March 26 – April 1, 2012

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career services advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, Study Room
  • Counseling:  Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from Room G)
  • GLC Café: Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: 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. 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 at stuartma@vt.edu.

3. GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK! – Full schedule here

4. ETD REVIEW RUSH!
Monday, Mar 26, 9:30-10:30am;
Tuesday, Mar 27, 2:30-3:30pm;
Thursday, Mar 29, 10-11am, all in GLC Room C
If you are graduating this semester and finishing up your ETD, come to one of these sessions to have a pre-submission review of your ETD by Graduate School staff and make sure that it is ready to be submitted.  Bring your laptop and a copy of your ETD in pdf format. Contact gradappl@vt.edu or 540-231-8636 with any questions.

5. 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 for more information. Free GEW t-shirts at this event.

6. CAREER BOOSTER SEMINARS

Tuesday, Mar 27, 4:00-5:00pm, GLC Rooms C and F
The job search processes for industry and academic positions are unique. Participate in the academic job search seminar in Room C, or the industry search one in Room F to understand how best to approach your job search and learn what you might experience in the process. Sponsored by Career Services.  Free GEW t-shirts at this event.

7. DANCING AND SMOOTHIES

Tuesday, Mar 27, 7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Take a mini-vacation from your research and recharge by breaking a sweat to the popular Wii game, Just Dance! Afterwards, enjoy smoothies provided by the GLC Fellows. Free GEW t-shirts at this event.

8. COMMUNITY VOICES: GRAD ROUNDTABLE AND EVENING TALK
Tuesday, Mar 27, Grad Roundtable in the GLC, talk: 7:00pm, Lyric Theatre
Bob Summers, Entrepreneur and Founder of TechPad will present "Project Blacksburg: The Growing of an Open Source Community.”  Summers specializes in Internet software companies for the consumer and enterprise markets. A graduate student roundtable on this topic will take place Tuesday, 3/27 in the GLC, time & room location TBA. Contact Andy Morikawa for information at andymorikawa@vt.edu. This event was submitted by graduate student KatePreston.

9. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM AND EXPOSITION
Wednesday, Mar 28, 9:00am-3:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The symposium is a unique opportunity for students to interact with each other to pave the way for interdisciplinary research discussion and collaboration. The event promises to be an interactive networking forum between participants, faculty, departments, research entities and corporate bodies. The program features oral and poster presentations by students from various disciplines. Detailed schedule>>.

10. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM KEYNOTE: DAN PALLOTTA
Wednesday, Mar 28, 6:30pm, GLC Auditorium
Author of Uncharitable and writer for the Harvard Business Review, Dan Pallotta will provide a new perspective on for-profit charity organizations. His company, Pallotta Teamworks, invented the multi-day AIDSRides and Breast Cancer 3-Days. His work has been called "revolutionary" by former US senator Gary Hart and, according to The Stanford Social Innovation Review, his contribution "deserves to become the nonprofit sector’s new manifesto". This event is part of Graduate Education Week and is free and open to the public.

11. LOUNGE AT THE LIBRARY
Thursday, Mar 29, 11:30am-1:00pm, Grad Lounge at 416 Newman Library
Enjoy a free light lunch and informational session with subject librarians available to assist you with your research questions.

12. GSS PRESENTS: lumenHAUS TOURS

Thursday, Mar 29, 11:00am; Register here
Friday, Mar 30, 2:00pm; Register here
The Grad Scholars Society hosts these tours of the award-winning solar house designed and built by a team of VT students and faculty. Advance registration required. You will receive a confirmation when your registration is accepted. Contact Wes Cardwell at wcardwel@vt.edu with questions.

13. GRAD NIGHT AT THE LYRIC: EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE
Thursday, Mar 29, 7:00 and 9:30pm, The Lyric
Enjoy a free night at the movies with fellow grads, compliments of the Graduate School and The Lyric in recognition of Graduate Education Week. Pick up a free ticket at the GLC Information Desk or in 110 GLC while supplies last.

14. EINSTEIN’S TELESCOPE: THE HUNT FOR DARK MATTER AND DARK ENERGY IN THE UNIVERS
Thursday, Mar 29, 7:00pm book signing; 7:30pm lecture, GLC Auditorium
Dr. Evalyn Gates, executive director and CEO of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, discusses the search for an unknown dark energy in the universe. Sponsored by the Department of Physics, College of Science, the Graduate School, and Women in Leadership and Philanthropy.

15. STS ANNUAL LECTURE: URANIUM FROM AFRICA AND THE POWER OF NUCLEAR THINGS
Friday, Mar 30, 3:00pm, Torg 2150
The department of Science and Technology in Society presents the 23rd annual Nicholas Mullins lecture on uranium from Africa and the power of nuclear things, presented by Dr. Gabrielle Hecht, professor of history at the University of Michigan. A reception will follow the lecture. For more information contact grad student Monique Dufour at msdufour@vt.edu.

16. GRAD OLYMPICS 2012 – register by Mar 27!
Friday, Mar 30, 3:00-4:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
This light-hearted competition among graduate student teams will put your wit, physical skills and team spirit to the test. Up to ten teams of 4-5 members may compete for great prizes (including $50 gift certificate to The Cellar). No prior experience necessary, but resourcefulness and knowledge of the GLC are a plus. All materials are provided. Register by 3/27. You will be notified if your registration is accepted.

17. BIG COOK OUT
Friday, Mar 30, 4:30-6:30pm, GLC and Grad School lawn
Enjoy free food, music, and games at this luau-themed cook out. Learn a hula dance and compete for prizes by wearing your wildest Hawaiian shirt. If shines, food will be served on the Grad School patio. If rains, food service will be in the Grad School lobby. But one way or another, there will be food, music, and fun, so take part of it! Remaining GEW t-shirts will be handed out at this event while supplies last.

18. SONG OF KOREA CULTURE SHOW

Saturday, Mar 31, 7:00pm, GLC Auditorium
The Korean American Student Association invites you to attend its annual culture show, Song of Korea. Enjoy a show about Korean culture while following the story of Kwon Park. Doors open at 6:30pm

19. 2012 INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH ESSAY CONTEST – 1st posting

Iota Delta Rho, an interdisciplinary honor society at VT, invites all students to participate in this year’s essay contest! Write 500 words or less answering the following question: Choose a public audience (not a university-based one; i.e. an elementary school class, church group, or members of Congress).  How would you explain to them the value of interdisciplinary research? Submit your essay to Carol Johnson, along with a cover page that includes the essay title, applicant name, program/college/degree level, and a short biography.  Deadline: Sunday, Apr 1, midnight.  The winner will receive a prize and acknowledgement at the upcoming IDR Day on Apr 10. More information on Iota Delta Rho >>.

20. SCUBA/OPEN WATER DIVE CERTIFICATION WITH OCVT

The Outdoor Club at Virginia Tech is organizing a open water dive certification class for students and club members who are interested in diving.  The class is for beginners and will teach necessary skills for diving up to 40ft independently.  Certification is good for life. To sign up and get detailed information, visit: http://tinyurl.com/82cqedv. Email Nimal Lobo at nlobo@vt.edu with questions.

21. AEL MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED – 3rd posting

Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) Graduate Honor Society, the only academic excellence and leadership honor society of graduate and professional school students, is now accepting applications for new members. Graduate students may become members based on their academic achievements and leadership experiences. Apply by Apr 1.  The induction ceremony for new members will take place on Thursday, Apr 26. For more information visit the AEL website (see above) or contact Andrea Tiwari at ajtiwari@vt.edu with any questions.

22. BAD DESIGN CONTEST –  3rd posting

The Human Factors and Engineering Society is hosting an on-campus "bad design" contest to spread the word about what human factors engineers do. The contest is simple: 1. Find something that is poorly designed on campus 2. Take a picture and write a few sentences about it. 3. Redesign a solution 4. Complete the entry form at http://goo.gl/LXDSz. 1st place is a $50 cash prize and 2nd place is a $25 cash prize. Questions can be emailed to hfesvt@gmail.com. This message is posted on behalf of master’s student Julee Harlow.

23. CALL FOR GSA PROGRAM CHAIR APPLICATIONS – 1st posting
If you are looking to get involved and gain valuable leadership experience, consider serving the graduate student community as a GSA Program Chair. As program chair, you will have the opportunity to be creative, work with a diverse group of students, and actively participate in an assortment of events.  Applications are currently accepted from proactive students for the following positions: Website Director, Research Symposium Chair, Graduate & Professional School Fair Chair, Graduate Research & Development Program Chair, Travel Fund Program Chair, GSA Events Chair, and GSA Historian. Please view the GSA website for a full description of each position. Contact the current chairs with any position-specific questions. Application deadline: Friday, Apr 6. Submit letter of interest, resume/CV, and goals for 2012-2013. Interviews will be conducted the following week. Direct general questions and send resumes to Elaine Mathis, efm28@vt.edu. 

24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SPEAKING UNITED – ENCOUNTERING DIFFERENCE
International students who enjoy the arts, painting, singing, dancing, reciting poetry and expressing themselves through any artistic form are invited to participate in this opportunity to interact through different artistic forms and encounter different cultures in an atmosphere of joy and enthusiasm. The event will take place on the Drillfield on Wednesday, Apr 4. If interested, contact Yanka Petkova yanka1@vt.edu or call 540-577-7342; may also submit poetry quotes in your national language or in any dialect. Deadline: Mar 29.

25. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DIVERSITY FOCUS GROUPS – 1st posting

To facilitate a movement toward developing and maintaining inclusive excellence at VT, H.O.K.I.E. roundtable events (Honoring Our Kinship Through Inclusive Excellence) will take place to offer the opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to share their perspectives and offer suggestions for improvement. The goal of H.O.K.I.E. is to evaluate where VT currently stands in relation to the core principles of diversity, inclusion, and equity. Not only will the roundtable serve to educate faculty, staff, and students, it will also be used as a forum for feedback on how the participants feel these principles have been handled within the university. Six different sessions will be held with the topics of: race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, religion and age. The groups will begin in April. If you are interested in attending, please contact doctoral student Natasha Cox at nacox@vt.edu.

26. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON UNLOADING PANEL WALLS – 1st posting
Participants will be required to perform several manual material handling tasks required to unload panel walls from a panel stack. Two-hour session plus 20-min preliminary session for a $10/hr compensation. Must be 18-40, male or female, no current or recent history of a physical disorder affecting the shoulder, knee, lower back, or ankle; exercise on a regular basis (2-3/wk). If interested, contact Courtney Haynes at 724-272-8574, chaynes7@vt.edu.

27. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are sought for a study investigating the effects of load size and weight and the use of assistive devices during load carriage. Participants are invited to complete either or both of two separate experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 2-3 hrs) and will be compensated $10/hour. During these sessions, participants will be asked to carry a variety of loads across a path or on a treadmill. Must be male, 18-35 years old, regularly exercise at least 2-3 times/wk, and have a relatively low body fat percentage. For more information or to inquire about participation, please contact Khoirul at khoirul@vt.edu. Please include your age, gender, and general availability when responding.

28. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR EFFECTS OF IMMERSION IN ANALYSIS OF
MICRO-CT DATASETS STUDY – 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 answering a few questions related to two selected micro-CT datasets, which will be volume-visualized on a state-of-the-art head-mounted display system, in the Blacklab of the center for HCI and department of computer science at KnowledgeWorks-II building of CRC. The whole experiment lasts about an hour. 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 to sign up for your participation. Researchers are providing free pickup and drop service from Cassell Coliseum to study venue and return to Cassell Coliseum for all participants signing up after Mar 7.

29. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A STUDY ON ANKLE SPRAIN RISK FACTORS – 3rd posting
Healthy, young adults (18-35) with and without a history of ankle sprains are sought for participation in an IRB-approved research project on ankle sprain risk factors. The project consists of 3 sessions, of which participants may complete one or a combination. Participants must perform a series of static and dynamic athletic tasks to assess the effects of running speed on motor control (study 1), perform single leg drop landings before and after fatigue (study 2), and complete ankle stiffness and position sense evaluations under fatigued and braced conditions (study 3). Compensation: $10/hr. Requirements: Active (exercising at least 2-3/wk); either no history of ankle sprains or ≥ 2 sprains to the same ankle; No current and/or chronic pain in ankles, knees, hips, back, or neck; No prior joint surgeries on the lower limbs; No neuropathies, muscle weakness, vestibular disorders, or current injuries; Not currently using ankle tape or braces for exercise or participating in physical rehabilitation. If interested, contact Courtney Haynes by at chaynes7@vt.edu, 724-272-8574.

30. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON WORKING IN GROUPS – 3rd posting
The VT Center for Human-Computer Interaction invites you to participate in a study of users playing a design game together, to study how people interact with one another in coming up with design ideas. Participants will be entered into a raffle for one of two $100 prizes (there will be at most 36 participants in this raffle). You will be asked to play a computer-based design game with 2 other players. Available 1-hour time slots are listed at https://bitly.com/designgamestudy. If interested, email tgm+dg@vt.edu <mailto:tgm%2Bdg@vt.edu>  for more information or to request any of the listed time slots, or to request a different time. The study takes place in McBryde 106A.

31. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR DISSERTATION STUDY ON MUSCLE ENDURANCE – 3rd posting
You are invited to participate in a VT dissertation research study on muscle endurance. Participants will perform a set of endurance tests involving the shoulder in a laboratory setting in the Industrial and Systems Engineering department. The study consists of 2 sessions, each lasting about 1 hr. Compensation: $15/hour. Requirements: not involved in any regular aerobic or resistance training, age 18-25 or 50-65, and no current or recent history of a physical disorder affecting the shoulder. Overweight individuals are especially needed.  Study protocols have been approved by the VT IRB (11-597). Please contact Lora Cavuoto at lcavuoto@vt.edu with any questions or if interested in participating.

32. HRC GRADUATE FELLOW POSITION OPENING FOR 2012-13 – 1st posting

The HRC Graduate Fellow serves the intellectual life and educational mission of the
Honors Residential College (HRC) and University Honors. The fellow will take an active part in the college, work closely with the Faculty principal, the Honors staff, and the Student Life Coordinator (SLC) to provide leadership for the HRC. Must reside in the HRC; work 20 hrs/wk; perform administrative tasks, serve as a resource and liaison, attend staff meetings and training sessions; maintain office hours; conduct HRC tours; other duties. Compensation: Housing and meal plan and in-state tuition scholarship. To learn more about the HRC and this position, visit http://www.housing.vt.edu/llc/hrc/index.php. To apply, send pdfs of a cover letter of interest and a résumé or CV to Dr. Robert Stephens, Principal of the HRC, at rosteph2@vt.edu before 5:00pm on Friday, Mar 30. Address questions to Dr. Stephens.

UPCOMING EVENTS:


ASSESSMENT BROWN BAG LUNCH: USING FOCUS GROUPS

Monday, Apr 2, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room C
Focus groups provide an alternative to surveys or to face-to-face interviews as a way to collect valid information important for the evaluation of a program.  This session will focus on how to organize, deliver, and report results from a focus group. This event is sponsored by the Office of Assessment and Evaluation.

CONFLICT RESOLUTION DIALOGUE WITH FACULTY AND OMBUDSPERSON

Tuesday, Apr 3, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Room C
To foster successful advisor-advisee relationships, there will be a dialogue on conflict resolution in graduate education. Panelists are Dr. Anne McNabb,  biological sciences, Dr. Marc Edwards, civil engineering, and Ms. Ennis McCrery graduate ombudsperson. Register here. Contact Akiko Nakamura at nakamura@vt.edu with any questions about this event.

MOVIE NIGHT: LIMITLESS

Tuesday, Apr 3, 8:00pm, GLC TV Lounge
Come and watch the movie “Limitless” together with fellow Graduate students. More information about the movie and a trailer can be found at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1219289/. Light refreshments will be provided!

GRAD DIVERSITY SCHOLARS PRESENT: FILM AND DISCUSSION ON A MUSLIM WOMAN’S PERSPECTIVE

Thursday, Apr 5, 6:30-8:30pm, GLC Room F
A Muslim Woman’s Perspective is an intimate look at a diverse group of Muslim women living in the Pacific Northwest in the USA. By creating a forum where Muslim women can freely engage in an open dialogue about complex issues, filmmaker Farah Nousheen exposes a vast and fascinating array of thoughts and ideas. This event is posted on behalf of doctoral student Heba El-Shazli, heba@vt.edu.

IDR DAY 2012
Tuesday, Apr 10, 5:00-9:30pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech
The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (IDR) is sponsoring the 2nd Interdisciplinary Research Day (IDR Day 2012) at Virginia Tech. Enjoy an evening of exciting discussions about transdisciplinarity and interdisciplinarity. The event will begin with welcoming new honor members into the society and a review of this year’s accomplishments. Then the audience will subdivide into groups to tackle modern-day wicked problems through creative integration of the different disciplines represented in the group. Dinner is provided. Registration is FREE but required due to limited spaces. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. Event program and registration>>.

DISTRESSED CITIES CONFERENCE    

Thursday and Friday, Apr 12-13
Please join the School of Public and International Affairs for a conference on Distressed Cities, hosted on VT’s Blacksburg campus. Check the conference  website for details: http://distressedcities.wordpress.com. This message is posted on behalf of doctoral student Anja Bieri.

15TH ANNUAL EBONY AFFAIR: A CRYSTAL STAIR – REGISTER NOW!

Friday, Apr 13, 7:00-9:00pm, Custom Catering Center
The Black Graduate Student Organization invites you to their annual Ebony Affair, a semi-formal red-carpet dinner banquet recognizing outstanding faculty members, students, and community members who actively engage in their motto: “Lifting As We Climb.” The Ebony Affair provides exposure to cultural expressions, and facilitates networking opportunities among students, faculty, staff, and the community. Invited guests and sponsors include university departments, community organizations and business, and individuals from the community. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.bgso.org.vt.edu/sponsors.html for $12 each, which includes dinner, gift bag, and entertainment following the event. If you have any questions, please contact Shernita Lee, shernita@vt.edu.

March 26 – April 1, 2012

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career services advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, Study Room
  • Counseling:  Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from Room G)
  • GLC Café: Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: 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. 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 at stuartma@vt.edu.

3. GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK! – Full schedule here

4. ETD REVIEW RUSH!
Monday, Mar 26, 9:30-10:30am;
Tuesday, Mar 27, 2:30-3:30pm;
Thursday, Mar 29, 10-11am, all in GLC Room C
If you are graduating this semester and finishing up your ETD, come to one of these sessions to have a pre-submission review of your ETD by Graduate School staff and make sure that it is ready to be submitted.  Bring your laptop and a copy of your ETD in pdf format. Contact gradappl@vt.edu or 540-231-8636 with any questions.

5. 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 for more information. Free GEW t-shirts at this event.

6. CAREER BOOSTER SEMINARS

Tuesday, Mar 27, 4:00-5:00pm, GLC Rooms C and F
The job search processes for industry and academic positions are unique. Participate in the academic job search seminar in Room C, or the industry search one in Room F to understand how best to approach your job search and learn what you might experience in the process. Sponsored by Career Services.  Free GEW t-shirts at this event.

7. DANCING AND SMOOTHIES

Tuesday, Mar 27, 7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Take a mini-vacation from your research and recharge by breaking a sweat to the popular Wii game, Just Dance! Afterwards, enjoy smoothies provided by the GLC Fellows. Free GEW t-shirts at this event.

8. COMMUNITY VOICES: GRAD ROUNDTABLE AND EVENING TALK
Tuesday, Mar 27, Grad Roundtable in the GLC, talk: 7:00pm, Lyric Theatre
Bob Summers, Entrepreneur and Founder of TechPad will present "Project Blacksburg: The Growing of an Open Source Community.”  Summers specializes in Internet software companies for the consumer and enterprise markets. A graduate student roundtable on this topic will take place Tuesday, 3/27 in the GLC, time & room location TBA. Contact Andy Morikawa for information at andymorikawa@vt.edu. This event was submitted by graduate student KatePreston.

9. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM AND EXPOSITION
Wednesday, Mar 28, 9:00am-3:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The symposium is a unique opportunity for students to interact with each other to pave the way for interdisciplinary research discussion and collaboration. The event promises to be an interactive networking forum between participants, faculty, departments, research entities and corporate bodies. The program features oral and poster presentations by students from various disciplines. Detailed schedule>>.

10. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM KEYNOTE: DAN PALLOTTA
Wednesday, Mar 28, 6:30pm, GLC Auditorium
Author of Uncharitable and writer for the Harvard Business Review, Dan Pallotta will provide a new perspective on for-profit charity organizations. His company, Pallotta Teamworks, invented the multi-day AIDSRides and Breast Cancer 3-Days. His work has been called "revolutionary" by former US senator Gary Hart and, according to The Stanford Social Innovation Review, his contribution "deserves to become the nonprofit sector’s new manifesto". This event is part of Graduate Education Week and is free and open to the public.

11. LOUNGE AT THE LIBRARY
Thursday, Mar 29, 11:30am-1:00pm, Grad Lounge at 416 Newman Library
Enjoy a free light lunch and informational session with subject librarians available to assist you with your research questions.

12. GSS PRESENTS: lumenHAUS TOURS

Thursday, Mar 29, 11:00am; Register here
Friday, Mar 30, 2:00pm; Register here
The Grad Scholars Society hosts these tours of the award-winning solar house designed and built by a team of VT students and faculty. Advance registration required. You will receive a confirmation when your registration is accepted. Contact Wes Cardwell at wcardwel@vt.edu with questions.

13. GRAD NIGHT AT THE LYRIC: EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE
Thursday, Mar 29, 7:00 and 9:30pm, The Lyric
Enjoy a free night at the movies with fellow grads, compliments of the Graduate School and The Lyric in recognition of Graduate Education Week. Pick up a free ticket at the GLC Information Desk or in 110 GLC while supplies last.

14. EINSTEIN’S TELESCOPE: THE HUNT FOR DARK MATTER AND DARK ENERGY IN THE UNIVERS
Thursday, Mar 29, 7:00pm book signing; 7:30pm lecture, GLC Auditorium
Dr. Evalyn Gates, executive director and CEO of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, discusses the search for an unknown dark energy in the universe. Sponsored by the Department of Physics, College of Science, the Graduate School, and Women in Leadership and Philanthropy.

15. STS ANNUAL LECTURE: URANIUM FROM AFRICA AND THE POWER OF NUCLEAR THINGS
Friday, Mar 30, 3:00pm, Torg 2150
The department of Science and Technology in Society presents the 23rd annual Nicholas Mullins lecture on uranium from Africa and the power of nuclear things, presented by Dr. Gabrielle Hecht, professor of history at the University of Michigan. A reception will follow the lecture. For more information contact grad student Monique Dufour at msdufour@vt.edu.

16. GRAD OLYMPICS 2012 – register by Mar 27!
Friday, Mar 30, 3:00-4:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
This light-hearted competition among graduate student teams will put your wit, physical skills and team spirit to the test. Up to ten teams of 4-5 members may compete for great prizes (including $50 gift certificate to The Cellar). No prior experience necessary, but resourcefulness and knowledge of the GLC are a plus. All materials are provided. Register by 3/27. You will be notified if your registration is accepted.

