March 25-31, 2013

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling (walk in, no appointment needed): Thursdays and Fridays 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursdays, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Weekdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room; find out each consultant’s software expertise here
  • Writing Center support for grads: Thursdays 4:00-6:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room (additional hours are available in the Library)

2. REBEL SEMINAR: DO WE NEED A LEARNING REVOLUTION?
Monday, Mar 25, 1:15-3:00pm, GLC Student Lounge (across from Auditorium)
Join Dr. Shelli Fowler in the grad student lounge in the GLC to explore what’s at stake when we think about a revolution in learning and your role in it.

3. ENGAGING IN EXCELLENCE: UNDERSTANDING THE FOUNDATION
Monday, Mar 25, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Learn about the connection between work environment, personal engagement and business performance outcomes, and identify strategies to develop and strengthen your individual core for greater engagement. Light refreshments served.

4. REMOVING THE MYSTERY OF THE ETD REVIEW
Monday, Mar 25, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Room G
Learn what happens to your ETD after you submit it to the Graduate School: timeline, corrections and final approval.

5. FOSTERING POSITIVE EATING AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY HABITS
Monday, Mar 25, 7:00-8:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Learn about current nutrition and physical activity recommendations from presenter Dr. Kathy Hosig and discuss barriers and facilitators for maintaining positive eating and physical activity habits. Light refreshments served.

6. LOUNGE AT THE LIBRARY
Tuesday, Mar 26, 11:30am-1:30pm, 416 Newman Library
Stop by the Grad Student Lounge in the Newman Library and enjoy a free light lunch as you learn about the resources available to grads and meet subject librarians who can help with your research.

7. CXWORX FITNESS CLASS
Tuesday, Mar 26, 1:00-1:45pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Join GLC Fellow Emily as she leads this Les Mills core work-out class for 30 minutes. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring water and a towel.

8. FROM CONFERENCE PAPER TO JOURNAL ARTICLE: THE INS AND OUTS OF GETTING PUBLISHED
Tuesday, Mar 26, 1:30-2:30pm, GLC Room C
Having your work published enhances professional advancement and personal satisfaction. Attend this panel for an inside view of academic journals and some advice on how to increase the chances of your work being selected for publication.

9. SHORT STAT COURSE FOR GRADS: CLASSIFICATION AND REGRESSION TREES (CART)
Tuesday, Mar 26, 4:00-6:00pm, 3060 Torgersen Hall
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) provides a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research and teach practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. Instructions on how to register and to learn more>>. Dr. Chris Franck will teach classification and regression tree (CART) methods, which are a class of data mining techniques that constitute an alternative approach to classical regression. CART methods are frequently used in applications where it is difficult to specify an appropriate regression model explicitly. The goal of this course is for students to learn why, when, and how to use CART in their research. For more information visit www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

10. FREE ANXIETY SUPPORT GROUP AVAILABLE
Tuesday, Mar 26, 7:00pm, VT Psychological Services Ctr, 3110 Prices Fork Rd
A free support group for individuals struggling with anxiety meets the last Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm. If you have questions or would like more information, contact the Psychological Services Center at 231-6914, visit www.psyc.vt.edu/outreach/psc, or email doctoral student Nathaniel Van Kirk at nvankirk@vt.edu or doctoral student Brenna Maddox.

11. GRAD MOVIE NIGHT AT THE LYRIC
Tuesday, Mar 26, 7:30 and 9:00pm, The Lyric
Pick up your free movie passes in the GLC to see Amour at The Lyric. Courtesy of the Graduate School in celebration of Graduate Education Week. 

12. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM & EXPO
Wednesday, Mar 27, 9:00am-3:00pm, GLC
View the latest in graduate research and visit with fellow grads as you learn about their research efforts.

13. PY4GRADS: PRACTICAL PYTHON FOR GRAD STUDENTS
Wednesdays, 11:00am-12:00pm, Port, the Digital Research Commons (Torg Bridge and Library 4th floor)
Are you interested in learning Python but not sure where to start?  Do you have questions about a particular Python library or module like scipy or numpy?  Are you interested in learning Python to speed up processing of text or data? If so, check out the py4grads group in the library, sponsored by the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship. They are offering weekly office hours with a library software engineer and a data science librarian to help you get started using Python in your research. They can help you find resources to learn Python on your own, help you set up your programming environment, or help you install and use many different modules. They are also interested in talking to grad students who are already using Python in their research. Questions? Comments? Email Andi Ogier, Data Science and Informatics Librarian.

14. ANSWER, SPIN AND WIN
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
Stop by the Career Services booth and test your interviewing skills by responding to an interview question. Receive feedback, spin the prize wheel, and walk away with some fun prize!

15. SAFE ZONE 101
Thursday, Mar 28, 10:00am-12:00pm, GLC Room C
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, and how you can be a Safe-Zone ally. Please register here. If you have questions, contact Tara Frank.

16. GLC CAFÉ: GEW EDITION – MY FAVORITE THINGS
Thursday, Mar 28, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, maybe hot chocolate, and definitely cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues. The GEW edition will include gourmet fixings for your coffee, tea or hot chocolate, a mug raffle, music and more. Share some of your favorite things by filling out this survey.

17. COMMUNITY VOICES: THE ART OF (SMALL) GOVERNMENT AND THE SMALL ART OF GOVERNANCE
Thursday, Mar 28, 7:00pm, The Lyric Theatre
Kathie deNobriga and Melanie Hammet, mayor and mayor pro tem of Pine Lake, Georgia, will be speaking on “The art of (small) government and the small art of governance.”  deNobriga and Hammet will sing, shout, laugh & talk about how artists are suited to lead and govern. They will consider the use of art as a tool for government and leadership and the curious intersections between voters, taxes, leaf vacuums, garbage collection, pancake breakfasts, and planning & zoning. Contact graduate student Kate Preston kapresto@vt.edu for more info about this event.

18. IDR PRESENTS: ROLE OF INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AS SEEN BY EPA RESEARCHER
Friday, Mar 29, 10:00-11:00am, GLC Room F
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society presents a March speaker spotlight on Dr. Laura E. Jackson, a biology researcher at the US Environmental Protection Agency who studies healthy communities. Dr. Jackson will be discussing the role of interdisciplinary research in the context of her study of the effect that land cover development has on the risk of Lyme disease incidence. Enjoy a lively talk and complimentary snacks. Please register by completing this survey; registration is not mandatory, and last-minute attendees are welcome. If you have any questions, contact Elizabeth Elvington, the IDR Social Spotlight Series Chair, esavage@vt.edu.

19. BIG COOK OUT (OR IN)
Friday, Mar 29, 4:30-6:30pm, GLC Lawn and Multipurpose Room
Graduate students and their families are invited to enjoy free food from Log Cabin BBQ, music, games, free fun photos in a photo booth, and cornhole sponsored by the BreakZONE. Bring a blanket! If it rains or snows, food will be served in the Graduate School lobby and the entire first floor of the building will be open for grads. If it’s sunny, the party is on the lawn.

20. MOVIE SCREENING: ENGLISH VINGLISH
Saturday, Mar 30, 3:00-6:00pm, The Lyric
The Indian Students Association (ISA) and Lyric Theater presents ‘ENGLISH VINGLISH,’ a movie that showcases the comedic journey of an Indian woman from being a simple housewife to a strong independent woman by rediscovering love, life and ultimately, herself through the process of learning the English language. The movie is in Hindi and in English (in parts) and subtitles are available. Admission is free for all ISA members and $2 for non-members. Refreshments will be available. Doors open at 2pm and the movie starts at 3pm. For details contact grad student Sreyoshi at sreyoshi@vt.edu, or visit Facebook.

21. UPCOMING GRADUATE SCHOOL DEADLINES:
– Apr 5 is the deadline for PhD/EdD students to defend if they wish to participate in the Spring 2013 commencement ceremony. The request for final examination must be received at least 2 weeks prior to your defense date through the Electronic Signature System (https://gradexam.stl.vt.edu/pages/login.php).

22. CALL FOR LISTSERV POSTING SUBMISSIONS FOR APR 1 SPECIAL EDITION
Here is your opportunity to get published in a peer-viewed online weekly notice: Submit your fake event description, faux call for research subjects, and other nonexistent opportunities for graduate students for the April 1 special edition of the GLC weekly listserv posting. Exercise your imagination and writing skills and earn extra points (in the form of chocolates and candy in 117 GLC) for a creative event or research idea, succinct description, and completeness of details. Submission deadline: March 31, midnight. Send to gibsonm@vt.edu, with subject line: You are a fool.

23. EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERS SOUGHT FOR PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE JOURNAL
Public Knowledge Journal is an open-access multi-disciplinary journal published biannually at Virginia Tech. Following the first five successful years, the journal is seeking editorial board members to take the journal forward into the next phase of its development. Incoming board members will begin to take an active role in the journal in the spring of 2013 and will overlap with the existing editors until assuming full responsibility on June 1, 2013. Positions available include: Articles Editor, Copy Editor, and Website Editor. Full description>>. Applications are sought from individuals who are committed to an interdisciplinary approach. If interested, send a CV and cover letter indicating position(s) sought to Katie Read by Apr 5.

24. BUY LOCAL MEATS AT VT

Looking for a place to buy local meats and support educational efforts at VA Tech? Look no further! VA Tech has its own fully state-inspected meat center that processes meats on a daily basis. They are available for sale via online orders at http://www.apsc.vt.edu/facilities/meat/index.html Right now they have boneless Easter hams for sale! For questions email vtmeatcenter@gmail.com. This message is posted on behalf of Kristen Stufft, grad student in animal and poultry science and assistant manager of the meat center.

25. REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR STUDENT ENGAGEMENT GRANT – 3rd posting
VT Engage is accepting proposals for the John E. Dooley Student Engagement Grant (JEDSEG). This grant is looking to fund highly motivated students who plan to invest in their community by creating an opportunity for active civic engagement. Two awards of $750 each are available. For more information and to access the application materials, please visit www.engage.vt.edu or email Lauren Kennedy at kennedy0@vt.edu. Submit application by Mar 29, 5pm.

26. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM CYCLE II OPENS 3/25 – 3rd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly strives to address the needs of VT graduate students. The GSA Travel Fund Program (TFP) is designed to meet some of these needs by providing graduate students financial assistance for presenting at conferences and scientific meetings, travel expenses, registration fees, lodging, meals, and other various expenses. The program also can be used to support international travel. The program is sponsored by the Graduate School and the Research Foundation of Virginia Tech. Master’s students are eligible for awards from $150-$350; doctoral students are eligible for awards from $200-500. Find out more>> .

27. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON CONTROL MECHANISMS OF MOVEMENT – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a study assessing the control mechanisms of human movement. The study consists of two sessions for about 1-2 and 3-4 hours respectively. Requirements: male or female with no recent history of musculoskeletal disorders within the age range of 18-30.  Participants will be compensated $10/hr.  If interested, please contact Alireza Sedighi at sedighia@vt.edu for further details.

28. NON-TRADITIONAL FEMALE DOCTORAL STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY – 2nd posting
A qualitative study is being conducted interviewing partners/spouses of female doctoral students returning to academia mid-career. The purpose of the study is to gain knowledge of lived experiences of partners who have lived with a female doctoral student. The results of this study should further our understanding of the needs and experiences of people in these relationships.  A one-time one-on-one interview will be conducted. Each participant completing the interview process will receive a gift card to Panera or Starbucks. Please contact Andrea Sharpe asharpe@vt.edu or Aaron Johnson apjohns3@vt.edu if you are willing to participate.

29. FACILITATORS SOUGHT FOR LEADERSHIP TECH – 3rd posting

Leadership Tech is a multi-year, co-curricular development program designed to cultivate strong leadership skills in VT students. Participants are members of small groups facilitated by two students who demonstrate and are passionate about effective leadership. Graduate students are sought to serve as facilitators for the 2013-14 school year, to lead junior-level students in creating community engagement projects based on the theme areas of society & environmental sustainability, global social change, multicultural communities, and health and wellness. For more information visit http://www.studentcenters.vt.edu/leadership/leadershiptech.php; applications>> . Contact Mitchell Holston at mah0020@vt.edu if you have any questions.

30. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MATE SELECTION STUDY – 3rd posting
Researchers are conducting an IRB-approved cross-cultural survey on how never-married heterosexual adults choose their future spouses. If you are a never-married heterosexual (self-identified) adult 18-39, a citizen and resident of either America or China, you are invited to complete this short survey. Your responses will be anonymous and you may participate in a lottery for two $50 and four $25 Amazon gift cards. If you wish to receive the survey summary and/or participate in the lottery, leave your email at the end of the survey. No response will be linked to an individual respondent. You may skip any item, not complete or withdraw from the survey at any time. The completion of the survey signifies your voluntary willingness to participate. Participate in this study>> . If you have any questions, contact Ruoxi Chen: ruoxic@vt.edu.

31. UPCOMING EVENTS:

PUBLIC LECTURE: THE UNIVERSITY AND AMERICA’S CHANGING RELIGIOUS TERRAIN
Tuesday, Apr 2, 7:00-8:30pm, Squires Colonial Hall
Douglas and Rhonda Jacobsen, professors of religion and psychology respectively at Messiah College, present a lecture based on their third Oxford University Press book, No Longer Invisible: Religion in University Education. The lecture is intended to help promote civil discourse among people of various cultural and belief backgrounds. Sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship.

PUBLIC COLLOQUIUM: THE UNIVERSITY AND FAITH: RESOURCES FOR A COMPLEX WORLD
Wednesday, Apr 3, 11:30am-1:00pm, Squires Brush Mountain Room
Douglas and Rhonda Jacobsen, professors of religion and psychology respectively at Messiah College, lead this dialogue on the integration of faith and the academic life. Sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship http://www.gcfvt.wordpress.com/.

