February 24 – March 2, 2014

1.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated Feb 24

  • Career Services walk-in advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby – CANCELLED THIS WEEK!
  • Cook Counseling walk-in services: Thursdays and Fridays 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • Financial Aid advising: Tuesdays 8:30-10:30 by appointment; 10:30-12:30 by walk-in, Room A
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room – year round!
  • Graduate School business hours: M,Tu,Th,F: 8:00am-5:00pm; W: 9:30am-5:00pm
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance: Thursdays 4:30-7:30, Room D (additional hours in the Library)

 2. LISA SHORT COURSE: GRAPHICS IN R
Tuesday & Thursday, Feb 25 & 27, 4:00-6:00 pm;  3060 Torgersen Hall
The ability to create professional-grade graphics is of key importance for scientific communication. The R programming package offers a powerful, flexible, and free platform which can be used to produce publication-quality graphics. Taught by Xinran Hu, this short course will introduce R techniques to produce several statistical graphs including histograms, bar plots, box plots, scatter plots and 3D contour plots among others. Syntax to control colors, plotting characters, axes, legends, and labels will be covered, and users will learn to write high resolution graphics to the file type of their choice. The course format includes lecture and computer laboratory components. This session is the third in a 3-course series which assumes no previous coding experience in R or any other language. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register to learn more.

3. FREE ANXIETY AND OCD SUPPORT GROUP AVAILABLE (MEET MONTHLY)
Tuesday, Feb 25, 7:00pm, VT Psychological Services Center, 3110 Prices Fork Road
Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety? Do you struggle with OCD? A free monthly support group meets the last Tuesday of every month. Please join the group to learn more about anxiety disorders and OCD, hear success stories from those who have worked to overcome their anxiety and OCD, and receive support in an informal setting. Family members and significant others are also welcome. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Psychological Services Center at 231-6914, visit www.psyc.vt.edu/outreach/psc, or email doctoral student Brenna Maddox at bmaddox7@vt.edu.

4. COMMUNICATING FOR INCLUSIVITY
Wednesday, Feb 26, 3:00-4:15pm, Peace Center, Norris Hall
Everyone gravitates to folks who make them feel welcome, and students feel the same way.  Whether they’re in large or small classes, students want to be invited into the conversation. Attend this event to discuss strategies for including students in the teaching-learning exchange. As classes become increasingly diverse, we need to be even more intentional about including all of our students. In this session, participants will discuss the research, consider challenges and opportunities, and share ideas for communicating for inclusivity. This workshop is a part of the Inclusive Praxis Series sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion. Participants may register at www.cider.vt.edu.

5. ARE YOU LINKED IN?
Wednesday, Feb 26, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Networking is essential in any job search, and LinkedIn can be a powerful tool in that process. Attend this session to learn how to write a professional profile, basics of networking etiquette on LinkedIn, and tips for making LinkedIn work for you! Sponsored by Career Services. Contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu if you have questions.

6. IDR DAY 2014
Thursday, Feb 27, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Learn about how to form and work in an interdisciplinary team, explore the importance of interdisciplinary graduate education, and come together with a diverse array of participants to solve real-world problems important to our local and regional area.  Enjoy a poster session and free buffet dinner! Keynote: Dr. Michelle Bennett, NIH, Interdisciplinary Teams and Toolkits. VT speakers: Drs. Peter Vikesland, CEE, Director of VT SuN IGEP and Ben Knapp, Director of ICAT. Register at www.idrsociety.org/idr-day-2014. Contact Bahareh Estejab at bestejab@vt.edu for more info.

7. VT CHOICES AND CHALLENGES FORUM: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Thursday, Feb 27, 9:30am-4:00pm, GLC and The Lyric
This day-long forum asks how we can promote creativity and ensure the free flow of information while protecting the rights of creators. Join the discussion and debate with a range of experts from history, law, sociology, communications, and political activism. For a full schedule visit http://www.choicesandchallenges.sts.vt.edu/.

8. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Feb 27, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
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. Bring your own mug if you can.

9. VIRTUAL GLC (vGLC) CAFÉ: COMPLETION GUIDELINES
First Thursday of each month, starting Mar 6, 12:00-1:00 pm, Lobby of vGLC
Join Graduate School staff for online chats in the vGLC. Enter  the vGLC lobby at http://virtual.glc.vt.edu. The vGLC extends VT’s graduate-education community from campus to computer. Using avatars, vGLC visitors can visit with Graduate-School staff about general academic questions; find Grad-School forms and policy information; consult with the Graduate Student Ombudsperson; attend virtual seminars and workshops; socialize with other vGLC visitors; and explore the vGLC space, which mirrors the real-world Graduate Life Center on the Blacksburg campus. Download the software at http://openlife01.cc.vt.edu:9500/wifi (Create Avatar) http://imprudence.googlecode.com/files/Imprudence-1.4.0-beta-2 (Imprudence Viewer/Software) 1.4.0-beta-2 Mac (Intel) http://imprudence.googlecode.com/files/imprudence-1.4.0-beta-2-mac.zip. If you have questions or suggestions, please email Marija Telbis-Forster mtelbisf@vt.edu.