17. BIG COOK OUT
Friday, Mar 30, 4:30-6:30pm, GLC and Grad School lawn
Enjoy free food, music, and games at this luau-themed cook out. Learn a hula dance and compete for prizes by wearing your wildest Hawaiian shirt. If shines, food will be served on the Grad School patio. If rains, food service will be in the Grad School lobby. But one way or another, there will be food, music, and fun, so take part of it! Remaining GEW t-shirts will be handed out at this event while supplies last.

18. SONG OF KOREA CULTURE SHOW

Saturday, Mar 31, 7:00pm, GLC Auditorium
The Korean American Student Association invites you to attend its annual culture show, Song of Korea. Enjoy a show about Korean culture while following the story of Kwon Park. Doors open at 6:30pm

19. 2012 INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH ESSAY CONTEST – 1st posting

Iota Delta Rho, an interdisciplinary honor society at VT, invites all students to participate in this year’s essay contest! Write 500 words or less answering the following question: Choose a public audience (not a university-based one; i.e. an elementary school class, church group, or members of Congress).  How would you explain to them the value of interdisciplinary research? Submit your essay to Carol Johnson, along with a cover page that includes the essay title, applicant name, program/college/degree level, and a short biography.  Deadline: Sunday, Apr 1, midnight.  The winner will receive a prize and acknowledgement at the upcoming IDR Day on Apr 10. More information on Iota Delta Rho >>.

20. SCUBA/OPEN WATER DIVE CERTIFICATION WITH OCVT

The Outdoor Club at Virginia Tech is organizing a open water dive certification class for students and club members who are interested in diving.  The class is for beginners and will teach necessary skills for diving up to 40ft independently.  Certification is good for life. To sign up and get detailed information, visit: http://tinyurl.com/82cqedv. Email Nimal Lobo at nlobo@vt.edu with questions.

21. AEL MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED – 3rd posting

Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) Graduate Honor Society, the only academic excellence and leadership honor society of graduate and professional school students, is now accepting applications for new members. Graduate students may become members based on their academic achievements and leadership experiences. Apply by Apr 1.  The induction ceremony for new members will take place on Thursday, Apr 26. For more information visit the AEL website (see above) or contact Andrea Tiwari at ajtiwari@vt.edu with any questions.

22. BAD DESIGN CONTEST –  3rd posting

The Human Factors and Engineering Society is hosting an on-campus "bad design" contest to spread the word about what human factors engineers do. The contest is simple: 1. Find something that is poorly designed on campus 2. Take a picture and write a few sentences about it. 3. Redesign a solution 4. Complete the entry form at http://goo.gl/LXDSz. 1st place is a $50 cash prize and 2nd place is a $25 cash prize. Questions can be emailed to hfesvt@gmail.com. This message is posted on behalf of master’s student Julee Harlow.

23. CALL FOR GSA PROGRAM CHAIR APPLICATIONS – 1st posting
If you are looking to get involved and gain valuable leadership experience, consider serving the graduate student community as a GSA Program Chair. As program chair, you will have the opportunity to be creative, work with a diverse group of students, and actively participate in an assortment of events.  Applications are currently accepted from proactive students for the following positions: Website Director, Research Symposium Chair, Graduate & Professional School Fair Chair, Graduate Research & Development Program Chair, Travel Fund Program Chair, GSA Events Chair, and GSA Historian. Please view the GSA website for a full description of each position. Contact the current chairs with any position-specific questions. Application deadline: Friday, Apr 6. Submit letter of interest, resume/CV, and goals for 2012-2013. Interviews will be conducted the following week. Direct general questions and send resumes to Elaine Mathis, efm28@vt.edu. 

24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SPEAKING UNITED – ENCOUNTERING DIFFERENCE
International students who enjoy the arts, painting, singing, dancing, reciting poetry and expressing themselves through any artistic form are invited to participate in this opportunity to interact through different artistic forms and encounter different cultures in an atmosphere of joy and enthusiasm. The event will take place on the Drillfield on Wednesday, Apr 4. If interested, contact Yanka Petkova yanka1@vt.edu or call 540-577-7342; may also submit poetry quotes in your national language or in any dialect. Deadline: Mar 29.

25. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DIVERSITY FOCUS GROUPS – 1st posting

To facilitate a movement toward developing and maintaining inclusive excellence at VT, H.O.K.I.E. roundtable events (Honoring Our Kinship Through Inclusive Excellence) will take place to offer the opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to share their perspectives and offer suggestions for improvement. The goal of H.O.K.I.E. is to evaluate where VT currently stands in relation to the core principles of diversity, inclusion, and equity. Not only will the roundtable serve to educate faculty, staff, and students, it will also be used as a forum for feedback on how the participants feel these principles have been handled within the university. Six different sessions will be held with the topics of: race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, religion and age. The groups will begin in April. If you are interested in attending, please contact doctoral student Natasha Cox at nacox@vt.edu.

26. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON UNLOADING PANEL WALLS – 1st posting
Participants will be required to perform several manual material handling tasks required to unload panel walls from a panel stack. Two-hour session plus 20-min preliminary session for a $10/hr compensation. Must be 18-40, male or female, no current or recent history of a physical disorder affecting the shoulder, knee, lower back, or ankle; exercise on a regular basis (2-3/wk). If interested, contact Courtney Haynes at 724-272-8574, chaynes7@vt.edu.

27. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are sought for a study investigating the effects of load size and weight and the use of assistive devices during load carriage. Participants are invited to complete either or both of two separate experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 2-3 hrs) and will be compensated $10/hour. During these sessions, participants will be asked to carry a variety of loads across a path or on a treadmill. Must be male, 18-35 years old, regularly exercise at least 2-3 times/wk, and have a relatively low body fat percentage. For more information or to inquire about participation, please contact Khoirul at khoirul@vt.edu. Please include your age, gender, and general availability when responding.

28. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR EFFECTS OF IMMERSION IN ANALYSIS OF
MICRO-CT DATASETS STUDY – 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 answering a few questions related to two selected micro-CT datasets, which will be volume-visualized on a state-of-the-art head-mounted display system, in the Blacklab of the center for HCI and department of computer science at KnowledgeWorks-II building of CRC. The whole experiment lasts about an hour. 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 to sign up for your participation. Researchers are providing free pickup and drop service from Cassell Coliseum to study venue and return to Cassell Coliseum for all participants signing up after Mar 7.

29. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A STUDY ON ANKLE SPRAIN RISK FACTORS – 3rd posting
Healthy, young adults (18-35) with and without a history of ankle sprains are sought for participation in an IRB-approved research project on ankle sprain risk factors. The project consists of 3 sessions, of which participants may complete one or a combination. Participants must perform a series of static and dynamic athletic tasks to assess the effects of running speed on motor control (study 1), perform single leg drop landings before and after fatigue (study 2), and complete ankle stiffness and position sense evaluations under fatigued and braced conditions (study 3). Compensation: $10/hr. Requirements: Active (exercising at least 2-3/wk); either no history of ankle sprains or ≥ 2 sprains to the same ankle; No current and/or chronic pain in ankles, knees, hips, back, or neck; No prior joint surgeries on the lower limbs; No neuropathies, muscle weakness, vestibular disorders, or current injuries; Not currently using ankle tape or braces for exercise or participating in physical rehabilitation. If interested, contact Courtney Haynes by at chaynes7@vt.edu, 724-272-8574.

30. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON WORKING IN GROUPS – 3rd posting
The VT Center for Human-Computer Interaction invites you to participate in a study of users playing a design game together, to study how people interact with one another in coming up with design ideas. Participants will be entered into a raffle for one of two $100 prizes (there will be at most 36 participants in this raffle). You will be asked to play a computer-based design game with 2 other players. Available 1-hour time slots are listed at https://bitly.com/designgamestudy. If interested, email tgm+dg@vt.edu <mailto:tgm%2Bdg@vt.edu>  for more information or to request any of the listed time slots, or to request a different time. The study takes place in McBryde 106A.

31. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR DISSERTATION STUDY ON MUSCLE ENDURANCE – 3rd posting
You are invited to participate in a VT dissertation research study on muscle endurance. Participants will perform a set of endurance tests involving the shoulder in a laboratory setting in the Industrial and Systems Engineering department. The study consists of 2 sessions, each lasting about 1 hr. Compensation: $15/hour. Requirements: not involved in any regular aerobic or resistance training, age 18-25 or 50-65, and no current or recent history of a physical disorder affecting the shoulder. Overweight individuals are especially needed.  Study protocols have been approved by the VT IRB (11-597). Please contact Lora Cavuoto at lcavuoto@vt.edu with any questions or if interested in participating.

32. HRC GRADUATE FELLOW POSITION OPENING FOR 2012-13 – 1st posting

The HRC Graduate Fellow serves the intellectual life and educational mission of the
Honors Residential College (HRC) and University Honors. The fellow will take an active part in the college, work closely with the Faculty principal, the Honors staff, and the Student Life Coordinator (SLC) to provide leadership for the HRC. Must reside in the HRC; work 20 hrs/wk; perform administrative tasks, serve as a resource and liaison, attend staff meetings and training sessions; maintain office hours; conduct HRC tours; other duties. Compensation: Housing and meal plan and in-state tuition scholarship. To learn more about the HRC and this position, visit http://www.housing.vt.edu/llc/hrc/index.php. To apply, send pdfs of a cover letter of interest and a résumé or CV to Dr. Robert Stephens, Principal of the HRC, at rosteph2@vt.edu before 5:00pm on Friday, Mar 30. Address questions to Dr. Stephens.

UPCOMING EVENTS:


ASSESSMENT BROWN BAG LUNCH: USING FOCUS GROUPS

Monday, Apr 2, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room C
Focus groups provide an alternative to surveys or to face-to-face interviews as a way to collect valid information important for the evaluation of a program.  This session will focus on how to organize, deliver, and report results from a focus group. This event is sponsored by the Office of Assessment and Evaluation.

CONFLICT RESOLUTION DIALOGUE WITH FACULTY AND OMBUDSPERSON

Tuesday, Apr 3, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Room C
To foster successful advisor-advisee relationships, there will be a dialogue on conflict resolution in graduate education. Panelists are Dr. Anne McNabb,  biological sciences, Dr. Marc Edwards, civil engineering, and Ms. Ennis McCrery graduate ombudsperson. Register here. Contact Akiko Nakamura at nakamura@vt.edu with any questions about this event.

MOVIE NIGHT: LIMITLESS

Tuesday, Apr 3, 8:00pm, GLC TV Lounge
Come and watch the movie “Limitless” together with fellow Graduate students. More information about the movie and a trailer can be found at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1219289/. Light refreshments will be provided!

GRAD DIVERSITY SCHOLARS PRESENT: FILM AND DISCUSSION ON A MUSLIM WOMAN’S PERSPECTIVE

Thursday, Apr 5, 6:30-8:30pm, GLC Room F
A Muslim Woman’s Perspective is an intimate look at a diverse group of Muslim women living in the Pacific Northwest in the USA. By creating a forum where Muslim women can freely engage in an open dialogue about complex issues, filmmaker Farah Nousheen exposes a vast and fascinating array of thoughts and ideas. This event is posted on behalf of doctoral student Heba El-Shazli, heba@vt.edu.

IDR DAY 2012
Tuesday, Apr 10, 5:00-9:30pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech
The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (IDR) is sponsoring the 2nd Interdisciplinary Research Day (IDR Day 2012) at Virginia Tech. Enjoy an evening of exciting discussions about transdisciplinarity and interdisciplinarity. The event will begin with welcoming new honor members into the society and a review of this year’s accomplishments. Then the audience will subdivide into groups to tackle modern-day wicked problems through creative integration of the different disciplines represented in the group. Dinner is provided. Registration is FREE but required due to limited spaces. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. Event program and registration>>.

DISTRESSED CITIES CONFERENCE    

Thursday and Friday, Apr 12-13
Please join the School of Public and International Affairs for a conference on Distressed Cities, hosted on VT’s Blacksburg campus. Check the conference  website for details: http://distressedcities.wordpress.com. This message is posted on behalf of doctoral student Anja Bieri.

