January 30 – February 5, 2012

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career services advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, Study Room
  • Counseling:  Wednesdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from Room G)
  • GLC Café: Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Thursdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
  • Writing support: Thursdays 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room; contact Emily Love, remily4@vt.edu

2. COFFEE AND CONVERSATION
Monday, Jan 30, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Meet other graduate students and enjoy refreshments and good conversation along with graduate student leaders.

3. SHORT STAT COURSE: DESIGNING EXPERIMENTS AND COLLECTING USEFUL DATA
Tuesday, Jan 31, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Room F
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. Register and learn more>>>.

4. SCAVENGER HUNT AND OPEN HOUSE AT NEWMAN LIBRARY
Wednesday, Feb 1, 12:00-3:00pm, Newman Library
Learn more about new library services and the newly relocated Writing Center. The first 200 students to complete the scavenger hunt will receive a 4GB flash drive and other prizes. Free food. This semester, Newman Library is open 24h/d Sunday through Friday; is lending electronics like laptops and iPads; is retrieving books with a new “Request It” service; and is able to alert students about overdue books with a text message. The library is also providing wireless printing and has updated photocopy services.

5. VT CREW TEAM BWW DINNER FUNDRAISER

Wednesday, Feb 1, 5:00-10:00pm, Buffalo Wild Wings
Blacksburg’s Buffalo Wing Wings will donate a portion of their night’s earnings to the VT Crew team, so come hungry! VT Crew relies on fundraising to compete against other club and varsity rowing programs nationally; you can learn more about the team here http://vtcrew.weebly.com/. This message is posted on behalf of grad student Meghan McNulty

6. USING HOKIES4HIRE AND OTHER E-RESOURCES IN JOB SEARCH
Wednesday, Feb 1, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F
Hundreds of employers visit the VT campus each year to recruit students for full-time, co-op and internship positions. Even more search the resume database for candidates. Learn how to effectively use the Hokies4Hire system in your job search process from a Career Services representative.

7. GLC CAFÉ
Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea and socialize with your fellow grads. Special hosts: Grads for a Fiscally Responsible Government Today. Meet members of this organization and chat over coffer or tea. Bring your own mug if you can. Please contact us at grads@vt.edu if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

8. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT: DROP IN CHILDCARE FOR STUDENTS
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm, Women’s Ctr (206 Washington St)
A drop-in evening of childcare for kids 2-12 (must be toilet-trained) of any VT student. Fun, crafts, toys, games, new friends and a snack. For questions or more information contact Jessie Meltsner.

9. LEARN TURKISH AT VT
Classes begin Thursday, Feb 2, 6:00pm
Experienced teachers are offering Turkish language classes at Cranwell International Center through the Intercultural Understanding Club. You don’t need to know any Turkish to start Turkish classes: the Intercultural Understanding Club offers Turkish courses from beginner to advanced levels. Spring program: 1.5-hr class per week, four classes per month. For this semester, every student will have Turkish conversation partner as well. Register here. For questions: hsuren@vt.edu.

10. WELCOME BACK SOCIAL
Friday, Feb 3, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Come to the GLC for free food, good music, games, and to welcome back your fellow graduate students.  Because we are in the dog days of winter, the social will be "campfire" themed.  Although university regulations prohibit having an actual campfire indoors, there will be hot chocolate, hot cider, s’mores, barbecue, vegetarian options, and possibly even GLC ghost stories! Visit several "campfires" around the multipurpose room with various games and activities at each. If you’ve never experienced sitting around a campfire with close friends and family, this is your chance! This event is co-sponsored by the GLC Fellows and GSA.  If you have any questions, please email GLC Fellow Eric Hodges at hodgeseb@vt.edu

11. EARN YOUR AMATEUR (HAM) RADIO LICENSE
Sunday, Feb 5, 7:00pm, Dogwood Room in Squires Student Center
Take your ham radio exam in Squires! Please bring $15 (cash or check), a photo ID, and a social security number. This session is sponsored by the VT Amateur Radio Association. For more information about ham radio, please visit http://www.arrl.org.  For more information about this exam session, please contact grad student Nathaniel Frissell.

12. SHORT STAT COURSES THIS SPRING
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) provides a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research and provide practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more. All short courses are 5-7pm.
Spring 2012 Schedule:
– Jan 31: Designing Experiments and Collecting Useful Data;
– Feb 7: How to Create a Successful Survey;
– Feb 14: Statistical Analysis in R, Part I;*
– Feb 16: Statistical Analysis in R, Part II;*
– Feb 21 and 23:  Plotting Data in R through Excel;*
– Feb 28: Regression Analysis with Categorical Factors using JMP and R;
– Mar 13:  Bayesian Methods for Regression in R;*
*These courses will be held in 3060 Torgersen; all other courses will be held in GLC Room F.

13. PKJ CALLS FOR PAPERS
Public Knowledge Journal (PKJ) is now accepting papers for Vol 4 Issue 1 on the topic of Public Health. Public health in this call is broadly defined and may include topical areas such as public health research, economic influences on public health, the local and organic food movements, and the role of development aid in targeted populations. Call for papers >>. Submissions from graduate students of all disciplines is encouraged so as to approach the topic from a variety of perspectives. Submission deadline:  Feb 10.  PKJ is a multidisciplinary, graduate student-run electronic journal hosted by the Center for Digital Discourse and Culture at Virginia Tech (ISSN 1948-3511). The journal welcomes contributions of articles for peer review, as well as book reviews, essays, interviews, blogs, and other multimedia works. Authors retain the rights to their work. Direct questions to editor@pkjournal.org.

14. JOIN THE LEAN TEAM AND LEARN – 1st posting
LEAN@VirginiaTech is recruiting and developing high-performing students from across disciplines who are keen to learn to be lean. Students get the chance to develop and run Lean workshops and summits for professionals from a broad range of organizations; participate in continuous improvement events; and undertake fun team events. If this is what you always wanted, then the Lean Team looks forward to hearing from you by email at info@vtlean.org or phone at 540-443-6688. Visit the LeanTeam’s website>>.

15. NOMINATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS DUE FRIDAY
A number of prestigious awards are granted to graduate students each year, carrying a monetary prize ($500-$1000 each) and award certificate. Consider applying or discuss the possibility of your nomination by your advisor/department for any of the following awards that will be given out during our annual awards banquet on March 29, 2012:
– Outstanding Dissertation in (1) math, sciences and engineering, and (2) in social sciences and humanities
– Graduate Student Teaching Excellence
– Graduate Student Service Excellence
– Graduate Man and Woman of the Year
– Outstanding master’s and doctoral student in each college and in interdisciplinary programs
Additional information on the specifics and requirements for each award >> Nomination/Application deadline is February 3, 2012.

16. INTERDISCIPLINARY SOCIETY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Organization and Honor Society, will accept applications for membership starting Jan 31. IDR has many levels of membership, including a membership for those who only wish to participate at the organization level. Information on different membership levels, the Honor Society Application Packages, and a FAQ sheet >>. If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Parece at tammyep@vt.edu.

17. GRAD HONOR SYSTEM SEEKS EDUCATION AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR
The GHS seeks a grad student volunteer to help with coordinating GHS orientation events, orientation outreach, making materials and presentations available for faculty members throughout the academic year, working with the Cranwell Center to increase our efforts to aid international students, and translating materials into common languages on campus. Specific goals would be chosen upon appointment, and time commitment would vary depending on the goals selected.  Honor system panelist experience is a plus, but is not a requirement. If interested, submit a short statement of purpose (why you are interested in serving in this capacity, ideas or vision for the improvement of the system, etc) and a resume to: Monika Gibson, Graduate Student Services (0325), 117 GLC, or by fax to 231-3714, or by email to gibsonm@vt.edu. The coordinator will be selected by the Honor System Advisor in consultation with the Chief Justice.

18. BOV GRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE APPLICATION FOR 2012-2013 DUE SOON

If you are interested in applying to be the next VT Graduate Student Representative to the BOV (Board of Visitors) please visit http://www.dsa.vt.edu/BOV/apply.php to download the application. All applications will be due no later than 5pm on Friday, Feb 10, 2012 in the VP of Student Affairs Office in 112 Burruss Hall. If you have any questions or wish to learn more about the position, please contact the current graduate BOV representative, Michelle McLeese, at mmcleese@vt.edu or bovgradrep@vt.edu. 
 
19. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SLIP & FALL STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a study assessing slip and fall risks. The study consists of 4 experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 3.5-4 hrs). Participants will be compensated $10/hr with a $10 bonus after completing all sessions. Requirements: male or female, age 21-84, no recent history of
musculoskeletal disorders, and exercise 2-3 times per week. If interested,
please contact Xuefang Wu at xfwu@vt.edu. 

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are sought for a research study investigating the effects of asymmetric biomechanics and neuromuscular control of the human trunk.  The study involves several non-invasive and low-risk biomechanical tests and movements tasks. Experimental sessions will last about 2 hrs and participants will be compensated $15/hr. To qualify, must be between the ages of 18-70, have no current or recent (1 year) history of physical disorders affecting the lower back, moderately physically active (exercise 2-3 times/wk) and normal body weight (non-obese). Final eligibility will be determined based on age, height, and weight. Protocols have been approved by VT IRB (IRB #11-518). If interested, please complete a brief survey. Responses to the survey will be used to anthropometrically match individuals. Contact Brad Hendershot  with any questions.

21. 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 six separate experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 1 hr) 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. Please include your age, gender, and general availability when responding.

22. GSA FOLLOW-UP SURVEY NEEDS YOUR HELP! – 2nd posting
Five years ago the GSA sponsored a survey of graduate students to determine the need, and willingness to pay, for statistical assistance in research.  They are now sponsoring a short follow-up survey (5-15 minutes), and ask that all graduate students complete this regardless of whether you have used statistical assistance. Your responses are greatly appreciated and needed! If you have questions about this survey, please contact GSA cabinet member Michelle McLeese.

