LYRIC: BLUE VALENTINE

Tuesday, Mar 22, 7:00 and 9:15pm, Lyric Theatre
Enjoy a night at the movies, compliments of the Graduate School and The Lyric Theatre. Pick up your free ticket at the GLC Information Desk or in 110 GLC (and vote on your favorite photos, art or writing, while you are at it).

8. REMOVING THE MYSTERY OF THE ETD REVIEW
Tuesday, Mar 22, 7:00pm, GLC Room F
Learn what happens to your ETD after you submit it to the Graduate School: what  items will be checked, timeline of the submission process, corrections, and final approval.

9. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM AND EXPOSITION

Wednesday, Mar 23, 9:00am-4:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room and meeting rooms
Stop by to see the latest in graduate research, presented by the Graduate Student Assembly.

10. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM KEYNOTE: DR. CAROL YOON
Wednesday, Mar 23, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Author of Naming Nature and science writer for the New York Times, Dr. Yoon will discuss her scientific journey and translation of research. Free and open to the public.

11. JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN THE CIA
Thursday, Mar 24, 10:00-11:30am, GLC Room G
Speakers from the CIA Directorate Of Intelligence (DI) will discuss intelligence analysis, the mission of the DI, and how the cycle of intelligence analysis works (requirements, collections, analysis and distribution). They will cover the types of careers in the DI and the kinds of positions currently needed, and provide application tips. The session will conclude with a Q&A.

12. FARMER’S MARKET ON THE PLAZA
Thursday, Mar 24, 11:00am-3:00pm, GLC Plaza
Shop for some fresh locally grown/produced foods and enjoy some live music! Also visit with organic farmer/philosopher Fred Kirshenmann.

13. GUTS, BUTTS AND THIGHS

Thursday, Mar 24, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Heed the old saying about a healthy mind in a healthy body and bust your butt for an hour during this workout session lead by a certified trainer graduate student. You won’t regret it, although your gut, butt or thighs may complain the next day.

14. CULTIVATING AN ECOLOGICAL CONSCIENCE

Thursday, Mar 24, 7:00pm, Fralin Auditorium
Farmer philosopher Fred Kirschenmann, a world-renowned leader in sustainable agriculture combines his experience as an organic farmer with an education philosophy to offer a unique view of agriculture. He travels widely and extensively to discuss the importance of maintaining soil health, developing various-sized farms, and incorporating biodynamic techniques into farms. He has written extensively about ethics and agriculture. For more information contact graduate student Matt Benson.

15. GRAD OLYMPICS
Friday, Mar 25, 3:00-4:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room and neighboring locations
Even if you didn’t sign up as part of a team, you can stop by to watch your fellow grads compete in this contest that will challenge their wits as much as their bodies. Where else will you see them ride around on tricycles wearing beer goggles?

16. BIG COOK OUT – RAIN OR SHINE!

Friday, Mar 25, 4:30-6:30pm, GLC Lawn and Multipurpose Room
The traditional closing event of GEW offers free food, music, games, and raffle prizes to our grad students and their families. Bring a blanket if it shines, or a big umbrella if it rains.

17. MEET AND GREET WITH DR. TYRONE HAYES OF UC BERKLEY
Saturday, Mar 26, 1:30-2:30pm, 100 McBryde
Kids’ Tech University and the Black Graduate Student Organization invite you to meet with renowned African American biologist who will be visiting Virginia Tech. This informal session provides you the opportunity to ask questions about his research, career, and what it takes to be the best in your field. For more information contact graduate student Shernita Lee.

18. EVENING OF INDIAN MUSIC AND DANCE: TAAL 2011
Saturday, Mar 26, 5:30-8:00pm, GLC Auditorium
The Association for India’s Development (AID) and the Indian Student Association (ISA) of Virginia Tech invite you for a mesmerizing evening of Indian music and dance. Soumya Chakraverty, an accomplished Sarod player from the Shahjahanpur Gharana, will be accompanied by Tabla Maestro Debu Nayak, a well known artist in Washington, DC music circles, and joined by Sonali Mishra, a talented dancer with an incessant flow of energy. This event is free and open to the public. More details >>.

19. GSA CABINET POSITIONS 2011-12

The GSA Cabinet is a branch of the Graduate Student Assembly that represents graduate students in the university governance structure. Cabinet members report directly to the VP of Membership of the GSA and sit on university commissions and committees or are members of the GSA committees.  Cabinet members are expected to attend the regularly scheduled meetings of those commissions or committees (usually once or twice a month), one delegate meeting per semester and the GSA cabinet meetings that fit their schedule. They also keep the graduate community abreast of committee/commissions activities by providing cabinet summaries on the GSA website. Graduate students interested in serving on the cabinet should visit the Cabinet section of the GSA website, and click on the Cabinet Positions for 2011-2012, or download a handout for more information.  The handout lists all of the Cabinet positions and provides links to those webpages available.  You may also search the name of any committee/commission on the GSA website to bring up cabinet summaries from current cabinet members that get more current information regarding topics covered in those committees and commissions. You may fill out the Cabinet Interest Survey to nominate yourself for up to three commissions/committees.  The deadline to apply: Apr 18, 2011, or until all positions are filled. Contact current VP of Membership, Jonathan Moore, at with questions.

20. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS INVITED
Have you used your research to benefit society in any way? If so, consider applying for the Citizen Scholar award.  If not, consider designing a Citizen Scholar project! Program requirements are described on the CSE website. Applications are due April 28th.  For more information, email Eric Hodges.

21. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR EXEMPLARY INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH & ESSAY AWARDS – 3rd posting
The newly formed interdisciplinary research honor society, Iota Delta Rho (IDR), is giving out four awards: two awards for Exemplary Interdisciplinary Research, and two awards for Exemplary Interdisciplinary Research Essay of the Year, acknowledging the most exemplary interdisciplinary research (IDR) taking place at Virginia Tech in the 2010-11 academic year, as well as recognizing the best academic essay that details the process of interdisciplinary research (IDR) that IDR seeks to promote at Virginia Tech.  One member and one non-member of the IDR Honor Society will be chosen for each award. Each award winner will receive a certificate and $250. All applications should be emailed to Alireza Salmanzadeh by Friday, Apr 1 (note extended deadline). More information>>.   

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR LOCOMOTION STUDY – 1st posting

Participants are needed for a study investigating the age-related effects of visual input on biomechanical changes during walking and unexpected slip perturbations. The study consists of 2 separate experimental sessions (each lasting 2 hours). Participants will be compensated $10/hour. Requirements: male and female, age 18-30 and age 65-84, correct vision 20/40 or better, no recent history of musculoskeletal disorders. If interested, please contact Manutchanok (MJ) Jongprasithporn.

23. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 1st posting

Participants are sought for a study investigating the effects of flexion and lifting on the biomechanics and neuromuscular control of the human torso.  The study consists of six separate experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 2 hours) and participants will be compensated $10/hour.  To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18-29, have a lean body, and regularly exercise at least 2-3 times per week.  For more information or to inquire about participation, please contact Khoirul.

24. INVITATION TO COMPLETE HARASSMENT SURVEY – 1st posting
A PhD student in the Sociology Department invites you to participate in an online survey gathering information regarding Virginia Tech student’s experiences and perceptions of workplace harassment. The online survey is brief (will only take 5-7 minutes), voluntary, and anonymous, and is open to any and all Virginia Tech students. Please participate by completing the survey.

25. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 3rd 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 upper body weight lifting). If interested, please contact Leanna Horton.

26. BEREAVEMENT GROUP AT THE FAMILY THERAPY CENTER – 2nd posting

If you or someone you know is… grieving the loss of a loved one; feeling alone or sad; feeling angry or guilty or empty; searching for someone who "gets it"; considering sharing your story of loss with others, then you may find value in what the Family Therapy Center has to offer: the Family Therapy Center at VT offers an opportunity for you to gather with people who have lost a loved one and are in need of additional support. For group details, please contact Annie Bao at (540) 231-7261 ext. 2.

27. ROWING COACH POSITION AVAILABLE – EXPERIENCED ROWERS NEEDED
The VT Crew Club will need additional coaches for next fall season and beyond. Candidates must have prior rowing experience, preferably collegiate rowing, but competitive high school rowing also acceptable. Prior coaching experience not required. This is a volunteer position, but all expenses (gas, travel costs, etc.) are covered by the team. Practices are held daily at nearby Claytor Lake during the fall and spring seasons, and in the team’s erg room in War Memorial Gym for winter conditioning. The weekend/travel commitment is for three to four regattas per season (fall and spring). It is a very rewarding experience, helping a motivated group of undergradutes compete and succeed at a high level of rowing. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact the current Novice Men’s Coach (next year’s Head Coach), graduate student Meghan McNulty.

28. UPCOMING EVENTS:

GSA HEALTH FORUM
Thursday, Mar 31, 6:00pm, Location TBA
The GSA health care committee is hosting this health forum, featuring representatives from Schiffert Health Center and Cook Counseling Center as guest speakers. To provide an informative and engaging forum, all interested graduate students are asked to complete a brief survey to list your questions, concerns, and suggestions regarding health services at VT, and express your intent to attend. The focus of this forum will be on the services provided at Schiffert Health Center, and general health concerns at the university. Food and refreshments will be provided. Contact GSA health care committee co-Chair Michael Sage with any questions.

GSA SPRING 2011 WINE SOCIAL
Friday, Apr 1, 5:30-9:00pm at the University Club
Join the GSA and your fellow grad students to celebrate springtime in Blacksburg at the annual GSA Spring Wine Social! Wine services will stop at 8:30pm. Tickets are $10 each (cash/check) at the door. GSA delegates and cabinet members can get in for $5. Must be over 21; valid ID required for entry. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help with the event, please contact Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs.

FROM GANDHI, TO DR. KING, TO VIRGINIA TECH
Tuesday, Apr 5, 7:00-8:30pm, Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires
The ASPECT/PGG Speaker Series (managed by graduate students) is proud to present the Ut Prosim Month Keynote Speaker Dr. Clayborne Carson, internationally renowned scholar and founding director of the MLK Research and Education Institute at Stanford University.  Dr. Carson will give a powerful talk tracing the legacy of Gandhi and MLK through the twentieth century and up to the tragedy at Virginia Tech in 2007.  This presentation has been collaboratively envisioned by graduate students in conversation with Dr. Carson as a unique opportunity to place the history of Virginia Tech within the context of over a century of critical thought on violence and its alternatives in the modern world.  Contact Jordan Hill if you have questions or need more info.

CPR TRAINING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
Friday, April 8, 8:30am-12:00pm, GLC Room G
You never know when a friend, professor, or colleague will be in need of CPR. Make sure you know the proper steps. Tony Mills from Environmental Health and Safety will lead this training for graduate students. The training fee of $20 includes a quick reference manual, full training manual with DVD, barrier mask and a two year certification from the National Safety Council. Learn more and sign-up here. Sponsored by the GLC Resident Fellows.

