February 27-March 4, 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: Weekdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
  • Writing support: Thursdays 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room; contact Emily Love, remily4@vt.edu

2. COMMUNITY VOICES: LEADING AND LIGHTING SOCIAL CHANGE
Tuesday, Feb 28, Grad Roundtable: 12:00pm, GLC Room C; Talk: 7:00pm, The Lyric
Woody Crenshaw, President of SustainFloyd, will speak on “Leading and Lighting Social Change: Ag, Arts & Advocacy.” Bring your lunch and join the graduate student brown-bag roundtable in GLC Room C (dessert & bottled water will be provided). Crenshaw is a founding member and President of rapidly growing SustainFloyd, a social benefit organization, and owner of a high-end lighting studio in Floyd, VA.  His interests include local innovation and entrepreneurship for sustainable development, revitalization of agriculture and farming, economic development, leadership, and the creative economy.  This message is posted on behalf of grad student Kate Preston.

3. AMERICANS FOR INFORMED DEMOCRACY CLUB: ARAB SPRING MOVEMENTS
Tuesday, Feb 28, 7:00-9:00pm, 140 Holden Hall North Wing
Panelists Dr. Edward Weisband, Mr. John Boyer and doctoral student Heba F. El-Shazli bring students and professors together to discuss and learn about Arab Spring movements and their broader significance. Introductory comments by the panelists will be followed by a guided discussion and audience Q&A.MA

4. GSS TOURS PRESENTS: HORTICULTURE GREENHOUSES

Wednesday, Feb 29,  2:00-3:30pm, meet at greenhouses on Washington St   
Have you ever wondered what the VT horticulture students are doing in the winter? They are exercising their green thumbs inside the greenhouses! Here is your opportunity to partake in a guided tour through the greenhouses and learn first-hand what work and research occurs. Special bonus: plant potting activity. Space is limited, so register early: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1329507281831. Accepted registrations will be confirmed by email. Check out the GSS calendar for more tour opportunities.

5. 17th ANNUAL GEOSCIENCES STUDENT RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
Thursday-Friday, Mar 1-2, 9:00am–5:30pm 4069 Derring Hall
Join the Department of Geosciences for this annual symposium, a two-day event of graduate and undergraduate talks on their current research.  Topics will include bio/geochemistry, hydrogeosciences, geophysics, geobiology, structural  geology, petrology, sedimentology, and stratigraphy. More information>>.

6. NERD WARS: MASTER’S VS. PH.D.’S
March 1-28, GLC Front Desk
Relay for Life Team “Graduates for a Cure” is hosting an adaptation of the penny wars starting March 1st. Stop by the GLC Front Desk and donate your loose change into a jar according to your degree status (Master’s or Ph.D.) All donations will be benefit American Cancer Society Relay for Life! The GLC bulletin board will be updated regularly to show whether Masters or Ph.Ds are ahead. The winner of this competition will be announced during Graduate Education Week on March 28th! Don’t let your fellow graduates down…may the best group win! Questions: Contact GLC Fellow Megan Stuart.

7. GLC CAFÉ PM
Thursday, Mar 1, 3:30-50:00pm  GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea and socialize with your fellow grads. 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. COFFEE, TEA, WINE AND SODA: HOW THE BEVERAGES YOU LOVE ARE AFFECTING YOUR HEALTH

Thursday, Mar 1, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
This session we will explore the controversy surrounding coffee, tea, soda and wine: their health consequences for women, including how these beverages relate to common health concerns including anxiety, osteoporosis, depression, heart disease and breast cancer.  The session will include an interactive discussion as well as a questionnaire.  Katherine developed a passion for natural medicine while studying psychology and chemistry as an undergrad student at VT. She attended Naturopathic Medical school at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, OR.

9. GLC CONVERSATION GROUP: A COMMUNITY WITHIN A COMMUNITY
Fridays, through Mar 30, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room D
Bring your lunch and join this group of GLC residents and other grad students to get to know one another through casual conversations. Discussions may include current events, the nature of graduate study, and games that promote conversation. If you have any questions, contact Whitney Bortz, GLC residential learning coordinator, at whitney8@vt.edu, 231-5691.

10. GRAD STUDENT PHOTO-ART-WRITING CONTEST SPRING 2012
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work, photography and written work by graduate students for display in the GLC during Graduate Education Week (Mar 26-30) and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art, photography, or written work) per graduate student. Learn more >>.

11. COMMENCEMENT LODGING ALTERNATIVE
The Division of Student Affairs’ Conference and Guest Services office offers an alternative to hotel lodging for spring commencement. Residence hall spaces are available to provide convenient, low-cost accommodations for families and guests of graduating students. Advance reservations for lodging are required, and full payment is due at the time that reservations are made.  Online reservations and payment >>>

12. TAKE A STANCE FOR A CURE: JOIN A GRADS RELAY TEAM
Join GSA and the GLC Resident Fellows for 2012 Relay For Life at Virginia Tech, taking place Apr 20 on the Drillfield. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a year-long fundraiser building up to a life-changing event that gives everyone a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. To sign up as part of the Graduate Student Relay Team, visit: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLFY12SA/1685396684?pg=team&fr_id=41402&team_id=1022346. For a $10.00 donation, you will become a team member and receive a Relay t-shirt. For more information, contact Megan Stuart, stuartma@vt.edu or Swetha Kumar, swethak@vt.edu.

13. BECOME A GLOBAL AMBASSADOR THROUGH CRANWELL INT’L CTR, 2012-13
The Global Ambassadors program is an exciting and engaging leadership development opportunity for current Virginia Tech students seeking to develop their global leadership skills. Global Ambassadors are charged with welcoming new international students to the Virginia Tech community and continuing meaningful interactions with students and the community throughout the academic year. Any currently enrolled student who has been at VT for at least one semester may apply. Fill out the online application  by Mar 6 and submit a reference form by Mar 14. Learn more >>.

14. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ONLINE SURVEY – 1st posting
This study examines how superstition attitude will impact potential tourists’ intention to visit a destination so that relevant organizations (e.g. destination management/marketing organizations) could better understand potential tourists’ behaviors, identify a niche-market encompassing those prone to superstition, and tailor the tourism products to the needs and beliefs of potential tourists. The survey is anonymous and confidential. Must be at least 18 and have traveled within the past 12 months to participate in the survey. Please address any questions to Carol Zhang (zyz211@vt.edu).

15. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SLIP/FALL STUDY – 1st posting

Participants aged 20-64 are needed for a Locomotion Research Lab study titled effects of localized muscle fatigue on risks of slips and falls. This study consists of four sessions, with each session lasting 3-4.5 hours. Compensation will be paid on an hourly basis, at $10/hour, with $40 bonus for those who finish the entire study. Please contact Xuefang Wu at xfwu@vt.edu for more details.

16. PARTICIPATE IN “SEX AND THE WORKPLACE” SURVEY – 1st posting

This online survey assesses students’ perceptions of acceptable and unacceptable co-worker interactions. Rating scenes depicting sexualized interaction at work allows researchers to determine which social characteristics affect the development and reinforcement of moral boundaries. This IRB-approved dissertation research is conducted by a sociology student and will take less than 10 minutes to complete. The survey is completely anonymous; graduate-student participation is greatly needed. Enter the study>>. Must be at least 18 and a current VT undergad or graduate student to participate in this survey. Please contact Angela Barlow at barlow.a@vt.edu with questions or comments.

17. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF SITTING EFFECTS – 1st posting
You are invited to participate in a VT study aimed at testing muscle activities in a seated posture. Participants must be between the ages 18-64, in no current condition or recent history (1-yr) of physical disorders affecting the shoulder, knee, or lower back; and exercise on a regular basis (2-3 times/wk). Participants will be required to perform several computer-based typing tasks in a lab setting. Each experiment session will last 2 to 3 hours; participants will be compensated $10/hr. For more information email to sjayvt@gmail.com.

18. HAPPY PARENTS, HAPPY BABY RESEARCH STUDY – 1st posting

Are you expecting your first child? As many as 90% of couples experience a significant decline in relationship-satisfaction after having a baby. The Mindful Transition to Parenthood Program can help couples meet this transition in a healthier way, which will make you happier and support the well-being of your baby. In this free support group, you will connect with other couples, learn effective communication skills, practice stress management, and learn how to reduce your risk of postpartum depression. The group is led by Laura Gambrel, a doctoral candidate in marriage and family therapy, and is part of a dissertation research study. Participants have the opportunity to win a $250 gift card. The group meets on Thursday evenings 6:00-8:00, Apr 12-May 3. Register by Apr 1 at http://www.lauragambrel.com/ or e-mail Laura at lauraeg@vt.edu

19. GSA FOLLOW UP SURVEY NEEDS YOUR HELP! – Final 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. We are now sponsoring a short follow-up survey (5-15 minutes), and ask that all graduate students complete this survey regardless of whether you have used statistical assistance. Your responses are greatly appreciated and needed! Please contact GSA cabinet member Michelle McLeese at mmcleese@vt.edu with any questions.

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR PILOT STUDY – 3rd posting
Researchers in HNFE are conducting a study to determine the validity of diet and physical activity questionnaires. You may be eligible to participate if you are 21 years of age or older. The study involves three visits to a campus lab, with a total time of about 1.5. Participants will be compensated $25. If interested in participation, please complete an online screening form. For more information, please contact Shaun in the Laboratory for Eating Behaviors and Weight Management at 540-231-7918 or sriebl@vt.edu.

21. PARTICIPATE IN LIBRARY SURVEY – 3rd posting

As part of the implementation of the Summon Discovery Service by Vt’s University Libraries, the library is assessing its use and effectiveness among faculty and students. Through this survey your feedback is requested on your use of, and experiences with Summon, and your perception of its effectiveness in finding research information. The information collected will provide insight into how the Libraries might enhance the service to meet research needs of users. The survey should take approximately 12-15 minutes, and you may exit the survey at any time. Click this link to review the informed consent and begin the survey:  http://www.lib.vt.edu/RIS/consent.html. Must be at least 18 years old to participate.

22. GTA POSITION AVAILABLE FOR AY 2012-13
Interested in new media and innovation in teaching and learning?  Would you like to work closely with the Faculty Development Institute and Center for Innovation in Learning?  Dr. Gardner Campbell, Director of Faculty Development and Innovative Initiatives and Associate Professor of English, has created a position that offers a qualified graduate student a GTA position for AY 2012-13 with the possibility of summer employment.  Review of applications begins this Friday, March 2.  For more information about the position and the application process, please use the following link:   http://tinyurl.com/7j6962h.

23. GLC WAGE POSITIONS NOW OPEN FOR REMAINDER OF SPRING 2012 – 1st posting
Applications are being accepted for GLC wage positions for the remainder of the semester and beyond. The position ad is posted at https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome_css.jsp, then click the Student tab, and Student Centers & Activities "VT Graduate Student" Pool for Graduate Information Associate and Graduate Services Associate. For more information about the GLC Graduate Services or Information Associates positions, please visit the SCA/GLC Employment Page http://www.studentcenters.vt.edu/employment/students/areas.php or email the GLC Operations Manager, Jordan DeWitt, at sjdewitt@vt.edu. The posting closes on Mar 16.

24. AQUATICS & INSTRUCTIONAL GRAD ASSISTANT/INTERNSHIP – 3rd posting
This is a full year commitment as a FT graduate student or paid intern with VT Recreational Sports. Responsibilities include assisting in the planning, development, and implementation of a comprehensive aquatics/instructional program comprising of adult and children swim lessons, health and safety classes, gymnastics lessons, and Master’s Swim. Other responsibilities: assist in the hiring, training, supervising, and evaluation of part-time 80+ employees; oversee eight student supervisors, and assist with student payroll, web development, budget planning, policy development, and the equipment inventory/purchasing process. Must have LGI and/or WSI certifications. Preferred certifications: WSI-IT, LGI-IT, CPO, and/or AFO. Application deadline: Apr 2 or until position filled. Submit letter of application, resume, list of at least three references, and copy of unofficial transcript through 2011 Fall Semester to: Nigel Harris, assistant director of Aquatics and Instructional Programs, VT Rec Sports, 142 McComas Hall, CMC 0358, nigelh@vt.edu.

25. MARKETING GRAD ASSISTANT -3rd posting

Under the direction of the marketing manager in Rec Sports, this position’s responsibilities include: assist with hiring, training, and supervising part-time student marketing personnel and budget management; coordination of evaluation and assessments of promotional opportunities and programs; work with Recreational Sports staff and student employees to coordinate on and off-site program promotions and special events; coordinate distribution of all marketing materials and cultivate relationships with targeted campus and community groups; help develop and edit marketing materials and department website; write press releases and promotional ads; and other duties. Required: word processing, spreadsheet and desktop publishing computer skills; effective oral and written communication skills. Preferred: 1-2 years undergrad involvement in recreational sports, sports marketing, and/or related field, as well as aspirations towards a career in sports marketing, sales skills and special events experience. Application deadline: Mar 30 or until position is filled. Submit letter of application, resume, list of at least three references, and copy of unofficial transcript through 2011 Fall Semester to: Cathy Kropff, Rec Sports Marketing Manager, 142 McComas Hall, CMC 0358, ckropff@vt.edu .

UPCOMING EVENTS:


SPRING BREAK PITY PARTY: THE BREAKFAST CLUB!

Tuesday, Mar 6, 10:00am-12:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
You are not alone on campus during spring break! Join others who are working through spring break and enjoy a home-cooked brunch with vegetarian and meat options, brought to you by your friendly and enthusiastic volunteer chefs who also happen to work in the Graduate School and Res Life. The food will be so good that everyone who left town will turn green with envy when they find out what they missed.  Please register to give us an idea of how much food to prepare .

WORK/LIFE BALANCE PANEL
Tuesday, Mar 13, 12:30–1:30pm, Torg 1100
This panel presentation is designed specifically for graduate students and faculty who struggle to fit an academic career into a fulfilling personal life. Graduate students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to attend. Registration is not required. Learn more at http://frec.vt.edu/fs/.

CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS FOR GRAD STUDENTS

Tuesday, Mar 13, 3:30–4:30pm,
Graduate Life Center
Among other events, the "Showcase of Female Scientists" event features three different concurrent workshops for graduate students and postdocs. Students and postdocs from all academic disciplines are encouraged to attend. Workshop topics are "Making a Life in Blacksburg," "Interview Skills and Curriculum Vita Preparation," and "Stress Management." Advance registration for the graduate student workshops is required, and is available at http://frec.vt.edu/fs/.