23. ORGANIZATION FUNDS PROGRAM
If you are a member of a Registered Student Organization (RSO) working on a project that will have an impact on our community, you could be awarded up to $1000 to help make your idea a reality. CSECP is looking for projects that show impact, sustainability, and fulfill the "Ut Prosim" mission of the university. For more information and application>> . Application deadline: Feb 27.

24. SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP STUDENT GRANT PROGRAM
Do you have an innovative idea or creative project that addresses a need within our community? You could be awarded up to $1000 to help fund your project through CSECP’s Social Entrepreneurship Student Grant Program. More information on applying>>. Applications for spring cycle are due Feb 27.

25. TRAVEL FUNDS 
If you are presenting on a civic engagement-related topic, research, or project at a professional or academic conference, apply for CSECP’s Conference Travel Funds Program. You could be awarded up to $500 to fund your travel and conference costs. CSECP is looking to fund presentations that promote the scholarship of engagement through research and/or practice. For more information visit http://tinyurl.com/Spring2012-Travel-Application and http://tinyurl.com/Travel-AnnouncementSpring2012. Applications for spring cycle (conference dates Feb 27-Sep 10) are due Feb 27.

26. GSA TRAVEL AND RESEARCH FUNDS PROGRAMS
The GSA Travel Fund Program (TFP) supports grad students presenting research at conferences. If you are a full-time student traveling to present at a conference between Jan 1 and Jun 30, 2012, you are eligible to apply to the TFP to be reimbursed.  Funding ranges up to $350 for a master’s student and $500 as a doctoral student.  Application period: Feb 10- Mar 11, 2012 (5:00pm). Learn more >>. Questions, contact Robyn Jones, TFP Chair at GSATFPChair@gmail.com.

The GSA-Grad Research Development Program (GRDP) supports qualified research and innovative ideas proposed by VT graduate students (awards up to $600 for selected doctoral proposals and $400 for master’s proposals).  Applications go through a rigorous review by a panel of graduate students and faculty members. Learn more>>. Application period: Feb10-Mar 11 (5:00pm). Questions, contact GRDP chair, Milad Radiom, at GSAGRDPChair@gmail.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

DIALOGUE WITH THE DEAN

Tuesday, Feb 7, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room C
Discuss graduate student life and university policy over lunch with graduate dean Dr. Karen DePauw. This is your opportunity to address issues that matter most to you! Space is limited, so please register if you wish to attend. This event is sponsored by the GSA. With questions contact Swetha Kumar, GSA VP of Programs.

GSA TRAVEL FUND AND RESEARCH FUND PROGRAM INFO SESSION
Tuesday, Feb 7, 6:00pm, GLC Room G
Learn more about the GSA’s travel fund program (TFP) and graduate research development program (GRDP), the application process, eligibility criteria, and evaluation forms at this joint info session.

GSA VALENTINE’S SPEED DATING – register now!
Friday, Feb 10, 7:00pm-9:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Stuck in the library or lab too often to get out there and meet that special someone? The Graduate Student Assembly and Queer Grads and Allies are here to spark up your romance! The annual Graduate Speed Dating event is the perfect venue to meet and mingle with other single graduate students. This event is free and drinks and appetizers will be provided. Detailed information and the registration link is available on the GSA website at http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/. Space is limited, so reserve your spot quickly! Questions, contact Swetha Kumar, VP of Programs.

I LOVE BLACK HISTORY MONTH: SPEED NETWORKING LUNCHEON   
Tuesday, Feb 14, 11:30am-1:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The Black Graduate Student Organization and the Graduate School’s Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives invite you to this networking event. Please register if you are interested in attending. For more information contact Dannette Gomez Beane.

January 30 – February 5, 2012

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career services advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, Study Room
  • Counseling:  Wednesdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from Room G)
  • GLC Café: Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Thursdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
  • Writing support: Thursdays 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room; contact Emily Love, remily4@vt.edu

2. COFFEE AND CONVERSATION
Monday, Jan 30, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Meet other graduate students and enjoy refreshments and good conversation along with graduate student leaders.

3. SHORT STAT COURSE: DESIGNING EXPERIMENTS AND COLLECTING USEFUL DATA
Tuesday, Jan 31, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Room F
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. Register and learn more>>>.

4. SCAVENGER HUNT AND OPEN HOUSE AT NEWMAN LIBRARY
Wednesday, Feb 1, 12:00-3:00pm, Newman Library
Learn more about new library services and the newly relocated Writing Center. The first 200 students to complete the scavenger hunt will receive a 4GB flash drive and other prizes. Free food. This semester, Newman Library is open 24h/d Sunday through Friday; is lending electronics like laptops and iPads; is retrieving books with a new “Request It” service; and is able to alert students about overdue books with a text message. The library is also providing wireless printing and has updated photocopy services.

5. VT CREW TEAM BWW DINNER FUNDRAISER

Wednesday, Feb 1, 5:00-10:00pm, Buffalo Wild Wings
Blacksburg’s Buffalo Wing Wings will donate a portion of their night’s earnings to the VT Crew team, so come hungry! VT Crew relies on fundraising to compete against other club and varsity rowing programs nationally; you can learn more about the team here http://vtcrew.weebly.com/. This message is posted on behalf of grad student Meghan McNulty

6. USING HOKIES4HIRE AND OTHER E-RESOURCES IN JOB SEARCH
Wednesday, Feb 1, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F
Hundreds of employers visit the VT campus each year to recruit students for full-time, co-op and internship positions. Even more search the resume database for candidates. Learn how to effectively use the Hokies4Hire system in your job search process from a Career Services representative.

7. GLC CAFÉ
Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea and socialize with your fellow grads. Special hosts: Grads for a Fiscally Responsible Government Today. Meet members of this organization and chat over coffer or tea. Bring your own mug if you can. Please contact us at grads@vt.edu if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

8. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT: DROP IN CHILDCARE FOR STUDENTS
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm, Women’s Ctr (206 Washington St)
A drop-in evening of childcare for kids 2-12 (must be toilet-trained) of any VT student. Fun, crafts, toys, games, new friends and a snack. For questions or more information contact Jessie Meltsner.

9. LEARN TURKISH AT VT
Classes begin Thursday, Feb 2, 6:00pm
Experienced teachers are offering Turkish language classes at Cranwell International Center through the Intercultural Understanding Club. You don’t need to know any Turkish to start Turkish classes: the Intercultural Understanding Club offers Turkish courses from beginner to advanced levels. Spring program: 1.5-hr class per week, four classes per month. For this semester, every student will have Turkish conversation partner as well. Register here. For questions: hsuren@vt.edu.

10. WELCOME BACK SOCIAL
Friday, Feb 3, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Come to the GLC for free food, good music, games, and to welcome back your fellow graduate students.  Because we are in the dog days of winter, the social will be "campfire" themed.  Although university regulations prohibit having an actual campfire indoors, there will be hot chocolate, hot cider, s’mores, barbecue, vegetarian options, and possibly even GLC ghost stories! Visit several "campfires" around the multipurpose room with various games and activities at each. If you’ve never experienced sitting around a campfire with close friends and family, this is your chance! This event is co-sponsored by the GLC Fellows and GSA.  If you have any questions, please email GLC Fellow Eric Hodges at hodgeseb@vt.edu

11. EARN YOUR AMATEUR (HAM) RADIO LICENSE
Sunday, Feb 5, 7:00pm, Dogwood Room in Squires Student Center
Take your ham radio exam in Squires! Please bring $15 (cash or check), a photo ID, and a social security number. This session is sponsored by the VT Amateur Radio Association. For more information about ham radio, please visit http://www.arrl.org.  For more information about this exam session, please contact grad student Nathaniel Frissell.

12. SHORT STAT COURSES THIS SPRING
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) provides a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research and provide practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more. All short courses are 5-7pm.
Spring 2012 Schedule:
– Jan 31: Designing Experiments and Collecting Useful Data;
– Feb 7: How to Create a Successful Survey;
– Feb 14: Statistical Analysis in R, Part I;*
– Feb 16: Statistical Analysis in R, Part II;*
– Feb 21 and 23:  Plotting Data in R through Excel;*
– Feb 28: Regression Analysis with Categorical Factors using JMP and R;
– Mar 13:  Bayesian Methods for Regression in R;*
*These courses will be held in 3060 Torgersen; all other courses will be held in GLC Room F.

13. PKJ CALLS FOR PAPERS
Public Knowledge Journal (PKJ) is now accepting papers for Vol 4 Issue 1 on the topic of Public Health. Public health in this call is broadly defined and may include topical areas such as public health research, economic influences on public health, the local and organic food movements, and the role of development aid in targeted populations. Call for papers >>. Submissions from graduate students of all disciplines is encouraged so as to approach the topic from a variety of perspectives. Submission deadline:  Feb 10.  PKJ is a multidisciplinary, graduate student-run electronic journal hosted by the Center for Digital Discourse and Culture at Virginia Tech (ISSN 1948-3511). The journal welcomes contributions of articles for peer review, as well as book reviews, essays, interviews, blogs, and other multimedia works. Authors retain the rights to their work. Direct questions to editor@pkjournal.org.

14. JOIN THE LEAN TEAM AND LEARN – 1st posting
LEAN@VirginiaTech is recruiting and developing high-performing students from across disciplines who are keen to learn to be lean. Students get the chance to develop and run Lean workshops and summits for professionals from a broad range of organizations; participate in continuous improvement events; and undertake fun team events. If this is what you always wanted, then the Lean Team looks forward to hearing from you by email at info@vtlean.org or phone at 540-443-6688. Visit the LeanTeam’s website>>.

15. NOMINATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS DUE FRIDAY
A number of prestigious awards are granted to graduate students each year, carrying a monetary prize ($500-$1000 each) and award certificate. Consider applying or discuss the possibility of your nomination by your advisor/department for any of the following awards that will be given out during our annual awards banquet on March 29, 2012:
– Outstanding Dissertation in (1) math, sciences and engineering, and (2) in social sciences and humanities
– Graduate Student Teaching Excellence
– Graduate Student Service Excellence
– Graduate Man and Woman of the Year
– Outstanding master’s and doctoral student in each college and in interdisciplinary programs
Additional information on the specifics and requirements for each award >> Nomination/Application deadline is February 3, 2012.