15TH ANNUAL EBONY AFFAIR: A CRYSTAL STAIR – REGISTER NOW!

Friday, Apr 13, 7:00-9:00pm, Custom Catering Center
The Black Graduate Student Organization invites you to their annual Ebony Affair, a semi-formal red-carpet dinner banquet recognizing outstanding faculty members, students, and community members who actively engage in their motto: “Lifting As We Climb.” The Ebony Affair provides exposure to cultural expressions, and facilitates networking opportunities among students, faculty, staff, and the community. Invited guests and sponsors include university departments, community organizations and business, and individuals from the community. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.bgso.org.vt.edu/sponsors.html for $12 each, which includes dinner, gift bag, and entertainment following the event. If you have any questions, please contact Shernita Lee, shernita@vt.edu.

March 19-25, 2012

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

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

2. 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.

3. BROWN BAG TALKS: HOW TO DESIGN EFFECTIVE SURVEYS
Monday, Mar 19, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room C
This session provides tips on the survey process and how to create and administer effective surveys that increase response rates and provide reliable data. This session is offered by the Office of Assessment and Evaluation. Register here.

4. INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL NETWORK ANALYSIS WORKSHOP
Monday, Mar 19, 7:00pm, Pamplin 30
The Interdisciplinary Consortium for Social Network Analysis (IC-SNA) is hosting a presentation/workshop for faculty and graduate students interested in (1) learning about SNA and/or (2) gaining insight into using it in their own research. Social network analysis focuses on discovering patterning of human’s (or any living being’s) interaction. This overview will cover the history and foundation of SNA, terminology, methods, practical usage, modern/interesting research, and applications for analyzing data.  Registration is not required.  Please contact Matt Fornito with questions or comments.

5. GSS TOURS PRESENTS: THE VT COAL POWER PLANT

Wednesday, Mar 21, 1:00-2:30pm, meet in GLC Lobby 12:30pm or at Power Plant bldg
Did you know there is a coal power plant on campus? Here is your opportunity to partake in a guided tour through the power plant, including an introductory presentation by plant associate director Byron Nichols summarizing how the plant works. Special bonus: Peer inside a working coal furnace while wearing eye protection. Space is limited, so register early. Accepted registrations will be confirmed by email. Check out the GSS calendar for more spring tour opportunities.

6. GRAD SCHOLARS SOCIETY PRESENTS: ETHICAL CHALLENGES WITH PLAGIARISM AND THE WWW
Thursday, Mar 22, 1:00-2:00pm, GLC Room C
Three experienced panelists Drs. Shelli B Fowler, Uwe Tauber and Ishwar Puri will start the discussion with some introductory remarks, followed by 30 minutes of audience questions, comments and general discussion. If you have any questions, please contact Wes Cardwell. Check out the GSS calendar for more discussion panels.

7. GLC CAFÉ PM
Thursday, Mar 22, 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. GSA SPRING 2012 WINE SOCIAL
Friday, Mar 23, 5:30-9:00pm, University Club
Take a break from your hectic semester and join your fellow grad students at the GSA Spring Wine Social. Wine service ends at 8:30pm. Tickets are $10 for wine and snacks; $5 for GSA delegates and cabinet members; and $2 for just snacks. Volunteers get in for free! If you would like to volunteer to help with the event, please fill out this survey. Valid state-issued ID required for entry. Contact Amanda Shea with any questions.

9. 3RD ANNUAL LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP: EMOTIONAL LEADERSHIP

Saturday, Mar 24, 10:00am-5:30pm, Pamplin 30
The Alpha XI chapter of Alpha Epsilon Lambda at VT hosts this workshop for graduate students, focusing on the issues of emotional intelligence and personality as they relate to leadership. During the workshop participants will complete a personalized assessment of their emotionally intelligent leadership skills, and take part in a panel discussion with prominent local leaders from different sectors of society. The workshop includes a $5 registration fee to cover the cost of the personalized assessment. Lunch and refreshments are provided free of charge. Space is limited to 50 graduate students, so register now.  For more information visit the AEL website or contact Andrea Tiwari at ajtiwari@vt.edu.

10. GRAD STUDENT PHOTO-ART-WRITING CONTEST: Deadline extended to 3/21
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. GRAD OLYMPICS 2012 – register now!

Put your wit, physical skills and team spirit to the test in this highlight of Graduate Education Week, a light-hearted competition among graduate student teams on Friday, Mar 30, 3:00-4:30. Up to ten teams of 4-5 members may compete for great prizes (including $50 gift certificate to The Cellar). No prior experience necessary, but resourcefulness and knowledge of the GLC are a plus. All materials are provided. All teams must pre-register by March 23 and wait for confirmation that their registration was accepted. You will be notified if your registration is accepted. Teams will receive extra points for a creative team name, flag design and team cheer.

12. AEL MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED – 2nd posting
Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) Graduate Honor Society, the only academic excellence and leadership honor society of graduate and professional school students, is now accepting applications for new members. Graduate students may become members based on their academic achievements and leadership experiences. Apply by Apr 1.  The induction ceremony for new members will take place on Thursday, Apr 26. For more information visit the AEL website (see above) or contact Andrea Tiwari at ajtiwari@vt.edu with any questions.

13. BAD DESIGN CONTEST – 2nd posting
The Human Factors and Engineering Society is hosting an on-campus "bad design" contest to spread the word about what human factors engineers do. The contest is simple: 1. Find something that is poorly designed on campus 2. Take a picture and write a few sentences about it. 3. Redesign a solution 4. Complete the entry form. 1st place is a $50 cash prize and 2nd place is a $25 cash prize. Questions can be emailed to hfesvt@gmail.com. This message is posted on behalf of master’s student Julee Harlow.

14. 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.  Reservations and payment may be made online

15. TAKE A STANCE FOR A CURE: JOIN A GRADS RELAY TEAM – 3rd posting
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, swethak@vt.edu.

16. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR EFFECTS OF IMMERSION IN ANALYSIS OF
MICRO-CT DATASETS STUDY – 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 answering a few questions related to two selected micro-CT datasets, which will be volume-visualized on a state-of-the-art head-mounted display system, in the Blacklab of the center for HCI and department of computer science at KnowledgeWorks-II building of CRC. The whole experiment lasts about an hour. 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 to sign up for your participation. Researchers are providing free pickup and drop service from Cassell Coliseum to study venue and return to Cassell Coliseum for all participants signing up after Mar 7.

17. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A STUDY ON ANKLE SPRAIN RISK FACTORS – 2nd posting
Healthy, young adults (18-35) with and without a history of ankle sprains are sought for participation in an IRB-approved research project on ankle sprain risk factors. The project consists of 3 sessions, of which participants may complete one or a combination. Participants must perform a series of static and dynamic athletic tasks to assess the effects of running speed on motor control (study 1), perform single leg drop landings before and after fatigue (study 2), and complete ankle stiffness and position sense evaluations under fatigued and braced conditions (study 3). Compensation: $10/hr. Requirements: Active (exercising at least 2-3/wk); either no history of ankle sprains or ≥ 2 sprains to the same ankle; No current and/or chronic pain in ankles, knees, hips, back, or neck; No prior joint surgeries on the lower limbs; No neuropathies, muscle weakness, vestibular disorders, or current injuries; Not currently using ankle tape or braces for exercise or participating in physical rehabilitation. If interested, contact Courtney Haynes, 724-272-8574.

18. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON WORKING IN GROUPS – 2nd posting
The VT Center for Human-Computer Interaction invites you to participate in a study of users playing a design game together, to study how people interact with one another in coming up with design ideas. You will be asked to play a computer-based design game with 2 other players. Available 1-hour time slots are listed here. If interested, email tgm+dg@vt.edu for more information or to request any of the listed time slots, or to request a different time. The study takes place in McBryde 106A.

19. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR DISSERTATION STUDY ON MUSCLE ENDURANCE – 2nd posting

You are invited to participate in a VT dissertation research study on muscle endurance. Participants will perform a set of endurance tests involving the shoulder in a laboratory setting in the Industrial and Systems Engineering department. The study consists of 2 sessions, each lasting about 1 hr. Compensation: $15/hour. Requirements: not involved in any regular aerobic or resistance training, age 18-25 or 50-65, and no current or recent history of a physical disorder affecting the shoulder. Overweight individuals are especially needed.  Study protocols have been approved by the VT IRB (11-597). Please contact Lora Cavuoto at lcavuoto@vt.edu with any questions or if interested in participating.

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MATERIAL HANDLING STUDY – 3rd posting

Participants are sought to assess performance of portable measurement systems during manual material handling tasks. Must be 18-40; female; no current or recent history of a physical disorder affecting the shoulder, knee, lower back, or ankle; exercise on a regular basis (2-3 times per week); shoe size >= 9. Participants will be required to perform several manual material handling tasks in a single ~2.5 hr experimental session. Compensation: $10/hour. Please call or email Sunwook Kim if interested: 540-557-7763 or sunwook@vt.edu. 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK!  official website

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 for more information.

GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM AND EXPOSITION
Wednesday, Mar 28, 9:00am-3:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The symposium is a unique opportunity for students to interact with each other to pave the way for interdisciplinary research discussion and collaboration. The event promises to be an interactive networking forum between participants, faculty, departments, research entities and corporate bodies. The program features oral and poster presentations by students from various disciplines. Detailed schedule.

GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM KEYNOTE: DAN PALLOTTA
Wednesday, Mar 28, 6:30pm, GLC Auditorium
Author of Uncharitable and writer for the Harvard Business Review, Dan Pallotta will provide a new perspective on for-profit charity organizations. His company, Pallotta Teamworks, invented the multi-day AIDSRides and Breast Cancer 3-Days. His work has been called "revolutionary" by former US senator Gary Hart and, according to The Stanford Social Innovation Review, his contribution "deserves to become the nonprofit sector’s new manifesto". This event is part of Graduate Education Week and is free and open to the public.

EDIBLE BOOKS CONTEST BY VT LIBRARIES

Friday, Mar 30, 2:00-4:00pm, 1100 Torgersen (Museum)
Edible book contests are about being creative with books and food. Entries can look like, poke fun, interpret, or highlight a book or element of a book. Entries can be sweet, savory, salty, bitter…anything! See images from the Newman Library pilot program in 2011 on the Newman Library Flickr site or look for other examples on the web. Register by Mar 23:  http://tinyurl.com/VTEdibleBooks2012.

STS ANNUAL LECTURE: URANIUM FROM AFRICA AND THE POWER OF NUCLEAR THINGS
Friday, Mar 30, 3:00pm, Torg 2150
The department of Science and Technology in Society presents the 23rd annual Nicholas Mullins lecture on uranium from Africa and the power of nuclear things, presented by Dr. Gabrielle Hecht, professor of history at the University of Michigan. A reception will follow the lecture. For more information contact grad student Monique Dufour at msdufour@vt.edu.

15TH ANNUAL EBONY AFFAIR: A CRYSTAL STAIR – REGISTER NOW!

Friday, Apr 13, 7:00-9:00pm, Custom Catering Center
The Black Graduate Student Organization invites you to their annual Ebony Affair, a semi-formal red-carpet dinner banquet recognizing outstanding faculty members, students, and community members who actively engage in their motto: “Lifting As We Climb.” The Ebony Affair provides exposure to cultural expressions, and facilitates networking opportunities among students, faculty, staff, and the community. Invited guests and sponsors include university departments, community organizations and business, and individuals from the community. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.bgso.org.vt.edu/sponsors.html for $12 each, which includes dinner, gift bag, and entertainment following the event. If you have any questions, please contact Shernita Lee.

March 19-25, 2012

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

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

2. 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.

