September 26 – October 2, 2011

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC (on a walk-in basis unless otherwise noted)

  • Career services advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
  • Counseling:  Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from Room G)
  • GLC Café: Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
  • Writing support: Wednesdays (6-9pm) and Thursdays (6-9pm), GLC Videoconference Room – for information on reserving a spot, visit the Writing Center

2. PAYCHECK AND TAXES: WHAT IS FIT/SIT & WHY DO YOU HAVE TO PAY THEM?
Tuesday, Sep 27, 3:00-5:00pm, GLC Room C
This workshop will provide an in-depth explanation of the taxes that are required to be withheld from your VT paycheck and how the taxes are calculated. Presented by Janet Kunz, tax specialist in the VT controller’s office.

3. NANO-VT MEETING AND BOARD ELECTION
Tuesday, Sep 27, 4:00-5:00pm, 457 Whittemore Hall
Join this meeting of members of the NanoVT student organization if you are interested in micro and nanotechnology research and NanoVT group activities, which include meeting fellows from academy and industry, organizing seminars, help to develop the group activities further, etc. Free pizza! Choose a new board in this meeting. All positions are open: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Seminar Committee Chair, Outreach Committee Chair, MICRON Data Base Committee Chair, Supporting Officer, and Undergraduate Liaison. If you are interested to be nominated for NanoVT board, please send Alireza Salmanzadeh an email including 1-2 paragraphs about yourself before the meeting.

4. SHORT COURSE IN STATS: INTRO TO R

Tuesday & Thursday, Sep 27 & 29;* 5:00-7:00pm, 3060 TORG
R is a free computing and graphical software/environment for statistical analysis. This short course, taught by Sai Wang, consists of 3 sections: (1) introduction to R programming basics, such as data objects in R, loops, import/export datasets, along with examples of data manipulation/cleaning; (2) R graphing environment and how to create some basic statistical plots; (3) basic statistical analysis in R, such as t-tests, ANOVA and linear regression. *The Tuesday and Thursday courses are identical. Attend the session that fits your schedule. The Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) provides a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. Instructions on how to register and to learn more>>.

5. COMMUNITY VOICES SPEAKER: NANCY AGEE
Tuesday, Sep 27, 7:00-8:00pm, Lyric Theatre
Community Voices (CV) will kickoff its Fall 2011 series with a talk by Nancy Agee, President and CEO of Carilion Clinic, an integrated healthcare organization serving Western Virginia. Agee will speak on servant leadership in defining her role at the head of a major community corporation enabling community change. CV speakers give concise and engaging 20-minute talks that incorporate stories of leadership for community transformation, followed by a dialogue between audience members and the CV speakers. CV video-records the presentations and makes them widely available through a public access web-site. Learn more>>. This message is posted on behalf of MFA candidate Jon Catherwood-Ginn.

6. GLC MOVIE NIGHT: THE COVE
Tuesday, Sep 27, 8:30pm, GLC Student Lounge
This documentary movie is about animal rights and specifically addresses the killing of dolphins. GLC Fellow Kiril Stoyanov will invite a faculty member and lead a discussion after the movie. Learn more about the movie, or see a trailer . For more information about this event, contact Kiril.

7. AEL LAST LECTURE SERIES: DR. MICHAEL HOCHELLA
Wednesday, Sep 28, 5:00-6:00pm, Jamestown Room, Squires
Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) grad honor society presents the last lecture series, featuring world-renowned faculty from Virginia Tech who will share with the audience anecdotes from their personal and professional experiences, interspersed with pearls of wisdom, as though this were their very last lecture. The first presenter is Michael Hochella, Jr., University Distinguished Professor and fellow of six international scientific societies, and current VP of the Mineralogical Society of America.

8. GLC CAFÉ: BYOM CHALLENGE CONTINUES

Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea in the GLC Reading Room on Thursday afternoons and socialize with your fellow grads. This week’s special: mug contest continues! Bring your own mug and get your “mug shot” taken by a GLC Café photographer. Mug shots will be posted on the Graduate School Facebook page; the owner of the mug getting the most votes will get something. Maybe a gift certificate to Bollo’s? Please contact us if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

9. DINNER FUNDRAISER
Thursday, Sep 29, 5:00-8:00pm, Moe’s (239 North Main, Bburg)
The Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a non-profit community service organization, invites you to have dinner at Moe’s as part of a fundraiser. Fifteen percent (15%) of all pre-taxed food sales will be donated to the organization for the implementation of on campus and community programs throughout the New River Valley. Look out for the group passing out 20% off coupons around campus or for flyers posted in campus buildings. Present your coupon on the day of the event to receive the discount. This messages is posted on behalf of doctoral student Kacie Allen.

10. KIDS NIGHT OUT
Thursdays during semester (except breaks & football nights), 6:00-8:30pm, VT Women’s Center
Take advantage of this free drop-in evening of childcare for 2 to 12-year-old kids of VT students, provided by the Women’s Center. Kids must be toilet trained. Fun, crafts, toys, games and new friends, plus a snack. No pre-registration required. For additional information contact Jessie Meltsner.

11. ETD WORKSHOP SERIES: MANUSCRIPT VS. STANDARD ETD FORMATS

Thursday, Sep 29,  6:30-8:00pm, GLC Room F
Presenter Dr. Karen DePauw will discuss the two available format options for electronic theses and dissertations. If you need someone to watch your kid(s) while you attend this session, take advantage of the “Kids Night Out” drop-in child-care service offered by the Women’s Center.

12. AAUW HAPPY HOUR AT AWFUL ARTHUR’S
Thursday, Sep 29, 7:00pm
Graduate student members of the American Association of University Women, Bburg/VT chapter, invite you to this opportunity to mingle with colleagues. For more information contact Rebecca Miller.

13. OUTDOOR CLUB WHITEWATER RAFTING – SIGN UP NOW
Sunday, Oct 2, 6:00am-10:00pm. 
The Outdoor Club at Virginia Tech (OCVT) is organizing a whitewater rafting trip to raft the entire Gauley, upper and lower; 23 miles of river, over a 100 rapids, in 1 day. Take part in one of the best whitewater rafting experiences in the world. Rafters have to be at base camp in WV at 6:00am and will finish rafting at 6:30 pm. There will be an orientation/safety briefing before rafting.   Details and registration>>; contact Nimal with questions. Sign up by Sep 28. Must know how to swim.

14. INDIAN FESTIVAL: DURGA PUJO
Sunday, Oct 2, 4:00-8:30pm, Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires
Durga Pujo celebrates passion for life, culture and traditions; it heralds the destruction of evil and the triumph of Shakti or strength. Graduate students, their family and friends are invited to celebrate Durga Pujo. Tickets (Pujo and 10-course course dinner and cultural program): $9.99 for students; $12.99 for others. Purchase tickets by Wednesday, Sep 28. More information here or send email inquiry to vtpujo@gmail.com.

15. GRADUATE SCHOLARS SOCIETY (GSS): SIGN UP TODAY!
GSS is a society of graduate students who form into discussion groups of 5-8 to meet 5+ times during the semester in relaxed environments on or off campus. Discussions are lead by a faculty member and a graduate student knowledgeable about the group’s topic. Topics this fall are:

(1) Taking an Oath for Ethical Research and Scholarly Integrity led by Ishwar Puri
(2) University Emergency Preparedness – Are we ready for disaster? led by Michael J. Mulhare
(3) The World’s Energy Demand – Go Nuclear? led by Mark Pierson
(4) Through the Looking Glass – The Influence of Measurement Technology on Scientific Research led by Joe Pitt and
(5) How Technology Shapes Our Relationship to Music; led by Ivica Ico Bukvic.

Please register for a discussion group here by end of the day 9/26.

16. INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY CALLS FOR ABSTRACTS & REGISTRATION
The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (ΙΔΡ) is organizing the first Interdisciplinary Research Symposium at Virginia Tech on Nov 4, 9am-4pm, in the Graduate Life Center (GLC) Multipurpose room. The goal of this symposium is to showcase student research projects to promote and recognize the interdisciplinary work being performed at Virginia Tech by both graduate and undergraduate students. Visit their website for free registration to the event and view additional information about abstract submission. Submit abstracts to mailto:symposium@idrsociety.org by Oct 2.

17. IDR ACCEPTING MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society, is accepting applications for membership beginning, Monday, Sep 26 through Monday, Oct 24.    Information on the society, the application process and the membership application packet are available here. If you have any questions about the application process, please send an email to Tammyep@vt.edu

18. GRAD STUDENT PHOTO-ART-WRITING CONTEST: GRAD LIFE THROUGH THE EYES OF GRADS
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work, photography and written work by graduate students for display in the GLC for the Graduate School’s Open House on October 21 and beyond. All pieces will be displayed on October 21 and November 12; selected pieces will be displayed from October 21, 2011 through March 2012. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art, photography, or written work) per graduate student. Learn more >>.

19. CONFERENCE TRAVEL FUNDS THROUGH CSECP
The Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships (CSECP) invites you to apply for the Conference Travel Fund Program that offers up to $500 to students who are accepted to present on a civic engagement-related topic, research, or project at a professional meeting or conference. Grants are awarded in 2 cycles, Fall (conference dates 10/21-2/27) and Spring (conference dates 2/27-9/10). Learn more>>.

20. STATISTICAL COLLABORATION SERVICE THROUGH LISA
LISA (Virginia Tech’s Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) provides faculty, staff, and student researchers with quality statistical support for free. LISA’s statistical collaborators are trained to help design experiments, analyze and plot data, run statistical software, interpret results, and communicate statistical concepts to non-statisticians. For best results, request a collaboration meeting with LISA before you collect your data. If you are seeking advice on data analysis or report writing after collecting data, please bring to the meeting a clear idea of your overall research goals, specific research questions, cleaned data you may have already collected, and the results of any analyses already performed – including any plots or graphs. More information about LISA’s services.

21. VIRTUAL GLC LAUNCH
Visit the Virtual Graduate Life Center  (vGLC), which extends Virginia Tech’s graduate-education community from campus to computer. This online, interactive space connects VT users across the Commonwealth and around the world.  Using avatars they have created, visitors to the vGLC can visit with Graduate-School staff during select hours to ask general questions related to academics and immigration; find Graduate-School forms and policy information; consult with the Graduate Student Ombudsperson about issues or concerns; attend virtual seminars and workshops, such as the ETD Workshop on 9/29/11; explore the vGLC space; and socialize with other vGLC visitors. Users can access the vGLC 24/7. Connect to the virtual world, create an avatar and download the software here.

22. GRAD-UGRAD MENTORING PROGRAM SEEKING VOLUNTEERS – 1st posting

The GSA’s Graduate Undergraduate Mentoring Program (GUMP) is looking for graduate volunteers to serve as mentors and advisors to undergraduates interested in pursuing graduate school. GUMP matches undergraduate and graduate students in mentoring relationships in order to expose undergraduate students to the graduate experience as they consider further study and to provide graduate students with the opportunity to develop mentoring skills as they share their own personal experiences with the undergraduate students in the program. There’s more than one way to get involved! Please visit http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/gump or email gump@vt.edu if you’re interested.

23. GRDP REVIEWERS SOUGHT – 1st posting
The Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP) of the GSA provides monetary support to graduate students for research conducted at Virginia Tech. The GSA is looking for graduate students who are not applying for funding during the current application cycle to serve as GRDP reviewers. This can be a great resume-building experience. Please fill out this survey if you are interested in getting involved. Questions: Contact Milad Radiom, GRDP Chair, at mradiom@vt.edu.

24. GRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE TO THE BOARD OF VISITORS-HAVE YOU MET YOUR REP YET?
Meet Michelle McLeese, your 2011-2012 graduate representative to the board of visitors (BOV). There are many reasons to know about the BOV and to have your voice heard and be represented! Michelle is your direct liaison to the BOV and she also works with the graduate student assembly (GSA) every month to present information from the BOV directly to you and your departments. Consider visiting Michelle in the Graduate Life Center (23A) or emailing her for more information at mmcleese@vt.edu.

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

26. STUDY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 3rd posting
Participants are needed for a study investigating endurance for the arm, shoulder, and low back. The study consists of 1 session lasting approximately 2 hours. Participants will be compensated $15/hour. Requirements: not involved in any regular aerobic or resistance training, age 18-29, and no recent history of musculoskeletal or metabolic disorders. Overweight individuals are especially needed. If interested, please complete a brief survey. Contact Lora Cavuoto with any questions.

UPCOMING EVENTS:


SHORT STAT COURSES FOR NON-STAT MAJORS

LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these 2-hr courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Short courses will be held from 5-7PM.
Remaining Fall 2011 Schedule:

Tuesday, Oct 4: Applying Statistics in Research: Case Studies; Fralin Auditorium.

For more information, please visit www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

LUNCH WITH GRAD DEAN DEPAUW, PROVOST MCNAMEE, AND PRESIDENT STEGER – SIGN UP NOW
Monday, Oct 3, 11:30am-1:00pm, The Inn
Attend the first of 3 graduate luncheons of the fall semester with President Steger, Provost McNamee, and Graduate Dean Dr. DePauw at the Inn at Virginia Tech. Spaces are limited, so if you are interested in attending, please fill out this survey and include any issues (positive or negative) that you believe need to be discussed. Please indicate if you are unable to attend the first luncheon, whether you wish to be considered for future lunches. Lunches will be organized by themes and graduate students selected for attendance will be contacted by Thursday, Sep 29. Contact Michelle McLeese with any questions.

AAUW POWERFUL PRESENCE BROWN BAG LUNCH
Monday, Oct 3, 12:00pm, GLC Room B
Join colleagues at this brown bag luncheon to discuss “Effective Communication Skills for Handling Disagreements and Conflict.” Presenter will be Dale Robinson of the Department of Human Resources. More information about this and other AAUW events will be posted ontheir Facebook page.

DIALOGUE WITH THE DEAN I.
Tuesday, Oct 4, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Rm C
Discuss graduate student life and university policies with Dean DePauw over dinner. This is your opportunity to bring up issues that matter most to you! Space is limited; please register here. If you have questions, contact: Swetha Kumar, GSA VP of Programs, at swethak@vt.edu.

BGSO PRESENTS: NAVIGATING DEPARTMENTAL POLITICS, PART II.
Wednesday, Oct 5, 7:15pm, GLC Room G
There’s more to grad school than research, teaching, and taking classes: departmental/university politics can make or break a graduate career. A panel will discuss how to navigate departmental politics, and give advice on what to do if you get stuck! Panelists include Dr. Karen DePauw, VP and Dean of Graduate Education; Dr. Guy Sims, Asst VP for Student Affairs; Dr. Manbeena Sekhon, licensed professional counselor; Ms. Ennis McCreary, Ombudswoman; grad students Ms. Jasmine Graham, Ms. Keyana Ellis, Ms. Kenya King, and newly minted Ph.D. Jonathan Gaines.