16. INTERDISCIPLINARY SOCIETY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Organization and Honor Society, will accept applications for membership starting Jan 31. IDR has many levels of membership, including a membership for those who only wish to participate at the organization level. Information on different membership levels, the Honor Society Application Packages, and a FAQ sheet >>. If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Parece at tammyep@vt.edu.

17. GRAD HONOR SYSTEM SEEKS EDUCATION AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR
The GHS seeks a grad student volunteer to help with coordinating GHS orientation events, orientation outreach, making materials and presentations available for faculty members throughout the academic year, working with the Cranwell Center to increase our efforts to aid international students, and translating materials into common languages on campus. Specific goals would be chosen upon appointment, and time commitment would vary depending on the goals selected.  Honor system panelist experience is a plus, but is not a requirement. If interested, submit a short statement of purpose (why you are interested in serving in this capacity, ideas or vision for the improvement of the system, etc) and a resume to: Monika Gibson, Graduate Student Services (0325), 117 GLC, or by fax to 231-3714, or by email to gibsonm@vt.edu. The coordinator will be selected by the Honor System Advisor in consultation with the Chief Justice.

18. BOV GRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE APPLICATION FOR 2012-2013 DUE SOON

If you are interested in applying to be the next VT Graduate Student Representative to the BOV (Board of Visitors) please visit http://www.dsa.vt.edu/BOV/apply.php to download the application. All applications will be due no later than 5pm on Friday, Feb 10, 2012 in the VP of Student Affairs Office in 112 Burruss Hall. If you have any questions or wish to learn more about the position, please contact the current graduate BOV representative, Michelle McLeese, at mmcleese@vt.edu or bovgradrep@vt.edu. 
 
19. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SLIP & FALL STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a study assessing slip and fall risks. The study consists of 4 experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 3.5-4 hrs). Participants will be compensated $10/hr with a $10 bonus after completing all sessions. Requirements: male or female, age 21-84, no recent history of
musculoskeletal disorders, and exercise 2-3 times per week. If interested,
please contact Xuefang Wu at xfwu@vt.edu. 

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are sought for a research study investigating the effects of asymmetric biomechanics and neuromuscular control of the human trunk.  The study involves several non-invasive and low-risk biomechanical tests and movements tasks. Experimental sessions will last about 2 hrs and participants will be compensated $15/hr. To qualify, must be between the ages of 18-70, have no current or recent (1 year) history of physical disorders affecting the lower back, moderately physically active (exercise 2-3 times/wk) and normal body weight (non-obese). Final eligibility will be determined based on age, height, and weight. Protocols have been approved by VT IRB (IRB #11-518). If interested, please complete a brief survey. Responses to the survey will be used to anthropometrically match individuals. Contact Brad Hendershot  with any questions.

21. 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 six separate experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 1 hr) 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. Please include your age, gender, and general availability when responding.

22. GSA FOLLOW-UP SURVEY NEEDS YOUR HELP! – 2nd posting
Five years ago the GSA sponsored a survey of graduate students to determine the need, and willingness to pay, for statistical assistance in research.  They are now sponsoring a short follow-up survey (5-15 minutes), and ask that all graduate students complete this regardless of whether you have used statistical assistance. Your responses are greatly appreciated and needed! If you have questions about this survey, please contact GSA cabinet member Michelle McLeese.

23. ORGANIZATION FUNDS PROGRAM
If you are a member of a Registered Student Organization (RSO) working on a project that will have an impact on our community, you could be awarded up to $1000 to help make your idea a reality. CSECP is looking for projects that show impact, sustainability, and fulfill the "Ut Prosim" mission of the university. For more information and application>> . Application deadline: Feb 27.

24. SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP STUDENT GRANT PROGRAM
Do you have an innovative idea or creative project that addresses a need within our community? You could be awarded up to $1000 to help fund your project through CSECP’s Social Entrepreneurship Student Grant Program. More information on applying>>. Applications for spring cycle are due Feb 27.

25. TRAVEL FUNDS 
If you are presenting on a civic engagement-related topic, research, or project at a professional or academic conference, apply for CSECP’s Conference Travel Funds Program. You could be awarded up to $500 to fund your travel and conference costs. CSECP is looking to fund presentations that promote the scholarship of engagement through research and/or practice. For more information visit http://tinyurl.com/Spring2012-Travel-Application and http://tinyurl.com/Travel-AnnouncementSpring2012. Applications for spring cycle (conference dates Feb 27-Sep 10) are due Feb 27.

26. GSA TRAVEL AND RESEARCH FUNDS PROGRAMS
The GSA Travel Fund Program (TFP) supports grad students presenting research at conferences. If you are a full-time student traveling to present at a conference between Jan 1 and Jun 30, 2012, you are eligible to apply to the TFP to be reimbursed.  Funding ranges up to $350 for a master’s student and $500 as a doctoral student.  Application period: Feb 10- Mar 11, 2012 (5:00pm). Learn more >>. Questions, contact Robyn Jones, TFP Chair at GSATFPChair@gmail.com.

The GSA-Grad Research Development Program (GRDP) supports qualified research and innovative ideas proposed by VT graduate students (awards up to $600 for selected doctoral proposals and $400 for master’s proposals).  Applications go through a rigorous review by a panel of graduate students and faculty members. Learn more>>. Application period: Feb10-Mar 11 (5:00pm). Questions, contact GRDP chair, Milad Radiom, at GSAGRDPChair@gmail.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

DIALOGUE WITH THE DEAN

Tuesday, Feb 7, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room C
Discuss graduate student life and university policy over lunch with graduate dean Dr. Karen DePauw. This is your opportunity to address issues that matter most to you! Space is limited, so please register if you wish to attend. This event is sponsored by the GSA. With questions contact Swetha Kumar, GSA VP of Programs.

GSA TRAVEL FUND AND RESEARCH FUND PROGRAM INFO SESSION
Tuesday, Feb 7, 6:00pm, GLC Room G
Learn more about the GSA’s travel fund program (TFP) and graduate research development program (GRDP), the application process, eligibility criteria, and evaluation forms at this joint info session.

GSA VALENTINE’S SPEED DATING – register now!
Friday, Feb 10, 7:00pm-9:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Stuck in the library or lab too often to get out there and meet that special someone? The Graduate Student Assembly and Queer Grads and Allies are here to spark up your romance! The annual Graduate Speed Dating event is the perfect venue to meet and mingle with other single graduate students. This event is free and drinks and appetizers will be provided. Detailed information and the registration link is available on the GSA website at http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/. Space is limited, so reserve your spot quickly! Questions, contact Swetha Kumar, VP of Programs.

I LOVE BLACK HISTORY MONTH: SPEED NETWORKING LUNCHEON   
Tuesday, Feb 14, 11:30am-1:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The Black Graduate Student Organization and the Graduate School’s Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives invite you to this networking event. Please register if you are interested in attending. For more information contact Dannette Gomez Beane.

January 23-29, 2012

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC
– Career services advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, Study Room
– Counseling:  will start next week 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: Thursdays 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room; contact Emily Love, remily4@vt.edu

2. VOTE ON FAVORITE ENTRIES TO WINTER BREAK CHALLENGE
The most popular entries to the winter break challenge (find an appropriate collective noun that best describes a group of grads) have been posted on the Graduate School’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Virginia-Tech-Graduate-School/348802603577. See the list and vote on your favorite entry!

3. LUNCH WITH THE DEAN – Sign up now!
Tuesday, Jan 24, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Meet Graduate School Dean Dr. Karen DePauw and several graduate student leaders at this free lunch and learn about the latest in graduate education. Share your perspectives in a casual setting. Sign up for the lunch at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1325697915497

4. WRITING A WINNING RESUME
Wednesday, Jan 25, 5:30pm, GLC Room F
If you are planning an industry-, government-, or non-tenure-track educational job search, having a well polished resume is the most critical step toward getting an interview. Start early to be ready for September and October career fairs and on-campus interviews. Contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu if you have questions.

5. GRAD SCHOLAR SOCIETY PRESENTS: NUCLEAR KOOL AID
Thursday, Jan 26, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC (room TBD)
The GSS provides this forum for an open discussion on current nuclear energy issues such as uranium mining in Virginia, safety of nuclear power plants after the Fukushima accident, radiation hazards in society, nuclear-weapons proliferation, nuclear-waste, nuclear-medicine and more. Contact Wes Cardwell at wcardwel@vt.edu if you have any questions about this event.

6. GLC CAFE
Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea and socialize with your fellow grads. Special hosts: Spoke’n Beans, a grad-student-run fair-trade/environmentally conscious local business that roasts and sells great coffee (see http://www.spokenbeans.com/). 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. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT: DROP IN CHILDCARE FOR STUDENTS

Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm, Women’s Ctr (206 Washington St)
A drop-in evening of childcare for kids 2-12 (must be toilet-trained) of any VT student. Fun, crafts, toys, games, new friends and a snack. For questions or more information contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu.

8. FULBRIGHT INTEREST MEETING

Thursday, Jan 26, 7:00pm, The Cellar
Attend the first get together this year and get to know fellow Fulbright Scholars (current and alumni) at Virginia Tech and enjoy a couple of hours of conversation in a multicultural and diverse group. Please RSVP at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1327016377655. Contact Fulbright alum Tobias at ecker@vt.edu with questions and comments about this initiative.

9. GRAD SCHOLAR SOCIETY PRESENTS: UNIVERSITY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Friday, Jan 27, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room F
This GSS group will begin with brief introductions on how the VT Office of Emergency Management (OEM) makes decisions, and what different parties are involved.  Then discussions will be centered around the difficulties of solving emergency management problems, response time and other topics of interest to the group. Contact Wes Cardwell at wcardwel@vt.edu if you have any questions about this event.