BOV GRAD LUNCHEON WITH PRESIDENT STEGER, PROVOST MCNAMEE – Sign up now!
Friday, Mar 16, 12:00-1:30pm, The Inn
Attend the first graduate luncheons of the spring semester with President Steger and Provost McNamee at the Inn at Virginia Tech. Spaces are limited, so if you are interested in attending, please fill out this survey. Graduate students selected for attendance will be contacted by March 14. Contact Michelle McLeese at mmcleese@vt.edu or bovgradrep@vt.edu with any questions.

SAFE ZONE TRANING FOR GRADS – REGISTER NOW!

Monday, Mar 26, 10:00am-12:00pm, GLC Room B
Interested in becoming Safe-Zone certified? Catherine Cotrupi, VT’s LGBTQ coordinator, offers a grads-only section of the Safe Zone Overview session required to start your certification and training. This session is for individuals interested in learning more about the LGBTQ Community. Topics addressed in the first training session include: common LGBTQ terms; sexual orientation vs. sexual identity; the coming out process; experiences of LGBTQ individuals; how you can be a Safe-Zone ally. Please register here. This is also a sponsored Graduate Education Week event. Contact Catherine at cotrupi@vt.edu for more information.

February 27-March 4, 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: Weekdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
  • Writing support: Thursdays 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room; contact Emily Love, remily4@vt.edu

2. COMMUNITY VOICES: LEADING AND LIGHTING SOCIAL CHANGE
Tuesday, Feb 28, Grad Roundtable: 12:00pm, GLC Room C; Talk: 7:00pm, The Lyric
Woody Crenshaw, President of SustainFloyd, will speak on “Leading and Lighting Social Change: Ag, Arts & Advocacy.” Bring your lunch and join the graduate student brown-bag roundtable in GLC Room C (dessert & bottled water will be provided). Crenshaw is a founding member and President of rapidly growing SustainFloyd, a social benefit organization, and owner of a high-end lighting studio in Floyd, VA.  His interests include local innovation and entrepreneurship for sustainable development, revitalization of agriculture and farming, economic development, leadership, and the creative economy.  This message is posted on behalf of grad student Kate Preston.

3. AMERICANS FOR INFORMED DEMOCRACY CLUB: ARAB SPRING MOVEMENTS
Tuesday, Feb 28, 7:00-9:00pm, 140 Holden Hall North Wing
Panelists Dr. Edward Weisband, Mr. John Boyer and doctoral student Heba F. El-Shazli bring students and professors together to discuss and learn about Arab Spring movements and their broader significance. Introductory comments by the panelists will be followed by a guided discussion and audience Q&A.MA

4. GSS TOURS PRESENTS: HORTICULTURE GREENHOUSES

Wednesday, Feb 29,  2:00-3:30pm, meet at greenhouses on Washington St   
Have you ever wondered what the VT horticulture students are doing in the winter? They are exercising their green thumbs inside the greenhouses! Here is your opportunity to partake in a guided tour through the greenhouses and learn first-hand what work and research occurs. Special bonus: plant potting activity. Space is limited, so register early: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1329507281831. Accepted registrations will be confirmed by email. Check out the GSS calendar for more tour opportunities.

5. 17th ANNUAL GEOSCIENCES STUDENT RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
Thursday-Friday, Mar 1-2, 9:00am–5:30pm 4069 Derring Hall
Join the Department of Geosciences for this annual symposium, a two-day event of graduate and undergraduate talks on their current research.  Topics will include bio/geochemistry, hydrogeosciences, geophysics, geobiology, structural  geology, petrology, sedimentology, and stratigraphy. More information>>.

6. NERD WARS: MASTER’S VS. PH.D.’S
March 1-28, GLC Front Desk
Relay for Life Team “Graduates for a Cure” is hosting an adaptation of the penny wars starting March 1st. Stop by the GLC Front Desk and donate your loose change into a jar according to your degree status (Master’s or Ph.D.) All donations will be benefit American Cancer Society Relay for Life! The GLC bulletin board will be updated regularly to show whether Masters or Ph.Ds are ahead. The winner of this competition will be announced during Graduate Education Week on March 28th! Don’t let your fellow graduates down…may the best group win! Questions: Contact GLC Fellow Megan Stuart.

7. GLC CAFÉ PM
Thursday, Mar 1, 3:30-50:00pm  GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea and socialize with your fellow grads. 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. COFFEE, TEA, WINE AND SODA: HOW THE BEVERAGES YOU LOVE ARE AFFECTING YOUR HEALTH

Thursday, Mar 1, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
This session we will explore the controversy surrounding coffee, tea, soda and wine: their health consequences for women, including how these beverages relate to common health concerns including anxiety, osteoporosis, depression, heart disease and breast cancer.  The session will include an interactive discussion as well as a questionnaire.  Katherine developed a passion for natural medicine while studying psychology and chemistry as an undergrad student at VT. She attended Naturopathic Medical school at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, OR.

9. GLC CONVERSATION GROUP: A COMMUNITY WITHIN A COMMUNITY
Fridays, through Mar 30, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room D
Bring your lunch and join this group of GLC residents and other grad students to get to know one another through casual conversations. Discussions may include current events, the nature of graduate study, and games that promote conversation. If you have any questions, contact Whitney Bortz, GLC residential learning coordinator, at whitney8@vt.edu, 231-5691.

10. GRAD STUDENT PHOTO-ART-WRITING CONTEST SPRING 2012
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work, photography and written work by graduate students for display in the GLC during Graduate Education Week (Mar 26-30) and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art, photography, or written work) per graduate student. Learn more >>.

11. COMMENCEMENT LODGING ALTERNATIVE
The Division of Student Affairs’ Conference and Guest Services office offers an alternative to hotel lodging for spring commencement. Residence hall spaces are available to provide convenient, low-cost accommodations for families and guests of graduating students. Advance reservations for lodging are required, and full payment is due at the time that reservations are made.  Online reservations and payment >>>

12. TAKE A STANCE FOR A CURE: JOIN A GRADS RELAY TEAM
Join GSA and the GLC Resident Fellows for 2012 Relay For Life at Virginia Tech, taking place Apr 20 on the Drillfield. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a year-long fundraiser building up to a life-changing event that gives everyone a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. To sign up as part of the Graduate Student Relay Team, visit: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLFY12SA/1685396684?pg=team&fr_id=41402&team_id=1022346. For a $10.00 donation, you will become a team member and receive a Relay t-shirt. For more information, contact Megan Stuart, stuartma@vt.edu or Swetha Kumar, swethak@vt.edu.

13. BECOME A GLOBAL AMBASSADOR THROUGH CRANWELL INT’L CTR, 2012-13
The Global Ambassadors program is an exciting and engaging leadership development opportunity for current Virginia Tech students seeking to develop their global leadership skills. Global Ambassadors are charged with welcoming new international students to the Virginia Tech community and continuing meaningful interactions with students and the community throughout the academic year. Any currently enrolled student who has been at VT for at least one semester may apply. Fill out the online application  by Mar 6 and submit a reference form by Mar 14. Learn more >>.

14. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ONLINE SURVEY – 1st posting
This study examines how superstition attitude will impact potential tourists’ intention to visit a destination so that relevant organizations (e.g. destination management/marketing organizations) could better understand potential tourists’ behaviors, identify a niche-market encompassing those prone to superstition, and tailor the tourism products to the needs and beliefs of potential tourists. The survey is anonymous and confidential. Must be at least 18 and have traveled within the past 12 months to participate in the survey. Please address any questions to Carol Zhang (zyz211@vt.edu).

15. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SLIP/FALL STUDY – 1st posting

Participants aged 20-64 are needed for a Locomotion Research Lab study titled effects of localized muscle fatigue on risks of slips and falls. This study consists of four sessions, with each session lasting 3-4.5 hours. Compensation will be paid on an hourly basis, at $10/hour, with $40 bonus for those who finish the entire study. Please contact Xuefang Wu at xfwu@vt.edu for more details.

16. PARTICIPATE IN “SEX AND THE WORKPLACE” SURVEY – 1st posting

This online survey assesses students’ perceptions of acceptable and unacceptable co-worker interactions. Rating scenes depicting sexualized interaction at work allows researchers to determine which social characteristics affect the development and reinforcement of moral boundaries. This IRB-approved dissertation research is conducted by a sociology student and will take less than 10 minutes to complete. The survey is completely anonymous; graduate-student participation is greatly needed. Enter the study>>. Must be at least 18 and a current VT undergad or graduate student to participate in this survey. Please contact Angela Barlow at barlow.a@vt.edu with questions or comments.

17. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF SITTING EFFECTS – 1st posting
You are invited to participate in a VT study aimed at testing muscle activities in a seated posture. Participants must be between the ages 18-64, in no current condition or recent history (1-yr) of physical disorders affecting the shoulder, knee, or lower back; and exercise on a regular basis (2-3 times/wk). Participants will be required to perform several computer-based typing tasks in a lab setting. Each experiment session will last 2 to 3 hours; participants will be compensated $10/hr. For more information email to sjayvt@gmail.com.

18. HAPPY PARENTS, HAPPY BABY RESEARCH STUDY – 1st posting

Are you expecting your first child? As many as 90% of couples experience a significant decline in relationship-satisfaction after having a baby. The Mindful Transition to Parenthood Program can help couples meet this transition in a healthier way, which will make you happier and support the well-being of your baby. In this free support group, you will connect with other couples, learn effective communication skills, practice stress management, and learn how to reduce your risk of postpartum depression. The group is led by Laura Gambrel, a doctoral candidate in marriage and family therapy, and is part of a dissertation research study. Participants have the opportunity to win a $250 gift card. The group meets on Thursday evenings 6:00-8:00, Apr 12-May 3. Register by Apr 1 at http://www.lauragambrel.com/ or e-mail Laura at lauraeg@vt.edu

19. GSA FOLLOW UP SURVEY NEEDS YOUR HELP! – Final 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. We are now sponsoring a short follow-up survey (5-15 minutes), and ask that all graduate students complete this survey regardless of whether you have used statistical assistance. Your responses are greatly appreciated and needed! Please contact GSA cabinet member Michelle McLeese at mmcleese@vt.edu with any questions.

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR PILOT STUDY – 3rd posting
Researchers in HNFE are conducting a study to determine the validity of diet and physical activity questionnaires. You may be eligible to participate if you are 21 years of age or older. The study involves three visits to a campus lab, with a total time of about 1.5. Participants will be compensated $25. If interested in participation, please complete an online screening form. For more information, please contact Shaun in the Laboratory for Eating Behaviors and Weight Management at 540-231-7918 or sriebl@vt.edu.

21. PARTICIPATE IN LIBRARY SURVEY – 3rd posting

As part of the implementation of the Summon Discovery Service by Vt’s University Libraries, the library is assessing its use and effectiveness among faculty and students. Through this survey your feedback is requested on your use of, and experiences with Summon, and your perception of its effectiveness in finding research information. The information collected will provide insight into how the Libraries might enhance the service to meet research needs of users. The survey should take approximately 12-15 minutes, and you may exit the survey at any time. Click this link to review the informed consent and begin the survey:  http://www.lib.vt.edu/RIS/consent.html. Must be at least 18 years old to participate.

22. GTA POSITION AVAILABLE FOR AY 2012-13
Interested in new media and innovation in teaching and learning?  Would you like to work closely with the Faculty Development Institute and Center for Innovation in Learning?  Dr. Gardner Campbell, Director of Faculty Development and Innovative Initiatives and Associate Professor of English, has created a position that offers a qualified graduate student a GTA position for AY 2012-13 with the possibility of summer employment.  Review of applications begins this Friday, March 2.  For more information about the position and the application process, please use the following link:   http://tinyurl.com/7j6962h.

23. GLC WAGE POSITIONS NOW OPEN FOR REMAINDER OF SPRING 2012 – 1st posting
Applications are being accepted for GLC wage positions for the remainder of the semester and beyond. The position ad is posted at https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome_css.jsp, then click the Student tab, and Student Centers & Activities "VT Graduate Student" Pool for Graduate Information Associate and Graduate Services Associate. For more information about the GLC Graduate Services or Information Associates positions, please visit the SCA/GLC Employment Page http://www.studentcenters.vt.edu/employment/students/areas.php or email the GLC Operations Manager, Jordan DeWitt, at sjdewitt@vt.edu. The posting closes on Mar 16.

24. AQUATICS & INSTRUCTIONAL GRAD ASSISTANT/INTERNSHIP – 3rd posting
This is a full year commitment as a FT graduate student or paid intern with VT Recreational Sports. Responsibilities include assisting in the planning, development, and implementation of a comprehensive aquatics/instructional program comprising of adult and children swim lessons, health and safety classes, gymnastics lessons, and Master’s Swim. Other responsibilities: assist in the hiring, training, supervising, and evaluation of part-time 80+ employees; oversee eight student supervisors, and assist with student payroll, web development, budget planning, policy development, and the equipment inventory/purchasing process. Must have LGI and/or WSI certifications. Preferred certifications: WSI-IT, LGI-IT, CPO, and/or AFO. Application deadline: Apr 2 or until position filled. Submit letter of application, resume, list of at least three references, and copy of unofficial transcript through 2011 Fall Semester to: Nigel Harris, assistant director of Aquatics and Instructional Programs, VT Rec Sports, 142 McComas Hall, CMC 0358, nigelh@vt.edu.

25. MARKETING GRAD ASSISTANT -3rd posting

Under the direction of the marketing manager in Rec Sports, this position’s responsibilities include: assist with hiring, training, and supervising part-time student marketing personnel and budget management; coordination of evaluation and assessments of promotional opportunities and programs; work with Recreational Sports staff and student employees to coordinate on and off-site program promotions and special events; coordinate distribution of all marketing materials and cultivate relationships with targeted campus and community groups; help develop and edit marketing materials and department website; write press releases and promotional ads; and other duties. Required: word processing, spreadsheet and desktop publishing computer skills; effective oral and written communication skills. Preferred: 1-2 years undergrad involvement in recreational sports, sports marketing, and/or related field, as well as aspirations towards a career in sports marketing, sales skills and special events experience. Application deadline: Mar 30 or until position is filled. Submit letter of application, resume, list of at least three references, and copy of unofficial transcript through 2011 Fall Semester to: Cathy Kropff, Rec Sports Marketing Manager, 142 McComas Hall, CMC 0358, ckropff@vt.edu .

