April 25-May 2, 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. GSA CASINO NIGHT GALA
Saturday, Apr 30, 7:30–11:00pm, University Club
***Correction: event begins at 7:30pm NOT 7pm.*** The GSA invites you to celebrate the end of the semester at the annual GSA Casino Night Gala! Dress in semi-formal attire, enjoy amazing food, wine, beer, DJ, dancing, and door prizes, and rack up the wins on a variety of casino games (poker, craps, blackjack, roulette, etc.) hosted by professional dealers. Admission tickets are $15 with an additional $5 for game play. Tickets can be purchased at the door, however, the GSA encourages pre-purchasing tickets by following the link posted on the GSA homepage. Questions? Please email Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs.

3. GA POSITION OPEN IN INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH & EFFECTIVENESS FOR 2011-12 – 1st posting

VT’s IRE is looking for a Graduate Assistant for the 2011-12 academic year to assist with the conversion of some static web-site activity to dynamic, user-driven, SQL-Server apps. Required skills include SQL, with ideally at least an awareness of SQL Server Reporting Services. Additionally some experience with ASP.NET, using C# or VB.NET would be great. Preferred skills include HTML, IIS, a fun personality, dependability, and good communication skills. Interested grad students can send their information to Dennis Catley by May 6, 2011 or until position is filled.

4. GRADUATE FELLOW POSITIONS OPEN FOR 2011-12 IN HONORS RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE – 1st posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking motivated graduate students to live in the Honors Residential College and take on Residence Life and programming duties. An ideal candidate would have previous Residence Life and/or event planning experience. Compensation includes a $9,000 partial housing stipend and a partial tuition waiver. Application materials must be turned in to the University Honors office (137 Hillcrest Hall – Ashley Wills) by 5:00pm on Friday, May 6, 2011. Review details and download the application form here. For more information, contact Robert Stephens.

5. TWO ASSISTANTSHIP OPENINGS FOR 2011-12 AT UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES – 2nd posting
The University Libraries is accepting applications for two 9-month graduate assistantships for 2011-12. The openings are at each of the reference desks, (a) Business, Social Science & Humanities and (b) SciTech. The hours for both positions are Sunday-Thursday, 8pm to midnight. Both of these GA positions offer a tuition waiver and a stipend pay determined by the library. Interested students should complete the job application here and send it by email along with a cover letter and resume to Brenda Hendricks by Apr 29, 2011. 

6. LEADERSHIP TECH SEEKS GRAD STUDENT VOLUNTEERS: ENGAGING LEADERSHIP
Student Activities is seeking 8 graduate students to serve as small group facilitators for an undergraduate leadership development program.  Participants in the Leadership Tech Engaging Leadership program develop their potential for responsible citizenship and leadership through community service and a range of other experiential learning activities.  Facilitators will work in teams of two or three to guide a group of 10-15 junior and/or senior students organized around one of the following issues: Community & Environmental Sustainability; Multicultural Communities; Global Social Change; Health & Wellness. Interested students should submit their resumes and complete an application. Interviews are currently happening for those who meet the minimum qualifications. If you have any questions, please contact Allison Dunn.

7. PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARD CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – 1st posting
Are you looking for an opportunity to serve the graduate student community in a scholarly fashion?  Do you want experience working with a peer-reviewed scholarly journal?  Consider applying for a position on the editorial board of the multidisciplinary student journal Public Knowledge Journal (ISSN 1948-3511).  You can contact the current Editor-in-Chief to learn more about the available positions, or read about each position  under “2011-2012 Editorial Board.” The deadline for applications (statement of interest, CV, and contact information) is May 6, 2011.  Please contact Ashley Patriarca with questions or concerns.

8. JOIN THE LEAN TEAM AND LEARN – 2nd posting

LeanTeam@VirginiaTech is recruiting and developing high-performing students from across disciplines who are keen to learn to be lean. Students get the chance to develop and run Lean workshops and summits for professionals from a broad range of organizations, participate in continuous improvement events, and undertake fun team events. If this is what you always wanted, then the Lean Team looks forward to hearing from you by email to info@vtlean.org or phone at 540-443-6688. Please visit the Lean Team website to learn more.

9. SUBMIT YOUR TEACHING AND RESEARCH PHOTOS NOW – 3rd posting
Each year during the fall and spring graduate commencement ceremonies, Dean Karen DePauw presents a section called "Images and Reflections," a slide show that highlights the activities of graduate students. The Graduate School asks for submissions of photos of graduate students who are teaching classes or conducting research or photos that portray other scholarly pursuits to include in this slideshow. Please send photos to grads@vt.edu.

10. 2011 DUNCAN 5K RACE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – 3rd posting
Race director and DVM student Dan Hay invites graduate students to register for the annual Bob Duncan Memorial 5K race/walk on the VT cross country course. The race will take place on May 7, 11:00am. See more >>.

11. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR VR-MICRO-CT-DATA-ANALYSIS STUDY: PHASE-II – 1st posting
Voluntary participants are sought for the “Benefits of immersion for analysis of micro-CT datasets” project to help researchers gather both quantitative and qualitative insights into immersion benefits while exploring a complex scientific dataset like that of microscopic computed tomography data. The study consists of carrying out few tasks (answering few questions) related to two selected micro-CT datasets, which will be volume visualized on a state-of-the-art spatially immersive stereo display system, in the Visionarium at 3050 Torgersen. More details will be provided on site. The whole experiment will last for about an hour and a half. This study has been approved by VT’s Institutional Review Board. This is Phase-II of the study, for which 40 participants are needed. Participation is on first come first served basis. Participants must be over 18 with no or minimal background in micro-CT imaging to participate in this experiment. See available time slots for participation. Please email to Bireswar Laha with your preferred time slot from the above page to sign up for your participation.

12. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH PROJECT ON BARRIERS TO ACADEMIC SUCCESS IN APPALACHIA

Your participation is requested in this project about barriers to academic success in Appalachia: if interested, please complete this confidential and anonymous survey that will only take a few minutes. Participation is completely voluntary. The survey will be open until May 2, 2011. If you have any questions, please contact Cyndi Booth. Please feel free to pass this survey along to others.

13. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY REGARDING FORCED PASSWORD CHANGES – 2nd posting
Participants are needed for a research project that is concerned with forced password changes. The study consists of an 8-min survey, which involves providing your opinions and experiences.  Your participation will help researchers understand the attitudes, actions, and behaviors that individuals faced with a forced security change will have.  Participants can be entered into a drawing for one iPod mini, three $20 gift cards, three MP3 earphones, and three 8GB USB drives. To participate, please click on this link by Wednesday, May 4. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Enget.

14. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF FACTORS INFLUENCING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY – 2nd posting
Participants are needed for a study examining the effects of various psychological and behavioral factors influencing physical activity. The study consists of a survey that will take approximately 1-1.5 hours to complete. Participants must be over 18; there is no minimum requirement for level of physical activity that the participant is currently engaging in.  If interested, please click on this link or contact Matthew Cox for more information.

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 Neema.

16. RESEARCH SUBJECT SOUGHT FOR SUPPLEMENT’S EFFECT ON MUSCLE SORENESS –  2nd posting
Research subjects are wanted for a study to determine whether daily consumption of corn oil/omega-3 fat will influence muscle soreness, damage and inflammation that occurs after weight training. Must consume supplement for 45 days, perform strenuous weight training bout, go through several weeks of weight training program developed by the researchers, and provide seven blood samples over 45 days. Eligibility: must be 18-28, healthy males (non-smokers, no orthopedic limitations to exercise; no chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, bleeding, or inflammatory diseases); schedule compatible with testing and training. Benefits: development of personal weight training program by experienced professionals, financial compensation up to $175. Looking for individuals who will be able to participate over the Summer (i.e. May-Aug). If interested, contact mailto:vthnfe@gmail.com for more information.

17. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR NAVIGATION TECHNIQUES STUDY IN 3D VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS – 3rd posting
120 participants are sought for a study to compare navigation techniques in 3D immersive virtual environments. Participants will navigate a virtual maze with one of the interfaces, such as joystick or new interfaces (in which participants use their own body). Participants should have no limitations with physical movement of head, arm/hand/finger and leg/foot, including turning upper body. The experiment will take place in the Visionarium Lab, 3050 Torg. Please check out the availability calendar (the system name is “VisCube”) 10:00am-7:00pm during the weeks of April and May (including weekends), and let the researchers know the available 2-hour slots that would work for you, so that one can be reserved for your participation. The experiment will take about 90 minutes, including filling out questionnaires and short breaks. If you are interested or have further questions, please email to Ji-Sun KimLearn more >> .
 
18. UPCOMING EVENTS:

AAUW: "POWERFUL PRESENCE" BROWNBAG LUNCH: TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Monday, May 2, 12:00-1:00pm, Hillcrest Hall Dining Room (Room 143)
Join AAUW Blacksburg-Virginia Tech for the May Powerful Presence Brown Bag Lunch! Many of us have heard of and probably have accounts with one or more social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Youtube. The question is: are we utilizing these platforms to their fullest potential? Do we know how? Aimee Brenner of the Faculty Development Institute will discuss the technical aspects of utilizing social media sites to promote scholarly ideas, research, and professional information, as well as how to combine the forces of several sites to maximize the exposure of these ideas. The presentation will conclude with a discussion on how to apply these principles to our own disciplines to aid in accomplishing our professional goals. For more information, visit the AAUW chapter’s Facebook page.

