May 28-June 2, 2013

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursdays, Reading Room – year round!
  • Other regular GLC services are on hiatus for the summer. Please contact Career Services and the Writing Center if you need assistance.

2. SUMMER YOGA SERIES IN THE GLC
Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting May 30, 12:45-1:45pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Taught by graduate student Susan Beck, yoga sessions will be offered in the GLC twice a week. Bring your own yoga mat (there are some at the Information Desk for check out while supplies last) and wear comfortable clothes. Sessions have been scheduled for 5/30, 6/4, 6, 13, 20, 25, 27. Further sessions may be scheduled based on participant interest and instructor availability.

3. GLC CAFÉ – WE NEED YOUR INPUT!
Thursday, May 30, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or outside on the GLC side patio (near Bookstore)
The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues. If the weather is nice (=not raining), the café may move out to the newly furnished side patio on the Bookstore side of the GLC, behind the hedges. We need your input for finding a good name for this outdoor location that would help graduate students instantly identify where and what it is.

4. NOTES FROM EXTERNAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES PRESENTATION
Graduate students in the liberal arts and human sciences seeking external funding in the form of travel grants or dissertation fellowships may be interested in resources now available online: a copy of Tom Ewing’s presentation in April and a list of external funding opportunities. In addition, students who wish to be involved in writing groups related to external fellowship applications can register their interest by completing this survey. Before participating in this proposal writing group, graduate students must consult with their faculty advisor(s), who should be kept informed of these efforts. The online resources will be updated, and more information sessions and workshops will take place during the fall semester. Questions may be directed to CLAHS Associate Dean Tom Ewing (etewing@vt.edu).
 
5. NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES DATABASE – 2nd posting
The Office of Research announces the availability of the Grant Forward funding database to VT faculty, postdoctoral associates, staff, and students. This service allows anyone with a VT e-mail address to search for research funding by entering key words. In addition to research funding, the Grant Forward database includes fellowship and scholarship opportunities, travel grants, etc. with an inventory  8,000+ federal  and 6,000+ foundation funding opportunities in academic fields including the arts, medical sciences, education, humanities, social sciences, business, engineering and technology, physical sciences, law and more. Grant Forward can be accessed directly from a campus computer, or from an off-campus computer by setting up an account using your VT e-mail address: http://www.grantforward.com/

6. VT CREW TEAM SEEKS COACH – 2nd posting
The VT Crew team is a club sport organization, run by students and through the VT Recreational Sports Department.  Currently, they are looking for coaches for the upcoming seasons. Must have coxing/rowing experience; coaching experience not required. Contact snolta92@vt.edu for more information.

7. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A LOWER BACK LOADING STUDY – 2nd posting
Grad student researchers are conducting a study to investigate how biomarkers change with lower back lifting. The study will include multiple experimental sessions, each lasting about 3 hours. Compensation is $10/hour + $10 for completion. Qualifications are: normal weight (BMI: 18.5-25), have no current or recent (≤3 years) history of musculoskeletal disorders, and have no conditions that limit your mobility. The protocols used in this study have been approved by the VT IRB (IRB #13-059). If you are interested please contact Marc Christian, 536F Whittemore Hall, (234) 788-3939, marcc88@vt.edu.

8. SMART PHONE USERS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY – 2nd posting
Volunteer smart phone users are sought to install an Android application (available on the Google Play Store ) on their daily-use Android smart phones, and allow it to run without interruption for an IRB-approved study. The application collects anonymous usage data (e.g. location, browsing, communications, connectivity, etc). The application does not collect any identifying information, and the data collected cannot be tracked back to the user. URLs, email addresses, and phone numbers are encrypted (hashed and salted) locally on the phone before being sent to the server. After the first run, the application hardly requires any further interaction from the user. Before installing the application, please read the recruitment letter at https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7bc1n6iTHrGM0tWSDhxcjhROFU/edit for more details and instructions. Contact Amr Abed at amrabed@vt.edu, or 540-449-3336 for any details or concerns.

9. PARTICIPATE IN GRAD HOUSING PREFERENCES SURVEY – 3rd posting
The Graduate School invites you to participate in a grad housing preferences survey. Dedicated graduate student and graduate family housing has been a concern of graduate students, the Graduate Student Assembly and the Graduate School for several years now. Recently, the Graduate School was contacted by local developers for our thoughts and suggestions about ways to improve the variety and availability of graduate housing within the Town of Blacksburg. A site has already been identified and the local developers intend to begin construction of new housing in the South Main Kroger vicinity within the next 18-24 months. The survey will take approximately 10-12 minutes. The information you provide will help us better understand the housing needs of our current and future graduate student community. Access the survey>>.

May 28-June 2, 2013

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursdays, Reading Room – year round!
  • Other regular GLC services are on hiatus for the summer. Please contact Career Services and the Writing Center if you need assistance.

2. SUMMER YOGA SERIES IN THE GLC
Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting May 30, 12:45-1:45pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Taught by graduate student Susan Beck, yoga sessions will be offered in the GLC twice a week. Bring your own yoga mat (there are some at the Information Desk for check out while supplies last) and wear comfortable clothes. Sessions have been scheduled for 5/30, 6/4, 6, 13, 20, 25, 27. Further sessions may be scheduled based on participant interest and instructor availability.

3. GLC CAFÉ – WE NEED YOUR INPUT!
Thursday, May 30, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or outside on the GLC side patio (near Bookstore)
The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues. If the weather is nice (=not raining), the café may move out to the newly furnished side patio on the Bookstore side of the GLC, behind the hedges. We need your input for finding a good name for this outdoor location that would help graduate students instantly identify where and what it is.

4. NOTES FROM EXTERNAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES PRESENTATION
Graduate students in the liberal arts and human sciences seeking external funding in the form of travel grants or dissertation fellowships may be interested in resources now available online: a copy of Tom Ewing’s presentation in April and a list of external funding opportunities. In addition, students who wish to be involved in writing groups related to external fellowship applications can register their interest by completing this survey. Before participating in this proposal writing group, graduate students must consult with their faculty advisor(s), who should be kept informed of these efforts. The online resources will be updated, and more information sessions and workshops will take place during the fall semester. Questions may be directed to CLAHS Associate Dean Tom Ewing (etewing@vt.edu).
 
5. NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES DATABASE – 2nd posting
The Office of Research announces the availability of the Grant Forward funding database to VT faculty, postdoctoral associates, staff, and students. This service allows anyone with a VT e-mail address to search for research funding by entering key words. In addition to research funding, the Grant Forward database includes fellowship and scholarship opportunities, travel grants, etc. with an inventory  8,000+ federal  and 6,000+ foundation funding opportunities in academic fields including the arts, medical sciences, education, humanities, social sciences, business, engineering and technology, physical sciences, law and more. Grant Forward can be accessed directly from a campus computer, or from an off-campus computer by setting up an account using your VT e-mail address: http://www.grantforward.com/

6. VT CREW TEAM SEEKS COACH – 2nd posting
The VT Crew team is a club sport organization, run by students and through the VT Recreational Sports Department.  Currently, they are looking for coaches for the upcoming seasons. Must have coxing/rowing experience; coaching experience not required. Contact snolta92@vt.edu for more information.

7. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A LOWER BACK LOADING STUDY – 2nd posting
Grad student researchers are conducting a study to investigate how biomarkers change with lower back lifting. The study will include multiple experimental sessions, each lasting about 3 hours. Compensation is $10/hour + $10 for completion. Qualifications are: normal weight (BMI: 18.5-25), have no current or recent (≤3 years) history of musculoskeletal disorders, and have no conditions that limit your mobility. The protocols used in this study have been approved by the VT IRB (IRB #13-059). If you are interested please contact Marc Christian, 536F Whittemore Hall, (234) 788-3939, marcc88@vt.edu.

8. SMART PHONE USERS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY – 2nd posting
Volunteer smart phone users are sought to install an Android application (available on the Google Play Store ) on their daily-use Android smart phones, and allow it to run without interruption for an IRB-approved study. The application collects anonymous usage data (e.g. location, browsing, communications, connectivity, etc). The application does not collect any identifying information, and the data collected cannot be tracked back to the user. URLs, email addresses, and phone numbers are encrypted (hashed and salted) locally on the phone before being sent to the server. After the first run, the application hardly requires any further interaction from the user. Before installing the application, please read the recruitment letter at https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7bc1n6iTHrGM0tWSDhxcjhROFU/edit for more details and instructions. Contact Amr Abed at amrabed@vt.edu, or 540-449-3336 for any details or concerns.

9. PARTICIPATE IN GRAD HOUSING PREFERENCES SURVEY – 3rd posting
The Graduate School invites you to participate in a grad housing preferences survey. Dedicated graduate student and graduate family housing has been a concern of graduate students, the Graduate Student Assembly and the Graduate School for several years now. Recently, the Graduate School was contacted by local developers for our thoughts and suggestions about ways to improve the variety and availability of graduate housing within the Town of Blacksburg. A site has already been identified and the local developers intend to begin construction of new housing in the South Main Kroger vicinity within the next 18-24 months. The survey will take approximately 10-12 minutes. The information you provide will help us better understand the housing needs of our current and future graduate student community. Access the survey>>.

May 20-26, 2013

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • 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 – year round!
  • Other regular GLC services are on hiatus for the summer. Please contact Career Services and the Writing Center if you need assistance.

2. GLC CAFÉ AND GRADUATION ROBE SWAP
Thursday, May 23, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or outside on the GLC side patio (near Bookstore)
The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues. If the weather is nice (=not raining), the café may move out to the newly furnished side patio on the Bookstore side of the GLC, behind the hedges. Come find us! If you just graduated or if you will graduate in the fall and you are interested in selling/buying your robe to a fellow grad student, stop by the café to see if you can find an interested buyer/seller. This is a shot in the dark on our part, but we’ll give it a try since we hear from many students who are interested in reducing the cost of their attending commencement and purchasing regalia for a one-time use. Let us know what you think!

3. NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES DATABASE
The Office of Research announces the availability of the Grant Forward funding database to VT faculty, postdoctoral associates, staff, and students. This service allows anyone with a VT e-mail address to search for research funding by entering key words. In addition to research funding, the Grant Forward database includes fellowship and scholarship opportunities, travel grants, etc. with an inventory  8,000+ federal  and 6,000+ foundation funding opportunities in academic fields including the arts, medical sciences, education, humanities, social sciences, business, engineering and technology, physical sciences, law and more. Grant Forward can be accessed directly from a campus computer, or from an off-campus computer by setting up an account using your VT e-mail address. 

4. GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT DVD AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
DVD of the Spring 2013 Graduate Commencement Ceremony is available from the University Bookstore for a limited time at a cost of $19.99. Click the DVD image on the bookstore’s homepage for ordering information: www.bookstore.vt.edu. If you have any questions about official photographs taken during the ceremony, please contact GradImages® by phone at 800-261-2576 or online.

5. FALL GRAD CLASS: GLOBAL ASPECTS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW
Taught by Anna-Marion Bieri, GRAD 5224G explores how our globalized society, shaped by mobility,  international capital flow, digitalization, and constant advancements in communication technologies, calls for international intellectual property protection and standards. The expansion of the western IP system in the global arena is increasingly being criticized. The class covers the key aspects of this controversy: the protection of and access to medicines, knowledge and biological materials. Tuesdays 5:00 – 8:00 pm / DER 1076. For questions please contact Anna-Marion Bieri.

6. FALL CLASS OFFERING: PEDAGOGY FOR NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCES CRN 97426
This 2-credit course may be used toward the grad certficiate in Preparing the Future Professoriate. The 10-week course is organized around 5 major themes in higher education: (1) How people learn (theories in educational psychology, brain function, learning styles; metacognition; learning for transfer; lifelong learning); (2) Paradigms in teaching (instruction-centered and  learning-centered; teaching for improved  thinking [critical, creative, reflective] vs. teaching for  content and coverage; teaching styles; distance learning) (3) Teaching for student engagement (creating meaningful learning experiences; passive vs. active & collaborative learning; peer instruction; deep learning; etc) (4) Tools for teaching (technology; improving lectures; alternatives to lecture; Socratic teaching; etc.; assessing learning)  (5) Life as a professor (teaching millennials; trends in higher ed; school types; teaching vs. research; publish or perish; the tenure process; non-tenure appointments; balancing the professional and the personal) . For more information contact Dr. Brian Murphy.

