November 28 – December 4, 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: www.composition.english.vt.edu/wc

2. GRAD STUDENT ROUNDTABLE ON COMMUNITY NEWS
Tuesday, Nov 29, 3:30-4:30pm, GLC Room C
Join the discussion about how community-based journalism and information sharing builds community knowledge and informed decision making. Contact Kate Preston at kapresto@vt.edu for more information. A speaker will address this same topic at 7:00pm in the Lyric; see “Community Voices” posting below.

3. GLC FELLOWS MOVIE NIGHT
Tuesday, Nov 29, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Join GLC Fellows and other graduate students to watch the legal drama, The Lincoln Lawyer, featuring Matthew McConaughey and Marisa Tomei.  The plot revolves around an underhanded lawyer who has a crisis of conscience when he defends a wealthy client who has a foolproof plan to defeat the system.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.  This event is sponsored by the GLC Fellows.  For more information, contact Eric Hodges.

4. COMMUNITY VOICES: THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF COMMUNITY NEWS
Tuesday, Nov 29, 7:00pm, Lyric Theatre.
Speaker Brian Wheeler is the executive director of Charlottesville Tomorrow, a community news platform covering growth, development, and local politics. He will talk about how community-based journalism and information sharing builds community knowledge and informed decision making. A graduate student roundtable on this topic will take place on Tuesday, November 29th from 3:30-4:30pm in GLC Room C. Contact Andy Morikawa for information. This event was submitted by graduate student Kate Preston.

5. WHAT IS WALL  STREET?
Wednesday, Nov 30, 6:00pm, GLC Room C
MBA students will lead this information session about how Wall Street works and investing in general. Light snacks will be provided.

6. GLC CAFÉ BY SPOKE ‘N’ BEANS
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 café is sponsored by Spoke ‘n’ Beans. Bring your own mug if you can. Please contact us at grads@vt.edu if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

7. COMMENCEMENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT – 1st posting                                                                                                                            
The university commencement committee is seeking graduate student volunteers to serve as ushers at the fall commencement ceremonies. If you are interested in serving the university community in this manner, please contact Thomas W. Broyles, tbroyles@vt.edu, or by phone at 540-239-4365.

8. 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.

9. COMMENCEMENT NEWS: DVD SALES, LIVE BROADCAST & PORTRAIT                                                                             

  • A DVD of the Fall 2011 Graduate Commencement Ceremony will be available from the University Bookstore for a limited time at a cost of $19.99. Click the Graduation button on the bookstore’s homepage for ordering information.
  • The commencement ceremony will be broadcast live on campus cable channels 3 and 4 starting at 2:30 pm.
  • Chappell Graduation Images will offer free portrait sittings on Thursday, Dec 15 at the Holtzman Alumni Center Library 9:00am-3:00pm. No appointment is needed. Graduates should wear their own cap and gown. You may wear as many accoutrements as you wish for the portrait sitting. Chappell will mail your proofs to you approximately one week after the ceremony. You are not required to purchase photos.

10. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR 2012 GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – 3rd posting
GSA is excited to announce that they will be accepting abstracts Dec 1-8 for the 28th Annual  Research Symposium. The research symposium is a great opportunity to showcase your graduate work and potentially win up to $400 in awards for your talk, poster or performance. This event will be held on Mar 28, 2012 in the Graduate Life Center.  More information and submission criteria>>.  Questions: Contact Alireza at alireza@vt.edu.

11. VT ENGLISH GRAD STUDENT ORG CONFERENCE: RE-ENVISION, RE-FORM, RE-CREATE
Saturday, Feb 25, 2012
The VT English Graduate Student Organization is now accepting proposals for the 2012 interdisciplinary conference "Re-envision, Re-formation, Re-creation:" welcome are proposals for paper, panels, and creative works from any discipline that challenge preconceptions, explore neglected or newly discovered areas, rethink assumptions, and ultimately create new knowledge. A 250-500 word abstract for a 20-minute paper should be submitted as an email attachment to vt.egso@gmail.com in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format by Jan 15, 2012. Creative works should include a short, descriptive abstract and a sample of the work to be considered. In your email, please include your name, affiliation, email address, phone number, title of paper, and a brief biographical statement. However, do not include your name on the abstract itself. For more information and the full call for papers, please contact vt.egso@gmail.com.

12. INVITATION TO DIVERSITY SCHOLARS
The Graduate School Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives hosts a Diversity Scholars Program that encourages scholarship and faculty-student mentorship and research through diversity initiatives. Visit this link to learn more and contact Dannette Gomez Beane dannette@vt.edu with questions.

13. ASSISTANTSHIP OPENING FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2012 – 2nd posting
Full-time GA opening available in the Youth Science Cooperative Outreach Agreement (YSCOA) team in VT’s Continuing and Professional Education. The GA will assist the program director in keeping up to date on the latest developments in STEM education research and national outreach initiatives. Responsibilities include keeping abreast of developments in STEM education literature; synthesizing key findings from literature; supporting research of the YSCOA team; assisting with  writing of reports and publications; assisting with identifying grant opportunities and writing grant applications; collecting materials and maintaining library and annotated bibliography of seminal publications; other duties as assigned. Must have bachelor’s degree in STEM-related field with at least 1 year of grad-level research experience;  superior communication skills with ability to interact with all levels within the university;  extensive experience with MS Office Suite and APA formatting; library research skills; demonstrated ability to collaborate on teams; excellent ability to self-direct, multi-task, and prioritize; ability to work with limited supervision and make independent judgment calls; flexibility and positive attitude. Preferred qualifications: master’s in STEM education, education policy, STS or relevant field; experience working with science, technology, educational, outreach, and/or military programs; experience with statistical software. For more information or to submit an application (cover letter, resume and list of 3 references), contact Donna Augustine. Invitations to interview will be extended to top candidates. Interviews take place Dec 5-9.

14. UPCOMING EVENTS:


SOCCER PARTY IN THE GLC: FC BARCELONA VS. REAL MADRID

Saturday, Dec 10, 11:30am-2:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Soccer fan grad students unite! Watch this soccer game between the 1st and 2nd in the Spanish La Liga with fellow grads. The game starts at 12:00pm and will be over by 2pm. This is a great opportunity for graduate students to take a break from studying for finals, relax and socialize. GLC Fellow Kiril Stoyanov will provide coffee and light snacks.

November 28 – December 4, 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: www.composition.english.vt.edu/wc

2. GRAD STUDENT ROUNDTABLE ON COMMUNITY NEWS
Tuesday, Nov 29, 3:30-4:30pm, GLC Room C
Join the discussion about how community-based journalism and information sharing builds community knowledge and informed decision making. Contact Kate Preston at kapresto@vt.edu for more information. A speaker will address this same topic at 7:00pm in the Lyric; see “Community Voices” posting below.

3. GLC FELLOWS MOVIE NIGHT
Tuesday, Nov 29, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Join GLC Fellows and other graduate students to watch the legal drama, The Lincoln Lawyer, featuring Matthew McConaughey and Marisa Tomei.  The plot revolves around an underhanded lawyer who has a crisis of conscience when he defends a wealthy client who has a foolproof plan to defeat the system.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.  This event is sponsored by the GLC Fellows.  For more information, contact Eric Hodges.

4. COMMUNITY VOICES: THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF COMMUNITY NEWS
Tuesday, Nov 29, 7:00pm, Lyric Theatre.
Speaker Brian Wheeler is the executive director of Charlottesville Tomorrow, a community news platform covering growth, development, and local politics. He will talk about how community-based journalism and information sharing builds community knowledge and informed decision making. A graduate student roundtable on this topic will take place on Tuesday, November 29th from 3:30-4:30pm in GLC Room C. Contact Andy Morikawa for information. This event was submitted by graduate student Kate Preston.

5. WHAT IS WALL  STREET?
Wednesday, Nov 30, 6:00pm, GLC Room C
MBA students will lead this information session about how Wall Street works and investing in general. Light snacks will be provided.

6. GLC CAFÉ BY SPOKE ‘N’ BEANS
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 café is sponsored by Spoke ‘n’ Beans. Bring your own mug if you can. Please contact us at grads@vt.edu if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

7. COMMENCEMENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT – 1st posting                                                                                                                            
The university commencement committee is seeking graduate student volunteers to serve as ushers at the fall commencement ceremonies. If you are interested in serving the university community in this manner, please contact Thomas W. Broyles, tbroyles@vt.edu, or by phone at 540-239-4365.

8. 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.

9. COMMENCEMENT NEWS: DVD SALES, LIVE BROADCAST & PORTRAIT                                                                             

  • A DVD of the Fall 2011 Graduate Commencement Ceremony will be available from the University Bookstore for a limited time at a cost of $19.99. Click the Graduation button on the bookstore’s homepage for ordering information.
  • The commencement ceremony will be broadcast live on campus cable channels 3 and 4 starting at 2:30 pm.
  • Chappell Graduation Images will offer free portrait sittings on Thursday, Dec 15 at the Holtzman Alumni Center Library 9:00am-3:00pm. No appointment is needed. Graduates should wear their own cap and gown. You may wear as many accoutrements as you wish for the portrait sitting. Chappell will mail your proofs to you approximately one week after the ceremony. You are not required to purchase photos.

10. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR 2012 GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – 3rd posting
GSA is excited to announce that they will be accepting abstracts Dec 1-8 for the 28th Annual  Research Symposium. The research symposium is a great opportunity to showcase your graduate work and potentially win up to $400 in awards for your talk, poster or performance. This event will be held on Mar 28, 2012 in the Graduate Life Center.  More information and submission criteria>>.  Questions: Contact Alireza at alireza@vt.edu.

11. VT ENGLISH GRAD STUDENT ORG CONFERENCE: RE-ENVISION, RE-FORM, RE-CREATE
Saturday, Feb 25, 2012
The VT English Graduate Student Organization is now accepting proposals for the 2012 interdisciplinary conference "Re-envision, Re-formation, Re-creation:" welcome are proposals for paper, panels, and creative works from any discipline that challenge preconceptions, explore neglected or newly discovered areas, rethink assumptions, and ultimately create new knowledge. A 250-500 word abstract for a 20-minute paper should be submitted as an email attachment to vt.egso@gmail.com in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format by Jan 15, 2012. Creative works should include a short, descriptive abstract and a sample of the work to be considered. In your email, please include your name, affiliation, email address, phone number, title of paper, and a brief biographical statement. However, do not include your name on the abstract itself. For more information and the full call for papers, please contact vt.egso@gmail.com.

12. INVITATION TO DIVERSITY SCHOLARS
The Graduate School Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives hosts a Diversity Scholars Program that encourages scholarship and faculty-student mentorship and research through diversity initiatives. Visit this link to learn more and contact Dannette Gomez Beane dannette@vt.edu with questions.

13. ASSISTANTSHIP OPENING FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2012 – 2nd posting
Full-time GA opening available in the Youth Science Cooperative Outreach Agreement (YSCOA) team in VT’s Continuing and Professional Education. The GA will assist the program director in keeping up to date on the latest developments in STEM education research and national outreach initiatives. Responsibilities include keeping abreast of developments in STEM education literature; synthesizing key findings from literature; supporting research of the YSCOA team; assisting with  writing of reports and publications; assisting with identifying grant opportunities and writing grant applications; collecting materials and maintaining library and annotated bibliography of seminal publications; other duties as assigned. Must have bachelor’s degree in STEM-related field with at least 1 year of grad-level research experience;  superior communication skills with ability to interact with all levels within the university;  extensive experience with MS Office Suite and APA formatting; library research skills; demonstrated ability to collaborate on teams; excellent ability to self-direct, multi-task, and prioritize; ability to work with limited supervision and make independent judgment calls; flexibility and positive attitude. Preferred qualifications: master’s in STEM education, education policy, STS or relevant field; experience working with science, technology, educational, outreach, and/or military programs; experience with statistical software. For more information or to submit an application (cover letter, resume and list of 3 references), contact Donna Augustine. Invitations to interview will be extended to top candidates. Interviews take place Dec 5-9.

14. UPCOMING EVENTS:


SOCCER PARTY IN THE GLC: FC BARCELONA VS. REAL MADRID

Saturday, Dec 10, 11:30am-2:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Soccer fan grad students unite! Watch this soccer game between the 1st and 2nd in the Spanish La Liga with fellow grads. The game starts at 12:00pm and will be over by 2pm. This is a great opportunity for graduate students to take a break from studying for finals, relax and socialize. GLC Fellow Kiril Stoyanov will provide coffee and light snacks.

November 21-27, 2011

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC (on a walk-in basis unless otherwise noted)
None this week, due to Thanksgiving break. Services will resume next week. The GLC remains accessible to graduate students with a valid Hokie Passport 24/7. Swipe card readers are located at the Bookstore-side entrance and at the Otey Street entrance.

2. T-BREAK POTLUCK LUNCHEON – SIGN UP NOW!
Tuesday, Nov 22, 11:30-1:00 in the GLC lobby and adjacent areas
You are not alone! Join others who don’t get to leave for Thanksgiving break and enjoy some wholesome home-cooked food (meat and vegetarian options) and conversation. Meet other graduate students and Grad School staff, and some special guest from the new Honors Residential College. Brought to you by your friendly and caring neighborhood Grad-School staff. “Potluck” in this case doesn’t mean that you have to bring anything, unless you really want to. We’ll provide the food. Please register to help us estimate how much we need to cook. 

3. GRADUATE SCHOOL CLOSING FOR THANKSGIVING BREAK

The Graduate School will be open this week Monday 8-5, Tuesday 8-5 and Wednesday 8-12. Please enter the building through the Graduate School entrance facing Squires, or by using your Hokie Passport at one of the swipe-card-controlled doors.

4. SPRING SHORT COURSE: COMMUNICATING SCIENCE

This 1-cr participatory course will be taught by prof. Patricia Raun, and was inspired by her work with the Center for Communicating Science Institute at Stony Brook University (http://www.centerforcommunicatingscience.org/) and the belief that "scientists have a responsibility to share the meaning and implications of their work, and that an engaged public encourages sound public decision-making."  Participation in the course will lessen the discomfort of spontaneous interaction. Areas of emphasis will include imagination, relaxation, observation, and concentration through improvisation. The students will develop their communicative abilities through careful observation, active class contribution, and committed participation. Please contact Patricia Raun at praun@vt.edu with questions. GRAD 5984, CRN 18756m Tu 6:00-9:00pm, 3/13-4/24/2012.

5. SIGN UP FOR SPRING COURSE: RESEARCH IN INTERNATIONAL CONTEXTS
This course examines various aspects of research in int’l contexts, including: framework and context in which international research is conducted; international aspects of intellectual property and copyright law, trade law, export control, research ethics, research funding, protection of human and animal subjects; cultural dimensions of collaboration including work requirements, varying systems of higher education and research, and work-life expectations; and logistics for research abroad. GRAD 5404, 3 credit hrs, instructor: S. Midkiff, T 4:00-6:50pm, location TBA.

6. NEW SPRING COURSE: FROM MEMEX TO YOUTUBE: CONGNITION, LEARNING & THE INTERNET
Register for GRAD 5984 for spring 2012, TR 9:30-10:45am, location TBA.
So far education has used the Internet primarily as a delivery device, not a connectivity platform. If we change that paradigm, however, interesting questions emerge: How is Wikipedia not simply a reference work, but a learning environment and a community of practice? How does Google both model and shape human cognition? How can globally networked interactive computing augment human intellect and thus address the primary mission of education itself? This course explores the intersections of computing, information science, education, Internet studies, the humanities, and the visual and performing arts, as well as the crucial and long-contested relationships among making, doing, and knowing. Course readings will be supplemented by various  texts and artifacts, from podcasts to MMORPGs to machinima, and will include hands-on experience with blogging, tweeting, social bookmarking, and other more. For more details see the syllabus (beta).

7. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR 2012 GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – 2nd posting
GSA is excited to announce that they will be accepting abstracts Dec 1-8 for the 28th Annual  Research Symposium. The research symposium is a great opportunity to showcase your graduate work and potentially win up to $400 in awards for your talk, poster or performance. This event will be held on Mar 28, 2012 in the Graduate Life Center.  More information and submission criteria>>.  Questions: Contact Alireza at alireza@vt.edu.

8. VT ENGLISH GRAD STUDENT ORG CONFERENCE: RE-ENVISION, RE-FORM, RE-CREATE
Saturday, Feb 25, 2012
The VT English Graduate Student Organization is now accepting proposals for the 2012 interdisciplinary conference "Re-envision, Re-formation, Re-creation:" welcome are proposals for paper, panels, and creative works from any discipline that challenge preconceptions, explore neglected or newly discovered areas, rethink assumptions, and ultimately create new knowledge. A 250-500 word abstract for a 20-minute paper should be submitted as an email attachment to vt.egso@gmail.com in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format by Jan 15, 2012. Creative works should include a short, descriptive abstract and a sample of the work to be considered. In your email, please include your name, affiliation, email address, phone number, title of paper, and a brief biographical statement. However, do not include your name on the abstract itself. For more information and the full call for papers, please contact vt.egso@gmail.com.

9. INVITATION TO DIVERSITY SCHOLARS

The Graduate School Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives hosts a Diversity Scholars Program that encourages scholarship and faculty-student mentorship and research through diversity initiatives. Learn more>>  and contact Dannette Gomez Beane with questions.

10. ASSISTANTSHIP OPENING FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2012
Full-time GA opening available in the Youth Science Cooperative Outreach Agreement (YSCOA) team in VT’s Continuing and Professional Education. The GA will assist the program director in keeping up to date on the latest developments in STEM education research and national outreach initiatives. Responsibilities include keeping abreast of developments in STEM education literature; synthesizing key findings from literature; supporting research of the YSCOA team; assisting with  writing of reports and publications; assisting with identifying grant opportunities and writing grant applications; collecting materials and maintaining library and annotated bibliography of seminal publications; other duties as assigned. Must have bachelor’s degree in STEM-related field with at least 1 year of grad-level research experience;  superior communication skills with ability to interact with all levels within the university;  extensive experience with MS Office Suite and APA formatting; library research skills; demonstrated ability to collaborate on teams; excellent ability to self-direct, multi-task, and prioritize; ability to work with limited supervision and make independent judgment calls; flexibility and positive attitude. Preferred qualifications: master’s in STEM education, education policy, STS or relevant field; experience working with science, technology, educational, outreach, and/or military programs; experience with statistical software. For more information or to submit an application, contact Donna Augustine.