DIALOGUE WITH THE DEAN II   
Wednesday, May 4, 5:30–7:30pm, GLC Room D
Get your questions answered over dinner with Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education, Dr. Karen DePauw. This is your opportunity to bring up the issues that matter most to you! Dinner will be provided but space is limited; please RSVP here. Questions? Contact: Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs.

I SCREAM EXAM BREAK

Thursday, May 5, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Lounge
Take a break on Reading Day to enjoy a scoop of ice cream and re-energize yourself! The GLC Fellows are sponsoring this event and serving ice cream to all graduate students who stop by; you add the topping(s) of your choice from their selection. Contact GLC Fellow Nicole Engel if you have any questions.

April 25-May 2, 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. GSA CASINO NIGHT GALA
Saturday, Apr 30, 7:30–11:00pm, University Club
***Correction: event begins at 7:30pm NOT 7pm.*** The GSA invites you to celebrate the end of the semester at the annual GSA Casino Night Gala! Dress in semi-formal attire, enjoy amazing food, wine, beer, DJ, dancing, and door prizes, and rack up the wins on a variety of casino games (poker, craps, blackjack, roulette, etc.) hosted by professional dealers. Admission tickets are $15 with an additional $5 for game play. Tickets can be purchased at the door, however, the GSA encourages pre-purchasing tickets by following the link posted on the GSA homepage. Questions? Please email Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs.

3. GA POSITION OPEN IN INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH & EFFECTIVENESS FOR 2011-12 – 1st posting

VT’s IRE is looking for a Graduate Assistant for the 2011-12 academic year to assist with the conversion of some static web-site activity to dynamic, user-driven, SQL-Server apps. Required skills include SQL, with ideally at least an awareness of SQL Server Reporting Services. Additionally some experience with ASP.NET, using C# or VB.NET would be great. Preferred skills include HTML, IIS, a fun personality, dependability, and good communication skills. Interested grad students can send their information to Dennis Catley by May 6, 2011 or until position is filled.

4. GRADUATE FELLOW POSITIONS OPEN FOR 2011-12 IN HONORS RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE – 1st posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking motivated graduate students to live in the Honors Residential College and take on Residence Life and programming duties. An ideal candidate would have previous Residence Life and/or event planning experience. Compensation includes a $9,000 partial housing stipend and a partial tuition waiver. Application materials must be turned in to the University Honors office (137 Hillcrest Hall – Ashley Wills) by 5:00pm on Friday, May 6, 2011. Review details and download the application form here. For more information, contact Robert Stephens.

5. TWO ASSISTANTSHIP OPENINGS FOR 2011-12 AT UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES – 2nd posting
The University Libraries is accepting applications for two 9-month graduate assistantships for 2011-12. The openings are at each of the reference desks, (a) Business, Social Science & Humanities and (b) SciTech. The hours for both positions are Sunday-Thursday, 8pm to midnight. Both of these GA positions offer a tuition waiver and a stipend pay determined by the library. Interested students should complete the job application here and send it by email along with a cover letter and resume to Brenda Hendricks by Apr 29, 2011. 

6. LEADERSHIP TECH SEEKS GRAD STUDENT VOLUNTEERS: ENGAGING LEADERSHIP
Student Activities is seeking 8 graduate students to serve as small group facilitators for an undergraduate leadership development program.  Participants in the Leadership Tech Engaging Leadership program develop their potential for responsible citizenship and leadership through community service and a range of other experiential learning activities.  Facilitators will work in teams of two or three to guide a group of 10-15 junior and/or senior students organized around one of the following issues: Community & Environmental Sustainability; Multicultural Communities; Global Social Change; Health & Wellness. Interested students should submit their resumes and complete an application. Interviews are currently happening for those who meet the minimum qualifications. If you have any questions, please contact Allison Dunn.

7. PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARD CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – 1st posting
Are you looking for an opportunity to serve the graduate student community in a scholarly fashion?  Do you want experience working with a peer-reviewed scholarly journal?  Consider applying for a position on the editorial board of the multidisciplinary student journal Public Knowledge Journal (ISSN 1948-3511).  You can contact the current Editor-in-Chief to learn more about the available positions, or read about each position  under “2011-2012 Editorial Board.” The deadline for applications (statement of interest, CV, and contact information) is May 6, 2011.  Please contact Ashley Patriarca with questions or concerns.

8. JOIN THE LEAN TEAM AND LEARN – 2nd posting

LeanTeam@VirginiaTech is recruiting and developing high-performing students from across disciplines who are keen to learn to be lean. Students get the chance to develop and run Lean workshops and summits for professionals from a broad range of organizations, participate in continuous improvement events, and undertake fun team events. If this is what you always wanted, then the Lean Team looks forward to hearing from you by email to info@vtlean.org or phone at 540-443-6688. Please visit the Lean Team website to learn more.

9. SUBMIT YOUR TEACHING AND RESEARCH PHOTOS NOW – 3rd posting
Each year during the fall and spring graduate commencement ceremonies, Dean Karen DePauw presents a section called "Images and Reflections," a slide show that highlights the activities of graduate students. The Graduate School asks for submissions of photos of graduate students who are teaching classes or conducting research or photos that portray other scholarly pursuits to include in this slideshow. Please send photos to grads@vt.edu.

10. 2011 DUNCAN 5K RACE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – 3rd posting
Race director and DVM student Dan Hay invites graduate students to register for the annual Bob Duncan Memorial 5K race/walk on the VT cross country course. The race will take place on May 7, 11:00am. See more >>.

11. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR VR-MICRO-CT-DATA-ANALYSIS STUDY: PHASE-II – 1st posting
Voluntary participants are sought for the “Benefits of immersion for analysis of micro-CT datasets” project to help researchers gather both quantitative and qualitative insights into immersion benefits while exploring a complex scientific dataset like that of microscopic computed tomography data. The study consists of carrying out few tasks (answering few questions) related to two selected micro-CT datasets, which will be volume visualized on a state-of-the-art spatially immersive stereo display system, in the Visionarium at 3050 Torgersen. More details will be provided on site. The whole experiment will last for about an hour and a half. This study has been approved by VT’s Institutional Review Board. This is Phase-II of the study, for which 40 participants are needed. Participation is on first come first served basis. Participants must be over 18 with no or minimal background in micro-CT imaging to participate in this experiment. See available time slots for participation. Please email to Bireswar Laha with your preferred time slot from the above page to sign up for your participation.

12. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH PROJECT ON BARRIERS TO ACADEMIC SUCCESS IN APPALACHIA

Your participation is requested in this project about barriers to academic success in Appalachia: if interested, please complete this confidential and anonymous survey that will only take a few minutes. Participation is completely voluntary. The survey will be open until May 2, 2011. If you have any questions, please contact Cyndi Booth. Please feel free to pass this survey along to others.

13. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY REGARDING FORCED PASSWORD CHANGES – 2nd posting
Participants are needed for a research project that is concerned with forced password changes. The study consists of an 8-min survey, which involves providing your opinions and experiences.  Your participation will help researchers understand the attitudes, actions, and behaviors that individuals faced with a forced security change will have.  Participants can be entered into a drawing for one iPod mini, three $20 gift cards, three MP3 earphones, and three 8GB USB drives. To participate, please click on this link by Wednesday, May 4. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Enget.

14. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF FACTORS INFLUENCING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY – 2nd posting
Participants are needed for a study examining the effects of various psychological and behavioral factors influencing physical activity. The study consists of a survey that will take approximately 1-1.5 hours to complete. Participants must be over 18; there is no minimum requirement for level of physical activity that the participant is currently engaging in.  If interested, please click on this link or contact Matthew Cox for more information.

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 Neema.

16. RESEARCH SUBJECT SOUGHT FOR SUPPLEMENT’S EFFECT ON MUSCLE SORENESS –  2nd posting
Research subjects are wanted for a study to determine whether daily consumption of corn oil/omega-3 fat will influence muscle soreness, damage and inflammation that occurs after weight training. Must consume supplement for 45 days, perform strenuous weight training bout, go through several weeks of weight training program developed by the researchers, and provide seven blood samples over 45 days. Eligibility: must be 18-28, healthy males (non-smokers, no orthopedic limitations to exercise; no chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, bleeding, or inflammatory diseases); schedule compatible with testing and training. Benefits: development of personal weight training program by experienced professionals, financial compensation up to $175. Looking for individuals who will be able to participate over the Summer (i.e. May-Aug). If interested, contact mailto:vthnfe@gmail.com for more information.

17. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR NAVIGATION TECHNIQUES STUDY IN 3D VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS – 3rd posting
120 participants are sought for a study to compare navigation techniques in 3D immersive virtual environments. Participants will navigate a virtual maze with one of the interfaces, such as joystick or new interfaces (in which participants use their own body). Participants should have no limitations with physical movement of head, arm/hand/finger and leg/foot, including turning upper body. The experiment will take place in the Visionarium Lab, 3050 Torg. Please check out the availability calendar (the system name is “VisCube”) 10:00am-7:00pm during the weeks of April and May (including weekends), and let the researchers know the available 2-hour slots that would work for you, so that one can be reserved for your participation. The experiment will take about 90 minutes, including filling out questionnaires and short breaks. If you are interested or have further questions, please email to Ji-Sun KimLearn more >> .
 