7. STUDENT BUILDING MANAGER FOR GLC – WAGE POSITION OPENINGS – 3rd posting
The GLC Student Building Manager works closely with the Operations Manager for Student Centers and Activities as well as the Graduate School to provide services to the patrons who use the GLC. This includes providing excellent customer service, overall building management, reserving rooms, oversight of the information desk, basic cleaning (wiping tables, vacuuming, etc.) and administrative support. The Student Building Manager has primary responsibility, including emergency response, for the building during evening and weekend hours. Filling 2-3 positions to start in August at a rate of $12/hour. Please apply online; click the “Student Centers and Activities ‘VT Graduate Student’ Pool.” Please contact Eric Margiotta (Margiotta@vt.edu) with questions.

8. VT CREW TEAM SEEKS COACH – 1st posting
The VT Crew team is a club sport organization, run by students and through the VT Recreational Sports Department.  Currently, they are looking for coaches for the upcoming seasons. Must have coxing/rowing experience; coaching experience not required. Contact snolta92@vt.edu for more information.

9. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A LOWER BACK LOADING STUDY – 1st posting
Grad student researchers are conducting a study to investigate how biomarkers change with lower back lifting. The study will include multiple experimental sessions, each lasting about 3 hours. Compensation is $10/hour + $10 for completion. Qualifications are: normal weight (BMI: 18.5-25), have no current or recent (≤3 years) history of musculoskeletal disorders, and have no conditions that limit your mobility. The protocols used in this study have been approved by the VT IRB (IRB #13-059). If you are interested please contact Marc Christian, 536F Whittemore Hall, (234) 788-3939.

10. SMART PHONE USERS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY – 1st posting
Volunteer smart phone users are sought to install an Android application (available on the Google Play Store ) on their daily-use Android smart phones, and allow it to run without interruption for an IRB-approved study. The application collects anonymous usage data (e.g. location, browsing, communications, connectivity, etc). The application does not collect any identifying information, and the data collected cannot be tracked back to the user. URLs, email addresses, and phone numbers are encrypted (hashed and salted) locally on the phone before being sent to the server. After the first run, the application hardly requires any further interaction from the user. Before installing the application, please read the recruitment letter at https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7bc1n6iTHrGM0tWSDhxcjhROFU/edit for more details and instructions. Contact Amr Abed, or 540-449-3336 for any details or concerns.

11. PARTICIPATE IN GRAD HOUSING PREFERENCES SURVEY – 2nd posting
The Graduate School invites you to participate in a grad housing preferences survey. Dedicated graduate student and graduate family housing has been a concern of graduate students, the Graduate Student Assembly and the Graduate School for several years now. Recently, the Graduate School was contacted by local developers for our thoughts and suggestions about ways to improve the variety and availability of graduate housing within the Town of Blacksburg. A site has already been identified and the local developers intend to begin construction of new housing in the South Main Kroger vicinity within the next 18-24 months. The survey will take approximately 10-12 minutes. The information you provide will help us better understand the housing needs of our current and future graduate student community. Access the survey>>.

12. UPCOMING EVENTS:

Summer break with altered Graduate School business hours! Starting May 28, the Graduate School student services area (120 GLC) will be open 9:00am-4:00pm Monday through Friday. GLC Café will continue throughout the summer and will probably move to the GLC side patio/lawn on the Bookstore side. Stop by next Thursday to check it out.

May 20-26, 2013

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • 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 – year round!
  • Other regular GLC services are on hiatus for the summer. Please contact Career Services and the Writing Center if you need assistance.

2. GLC CAFÉ AND GRADUATION ROBE SWAP
Thursday, May 23, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or outside on the GLC side patio (near Bookstore)
The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues. If the weather is nice (=not raining), the café may move out to the newly furnished side patio on the Bookstore side of the GLC, behind the hedges. Come find us! If you just graduated or if you will graduate in the fall and you are interested in selling/buying your robe to a fellow grad student, stop by the café to see if you can find an interested buyer/seller. This is a shot in the dark on our part, but we’ll give it a try since we hear from many students who are interested in reducing the cost of their attending commencement and purchasing regalia for a one-time use. Let us know what you think!

3. NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES DATABASE
The Office of Research announces the availability of the Grant Forward funding database to VT faculty, postdoctoral associates, staff, and students. This service allows anyone with a VT e-mail address to search for research funding by entering key words. In addition to research funding, the Grant Forward database includes fellowship and scholarship opportunities, travel grants, etc. with an inventory  8,000+ federal  and 6,000+ foundation funding opportunities in academic fields including the arts, medical sciences, education, humanities, social sciences, business, engineering and technology, physical sciences, law and more. Grant Forward can be accessed directly from a campus computer, or from an off-campus computer by setting up an account using your VT e-mail address. 

4. GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT DVD AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
DVD of the Spring 2013 Graduate Commencement Ceremony is available from the University Bookstore for a limited time at a cost of $19.99. Click the DVD image on the bookstore’s homepage for ordering information: www.bookstore.vt.edu. If you have any questions about official photographs taken during the ceremony, please contact GradImages® by phone at 800-261-2576 or online.

5. FALL GRAD CLASS: GLOBAL ASPECTS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW
Taught by Anna-Marion Bieri, GRAD 5224G explores how our globalized society, shaped by mobility,  international capital flow, digitalization, and constant advancements in communication technologies, calls for international intellectual property protection and standards. The expansion of the western IP system in the global arena is increasingly being criticized. The class covers the key aspects of this controversy: the protection of and access to medicines, knowledge and biological materials. Tuesdays 5:00 – 8:00 pm / DER 1076. For questions please contact Anna-Marion Bieri.

6. FALL CLASS OFFERING: PEDAGOGY FOR NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCES CRN 97426
This 2-credit course may be used toward the grad certficiate in Preparing the Future Professoriate. The 10-week course is organized around 5 major themes in higher education: (1) How people learn (theories in educational psychology, brain function, learning styles; metacognition; learning for transfer; lifelong learning); (2) Paradigms in teaching (instruction-centered and  learning-centered; teaching for improved  thinking [critical, creative, reflective] vs. teaching for  content and coverage; teaching styles; distance learning) (3) Teaching for student engagement (creating meaningful learning experiences; passive vs. active & collaborative learning; peer instruction; deep learning; etc) (4) Tools for teaching (technology; improving lectures; alternatives to lecture; Socratic teaching; etc.; assessing learning)  (5) Life as a professor (teaching millennials; trends in higher ed; school types; teaching vs. research; publish or perish; the tenure process; non-tenure appointments; balancing the professional and the personal) . For more information contact Dr. Brian Murphy.