THE PHD  MOVIE ADVANCE TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Wednesday, Oct 12, 7:00 pm, The Lyric
The GSA brings to you The PHD Movie, based on the popular web-comic by Jorge Cham (see www.phdcomics.com). The film delves into the unique and funny culture of academia and follows four graduate students as they struggle to find balance between research, teaching, and their personal lives. Tickets are $5.00 and will be available during GSA Office Hours Tue 8-10am and Wed 1:30-3:30pm in the GLC Graduate Student Organization Office (21 GLC). Questions: Contact Swetha Kumar.

HISPANIC-LATINO HERITAGE MONTH LUNCHEON

Friday, Oct 14, 11:30AM-1:00pm GLC room F
The Graduate School hosts the Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month luncheon open to all students, featuring Douglas Garcia, Executive Director of Federal Relations and Outreach for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. Topics discussed will include internship and fellowship opportunities, trends of Hispanics in education, and how to get involved in HACU. Please complete this survey if interested in attending.

DINING ETIQUETTE DINNER – REGISTER NOW
Wednesday, Oct 19, 5:30-8:00pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Register now for Career Services’ fall etiquette dinner, Shine While you Dine: A Networking and Fine Dining Experience. Learn how to stand out from other candidates in this interactive dining experience. The program begins with networking and hors d’oeuvres and is followed by an evening of fine dining and question facilitation. Registration is required in person at the Smith Career Center between Sep 12 and Sep 30.  The cost for the evening is $10 and includes light hors d’oeuvres and a three course meal. Learn more>>

September 26 – October 2, 2011

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC (on a walk-in basis unless otherwise noted)

  • Career services advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
  • Counseling:  Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from Room G)
  • GLC Café: Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
  • Writing support: Wednesdays (6-9pm) and Thursdays (6-9pm), GLC Videoconference Room – for information on reserving a spot, visit the Writing Center

2. PAYCHECK AND TAXES: WHAT IS FIT/SIT & WHY DO YOU HAVE TO PAY THEM?
Tuesday, Sep 27, 3:00-5:00pm, GLC Room C
This workshop will provide an in-depth explanation of the taxes that are required to be withheld from your VT paycheck and how the taxes are calculated. Presented by Janet Kunz, tax specialist in the VT controller’s office.

3. NANO-VT MEETING AND BOARD ELECTION
Tuesday, Sep 27, 4:00-5:00pm, 457 Whittemore Hall
Join this meeting of members of the NanoVT student organization if you are interested in micro and nanotechnology research and NanoVT group activities, which include meeting fellows from academy and industry, organizing seminars, help to develop the group activities further, etc. Free pizza! Choose a new board in this meeting. All positions are open: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Seminar Committee Chair, Outreach Committee Chair, MICRON Data Base Committee Chair, Supporting Officer, and Undergraduate Liaison. If you are interested to be nominated for NanoVT board, please send Alireza Salmanzadeh an email including 1-2 paragraphs about yourself before the meeting.

4. SHORT COURSE IN STATS: INTRO TO R

Tuesday & Thursday, Sep 27 & 29;* 5:00-7:00pm, 3060 TORG
R is a free computing and graphical software/environment for statistical analysis. This short course, taught by Sai Wang, consists of 3 sections: (1) introduction to R programming basics, such as data objects in R, loops, import/export datasets, along with examples of data manipulation/cleaning; (2) R graphing environment and how to create some basic statistical plots; (3) basic statistical analysis in R, such as t-tests, ANOVA and linear regression. *The Tuesday and Thursday courses are identical. Attend the session that fits your schedule. The Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) provides a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. Instructions on how to register and to learn more>>.

5. COMMUNITY VOICES SPEAKER: NANCY AGEE
Tuesday, Sep 27, 7:00-8:00pm, Lyric Theatre
Community Voices (CV) will kickoff its Fall 2011 series with a talk by Nancy Agee, President and CEO of Carilion Clinic, an integrated healthcare organization serving Western Virginia. Agee will speak on servant leadership in defining her role at the head of a major community corporation enabling community change. CV speakers give concise and engaging 20-minute talks that incorporate stories of leadership for community transformation, followed by a dialogue between audience members and the CV speakers. CV video-records the presentations and makes them widely available through a public access web-site. Learn more>>. This message is posted on behalf of MFA candidate Jon Catherwood-Ginn.

6. GLC MOVIE NIGHT: THE COVE
Tuesday, Sep 27, 8:30pm, GLC Student Lounge
This documentary movie is about animal rights and specifically addresses the killing of dolphins. GLC Fellow Kiril Stoyanov will invite a faculty member and lead a discussion after the movie. Learn more about the movie, or see a trailer . For more information about this event, contact Kiril.

7. AEL LAST LECTURE SERIES: DR. MICHAEL HOCHELLA
Wednesday, Sep 28, 5:00-6:00pm, Jamestown Room, Squires
Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) grad honor society presents the last lecture series, featuring world-renowned faculty from Virginia Tech who will share with the audience anecdotes from their personal and professional experiences, interspersed with pearls of wisdom, as though this were their very last lecture. The first presenter is Michael Hochella, Jr., University Distinguished Professor and fellow of six international scientific societies, and current VP of the Mineralogical Society of America.

8. GLC CAFÉ: BYOM CHALLENGE CONTINUES

Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea in the GLC Reading Room on Thursday afternoons and socialize with your fellow grads. This week’s special: mug contest continues! Bring your own mug and get your “mug shot” taken by a GLC Café photographer. Mug shots will be posted on the Graduate School Facebook page; the owner of the mug getting the most votes will get something. Maybe a gift certificate to Bollo’s? Please contact us if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

9. DINNER FUNDRAISER
Thursday, Sep 29, 5:00-8:00pm, Moe’s (239 North Main, Bburg)
The Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a non-profit community service organization, invites you to have dinner at Moe’s as part of a fundraiser. Fifteen percent (15%) of all pre-taxed food sales will be donated to the organization for the implementation of on campus and community programs throughout the New River Valley. Look out for the group passing out 20% off coupons around campus or for flyers posted in campus buildings. Present your coupon on the day of the event to receive the discount. This messages is posted on behalf of doctoral student Kacie Allen.

10. KIDS NIGHT OUT
Thursdays during semester (except breaks & football nights), 6:00-8:30pm, VT Women’s Center
Take advantage of this free drop-in evening of childcare for 2 to 12-year-old kids of VT students, provided by the Women’s Center. Kids must be toilet trained. Fun, crafts, toys, games and new friends, plus a snack. No pre-registration required. For additional information contact Jessie Meltsner.

11. ETD WORKSHOP SERIES: MANUSCRIPT VS. STANDARD ETD FORMATS

Thursday, Sep 29,  6:30-8:00pm, GLC Room F
Presenter Dr. Karen DePauw will discuss the two available format options for electronic theses and dissertations. If you need someone to watch your kid(s) while you attend this session, take advantage of the “Kids Night Out” drop-in child-care service offered by the Women’s Center.

12. AAUW HAPPY HOUR AT AWFUL ARTHUR’S
Thursday, Sep 29, 7:00pm
Graduate student members of the American Association of University Women, Bburg/VT chapter, invite you to this opportunity to mingle with colleagues. For more information contact Rebecca Miller.

13. OUTDOOR CLUB WHITEWATER RAFTING – SIGN UP NOW
Sunday, Oct 2, 6:00am-10:00pm. 
The Outdoor Club at Virginia Tech (OCVT) is organizing a whitewater rafting trip to raft the entire Gauley, upper and lower; 23 miles of river, over a 100 rapids, in 1 day. Take part in one of the best whitewater rafting experiences in the world. Rafters have to be at base camp in WV at 6:00am and will finish rafting at 6:30 pm. There will be an orientation/safety briefing before rafting.   Details and registration>>; contact Nimal with questions. Sign up by Sep 28. Must know how to swim.

14. INDIAN FESTIVAL: DURGA PUJO
Sunday, Oct 2, 4:00-8:30pm, Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires
Durga Pujo celebrates passion for life, culture and traditions; it heralds the destruction of evil and the triumph of Shakti or strength. Graduate students, their family and friends are invited to celebrate Durga Pujo. Tickets (Pujo and 10-course course dinner and cultural program): $9.99 for students; $12.99 for others. Purchase tickets by Wednesday, Sep 28. More information here or send email inquiry to vtpujo@gmail.com.

15. GRADUATE SCHOLARS SOCIETY (GSS): SIGN UP TODAY!
GSS is a society of graduate students who form into discussion groups of 5-8 to meet 5+ times during the semester in relaxed environments on or off campus. Discussions are lead by a faculty member and a graduate student knowledgeable about the group’s topic. Topics this fall are:

(1) Taking an Oath for Ethical Research and Scholarly Integrity led by Ishwar Puri
(2) University Emergency Preparedness – Are we ready for disaster? led by Michael J. Mulhare
(3) The World’s Energy Demand – Go Nuclear? led by Mark Pierson
(4) Through the Looking Glass – The Influence of Measurement Technology on Scientific Research led by Joe Pitt and
(5) How Technology Shapes Our Relationship to Music; led by Ivica Ico Bukvic.

Please register for a discussion group here by end of the day 9/26.

16. INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY CALLS FOR ABSTRACTS & REGISTRATION
The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (ΙΔΡ) is organizing the first Interdisciplinary Research Symposium at Virginia Tech on Nov 4, 9am-4pm, in the Graduate Life Center (GLC) Multipurpose room. The goal of this symposium is to showcase student research projects to promote and recognize the interdisciplinary work being performed at Virginia Tech by both graduate and undergraduate students. Visit their website for free registration to the event and view additional information about abstract submission. Submit abstracts to mailto:symposium@idrsociety.org by Oct 2.

17. IDR ACCEPTING MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society, is accepting applications for membership beginning, Monday, Sep 26 through Monday, Oct 24.    Information on the society, the application process and the membership application packet are available here. If you have any questions about the application process, please send an email to Tammyep@vt.edu

18. GRAD STUDENT PHOTO-ART-WRITING CONTEST: GRAD LIFE THROUGH THE EYES OF GRADS
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work, photography and written work by graduate students for display in the GLC for the Graduate School’s Open House on October 21 and beyond. All pieces will be displayed on October 21 and November 12; selected pieces will be displayed from October 21, 2011 through March 2012. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art, photography, or written work) per graduate student. Learn more >>.

19. CONFERENCE TRAVEL FUNDS THROUGH CSECP
The Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships (CSECP) invites you to apply for the Conference Travel Fund Program that offers up to $500 to students who are accepted to present on a civic engagement-related topic, research, or project at a professional meeting or conference. Grants are awarded in 2 cycles, Fall (conference dates 10/21-2/27) and Spring (conference dates 2/27-9/10). Learn more>>.

20. STATISTICAL COLLABORATION SERVICE THROUGH LISA
LISA (Virginia Tech’s Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) provides faculty, staff, and student researchers with quality statistical support for free. LISA’s statistical collaborators are trained to help design experiments, analyze and plot data, run statistical software, interpret results, and communicate statistical concepts to non-statisticians. For best results, request a collaboration meeting with LISA before you collect your data. If you are seeking advice on data analysis or report writing after collecting data, please bring to the meeting a clear idea of your overall research goals, specific research questions, cleaned data you may have already collected, and the results of any analyses already performed – including any plots or graphs. More information about LISA’s services.

21. VIRTUAL GLC LAUNCH
Visit the Virtual Graduate Life Center  (vGLC), which extends Virginia Tech’s graduate-education community from campus to computer. This online, interactive space connects VT users across the Commonwealth and around the world.  Using avatars they have created, visitors to the vGLC can visit with Graduate-School staff during select hours to ask general questions related to academics and immigration; find Graduate-School forms and policy information; consult with the Graduate Student Ombudsperson about issues or concerns; attend virtual seminars and workshops, such as the ETD Workshop on 9/29/11; explore the vGLC space; and socialize with other vGLC visitors. Users can access the vGLC 24/7. Connect to the virtual world, create an avatar and download the software here.

22. GRAD-UGRAD MENTORING PROGRAM SEEKING VOLUNTEERS – 1st posting

The GSA’s Graduate Undergraduate Mentoring Program (GUMP) is looking for graduate volunteers to serve as mentors and advisors to undergraduates interested in pursuing graduate school. GUMP matches undergraduate and graduate students in mentoring relationships in order to expose undergraduate students to the graduate experience as they consider further study and to provide graduate students with the opportunity to develop mentoring skills as they share their own personal experiences with the undergraduate students in the program. There’s more than one way to get involved! Please visit http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/gump or email gump@vt.edu if you’re interested.

23. GRDP REVIEWERS SOUGHT – 1st posting
The Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP) of the GSA provides monetary support to graduate students for research conducted at Virginia Tech. The GSA is looking for graduate students who are not applying for funding during the current application cycle to serve as GRDP reviewers. This can be a great resume-building experience. Please fill out this survey if you are interested in getting involved. Questions: Contact Milad Radiom, GRDP Chair, at mradiom@vt.edu.

24. GRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE TO THE BOARD OF VISITORS-HAVE YOU MET YOUR REP YET?
Meet Michelle McLeese, your 2011-2012 graduate representative to the board of visitors (BOV). There are many reasons to know about the BOV and to have your voice heard and be represented! Michelle is your direct liaison to the BOV and she also works with the graduate student assembly (GSA) every month to present information from the BOV directly to you and your departments. Consider visiting Michelle in the Graduate Life Center (23A) or emailing her for more information at mmcleese@vt.edu.

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

26. STUDY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 3rd posting
Participants are needed for a study investigating endurance for the arm, shoulder, and low back. The study consists of 1 session lasting approximately 2 hours. Participants will be compensated $15/hour. Requirements: not involved in any regular aerobic or resistance training, age 18-29, and no recent history of musculoskeletal or metabolic disorders. Overweight individuals are especially needed. If interested, please complete a brief survey. Contact Lora Cavuoto with any questions.

UPCOMING EVENTS:


SHORT STAT COURSES FOR NON-STAT MAJORS

LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these 2-hr courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Short courses will be held from 5-7PM.
Remaining Fall 2011 Schedule:

Tuesday, Oct 4: Applying Statistics in Research: Case Studies; Fralin Auditorium.

For more information, please visit www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

LUNCH WITH GRAD DEAN DEPAUW, PROVOST MCNAMEE, AND PRESIDENT STEGER – SIGN UP NOW
Monday, Oct 3, 11:30am-1:00pm, The Inn
Attend the first of 3 graduate luncheons of the fall semester with President Steger, Provost McNamee, and Graduate Dean Dr. DePauw at the Inn at Virginia Tech. Spaces are limited, so if you are interested in attending, please fill out this survey and include any issues (positive or negative) that you believe need to be discussed. Please indicate if you are unable to attend the first luncheon, whether you wish to be considered for future lunches. Lunches will be organized by themes and graduate students selected for attendance will be contacted by Thursday, Sep 29. Contact Michelle McLeese with any questions.

AAUW POWERFUL PRESENCE BROWN BAG LUNCH
Monday, Oct 3, 12:00pm, GLC Room B
Join colleagues at this brown bag luncheon to discuss “Effective Communication Skills for Handling Disagreements and Conflict.” Presenter will be Dale Robinson of the Department of Human Resources. More information about this and other AAUW events will be posted ontheir Facebook page.