GRADUATE WRITING WORKSHOP: RELATING YOUR RESEARCH TO YOUR FIELD
Friday, Apr 5, 2:00-3:30pm, Newman 207
Are you unsure how to enter the scholarly conversations in your field? Do you want to be published? Graduate students in the Rhetoric and Writing PhD program are here to help! Join them for "Relating Your Research to Your Field: Writing for Academic Journals" – a workshop designed to help you learn three easy steps for writing for the scholarly publications in your field:(1) Read journal articles to uncover patterns in writing; (2) Replicate those patterns; and (3) Create a space for your research. This workshop will include some basic introduction and active participation, so please come with an article or paper you are currently working on! For more information or to register for the workshop, please email Tana Schiewer at tanas@vt.edu with your name and major.

INNOVATIVE PERSPECTIVES IN HISTORY GRAD CONFERENCE

Friday-Saturday, Apr 5-6, GLC and University Club
The VT History Graduate Student Association announces its 16th Annual Brian Bertoti Innovative Perspectives in History Graduate Conference. Dr. Monica Black, the conference’s keynote speaker and a historian of modern Europe from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will present her work on faith healing and its impact on West German society in the aftermath of World War II. Dr. Bryant Simon, a distinguished lecturer from the Organization of American Historians and Temple University historian, will present “Learning about America from Starbucks.” Student researchers will present their papers from 8AM-5PM on Saturday April 6th  at the GLC. More information>>.

FULBRIGHT RECRUITMENT DINNER RECEPTION
Saturday, Apr 6, 5:30-7:30pm
The VT Honors Program and the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Fulbright Alumni Association would like to announce the 2013 Fulbright Recruitment Dinner Reception. This invitation-only event offers contacts and information for US citizen students, staff and faculty who are interested in applying for this prestigious U.S. Exchange Program. Food will be provided. Due to space limitations, seats will be given away on a first-come first-served basis; please register here. The acceptance of your registration will be confirmed by organizers. For questions and commend please email Tobias Ecker (ecker@vt.edu).

AEL LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP – register now
Saturday, Apr 13, 12:00-5:00pm, Torg Museum 1100
The Alpha Xi chapter of Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) at Virginia Tech announces its 4th annual leadership workshop, developed for graduate students. This year’s the focus is on the issues of leadership as they relate to the community (local and global) and the responsibilities of leaders. Register online for this free event. Space is limited and lunch is provided. For more information contact Shernita Lee at shernita@vt.edu.

VETERANS IN SOCIETY: CHANGING THE DISCOURSE
Sunday-Monday, Apr 14-15, The Inn at Virginia Tech
VT’s Veteran and Military Support Initiative announces its first conference to showcase the diversity of research by and about veterans with the theme of “Veterans in Society: Changing the Discourse.” The conference will call attention to the growing need for additional work relating to all aspects of veterans’ experiences. Presentations and posters will cover topics such as: Depicting Veterans through Film, Memorials, and Public Discourse; Listening to and Studying Language about Women Veterans; and Teaching and Learning: Pedagogical Strategies and Programs for Veterans. The conference is open to all VT students. Scholarships are available. Learn more and register>>.

March 25-31, 2013

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling (walk in, no appointment needed): Thursdays and Fridays 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursdays, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Weekdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room; find out each consultant’s software expertise here
  • Writing Center support for grads: Thursdays 4:00-6:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room (additional hours are available in the Library)

2. REBEL SEMINAR: DO WE NEED A LEARNING REVOLUTION?
Monday, Mar 25, 1:15-3:00pm, GLC Student Lounge (across from Auditorium)
Join Dr. Shelli Fowler in the grad student lounge in the GLC to explore what’s at stake when we think about a revolution in learning and your role in it.

3. ENGAGING IN EXCELLENCE: UNDERSTANDING THE FOUNDATION
Monday, Mar 25, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Learn about the connection between work environment, personal engagement and business performance outcomes, and identify strategies to develop and strengthen your individual core for greater engagement. Light refreshments served.

4. REMOVING THE MYSTERY OF THE ETD REVIEW
Monday, Mar 25, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Room G
Learn what happens to your ETD after you submit it to the Graduate School: timeline, corrections and final approval.

5. FOSTERING POSITIVE EATING AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY HABITS
Monday, Mar 25, 7:00-8:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Learn about current nutrition and physical activity recommendations from presenter Dr. Kathy Hosig and discuss barriers and facilitators for maintaining positive eating and physical activity habits. Light refreshments served.

6. LOUNGE AT THE LIBRARY
Tuesday, Mar 26, 11:30am-1:30pm, 416 Newman Library
Stop by the Grad Student Lounge in the Newman Library and enjoy a free light lunch as you learn about the resources available to grads and meet subject librarians who can help with your research.

7. CXWORX FITNESS CLASS
Tuesday, Mar 26, 1:00-1:45pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Join GLC Fellow Emily as she leads this Les Mills core work-out class for 30 minutes. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring water and a towel.

8. FROM CONFERENCE PAPER TO JOURNAL ARTICLE: THE INS AND OUTS OF GETTING PUBLISHED
Tuesday, Mar 26, 1:30-2:30pm, GLC Room C
Having your work published enhances professional advancement and personal satisfaction. Attend this panel for an inside view of academic journals and some advice on how to increase the chances of your work being selected for publication.

9. SHORT STAT COURSE FOR GRADS: CLASSIFICATION AND REGRESSION TREES (CART)
Tuesday, Mar 26, 4:00-6:00pm, 3060 Torgersen Hall
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) provides a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research and teach practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. Instructions on how to register and to learn more>>. Dr. Chris Franck will teach classification and regression tree (CART) methods, which are a class of data mining techniques that constitute an alternative approach to classical regression. CART methods are frequently used in applications where it is difficult to specify an appropriate regression model explicitly. The goal of this course is for students to learn why, when, and how to use CART in their research. For more information visit www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

10. FREE ANXIETY SUPPORT GROUP AVAILABLE
Tuesday, Mar 26, 7:00pm, VT Psychological Services Ctr, 3110 Prices Fork Rd
A free support group for individuals struggling with anxiety meets the last Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm. If you have questions or would like more information, contact the Psychological Services Center at 231-6914, visit www.psyc.vt.edu/outreach/psc, or email doctoral student Nathaniel Van Kirk at nvankirk@vt.edu or doctoral student Brenna Maddox.

11. GRAD MOVIE NIGHT AT THE LYRIC
Tuesday, Mar 26, 7:30 and 9:00pm, The Lyric
Pick up your free movie passes in the GLC to see Amour at The Lyric. Courtesy of the Graduate School in celebration of Graduate Education Week. 

12. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM & EXPO
Wednesday, Mar 27, 9:00am-3:00pm, GLC
View the latest in graduate research and visit with fellow grads as you learn about their research efforts.

13. PY4GRADS: PRACTICAL PYTHON FOR GRAD STUDENTS
Wednesdays, 11:00am-12:00pm, Port, the Digital Research Commons (Torg Bridge and Library 4th floor)
Are you interested in learning Python but not sure where to start?  Do you have questions about a particular Python library or module like scipy or numpy?  Are you interested in learning Python to speed up processing of text or data? If so, check out the py4grads group in the library, sponsored by the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship. They are offering weekly office hours with a library software engineer and a data science librarian to help you get started using Python in your research. They can help you find resources to learn Python on your own, help you set up your programming environment, or help you install and use many different modules. They are also interested in talking to grad students who are already using Python in their research. Questions? Comments? Email Andi Ogier, Data Science and Informatics Librarian.

14. ANSWER, SPIN AND WIN
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
Stop by the Career Services booth and test your interviewing skills by responding to an interview question. Receive feedback, spin the prize wheel, and walk away with some fun prize!

15. SAFE ZONE 101
Thursday, Mar 28, 10:00am-12:00pm, GLC Room C
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, and how you can be a Safe-Zone ally. Please register here. If you have questions, contact Tara Frank.

16. GLC CAFÉ: GEW EDITION – MY FAVORITE THINGS
Thursday, Mar 28, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, maybe hot chocolate, and definitely cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues. The GEW edition will include gourmet fixings for your coffee, tea or hot chocolate, a mug raffle, music and more. Share some of your favorite things by filling out this survey.

17. COMMUNITY VOICES: THE ART OF (SMALL) GOVERNMENT AND THE SMALL ART OF GOVERNANCE
Thursday, Mar 28, 7:00pm, The Lyric Theatre
Kathie deNobriga and Melanie Hammet, mayor and mayor pro tem of Pine Lake, Georgia, will be speaking on “The art of (small) government and the small art of governance.”  deNobriga and Hammet will sing, shout, laugh & talk about how artists are suited to lead and govern. They will consider the use of art as a tool for government and leadership and the curious intersections between voters, taxes, leaf vacuums, garbage collection, pancake breakfasts, and planning & zoning. Contact graduate student Kate Preston kapresto@vt.edu for more info about this event.

18. IDR PRESENTS: ROLE OF INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AS SEEN BY EPA RESEARCHER
Friday, Mar 29, 10:00-11:00am, GLC Room F
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society presents a March speaker spotlight on Dr. Laura E. Jackson, a biology researcher at the US Environmental Protection Agency who studies healthy communities. Dr. Jackson will be discussing the role of interdisciplinary research in the context of her study of the effect that land cover development has on the risk of Lyme disease incidence. Enjoy a lively talk and complimentary snacks. Please register by completing this survey; registration is not mandatory, and last-minute attendees are welcome. If you have any questions, contact Elizabeth Elvington, the IDR Social Spotlight Series Chair, esavage@vt.edu.

19. BIG COOK OUT (OR IN)
Friday, Mar 29, 4:30-6:30pm, GLC Lawn and Multipurpose Room
Graduate students and their families are invited to enjoy free food from Log Cabin BBQ, music, games, free fun photos in a photo booth, and cornhole sponsored by the BreakZONE. Bring a blanket! If it rains or snows, food will be served in the Graduate School lobby and the entire first floor of the building will be open for grads. If it’s sunny, the party is on the lawn.

20. MOVIE SCREENING: ENGLISH VINGLISH
Saturday, Mar 30, 3:00-6:00pm, The Lyric
The Indian Students Association (ISA) and Lyric Theater presents ‘ENGLISH VINGLISH,’ a movie that showcases the comedic journey of an Indian woman from being a simple housewife to a strong independent woman by rediscovering love, life and ultimately, herself through the process of learning the English language. The movie is in Hindi and in English (in parts) and subtitles are available. Admission is free for all ISA members and $2 for non-members. Refreshments will be available. Doors open at 2pm and the movie starts at 3pm. For details contact grad student Sreyoshi at sreyoshi@vt.edu, or visit Facebook.

21. UPCOMING GRADUATE SCHOOL DEADLINES:
– Apr 5 is the deadline for PhD/EdD students to defend if they wish to participate in the Spring 2013 commencement ceremony. The request for final examination must be received at least 2 weeks prior to your defense date through the Electronic Signature System (https://gradexam.stl.vt.edu/pages/login.php).

22. CALL FOR LISTSERV POSTING SUBMISSIONS FOR APR 1 SPECIAL EDITION
Here is your opportunity to get published in a peer-viewed online weekly notice: Submit your fake event description, faux call for research subjects, and other nonexistent opportunities for graduate students for the April 1 special edition of the GLC weekly listserv posting. Exercise your imagination and writing skills and earn extra points (in the form of chocolates and candy in 117 GLC) for a creative event or research idea, succinct description, and completeness of details. Submission deadline: March 31, midnight. Send to gibsonm@vt.edu, with subject line: You are a fool.

23. EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERS SOUGHT FOR PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE JOURNAL
Public Knowledge Journal is an open-access multi-disciplinary journal published biannually at Virginia Tech. Following the first five successful years, the journal is seeking editorial board members to take the journal forward into the next phase of its development. Incoming board members will begin to take an active role in the journal in the spring of 2013 and will overlap with the existing editors until assuming full responsibility on June 1, 2013. Positions available include: Articles Editor, Copy Editor, and Website Editor. Full description>>. Applications are sought from individuals who are committed to an interdisciplinary approach. If interested, send a CV and cover letter indicating position(s) sought to Katie Read by Apr 5.

24. BUY LOCAL MEATS AT VT

Looking for a place to buy local meats and support educational efforts at VA Tech? Look no further! VA Tech has its own fully state-inspected meat center that processes meats on a daily basis. They are available for sale via online orders at http://www.apsc.vt.edu/facilities/meat/index.html Right now they have boneless Easter hams for sale! For questions email vtmeatcenter@gmail.com. This message is posted on behalf of Kristen Stufft, grad student in animal and poultry science and assistant manager of the meat center.

25. REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR STUDENT ENGAGEMENT GRANT – 3rd posting
VT Engage is accepting proposals for the John E. Dooley Student Engagement Grant (JEDSEG). This grant is looking to fund highly motivated students who plan to invest in their community by creating an opportunity for active civic engagement. Two awards of $750 each are available. For more information and to access the application materials, please visit www.engage.vt.edu or email Lauren Kennedy at kennedy0@vt.edu. Submit application by Mar 29, 5pm.

26. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM CYCLE II OPENS 3/25 – 3rd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly strives to address the needs of VT graduate students. The GSA Travel Fund Program (TFP) is designed to meet some of these needs by providing graduate students financial assistance for presenting at conferences and scientific meetings, travel expenses, registration fees, lodging, meals, and other various expenses. The program also can be used to support international travel. The program is sponsored by the Graduate School and the Research Foundation of Virginia Tech. Master’s students are eligible for awards from $150-$350; doctoral students are eligible for awards from $200-500. Find out more>> .

27. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON CONTROL MECHANISMS OF MOVEMENT – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a study assessing the control mechanisms of human movement. The study consists of two sessions for about 1-2 and 3-4 hours respectively. Requirements: male or female with no recent history of musculoskeletal disorders within the age range of 18-30.  Participants will be compensated $10/hr.  If interested, please contact Alireza Sedighi at sedighia@vt.edu for further details.

28. NON-TRADITIONAL FEMALE DOCTORAL STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY – 2nd posting
A qualitative study is being conducted interviewing partners/spouses of female doctoral students returning to academia mid-career. The purpose of the study is to gain knowledge of lived experiences of partners who have lived with a female doctoral student. The results of this study should further our understanding of the needs and experiences of people in these relationships.  A one-time one-on-one interview will be conducted. Each participant completing the interview process will receive a gift card to Panera or Starbucks. Please contact Andrea Sharpe asharpe@vt.edu or Aaron Johnson apjohns3@vt.edu if you are willing to participate.

29. FACILITATORS SOUGHT FOR LEADERSHIP TECH – 3rd posting

Leadership Tech is a multi-year, co-curricular development program designed to cultivate strong leadership skills in VT students. Participants are members of small groups facilitated by two students who demonstrate and are passionate about effective leadership. Graduate students are sought to serve as facilitators for the 2013-14 school year, to lead junior-level students in creating community engagement projects based on the theme areas of society & environmental sustainability, global social change, multicultural communities, and health and wellness. For more information visit http://www.studentcenters.vt.edu/leadership/leadershiptech.php; applications>> . Contact Mitchell Holston at mah0020@vt.edu if you have any questions.

30. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MATE SELECTION STUDY – 3rd posting
Researchers are conducting an IRB-approved cross-cultural survey on how never-married heterosexual adults choose their future spouses. If you are a never-married heterosexual (self-identified) adult 18-39, a citizen and resident of either America or China, you are invited to complete this short survey. Your responses will be anonymous and you may participate in a lottery for two $50 and four $25 Amazon gift cards. If you wish to receive the survey summary and/or participate in the lottery, leave your email at the end of the survey. No response will be linked to an individual respondent. You may skip any item, not complete or withdraw from the survey at any time. The completion of the survey signifies your voluntary willingness to participate. Participate in this study>> . If you have any questions, contact Ruoxi Chen: ruoxic@vt.edu.

31. UPCOMING EVENTS:

PUBLIC LECTURE: THE UNIVERSITY AND AMERICA’S CHANGING RELIGIOUS TERRAIN
Tuesday, Apr 2, 7:00-8:30pm, Squires Colonial Hall
Douglas and Rhonda Jacobsen, professors of religion and psychology respectively at Messiah College, present a lecture based on their third Oxford University Press book, No Longer Invisible: Religion in University Education. The lecture is intended to help promote civil discourse among people of various cultural and belief backgrounds. Sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship.

PUBLIC COLLOQUIUM: THE UNIVERSITY AND FAITH: RESOURCES FOR A COMPLEX WORLD
Wednesday, Apr 3, 11:30am-1:00pm, Squires Brush Mountain Room
Douglas and Rhonda Jacobsen, professors of religion and psychology respectively at Messiah College, lead this dialogue on the integration of faith and the academic life. Sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship http://www.gcfvt.wordpress.com/.

GRADUATE WRITING WORKSHOP: RELATING YOUR RESEARCH TO YOUR FIELD
Friday, Apr 5, 2:00-3:30pm, Newman 207
Are you unsure how to enter the scholarly conversations in your field? Do you want to be published? Graduate students in the Rhetoric and Writing PhD program are here to help! Join them for "Relating Your Research to Your Field: Writing for Academic Journals" – a workshop designed to help you learn three easy steps for writing for the scholarly publications in your field:(1) Read journal articles to uncover patterns in writing; (2) Replicate those patterns; and (3) Create a space for your research. This workshop will include some basic introduction and active participation, so please come with an article or paper you are currently working on! For more information or to register for the workshop, please email Tana Schiewer at tanas@vt.edu with your name and major.

INNOVATIVE PERSPECTIVES IN HISTORY GRAD CONFERENCE

Friday-Saturday, Apr 5-6, GLC and University Club
The VT History Graduate Student Association announces its 16th Annual Brian Bertoti Innovative Perspectives in History Graduate Conference. Dr. Monica Black, the conference’s keynote speaker and a historian of modern Europe from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will present her work on faith healing and its impact on West German society in the aftermath of World War II. Dr. Bryant Simon, a distinguished lecturer from the Organization of American Historians and Temple University historian, will present “Learning about America from Starbucks.” Student researchers will present their papers from 8AM-5PM on Saturday April 6th  at the GLC. More information>>.

FULBRIGHT RECRUITMENT DINNER RECEPTION
Saturday, Apr 6, 5:30-7:30pm
The VT Honors Program and the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Fulbright Alumni Association would like to announce the 2013 Fulbright Recruitment Dinner Reception. This invitation-only event offers contacts and information for US citizen students, staff and faculty who are interested in applying for this prestigious U.S. Exchange Program. Food will be provided. Due to space limitations, seats will be given away on a first-come first-served basis; please register here. The acceptance of your registration will be confirmed by organizers. For questions and commend please email Tobias Ecker (ecker@vt.edu).

AEL LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP – register now
Saturday, Apr 13, 12:00-5:00pm, Torg Museum 1100
The Alpha Xi chapter of Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) at Virginia Tech announces its 4th annual leadership workshop, developed for graduate students. This year’s the focus is on the issues of leadership as they relate to the community (local and global) and the responsibilities of leaders. Register online for this free event. Space is limited and lunch is provided. For more information contact Shernita Lee at shernita@vt.edu.

VETERANS IN SOCIETY: CHANGING THE DISCOURSE
Sunday-Monday, Apr 14-15, The Inn at Virginia Tech
VT’s Veteran and Military Support Initiative announces its first conference to showcase the diversity of research by and about veterans with the theme of “Veterans in Society: Changing the Discourse.” The conference will call attention to the growing need for additional work relating to all aspects of veterans’ experiences. Presentations and posters will cover topics such as: Depicting Veterans through Film, Memorials, and Public Discourse; Listening to and Studying Language about Women Veterans; and Teaching and Learning: Pedagogical Strategies and Programs for Veterans. The conference is open to all VT students. Scholarships are available. Learn more and register>>.

March 18-24, 2013

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling (walk in, no appointment needed): Thursdays and Fridays 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursdays, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Weekdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room; find out each consultant’s software expertise here: http://www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=walk_in
  • Writing Center support for grads: Thursdays 4:00-6:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room (additional hours are available in the Library)

2. GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK 2013 COMING UP: REGISTER NOW FOR EVENTS!
Here are some events and deadlines for which advance registration is required:

  • Photo, art and writing contest: Submit your work by Wednesday, Mar 20, 5:00pm. Learn more at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest.html.
  • Design contest: graduate student teams of 3-4 must register by Mar 27 to put their creativity and experience to test by designing a graduate life  center using fun and random materials provided by the Graduate School. No prior design experience is necessary. Grand prize: $50 gift certificate to local restaurant. Register here.
  • Create your own desktop mini-garden terrarium on Mar 28; register now at and wait until your registration is confirmed by email.
  • Pick up your free movie passes in the GLC for Mar 26 to see Amour at The Lyric. 
  • For a full schedule of the week and details of each event, visit the GEW website. Participate to win prizes an receive your free annual GEW t-shirt!

3. GLC FELLOWS POSITION INFO SESSION
Monday, Mar 18, 5:00-6:00pm, GLR Room B
Current GLC Fellows will hold an information session for those interested in applying for the 2013-2014 fellow positions. Please let Andrae Hash (hashas@vt.edu) know if you have any comments or questions concerning this session or Lauren Surface (lkeister@vt.edu) concerning the application process. Applications are due March 20th. Download the job description>>.

4. LIBRARY BROWNBAG LUNCH SERIES FOR RESEARCH DATA MANAGEMENT
Tuesday, Mar 19, 12:00-1:00pm, President’s Boardroom in Newman Library (6th floor)
The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship will be hosting a monthly brown bag series to discuss research data management issues that will be of interest to the research community at Virginia Tech. The first meeting will focus on the recent public access directive for federal funding agencies from the Office of Science and Technology Policy. These informal discussions, held jointly and virtually with colleagues at the University of Virginia, will begin with a 5-10 minute starter presentation; interested students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to bring their lunch and join the discussion. The schedule of and topics for the rest of the series will be announced shortly.  Please contact Andi Ogier  with any questions.

5. EARN YOUR AMATEUR/HAM RADIO LICENSE
Wednesday, Mar 20, 7:00pm, Dogwood Room of Squires Student Center
The VT Amateur Radio Association (VTARA) will be giving amateur radio license exams for a fee of $15. For more information, visit http://www.vtara.org.vt.edu or contact Nathaniel Frissell at nafrissell@vt.edu. Learn more about ham radio in general>>.

6. VIRTUAL CAFE SERIES: ETD REVIEW CHECKLIST
Thursday, Mar 21, 12:30-2:00pm, Lobby of vGLC
Join the Graduate School Staff weekly for online chats in the Virtual Graduate Life Center (vGLC) https://virtual.glc.vt.edu. This week’s topic: What does the Graduate School check for when reviewing your ETD. The vGLC extends VT’s graduate-education community from campus to computer. Download the software <http://openlife01.cc.vt.edu:9500/wifi>. If you have questions or suggestions, please email Jodi Cromer or Marija Telbis-Forster.

7. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Mar 21, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, maybe hot chocolate, and definitely cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues.

8. BLUE RIDGE FULBRIGHT CHAPTER SPRING MEETING – register by 3/18!
Friday, Mar 22, 6:30pm, Holiday Inn
The Blue Ridge Chapter of the Fulbright Association invites Fulbright Grantees and Alumni to its spring chapter meeting, Friday March 22, 2013, 6:30 pm  at the Holiday Inn. The dinner event with speaker VT Professor Dr. Wokutsch is free for current Fulbright grantees. For registration or questions please email Dr. George Santopietro, gsantopi@radford.edu and Dr. Myrl Jones mjones@radford.edu.

9. CELEBRATE THE PERSIAN NEW YEAR: NOWRUZ – register now!

Saturday, Mar 23, 7:00-11:00pm, Owens Banquet Hall
The VT Iranian Society invites the VT community for its celebration of the Persian New Year, Nowruz, commemorating the arrival of spring and new beginnings. There will be entertainment including stand-up comedy, Persian and Middle Eastern dancing, and live classical and pop music. Plated dinner and dessert will also be served (Halal and Vegetarian options available). Learn more about Persian culture and enjoy a night with your Iranian neighbors. Semi-formal attire is suggested. Updates and information on ticket sales>>.

10. UPCOMING GRADUATE SCHOOL DEADLINES:

  • Mar 22 is the deadline for doctoral students to submit request for final exam if they wish to defend by Apr 5 to participate in spring commencement.
  • Apr 5 is the deadline for PhD/EdD students to defend if they wish to participate in the Spring 2013 commencement ceremony. The request for final examination must be received at least 2 weeks prior to your defense date through the Electronic Signature System.

11. REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR STUDENT ENGAGEMENT GRANT – 2nd posting
VT Engage is accepting proposals for the John E. Dooley Student Engagement Grant (JEDSEG). This grant is looking to fund highly motivated students who plan to invest in their community by creating an opportunity for active civic engagement. Two awards of $750 each are available. For more information and to access the application materials, please visit www.engage.vt.edu or email Lauren Kennedy at kennedy0@vt.edu. Submit application by Mar 29, 5pm.

12. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM CYCLE II OPENS 3/25 – 2nd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly strives to address the needs of VT graduate students. The GSA Travel Fund Program (TFP) is designed to meet some of these needs by providing graduate students financial assistance for presenting at conferences and scientific meetings, travel expenses, registration fees, lodging, meals, and other various expenses. The program also can be used to support international travel. The program is sponsored by the Graduate School and the Research Foundation of Virginia Tech. Master’s students are eligible for awards from $150-$350; doctoral students are eligible for awards from $200-500. Find out more>>.

13. 2013 GOVERNOR’S FELLOWS PROGRAM APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED NOW – 3rd posting
Governor McDonnell is encouraging top notch students from across Virginia to apply for the 2013 Governor’s Fellows summer program. The historic Virginia Governor’s Fellows Program offers a select group of outstanding and highly motivated individuals the opportunity to experience firsthand the administration of state government in the Commonwealth. Fellows will apply their creative ideas to find practical solutions to major public policy issues. Qualified applicants must be rising or graduating college seniors, or enrolled as degree candidates in a graduate or professional school. They must also demonstrate academic excellence, leadership skill, and a strong commitment to public service. Apply by: Mar 15, 2013.

14. NSF INNOVATION CHALLENGE FOR STEM GRAD STUDENTS – 3rd posting
Have you ever thought of ways to improve STEM graduate education? Do you have a creative idea regarding graduate training? If so, NSF wants to hear from you! The National Science Foundation Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge is calling for entries from currently enrolled STEM graduate students and teams about ideas with the potential to improve graduate education and professional development. Ideas can be directed toward students, faculty, departments, institutions, professional societies, and/or federal agencies. Winning ideas will be shared widely and winners will receive prizes between $1000-3000. More information and to enter the challenge: http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/gradchallenge/. Deadline: Apr 15.

15. GSA RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM SEEKING YOUR SUPPORT – 3rd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) for the Cure Team needs your contribution and help! The GSA is hoping this year to achieve more than its set goal of $1500. Last year with your help they raised a little over $2000. The Relay For Life of Virginia Tech event will be held on Apr 19, 2013. To view and/or donate for the team, please visit: http://www.gsa.graduateschool.vt.edu/governance/cabinet/committees/gsa-relay-life-committee. For more information/questions contact Shaimaa Abdallah, shaimaa@vt.edu GSA Team Captain 2012-2013.

