April 2-8, 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:
    •  AM 9:00-10:00 on first and last Thursdays;
    •  PM 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, GLC Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Weekdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
  • Writing support: Thursdays 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room; contact Emily Love, remily4@vt.edu

2. ASSESSMENT 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.

3. VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR
Tuesday-Thursday, Apr 3-5,
http://secacc.careereco.net/files/2012/03/SEC_ACC_evite_student-withsponsors.jpg

4. STRATEGIES TO PREPARE FOR A DIFFICULT CONVERSATION WITH YOUR ADVISOR
Tuesday, Apr 3, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Room C
Would you like to know strategies to prepare for a difficult conversation with your advisor?  Join the dialogue!  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.

5. 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!

6. BROWN BAG LUNCH: THE IMPACT OF VA GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN BBURG AND THE NRV
Wednesday, Apr 4, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room G
The VT Urban Affairs & Planning Department and Town of Blacksburg Planning Department will host this discussion. Bring your lunch and join an interactive discussion with Blacksburg’s Mayor Ron Rordam and Towns Attorney Larry Spencer, about the impact of the Virginia General Assembly in Blacksburg and the NRV.

7. GRAD SCHOLARS SOCIETY PRESENTS: THE CHALLENGES OF MODERN MINING (COAL & URANIUM)
Thursday, Apr 5, 1:00-2:00pm, GLC Room B
Three experienced panelists Drs. Robert J Bodnar, Roe-Hoan Yoon, and Michael E Karmis will start the discussion with some introductory remarks, followed by 30 minutes of audience questions, comments and general discussion. Light refreshments provided, and other food allowed. Express interest here. If you have any questions, please contact Wes Cardwell at wcardwel@vt.edu. Check out the GSS calendar for more events.

8. GLC CAFÉ AM/PM
Thursday, Apr 5, 9:00-10:00am and 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room   
We are bringing the morning café back! On the first and last Thursday of every month, GLC Café will be both in the morning and in the afternoon. The afternoon café will continue weekly without interruption. If you missed all Graduate Education Week events but would like to have a GEW 2012 t-shirt, please stop by the GLC café this week to get one, while supplies last.

9. MINDFUL MEDITATION

Thursday, Apr 5, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
This is a session led by Sofia Nelson, a certified integral yoga instructor who also holds a master’s degree in phychology. A lifelong seeker, she has been practicing many aspects of yoga for over 25 years. This pranayama workshop will introduce breathing techniques that are specifically designed to aid in deep relaxation, stress relief, rejuvenation and meditation.

10. GRAD DIVERSITY SCHOLARS PRESENT: FILM AND DISCUSSION ON A MUSLIM WOMAN’S PERSPECTIVE
Thursday, Apr 5, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Room G
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.

11. FALL 2012 COURSE: EDCI 5784, Autoethnography as Methodology
Thursdays, 4:00-7:00pm
Taught by Kris Tilley-Lubbs: An alternative methodology for conducting research, autoethnography explores the social, political, historical, psychological, and cultural realms through personal introspection and reflection. Students will read significant and foundational works by leading scholars in the field, particularly those by Carolyn Ellis, Art Bochner, Carol Rambo, Ron Pelias, and Christopher Poulos. There will also be ample opportunity for autoethnographic writing and feedback.

12. CALL FOR STUDENT CONDUCT PEER ADVISORS

Applications to serve as a Student Conduct Peer Advisor (PA) for the 2012-2013 academic year are now available. This is an exciting leadership opportunity available to undergraduate and graduate students interested in serving in a peer support role in the Virginia Tech community. Applications are available in the Student Conduct office in 141 New Hall West. If you have any questions, contact Mark McKenzie at mtmckenz@vt.edu or studentconduct@vt.edu. Apply at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1332526447439.

13. 2012 INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH ESSAY CONTEST – 2nd 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, cjohns49@vt.edu, 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. For more information on Iota Delta Rho, visit http://www.idrsociety.org/.

14. 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. Sign up and get detailed information. Email Nimal Lobo at nlobo@vt.edu with questions.

15. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF INFANTS’ REFERENTIAL LEARNING – 1st posting
VT’s Infant Perception Lab is recruiting 13-15 month old infants for a study of referential learning and social attention. Infants are seated on their parents’ lap and watch movies of colorful objects while hearing lists of words repeated by an adult woman for two of the three tasks involved in this study. In between these two movie tasks, researchers conduct a brief assessment of the infant’s joint attention, by looking at posters and playing with wind-up toys in a play interaction with a research assistant. Each appointment should take no longer than an hour, and each participant receives a certificate of participation as a keepsake. If you are interested in having your child participate or would like more information, please email Laura Mills (lmills11@vt.edu).

16. MORE PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SLIP AND FALL STUDY – 1st posting
Participants aged 20-64 are needed for a Locomotion Research Lab study about the effects of localized muscle fatigue on risks of slips and falls. This study consists of four sessions, with each session lasting 2-3 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.

17. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR CANDY PRODUCT SURVEY AND STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are sought for a candy product survey and study. Anyone may participate in the survey. For the study, participants will be asked to consume candy products and answer questions about those products. The study will take approximately 10 minutes and participants will be compensated with a small snack. If you are interested, please fill out the survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1333335032666 

18. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DIVERSITY FOCUS GROUPS – 2nd 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:

  • Apr 9, 6pm – Age
  • Apr 12, 7pm – Gender
  • Apr 17, 7pm – Ability
  • Apr 18, 6:30pm – Race
  • TBA – Sexual Orientation
  • TBA – Religion

If you are interested in attending, please contact doctoral student Natasha Cox at nacox@vt.edu.

19. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON UNLOADING PANEL WALLS – 2nd 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.

20. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 2nd 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.

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR EFFECTS OF IMMERSION IN ANALYSIS OF
MICRO-CT DATASETS STUDY – 3rd posting

Participants are sought for the IRB-approved study of "Effects of immersion in analysis of micro-CT datasets with a head-mounted display." The study consists of 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.

22. CALL FOR GSA PROGRAM CHAIR APPLICATIONS – 2nd 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 at http://www.gsa.graduateschool.vt.edu/ 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. 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

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. For the event program and registration, please go to: http://www.idrsociety.org/idr-day-2012/.

GRAD SCHOLARS SOCIETY PRESENTS: TECHNOLOGY ADICTION – HOW REAL IS IT AND WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS?

Wednesday, Apr 11th, 1:30-2:30pm, GLC Room B
Three experienced panelists Drs. Joseph Pitt, Robert Stephens, and Richard Hirsh will start the discussion with some introductory remarks, followed by 30 minutes of audience questions, comments and general discussion. Light refreshments provided, and other food allowed. Express interest here. If you have any questions, please contact Wes Cardwell at wcardwel@vt.edu.

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. 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.
 
BOV GRAD LUNCHEON WITH PRESIDENT, PROVOST, & GRADUATE DEAN
Tuesday, Apr 17, 12:00-1:30pm, The Inn
Attend the next and final graduate luncheon of the spring semester with VP and dean for graduate education, Dr. Karen DePauw, 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 Apr 14. Contact Michelle McLeese at mmcleese@vt.edu or bovgradrep@vt.edu with any questions.

April 2-8, 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:
    •  AM 9:00-10:00 on first and last Thursdays;
    •  PM 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, GLC Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Weekdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
  • Writing support: Thursdays 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room; contact Emily Love, remily4@vt.edu

2. ASSESSMENT 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.

3. VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR
Tuesday-Thursday, Apr 3-5,
http://secacc.careereco.net/files/2012/03/SEC_ACC_evite_student-withsponsors.jpg

4. STRATEGIES TO PREPARE FOR A DIFFICULT CONVERSATION WITH YOUR ADVISOR
Tuesday, Apr 3, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Room C
Would you like to know strategies to prepare for a difficult conversation with your advisor?  Join the dialogue!  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.

5. 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!

6. BROWN BAG LUNCH: THE IMPACT OF VA GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN BBURG AND THE NRV
Wednesday, Apr 4, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room G
The VT Urban Affairs & Planning Department and Town of Blacksburg Planning Department will host this discussion. Bring your lunch and join an interactive discussion with Blacksburg’s Mayor Ron Rordam and Towns Attorney Larry Spencer, about the impact of the Virginia General Assembly in Blacksburg and the NRV.

7. GRAD SCHOLARS SOCIETY PRESENTS: THE CHALLENGES OF MODERN MINING (COAL & URANIUM)
Thursday, Apr 5, 1:00-2:00pm, GLC Room B
Three experienced panelists Drs. Robert J Bodnar, Roe-Hoan Yoon, and Michael E Karmis will start the discussion with some introductory remarks, followed by 30 minutes of audience questions, comments and general discussion. Light refreshments provided, and other food allowed. Express interest here. If you have any questions, please contact Wes Cardwell at wcardwel@vt.edu. Check out the GSS calendar for more events.

8. GLC CAFÉ AM/PM
Thursday, Apr 5, 9:00-10:00am and 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room   
We are bringing the morning café back! On the first and last Thursday of every month, GLC Café will be both in the morning and in the afternoon. The afternoon café will continue weekly without interruption. If you missed all Graduate Education Week events but would like to have a GEW 2012 t-shirt, please stop by the GLC café this week to get one, while supplies last.

9. MINDFUL MEDITATION

Thursday, Apr 5, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
This is a session led by Sofia Nelson, a certified integral yoga instructor who also holds a master’s degree in phychology. A lifelong seeker, she has been practicing many aspects of yoga for over 25 years. This pranayama workshop will introduce breathing techniques that are specifically designed to aid in deep relaxation, stress relief, rejuvenation and meditation.