7. STUDENT BUILDING MANAGER FOR GLC – WAGE POSITION OPENINGS – 3rd posting
The GLC Student Building Manager works closely with the Operations Manager for Student Centers and Activities as well as the Graduate School to provide services to the patrons who use the GLC. This includes providing excellent customer service, overall building management, reserving rooms, oversight of the information desk, basic cleaning (wiping tables, vacuuming, etc.) and administrative support. The Student Building Manager has primary responsibility, including emergency response, for the building during evening and weekend hours. Filling 2-3 positions to start in August at a rate of $12/hour. Please apply online; click the “Student Centers and Activities ‘VT Graduate Student’ Pool.” Please contact Eric Margiotta (Margiotta@vt.edu) with questions.

8. VT CREW TEAM SEEKS COACH – 1st posting
The VT Crew team is a club sport organization, run by students and through the VT Recreational Sports Department.  Currently, they are looking for coaches for the upcoming seasons. Must have coxing/rowing experience; coaching experience not required. Contact snolta92@vt.edu for more information.

9. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A LOWER BACK LOADING STUDY – 1st posting
Grad student researchers are conducting a study to investigate how biomarkers change with lower back lifting. The study will include multiple experimental sessions, each lasting about 3 hours. Compensation is $10/hour + $10 for completion. Qualifications are: normal weight (BMI: 18.5-25), have no current or recent (≤3 years) history of musculoskeletal disorders, and have no conditions that limit your mobility. The protocols used in this study have been approved by the VT IRB (IRB #13-059). If you are interested please contact Marc Christian, 536F Whittemore Hall, (234) 788-3939.

10. SMART PHONE USERS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY – 1st posting
Volunteer smart phone users are sought to install an Android application (available on the Google Play Store ) on their daily-use Android smart phones, and allow it to run without interruption for an IRB-approved study. The application collects anonymous usage data (e.g. location, browsing, communications, connectivity, etc). The application does not collect any identifying information, and the data collected cannot be tracked back to the user. URLs, email addresses, and phone numbers are encrypted (hashed and salted) locally on the phone before being sent to the server. After the first run, the application hardly requires any further interaction from the user. Before installing the application, please read the recruitment letter at https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7bc1n6iTHrGM0tWSDhxcjhROFU/edit for more details and instructions. Contact Amr Abed, or 540-449-3336 for any details or concerns.

11. PARTICIPATE IN GRAD HOUSING PREFERENCES SURVEY – 2nd posting
The Graduate School invites you to participate in a grad housing preferences survey. Dedicated graduate student and graduate family housing has been a concern of graduate students, the Graduate Student Assembly and the Graduate School for several years now. Recently, the Graduate School was contacted by local developers for our thoughts and suggestions about ways to improve the variety and availability of graduate housing within the Town of Blacksburg. A site has already been identified and the local developers intend to begin construction of new housing in the South Main Kroger vicinity within the next 18-24 months. The survey will take approximately 10-12 minutes. The information you provide will help us better understand the housing needs of our current and future graduate student community. Access the survey>>.

12. UPCOMING EVENTS:

Summer break with altered Graduate School business hours! Starting May 28, the Graduate School student services area (120 GLC) will be open 9:00am-4:00pm Monday through Friday. GLC Café will continue throughout the summer and will probably move to the GLC side patio/lawn on the Bookstore side. Stop by next Thursday to check it out.

May 13-19, 2013

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • 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 – year round!
  • Other regular GLC services are on hiatus for the summer. Please contact Career Services and the Writing Center if you need their assistance.

2. GLC CAFÉ – MUG SWAP ONCE MORE!
Thursday, May 16, 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 mug swap continues: bring a mug you no longer want and swap it for one another grad student doesn’t want! Ugly, funny, beautiful,  non-traditional, whatever you have are welcome. Remember, one man’s junk (mug) is another man’s treasure….

3. GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT
Friday, May 17, 8:30am, Cassell Coliseum
Join the celebration of 500+ master’s and graduate students walking in this spring’s graduate ceremony. Commencement information>>.  A DVD of the Spring 2013 Graduate Commencement Ceremony is available from the University Bookstore for a limited time at a cost of $19.99. Click the DVD image on the bookstore’s homepage for ordering information. If you have any questions about official photographs taken during the ceremony, please contact GradImages® by phone at 800-261-2576 or online.

4. FALL GRAD CLASS: GLOBAL ASPECTS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW
Taught by Anna-Marion Bieri, GRAD 5224G explores how our globalized society, shaped by mobility,  international capital flow, digitalization, and constant advancements in communication technologies, calls for international intellectual property protection and standards. The expansion of the western IP system in the global arena is increasingly being criticized. The class covers the key aspects of this controversy: the protection of and access to medicines, knowledge and biological materials. Tuesdays 5:00 – 8:00 pm / DER 1076. For questions please contact Anna-Marion Bieri.

5. FALL CLASS OFFERING: PEDAGOGY FOR NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCES CRN 97426
This 2-credit course may be used toward the grad certficiate in Preparing the Future Professoriate. The 10-week course is organized around 5 major themes in higher education: (1) How people learn (theories in educational psychology, brain function, learning styles; metacognition; learning for transfer; lifelong learning); (2) Paradigms in teaching (instruction-centered and  learning-centered; teaching for improved  thinking [critical, creative, reflective] vs. teaching for  content and coverage; teaching styles; distance learning) (3) Teaching for student engagement (creating meaningful learning experiences; passive vs. active & collaborative learning; peer instruction; deep learning; etc) (4) Tools for teaching (technology; improving lectures; alternatives to lecture; Socratic teaching; etc.; assessing learning)  (5) Life as a professor (teaching millennials; trends in higher ed; school types; teaching vs. research; publish or perish; the tenure process; non-tenure appointments; balancing the professional and the personal) . For more information contact Dr. Brian Murphy .

6. STUDENT BUILDING MANAGER FOR GLC – WAGE POSITION OPENINGS – 2nd posting
The GLC Student Building Manager works closely with the Operations Manager for Student Centers and Activities as well as the Graduate School to provide services to the patrons who use the GLC. This includes providing excellent customer service, overall building management, reserving rooms, oversight of the information desk, basic cleaning (wiping tables, vacuuming, etc.) and administrative support. The Student Building Manager has primary responsibility, including emergency response, for the building during evening and weekend hours. Filling 2-3 positions to start in August at a rate of $12/hour. Please apply online; click the “Student Centers and Activities ‘VT Graduate Student’ Pool.” Please contact Eric Margiotta  with questions.