16. NON-TRADITIONAL FEMALE DOCTORAL STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY – 1st posting
A qualitative study is being conducted interviewing partners/spouses of female doctoral students returning to academia mid-career. The purpose of the study is to gain knowledge of lived experiences of partners who have lived with a female doctoral student. The results of this study should further our understanding of the needs and experiences of people in these relationships.  A one-time one-on-one interview will be conducted. Each participant completing the interview process will receive a gift card to Panera or Starbucks. Please contact Andrea Sharpe asharpe@vt.edu or Aaron Johnson apjohns3@vt.edu if you are willing to participate.

17. PARTICIPATE IN GRADUATE STUDENT CLIMATE SURVEY
The Graduate School, Division of Student Affairs, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion strive to ensure an affirming climate for graduate students enrolled at the Blacksburg campus. Please take 20 minutes to complete this climate survey to provide feedback to these units on how best to serve you. Note that individual responses cannot be linked to names or emails and all responses will be confidential. The survey closes at midnight on Friday, Mar 22. Complete the survey >>. This invitation is posted on behalf of Robyn Jones, bovgradrep@vt.edu.

18. FACILITATORS SOUGHT FOR LEADERSHIP TECH – 2nd posting

Leadership Tech is a multi-year, co-curricular development program designed to cultivate strong leadership skills in VT students. Participants are members of small groups facilitated by two students who demonstrate and are passionate about effective leadership. Graduate students are sought to serve as facilitators for the 2013-14 school year, to lead junior-level students in creating community engagement projects based on the theme areas of society & environmental sustainability, global social change, multicultural communities, and health and wellness. More information>>; Apply here. Contact Mitchell Holston at mah0020@vt.edu if you have any questions.

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MATE SELECTION STUDY – 2nd posting
Researchers are conducting an IRB-approved cross-cultural survey on how never-married heterosexual adults choose their future spouses. If you are a never-married heterosexual (self-identified) adult 18-39, a citizen and resident of either America or China, you are invited to complete this short survey. Your responses will be anonymous and you may participate in a lottery for two $50 and four $25 Amazon gift cards. If you wish to receive the survey summary and/or participate in the lottery, leave your email at the end of the survey. No response will be linked to an individual respondent. You may skip any item, not complete or withdraw from the survey at any time. The completion of the survey signifies your voluntary willingness to participate. Participate in this study>>. If you have any questions, contact Ruoxi Chen: ruoxic@vt.edu.

20. GTA’s AND GA’s WITH DISABILITY SOUGHT FOR STUDY – 3rd posting
A doctoral student in special education and disability studies at Syracuse University is seeking participants for an IRB-approved research study to better understand the experiences of teaching assistants and graduate assistants with disabilities in higher education. If you are a teaching assistant or graduate assistant with a disability and are willing to talk about your experiences, please contact the researcher. Your personal information will be kept confidential. The interview will take about one hour and disability accommodations or alternatives to speaking over the phone can be made. If you would like more information about this study, please contact Michelle Damiani at mldamian@syr.edu.

21. COUPLES SOUGHT FOR STUDY – 3rd posting
Couples, Talk and Technology: You are invited to participate in a study to investigate and explore how people talk about things that matter to them with their partners. Researchers ask you and your partner to talk about something you disagree about, in one of several technological conditions. Available 2-hour time slots are listed here. Simply email Samantha Yglesias at ygles07@vt.edu for more information, to request any of the available slots, or to request a different time slot. The study takes place in McBryde 106A. Participating couples will be compensated $20.00 per person (that’s $40.00 per couple).

22. UPCOMING EVENTS:

FREE ANXIETY SUPPORT GROUP AVAILABLE
Tuesday, Mar 26, 7:00pm, VT Psychological Services Ctr, 3110 Prices Fork Rd
A free support group for individuals struggling with anxiety meets the last Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm. If you have questions or would like more information, contact the Psychological Services Center at 231-6914, visit www.psyc.vt.edu/outreach/psc, or email doctoral student Nathaniel Van Kirk at nvankirk@vt.edu or doctoral student Brenna Maddox at bmaddox7@vt.edu.

IDR PRESENTS: ROLE OF INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AS SEEN BY EPA RESEARCHER
Friday, Mar 29, 10:00-11:00am, GLC Room F
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society presents a March speaker spotlight on Dr. Laura E. Jackson, a biology researcher at the US Environmental Protection Agency who studies healthy communities. Dr. Jackson will be discussing the role of interdisciplinary research in the context of her study of the effect that land cover development has on the risk of Lyme disease incidence. Enjoy a lively talk and complimentary snacks. Please register by completing this survey; registration is not mandatory, and last-minute attendees are welcome. If you have any questions, contact Elizabeth Elvington, the IDR Social Spotlight Series Chair, esavage@vt.edu.

GRADUATE WRITING WORKSHOP: RELATING YOUR RESEARCH TO YOUR FIELD

Friday, Apr 5, 2:00-3:30pm, Newman 207
Are you unsure how to enter the scholarly conversations in your field? Do you want to be published? Graduate students in the Rhetoric and Writing PhD program are here to help! Join them for "Relating Your Research to Your Field: Writing for Academic Journals" – a workshop designed to help you learn three easy steps for writing for the scholarly publications in your field:(1) Read journal articles to uncover patterns in writing; (2) Replicate those patterns; and (3) Create a space for your research. This workshop will include some basic introduction and active participation, so please come with an article or paper you are currently working on! For more information contact Tana Schiewer at tanas@vt.edu.

FULBRIGHT RECRUITMENT DINNER RECEPTION
Saturday, Apr 6, 5:30-7:30pm
The VT Honors Program and the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Fulbright Alumni Association would like to announce the 2013 Fulbright Recruitment Dinner Reception. This invitation-only event offers contacts and information for US citizen students, staff and faculty who are interested in applying for this prestigious U.S. Exchange Program. Food will be provided. Due to space limitations, seats will be given away on a first-come first-served basis; please register by completing this: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1362695441370. The acceptance of your registration will be confirmed by organizers. For questions and commend please email Tobias Ecker (ecker@vt.edu).

March 18-24, 2013

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling (walk in, no appointment needed): Thursdays and Fridays 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursdays, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Weekdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room; find out each consultant’s software expertise here: http://www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=walk_in
  • Writing Center support for grads: Thursdays 4:00-6:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room (additional hours are available in the Library)

2. GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK 2013 COMING UP: REGISTER NOW FOR EVENTS!
Here are some events and deadlines for which advance registration is required:

  • Photo, art and writing contest: Submit your work by Wednesday, Mar 20, 5:00pm. Learn more at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest.html.
  • Design contest: graduate student teams of 3-4 must register by Mar 27 to put their creativity and experience to test by designing a graduate life  center using fun and random materials provided by the Graduate School. No prior design experience is necessary. Grand prize: $50 gift certificate to local restaurant. Register here.
  • Create your own desktop mini-garden terrarium on Mar 28; register now at and wait until your registration is confirmed by email.
  • Pick up your free movie passes in the GLC for Mar 26 to see Amour at The Lyric. 
  • For a full schedule of the week and details of each event, visit the GEW website. Participate to win prizes an receive your free annual GEW t-shirt!

3. GLC FELLOWS POSITION INFO SESSION
Monday, Mar 18, 5:00-6:00pm, GLR Room B
Current GLC Fellows will hold an information session for those interested in applying for the 2013-2014 fellow positions. Please let Andrae Hash (hashas@vt.edu) know if you have any comments or questions concerning this session or Lauren Surface (lkeister@vt.edu) concerning the application process. Applications are due March 20th. Download the job description>>.

4. LIBRARY BROWNBAG LUNCH SERIES FOR RESEARCH DATA MANAGEMENT
Tuesday, Mar 19, 12:00-1:00pm, President’s Boardroom in Newman Library (6th floor)
The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship will be hosting a monthly brown bag series to discuss research data management issues that will be of interest to the research community at Virginia Tech. The first meeting will focus on the recent public access directive for federal funding agencies from the Office of Science and Technology Policy. These informal discussions, held jointly and virtually with colleagues at the University of Virginia, will begin with a 5-10 minute starter presentation; interested students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to bring their lunch and join the discussion. The schedule of and topics for the rest of the series will be announced shortly.  Please contact Andi Ogier  with any questions.

5. EARN YOUR AMATEUR/HAM RADIO LICENSE
Wednesday, Mar 20, 7:00pm, Dogwood Room of Squires Student Center
The VT Amateur Radio Association (VTARA) will be giving amateur radio license exams for a fee of $15. For more information, visit http://www.vtara.org.vt.edu or contact Nathaniel Frissell at nafrissell@vt.edu. Learn more about ham radio in general>>.

6. VIRTUAL CAFE SERIES: ETD REVIEW CHECKLIST
Thursday, Mar 21, 12:30-2:00pm, Lobby of vGLC
Join the Graduate School Staff weekly for online chats in the Virtual Graduate Life Center (vGLC) https://virtual.glc.vt.edu. This week’s topic: What does the Graduate School check for when reviewing your ETD. The vGLC extends VT’s graduate-education community from campus to computer. Download the software <http://openlife01.cc.vt.edu:9500/wifi>. If you have questions or suggestions, please email Jodi Cromer or Marija Telbis-Forster.

7. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Mar 21, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, maybe hot chocolate, and definitely cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues.

8. BLUE RIDGE FULBRIGHT CHAPTER SPRING MEETING – register by 3/18!
Friday, Mar 22, 6:30pm, Holiday Inn
The Blue Ridge Chapter of the Fulbright Association invites Fulbright Grantees and Alumni to its spring chapter meeting, Friday March 22, 2013, 6:30 pm  at the Holiday Inn. The dinner event with speaker VT Professor Dr. Wokutsch is free for current Fulbright grantees. For registration or questions please email Dr. George Santopietro, gsantopi@radford.edu and Dr. Myrl Jones mjones@radford.edu.

9. CELEBRATE THE PERSIAN NEW YEAR: NOWRUZ – register now!

Saturday, Mar 23, 7:00-11:00pm, Owens Banquet Hall
The VT Iranian Society invites the VT community for its celebration of the Persian New Year, Nowruz, commemorating the arrival of spring and new beginnings. There will be entertainment including stand-up comedy, Persian and Middle Eastern dancing, and live classical and pop music. Plated dinner and dessert will also be served (Halal and Vegetarian options available). Learn more about Persian culture and enjoy a night with your Iranian neighbors. Semi-formal attire is suggested. Updates and information on ticket sales>>.

10. UPCOMING GRADUATE SCHOOL DEADLINES:

  • Mar 22 is the deadline for doctoral students to submit request for final exam if they wish to defend by Apr 5 to participate in spring commencement.
  • Apr 5 is the deadline for PhD/EdD students to defend if they wish to participate in the Spring 2013 commencement ceremony. The request for final examination must be received at least 2 weeks prior to your defense date through the Electronic Signature System.

11. REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR STUDENT ENGAGEMENT GRANT – 2nd posting
VT Engage is accepting proposals for the John E. Dooley Student Engagement Grant (JEDSEG). This grant is looking to fund highly motivated students who plan to invest in their community by creating an opportunity for active civic engagement. Two awards of $750 each are available. For more information and to access the application materials, please visit www.engage.vt.edu or email Lauren Kennedy at kennedy0@vt.edu. Submit application by Mar 29, 5pm.

12. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM CYCLE II OPENS 3/25 – 2nd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly strives to address the needs of VT graduate students. The GSA Travel Fund Program (TFP) is designed to meet some of these needs by providing graduate students financial assistance for presenting at conferences and scientific meetings, travel expenses, registration fees, lodging, meals, and other various expenses. The program also can be used to support international travel. The program is sponsored by the Graduate School and the Research Foundation of Virginia Tech. Master’s students are eligible for awards from $150-$350; doctoral students are eligible for awards from $200-500. Find out more>>.

13. 2013 GOVERNOR’S FELLOWS PROGRAM APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED NOW – 3rd posting
Governor McDonnell is encouraging top notch students from across Virginia to apply for the 2013 Governor’s Fellows summer program. The historic Virginia Governor’s Fellows Program offers a select group of outstanding and highly motivated individuals the opportunity to experience firsthand the administration of state government in the Commonwealth. Fellows will apply their creative ideas to find practical solutions to major public policy issues. Qualified applicants must be rising or graduating college seniors, or enrolled as degree candidates in a graduate or professional school. They must also demonstrate academic excellence, leadership skill, and a strong commitment to public service. Apply by: Mar 15, 2013.

14. NSF INNOVATION CHALLENGE FOR STEM GRAD STUDENTS – 3rd posting
Have you ever thought of ways to improve STEM graduate education? Do you have a creative idea regarding graduate training? If so, NSF wants to hear from you! The National Science Foundation Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge is calling for entries from currently enrolled STEM graduate students and teams about ideas with the potential to improve graduate education and professional development. Ideas can be directed toward students, faculty, departments, institutions, professional societies, and/or federal agencies. Winning ideas will be shared widely and winners will receive prizes between $1000-3000. More information and to enter the challenge: http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/gradchallenge/. Deadline: Apr 15.

15. GSA RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM SEEKING YOUR SUPPORT – 3rd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) for the Cure Team needs your contribution and help! The GSA is hoping this year to achieve more than its set goal of $1500. Last year with your help they raised a little over $2000. The Relay For Life of Virginia Tech event will be held on Apr 19, 2013. To view and/or donate for the team, please visit: http://www.gsa.graduateschool.vt.edu/governance/cabinet/committees/gsa-relay-life-committee. For more information/questions contact Shaimaa Abdallah, shaimaa@vt.edu GSA Team Captain 2012-2013.