18. UPCOMING EVENTS:

AAUW: "POWERFUL PRESENCE" BROWNBAG LUNCH: TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Monday, May 2, 12:00-1:00pm, Hillcrest Hall Dining Room (Room 143)
Join AAUW Blacksburg-Virginia Tech for the May Powerful Presence Brown Bag Lunch! Many of us have heard of and probably have accounts with one or more social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Youtube. The question is: are we utilizing these platforms to their fullest potential? Do we know how? Aimee Brenner of the Faculty Development Institute will discuss the technical aspects of utilizing social media sites to promote scholarly ideas, research, and professional information, as well as how to combine the forces of several sites to maximize the exposure of these ideas. The presentation will conclude with a discussion on how to apply these principles to our own disciplines to aid in accomplishing our professional goals. For more information, visit the AAUW chapter’s Facebook page.

DIALOGUE WITH THE DEAN II   
Wednesday, May 4, 5:30–7:30pm, GLC Room D
Get your questions answered over dinner with Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education, Dr. Karen DePauw. This is your opportunity to bring up the issues that matter most to you! Dinner will be provided but space is limited; please RSVP here. Questions? Contact: Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs.

I SCREAM EXAM BREAK

Thursday, May 5, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Lounge
Take a break on Reading Day to enjoy a scoop of ice cream and re-energize yourself! The GLC Fellows are sponsoring this event and serving ice cream to all graduate students who stop by; you add the topping(s) of your choice from their selection. Contact GLC Fellow Nicole Engel if you have any questions.

April 18-24, 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 and consultations: Thursdays, 1:00-6:00pm, Video Conference Room (don’t wait until your paper is due, get assistance now!)

2. FREE GEW T-SHIRTS STILL AVAILABLE IN THE GLC
Monday-Friday, Apr 18-22, 8:00am-5:00pm, GLC 110
There are still some XL size T-shirts from GEW 2010 and 2011 waiting for a good home. If you think your home is good, come by to get some T-shirts. While supplies last.

3. SACNAS CHAPTER INTEREST MEETING

Monday, Apr 18, 6:00-8:00pm, GLC Room G
A group of graduate students are interested in starting a SACNAS chapter at VT. SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to advancing Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in science. It is a national nonprofit organization of individuals and organizations interested in quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research, teaching, leadership, and policy. If you are interested in the organization or in helping start a VT chapter, please attend this meeting. Free pizza and drinks will be served.

4. WORKING MOMS’ SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesday, Apr 19, 12:00pm, Graduate Life Center
An opportunity for working mothers to come together to share, vent, network, and support one another. For more information, contact Christine Dennis Smith.

5. 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>>

6. HOW TO GET A SECURITY CLEARANCE
Wednesday, Apr 20, 4:00pm,  Smith Career Center, Meeting Room B
Learn the secrets of obtaining a security clearance from Chris Ramos, former intern for the National Security Agency and Virginia Tech student ambassador for the Partnership for Public Service. More information>>.  

7. TOWN OF BLACKSBURG TOURS
Thursday and Friday, Apr 21 & 22, 3:00-4:30pm, meet in GLC Lobby
Interested in the history of your town? Join your fellow graduate students on a tour of Blacksburg and explore the original town limits and some of the oldest structures in Blacksburg. Meet in front of the Information Desk in the GLC Lobby at 3:00pm. If one of these dates works for you, then sign up for the tour here.

8. SEARCH FOR NEW CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE GHS NOW OPEN

The Graduate Honor System is opening a search for a new chief justice, due to the impending graduation of the current chief justice, Kim Carlson. All nominees and applicants must be graduate students in good standing who have been in residence for a minimum of one semester and be able to serve as Chief Justice for at least one year while enrolled full-time in the Blacksburg campus. Preferably applicants should have experience as an Honor System investigator or panelist. Application deadline: Apr 22. If interested, submit a statement of purpose and a resume to: Monika Gibson, Graduate Student Services (0325), 117 GLC, or by fax to 231-3714, or by email.

9. TWO ASSISTANTSHIP OPENINGS FOR 2011-12 AT UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
The University Libraries is accepting applications for two 9-month graduate assistantships for 2011-12. The openings are at each of the reference desks, (a) Business, Social Science & Humanities and (b) SciTech. The hours for both positions are Sunday-Thursday, 8pm to midnight. Both of these GA positions offer a tuition waiver and a stipend pay determined by the library. Interested students should complete the job application and send it by email along with a cover letter and resume to Brenda Hendricks by Apr 29, 2011. 

10. JANET LOWE CAMERON SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED – 3rd posting
The Peacock-Harper Culinary History Collection Committee awards an annual scholarship of $1000 in honor of Janet Lowe Cameron, a pioneer with the Virginia Cooperative Extension service at Virginia Tech. The Peacock-Harper Culinary Collection is one of the unique Special Collections housed at the University Library.  Applicants’ scholarly pursuits should encompass topics related to material in this collection, such as the history of foods, human nutrition or food culture. Applications must include a statement of how the Collection’s resources will be used in the student’s research. Application can be downloaded here. Deadline is May 31. Award will be presented prior to the start of the Fall Semester.

11. JOIN THE LEAN TEAM AND LEARN
LeanTeam@VirginiaTech is recruiting and developing high-performing students from across disciplines who are keen to learn to be lean. Students get the chance to develop and run Lean workshops and summits for professionals from a broad range of organizations, participate in continuous improvement events, and undertake fun team events. If this is what you always wanted, then the Lean Team looks forward to hearing from you by email to info@vtlean.org or phone at 540-443-6688. Please visit the Lean Team website for more information.

12. STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2011-2012 GSA PROGRAM CHAIR POSITIONS!
Are you looking to serve the graduate student community and gain valuable leadership experience?  Then consider applying for a GSA Program Chair position! We are still accepting applications 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. Please direct any questions to Swetha Kumar

13. SUBMIT YOUR TEACHING AND RESEARCH PHOTOS NOW – 2nd posting

Each year during the fall and spring graduate commencement ceremonies, Dean Karen DePauw presents a section called "Images and Reflections," a slide show that highlights the activities of graduate students. The Graduate School asks for submissions of photos of graduate students who are teaching classes or conducting research or photos that portray other scholarly pursuits to include in this slideshow. Please send photos to grads@vt.edu.

14. 2011 DUNCAN 5K RACE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – 2nd posting
Race director and DVM student Dan Hay invites graduate students to register for the annual Bob Duncan Memorial 5K race/walk on the VT cross country course. The race will take place on May 7, 11:00am. See more >>.

15. LAVENDER CEREMONY – 3rd posting

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.

16. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY REGARDING FORCED PASSWORD CHANGES – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a research project that is concerned with forced password changes. The study consists of an 8-min survey, which involves providing your opinions and experiences.  Your participation will help researchers understand the attitudes, actions, and behaviors that individuals faced with a forced security change will have.  Participants can be entered into a drawing for one iPod mini, three $20 gift cards, three MP3 earphones, and three 8GB USB drives. To participate, please fill out this survey by Wednesday, May 4. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Enget.

17. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF FACTORS INFLUENCING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a study examining the effects of various psychological and behavioral factors influencing physical activity. The study consists of a survey that will take approximately 1-1.5 hours to complete. Participants must be over 18; there is no minimum requirement for level of physical activity that the participant is currently engaging in.  If interested, please fill out this survey or contact Matthew Cox for more information.

18. 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 Neema.

19. RESEARCH SUBJECT SOUGHT FOR SUPPLEMENT’S EFFECT ON MUSCLE SORENESS – 1st posting
Research subjects are wanted for a study to determine whether daily consumption of corn oil/omega-3 fat will influence muscle soreness, damage and inflammation that occurs after weight training. Must consume supplement for 45 days, perform strenuous weight training bout, go through several weeks of weight training program developed by the researchers, and provide seven blood samples over 45 days. Eligibility: must be 18-28, healthy males (non-smokers, no orthopedic limitations to exercise; no chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, bleeding, or inflammatory diseases); schedule compatible with testing and training. Benefits: development of personal weight training program by experienced professionals, financial compensation up to $175. Looking for individuals who will be able to participate over the Summer (i.e. May-Aug). If interested, contact vthnfe@gmail.com for more information.

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR NAVIGATION TECHNIQUES STUDY IN 3D VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS – 2nd posting
120 participants are sought for a study to compare navigation techniques in 3D immersive virtual environments. Participants will navigate a virtual maze with one of the interfaces, such as joystick or new interfaces (in which participants use their own body). Participants should have no limitations with physical movement of head, arm/hand/finger and leg/foot, including turning upper body. The experiment will take place in the Visionarium Lab, 3050 Torg. Please check out the availability calendar (the system name is “VisCube”) 10:00am-7:00pm during the weeks of April and May (including weekends), and let the researchers know the available 2-hour slots that would work for you, so that one can be reserved for your participation. The experiment will take about 90 minutes, including filling out questionnaires and short breaks. If you are interested or have further questions, please email to Ji-Sun KimLearn more>>.
 