DIALOGUE WITH THE DEAN I.
Tuesday, Oct 4, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Rm C
Discuss graduate student life and university policies with Dean DePauw over dinner. This is your opportunity to bring up issues that matter most to you! Space is limited; please register here. If you have questions, contact: Swetha Kumar, GSA VP of Programs, at swethak@vt.edu.

BGSO PRESENTS: NAVIGATING DEPARTMENTAL POLITICS, PART II.
Wednesday, Oct 5, 7:15pm, GLC Room G
There’s more to grad school than research, teaching, and taking classes: departmental/university politics can make or break a graduate career. A panel will discuss how to navigate departmental politics, and give advice on what to do if you get stuck! Panelists include Dr. Karen DePauw, VP and Dean of Graduate Education; Dr. Guy Sims, Asst VP for Student Affairs; Dr. Manbeena Sekhon, licensed professional counselor; Ms. Ennis McCreary, Ombudswoman; grad students Ms. Jasmine Graham, Ms. Keyana Ellis, Ms. Kenya King, and newly minted Ph.D. Jonathan Gaines.

THE PHD  MOVIE ADVANCE TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Wednesday, Oct 12, 7:00 pm, The Lyric
The GSA brings to you The PHD Movie, based on the popular web-comic by Jorge Cham (see www.phdcomics.com). The film delves into the unique and funny culture of academia and follows four graduate students as they struggle to find balance between research, teaching, and their personal lives. Tickets are $5.00 and will be available during GSA Office Hours Tue 8-10am and Wed 1:30-3:30pm in the GLC Graduate Student Organization Office (21 GLC). Questions: Contact Swetha Kumar.

HISPANIC-LATINO HERITAGE MONTH LUNCHEON

Friday, Oct 14, 11:30AM-1:00pm GLC room F
The Graduate School hosts the Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month luncheon open to all students, featuring Douglas Garcia, Executive Director of Federal Relations and Outreach for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. Topics discussed will include internship and fellowship opportunities, trends of Hispanics in education, and how to get involved in HACU. Please complete this survey if interested in attending.

DINING ETIQUETTE DINNER – REGISTER NOW
Wednesday, Oct 19, 5:30-8:00pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Register now for Career Services’ fall etiquette dinner, Shine While you Dine: A Networking and Fine Dining Experience. Learn how to stand out from other candidates in this interactive dining experience. The program begins with networking and hors d’oeuvres and is followed by an evening of fine dining and question facilitation. Registration is required in person at the Smith Career Center between Sep 12 and Sep 30.  The cost for the evening is $10 and includes light hors d’oeuvres and a three course meal. Learn more>>

September 19-25, 2011

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC (on a walk-in basis unless otherwise noted)

  • Career services advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
  • Counseling:  Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from Room G)
  • GLC Café: Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
  • Writing support: Wednesdays (6-9pm) and Thursdays (6-9pm), GLC Videoconference Room – Reserve a spot at http://www.composition.english.vt.edu/wc

2. SHORT STAT COURSE: INTRO TO DESIGN AND ANALYSIS OF EXPERIMENTS
Tuesday, Sep 20, 5:00-07:00pm, Fralin Auditorium
Across all disciplines, the ability to test theories by experimentation is vital for validation and discovery. This course explores the basic principles of experimental design and specific designs, including completely randomized designs, the most straightforward design when a researcher wants to test for differences amongst multiple treatments; optimal blocking strategies will be presented as a variance-reducing technique; for each design, implementation, appropriate analysis and examples in SAS will be discussed. If time permits, more complicated designs tailored specifically to the researchers attending the course may be introduced. Register and learn more>>>.

3. INTRO TO INTERDISCIPLINARY GRADUATE DEGREES

Tuesday, Sep 20, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F
Learn more about interdisciplinary graduate degrees, presented by Vice President and Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Karen DePauw. Free pizza will be served! For more information on this event contact Swetha.

4. GLC MOVIE NIGHT: THE COVE

Tuesday, Sep 27, 8:30pm, GLC Student Lounge
This documentary movie is about animal rights and specifically addresses the killing of dolphins. GLC Fellow Kiril Stoyanov will invite a faculty member and lead a discussion after the movie. Learn more about the movie, or see a trailer. For more information about this event, contact Kiril.

5. HOKIES4HIRE AND ON-CAMPUS INTERVIEWING
Wednesday, Sep 21, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F
Hundreds of employers visit the Virginia Tech campus each year to recruit students for full-time, co-op and internship positions. Even more search VT’s resume database for candidates. Learn how to effectively use the Hokies4Hire system in your job search process. This workshop is brought to you by VT Career Services.

6. GLC CAFÉ: BYOM   
Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea in the GLC Reading Room on Thursday afternoons and socialize with your fellow grads. This week’s special: mug contest! Bring your own mug and get your “mug shot” taken by a GLC Café photographer. Mug shots will be posted on the Graduate School Facebook page; the owner of the mug getting the most votes will get something. Maybe a gift certificate to Bollo’s? Please contact us if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

7. INTEREST MTG FOR CURRENT AND FORMER FULBRIGHT STUDENTS
Thursday, Sep 22, 7:00pm, The Cellar
Attend the first get together and get to know fellow Fulbright Scholars (current and Alumni) at Virginia Tech and enjoy a couple of hours of conversation in a multicultural and diverse group. Please RSVP here. Contact Fulbright alum Tobias with questions and comments about this initiative.

8. VT-ISA PRESENTS RAAS GARBA
Saturday, Sep 24, 5:00-7:00pm cultural program; 7:00-… dandiya and dinner, GLC Multipurpose Room
On the occasion of navaratri, the Indian Student Association, joined with the Society of Indian Americans and pooja group of Roanoke, invites you to the celebration of Raas Garba. Confirm your participation through Facebook or by sending an email to isavatech@gmail.com. Participation in traditional clothes is appreciated. There is no charge for admission to the program. To purchase dinner tickets, members pay $5.50 and non-members $6.50 online at https://sites.google.com/site/raasgarbaisa/. Limited tickets will be available on the spot @ $7 per head. The food is from Taaza, Roanoke!

9. GRADUATE SCHOLARS SOCIETY (GSS): SIGN UP BY 9/23!
GSS is a society of graduate students who form into discussion groups of 5-8 to meet 5+ times during the semester in relaxed environments on or off campus. Discussions are lead by a faculty member and a graduate student knowledgeable about the group’s topic. Topics this fall are:

  1. Taking an Oath for Ethical Research and Scholarly Integrity led by Ishwar Puri
  2. University Emergency Preparedness – Are we ready for disaster? led by Michael J. Mulhare
  3. The World’s Energy Demand – Go Nuclear? led by Mark Pierson
  4. Through the Looking Glass – The Influence of Measurement Technology on Scientific Research led by Joe Pitt and
  5. How Technology Shapes Our Relationship to Music; led by Ivica Ico Bukvic.

Please register for a discussion group here.

10. GRAD STUDENT PHOTO-ART-WRITING CONTEST: GRAD LIFE THROUGH THE EYES OF GRADS
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work, photography and written work by graduate students for display in the GLC for the Graduate School’s Open House on October 21 and beyond. All pieces will be displayed on October 21 and November 12; selected pieces will be displayed from October 21, 2011 through March 2012. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art, photography, or written work) per graduate student. Learn more >>>.

11. PHI BETA KAPPA MEMBERS SOUGHT
Virginia Tech’s Mu Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa invites graduate students who were inducted into PBK at their undergraduate university to join the VT group and participate in campus events and activities. If you would like to be included in/informed of this chapter’s activities for the upcoming year, please contact Marcy Schnitzer, President of Mu Chapter, Phi Beta Kappa.

12. GRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE TO THE BOARD OF VISITORS-HAVE YOU MET YOUR REP YET?

Meet Michelle McLeese, your 2011-2012 graduate representative to the board of visitors (BOV). There are many reasons to know about the BOV and to have your voice heard and be represented! Michelle is your direct liaison to the BOV and she also works with the graduate student assembly (GSA) every month to present information from the BOV directly to you and your departments. Consider visiting Michelle in the Graduate Life Center (23A) or emailing her for more information.

13.  ABSTRACT SUBMISSION AND REGISTRATION OPEN FOR IDR RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (ΙΔΡ) is organizing the first Interdisciplinary Research Symposium at Virginia Tech on Nov 4, 9:00am-4:00pm, in the Graduate Life Center (GLC) Multipurpose Room. The goal of this symposium is to showcase student research projects to promote and recognize the interdisciplinary work being performed at by both graduate and undergraduate students. Visit the IDR website for free registration to the event and view additional information on abstract submission. y.org >  . Abstracts should be submitted to symposium@idrsociety.org by Oct 2nd.

14. PRESIDENTIAL MANAGEMENT FELLOWSHIP
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management announced the application period for the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program Class of 2012. Apply now through Sep 25, 2011. This program helps federal agencies attract outstanding master’s and doctoral students who have a clear interest in excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs. Students who meet all graduate degree requirements, including the completion or successful defense of any required thesis or dissertation, between Sep 1, 2011 and Aug 31, 2012, are eligible to apply in fall 2011 for the PMF class of 2012. Applicants must be nominated by Graduate Dean Karen P. DePauw. Applicants should send by email a completed PMF Form 1300 along with their CV and a brief essay that addresses:  1) breadth and quality of accomplishments;  2) capacity for leadership;  3) commitment to excellence in leadership and management of public policies and programs, or fax these to 540-231-3714 by September 25.  Do not send directly to Dean DePauw. For questions call 540-231-4558.

15. CTR FOR STUDENT ENGAGEMENT AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS ORG FUNDS PROGRAM
The Organization Funds Program is now available to registered student organizations who wish to complete a project or event that impacts the community and is service-oriented. Your organization could be awarded up to $1000 to make the project or event a reality. Read the announcement for more information and details about applying at: http://tinyurl.com/OrganizationFundsAnnouncement. To apply, fill out the online application. Applications for fall cycle are due Oct 14. If you need some help honing your ideas or have logistical questions, please contact Jake Grohs.

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

17. STUDY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 2nd posting
Participants are needed for a study investigating endurance for the arm, shoulder, and low back. The study consists of 1 session lasting approximately 2 hours. Participants will be compensated $15/hour. Requirements: not involved in any regular aerobic or resistance training, age 18-29, and no recent history of musculoskeletal or metabolic disorders. Overweight individuals are especially needed. If interested, please complete a brief survey. Contact Lora Cavuoto with any questions.

18. RESEARCH STUDY PARTICIPANTS NEEDED – 3rd posting
Participants are sought for a study about loads on the knees while performing industrial tasks. Participants must be males or females between 18-30, and (1) should not have any current or recent history of ankle, knee and hip joint injury (2) should not experience pain or discomfort while squatting or kneeling on the floor (3) should exercise regularly (4) should have no abnormal health condition. Participants will perform simulated industrial tasks and will be expected to attend just one session lasting for about 2.5 hours. No compensation will be provided. Experimental protocols have been approved by VT IRB Interested individuals should contact Navaneeta

19. PAID PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF 2-WAY COMMUNICATION – 3rd posting
Researchers are looking for couples to participate in a study about two-way telecommunication using remote touch and audio channels. Participating couples must be: (1) over 18 years old; (2) have been dating over 1 year or married w/o kids; (3) speak English as the main language with each other; (4) at least one member affiliated with Virginia Tech. This IRB-approved study examines the effects of remote touch and audio channel on communication particularly in instances where the couple has feelings about a topic and when they may disagree. Couple will be situated in two study rooms and asked to have three discussion sessions through audio or remote touch and audio channels. The whole experiment will take 2 hours. Each dyad will be compensated with $30 for a complete participation. To begin, please complete this survey. Contact Rongrong Wang with questions.

20. RESEARCH SUBJECTS NEEDED FOR HNFE STUDY – 3rd 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. Must be healthy males (non-smokers, no orthopedic limitations to exercise; no chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, bleeding, or inflammatory diseases); 18-28; schedule compatible with testing and training. Benefits: development of personal weight training program by experienced professionals, financial compensation up to $175. If interested, contact vthnfe@gmail.com for more information.

21. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 3rd posting
Participants are sought for a study investigating the effects of prolonged flexion on the biomechanics of the human torso.  The study consists of five separate experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 1 hour) and participants will be compensated $10/hour.  To qualify you must be 18-29 and regularly exercise at least 2-3 times per week. For more information or to inquire about participation, please contact Neema.  Please include your age, gender, and general availability when responding.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS FAIR
Monday, Sep 26, 11:30am-3:30pm, Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires
Representatives from over 100 graduate and professional programs from across the country participate in this event to meet potential students and recruit for their graduate programs. Learn about these schools and programs as well as attend workshop sessions. Brought to you by the Graduate Student Assembly.

SHORT STAT COURSES FOR NON-STAT MAJORS
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these 2-hr courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. More information and registration>>. Short courses will be held from 5-7PM.
Remaining Fall 2011 Schedule:
Tuesday, Sep 27 & Thursday, Sep 29: Introduction to R; *
Tuesday, Oct 4: Applying Statistics in Research: Case Studies;
*These courses will be held in 3080 Torgersen, all other courses are held in Fralin Auditorium. They are one-session courses offered twice so that more students can attend. More information>>.

COMMUNITY VOICES SPEAKER: NANCY AGEE

Tuesday, Sep 27, 7:00-8:00pm, Lyric Theatre
Community Voices (CV) will kickoff its Fall 2011 series with a talk by Nancy Agee, President and CEO of Carilion Clinic, an integrated healthcare organization serving Western Virginia. Agee will speak on servant leadership in defining her role at the head of a major community corporation enabling community change. CV speakers give concise and engaging 20-minute talks that incorporate stories of leadership for community transformation, followed by a dialogue between audience members and the CV speakers. CV video-records the presentations and makes them widely available through a public access web-site. Learn more>>. This message is posted on behalf of MFA candidate Jon Catherwood-Ginn.

AEL LAST LECTURE SERIES: DR. MICHAEL HOCHELLA

Wednesday, Sep 28, 5:00-6:00pm, Jamestown Room, Squires
Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) grad honor society presents the last lecture series, featuring world-renowned faculty from Virginia Tech who will share with the audience anecdotes from their personal and professional experiences, interspersed with pearls of wisdom, as though this were their very last lecture. The first presenter is Michael Hochella, Jr., University Distinguished Professor and fellow of six international scientific societies, and current VP of the Mineralogical Society of America.

DINNER FUNDRAISER

Thursday, Sep 29, 5:00-8:00pm, Moe’s (239 North Main, Bburg)
The Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a non-profit community service organization, invites you to have dinner at Moe’s as part of a fundraiser. Fifteen percent (15%) of all pre-taxed food sales will be donated to the organization for the implementation of on campus and community programs throughout the New River Valley. Look out for the group passing out 20% off coupons around campus or for flyers posted in campus buildings. Present your coupon on the day of the event to receive the discount. This messages is posted on behalf of doctoral student Kacie Allen.

KIDS NIGHT OUT
Thursdays during semester (except breaks & football nights), 6:00-8:30pm, VT Women’s Center
Take advantage of this free drop-in evening of childcare for 2 to 12-year-old kids of VT students, provided by the Women’s Center. Kids must be toilet trained. Fun, crafts, toys, games and new friends, plus a snack. No pre-registration required. For additional information contact Jessie Meltsner.