16. NON-TRADITIONAL FEMALE DOCTORAL STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY – 1st posting
A qualitative study is being conducted interviewing partners/spouses of female doctoral students returning to academia mid-career. The purpose of the study is to gain knowledge of lived experiences of partners who have lived with a female doctoral student. The results of this study should further our understanding of the needs and experiences of people in these relationships.  A one-time one-on-one interview will be conducted. Each participant completing the interview process will receive a gift card to Panera or Starbucks. Please contact Andrea Sharpe asharpe@vt.edu or Aaron Johnson apjohns3@vt.edu if you are willing to participate.

17. PARTICIPATE IN GRADUATE STUDENT CLIMATE SURVEY
The Graduate School, Division of Student Affairs, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion strive to ensure an affirming climate for graduate students enrolled at the Blacksburg campus. Please take 20 minutes to complete this climate survey to provide feedback to these units on how best to serve you. Note that individual responses cannot be linked to names or emails and all responses will be confidential. The survey closes at midnight on Friday, Mar 22. Complete the survey >>. This invitation is posted on behalf of Robyn Jones, bovgradrep@vt.edu.

18. FACILITATORS SOUGHT FOR LEADERSHIP TECH – 2nd posting

Leadership Tech is a multi-year, co-curricular development program designed to cultivate strong leadership skills in VT students. Participants are members of small groups facilitated by two students who demonstrate and are passionate about effective leadership. Graduate students are sought to serve as facilitators for the 2013-14 school year, to lead junior-level students in creating community engagement projects based on the theme areas of society & environmental sustainability, global social change, multicultural communities, and health and wellness. More information>>; Apply here. Contact Mitchell Holston at mah0020@vt.edu if you have any questions.

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MATE SELECTION STUDY – 2nd posting
Researchers are conducting an IRB-approved cross-cultural survey on how never-married heterosexual adults choose their future spouses. If you are a never-married heterosexual (self-identified) adult 18-39, a citizen and resident of either America or China, you are invited to complete this short survey. Your responses will be anonymous and you may participate in a lottery for two $50 and four $25 Amazon gift cards. If you wish to receive the survey summary and/or participate in the lottery, leave your email at the end of the survey. No response will be linked to an individual respondent. You may skip any item, not complete or withdraw from the survey at any time. The completion of the survey signifies your voluntary willingness to participate. Participate in this study>>. If you have any questions, contact Ruoxi Chen: ruoxic@vt.edu.

20. GTA’s AND GA’s WITH DISABILITY SOUGHT FOR STUDY – 3rd posting
A doctoral student in special education and disability studies at Syracuse University is seeking participants for an IRB-approved research study to better understand the experiences of teaching assistants and graduate assistants with disabilities in higher education. If you are a teaching assistant or graduate assistant with a disability and are willing to talk about your experiences, please contact the researcher. Your personal information will be kept confidential. The interview will take about one hour and disability accommodations or alternatives to speaking over the phone can be made. If you would like more information about this study, please contact Michelle Damiani at mldamian@syr.edu.

21. COUPLES SOUGHT FOR STUDY – 3rd posting
Couples, Talk and Technology: You are invited to participate in a study to investigate and explore how people talk about things that matter to them with their partners. Researchers ask you and your partner to talk about something you disagree about, in one of several technological conditions. Available 2-hour time slots are listed here. Simply email Samantha Yglesias at ygles07@vt.edu for more information, to request any of the available slots, or to request a different time slot. The study takes place in McBryde 106A. Participating couples will be compensated $20.00 per person (that’s $40.00 per couple).

22. UPCOMING EVENTS:

FREE ANXIETY SUPPORT GROUP AVAILABLE
Tuesday, Mar 26, 7:00pm, VT Psychological Services Ctr, 3110 Prices Fork Rd
A free support group for individuals struggling with anxiety meets the last Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm. If you have questions or would like more information, contact the Psychological Services Center at 231-6914, visit www.psyc.vt.edu/outreach/psc, or email doctoral student Nathaniel Van Kirk at nvankirk@vt.edu or doctoral student Brenna Maddox at bmaddox7@vt.edu.

IDR PRESENTS: ROLE OF INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AS SEEN BY EPA RESEARCHER
Friday, Mar 29, 10:00-11:00am, GLC Room F
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society presents a March speaker spotlight on Dr. Laura E. Jackson, a biology researcher at the US Environmental Protection Agency who studies healthy communities. Dr. Jackson will be discussing the role of interdisciplinary research in the context of her study of the effect that land cover development has on the risk of Lyme disease incidence. Enjoy a lively talk and complimentary snacks. Please register by completing this survey; registration is not mandatory, and last-minute attendees are welcome. If you have any questions, contact Elizabeth Elvington, the IDR Social Spotlight Series Chair, esavage@vt.edu.

GRADUATE WRITING WORKSHOP: RELATING YOUR RESEARCH TO YOUR FIELD

Friday, Apr 5, 2:00-3:30pm, Newman 207
Are you unsure how to enter the scholarly conversations in your field? Do you want to be published? Graduate students in the Rhetoric and Writing PhD program are here to help! Join them for "Relating Your Research to Your Field: Writing for Academic Journals" – a workshop designed to help you learn three easy steps for writing for the scholarly publications in your field:(1) Read journal articles to uncover patterns in writing; (2) Replicate those patterns; and (3) Create a space for your research. This workshop will include some basic introduction and active participation, so please come with an article or paper you are currently working on! For more information contact Tana Schiewer at tanas@vt.edu.

FULBRIGHT RECRUITMENT DINNER RECEPTION
Saturday, Apr 6, 5:30-7:30pm
The VT Honors Program and the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Fulbright Alumni Association would like to announce the 2013 Fulbright Recruitment Dinner Reception. This invitation-only event offers contacts and information for US citizen students, staff and faculty who are interested in applying for this prestigious U.S. Exchange Program. Food will be provided. Due to space limitations, seats will be given away on a first-come first-served basis; please register by completing this: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1362695441370. The acceptance of your registration will be confirmed by organizers. For questions and commend please email Tobias Ecker (ecker@vt.edu).

March 11-17, 2013

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC
All weekly services are on hiatus for spring break, except GLC Café, which never stops
– GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursdays, Reading Room

2. SPRING BREAK PITY PARTY: LUNCH! – register by Monday, 3/11
Tuesday, Mar 12, 11:30am-1:00pm (or until the food lasts), 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 lunch with vegetarian and meat soup options, brought to you by Graduate School staff who play cooks for a day.   Please register by 3pm on Monday, 3/11 to give us an idea of how much food to prepare.

3. GLC CAFÉ – PIE DAY
Thursday, Mar 14, 3:30-5:00pm, Graduate School Lobby
The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, maybe hot chocolate, and definitely cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues. This week’s special: PIE! You don’t have to love numbers to love pi.

4. SIGN UP FOR GRAD ED WEEK DESIGN CONTEST!
Graduate student teams are invited to sign up for this light-hearted Graduate Education Week (GEW) activity to put their creativity and experience to test by designing a graduate life  center using fun and random materials provided by the Graduate School. No prior design experience is necessary. Form your team of 3-4 people; at least one of whom must be a graduate student. Grand prize: $50 gift certificate to local restaurant.  Teams must pre-register. Accepted registrations will be confirmed by email. Questions?  Contact Tara at tara@vt.edu.

5. REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR STUDENT ENGAGEMENT GRANT – 1st posting
VT Engage is accepting proposals for the John E. Dooley Student Engagement Grant (JEDSEG). This grant is looking to fund highly motivated students who plan to invest in their community by creating an opportunity for active civic engagement. Two awards of $750 each are available. For more information and to access the application materials, please visit www.engage.vt.edu or email Lauren Kennedy at kennedy0@vt.edu. Submit application by Mar 29, 5pm.

6. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM CYCLE II OPENS 3/25 – 1st posting
The Graduate Student Assembly strives to address the needs of VT graduate students. The GSA Travel Fund Program (TFP) is designed to meet some of these needs by providing graduate students financial assistance for presenting at conferences and scientific meetings, travel expenses, registration fees, lodging, meals, and other various expenses. The program also can be used to support international travel. The program is sponsored by the Graduate School and the Research Foundation of Virginia Tech. Master’s students are eligible for awards from $150-$350; doctoral students are eligible for awards from $200-500. Find out more>> .

7. 2013 GOVERNOR’S FELLOWS PROGRAM APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED NOW – 2nd posting
Governor McDonnell is encouraging top notch students from across Virginia to apply for the 2013 Governor’s Fellows summer program. The historic Virginia Governor’s Fellows Program offers a select group of outstanding and highly motivated individuals the opportunity to experience firsthand the administration of state government in the Commonwealth. Fellows will apply their creative ideas to find practical solutions to major public policy issues. Qualified applicants must be rising or graduating college seniors, or enrolled as degree candidates in a graduate or professional school. They must also demonstrate academic excellence, leadership skill, and a strong commitment to public service. Apply by: Mar 15, 2013 at http://1.usa.gov/ZeeDhm.

8. NSF INNOVATION CHALLENGE FOR STEM GRAD STUDENTS – 2nd posting

Have you ever thought of ways to improve STEM graduate education? Do you have a creative idea regarding graduate training? If so, NSF wants to hear from you! The National Science Foundation Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge is calling for entries from currently enrolled STEM graduate students and teams about ideas with the potential to improve graduate education and professional development. Ideas can be directed toward students, faculty, departments, institutions, professional societies, and/or federal agencies. Winning ideas will be shared widely and winners will receive prizes between $1000-3000. More information>>. Deadline: Apr 15.

9. GSA RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM SEEKING YOUR SUPPORT – 2nd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) for the Cure Team needs your contribution and help! The GSA is hoping this year to achieve more than its set goal of $1500. Last year with your help they raised a little over $2000. The Relay For Life of Virginia Tech event will be held on Apr 19, 2013. View and/or donate for the team>>. For more information/questions contact Shaimaa Abdallah, shaimaa@vt.edu GSA Team Captain 2012-2013.

10. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM CALL FOR ABSTRACTS –  3rd posting
The 29th Annual GSA Research Symposium will be held on Mar 27 as part of Graduate Education Week. All graduate students are invited to submit an abstract of their research for either an oral or poster presentation to compete in one of several categories matching the various areas of research within the university. Submission period: Mar 8-15 at 5:00pm. Abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of reviewers, and applicants with accepted abstracts will then be notified and will make their poster or oral presentation to faculty judges on Mar 27. Following the event, winners will be selected for each category and will be invited to the awards ceremony where prizes will be announced. Graduate students serving as abstract reviewers may not submit abstracts for competition in the symposium. Submit applications between Mar 8-15. For more information, please visit the symposium website or contact George Batten, Research Symposium Chair at gsaRSchair@gmail.com.

11. GA POSTION OPEN IN WOMEN AND GENDER IN INTL DEVELOPMENT PROG 2013-14 – 3rd posting
The Women and Gender in International Development (WGD) program is seeking a master’s student GAto support the WGD program, which ensures a gender-sensitive approach to all (OIRED) projects and raises awareness about gender and development issues at VT. The GA will also conduct field research. Applicants should have a background in geography, anthropology, sociology, agricultural economics, gender studies, or a related field. Experience in the developing world and proficiency in Spanish or French preferred. The GA begins fall 2013 for one academic year. Summer research and stipend may be covered. The position may be extended for a second year. Send cover letter, resume, example of disciplinary writing, and a copy of academic transcript (photocopy/PDF is acceptable) to Laura Zseleczky (lauraz@vt.edu). Use “WGD Graduate Assistant” in the subject heading of your email. We will contact only the most qualified applicants. Application deadline: March 31, 2013. More information about this position>>.

12. FACILITATORS SOUGHT FOR LEADERSHIP TECH – 1st posting
Leadership Tech is a multi-year, co-curricular development program designed to cultivate strong leadership skills in VT students. Participants are members of small groups facilitated by two students who demonstrate and are passionate about effective leadership. Graduate students are sought to serve as facilitators for the 2013-14 school year, to lead junior-level students in creating community engagement projects based on the theme areas of society & environmental sustainability, global social change, multicultural communities, and health and wellness. More information>>; for applications visit https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/form/start/19504. Contact Mitchell Holston at mah0020@vt.edu if you have any questions.

13. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MATE SELECTION STUDY – 1st posting

Researchers are conducting an IRB-approved cross-cultural survey on how never-married heterosexual adults choose their future spouses. If you are a never-married heterosexual (self-identified) adult 18-39, a citizen and resident of either America or China, you are invited to complete this short survey. Your responses will be anonymous and you may participate in a lottery for two $50 and four $25 Amazon gift cards. If you wish to receive the survey summary and/or participate in the lottery, leave your email at the end of the survey. No response will be linked to an individual respondent. You may skip any item, not complete or withdraw from the survey at any time. The completion of the survey signifies your voluntary willingness to participate. Participate in this study. If you have any questions, contact Ruoxi Chen: ruoxic@vt.edu.

14. GTA’s AND GA’s WITH DISABILITY SOUGHT FOR STUDY – 2nd posting
A doctoral student in special education and disability studies at Syracuse University is seeking participants for an IRB-approved research study to better understand the experiences of teaching assistants and graduate assistants with disabilities in higher education. If you are a teaching assistant or graduate assistant with a disability and are willing to talk about your experiences, please contact the researcher. Your personal information will be kept confidential. The interview will take about one hour and disability accommodations or alternatives to speaking over the phone can be made. If you would like more information about this study, please contact Michelle Damiani at mldamian@syr.edu.