21. SURVEY FOR GTA’S – WIN A GIFT CERTIFICATE TO AMAZON – 3rd posting
Help a fellow VT student with her research and get a chance to win one of several $50 gift cards:  GTAs who teach undergraduate-level courses, recitations or labs in the spring 2011 semester are invited to participate in a short survey on classroom incivility and disruptive behaviors.  Classroom incivility has been cited as a growing problem in higher education, and researchers are interested in the severity and frequency of disruptive behaviors in classes taught by VT graduate students.  All interested GTAs must complete a very brief eligibility screener before completing the survey.  If you meet eligibility criteria upon completing the screener, you will be contacted via email with a link to the classroom incivility survey, which will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.  Those who complete the incivility survey will be entered into a drawing to win one of four $50 gift cards to Amazon.com.  Your survey responses will be anonymous and completely confidential.  If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Frey in the Department of Psychology, or Dr. Shelli Fowler, Director of the Graduate Education Development Institute (GEDI).

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MUSCLE CONDITION STUDY – 3rd posting
Participate in a study aimed at testing muscle condition in sedentary adults.  Participants will complete a 2-hour quiet sitting task while their back muscle activities will be measured using artificial muscle stimulation method. Must be in no current or recent history (1 year) of physical disorders affecting the shoulder, knee, or lower back, exercise on a regular basis (2 ~ 3 times per week), and between the ages 18-64. Each experiment session will last 2 to 3 hours (Total 1 session plus a one hour preliminary session) and participants will be compensated $10/hour with a $10 bonus after completing all sessions. For more information, please contact Bo Chen.

23. PARTICIPATE IN RESEARCH ABOUT USE OF TECHNOLOGY TO INCREASE CIVIC PARTICIPATION – 3rd posting

A VT graduate student in urban affairs and planning is conducting a preliminary survey to gauge community interest about the use of technology as a tool to increase civic participation.  Results of this study will inform a more in depth study in the future. The survey takes 5-10 minutes to fill out, and it is anonymous. The results will be compiled in a final research paper to satisfy requirements for a course this semester. The survey is available here. If you have any questions, you may contact Cullen Meves

24. UPCOMING EVENTS:


GSA CASINO NIGHT GALA

Saturday, Apr 30, 7:00–11:00pm, University Club
The GSA invites you to celebrate the end of the semester at the annual GSA Casino Night Gala! Dress in semi-formal attire, enjoy amazing food, wine, beer, DJ, dancing, and door prizes, and rack up the wins on a variety of casino games (poker, craps, blackjack, roulette, etc.) hosted by professional dealers. Admission tickets are $15 with an additional $5 for game play. Tickets are limited and can be pre-purchased by following the link posted on the GSA homepage. Questions? Please email Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs.

April 18-24, 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 and consultations: Thursdays, 1:00-6:00pm, Video Conference Room (don’t wait until your paper is due, get assistance now!)

2. FREE GEW T-SHIRTS STILL AVAILABLE IN THE GLC
Monday-Friday, Apr 18-22, 8:00am-5:00pm, GLC 110
There are still some XL size T-shirts from GEW 2010 and 2011 waiting for a good home. If you think your home is good, come by to get some T-shirts. While supplies last.

3. SACNAS CHAPTER INTEREST MEETING

Monday, Apr 18, 6:00-8:00pm, GLC Room G
A group of graduate students are interested in starting a SACNAS chapter at VT. SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to advancing Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in science. It is a national nonprofit organization of individuals and organizations interested in quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research, teaching, leadership, and policy. If you are interested in the organization or in helping start a VT chapter, please attend this meeting. Free pizza and drinks will be served.

4. WORKING MOMS’ SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesday, Apr 19, 12:00pm, Graduate Life Center
An opportunity for working mothers to come together to share, vent, network, and support one another. For more information, contact Christine Dennis Smith.

5. 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>>

6. HOW TO GET A SECURITY CLEARANCE
Wednesday, Apr 20, 4:00pm,  Smith Career Center, Meeting Room B
Learn the secrets of obtaining a security clearance from Chris Ramos, former intern for the National Security Agency and Virginia Tech student ambassador for the Partnership for Public Service. More information>>.  

7. TOWN OF BLACKSBURG TOURS
Thursday and Friday, Apr 21 & 22, 3:00-4:30pm, meet in GLC Lobby
Interested in the history of your town? Join your fellow graduate students on a tour of Blacksburg and explore the original town limits and some of the oldest structures in Blacksburg. Meet in front of the Information Desk in the GLC Lobby at 3:00pm. If one of these dates works for you, then sign up for the tour here.

8. SEARCH FOR NEW CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE GHS NOW OPEN

The Graduate Honor System is opening a search for a new chief justice, due to the impending graduation of the current chief justice, Kim Carlson. All nominees and applicants must be graduate students in good standing who have been in residence for a minimum of one semester and be able to serve as Chief Justice for at least one year while enrolled full-time in the Blacksburg campus. Preferably applicants should have experience as an Honor System investigator or panelist. Application deadline: Apr 22. If interested, submit a statement of purpose and a resume to: Monika Gibson, Graduate Student Services (0325), 117 GLC, or by fax to 231-3714, or by email.

9. TWO ASSISTANTSHIP OPENINGS FOR 2011-12 AT UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
The University Libraries is accepting applications for two 9-month graduate assistantships for 2011-12. The openings are at each of the reference desks, (a) Business, Social Science & Humanities and (b) SciTech. The hours for both positions are Sunday-Thursday, 8pm to midnight. Both of these GA positions offer a tuition waiver and a stipend pay determined by the library. Interested students should complete the job application and send it by email along with a cover letter and resume to Brenda Hendricks by Apr 29, 2011. 

10. JANET LOWE CAMERON SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED – 3rd posting
The Peacock-Harper Culinary History Collection Committee awards an annual scholarship of $1000 in honor of Janet Lowe Cameron, a pioneer with the Virginia Cooperative Extension service at Virginia Tech. The Peacock-Harper Culinary Collection is one of the unique Special Collections housed at the University Library.  Applicants’ scholarly pursuits should encompass topics related to material in this collection, such as the history of foods, human nutrition or food culture. Applications must include a statement of how the Collection’s resources will be used in the student’s research. Application can be downloaded here. Deadline is May 31. Award will be presented prior to the start of the Fall Semester.

11. JOIN THE LEAN TEAM AND LEARN
LeanTeam@VirginiaTech is recruiting and developing high-performing students from across disciplines who are keen to learn to be lean. Students get the chance to develop and run Lean workshops and summits for professionals from a broad range of organizations, participate in continuous improvement events, and undertake fun team events. If this is what you always wanted, then the Lean Team looks forward to hearing from you by email to info@vtlean.org or phone at 540-443-6688. Please visit the Lean Team website for more information.

12. STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2011-2012 GSA PROGRAM CHAIR POSITIONS!
Are you looking to serve the graduate student community and gain valuable leadership experience?  Then consider applying for a GSA Program Chair position! We are still accepting applications 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. Please direct any questions to Swetha Kumar

13. SUBMIT YOUR TEACHING AND RESEARCH PHOTOS NOW – 2nd posting

Each year during the fall and spring graduate commencement ceremonies, Dean Karen DePauw presents a section called "Images and Reflections," a slide show that highlights the activities of graduate students. The Graduate School asks for submissions of photos of graduate students who are teaching classes or conducting research or photos that portray other scholarly pursuits to include in this slideshow. Please send photos to grads@vt.edu.

14. 2011 DUNCAN 5K RACE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – 2nd posting
Race director and DVM student Dan Hay invites graduate students to register for the annual Bob Duncan Memorial 5K race/walk on the VT cross country course. The race will take place on May 7, 11:00am. See more >>.

15. LAVENDER CEREMONY – 3rd posting

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.

16. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY REGARDING FORCED PASSWORD CHANGES – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a research project that is concerned with forced password changes. The study consists of an 8-min survey, which involves providing your opinions and experiences.  Your participation will help researchers understand the attitudes, actions, and behaviors that individuals faced with a forced security change will have.  Participants can be entered into a drawing for one iPod mini, three $20 gift cards, three MP3 earphones, and three 8GB USB drives. To participate, please fill out this survey by Wednesday, May 4. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Enget.

17. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF FACTORS INFLUENCING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a study examining the effects of various psychological and behavioral factors influencing physical activity. The study consists of a survey that will take approximately 1-1.5 hours to complete. Participants must be over 18; there is no minimum requirement for level of physical activity that the participant is currently engaging in.  If interested, please fill out this survey or contact Matthew Cox for more information.

18. 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 Neema.

19. RESEARCH SUBJECT SOUGHT FOR SUPPLEMENT’S EFFECT ON MUSCLE SORENESS – 1st posting
Research subjects are wanted for a study to determine whether daily consumption of corn oil/omega-3 fat will influence muscle soreness, damage and inflammation that occurs after weight training. Must consume supplement for 45 days, perform strenuous weight training bout, go through several weeks of weight training program developed by the researchers, and provide seven blood samples over 45 days. Eligibility: must be 18-28, healthy males (non-smokers, no orthopedic limitations to exercise; no chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, bleeding, or inflammatory diseases); schedule compatible with testing and training. Benefits: development of personal weight training program by experienced professionals, financial compensation up to $175. Looking for individuals who will be able to participate over the Summer (i.e. May-Aug). If interested, contact vthnfe@gmail.com for more information.