11. UPCOMING EVENTS:

LUNCH WITH DEAN DEPAUW, PROVOST, PRESIDENT AND VP STUDENT AFFAIRS – SIGN UP NOW
Monday, Nov 28, 11:30am-1:00pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Attend the final graduate luncheon of the fall semester with President Steger, Provost McNamee, Graduate Dean DePauw, and VP of Student Affairs, Dr. Spencer at the Inn. 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: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1318190053408. Please indicate if you are unable to attend this luncheon and whether you wish to be considered for future lunches. Graduate students selected for attendance will be contacted by Thursday, Nov 24. Contact Michelle McLeese at bovgradrep@vt.edu with any questions.

GRAD STUDENT ROUNDTABLE ON COMMUNITY NEWS
Tuesday, Nov 29, 3:30-4:30pm, GLC Room C
Join the discussion about how community-based journalism and information sharing builds community knowledge and informed decision making. Contact Kate Preston at kapresto@vt.edu for more information. A speaker will address this same topic at 7:00pm in the Lyric; see “Community Voices” posting below.

GLC FELLOWS MOVIE NIGHT

Tuesday, Nov 29, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Join GLC Fellows and other graduate students to watch the legal drama, The Lincoln Lawyer, featuring Matthew McConaughey and Marisa Tomei.  The plot revolves around an underhanded lawyer who has a crisis of conscience when he defends a wealthy client who has a foolproof plan to defeat the system.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.  This event is sponsored by the GLC Fellows.  For more information, contact Eric Hodges.

COMMUNITY VOICES: THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF COMMUNITY NEWS

Tuesday, Nov 29, 7:00pm, Lyric Theatre.
Speaker Brian Wheeler is the executive director of Charlottesville Tomorrow, a community news platform covering growth, development, and local politics. He will talk about how community-based journalism and information sharing builds community knowledge and informed decision making. A graduate student roundtable on this topic will take place on Tuesday, November 29th from 3:30-4:30pm in GLC Room C. Contact Andy Morikawa for information. This event was submitted by graduate student Kate Preston.

$TART $MART: SALARY NEGOTIATION WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN – register now!
Wednesday, Nov 30, 3:00-5:00pm, 300 Squires
Take advantage of this opportunity to participate in this one-of-a-kind negotiation workshop designed for women. $tart $mart was developed by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and The WAGE Project to empower college women with the necessary tools to negotiate salaries and benefits as they enter or re-enter the job market. Refreshments will be served. Register here. For more information, contact Sharbari Dey at sharbari@vt.edu.

WHAT IS WALL STREET?
Wednesday, Nov 30, 6:00pm, GLC Room C
MBA students will lead this information session about how Wall Street works and investing in general. Light snacks will be provided.

Happy and restful Thanksgiving break to all!

November 21-27, 2011

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC (on a walk-in basis unless otherwise noted)
None this week, due to Thanksgiving break. Services will resume next week. The GLC remains accessible to graduate students with a valid Hokie Passport 24/7. Swipe card readers are located at the Bookstore-side entrance and at the Otey Street entrance.

2. T-BREAK POTLUCK LUNCHEON – SIGN UP NOW!
Tuesday, Nov 22, 11:30-1:00 in the GLC lobby and adjacent areas
You are not alone! Join others who don’t get to leave for Thanksgiving break and enjoy some wholesome home-cooked food (meat and vegetarian options) and conversation. Meet other graduate students and Grad School staff, and some special guest from the new Honors Residential College. Brought to you by your friendly and caring neighborhood Grad-School staff. “Potluck” in this case doesn’t mean that you have to bring anything, unless you really want to. We’ll provide the food. Please register to help us estimate how much we need to cook. 

3. GRADUATE SCHOOL CLOSING FOR THANKSGIVING BREAK

The Graduate School will be open this week Monday 8-5, Tuesday 8-5 and Wednesday 8-12. Please enter the building through the Graduate School entrance facing Squires, or by using your Hokie Passport at one of the swipe-card-controlled doors.

4. SPRING SHORT COURSE: COMMUNICATING SCIENCE

This 1-cr participatory course will be taught by prof. Patricia Raun, and was inspired by her work with the Center for Communicating Science Institute at Stony Brook University (http://www.centerforcommunicatingscience.org/) and the belief that "scientists have a responsibility to share the meaning and implications of their work, and that an engaged public encourages sound public decision-making."  Participation in the course will lessen the discomfort of spontaneous interaction. Areas of emphasis will include imagination, relaxation, observation, and concentration through improvisation. The students will develop their communicative abilities through careful observation, active class contribution, and committed participation. Please contact Patricia Raun at praun@vt.edu with questions. GRAD 5984, CRN 18756m Tu 6:00-9:00pm, 3/13-4/24/2012.

5. SIGN UP FOR SPRING COURSE: RESEARCH IN INTERNATIONAL CONTEXTS
This course examines various aspects of research in int’l contexts, including: framework and context in which international research is conducted; international aspects of intellectual property and copyright law, trade law, export control, research ethics, research funding, protection of human and animal subjects; cultural dimensions of collaboration including work requirements, varying systems of higher education and research, and work-life expectations; and logistics for research abroad. GRAD 5404, 3 credit hrs, instructor: S. Midkiff, T 4:00-6:50pm, location TBA.

6. NEW SPRING COURSE: FROM MEMEX TO YOUTUBE: CONGNITION, LEARNING & THE INTERNET
Register for GRAD 5984 for spring 2012, TR 9:30-10:45am, location TBA.
So far education has used the Internet primarily as a delivery device, not a connectivity platform. If we change that paradigm, however, interesting questions emerge: How is Wikipedia not simply a reference work, but a learning environment and a community of practice? How does Google both model and shape human cognition? How can globally networked interactive computing augment human intellect and thus address the primary mission of education itself? This course explores the intersections of computing, information science, education, Internet studies, the humanities, and the visual and performing arts, as well as the crucial and long-contested relationships among making, doing, and knowing. Course readings will be supplemented by various  texts and artifacts, from podcasts to MMORPGs to machinima, and will include hands-on experience with blogging, tweeting, social bookmarking, and other more. For more details see the syllabus (beta).

7. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR 2012 GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – 2nd posting
GSA is excited to announce that they will be accepting abstracts Dec 1-8 for the 28th Annual  Research Symposium. The research symposium is a great opportunity to showcase your graduate work and potentially win up to $400 in awards for your talk, poster or performance. This event will be held on Mar 28, 2012 in the Graduate Life Center.  More information and submission criteria>>.  Questions: Contact Alireza at alireza@vt.edu.

8. VT ENGLISH GRAD STUDENT ORG CONFERENCE: RE-ENVISION, RE-FORM, RE-CREATE
Saturday, Feb 25, 2012
The VT English Graduate Student Organization is now accepting proposals for the 2012 interdisciplinary conference "Re-envision, Re-formation, Re-creation:" welcome are proposals for paper, panels, and creative works from any discipline that challenge preconceptions, explore neglected or newly discovered areas, rethink assumptions, and ultimately create new knowledge. A 250-500 word abstract for a 20-minute paper should be submitted as an email attachment to vt.egso@gmail.com in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format by Jan 15, 2012. Creative works should include a short, descriptive abstract and a sample of the work to be considered. In your email, please include your name, affiliation, email address, phone number, title of paper, and a brief biographical statement. However, do not include your name on the abstract itself. For more information and the full call for papers, please contact vt.egso@gmail.com.

9. INVITATION TO DIVERSITY SCHOLARS

The Graduate School Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives hosts a Diversity Scholars Program that encourages scholarship and faculty-student mentorship and research through diversity initiatives. Learn more>>  and contact Dannette Gomez Beane with questions.

10. ASSISTANTSHIP OPENING FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2012
Full-time GA opening available in the Youth Science Cooperative Outreach Agreement (YSCOA) team in VT’s Continuing and Professional Education. The GA will assist the program director in keeping up to date on the latest developments in STEM education research and national outreach initiatives. Responsibilities include keeping abreast of developments in STEM education literature; synthesizing key findings from literature; supporting research of the YSCOA team; assisting with  writing of reports and publications; assisting with identifying grant opportunities and writing grant applications; collecting materials and maintaining library and annotated bibliography of seminal publications; other duties as assigned. Must have bachelor’s degree in STEM-related field with at least 1 year of grad-level research experience;  superior communication skills with ability to interact with all levels within the university;  extensive experience with MS Office Suite and APA formatting; library research skills; demonstrated ability to collaborate on teams; excellent ability to self-direct, multi-task, and prioritize; ability to work with limited supervision and make independent judgment calls; flexibility and positive attitude. Preferred qualifications: master’s in STEM education, education policy, STS or relevant field; experience working with science, technology, educational, outreach, and/or military programs; experience with statistical software. For more information or to submit an application, contact Donna Augustine.

11. UPCOMING EVENTS:

LUNCH WITH DEAN DEPAUW, PROVOST, PRESIDENT AND VP STUDENT AFFAIRS – SIGN UP NOW
Monday, Nov 28, 11:30am-1:00pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Attend the final graduate luncheon of the fall semester with President Steger, Provost McNamee, Graduate Dean DePauw, and VP of Student Affairs, Dr. Spencer at the Inn. 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: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1318190053408. Please indicate if you are unable to attend this luncheon and whether you wish to be considered for future lunches. Graduate students selected for attendance will be contacted by Thursday, Nov 24. Contact Michelle McLeese at bovgradrep@vt.edu with any questions.