10. BGSO PRESENTS: OVERCOMING STRUGGLES AS A MINORITY IN YOUR FIELD

Saturday, Jan 28, 4:00-5:00pm, GLC Room B
The Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO) invites you to this presentation on "Overcoming struggles and biases as a minority to become successful in your field". Dr. Suzanne Weekes, Director of the Center for Industrial Mathematics and Statistics and associate department head and professor in mathematical sciences at Worchester Polytechnic Institute will lead this discussion and share lessons learned from her experiences.

11. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS
A number of prestigious awards are granted to graduate students each year, carrying a monetary prize ($500-$1000 each) and award certificate. Consider applying or discuss the possibility of your nomination by your advisor/department for any of the following awards that will be given out during our annual awards banquet on March 29, 2012:
– Outstanding Dissertation in (1) math, sciences and engineering, and (2) in social sciences and humanities
– Graduate Student Teaching Excellence
– Graduate Student Service Excellence
– Graduate Man and Woman of the Year
– Outstanding master’s and doctoral student in each college and in interdisciplinary programs
Additional information on the specifics and requirements for each award can be found at
http://www.graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/honors_awards/graduate_awards/index.html Nomination/Application deadline is February 3, 2012.

12. GRADUATE SCHOOL FEATURED GRADUATE STUDENT
Nominate yourself, a friend, or fellow graduate student to be recognized on the Graduate School website as a Featured Graduate Student! This program is designed to showcase the diversity of perspectives graduate students bring to our community and to present a more personal side of graduate student life. To view the Graduate School’s current featured graduate student and to nominate a graduate student, go to http://graduateschool.vt.edu/profiles/featured_grad/index.html?month=1&year=2012

13. PAYROLL DEDUCTION OF COMP FEES FOR GRADUATE ASSISTANTS – not too late to sign up!
It is not too late to enroll in payroll deduction of your comp fees if you are on a graduate assistantship! Graduate students on assistantship appointment may pay their comprehensive and capital fees through payroll deduction during the fall and spring semesters. To be eligible for this program, students must commit to paying the full-time comprehensive and capital fees through payroll deduction. Enrollment is managed through Hokie SPA and students must sign up _each_ semester in which they wish to take advantage of this opportunity. Visit http://www.graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/assistantships/index.html#compfees  for details.

14. SPRING 2012 GRAD SCHOLAR SOCIETY DISCUSSIONS

Do you need a break from your studies and research? If so, then you are invited to join fun discussions of stimulating topics. January 27th is the university emergency preparedness discussion. The GSS website lists the current and future available topics with descriptions and confirmed dates.  Light refreshments will be served at the first meeting of each discussion group…So check it out!  http://gss.grads.vt.edu/current_groups.html. Contact Wes Cardwell with any questions and discussion suggestions: wcardwel@vt.edu

15. L2Ork SPRING RECRUITMENT
The Linux Laptop Orchestra (L2Ork) is recruiting: open to all majors, all students; no prior experience required. To join L2Ork, enroll in MUS 3314 (grad students please contact Dr. Bukvic before enrolling). The class offers opportunities for touring with the ensemble.  More information at these links: http://l2ork.music.vt.edu, and http://www.youtube.com/vtdisis. Contact Ico Bukvic with any questions: ico@vt.edu. 

16. WRITING CENTER SUPPORT
The Writing Center has moved to the Learning Commons (near Room 2031), 2nd floor of the Newman Library. Their hours are 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday- Friday; call 231-5436 for an appointment. For more details about Writing Center services and how they may assist you, visit www.composition.english.vt.edu/wc. Special support for grad students is still available in the GLC on Thursdays (see weekly services listing above).

17. JOIN WOMEN IN TRANSPORTATION VT CHAPTER
Are you a female grad student interested in the transportation industry? Are you currently looking for a job or seeking expertise on your transportation-related research? If so, consider joining the Women In Transportation Virginia Tech Student Chapter. Benefits include: networking opportunities in the industry; 
relevant programs and guest speakers; meetings with top level transportation managers; travel support for conferences; professional mentorship programs, scholarships; leadership training; and much more. If interested, contact Renee LoSapio at rlosapio@vt.edu with subject line "WTS Student Interest."

18. BOV GRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE APPLICATION FOR 2012-2013 NOW AVAILABLE
If you are interested in applying to be the next VT Graduate Student Representative to the BOV (Board of Visitors) please visit http://www.dsa.vt.edu/BOV/apply.php to download the application. All applications will be due no later than 5pm on Friday, Feb 10, 2012 in the VP of Student Affairs Office in 112 Burruss Hall. If you have any questions or wish to learn more about the position, please contact the current graduate BOV representative, Michelle McLeese, at mmcleese@vt.edu or bovgradrep@vt.edu. 
 
19. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR "KIDS’ TECH UNIVERSITY" SPRING 2012
The VBI, Virginia 4-H, and other members of the VT community are asking for volunteers to assist with logistics of the spring 2012 Kids’ Tech University (KTU; http://kidstechuniversity.vbi.vt.edu),  a program for 450 kids ages 9-12 designed to spark an interest about science, technology, engineering, and math. Your help is needed on any one or all of the following days: Jan 28, Feb 25, Mar 24, and Apr 7, 2012, 9:00am to 4:00pm. All events are on Saturday and lunch is provided where appropriate. In the morning there is an interactive session followed by Q & A, a lunch break, then hands-on activities. Any time you can help is greatly appreciated, If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this survey: http://kidstechuniversity.vbi.vt.edu/volunteers.php. If you have any questions, please contact KTU’s volunteer coordinator, Ms. Maria Laubenbacher, at maria@vbi.vt.edu.

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are sought for a research study investigating the effects of asymmetric biomechanics and neuromuscular control of the human trunk.  The study involves several non-invasive and low-risk biomechanical tests and movements tasks. Experimental sessions will last about 2 hrs and participants will be compensated $15/hr. To qualify, must be between the ages of 18-70, have no current or recent (1 year) history of physical disorders affecting the lower back, moderately physically active (exercise 2-3 times/wk) and normal body weight (non-obese). Final eligibility will be determined based on age, height, and weight. Protocols have been approved by VT IRB (IRB #11-518). If interested, please complete a brief survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1326758197301. Responses to the survey will be used to anthropometrically match individuals. Contact Brad Hendershot at hendershot@vt.edu with any questions.

21. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 1st 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 six separate experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 1 hr) 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.

22. GSA FOLLOW-UP SURVEY NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Five years ago the GSA sponsored a survey of graduate students to determine the need, and willingness to pay, for statistical assistance in research.  They are now sponsoring a short follow-up survey (5-15 minutes), and ask that all graduate students complete this regardless of whether you have used statistical assistance: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1326655920270. Your responses are greatly appreciated and needed! If you have questions about this survey, please contact GSA cabinet member Michelle McLeese at mmcleese@vt.edu.

23. UPCOMING EVENTS:

COFFEE AND CONVERSATION
Monday, Jan 30, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Meet other graduate students and enjoy refreshments and good conversation along with graduate student leaders. Submissions to the Winter Break Challenge will be revealed and participants can vote on their favorite entries. 

LEARN TURKISH AT VT
Classes begin Thursday, Feb 2, 6:00pm
Experienced teachers are offering Turkish language classes at Cranwell International Center through the Intercultural Understanding Club. You don’t need to know any Turkish to start Turkish classes: the Intercultural Understanding Club offers Turkish courses from beginner to advanced levels. Spring program: 1.5-hr class per week, four classes per month. For this semester, every student will have Turkish conversation partner as well. Please register here: http://www.icuc.org.vt.edu/turkish. For questions: hsuren@vt.edu.

WELCOME BACK SOCIAL
Friday, Feb 3, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Come to the GLC for free food, good music, games, and to welcome back your fellow graduate students.  Because we are in the dog days of winter, the social will be "campfire" themed.  Although university regulations prohibit having an actual campfire indoors, there will be hot chocolate, hot cider, s’mores, barbecue, vegetarian options, and possibly even GLC ghost stories! Visit several "campfires" around the multipurpose room with various games and activities at each. If you’ve never experienced sitting around a campfire with close friends and family, this is your chance! This event is co-sponsored by the GLC Fellows and GSA.  If you have any questions, please email GLC Fellow Eric Hodges at hodgeseb@vt.edu

DIALOGUE WITH THE DEAN
Tuesday, Feb 7, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room C
Discuss graduate student life and university policy over lunch with graduate dean Dr. Karen DePauw. This is your opportunity to address issues that matter most to you! Space is limited, so please register here if you wish to attend:  https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1325689689558. This event is sponsored by the GSA. With questions contact Swetha Kumar, GSA VP of Programs, at swethak@vt.edu.

GSA VALENTINE’S SPEED DATING – register now!

Friday, Feb 10, 7:00pm-9:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Stuck in the library or lab too often to get out there and meet that special someone? The Graduate Student Assembly and Queer Grads and Allies are here to spark up your romance! The annual Graduate Speed Dating event is the perfect venue to meet and mingle with other single graduate students. This event is free and drinks and appetizers will be provided. Detailed information and the registration link is available on the GSA website at http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/. Space is limited, so reserve your spot quickly! Questions, contact Swetha Kumar, VP of Programs at swethak@vt.edu.

I LOVE BLACK HISTORY MONTH: SPEED NETWORKING LUNCHEON   
Tuesday, Feb 14, 11:30am-1:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The Black Graduate Student Organization and the Graduate School’s Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives invite you to this networking event. Please register here if you are interested in attending: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1326730219084. For more information contact Dannette Gomez Beane at dannette@vt.edu.

January 23-29, 2012

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC
– Career services advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, Study Room
– Counseling:  will start next week 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: Thursdays 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room; contact Emily Love, remily4@vt.edu

2. VOTE ON FAVORITE ENTRIES TO WINTER BREAK CHALLENGE
The most popular entries to the winter break challenge (find an appropriate collective noun that best describes a group of grads) have been posted on the Graduate School’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Virginia-Tech-Graduate-School/348802603577. See the list and vote on your favorite entry!