15. COUPLES SOUGHT FOR STUDY – 2nd posting
Couples, Talk and Technology: You are invited to participate in a study to investigate and explore how people talk about things that matter to them with their partners. Researchers ask you and your partner to talk about something you disagree about, in one of several technological conditions. Available 2-hour time slots are listed here: http://poet.cs.vt.edu/couple_study/   Simply email Samantha Yglesias at ygles07@vt.edu for more information, to request any of the available slots, or to request a different time slot. The study takes place in McBryde 106A. Participating couples will be compensated $20.00 per person (that’s $40.00 per couple).

16. UPCOMING EVENTS:

BLUE RIDGE FULBRIGHT CHAPTER SPRING MEETING – register by 3/18!
Friday, Mar 22, 6:30pm, Holiday Inn
The Blue Ridge Chapter of the Fulbright Association invites Fulbright Grantees and Alumni to its spring chapter meeting, Friday March 22, 2013, 6:30 pm  at the Holiday Inn. The dinner event with speaker VT Professor Dr. Wokutsch is free for current Fulbright grantees. For registration or questions please email Dr. George Santopietro, gsantopi@radford.edu and Dr. Myrl Jones mjones@radford.edu.

CELEBRATE THE PERSIAN NEW YEAR: NOWRUZ – register now!

Saturday, Mar 23, 7:00-11:00pm, Owens Banquet Hall
The VT Iranian Society invites the VT community for its celebration of the Persian New Year, Nowruz, commemorating the arrival of spring and new beginnings. There will be entertainment including stand-up comedy, Persian and Middle Eastern dancing, and live classical and pop music. Plated dinner and dessert will also be served (Halal and Vegetarian options available). Learn more about Persian culture and enjoy a night with your Iranian neighbors. Semi-formal attire is suggested. Please visit http://www.iranian.org.vt.edu/ for updates and information on ticket sales.

IDR PRESENTS: ROLE OF INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AS SEEN BY AEP RESEARCHER
Friday, Mar 29, 10:00-11:00am, GLC Room F
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society presents a March speaker spotlight on Dr. Laura E. Jackson, a biology researcher at the US Environmental Protection Agency who studies healthy communities. Dr. Jackson will be discussing the role of interdisciplinary research in the context of her study of the effect that land cover development has on the risk of Lyme disease incidence. Enjoy a lively talk and complimentary snacks. If you have any questions, contact Elizabeth Elvington, the IDR Social Spotlight Series Chair, esavage@vt.edu.

March 11-17, 2013

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC
All weekly services are on hiatus for spring break, except GLC Café, which never stops
– GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursdays, Reading Room

2. SPRING BREAK PITY PARTY: LUNCH! – register by Monday, 3/11
Tuesday, Mar 12, 11:30am-1:00pm (or until the food lasts), 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 lunch with vegetarian and meat soup options, brought to you by Graduate School staff who play cooks for a day.   Please register by 3pm on Monday, 3/11 to give us an idea of how much food to prepare.

3. GLC CAFÉ – PIE DAY
Thursday, Mar 14, 3:30-5:00pm, Graduate School Lobby
The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, maybe hot chocolate, and definitely cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues. This week’s special: PIE! You don’t have to love numbers to love pi.

4. SIGN UP FOR GRAD ED WEEK DESIGN CONTEST!
Graduate student teams are invited to sign up for this light-hearted Graduate Education Week (GEW) activity to put their creativity and experience to test by designing a graduate life  center using fun and random materials provided by the Graduate School. No prior design experience is necessary. Form your team of 3-4 people; at least one of whom must be a graduate student. Grand prize: $50 gift certificate to local restaurant.  Teams must pre-register. Accepted registrations will be confirmed by email. Questions?  Contact Tara at tara@vt.edu.

5. REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR STUDENT ENGAGEMENT GRANT – 1st posting
VT Engage is accepting proposals for the John E. Dooley Student Engagement Grant (JEDSEG). This grant is looking to fund highly motivated students who plan to invest in their community by creating an opportunity for active civic engagement. Two awards of $750 each are available. For more information and to access the application materials, please visit www.engage.vt.edu or email Lauren Kennedy at kennedy0@vt.edu. Submit application by Mar 29, 5pm.

6. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM CYCLE II OPENS 3/25 – 1st posting
The Graduate Student Assembly strives to address the needs of VT graduate students. The GSA Travel Fund Program (TFP) is designed to meet some of these needs by providing graduate students financial assistance for presenting at conferences and scientific meetings, travel expenses, registration fees, lodging, meals, and other various expenses. The program also can be used to support international travel. The program is sponsored by the Graduate School and the Research Foundation of Virginia Tech. Master’s students are eligible for awards from $150-$350; doctoral students are eligible for awards from $200-500. Find out more>> .

7. 2013 GOVERNOR’S FELLOWS PROGRAM APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED NOW – 2nd posting
Governor McDonnell is encouraging top notch students from across Virginia to apply for the 2013 Governor’s Fellows summer program. The historic Virginia Governor’s Fellows Program offers a select group of outstanding and highly motivated individuals the opportunity to experience firsthand the administration of state government in the Commonwealth. Fellows will apply their creative ideas to find practical solutions to major public policy issues. Qualified applicants must be rising or graduating college seniors, or enrolled as degree candidates in a graduate or professional school. They must also demonstrate academic excellence, leadership skill, and a strong commitment to public service. Apply by: Mar 15, 2013 at http://1.usa.gov/ZeeDhm.

8. NSF INNOVATION CHALLENGE FOR STEM GRAD STUDENTS – 2nd posting

Have you ever thought of ways to improve STEM graduate education? Do you have a creative idea regarding graduate training? If so, NSF wants to hear from you! The National Science Foundation Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge is calling for entries from currently enrolled STEM graduate students and teams about ideas with the potential to improve graduate education and professional development. Ideas can be directed toward students, faculty, departments, institutions, professional societies, and/or federal agencies. Winning ideas will be shared widely and winners will receive prizes between $1000-3000. More information>>. Deadline: Apr 15.

9. GSA RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM SEEKING YOUR SUPPORT – 2nd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) for the Cure Team needs your contribution and help! The GSA is hoping this year to achieve more than its set goal of $1500. Last year with your help they raised a little over $2000. The Relay For Life of Virginia Tech event will be held on Apr 19, 2013. View and/or donate for the team>>. For more information/questions contact Shaimaa Abdallah, shaimaa@vt.edu GSA Team Captain 2012-2013.

10. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM CALL FOR ABSTRACTS –  3rd posting
The 29th Annual GSA Research Symposium will be held on Mar 27 as part of Graduate Education Week. All graduate students are invited to submit an abstract of their research for either an oral or poster presentation to compete in one of several categories matching the various areas of research within the university. Submission period: Mar 8-15 at 5:00pm. Abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of reviewers, and applicants with accepted abstracts will then be notified and will make their poster or oral presentation to faculty judges on Mar 27. Following the event, winners will be selected for each category and will be invited to the awards ceremony where prizes will be announced. Graduate students serving as abstract reviewers may not submit abstracts for competition in the symposium. Submit applications between Mar 8-15. For more information, please visit the symposium website or contact George Batten, Research Symposium Chair at gsaRSchair@gmail.com.

11. GA POSTION OPEN IN WOMEN AND GENDER IN INTL DEVELOPMENT PROG 2013-14 – 3rd posting
The Women and Gender in International Development (WGD) program is seeking a master’s student GAto support the WGD program, which ensures a gender-sensitive approach to all (OIRED) projects and raises awareness about gender and development issues at VT. The GA will also conduct field research. Applicants should have a background in geography, anthropology, sociology, agricultural economics, gender studies, or a related field. Experience in the developing world and proficiency in Spanish or French preferred. The GA begins fall 2013 for one academic year. Summer research and stipend may be covered. The position may be extended for a second year. Send cover letter, resume, example of disciplinary writing, and a copy of academic transcript (photocopy/PDF is acceptable) to Laura Zseleczky (lauraz@vt.edu). Use “WGD Graduate Assistant” in the subject heading of your email. We will contact only the most qualified applicants. Application deadline: March 31, 2013. More information about this position>>.

12. FACILITATORS SOUGHT FOR LEADERSHIP TECH – 1st posting
Leadership Tech is a multi-year, co-curricular development program designed to cultivate strong leadership skills in VT students. Participants are members of small groups facilitated by two students who demonstrate and are passionate about effective leadership. Graduate students are sought to serve as facilitators for the 2013-14 school year, to lead junior-level students in creating community engagement projects based on the theme areas of society & environmental sustainability, global social change, multicultural communities, and health and wellness. More information>>; for applications visit https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/form/start/19504. Contact Mitchell Holston at mah0020@vt.edu if you have any questions.

13. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MATE SELECTION STUDY – 1st posting

Researchers are conducting an IRB-approved cross-cultural survey on how never-married heterosexual adults choose their future spouses. If you are a never-married heterosexual (self-identified) adult 18-39, a citizen and resident of either America or China, you are invited to complete this short survey. Your responses will be anonymous and you may participate in a lottery for two $50 and four $25 Amazon gift cards. If you wish to receive the survey summary and/or participate in the lottery, leave your email at the end of the survey. No response will be linked to an individual respondent. You may skip any item, not complete or withdraw from the survey at any time. The completion of the survey signifies your voluntary willingness to participate. Participate in this study. If you have any questions, contact Ruoxi Chen: ruoxic@vt.edu.

14. GTA’s AND GA’s WITH DISABILITY SOUGHT FOR STUDY – 2nd posting
A doctoral student in special education and disability studies at Syracuse University is seeking participants for an IRB-approved research study to better understand the experiences of teaching assistants and graduate assistants with disabilities in higher education. If you are a teaching assistant or graduate assistant with a disability and are willing to talk about your experiences, please contact the researcher. Your personal information will be kept confidential. The interview will take about one hour and disability accommodations or alternatives to speaking over the phone can be made. If you would like more information about this study, please contact Michelle Damiani at mldamian@syr.edu.

15. COUPLES SOUGHT FOR STUDY – 2nd posting
Couples, Talk and Technology: You are invited to participate in a study to investigate and explore how people talk about things that matter to them with their partners. Researchers ask you and your partner to talk about something you disagree about, in one of several technological conditions. Available 2-hour time slots are listed here: http://poet.cs.vt.edu/couple_study/   Simply email Samantha Yglesias at ygles07@vt.edu for more information, to request any of the available slots, or to request a different time slot. The study takes place in McBryde 106A. Participating couples will be compensated $20.00 per person (that’s $40.00 per couple).

16. UPCOMING EVENTS:

BLUE RIDGE FULBRIGHT CHAPTER SPRING MEETING – register by 3/18!
Friday, Mar 22, 6:30pm, Holiday Inn
The Blue Ridge Chapter of the Fulbright Association invites Fulbright Grantees and Alumni to its spring chapter meeting, Friday March 22, 2013, 6:30 pm  at the Holiday Inn. The dinner event with speaker VT Professor Dr. Wokutsch is free for current Fulbright grantees. For registration or questions please email Dr. George Santopietro, gsantopi@radford.edu and Dr. Myrl Jones mjones@radford.edu.

CELEBRATE THE PERSIAN NEW YEAR: NOWRUZ – register now!

Saturday, Mar 23, 7:00-11:00pm, Owens Banquet Hall
The VT Iranian Society invites the VT community for its celebration of the Persian New Year, Nowruz, commemorating the arrival of spring and new beginnings. There will be entertainment including stand-up comedy, Persian and Middle Eastern dancing, and live classical and pop music. Plated dinner and dessert will also be served (Halal and Vegetarian options available). Learn more about Persian culture and enjoy a night with your Iranian neighbors. Semi-formal attire is suggested. Please visit http://www.iranian.org.vt.edu/ for updates and information on ticket sales.

IDR PRESENTS: ROLE OF INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AS SEEN BY AEP RESEARCHER
Friday, Mar 29, 10:00-11:00am, GLC Room F
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society presents a March speaker spotlight on Dr. Laura E. Jackson, a biology researcher at the US Environmental Protection Agency who studies healthy communities. Dr. Jackson will be discussing the role of interdisciplinary research in the context of her study of the effect that land cover development has on the risk of Lyme disease incidence. Enjoy a lively talk and complimentary snacks. If you have any questions, contact Elizabeth Elvington, the IDR Social Spotlight Series Chair, esavage@vt.edu.

March 4-10, 2013

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling (walk in, no appointment needed): Thursdays and Fridays 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursdays, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Weekdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room; find out each consultant’s software expertise here: http://www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=walk_in
  • Writing Center support for grads: Thursdays 4:00-6:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room (additional hours are available in the Library)

2. IT’S MY TEACHING & RESEARCH, ISN’T IT? – WHAT FACULTY NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ACADEMIC FREEDOM AND THE LAW
Wednesday, Mar 6, 12:00pm, GLC Room B
Academic freedom in higher education is often touted but little understood as a legal concept.  This presentation reviews the recent judicial and academic literature on academic freedom and offers recommendations for clarifying it as a legal concept.  Special emphasis will be given to what new faculty need to know concerning academic freedom and their rights and responsibilities in teaching and research.  Sign up online.  Questions?  Contact Tara at tara@vt.edu.

3. BROWN BAG ON CULTURE AND HEALTH
Wednesday, Mar 6, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room G
This brown bag discussion will feature a panel of professors who deal with issues pertaining to culture and health in their research. Included in the panel are: Drs. Bernice Hausman, professor in English, Christine Labuski, professor in sociology and women and gender studies, and Wornie Reed, professor of sociology and Africana studies and director of the Center for Race and Social Policy Research. This brown bag is part of CLAHS South Atlantic Humanities Project. For more information, contact doctoral student Andrea Swenson.