GRAD STUDENT ROUNDTABLE ON COMMUNITY NEWS
Tuesday, Nov 29, 3:30-4:30pm, GLC Room C
Join the discussion about how community-based journalism and information sharing builds community knowledge and informed decision making. Contact Kate Preston at kapresto@vt.edu for more information. A speaker will address this same topic at 7:00pm in the Lyric; see “Community Voices” posting below.

GLC FELLOWS MOVIE NIGHT

Tuesday, Nov 29, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Join GLC Fellows and other graduate students to watch the legal drama, The Lincoln Lawyer, featuring Matthew McConaughey and Marisa Tomei.  The plot revolves around an underhanded lawyer who has a crisis of conscience when he defends a wealthy client who has a foolproof plan to defeat the system.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.  This event is sponsored by the GLC Fellows.  For more information, contact Eric Hodges.

COMMUNITY VOICES: THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF COMMUNITY NEWS

Tuesday, Nov 29, 7:00pm, Lyric Theatre.
Speaker Brian Wheeler is the executive director of Charlottesville Tomorrow, a community news platform covering growth, development, and local politics. He will talk about how community-based journalism and information sharing builds community knowledge and informed decision making. A graduate student roundtable on this topic will take place on Tuesday, November 29th from 3:30-4:30pm in GLC Room C. Contact Andy Morikawa for information. This event was submitted by graduate student Kate Preston.

$TART $MART: SALARY NEGOTIATION WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN – register now!
Wednesday, Nov 30, 3:00-5:00pm, 300 Squires
Take advantage of this opportunity to participate in this one-of-a-kind negotiation workshop designed for women. $tart $mart was developed by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and The WAGE Project to empower college women with the necessary tools to negotiate salaries and benefits as they enter or re-enter the job market. Refreshments will be served. Register here. For more information, contact Sharbari Dey at sharbari@vt.edu.

WHAT IS WALL STREET?
Wednesday, Nov 30, 6:00pm, GLC Room C
MBA students will lead this information session about how Wall Street works and investing in general. Light snacks will be provided.

Happy and restful Thanksgiving break to all!

November 14-20, 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: not this week, but normally on 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: www.composition.english.vt.edu/wc

2. HOLIDAY CLOTHING DRIVE
Nov 7-21, GLC Lobby
Join the Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter  of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in their annual holiday clothing drive. The Devastating Divas of DST ask for your support for clothing of all sizes and types to support families at the New River Valley Women’s Center. Please consider donating a few items to someone in need. Boxes are located in the GLC, Femoyer, ILSB, and Litton Reaves Halls, as well as in the Blacksburg Library and the Christiansburg Library. For questions please contact BAC DST.
 
3. PEACE CORPS MASTER’S INTERNATIONAL INFO SESSION
Tuesday, Nov 15, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room B
The Master’s International program offers the unique opportunity to integrate a master’s degree with overseas service in a variety of fields at more than 80 academic institutions nationwide. Established in 1987, MI produces Peace Corps volunteers with additional education and skills to serve overseas – and helps you earn  your advanced degree along the way.  The director of the program at Virginia Tech, along with two recent participants in the program will discuss the application process, cultural immersion, and stories from Niger and Paraguay.  This event is sponsored by the GLC Fellows.  For more information contact Eric Hodges.

4. DOCUMENTARY PRESENTATION: EASY STREET

Tuesday, Nov 15, 7:30-9:30pm, GLC TV Lounge
Watch the must see film that documents one year in the lives of homeless people in St. Petersburg, Florida. Viewers will see and hear how people scratch out an existence on the streets of America’s urban centers. Participants will be assembling hygiene kits with the items collected throughout the week for homeless shelters in the New River Valley! FREE popcorn and drinks provided! Sponsored by the GLC Fellows and GSA. Contact GLC fellow Megan Stuart at stuartma@vt.edu with any questions.

5. A CONVERSATION FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AND NEW MOTHERS

Wednesday, Nov 16, 11:30am-12:30pm, Women’s Center
Having a child is a natural transition in one’s life; nevertheless, it is one of the most intense emotional experiences for human beings. Pregnancy can be exciting but also overwhelming for caregivers and mothers-to-be. Share and discuss life experiences related to parenthood such as pregnancy, labor, delivery, breastfeeding, post-partum blues, adjusting to baby needs, going back to work and good enough parenting. Bring your questions, experiences and ideas to the group. Learn more and register >>

6. GRADS FOR A FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT TODAY

Wednesday, Nov 16, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Room F
Are you interested in serving your fellow students and making a difference in your community and your nation? If yes, join this group on Wednesday for a general interests meeting that is open to all graduates and the public. Learn what the group is all about and what you can do to make a difference. For more information contact Robert M. Davis, president, at robed84@vt.edu, or find them on Facebook.

7. BGSO PRESENTS: RULES OF THE ROAD – WHAT EVERY INVESTOR SHOULD KNOW
Wednesday, Nov 16, 6:00pm, GLC Room F
The Black Graduate Student Organization invites you to this workshop about the most common investing mistakes and how to avoid them; investment strategies to help reach your long-term goals; and what you can do to prepare for retirement. Presented by Nick Flaherty from Edward Jones. For more information contact BGSO at bgso@vt.edu.

8. GLC CAFÉ CANCELLED THIS WEEK

Blame or thank football and enjoy a shorter than normal workday.

9. ENROLLMENT OPEN AGAIN IN INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY

Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society, has reopened membership enrollment following the enthusiasm experienced at the Interdisciplinary Research Symposium. Applications are now available at their website until midnight, Nov 13. IDR is an inclusive organization with membership options for all those interested in participating. Please contact VP of membership Tammy Parece at tammyep@vt.edu with questions.

10. SPRING SHORT COURSE: COMMUNICATING SCIENCE

This 1-cr participatory course will be taught by prof. Patricia Raun, and was inspired by her work with the Center for Communicating Science Institute at Stony Brook University (http://www.centerforcommunicatingscience.org/) and the belief that "scientists have a responsibility to share the meaning and implications of their work, and that an engaged public encourages sound public decision-making."  Participation in the course will lessen the discomfort of spontaneous interaction. Areas of emphasis will include imagination, relaxation, observation, and concentration through improvisation. The students will develop their communicative abilities through careful observation, active class contribution, and committed participation. Please contact Patricia Raun at praun@vt.edu with questions. GRAD 5984, CRN 18756m Tu 6:00-9:00pm, 3/13-4/24/2012.

11. SIGN UP FOR SPRING COURSE: RESEARCH IN INTERNATIONAL CONTEXTS
This course examines various aspects of research in int’l contexts, including: framework and context in which international research is conducted; international aspects of intellectual property and copyright law, trade law, export control, research ethics, research funding, protection of human and animal subjects; cultural dimensions of collaboration including work requirements, varying systems of higher education and research, and work-life expectations; and logistics for research abroad. GRAD 5404, 3 credit hrs, instructor: S. Midkiff, T 4:00-6:50pm, location TBA.

12. NEW SPRING COURSE: FROM MEMEX TO YOUTUBE: CONGNITION, LEARNING & THE INTERNET
Register for GRAD 5984 for spring 2012, TR 9:30-10:45am, location TBA.
So far education has used the Internet primarily as a delivery device, not a connectivity platform. If we change that paradigm, however, interesting questions emerge: How is Wikipedia not simply a reference work, but a learning environment and a community of practice? How does Google both model and shape human cognition? How can globally networked interactive computing augment human intellect and thus address the primary mission of education itself? This course explores the intersections of computing, information science, education, Internet studies, the humanities, and the visual and performing arts, as well as the crucial and long-contested relationships among making, doing, and knowing. Course readings will be supplemented by various  texts and artifacts, from podcasts to MMORPGs to machinima, and will include hands-on experience with blogging, tweeting, social bookmarking, and other more. For more details see the syllabus (beta).

13. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR 2012 GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

GSA is excited to announce that they will be accepting abstracts Dec 1-8 for the 28th Annual  Research Symposium. The research symposium is a great opportunity to showcase your graduate work and potentially win up to $400 in awards for your talk, poster or performance. This event will be held on Mar 28, 2012 in the Graduate Life Center.  More information and submission criteria>>.  Questions: Contact Alireza at alireza@vt.edu.

14. VT ENGLISH GRAD STUDENT ORG CONFERENCE: RE-ENVISION, RE-FORM, RE-CREATE
Saturday, Feb 25, 2012
The VT English Graduate Student Organization is now accepting proposals for the 2012 interdisciplinary conference "Re-envision, Re-formation, Re-creation:" welcome are proposals for paper, panels, and creative works from any discipline that challenge preconceptions, explore neglected or newly discovered areas, rethink assumptions, and ultimately create new knowledge. A 250-500 word abstract for a 20-minute paper should be submitted as an email attachment to vt.egso@gmail.com in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format by Jan 15, 2012. Creative works should include a short, descriptive abstract and a sample of the work to be considered. In your email, please include your name, affiliation, email address, phone number, title of paper, and a brief biographical statement. However, do not include your name on the abstract itself. For more information and the full call for papers, please contact vt.egso@gmail.com.

15. INVITATION TO DIVERSITY SCHOLARS

The Graduate School Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives hosts a Diversity Scholars Program that encourages scholarship and faculty-student mentorship and research through diversity initiatives. Visit this link to learn more: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/graduate_school/diversity/index.html and contact Dannette Gomez Beane at dannette@vt.edu with questions.

