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.