UPCOMING EVENTS:


SPRING BREAK PITY PARTY: THE BREAKFAST CLUB!

Tuesday, Mar 6, 10:00am-12:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
You are not alone on campus during spring break! Join others who are working through spring break and enjoy a home-cooked brunch with vegetarian and meat options, brought to you by your friendly and enthusiastic volunteer chefs who also happen to work in the Graduate School and Res Life. The food will be so good that everyone who left town will turn green with envy when they find out what they missed.  Please register to give us an idea of how much food to prepare .

WORK/LIFE BALANCE PANEL
Tuesday, Mar 13, 12:30–1:30pm, Torg 1100
This panel presentation is designed specifically for graduate students and faculty who struggle to fit an academic career into a fulfilling personal life. Graduate students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to attend. Registration is not required. Learn more at http://frec.vt.edu/fs/.

CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS FOR GRAD STUDENTS

Tuesday, Mar 13, 3:30–4:30pm,
Graduate Life Center
Among other events, the "Showcase of Female Scientists" event features three different concurrent workshops for graduate students and postdocs. Students and postdocs from all academic disciplines are encouraged to attend. Workshop topics are "Making a Life in Blacksburg," "Interview Skills and Curriculum Vita Preparation," and "Stress Management." Advance registration for the graduate student workshops is required, and is available at http://frec.vt.edu/fs/.

BOV GRAD LUNCHEON WITH PRESIDENT STEGER, PROVOST MCNAMEE – Sign up now!
Friday, Mar 16, 12:00-1:30pm, The Inn
Attend the first graduate luncheons of the spring semester with President Steger and Provost McNamee at the Inn at Virginia Tech. Spaces are limited, so if you are interested in attending, please fill out this survey. Graduate students selected for attendance will be contacted by March 14. Contact Michelle McLeese at mmcleese@vt.edu or bovgradrep@vt.edu with any questions.

SAFE ZONE TRANING FOR GRADS – REGISTER NOW!

Monday, Mar 26, 10:00am-12:00pm, GLC Room B
Interested in becoming Safe-Zone certified? Catherine Cotrupi, VT’s LGBTQ coordinator, offers a grads-only section of the Safe Zone Overview session required to start your certification and training. This session is for individuals interested in learning more about the LGBTQ Community. Topics addressed in the first training session include: common LGBTQ terms; sexual orientation vs. sexual identity; the coming out process; experiences of LGBTQ individuals; how you can be a Safe-Zone ally. Please register here. This is also a sponsored Graduate Education Week event. Contact Catherine at cotrupi@vt.edu for more information.

February 20-26, 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: Weekdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
  • Writing support: Thursdays 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room; contact Emily Love, remily4@vt.edu


2. ASSESSMENT & EVALUATION BROWNBAG LUNCH: WRITING STUDENT
LEARNING OUTCOMES

Monday, Feb 20, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room C
This session provides tips on developing measurable outcomes that are linked to the program or unit mission and which lead to improvement.  Topics include avoiding outcomes that are too general, are difficult to measure, or outside the program’s control.

3. IRO PRESENTS: CAREERS IN INT’L AFFAIRS, DEVELOPMENT OR
RELATIONS

Tuesday, Feb 21, 7:00pm, 1010 Torgersen
Join four panelists representing organizations as varied as the Peace Crops, NGO’s, Depts of Defense and State, and the CIA to learn about a variety of potential careers in international fields. The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A. Posted on behalf of Heba El-Shazli, doctoral student and panelist representing non-profit/non-govn organizations.

4. GLC FELLOWS MARDI GRAS MOVIE NIGHT: THE HANGOVER
Tuesday, Feb 21, 7:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Celebrate Mardi Gras with your fellow graduate students by watching The Hangover and enjoying some snacks. Bring your beads and masks if you like! Light refreshments will be served. For more information contact GLC Resident Fellow Eric Hodges.

5. FULBRIGHT INTEREST MEETING
Wednesday, Feb 22, 6:30pm, Cellar
Attend the third get together this year and get to know fellow VT Fulbright Scholars (current and alumni); enjoy a couple of hours of conversation in a multicultural and diverse group. Please RSVP here. Contact Fulbright alum Tobias or Fulbrighter Patrick  with questions and comments about this initiative.

6. GLC CAFÉ: INTRODUCING A MORNING VERSION THIS WEEK, 
SPONSORED BY SPOKE’N BEANS!

Thursday, Feb 23, 8:30-10:00am  GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea and socialize with your fellow grads. This week’s special sponsor: Spoke’n Beans (see http://www.spokenbeans.com). Bring your own mug if you can. Starting this week the GLC Café will be alternating each week between morning and afternoon. Please contact us at grads@vt.edu if you have any comments or suggestions about this event. 

7. GRAD SCHOLAR SOCIETY TOURS PRESENTS: INSTITUTE FOR CRITICAL TECHNOLOGIES AND APPLIED SCIENCE
Friday, Feb 24, 2:00-3:00pm, meet in GLC Lobby 1:30pm or at the ICTAS building
The ICTAS Vision is to be among the top-rated institutes globally in transformative, sustainable technologies geared toward societal needs. A tour guide will walk the group through the ICTAS1 building, introducing the facilities available to students conducting cutting-edge research in sustainable technologies. The tour includes a guided intro to the Sustainable Energy Lab. Space is limited, so please register in advance. Accepted registrations will be confirmed by email. Confirmed participants may meet in the GLC Lobby at 1:30pm and walk to ICTAS1 together, or may meet the group at ICTAS1 building. Check out the GSS calendar for more tour opportunities: http://gss.grads.vt.edu/current_groups.html.

8. SKI, SNOWBOARD OR SNOWTUBE!
Friday, Feb 24, meet at 3:30 at the GLC circle
The GLC Fellows are organizing a trip to Winterplace ski resort in WV. Transportation provided; Limited space is available, so hurry and sign up. Participants will be responsible for lift tickets and equipment rental. For pricing and other information visit http://www.facebook.com/events/375415275803356/. Return by about midnight. For more information contact Kiril Stoyanov at kiril@vt.edu.

9. GLC CONVERSATION GROUP: A COMMUNITY WITHIN A COMMUNITY
Fridays, through Mar 30, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room D
Bring your lunch and join this group of GLC residents and other grad students to get to know one another through casual conversations. Discussions may include current events, the nature of graduate study, and games that promote conversation. If you have any questions, contact Whitney Bortz, GLC residential learning coordinator, at whitney8@vt.edu, 231-5691.

10. GRAD STUDENT PHOTO-ART-WRITING CONTEST SPRING 2012
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work, photography and written work by graduate students for display in the GLC during Graduate Education Week (Mar 26-30) and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art, photography, or written work) per graduate student. Learn more >> .

11. COMMENCEMENT LODGING ALTERNATIVE
The Division of Student Affairs’ Conference and Guest Services office offers an alternative to hotel lodging for spring commencement. Residence hall spaces are available to provide convenient, low-cost accommodations for families and guests of graduating students. Advance reservations for lodging are required, and full payment is due at the time that reservations are made.  Online reservations and payment may be made at www.housing.vt.edu/commencement. 

12. TAKE A STANCE FOR A CURE: JOIN A GRADS RELAY TEAM
Join GSA and the GLC Resident Fellows for 2012 Relay For Life at Virginia Tech, taking place Apr 20 on the Drillfield. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a year-long fundraiser building up to a life-changing event that gives everyone a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. Sign up as part of the Graduate Student Relay Team>>. For a $10.00 donation, you will become a team member and receive a Relay t-shirt. For more information, contact Megan Stuart, stuartma@vt.edu or Swetha Kumar.

13. BECOME A GLOBAL AMBASSADOR THROUGH CRANWELL INT’L CTR
The Global Ambassadors program is an exciting and engaging leadership development opportunity for current Virginia Tech students seeking to develop their global leadership skills. Global Ambassadors are charged with welcoming new international students to the Virginia Tech community and continuing meaningful interactions with students and the community throughout the academic year. Any currently enrolled student who has been at VT for at least one semester may apply. Fill out the online application by Mar 6 and submit a reference form by Mar 14. Learn more at http://www.international.vt.edu/programs/globalambassadors.php.

14. SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS TO NOMINEES FOR GSA ELECTION
Elections to GSA Executive Board are scheduled for Feb 23 at 5:30-7:00pm in GLC MPR. The candidates will be listed at http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/about/nominees. In addition, on-the-floor nominations are accepted as well. The election will be preceded by a Q&A session with all the nominees for each position, moderated by  Monika Gibson from the Graduate School. The GSA invites questions from the graduate student body; submit your question on this survey. Questions from this pool will be chosen for the candidates. Feedback: Shree Narayanan at snsnair@vt.edu.

15. GSA CALL FOR NEW EXEC OFFICERS FOR 2012-2013
Are you interested in becoming the next GSA (Graduate Student Assembly) president, vp of membership, vp of programs, secretary, or treasurer? If so, join the GSA at the Feb 23 delegate meeting in the multipurpose room at the GLC  from 5:30-7pm for the annual officer/executive board elections! Contact Shree Narayanan, GSA President at snsnair@vt.edu or gsa@vt.edu with any questions.

16. 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. Seats are still available for the Feb 23 and Feb 28 sessions. You can join the waiting list for the other courses. Each of these courses will be screen/audio recorded. After processing this videos will be posted on Vimeo (www.vimeo.com/lisavt) for individuals that are unable to attend. We will also be teaching the very popular R courses in the summer and fall semester.
Remaining Spring 2012 Schedule:

  • 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. LISA provides statistical advice, analysis, and education to VT researchers by offering individual collaboration meetings, walk-in consulting, educational short courses, and support for interdisciplinary research projects. LISA’s statistical collaborators are trained to help researchers design experiments, analyze and plot data, run statistical software, interpret results, and communicate statistical concepts to non-statisticians. For more information visit: www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

17. INTERDISCIPLINARY SOCIETY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 3rd posting
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Organization and Honor Society is accepting applications for membership in the Honor Society through Feb 20.  IDR was founded by VT graduate students in spring 2011 and is the only interdisciplinary research society for students in the U.S. Please consider applying to this unique organization. IDR has many levels of membership, including a membership available for those who only wish to participate at the organization level. Information on these different membership levels, application packages, and FAQ sheet can be found at http://www.idrsociety.org/.  If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Parece at tammyep@vt.edu.

18. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR PILOT STUDY – 2nd posting
Researchers in HNFE are conducting a study to determine the validity of diet and physical activity questionnaires. You may be eligible to participate if you are 21 years of age or older. The study involves three visits to a campus lab, with a total time of about 1.5. Participants will be compensated $25. If interested in participation, please complete an online screening form here. For more information, please contact Shaun in the Laboratory for Eating Behaviors and Weight Management at 540-231-7918 or sriebl@vt.edu.

19. PARTICIPATE IN LIBRARY SURVEY – 2nd posting
As part of the implementation of the Summon Discovery Service by Vt’s University Libraries, the library is assessing its use and effectiveness among faculty and students. Through this survey your feedback is requested on your use of, and experiences with Summon, and your perception of its effectiveness in finding research information. The information collected will provide insight into how the Libraries might enhance the service to meet research needs of users. The survey should take approximately 12-15 minutes, and you may exit the survey at any time. Click this link to review the informed consent and begin the survey:  http://www.lib.vt.edu/RIS/consent.html. Must be at least 18 years old to participate.

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON EFFECTS OF IMMERSION IN   ANALYSIS OF MICRO-CT DATASETS – 3rd posting
Participants are sought for the IRB-approved study of “Effects of immersion in analysis of micro-CT datasets with a head-mounted display.” The study consists of carrying out few tasks (answering few questions) related to two selected micro-CT datasets, which will be volume-visualized on a state-of-the-art  headmounted display system, in the Blacklab of the center for HCI and department of computer science at KnowledgeWorks-II building of CRC. The whole experiment will last for about an hour. First come first served.  Must be over 18 with no or minimal background in micro-CT imaging to participate in this experiment, and not have participated in a similar experiment in 2011. Available time slots: http://people.cs.vt.edu/blaha/schedule.html . Please email to blaha@vt.edu, with your preferred time slot from the above page to sign up for your participation.

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON EMOTION-REGULATION IN PRESCHOOLERS – 3rd   posting
Do you have a child between 3 and 7 years of age? A new study is investigating children with or without autism and their ability to manage their emotions. The study is conducted at the VT Autism Clinic on 3110 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, or at the Roanoke Higher Education Center on 108 N. Jefferson St., Roanoke. For more information please contact Nuri Reyes at VTCareStudy@gmail.com or call 540-231-2053. Compensation: $30.

22. AQUATICS & INSTRUCTIONAL GRAD ASSISTANT/INTERNSHIP – 2nd posting
This is a full year commitment as a FT graduate student or paid intern with VT Recreational Sports. Responsibilities include assisting in the planning, development, and implementation of a comprehensive aquatics/instructional program comprising of adult and children swim lessons, health and safety classes, gymnastics lessons, and Master’s Swim. Other responsibilities: assist in the hiring, training, supervising, and evaluation of part-time 80+ employees; oversee eight student supervisors, and assist with student payroll, web development, budget planning, policy development, and the equipment inventory/purchasing process. Must have LGI and/or WSI certifications. Preferred certifications: WSI-IT, LGI-IT, CPO, and/or AFO. Application deadline: Apr 2 or until position filled. Submit letter of application, resume, list of at least three references, and copy of unofficial transcript through 2011 Fall Semester to: Nigel Harris, assistant director of Aquatics and Instructional Programs, VT Rec Sports, 142 McComas Hall, CMC 0358, nigelh@vt.edu.

23. MARKETING GRAD ASSISTANT -2nd posting
Under the direction of the marketing manager in Rec Sports, this position’s responsibilities include: assist with hiring, training, and supervising part-time student marketing personnel and budget management; coordination of evaluation and assessments of promotional opportunities and programs; work with Recreational Sports staff and student employees to coordinate on and off-site program promotions and special events; coordinate distribution of all marketing materials and cultivate relationships with targeted campus and community groups; help develop and edit marketing materials and department website; write press releases and promotional ads; and other duties. Required: word processing, spreadsheet and desktop publishing computer skills; effective oral and written communication skills. Preferred: 1-2 years undergrad involvement in recreational sports, sports marketing, and/or related field, as well as aspirations towards a career in sports marketing, sales skills and special events experience. Application deadline: Mar 30 or until position is filled. Submit letter of application, resume, list of at least three references, and copy of unofficial transcript through 2011 Fall Semester to: Cathy Kropff, Rec Sports Marketing Manager, 142 McComas Hall, CMC 0358, ckropff@vt.edu .