4. TORNADO AWARENESS: TWISTER, THE MOVIE
Wednesday, Mar 6, fair at 6:30pm, movie at 7:00pm, GLC Auditorium
The VT Office of Emergency Management and the student-run Meteorology Club are hosting an evening of tornado awareness and preparedness with the feature film, Twister, starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton. Admission is free and participants will automatically be entered into a raffle to win a number of prizes, including a football signed by Coach Frank Beamer, an emergency preparedness kit, MAG flashlights, among other items. “Twister Trivia” will also provide the opportunity to win additional raffle tickets. Contact Kendall Woodard if you have questions.

5. VIRTUAL CAFE: SPRING WRAP-UPS
Thursday, Mar 7, 12:30-2:00pm, Lobby of vGLC
Join the Graduate School Staff weekly for online chats in the Virtual Graduate Life Center (vGLC) https://virtual.glc.vt.edu. This week’s topic: Spring Wrap-ups…. Don’t leave the Graduate School out in the cold while you take off for warmer weather. The vGLC extends VT’s graduate community from campus to computer. Download the software http://openlife01.cc.vt.edu:9500/wifi.  If you have questions or suggestions, please email Jodi Cromer or Marija Telbis-Forster.

6. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Mar 7, 3:30-5:00pm, Graduate School Lobby
The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, maybe hot chocolate, and definitely cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues.

7. GSA HAPPY HOUR
Thursday, Mar 7, 6:00-8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Attend this happy hour hosted by the Graduate Student Assembly:  cost is $5.00 per person (cash) at the door for 4 tastings (beer), 1 beer, and snacks ($2 for snacks only).  All graduate students, post-docs, and faculty members are welcome. Please direct any questions to Elaine Mathis, VP of Programs (efm28@vt.edu).

8. SIGN UP FOR GRAD ED WEEK DESIGN CONTEST!
Graduate student teams are invited to sign up for this light-hearted Graduate Education Week (GEW) activity to put their creativity and experience to test by designing a graduate life  center using fun and random materials provided by the Graduate School. No prior design experience is necessary. Form your team of 3-4 people; at least one of whom must be a graduate student. Grand prize: $50 gift certificate to local restaurant.  Teams must pre-register. Accepted registrations will be confirmed by email. Questions?  Contact Tara at tara@vt.edu.

9. 2013 GOVERNOR’S FELLOWS PROGRAM APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED NOW – 1st posting
Governor McDonnell is encouraging top notch students from across Virginia to apply for the 2013 Governor’s Fellows summer program. The historic Virginia Governor’s Fellows Program offers a select group of outstanding and highly motivated individuals the opportunity to experience firsthand the administration of state government in the Commonwealth. Fellows will apply their creative ideas to find practical solutions to major public policy issues. Qualified applicants must be rising or graduating college seniors, or enrolled as degree candidates in a graduate or professional school. They must also demonstrate academic excellence, leadership skill, and a strong commitment to public service. Apply by: Mar 15, 2013.

10. NSF INNOVATION CHALLENGE FOR STEM GRAD STUDENTS – 1st posting
Have you ever thought of ways to improve STEM graduate education? Do you have a creative idea regarding graduate training? If so, NSF wants to hear from you! The National Science Foundation Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge is calling for entries from currently enrolled STEM graduate students and teams about ideas with the potential to improve graduate education and professional development. Ideas can be directed toward students, faculty, departments, institutions, professional societies, and/or federal agencies. Winning ideas will be shared widely and winners will receive prizes between $1000-3000. More information >>. Deadline: Apr 15.

11. GSA RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM SEEKING YOUR SUPPORT
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) for the Cure Team needs your contribution and help! The GSA is hoping this year to achieve more than its set goal of $1500. Last year with your help they raised a little over $2000. The Relay For Life of Virginia Tech event will be held on Apr 19, 2013. View and/or donate for the team>>. For more information/questions contact Shaimaa Abdallah, shaimaa@vt.edu GSA Team Captain 2012-2013.

12. FREE OCD SUPPORT GROUP AVAILABLE ON CAMPUS

Tuesday, Mar 5, 7:00pm, VT Psychological Services Center, 3110 Prices Fork Rd
A free support group for individuals with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm at Virginia Tech. If you have questions or would like more information, contact the Psychological Services Center at 231-6914, visit www.psyc.vt.edu/outreach/psc, or email doctoral student Nathaniel Van Kirk at nvankirk@vt.edu.

13. GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 3rd  posting
The Graduate Student Assembly’s Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP) is now accepting applications. GRDP provides monetary support to graduate students for research associated with their thesis or dissertation. The maximum awards are $500 for master’s students and $700 for doctoral students. To submit applications or for more information about the program, eligibility, application process, and FAQs, go to http://www.gsa.graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/grdp.  Applications are due by Mar 15, 2013. Email Amanda Shea (ashea04@vt.edu) with any questions.

14. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – 2nd posting
The 29th Annual GSA Research Symposium will be held on Mar 27 as part of Graduate Education Week. All graduate students are invited to submit an abstract of their research for either an oral or poster presentation to compete in one of several categories matching the various areas of research within the university. Submission period: Mar 8-15 at 5:00pm. Abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of reviewers, and applicants with accepted abstracts will then be notified and will make their poster or oral presentation to faculty judges on Mar 27. Following the event, winners will be selected for each category and will be invited to the awards ceremony where prizes will be announced. Graduate students serving as abstract reviewers may not submit abstracts for competition in the symposium. Submit applications at http://www.gsasymposium.graduateschool.vt.edu/?q=application between Mar 8-15. For more information, please visit the symposium website http://www.gsasymposium.graduateschool.vt.edu/ or contact George Batten, Research Symposium Chair.

15. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS INVITED – 3rd posting
Have you used your knowledge and research skills to benefit society in any way? Has this effort involved about 16 hrs of community service? If so, you are eligible for the Citizen Scholar award! Recipients will be recognized during Graduate Education Week at the GLC on Monday, Mar 25 from 4-5:30.  Each person will have a chance to explain their project briefly using one power point slide. Please send your name and project title/brief description to Associate Dean Rosemary Blieszner, rmb@vt.edu by March 8 – and mark your calendar for March 25.

16. GA POSTION OPEN IN WOMEN AND GENDER IN INTL DEVELOPMENT PROG 2013-14 – 2nd posting
The Women and Gender in International Development (WGD) program is seeking a master’s student GAto support the WGD program, which ensures a gender-sensitive approach to all (OIRED) (www.oired.vt.edu) projects and raises awareness about gender and development issues at VT. The GA will also conduct field research. Applicants should have a background in geography, anthropology, sociology, agricultural economics, gender studies, or a related field. Experience in the developing world and proficiency in Spanish or French preferred. The GA begins fall 2013 for one academic year. Summer research and stipend may be covered. The position may be extended for a second year. Send cover letter, resume, example of disciplinary writing, and a copy of academic transcript (photocopy/PDF is acceptable) to Laura Zseleczky (lauraz@vt.edu). Use “WGD Graduate Assistant” in the subject heading of your email. We will contact only the most qualified applicants. Application deadline: March 31, 2013. More information about this position>>.

17. GLC FELLOWS APPLICATION PROCESS OPEN FOR 2013-14 – 3rd 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 2013-14 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=1360600893862. Information about the cover letter requirements can be found on the survey link and the job description can be found at www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu. Apply by Mar 20, 2013. Contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu or Mark Smiley at esmark86@vt.edu if you have questions.

18. GTA’s AND GA’s WITH DISABILITY SOUGHT FOR STUDY – 1st posting
A doctoral student in special education and disability studies at Syracuse University is seeking participants for an IRB-approved research study to better understand the experiences of teaching assistants and graduate assistants with disabilities in higher education. If you are a teaching assistant or graduate assistant with a disability and are willing to talk about your experiences, please contact the researcher. Your personal information will be kept confidential. The interview will take about one hour and disability accommodations or alternatives to speaking over the phone can be made. If you would like more information about this study, please contact Michelle Damiani at mldamian@syr.edu.

19. COUPLES SOUGHT FOR STUDY – 1st posting

Couples, Talk and Technology: You are invited to participate in a study to investigate and explore how people talk about things that matter to them with their partners. Researchers ask you and your partner to talk about something you disagree about, in one of several technological conditions. Available 2-hour time slots are listed here: http://poet.cs.vt.edu/couple_study/   Simply email Samantha Yglesias at ygles07@vt.edu for more information, to request any of the available slots, or to request a different time slot. The study takes place in McBryde 106A. Participating couples will be compensated $20.00 per person (that’s $40.00 per couple).

20. GSA SEEKING REVIEWERS FOR RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – 3rd posting
The GSA needs your assistance with reviewing abstracts for the GSA Research Symposium, to be held on Mar 27, 2013. Graduate students who will not be submitting entries to the symposium can be reviewers in this online, blind peer-review process, critiquing abstracts of 3000 characters or less with no figures or tables. Each reviewer will receive an email of abstracts to review and return, before Mar 21, by 5:00pm. Please fill out this registration form to serve as a reviewer. After signing up you will receive an automated confirmation email that your registration went through. Reviewers will receive a formal signed certificate (electronic copy) for their participation in this process that they can add to their resume. If you have questions, contact George Batten at gsaRSchair@gmail.com, GSA RS 2013 Chair.

21. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR UPCOMING GSA HAPPY HOUR – 3rd posting
The GSA is looking for volunteers to help with its upcoming Happy Hour on Thursday, Mar 7, 6-8pm in the GLC Multipurpose Room. Tasks will include setting-up, serving beer and food, and cleaning up.  Volunteers must be 21 years of age or older.  Please contact Elaine Mathis, VP of Programs (efm28@vt.edu) if you are interested. 

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR VIRTUAL REALITY STUDY – 3rd posting
Researchers are seeking volunteers for gathering quantitative and qualitative insights into the effects of different properties of virtual reality (VR) display systems on the analysis of complex scientific datasets, like tracheal systems of beetles from biomechanics domain. The study consists of carrying out few tasks (answering few questions), by analyzing the tracheal systems of a beetle, scanned, segmented in isosurface format, and visualized on a state-of-the-art spatially immersive display system – the four-sided CAVE – in the Visionarium at 3050 Torgersen. More details will be provided on site. The experiment will last about 75 mins. Must be more than 18 years old with no or minimal background in biomechanics to participate. Find available time slots for participation>>. Please email  to blaha@vt.edu, with your preferred time slot from the above page to sign up for your participation.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH PROJECT – 3rd posting
Amie Schry, MS, and Susan White, PhD, of the Department of Psychology are recruiting participants for the “Campus Reporting Survey,” an IRB-approved study. All VT faculty and staff members, including graduate teaching assistants (GTAs), are invited to complete an on-line survey about thoughts on reporting of campus incidents. Graduate students who are not currently teaching classes are not eligible for participation in the study. The survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete, and will be open until May 8, the last day of classes. All data will be kept anonymous. Complete the survey>>. If you have any questions, contact Amie Schry at aschry@vt.edu.

24. PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE JOURNAL SEEKING REVIEWERS – 3rd posting
The Public Knowledge Journal is seeking reviewers for the Spring 2013 semester.  Being a peer reviewer is a great way to learn about the ins and outs of the academic publication world.  The Public Knowledge Journal is an interdisciplinary graduate student journal committed to the exchange of ideas and information about issues and research relevant to the public sphere.  More information about the journal can be found at http://pkjournal.org/. Please contact Stefanie Georgakis at sgeorgakis@vt.edu if interested in being a peer reviewer for this semester.

25. UPCOMING EVENTS:

SPRING BREAK PITY PARTY: LUNCH! – register by Monday, 3/11
Tuesday, Mar 12, 11:30am-1:00pm (or until the food lasts), 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 lunch with vegetarian and meat soup options, brought to you by Graduate School staff who play cooks for a day.   Please register by noon on Monday, 3/11 to give us an idea of how much food to prepare.

BLUE RIDGE FULBRIGHT CHAPTER SPRING MEETING – register by 3/18!
Friday, Mar 22, 6:30pm, Holiday Inn
The Blue Ridge Chapter of the Fulbright Association invites Fulbright Grantees and Alumni to its spring chapter meeting, Friday March 22, 2013, 6:30 pm  at the Holiday Inn. The dinner event with speaker VT Professor Dr. Wokutsch is free for current Fulbright grantees. For registration or questions please email Dr. George Santopietro, gsantopi@radford.edu and Dr. Myrl Jones mjones@radford.edu.

CELEBRATE THE PERSIAN NEW YEAR – NOWRUZ
Saturday, Mar 23, 7:00-11:00pm, Owens Banquet Hall
The VT Iranian Society invites the VT community for its celebration of the Persian New Year, Nowruz, commemorating the arrival of spring and new beginnings. There will be entertainment including stand-up comedy, Persian and Middle Eastern dancing, and live classical and pop music. Plated dinner and dessert will also be served (Halal and Vegetarian options available). Learn more about Persian culture and enjoy a night with your Iranian neighbors. Semi-formal attire is suggested. Please visit http://www.iranian.org.vt.edu/ for updates and information on ticket sales.

March 4-10, 2013

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling (walk in, no appointment needed): Thursdays and Fridays 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursdays, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Weekdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room; find out each consultant’s software expertise here: http://www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=walk_in
  • Writing Center support for grads: Thursdays 4:00-6:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room (additional hours are available in the Library)

2. IT’S MY TEACHING & RESEARCH, ISN’T IT? – WHAT FACULTY NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ACADEMIC FREEDOM AND THE LAW
Wednesday, Mar 6, 12:00pm, GLC Room B
Academic freedom in higher education is often touted but little understood as a legal concept.  This presentation reviews the recent judicial and academic literature on academic freedom and offers recommendations for clarifying it as a legal concept.  Special emphasis will be given to what new faculty need to know concerning academic freedom and their rights and responsibilities in teaching and research.  Sign up online.  Questions?  Contact Tara at tara@vt.edu.

