August 6-12, 2012

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC
Weekly services are on hiatus for the summer, except for GLC Café and Statistical Consulting:

  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday (morning cafés are cancelled due to lack of interest), Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Weekdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room

2. GLC CAFÉ PM
Thursday, Aug 9, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
The GLC Café continues throughout the summer with free coffee and tea in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues. Bring your own mug if you can. 

3. NEW FALL COURSE: COS 5984 – GLOBAL ASPECTS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW
CRN 98397, Tuesdays 5:00–8:00pm / MCB238
Find out how you can protect your dream, idea, invention, research, paper and more, and what this means to the rest of the world. International protection of patents, copyrights, and trademarks will be covered as well as policy analysis of the globalized intellectual property “system”. Current problems relating to technological advances will be highlighted. For more details please contact annambs@vt.edu or visit www.science.vt.edu/stl/index.html.

4. NEW FALL COURSE: GRAD 5214, DIVERSITY FOR GLOBAL SOCIETY

Taught by Grad School Dean Karen DePauw, this course examines research and scholarship on diversity and inclusion for a global society from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Learn how your discipline is affected by global issues. This course is offered this fall on Tuesdays from 6-9pm in GLC Room C.

5. ENGINEERING EDUCATION GRAD ASSISTANT POSITION FOR 2012-13 – 2nd posting
Graduate assistant needed to work with first- and second-year undergraduates who are completing requirements to enter a degree-granting engineering major.  Will report to the co-director of Academic Advising and indirectly to the Department Head. Preference will be given to persons with degrees or experience in developmental academic advising, and higher education.  Click here for more details. http://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/funding_opp/ga_engineering_education.html Send resume and cover letter to Natasha Smith, noliver@vt.edu.

6. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR GSA WELCOME BACK BBQ! – 1st posting

The GSA is looking for volunteers to help set-up and serve food at the Welcome Back BBQ on Wednesday, Augt 22, 4:00-7:00pm, University Club Lawn.  Come and support the GSA all while enjoying the biggest event before the start of the semester.  Please sign up with and direct any questions to Elaine Mathis, VP of Programs (efm28@vt.edu).

7. VT CLUB CREW TEAM IS IN NEED OF COACHES – 1st posting
Unfortunately, the crew team has lost its entire coaching staff this past semester and is looking for interested people with coxing/rowing experience (coaching experience not necessary). If anyone is interested or would like more information about coaching this upcoming year, please contact the team at snolta92@vt.edu. Please pass this on to anyone else you may know who might be interested as well!

8. GRAD STUDENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR ORIENTATION/WELCOME WEEK  -2nd posting
The Graduate School is looking for graduate student volunteers (graduate ambassadors) to assist with international graduate student check-in (Aug 6-17), GTA training (Aug 20-21), the Welcome Center and New Graduate Student Orientation in the GLC (Aug 20-24). Roles include: check-in and registration assistance, information and guidance to attendees; Welcome Center staffing; orientation crowd control; program set up and more. If you are available and interested in assisting with any of these events, please contact Tara Frank at tara@vt.edu and include in your email your full name, department, contact information, and availability/preferred dates for participation. There will be a training session for grad ambassadors on Thursday, Aug 16, 2-3pm and on Friday, Aug 17, 10-11am, both in the GLC.

9. CHILD PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STORYTELLING ACTIVITY – 1st posting
Researchers are looking for children aged 8-10 to participate in a study on motion-based creative storytelling.  The child will be asked to enact and create stories using gestures and physical objects.  The storytelling session will last around an hour, and will take place on the Virginia Tech campus.  The session will be conducted by researchers from the VT Center for Human-Computer Interaction.  Researchers are also willing to keep your child for longer should it be more convenient for you.  Transport arrangements can also be made if necessary.  Please contact Sharon at sharilyn@vt.edu or 540-998 6488 if interested in participating.

10. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR ANKLE INSTABILITY STUDY – 2nd posting
Healthy, young adults WITH and WITHOUT a history of ankle sprains are sought for participation in a research project on ankle sprain risk factors.  The project consists of two (2) studies of which participants may complete one or both.  These studies will require participants to perform single leg drop landings before and after fatigue (STUDY 1), and complete ankle stiffness and position sense evaluations under fatigued and braced conditions (STUDY 2).  All procedures have been approved by the VT IRB. Participants must be 18-35 years old, active (2-3/wk), have no existing joint problems or chronic joint pain, and must not be participating in physical rehab or regularly using ankle tape or bracing. Participants will be compensated for their time at a rate of $10/hr.  Contact Courtney Haynes by email at chaynes7@vt.edu or call at 724-272-8574.

11. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SLIP AND FALL STUDY – 2nd posting

Participants are needed for a study assessing the effect of localized muscle fatigue on slip and fall risks. The study consists of 4 experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 2-2.5 hours). Participants will be compensated $10/hour with a $40 bonus after completing all sessions. Requirements: male or female, age 35-64, or 20-34 (overweight participants are preferred for this age group) no recent history of musculoskeletal disorders. If interested, please contact Xuefang Wu at xfwu@vt.edu for further details.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

GSA ICE CREAM SOCIAL

Friday, Aug 17, 2:00-5:30pm, GLC Student Lounge
Get out of your sweltering lab or office and cool off with some free ice cream sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly! Ice cream in bowls or cones and all of the toppings will be provided. Please direct any questions to Elaine Mathis, VP of Programs, at efm28@vt.edu.

OPTIMIZE YOUR GRAD EXPERIENCE: UNDERREPRESENTED MINORITY PERSPECTIVES FROM STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF

Wednesday, Aug 22, 11:00am-1:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
This event gives new students the opportunity to interact with those who have been in Blacksburg for a while and ask questions about student life that will make transition to VT easier. The event brings together new and returning students, faculty, and staff, and is an excellent opportunity to network and meet others. Representatives from the Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO) and the Latin American & Iberian Grad Students Association (LAIGSA) will be present to welcome you. Please register by emailing to Shernita Lee at shernita@vt.edu. The event is open to all and refreshments will be served. See the event on Facebook.

GSA WELCOME BACK BBQ!
Wednesday, Aug 22, 4:00-7:00pm, University Club Lawn
Start the semester off right at the Welcome Back BBQ sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA). Come and meet new and returning students while enjoying a selection of yard games and music with accompanying free BBQ provided by Log Cabin BBQ (vegetarian options available).   Bring your friends and family.  We hope to see you there!  Questions: Elaine Mathis, VP of Programs (efm28@vt.edu)

August 6-12, 2012

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC
Weekly services are on hiatus for the summer, except for GLC Café and Statistical Consulting:

  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday (morning cafés are cancelled due to lack of interest), Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Weekdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room

2. GLC CAFÉ PM
Thursday, Aug 9, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
The GLC Café continues throughout the summer with free coffee and tea in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues. Bring your own mug if you can. 

3. NEW FALL COURSE: COS 5984 – GLOBAL ASPECTS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW
CRN 98397, Tuesdays 5:00–8:00pm / MCB238
Find out how you can protect your dream, idea, invention, research, paper and more, and what this means to the rest of the world. International protection of patents, copyrights, and trademarks will be covered as well as policy analysis of the globalized intellectual property “system”. Current problems relating to technological advances will be highlighted. For more details please contact annambs@vt.edu or visit www.science.vt.edu/stl/index.html.

4. NEW FALL COURSE: GRAD 5214, DIVERSITY FOR GLOBAL SOCIETY

Taught by Grad School Dean Karen DePauw, this course examines research and scholarship on diversity and inclusion for a global society from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Learn how your discipline is affected by global issues. This course is offered this fall on Tuesdays from 6-9pm in GLC Room C.

5. ENGINEERING EDUCATION GRAD ASSISTANT POSITION FOR 2012-13 – 2nd posting
Graduate assistant needed to work with first- and second-year undergraduates who are completing requirements to enter a degree-granting engineering major.  Will report to the co-director of Academic Advising and indirectly to the Department Head. Preference will be given to persons with degrees or experience in developmental academic advising, and higher education.  Click here for more details. http://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/funding_opp/ga_engineering_education.html Send resume and cover letter to Natasha Smith, noliver@vt.edu.

6. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR GSA WELCOME BACK BBQ! – 1st posting

The GSA is looking for volunteers to help set-up and serve food at the Welcome Back BBQ on Wednesday, Augt 22, 4:00-7:00pm, University Club Lawn.  Come and support the GSA all while enjoying the biggest event before the start of the semester.  Please sign up with and direct any questions to Elaine Mathis, VP of Programs (efm28@vt.edu).