UPCOMING EVENTS:

ADVANCE-VT LUNCH SEMINAR: STRATEGIES FOR WRITING SUCCESSFUL GRANT PROPOSALS: 2/27 (register by Feb 22)
Monday, February 27, 2012, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., GLC F
Join Dr. Brenda Davy and Dr. Amy Pruden-Bagchi as they share general advice for writing effective grant proposals as well as their experiences applying for National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) grants. AdvanceVT Graduate Student Lunch Seminars are designed to help graduate students prepare for careers in academe. All graduate students and postdocs are welcome, and lunch is provided. Register by Wednesday, February 22nd.

IDR SOCIAL AND SEMINAR: MULTIDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION – MAKING IT WORK
Monday, Feb 27, 12:00-1:00pm, 310 ICTAS Bldg I
The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (IDR) invites you to its second social / seminar series event this spring. Guest speaker Prof. Layne T. Watson, professor of computer science and mathematics at Virginia Tech, will give a talk about multidisciplinary collaboration. Food and drinks will be served. Please register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1329503916554.

AMERICANS FOR INFORMED DEMOCRACY CLUB: ARAB SPRING MOVEMENTS
Tuesday, Feb 28, 7:00-9:00pm, 140 Holden Hall North Wing
Panelists Dr. Edward Weisband, Mr. John Boyer and doctoral student Heba F. El-Shazli bring students and professors together to discuss and learn about Arab Spring movements and their broader significance. Introductory comments by the panelists will be followed by a guided discussion and audience Q&A.

GSS TOURS PRESENTS: HORTICULTURE GREENHOUSES
Wednesday, Feb 29, Wednesday, 2:00-3:30pm, meet at greenhouses on Washington St   
Have you ever wondered what the VT horticulture students are doing in the winter? They are exercising their green thumbs inside the greenhouses! Here is your opportunity to partake in a guided tour through the greenhouses and learn first-hand what work and research occurs. Special bonus: plant potting activity. Space is limited, so register early. Accepted registrations will be confirmed by email. Check out the GSS calendar for more tour opportunities: http://gss.grads.vt.edu/current_groups.html.

COFFEE, TEA, WINE AND SODA: HOW THE BEVERAGES YOU LOVE ARE AFFECTING YOUR HEALTH
Thursday, Mar 1, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
This session we will explore the controversy surrounding coffee, tea, soda and wine: their health consequences for women, including how these beverages relate to common health concerns including anxiety, osteoporosis, depression, heart disease and breast cancer.  The session will include an interactive discussion as well as a questionnaire.  Katherine developed a passion for natural medicine while studying psychology and chemistry as an undergrad student at VT. She attended Naturopathic Medical school at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, OR.

SAFE ZONE TRANING FOR GRADS – REGISTER NOW!
Monday, Mar 26, 10:00am-12:00pm, GLC Room B
Interested in becoming Safe-Zone certified? Catherine Cotrupi, VT’s LGBTQ coordinator, offers a grads-only section of the Safe Zone Overview session required to start your certification and training. This session is for individuals interested in learning more about the LGBTQ Community. Topics addressed in the first training session include: common LGBTQ terms; sexual orientation vs. sexual identity; the coming out process; experiences of LGBTQ individuals; how you can be a Safe-Zone ally. Please register here:https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1328045816783. This is also a sponsored Graduate Education Week event. Contact Catherine at cotrupi@vt.edu for more information.

February 20-26, 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: Weekdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
  • Writing support: Thursdays 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room; contact Emily Love, remily4@vt.edu


2. ASSESSMENT & EVALUATION BROWNBAG LUNCH: WRITING STUDENT
LEARNING OUTCOMES

Monday, Feb 20, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room C
This session provides tips on developing measurable outcomes that are linked to the program or unit mission and which lead to improvement.  Topics include avoiding outcomes that are too general, are difficult to measure, or outside the program’s control.

3. IRO PRESENTS: CAREERS IN INT’L AFFAIRS, DEVELOPMENT OR
RELATIONS

Tuesday, Feb 21, 7:00pm, 1010 Torgersen
Join four panelists representing organizations as varied as the Peace Crops, NGO’s, Depts of Defense and State, and the CIA to learn about a variety of potential careers in international fields. The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A. Posted on behalf of Heba El-Shazli, doctoral student and panelist representing non-profit/non-govn organizations.

4. GLC FELLOWS MARDI GRAS MOVIE NIGHT: THE HANGOVER
Tuesday, Feb 21, 7:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Celebrate Mardi Gras with your fellow graduate students by watching The Hangover and enjoying some snacks. Bring your beads and masks if you like! Light refreshments will be served. For more information contact GLC Resident Fellow Eric Hodges.

5. FULBRIGHT INTEREST MEETING
Wednesday, Feb 22, 6:30pm, Cellar
Attend the third get together this year and get to know fellow VT Fulbright Scholars (current and alumni); enjoy a couple of hours of conversation in a multicultural and diverse group. Please RSVP here. Contact Fulbright alum Tobias or Fulbrighter Patrick  with questions and comments about this initiative.

6. GLC CAFÉ: INTRODUCING A MORNING VERSION THIS WEEK, 
SPONSORED BY SPOKE’N BEANS!

Thursday, Feb 23, 8:30-10:00am  GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea and socialize with your fellow grads. This week’s special sponsor: Spoke’n Beans (see http://www.spokenbeans.com). Bring your own mug if you can. Starting this week the GLC Café will be alternating each week between morning and afternoon. Please contact us at grads@vt.edu if you have any comments or suggestions about this event. 

7. GRAD SCHOLAR SOCIETY TOURS PRESENTS: INSTITUTE FOR CRITICAL TECHNOLOGIES AND APPLIED SCIENCE
Friday, Feb 24, 2:00-3:00pm, meet in GLC Lobby 1:30pm or at the ICTAS building
The ICTAS Vision is to be among the top-rated institutes globally in transformative, sustainable technologies geared toward societal needs. A tour guide will walk the group through the ICTAS1 building, introducing the facilities available to students conducting cutting-edge research in sustainable technologies. The tour includes a guided intro to the Sustainable Energy Lab. Space is limited, so please register in advance. Accepted registrations will be confirmed by email. Confirmed participants may meet in the GLC Lobby at 1:30pm and walk to ICTAS1 together, or may meet the group at ICTAS1 building. Check out the GSS calendar for more tour opportunities: http://gss.grads.vt.edu/current_groups.html.

8. SKI, SNOWBOARD OR SNOWTUBE!
Friday, Feb 24, meet at 3:30 at the GLC circle
The GLC Fellows are organizing a trip to Winterplace ski resort in WV. Transportation provided; Limited space is available, so hurry and sign up. Participants will be responsible for lift tickets and equipment rental. For pricing and other information visit http://www.facebook.com/events/375415275803356/. Return by about midnight. For more information contact Kiril Stoyanov at kiril@vt.edu.

9. GLC CONVERSATION GROUP: A COMMUNITY WITHIN A COMMUNITY
Fridays, through Mar 30, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room D
Bring your lunch and join this group of GLC residents and other grad students to get to know one another through casual conversations. Discussions may include current events, the nature of graduate study, and games that promote conversation. If you have any questions, contact Whitney Bortz, GLC residential learning coordinator, at whitney8@vt.edu, 231-5691.

10. GRAD STUDENT PHOTO-ART-WRITING CONTEST SPRING 2012
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work, photography and written work by graduate students for display in the GLC during Graduate Education Week (Mar 26-30) and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art, photography, or written work) per graduate student. Learn more >> .

11. COMMENCEMENT LODGING ALTERNATIVE
The Division of Student Affairs’ Conference and Guest Services office offers an alternative to hotel lodging for spring commencement. Residence hall spaces are available to provide convenient, low-cost accommodations for families and guests of graduating students. Advance reservations for lodging are required, and full payment is due at the time that reservations are made.  Online reservations and payment may be made at www.housing.vt.edu/commencement. 

12. TAKE A STANCE FOR A CURE: JOIN A GRADS RELAY TEAM
Join GSA and the GLC Resident Fellows for 2012 Relay For Life at Virginia Tech, taking place Apr 20 on the Drillfield. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a year-long fundraiser building up to a life-changing event that gives everyone a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. Sign up as part of the Graduate Student Relay Team>>. For a $10.00 donation, you will become a team member and receive a Relay t-shirt. For more information, contact Megan Stuart, stuartma@vt.edu or Swetha Kumar.

13. BECOME A GLOBAL AMBASSADOR THROUGH CRANWELL INT’L CTR
The Global Ambassadors program is an exciting and engaging leadership development opportunity for current Virginia Tech students seeking to develop their global leadership skills. Global Ambassadors are charged with welcoming new international students to the Virginia Tech community and continuing meaningful interactions with students and the community throughout the academic year. Any currently enrolled student who has been at VT for at least one semester may apply. Fill out the online application by Mar 6 and submit a reference form by Mar 14. Learn more at http://www.international.vt.edu/programs/globalambassadors.php.

14. SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS TO NOMINEES FOR GSA ELECTION
Elections to GSA Executive Board are scheduled for Feb 23 at 5:30-7:00pm in GLC MPR. The candidates will be listed at http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/about/nominees. In addition, on-the-floor nominations are accepted as well. The election will be preceded by a Q&A session with all the nominees for each position, moderated by  Monika Gibson from the Graduate School. The GSA invites questions from the graduate student body; submit your question on this survey. Questions from this pool will be chosen for the candidates. Feedback: Shree Narayanan at snsnair@vt.edu.

15. GSA CALL FOR NEW EXEC OFFICERS FOR 2012-2013
Are you interested in becoming the next GSA (Graduate Student Assembly) president, vp of membership, vp of programs, secretary, or treasurer? If so, join the GSA at the Feb 23 delegate meeting in the multipurpose room at the GLC  from 5:30-7pm for the annual officer/executive board elections! Contact Shree Narayanan, GSA President at snsnair@vt.edu or gsa@vt.edu with any questions.

16. 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. Seats are still available for the Feb 23 and Feb 28 sessions. You can join the waiting list for the other courses. Each of these courses will be screen/audio recorded. After processing this videos will be posted on Vimeo (www.vimeo.com/lisavt) for individuals that are unable to attend. We will also be teaching the very popular R courses in the summer and fall semester.
Remaining Spring 2012 Schedule:

  • 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. LISA provides statistical advice, analysis, and education to VT researchers by offering individual collaboration meetings, walk-in consulting, educational short courses, and support for interdisciplinary research projects. LISA’s statistical collaborators are trained to help researchers design experiments, analyze and plot data, run statistical software, interpret results, and communicate statistical concepts to non-statisticians. For more information visit: www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

17. INTERDISCIPLINARY SOCIETY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 3rd posting
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Organization and Honor Society is accepting applications for membership in the Honor Society through Feb 20.  IDR was founded by VT graduate students in spring 2011 and is the only interdisciplinary research society for students in the U.S. Please consider applying to this unique organization. IDR has many levels of membership, including a membership available for those who only wish to participate at the organization level. Information on these different membership levels, application packages, and FAQ sheet can be found at http://www.idrsociety.org/.  If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Parece at tammyep@vt.edu.

18. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR PILOT STUDY – 2nd posting
Researchers in HNFE are conducting a study to determine the validity of diet and physical activity questionnaires. You may be eligible to participate if you are 21 years of age or older. The study involves three visits to a campus lab, with a total time of about 1.5. Participants will be compensated $25. If interested in participation, please complete an online screening form here. For more information, please contact Shaun in the Laboratory for Eating Behaviors and Weight Management at 540-231-7918 or sriebl@vt.edu.

19. PARTICIPATE IN LIBRARY SURVEY – 2nd posting
As part of the implementation of the Summon Discovery Service by Vt’s University Libraries, the library is assessing its use and effectiveness among faculty and students. Through this survey your feedback is requested on your use of, and experiences with Summon, and your perception of its effectiveness in finding research information. The information collected will provide insight into how the Libraries might enhance the service to meet research needs of users. The survey should take approximately 12-15 minutes, and you may exit the survey at any time. Click this link to review the informed consent and begin the survey:  http://www.lib.vt.edu/RIS/consent.html. Must be at least 18 years old to participate.

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON EFFECTS OF IMMERSION IN   ANALYSIS OF MICRO-CT DATASETS – 3rd posting
Participants are sought for the IRB-approved study of “Effects of immersion in analysis of micro-CT datasets with a head-mounted display.” The study consists of carrying out few tasks (answering few questions) related to two selected micro-CT datasets, which will be volume-visualized on a state-of-the-art  headmounted display system, in the Blacklab of the center for HCI and department of computer science at KnowledgeWorks-II building of CRC. The whole experiment will last for about an hour. First come first served.  Must be over 18 with no or minimal background in micro-CT imaging to participate in this experiment, and not have participated in a similar experiment in 2011. Available time slots: http://people.cs.vt.edu/blaha/schedule.html . Please email to blaha@vt.edu, with your preferred time slot from the above page to sign up for your participation.

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON EMOTION-REGULATION IN PRESCHOOLERS – 3rd   posting
Do you have a child between 3 and 7 years of age? A new study is investigating children with or without autism and their ability to manage their emotions. The study is conducted at the VT Autism Clinic on 3110 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, or at the Roanoke Higher Education Center on 108 N. Jefferson St., Roanoke. For more information please contact Nuri Reyes at VTCareStudy@gmail.com or call 540-231-2053. Compensation: $30.