ETD WORKSHOP SERIES: MANUSCRIPT VS. STANDARD ETD FORMATS

Thursday, Sep 29,  6:30-8:00pm, GLC Room F
Presenter Dr. Karen DePauw will discuss the two available format options for electronic theses and dissertations. If you need someone to watch your kid(s) while you attend this session, take advantage of the “Kids Night Out” drop-in child-care service offered by the Women’s Center.

OUTDOOR CLUB WHITEWATER RAFTING – SIGN UP NOW
Sunday, Oct 2, 6:00am-10:00pm. 
The Outdoor Club at Virginia Tech (OCVT) is organizing a whitewater rafting trip to raft the entire Gauley, upper and lower; 23 miles of river, over a 100 rapids, in 1 day. Take part in one of the best whitewater rafting experiences in the world. Rafters have to be at base camp in WV at 6:00am and will finish rafting at 6:30 pm. There will be an orientation/safety briefing before rafting.   Details and registration here>>. Contact Nimal with questions. Sign up by Sep 28. Must know how to swim.

LUNCH WITH GRAD DEAN DEPAUW, PROVOST MCNAMEE, AND PRESIDENT STEGER – SIGN UP NOW
Monday, Oct 3, 11:30am-1:00pm, The Inn
Attend the first of 3 graduate luncheons of the fall semester with President Steger, Provost McNamee, and Graduate Dean Dr. DePauw at the Inn at Virginia Tech. Spaces are limited, so if you are interested in attending, please fill out this survey and include any issues (positive or negative) that you believe need to be discussed. Please indicate if you are unable to attend the first luncheon, whether you wish to be considered for future lunches. Lunches will be organized by themes and graduate students selected for attendance will be contacted by Thursday, Sep 29. Contact Michelle McLeese with any questions.

September 19-25, 2011

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC (on a walk-in basis unless otherwise noted)

  • Career services advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
  • Counseling:  Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from Room G)
  • GLC Café: Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
  • Writing support: Wednesdays (6-9pm) and Thursdays (6-9pm), GLC Videoconference Room – Reserve a spot at http://www.composition.english.vt.edu/wc

2. SHORT STAT COURSE: INTRO TO DESIGN AND ANALYSIS OF EXPERIMENTS
Tuesday, Sep 20, 5:00-07:00pm, Fralin Auditorium
Across all disciplines, the ability to test theories by experimentation is vital for validation and discovery. This course explores the basic principles of experimental design and specific designs, including completely randomized designs, the most straightforward design when a researcher wants to test for differences amongst multiple treatments; optimal blocking strategies will be presented as a variance-reducing technique; for each design, implementation, appropriate analysis and examples in SAS will be discussed. If time permits, more complicated designs tailored specifically to the researchers attending the course may be introduced. Register and learn more>>>.

3. INTRO TO INTERDISCIPLINARY GRADUATE DEGREES

Tuesday, Sep 20, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F
Learn more about interdisciplinary graduate degrees, presented by Vice President and Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Karen DePauw. Free pizza will be served! For more information on this event contact Swetha.

4. GLC MOVIE NIGHT: THE COVE

Tuesday, Sep 27, 8:30pm, GLC Student Lounge
This documentary movie is about animal rights and specifically addresses the killing of dolphins. GLC Fellow Kiril Stoyanov will invite a faculty member and lead a discussion after the movie. Learn more about the movie, or see a trailer. For more information about this event, contact Kiril.

5. HOKIES4HIRE AND ON-CAMPUS INTERVIEWING
Wednesday, Sep 21, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F
Hundreds of employers visit the Virginia Tech campus each year to recruit students for full-time, co-op and internship positions. Even more search VT’s resume database for candidates. Learn how to effectively use the Hokies4Hire system in your job search process. This workshop is brought to you by VT Career Services.

6. GLC CAFÉ: BYOM   
Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea in the GLC Reading Room on Thursday afternoons and socialize with your fellow grads. This week’s special: mug contest! Bring your own mug and get your “mug shot” taken by a GLC Café photographer. Mug shots will be posted on the Graduate School Facebook page; the owner of the mug getting the most votes will get something. Maybe a gift certificate to Bollo’s? Please contact us if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

7. INTEREST MTG FOR CURRENT AND FORMER FULBRIGHT STUDENTS
Thursday, Sep 22, 7:00pm, The Cellar
Attend the first get together and get to know fellow Fulbright Scholars (current and Alumni) at Virginia Tech and enjoy a couple of hours of conversation in a multicultural and diverse group. Please RSVP here. Contact Fulbright alum Tobias with questions and comments about this initiative.

8. VT-ISA PRESENTS RAAS GARBA
Saturday, Sep 24, 5:00-7:00pm cultural program; 7:00-… dandiya and dinner, GLC Multipurpose Room
On the occasion of navaratri, the Indian Student Association, joined with the Society of Indian Americans and pooja group of Roanoke, invites you to the celebration of Raas Garba. Confirm your participation through Facebook or by sending an email to isavatech@gmail.com. Participation in traditional clothes is appreciated. There is no charge for admission to the program. To purchase dinner tickets, members pay $5.50 and non-members $6.50 online at https://sites.google.com/site/raasgarbaisa/. Limited tickets will be available on the spot @ $7 per head. The food is from Taaza, Roanoke!

9. GRADUATE SCHOLARS SOCIETY (GSS): SIGN UP BY 9/23!
GSS is a society of graduate students who form into discussion groups of 5-8 to meet 5+ times during the semester in relaxed environments on or off campus. Discussions are lead by a faculty member and a graduate student knowledgeable about the group’s topic. Topics this fall are:

  1. Taking an Oath for Ethical Research and Scholarly Integrity led by Ishwar Puri
  2. University Emergency Preparedness – Are we ready for disaster? led by Michael J. Mulhare
  3. The World’s Energy Demand – Go Nuclear? led by Mark Pierson
  4. Through the Looking Glass – The Influence of Measurement Technology on Scientific Research led by Joe Pitt and
  5. How Technology Shapes Our Relationship to Music; led by Ivica Ico Bukvic.

Please register for a discussion group here.

10. GRAD STUDENT PHOTO-ART-WRITING CONTEST: GRAD LIFE THROUGH THE EYES OF GRADS
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work, photography and written work by graduate students for display in the GLC for the Graduate School’s Open House on October 21 and beyond. All pieces will be displayed on October 21 and November 12; selected pieces will be displayed from October 21, 2011 through March 2012. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art, photography, or written work) per graduate student. Learn more >>>.

11. PHI BETA KAPPA MEMBERS SOUGHT
Virginia Tech’s Mu Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa invites graduate students who were inducted into PBK at their undergraduate university to join the VT group and participate in campus events and activities. If you would like to be included in/informed of this chapter’s activities for the upcoming year, please contact Marcy Schnitzer, President of Mu Chapter, Phi Beta Kappa.

12. GRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE TO THE BOARD OF VISITORS-HAVE YOU MET YOUR REP YET?

Meet Michelle McLeese, your 2011-2012 graduate representative to the board of visitors (BOV). There are many reasons to know about the BOV and to have your voice heard and be represented! Michelle is your direct liaison to the BOV and she also works with the graduate student assembly (GSA) every month to present information from the BOV directly to you and your departments. Consider visiting Michelle in the Graduate Life Center (23A) or emailing her for more information.

13.  ABSTRACT SUBMISSION AND REGISTRATION OPEN FOR IDR RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (ΙΔΡ) is organizing the first Interdisciplinary Research Symposium at Virginia Tech on Nov 4, 9:00am-4:00pm, in the Graduate Life Center (GLC) Multipurpose Room. The goal of this symposium is to showcase student research projects to promote and recognize the interdisciplinary work being performed at by both graduate and undergraduate students. Visit the IDR website for free registration to the event and view additional information on abstract submission. y.org >  . Abstracts should be submitted to symposium@idrsociety.org by Oct 2nd.

14. PRESIDENTIAL MANAGEMENT FELLOWSHIP
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management announced the application period for the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program Class of 2012. Apply now through Sep 25, 2011. This program helps federal agencies attract outstanding master’s and doctoral students who have a clear interest in excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs. Students who meet all graduate degree requirements, including the completion or successful defense of any required thesis or dissertation, between Sep 1, 2011 and Aug 31, 2012, are eligible to apply in fall 2011 for the PMF class of 2012. Applicants must be nominated by Graduate Dean Karen P. DePauw. Applicants should send by email a completed PMF Form 1300 along with their CV and a brief essay that addresses:  1) breadth and quality of accomplishments;  2) capacity for leadership;  3) commitment to excellence in leadership and management of public policies and programs, or fax these to 540-231-3714 by September 25.  Do not send directly to Dean DePauw. For questions call 540-231-4558.

15. CTR FOR STUDENT ENGAGEMENT AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS ORG FUNDS PROGRAM
The Organization Funds Program is now available to registered student organizations who wish to complete a project or event that impacts the community and is service-oriented. Your organization could be awarded up to $1000 to make the project or event a reality. Read the announcement for more information and details about applying at: http://tinyurl.com/OrganizationFundsAnnouncement. To apply, fill out the online application. Applications for fall cycle are due Oct 14. If you need some help honing your ideas or have logistical questions, please contact Jake Grohs.

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

17. STUDY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 2nd posting
Participants are needed for a study investigating endurance for the arm, shoulder, and low back. The study consists of 1 session lasting approximately 2 hours. Participants will be compensated $15/hour. Requirements: not involved in any regular aerobic or resistance training, age 18-29, and no recent history of musculoskeletal or metabolic disorders. Overweight individuals are especially needed. If interested, please complete a brief survey. Contact Lora Cavuoto with any questions.

18. RESEARCH STUDY PARTICIPANTS NEEDED – 3rd posting
Participants are sought for a study about loads on the knees while performing industrial tasks. Participants must be males or females between 18-30, and (1) should not have any current or recent history of ankle, knee and hip joint injury (2) should not experience pain or discomfort while squatting or kneeling on the floor (3) should exercise regularly (4) should have no abnormal health condition. Participants will perform simulated industrial tasks and will be expected to attend just one session lasting for about 2.5 hours. No compensation will be provided. Experimental protocols have been approved by VT IRB Interested individuals should contact Navaneeta

19. PAID PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF 2-WAY COMMUNICATION – 3rd posting
Researchers are looking for couples to participate in a study about two-way telecommunication using remote touch and audio channels. Participating couples must be: (1) over 18 years old; (2) have been dating over 1 year or married w/o kids; (3) speak English as the main language with each other; (4) at least one member affiliated with Virginia Tech. This IRB-approved study examines the effects of remote touch and audio channel on communication particularly in instances where the couple has feelings about a topic and when they may disagree. Couple will be situated in two study rooms and asked to have three discussion sessions through audio or remote touch and audio channels. The whole experiment will take 2 hours. Each dyad will be compensated with $30 for a complete participation. To begin, please complete this survey. Contact Rongrong Wang with questions.

20. RESEARCH SUBJECTS NEEDED FOR HNFE STUDY – 3rd 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. Must be healthy males (non-smokers, no orthopedic limitations to exercise; no chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, bleeding, or inflammatory diseases); 18-28; schedule compatible with testing and training. Benefits: development of personal weight training program by experienced professionals, financial compensation up to $175. If interested, contact vthnfe@gmail.com for more information.

21. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 3rd posting
Participants are sought for a study investigating the effects of prolonged flexion on the biomechanics of the human torso.  The study consists of five separate experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 1 hour) and participants will be compensated $10/hour.  To qualify you must be 18-29 and regularly exercise at least 2-3 times per week. For more information or to inquire about participation, please contact Neema.  Please include your age, gender, and general availability when responding.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS FAIR
Monday, Sep 26, 11:30am-3:30pm, Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires
Representatives from over 100 graduate and professional programs from across the country participate in this event to meet potential students and recruit for their graduate programs. Learn about these schools and programs as well as attend workshop sessions. Brought to you by the Graduate Student Assembly.

SHORT STAT COURSES FOR NON-STAT MAJORS
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these 2-hr courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. More information and registration>>. Short courses will be held from 5-7PM.
Remaining Fall 2011 Schedule:
Tuesday, Sep 27 & Thursday, Sep 29: Introduction to R; *
Tuesday, Oct 4: Applying Statistics in Research: Case Studies;
*These courses will be held in 3080 Torgersen, all other courses are held in Fralin Auditorium. They are one-session courses offered twice so that more students can attend. More information>>.

COMMUNITY VOICES SPEAKER: NANCY AGEE

Tuesday, Sep 27, 7:00-8:00pm, Lyric Theatre
Community Voices (CV) will kickoff its Fall 2011 series with a talk by Nancy Agee, President and CEO of Carilion Clinic, an integrated healthcare organization serving Western Virginia. Agee will speak on servant leadership in defining her role at the head of a major community corporation enabling community change. CV speakers give concise and engaging 20-minute talks that incorporate stories of leadership for community transformation, followed by a dialogue between audience members and the CV speakers. CV video-records the presentations and makes them widely available through a public access web-site. Learn more>>. This message is posted on behalf of MFA candidate Jon Catherwood-Ginn.

AEL LAST LECTURE SERIES: DR. MICHAEL HOCHELLA

Wednesday, Sep 28, 5:00-6:00pm, Jamestown Room, Squires
Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) grad honor society presents the last lecture series, featuring world-renowned faculty from Virginia Tech who will share with the audience anecdotes from their personal and professional experiences, interspersed with pearls of wisdom, as though this were their very last lecture. The first presenter is Michael Hochella, Jr., University Distinguished Professor and fellow of six international scientific societies, and current VP of the Mineralogical Society of America.

DINNER FUNDRAISER

Thursday, Sep 29, 5:00-8:00pm, Moe’s (239 North Main, Bburg)
The Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a non-profit community service organization, invites you to have dinner at Moe’s as part of a fundraiser. Fifteen percent (15%) of all pre-taxed food sales will be donated to the organization for the implementation of on campus and community programs throughout the New River Valley. Look out for the group passing out 20% off coupons around campus or for flyers posted in campus buildings. Present your coupon on the day of the event to receive the discount. This messages is posted on behalf of doctoral student Kacie Allen.

KIDS NIGHT OUT
Thursdays during semester (except breaks & football nights), 6:00-8:30pm, VT Women’s Center
Take advantage of this free drop-in evening of childcare for 2 to 12-year-old kids of VT students, provided by the Women’s Center. Kids must be toilet trained. Fun, crafts, toys, games and new friends, plus a snack. No pre-registration required. For additional information contact Jessie Meltsner.

ETD WORKSHOP SERIES: MANUSCRIPT VS. STANDARD ETD FORMATS

Thursday, Sep 29,  6:30-8:00pm, GLC Room F
Presenter Dr. Karen DePauw will discuss the two available format options for electronic theses and dissertations. If you need someone to watch your kid(s) while you attend this session, take advantage of the “Kids Night Out” drop-in child-care service offered by the Women’s Center.