16. “STRONG TOGETHER” VIDEO COMPETITION

The College of Architecture and Urban Studies Diversity Committee is calling for submissions of 2-minute videos reflecting on diversity: What do you observe in real life, what do you imagine diversity to be? A jury will select four videos for cash prizes: 1st prize (CAUS students only) $500, 1st prize (any VT student) $500, 2nd prize (any VT student) $300, 3rd Prize (any VT student) $100. More information >>.

17. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 3rd posting
Participants are sought for a study investigating the effects of flexion on the biomechanics and neuromuscular behavior 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/wk. For more information or to inquire about participation, please contact Neema at neema@vt.edu.  Please include your age, gender, and general availability when responding.

18. UPCOMING EVENTS:

T-BREAK POTLUCK LUNCHEON – SIGN UP NOW!

Tuesday, Nov 22, 11:30-1:00 in the GLC lobby and adjacent areas
You are not alone! Join others who don’t get to leave for Thanksgiving break and enjoy some wholesome home-cooked food (meat and vegetarian versions) and conversation. Meet other overly-dedicated-to-their-work, no-money-for-gas, don’t-celebrate-thanksgiving graduate students and Grad School staff. Brought to you by your friendly and caring neighborhood Grad-School staff. Please register to help us estimate how much we need to cook. 

LUNCH WITH DEAN DEPAUW, PROVOST, PRESIDENT AND VP STUDENT AFFAIRS – SIGN UP NOW
Monday, Nov 28, 11:30am-1:00pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Attend the final graduate luncheon of the fall semester with President Steger, Provost McNamee, Graduate Dean DePauw, and VP of Student Affairs, Dr. Spencer at the Inn. 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: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1318190053408. Please indicate if you are unable to attend this luncheon and whether you wish to be considered for future lunches. Graduate students selected for attendance will be contacted by Thursday, Nov 24. Contact Michelle McLeese at bovgradrep@vt.edu with any questions.

GRAD STUDENT ROUNDTABLE ON COMMUNITY NEWS
Tuesday, Nov 29, 3:30-4:30pm, GLC Room C
Join the discussion about how community-based journalism and information sharing builds community knowledge and informed decision making. Contact Kate Preston at kapresto@vt.edu for more information. A speaker will address this same topic at 7:00pm in the Lyric; see “Community Voices” posting below.

GLC FELLOWS MOVIE NIGHT
Tuesday, Nov 29, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Join GLC Fellows and other graduate students to watch the legal drama, The Lincoln Lawyer, featuring Matthew McConaughey and Marisa Tomei.  The plot revolves around an underhanded lawyer who has a crisis of conscience when he defends a wealthy client who has a foolproof plan to defeat the system.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.  This event is sponsored by the GLC Fellows.  For more information, contact Eric Hodges at hodgeseb@vt.edu.

COMMUNITY VOICES: THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF COMMUNITY NEWS
Tuesday, Nov 29, 7:00pm, Lyric Theatre.
Speaker Brian Wheeler is the executive director of Charlottesville Tomorrow, a community news platform covering growth, development, and local politics. He will talk about how community-based journalism and information sharing builds community knowledge and informed decision making. A graduate student roundtable on this topic will take place on Tuesday, November 29th from 3:30-4:30pm in GLC Room C. Contact Andy Morikawa for information at andymorikawa@vt.edu. This event was submitted by graduate student Kate Preston.

$TART $MART: SALARY NEGOTIATION WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN – register now!
Wednesday, Nov 30, 3:00-5:00pm, 300 Squires
Take advantage of this opportunity to participate in this one-of-a-kind negotiation workshop designed for women. $tart $mart was developed by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and The WAGE Project to empower college women with the necessary tools to negotiate salaries and benefits as they enter or re-enter the job market. Refreshments will be served. Please visit the Women’s Center website to register. For more information, contact Sharbari Dey at sharbari@vt.edu.

November 14-20, 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: not this week, but normally on 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: www.composition.english.vt.edu/wc

2. HOLIDAY CLOTHING DRIVE
Nov 7-21, GLC Lobby
Join the Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter  of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in their annual holiday clothing drive. The Devastating Divas of DST ask for your support for clothing of all sizes and types to support families at the New River Valley Women’s Center. Please consider donating a few items to someone in need. Boxes are located in the GLC, Femoyer, ILSB, and Litton Reaves Halls, as well as in the Blacksburg Library and the Christiansburg Library. For questions please contact BAC DST.
 
3. PEACE CORPS MASTER’S INTERNATIONAL INFO SESSION
Tuesday, Nov 15, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room B
The Master’s International program offers the unique opportunity to integrate a master’s degree with overseas service in a variety of fields at more than 80 academic institutions nationwide. Established in 1987, MI produces Peace Corps volunteers with additional education and skills to serve overseas – and helps you earn  your advanced degree along the way.  The director of the program at Virginia Tech, along with two recent participants in the program will discuss the application process, cultural immersion, and stories from Niger and Paraguay.  This event is sponsored by the GLC Fellows.  For more information contact Eric Hodges.

4. DOCUMENTARY PRESENTATION: EASY STREET

Tuesday, Nov 15, 7:30-9:30pm, GLC TV Lounge
Watch the must see film that documents one year in the lives of homeless people in St. Petersburg, Florida. Viewers will see and hear how people scratch out an existence on the streets of America’s urban centers. Participants will be assembling hygiene kits with the items collected throughout the week for homeless shelters in the New River Valley! FREE popcorn and drinks provided! Sponsored by the GLC Fellows and GSA. Contact GLC fellow Megan Stuart at stuartma@vt.edu with any questions.

5. A CONVERSATION FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AND NEW MOTHERS

Wednesday, Nov 16, 11:30am-12:30pm, Women’s Center
Having a child is a natural transition in one’s life; nevertheless, it is one of the most intense emotional experiences for human beings. Pregnancy can be exciting but also overwhelming for caregivers and mothers-to-be. Share and discuss life experiences related to parenthood such as pregnancy, labor, delivery, breastfeeding, post-partum blues, adjusting to baby needs, going back to work and good enough parenting. Bring your questions, experiences and ideas to the group. Learn more and register >>

6. GRADS FOR A FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT TODAY

Wednesday, Nov 16, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Room F
Are you interested in serving your fellow students and making a difference in your community and your nation? If yes, join this group on Wednesday for a general interests meeting that is open to all graduates and the public. Learn what the group is all about and what you can do to make a difference. For more information contact Robert M. Davis, president, at robed84@vt.edu, or find them on Facebook.

7. BGSO PRESENTS: RULES OF THE ROAD – WHAT EVERY INVESTOR SHOULD KNOW
Wednesday, Nov 16, 6:00pm, GLC Room F
The Black Graduate Student Organization invites you to this workshop about the most common investing mistakes and how to avoid them; investment strategies to help reach your long-term goals; and what you can do to prepare for retirement. Presented by Nick Flaherty from Edward Jones. For more information contact BGSO at bgso@vt.edu.

8. GLC CAFÉ CANCELLED THIS WEEK

Blame or thank football and enjoy a shorter than normal workday.

9. ENROLLMENT OPEN AGAIN IN INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY

Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society, has reopened membership enrollment following the enthusiasm experienced at the Interdisciplinary Research Symposium. Applications are now available at their website until midnight, Nov 13. IDR is an inclusive organization with membership options for all those interested in participating. Please contact VP of membership Tammy Parece at tammyep@vt.edu with questions.

10. SPRING SHORT COURSE: COMMUNICATING SCIENCE

This 1-cr participatory course will be taught by prof. Patricia Raun, and was inspired by her work with the Center for Communicating Science Institute at Stony Brook University (http://www.centerforcommunicatingscience.org/) and the belief that "scientists have a responsibility to share the meaning and implications of their work, and that an engaged public encourages sound public decision-making."  Participation in the course will lessen the discomfort of spontaneous interaction. Areas of emphasis will include imagination, relaxation, observation, and concentration through improvisation. The students will develop their communicative abilities through careful observation, active class contribution, and committed participation. Please contact Patricia Raun at praun@vt.edu with questions. GRAD 5984, CRN 18756m Tu 6:00-9:00pm, 3/13-4/24/2012.

11. SIGN UP FOR SPRING COURSE: RESEARCH IN INTERNATIONAL CONTEXTS
This course examines various aspects of research in int’l contexts, including: framework and context in which international research is conducted; international aspects of intellectual property and copyright law, trade law, export control, research ethics, research funding, protection of human and animal subjects; cultural dimensions of collaboration including work requirements, varying systems of higher education and research, and work-life expectations; and logistics for research abroad. GRAD 5404, 3 credit hrs, instructor: S. Midkiff, T 4:00-6:50pm, location TBA.

12. NEW SPRING COURSE: FROM MEMEX TO YOUTUBE: CONGNITION, LEARNING & THE INTERNET
Register for GRAD 5984 for spring 2012, TR 9:30-10:45am, location TBA.
So far education has used the Internet primarily as a delivery device, not a connectivity platform. If we change that paradigm, however, interesting questions emerge: How is Wikipedia not simply a reference work, but a learning environment and a community of practice? How does Google both model and shape human cognition? How can globally networked interactive computing augment human intellect and thus address the primary mission of education itself? This course explores the intersections of computing, information science, education, Internet studies, the humanities, and the visual and performing arts, as well as the crucial and long-contested relationships among making, doing, and knowing. Course readings will be supplemented by various  texts and artifacts, from podcasts to MMORPGs to machinima, and will include hands-on experience with blogging, tweeting, social bookmarking, and other more. For more details see the syllabus (beta).

13. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR 2012 GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

GSA is excited to announce that they will be accepting abstracts Dec 1-8 for the 28th Annual  Research Symposium. The research symposium is a great opportunity to showcase your graduate work and potentially win up to $400 in awards for your talk, poster or performance. This event will be held on Mar 28, 2012 in the Graduate Life Center.  More information and submission criteria>>.  Questions: Contact Alireza at alireza@vt.edu.

14. VT ENGLISH GRAD STUDENT ORG CONFERENCE: RE-ENVISION, RE-FORM, RE-CREATE
Saturday, Feb 25, 2012
The VT English Graduate Student Organization is now accepting proposals for the 2012 interdisciplinary conference "Re-envision, Re-formation, Re-creation:" welcome are proposals for paper, panels, and creative works from any discipline that challenge preconceptions, explore neglected or newly discovered areas, rethink assumptions, and ultimately create new knowledge. A 250-500 word abstract for a 20-minute paper should be submitted as an email attachment to vt.egso@gmail.com in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format by Jan 15, 2012. Creative works should include a short, descriptive abstract and a sample of the work to be considered. In your email, please include your name, affiliation, email address, phone number, title of paper, and a brief biographical statement. However, do not include your name on the abstract itself. For more information and the full call for papers, please contact vt.egso@gmail.com.

15. INVITATION TO DIVERSITY SCHOLARS

The Graduate School Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives hosts a Diversity Scholars Program that encourages scholarship and faculty-student mentorship and research through diversity initiatives. Visit this link to learn more: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/graduate_school/diversity/index.html and contact Dannette Gomez Beane at dannette@vt.edu with questions.

16. “STRONG TOGETHER” VIDEO COMPETITION

The College of Architecture and Urban Studies Diversity Committee is calling for submissions of 2-minute videos reflecting on diversity: What do you observe in real life, what do you imagine diversity to be? A jury will select four videos for cash prizes: 1st prize (CAUS students only) $500, 1st prize (any VT student) $500, 2nd prize (any VT student) $300, 3rd Prize (any VT student) $100. More information >>.

17. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 3rd posting
Participants are sought for a study investigating the effects of flexion on the biomechanics and neuromuscular behavior 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/wk. For more information or to inquire about participation, please contact Neema at neema@vt.edu.  Please include your age, gender, and general availability when responding.

18. UPCOMING EVENTS:

T-BREAK POTLUCK LUNCHEON – SIGN UP NOW!

Tuesday, Nov 22, 11:30-1:00 in the GLC lobby and adjacent areas
You are not alone! Join others who don’t get to leave for Thanksgiving break and enjoy some wholesome home-cooked food (meat and vegetarian versions) and conversation. Meet other overly-dedicated-to-their-work, no-money-for-gas, don’t-celebrate-thanksgiving graduate students and Grad School staff. Brought to you by your friendly and caring neighborhood Grad-School staff. Please register to help us estimate how much we need to cook. 

LUNCH WITH DEAN DEPAUW, PROVOST, PRESIDENT AND VP STUDENT AFFAIRS – SIGN UP NOW
Monday, Nov 28, 11:30am-1:00pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Attend the final graduate luncheon of the fall semester with President Steger, Provost McNamee, Graduate Dean DePauw, and VP of Student Affairs, Dr. Spencer at the Inn. 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: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1318190053408. Please indicate if you are unable to attend this luncheon and whether you wish to be considered for future lunches. Graduate students selected for attendance will be contacted by Thursday, Nov 24. Contact Michelle McLeese at bovgradrep@vt.edu with any questions.

GRAD STUDENT ROUNDTABLE ON COMMUNITY NEWS
Tuesday, Nov 29, 3:30-4:30pm, GLC Room C
Join the discussion about how community-based journalism and information sharing builds community knowledge and informed decision making. Contact Kate Preston at kapresto@vt.edu for more information. A speaker will address this same topic at 7:00pm in the Lyric; see “Community Voices” posting below.

GLC FELLOWS MOVIE NIGHT
Tuesday, Nov 29, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Join GLC Fellows and other graduate students to watch the legal drama, The Lincoln Lawyer, featuring Matthew McConaughey and Marisa Tomei.  The plot revolves around an underhanded lawyer who has a crisis of conscience when he defends a wealthy client who has a foolproof plan to defeat the system.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.  This event is sponsored by the GLC Fellows.  For more information, contact Eric Hodges at hodgeseb@vt.edu.

COMMUNITY VOICES: THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF COMMUNITY NEWS
Tuesday, Nov 29, 7:00pm, Lyric Theatre.
Speaker Brian Wheeler is the executive director of Charlottesville Tomorrow, a community news platform covering growth, development, and local politics. He will talk about how community-based journalism and information sharing builds community knowledge and informed decision making. A graduate student roundtable on this topic will take place on Tuesday, November 29th from 3:30-4:30pm in GLC Room C. Contact Andy Morikawa for information at andymorikawa@vt.edu. This event was submitted by graduate student Kate Preston.

$TART $MART: SALARY NEGOTIATION WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN – register now!
Wednesday, Nov 30, 3:00-5:00pm, 300 Squires
Take advantage of this opportunity to participate in this one-of-a-kind negotiation workshop designed for women. $tart $mart was developed by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and The WAGE Project to empower college women with the necessary tools to negotiate salaries and benefits as they enter or re-enter the job market. Refreshments will be served. Please visit the Women’s Center website to register. For more information, contact Sharbari Dey at sharbari@vt.edu.

November 7-13, 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 – more information or reserve a spot>>

2. HYGIENE DRIVE FOR NRV HOMELESS SHELTERS
Nov 7-15, GLC Lobby
Give thanks this holiday season by donating new and unused hygiene products to local New River Valley (NRV) homeless shelters. Items include: toothbrushes, toothpaste, travel-size shampoo and conditioner, body wash, razors, shaving cream, soap, tissues, deodorant, q-tips, hand sanitizer, brushes, combs, and washcloths. Please drop off your items at the GLC information desk. Donations will be collected from now until Nov 15. The hygiene drive is held in conjunction with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and is  coordinated by GLC Fellows and GSA. More information>>. Questions: Contact Megan Stuart at stuartma@vt.edu.

3. 2011 INNOVATION-BASED MANUFACTURING WORKSHOP – REGISTER NOW
Tuesday, Nov 8, 8:00am-4:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The VT Center for Innovation-based Manufacturing invites graduate students to its 2011 workshop to give you an understanding of why innovation-based manufacturing is critical to achieve economic development and how it can be pursued. Participants will better understand the basics of innovation-based manufacturing; comprehend how innovation policy plays a key role in economic development; understand the impact of open innovation in manufacturing solutions; and recognize the main aspects of embedding innovation into an organization’s structure. Learn more >>. Register here

4. AEL PRESENTS: LAST LECTURE WITH NIKKI GIOVANNI
Wednesday, Nov 9, 5:00pm, Auditorium in Holden Hall
The Last Lecture Series provides an opportunity for the audience to interact with motivational speakers and draw inspiration from their professional and personal lives. Free and open to all. This lecture is presented by University Distinguished Professor and poet Nikki Giovanni. Enjoy the last lecture of Dr. Michael Hochella, Jr. presented on Sep 28. Alpha Epsilon Lambda is a national graduate honor society founded upon leadership and scholarly merit.

5. ETD WORKSHOP SERIES: GRAD SCHOOL REVIEW OF YOUR ETD
Wednesday, Nov 9, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Room F
Graduate School staff will discuss items they check while reviewing your submitted ETD and the time line of the submission process.

6. HOW TO BRING PASSION AND PURPOSE TO YOUR CAREER
Wednesday, Nov 9, 7:00-8:30pm, GLC Auditorium
Author and speaker Dr. Gregg Levoy will help you look for answers to questions such as choosing a career you love vs. one that will make  you the most money; finding a major and future career that honors your passion and purpose; how to make your life original rather than a knock-off. More information about this event >>.

7. ARE YOU HUNGRY?

Wednesday, Nov 9, 7:30-9:00pm, Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires
Close to a billion people go to bed hungry every night. Join the GSA and GLC Fellows for a night of dining and discussion on food security and homelessness. During the Oxfam Hunger Banquet, participants will engage with invited guest experts in an interactive event depicting the global economic stratification. Those in attendance will share a meal together and discuss poverty both locally and globally. This event is free, but a suggested admission is $5 or 4 non-perishable goods to be donated to Interfaith Food Pantry and Oxfam America. Save a seat here. Questions: Contact Swetha Kumar at swethak@vt.edu.

8. GRAD SCHOLARS SOCIETY PRESENTS: VT COAL PLANT TOUR
Thursday, Nov 10, 2:30-4:00pm
Learn more about the VT coal plant from Byron Nichols, associate director of the power plant, and take a tour of the plant guided by staff engineers. Participants will get a chance to see the inside of a working coal furnace. Space is limited, so sign up early by completing this short survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1320066001915. Your registration will be confirmed by email with further details about the tour and meeting place. For more information contact Wes Cardwell at wcardwel@vt.edu.