7. VT CLUB CREW TEAM IS IN NEED OF COACHES – 1st posting
Unfortunately, the crew team has lost its entire coaching staff this past semester and is looking for interested people with coxing/rowing experience (coaching experience not necessary). If anyone is interested or would like more information about coaching this upcoming year, please contact the team at snolta92@vt.edu. Please pass this on to anyone else you may know who might be interested as well!

8. GRAD STUDENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR ORIENTATION/WELCOME WEEK  -2nd posting
The Graduate School is looking for graduate student volunteers (graduate ambassadors) to assist with international graduate student check-in (Aug 6-17), GTA training (Aug 20-21), the Welcome Center and New Graduate Student Orientation in the GLC (Aug 20-24). Roles include: check-in and registration assistance, information and guidance to attendees; Welcome Center staffing; orientation crowd control; program set up and more. If you are available and interested in assisting with any of these events, please contact Tara Frank at tara@vt.edu and include in your email your full name, department, contact information, and availability/preferred dates for participation. There will be a training session for grad ambassadors on Thursday, Aug 16, 2-3pm and on Friday, Aug 17, 10-11am, both in the GLC.

9. CHILD PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STORYTELLING ACTIVITY – 1st posting
Researchers are looking for children aged 8-10 to participate in a study on motion-based creative storytelling.  The child will be asked to enact and create stories using gestures and physical objects.  The storytelling session will last around an hour, and will take place on the Virginia Tech campus.  The session will be conducted by researchers from the VT Center for Human-Computer Interaction.  Researchers are also willing to keep your child for longer should it be more convenient for you.  Transport arrangements can also be made if necessary.  Please contact Sharon at sharilyn@vt.edu or 540-998 6488 if interested in participating.

10. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR ANKLE INSTABILITY STUDY – 2nd posting
Healthy, young adults WITH and WITHOUT a history of ankle sprains are sought for participation in a research project on ankle sprain risk factors.  The project consists of two (2) studies of which participants may complete one or both.  These studies will require participants to perform single leg drop landings before and after fatigue (STUDY 1), and complete ankle stiffness and position sense evaluations under fatigued and braced conditions (STUDY 2).  All procedures have been approved by the VT IRB. Participants must be 18-35 years old, active (2-3/wk), have no existing joint problems or chronic joint pain, and must not be participating in physical rehab or regularly using ankle tape or bracing. Participants will be compensated for their time at a rate of $10/hr.  Contact Courtney Haynes by email at chaynes7@vt.edu or call at 724-272-8574.

11. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SLIP AND FALL STUDY – 2nd posting

Participants are needed for a study assessing the effect of localized muscle fatigue on slip and fall risks. The study consists of 4 experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 2-2.5 hours). Participants will be compensated $10/hour with a $40 bonus after completing all sessions. Requirements: male or female, age 35-64, or 20-34 (overweight participants are preferred for this age group) no recent history of musculoskeletal disorders. If interested, please contact Xuefang Wu at xfwu@vt.edu for further details.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

GSA ICE CREAM SOCIAL

Friday, Aug 17, 2:00-5:30pm, GLC Student Lounge
Get out of your sweltering lab or office and cool off with some free ice cream sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly! Ice cream in bowls or cones and all of the toppings will be provided. Please direct any questions to Elaine Mathis, VP of Programs, at efm28@vt.edu.

OPTIMIZE YOUR GRAD EXPERIENCE: UNDERREPRESENTED MINORITY PERSPECTIVES FROM STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF

Wednesday, Aug 22, 11:00am-1:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
This event gives new students the opportunity to interact with those who have been in Blacksburg for a while and ask questions about student life that will make transition to VT easier. The event brings together new and returning students, faculty, and staff, and is an excellent opportunity to network and meet others. Representatives from the Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO) and the Latin American & Iberian Grad Students Association (LAIGSA) will be present to welcome you. Please register by emailing to Shernita Lee at shernita@vt.edu. The event is open to all and refreshments will be served. See the event on Facebook.

GSA WELCOME BACK BBQ!
Wednesday, Aug 22, 4:00-7:00pm, University Club Lawn
Start the semester off right at the Welcome Back BBQ sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA). Come and meet new and returning students while enjoying a selection of yard games and music with accompanying free BBQ provided by Log Cabin BBQ (vegetarian options available).   Bring your friends and family.  We hope to see you there!  Questions: Elaine Mathis, VP of Programs (efm28@vt.edu)