OUTDOOR CLUB WHITEWATER RAFTING – SIGN UP NOW
Sunday, Oct 2, 6:00am-10:00pm. 
The Outdoor Club at Virginia Tech (OCVT) is organizing a whitewater rafting trip to raft the entire Gauley, upper and lower; 23 miles of river, over a 100 rapids, in 1 day. Take part in one of the best whitewater rafting experiences in the world. Rafters have to be at base camp in WV at 6:00am and will finish rafting at 6:30 pm. There will be an orientation/safety briefing before rafting.   Details and registration here>>. Contact Nimal with questions. Sign up by Sep 28. Must know how to swim.

LUNCH WITH GRAD DEAN DEPAUW, PROVOST MCNAMEE, AND PRESIDENT STEGER – SIGN UP NOW
Monday, Oct 3, 11:30am-1:00pm, The Inn
Attend the first of 3 graduate luncheons of the fall semester with President Steger, Provost McNamee, and Graduate Dean Dr. DePauw at the Inn at Virginia Tech. Spaces are limited, so if you are interested in attending, please fill out this survey and include any issues (positive or negative) that you believe need to be discussed. Please indicate if you are unable to attend the first luncheon, whether you wish to be considered for future lunches. Lunches will be organized by themes and graduate students selected for attendance will be contacted by Thursday, Sep 29. Contact Michelle McLeese with any questions.

September 12-18, 2011

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC (all on a walk-in basis; no appointment needed)

  • Career services advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
  • Counseling:  Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from Room G)
  • GLC Café: Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
  • Writing support: Wednesdays (6-9pm) and Thursdays (6-9pm), GLC Videoconference Room

2. GSA RESERCH SYMPOSIUM 2012 COMMITTEE MTG
Tuesday, Sep 13, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
The GSA Research Symposium, to be held on March 28, 2012, is an opportunity for graduate students to showcase their research. GSA invites all interested students to become a part of 2012 Graduate Research Symposium Committee. Subcommittees include website, sponsorship, judging, publicity, event organization, and keynote speaker. The first committee meeting will be this week. Contact Alireza Salmanzadeh, Research Symposium Chair, if you are interested in serving on the committee but cannot attend the meeting.

3. STAT SHORT COURSE FOR NON-STAT MAJORS: INTRO TO JMP
Tuesday & Thursday, Sep 13 & 15, 5:00-7:00pm, 3080 Torgersen
This short course is designed for beginners who are not yet familiar with JMP. The course will begin with basic data manipulation, demonstrate JMP’s summary and analysis capabilities, and move to some advanced features. Covered topics include importing data, graphing data, descriptive statistics, simple inferential tests such as t-tests, ANOVA, and regression. The same course is offered twice this week. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See LISA for instructions on how to register and to learn more.

4. GRADUATE HONOR SYSTEM PANELIST TRAINING SESSIONS
Wednesday, Sep 14, 9:00am, GLC Room C
Thursday, Sep 15, 7:00pm, GLC Room B
Friday, Sep 16,  12:00 noon, GLC Room B
Do you think upholding academic integrity at Virginia Tech is important? If so, then you may want to serve as a panelist for the Graduate Honor System.  The GHS is looking for both faculty and students to join a volunteer team of panelists who serve on investigative and judicial panels and may hold information sessions/orientations to academic departments about the GHS.  Learn more about the GHS. To become a panelist, you must attend one of the hour-long training sessions.  Please complete this survey to indicate which training session you would attend.

5. HBCU ALUMNI CONNECT LUNCHEON

Wednesday, Sep 14, 11:30am-1:00pm (drop in any time), GLC Room F
The Graduate School’s office of recruitment and diversity initiatives presents the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Alumni Connect Luncheon. If+ you’re interested in attending, please register here. If you have any questions and/or are interested in recruiting at your HBCU Alma mater, please contact Dannette Gomez Beane.

6. GLC CAFÉ   
Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea in the GLC Reading Room on Thursday afternoons and socialize with your fellow grads. This week’s special: Panamanian coffee (thank you, Raul!) and cookies. Please contact us if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

7. GRDP AND GSA-TFP FUNDING WORKSHOP
Thursday, Sep 15, 7:00-8:30pm
The Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP) and the Travel Fund Program are competitive funding programs managed by the Graduate Student Assembly to support grad student research and conference travel. Awards up to $600 for doctoral proposals and $400 for master’s proposals may be given for research; up to $500 for doctoral student travel and up to $350 for master’s student travel may be reimbursed for qualifying expenses. Applications go through a rigorous review process by a panel of graduate students and faculty. Visit the GSA-GRDP and GSA -TFP websites  to learn more about these opportunities and deadlines. The workshop will cover program details and answer any questions you may have about the application process, eligibility criteria and evaluation forms.

8. KIDS NIGHT OUT

Thursdays during semester (except breaks & football nights), 6:00-8:30pm, VT Women’s Center
Take advantage of this free drop-in evening of childcare for 2 to 12-year-old kids of VT students, provided by the Women’s Center. Kids must be toilet trained. Fun, crafts, toys, games and new friends, plus a snack. No pre-registration required. For additional information contact Jessie Meltsner.

9. CHINESE MID-AUTUMN TALENT SHOW

Friday, Sep 16, 7:30pm, GLC Auditorium
The Chinese annual Mid-Autumn Festival is just around corner, and VT-ACSS (Association of Chinese Students and Scholars at Virginia Tech) is hosting a talent show to celebrate this great traditional festival with all Chinese students, scholars, families, friends and anyone who is interested in this festival. Join for lots of fun, mooncakes, and excellent performances! Learn more >>. Contact Carol (Yunzhou) at yunzhouzhang211@gmail.com, with questions or concerns.

10. GSA ARKANSAS STATE Tailgate!

Saturday, Sep 17, 12:00–3:00pm; Prices Fork Parking Lot
Celebrate with your fellow grad students before the Hokies take on Arkansas State. The GSA will provide lunch and games. BYOB. Please help the GSA estimate food needs by registering here. A map to the tailgate can be found on the GSA website. Contact Amanda Shea at ashea04@vt.edu with any questions.

11. GRADUATE SCHOLARS SOCIETY (GSS) REGISTER NOW!
GSS is a society of graduate students who form into discussion groups of 5-8 students to meet 5+ times during the semester in relaxed environments on or off campus. Each group’s discussions are lead by a faculty leader and graduate student leader knowledgeable on the group’s topic. Topics this fall are: (1) Taking an Oath for Ethical Research and Scholarly Integrity led by Ishwar Puri (2) University Emergency Preparedness – Are we ready for disaster? led by Michael J. Mulhare (3) The World’s Energy Demand – Go Nuclear? led by Mark Pierson (4) Through the Looking Glass – The Influence of Measurement Technology on Scientific Research led by Joe Pitt and (5) Shaping Music Through Technology: Linux Laptop Orchestra(L2Ork) led by Ivica Ico Bukvic. Please register for a discussion group here.

12. CALL FOR PAPERS FOR “OUTSIDE AUTHORITY” STUDENT CONFERENCE
VT’s Science and Technology in Society Graduate Student Organization invites paper proposals for its upcoming graduate student conference, Outside Authority, to be held on Saturday, Oct 15. Proposals for papers that investigate questions of authority, legitimacy and expertise from across disciplines, and in a range of contexts, including (but not limited to) history, communication/media, education and pedagogy, environment, public policy, politics and activism, science, and technology are welcome. Submit your 300-word abstract, along with your name, institutional affiliation, email and phone number, as a Word or PDF attachment to vtsts@outsideauthority.org by Sep 16, 2011. The conference will feature a keynote and plenary paper sessions, and will conclude with a collegial, interactive debate among participants. The keynote speaker is Dr. Zachary Schrag, author of Ethical Imperialism: Institutional Review Boards and the Social Sciences, 1965-2009. More information >>>.

13. STUDENT COMPETITION ANNOUNCED
The Center for Innovation-based Manufacturing(CIbM) is announcing a new competition at VT geared toward student entrepreneurs and innovators.
• Participants must develop and submit a business concept to market a tangible, manufacturable product
• Finalists will be selected in late October 2011
• Final presentations will take place at the 2nd annual CIbM Innovation Workshop on Nov 8
• Winners will receive $5000 to put toward development of their product concept
More info will be available shortly – stay tuned for important dates and announcements. Interested students should sign up for the mailing list.

14. FREE GRAD STUDENT HANDBOOK & PLANNER WHILE SUPPLIES LAST   

Pick up your free copy of the 2011-12 Graduate Student Handbook and Planner (courtesy of the Graduate School) in the GLC while supplies last. Planners are available in the student services area (120 GLC), at the information desk and in the Reading Room.

15. STUDY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a study investigating endurance for the arm, shoulder, and low back. The study consists of 1 session lasting approximately 2 hours. Participants will be compensated $15/hour. Requirements: not involved in any regular aerobic or resistance training, age 18-29, and no recent history of musculoskeletal or metabolic disorders. Overweight individuals are especially needed. If interested, please complete a brief survey. Contact Lora Cavuoto (email: lcavuoto@vt.edu) with any questions.

16. RESEARCH STUDY PARTICIPANTS NEEDED – 2nd posting

Participants are sought for a study about loads on the knees while performing industrial tasks. Participants must be males or females between 18-30, and (1) should not have any current or recent history of ankle, knee and hip joint injury (2) should not experience pain or discomfort while squatting or kneeling on the floor (3) should exercise regularly (4) should have no abnormal health condition. Participants will perform simulated industrial tasks and will be expected to attend just one session lasting for about 2.5 hours. No compensation will be provided. Experimental protocols have been approved by VT IRB Interested individuals should contact Navaneeta

17. PAID PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF 2-WAY COMMUNICATION – 2nd posting
Researchers are looking for couples to participate in a study about two-way telecommunication using remote touch and audio channels. Participating couples must be: (1) over 18 years old; (2) have been dating over 1 year or married w/o kids; (3) speak English as the main language with each other; (4) at least one member affiliated with Virginia Tech. This IRB-approved study examines the effects of remote touch and audio channel on communication particularly in instances where the couple has feelings about a topic and when they may disagree. Couple will be situated in two study rooms and asked to have three discussion sessions through audio or remote touch and audio channels. The whole experiment will take 2 hours. Each dyad will be compensated with $30 for a complete participation. To begin, please complete this survey. Contact Rongrong Wang, with questions.

18. RESEARCH SUBJECTS NEEDED FOR HNFE STUDY – 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. Must be healthy males (non-smokers, no orthopedic limitations to exercise; no chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, bleeding, or inflammatory diseases); 18-28; schedule compatible with testing and training. Benefits: development of personal weight training program by experienced professionals, financial compensation up to $175. If interested, contact vthnfe@gmail.com for more information.

19. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are sought for a study investigating the effects of prolonged flexion on the biomechanics of the human torso.  The study consists of five separate experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 1 hour) and participants will be compensated $10/hour.  To qualify you must be 18-29 and regularly exercise at least 2-3 times per week. For more information or to inquire about participation, please contact Neema.  Please include your age, gender, and general availability when responding.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

SHORT STAT COURSES FOR NON-STAT MAJORS
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these 2-hr courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. Instructions on how to register and to learn more. Short courses will be held from 5-7PM.
Remaining Fall 2011 Schedule:
Tuesday, Sep 20: Introduction to Design and Analysis of Experiments;
Tuesday, Sep 27 & Thursday, Sep 29: Introduction to R; *
Tuesday, Oct 4: Applying Statistics in Research: Case Studies;
*These courses will be held in 3080 Torgersen, all other courses are held in Fralin Auditorium. They are one-session courses offered twice so that more students can attend. For more information, please visit www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

ADVANCE-VT GRAD STUDENT LUNCH SEMINAR: ACADEMIC JOB INTERVIEWS
Wednesday, Sep 21, 12:00–1:30pm, GLC Room F
Interviewing for faculty positions is a unique process. Whether you are hoping to interview for faculty positions this year or are considering applying for faculty positions in the future, join Dr. Roseanne Foti from the Department of Psychology to learn more about presenting yourself successfully in an academic job interview. These seminars are designed to help graduate students prepare for careers in academe. All graduate students and postdocs are welcome, and lunch is provided. Register by Friday, Sep 16.

AEL LAST LECTURE SERIES: DR. MICHAEL HOCHELLA

Wednesday, Sep 28, 5:00-6:00pm, Jamestown Room, Squires
Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) grad honor society presents the last lecture series, featuring world-renowned faculty from Virginia Tech who will share with the audience anecdotes from their personal and professional experiences, interspersed with pearls of wisdom, as though this were their very last lecture. The first presenter is Michael Hochella, Jr., University Distinguished Professor and fellow of six international scientific societies, and current VP of the Mineralogical Society of America.

DINNER FUNDRAISER
Thursday, Sep 29, 5:00-8:00pm, Moe’s (239 North Main, Bburg)
The Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a non-profit community service organization, invites you to have dinner at Moe’s as part of a fundraiser. Fifteen percent (15%) of all pre-taxed food sales will be donated to the organization for the implementation of on campus and community programs throughout the New River Valley. Look out for the group passing out 20% off coupons around campus or for flyers posted in campus buildings. Present your coupon on the day of the event to receive the discount. This messages is posted on behalf of doctoral student Kacie Allen. Contact her for more information at kaciea1@vt.edu.

OUTDOOR CLUB WHITEWATER RAFTING – SIGN UP NOW

Sunday, Oct 2, 6:00am-10:00pm. 
The Outdoor Club at Virginia Tech (OCVT) is organizing a whitewater rafting trip to raft the entire Gauley, upper and lower; 23 miles of river, over a 100 rapids, in 1 day. Take part in one of the best whitewater rafting experiences in the world. Rafters have to be at base camp in WV at 6:00am and will finish rafting at 6:30 pm. There will be an orientation/safety briefing before rafting.   Details and registration. Contact Nimal with questions at nlobo@vt.edu. Sign up by Sep 28. Must know how to swim.

September 12-18, 2011

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC (all on a walk-in basis; no appointment needed)

  • Career services advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
  • Counseling:  Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from Room G)
  • GLC Café: Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
  • Writing support: Wednesdays (6-9pm) and Thursdays (6-9pm), GLC Videoconference Room

2. GSA RESERCH SYMPOSIUM 2012 COMMITTEE MTG
Tuesday, Sep 13, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
The GSA Research Symposium, to be held on March 28, 2012, is an opportunity for graduate students to showcase their research. GSA invites all interested students to become a part of 2012 Graduate Research Symposium Committee. Subcommittees include website, sponsorship, judging, publicity, event organization, and keynote speaker. The first committee meeting will be this week. Contact Alireza Salmanzadeh, Research Symposium Chair, if you are interested in serving on the committee but cannot attend the meeting.

3. STAT SHORT COURSE FOR NON-STAT MAJORS: INTRO TO JMP
Tuesday & Thursday, Sep 13 & 15, 5:00-7:00pm, 3080 Torgersen
This short course is designed for beginners who are not yet familiar with JMP. The course will begin with basic data manipulation, demonstrate JMP’s summary and analysis capabilities, and move to some advanced features. Covered topics include importing data, graphing data, descriptive statistics, simple inferential tests such as t-tests, ANOVA, and regression. The same course is offered twice this week. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See LISA for instructions on how to register and to learn more.