9. GLC CAFÉ + ADVISING 101

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: Advising 101 – faculty advisors and graduate students will be on hand to discuss their experiences and recommendations about how to make advisor-advisee relationships work. Bring your opinion, and your own mug if you can. Please contact us at grads@vt.edu if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

10. COMMUNICATION SKILLS WORKSHOP FOR INTL STUDENTS – PLS REGISTER
Thursday, Nov 10, 6:30-8:00pm, GLC Room F
In this communication skills workshop specifically for international graduate students, two family therapists will discuss, demonstrate, and provide learning activities related to specific communication skills applicable in a range of relationships. Workshop leaders will be Dr. Fred Piercy, professor of marriage and family therapy, and Manjushree Palit, a doctoral student in marriage and family therapy, both within human development. If you are an international graduate student and interested in participating in this workshop, please contact the presenters at mpalit@vt.edu and register so that they know how many people to expect. Feel free to bring a friend, partner or spouse to this workshop. If you have any queries, call 231-1764. Sponsors of this workshop include the Department of Human Development, the Family Therapy Center of Virginia Tech, and the Graduate School.

11. UNIVERSITY OPEN HOUSE 2011
Saturday, Nov 12, 10:00am-12:00pm, featured locations on campus, including GLC
Explore the campus; experience exciting research; get a unique look behind the scenes at departments you may not even know exist. Learn more about the open house at www.vt.edu/openhouse. In the GLC Dr. DePauw will be on hand to discuss the present and future of graduate education at VT; visitors may vote on the current grad student artwork, photos and writing on display, visit with representatives of graduate student organizations, and browse the timeline of the building’s history in photos, architectural drawings and quotes.

12. NOTHING SHORT OF A REVOLUTION: HOW WOMEN’S MOVEMENTS ARE CHANGING THE WORLD
Saturday, Nov 12, 2:45pm, 30 Pamplin Hall
The Blacksburg chapter of Association for India’s Development, a grad student org, invites you to this speaker event given by Ms. Kavita Ramdas, an eminent personality in the field of women’s human rights, social justice philanthropy and international development. For more information please contact Gaurav Jain at jaing@vt.edu.

13. ENROLLMENT OPEN AGAIN IN INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society, has reopened membership enrollment following the enthusiasm experienced at the Interdisciplinary Research Symposium. Applications are now available at their website at http://www.idrsociety.org/membership/application/ until midnight, Nov 13. IDR is an inclusive organization with membership options for all those interested in participating. Please contact VP of membership Tammy Parece  with questions.

14. NEW SPRING COURSE: FROM MEMEX TO YOUTUBE: CONGNITION, LEARNING & THE INTERNET
Register for GRAD 5984 for spring 2012, TR 9:30-10:45am, location TBA.
So far education has used the Internet primarily as a delivery device, not a connectivity platform. If we change that paradigm, however, interesting questions emerge: How is Wikipedia not simply a reference work, but a learning environment and a community of practice? How does Google both model and shape human cognition? How can globally networked interactive computing augment human intellect and thus address the primary mission of education itself? This course explores the intersections of computing, information science, education, Internet studies, the humanities, and the visual and performing arts, as well as the crucial and long-contested relationships among making, doing, and knowing. Course readings will be supplemented by various  texts and artifacts, from podcasts to MMORPGs to machinima, and will include hands-on experience with blogging, tweeting, social bookmarking, and other more. For more details see the syllabus (beta) at: http://gardnercampbell.wetpaint.com/page/memextoyoutube-s12.

15. DISNEY PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT FOCUS GROUP PARTICIPANTS NEEDED
Parents with children ages of 5-10 are invited to participate in two focus group sessions to help develop nutritious snack foods for kids. Every participating child must be accompanied by at least one parent/guardian. The focus group sessions will be held on Tuesday, Nov 15, 4:00pm and Tuesday, Jan 24, 4:00pm in classroom 132 in the Food Science and Technology Building, on the corner of Duck Pond Drive and Washington Street. The first session will last 90 min; the second session will last 60 min. All participants will receive a healthy snack. The information gleaned from participants will help with designing and developing a nutritious low-fat dairy and fruit product for kids. If you are interested in participating in both focus group sessions, please register here. Please contact Kerri Martin at kerrik@vt.edu with any questions.

16. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are sought for a study investigating the effects of flexion on the biomechanics and neuromuscular behavior 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/wk. For more information or to inquire about participation, please contact Neema at neema@vt.edu.  Please include your age, gender, and general availability when responding.

17. GRAD STUDENT INPUT NEEDED ABOUT VT POLICY ON CONFLICT OF INTEREST
DRSCAP, a committee of the Commission on Graduate Studies and Policies, would like to meet with several graduate students who are funded by a faculty-owned company to hear their experiences. The committee has been asked to provide input on protections for graduate students as part of the revision of the university’s policy on conflict of interest. Hearing about experiences from a variety of perspectives would be helpful in thinking through proposed policy options. DRSCAP would be especially interested in talking to graduate students who:
– Are funded by a grant or contract where the source of funds was their advisor’s private company;
– Are paid directly by the faculty-owned company;
– Are working for a faculty member on his or her outside consulting.
DRSCAP will meet on Tuesday, Nov 15, 4:00-5:00pm in 238 GLC, the Graduate School’s conference room. If you are available and willing to participate, please contact Akiko Nakamura at nakamura@vt.edu, a GSA representative to the committee, and provide your name and department.

18. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR FOOD PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT INTEREST SURVEY – 3rd posting
Graduate students from the Food Science and Technology Department competing in the Danisco Knowledge Award Competition invite you to participate in a survey regarding demographics, consumption- and purchasing habits, and interest in a new type of nutrition bar product.  The survey consists of 29 questions and will require approximately 15 minutes to complete. The information you will provide in the questionnaire will be used in the development of a new food product.  If you are interested in completing the survey, please go to: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1316716058553.  E-mail Margo Duckson at maduckgo@vt.edu with any questions.

19. UPCOMING EVENTS:


DOCUMENTARY PRESENTATION: EASY STREET

Tuesday, Nov 15, 7:30-9:30pm, GLC TV Lounge
Watch the must see film that documents one year in the lives of homeless people in St. Petersburg, Florida. Viewers will see and hear how people scratch out an existence on the streets of America’s urban centers. Participants will be assembling hygiene kits with the items collected throughout the week for homeless shelters in the New River Valley! FREE popcorn and drinks provided! Sponsored by the GLC Fellows and GSA. Contact GLC fellow Megan Stuart at stuartma@vt.edu with any questions.

A CONVERSATION FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AND NEW MOTHERS
Wednesday, Nov 16, 11:30am-12:30pm, Women’s Center
Having a child is a natural transition in one’s life; nevertheless, it is one of the most intense emotional experiences for human beings. Pregnancy can be exciting but also overwhelming for caregivers and mothers-to-be. Share and discuss life experiences related to parenthood such as pregnancy, labor, delivery, breastfeeding, post-partum blues, adjusting to baby needs, going back to work and good enough parenting. Bring your questions, experiences and ideas to the group. Learn more and register>>

LUNCH WITH DEAN DEPAUW, PROVOST, PRESIDENT AND VP STUDENT AFFAIRS – SIGN UP NOW
Monday, Nov 28, 11:30am-1:00pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Attend the final graduate luncheon of the fall semester with President Steger, Provost McNamee, Graduate Dean DePauw, and VP of Student Affairs, Dr. Spencer at the Inn. 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: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1318190053408. Please indicate if you are unable to attend this luncheon and whether you wish to be considered for future lunches. Graduate students selected for attendance will be contacted by Thursday, Nov 24. Contact Michelle McLeese  with any questions.

November 7-13, 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 – more information or reserve a spot>>

2. HYGIENE DRIVE FOR NRV HOMELESS SHELTERS
Nov 7-15, GLC Lobby
Give thanks this holiday season by donating new and unused hygiene products to local New River Valley (NRV) homeless shelters. Items include: toothbrushes, toothpaste, travel-size shampoo and conditioner, body wash, razors, shaving cream, soap, tissues, deodorant, q-tips, hand sanitizer, brushes, combs, and washcloths. Please drop off your items at the GLC information desk. Donations will be collected from now until Nov 15. The hygiene drive is held in conjunction with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and is  coordinated by GLC Fellows and GSA. More information>>. Questions: Contact Megan Stuart at stuartma@vt.edu.

3. 2011 INNOVATION-BASED MANUFACTURING WORKSHOP – REGISTER NOW
Tuesday, Nov 8, 8:00am-4:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The VT Center for Innovation-based Manufacturing invites graduate students to its 2011 workshop to give you an understanding of why innovation-based manufacturing is critical to achieve economic development and how it can be pursued. Participants will better understand the basics of innovation-based manufacturing; comprehend how innovation policy plays a key role in economic development; understand the impact of open innovation in manufacturing solutions; and recognize the main aspects of embedding innovation into an organization’s structure. Learn more >>. Register here

4. AEL PRESENTS: LAST LECTURE WITH NIKKI GIOVANNI
Wednesday, Nov 9, 5:00pm, Auditorium in Holden Hall
The Last Lecture Series provides an opportunity for the audience to interact with motivational speakers and draw inspiration from their professional and personal lives. Free and open to all. This lecture is presented by University Distinguished Professor and poet Nikki Giovanni. Enjoy the last lecture of Dr. Michael Hochella, Jr. presented on Sep 28. Alpha Epsilon Lambda is a national graduate honor society founded upon leadership and scholarly merit.