3. LUNCH WITH THE DEAN – Sign up now!
Tuesday, Jan 24, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Meet Graduate School Dean Dr. Karen DePauw and several graduate student leaders at this free lunch and learn about the latest in graduate education. Share your perspectives in a casual setting. Sign up for the lunch at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1325697915497

4. WRITING A WINNING RESUME
Wednesday, Jan 25, 5:30pm, GLC Room F
If you are planning an industry-, government-, or non-tenure-track educational job search, having a well polished resume is the most critical step toward getting an interview. Start early to be ready for September and October career fairs and on-campus interviews. Contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu if you have questions.

5. GRAD SCHOLAR SOCIETY PRESENTS: NUCLEAR KOOL AID
Thursday, Jan 26, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC (room TBD)
The GSS provides this forum for an open discussion on current nuclear energy issues such as uranium mining in Virginia, safety of nuclear power plants after the Fukushima accident, radiation hazards in society, nuclear-weapons proliferation, nuclear-waste, nuclear-medicine and more. Contact Wes Cardwell at wcardwel@vt.edu if you have any questions about this event.

6. GLC CAFE
Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea and socialize with your fellow grads. Special hosts: Spoke’n Beans, a grad-student-run fair-trade/environmentally conscious local business that roasts and sells great coffee (see http://www.spokenbeans.com/). 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. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT: DROP IN CHILDCARE FOR STUDENTS

Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm, Women’s Ctr (206 Washington St)
A drop-in evening of childcare for kids 2-12 (must be toilet-trained) of any VT student. Fun, crafts, toys, games, new friends and a snack. For questions or more information contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu.

8. FULBRIGHT INTEREST MEETING

Thursday, Jan 26, 7:00pm, The Cellar
Attend the first get together this year and get to know fellow Fulbright Scholars (current and alumni) at Virginia Tech and enjoy a couple of hours of conversation in a multicultural and diverse group. Please RSVP at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1327016377655. Contact Fulbright alum Tobias at ecker@vt.edu with questions and comments about this initiative.

9. GRAD SCHOLAR SOCIETY PRESENTS: UNIVERSITY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Friday, Jan 27, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room F
This GSS group will begin with brief introductions on how the VT Office of Emergency Management (OEM) makes decisions, and what different parties are involved.  Then discussions will be centered around the difficulties of solving emergency management problems, response time and other topics of interest to the group. Contact Wes Cardwell at wcardwel@vt.edu if you have any questions about this event.

10. BGSO PRESENTS: OVERCOMING STRUGGLES AS A MINORITY IN YOUR FIELD

Saturday, Jan 28, 4:00-5:00pm, GLC Room B
The Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO) invites you to this presentation on "Overcoming struggles and biases as a minority to become successful in your field". Dr. Suzanne Weekes, Director of the Center for Industrial Mathematics and Statistics and associate department head and professor in mathematical sciences at Worchester Polytechnic Institute will lead this discussion and share lessons learned from her experiences.

11. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS
A number of prestigious awards are granted to graduate students each year, carrying a monetary prize ($500-$1000 each) and award certificate. Consider applying or discuss the possibility of your nomination by your advisor/department for any of the following awards that will be given out during our annual awards banquet on March 29, 2012:
– Outstanding Dissertation in (1) math, sciences and engineering, and (2) in social sciences and humanities
– Graduate Student Teaching Excellence
– Graduate Student Service Excellence
– Graduate Man and Woman of the Year
– Outstanding master’s and doctoral student in each college and in interdisciplinary programs
Additional information on the specifics and requirements for each award can be found at
http://www.graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/honors_awards/graduate_awards/index.html Nomination/Application deadline is February 3, 2012.

12. GRADUATE SCHOOL FEATURED GRADUATE STUDENT
Nominate yourself, a friend, or fellow graduate student to be recognized on the Graduate School website as a Featured Graduate Student! This program is designed to showcase the diversity of perspectives graduate students bring to our community and to present a more personal side of graduate student life. To view the Graduate School’s current featured graduate student and to nominate a graduate student, go to http://graduateschool.vt.edu/profiles/featured_grad/index.html?month=1&year=2012

13. PAYROLL DEDUCTION OF COMP FEES FOR GRADUATE ASSISTANTS – not too late to sign up!
It is not too late to enroll in payroll deduction of your comp fees if you are on a graduate assistantship! Graduate students on assistantship appointment may pay their comprehensive and capital fees through payroll deduction during the fall and spring semesters. To be eligible for this program, students must commit to paying the full-time comprehensive and capital fees through payroll deduction. Enrollment is managed through Hokie SPA and students must sign up _each_ semester in which they wish to take advantage of this opportunity. Visit http://www.graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/assistantships/index.html#compfees  for details.

14. SPRING 2012 GRAD SCHOLAR SOCIETY DISCUSSIONS

Do you need a break from your studies and research? If so, then you are invited to join fun discussions of stimulating topics. January 27th is the university emergency preparedness discussion. The GSS website lists the current and future available topics with descriptions and confirmed dates.  Light refreshments will be served at the first meeting of each discussion group…So check it out!  http://gss.grads.vt.edu/current_groups.html. Contact Wes Cardwell with any questions and discussion suggestions: wcardwel@vt.edu

15. L2Ork SPRING RECRUITMENT
The Linux Laptop Orchestra (L2Ork) is recruiting: open to all majors, all students; no prior experience required. To join L2Ork, enroll in MUS 3314 (grad students please contact Dr. Bukvic before enrolling). The class offers opportunities for touring with the ensemble.  More information at these links: http://l2ork.music.vt.edu, and http://www.youtube.com/vtdisis. Contact Ico Bukvic with any questions: ico@vt.edu. 

16. WRITING CENTER SUPPORT
The Writing Center has moved to the Learning Commons (near Room 2031), 2nd floor of the Newman Library. Their hours are 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday- Friday; call 231-5436 for an appointment. For more details about Writing Center services and how they may assist you, visit www.composition.english.vt.edu/wc. Special support for grad students is still available in the GLC on Thursdays (see weekly services listing above).

17. JOIN WOMEN IN TRANSPORTATION VT CHAPTER
Are you a female grad student interested in the transportation industry? Are you currently looking for a job or seeking expertise on your transportation-related research? If so, consider joining the Women In Transportation Virginia Tech Student Chapter. Benefits include: networking opportunities in the industry; 
relevant programs and guest speakers; meetings with top level transportation managers; travel support for conferences; professional mentorship programs, scholarships; leadership training; and much more. If interested, contact Renee LoSapio at rlosapio@vt.edu with subject line "WTS Student Interest."

18. BOV GRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE APPLICATION FOR 2012-2013 NOW AVAILABLE
If you are interested in applying to be the next VT Graduate Student Representative to the BOV (Board of Visitors) please visit http://www.dsa.vt.edu/BOV/apply.php to download the application. All applications will be due no later than 5pm on Friday, Feb 10, 2012 in the VP of Student Affairs Office in 112 Burruss Hall. If you have any questions or wish to learn more about the position, please contact the current graduate BOV representative, Michelle McLeese, at mmcleese@vt.edu or bovgradrep@vt.edu. 
 
19. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR "KIDS’ TECH UNIVERSITY" SPRING 2012
The VBI, Virginia 4-H, and other members of the VT community are asking for volunteers to assist with logistics of the spring 2012 Kids’ Tech University (KTU; http://kidstechuniversity.vbi.vt.edu),  a program for 450 kids ages 9-12 designed to spark an interest about science, technology, engineering, and math. Your help is needed on any one or all of the following days: Jan 28, Feb 25, Mar 24, and Apr 7, 2012, 9:00am to 4:00pm. All events are on Saturday and lunch is provided where appropriate. In the morning there is an interactive session followed by Q & A, a lunch break, then hands-on activities. Any time you can help is greatly appreciated, If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this survey: http://kidstechuniversity.vbi.vt.edu/volunteers.php. If you have any questions, please contact KTU’s volunteer coordinator, Ms. Maria Laubenbacher, at maria@vbi.vt.edu.

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are sought for a research study investigating the effects of asymmetric biomechanics and neuromuscular control of the human trunk.  The study involves several non-invasive and low-risk biomechanical tests and movements tasks. Experimental sessions will last about 2 hrs and participants will be compensated $15/hr. To qualify, must be between the ages of 18-70, have no current or recent (1 year) history of physical disorders affecting the lower back, moderately physically active (exercise 2-3 times/wk) and normal body weight (non-obese). Final eligibility will be determined based on age, height, and weight. Protocols have been approved by VT IRB (IRB #11-518). If interested, please complete a brief survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1326758197301. Responses to the survey will be used to anthropometrically match individuals. Contact Brad Hendershot at hendershot@vt.edu with any questions.

21. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 1st 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 six separate experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 1 hr) 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.

22. GSA FOLLOW-UP SURVEY NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Five years ago the GSA sponsored a survey of graduate students to determine the need, and willingness to pay, for statistical assistance in research.  They are now sponsoring a short follow-up survey (5-15 minutes), and ask that all graduate students complete this regardless of whether you have used statistical assistance: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1326655920270. Your responses are greatly appreciated and needed! If you have questions about this survey, please contact GSA cabinet member Michelle McLeese at mmcleese@vt.edu.

23. UPCOMING EVENTS:

COFFEE AND CONVERSATION
Monday, Jan 30, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Meet other graduate students and enjoy refreshments and good conversation along with graduate student leaders. Submissions to the Winter Break Challenge will be revealed and participants can vote on their favorite entries. 

LEARN TURKISH AT VT
Classes begin Thursday, Feb 2, 6:00pm
Experienced teachers are offering Turkish language classes at Cranwell International Center through the Intercultural Understanding Club. You don’t need to know any Turkish to start Turkish classes: the Intercultural Understanding Club offers Turkish courses from beginner to advanced levels. Spring program: 1.5-hr class per week, four classes per month. For this semester, every student will have Turkish conversation partner as well. Please register here: http://www.icuc.org.vt.edu/turkish. For questions: hsuren@vt.edu.