22. AQUATICS & INSTRUCTIONAL GRAD ASSISTANT/INTERNSHIP – 2nd posting
This is a full year commitment as a FT graduate student or paid intern with VT Recreational Sports. Responsibilities include assisting in the planning, development, and implementation of a comprehensive aquatics/instructional program comprising of adult and children swim lessons, health and safety classes, gymnastics lessons, and Master’s Swim. Other responsibilities: assist in the hiring, training, supervising, and evaluation of part-time 80+ employees; oversee eight student supervisors, and assist with student payroll, web development, budget planning, policy development, and the equipment inventory/purchasing process. Must have LGI and/or WSI certifications. Preferred certifications: WSI-IT, LGI-IT, CPO, and/or AFO. Application deadline: Apr 2 or until position filled. Submit letter of application, resume, list of at least three references, and copy of unofficial transcript through 2011 Fall Semester to: Nigel Harris, assistant director of Aquatics and Instructional Programs, VT Rec Sports, 142 McComas Hall, CMC 0358, nigelh@vt.edu.

23. MARKETING GRAD ASSISTANT -2nd posting
Under the direction of the marketing manager in Rec Sports, this position’s responsibilities include: assist with hiring, training, and supervising part-time student marketing personnel and budget management; coordination of evaluation and assessments of promotional opportunities and programs; work with Recreational Sports staff and student employees to coordinate on and off-site program promotions and special events; coordinate distribution of all marketing materials and cultivate relationships with targeted campus and community groups; help develop and edit marketing materials and department website; write press releases and promotional ads; and other duties. Required: word processing, spreadsheet and desktop publishing computer skills; effective oral and written communication skills. Preferred: 1-2 years undergrad involvement in recreational sports, sports marketing, and/or related field, as well as aspirations towards a career in sports marketing, sales skills and special events experience. Application deadline: Mar 30 or until position is filled. Submit letter of application, resume, list of at least three references, and copy of unofficial transcript through 2011 Fall Semester to: Cathy Kropff, Rec Sports Marketing Manager, 142 McComas Hall, CMC 0358, ckropff@vt.edu .

UPCOMING EVENTS:

ADVANCE-VT LUNCH SEMINAR: STRATEGIES FOR WRITING SUCCESSFUL GRANT PROPOSALS: 2/27 (register by Feb 22)
Monday, February 27, 2012, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., GLC F
Join Dr. Brenda Davy and Dr. Amy Pruden-Bagchi as they share general advice for writing effective grant proposals as well as their experiences applying for National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) grants. AdvanceVT Graduate Student Lunch Seminars are designed to help graduate students prepare for careers in academe. All graduate students and postdocs are welcome, and lunch is provided. Register by Wednesday, February 22nd.

IDR SOCIAL AND SEMINAR: MULTIDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION – MAKING IT WORK
Monday, Feb 27, 12:00-1:00pm, 310 ICTAS Bldg I
The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (IDR) invites you to its second social / seminar series event this spring. Guest speaker Prof. Layne T. Watson, professor of computer science and mathematics at Virginia Tech, will give a talk about multidisciplinary collaboration. Food and drinks will be served. Please register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1329503916554.

AMERICANS FOR INFORMED DEMOCRACY CLUB: ARAB SPRING MOVEMENTS
Tuesday, Feb 28, 7:00-9:00pm, 140 Holden Hall North Wing
Panelists Dr. Edward Weisband, Mr. John Boyer and doctoral student Heba F. El-Shazli bring students and professors together to discuss and learn about Arab Spring movements and their broader significance. Introductory comments by the panelists will be followed by a guided discussion and audience Q&A.

GSS TOURS PRESENTS: HORTICULTURE GREENHOUSES
Wednesday, Feb 29, Wednesday, 2:00-3:30pm, meet at greenhouses on Washington St   
Have you ever wondered what the VT horticulture students are doing in the winter? They are exercising their green thumbs inside the greenhouses! Here is your opportunity to partake in a guided tour through the greenhouses and learn first-hand what work and research occurs. Special bonus: plant potting activity. Space is limited, so register early. Accepted registrations will be confirmed by email. Check out the GSS calendar for more tour opportunities: http://gss.grads.vt.edu/current_groups.html.

COFFEE, TEA, WINE AND SODA: HOW THE BEVERAGES YOU LOVE ARE AFFECTING YOUR HEALTH
Thursday, Mar 1, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
This session we will explore the controversy surrounding coffee, tea, soda and wine: their health consequences for women, including how these beverages relate to common health concerns including anxiety, osteoporosis, depression, heart disease and breast cancer.  The session will include an interactive discussion as well as a questionnaire.  Katherine developed a passion for natural medicine while studying psychology and chemistry as an undergrad student at VT. She attended Naturopathic Medical school at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, OR.

SAFE ZONE TRANING FOR GRADS – REGISTER NOW!
Monday, Mar 26, 10:00am-12:00pm, GLC Room B
Interested in becoming Safe-Zone certified? Catherine Cotrupi, VT’s LGBTQ coordinator, offers a grads-only section of the Safe Zone Overview session required to start your certification and training. This session is for individuals interested in learning more about the LGBTQ Community. Topics addressed in the first training session include: common LGBTQ terms; sexual orientation vs. sexual identity; the coming out process; experiences of LGBTQ individuals; how you can be a Safe-Zone ally. Please register here:https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1328045816783. This is also a sponsored Graduate Education Week event. Contact Catherine at cotrupi@vt.edu for more information.

February 13-19, 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 (note correction of day!)
  • Writing support: Thursdays 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room; contact Emily Love, remily4@vt.edu

2. JOIN PHA@VT!
Monday, Feb 13, 5:30pm, Sandy Hall
The Public Health Association @ Virginia Tech invites all grad students with an interest in public health to join PHA@VT. The next meeting will be held Monday, Feb 13, 5:30pm in the first floor classroom of Sandy Hall. The speaker for the evening will be Dr. Thomas Kerkering, MD, Director of Infection Prevention at Carilion, and Professor in the VT-Carilion School of Medicine and in the Population Health Sciences Department. He will discuss his career path before answering questions from those in attendance.  Additionally, the group will plan activities for the rest of the spring semester. If interested, please complete this survey and contact Lauren Fortenberry  for more details. 

3. 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: . For more information contact Dannette Gomez Beane at dannette@vt.edu.

4. $TART $MART SALARY NEGOTIATION WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN
Tuesday, Feb 14, 4:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this one-of-a-kind negotiation workshop designed for women graduate students. $tart $mart was developed by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and The WAGE Project to empower college women with the necessary tools to negotiate salaries and benefits as they approach the job market. Refreshments will be served. Please register here. For more information, contact Sharbari at sharbari@vt.edu.

5. GOT LEFT OUT BY ACCIDENT
Sorry! Maybe next week.

6. GRAD SCHOLAR SOCIETY TOURS PRESENTS: THE VT DAIRY FARM

Wednesday, Feb 15, 1:00-2:30pm, meet in GLC Lobby 12:30p or at the Dairy Complex
Are you curious about work done at the VT Dairy Farm? If so, here is your opportunity to explore the facility where nationally-recognized dairy science research is happening. Enjoy a special demonstration highlighting the use of medical grade plexiglas to study the biology of cattle safely. Only 25 participants can attend, so register early at the following link: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1328207983188. Closed toed shoes are required; please expect a small disinfectant soaking of your shoes during the tour. A Graduate-School-sponsored van offers 6 students transportation to the Dairy Farm. Meet the driver in the GLC lobby at 12:30pm. Others can meet at the Dairy Sciences Complex parking lot off Southgate Drive.

7. GLC CAFÉ
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. Based on input from grad students, starting next week the GLC Café will be alternating each week between morning and afternoon. Please contact us at grads@vt.edu if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

8. WAITING TO SET IT OFF B/C WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT

Thursday, Feb 16, 6:00-7:30pm, Torg 1100
Exploring African-American Women and their Roles in Film and Media: Through this interactive forum and panel discussion, participants will explore the African American female portrayal in movies and media roles; especially those that serve as a brutal reminder of the racist, sexist, and classist social structures that continue to silence the voices of many. Sponsors: Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and Multicultural Programs and Services (MPS). This message is posted on behalf of grad student Keyana Ellis. For more info contact: Kendra V. Settles, bacdst@yahoo.com.

9. GLC CONVERSATION GROUP: A COMMUNITY WITHIN A COMMUNITY
Fridays, through Mar 30, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room D
Bring your lunch and join this group of GLC residents and other grad students to get to know one another through casual conversations. Discussions may include current events, the nature of graduate study, and games that promote conversation. If you have any questions, contact Whitney Bortz, GLC residential learning coordinator, at whitney8@vt.edu, 231-5691.

10. GRAD STUDENT PHOTO-ART-WRITING CONTEST SPRING 2012
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work, photography and written work by graduate students for display in the GLC during Graduate Education Week (Mar 26-30) and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art, photography, or written work) per graduate student. Learn more >>.

11. SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS TO NOMINEES FOR GSA ELECTION
Elections to GSA Executive Board are scheduled for Feb 23 at 5:30-7:00pm in GLC MPR. The candidates will be listed at http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/about/nominees. In addition, on-the-floor nominations are accepted as well. The election will be preceded by a Q&A session with all the nominees for each position, moderated by  Monika Gibson from the Graduate School. The GSA invites questions from the graduate student body; submit your question on this survey. Questions from this pool will be chosen for the candidates. Feedback: Shree Narayanan at snsnair@vt.edu.

12. GSA CALL FOR NEW EXEC OFFICERS FOR 2012-2013

Are you interested in becoming the next GSA (Graduate Student Assembly) president, vp of membership, vp of programs, secretary, or treasurer? If so, join the GSA at the Feb 23 delegate meeting in the multipurpose room at the GLC  from 5:30-7pm for the annual officer/executive board elections! Contact Shree Narayanan, GSA President at snsnair@vt.edu or gsa@vt.edu with any questions.

13. INVITATION TO ‘ADVISING MATTERS’ CONFERENCE – 3rd posting
Grad students are invited to attend the 2nd annual academic advising conference, Advising Matters, held at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center on campus on Mar 2, 2012. This conference is designed to be an economical way to access quality advising professional development opportunities; it is also appropriate for graduate students who are planning for a career in teaching (which will include advising) or a career in student services/academic advising. This one-day event includes a keynote presented by Dr. Charlie Nutt, current executive director of The National Academic Advising Association, concurrent sessions, and other activities with the goal of enhancing advising knowledge and skills and increasing effectiveness of advising programs. There is a minimal fee for registration ($25 VT-affiliated, $50 non-VT affiliated). However, space is limited to the first 150 registrants. Register by Feb 24 at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1326918144076.

14. 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. Seats are still available for the Feb 23 and Feb 28 sessions. You can join the waiting list for the other courses. Each of these courses will be screen/audio recorded. After processing this videos will be posted on Vimeo (www.vimeo.com/lisavt) for individuals that are unable to attend. We will also be teaching the very popular R courses in the summer and fall semester.
Spring 2012 Schedule:
– 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.

15. JOIN THE LEAN TEAM AND LEARN – 3rd 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. Please visit the LeanTeam’s website for more info.

16. INTERDISCIPLINARY SOCIETY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 2nd posting

Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Organization and Honor Society is accepting applications for membership in the Honor Society through Feb 20.  IDR was founded by VT graduate students in spring 2011 and is the only interdisciplinary research society for students in the U.S. Please consider applying to this unique organization. IDR has many levels of membership, including a membership available for those who only wish to participate at the organization level. Information on these different membership levels, application packages, and FAQ sheet can be found at http://www.idrsociety.org/.  If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Parece at tammyep@vt.edu.

17. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR PILOT STUDY – 1st posting
Researchers in HNFE are conducting a study to determine the validity of diet and physical activity questionnaires. You may be eligible to participate if you are 21 years of age or older. The study involves three visits to a campus lab, with a total time of about 1.5. Participants will be compensated $25. If interested in participation, please complete an online screening form here: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1327712399108. For more information, please contact Shaun in the Laboratory for Eating Behaviors and Weight Management at 540-231-7918 or sriebl@vt.edu.

18. PARTICIPATE IN LIBRARY SURVEY
As part of the implementation of the Summon Discovery Service by Vt’s University Libraries, the library is assessing its use and effectiveness among faculty and students. Through this survey your feedback is requested on your use of, and experiences with Summon, and your perception of its effectiveness in finding research information. The information collected will provide insight into how the Libraries might enhance the service to meet research needs of users. The survey should take approximately 12-15 minutes, and you may exit the survey at any time. Click this link to review the informed consent and begin the survey:  http://www.lib.vt.edu/RIS/consent.html. Must be at least 18 years old to participate.

19. GRADUATE BOV SELECTION COMMITTEE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS – 2nd posting
Be part of the process to help select the next graduate representative to the Board of Visitors (BOV) for the 2012-13 academic year. To qualify, you must be a graduate student and you must NOT be running for the position of the Graduate BOV representative for next year. If you are interested and want more information on the role committee members play, and a tentative timeline, please contact the current BOV graduate representative and committee chair Michelle McLeese at mmcleese@vt.edu.

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON EFFECTS OF IMMERSION IN ANALYSIS OF MICRO-CT DATASETS – 2nd posting
Participants are sought for the IRB-approved study of “Effects of immersion in analysis of micro-CT datasets with a head-mounted display.” The study consists of carrying out few tasks (answering few questions) related to two selected micro-CT datasets, which will be volume-visualized on a state-of-the-art  headmounted display system, in the Blacklab of the center for HCI and department of computer science at KnowledgeWorks-II building of CRC. The whole experiment will last for about an hour. First come first served.  Must be over 18 with no or minimal background in micro-CT imaging to participate in this experiment, and not have participated in a similar experiment in 2011. Available time slots: http://people.cs.vt.edu/blaha/schedule.html . Please email to blaha@vt.edu, with your preferred time slot from the above page to sign up for your participation.

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON EMOTION-REGULATION IN PRESCHOOLERS – 2nd  posting

Do you have a child between 3 and 7 years of age? A new study is investigating children with or without autism and their ability to manage their emotions. The study is conducted at the VT Autism Clinic on 3110 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, or at the Roanoke Higher Education Center on 108 N. Jefferson St., Roanoke.
For more information please contact Nuri Reyes at VTCareStudy@gmail.com or call 540-231-2053. Compensation: $30.

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SENSORY STUDY – 2nd posting
A lab in the food science and technology department is conducting conducting two sensory studies on dairy milk and soymilk to determine if different types of packaging can protect the flavor quality of these milks. Panelists must smell and taste dairy and soymilk (1 oz each, nine samples) that have been packaged in different packaging treatments. The sensory studies occur on several days this spring. If you are interested, please complete this VT survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1327627869185. Please include your email address and time availability on the survey. Each time you participate in a sensory panel, you will receive a small snack. In addition, if you participate in all seven panels, your name will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Kroger gift card. If you have soy or milk allergies, you should not participate. The panels are scheduled on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and two Fridays, over a period of 5 weeks, from 9:00am-2:00pm or until enough panelists have participated. Study dates: Dairy milk:  Weds Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and Mar 7 and Fri Feb 3. Soymilk:  Tues Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar 6, 13 and Fri Feb 10.