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR NAVIGATION TECHNIQUES STUDY IN 3D VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS – 2nd posting
120 participants are sought for a study to compare navigation techniques in 3D immersive virtual environments. Participants will navigate a virtual maze with one of the interfaces, such as joystick or new interfaces (in which participants use their own body). Participants should have no limitations with physical movement of head, arm/hand/finger and leg/foot, including turning upper body. The experiment will take place in the Visionarium Lab, 3050 Torg. Please check out the availability calendar (the system name is “VisCube”) 10:00am-7:00pm during the weeks of April and May (including weekends), and let the researchers know the available 2-hour slots that would work for you, so that one can be reserved for your participation. The experiment will take about 90 minutes, including filling out questionnaires and short breaks. If you are interested or have further questions, please email to Ji-Sun KimLearn more>>.
 
21. SURVEY FOR GTA’S – WIN A GIFT CERTIFICATE TO AMAZON – 3rd posting
Help a fellow VT student with her research and get a chance to win one of several $50 gift cards:  GTAs who teach undergraduate-level courses, recitations or labs in the spring 2011 semester are invited to participate in a short survey on classroom incivility and disruptive behaviors.  Classroom incivility has been cited as a growing problem in higher education, and researchers are interested in the severity and frequency of disruptive behaviors in classes taught by VT graduate students.  All interested GTAs must complete a very brief eligibility screener before completing the survey.  If you meet eligibility criteria upon completing the screener, you will be contacted via email with a link to the classroom incivility survey, which will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.  Those who complete the incivility survey will be entered into a drawing to win one of four $50 gift cards to Amazon.com.  Your survey responses will be anonymous and completely confidential.  If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Frey in the Department of Psychology, or Dr. Shelli Fowler, Director of the Graduate Education Development Institute (GEDI).

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MUSCLE CONDITION STUDY – 3rd posting
Participate in a study aimed at testing muscle condition in sedentary adults.  Participants will complete a 2-hour quiet sitting task while their back muscle activities will be measured using artificial muscle stimulation method. Must be in no current or recent history (1 year) of physical disorders affecting the shoulder, knee, or lower back, exercise on a regular basis (2 ~ 3 times per week), and between the ages 18-64. Each experiment session will last 2 to 3 hours (Total 1 session plus a one hour preliminary session) and participants will be compensated $10/hour with a $10 bonus after completing all sessions. For more information, please contact Bo Chen.

23. PARTICIPATE IN RESEARCH ABOUT USE OF TECHNOLOGY TO INCREASE CIVIC PARTICIPATION – 3rd posting

A VT graduate student in urban affairs and planning is conducting a preliminary survey to gauge community interest about the use of technology as a tool to increase civic participation.  Results of this study will inform a more in depth study in the future. The survey takes 5-10 minutes to fill out, and it is anonymous. The results will be compiled in a final research paper to satisfy requirements for a course this semester. The survey is available here. If you have any questions, you may contact Cullen Meves

24. UPCOMING EVENTS:


GSA CASINO NIGHT GALA

Saturday, Apr 30, 7:00–11:00pm, University Club
The GSA invites you to celebrate the end of the semester at the annual GSA Casino Night Gala! Dress in semi-formal attire, enjoy amazing food, wine, beer, DJ, dancing, and door prizes, and rack up the wins on a variety of casino games (poker, craps, blackjack, roulette, etc.) hosted by professional dealers. Admission tickets are $15 with an additional $5 for game play. Tickets are limited and can be pre-purchased by following the link posted on the GSA homepage. Questions? Please email Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs.

April 11-17, 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. FREE GEW 2011 T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE IN THE GLC
Monday-Friday, Apr 11-15, 8:00am-5:00pm, GLC 110
There are lots of L and XL size T-shirts left from Graduate Education Week. If you would like one of these regardless of your size, please stop by Student Services in 110 GLC and get some. While supplies last!

3. ETD WORKSHOP SERIES: WALK-IN ETD REVIEW
Monday, Apr 11, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Room G
Graduate School staff will be available for one-on-one pre-reviews of your ETD. Please bring your ETD on your laptop and a staff member will do a preliminary review of your ETD prior to submission. Questions regarding this event should be directed to Graduate Admissions and Academic Progress, 231-8636.

4. AAUW: "POWERFUL PRESENCE" BROWNBAG LUNCH: USING SOCIAL MEDIA
Monday, Apr 11, 12:00-1:00pm, Hillcrest Hall Dining Room (Room 143)
Many of us have heard of and probably have accounts with one or more social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Youtube. The question is: are we utilizing these powerful platforms to their fullest potential? Do we know how? Aimee Brenner of the Faculty Development Institute will discuss the technical aspects of utilizing social media sites to promote scholarly ideas, research, and professional information, as well as how to combine the forces of several sites to maximize the exposure of these ideas. The presentation will conclude with a discussion on how to apply these principles to our own disciplines to aid in accomplishing our professional goals. For more information, visit the AAUW chapter’s Facebook page.

5. SEX, VIOLENCE AND THE MEDIA
Tuesday, Apr 12, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Room F
Watch a brief film presented by the VT Women’s Center, and join a discussion on the subject. This event is co-sponsored by the GLC Fellows and the Women’s Center. This interactive, multimedia presentation takes a look at representations of gender, sex, and college students in popular culture and the media. Through images, music, and videos, participants are shown how these aspects of popular culture are related to gender-based violence. Women’s Center staff will lead participants in activities and discussions on the power of popular culture in our lives and its impact, both positive and negative, on our view of gender based violence. Please register here. Contact your GLC Fellow, Nicole Engel with any questions.

6. 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! More information about Jorge and PhD Comics>> . Please direct any questions to Amanda Rumore, GSA V.P of Programs.

7. DISSERTATION WRITING WORK GROUP
Thursday, Apr 14, 9:30am, Women’s Center, 206 Washington Street
This is a work group designed for women graduate students who are working on theses, dissertations, preliminary exams, and articles. For more information on the group and/or to be added to the listserv, contact Anna LoMascolo.

8. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm, Women’s Center
KNO is a drop-in evening of childcare full of fun, crafts, toys, games, new friends…and a snack! Children ages 2-12 who are toilet trained are welcome – no need to pre-register. KNO continues through the academic year. The last KNO for this academic year will be on April 28th. For more information contact Jessie Meltsner.

9. $TART $MART SALARY NEGOTIATION WORKSHOP
Thursday, Apr 14, 3:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F
This is a 3-hour, interactive, nuts and bolts workshop designed to give college women the skills they need to negotiate for fair compensation. The workshop is sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and The Wage Project, and hosted by the VT Women’s Center. Register here.

10. HIKE TO THE CASCADES WITH GLC FELLOWS

Sunday, Apr 17, 10:30am, meet in front of the GLC on Otey Street
The GLC Fellows will lead this hike for graduate students, up to the beautiful Cascades waterfalls. For those people who don’t have a car, transportation can be arranged.  If you’re interested, please sign up here.  For more information contact GLC Fellow Eric Hodges.

11. SEARCH FOR NEW CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE GHS NOW OPEN
The Graduate Honor System is opening a search for a new chief justice, due to the impending graduation of the current chief justice, Kim Carlson. All nominees and applicants must be graduate students in good standing who have been in residence for a minimum of one semester and be able to serve as Chief Justice for at least one year while enrolled full-time in the Blacksburg campus. Preferably applicants should have experience as an Honor System investigator or panelist. Application deadline: Apr 22. If interested, submit a statement of purpose and a resume to: Monika Gibson, Graduate Student Services (0325), 117 GLC, or by fax to 231-3714, or by email.

12. SUBMIT YOUR TEACHING AND RESEARCH PHOTOS NOW

Each year during the fall and spring graduate commencement ceremonies, Dean Karen DePauw presents a section called "Images and Reflections," a slide show that highlights the activities of graduate students. The Graduate School asks for submissions of photos of graduate students who are teaching classes or conducting research or photos that portray other scholarly pursuits to include in this slideshow. Please send photos to grads@vt.edu.

13. UPDATE ON GRADUATE STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE
The 2010-2011 VT-sponsored graduate student insurance had direct results from student feedback on the 2009 health insurance survey, including: increased prescription coverage; preventative care covering annual physicals; enhanced coverage of diagnostic services and labs at Schiffert Health Center; and a requirement to conduct an RFP to solicit proposals for a new insurance plan (VT BOV minutes 3-22-2010). Thanks to your survey feedback and the advocacy of the GSA Health Care Committee, these changes were made. For more updates on the insurer review, join the GSA Health Care Committee Facebook page or attend GSA delegate and cabinet meetings. Contact GSA HCC Co-chair Akiko Nakamura with any questions.

14. JANET LOWE CAMERON SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED – 2nd posting
The Peacock-Harper Culinary History Collection Committee awards an annual scholarship of $1000 in honor of Janet Lowe Cameron, a pioneer with the Virginia Cooperative Extension service at Virginia Tech. The Peacock-Harper Culinary Collection is one of the unique Special Collections housed at the University Library.  Applicants’ scholarly pursuits should encompass topics related to material in this collection, such as the history of foods, human nutrition or food culture. Applications must include a statement of how the Collection’s resources will be used in the student’s research. Application can be downloaded here. Deadline is May 31. Award will be presented prior to the start of the Fall Semester.

15. 2011 DUNCAN 5K RACE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Race director and DVM student Dan Hay invites graduate students to register for the annual Bob Duncan Memorial 5K race/walk on the VT cross country course. The race will take place on May 7, 11:00am. See more>>.