WELCOME BACK SOCIAL
Friday, Feb 3, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Come to the GLC for free food, good music, games, and to welcome back your fellow graduate students.  Because we are in the dog days of winter, the social will be "campfire" themed.  Although university regulations prohibit having an actual campfire indoors, there will be hot chocolate, hot cider, s’mores, barbecue, vegetarian options, and possibly even GLC ghost stories! Visit several "campfires" around the multipurpose room with various games and activities at each. If you’ve never experienced sitting around a campfire with close friends and family, this is your chance! This event is co-sponsored by the GLC Fellows and GSA.  If you have any questions, please email GLC Fellow Eric Hodges at hodgeseb@vt.edu

DIALOGUE WITH THE DEAN
Tuesday, Feb 7, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room C
Discuss graduate student life and university policy over lunch with graduate dean Dr. Karen DePauw. This is your opportunity to address issues that matter most to you! Space is limited, so please register here if you wish to attend:  https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1325689689558. This event is sponsored by the GSA. With questions contact Swetha Kumar, GSA VP of Programs, at swethak@vt.edu.

GSA VALENTINE’S SPEED DATING – register now!

Friday, Feb 10, 7:00pm-9:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Stuck in the library or lab too often to get out there and meet that special someone? The Graduate Student Assembly and Queer Grads and Allies are here to spark up your romance! The annual Graduate Speed Dating event is the perfect venue to meet and mingle with other single graduate students. This event is free and drinks and appetizers will be provided. Detailed information and the registration link is available on the GSA website at http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/. Space is limited, so reserve your spot quickly! Questions, contact Swetha Kumar, VP of Programs at swethak@vt.edu.

I LOVE BLACK HISTORY MONTH: SPEED NETWORKING LUNCHEON   
Tuesday, Feb 14, 11:30am-1:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The Black Graduate Student Organization and the Graduate School’s Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives invite you to this networking event. Please register here if you are interested in attending: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1326730219084. For more information contact Dannette Gomez Beane at dannette@vt.edu.

January 17-22, 2012

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC
– Career services advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, Study Room
– Counseling:  will start next week 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: moved to the Learning Commons of Newman Library, 2nd floor; see more at www.composition.english.vt.edu/wc

2. COFFEE AND CONVERSATION
Tuesday, Jan 17, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Meet other graduate students and enjoy refreshments and good conversation along with graduate student leaders. 

3. GLC CAFE
Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea and socialize with your fellow grads. Bring your own mug if you can. Submissions to the Winter Break Challenge will be revealed and participants can vote on their favorite entries. Please contact us at grads@vt.edu if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

4. MLK DAY OF SERVICE
Saturday, Jan 21, meet at 7:00am in GLC main lobby
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Graduate Student Assembly will be volunteering with Habitat of Humanity in the Roanoke Valley as part of the 27th annual MLK Day of Service. No prior building experience required! Volunteers will meet at 7:00am  in the GLC lobby and carpool to the Habitat worksite. The volunteer shift will last from 8:00am-2:00pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Space is limited; Register for your spot at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1325691600012. Questions? Contact Swetha Kumar, VP Programs at swethak@vt.edu.

5. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS
A number of prestigious awards are granted to graduate students each year, carrying a monetary prize ($500-$1000 each) and award certificate. Consider applying or discuss the possibility of your nomination by your advisor/department for any of the following awards that will be given out during our annual awards banquet on March 29, 2012:
– Outstanding Dissertation in (1) math, sciences and engineering, and (2) in social sciences and humanities
– Graduate Student Teaching Excellence
– Graduate Student Service Excellence
– Graduate Man and Woman of the Year
– Outstanding master’s and doctoral student in each college and in interdisciplinary programs
Additional information on the specifics and requirements for each award can be found at
http://www.graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/honors_awards/graduate_awards/index.html Nomination/Application deadline is February 3, 2012.

6. GRADUATE SCHOOL FEATURED GRADUATE STUDENT
Nominate yourself, a friend, or fellow graduate student to be recognized on the Graduate School website as a Featured Graduate Student! This program is designed to showcase the diversity of perspectives graduate students bring to our community and to present a more personal side of graduate student life. To view the Graduate School’s current featured graduate student and to nominate a graduate student, go to http://graduateschool.vt.edu/profiles/featured_grad/index.html?month=1&year=2012

7. PAYROLL DEDUCTION OF COMP FEES FOR GRADUATE ASSISTANTS

It is not too late to enroll in payroll deduction of your comp fees if you are on a graduate assistantship! Graduate students on assistantship appointment may pay their comprehensive and capital fees through payroll deduction during the fall and spring semesters. To be eligible for this program, students must commit to paying the full-time comprehensive and capital fees through payroll deduction. Enrollment is managed through Hokie SPA and students must sign up _each_ semester in which they wish to take advantage of this opportunity. Visit http://www.graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/assistantships/index.html#compfees  for details.

8. SPRING 2012 GRAD SCHOLAR SOCIETY DISCUSSIONS
"Come one, come all!" to the first Grad Scholars Society topic discussions. The Grad Scholars Society website lists the current and future available topics with descriptions and confirmed dates.  Light refreshments will be served at the first meeting of each discussion group. Check it out at http://gss.grads.vt.edu/current_groups.html.  Contact Wes Cardwell with any questions: wcardwel@vt.edu.

9. GRAD 5404: RESEARCH IN INT’L CONTEXTS
Research in International Contexts is a new 3-credit seminar course offered in Spring 2012 on Tuesdays, 4:00-6:50pm.  The seminar is intended to prepare graduate students for an international research experience and enable students to maximize the professional and personal benefits of that experience.  The seminar is required for the new Graduate Certificate in International Research Abroad. More details are at:  https://scholar.vt.edu/access/content/group/f629316b-13f0-4aea-be23-1c56aeb31f31/GRAD5404/GRAD5404_Spring2012.pdf. Questions may be sent to Scott Midkiff at midkiff@vt.edu.

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. 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.

12. GRAD STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR PARTICIPATION IN VA GENERAL ASSEMBLY THROUGH HOKIE DAY
For the third year in a row, GSA is recruiting graduate students to consider attending Hokie Day. This is an opportunity to travel to the General Assembly in Richmond, VA to advocate on behalf of graduate students and graduate education in VA. Participants will leave by noon on Feb 1 and return by 8:00pm on Thursday, Feb 2. Those accepted will receive transportation and lodging through the GSA. To apply, please fill out the following survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1326660923584 before 10:00pm, Friday, Jan 20, 2012. Those selected will be notified by Monday, Jan 23, via email. Questions? Please contact Michelle McLeese at mmcleese@vt.edu.

13. BOV GRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE APPLICATION FOR 2012-2013 NOW AVAILABLE
If you are interested in applying to be the next VT Graduate Student Representative to the BOV (Board of Visitors) please visit http://www.dsa.vt.edu/BOV/apply.php to download the application. All applications will be due no later than 5pm on Friday, Feb 10, 2012 in the VP of Student Affairs Office in 112 Burruss Hall. If you have any questions or wish to learn more about the position, please contact the current graduate BOV representative, Michelle McLeese, at mmcleese@vt.edu or bovgradrep@vt.edu. 
 
14. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR "KIDS’ TECH UNIVERSITY" SPRING 2012

The VBI, Virginia 4-H, and other members of the VT community are asking for volunteers to assist with logistics of the spring 2012 Kids’ Tech University (KTU; http://kidstechuniversity.vbi.vt.edu),  a program for 450 kids ages 9-12 designed to spark an interest about science, technology, engineering, and math. Your help is needed on any one or all of the following days: Jan 28, Feb 25, Mar 24, and Apr 7, 2012, 9:00am to 4:00pm. All events are on Saturday and lunch is provided where appropriate. In the morning there is an interactive session followed by Q & A, a lunch break, then hands-on activities. Any time you can help is greatly appreciated, If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this survey: http://kidstechuniversity.vbi.vt.edu/volunteers.php. If you have any questions, please contact KTU’s volunteer coordinator, Ms. Maria Laubenbacher, at maria@vbi.vt.edu.

15. HOURLY WAGE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY

Matt VanDyke, a graduate student in communication, is looking for two graduate students who might be interested in helping with his research, coding advertisements from Jan until the end of Feb. Coders will be compensated $10/hr for their work and they are expected to devote no less than 20 hours per week to the project. If you are interested and available, please contact Matt at msvandyke@vt.edu.

16. UPCOMING EVENTS:

LUNCH WITH THE DEAN – Sign up now!
Tuesday, Jan 24, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Meet Graduate School Dean Dr. Karen DePauw and several graduate student leaders at this free lunch and learn about the latest in graduate education. Share your perspectives in a casual setting. Sign up for the lunch at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1325697915497

WRITING A WINNING RESUME
Wednesday, Jan 25, 5:30pm, GLC Room F
If you are planning an industry-, government-, or non-tenure-track educational job search, having a well polished resume is the most critical step toward getting an interview. Start early to be ready for September and October career fairs and on-campus interviews. Contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu if you have questions.

GSA VALENTINE’S SPEED DATING – register now!

Friday, Feb 10, 7:00pm-9:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Stuck in the library or lab too often to get out there and meet that special someone? The Graduate Student Assembly and Queer Grads and Allies are here to spark up your romance! The annual Graduate Speed Dating event is the perfect venue to meet and mingle with other single graduate students. This event is free and drinks and appetizers will be provided. Detailed information and the registration link is available on the GSA website at http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/. Space is limited, so reserve your spot quickly! Questions, contact Swetha Kumar, VP of Programs at swethak@vt.edu.

January 17-22, 2012

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC
– Career services advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, Study Room
– Counseling:  will start next week 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: moved to the Learning Commons of Newman Library, 2nd floor; see more at www.composition.english.vt.edu/wc

2. COFFEE AND CONVERSATION
Tuesday, Jan 17, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Meet other graduate students and enjoy refreshments and good conversation along with graduate student leaders. 