5. ETD WORKSHOP SERIES: GRAD SCHOOL REVIEW OF YOUR ETD
Wednesday, Nov 9, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Room F
Graduate School staff will discuss items they check while reviewing your submitted ETD and the time line of the submission process.

6. HOW TO BRING PASSION AND PURPOSE TO YOUR CAREER
Wednesday, Nov 9, 7:00-8:30pm, GLC Auditorium
Author and speaker Dr. Gregg Levoy will help you look for answers to questions such as choosing a career you love vs. one that will make  you the most money; finding a major and future career that honors your passion and purpose; how to make your life original rather than a knock-off. More information about this event >>.

7. ARE YOU HUNGRY?

Wednesday, Nov 9, 7:30-9:00pm, Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires
Close to a billion people go to bed hungry every night. Join the GSA and GLC Fellows for a night of dining and discussion on food security and homelessness. During the Oxfam Hunger Banquet, participants will engage with invited guest experts in an interactive event depicting the global economic stratification. Those in attendance will share a meal together and discuss poverty both locally and globally. This event is free, but a suggested admission is $5 or 4 non-perishable goods to be donated to Interfaith Food Pantry and Oxfam America. Save a seat here. Questions: Contact Swetha Kumar at swethak@vt.edu.

8. GRAD SCHOLARS SOCIETY PRESENTS: VT COAL PLANT TOUR
Thursday, Nov 10, 2:30-4:00pm
Learn more about the VT coal plant from Byron Nichols, associate director of the power plant, and take a tour of the plant guided by staff engineers. Participants will get a chance to see the inside of a working coal furnace. Space is limited, so sign up early by completing this short survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1320066001915. Your registration will be confirmed by email with further details about the tour and meeting place. For more information contact Wes Cardwell at wcardwel@vt.edu.

9. GLC CAFÉ + ADVISING 101

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: Advising 101 – faculty advisors and graduate students will be on hand to discuss their experiences and recommendations about how to make advisor-advisee relationships work. Bring your opinion, and your own mug if you can. Please contact us at grads@vt.edu if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

10. COMMUNICATION SKILLS WORKSHOP FOR INTL STUDENTS – PLS REGISTER
Thursday, Nov 10, 6:30-8:00pm, GLC Room F
In this communication skills workshop specifically for international graduate students, two family therapists will discuss, demonstrate, and provide learning activities related to specific communication skills applicable in a range of relationships. Workshop leaders will be Dr. Fred Piercy, professor of marriage and family therapy, and Manjushree Palit, a doctoral student in marriage and family therapy, both within human development. If you are an international graduate student and interested in participating in this workshop, please contact the presenters at mpalit@vt.edu and register so that they know how many people to expect. Feel free to bring a friend, partner or spouse to this workshop. If you have any queries, call 231-1764. Sponsors of this workshop include the Department of Human Development, the Family Therapy Center of Virginia Tech, and the Graduate School.

11. UNIVERSITY OPEN HOUSE 2011
Saturday, Nov 12, 10:00am-12:00pm, featured locations on campus, including GLC
Explore the campus; experience exciting research; get a unique look behind the scenes at departments you may not even know exist. Learn more about the open house at www.vt.edu/openhouse. In the GLC Dr. DePauw will be on hand to discuss the present and future of graduate education at VT; visitors may vote on the current grad student artwork, photos and writing on display, visit with representatives of graduate student organizations, and browse the timeline of the building’s history in photos, architectural drawings and quotes.

12. NOTHING SHORT OF A REVOLUTION: HOW WOMEN’S MOVEMENTS ARE CHANGING THE WORLD
Saturday, Nov 12, 2:45pm, 30 Pamplin Hall
The Blacksburg chapter of Association for India’s Development, a grad student org, invites you to this speaker event given by Ms. Kavita Ramdas, an eminent personality in the field of women’s human rights, social justice philanthropy and international development. For more information please contact Gaurav Jain at jaing@vt.edu.

13. ENROLLMENT OPEN AGAIN IN INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society, has reopened membership enrollment following the enthusiasm experienced at the Interdisciplinary Research Symposium. Applications are now available at their website at http://www.idrsociety.org/membership/application/ until midnight, Nov 13. IDR is an inclusive organization with membership options for all those interested in participating. Please contact VP of membership Tammy Parece  with questions.

14. NEW SPRING COURSE: FROM MEMEX TO YOUTUBE: CONGNITION, LEARNING & THE INTERNET
Register for GRAD 5984 for spring 2012, TR 9:30-10:45am, location TBA.
So far education has used the Internet primarily as a delivery device, not a connectivity platform. If we change that paradigm, however, interesting questions emerge: How is Wikipedia not simply a reference work, but a learning environment and a community of practice? How does Google both model and shape human cognition? How can globally networked interactive computing augment human intellect and thus address the primary mission of education itself? This course explores the intersections of computing, information science, education, Internet studies, the humanities, and the visual and performing arts, as well as the crucial and long-contested relationships among making, doing, and knowing. Course readings will be supplemented by various  texts and artifacts, from podcasts to MMORPGs to machinima, and will include hands-on experience with blogging, tweeting, social bookmarking, and other more. For more details see the syllabus (beta) at: http://gardnercampbell.wetpaint.com/page/memextoyoutube-s12.

15. DISNEY PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT FOCUS GROUP PARTICIPANTS NEEDED
Parents with children ages of 5-10 are invited to participate in two focus group sessions to help develop nutritious snack foods for kids. Every participating child must be accompanied by at least one parent/guardian. The focus group sessions will be held on Tuesday, Nov 15, 4:00pm and Tuesday, Jan 24, 4:00pm in classroom 132 in the Food Science and Technology Building, on the corner of Duck Pond Drive and Washington Street. The first session will last 90 min; the second session will last 60 min. All participants will receive a healthy snack. The information gleaned from participants will help with designing and developing a nutritious low-fat dairy and fruit product for kids. If you are interested in participating in both focus group sessions, please register here. Please contact Kerri Martin at kerrik@vt.edu with any questions.

16. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are sought for a study investigating the effects of flexion on the biomechanics and neuromuscular behavior 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/wk. For more information or to inquire about participation, please contact Neema at neema@vt.edu.  Please include your age, gender, and general availability when responding.

17. GRAD STUDENT INPUT NEEDED ABOUT VT POLICY ON CONFLICT OF INTEREST
DRSCAP, a committee of the Commission on Graduate Studies and Policies, would like to meet with several graduate students who are funded by a faculty-owned company to hear their experiences. The committee has been asked to provide input on protections for graduate students as part of the revision of the university’s policy on conflict of interest. Hearing about experiences from a variety of perspectives would be helpful in thinking through proposed policy options. DRSCAP would be especially interested in talking to graduate students who:
– Are funded by a grant or contract where the source of funds was their advisor’s private company;
– Are paid directly by the faculty-owned company;
– Are working for a faculty member on his or her outside consulting.
DRSCAP will meet on Tuesday, Nov 15, 4:00-5:00pm in 238 GLC, the Graduate School’s conference room. If you are available and willing to participate, please contact Akiko Nakamura at nakamura@vt.edu, a GSA representative to the committee, and provide your name and department.

18. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR FOOD PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT INTEREST SURVEY – 3rd posting
Graduate students from the Food Science and Technology Department competing in the Danisco Knowledge Award Competition invite you to participate in a survey regarding demographics, consumption- and purchasing habits, and interest in a new type of nutrition bar product.  The survey consists of 29 questions and will require approximately 15 minutes to complete. The information you will provide in the questionnaire will be used in the development of a new food product.  If you are interested in completing the survey, please go to: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1316716058553.  E-mail Margo Duckson at maduckgo@vt.edu with any questions.

19. UPCOMING EVENTS:


DOCUMENTARY PRESENTATION: EASY STREET

Tuesday, Nov 15, 7:30-9:30pm, GLC TV Lounge
Watch the must see film that documents one year in the lives of homeless people in St. Petersburg, Florida. Viewers will see and hear how people scratch out an existence on the streets of America’s urban centers. Participants will be assembling hygiene kits with the items collected throughout the week for homeless shelters in the New River Valley! FREE popcorn and drinks provided! Sponsored by the GLC Fellows and GSA. Contact GLC fellow Megan Stuart at stuartma@vt.edu with any questions.

A CONVERSATION FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AND NEW MOTHERS
Wednesday, Nov 16, 11:30am-12:30pm, Women’s Center
Having a child is a natural transition in one’s life; nevertheless, it is one of the most intense emotional experiences for human beings. Pregnancy can be exciting but also overwhelming for caregivers and mothers-to-be. Share and discuss life experiences related to parenthood such as pregnancy, labor, delivery, breastfeeding, post-partum blues, adjusting to baby needs, going back to work and good enough parenting. Bring your questions, experiences and ideas to the group. Learn more and register>>

LUNCH WITH DEAN DEPAUW, PROVOST, PRESIDENT AND VP STUDENT AFFAIRS – SIGN UP NOW
Monday, Nov 28, 11:30am-1:00pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Attend the final graduate luncheon of the fall semester with President Steger, Provost McNamee, Graduate Dean DePauw, and VP of Student Affairs, Dr. Spencer at the Inn. 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: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1318190053408. Please indicate if you are unable to attend this luncheon and whether you wish to be considered for future lunches. Graduate students selected for attendance will be contacted by Thursday, Nov 24. Contact Michelle McLeese  with any questions.