March 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/consultations: Thursdays, 1:00-6:00pm, Video Conference Room (don’t wait until your paper is due, get assistance now!)

2. AAUW: "POWERFUL PRESENCE" BROWNBAG LUNCH: MARKETING THE BRAND “YOU”
Monday, Mar 14, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Join AAUW Blacksburg-VT for the March lunch! Marketing “you” as a brand is not just about finding a new job. Melissa Richards, director of marketing and publications at VT, will discuss traditional brand marketing concepts in the context of how you represent yourself professionally. Through dialogue and interactive exercises, explore: how perception is brand; how a job title does not define you; establishing your brand promise using online media such as LinkedIn and Twitter; networking and traditional tactics to build a loyalty base among your colleagues, supervisors, and executives. Visit the new AAUW chapter’s Facebook page.

3. SAUDI SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL EXHIBITION

Monday, Mar 14, 4:00-8:00pm, Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires
Graduate student Khalaf Altemimi and the Saudi Students Club invite all graduate students to experience  Saudi culture and learn about Saudi students’ projects in various disciplines. Enjoy the best traditional foods free of charge and have your name hand-written in Arabic letters or have your picture taken wearing Saudi clothes (Thoub or Abayah), so bring your cameras. Henna tattoos for ladies will also be available.  Please direct any question to Khalaf.

4. SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS FOR NON-STAT MAJORS: BAYESIAN METHODS FOR REGRESSION IN R

Monday and Tuesday, Mar 14-15, 4:00-6:00pm, 3080 TORG
This course will cover some basic concepts and vocabulary in Bayesian statistics such as likelihood, prior and posterior distributions, and how they relate to Bayes’ Rule. R statistical software will be used to discuss how parameter estimation and inference changes in a Bayesian paradigm versus in a classical paradigm, with a particular focus on applications using 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. See LISA for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Refreshments are provided at the end of each short course.

5. ETHICAL DILEMMAS – DROP EVERYTHING AND SIGN UP NOW!

Wednesday, Mar 16, 3:00-4:30pm in the GLC Room F
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, 5:00pm.

6. PANEL DISCUSSION WITH KEMBA SMITH PRADIA

Wednesday, Mar 16, 6:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
In 1994, Kemba Smith Pradia, then a college student, was sentenced to 24.5 years in federal prison for drug possession. She regained her freedom after former President Bill Clinton granted her clemency in December 2000 after serving 6 1/2 years in prison. Kemba’s case drew support from across the nation and the world in a crusade to reverse a disturbing trend in the rise of lengthy sentences for first-time, non-violent drug offenders. Kemba will share her story and how she continues her advocacy efforts. For more information about this event please contact Jody Thompson.

7. GSA MONTHLY DELEGATE MEETING & MORE ELECTIONS
Thursday, Mar 17, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Are you interested to know what the GSA is up to? What events are occurring and what legislation is being pushed? Then please consider attending the next delegate meeting. This meeting is mandatory for all GSA delegates, but all grad students are welcome. The GSA is still recruiting a few more executive board members for next year. Whether you are happy with how GSA is running, or not happy at all, it’s your chance to make a difference and do it better. Consider running to help make some changes! The GSA cannot continue to do the great things it does without support from graduate students like you. If you have any questions please email. Start your St. Patrick’s Day celebration with the GSA!

8. PERSIAN NEW YEAR: "NOWRUZ"
Saturday, Mar 19, 7:00-11:00 pm.
Graduate students of the Iranian Society at VT invite you to the Nowruz Celebration, marking the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in Persian calendar, which has been celebrated for over 3,000 years. This year they are hosting a traditional Persian story-telling “Naqali” by Iran’s first woman storyteller “Gordafarid”, as well as Persian music and buffet dinner at Custom Catering Center. Tickets and more information>>

9. INDIAN FESTIVAL: HOLI

Sunday, Mar 20,  11:30am-3:00pm, at the Duckpond
Graduate students of the Indian Student Association, the Council of Intl Student organization and SIA invite you to this celebration of the colorful Indian festival Holi. Indian snacks and music included! Be there for one of the most fun and frolic-filled events of the Spring Semester – Rang Barse! Visit ISA for more details.

10. GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK (GEW) SNEAK PEAK   
Take and early look at what programs and opportunities Graduate Education Week will bring to you this year. There is still time to contribute to the photo, art and writing contest, register for grad Olympics, or mark your calendar for some of the other events. 

11. GRAD ED WEEK 2011: REGISTER NOW FOR GRAD OLYMPICS
Put your wit, physical skills and team spirit to the test and win great prizes in a light-hearted competition among graduate student teams. Up to ten teams of 4-6 members may compete. 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. GSA 27TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM: (Re)Search: WHY IT MATTERS!

  • If you are interested in volunteering for the day of the event (i.e., greeter, registration, moderator), please contact Kate Fiedler
  • Abstract acceptance notices are delivered on Monday, Mar 14, and judges will receive the pdf on Mar 16.
  • The GSA still needs faculty judges for the day of the event (to help distribute the $12,000 in award money to winners!) Please share this link with faculty members
  • Poster, oral, and video presentations will take place from 9am-4pm in the GLC.
  • Keynote Speaker, Dr. Carol Yoon,  7-8pm in the GLC Auditorium;
  • Awards Ceremony from 8-9:30, presenters, faculty judges and invited guests.
  • Visit the symposium website for details. Contact Samantha Downey with any questions.

13. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR EXEMPLARY INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH & ESSAY AWARDS
The newly formed interdisciplinary research honor society, Iota Delta Rho (IDR), is giving out four awards: two awards for Exemplary Interdisciplinary Research, and two awards for Exemplary Interdisciplinary Research Essay of the Year, acknowledging the most exemplary interdisciplinary research (IDR) taking place at Virginia Tech in the 2010-11 academic year, as well as recognizing the best academic essay that details the process of interdisciplinary research (IDR) that IDR seeks to promote at Virginia Tech.  One member and one non-member of the IDR Honor Society will be chosen for each award. Each award winner will receive a certificate and $250. All applications should be emailed to Alireza Salmanzadeh by Monday, Mar 28. More information>>.   

14. IDR HONOR SOCIETY CALLS FOR COMMUNICATION NETWORK PARTICIPANTS – 3rd posting

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!

15. INTERVIEWERS SOUGHT TO GIVE MOCK INTERVIEWS

Volunteers are sought to give mock interviews to undergraduate students in the McNair Scholars Program. Interviewers should be graduate students and/or faculty members within in one of the following disciplines: clinical psychology; aerospace & ocean engineering; human development; human nutrition, foods & exercise; economics; and biology. The mock interviews will take place on Mar 18 and 25 in Femoyer Hall, and each interview will last approximately one hour. Volunteers will conduct the interview and provide constructive feedback to the McNair Scholar. Volunteer interviewers need only interview one scholar. If interested or need additional information, please contact Evan Glien, graduate assistant, or Cheryl Gittens, director of McNair Scholars Program.

16. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 2nd 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 upper body weight lifting). If interested, please contact Leanna Horton.

17. BEREAVEMENT GROUP AT THE FAMILY THERAPY CENTER
If you or someone you know is… grieving the loss of a loved one; feeling alone or sad; feeling angry or guilty or empty; searching for someone who "gets it"; considering sharing your story of loss with others, then you may find value in what the Family Therapy Center has to offer: the Family Therapy Center at VT offers an opportunity for you to gather with people who have lost a loved one and are in need of additional support. For group details, please contact Annie Bao at (540) 231-7261 ext. 2.

18. LEARN TURKISH AT VT
Experienced teachers are offering Turkish language classes at Cranwell International Center, brought to you by the Intercultural Understanding Club.  No experience necessary; courses offered from elementary to advanced levels. For the spring program: An hour class per week and four classes in a month. For registration and questions contact graduate student Haktan Suren. Third class: 3/10, 6:00pm.

19. UPCOMING EVENTS:

REAL COFFEE IN THE VIRTUAL GLC
Monday, Mar 21, 1:30-3:00pm GLC Multipurpose Room
Take your avatar for a walk around the newly created virtual GLC, and get a cup of real coffee as you are playing. This free demo is brought to you by Learning Technology’s Innovation Space, a division of Information Technology.

GET PLUGGED IN!
Monday, Mar 21, 1:30-3:00pm GLC Multipurpose Room
Get plugged into the many organizations and services on campus that are available to help you successfully get through graduate school. Free pizza and raffle prizes! Sponsored by the GLC Resident Fellows.

CAREER BOOSTER SPECIALS

Tuesday, Mar 22, 12:00-5:00pm, Smith Career Center
Career Services invites to its GEW offerings:

  • 12:00-3:00pm, walk-in career advising
  • 2:00-3:00pm, academic and industry/government job search sessions with experienced panelists
  • 3:00-5:00pm, employer-student networking

REMOVING THE MYSTERY OF THE ETD REVIEW
Tuesday, Mar 22, 7:00pm, GLC Room F
Learn what happens to your ETD after you submit it to the Graduate School: what  items will be checked, timeline of the submission process, corrections, and final approval.

GRAD MOVIE NIGHT AT THE LYRIC: BLUE VALENTINE
Tuesday, Mar 22, 7:00 and 9:15pm, The Lyric
Enjoy a night at the movies, compliments of the Graduate School and The Lyric Theater, in celebration of Graduate Education Week. Pick up your free ticket at the GLC Information Desk or in 110 GLC, while supplies last.

FOR MORE GEW EVENTS VISIT THE GEW WEBSITE!

GSA HEALTH FORUM
Thursday, Mar 31, 6:00pm, Location TBA
The GSA health care committee is hosting this health forum, featuring representatives from Schiffert Health Center and Cook Counseling Center as guest speakers. To provide an informative and engaging forum, all interested graduate students are asked to complete a brief survey to list your questions, concerns, and suggestions regarding health services at VT, and express your intent to attend. The focus of this forum will be on the services provided at Schiffert Health Center, and general health concerns at the university. Food and refreshments will be provided. Contact GSA health care committee co-Chair Michael Sage with any questions.

CPR TRAINING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
Friday, April 8, 8:30am-12:00pm, GLC Room G
You never know when a friend, professor, or colleague will be in need of CPR. Make sure you know the proper steps. Tony Mills from Environmental Health and Safety will lead this training for graduate students. The training fee of $20 includes a quick reference manual, full training manual with DVD, barrier mask and a two year certification from the National Safety Council. Learn more and sign-up here. Sponsored by the GLC Resident Fellows.

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).