3. BROWN BAG TALKS: HOW TO DESIGN EFFECTIVE SURVEYS
Monday, Mar 19, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room C
This session provides tips on the survey process and how to create and administer effective surveys that increase response rates and provide reliable data. This session is offered by the Office of Assessment and Evaluation. Register here.

4. INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL NETWORK ANALYSIS WORKSHOP
Monday, Mar 19, 7:00pm, Pamplin 30
The Interdisciplinary Consortium for Social Network Analysis (IC-SNA) is hosting a presentation/workshop for faculty and graduate students interested in (1) learning about SNA and/or (2) gaining insight into using it in their own research. Social network analysis focuses on discovering patterning of human’s (or any living being’s) interaction. This overview will cover the history and foundation of SNA, terminology, methods, practical usage, modern/interesting research, and applications for analyzing data.  Registration is not required.  Please contact Matt Fornito with questions or comments.

5. GSS TOURS PRESENTS: THE VT COAL POWER PLANT

Wednesday, Mar 21, 1:00-2:30pm, meet in GLC Lobby 12:30pm or at Power Plant bldg
Did you know there is a coal power plant on campus? Here is your opportunity to partake in a guided tour through the power plant, including an introductory presentation by plant associate director Byron Nichols summarizing how the plant works. Special bonus: Peer inside a working coal furnace while wearing eye protection. Space is limited, so register early. Accepted registrations will be confirmed by email. Check out the GSS calendar for more spring tour opportunities.

6. GRAD SCHOLARS SOCIETY PRESENTS: ETHICAL CHALLENGES WITH PLAGIARISM AND THE WWW
Thursday, Mar 22, 1:00-2:00pm, GLC Room C
Three experienced panelists Drs. Shelli B Fowler, Uwe Tauber and Ishwar Puri will start the discussion with some introductory remarks, followed by 30 minutes of audience questions, comments and general discussion. If you have any questions, please contact Wes Cardwell. Check out the GSS calendar for more discussion panels.

7. GLC CAFÉ PM
Thursday, Mar 22, 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. GSA SPRING 2012 WINE SOCIAL
Friday, Mar 23, 5:30-9:00pm, University Club
Take a break from your hectic semester and join your fellow grad students at the GSA Spring Wine Social. Wine service ends at 8:30pm. Tickets are $10 for wine and snacks; $5 for GSA delegates and cabinet members; and $2 for just snacks. Volunteers get in for free! If you would like to volunteer to help with the event, please fill out this survey. Valid state-issued ID required for entry. Contact Amanda Shea with any questions.

9. 3RD ANNUAL LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP: EMOTIONAL LEADERSHIP

Saturday, Mar 24, 10:00am-5:30pm, Pamplin 30
The Alpha XI chapter of Alpha Epsilon Lambda at VT hosts this workshop for graduate students, focusing on the issues of emotional intelligence and personality as they relate to leadership. During the workshop participants will complete a personalized assessment of their emotionally intelligent leadership skills, and take part in a panel discussion with prominent local leaders from different sectors of society. The workshop includes a $5 registration fee to cover the cost of the personalized assessment. Lunch and refreshments are provided free of charge. Space is limited to 50 graduate students, so register now.  For more information visit the AEL website or contact Andrea Tiwari at ajtiwari@vt.edu.

10. GRAD STUDENT PHOTO-ART-WRITING CONTEST: Deadline extended to 3/21
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. GRAD OLYMPICS 2012 – register now!

Put your wit, physical skills and team spirit to the test in this highlight of Graduate Education Week, a light-hearted competition among graduate student teams on Friday, Mar 30, 3:00-4:30. Up to ten teams of 4-5 members may compete for great prizes (including $50 gift certificate to The Cellar). No prior experience necessary, but resourcefulness and knowledge of the GLC are a plus. All materials are provided. All teams must pre-register by March 23 and wait for confirmation that their registration was accepted. You will be notified if your registration is accepted. Teams will receive extra points for a creative team name, flag design and team cheer.

12. AEL MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED – 2nd posting
Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) Graduate Honor Society, the only academic excellence and leadership honor society of graduate and professional school students, is now accepting applications for new members. Graduate students may become members based on their academic achievements and leadership experiences. Apply by Apr 1.  The induction ceremony for new members will take place on Thursday, Apr 26. For more information visit the AEL website (see above) or contact Andrea Tiwari at ajtiwari@vt.edu with any questions.

13. BAD DESIGN CONTEST – 2nd posting
The Human Factors and Engineering Society is hosting an on-campus "bad design" contest to spread the word about what human factors engineers do. The contest is simple: 1. Find something that is poorly designed on campus 2. Take a picture and write a few sentences about it. 3. Redesign a solution 4. Complete the entry form. 1st place is a $50 cash prize and 2nd place is a $25 cash prize. Questions can be emailed to hfesvt@gmail.com. This message is posted on behalf of master’s student Julee Harlow.

14. 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.  Reservations and payment may be made online

15. TAKE A STANCE FOR A CURE: JOIN A GRADS RELAY TEAM – 3rd posting
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, swethak@vt.edu.

16. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR EFFECTS OF IMMERSION IN ANALYSIS OF
MICRO-CT DATASETS STUDY – 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 answering a few questions related to two selected micro-CT datasets, which will be volume-visualized on a state-of-the-art head-mounted display system, in the Blacklab of the center for HCI and department of computer science at KnowledgeWorks-II building of CRC. The whole experiment lasts about an hour. 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 to sign up for your participation. Researchers are providing free pickup and drop service from Cassell Coliseum to study venue and return to Cassell Coliseum for all participants signing up after Mar 7.

17. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A STUDY ON ANKLE SPRAIN RISK FACTORS – 2nd posting
Healthy, young adults (18-35) with and without a history of ankle sprains are sought for participation in an IRB-approved research project on ankle sprain risk factors. The project consists of 3 sessions, of which participants may complete one or a combination. Participants must perform a series of static and dynamic athletic tasks to assess the effects of running speed on motor control (study 1), perform single leg drop landings before and after fatigue (study 2), and complete ankle stiffness and position sense evaluations under fatigued and braced conditions (study 3). Compensation: $10/hr. Requirements: Active (exercising at least 2-3/wk); either no history of ankle sprains or ≥ 2 sprains to the same ankle; No current and/or chronic pain in ankles, knees, hips, back, or neck; No prior joint surgeries on the lower limbs; No neuropathies, muscle weakness, vestibular disorders, or current injuries; Not currently using ankle tape or braces for exercise or participating in physical rehabilitation. If interested, contact Courtney Haynes, 724-272-8574.

18. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON WORKING IN GROUPS – 2nd posting
The VT Center for Human-Computer Interaction invites you to participate in a study of users playing a design game together, to study how people interact with one another in coming up with design ideas. You will be asked to play a computer-based design game with 2 other players. Available 1-hour time slots are listed here. If interested, email tgm+dg@vt.edu for more information or to request any of the listed time slots, or to request a different time. The study takes place in McBryde 106A.

19. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR DISSERTATION STUDY ON MUSCLE ENDURANCE – 2nd posting

You are invited to participate in a VT dissertation research study on muscle endurance. Participants will perform a set of endurance tests involving the shoulder in a laboratory setting in the Industrial and Systems Engineering department. The study consists of 2 sessions, each lasting about 1 hr. Compensation: $15/hour. Requirements: not involved in any regular aerobic or resistance training, age 18-25 or 50-65, and no current or recent history of a physical disorder affecting the shoulder. Overweight individuals are especially needed.  Study protocols have been approved by the VT IRB (11-597). Please contact Lora Cavuoto at lcavuoto@vt.edu with any questions or if interested in participating.

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MATERIAL HANDLING STUDY – 3rd posting

Participants are sought to assess performance of portable measurement systems during manual material handling tasks. Must be 18-40; female; no current or recent history of a physical disorder affecting the shoulder, knee, lower back, or ankle; exercise on a regular basis (2-3 times per week); shoe size >= 9. Participants will be required to perform several manual material handling tasks in a single ~2.5 hr experimental session. Compensation: $10/hour. Please call or email Sunwook Kim if interested: 540-557-7763 or sunwook@vt.edu. 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK!  official website

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 for more information.

GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM AND EXPOSITION
Wednesday, Mar 28, 9:00am-3:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The symposium is a unique opportunity for students to interact with each other to pave the way for interdisciplinary research discussion and collaboration. The event promises to be an interactive networking forum between participants, faculty, departments, research entities and corporate bodies. The program features oral and poster presentations by students from various disciplines. Detailed schedule.

GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM KEYNOTE: DAN PALLOTTA
Wednesday, Mar 28, 6:30pm, GLC Auditorium
Author of Uncharitable and writer for the Harvard Business Review, Dan Pallotta will provide a new perspective on for-profit charity organizations. His company, Pallotta Teamworks, invented the multi-day AIDSRides and Breast Cancer 3-Days. His work has been called "revolutionary" by former US senator Gary Hart and, according to The Stanford Social Innovation Review, his contribution "deserves to become the nonprofit sector’s new manifesto". This event is part of Graduate Education Week and is free and open to the public.

EDIBLE BOOKS CONTEST BY VT LIBRARIES

Friday, Mar 30, 2:00-4:00pm, 1100 Torgersen (Museum)
Edible book contests are about being creative with books and food. Entries can look like, poke fun, interpret, or highlight a book or element of a book. Entries can be sweet, savory, salty, bitter…anything! See images from the Newman Library pilot program in 2011 on the Newman Library Flickr site or look for other examples on the web. Register by Mar 23:  http://tinyurl.com/VTEdibleBooks2012.

STS ANNUAL LECTURE: URANIUM FROM AFRICA AND THE POWER OF NUCLEAR THINGS
Friday, Mar 30, 3:00pm, Torg 2150
The department of Science and Technology in Society presents the 23rd annual Nicholas Mullins lecture on uranium from Africa and the power of nuclear things, presented by Dr. Gabrielle Hecht, professor of history at the University of Michigan. A reception will follow the lecture. For more information contact grad student Monique Dufour at msdufour@vt.edu.

15TH ANNUAL EBONY AFFAIR: A CRYSTAL STAIR – REGISTER NOW!

Friday, Apr 13, 7:00-9:00pm, Custom Catering Center
The Black Graduate Student Organization invites you to their annual Ebony Affair, a semi-formal red-carpet dinner banquet recognizing outstanding faculty members, students, and community members who actively engage in their motto: “Lifting As We Climb.” The Ebony Affair provides exposure to cultural expressions, and facilitates networking opportunities among students, faculty, staff, and the community. Invited guests and sponsors include university departments, community organizations and business, and individuals from the community. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.bgso.org.vt.edu/sponsors.html for $12 each, which includes dinner, gift bag, and entertainment following the event. If you have any questions, please contact Shernita Lee.

March 12-18, 2012

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career services advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, Study Room
  • Counseling:  Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from Room G)
  • GLC Café: Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: 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. 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 at stuartma@vt.edu.

3. BROWN BAG TALKS: USING RUBRICS TO MEASURE STUDENT LEARNING
Monday, Mar 12, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room C
A rubric is a scoring tool used in authentic assessments that articulates criteria upon which works are evaluated.  This session will focus on the development and use of rubrics for program level assessment work. This session is offered by the Office of Assessment and Evaluation. Register at http://www.cideronline.org/events/events2.cfm.

4. 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/.

5. 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/.

6. SHORT STAT COURSE: BAYESIAN METHODS FOR REGRESSION IN R
Tuesday, Mar 13, 5:00-7:00pm, 3060 Torgersen Hall
The Lab for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis provides evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See http://www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more. This course will cover Bayes’ Rule and how it inspired the Bayesian paradigm of statistics, with particular emphasis on linear regression methods; how Bayesian inference differs from classical/frequentist inference, what tools are needed for Bayesian inference, and when Bayesian inference is superior. Examples will be provided for some simple regression analyses in R. For these examples, participants will interpret output, look at diagnostic plots, and discuss what hypotheses  can be tested. Follow LISA on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Statistical.collaboration or Twitter (www.twitter.com/LISA_VT) to be the first to know about LISA events!