10. GRAD DIVERSITY SCHOLARS PRESENT: FILM AND DISCUSSION ON A MUSLIM WOMAN’S PERSPECTIVE
Thursday, Apr 5, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Room G
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.

11. FALL 2012 COURSE: EDCI 5784, Autoethnography as Methodology
Thursdays, 4:00-7:00pm
Taught by Kris Tilley-Lubbs: An alternative methodology for conducting research, autoethnography explores the social, political, historical, psychological, and cultural realms through personal introspection and reflection. Students will read significant and foundational works by leading scholars in the field, particularly those by Carolyn Ellis, Art Bochner, Carol Rambo, Ron Pelias, and Christopher Poulos. There will also be ample opportunity for autoethnographic writing and feedback.

12. CALL FOR STUDENT CONDUCT PEER ADVISORS

Applications to serve as a Student Conduct Peer Advisor (PA) for the 2012-2013 academic year are now available. This is an exciting leadership opportunity available to undergraduate and graduate students interested in serving in a peer support role in the Virginia Tech community. Applications are available in the Student Conduct office in 141 New Hall West. If you have any questions, contact Mark McKenzie at mtmckenz@vt.edu or studentconduct@vt.edu. Apply at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1332526447439.

13. 2012 INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH ESSAY CONTEST – 2nd 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, cjohns49@vt.edu, 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. For more information on Iota Delta Rho, visit http://www.idrsociety.org/.

14. 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. Sign up and get detailed information. Email Nimal Lobo at nlobo@vt.edu with questions.

15. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF INFANTS’ REFERENTIAL LEARNING – 1st posting
VT’s Infant Perception Lab is recruiting 13-15 month old infants for a study of referential learning and social attention. Infants are seated on their parents’ lap and watch movies of colorful objects while hearing lists of words repeated by an adult woman for two of the three tasks involved in this study. In between these two movie tasks, researchers conduct a brief assessment of the infant’s joint attention, by looking at posters and playing with wind-up toys in a play interaction with a research assistant. Each appointment should take no longer than an hour, and each participant receives a certificate of participation as a keepsake. If you are interested in having your child participate or would like more information, please email Laura Mills (lmills11@vt.edu).

16. MORE PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SLIP AND FALL STUDY – 1st posting
Participants aged 20-64 are needed for a Locomotion Research Lab study about the effects of localized muscle fatigue on risks of slips and falls. This study consists of four sessions, with each session lasting 2-3 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.

17. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR CANDY PRODUCT SURVEY AND STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are sought for a candy product survey and study. Anyone may participate in the survey. For the study, participants will be asked to consume candy products and answer questions about those products. The study will take approximately 10 minutes and participants will be compensated with a small snack. If you are interested, please fill out the survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1333335032666 

18. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DIVERSITY FOCUS GROUPS – 2nd 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:

  • Apr 9, 6pm – Age
  • Apr 12, 7pm – Gender
  • Apr 17, 7pm – Ability
  • Apr 18, 6:30pm – Race
  • TBA – Sexual Orientation
  • TBA – Religion

If you are interested in attending, please contact doctoral student Natasha Cox at nacox@vt.edu.

19. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON UNLOADING PANEL WALLS – 2nd 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.

20. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 2nd 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.

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR EFFECTS OF IMMERSION IN ANALYSIS OF
MICRO-CT DATASETS STUDY – 3rd posting

Participants are sought for the IRB-approved study of "Effects of immersion in analysis of micro-CT datasets with a head-mounted display." The study consists of 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.

22. CALL FOR GSA PROGRAM CHAIR APPLICATIONS – 2nd 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 at http://www.gsa.graduateschool.vt.edu/ 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. 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

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. For the event program and registration, please go to: http://www.idrsociety.org/idr-day-2012/.

GRAD SCHOLARS SOCIETY PRESENTS: TECHNOLOGY ADICTION – HOW REAL IS IT AND WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS?

Wednesday, Apr 11th, 1:30-2:30pm, GLC Room B
Three experienced panelists Drs. Joseph Pitt, Robert Stephens, and Richard Hirsh will start the discussion with some introductory remarks, followed by 30 minutes of audience questions, comments and general discussion. Light refreshments provided, and other food allowed. Express interest here. If you have any questions, please contact Wes Cardwell at wcardwel@vt.edu.

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. 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.
 
BOV GRAD LUNCHEON WITH PRESIDENT, PROVOST, & GRADUATE DEAN
Tuesday, Apr 17, 12:00-1:30pm, The Inn
Attend the next and final graduate luncheon of the spring semester with VP and dean for graduate education, Dr. Karen DePauw, 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 Apr 14. Contact Michelle McLeese at mmcleese@vt.edu or bovgradrep@vt.edu with any questions.