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.