7. GA POSITION AS PEACE CORPS RECRUITER 2013-14 – 3rd posting
The Peace Corps is looking for a recruiter for the VT campus during academic year 2013-2014.  The position is 20 hours a week and involves planning and executing a recruitment campaign as well as interviewing potential candidates.  This position is for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers only.  Please see the job description for more information and how to apply online or contact Christopher Hickey  for more information.

8. PARTICIPATE IN GRAD HOUSING PREFERENCES SURVEY – 1st posting
The Graduate School invites you to participate in a grad housing preferences survey. Dedicated graduate student and graduate family housing has been a concern of graduate students, the Graduate Student Assembly and the Graduate School for several years now. Recently, the Graduate School was contacted by local developers for our thoughts and suggestions about ways to improve the variety and availability of graduate housing within the Town of Blacksburg. A site has already been identified and the local developers intend to begin construction of new housing in the South Main Kroger vicinity within the next 18-24 months. The survey will take approximately 10-12 minutes. The information you provide will help us better understand the housing needs of our current and future graduate student community. Access the survey>>.

9. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MENTAL AND POSTURAL STUDY – 3rd posting
Participants are needed for a study to investigate how mental demands affect neuromuscular control.  Participants will be asked to do some simple mental tasks while researchers measure their postural stability. Both people with no history of low back pain or those that have suffered form it continuously or periodically in the last 6 months are needed. The study will take 1-2 hours and participants will be compensated $10 per hour.  Please contact Ralph for more information or to sign up.

10. LIBRARY SURVEY INVITATION – 3rd posting
University Libraries asks that you please participate in this survey even if you responded to a previous one in 2012. As part of the continuing assessment of the Summon Discovery Service by VT University Libraries, feedback is sought on its use and effectiveness among faculty, students, and staff. Through this second survey, the Library is requesting your feedback on your use of, and experiences with Summon, and your perception of its effectiveness in finding research information. The information collected will provide insight into how the Libraries might enhance the service to meet research needs of users. The survey should take approximately 12-15 minutes, and you may exit the survey at any time. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. Access the survey>>.

May 13-19, 2013

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • 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 – year round!
  • Other regular GLC services are on hiatus for the summer. Please contact Career Services and the Writing Center if you need their assistance.

2. GLC CAFÉ – MUG SWAP ONCE MORE!
Thursday, May 16, 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 mug swap continues: bring a mug you no longer want and swap it for one another grad student doesn’t want! Ugly, funny, beautiful,  non-traditional, whatever you have are welcome. Remember, one man’s junk (mug) is another man’s treasure….

3. GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT
Friday, May 17, 8:30am, Cassell Coliseum
Join the celebration of 500+ master’s and graduate students walking in this spring’s graduate ceremony. Commencement information>>.  A DVD of the Spring 2013 Graduate Commencement Ceremony is available from the University Bookstore for a limited time at a cost of $19.99. Click the DVD image on the bookstore’s homepage for ordering information. If you have any questions about official photographs taken during the ceremony, please contact GradImages® by phone at 800-261-2576 or online.

4. FALL GRAD CLASS: GLOBAL ASPECTS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW
Taught by Anna-Marion Bieri, GRAD 5224G explores how our globalized society, shaped by mobility,  international capital flow, digitalization, and constant advancements in communication technologies, calls for international intellectual property protection and standards. The expansion of the western IP system in the global arena is increasingly being criticized. The class covers the key aspects of this controversy: the protection of and access to medicines, knowledge and biological materials. Tuesdays 5:00 – 8:00 pm / DER 1076. For questions please contact Anna-Marion Bieri.

5. FALL CLASS OFFERING: PEDAGOGY FOR NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCES CRN 97426
This 2-credit course may be used toward the grad certficiate in Preparing the Future Professoriate. The 10-week course is organized around 5 major themes in higher education: (1) How people learn (theories in educational psychology, brain function, learning styles; metacognition; learning for transfer; lifelong learning); (2) Paradigms in teaching (instruction-centered and  learning-centered; teaching for improved  thinking [critical, creative, reflective] vs. teaching for  content and coverage; teaching styles; distance learning) (3) Teaching for student engagement (creating meaningful learning experiences; passive vs. active & collaborative learning; peer instruction; deep learning; etc) (4) Tools for teaching (technology; improving lectures; alternatives to lecture; Socratic teaching; etc.; assessing learning)  (5) Life as a professor (teaching millennials; trends in higher ed; school types; teaching vs. research; publish or perish; the tenure process; non-tenure appointments; balancing the professional and the personal) . For more information contact Dr. Brian Murphy .

6. STUDENT BUILDING MANAGER FOR GLC – WAGE POSITION OPENINGS – 2nd posting
The GLC Student Building Manager works closely with the Operations Manager for Student Centers and Activities as well as the Graduate School to provide services to the patrons who use the GLC. This includes providing excellent customer service, overall building management, reserving rooms, oversight of the information desk, basic cleaning (wiping tables, vacuuming, etc.) and administrative support. The Student Building Manager has primary responsibility, including emergency response, for the building during evening and weekend hours. Filling 2-3 positions to start in August at a rate of $12/hour. Please apply online; click the “Student Centers and Activities ‘VT Graduate Student’ Pool.” Please contact Eric Margiotta  with questions.

7. GA POSITION AS PEACE CORPS RECRUITER 2013-14 – 3rd posting
The Peace Corps is looking for a recruiter for the VT campus during academic year 2013-2014.  The position is 20 hours a week and involves planning and executing a recruitment campaign as well as interviewing potential candidates.  This position is for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers only.  Please see the job description for more information and how to apply online or contact Christopher Hickey  for more information.

8. PARTICIPATE IN GRAD HOUSING PREFERENCES SURVEY – 1st posting
The Graduate School invites you to participate in a grad housing preferences survey. Dedicated graduate student and graduate family housing has been a concern of graduate students, the Graduate Student Assembly and the Graduate School for several years now. Recently, the Graduate School was contacted by local developers for our thoughts and suggestions about ways to improve the variety and availability of graduate housing within the Town of Blacksburg. A site has already been identified and the local developers intend to begin construction of new housing in the South Main Kroger vicinity within the next 18-24 months. The survey will take approximately 10-12 minutes. The information you provide will help us better understand the housing needs of our current and future graduate student community. Access the survey>>.

9. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MENTAL AND POSTURAL STUDY – 3rd posting
Participants are needed for a study to investigate how mental demands affect neuromuscular control.  Participants will be asked to do some simple mental tasks while researchers measure their postural stability. Both people with no history of low back pain or those that have suffered form it continuously or periodically in the last 6 months are needed. The study will take 1-2 hours and participants will be compensated $10 per hour.  Please contact Ralph for more information or to sign up.

10. LIBRARY SURVEY INVITATION – 3rd posting
University Libraries asks that you please participate in this survey even if you responded to a previous one in 2012. As part of the continuing assessment of the Summon Discovery Service by VT University Libraries, feedback is sought on its use and effectiveness among faculty, students, and staff. Through this second survey, the Library is requesting your feedback on your use of, and experiences with Summon, and your perception of its effectiveness in finding research information. The information collected will provide insight into how the Libraries might enhance the service to meet research needs of users. The survey should take approximately 12-15 minutes, and you may exit the survey at any time. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. Access the survey>>.

May 6-12, 2013

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC – Some ending on May 8, 2013 (last day of classes)

  • 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 – year round!
  • 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. BOV GRAD LUNCHEON WITH PRESIDENT, PROVOST, GRADUATE DEAN & VP of STUDENT AFFAIRS
Tuesday, May 7, 12:00-1:30pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech
There are still spaces remaining to attend the final  graduate student luncheon of the semester with President Steger, Provost McNamee,  Vice President and Dean for graduate education Dr. Karen DePauw, and Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Patricia Perillo at the Inn at Virginia Tech.  Spaces are limited.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Robyn Jones, Graduate Representative to the BOV at bovgradrep@vt.edu today!

3. END OF YEAR PARTY
Tuesday, May 7, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose room and side patio
All graduate students are welcome to come celebrate the end of the school year with free food, music, and tie-dying t-shirts! Please bring a white shirt, and if you plan on eating please fill out this survey. This event is sponsored by the GLC Fellows. For more information contact Emily at eceskew@vt.edu.

4. FREE OCD AND ANXIETY SUPPORT GROUPS AVAILABLE
Tuesday, May 7, 7:00pm, VT Psyc Services Center
Do you struggle with OCD? A free monthly support group meets this Tuesday at the VT Psychological Services Center (3110 Prices Fork Road) to learn more about OCD and treatment options, hear success stories from those who have worked to overcome their OCD, and receive support from others. Family members are also welcome. In addition, the center offers a free monthly support group for individuals with all types of anxiety, with the next meeting on Tuesday, May 28 at 7:00pm at the Psychological Services Center. If you have questions or would like more information, contact the Psychological Services Center at 231-6914, or email doctoral students Nathaniel Van Kirk at nvankirk@vt.edu or Brenna Maddox at bmaddox7@vt.edu.

5. GHS THANK YOU BREAKFAST

Thursday, 9, 9:00-10:30am, GLC Student Organization Offices area (across from ABP)
Graduate Honor System panelists and anyone interested in learning more about the GHS are invited to this end-of-the-year breakfast to recognize and thank those who have participated in honor system activities this fall as volunteer panelists, and provide an opportunity for students to learn more about the GHS and their possible roles in it. Please stop by as your time allows. Please register if you plan to attend .

6. GLC CAFÉ – MUG SWAP!
Thursday, May 9, 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. Based on student request there will be a first ever mug swap at the café: bring a mug you no longer want and swap it for one another grad student doesn’t want! Ugly mugs, funny mugs, beautiful mugs, non-traditional mugs, whatever you have are welcome. One man’s un-wanted mug is another man’s treasure….

7. JOIN QPOC @ VT
Thursday, May 9, 6:30-8:00pm, Black Cultural Center, Squires
Do you identify as a queer person of color? Join Queer People of Color at Virginia Tech (QPOC @ VT) for an evening of fun and a night of making lots of new friends through Speed Friending! Speed Friending events are a fast and very low pressure way to make lasting friendships. This event welcomes all QPOC-ers to get connected, get comfortable, mix and mingle with lots of food, fun and laughter. Contact Natasha Cox, NACox@vt.edu for more information.

8. FALL GRAD CLASS: GLOBAL ASPECTS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW
Taught by Anna-Marion Bieri, GRAD 5224G explores how our globalized society, shaped by mobility,  international capital flow, digitalization, and constant advancements in communication technologies, calls for international intellectual property protection and standards. The expansion of the western IP system in the global arena is increasingly being criticized. The class covers the key aspects of this controversy: the protection of and access to medicines, knowledge and biological materials. Tuesdays 5:00 – 8:00 pm / DER 1076. For questions please contact Anna-Marion Bieri annambs@vt.edu.

9. FALL CLASS OFFERING: PEDAGOGY FOR NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCES CRN 97426
This 2-credit course may be used toward the grad certficiate in Preparing the Future Professoriate. The 10-week course is organized around 5 major themes in higher education: (1) How people learn (theories in educational psychology, brain function, learning styles; metacognition; learning for transfer; lifelong learning); (2) Paradigms in teaching (instruction-centered and  learning-centered; teaching for improved  thinking [critical, creative, reflective] vs. teaching for  content and coverage; teaching styles; distance learning) (3) Teaching for student engagement (creating meaningful learning experiences; passive vs. active & collaborative learning; peer instruction; deep learning; etc) (4) Tools for teaching (technology; improving lectures; alternatives to lecture; Socratic teaching; etc.; assessing learning)  (5) Life as a professor (teaching millennials; trends in higher ed; school types; teaching vs. research; publish or perish; the tenure process; non-tenure appointments; balancing the professional and the personal) . For more information contact Dr. Brian Murphy at murphybr@vt.edu.

10. CALL FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS – EXTENDED! – 3rd posting
Abstracts are being accepted for the upcoming symposium "Poverty Today: Challenges and Opportunities" on Jul 19, 2013 at the Roanoke Higher Education Center. This event is intended to explore how poverty is currently defined, how it is viewed in our society, and who can take action for those in need. By uniting citizens, politicians, academics, aid workers, and major community organizations in open conversation, organizers hope to achieve a deeper understanding of the challenges as well as novel opportunities for progress.  Papers on this topic are solicited from students, professionals, and interest organizations for oral and posters presentations  by May 15. Please contact grad alum Risa Pesapane at pesapane.risa@gmail.com for more information.