7. AAUW POWERFUL PRESENCE LUNCH
Wednesday, Mar 14, 12:00-1l:00pm, 1100 Torg (Torgersen Museum)
Join fellow grads and other university women for this month’s power presence lunch to discuss the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley. Light refreshments will be provided. To find out more about the Blacksburg Branch of AAUW, please visit their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/AAUW-Blacksburg-Virginia-Tech/160413817304755.

8. GLC CAFÉ PM

Thursday, Mar 15, 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.

9. TAXES 101
Thursday, Mar 15, 6:00pm, Community Ctr Room, C’burg Library (125 Sheltman St)
The BAC of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated presents this tax workshop. Join this interactive presentation where an experienced tax preparer will provide you with free tax information and answer any questions you may have.  Even if you have already filed, this is a good opportunity to learn about new tax information provided by the tax preparer.  For more information contact Kacie Allen at kaciea1@vt.edu.

10. GLC FELLOWS HIKE TO THE CASCADES
Saturday, Mar 17, 10:30am, meet in front of the GLC on Otey Street
The GLC Fellows will lead this hike up to the beautiful Cascades waterfall. For those who don’t have a car, transportation can be arranged.  However, to help with transportation costs, if you are able to drive please consider doing so.  Please bring lunch to have a picnic at the top of the falls. If you’re interested, sign up at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1330445119946  For more information contact Eric Hodges at hodgeseb@vt.edu.

11. AID SPRING CONCERT: TAAL 2012
Sunday, Mar 18, 2:00-3:30pm, Haymarket Theater, Squires
The Association for India’s Development (AID), Blacksburg chapter, a graduate student organization, invites you to its annual Spring concert, hosting Dr. Suman Sharma (http://www.sumansharma.com/), a renowned sitarist and vocalist. Dr. Sharma completed her doctorate in music at the University of Delhi and she is a well-known sitar teacher in the Tri-State area. This event is free and open to the public.

12. GRAD STUDENT PHOTO-ART-WRITING CONTEST SPRING 2012
Submission deadline 3/16
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 at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest.html.

13. GRAD OLYMPICS 2012 – register now!
Put your wit, physical skills and team spirit to the test in this highlight of Graduate Education Week, a light-hearted competition among graduate student teams on Friday, Mar 30, 3:00-4:30. Up to ten teams of 4-5 members may compete for great prizes. No prior experience necessary, but resourcefulness and knowledge of the GLC are a plus. All materials are provided. All teams must pre-register by March 23 and wait for confirmation that their registration was accepted.  To pre-register, fill out this survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1330550322087. You will be notified if your registration is accepted. Teams will receive extra points for a creative team name, flag design and team cheer.

14. AEL MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED – 1st posting
Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) Graduate Honor Society, the only academic excellence and leadership honor society of graduate and professional school students, is now accepting applications for new members. Graduate students may become members based on their academic achievements and leadership experiences. Apply by Apr 1, through http://www.ael.graduateschool.vt.edu/application-process/.  The induction ceremony for new members will take place on Thursday, Apr 26. For more information visit the AEL website (see above) or contact Andrea Tiwari at ajtiwari@vt.edu with any questions.

15. BAD DESIGN CONTEST
The Human Factors and Engineering Society is hosting an on-campus "bad design" contest to spread the word about what human factors engineers do. The contest is simple: 1. Find something that is poorly designed on campus 2. Take a picture and write a few sentences about it. 3. Redesign a solution 4. Complete the entry form at http://goo.gl/LXDSz. 1st place is a $50 cash prize and 2nd place is a $25 cash prize. Questions can be emailed to hfesvt@gmail.com. This message is posted on behalf of master’s student Julee Harlow.

16. 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. 

17. TAKE A STANCE FOR A CURE: JOIN A GRADS RELAY TEAM – 2nd posting

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.

18. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A STUDY ON ANKLE SPRAIN RISK FACTORS – 1st posting
Healthy, young adults (18-35) with and without a history of ankle sprains are sought for participation in an IRB-approved research project on ankle sprain risk factors. The project consists of 3 sessions, of which participants may complete one or a combination. Participants must perform a series of static and dynamic athletic tasks to assess the effects of running speed on motor control (study 1), perform single leg drop landings before and after fatigue (study 2), and complete ankle stiffness and position sense evaluations under fatigued and braced conditions (study 3). Compensation: $10/hr. Requirements: Active (exercising at least 2-3/wk); either no history of ankle sprains or ≥ 2 sprains to the same ankle; No current and/or chronic pain in ankles, knees, hips, back, or neck; No prior joint surgeries on the lower limbs; No neuropathies, muscle weakness, vestibular disorders, or current injuries; Not currently using ankle tape or braces for exercise or participating in physical rehabilitation. If interested, contact Courtney Haynes by at chaynes7@vt.edu, 724-272-8574.

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON WORKING IN GROUPS – 1st posting
The VT Center for Human-Computer Interaction invites you to participate in a study of users playing a design game together, to study how people interact with one another in coming up with design ideas. You will be asked to play a computer-based design game with 2 other players. Available 1-hour time slots are listed at https://bitly.com/designgamestudy. If interested, email tgm+dg@vt.edu for more information or to request any of the listed time slots, or to request a different time. The study takes place in McBryde 106A.

20. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR DISSERTATION STUDY ON MUSCLE ENDURANCE
You are invited to participate in a VT dissertation research study on muscle endurance. Participants will perform a set of endurance tests involving the shoulder in a laboratory setting in the Industrial and Systems Engineering department. The study consists of 2 sessions, each lasting about 1 hr. Compensation: $15/hour. Requirements: not involved in any regular aerobic or resistance training, age 18-25 or 50-65, and no current or recent history of a physical disorder affecting the shoulder. Overweight individuals are especially needed.  Study protocols have been approved by the VT IRB (11-597). Please contact Lora Cavuoto at lcavuoto@vt.edu with any questions or if interested in participating.

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MATERIAL HANDLING STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are sought to assess performance of portable measurement systems during manual material handling tasks. Must be 18-40; female; no current or recent history of a physical disorder affecting the shoulder, knee, lower back, or ankle; exercise on a regular basis (2-3 times per week); shoe size >= 9. Participants will be required to perform several manual material handling tasks in a single ~2.5 hr experimental session. Compensation: $10/hour. Please call or email Sunwook Kim if interested: 540-557-7763 or sunwook@vt.edu. 

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ONLINE SURVEY – 3rd 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: https://virginiatechtraining.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3ltB0PoEfFOIzxa.
Please address any questions to Carol Zhang (zyz211@vt.edu).

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SLIP/FALL STUDY – 3rd 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.

24. PARTICIPATE IN “SEX AND THE WORKPLACE” SURVEY – 3rd 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:  https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_7ajXlxzwBuIi4hm. 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.

25. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF SITTING EFFECTS – 3rd 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.

26. HAPPY PARENTS, HAPPY BABY RESEARCH STUDY – 3rd 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

27. GLC FELLOWS POSITIONS OPEN FOR 2012-2013 – 2nd posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking motivated graduate students who are committed to building graduate community, for three GLC Fellow positions for the 2012-2013 academic year.  An ideal candidate would have previous residence life and/or event planning experience though it is not a requirement. Applicants must submit a formal cover letter, resume and letter of recommendation, as well as complete the following survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1330467616751. A detailed position description can be found on the Graduate Life Center website at www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu. Apply by Mar 16, 2012. Please contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu or Whitney Bortz at whitney8@vt.edu if you have questions.

28. GLC WAGE POSITIONS NOW OPEN FOR REMAINDER OF SPRING 2012 – 3rd 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

BROWN BAG TALKS: HOW TO DESIGN EFFECTIVE SURVEYS
Monday, Mar 19, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room C
This session provides tips on the survey process and how to create and administer effective surveys that increase response rates and provide reliable data. This session is offered by the Office of Assessment and Evaluation. Register at http://www.cideronline.org/events/events2.cfm.

GSA SPRING 2012 WINE SOCIAL

Friday, Mar 23, 5:30-9:00pm, University Club
Take a break from your hectic semester and join your fellow grad students at the GSA Spring Wine Social. Wine service ends at 8:30pm. Tickets are $10 for wine and snacks; $5 for GSA delegates and cabinet members; and $2 for just snacks. Volunteers get in for free! If you would like to volunteer to help with the event, please fill out the following survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1331158429078. Valid state-issued ID required for entry. Contact Amanda Shea at ashea04@vt.edu with any questions.

3RD ANNUAL LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP: EMOTIONAL LEADERSHIP
Saturday, Mar 24, 10:00am-5:30pm, Pamplin 30
The Alpha XI chapter of Alpha Epsilon Lambda at VT hosts this workshop for graduate students, focusing on the issues of emotional intelligence and personality as they relate to leadership. During the workshop participants will complete a personalized assessment of their emotionally intelligent leadership skills, and take part in a panel discussion with prominent local leaders from different sectors of society. The workshop includes a $5 registration fee to cover the cost of the personalized assessment. Lunch and refreshments are provided free of charge. Space is limited to 50 graduate students, so register now: http://www.ael.graduateschool.vt.edu/events/aellw-register/.  For more information visit http://www.ael.graduateschool.vt.edu/events/ or contact Andrea Tiwari at ajtiwari@vt.edu.

SAFE ZONE TRAINING 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.

GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM AND EXPOSITION

Wednesday, Mar 28, 9:00am-3:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The symposium is a unique opportunity for students to interact with each other to pave the way for interdisciplinary research discussion and collaboration. The event promises to be an interactive networking forum between participants, faculty, departments, research entities and corporate bodies. The program features oral and poster presentations by students from various disciplines. For a detailed schedule, visit: http://www.gsasymposium.graduateschool.vt.edu/.

GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM KEYNOTE: DAN PALLOTTA
Wednesday, Mar 28, 6:30pm, GLC Auditorium
Author of Uncharitable and writer for the Harvard Business Review, Dan Pallotta will provide a new perspective on for-profit charity organizations. His company, Pallotta Teamworks, invented the multi-day AIDSRides and Breast Cancer 3-Days. His work has been called "revolutionary" by former US senator Gary Hart and, according to The Stanford Social Innovation Review, his contribution "deserves to become the nonprofit sector’s new manifesto". This event is part of Graduate Education Week and is free and open to the public.

EDIBLE BOOKS CONTEST BY VT LIBRARIES
Friday, Mar 30, 2:00-4:00pm, 1100 Torgersen (Museum)
Edible book contests are about being creative with books and food. Entries can look like, poke fun, interpret, or highlight a book or element of a book. Entries can be sweet, savory, salty, bitter…anything! See images from the Newman Library pilot program in 2011 on the Newman Library Flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vtnewmanlibrary/sets/72157627279496995/ or look for other examples on the web. Register by Mar 23:  http://tinyurl.com/VTEdibleBooks2012.

March 12-18, 2012

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career services advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, Study Room
  • Counseling:  Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from Room G)
  • GLC Café: Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: 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. 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 at stuartma@vt.edu.

3. BROWN BAG TALKS: USING RUBRICS TO MEASURE STUDENT LEARNING
Monday, Mar 12, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room C
A rubric is a scoring tool used in authentic assessments that articulates criteria upon which works are evaluated.  This session will focus on the development and use of rubrics for program level assessment work. This session is offered by the Office of Assessment and Evaluation. Register at http://www.cideronline.org/events/events2.cfm.

4. 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/.

5. 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/.