3. GLC CAFE
Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea and socialize with your fellow grads. Bring your own mug if you can. Submissions to the Winter Break Challenge will be revealed and participants can vote on their favorite entries. Please contact us at grads@vt.edu if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

4. MLK DAY OF SERVICE
Saturday, Jan 21, meet at 7:00am in GLC main lobby
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Graduate Student Assembly will be volunteering with Habitat of Humanity in the Roanoke Valley as part of the 27th annual MLK Day of Service. No prior building experience required! Volunteers will meet at 7:00am  in the GLC lobby and carpool to the Habitat worksite. The volunteer shift will last from 8:00am-2:00pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Space is limited; Register for your spot at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1325691600012. Questions? Contact Swetha Kumar, VP Programs at swethak@vt.edu.

5. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS
A number of prestigious awards are granted to graduate students each year, carrying a monetary prize ($500-$1000 each) and award certificate. Consider applying or discuss the possibility of your nomination by your advisor/department for any of the following awards that will be given out during our annual awards banquet on March 29, 2012:
– Outstanding Dissertation in (1) math, sciences and engineering, and (2) in social sciences and humanities
– Graduate Student Teaching Excellence
– Graduate Student Service Excellence
– Graduate Man and Woman of the Year
– Outstanding master’s and doctoral student in each college and in interdisciplinary programs
Additional information on the specifics and requirements for each award can be found at
http://www.graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/honors_awards/graduate_awards/index.html Nomination/Application deadline is February 3, 2012.

6. GRADUATE SCHOOL FEATURED GRADUATE STUDENT
Nominate yourself, a friend, or fellow graduate student to be recognized on the Graduate School website as a Featured Graduate Student! This program is designed to showcase the diversity of perspectives graduate students bring to our community and to present a more personal side of graduate student life. To view the Graduate School’s current featured graduate student and to nominate a graduate student, go to http://graduateschool.vt.edu/profiles/featured_grad/index.html?month=1&year=2012

7. PAYROLL DEDUCTION OF COMP FEES FOR GRADUATE ASSISTANTS

It is not too late to enroll in payroll deduction of your comp fees if you are on a graduate assistantship! Graduate students on assistantship appointment may pay their comprehensive and capital fees through payroll deduction during the fall and spring semesters. To be eligible for this program, students must commit to paying the full-time comprehensive and capital fees through payroll deduction. Enrollment is managed through Hokie SPA and students must sign up _each_ semester in which they wish to take advantage of this opportunity. Visit http://www.graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/assistantships/index.html#compfees  for details.

8. SPRING 2012 GRAD SCHOLAR SOCIETY DISCUSSIONS
"Come one, come all!" to the first Grad Scholars Society topic discussions. The Grad Scholars Society website lists the current and future available topics with descriptions and confirmed dates.  Light refreshments will be served at the first meeting of each discussion group. Check it out at http://gss.grads.vt.edu/current_groups.html.  Contact Wes Cardwell with any questions: wcardwel@vt.edu.

9. GRAD 5404: RESEARCH IN INT’L CONTEXTS
Research in International Contexts is a new 3-credit seminar course offered in Spring 2012 on Tuesdays, 4:00-6:50pm.  The seminar is intended to prepare graduate students for an international research experience and enable students to maximize the professional and personal benefits of that experience.  The seminar is required for the new Graduate Certificate in International Research Abroad. More details are at:  https://scholar.vt.edu/access/content/group/f629316b-13f0-4aea-be23-1c56aeb31f31/GRAD5404/GRAD5404_Spring2012.pdf. Questions may be sent to Scott Midkiff at midkiff@vt.edu.

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. 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.

12. GRAD STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR PARTICIPATION IN VA GENERAL ASSEMBLY THROUGH HOKIE DAY
For the third year in a row, GSA is recruiting graduate students to consider attending Hokie Day. This is an opportunity to travel to the General Assembly in Richmond, VA to advocate on behalf of graduate students and graduate education in VA. Participants will leave by noon on Feb 1 and return by 8:00pm on Thursday, Feb 2. Those accepted will receive transportation and lodging through the GSA. To apply, please fill out the following survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1326660923584 before 10:00pm, Friday, Jan 20, 2012. Those selected will be notified by Monday, Jan 23, via email. Questions? Please contact Michelle McLeese at mmcleese@vt.edu.

13. BOV GRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE APPLICATION FOR 2012-2013 NOW AVAILABLE
If you are interested in applying to be the next VT Graduate Student Representative to the BOV (Board of Visitors) please visit http://www.dsa.vt.edu/BOV/apply.php to download the application. All applications will be due no later than 5pm on Friday, Feb 10, 2012 in the VP of Student Affairs Office in 112 Burruss Hall. If you have any questions or wish to learn more about the position, please contact the current graduate BOV representative, Michelle McLeese, at mmcleese@vt.edu or bovgradrep@vt.edu. 
 
14. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR "KIDS’ TECH UNIVERSITY" SPRING 2012

The VBI, Virginia 4-H, and other members of the VT community are asking for volunteers to assist with logistics of the spring 2012 Kids’ Tech University (KTU; http://kidstechuniversity.vbi.vt.edu),  a program for 450 kids ages 9-12 designed to spark an interest about science, technology, engineering, and math. Your help is needed on any one or all of the following days: Jan 28, Feb 25, Mar 24, and Apr 7, 2012, 9:00am to 4:00pm. All events are on Saturday and lunch is provided where appropriate. In the morning there is an interactive session followed by Q & A, a lunch break, then hands-on activities. Any time you can help is greatly appreciated, If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this survey: http://kidstechuniversity.vbi.vt.edu/volunteers.php. If you have any questions, please contact KTU’s volunteer coordinator, Ms. Maria Laubenbacher, at maria@vbi.vt.edu.

15. HOURLY WAGE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY

Matt VanDyke, a graduate student in communication, is looking for two graduate students who might be interested in helping with his research, coding advertisements from Jan until the end of Feb. Coders will be compensated $10/hr for their work and they are expected to devote no less than 20 hours per week to the project. If you are interested and available, please contact Matt at msvandyke@vt.edu.

16. UPCOMING EVENTS:

LUNCH WITH THE DEAN – Sign up now!
Tuesday, Jan 24, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Meet Graduate School Dean Dr. Karen DePauw and several graduate student leaders at this free lunch and learn about the latest in graduate education. Share your perspectives in a casual setting. Sign up for the lunch at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1325697915497

WRITING A WINNING RESUME
Wednesday, Jan 25, 5:30pm, GLC Room F
If you are planning an industry-, government-, or non-tenure-track educational job search, having a well polished resume is the most critical step toward getting an interview. Start early to be ready for September and October career fairs and on-campus interviews. Contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu if you have questions.

GSA VALENTINE’S SPEED DATING – register now!

Friday, Feb 10, 7:00pm-9:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Stuck in the library or lab too often to get out there and meet that special someone? The Graduate Student Assembly and Queer Grads and Allies are here to spark up your romance! The annual Graduate Speed Dating event is the perfect venue to meet and mingle with other single graduate students. This event is free and drinks and appetizers will be provided. Detailed information and the registration link is available on the GSA website at http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/. Space is limited, so reserve your spot quickly! Questions, contact Swetha Kumar, VP of Programs at swethak@vt.edu.

January 9-15, 2012

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC
Weekly services will resume in the spring semester.

2. GLC CAFE 2012
Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, starting Jan 12, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea during at the first cafe of 2012 and socialize with your fellow grads. This week’s special: hot chocolate with marshmallows. Bring your own mug if you can. Please contact us at grads@vt.edu if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

3. GLC CAFE SPECIAL EDITION
Friday, Jan 13, 2:30-4:00pm, GLC Reading Room   
What better way to celebrate Friday the 13th than having coffee with other grads, new and returning, who are in Blacksburg before anyone else gets back? Share all your Friday-the-Thirteenth and other superstitions! Black cats would be welcome if their presence (along with any other cats) weren’t prohibited by university policy.

4. WINTER BREAK CHALLENGE FOR GRADS
As you all know, there are specific collective nouns for groups of mammals, such as gaggle of geese, pride of lions, parliament of owls, or pack of wolves. Your challenge is to come up with a word (make up your own or re-purpose an existing word) to describe a group of graduate students. It’s not too late to submit your entry to grads@vt.edu, and include "Group of Grads" in the subject line. The best entries will be featured in a mid-January edition of the GLC Weekly and the winner will receive something (TBD).

5. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS
A number of prestigious awards are granted to graduate students each year, carrying a monetary prize ($500-$1000 each) and award certificate. Consider applying or discuss the possibility of your nomination by your advisor/department for any of the following awards that will be given out during our annual awards banquet on March 29, 2012:
– Outstanding Dissertation in (1) math, sciences and engineering, and (2) in social sciences and humanities
– Graduate Student Teaching Excellence
– Graduate Student Service Excellence
– Graduate Man and Woman of the Year
– Outstanding master’s and doctoral student in each college and in interdisciplinary programs
Additional information on the specifics and requirements for each award can be found at
http://www.graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/honors_awards/graduate_awards/index.html Nomination/Application deadline is February 3, 2012.

6. PAYROLL DEDUCTION OF COMP FEES FOR GRADUATE ASSISTANTS

It is not too late to enroll in payroll deduction of your comp fees if you are on a graduate assistantship! Graduate students on assistantship appointment may pay their comprehensive and capital fees through payroll deduction during the fall and spring semesters. To be eligible for this program, students must commit to paying the full-time comprehensive and capital fees through payroll deduction. Enrollment is managed through Hokie SPA and students must sign up _each_ semester in which they wish to take advantage of this opportunity. Visit http://www.graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/assistantships/index.html#compfees  for details.