11. CALL FOR GSA PROGRAM CHAIR APPLICATIONS – 1st posting
If you are looking to get involved on campus and gain valuable leadership experience, consider serving the graduate student community in a GSA program chair position. Program chairs have the opportunity to be creative, work with a diverse group of students, and actively participate in an assortment of events. The GSA is accepting applications from proactive students for the following positions: website director; research symposium chair; graduate & professional school fair chair; graduate research & development program chair; travel fund program chair; GSA events chair; and GSA historian/media coordinator. View the GSA website for a full description of each position. Contact the current chairs with any questions specific to a position. Application deadline: (letter of interest, resume/CV, and goals for 2013-14) is Friday, May 3, or Monday May 6, or Friday May 10. Please ask Mordecai. Interviews will be conducted the following week. Direct any questions and send resumes to Mordecai Harvey, mordie02@vt.edu.

12. STUDENT BUILDING MANAGER FOR GLC – WAGE POSITION OPENINGS – 1st posting
The GLC Student Building Manager works closely with the Operations Manager for Student Centers and Activities as well as the Graduate School to provide services to the patrons who use the GLC. This includes providing excellent customer service, overall building management, reserving rooms, oversight of the information desk, basic cleaning (wiping tables, vacuuming, etc.) and administrative support. The Student Building Manager has primary responsibility, including emergency response, for the building during evening and weekend hours. Filling 2-3 positions to start in August at a rate of $12/hour. Please apply online; click the “Student Centers and Activities ‘VT Graduate Student’ Pool.” Please contact Eric Margiotta (Margiotta@vt.edu) with questions.

13. GA POSITION AS PEACE CORPS RECRUITER 2013-14 – 2nd posting

The Peace Corps is looking for a recruiter for the VT campus during academic year 2013-2014.  The position is 20 hours a week and involves planning and executing a recruitment campaign as well as interviewing potential candidates.  This position is for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers only.  Please see the job description for more information and how to apply at www.peacecorps.vt.edu or contact Christopher Hickey at peacecorps@vt.edu for more information.

14. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MENTAL AND POSTURAL STUDY – 2nd posting

Participants are needed for a study to investigate how mental demands affect neuromuscular control.  Participants will be asked to do some simple mental tasks while researchers measure their postural stability. Both people with no history of low back pain or those that have suffered form it continuously or periodically in the last 6 months are needed. The study will take 1-2 hours and participants will be compensated $10 per hour.  Please contact Ralph for more information or to sign up.

15. LIBRARY SURVEY INVITATION – 2nd posting
University Libraries asks that you please participate in this survey even if you responded to a previous one in 2012. As part of the continuing assessment of the Summon Discovery Service by VT University Libraries, feedback is sought on its use and effectiveness among faculty, students, and staff. Through this second survey, the Library is requesting your feedback on your use of, and experiences with Summon, and your perception of its effectiveness in finding research information. The information collected will provide insight into how the Libraries might enhance the service to meet research needs of users. The survey should take approximately 12-15 minutes, and you may exit the survey at any time. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. Access the survey>>.

16. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON FUN AND GAMES – 3rd  posting

Researchers at VT’s Center for Human-Computer Interaction are studying fun and games and are interested in talking with people with a range of views about: rules, games, play, fun, competition, cooperation, replay value, house rules, and fairness. Please contact cse@vt.edu to participate in an interview not lasting more than an hour (IRB# 13-266). Interviews will take place at the Corporate Research Center.

17. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR COUPLES, TALK AND TECHNOLOGY STUDY – 3rd posting
You are invited to participate in a study to 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/. 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 ($40.00 per couple).

May 6-12, 2013

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC – Some ending on May 8, 2013 (last day of classes)

  • 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 – year round!
  • 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. BOV GRAD LUNCHEON WITH PRESIDENT, PROVOST, GRADUATE DEAN & VP of STUDENT AFFAIRS
Tuesday, May 7, 12:00-1:30pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech
There are still spaces remaining to attend the final  graduate student luncheon of the semester with President Steger, Provost McNamee,  Vice President and Dean for graduate education Dr. Karen DePauw, and Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Patricia Perillo at the Inn at Virginia Tech.  Spaces are limited.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Robyn Jones, Graduate Representative to the BOV at bovgradrep@vt.edu today!

3. END OF YEAR PARTY
Tuesday, May 7, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose room and side patio
All graduate students are welcome to come celebrate the end of the school year with free food, music, and tie-dying t-shirts! Please bring a white shirt, and if you plan on eating please fill out this survey. This event is sponsored by the GLC Fellows. For more information contact Emily at eceskew@vt.edu.

4. FREE OCD AND ANXIETY SUPPORT GROUPS AVAILABLE
Tuesday, May 7, 7:00pm, VT Psyc Services Center
Do you struggle with OCD? A free monthly support group meets this Tuesday at the VT Psychological Services Center (3110 Prices Fork Road) to learn more about OCD and treatment options, hear success stories from those who have worked to overcome their OCD, and receive support from others. Family members are also welcome. In addition, the center offers a free monthly support group for individuals with all types of anxiety, with the next meeting on Tuesday, May 28 at 7:00pm at the Psychological Services Center. If you have questions or would like more information, contact the Psychological Services Center at 231-6914, or email doctoral students Nathaniel Van Kirk at nvankirk@vt.edu or Brenna Maddox at bmaddox7@vt.edu.

5. GHS THANK YOU BREAKFAST

Thursday, 9, 9:00-10:30am, GLC Student Organization Offices area (across from ABP)
Graduate Honor System panelists and anyone interested in learning more about the GHS are invited to this end-of-the-year breakfast to recognize and thank those who have participated in honor system activities this fall as volunteer panelists, and provide an opportunity for students to learn more about the GHS and their possible roles in it. Please stop by as your time allows. Please register if you plan to attend .

6. GLC CAFÉ – MUG SWAP!
Thursday, May 9, 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. Based on student request there will be a first ever mug swap at the café: bring a mug you no longer want and swap it for one another grad student doesn’t want! Ugly mugs, funny mugs, beautiful mugs, non-traditional mugs, whatever you have are welcome. One man’s un-wanted mug is another man’s treasure….