16. LAVENDER CEREMONY – 3rd posting
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.

17. CALL FOR GSA PROGRAM CHAIR APPLICATIONS – 3rd posting, deadline extended

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) has been extended to Friday, April 15, 2011. Interviews will be conducted the following week. Please direct any questions to Swetha Kumar

18. CALL FOR GRDP REVIEWERS – 3rd posting
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.

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR NAVIGATION TECHNIQUES STUDY IN 3D VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS – 1st posting
120 participants are sought for a study to compare navigation techniques in 3D immersive virtual environments. Participants will navigate a virtual maze with one of the interfaces, such as joystick or new interfaces (in which participants use their own body). Participants should have no limitations with physical movement of head, arm/hand/finger and leg/foot, including turning upper body. The experiment will take place in the Visionarium Lab, 3050 Torg. Please check out the availability calendar (the system name is “VisCube”) 10:00am-7:00pm during the weeks of April and May (including weekends), and let the researchers know the available 2-hour slots that would work for you, so that one can be reserved for your participation. The experiment will take about 90 minutes, including filling out questionnaires and short breaks. If you are interested or have further questions, please email to Ji-Sun Kim. Read more here.
 
20. GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTS – WIN A GIFT CERTIFICATE TO AMAZON – 2nd posting
Help a fellow VT student with her research and get a chance to win one of several $50 gift cards:  GTAs who teach undergraduate-level courses, recitations or labs in the spring 2011 semester are invited to participate in a short survey on classroom incivility and disruptive behaviors.  Classroom incivility has been cited as a growing problem in higher education, and researchers are interested in the severity and frequency of disruptive behaviors in classes taught by VT graduate students.  All interested GTAs must complete a very brief eligibility screener before completing the survey.  Access the screener.  If you meet eligibility criteria upon completing the screener, you will be contacted via email with a link to the classroom incivility survey, which will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.  Those who complete the incivility survey will be entered into a drawing to win one of four $50 gift cards to Amazon.com.  Your survey responses will be anonymous and completely confidential.  If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Frey in the Department of Psychology, or Dr. Shelli Fowler, Director of the Graduate Education Development Institute (GEDI).

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MUSCLE CONDITION STUDY – 2nd posting

Participate in a study aimed at testing muscle condition in sedentary adults.  Participants will complete a 2-hour quiet sitting task while their back muscle activities will be measured using artificial muscle stimulation method. Must be in no current or recent history (1 year) of physical disorders affecting the shoulder, knee, or lower back, exercise on a regular basis (2 ~ 3 times per week), and between the ages 18-64. Each experiment session will last 2 to 3 hours (Total 1 session plus a one hour preliminary session) and participants will be compensated $10/hour with a $10 bonus after completing all sessions. For more information, please contact Bo Chen.

22. PARTICIPATE IN RESEARCH ABOUT USE OF TECHNOLOGY TO INCREASE CIVIC PARTICIPATION – 2nd posting

A VT graduate student in urban affairs and planning is conducting a preliminary survey to gauge community interest about the use of technology as a tool to increase civic participation.  Results of this study will inform a more in depth study in the future. The survey takes 5-10 minutes to fill out, and it is anonymous. The results will be compiled in a final research paper to satisfy requirements for a course this semester. The survey is available here. If you have any questions, you may contact Cullen Meves

23. UPCOMING EVENTS:

SACNAS CHAPTER INTEREST MEETING

Monday, Apr 18, 6:00-8:00pm, GLC Room G
A group of graduate students are interested in starting a SACNAS chapter at VT. SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to advancing Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in science. It is a national nonprofit organization of individuals and organizations interested in quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research, teaching, leadership, and policy. If you are interested in the organization or in helping start a VT chapter, please attend this meeting. Free pizza and drinks will be served.

WORKING MOMS’ SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesday, Apr 19, 12:00pm, Graduate Life Center
An opportunity for working mothers to come together to share, vent, network, and support one another. For more information, contact Christine Dennis Smith.

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>>

GSA CASINO NIGHT GALA
Saturday, Apr 30, 7:00–11:00pm, University Club
The GSA invites you to celebrate the end of the semester at the annual GSA Casino Night Gala! Dress in semi-formal attire, enjoy amazing food, wine, beer, DJ, dancing, and door prizes, and rack up the wins on a variety of casino games (poker, craps, blackjack, roulette, etc.) hosted by professional dealers. Admission tickets are $15 with an additional $5 for game play. Tickets are limited and can be pre-purchased by following the link posted on the GSA homepage. Questions? Please email Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs.

April 11-17, 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. FREE GEW 2011 T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE IN THE GLC
Monday-Friday, Apr 11-15, 8:00am-5:00pm, GLC 110
There are lots of L and XL size T-shirts left from Graduate Education Week. If you would like one of these regardless of your size, please stop by Student Services in 110 GLC and get some. While supplies last!

3. ETD WORKSHOP SERIES: WALK-IN ETD REVIEW
Monday, Apr 11, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Room G
Graduate School staff will be available for one-on-one pre-reviews of your ETD. Please bring your ETD on your laptop and a staff member will do a preliminary review of your ETD prior to submission. Questions regarding this event should be directed to Graduate Admissions and Academic Progress, 231-8636.

4. AAUW: "POWERFUL PRESENCE" BROWNBAG LUNCH: USING SOCIAL MEDIA
Monday, Apr 11, 12:00-1:00pm, Hillcrest Hall Dining Room (Room 143)
Many of us have heard of and probably have accounts with one or more social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Youtube. The question is: are we utilizing these powerful platforms to their fullest potential? Do we know how? Aimee Brenner of the Faculty Development Institute will discuss the technical aspects of utilizing social media sites to promote scholarly ideas, research, and professional information, as well as how to combine the forces of several sites to maximize the exposure of these ideas. The presentation will conclude with a discussion on how to apply these principles to our own disciplines to aid in accomplishing our professional goals. For more information, visit the AAUW chapter’s Facebook page.

5. SEX, VIOLENCE AND THE MEDIA
Tuesday, Apr 12, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Room F
Watch a brief film presented by the VT Women’s Center, and join a discussion on the subject. This event is co-sponsored by the GLC Fellows and the Women’s Center. This interactive, multimedia presentation takes a look at representations of gender, sex, and college students in popular culture and the media. Through images, music, and videos, participants are shown how these aspects of popular culture are related to gender-based violence. Women’s Center staff will lead participants in activities and discussions on the power of popular culture in our lives and its impact, both positive and negative, on our view of gender based violence. Please register here. Contact your GLC Fellow, Nicole Engel with any questions.

6. 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! More information about Jorge and PhD Comics>> . Please direct any questions to Amanda Rumore, GSA V.P of Programs.

7. DISSERTATION WRITING WORK GROUP
Thursday, Apr 14, 9:30am, Women’s Center, 206 Washington Street
This is a work group designed for women graduate students who are working on theses, dissertations, preliminary exams, and articles. For more information on the group and/or to be added to the listserv, contact Anna LoMascolo.

8. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm, Women’s Center
KNO is a drop-in evening of childcare full of fun, crafts, toys, games, new friends…and a snack! Children ages 2-12 who are toilet trained are welcome – no need to pre-register. KNO continues through the academic year. The last KNO for this academic year will be on April 28th. For more information contact Jessie Meltsner.

9. $TART $MART SALARY NEGOTIATION WORKSHOP
Thursday, Apr 14, 3:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F
This is a 3-hour, interactive, nuts and bolts workshop designed to give college women the skills they need to negotiate for fair compensation. The workshop is sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and The Wage Project, and hosted by the VT Women’s Center. Register here.

10. HIKE TO THE CASCADES WITH GLC FELLOWS

Sunday, Apr 17, 10:30am, meet in front of the GLC on Otey Street
The GLC Fellows will lead this hike for graduate students, up to the beautiful Cascades waterfalls. For those people who don’t have a car, transportation can be arranged.  If you’re interested, please sign up here.  For more information contact GLC Fellow Eric Hodges.

11. SEARCH FOR NEW CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE GHS NOW OPEN
The Graduate Honor System is opening a search for a new chief justice, due to the impending graduation of the current chief justice, Kim Carlson. All nominees and applicants must be graduate students in good standing who have been in residence for a minimum of one semester and be able to serve as Chief Justice for at least one year while enrolled full-time in the Blacksburg campus. Preferably applicants should have experience as an Honor System investigator or panelist. Application deadline: Apr 22. If interested, submit a statement of purpose and a resume to: Monika Gibson, Graduate Student Services (0325), 117 GLC, or by fax to 231-3714, or by email.

12. SUBMIT YOUR TEACHING AND RESEARCH PHOTOS NOW

Each year during the fall and spring graduate commencement ceremonies, Dean Karen DePauw presents a section called "Images and Reflections," a slide show that highlights the activities of graduate students. The Graduate School asks for submissions of photos of graduate students who are teaching classes or conducting research or photos that portray other scholarly pursuits to include in this slideshow. Please send photos to grads@vt.edu.