March 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/consultations: Thursdays, 1:00-6:00pm, Video Conference Room (don’t wait until your paper is due, get assistance now!)

2. AAUW: "POWERFUL PRESENCE" BROWNBAG LUNCH: MARKETING THE BRAND “YOU”
Monday, Mar 14, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Join AAUW Blacksburg-VT for the March lunch! Marketing “you” as a brand is not just about finding a new job. Melissa Richards, director of marketing and publications at VT, will discuss traditional brand marketing concepts in the context of how you represent yourself professionally. Through dialogue and interactive exercises, explore: how perception is brand; how a job title does not define you; establishing your brand promise using online media such as LinkedIn and Twitter; networking and traditional tactics to build a loyalty base among your colleagues, supervisors, and executives. Visit the new AAUW chapter’s Facebook page.

3. SAUDI SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL EXHIBITION

Monday, Mar 14, 4:00-8:00pm, Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires
Graduate student Khalaf Altemimi and the Saudi Students Club invite all graduate students to experience  Saudi culture and learn about Saudi students’ projects in various disciplines. Enjoy the best traditional foods free of charge and have your name hand-written in Arabic letters or have your picture taken wearing Saudi clothes (Thoub or Abayah), so bring your cameras. Henna tattoos for ladies will also be available.  Please direct any question to Khalaf.

4. SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS FOR NON-STAT MAJORS: BAYESIAN METHODS FOR REGRESSION IN R

Monday and Tuesday, Mar 14-15, 4:00-6:00pm, 3080 TORG
This course will cover some basic concepts and vocabulary in Bayesian statistics such as likelihood, prior and posterior distributions, and how they relate to Bayes’ Rule. R statistical software will be used to discuss how parameter estimation and inference changes in a Bayesian paradigm versus in a classical paradigm, with a particular focus on applications using 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. See LISA for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Refreshments are provided at the end of each short course.

5. ETHICAL DILEMMAS – DROP EVERYTHING AND SIGN UP NOW!

Wednesday, Mar 16, 3:00-4:30pm in the GLC Room F
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, 5:00pm.

6. PANEL DISCUSSION WITH KEMBA SMITH PRADIA

Wednesday, Mar 16, 6:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
In 1994, Kemba Smith Pradia, then a college student, was sentenced to 24.5 years in federal prison for drug possession. She regained her freedom after former President Bill Clinton granted her clemency in December 2000 after serving 6 1/2 years in prison. Kemba’s case drew support from across the nation and the world in a crusade to reverse a disturbing trend in the rise of lengthy sentences for first-time, non-violent drug offenders. Kemba will share her story and how she continues her advocacy efforts. For more information about this event please contact Jody Thompson.

7. GSA MONTHLY DELEGATE MEETING & MORE ELECTIONS
Thursday, Mar 17, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Are you interested to know what the GSA is up to? What events are occurring and what legislation is being pushed? Then please consider attending the next delegate meeting. This meeting is mandatory for all GSA delegates, but all grad students are welcome. The GSA is still recruiting a few more executive board members for next year. Whether you are happy with how GSA is running, or not happy at all, it’s your chance to make a difference and do it better. Consider running to help make some changes! The GSA cannot continue to do the great things it does without support from graduate students like you. If you have any questions please email. Start your St. Patrick’s Day celebration with the GSA!

8. PERSIAN NEW YEAR: "NOWRUZ"
Saturday, Mar 19, 7:00-11:00 pm.
Graduate students of the Iranian Society at VT invite you to the Nowruz Celebration, marking the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in Persian calendar, which has been celebrated for over 3,000 years. This year they are hosting a traditional Persian story-telling “Naqali” by Iran’s first woman storyteller “Gordafarid”, as well as Persian music and buffet dinner at Custom Catering Center. Tickets and more information>>

9. INDIAN FESTIVAL: HOLI

Sunday, Mar 20,  11:30am-3:00pm, at the Duckpond
Graduate students of the Indian Student Association, the Council of Intl Student organization and SIA invite you to this celebration of the colorful Indian festival Holi. Indian snacks and music included! Be there for one of the most fun and frolic-filled events of the Spring Semester – Rang Barse! Visit ISA for more details.

10. GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK (GEW) SNEAK PEAK   
Take and early look at what programs and opportunities Graduate Education Week will bring to you this year. There is still time to contribute to the photo, art and writing contest, register for grad Olympics, or mark your calendar for some of the other events. 

11. GRAD ED WEEK 2011: REGISTER NOW FOR GRAD OLYMPICS
Put your wit, physical skills and team spirit to the test and win great prizes in a light-hearted competition among graduate student teams. Up to ten teams of 4-6 members may compete. 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. GSA 27TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM: (Re)Search: WHY IT MATTERS!

  • If you are interested in volunteering for the day of the event (i.e., greeter, registration, moderator), please contact Kate Fiedler
  • Abstract acceptance notices are delivered on Monday, Mar 14, and judges will receive the pdf on Mar 16.
  • The GSA still needs faculty judges for the day of the event (to help distribute the $12,000 in award money to winners!) Please share this link with faculty members
  • Poster, oral, and video presentations will take place from 9am-4pm in the GLC.
  • Keynote Speaker, Dr. Carol Yoon,  7-8pm in the GLC Auditorium;
  • Awards Ceremony from 8-9:30, presenters, faculty judges and invited guests.
  • Visit the symposium website for details. Contact Samantha Downey with any questions.

13. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR EXEMPLARY INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH & ESSAY AWARDS
The newly formed interdisciplinary research honor society, Iota Delta Rho (IDR), is giving out four awards: two awards for Exemplary Interdisciplinary Research, and two awards for Exemplary Interdisciplinary Research Essay of the Year, acknowledging the most exemplary interdisciplinary research (IDR) taking place at Virginia Tech in the 2010-11 academic year, as well as recognizing the best academic essay that details the process of interdisciplinary research (IDR) that IDR seeks to promote at Virginia Tech.  One member and one non-member of the IDR Honor Society will be chosen for each award. Each award winner will receive a certificate and $250. All applications should be emailed to Alireza Salmanzadeh by Monday, Mar 28. More information>>.   

14. IDR HONOR SOCIETY CALLS FOR COMMUNICATION NETWORK PARTICIPANTS – 3rd posting

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!

15. INTERVIEWERS SOUGHT TO GIVE MOCK INTERVIEWS

Volunteers are sought to give mock interviews to undergraduate students in the McNair Scholars Program. Interviewers should be graduate students and/or faculty members within in one of the following disciplines: clinical psychology; aerospace & ocean engineering; human development; human nutrition, foods & exercise; economics; and biology. The mock interviews will take place on Mar 18 and 25 in Femoyer Hall, and each interview will last approximately one hour. Volunteers will conduct the interview and provide constructive feedback to the McNair Scholar. Volunteer interviewers need only interview one scholar. If interested or need additional information, please contact Evan Glien, graduate assistant, or Cheryl Gittens, director of McNair Scholars Program.

16. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 2nd 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 upper body weight lifting). If interested, please contact Leanna Horton.

17. BEREAVEMENT GROUP AT THE FAMILY THERAPY CENTER
If you or someone you know is… grieving the loss of a loved one; feeling alone or sad; feeling angry or guilty or empty; searching for someone who "gets it"; considering sharing your story of loss with others, then you may find value in what the Family Therapy Center has to offer: the Family Therapy Center at VT offers an opportunity for you to gather with people who have lost a loved one and are in need of additional support. For group details, please contact Annie Bao at (540) 231-7261 ext. 2.

18. LEARN TURKISH AT VT
Experienced teachers are offering Turkish language classes at Cranwell International Center, brought to you by the Intercultural Understanding Club.  No experience necessary; courses offered from elementary to advanced levels. For the spring program: An hour class per week and four classes in a month. For registration and questions contact graduate student Haktan Suren. Third class: 3/10, 6:00pm.

19. UPCOMING EVENTS:

REAL COFFEE IN THE VIRTUAL GLC
Monday, Mar 21, 1:30-3:00pm GLC Multipurpose Room
Take your avatar for a walk around the newly created virtual GLC, and get a cup of real coffee as you are playing. This free demo is brought to you by Learning Technology’s Innovation Space, a division of Information Technology.

GET PLUGGED IN!
Monday, Mar 21, 1:30-3:00pm GLC Multipurpose Room
Get plugged into the many organizations and services on campus that are available to help you successfully get through graduate school. Free pizza and raffle prizes! Sponsored by the GLC Resident Fellows.

CAREER BOOSTER SPECIALS

Tuesday, Mar 22, 12:00-5:00pm, Smith Career Center
Career Services invites to its GEW offerings:

  • 12:00-3:00pm, walk-in career advising
  • 2:00-3:00pm, academic and industry/government job search sessions with experienced panelists
  • 3:00-5:00pm, employer-student networking

REMOVING THE MYSTERY OF THE ETD REVIEW
Tuesday, Mar 22, 7:00pm, GLC Room F
Learn what happens to your ETD after you submit it to the Graduate School: what  items will be checked, timeline of the submission process, corrections, and final approval.

GRAD MOVIE NIGHT AT THE LYRIC: BLUE VALENTINE
Tuesday, Mar 22, 7:00 and 9:15pm, The Lyric
Enjoy a night at the movies, compliments of the Graduate School and The Lyric Theater, in celebration of Graduate Education Week. Pick up your free ticket at the GLC Information Desk or in 110 GLC, while supplies last.

FOR MORE GEW EVENTS VISIT THE GEW WEBSITE!

GSA HEALTH FORUM
Thursday, Mar 31, 6:00pm, Location TBA
The GSA health care committee is hosting this health forum, featuring representatives from Schiffert Health Center and Cook Counseling Center as guest speakers. To provide an informative and engaging forum, all interested graduate students are asked to complete a brief survey to list your questions, concerns, and suggestions regarding health services at VT, and express your intent to attend. The focus of this forum will be on the services provided at Schiffert Health Center, and general health concerns at the university. Food and refreshments will be provided. Contact GSA health care committee co-Chair Michael Sage with any questions.

CPR TRAINING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
Friday, April 8, 8:30am-12:00pm, GLC Room G
You never know when a friend, professor, or colleague will be in need of CPR. Make sure you know the proper steps. Tony Mills from Environmental Health and Safety will lead this training for graduate students. The training fee of $20 includes a quick reference manual, full training manual with DVD, barrier mask and a two year certification from the National Safety Council. Learn more and sign-up here. Sponsored by the GLC Resident Fellows.

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).

March 7-13, 2011

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC
Our weekly services are on hiatus for spring break.

2. SPRING BREAK PITY PARTY
Wednesday, Mar 9, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Lobby
You are not alone on campus during spring break! Come to this mardi gras-themed pot luck party with vegetarian and meat options, brought to you by your friendly and enthusiastic volunteer chefs who also happen to work in the Graduate School and Res Life. The food will be so good that everyone who left town will turn green with envy when they find out what they missed. Please register here to give us an idea of how much food to prepare.

3. GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK (GEW) SNEAK PEAK   
Take and early look at what programs and opportunities Graduate Education Week will bring to you this year. There is still time to contribute to the photo, art and writing contest, register for grad Olympics, or mark your calendar for some of the other events. 

4. ETHICAL DILEMMAS – DROP EVERYTHING AND 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.

5. 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 >>

6. GRAD ED WEEK 2011: REGISTER NOW FOR GRAD OLYMPICS
Put your wit, physical skills and team spirit to the test and win great prizes in a light-hearted competition among graduate student teams. Up to ten teams of 4-6 members may compete. 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.

7. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR EXEMPLARY INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH & ESSAY AWARDS
The newly formed interdisciplinary research honor society, Iota Delta Rho (IDR), is giving out four awards: two awards for Exemplary Interdisciplinary Research, and two awards for Exemplary Interdisciplinary Research Essay of the Year, acknowledging the most exemplary interdisciplinary research (IDR) taking place at Virginia Tech in the 2010-11 academic year, as well as recognizing the best academic essay that details the process of interdisciplinary research (IDR) that IDR seeks to promote at Virginia Tech.  One member and one non-member of the IDR Honor Society will be chosen for each award. Each award winner will receive a certificate and $250. All applications should be emailed to Alireza Salmanzadeh by Monday, Mar 28. Learn more.   

8. IDR HONOR SOCIETY CALLS FOR COMMUNICATION NETWORK PARTICIPANTS – 2nd posting
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!

9. GSA 27TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM: FACULTY JUDGES SOUGHT

The Graduate Student Assembly has received 179 abstract submissions. Now it’s time to encourage faculty members to support this prestigious event. Please assist with judging recruitment by sharing this survey link and encouraging your faculty to participate. Keynote speaker Dr. Carol Yoon, from the New York Times, will be giving her address Mar 23, 7:00-8:00pm in the GLC auditorium. Contact Samantha Downey at smdowney@vt.edu with any questions.

10. INTERVIEWERS SOUGHT TO GIVE MOCK INTERVIEWS
Volunteers are sought to give mock interviews to undergraduate students in the McNair Scholars Program. Interviewers should be graduate students and/or faculty members within in one of the following disciplines: clinical psychology; aerospace & ocean engineering; human development; human nutrition, foods & exercise; economics; and biology. The mock interviews will take place on Mar 18 and 25 in Femoyer Hall, and each interview will last approximately one hour. Volunteers will conduct the interview and provide constructive feedback to the McNair Scholar. Volunteer interviewers need only interview one scholar. If interested or need additional information, please contact Evan Glien, graduate assistant, or Cheryl Gittens, director of McNair Scholars Program.

11. 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 upper body weight lifting). If interested, please contact Leanna Horton.

12. DOCTORAL STUDENT PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SURVEY ON POST-PHD CAREER CHOICES – 3rd 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, followthis link. Contact Mike Garvin with any questions.

13. ULAX IS COMING TO VT – SRPING MEN’S LACROSSE LEAGUE – 3rd 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 at vtech@ulax.org for more info or visit this website.

14. LEARN TURKISH AT VT
Experienced teachers are offering Turkish language classes at Cranwell International Center, brought to you by the Intercultural Understanding Club.  No experience necessary; courses offered from elementary to advanced levels. For the spring program: An hour class per week and four classes in a month. For registration and questions contact graduate student Haktan Suren. Third class: 3/10, 6:00pm.

15. 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. Details>>. 

16. UPCOMING EVENTS:

AAUW: "POWERFUL PRESENCE" BROWNBAG LUNCH
Monday, Mar 14, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Join AAUW Blacksburg-VT for the March lunch! Marketing “you” as a brand is not just about finding a new job. Melissa Richards, director of marketing and publications at VT, will discuss traditional brand marketing concepts in the context of how you represent yourself professionally. Through dialogue and interactive exercises, explore: how perception is brand; how a job title does not define you; establishing your brand promise using online media such as LinkedIn and Twitter; networking and traditional tactics to build a loyalty base among your colleagues, supervisors, and executives. Visit the new AAUW chapter’s Facebook page.

SAUDI SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL EXHIBITION
Monday, Mar 14, 4:00-8:00pm, Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires
Graduate student Khalaf Altemimi and the Saudi Students Club invite all graduate students to experience  Saudi culture and learn about Saudi students’ projects in various disciplines. Enjoy the best traditional foods free of charge and have your name hand-written in Arabic letters or have your picture taken wearing Saudi clothes (Thoub or Abayah), so bring your cameras. Henna tattoos for ladies will also be available.  Please direct any question to Khalaf.

SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS FOR NON-STAT MAJORS: BAYESIAN METHODS FOR REGRESSION IN R
Monday and Tuesday, Mar 14-15, 4:00-6:00pm, 3080 TORG
This course will cover some basic concepts and vocabulary in Bayesian statistics such as likelihood, prior and posterior distributions, and how they relate to Bayes’ Rule. R statistical software will be used to discuss how parameter estimation and inference changes in a Bayesian paradigm versus in a classical paradigm, with a particular focus on applications using 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.

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).

March 7-13, 2011

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC
Our weekly services are on hiatus for spring break.