7. JOIN QPOC @ VT
Thursday, May 9, 6:30-8:00pm, Black Cultural Center, Squires
Do you identify as a queer person of color? Join Queer People of Color at Virginia Tech (QPOC @ VT) for an evening of fun and a night of making lots of new friends through Speed Friending! Speed Friending events are a fast and very low pressure way to make lasting friendships. This event welcomes all QPOC-ers to get connected, get comfortable, mix and mingle with lots of food, fun and laughter. Contact Natasha Cox, NACox@vt.edu for more information.

8. FALL GRAD CLASS: GLOBAL ASPECTS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW
Taught by Anna-Marion Bieri, GRAD 5224G explores how our globalized society, shaped by mobility,  international capital flow, digitalization, and constant advancements in communication technologies, calls for international intellectual property protection and standards. The expansion of the western IP system in the global arena is increasingly being criticized. The class covers the key aspects of this controversy: the protection of and access to medicines, knowledge and biological materials. Tuesdays 5:00 – 8:00 pm / DER 1076. For questions please contact Anna-Marion Bieri annambs@vt.edu.

9. FALL CLASS OFFERING: PEDAGOGY FOR NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCES CRN 97426
This 2-credit course may be used toward the grad certficiate in Preparing the Future Professoriate. The 10-week course is organized around 5 major themes in higher education: (1) How people learn (theories in educational psychology, brain function, learning styles; metacognition; learning for transfer; lifelong learning); (2) Paradigms in teaching (instruction-centered and  learning-centered; teaching for improved  thinking [critical, creative, reflective] vs. teaching for  content and coverage; teaching styles; distance learning) (3) Teaching for student engagement (creating meaningful learning experiences; passive vs. active & collaborative learning; peer instruction; deep learning; etc) (4) Tools for teaching (technology; improving lectures; alternatives to lecture; Socratic teaching; etc.; assessing learning)  (5) Life as a professor (teaching millennials; trends in higher ed; school types; teaching vs. research; publish or perish; the tenure process; non-tenure appointments; balancing the professional and the personal) . For more information contact Dr. Brian Murphy at murphybr@vt.edu.

10. CALL FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS – EXTENDED! – 3rd posting
Abstracts are being accepted for the upcoming symposium "Poverty Today: Challenges and Opportunities" on Jul 19, 2013 at the Roanoke Higher Education Center. This event is intended to explore how poverty is currently defined, how it is viewed in our society, and who can take action for those in need. By uniting citizens, politicians, academics, aid workers, and major community organizations in open conversation, organizers hope to achieve a deeper understanding of the challenges as well as novel opportunities for progress.  Papers on this topic are solicited from students, professionals, and interest organizations for oral and posters presentations  by May 15. Please contact grad alum Risa Pesapane at pesapane.risa@gmail.com for more information.

11. CALL FOR GSA PROGRAM CHAIR APPLICATIONS – 1st posting
If you are looking to get involved on campus and gain valuable leadership experience, consider serving the graduate student community in a GSA program chair position. Program chairs have the opportunity to be creative, work with a diverse group of students, and actively participate in an assortment of events. The GSA is accepting applications from proactive students for the following positions: website director; research symposium chair; graduate & professional school fair chair; graduate research & development program chair; travel fund program chair; GSA events chair; and GSA historian/media coordinator. View the GSA website for a full description of each position. Contact the current chairs with any questions specific to a position. Application deadline: (letter of interest, resume/CV, and goals for 2013-14) is Friday, May 3, or Monday May 6, or Friday May 10. Please ask Mordecai. Interviews will be conducted the following week. Direct any questions and send resumes to Mordecai Harvey, mordie02@vt.edu.

12. STUDENT BUILDING MANAGER FOR GLC – WAGE POSITION OPENINGS – 1st posting
The GLC Student Building Manager works closely with the Operations Manager for Student Centers and Activities as well as the Graduate School to provide services to the patrons who use the GLC. This includes providing excellent customer service, overall building management, reserving rooms, oversight of the information desk, basic cleaning (wiping tables, vacuuming, etc.) and administrative support. The Student Building Manager has primary responsibility, including emergency response, for the building during evening and weekend hours. Filling 2-3 positions to start in August at a rate of $12/hour. Please apply online; click the “Student Centers and Activities ‘VT Graduate Student’ Pool.” Please contact Eric Margiotta (Margiotta@vt.edu) with questions.

13. GA POSITION AS PEACE CORPS RECRUITER 2013-14 – 2nd posting

The Peace Corps is looking for a recruiter for the VT campus during academic year 2013-2014.  The position is 20 hours a week and involves planning and executing a recruitment campaign as well as interviewing potential candidates.  This position is for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers only.  Please see the job description for more information and how to apply at www.peacecorps.vt.edu or contact Christopher Hickey at peacecorps@vt.edu for more information.

14. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MENTAL AND POSTURAL STUDY – 2nd posting

Participants are needed for a study to investigate how mental demands affect neuromuscular control.  Participants will be asked to do some simple mental tasks while researchers measure their postural stability. Both people with no history of low back pain or those that have suffered form it continuously or periodically in the last 6 months are needed. The study will take 1-2 hours and participants will be compensated $10 per hour.  Please contact Ralph for more information or to sign up.

15. LIBRARY SURVEY INVITATION – 2nd posting
University Libraries asks that you please participate in this survey even if you responded to a previous one in 2012. As part of the continuing assessment of the Summon Discovery Service by VT University Libraries, feedback is sought on its use and effectiveness among faculty, students, and staff. Through this second survey, the Library is requesting your feedback on your use of, and experiences with Summon, and your perception of its effectiveness in finding research information. The information collected will provide insight into how the Libraries might enhance the service to meet research needs of users. The survey should take approximately 12-15 minutes, and you may exit the survey at any time. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. Access the survey>>.

16. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON FUN AND GAMES – 3rd  posting

Researchers at VT’s Center for Human-Computer Interaction are studying fun and games and are interested in talking with people with a range of views about: rules, games, play, fun, competition, cooperation, replay value, house rules, and fairness. Please contact cse@vt.edu to participate in an interview not lasting more than an hour (IRB# 13-266). Interviews will take place at the Corporate Research Center.

17. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR COUPLES, TALK AND TECHNOLOGY STUDY – 3rd posting
You are invited to participate in a study to 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/. 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 ($40.00 per couple).