13. UPDATE ON GRADUATE STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE
The 2010-2011 VT-sponsored graduate student insurance had direct results from student feedback on the 2009 health insurance survey, including: increased prescription coverage; preventative care covering annual physicals; enhanced coverage of diagnostic services and labs at Schiffert Health Center; and a requirement to conduct an RFP to solicit proposals for a new insurance plan (VT BOV minutes 3-22-2010). Thanks to your survey feedback and the advocacy of the GSA Health Care Committee, these changes were made. For more updates on the insurer review, join the GSA Health Care Committee Facebook page or attend GSA delegate and cabinet meetings. Contact GSA HCC Co-chair Akiko Nakamura with any questions.

14. JANET LOWE CAMERON SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED – 2nd posting
The Peacock-Harper Culinary History Collection Committee awards an annual scholarship of $1000 in honor of Janet Lowe Cameron, a pioneer with the Virginia Cooperative Extension service at Virginia Tech. The Peacock-Harper Culinary Collection is one of the unique Special Collections housed at the University Library.  Applicants’ scholarly pursuits should encompass topics related to material in this collection, such as the history of foods, human nutrition or food culture. Applications must include a statement of how the Collection’s resources will be used in the student’s research. Application can be downloaded here. Deadline is May 31. Award will be presented prior to the start of the Fall Semester.

15. 2011 DUNCAN 5K RACE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Race director and DVM student Dan Hay invites graduate students to register for the annual Bob Duncan Memorial 5K race/walk on the VT cross country course. The race will take place on May 7, 11:00am. See more>>.

16. LAVENDER CEREMONY – 3rd posting
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.

17. CALL FOR GSA PROGRAM CHAIR APPLICATIONS – 3rd posting, deadline extended

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) has been extended to Friday, April 15, 2011. Interviews will be conducted the following week. Please direct any questions to Swetha Kumar

18. CALL FOR GRDP REVIEWERS – 3rd posting
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.

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR NAVIGATION TECHNIQUES STUDY IN 3D VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS – 1st posting
120 participants are sought for a study to compare navigation techniques in 3D immersive virtual environments. Participants will navigate a virtual maze with one of the interfaces, such as joystick or new interfaces (in which participants use their own body). Participants should have no limitations with physical movement of head, arm/hand/finger and leg/foot, including turning upper body. The experiment will take place in the Visionarium Lab, 3050 Torg. Please check out the availability calendar (the system name is “VisCube”) 10:00am-7:00pm during the weeks of April and May (including weekends), and let the researchers know the available 2-hour slots that would work for you, so that one can be reserved for your participation. The experiment will take about 90 minutes, including filling out questionnaires and short breaks. If you are interested or have further questions, please email to Ji-Sun Kim. Read more here.
 
20. GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTS – WIN A GIFT CERTIFICATE TO AMAZON – 2nd posting
Help a fellow VT student with her research and get a chance to win one of several $50 gift cards:  GTAs who teach undergraduate-level courses, recitations or labs in the spring 2011 semester are invited to participate in a short survey on classroom incivility and disruptive behaviors.  Classroom incivility has been cited as a growing problem in higher education, and researchers are interested in the severity and frequency of disruptive behaviors in classes taught by VT graduate students.  All interested GTAs must complete a very brief eligibility screener before completing the survey.  Access the screener.  If you meet eligibility criteria upon completing the screener, you will be contacted via email with a link to the classroom incivility survey, which will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.  Those who complete the incivility survey will be entered into a drawing to win one of four $50 gift cards to Amazon.com.  Your survey responses will be anonymous and completely confidential.  If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Frey in the Department of Psychology, or Dr. Shelli Fowler, Director of the Graduate Education Development Institute (GEDI).

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MUSCLE CONDITION STUDY – 2nd posting

Participate in a study aimed at testing muscle condition in sedentary adults.  Participants will complete a 2-hour quiet sitting task while their back muscle activities will be measured using artificial muscle stimulation method. Must be in no current or recent history (1 year) of physical disorders affecting the shoulder, knee, or lower back, exercise on a regular basis (2 ~ 3 times per week), and between the ages 18-64. Each experiment session will last 2 to 3 hours (Total 1 session plus a one hour preliminary session) and participants will be compensated $10/hour with a $10 bonus after completing all sessions. For more information, please contact Bo Chen.

22. PARTICIPATE IN RESEARCH ABOUT USE OF TECHNOLOGY TO INCREASE CIVIC PARTICIPATION – 2nd posting

A VT graduate student in urban affairs and planning is conducting a preliminary survey to gauge community interest about the use of technology as a tool to increase civic participation.  Results of this study will inform a more in depth study in the future. The survey takes 5-10 minutes to fill out, and it is anonymous. The results will be compiled in a final research paper to satisfy requirements for a course this semester. The survey is available here. If you have any questions, you may contact Cullen Meves

23. UPCOMING EVENTS:

SACNAS CHAPTER INTEREST MEETING

Monday, Apr 18, 6:00-8:00pm, GLC Room G
A group of graduate students are interested in starting a SACNAS chapter at VT. SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to advancing Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in science. It is a national nonprofit organization of individuals and organizations interested in quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research, teaching, leadership, and policy. If you are interested in the organization or in helping start a VT chapter, please attend this meeting. Free pizza and drinks will be served.

WORKING MOMS’ SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesday, Apr 19, 12:00pm, Graduate Life Center
An opportunity for working mothers to come together to share, vent, network, and support one another. For more information, contact Christine Dennis Smith.

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>>

GSA CASINO NIGHT GALA
Saturday, Apr 30, 7:00–11:00pm, University Club
The GSA invites you to celebrate the end of the semester at the annual GSA Casino Night Gala! Dress in semi-formal attire, enjoy amazing food, wine, beer, DJ, dancing, and door prizes, and rack up the wins on a variety of casino games (poker, craps, blackjack, roulette, etc.) hosted by professional dealers. Admission tickets are $15 with an additional $5 for game play. Tickets are limited and can be pre-purchased by following the link posted on the GSA homepage. Questions? Please email Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs.

April 4-10, 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. 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.

3. L2ORK – WORLD’S FIRST LINUX LAPTOP ORCHESTRA
Saturday, Apr 9, 7:00pm and 8:00pm, Squires Recital Salon
Graduate student Shernita Lee invites you to L2Ork’s special concert and hands-on experience to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Roanoke, VA. Performers, instead of playing traditional instruments, use networked laptops, wiimotes, nunchuks, and hemispherical speakers fashioned out of IKEA wooden salad bowls. At 7:00pm meet the orchestra, see the instruments and concert; 8:00pm concert only. Tickets for each showing are $5 for the general public or $3 for VT students (including children) and can be purchased at the at the Squires Box Office 1 hour in advance. You are welcome to make a larger donation if you wish! Contact Shernita with any questions.

4. JANET LOWE CAMERON SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED – 1st posting
The Peacock-Harper Culinary History Collection Committee awards an annual scholarship of $1000 in honor of Janet Lowe Cameron, a pioneer with the Virginia Cooperative Extension service at Virginia Tech. The Peacock-Harper Culinary Collection is one of the unique Special Collections housed at the University Library.  Applicants’ scholarly pursuits should encompass topics related to material in this collection, such as the history of foods, human nutrition or food culture. Applications must include a statement of how the Collection’s resources will be used in the student’s research. Download application here. Deadline is May 31. Award will be presented prior to the start of the Fall Semester.

5. 2011 DUNCAN 5K RACE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Race director and DVM student Dan Hay invites graduate students to register for the annual Bob Duncan Memorial 5K race/walk on the VT cross country course. The race will take place on May 7, 11:00am. See more>>.

6. 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 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 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 Aly Tawfik by Apr 8. More information>>.

7. LAVENDER CEREMONY – 2nd posting
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.

8. CALL FOR GRDP REVIEWERS – 2nd posting
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.

9. CALL FOR GSA PROGRAM CHAIR APPLICATIONS – 2nd posting
Are you looking to serve the graduate student community and gain valuable leadership experience? 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

10. GSA CABINET POSITIONS 2011-12 – 3rd 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. 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.

11. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS INVITED – 3rd 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 on the CSE website. Applications are due April 28th.  For more information, email Eric Hodges.

12. GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTS – WIN A GIFT CERTIFICATE TO AMAZON – 1st posting

Help a fellow VT student with her research and get a chance to win one of several $50 gift cards:  GTAs who teach undergraduate-level courses, recitations or labs in the spring 2011 semester are invited to participate in a short survey on classroom incivility and disruptive behaviors.  Classroom incivility has been cited as a growing problem in higher education, and researchers are interested in the severity and frequency of disruptive behaviors in classes taught by VT graduate students.  All interested GTAs must complete a very brief eligibility screener before completing the survey.  If you meet eligibility criteria upon completing the screener, you will be contacted via email with a link to the classroom incivility survey, which will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.  Those who complete the incivility survey will be entered into a drawing to win one of four $50 gift cards to Amazon.com.  Your survey responses will be anonymous and completely confidential.  If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Frey in the Department of Psychology, or Dr. Shelli Fowler, Director of the Graduate Education Development Institute (GEDI).

13. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MUSCLE CONDITION STUDY – 1st posting

Participate in a study aimed at testing muscle condition in sedentary adults.  Participants will complete a 2-hour quiet sitting task while their back muscle activities will be measured using artificial muscle stimulation method. Must be in no current or recent history (1 year) of physical disorders affecting the shoulder, knee, or lower back, exercise on a regular basis (2 ~ 3 times per week), and between the ages 18-64. Each experiment session will last 2 to 3 hours (Total 1 session plus a one hour preliminary session) and participants will be compensated $10/hour with a $10 bonus after completing all sessions. For more information, please contact Bo Chen.

