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.