23. GRAD HONOR SYSTEM SEEKS EDUCATION AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR – 3rd posting
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.

24. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SLIP & FALL STUDY – 3rd posting
Participants are needed for a study assessing slip and fall risks. The study consists of 1 or 4 experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 3.5-4 hrs), depending on your age group. 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. If interested, please contact Xuefang Wu at xfwu@vt.edu.

25. AQUATICS & INSTRUCTIONAL GRAD ASSISTANT/INTERNSHIP – 1st posting
This is a full year commitment as a FT graduate student or paid intern with VT Recreational Sports. Responsibilities include assisting in the planning, development, and implementation of a comprehensive aquatics/instructional program comprising of adult and children swim lessons, health and safety classes, gymnastics lessons, and Master’s Swim. Other responsibilities: assist in the hiring, training, supervising, and evaluation of part-time 80+ employees; oversee eight student supervisors, and assist with student payroll, web development, budget planning, policy development, and the equipment inventory/purchasing process. Must have LGI and/or WSI certifications. Preferred certifications: WSI-IT, LGI-IT, CPO, and/or AFO. Application deadline: Apr 2 or until position filled. Submit letter of application, resume, list of at least three references, and copy of unofficial transcript through 2011 Fall Semester to: Nigel Harris, assistant director of Aquatics and Instructional Programs, VT Rec Sports, 142 McComas Hall, CMC 0358, nigelh@vt.edu.

26. MARKETING GRAD ASSISTANT -1st posting
Under the direction of the marketing manager in Rec Sports, this positions’s responsibilities include: assist with hiring, training, and supervising part-time student marketing personnel and budget management; coordination of evaluation and assessments of promotional opportunities and programs; work with Recreational Sports staff and student employees to coordinate on and off-site program promotions and special events; coordinate distribution of all marketing materials and cultivate relationships with targeted campus and community groups; help develop and edit marketing materials and department website; write press releases and promotional ads; and other duties. Required: word processing, spreadsheet and desktop publishing computer skills; effective oral and written communication skills. Preferred: 1-2 years undergrad involvement in recreational sports, sports marketing, and/or related field, as well as aspirations towards a career in sports marketing, sales skills and special events experience. Application deadline: Mar 30 or until position is filled. Submit letter of application, resume, list of at least three references, and copy of unofficial transcript through 2011 Fall Semester to: Cathy Kropff, Rec Sports Marketing Manager, 142 McComas Hall, CMC 0358, ckropff@vt.edu .

27. GSA TRAVEL AND RESEARCH FUNDS PROGRAMS – 3rd posting

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 at http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/travel_fund. 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 at http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/research_program. Application period: Feb10-Mar 11 (5:00pm). Questions, contact GRDP chair, Milad Radiom, at GSAGRDPChair@gmail.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS:


ASSESSMENT & EVALUATION BROWNBAG LUNCH: WRITING STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Monday, Feb 20, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room C
This session provides tips on developing measurable outcomes that are linked to the program or unit mission and which lead to improvement.  Topics include avoiding outcomes that are too general, are difficult to measure, or outside the program’s control.

GLC FELLOWS MOVIE NIGHT
Tuesday, Feb 21, 7:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Celebrate Mardi Gras with a movie and snacks with other graduate students. Movie will be determined this week and will be advertised next Monday. Mark your calendar! For more information contact GLC Resident Fellow Eric Hodges at hodgeseb@vt.edu.

SAFE ZONE TRANING FOR GRADS – REGISTER NOW!
Monday, Mar 26, 10:00am-12:00pm, GLC Room B
Interested in becoming Safe-Zone certified? Catherine Cotrupi, VT’s LGBTQ coordinator, offers a grads-only section of the Safe Zone Overview session required to start your certification and training. This session is for individuals interested in learning more about the LGBTQ Community. Topics addressed in the first training session include: common LGBTQ terms; sexual orientation vs. sexual identity; the coming out process; experiences of LGBTQ individuals; how you can be a Safe-Zone ally. Please register here. This is also a sponsored Graduate Education Week event. Contact Catherine at cotrupi@vt.edu for more information.

February 13-19, 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 (note correction of day!)
  • Writing support: Thursdays 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room; contact Emily Love, remily4@vt.edu

2. JOIN PHA@VT!
Monday, Feb 13, 5:30pm, Sandy Hall
The Public Health Association @ Virginia Tech invites all grad students with an interest in public health to join PHA@VT. The next meeting will be held Monday, Feb 13, 5:30pm in the first floor classroom of Sandy Hall. The speaker for the evening will be Dr. Thomas Kerkering, MD, Director of Infection Prevention at Carilion, and Professor in the VT-Carilion School of Medicine and in the Population Health Sciences Department. He will discuss his career path before answering questions from those in attendance.  Additionally, the group will plan activities for the rest of the spring semester. If interested, please complete this survey and contact Lauren Fortenberry  for more details. 

3. 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: . For more information contact Dannette Gomez Beane at dannette@vt.edu.

4. $TART $MART SALARY NEGOTIATION WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN
Tuesday, Feb 14, 4:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this one-of-a-kind negotiation workshop designed for women graduate students. $tart $mart was developed by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and The WAGE Project to empower college women with the necessary tools to negotiate salaries and benefits as they approach the job market. Refreshments will be served. Please register here. For more information, contact Sharbari at sharbari@vt.edu.

5. GOT LEFT OUT BY ACCIDENT
Sorry! Maybe next week.

6. GRAD SCHOLAR SOCIETY TOURS PRESENTS: THE VT DAIRY FARM

Wednesday, Feb 15, 1:00-2:30pm, meet in GLC Lobby 12:30p or at the Dairy Complex
Are you curious about work done at the VT Dairy Farm? If so, here is your opportunity to explore the facility where nationally-recognized dairy science research is happening. Enjoy a special demonstration highlighting the use of medical grade plexiglas to study the biology of cattle safely. Only 25 participants can attend, so register early at the following link: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1328207983188. Closed toed shoes are required; please expect a small disinfectant soaking of your shoes during the tour. A Graduate-School-sponsored van offers 6 students transportation to the Dairy Farm. Meet the driver in the GLC lobby at 12:30pm. Others can meet at the Dairy Sciences Complex parking lot off Southgate Drive.

7. GLC CAFÉ
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. Based on input from grad students, starting next week the GLC Café will be alternating each week between morning and afternoon. Please contact us at grads@vt.edu if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

8. WAITING TO SET IT OFF B/C WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT

Thursday, Feb 16, 6:00-7:30pm, Torg 1100
Exploring African-American Women and their Roles in Film and Media: Through this interactive forum and panel discussion, participants will explore the African American female portrayal in movies and media roles; especially those that serve as a brutal reminder of the racist, sexist, and classist social structures that continue to silence the voices of many. Sponsors: Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and Multicultural Programs and Services (MPS). This message is posted on behalf of grad student Keyana Ellis. For more info contact: Kendra V. Settles, bacdst@yahoo.com.

9. GLC CONVERSATION GROUP: A COMMUNITY WITHIN A COMMUNITY
Fridays, through Mar 30, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room D
Bring your lunch and join this group of GLC residents and other grad students to get to know one another through casual conversations. Discussions may include current events, the nature of graduate study, and games that promote conversation. If you have any questions, contact Whitney Bortz, GLC residential learning coordinator, at whitney8@vt.edu, 231-5691.

10. GRAD STUDENT PHOTO-ART-WRITING CONTEST SPRING 2012
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work, photography and written work by graduate students for display in the GLC during Graduate Education Week (Mar 26-30) and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art, photography, or written work) per graduate student. Learn more >>.

11. SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS TO NOMINEES FOR GSA ELECTION
Elections to GSA Executive Board are scheduled for Feb 23 at 5:30-7:00pm in GLC MPR. The candidates will be listed at http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/about/nominees. In addition, on-the-floor nominations are accepted as well. The election will be preceded by a Q&A session with all the nominees for each position, moderated by  Monika Gibson from the Graduate School. The GSA invites questions from the graduate student body; submit your question on this survey. Questions from this pool will be chosen for the candidates. Feedback: Shree Narayanan at snsnair@vt.edu.

12. GSA CALL FOR NEW EXEC OFFICERS FOR 2012-2013

Are you interested in becoming the next GSA (Graduate Student Assembly) president, vp of membership, vp of programs, secretary, or treasurer? If so, join the GSA at the Feb 23 delegate meeting in the multipurpose room at the GLC  from 5:30-7pm for the annual officer/executive board elections! Contact Shree Narayanan, GSA President at snsnair@vt.edu or gsa@vt.edu with any questions.

13. INVITATION TO ‘ADVISING MATTERS’ CONFERENCE – 3rd posting
Grad students are invited to attend the 2nd annual academic advising conference, Advising Matters, held at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center on campus on Mar 2, 2012. This conference is designed to be an economical way to access quality advising professional development opportunities; it is also appropriate for graduate students who are planning for a career in teaching (which will include advising) or a career in student services/academic advising. This one-day event includes a keynote presented by Dr. Charlie Nutt, current executive director of The National Academic Advising Association, concurrent sessions, and other activities with the goal of enhancing advising knowledge and skills and increasing effectiveness of advising programs. There is a minimal fee for registration ($25 VT-affiliated, $50 non-VT affiliated). However, space is limited to the first 150 registrants. Register by Feb 24 at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1326918144076.

14. 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. Seats are still available for the Feb 23 and Feb 28 sessions. You can join the waiting list for the other courses. Each of these courses will be screen/audio recorded. After processing this videos will be posted on Vimeo (www.vimeo.com/lisavt) for individuals that are unable to attend. We will also be teaching the very popular R courses in the summer and fall semester.
Spring 2012 Schedule:
– 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.

15. JOIN THE LEAN TEAM AND LEARN – 3rd 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. Please visit the LeanTeam’s website for more info.

16. INTERDISCIPLINARY SOCIETY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 2nd posting

Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Organization and Honor Society is accepting applications for membership in the Honor Society through Feb 20.  IDR was founded by VT graduate students in spring 2011 and is the only interdisciplinary research society for students in the U.S. Please consider applying to this unique organization. IDR has many levels of membership, including a membership available for those who only wish to participate at the organization level. Information on these different membership levels, application packages, and FAQ sheet can be found at http://www.idrsociety.org/.  If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Parece at tammyep@vt.edu.

17. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR PILOT STUDY – 1st posting
Researchers in HNFE are conducting a study to determine the validity of diet and physical activity questionnaires. You may be eligible to participate if you are 21 years of age or older. The study involves three visits to a campus lab, with a total time of about 1.5. Participants will be compensated $25. If interested in participation, please complete an online screening form here: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1327712399108. For more information, please contact Shaun in the Laboratory for Eating Behaviors and Weight Management at 540-231-7918 or sriebl@vt.edu.

18. PARTICIPATE IN LIBRARY SURVEY
As part of the implementation of the Summon Discovery Service by Vt’s University Libraries, the library is assessing its use and effectiveness among faculty and students. Through this survey your feedback is requested on your use of, and experiences with Summon, and your perception of its effectiveness in finding research information. The information collected will provide insight into how the Libraries might enhance the service to meet research needs of users. The survey should take approximately 12-15 minutes, and you may exit the survey at any time. Click this link to review the informed consent and begin the survey:  http://www.lib.vt.edu/RIS/consent.html. Must be at least 18 years old to participate.

19. GRADUATE BOV SELECTION COMMITTEE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS – 2nd posting
Be part of the process to help select the next graduate representative to the Board of Visitors (BOV) for the 2012-13 academic year. To qualify, you must be a graduate student and you must NOT be running for the position of the Graduate BOV representative for next year. If you are interested and want more information on the role committee members play, and a tentative timeline, please contact the current BOV graduate representative and committee chair Michelle McLeese at mmcleese@vt.edu.

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON EFFECTS OF IMMERSION IN ANALYSIS OF MICRO-CT DATASETS – 2nd posting
Participants are sought for the IRB-approved study of “Effects of immersion in analysis of micro-CT datasets with a head-mounted display.” The study consists of carrying out few tasks (answering few questions) related to two selected micro-CT datasets, which will be volume-visualized on a state-of-the-art  headmounted display system, in the Blacklab of the center for HCI and department of computer science at KnowledgeWorks-II building of CRC. The whole experiment will last for about an hour. First come first served.  Must be over 18 with no or minimal background in micro-CT imaging to participate in this experiment, and not have participated in a similar experiment in 2011. Available time slots: http://people.cs.vt.edu/blaha/schedule.html . Please email to blaha@vt.edu, with your preferred time slot from the above page to sign up for your participation.

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON EMOTION-REGULATION IN PRESCHOOLERS – 2nd  posting

Do you have a child between 3 and 7 years of age? A new study is investigating children with or without autism and their ability to manage their emotions. The study is conducted at the VT Autism Clinic on 3110 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, or at the Roanoke Higher Education Center on 108 N. Jefferson St., Roanoke.
For more information please contact Nuri Reyes at VTCareStudy@gmail.com or call 540-231-2053. Compensation: $30.

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SENSORY STUDY – 2nd posting
A lab in the food science and technology department is conducting conducting two sensory studies on dairy milk and soymilk to determine if different types of packaging can protect the flavor quality of these milks. Panelists must smell and taste dairy and soymilk (1 oz each, nine samples) that have been packaged in different packaging treatments. The sensory studies occur on several days this spring. If you are interested, please complete this VT survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1327627869185. Please include your email address and time availability on the survey. Each time you participate in a sensory panel, you will receive a small snack. In addition, if you participate in all seven panels, your name will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Kroger gift card. If you have soy or milk allergies, you should not participate. The panels are scheduled on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and two Fridays, over a period of 5 weeks, from 9:00am-2:00pm or until enough panelists have participated. Study dates: Dairy milk:  Weds Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and Mar 7 and Fri Feb 3. Soymilk:  Tues Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar 6, 13 and Fri Feb 10.

23. GRAD HONOR SYSTEM SEEKS EDUCATION AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR – 3rd posting
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.

24. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SLIP & FALL STUDY – 3rd posting
Participants are needed for a study assessing slip and fall risks. The study consists of 1 or 4 experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 3.5-4 hrs), depending on your age group. 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. If interested, please contact Xuefang Wu at xfwu@vt.edu.

25. AQUATICS & INSTRUCTIONAL GRAD ASSISTANT/INTERNSHIP – 1st posting
This is a full year commitment as a FT graduate student or paid intern with VT Recreational Sports. Responsibilities include assisting in the planning, development, and implementation of a comprehensive aquatics/instructional program comprising of adult and children swim lessons, health and safety classes, gymnastics lessons, and Master’s Swim. Other responsibilities: assist in the hiring, training, supervising, and evaluation of part-time 80+ employees; oversee eight student supervisors, and assist with student payroll, web development, budget planning, policy development, and the equipment inventory/purchasing process. Must have LGI and/or WSI certifications. Preferred certifications: WSI-IT, LGI-IT, CPO, and/or AFO. Application deadline: Apr 2 or until position filled. Submit letter of application, resume, list of at least three references, and copy of unofficial transcript through 2011 Fall Semester to: Nigel Harris, assistant director of Aquatics and Instructional Programs, VT Rec Sports, 142 McComas Hall, CMC 0358, nigelh@vt.edu.

26. MARKETING GRAD ASSISTANT -1st posting
Under the direction of the marketing manager in Rec Sports, this positions’s responsibilities include: assist with hiring, training, and supervising part-time student marketing personnel and budget management; coordination of evaluation and assessments of promotional opportunities and programs; work with Recreational Sports staff and student employees to coordinate on and off-site program promotions and special events; coordinate distribution of all marketing materials and cultivate relationships with targeted campus and community groups; help develop and edit marketing materials and department website; write press releases and promotional ads; and other duties. Required: word processing, spreadsheet and desktop publishing computer skills; effective oral and written communication skills. Preferred: 1-2 years undergrad involvement in recreational sports, sports marketing, and/or related field, as well as aspirations towards a career in sports marketing, sales skills and special events experience. Application deadline: Mar 30 or until position is filled. Submit letter of application, resume, list of at least three references, and copy of unofficial transcript through 2011 Fall Semester to: Cathy Kropff, Rec Sports Marketing Manager, 142 McComas Hall, CMC 0358, ckropff@vt.edu .

27. GSA TRAVEL AND RESEARCH FUNDS PROGRAMS – 3rd posting

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 at http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/travel_fund. 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 at http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/research_program. Application period: Feb10-Mar 11 (5:00pm). Questions, contact GRDP chair, Milad Radiom, at GSAGRDPChair@gmail.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS:


ASSESSMENT & EVALUATION BROWNBAG LUNCH: WRITING STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Monday, Feb 20, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room C
This session provides tips on developing measurable outcomes that are linked to the program or unit mission and which lead to improvement.  Topics include avoiding outcomes that are too general, are difficult to measure, or outside the program’s control.

GLC FELLOWS MOVIE NIGHT
Tuesday, Feb 21, 7:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Celebrate Mardi Gras with a movie and snacks with other graduate students. Movie will be determined this week and will be advertised next Monday. Mark your calendar! For more information contact GLC Resident Fellow Eric Hodges at hodgeseb@vt.edu.

SAFE ZONE TRANING FOR GRADS – REGISTER NOW!
Monday, Mar 26, 10:00am-12:00pm, GLC Room B
Interested in becoming Safe-Zone certified? Catherine Cotrupi, VT’s LGBTQ coordinator, offers a grads-only section of the Safe Zone Overview session required to start your certification and training. This session is for individuals interested in learning more about the LGBTQ Community. Topics addressed in the first training session include: common LGBTQ terms; sexual orientation vs. sexual identity; the coming out process; experiences of LGBTQ individuals; how you can be a Safe-Zone ally. Please register here. This is also a sponsored Graduate Education Week event. Contact Catherine at cotrupi@vt.edu for more information.

February 6-12, 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 (note correction of day!)
  • Writing support: Thursdays 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room; contact Emily Love, remily4@vt.edu

2. 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.

3. SHORT STAT COURSE: HOW TO CREATE A SUCCESSFUL SURVEY

Tuesday, Feb 7, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Room F
Surveys are a popular research tool that come with easily-overlooked pitfalls. However, the thoughtfully and properly designed survey can elicit very useful data and information. Once the data are collected, data visualization methods can provide the researcher with a next step in the analysis. In this course, the principles of error minimization and survey bias will be discussed. Topics will include sampling methods, sample size calculations, questionnaire design, and exploratory data plotting. Real-world examples will be presented. Instructor: Marcos Carzolio. Register and learn more>>.

4. 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.

5. OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING FAIR
Wednesday, Feb 8, 10:00am-4:00pm, Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires
Visit area housing vendors and see what they have to offer in case you are looking for off-campus housing options for next year.

6. FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS MEETING
Tuesday, Feb 7, 6:30pm, PK’s
Attend the first get together this year and get to know fellow Fulbright
scholars (current and alumni) at VT; enjoy a couple of hours of conversation in a multicultural and diverse group. Please RSVP at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1328216728927. Contact Fulbright alum Tobias at ecker@vt.edu or Fulbrighter Patrick with questions and comments about this initiative.

7. MANRRS PRESENTS: MARIAK CHUOR
Wednesday, Feb 8, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room G
The Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences Student Organization hosts Mariak Chuor, an author, activist, and a Lost Boy of South Sudan, for a luncheon and an evening presentation! Listen to his compelling story of overcoming both controversy and challenge. The lunch session is co-sponsored by Agricultural and Extension Education and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Please register here. Later that evening MC will speak from his book on the topic "Fulfilling Your Dream" at 6pm in Torgerson Museum (1100), followed by a refreshment reception and book signing.

8. “CANS OF LOVE” FUNDRAISER FOR FOOD SCIENCE CLUB

Wednesday-Tuesday, Feb 8-14, in Food Science Bldg and Litton-Reeves
Grad student members of the Food Science Club invite you to purchase "Cans of Love," decorative soup-cans filled with candy and/or a special message for Valentine’s Day. This event supports the club’s professional development activities. For more information please contact Liz Greene at selg86@vt.edu. 

9. CAREER FAIR PREP FOR GRAD STUDENTS

Wednesday, Feb 8, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F
Learn more about how to properly prepare for participation in career fairs: what materials you have to get ready, how to dress for onsite short interviews, what to expect, and more. Presented by VT Career Services. Learn more >>.

10. 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.

11. GLC CAFÉ
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. Please contact us at grads@vt.edu if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

12. GLC CONVERSATION GROUP: A COMMUNITY WITHIN A COMMUNITY

Fridays, Feb 10-Mar 30, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room D
Bring your lunch and join this group of GLC residents and other grad students to get to know one another through casual conversations. Discussions may include current events, the nature of graduate study, and games that promote conversation. If you have any questions, contact Whitney Bortz, GLC residential learning coordinator, 231-5691.

13. GRAD SCHOLAR SOCIETY TOURS PRESENTS: THE WARE LAB
Friday, Feb 10, 2:00-3:00pm,
Do you know what the VT Ware Lab is or what happens there? If not, here is your opportunity to explore the facility where engineering students work on projects such as building formula-1 style race cars, concrete canoes, or a maze-traversing robot for national competitions. The tour is open to all grad students.  Only 25 participants can attend, so please register early. Accepted registrations will be confirmed by email. Confirmed participants may meet in the GLC Lobby at 1:30pm and walk to the lab together, or may meet the group at the Ware Lab. Check out the GSS website for more tours coming this semester: http://gss.grads.vt.edu/current_groups.html.

14. GRAD STUDENT PHOTO-ART-WRITING CONTEST SPRING 2012
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work, photography and written work by graduate students for display in the GLC during Graduate Education Week (Mar 26-30) and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art, photography, or written work) per graduate student. Learn more >>.

15. INVITATION TO ‘ADVISING MATTERS’ CONFERENCE – 1st posting
Grad students are invited to attend the 2nd annual academic advising conference, Advising Matters, held at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center on campus on Mar 2, 2012. This conference is designed to be an economical way to access quality advising professional development opportunities; it is also appropriate for graduate students who are planning for a career in teaching (which will include advising) or a career in student services/academic advising. This one-day event includes a keynote presented by Dr. Charlie Nutt, current executive director of The National Academic Advising Association, concurrent sessions, and other activities with the goal of enhancing advising knowledge and skills and increasing effectiveness of advising programs. There is a minimal fee for registration ($25 VT-affiliated, $50 non-VT affiliated). However, space is limited to the first 150 registrants. Register by Feb 24.

16. JOIN PHA@VT!
The Public Health Association @ Virginia Tech invites all grad students with an interest in public health to join PHA@VT. The next meeting will be held Monday, Feb 13, 5:30pm in the first floor classroom of Sandy Hall. The speaker for the evening will be Dr. Thomas Kerkering, MD, Director of Infection Prevention at Carilion, and Professor in the VT-Carilion School of Medicine and in the Population Health Sciences Department. He will discuss his career path before answering questions from those in attendance.  Additionally, the group will plan activities for the rest of the spring semester. If interested, please complete this survey (https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1328202899511 and contact Lauren Fortenberry at lafix@vt.edu for more details. 

17. 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:
– 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.

18. PKJ CALLS FOR PAPERS – 2nd posting
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. The call for papers is at http://pkjournal.org/?page_id=354. 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.

19. JOIN THE LEAN TEAM AND LEARN – 2nd 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. Please visit the LeanTeam’s website, http://www.vtlean.org/team/involved/, for more info.

20. INTERDISCIPLINARY SOCIETY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 2nd posting

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 can be found at www.idrsociety.org. If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Parece at tammyep@vt.edu.

21. VOLUNTEER USHERS SOUGHT FOR SPRING COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES
Grad student volunteer ushers are sought for the Spring 2012 Commencement ceremonies. Ushers report 2 hours before the official beginning of the ceremony. (6:30am for the 8:30am graduate ceremony; 10:00am for the 12:00pm undergraduate ceremony). Ushers are assigned to the entrances of the Cassell Coliseum or at one of the portals that connect the hallway to the seating area. Ushers welcome families, hold open doors, and distribute commencement programs. Some ushers will be assigned to assist the mobility-impaired to navigate the Coliseum safely.  Ushers wear professional dress, not academic regalia. A group of ushers are needed to stay to the end of the ceremony. If you are interested in serving in this capacity, contact your college representative to sign up: 
– Agriculture and Life Sciences – Durelle Scott, dscott@vt.edu     
– Architecture and Urban Studies – Bill Green, wigreen4@vt.edu
– Business – Muzaffer Uysal, samil@vt.edu
– Engineering – Tamara Knott, knott@vt.edu
– Liberal Arts and Human Sciences – Elizabeth Fine, bfine@vt.edu
– Natural Resources and Environment – Jason Holliday, jah1@vt.edu
– Science – Joseph Merola, jmerola@vt.edu
– Veterinary Medicine –  Rebecca Funk, rafunk@vt.edu

22. GRADUATE BOV SELECTION COMMITTEE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS – 1st posting
Be part of the process to help select the next graduate representative to the Board of Visitors (BOV) for the 2012-13 academic year. To qualify, you must be a graduate student and you must NOT be running for the position of the Graduate BOV representative for next year. If you are interested and want more information on the role committee members play, and a tentative timeline, please contact the current BOV graduate representative and committee chair Michelle McLeese at mmcleese@vt.edu.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON EFFECTS OF IMMERSION IN ANALYSIS OF MICRO-CT DATASETS – 1st posting
Participants are sought for the IRB-approved study of “Effects of immersion in analysis of micro-CT datasets with a head-mounted display.” The study consists of carrying out few tasks (answering few questions) related to two selected micro-CT datasets, which will be volume-visualized on a state-of-the-art  headmounted display system, in the Blacklab of the center for HCI and department of computer science at KnowledgeWorks-II building of CRC. The whole experiment will last for about an hour. First come first served.  Must be over 18 with no or minimal background in micro-CT imaging to participate in this experiment, and not have participated in a similar experiment in 2011. Available time slots . Please email to blaha@vt.edu, with your preferred time slot from the above page to sign up for your participation.

24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON EMOTION-REGULATION IN PRESCHOOLERS – 1st posting

Do you have a child between 3 and 7 years of age? A new study is investigating children with or without autism and their ability to manage their emotions. The study is conducted at the VT Autism Clinic on 3110 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, or at the Roanoke Higher Education Center on 108 N. Jefferson St., Roanoke. For more information please contact Nuri Reyes at VTCareStudy@gmail.com or call 540-231-2053. Compensation: $30.

25. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SENSORY STUDY – 1st posting
A lab in the food science and technology department is conducting conducting two sensory studies on dairy milk and soymilk to determine if different types of packaging can protect the flavor quality of these milks. Panelists must smell and taste dairy and soymilk (1 oz each, nine samples) that have been packaged in different packaging treatments. The sensory studies occur on several days this spring. If you are interested, please complete this VT survey. Please include your email address and time availability on the survey. Each time you participate in a sensory panel, you will receive a small snack. In addition, if you participate in all seven panels, your name will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Kroger gift card. If you have soy or milk allergies, you should not participate. The panels are scheduled on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and two Fridays, over a period of 5 weeks, from 9:00am-2:00pm or until enough panelists have participated. Study dates: Dairy milk:  Weds Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and Mar 7 and Fri Feb 3. Soymilk:  Tues Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar 6, 13 and Fri Feb 10.

26. GRAD HONOR SYSTEM SEEKS EDUCATION AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR – 2nd posting
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.

27. BOV GRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE APPLICATION FOR 2012-2013 DUE FRIDAY

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
 
28. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SLIP & FALL STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are needed for a study assessing slip and fall risks. The study consists of 1 or 4 experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 3.5-4 hrs), depending on your age group. 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. If interested, please contact Xuefang Wu at xfwu@vt.edu.

29. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 3rd 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.

30. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 3rd posting
Participants are sought for a study investigating the effects of flexion on the biomechanics and neuromuscular behavior of the human torso. The study consists of 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.

31. GSA FOLLOW-UP SURVEY NEEDS YOUR HELP! – 3rd 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: 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.