3. BROWN BAG ON CULTURE AND HEALTH
Wednesday, Mar 6, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room G
This brown bag discussion will feature a panel of professors who deal with issues pertaining to culture and health in their research. Included in the panel are: Drs. Bernice Hausman, professor in English, Christine Labuski, professor in sociology and women and gender studies, and Wornie Reed, professor of sociology and Africana studies and director of the Center for Race and Social Policy Research. This brown bag is part of CLAHS South Atlantic Humanities Project. For more information, contact doctoral student Andrea Swenson.

4. TORNADO AWARENESS: TWISTER, THE MOVIE
Wednesday, Mar 6, fair at 6:30pm, movie at 7:00pm, GLC Auditorium
The VT Office of Emergency Management and the student-run Meteorology Club are hosting an evening of tornado awareness and preparedness with the feature film, Twister, starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton. Admission is free and participants will automatically be entered into a raffle to win a number of prizes, including a football signed by Coach Frank Beamer, an emergency preparedness kit, MAG flashlights, among other items. “Twister Trivia” will also provide the opportunity to win additional raffle tickets. Contact Kendall Woodard if you have questions.

5. VIRTUAL CAFE: SPRING WRAP-UPS
Thursday, Mar 7, 12:30-2:00pm, Lobby of vGLC
Join the Graduate School Staff weekly for online chats in the Virtual Graduate Life Center (vGLC) https://virtual.glc.vt.edu. This week’s topic: Spring Wrap-ups…. Don’t leave the Graduate School out in the cold while you take off for warmer weather. The vGLC extends VT’s graduate community from campus to computer. Download the software http://openlife01.cc.vt.edu:9500/wifi.  If you have questions or suggestions, please email Jodi Cromer or Marija Telbis-Forster.

6. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Mar 7, 3:30-5:00pm, Graduate School Lobby
The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, maybe hot chocolate, and definitely cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues.

7. GSA HAPPY HOUR
Thursday, Mar 7, 6:00-8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Attend this happy hour hosted by the Graduate Student Assembly:  cost is $5.00 per person (cash) at the door for 4 tastings (beer), 1 beer, and snacks ($2 for snacks only).  All graduate students, post-docs, and faculty members are welcome. Please direct any questions to Elaine Mathis, VP of Programs (efm28@vt.edu).

8. SIGN UP FOR GRAD ED WEEK DESIGN CONTEST!
Graduate student teams are invited to sign up for this light-hearted Graduate Education Week (GEW) activity to put their creativity and experience to test by designing a graduate life  center using fun and random materials provided by the Graduate School. No prior design experience is necessary. Form your team of 3-4 people; at least one of whom must be a graduate student. Grand prize: $50 gift certificate to local restaurant.  Teams must pre-register. Accepted registrations will be confirmed by email. Questions?  Contact Tara at tara@vt.edu.

9. 2013 GOVERNOR’S FELLOWS PROGRAM APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED NOW – 1st posting
Governor McDonnell is encouraging top notch students from across Virginia to apply for the 2013 Governor’s Fellows summer program. The historic Virginia Governor’s Fellows Program offers a select group of outstanding and highly motivated individuals the opportunity to experience firsthand the administration of state government in the Commonwealth. Fellows will apply their creative ideas to find practical solutions to major public policy issues. Qualified applicants must be rising or graduating college seniors, or enrolled as degree candidates in a graduate or professional school. They must also demonstrate academic excellence, leadership skill, and a strong commitment to public service. Apply by: Mar 15, 2013.

10. NSF INNOVATION CHALLENGE FOR STEM GRAD STUDENTS – 1st posting
Have you ever thought of ways to improve STEM graduate education? Do you have a creative idea regarding graduate training? If so, NSF wants to hear from you! The National Science Foundation Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge is calling for entries from currently enrolled STEM graduate students and teams about ideas with the potential to improve graduate education and professional development. Ideas can be directed toward students, faculty, departments, institutions, professional societies, and/or federal agencies. Winning ideas will be shared widely and winners will receive prizes between $1000-3000. More information >>. Deadline: Apr 15.

11. GSA RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM SEEKING YOUR SUPPORT
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) for the Cure Team needs your contribution and help! The GSA is hoping this year to achieve more than its set goal of $1500. Last year with your help they raised a little over $2000. The Relay For Life of Virginia Tech event will be held on Apr 19, 2013. View and/or donate for the team>>. For more information/questions contact Shaimaa Abdallah, shaimaa@vt.edu GSA Team Captain 2012-2013.

12. FREE OCD SUPPORT GROUP AVAILABLE ON CAMPUS

Tuesday, Mar 5, 7:00pm, VT Psychological Services Center, 3110 Prices Fork Rd
A free support group for individuals with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm at Virginia Tech. If you have questions or would like more information, contact the Psychological Services Center at 231-6914, visit www.psyc.vt.edu/outreach/psc, or email doctoral student Nathaniel Van Kirk at nvankirk@vt.edu.

13. GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 3rd  posting
The Graduate Student Assembly’s Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP) is now accepting applications. GRDP provides monetary support to graduate students for research associated with their thesis or dissertation. The maximum awards are $500 for master’s students and $700 for doctoral students. To submit applications or for more information about the program, eligibility, application process, and FAQs, go to http://www.gsa.graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/grdp.  Applications are due by Mar 15, 2013. Email Amanda Shea (ashea04@vt.edu) with any questions.

14. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – 2nd posting
The 29th Annual GSA Research Symposium will be held on Mar 27 as part of Graduate Education Week. All graduate students are invited to submit an abstract of their research for either an oral or poster presentation to compete in one of several categories matching the various areas of research within the university. Submission period: Mar 8-15 at 5:00pm. Abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of reviewers, and applicants with accepted abstracts will then be notified and will make their poster or oral presentation to faculty judges on Mar 27. Following the event, winners will be selected for each category and will be invited to the awards ceremony where prizes will be announced. Graduate students serving as abstract reviewers may not submit abstracts for competition in the symposium. Submit applications at http://www.gsasymposium.graduateschool.vt.edu/?q=application between Mar 8-15. For more information, please visit the symposium website http://www.gsasymposium.graduateschool.vt.edu/ or contact George Batten, Research Symposium Chair.

15. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS INVITED – 3rd posting
Have you used your knowledge and research skills to benefit society in any way? Has this effort involved about 16 hrs of community service? If so, you are eligible for the Citizen Scholar award! Recipients will be recognized during Graduate Education Week at the GLC on Monday, Mar 25 from 4-5:30.  Each person will have a chance to explain their project briefly using one power point slide. Please send your name and project title/brief description to Associate Dean Rosemary Blieszner, rmb@vt.edu by March 8 – and mark your calendar for March 25.

16. GA POSTION OPEN IN WOMEN AND GENDER IN INTL DEVELOPMENT PROG 2013-14 – 2nd posting
The Women and Gender in International Development (WGD) program is seeking a master’s student GAto support the WGD program, which ensures a gender-sensitive approach to all (OIRED) (www.oired.vt.edu) projects and raises awareness about gender and development issues at VT. The GA will also conduct field research. Applicants should have a background in geography, anthropology, sociology, agricultural economics, gender studies, or a related field. Experience in the developing world and proficiency in Spanish or French preferred. The GA begins fall 2013 for one academic year. Summer research and stipend may be covered. The position may be extended for a second year. Send cover letter, resume, example of disciplinary writing, and a copy of academic transcript (photocopy/PDF is acceptable) to Laura Zseleczky (lauraz@vt.edu). Use “WGD Graduate Assistant” in the subject heading of your email. We will contact only the most qualified applicants. Application deadline: March 31, 2013. More information about this position>>.

17. GLC FELLOWS APPLICATION PROCESS OPEN FOR 2013-14 – 3rd 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 2013-14 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=1360600893862. Information about the cover letter requirements can be found on the survey link and the job description can be found at www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu. Apply by Mar 20, 2013. Contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu or Mark Smiley at esmark86@vt.edu if you have questions.

18. GTA’s AND GA’s WITH DISABILITY SOUGHT FOR STUDY – 1st posting
A doctoral student in special education and disability studies at Syracuse University is seeking participants for an IRB-approved research study to better understand the experiences of teaching assistants and graduate assistants with disabilities in higher education. If you are a teaching assistant or graduate assistant with a disability and are willing to talk about your experiences, please contact the researcher. Your personal information will be kept confidential. The interview will take about one hour and disability accommodations or alternatives to speaking over the phone can be made. If you would like more information about this study, please contact Michelle Damiani at mldamian@syr.edu.

19. COUPLES SOUGHT FOR STUDY – 1st posting

Couples, Talk and Technology: You are invited to participate in a study to investigate and explore how people talk about things that matter to them with their partners. Researchers ask you and your partner to talk about something you disagree about, in one of several technological conditions. Available 2-hour time slots are listed here: http://poet.cs.vt.edu/couple_study/   Simply email Samantha Yglesias at ygles07@vt.edu for more information, to request any of the available slots, or to request a different time slot. The study takes place in McBryde 106A. Participating couples will be compensated $20.00 per person (that’s $40.00 per couple).

20. GSA SEEKING REVIEWERS FOR RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – 3rd posting
The GSA needs your assistance with reviewing abstracts for the GSA Research Symposium, to be held on Mar 27, 2013. Graduate students who will not be submitting entries to the symposium can be reviewers in this online, blind peer-review process, critiquing abstracts of 3000 characters or less with no figures or tables. Each reviewer will receive an email of abstracts to review and return, before Mar 21, by 5:00pm. Please fill out this registration form to serve as a reviewer. After signing up you will receive an automated confirmation email that your registration went through. Reviewers will receive a formal signed certificate (electronic copy) for their participation in this process that they can add to their resume. If you have questions, contact George Batten at gsaRSchair@gmail.com, GSA RS 2013 Chair.

21. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR UPCOMING GSA HAPPY HOUR – 3rd posting
The GSA is looking for volunteers to help with its upcoming Happy Hour on Thursday, Mar 7, 6-8pm in the GLC Multipurpose Room. Tasks will include setting-up, serving beer and food, and cleaning up.  Volunteers must be 21 years of age or older.  Please contact Elaine Mathis, VP of Programs (efm28@vt.edu) if you are interested. 

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR VIRTUAL REALITY STUDY – 3rd posting
Researchers are seeking volunteers for gathering quantitative and qualitative insights into the effects of different properties of virtual reality (VR) display systems on the analysis of complex scientific datasets, like tracheal systems of beetles from biomechanics domain. The study consists of carrying out few tasks (answering few questions), by analyzing the tracheal systems of a beetle, scanned, segmented in isosurface format, and visualized on a state-of-the-art spatially immersive display system – the four-sided CAVE – in the Visionarium at 3050 Torgersen. More details will be provided on site. The experiment will last about 75 mins. Must be more than 18 years old with no or minimal background in biomechanics to participate. Find available time slots for participation>>. Please email  to blaha@vt.edu, with your preferred time slot from the above page to sign up for your participation.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH PROJECT – 3rd posting
Amie Schry, MS, and Susan White, PhD, of the Department of Psychology are recruiting participants for the “Campus Reporting Survey,” an IRB-approved study. All VT faculty and staff members, including graduate teaching assistants (GTAs), are invited to complete an on-line survey about thoughts on reporting of campus incidents. Graduate students who are not currently teaching classes are not eligible for participation in the study. The survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete, and will be open until May 8, the last day of classes. All data will be kept anonymous. Complete the survey>>. If you have any questions, contact Amie Schry at aschry@vt.edu.

24. PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE JOURNAL SEEKING REVIEWERS – 3rd posting
The Public Knowledge Journal is seeking reviewers for the Spring 2013 semester.  Being a peer reviewer is a great way to learn about the ins and outs of the academic publication world.  The Public Knowledge Journal is an interdisciplinary graduate student journal committed to the exchange of ideas and information about issues and research relevant to the public sphere.  More information about the journal can be found at http://pkjournal.org/. Please contact Stefanie Georgakis at sgeorgakis@vt.edu if interested in being a peer reviewer for this semester.

25. UPCOMING EVENTS:

SPRING BREAK PITY PARTY: LUNCH! – register by Monday, 3/11
Tuesday, Mar 12, 11:30am-1:00pm (or until the food lasts), 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 lunch with vegetarian and meat soup options, brought to you by Graduate School staff who play cooks for a day.   Please register by noon on Monday, 3/11 to give us an idea of how much food to prepare.

BLUE RIDGE FULBRIGHT CHAPTER SPRING MEETING – register by 3/18!
Friday, Mar 22, 6:30pm, Holiday Inn
The Blue Ridge Chapter of the Fulbright Association invites Fulbright Grantees and Alumni to its spring chapter meeting, Friday March 22, 2013, 6:30 pm  at the Holiday Inn. The dinner event with speaker VT Professor Dr. Wokutsch is free for current Fulbright grantees. For registration or questions please email Dr. George Santopietro, gsantopi@radford.edu and Dr. Myrl Jones mjones@radford.edu.

CELEBRATE THE PERSIAN NEW YEAR – NOWRUZ
Saturday, Mar 23, 7:00-11:00pm, Owens Banquet Hall
The VT Iranian Society invites the VT community for its celebration of the Persian New Year, Nowruz, commemorating the arrival of spring and new beginnings. There will be entertainment including stand-up comedy, Persian and Middle Eastern dancing, and live classical and pop music. Plated dinner and dessert will also be served (Halal and Vegetarian options available). Learn more about Persian culture and enjoy a night with your Iranian neighbors. Semi-formal attire is suggested. Please visit http://www.iranian.org.vt.edu/ for updates and information on ticket sales.