6. SHORT STAT COURSE: BAYESIAN METHODS FOR REGRESSION IN R
Tuesday, Mar 13, 5:00-7:00pm, 3060 Torgersen Hall
The Lab for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis provides evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See http://www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more. This course will cover Bayes’ Rule and how it inspired the Bayesian paradigm of statistics, with particular emphasis on linear regression methods; how Bayesian inference differs from classical/frequentist inference, what tools are needed for Bayesian inference, and when Bayesian inference is superior. Examples will be provided for some simple regression analyses in R. For these examples, participants will interpret output, look at diagnostic plots, and discuss what hypotheses  can be tested. Follow LISA on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Statistical.collaboration or Twitter (www.twitter.com/LISA_VT) to be the first to know about LISA events!

7. AAUW POWERFUL PRESENCE LUNCH
Wednesday, Mar 14, 12:00-1l:00pm, 1100 Torg (Torgersen Museum)
Join fellow grads and other university women for this month’s power presence lunch to discuss the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley. Light refreshments will be provided. To find out more about the Blacksburg Branch of AAUW, please visit their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/AAUW-Blacksburg-Virginia-Tech/160413817304755.

8. GLC CAFÉ PM

Thursday, Mar 15, 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.

9. TAXES 101
Thursday, Mar 15, 6:00pm, Community Ctr Room, C’burg Library (125 Sheltman St)
The BAC of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated presents this tax workshop. Join this interactive presentation where an experienced tax preparer will provide you with free tax information and answer any questions you may have.  Even if you have already filed, this is a good opportunity to learn about new tax information provided by the tax preparer.  For more information contact Kacie Allen at kaciea1@vt.edu.

10. GLC FELLOWS HIKE TO THE CASCADES
Saturday, Mar 17, 10:30am, meet in front of the GLC on Otey Street
The GLC Fellows will lead this hike up to the beautiful Cascades waterfall. For those who don’t have a car, transportation can be arranged.  However, to help with transportation costs, if you are able to drive please consider doing so.  Please bring lunch to have a picnic at the top of the falls. If you’re interested, sign up at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1330445119946  For more information contact Eric Hodges at hodgeseb@vt.edu.

11. AID SPRING CONCERT: TAAL 2012
Sunday, Mar 18, 2:00-3:30pm, Haymarket Theater, Squires
The Association for India’s Development (AID), Blacksburg chapter, a graduate student organization, invites you to its annual Spring concert, hosting Dr. Suman Sharma (http://www.sumansharma.com/), a renowned sitarist and vocalist. Dr. Sharma completed her doctorate in music at the University of Delhi and she is a well-known sitar teacher in the Tri-State area. This event is free and open to the public.

12. GRAD STUDENT PHOTO-ART-WRITING CONTEST SPRING 2012
Submission deadline 3/16
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 at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest.html.

13. GRAD OLYMPICS 2012 – register now!
Put your wit, physical skills and team spirit to the test in this highlight of Graduate Education Week, a light-hearted competition among graduate student teams on Friday, Mar 30, 3:00-4:30. Up to ten teams of 4-5 members may compete for great prizes. No prior experience necessary, but resourcefulness and knowledge of the GLC are a plus. All materials are provided. All teams must pre-register by March 23 and wait for confirmation that their registration was accepted.  To pre-register, fill out this survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1330550322087. You will be notified if your registration is accepted. Teams will receive extra points for a creative team name, flag design and team cheer.

14. AEL MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED – 1st posting
Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) Graduate Honor Society, the only academic excellence and leadership honor society of graduate and professional school students, is now accepting applications for new members. Graduate students may become members based on their academic achievements and leadership experiences. Apply by Apr 1, through http://www.ael.graduateschool.vt.edu/application-process/.  The induction ceremony for new members will take place on Thursday, Apr 26. For more information visit the AEL website (see above) or contact Andrea Tiwari at ajtiwari@vt.edu with any questions.

15. BAD DESIGN CONTEST
The Human Factors and Engineering Society is hosting an on-campus "bad design" contest to spread the word about what human factors engineers do. The contest is simple: 1. Find something that is poorly designed on campus 2. Take a picture and write a few sentences about it. 3. Redesign a solution 4. Complete the entry form at http://goo.gl/LXDSz. 1st place is a $50 cash prize and 2nd place is a $25 cash prize. Questions can be emailed to hfesvt@gmail.com. This message is posted on behalf of master’s student Julee Harlow.

16. 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. 

17. TAKE A STANCE FOR A CURE: JOIN A GRADS RELAY TEAM – 2nd posting

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.

18. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A STUDY ON ANKLE SPRAIN RISK FACTORS – 1st posting
Healthy, young adults (18-35) with and without a history of ankle sprains are sought for participation in an IRB-approved research project on ankle sprain risk factors. The project consists of 3 sessions, of which participants may complete one or a combination. Participants must perform a series of static and dynamic athletic tasks to assess the effects of running speed on motor control (study 1), perform single leg drop landings before and after fatigue (study 2), and complete ankle stiffness and position sense evaluations under fatigued and braced conditions (study 3). Compensation: $10/hr. Requirements: Active (exercising at least 2-3/wk); either no history of ankle sprains or ≥ 2 sprains to the same ankle; No current and/or chronic pain in ankles, knees, hips, back, or neck; No prior joint surgeries on the lower limbs; No neuropathies, muscle weakness, vestibular disorders, or current injuries; Not currently using ankle tape or braces for exercise or participating in physical rehabilitation. If interested, contact Courtney Haynes by at chaynes7@vt.edu, 724-272-8574.

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON WORKING IN GROUPS – 1st posting
The VT Center for Human-Computer Interaction invites you to participate in a study of users playing a design game together, to study how people interact with one another in coming up with design ideas. You will be asked to play a computer-based design game with 2 other players. Available 1-hour time slots are listed at https://bitly.com/designgamestudy. If interested, email tgm+dg@vt.edu for more information or to request any of the listed time slots, or to request a different time. The study takes place in McBryde 106A.

20. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR DISSERTATION STUDY ON MUSCLE ENDURANCE
You are invited to participate in a VT dissertation research study on muscle endurance. Participants will perform a set of endurance tests involving the shoulder in a laboratory setting in the Industrial and Systems Engineering department. The study consists of 2 sessions, each lasting about 1 hr. Compensation: $15/hour. Requirements: not involved in any regular aerobic or resistance training, age 18-25 or 50-65, and no current or recent history of a physical disorder affecting the shoulder. Overweight individuals are especially needed.  Study protocols have been approved by the VT IRB (11-597). Please contact Lora Cavuoto at lcavuoto@vt.edu with any questions or if interested in participating.

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MATERIAL HANDLING STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are sought to assess performance of portable measurement systems during manual material handling tasks. Must be 18-40; female; no current or recent history of a physical disorder affecting the shoulder, knee, lower back, or ankle; exercise on a regular basis (2-3 times per week); shoe size >= 9. Participants will be required to perform several manual material handling tasks in a single ~2.5 hr experimental session. Compensation: $10/hour. Please call or email Sunwook Kim if interested: 540-557-7763 or sunwook@vt.edu. 

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ONLINE SURVEY – 3rd 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: https://virginiatechtraining.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3ltB0PoEfFOIzxa.
Please address any questions to Carol Zhang (zyz211@vt.edu).

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SLIP/FALL STUDY – 3rd 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.

24. PARTICIPATE IN “SEX AND THE WORKPLACE” SURVEY – 3rd 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:  https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_7ajXlxzwBuIi4hm. 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.

25. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF SITTING EFFECTS – 3rd 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.

26. HAPPY PARENTS, HAPPY BABY RESEARCH STUDY – 3rd 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

27. GLC FELLOWS POSITIONS OPEN FOR 2012-2013 – 2nd posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking motivated graduate students who are committed to building graduate community, for three GLC Fellow positions for the 2012-2013 academic year.  An ideal candidate would have previous residence life and/or event planning experience though it is not a requirement. Applicants must submit a formal cover letter, resume and letter of recommendation, as well as complete the following survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1330467616751. A detailed position description can be found on the Graduate Life Center website at www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu. Apply by Mar 16, 2012. Please contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu or Whitney Bortz at whitney8@vt.edu if you have questions.

28. GLC WAGE POSITIONS NOW OPEN FOR REMAINDER OF SPRING 2012 – 3rd 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

BROWN BAG TALKS: HOW TO DESIGN EFFECTIVE SURVEYS
Monday, Mar 19, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room C
This session provides tips on the survey process and how to create and administer effective surveys that increase response rates and provide reliable data. This session is offered by the Office of Assessment and Evaluation. Register at http://www.cideronline.org/events/events2.cfm.

GSA SPRING 2012 WINE SOCIAL

Friday, Mar 23, 5:30-9:00pm, University Club
Take a break from your hectic semester and join your fellow grad students at the GSA Spring Wine Social. Wine service ends at 8:30pm. Tickets are $10 for wine and snacks; $5 for GSA delegates and cabinet members; and $2 for just snacks. Volunteers get in for free! If you would like to volunteer to help with the event, please fill out the following survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1331158429078. Valid state-issued ID required for entry. Contact Amanda Shea at ashea04@vt.edu with any questions.

3RD ANNUAL LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP: EMOTIONAL LEADERSHIP
Saturday, Mar 24, 10:00am-5:30pm, Pamplin 30
The Alpha XI chapter of Alpha Epsilon Lambda at VT hosts this workshop for graduate students, focusing on the issues of emotional intelligence and personality as they relate to leadership. During the workshop participants will complete a personalized assessment of their emotionally intelligent leadership skills, and take part in a panel discussion with prominent local leaders from different sectors of society. The workshop includes a $5 registration fee to cover the cost of the personalized assessment. Lunch and refreshments are provided free of charge. Space is limited to 50 graduate students, so register now: http://www.ael.graduateschool.vt.edu/events/aellw-register/.  For more information visit http://www.ael.graduateschool.vt.edu/events/ or contact Andrea Tiwari at ajtiwari@vt.edu.

SAFE ZONE TRAINING 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.

GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM AND EXPOSITION

Wednesday, Mar 28, 9:00am-3:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The symposium is a unique opportunity for students to interact with each other to pave the way for interdisciplinary research discussion and collaboration. The event promises to be an interactive networking forum between participants, faculty, departments, research entities and corporate bodies. The program features oral and poster presentations by students from various disciplines. For a detailed schedule, visit: http://www.gsasymposium.graduateschool.vt.edu/.

GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM KEYNOTE: DAN PALLOTTA
Wednesday, Mar 28, 6:30pm, GLC Auditorium
Author of Uncharitable and writer for the Harvard Business Review, Dan Pallotta will provide a new perspective on for-profit charity organizations. His company, Pallotta Teamworks, invented the multi-day AIDSRides and Breast Cancer 3-Days. His work has been called "revolutionary" by former US senator Gary Hart and, according to The Stanford Social Innovation Review, his contribution "deserves to become the nonprofit sector’s new manifesto". This event is part of Graduate Education Week and is free and open to the public.

EDIBLE BOOKS CONTEST BY VT LIBRARIES
Friday, Mar 30, 2:00-4:00pm, 1100 Torgersen (Museum)
Edible book contests are about being creative with books and food. Entries can look like, poke fun, interpret, or highlight a book or element of a book. Entries can be sweet, savory, salty, bitter…anything! See images from the Newman Library pilot program in 2011 on the Newman Library Flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vtnewmanlibrary/sets/72157627279496995/ or look for other examples on the web. Register by Mar 23:  http://tinyurl.com/VTEdibleBooks2012.

March 5-11, 2012

0. GRAD SCHOOL CLOSED ON 3/8, 8:00am-1:00pm
The Graduate School will be closed for a half a day on Thursday, Mar 8. We’ll reopen at 1:00pm. On all other days this week the Graduate School is open with regular business hours (8-5). Use your Hokie Passport to enter the GLC on the Otey Street or Bookstore side.
   