4. GRADUATE HONOR SYSTEM PANELIST TRAINING SESSIONS
Wednesday, Sep 14, 9:00am, GLC Room C
Thursday, Sep 15, 7:00pm, GLC Room B
Friday, Sep 16,  12:00 noon, GLC Room B
Do you think upholding academic integrity at Virginia Tech is important? If so, then you may want to serve as a panelist for the Graduate Honor System.  The GHS is looking for both faculty and students to join a volunteer team of panelists who serve on investigative and judicial panels and may hold information sessions/orientations to academic departments about the GHS.  Learn more about the GHS. To become a panelist, you must attend one of the hour-long training sessions.  Please complete this survey to indicate which training session you would attend.

5. HBCU ALUMNI CONNECT LUNCHEON

Wednesday, Sep 14, 11:30am-1:00pm (drop in any time), GLC Room F
The Graduate School’s office of recruitment and diversity initiatives presents the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Alumni Connect Luncheon. If+ you’re interested in attending, please register here. If you have any questions and/or are interested in recruiting at your HBCU Alma mater, please contact Dannette Gomez Beane.

6. GLC CAFÉ   
Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea in the GLC Reading Room on Thursday afternoons and socialize with your fellow grads. This week’s special: Panamanian coffee (thank you, Raul!) and cookies. Please contact us if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

7. GRDP AND GSA-TFP FUNDING WORKSHOP
Thursday, Sep 15, 7:00-8:30pm
The Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP) and the Travel Fund Program are competitive funding programs managed by the Graduate Student Assembly to support grad student research and conference travel. Awards up to $600 for doctoral proposals and $400 for master’s proposals may be given for research; up to $500 for doctoral student travel and up to $350 for master’s student travel may be reimbursed for qualifying expenses. Applications go through a rigorous review process by a panel of graduate students and faculty. Visit the GSA-GRDP and GSA -TFP websites  to learn more about these opportunities and deadlines. The workshop will cover program details and answer any questions you may have about the application process, eligibility criteria and evaluation forms.

8. KIDS NIGHT OUT

Thursdays during semester (except breaks & football nights), 6:00-8:30pm, VT Women’s Center
Take advantage of this free drop-in evening of childcare for 2 to 12-year-old kids of VT students, provided by the Women’s Center. Kids must be toilet trained. Fun, crafts, toys, games and new friends, plus a snack. No pre-registration required. For additional information contact Jessie Meltsner.

9. CHINESE MID-AUTUMN TALENT SHOW

Friday, Sep 16, 7:30pm, GLC Auditorium
The Chinese annual Mid-Autumn Festival is just around corner, and VT-ACSS (Association of Chinese Students and Scholars at Virginia Tech) is hosting a talent show to celebrate this great traditional festival with all Chinese students, scholars, families, friends and anyone who is interested in this festival. Join for lots of fun, mooncakes, and excellent performances! Learn more >>. Contact Carol (Yunzhou) at yunzhouzhang211@gmail.com, with questions or concerns.

10. GSA ARKANSAS STATE Tailgate!

Saturday, Sep 17, 12:00–3:00pm; Prices Fork Parking Lot
Celebrate with your fellow grad students before the Hokies take on Arkansas State. The GSA will provide lunch and games. BYOB. Please help the GSA estimate food needs by registering here. A map to the tailgate can be found on the GSA website. Contact Amanda Shea at ashea04@vt.edu with any questions.

11. GRADUATE SCHOLARS SOCIETY (GSS) REGISTER NOW!
GSS is a society of graduate students who form into discussion groups of 5-8 students to meet 5+ times during the semester in relaxed environments on or off campus. Each group’s discussions are lead by a faculty leader and graduate student leader knowledgeable on the group’s topic. Topics this fall are: (1) Taking an Oath for Ethical Research and Scholarly Integrity led by Ishwar Puri (2) University Emergency Preparedness – Are we ready for disaster? led by Michael J. Mulhare (3) The World’s Energy Demand – Go Nuclear? led by Mark Pierson (4) Through the Looking Glass – The Influence of Measurement Technology on Scientific Research led by Joe Pitt and (5) Shaping Music Through Technology: Linux Laptop Orchestra(L2Ork) led by Ivica Ico Bukvic. Please register for a discussion group here.

12. CALL FOR PAPERS FOR “OUTSIDE AUTHORITY” STUDENT CONFERENCE
VT’s Science and Technology in Society Graduate Student Organization invites paper proposals for its upcoming graduate student conference, Outside Authority, to be held on Saturday, Oct 15. Proposals for papers that investigate questions of authority, legitimacy and expertise from across disciplines, and in a range of contexts, including (but not limited to) history, communication/media, education and pedagogy, environment, public policy, politics and activism, science, and technology are welcome. Submit your 300-word abstract, along with your name, institutional affiliation, email and phone number, as a Word or PDF attachment to vtsts@outsideauthority.org by Sep 16, 2011. The conference will feature a keynote and plenary paper sessions, and will conclude with a collegial, interactive debate among participants. The keynote speaker is Dr. Zachary Schrag, author of Ethical Imperialism: Institutional Review Boards and the Social Sciences, 1965-2009. More information >>>.

13. STUDENT COMPETITION ANNOUNCED
The Center for Innovation-based Manufacturing(CIbM) is announcing a new competition at VT geared toward student entrepreneurs and innovators.
• Participants must develop and submit a business concept to market a tangible, manufacturable product
• Finalists will be selected in late October 2011
• Final presentations will take place at the 2nd annual CIbM Innovation Workshop on Nov 8
• Winners will receive $5000 to put toward development of their product concept
More info will be available shortly – stay tuned for important dates and announcements. Interested students should sign up for the mailing list.

14. FREE GRAD STUDENT HANDBOOK & PLANNER WHILE SUPPLIES LAST   

Pick up your free copy of the 2011-12 Graduate Student Handbook and Planner (courtesy of the Graduate School) in the GLC while supplies last. Planners are available in the student services area (120 GLC), at the information desk and in the Reading Room.

15. STUDY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a study investigating endurance for the arm, shoulder, and low back. The study consists of 1 session lasting approximately 2 hours. Participants will be compensated $15/hour. Requirements: not involved in any regular aerobic or resistance training, age 18-29, and no recent history of musculoskeletal or metabolic disorders. Overweight individuals are especially needed. If interested, please complete a brief survey. Contact Lora Cavuoto (email: lcavuoto@vt.edu) with any questions.

16. RESEARCH STUDY PARTICIPANTS NEEDED – 2nd posting

Participants are sought for a study about loads on the knees while performing industrial tasks. Participants must be males or females between 18-30, and (1) should not have any current or recent history of ankle, knee and hip joint injury (2) should not experience pain or discomfort while squatting or kneeling on the floor (3) should exercise regularly (4) should have no abnormal health condition. Participants will perform simulated industrial tasks and will be expected to attend just one session lasting for about 2.5 hours. No compensation will be provided. Experimental protocols have been approved by VT IRB Interested individuals should contact Navaneeta

17. PAID PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF 2-WAY COMMUNICATION – 2nd posting
Researchers are looking for couples to participate in a study about two-way telecommunication using remote touch and audio channels. Participating couples must be: (1) over 18 years old; (2) have been dating over 1 year or married w/o kids; (3) speak English as the main language with each other; (4) at least one member affiliated with Virginia Tech. This IRB-approved study examines the effects of remote touch and audio channel on communication particularly in instances where the couple has feelings about a topic and when they may disagree. Couple will be situated in two study rooms and asked to have three discussion sessions through audio or remote touch and audio channels. The whole experiment will take 2 hours. Each dyad will be compensated with $30 for a complete participation. To begin, please complete this survey. Contact Rongrong Wang, with questions.

18. RESEARCH SUBJECTS NEEDED FOR HNFE STUDY – 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. Must be healthy males (non-smokers, no orthopedic limitations to exercise; no chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, bleeding, or inflammatory diseases); 18-28; schedule compatible with testing and training. Benefits: development of personal weight training program by experienced professionals, financial compensation up to $175. If interested, contact vthnfe@gmail.com for more information.

19. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are sought for a study investigating the effects of prolonged flexion on the biomechanics of the human torso.  The study consists of five separate experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 1 hour) and participants will be compensated $10/hour.  To qualify you must be 18-29 and regularly exercise at least 2-3 times per week. For more information or to inquire about participation, please contact Neema.  Please include your age, gender, and general availability when responding.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

SHORT STAT COURSES FOR NON-STAT MAJORS
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these 2-hr courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. Instructions on how to register and to learn more. Short courses will be held from 5-7PM.
Remaining Fall 2011 Schedule:
Tuesday, Sep 20: Introduction to Design and Analysis of Experiments;
Tuesday, Sep 27 & Thursday, Sep 29: Introduction to R; *
Tuesday, Oct 4: Applying Statistics in Research: Case Studies;
*These courses will be held in 3080 Torgersen, all other courses are held in Fralin Auditorium. They are one-session courses offered twice so that more students can attend. For more information, please visit www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

ADVANCE-VT GRAD STUDENT LUNCH SEMINAR: ACADEMIC JOB INTERVIEWS
Wednesday, Sep 21, 12:00–1:30pm, GLC Room F
Interviewing for faculty positions is a unique process. Whether you are hoping to interview for faculty positions this year or are considering applying for faculty positions in the future, join Dr. Roseanne Foti from the Department of Psychology to learn more about presenting yourself successfully in an academic job interview. These seminars are designed to help graduate students prepare for careers in academe. All graduate students and postdocs are welcome, and lunch is provided. Register by Friday, Sep 16.

AEL LAST LECTURE SERIES: DR. MICHAEL HOCHELLA

Wednesday, Sep 28, 5:00-6:00pm, Jamestown Room, Squires
Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) grad honor society presents the last lecture series, featuring world-renowned faculty from Virginia Tech who will share with the audience anecdotes from their personal and professional experiences, interspersed with pearls of wisdom, as though this were their very last lecture. The first presenter is Michael Hochella, Jr., University Distinguished Professor and fellow of six international scientific societies, and current VP of the Mineralogical Society of America.

DINNER FUNDRAISER
Thursday, Sep 29, 5:00-8:00pm, Moe’s (239 North Main, Bburg)
The Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a non-profit community service organization, invites you to have dinner at Moe’s as part of a fundraiser. Fifteen percent (15%) of all pre-taxed food sales will be donated to the organization for the implementation of on campus and community programs throughout the New River Valley. Look out for the group passing out 20% off coupons around campus or for flyers posted in campus buildings. Present your coupon on the day of the event to receive the discount. This messages is posted on behalf of doctoral student Kacie Allen. Contact her for more information at kaciea1@vt.edu.

OUTDOOR CLUB WHITEWATER RAFTING – SIGN UP NOW

Sunday, Oct 2, 6:00am-10:00pm. 
The Outdoor Club at Virginia Tech (OCVT) is organizing a whitewater rafting trip to raft the entire Gauley, upper and lower; 23 miles of river, over a 100 rapids, in 1 day. Take part in one of the best whitewater rafting experiences in the world. Rafters have to be at base camp in WV at 6:00am and will finish rafting at 6:30 pm. There will be an orientation/safety briefing before rafting.   Details and registration. Contact Nimal with questions at nlobo@vt.edu. Sign up by Sep 28. Must know how to swim.

September 5-11, 2011

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC (all on a walk-in basis; no appointment needed)

  • Career services advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
  • Counseling:  Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from Room G)
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
  • Writing support: Wednesdays (6-9pm) and Thursdays (6-9pm), GLC Videoconference Room

2. TOWN OF BLACKSBURG TOURS
Tuesday and Thursday, Sep 6 and 8, 3:00pm & 1:00pm, meet in GLC Lobby
Go on a walking tour of Blacksburg with fellow grads, led by Town-of-Blacksburg staff. Explore the original town limits and see some of the oldest structures in
Blacksburg. Wear comfortable shoes! Meet in the GLC Lobby at least ten minutes before the tour is scheduled and then the group will walk together to the municipal building, where the tour will begin. Sign up here.

3. COFFEE AND CONVERSATION
Tuesday, Sep 6, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Meet other graduate students and GLC Fellows and enjoy refreshments and good conversation along with graduate student leaders. This is the last of this series as part of orientation. The GLC café on Thursdays will continue throughout the semester.

4. STAT SHORT COURSE: WHAT LISA CAN DO FOR YOU, ANT T-TEST/ANOVA TUTORIAL
Tuesday, Sep 6, 5:00-7:00pm, Fralin Auditorium
Taught by Dr. Anne Ryan, this short course will first explain the services provided by the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) and second it will offer t-test and ANOVA (Analysis of Variance) training for researchers. The statistical training will include the discussion of the one sample t-test, the two sample t-test, matched-pairs t-test, ANOVA, and data analysis examples using JMP statistical software. More information>>.

5. GSA MOVIE NIGHT AT THE LYRIC: HARRY POTTER! 
Tuesday, Sep 6, 6:50pm, The Lyric
Join your fellow grads at the historic Lyric Theater (downtown on College Ave) to watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2! Meet in front of the Lyric at 6:50pm. Tickets are $6.00 per person. Contact Amanda Shea with questions.

6. HAVE YOUR RESUME CRITIQUED!

Wednesday, Sep 7, 1:30-5:00pm. GLC Study Room (46)
Walk-in career advising is available weekly in the GLC, but this week it’s especially important that you get your resume in good shape to be ready for next week’s job fairs (Engineering Expo 9/13-14 and Business Horizons 9/15). If you can’t make it into the GLC, Career Services will also have extended walk-in hours at the Smith Career Center on Wednesday from 9:00am-4:00pm for resume critiques. Normal walk-in hours at the Smith Career Center are M-F, 12-3pm).

7. CAREER FAIR PREPARATION FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

Wednesday, Sep 7, 5:30pm, GLC Room F
There are several large job fairs on campus this fall and employers are interested in talking with graduate students —- especially at the master’s level. Do you know how to present yourself to an employer at a job fair? What to ask? What they’ll expect? Come to this seminar to learn a few tricks of this trade!

8. LEARN TURKISH AT VT
Starting Wednesday, Sep 7, 6:00pm, Cranwell International Center
Experienced teachers are offering Turkish language classes at the Cranwell International Center through the Intercultural Understanding Club. You don’t need to know any Turkish to start these classes; courses are offered from elementary to advanced levels. For the fall program: One hour-long class per week, four classes in a month. Please register via http://www.icuc.org.vt.edu/turkish. Please email graduate student Haktan Suren if you have any questions. Classes are free and open to anyone interested.

9. GLC CAFÉ   
Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea in the GLC Reading Room on Thursday afternoons and socialize with your fellow grads. Some weeks we’ll have faculty guests; at other times we’ll feature coffee from different countries; sometimes we’ll have graduate student organizations as hosts. But there will always be coffee, tea and cookies! Please contact us if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

10. HUME CTR INFO SESSION ABOUT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
Wednesday, Sep 7, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Room G
The Hume Center offers an annual scholarship and fellowship program for students interested in careers in the national security sector, both in industry and civil service. Two-year, $3,000 per year graduate fellowship, open to all graduate students. Learn more>>. Pizza provided.