14. PARTICIPATE IN RESEARCH ABOUT USE OF TECHNOLOGY TO INCREASE CIVIC PARTICIPATION – 1st posting

A VT graduate student in urban affairs and planning is conducting a preliminary survey to gauge community interest about the use of technology as a tool to increase civic participation.  Results of this study will inform a more in depth study in the future. The survey takes 5-10 minutes to fill out, and it is anonymous. The results will be compiled in a final research paper to satisfy requirements for a course this semester. The survey is available here. If you have any questions, you may contact Cullen Meves

15. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 3rd 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 – 3rd 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. ROWING COACH POSITION AVAILABLE – EXPERIENCED ROWERS NEEDED – 3rd 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.

18. UPCOMING EVENTS:

AAUW: "POWERFUL PRESENCE" BROWNBAG LUNCH: USING SOCIAL MEDIA
Monday, Apr 11, 12:00-1:00pm, Hillcrest Hall Dining Room (Room 143)
Many of us have heard of and probably have accounts with one or more social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Youtube. The question is: are we utilizing these powerful platforms to their fullest potential? Do we know how? Aimee Brenner of the Faculty Development Institute will discuss the technical aspects of utilizing social media sites to promote scholarly ideas, research, and professional information, as well as how to combine the forces of several sites to maximize the exposure of these ideas. The presentation will conclude with a discussion on how to apply these principles to our own disciplines to aid in accomplishing our professional goals. For more information, visit the AAUW chapter’s Facebook pages.

SEX, VIOLENCE AND THE MEDIA
Tuesday, Apr 12, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Room F
Watch a brief film presented by the VT Women’s Center, and join a discussion on the subject. This event is co-sponsored by the GLC Fellows and the Women’s Center. This interactive, multimedia presentation takes a look at representations of gender, sex, and college students in popular culture and the media. Through images, music, and videos, participants are shown how these aspects of popular culture are related to gender-based violence. Women’s Center staff will lead participants in activities and discussions on the power of popular culture in our lives and its impact, both positive and negative, on our view of gender based violence. Please register here. Contact your GLC Fellow, Nicole Engel at nme001@vt.edu with any questions.

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! More information about Jorge and PhD Comics >>. Please direct any questions to Amanda Rumore, GSA V.P of Programs. [This is a real program, not an April Fool’s joke.]

SACNAS CHAPTER INTEREST MEETING
Monday, Apr 18, 6:00-8:00pm, GLC Room G
A group of graduate students are interested in starting a SACNAS chapter at VT. SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to advancing Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in science. It is a national nonprofit organization of individuals and organizations interested in quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research, teaching, leadership, and policy. If you are interested in the organization or in helping start a VT chapter, please attend this meeting. Free pizza and drinks will be served.

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>>

April 4-10, 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. 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.

3. L2ORK – WORLD’S FIRST LINUX LAPTOP ORCHESTRA
Saturday, Apr 9, 7:00pm and 8:00pm, Squires Recital Salon
Graduate student Shernita Lee invites you to L2Ork’s special concert and hands-on experience to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Roanoke, VA. Performers, instead of playing traditional instruments, use networked laptops, wiimotes, nunchuks, and hemispherical speakers fashioned out of IKEA wooden salad bowls. At 7:00pm meet the orchestra, see the instruments and concert; 8:00pm concert only. Tickets for each showing are $5 for the general public or $3 for VT students (including children) and can be purchased at the at the Squires Box Office 1 hour in advance. You are welcome to make a larger donation if you wish! Contact Shernita with any questions.

4. JANET LOWE CAMERON SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED – 1st posting
The Peacock-Harper Culinary History Collection Committee awards an annual scholarship of $1000 in honor of Janet Lowe Cameron, a pioneer with the Virginia Cooperative Extension service at Virginia Tech. The Peacock-Harper Culinary Collection is one of the unique Special Collections housed at the University Library.  Applicants’ scholarly pursuits should encompass topics related to material in this collection, such as the history of foods, human nutrition or food culture. Applications must include a statement of how the Collection’s resources will be used in the student’s research. Download application here. Deadline is May 31. Award will be presented prior to the start of the Fall Semester.

5. 2011 DUNCAN 5K RACE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Race director and DVM student Dan Hay invites graduate students to register for the annual Bob Duncan Memorial 5K race/walk on the VT cross country course. The race will take place on May 7, 11:00am. See more>>.

6. 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 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 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 Aly Tawfik by Apr 8. More information>>.

7. LAVENDER CEREMONY – 2nd posting
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.

8. CALL FOR GRDP REVIEWERS – 2nd posting
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.

9. CALL FOR GSA PROGRAM CHAIR APPLICATIONS – 2nd posting
Are you looking to serve the graduate student community and gain valuable leadership experience? 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

10. GSA CABINET POSITIONS 2011-12 – 3rd 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. 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.

11. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS INVITED – 3rd 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 on the CSE website. Applications are due April 28th.  For more information, email Eric Hodges.

12. GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTS – WIN A GIFT CERTIFICATE TO AMAZON – 1st posting

Help a fellow VT student with her research and get a chance to win one of several $50 gift cards:  GTAs who teach undergraduate-level courses, recitations or labs in the spring 2011 semester are invited to participate in a short survey on classroom incivility and disruptive behaviors.  Classroom incivility has been cited as a growing problem in higher education, and researchers are interested in the severity and frequency of disruptive behaviors in classes taught by VT graduate students.  All interested GTAs must complete a very brief eligibility screener before completing the survey.  If you meet eligibility criteria upon completing the screener, you will be contacted via email with a link to the classroom incivility survey, which will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.  Those who complete the incivility survey will be entered into a drawing to win one of four $50 gift cards to Amazon.com.  Your survey responses will be anonymous and completely confidential.  If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Frey in the Department of Psychology, or Dr. Shelli Fowler, Director of the Graduate Education Development Institute (GEDI).

13. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MUSCLE CONDITION STUDY – 1st posting

Participate in a study aimed at testing muscle condition in sedentary adults.  Participants will complete a 2-hour quiet sitting task while their back muscle activities will be measured using artificial muscle stimulation method. Must be in no current or recent history (1 year) of physical disorders affecting the shoulder, knee, or lower back, exercise on a regular basis (2 ~ 3 times per week), and between the ages 18-64. Each experiment session will last 2 to 3 hours (Total 1 session plus a one hour preliminary session) and participants will be compensated $10/hour with a $10 bonus after completing all sessions. For more information, please contact Bo Chen.

14. PARTICIPATE IN RESEARCH ABOUT USE OF TECHNOLOGY TO INCREASE CIVIC PARTICIPATION – 1st posting

A VT graduate student in urban affairs and planning is conducting a preliminary survey to gauge community interest about the use of technology as a tool to increase civic participation.  Results of this study will inform a more in depth study in the future. The survey takes 5-10 minutes to fill out, and it is anonymous. The results will be compiled in a final research paper to satisfy requirements for a course this semester. The survey is available here. If you have any questions, you may contact Cullen Meves

15. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 3rd 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 – 3rd 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. ROWING COACH POSITION AVAILABLE – EXPERIENCED ROWERS NEEDED – 3rd 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.

18. UPCOMING EVENTS:

AAUW: "POWERFUL PRESENCE" BROWNBAG LUNCH: USING SOCIAL MEDIA
Monday, Apr 11, 12:00-1:00pm, Hillcrest Hall Dining Room (Room 143)
Many of us have heard of and probably have accounts with one or more social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Youtube. The question is: are we utilizing these powerful platforms to their fullest potential? Do we know how? Aimee Brenner of the Faculty Development Institute will discuss the technical aspects of utilizing social media sites to promote scholarly ideas, research, and professional information, as well as how to combine the forces of several sites to maximize the exposure of these ideas. The presentation will conclude with a discussion on how to apply these principles to our own disciplines to aid in accomplishing our professional goals. For more information, visit the AAUW chapter’s Facebook pages.

SEX, VIOLENCE AND THE MEDIA
Tuesday, Apr 12, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Room F
Watch a brief film presented by the VT Women’s Center, and join a discussion on the subject. This event is co-sponsored by the GLC Fellows and the Women’s Center. This interactive, multimedia presentation takes a look at representations of gender, sex, and college students in popular culture and the media. Through images, music, and videos, participants are shown how these aspects of popular culture are related to gender-based violence. Women’s Center staff will lead participants in activities and discussions on the power of popular culture in our lives and its impact, both positive and negative, on our view of gender based violence. Please register here. Contact your GLC Fellow, Nicole Engel at nme001@vt.edu with any questions.

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! More information about Jorge and PhD Comics >>. Please direct any questions to Amanda Rumore, GSA V.P of Programs. [This is a real program, not an April Fool’s joke.]

SACNAS CHAPTER INTEREST MEETING
Monday, Apr 18, 6:00-8:00pm, GLC Room G
A group of graduate students are interested in starting a SACNAS chapter at VT. SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to advancing Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in science. It is a national nonprofit organization of individuals and organizations interested in quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research, teaching, leadership, and policy. If you are interested in the organization or in helping start a VT chapter, please attend this meeting. Free pizza and drinks will be served.

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>>