1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC
All weekly services are on a hiatus during spring break, except GLC Café!
– GLC Café: Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, Reading Room

2. SPRING BREAK PITY PARTY: THE BREAKFAST CLUB! – register by noon on Monday, 3/5

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 by noon on Monday, 3/5 to give us an idea of how much food to prepare.

3. 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.

4. GLC CAFÉ PM

Thursday, Mar 8, 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.

5. REGISTER FOR GRAD OLYMPICS 2012!
Put your wit, physical skills and team spirit to the test in this highlight of Graduate Education Week, a light-hearted competition among graduate student teams. Up to ten teams of 4-5 members may compete for great prizes. No prior experience necessary, but resourcefulness and knowledge of the GLC are a plus. All materials are provided. All teams must pre-register and wait for confirmation that their registration was accepted.  The Olympics will take place on Friday, Mar 30, 3:00-4:30 in the GLC Multipurpose Room and surrounding area. To pre-register, fill out this survey. You will be notified if your registration is accepted. Teams will receive extra points for a creative team name, flag design and team cheer. Registration deadline: March 23.

6. 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 at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest.html.

7. BAD DESIGN CONTEST
The Human Factors and Engineering Society is hosting an on-campus "bad design" contest to spread the word about what human factors engineers do. The contest is simple: 1. Find something that is poorly designed on campus 2. Take a picture and write a few sentences about it. 3. Redesign a solution 4. Complete the entry form at http://goo.gl/LXDSz. 1st place is a $50 cash prize and 2nd place is a $25 cash prize. Questions can be emailed to hfesvt@gmail.com. This message is posted on behalf of master’s student Julee Harlow.

8. 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>>>

9. 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, swethak@vt.edu.

10. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MATERIAL HANDLING STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are sought to assess performance of portable measurement systems during manual material handling tasks. Must be 18-40; female; no current or recent history of a physical disorder affecting the shoulder, knee, lower back, or ankle; exercise on a regular basis (2-3 times per week); shoe size >= 9. Participants will be required to perform several manual material handling tasks in a single ~2.5 hr experimental session. Compensation: $10/hour. Please call or email Sunwook Kim if interested: 540-557-7763 or sunwook@vt.edu. 

11. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ONLINE SURVEY – 2nd 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).

12. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SLIP/FALL STUDY – 2nd 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 for more details.

13. PARTICIPATE IN “SEX AND THE WORKPLACE” SURVEY – 2nd 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.

14. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF SITTING EFFECTS – 2nd 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.

15. HAPPY PARENTS, HAPPY BABY RESEARCH STUDY – 2nd 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

16. GSA TRAVEL AND RESEARCH FUND PROGRAMS – deadline Mar 11
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 master’s students and $500 for doctoral students. 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 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. Apply by Mar 11, 2012 (5:00pm). Questions, contact GRDP chair, Milad Radiom, at SAGRDPChair@gmail.com.

17. GLC FELLOWS POSITIONS OPEN FOR 2012-2013 – 1st posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking motivated graduate students who are committed to building graduate community, for three GLC Fellow positions for the 2012-2013 academic year.  An ideal candidate would have previous residence life and/or event planning experience though it is not a requirement. Applicants must submit a formal cover letter, resume and letter of recommendation, as well as complete this survey. A detailed position description can be found on the Graduate Life Center website. Apply by Mar 16, 2012. Please contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu or Whitney Bortz at whitney8@vt.edu if you have questions.

18. GTA POSITION AVAILABLE FOR AY 2012-13 – 2nd posting

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.  More information about the position and the application process>> .

19. GLC WAGE POSITIONS NOW OPEN FOR REMAINDER OF SPRING 2012 – 2nd posting
Applications are being accepted for GLC wage positions for the remainder of the semester and beyond. The position ad is posted online, 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 or email the GLC Operations Manager, Jordan DeWitt, at sjdewitt@vt.edu. The posting closes on Mar 16.

UPCOMING EVENTS:


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.

SHORT STAT COURSE: BAYESIAN METHODS FOR REGRESSION IN R
Tuesday, Mar 13, 5:00-7:00pm, 3060 Torgersen Hall;
The Lab for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis provides evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. Instructions on how to register and earn more>>. This course will cover Bayes’ Rule and how it inspired the Bayesian paradigm of statistics, with particular emphasis on linear regression methods; how Bayesian inference differs from classical/frequentist inference, what tools are needed for Bayesian inference, and when Bayesian inference is superior. Examples will be provided for some simple regression analyses in R. For these examples, participants will interpret output, look at diagnostic plots, and discuss what hypotheses  can be tested.

AAUW POWERFUL PRESENCE LUNCH
Wednesday, Mar 14, 12:00-1l:00pm, 1100 Torg (Torgersen Museum)
Join fellow grads and other university women for this month’s power presence lunch to discuss the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley. Light refreshments will be provided. To find out more about the Blacksburg Branch of AAUW, please visit their Facebook page.

TAXES 101
Thursday, Mar 15, 6:00pm, Community Ctr Room, C’burg Library (125 Sheltman St)
The BAC of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated presents this tax workshop. Join this interactive presentation where an experienced tax preparer will provide you with free tax information and answer any questions you may have.  Even if you have already filed, this is a good opportunity to learn about new tax information provided by the tax preparer.  For more information contact Kacie Allen at kaciea1@vt.edu.

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.

GLC FELLOWS HIKE TO THE CASCADES
Saturday, Mar 17, 10:30am, meet in front of the GLC on Otey Street
The GLC Fellows will lead this hike up to the beautiful Cascades waterfall. For those who don’t have a car, transportation can be arranged.  However, to help with transportation costs, if you are able to drive please consider doing so.  Please bring lunch to have a picnic at the top of the falls. If you’re interested, sign up here.   For more information contact 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.

March 5-11, 2012

0. GRAD SCHOOL CLOSED ON 3/8, 8:00am-1:00pm
The Graduate School will be closed for a half a day on Thursday, Mar 8. We’ll reopen at 1:00pm. On all other days this week the Graduate School is open with regular business hours (8-5). Use your Hokie Passport to enter the GLC on the Otey Street or Bookstore side.
   
1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC
All weekly services are on a hiatus during spring break, except GLC Café!
– GLC Café: Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, Reading Room

2. SPRING BREAK PITY PARTY: THE BREAKFAST CLUB! – register by noon on Monday, 3/5

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 by noon on Monday, 3/5 to give us an idea of how much food to prepare.

3. 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.

4. GLC CAFÉ PM

Thursday, Mar 8, 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.

5. REGISTER FOR GRAD OLYMPICS 2012!
Put your wit, physical skills and team spirit to the test in this highlight of Graduate Education Week, a light-hearted competition among graduate student teams. Up to ten teams of 4-5 members may compete for great prizes. No prior experience necessary, but resourcefulness and knowledge of the GLC are a plus. All materials are provided. All teams must pre-register and wait for confirmation that their registration was accepted.  The Olympics will take place on Friday, Mar 30, 3:00-4:30 in the GLC Multipurpose Room and surrounding area. To pre-register, fill out this survey. You will be notified if your registration is accepted. Teams will receive extra points for a creative team name, flag design and team cheer. Registration deadline: March 23.

6. 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 at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest.html.

7. BAD DESIGN CONTEST
The Human Factors and Engineering Society is hosting an on-campus "bad design" contest to spread the word about what human factors engineers do. The contest is simple: 1. Find something that is poorly designed on campus 2. Take a picture and write a few sentences about it. 3. Redesign a solution 4. Complete the entry form at http://goo.gl/LXDSz. 1st place is a $50 cash prize and 2nd place is a $25 cash prize. Questions can be emailed to hfesvt@gmail.com. This message is posted on behalf of master’s student Julee Harlow.

8. 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>>>

9. 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, swethak@vt.edu.

10. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MATERIAL HANDLING STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are sought to assess performance of portable measurement systems during manual material handling tasks. Must be 18-40; female; no current or recent history of a physical disorder affecting the shoulder, knee, lower back, or ankle; exercise on a regular basis (2-3 times per week); shoe size >= 9. Participants will be required to perform several manual material handling tasks in a single ~2.5 hr experimental session. Compensation: $10/hour. Please call or email Sunwook Kim if interested: 540-557-7763 or sunwook@vt.edu. 

11. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ONLINE SURVEY – 2nd 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).

12. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SLIP/FALL STUDY – 2nd 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 for more details.

13. PARTICIPATE IN “SEX AND THE WORKPLACE” SURVEY – 2nd 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.

14. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF SITTING EFFECTS – 2nd 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.

15. HAPPY PARENTS, HAPPY BABY RESEARCH STUDY – 2nd 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

16. GSA TRAVEL AND RESEARCH FUND PROGRAMS – deadline Mar 11
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 master’s students and $500 for doctoral students. 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 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. Apply by Mar 11, 2012 (5:00pm). Questions, contact GRDP chair, Milad Radiom, at SAGRDPChair@gmail.com.

17. GLC FELLOWS POSITIONS OPEN FOR 2012-2013 – 1st posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking motivated graduate students who are committed to building graduate community, for three GLC Fellow positions for the 2012-2013 academic year.  An ideal candidate would have previous residence life and/or event planning experience though it is not a requirement. Applicants must submit a formal cover letter, resume and letter of recommendation, as well as complete this survey. A detailed position description can be found on the Graduate Life Center website. Apply by Mar 16, 2012. Please contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu or Whitney Bortz at whitney8@vt.edu if you have questions.

18. GTA POSITION AVAILABLE FOR AY 2012-13 – 2nd posting

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.  More information about the position and the application process>> .

19. GLC WAGE POSITIONS NOW OPEN FOR REMAINDER OF SPRING 2012 – 2nd posting
Applications are being accepted for GLC wage positions for the remainder of the semester and beyond. The position ad is posted online, 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 or email the GLC Operations Manager, Jordan DeWitt, at sjdewitt@vt.edu. The posting closes on Mar 16.

UPCOMING EVENTS:


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.

SHORT STAT COURSE: BAYESIAN METHODS FOR REGRESSION IN R
Tuesday, Mar 13, 5:00-7:00pm, 3060 Torgersen Hall;
The Lab for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis provides evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. Instructions on how to register and earn more>>. This course will cover Bayes’ Rule and how it inspired the Bayesian paradigm of statistics, with particular emphasis on linear regression methods; how Bayesian inference differs from classical/frequentist inference, what tools are needed for Bayesian inference, and when Bayesian inference is superior. Examples will be provided for some simple regression analyses in R. For these examples, participants will interpret output, look at diagnostic plots, and discuss what hypotheses  can be tested.

AAUW POWERFUL PRESENCE LUNCH
Wednesday, Mar 14, 12:00-1l:00pm, 1100 Torg (Torgersen Museum)
Join fellow grads and other university women for this month’s power presence lunch to discuss the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley. Light refreshments will be provided. To find out more about the Blacksburg Branch of AAUW, please visit their Facebook page.

TAXES 101
Thursday, Mar 15, 6:00pm, Community Ctr Room, C’burg Library (125 Sheltman St)
The BAC of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated presents this tax workshop. Join this interactive presentation where an experienced tax preparer will provide you with free tax information and answer any questions you may have.  Even if you have already filed, this is a good opportunity to learn about new tax information provided by the tax preparer.  For more information contact Kacie Allen at kaciea1@vt.edu.

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.

GLC FELLOWS HIKE TO THE CASCADES
Saturday, Mar 17, 10:30am, meet in front of the GLC on Otey Street
The GLC Fellows will lead this hike up to the beautiful Cascades waterfall. For those who don’t have a car, transportation can be arranged.  However, to help with transportation costs, if you are able to drive please consider doing so.  Please bring lunch to have a picnic at the top of the falls. If you’re interested, sign up here.   For more information contact 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.