11. HOW TO SURVIVE FINANCIALLY IN GRADUATE SCHOOL
Thursday, Sep 8, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Room C
Learn tips from graduate students about how to live on a tight budget and utilize the resources around you while in graduate school. A representative from Freedom First Credit Union will also give advice on loans and finances. Bring your questions and enjoy free pizza while you learn how to make the most of your money! Sign up here.

12. MIND/BODY YOGA WORKOUT
Thursday, Sep 8, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Room F
Treat yourself to a fund group session with Kristen DeAngelis. Yoga strengthens and sculpts the body while relaxing the mind, making it a perfect practice to get you ready for the fall semester. By linking movements and postures to breath, this class will offer a flow of one movement to the next (Vinyassa). All levels are welcome. Bring your own yoga mat. Learn more and register.

13. KIDS NIGHT OUT
Thursdays during semester (except breaks & football nights), 6:00-8:30pm, VT Women’s Center
Take advantage of this free drop-in evening of childcare for 2 to 12-year-old kids of VT students, provided by the Women’s Center. Kids must be toilet trained. Fun, crafts, toys, games and new friends, plus a snack. No pre-registration required. For additional information contact Jessie Meltsner.

14. CPR TRAINING SESSION

Friday, Sep 9, 8:30am-12:00pm, GLC Room G
You never know when a friend or colleague will be in need of CPR. Make sure you know the proper steps. Tony Mills from Environmental Health and Safety will lead this training for graduate students. The training fee of $20 includes a quick reference manual, full training manual with DVD, barrier mask and a two year certification from the National Safety Council. Sign up here.

15. VETERAN/MILITARY  STUDENT RESOURCE FAIR

Friday, Sep 9, 11:30am-6:00pm, Owens Banquet Hall
Veteran and active military graduate students are invited to this resource fair designed to meet the specific needs of VT students. Information will be available about VA health services, resources, VA health care enrollment and eligibility, women’s health, mental health, My HealtheVet online information, improving access to rural Veterans. All veterans, their spouses, caregivers, or members of the community who would like to learn more information about VA programs and services are encouraged to attend.

16. GRADUATE SCHOLARS SOCIETY (GSS) INFO SESSION AND REGISTRATION

Friday, Sep 9, 2:00-3:00pm, GLC Room B
GSS is a society of graduate students who form into discussion groups of 5-8 students to meet 5+ times during the semester in relaxed environments on or off campus. Each group’s discussions are lead by a faculty leader and graduate student leader knowledgeable on the group’s topic. Topics this fall are:
(1) Taking an Oath for Ethical Research and Scholarly Integrity led by Ishwar Puri (2) University Emergency Preparedness – Are we ready for disaster? led by Michael J. Mulhare (3) The World’s Energy Demand – Go Nuclear? led by Mark Pierson (4) Through the Looking Glass – The Influence of Measurement Technology on Scientific Research led by Joe Pitt and (5) Shaping Music Through Technology: Linux Laptop Orchestra(L2Ork) led by Ivica Ico Bukvic. Please register for a discussion group and/or the info session here.

17. GSA WELCOME BACK HAPPY HOUR – WITH AN INT’L TWIST!
Friday, Sep 9, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
GSA is hosting their annual “Welcome Back Happy Hour” featuring international brews. The cost is $5.00/person (cash) at the door for 2 beers (or 6 tastings) and snacks ($2 for snacks only). All graduate students, post-docs, and faculty members are welcome to come and enjoy a great start to the semester. Valid ID required for entry. Contact Amanda Shea with any questions.

18. ISVT ANNUAL SHOWCASE
Saturday, Sep 10, 6:00-7:00pm, Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires
The Iranian Society at VT invites you to this showcase that represents the cultural contribution and scholarly achievements of the Iranian community at Virginia Tech and promotes the exchange of ideas between researches from variety of backgrounds. Posters will be evaluated by a committee of faculty members from pertaining colleges and the awards ceremony will follow. This message is posted on behalf of master’s student Aida Farough.

19. LATE REGISTRATION FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY COURSE: SCI, TECH & POLICY INTERPLAY
Sign up now for ESM 6984, an interdisciplinary course about the interplay of science, technology and policy. Invited speakers include many individuals of international repute, including representatives from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the U.S. Department of State, the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Energy, and academics such as the director of the Ctr of the Harvard Science, Technology and Public Policy Program and former dean of engineering at UC Santa Barbara and Harvard. Instructor of record: Dr. Satish Kulkarni. CRN 98260, R, F 3:30-6 PM, 2:30-5 PM, NOR 325.

20. FREE GRAD STUDENT HANDBOOK & PLANNER WHILE SUPPLIES LAST   
Pick up your free copy of the 2011-12 Graduate Student Handbook and Planner (courtesy of the Graduate School) in the GLC while supplies last. Planners are available in the student services area (120 GLC), at the information desk and in the Reading Room.

21. GRADUATE SCHOOL FEATURED GRADUATE STUDENT
Nominate yourself, a friend, or fellow graduate student to be recognized on the
Graduate-School website as a Featured Graduate Student! This program is designed to showcase the diversity of perspectives graduate students bring to our community and to present a more personal side of graduate student life. View the Graduate School’s current featured graduate student and nominate a graduate student!

22. GOBBLERFEST SURVEY – PLEASE PROVIDE FEEDBACK BY MIDNIGHT 9/5
In order to continuously improve the Gobblerfest experience for everyone, the Gobblerfest 2011 planning team would like to hear from you! Please complete a short survey about your experience – it should only take about 10 minutes of your time. If you attended Gobblerfest and respond to this survey, you will be entered to win two (2) tickets to see Bill Cosby or the Plain White T’s! Both performers will be coming to campus this fall. Please enter your name and email address at the end of the survey to be entered into the drawings. Access the survey here. The survey will close on Sep 5 at 11:59pm. Thank you for your time, and welcome to the Hokie neighborhood!

23. 2011-12 UNIVERSITY-SPONSORED HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN – SIGN UP BY OCT 3
At Virginia Tech, domestic students are encouraged, but not required, to have personal health insurance. International students and veterinary medicine student are required to have health insurance either through VT plan (provided by Aetna) or a comparable plan. Eligible graduate assistants wishing to use the health care subsidy must enroll in the VT plan.  Highlights of the Aetna plan include:
– Enhanced benefits when used with Schiffert Health Center
– Coverage anywhere – at school, home or traveling and through the summer
– Access to travel assistance services, including emergency assistance 24/7
– Access to Aetna’s nationwide network of health care professionals
– Vision benefits included within the medical plan
– Optional dental insurance plan available
Learn more, or  call Aetna Student Health at (866) 577-7027. Fall Open Enrollment Deadline: October 3rd.

24. NEW GRAD ASSISTANTSHIP POSITION OPEN – 1st posting
VT University Relations is looking to fill a graduate assistantship position asap. The GA will provide desktop support for Windows-based and Mac systems for approximately 50 professionals in University Relations. The GA will also be responsible for handling support requests related to the 4 display units in the Burruss Hall foyer and 8 units in the Visitor and Undergraduate Admission Center. Responsibilities span three distinct buildings on the VT campus, requiring that the GA be flexible and capable of getting from one location to another. Must be proficient in traditional suites of office software (i.e., MS Windows 7, Office) and Mac), as well as specialized software to produce hi def video productions and high quality page-makeup publications, and familiar with Flash and other graphic programs. Web development/experience/proficiency a plus. Exceptional problem-solving and customer service skills are highly desired. If interested, contact BJ Norris, 540-231-1614. Submit application by 5 pm, Monday, September 12.

25. GRAD ASSISTANTSHIP POSITION OPEN – 2nd posting
VT Department of Music Digital Interactive Sound & Intermedia Studio (DISIS) is looking to fill a GA position as soon as possible. The assistantship includes full tuition waiver plus a monthly stipend (approx. level 7). GA will assist in daily operations of the studio (software and equipment maintenance, assistance with conducting specific research projects including Linux Laptop Orchestra (L2Ork)). Music training and computer programming skills are desired. Knowledge of Linux is a plus. For additional info please contact Dr. Ivica Ico Bukvic at ico@vt.edu. Additional info on DISIS; additional info on L2Ork.

26. SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR STUDENT-GRANT PROGRAM

Do you have a unique idea that could help improve your community? Do you want to work with a community organization to create a lasting impact? The Social Entrepreneur grant can provide seed money for students who have a creative project or idea to address a specific need in their community. You could be awarded up to $1000 to start your project! Read more about this program and its requirements, and get the application here. Deadline for fall cycle: Oct 10. If you need help developing your ideas, recruiting community partners or a faculty advisor, or tying the project into your academic pursuits, please contact Jake Grohs at CSECP.

27. RESEARCH STUDY PARTICIPANTS NEEDED – 1st posting
Participants are sought for a study about loads on the knees while performing industrial tasks. Participants must be males or females between 18-30, and (1) should not have any current or recent history of ankle, knee and hip joint injury (2) should not experience pain or discomfort while squatting or kneeling on the floor (3) should exercise regularly (4) should have no abnormal health condition. Participants will perform simulated industrial tasks and will be expected to attend just one session lasting for about 2.5 hours. No compensation will be provided. Experimental protocols have been approved by VT IRB Interested individuals should contact Navaneeta

28. PAID PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF 2-WAY COMMUNICATION – 1st posting
Researchers are looking for couples to participate in a study about two-way telecommunication using remote touch and audio channels. Participating couples must be: (1) over 18 years old; (2) have been dating over 1 year or married w/o kids; (3) speak English as the main language with each other; (4) at least one member affiliated with Virginia Tech. This IRB-approved study examines the effects of remote touch and audio channel on communication particularly in instances where the couple has feelings about a topic and when they may disagree. Couple will be situated in two study rooms and asked to have three discussion sessions through audio or remote touch and audio channels. The whole experiment will take 2 hours. Each dyad will be compensated with $30 for a complete participation. To begin, please complete this survey. Contact Rongrong Wang, wangr06@vt.edu, with questions.

29. RESEARCH SUBJECTS NEEDED FOR HNFE STUDY – 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. Must be healthy males (non-smokers, no orthopedic limitations to exercise; no chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, bleeding, or inflammatory diseases); 18-28; schedule compatible with testing and training. Benefits: development of personal weight training program by experienced professionals, financial compensation up to $175. If interested, contact vthnfe@gmail.com for more information.

30. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 1st posting

Participants are sought for a study investigating the effects of prolonged flexion on the biomechanics of the human torso.  The study consists of five separate experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 1 hour) and participants will be compensated $10/hour.  To qualify you must be 18-29 and regularly exercise at least 2-3 times per week. For more information or to inquire about participation, please contact Neema.  Please include your age, gender, and general availability when responding.

31. RECRUITMENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT – 2nd posting

The Graduate School Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives is seeking recruiters. If you would like to help in the recruitment of more graduate students from your alma mater, home country, or from your discipline, please contact Dannette Beane or 540-231-6529. Recruitment materials, travel funds and training are available. Emphasis is given to recruitment involving Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges, and conferences focused on underrepresented students (this includes women in STEM).

32. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY I – 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 hrs) 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 Brad.  Please include your age, gender, and general availability when responding.

33. UPCOMING EVENTS:

SHORT STAT COURSES FOR NON-STAT MAJORS
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these 2-hr courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. Instructions and registration >>. Short courses will be held from 5-7PM.
Remaining Fall 2011 Schedule:
Tuesday, Sep 13 & Thursday, Sep 15: Introduction to JMP; *
Tuesday, Sep 20: Introduction to Design and Analysis of Experiments;
Tuesday, Sep 27 & Thursday, Sep 29: Introduction to R; *
Tuesday, Oct 4: Applying Statistics in Research: Case Studies;
*These courses will be held in 3080 Torgersen, all other courses are held in Fralin Auditorium. They are one-session courses offered twice so that more students can attend. For more information, please visit www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

GRADUATE HONOR SYSTEM PANELIST TRAINING
Do you think upholding academic integrity at Virginia Tech is important? If so, then you may want to serve as a panelist for the Graduate Honor System.  The GHS is looking for both faculty and students to join a volunteer team of panelists who serve on investigative and judicial panels and may hold information sessions/orientations to academic departments about the GHS.  Learn more about the GHS. To become a panelist, you must attend a one-hour training session.  The next training sessions will be:

  • Wednesday, September 14 @ 9:00 am in GLC Room C
  • Thursday, September 15 @ 7:00pm in GLC Room B
  • Friday, September 16 @ noon in GLC Room B

Please complete this survey to indicate which training session you would attend.

CHINESE MID-AUTUMN TALENT SHOW
Friday, Sep 16, 7:30pm, GLC Auditorium
The Chinese annual Mid-Autumn Festival is just around corner, and VT-ACSS (Association of Chinese Students and Scholars at Virginia Tech) is hosting a talent show to celebrate this great traditional festival with all Chinese students, scholars, families, friends and anyone who is interested in this festival. Join for lots of fun, mooncakes, and excellent performances! Learn more>> . Contact Carol (Yunzhou) at yunzhouzhang211@gmail.com, with questions or concerns.

September 5-11, 2011

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC (all on a walk-in basis; no appointment needed)

  • Career services advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
  • Counseling:  Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from Room G)
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
  • Writing support: Wednesdays (6-9pm) and Thursdays (6-9pm), GLC Videoconference Room

2. TOWN OF BLACKSBURG TOURS
Tuesday and Thursday, Sep 6 and 8, 3:00pm & 1:00pm, meet in GLC Lobby
Go on a walking tour of Blacksburg with fellow grads, led by Town-of-Blacksburg staff. Explore the original town limits and see some of the oldest structures in
Blacksburg. Wear comfortable shoes! Meet in the GLC Lobby at least ten minutes before the tour is scheduled and then the group will walk together to the municipal building, where the tour will begin. Sign up here.

3. COFFEE AND CONVERSATION
Tuesday, Sep 6, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Meet other graduate students and GLC Fellows and enjoy refreshments and good conversation along with graduate student leaders. This is the last of this series as part of orientation. The GLC café on Thursdays will continue throughout the semester.

4. STAT SHORT COURSE: WHAT LISA CAN DO FOR YOU, ANT T-TEST/ANOVA TUTORIAL
Tuesday, Sep 6, 5:00-7:00pm, Fralin Auditorium
Taught by Dr. Anne Ryan, this short course will first explain the services provided by the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) and second it will offer t-test and ANOVA (Analysis of Variance) training for researchers. The statistical training will include the discussion of the one sample t-test, the two sample t-test, matched-pairs t-test, ANOVA, and data analysis examples using JMP statistical software. More information>>.

5. GSA MOVIE NIGHT AT THE LYRIC: HARRY POTTER! 
Tuesday, Sep 6, 6:50pm, The Lyric
Join your fellow grads at the historic Lyric Theater (downtown on College Ave) to watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2! Meet in front of the Lyric at 6:50pm. Tickets are $6.00 per person. Contact Amanda Shea with questions.