2. SPRING BREAK PITY PARTY
Wednesday, Mar 9, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Lobby
You are not alone on campus during spring break! Come to this mardi gras-themed pot luck party with vegetarian and meat options, brought to you by your friendly and enthusiastic volunteer chefs who also happen to work in the Graduate School and Res Life. The food will be so good that everyone who left town will turn green with envy when they find out what they missed. Please register here to give us an idea of how much food to prepare.

3. GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK (GEW) SNEAK PEAK   
Take and early look at what programs and opportunities Graduate Education Week will bring to you this year. There is still time to contribute to the photo, art and writing contest, register for grad Olympics, or mark your calendar for some of the other events. 

4. ETHICAL DILEMMAS – DROP EVERYTHING AND 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.

5. 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 >>

6. GRAD ED WEEK 2011: REGISTER NOW FOR GRAD OLYMPICS
Put your wit, physical skills and team spirit to the test and win great prizes in a light-hearted competition among graduate student teams. Up to ten teams of 4-6 members may compete. 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.

7. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR EXEMPLARY INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH & ESSAY AWARDS
The newly formed interdisciplinary research honor society, Iota Delta Rho (IDR), is giving out four awards: two awards for Exemplary Interdisciplinary Research, and two awards for Exemplary Interdisciplinary Research Essay of the Year, acknowledging the most exemplary interdisciplinary research (IDR) taking place at Virginia Tech in the 2010-11 academic year, as well as recognizing the best academic essay that details the process of interdisciplinary research (IDR) that IDR seeks to promote at Virginia Tech.  One member and one non-member of the IDR Honor Society will be chosen for each award. Each award winner will receive a certificate and $250. All applications should be emailed to Alireza Salmanzadeh by Monday, Mar 28. Learn more.   

8. IDR HONOR SOCIETY CALLS FOR COMMUNICATION NETWORK PARTICIPANTS – 2nd posting
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!

9. GSA 27TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM: FACULTY JUDGES SOUGHT

The Graduate Student Assembly has received 179 abstract submissions. Now it’s time to encourage faculty members to support this prestigious event. Please assist with judging recruitment by sharing this survey link and encouraging your faculty to participate. Keynote speaker Dr. Carol Yoon, from the New York Times, will be giving her address Mar 23, 7:00-8:00pm in the GLC auditorium. Contact Samantha Downey at smdowney@vt.edu with any questions.

10. INTERVIEWERS SOUGHT TO GIVE MOCK INTERVIEWS
Volunteers are sought to give mock interviews to undergraduate students in the McNair Scholars Program. Interviewers should be graduate students and/or faculty members within in one of the following disciplines: clinical psychology; aerospace & ocean engineering; human development; human nutrition, foods & exercise; economics; and biology. The mock interviews will take place on Mar 18 and 25 in Femoyer Hall, and each interview will last approximately one hour. Volunteers will conduct the interview and provide constructive feedback to the McNair Scholar. Volunteer interviewers need only interview one scholar. If interested or need additional information, please contact Evan Glien, graduate assistant, or Cheryl Gittens, director of McNair Scholars Program.

11. 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 upper body weight lifting). If interested, please contact Leanna Horton.

12. DOCTORAL STUDENT PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SURVEY ON POST-PHD CAREER CHOICES – 3rd 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, followthis link. Contact Mike Garvin with any questions.

13. ULAX IS COMING TO VT – SRPING MEN’S LACROSSE LEAGUE – 3rd 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 at vtech@ulax.org for more info or visit this website.

14. LEARN TURKISH AT VT
Experienced teachers are offering Turkish language classes at Cranwell International Center, brought to you by the Intercultural Understanding Club.  No experience necessary; courses offered from elementary to advanced levels. For the spring program: An hour class per week and four classes in a month. For registration and questions contact graduate student Haktan Suren. Third class: 3/10, 6:00pm.

15. 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. Details>>. 

16. UPCOMING EVENTS:

AAUW: "POWERFUL PRESENCE" BROWNBAG LUNCH
Monday, Mar 14, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Join AAUW Blacksburg-VT for the March lunch! Marketing “you” as a brand is not just about finding a new job. Melissa Richards, director of marketing and publications at VT, will discuss traditional brand marketing concepts in the context of how you represent yourself professionally. Through dialogue and interactive exercises, explore: how perception is brand; how a job title does not define you; establishing your brand promise using online media such as LinkedIn and Twitter; networking and traditional tactics to build a loyalty base among your colleagues, supervisors, and executives. Visit the new AAUW chapter’s Facebook page.

SAUDI SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL EXHIBITION
Monday, Mar 14, 4:00-8:00pm, Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires
Graduate student Khalaf Altemimi and the Saudi Students Club invite all graduate students to experience  Saudi culture and learn about Saudi students’ projects in various disciplines. Enjoy the best traditional foods free of charge and have your name hand-written in Arabic letters or have your picture taken wearing Saudi clothes (Thoub or Abayah), so bring your cameras. Henna tattoos for ladies will also be available.  Please direct any question to Khalaf.

SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS FOR NON-STAT MAJORS: BAYESIAN METHODS FOR REGRESSION IN R
Monday and Tuesday, Mar 14-15, 4:00-6:00pm, 3080 TORG
This course will cover some basic concepts and vocabulary in Bayesian statistics such as likelihood, prior and posterior distributions, and how they relate to Bayes’ Rule. R statistical software will be used to discuss how parameter estimation and inference changes in a Bayesian paradigm versus in a classical paradigm, with a particular focus on applications using 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.

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).