32. ORGANIZATION FUNDS PROGRAM – 2nd posting

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 visit http://tinyurl.com/Spring2012-OFP-Application and http://tinyurl.com/OFP-AnnouncementSpring2012. Application deadline: Feb 27.

33. SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP STUDENT GRANT PROGRAM – 2nd posting
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. For more information on applying, visit http://tinyurl.com/Spring-2012-SESGP and http://tinyurl.com/SESGP-AnnouncementSpring2012. Applications for spring cycle are due Feb 27.

34. TRAVEL FUNDS – 2nd posting
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.

35. GSA TRAVEL AND RESEARCH FUNDS PROGRAMS – 2nd posting

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 at http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/travel_fund. 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 at http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/research_program. Application period: Feb10-Mar 11 (5:00pm). Questions, contact GRDP chair, Milad Radiom, at GSAGRDPChair@gmail.com.

36. UPCOMING EVENTS:

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.

$TART $MART SALARY NEGOTIATION WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN

Tuesday, Feb 14, 4:30-6:00pm, GLC Room G
Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this one-of-a-kind negotiation workshop designed for women students. $tart $mart was developed by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and The WAGE Project to empower college women with the necessary tools to negotiate salaries and benefits as they approach the job market. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Sharbari Dey at sharbari@vt.edu. Please register>>.

GRAD SCHOLAR SOCIETY TOURS PRESENTS: THE VT DAIRY FARM
Wednesday, Feb 15, 1:00-2:30pm, meet in GLC Lobby 12:30p or at the Dairy Complex
Are you curious about work done at the VT Dairy Farm? If so, here is your opportunity to explore the facility where nationally-recognized dairy science research is happening. Enjoy a special demonstration highlighting the use of medical grade plexiglas to study the biology of cattle safely. Only 25 participants can attend, so register early. Closed toed shoes are required; please expect a small disinfectant soaking of your shoes during the tour. A Graduate-School-sponsored van offers 6 students transportation to the Dairy Farm. Meet the driver in the GLC lobby at 12:30pm. Others can meet at the Dairy Sciences Complex parking lot off Southgate Drive.

February 6-12, 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 (note correction of day!)
  • Writing support: Thursdays 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room; contact Emily Love, remily4@vt.edu

2. 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.

3. SHORT STAT COURSE: HOW TO CREATE A SUCCESSFUL SURVEY

Tuesday, Feb 7, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Room F
Surveys are a popular research tool that come with easily-overlooked pitfalls. However, the thoughtfully and properly designed survey can elicit very useful data and information. Once the data are collected, data visualization methods can provide the researcher with a next step in the analysis. In this course, the principles of error minimization and survey bias will be discussed. Topics will include sampling methods, sample size calculations, questionnaire design, and exploratory data plotting. Real-world examples will be presented. Instructor: Marcos Carzolio. Register and learn more>>.

4. 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.

5. OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING FAIR
Wednesday, Feb 8, 10:00am-4:00pm, Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires
Visit area housing vendors and see what they have to offer in case you are looking for off-campus housing options for next year.

6. FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS MEETING
Tuesday, Feb 7, 6:30pm, PK’s
Attend the first get together this year and get to know fellow Fulbright
scholars (current and alumni) at VT; enjoy a couple of hours of conversation in a multicultural and diverse group. Please RSVP at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1328216728927. Contact Fulbright alum Tobias at ecker@vt.edu or Fulbrighter Patrick with questions and comments about this initiative.

7. MANRRS PRESENTS: MARIAK CHUOR
Wednesday, Feb 8, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room G
The Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences Student Organization hosts Mariak Chuor, an author, activist, and a Lost Boy of South Sudan, for a luncheon and an evening presentation! Listen to his compelling story of overcoming both controversy and challenge. The lunch session is co-sponsored by Agricultural and Extension Education and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Please register here. Later that evening MC will speak from his book on the topic "Fulfilling Your Dream" at 6pm in Torgerson Museum (1100), followed by a refreshment reception and book signing.

8. “CANS OF LOVE” FUNDRAISER FOR FOOD SCIENCE CLUB

Wednesday-Tuesday, Feb 8-14, in Food Science Bldg and Litton-Reeves
Grad student members of the Food Science Club invite you to purchase "Cans of Love," decorative soup-cans filled with candy and/or a special message for Valentine’s Day. This event supports the club’s professional development activities. For more information please contact Liz Greene at selg86@vt.edu. 

9. CAREER FAIR PREP FOR GRAD STUDENTS

Wednesday, Feb 8, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F
Learn more about how to properly prepare for participation in career fairs: what materials you have to get ready, how to dress for onsite short interviews, what to expect, and more. Presented by VT Career Services. Learn more >>.

10. 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.

11. GLC CAFÉ
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. Please contact us at grads@vt.edu if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

12. GLC CONVERSATION GROUP: A COMMUNITY WITHIN A COMMUNITY

Fridays, Feb 10-Mar 30, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room D
Bring your lunch and join this group of GLC residents and other grad students to get to know one another through casual conversations. Discussions may include current events, the nature of graduate study, and games that promote conversation. If you have any questions, contact Whitney Bortz, GLC residential learning coordinator, 231-5691.

13. GRAD SCHOLAR SOCIETY TOURS PRESENTS: THE WARE LAB
Friday, Feb 10, 2:00-3:00pm,
Do you know what the VT Ware Lab is or what happens there? If not, here is your opportunity to explore the facility where engineering students work on projects such as building formula-1 style race cars, concrete canoes, or a maze-traversing robot for national competitions. The tour is open to all grad students.  Only 25 participants can attend, so please register early. Accepted registrations will be confirmed by email. Confirmed participants may meet in the GLC Lobby at 1:30pm and walk to the lab together, or may meet the group at the Ware Lab. Check out the GSS website for more tours coming this semester: http://gss.grads.vt.edu/current_groups.html.

14. GRAD STUDENT PHOTO-ART-WRITING CONTEST SPRING 2012
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work, photography and written work by graduate students for display in the GLC during Graduate Education Week (Mar 26-30) and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art, photography, or written work) per graduate student. Learn more >>.

15. INVITATION TO ‘ADVISING MATTERS’ CONFERENCE – 1st posting
Grad students are invited to attend the 2nd annual academic advising conference, Advising Matters, held at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center on campus on Mar 2, 2012. This conference is designed to be an economical way to access quality advising professional development opportunities; it is also appropriate for graduate students who are planning for a career in teaching (which will include advising) or a career in student services/academic advising. This one-day event includes a keynote presented by Dr. Charlie Nutt, current executive director of The National Academic Advising Association, concurrent sessions, and other activities with the goal of enhancing advising knowledge and skills and increasing effectiveness of advising programs. There is a minimal fee for registration ($25 VT-affiliated, $50 non-VT affiliated). However, space is limited to the first 150 registrants. Register by Feb 24.

16. JOIN PHA@VT!
The Public Health Association @ Virginia Tech invites all grad students with an interest in public health to join PHA@VT. The next meeting will be held Monday, Feb 13, 5:30pm in the first floor classroom of Sandy Hall. The speaker for the evening will be Dr. Thomas Kerkering, MD, Director of Infection Prevention at Carilion, and Professor in the VT-Carilion School of Medicine and in the Population Health Sciences Department. He will discuss his career path before answering questions from those in attendance.  Additionally, the group will plan activities for the rest of the spring semester. If interested, please complete this survey (https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1328202899511 and contact Lauren Fortenberry at lafix@vt.edu for more details. 

17. 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:
– 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.

18. PKJ CALLS FOR PAPERS – 2nd posting
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. The call for papers is at http://pkjournal.org/?page_id=354. 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.

19. JOIN THE LEAN TEAM AND LEARN – 2nd 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. Please visit the LeanTeam’s website, http://www.vtlean.org/team/involved/, for more info.

20. INTERDISCIPLINARY SOCIETY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 2nd posting

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 can be found at www.idrsociety.org. If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Parece at tammyep@vt.edu.

21. VOLUNTEER USHERS SOUGHT FOR SPRING COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES
Grad student volunteer ushers are sought for the Spring 2012 Commencement ceremonies. Ushers report 2 hours before the official beginning of the ceremony. (6:30am for the 8:30am graduate ceremony; 10:00am for the 12:00pm undergraduate ceremony). Ushers are assigned to the entrances of the Cassell Coliseum or at one of the portals that connect the hallway to the seating area. Ushers welcome families, hold open doors, and distribute commencement programs. Some ushers will be assigned to assist the mobility-impaired to navigate the Coliseum safely.  Ushers wear professional dress, not academic regalia. A group of ushers are needed to stay to the end of the ceremony. If you are interested in serving in this capacity, contact your college representative to sign up: 
– Agriculture and Life Sciences – Durelle Scott, dscott@vt.edu     
– Architecture and Urban Studies – Bill Green, wigreen4@vt.edu
– Business – Muzaffer Uysal, samil@vt.edu
– Engineering – Tamara Knott, knott@vt.edu
– Liberal Arts and Human Sciences – Elizabeth Fine, bfine@vt.edu
– Natural Resources and Environment – Jason Holliday, jah1@vt.edu
– Science – Joseph Merola, jmerola@vt.edu
– Veterinary Medicine –  Rebecca Funk, rafunk@vt.edu

22. GRADUATE BOV SELECTION COMMITTEE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS – 1st posting
Be part of the process to help select the next graduate representative to the Board of Visitors (BOV) for the 2012-13 academic year. To qualify, you must be a graduate student and you must NOT be running for the position of the Graduate BOV representative for next year. If you are interested and want more information on the role committee members play, and a tentative timeline, please contact the current BOV graduate representative and committee chair Michelle McLeese at mmcleese@vt.edu.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON EFFECTS OF IMMERSION IN ANALYSIS OF MICRO-CT DATASETS – 1st posting
Participants are sought for the IRB-approved study of “Effects of immersion in analysis of micro-CT datasets with a head-mounted display.” The study consists of carrying out few tasks (answering few questions) related to two selected micro-CT datasets, which will be volume-visualized on a state-of-the-art  headmounted display system, in the Blacklab of the center for HCI and department of computer science at KnowledgeWorks-II building of CRC. The whole experiment will last for about an hour. First come first served.  Must be over 18 with no or minimal background in micro-CT imaging to participate in this experiment, and not have participated in a similar experiment in 2011. Available time slots . Please email to blaha@vt.edu, with your preferred time slot from the above page to sign up for your participation.

24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON EMOTION-REGULATION IN PRESCHOOLERS – 1st posting

Do you have a child between 3 and 7 years of age? A new study is investigating children with or without autism and their ability to manage their emotions. The study is conducted at the VT Autism Clinic on 3110 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, or at the Roanoke Higher Education Center on 108 N. Jefferson St., Roanoke. For more information please contact Nuri Reyes at VTCareStudy@gmail.com or call 540-231-2053. Compensation: $30.

25. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SENSORY STUDY – 1st posting
A lab in the food science and technology department is conducting conducting two sensory studies on dairy milk and soymilk to determine if different types of packaging can protect the flavor quality of these milks. Panelists must smell and taste dairy and soymilk (1 oz each, nine samples) that have been packaged in different packaging treatments. The sensory studies occur on several days this spring. If you are interested, please complete this VT survey. Please include your email address and time availability on the survey. Each time you participate in a sensory panel, you will receive a small snack. In addition, if you participate in all seven panels, your name will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Kroger gift card. If you have soy or milk allergies, you should not participate. The panels are scheduled on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and two Fridays, over a period of 5 weeks, from 9:00am-2:00pm or until enough panelists have participated. Study dates: Dairy milk:  Weds Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and Mar 7 and Fri Feb 3. Soymilk:  Tues Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar 6, 13 and Fri Feb 10.

26. GRAD HONOR SYSTEM SEEKS EDUCATION AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR – 2nd posting
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.

27. BOV GRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE APPLICATION FOR 2012-2013 DUE FRIDAY

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
 
28. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SLIP & FALL STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are needed for a study assessing slip and fall risks. The study consists of 1 or 4 experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 3.5-4 hrs), depending on your age group. 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. If interested, please contact Xuefang Wu at xfwu@vt.edu.

29. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 3rd 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.

30. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 3rd posting
Participants are sought for a study investigating the effects of flexion on the biomechanics and neuromuscular behavior of the human torso. The study consists of 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.

31. GSA FOLLOW-UP SURVEY NEEDS YOUR HELP! – 3rd 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: 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.

32. ORGANIZATION FUNDS PROGRAM – 2nd posting

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 visit http://tinyurl.com/Spring2012-OFP-Application and http://tinyurl.com/OFP-AnnouncementSpring2012. Application deadline: Feb 27.

33. SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP STUDENT GRANT PROGRAM – 2nd posting
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. For more information on applying, visit http://tinyurl.com/Spring-2012-SESGP and http://tinyurl.com/SESGP-AnnouncementSpring2012. Applications for spring cycle are due Feb 27.

34. TRAVEL FUNDS – 2nd posting
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.

35. GSA TRAVEL AND RESEARCH FUNDS PROGRAMS – 2nd posting

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 at http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/travel_fund. 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 at http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/research_program. Application period: Feb10-Mar 11 (5:00pm). Questions, contact GRDP chair, Milad Radiom, at GSAGRDPChair@gmail.com.

36. UPCOMING EVENTS:

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.

$TART $MART SALARY NEGOTIATION WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN

Tuesday, Feb 14, 4:30-6:00pm, GLC Room G
Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this one-of-a-kind negotiation workshop designed for women students. $tart $mart was developed by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and The WAGE Project to empower college women with the necessary tools to negotiate salaries and benefits as they approach the job market. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Sharbari Dey at sharbari@vt.edu. Please register>>.

GRAD SCHOLAR SOCIETY TOURS PRESENTS: THE VT DAIRY FARM
Wednesday, Feb 15, 1:00-2:30pm, meet in GLC Lobby 12:30p or at the Dairy Complex
Are you curious about work done at the VT Dairy Farm? If so, here is your opportunity to explore the facility where nationally-recognized dairy science research is happening. Enjoy a special demonstration highlighting the use of medical grade plexiglas to study the biology of cattle safely. Only 25 participants can attend, so register early. Closed toed shoes are required; please expect a small disinfectant soaking of your shoes during the tour. A Graduate-School-sponsored van offers 6 students transportation to the Dairy Farm. Meet the driver in the GLC lobby at 12:30pm. Others can meet at the Dairy Sciences Complex parking lot off Southgate Drive.