6. HAVE YOUR RESUME CRITIQUED!

Wednesday, Sep 7, 1:30-5:00pm. GLC Study Room (46)
Walk-in career advising is available weekly in the GLC, but this week it’s especially important that you get your resume in good shape to be ready for next week’s job fairs (Engineering Expo 9/13-14 and Business Horizons 9/15). If you can’t make it into the GLC, Career Services will also have extended walk-in hours at the Smith Career Center on Wednesday from 9:00am-4:00pm for resume critiques. Normal walk-in hours at the Smith Career Center are M-F, 12-3pm).

7. CAREER FAIR PREPARATION FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

Wednesday, Sep 7, 5:30pm, GLC Room F
There are several large job fairs on campus this fall and employers are interested in talking with graduate students —- especially at the master’s level. Do you know how to present yourself to an employer at a job fair? What to ask? What they’ll expect? Come to this seminar to learn a few tricks of this trade!

8. LEARN TURKISH AT VT
Starting Wednesday, Sep 7, 6:00pm, Cranwell International Center
Experienced teachers are offering Turkish language classes at the Cranwell International Center through the Intercultural Understanding Club. You don’t need to know any Turkish to start these classes; courses are offered from elementary to advanced levels. For the fall program: One hour-long class per week, four classes in a month. Please register via http://www.icuc.org.vt.edu/turkish. Please email graduate student Haktan Suren if you have any questions. Classes are free and open to anyone interested.

9. GLC CAFÉ   
Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea in the GLC Reading Room on Thursday afternoons and socialize with your fellow grads. Some weeks we’ll have faculty guests; at other times we’ll feature coffee from different countries; sometimes we’ll have graduate student organizations as hosts. But there will always be coffee, tea and cookies! Please contact us if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

10. HUME CTR INFO SESSION ABOUT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
Wednesday, Sep 7, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Room G
The Hume Center offers an annual scholarship and fellowship program for students interested in careers in the national security sector, both in industry and civil service. Two-year, $3,000 per year graduate fellowship, open to all graduate students. Learn more>>. Pizza provided.

11. HOW TO SURVIVE FINANCIALLY IN GRADUATE SCHOOL
Thursday, Sep 8, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Room C
Learn tips from graduate students about how to live on a tight budget and utilize the resources around you while in graduate school. A representative from Freedom First Credit Union will also give advice on loans and finances. Bring your questions and enjoy free pizza while you learn how to make the most of your money! Sign up here.

12. MIND/BODY YOGA WORKOUT
Thursday, Sep 8, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Room F
Treat yourself to a fund group session with Kristen DeAngelis. Yoga strengthens and sculpts the body while relaxing the mind, making it a perfect practice to get you ready for the fall semester. By linking movements and postures to breath, this class will offer a flow of one movement to the next (Vinyassa). All levels are welcome. Bring your own yoga mat. Learn more and register.

13. KIDS NIGHT OUT
Thursdays during semester (except breaks & football nights), 6:00-8:30pm, VT Women’s Center
Take advantage of this free drop-in evening of childcare for 2 to 12-year-old kids of VT students, provided by the Women’s Center. Kids must be toilet trained. Fun, crafts, toys, games and new friends, plus a snack. No pre-registration required. For additional information contact Jessie Meltsner.

14. CPR TRAINING SESSION

Friday, Sep 9, 8:30am-12:00pm, GLC Room G
You never know when a friend or colleague will be in need of CPR. Make sure you know the proper steps. Tony Mills from Environmental Health and Safety will lead this training for graduate students. The training fee of $20 includes a quick reference manual, full training manual with DVD, barrier mask and a two year certification from the National Safety Council. Sign up here.

15. VETERAN/MILITARY  STUDENT RESOURCE FAIR

Friday, Sep 9, 11:30am-6:00pm, Owens Banquet Hall
Veteran and active military graduate students are invited to this resource fair designed to meet the specific needs of VT students. Information will be available about VA health services, resources, VA health care enrollment and eligibility, women’s health, mental health, My HealtheVet online information, improving access to rural Veterans. All veterans, their spouses, caregivers, or members of the community who would like to learn more information about VA programs and services are encouraged to attend.

16. GRADUATE SCHOLARS SOCIETY (GSS) INFO SESSION AND REGISTRATION

Friday, Sep 9, 2:00-3:00pm, GLC Room B
GSS is a society of graduate students who form into discussion groups of 5-8 students to meet 5+ times during the semester in relaxed environments on or off campus. Each group’s discussions are lead by a faculty leader and graduate student leader knowledgeable on the group’s topic. Topics this fall are:
(1) Taking an Oath for Ethical Research and Scholarly Integrity led by Ishwar Puri (2) University Emergency Preparedness – Are we ready for disaster? led by Michael J. Mulhare (3) The World’s Energy Demand – Go Nuclear? led by Mark Pierson (4) Through the Looking Glass – The Influence of Measurement Technology on Scientific Research led by Joe Pitt and (5) Shaping Music Through Technology: Linux Laptop Orchestra(L2Ork) led by Ivica Ico Bukvic. Please register for a discussion group and/or the info session here.

17. GSA WELCOME BACK HAPPY HOUR – WITH AN INT’L TWIST!
Friday, Sep 9, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
GSA is hosting their annual “Welcome Back Happy Hour” featuring international brews. The cost is $5.00/person (cash) at the door for 2 beers (or 6 tastings) and snacks ($2 for snacks only). All graduate students, post-docs, and faculty members are welcome to come and enjoy a great start to the semester. Valid ID required for entry. Contact Amanda Shea with any questions.

18. ISVT ANNUAL SHOWCASE
Saturday, Sep 10, 6:00-7:00pm, Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires
The Iranian Society at VT invites you to this showcase that represents the cultural contribution and scholarly achievements of the Iranian community at Virginia Tech and promotes the exchange of ideas between researches from variety of backgrounds. Posters will be evaluated by a committee of faculty members from pertaining colleges and the awards ceremony will follow. This message is posted on behalf of master’s student Aida Farough.

19. LATE REGISTRATION FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY COURSE: SCI, TECH & POLICY INTERPLAY
Sign up now for ESM 6984, an interdisciplinary course about the interplay of science, technology and policy. Invited speakers include many individuals of international repute, including representatives from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the U.S. Department of State, the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Energy, and academics such as the director of the Ctr of the Harvard Science, Technology and Public Policy Program and former dean of engineering at UC Santa Barbara and Harvard. Instructor of record: Dr. Satish Kulkarni. CRN 98260, R, F 3:30-6 PM, 2:30-5 PM, NOR 325.

20. FREE GRAD STUDENT HANDBOOK & PLANNER WHILE SUPPLIES LAST   
Pick up your free copy of the 2011-12 Graduate Student Handbook and Planner (courtesy of the Graduate School) in the GLC while supplies last. Planners are available in the student services area (120 GLC), at the information desk and in the Reading Room.

21. GRADUATE SCHOOL FEATURED GRADUATE STUDENT
Nominate yourself, a friend, or fellow graduate student to be recognized on the
Graduate-School website as a Featured Graduate Student! This program is designed to showcase the diversity of perspectives graduate students bring to our community and to present a more personal side of graduate student life. View the Graduate School’s current featured graduate student and nominate a graduate student!

22. GOBBLERFEST SURVEY – PLEASE PROVIDE FEEDBACK BY MIDNIGHT 9/5
In order to continuously improve the Gobblerfest experience for everyone, the Gobblerfest 2011 planning team would like to hear from you! Please complete a short survey about your experience – it should only take about 10 minutes of your time. If you attended Gobblerfest and respond to this survey, you will be entered to win two (2) tickets to see Bill Cosby or the Plain White T’s! Both performers will be coming to campus this fall. Please enter your name and email address at the end of the survey to be entered into the drawings. Access the survey here. The survey will close on Sep 5 at 11:59pm. Thank you for your time, and welcome to the Hokie neighborhood!

23. 2011-12 UNIVERSITY-SPONSORED HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN – SIGN UP BY OCT 3
At Virginia Tech, domestic students are encouraged, but not required, to have personal health insurance. International students and veterinary medicine student are required to have health insurance either through VT plan (provided by Aetna) or a comparable plan. Eligible graduate assistants wishing to use the health care subsidy must enroll in the VT plan.  Highlights of the Aetna plan include:
– Enhanced benefits when used with Schiffert Health Center
– Coverage anywhere – at school, home or traveling and through the summer
– Access to travel assistance services, including emergency assistance 24/7
– Access to Aetna’s nationwide network of health care professionals
– Vision benefits included within the medical plan
– Optional dental insurance plan available
Learn more, or  call Aetna Student Health at (866) 577-7027. Fall Open Enrollment Deadline: October 3rd.

24. NEW GRAD ASSISTANTSHIP POSITION OPEN – 1st posting
VT University Relations is looking to fill a graduate assistantship position asap. The GA will provide desktop support for Windows-based and Mac systems for approximately 50 professionals in University Relations. The GA will also be responsible for handling support requests related to the 4 display units in the Burruss Hall foyer and 8 units in the Visitor and Undergraduate Admission Center. Responsibilities span three distinct buildings on the VT campus, requiring that the GA be flexible and capable of getting from one location to another. Must be proficient in traditional suites of office software (i.e., MS Windows 7, Office) and Mac), as well as specialized software to produce hi def video productions and high quality page-makeup publications, and familiar with Flash and other graphic programs. Web development/experience/proficiency a plus. Exceptional problem-solving and customer service skills are highly desired. If interested, contact BJ Norris, 540-231-1614. Submit application by 5 pm, Monday, September 12.

25. GRAD ASSISTANTSHIP POSITION OPEN – 2nd posting
VT Department of Music Digital Interactive Sound & Intermedia Studio (DISIS) is looking to fill a GA position as soon as possible. The assistantship includes full tuition waiver plus a monthly stipend (approx. level 7). GA will assist in daily operations of the studio (software and equipment maintenance, assistance with conducting specific research projects including Linux Laptop Orchestra (L2Ork)). Music training and computer programming skills are desired. Knowledge of Linux is a plus. For additional info please contact Dr. Ivica Ico Bukvic at ico@vt.edu. Additional info on DISIS; additional info on L2Ork.

26. SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR STUDENT-GRANT PROGRAM

Do you have a unique idea that could help improve your community? Do you want to work with a community organization to create a lasting impact? The Social Entrepreneur grant can provide seed money for students who have a creative project or idea to address a specific need in their community. You could be awarded up to $1000 to start your project! Read more about this program and its requirements, and get the application here. Deadline for fall cycle: Oct 10. If you need help developing your ideas, recruiting community partners or a faculty advisor, or tying the project into your academic pursuits, please contact Jake Grohs at CSECP.

27. RESEARCH STUDY PARTICIPANTS NEEDED – 1st posting
Participants are sought for a study about loads on the knees while performing industrial tasks. Participants must be males or females between 18-30, and (1) should not have any current or recent history of ankle, knee and hip joint injury (2) should not experience pain or discomfort while squatting or kneeling on the floor (3) should exercise regularly (4) should have no abnormal health condition. Participants will perform simulated industrial tasks and will be expected to attend just one session lasting for about 2.5 hours. No compensation will be provided. Experimental protocols have been approved by VT IRB Interested individuals should contact Navaneeta

28. PAID PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF 2-WAY COMMUNICATION – 1st posting
Researchers are looking for couples to participate in a study about two-way telecommunication using remote touch and audio channels. Participating couples must be: (1) over 18 years old; (2) have been dating over 1 year or married w/o kids; (3) speak English as the main language with each other; (4) at least one member affiliated with Virginia Tech. This IRB-approved study examines the effects of remote touch and audio channel on communication particularly in instances where the couple has feelings about a topic and when they may disagree. Couple will be situated in two study rooms and asked to have three discussion sessions through audio or remote touch and audio channels. The whole experiment will take 2 hours. Each dyad will be compensated with $30 for a complete participation. To begin, please complete this survey. Contact Rongrong Wang, wangr06@vt.edu, with questions.

29. RESEARCH SUBJECTS NEEDED FOR HNFE STUDY – 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. Must be healthy males (non-smokers, no orthopedic limitations to exercise; no chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, bleeding, or inflammatory diseases); 18-28; schedule compatible with testing and training. Benefits: development of personal weight training program by experienced professionals, financial compensation up to $175. If interested, contact vthnfe@gmail.com for more information.

30. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 1st posting

Participants are sought for a study investigating the effects of prolonged flexion on the biomechanics of the human torso.  The study consists of five separate experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 1 hour) and participants will be compensated $10/hour.  To qualify you must be 18-29 and regularly exercise at least 2-3 times per week. For more information or to inquire about participation, please contact Neema.  Please include your age, gender, and general availability when responding.

31. RECRUITMENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT – 2nd posting

The Graduate School Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives is seeking recruiters. If you would like to help in the recruitment of more graduate students from your alma mater, home country, or from your discipline, please contact Dannette Beane or 540-231-6529. Recruitment materials, travel funds and training are available. Emphasis is given to recruitment involving Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges, and conferences focused on underrepresented students (this includes women in STEM).

32. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY I – 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 hrs) 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 Brad.  Please include your age, gender, and general availability when responding.

33. UPCOMING EVENTS:

SHORT STAT COURSES FOR NON-STAT MAJORS
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these 2-hr courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. Instructions and registration >>. Short courses will be held from 5-7PM.
Remaining Fall 2011 Schedule:
Tuesday, Sep 13 & Thursday, Sep 15: Introduction to JMP; *
Tuesday, Sep 20: Introduction to Design and Analysis of Experiments;
Tuesday, Sep 27 & Thursday, Sep 29: Introduction to R; *
Tuesday, Oct 4: Applying Statistics in Research: Case Studies;
*These courses will be held in 3080 Torgersen, all other courses are held in Fralin Auditorium. They are one-session courses offered twice so that more students can attend. For more information, please visit www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

GRADUATE HONOR SYSTEM PANELIST TRAINING
Do you think upholding academic integrity at Virginia Tech is important? If so, then you may want to serve as a panelist for the Graduate Honor System.  The GHS is looking for both faculty and students to join a volunteer team of panelists who serve on investigative and judicial panels and may hold information sessions/orientations to academic departments about the GHS.  Learn more about the GHS. To become a panelist, you must attend a one-hour training session.  The next training sessions will be:

  • Wednesday, September 14 @ 9:00 am in GLC Room C
  • Thursday, September 15 @ 7:00pm in GLC Room B
  • Friday, September 16 @ noon in GLC Room B

Please complete this survey to indicate which training session you would attend.

CHINESE MID-AUTUMN TALENT SHOW
Friday, Sep 16, 7:30pm, GLC Auditorium
The Chinese annual Mid-Autumn Festival is just around corner, and VT-ACSS (Association of Chinese Students and Scholars at Virginia Tech) is hosting a talent show to celebrate this great traditional festival with all Chinese students, scholars, families, friends and anyone who is interested in this festival. Join for lots of fun, mooncakes, and excellent performances! Learn more>> . Contact Carol (Yunzhou) at yunzhouzhang211@gmail.com, with questions or concerns.