7. GRAD 5404: RESEARCH IN INT’L CONTEXTS
Research in International Contexts is a new 3-credit seminar course offered in Spring 2012 on Tuesdays, 4:00-6:50pm.  The seminar is intended to prepare graduate students for an international research experience and enable students to maximize the professional and personal benefits of that experience.  The seminar is required for the new Graduate Certificate in International Research Abroad. More details are at:  https://scholar.vt.edu/access/content/group/f629316b-13f0-4aea-be23-1c56aeb31f31/GRAD5404/GRAD5404_Spring2012.pdf. Questions may be sent to Scott Midkiff at midkiff@vt.edu.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. GSA TFP PROGRAM CHAIR FOR SPRING 2012 SOUGHT
If you are looking to serve the graduate student community and gain valuable leadership experience, consider applying for a GSA Travel Fund Program (TFP) Chair position! The TFP Chair shall be responsible for the application and evaluation procedure of the TFP. The TFP provides financial assistance to graduate students for presenting at conferences and scientific meetings. Interested candidates must submit a letter of interest and resume/CV by Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012. Submit questions and application material to Swetha Kumar (swethak@vt.edu), GSA VP Programs.

11. BOV GRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE APPLICATION FOR 2012-2013 NOW AVAILABLE – 3rd posting
If you are interested in applying to be the next VT Graduate Student Representative to the BOV (Board of Visitors) please visit http://www.dsa.vt.edu/BOV/apply.php to download the application. All applications will be due no later than 5pm on Friday, Feb 10, 2012 in the VP of Student Affairs Office in 112 Burruss Hall. If you have any questions or wish to learn more about the position, please contact the current graduate BOV representative, Michelle McLeese, at mmcleese@vt.edu or bovgradrep@vt.edu. 
 
12. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH PROJECT ON SHOULDER ENDURANCE – 3rd posting
Participants are needed for a study investigating endurance for the shoulder. Overweight individuals are especially needed. The study consists of 2 sessions lasting approximately 1.5 hours each. Participants will be compensated $15/hour. Requirements: not involved in any regular aerobic or resistance training, age 18-25 or 50-65, and no recent history of musculoskeletal or metabolic disorders. If interested, please complete a brief survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1310993098921. Contact Lora Cavuoto at lcavuoto@vt.edu with any questions.

13. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SLIP AND FALL RISK ASSESSMENT STUDY – 3rd posting
Participants are needed for a study assessing the slip and fall risks. 
The study consists of 2 separate experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 3 hours) and one screening session. Participants will be compensated $10/hour with a $10 bonus after completing all sessions. Requirements: male or female, age 21-84, no recent history of musculoskeletal disorders, and exercise 2-3 times per week. If interested, please contact Xuefang Wu at xfwu@vt.edu.

14. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR FOOD PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT – 3rd posting
Graduate and undergraduate students from the Food Science and Technology Department competing in the Institute of Food Technologists’ Product Development Competition invite you to participate in a survey regarding demographics, consumption habits, purchasing habits, and interest in a new type of frozen dessert product. The survey is 28 questions and will require approximately 15 minutes to complete.  The information you provide in the questionnaire will be used in the development of a new food product. If you are interested in completing the questionnaire, please click on the following link: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1323097284260.  E-mail Margo Duckson at maduckgo@vt.edu with any questions.

15. UPCOMING EVENTS:

MLK DAY OF SERVICE
Saturday, Jan 21, meet at 7:00am in GLC main lobby
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Graduate Student Assembly will be volunteering with Habitat of Humanity in the Roanoke Valley as part of the 27th annual MLK Day of Service. No prior building experience required! Volunteers will meet at 7:00am  in the GLC lobby and carpool to the Habitat worksite. The volunteer shift will last from 8:00am-2:00pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Space is limited; Register for your spot at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1325691600012. Questions? Contact Swetha Kumar, VP Programs at swethak@vt.edu.

January 9-15, 2012

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC
Weekly services will resume in the spring semester.

2. GLC CAFE 2012
Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, starting Jan 12, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea during at the first cafe of 2012 and socialize with your fellow grads. This week’s special: hot chocolate with marshmallows. Bring your own mug if you can. Please contact us at grads@vt.edu if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

3. GLC CAFE SPECIAL EDITION
Friday, Jan 13, 2:30-4:00pm, GLC Reading Room   
What better way to celebrate Friday the 13th than having coffee with other grads, new and returning, who are in Blacksburg before anyone else gets back? Share all your Friday-the-Thirteenth and other superstitions! Black cats would be welcome if their presence (along with any other cats) weren’t prohibited by university policy.

4. WINTER BREAK CHALLENGE FOR GRADS
As you all know, there are specific collective nouns for groups of mammals, such as gaggle of geese, pride of lions, parliament of owls, or pack of wolves. Your challenge is to come up with a word (make up your own or re-purpose an existing word) to describe a group of graduate students. It’s not too late to submit your entry to grads@vt.edu, and include "Group of Grads" in the subject line. The best entries will be featured in a mid-January edition of the GLC Weekly and the winner will receive something (TBD).

5. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS
A number of prestigious awards are granted to graduate students each year, carrying a monetary prize ($500-$1000 each) and award certificate. Consider applying or discuss the possibility of your nomination by your advisor/department for any of the following awards that will be given out during our annual awards banquet on March 29, 2012:
– Outstanding Dissertation in (1) math, sciences and engineering, and (2) in social sciences and humanities
– Graduate Student Teaching Excellence
– Graduate Student Service Excellence
– Graduate Man and Woman of the Year
– Outstanding master’s and doctoral student in each college and in interdisciplinary programs
Additional information on the specifics and requirements for each award can be found at
http://www.graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/honors_awards/graduate_awards/index.html Nomination/Application deadline is February 3, 2012.

6. PAYROLL DEDUCTION OF COMP FEES FOR GRADUATE ASSISTANTS

It is not too late to enroll in payroll deduction of your comp fees if you are on a graduate assistantship! Graduate students on assistantship appointment may pay their comprehensive and capital fees through payroll deduction during the fall and spring semesters. To be eligible for this program, students must commit to paying the full-time comprehensive and capital fees through payroll deduction. Enrollment is managed through Hokie SPA and students must sign up _each_ semester in which they wish to take advantage of this opportunity. Visit http://www.graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/assistantships/index.html#compfees  for details.

7. GRAD 5404: RESEARCH IN INT’L CONTEXTS
Research in International Contexts is a new 3-credit seminar course offered in Spring 2012 on Tuesdays, 4:00-6:50pm.  The seminar is intended to prepare graduate students for an international research experience and enable students to maximize the professional and personal benefits of that experience.  The seminar is required for the new Graduate Certificate in International Research Abroad. More details are at:  https://scholar.vt.edu/access/content/group/f629316b-13f0-4aea-be23-1c56aeb31f31/GRAD5404/GRAD5404_Spring2012.pdf. Questions may be sent to Scott Midkiff at midkiff@vt.edu.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. GSA TFP PROGRAM CHAIR FOR SPRING 2012 SOUGHT
If you are looking to serve the graduate student community and gain valuable leadership experience, consider applying for a GSA Travel Fund Program (TFP) Chair position! The TFP Chair shall be responsible for the application and evaluation procedure of the TFP. The TFP provides financial assistance to graduate students for presenting at conferences and scientific meetings. Interested candidates must submit a letter of interest and resume/CV by Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012. Submit questions and application material to Swetha Kumar (swethak@vt.edu), GSA VP Programs.

11. BOV GRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE APPLICATION FOR 2012-2013 NOW AVAILABLE – 3rd posting
If you are interested in applying to be the next VT Graduate Student Representative to the BOV (Board of Visitors) please visit http://www.dsa.vt.edu/BOV/apply.php to download the application. All applications will be due no later than 5pm on Friday, Feb 10, 2012 in the VP of Student Affairs Office in 112 Burruss Hall. If you have any questions or wish to learn more about the position, please contact the current graduate BOV representative, Michelle McLeese, at mmcleese@vt.edu or bovgradrep@vt.edu. 
 
12. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH PROJECT ON SHOULDER ENDURANCE – 3rd posting
Participants are needed for a study investigating endurance for the shoulder. Overweight individuals are especially needed. The study consists of 2 sessions lasting approximately 1.5 hours each. Participants will be compensated $15/hour. Requirements: not involved in any regular aerobic or resistance training, age 18-25 or 50-65, and no recent history of musculoskeletal or metabolic disorders. If interested, please complete a brief survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1310993098921. Contact Lora Cavuoto at lcavuoto@vt.edu with any questions.

13. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SLIP AND FALL RISK ASSESSMENT STUDY – 3rd posting
Participants are needed for a study assessing the slip and fall risks. 
The study consists of 2 separate experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 3 hours) and one screening session. Participants will be compensated $10/hour with a $10 bonus after completing all sessions. Requirements: male or female, age 21-84, no recent history of musculoskeletal disorders, and exercise 2-3 times per week. If interested, please contact Xuefang Wu at xfwu@vt.edu.

14. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR FOOD PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT – 3rd posting
Graduate and undergraduate students from the Food Science and Technology Department competing in the Institute of Food Technologists’ Product Development Competition invite you to participate in a survey regarding demographics, consumption habits, purchasing habits, and interest in a new type of frozen dessert product. The survey is 28 questions and will require approximately 15 minutes to complete.  The information you provide in the questionnaire will be used in the development of a new food product. If you are interested in completing the questionnaire, please click on the following link: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1323097284260.  E-mail Margo Duckson at maduckgo@vt.edu with any questions.

15. UPCOMING EVENTS:

MLK DAY OF SERVICE
Saturday, Jan 21, meet at 7:00am in GLC main lobby
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Graduate Student Assembly will be volunteering with Habitat of Humanity in the Roanoke Valley as part of the 27th annual MLK Day of Service. No prior building experience required! Volunteers will meet at 7:00am  in the GLC lobby and carpool to the Habitat worksite. The volunteer shift will last from 8:00am-2:00pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Space is limited; Register for your spot at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1325691600012. Questions? Contact Swetha Kumar, VP Programs at swethak@vt.edu.