10. GRADUATION 101 SERIES: PLANNING ON GRADUATING THIS SEMESTER?
Friday, Feb 28, 1:00 pm, Webinar (connect by phone or computer)
The Graduate School hosts monthly Graduation 101 webinars to help graduate students prepare for graduation.  Webinar participants need a computer with Internet access, microphone and speakers to fully participate. This week’s topic: graduation guidelines. Meeting Number: 646 517 115, no password required. https://virginiatech.webex.com/virginiatech/j.php?ED=265419307&UID=508438147&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D . Audio conference information: to receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the meeting, or call 1-855-749-4750, access code:646 517 115. 

11. VTIPG PRESENTS: THE FLAT
Friday, Feb 28, 4:00pm, VTIPG Conference Room, 205 W Roanoke St, Bburg
The Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance (VTIPG) presents this semester’s film series with three movies that will touch your heart, tickle your imagination and spur discussion. All films will be screened at the VTIPG Conference. The Flat  – is a 2011 Israeli feature documentary film written and directed by Arnon Goldfinger, based on the contents found in a flat, that point to the Nazi affiliation of the former inhabitants. For more information, please contact Sabith Khan at khanpgg@vt.edu.

12. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR GSA ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – 1st posting
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) will hold its 30th annual Graduate Research Symposium on Wednesday, Mar 26 in the Graduate Life Center as part of Graduate Education Week. This event showcases the best of graduate research and offers a unique opportunity for graduate students to present their research in a collegial, on-campus conference. This is a competitive conference, and top presenters receive monetary awards. Submission deadline: Monday, Mar 10. Submit your research abstract at: http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-symposium/graduate-research-symposium-abstract-submission/. Please note that abstracts should be written in a widely accessible style. If you have any questions, contact Joyce Zhu, Research Symposium Chair: niz@vt.edu, or Jenn Gooding, GSA Executive Assistant: jgooding@vt.edu.

13. SUBMISSIONS ARE INVITED FOR GLC ART AND PHOTO CONTEST -1st posting
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work and photography by graduate students for display in the GLC during Graduate Education Week (Mar 24-28) and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Photos may be submitted online at https://secure.graduateschool.vt.edu/imageupload/ to be printed by the Graduate School. Submission deadline: Monday, Mar 17, 2014.  Learn more at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest.html.

14. LISA STATISTICAL COLLABORATION SERVICES
Since 2008 more than 1,200 graduate students have advanced their research by collaborating with statisticians from LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis). Request a collaboration meeting today (www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=loginredirector) for advice on designing your study or experiment, analyzing your data, or interpreting your results. Initial meetings typically last for one hour and can be followed-up with additional meetings if necessary to help you answer your research questions. LISA collaborations often result in co-authored publications finished faster and published in a more prestigious journal than what would be possible without expert help from a LISA statistical collaborator. For more information about LISA’s free services, visit www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

15. VT ENGAGE CALL FOR PROPOSALS – 1st posting
VT Engage requests proposals for the ’14-’15 John E. Dooley Student Engagement Grant (JEDSEG). This grant funds highly motivated students or student teams 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. Application deadline: Mar 28, 5pm.

16. CALL FOR POSTER ABSTRACTS FOR 1ST ANNUAL COLLOIDS AND SURFACES SYMPOSIUM – 1st posting
Submit your abstract for an interdisciplinary symposium sponsored by Colloids and Surfaces at VT. Obtain experience presenting your research to a large audience and talk about your research to fellow scientists.  All graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit an abstract. World renowned scientist, Jacob Israelachvili will deliver the keynote speech preceded by student posters sessions and faculty oral presentations. Submission deadline: Mar 1. Registration required for attendance at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16LbvBEcxP7KMhc7anUyfYerUSV-WXtlUY8an3BjUJzk/viewform or go to www.colloidsvt.org.vt.edu/events. Once registered, students will be notified of approval of participation and/or attendance. For more information contact Akhil Jindal at akhil108@vt.edu or Milad Radiom at mradiom@vt.edu.

17. RVA CAREER EXPO
The 5th annual RVA Career Expo is focused on a great candidate experience. Employers will recruit for professional, career, and internship positions. Candidate registration is open at: http://richmondhokies.org/. The RVA Career Expo is a unique event that offers candidates the following opportunities: 1).  Post and update resumes in a searchable database 2). Practice, edit and produce a personal marketing video. See example: http://rvaexpo.interview4.com 3). Follow participating employers and recruiters on twitter. The list is updated as new companies are confirmed. To access the list, visit: RVACExpo 3/14-Employers.

18. A DAY IN THE LIFE OF… PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 2nd posting
Do you want to help raise awareness about diversity and cultural differences? If so, consider collaborating for the “A day in the life…” project. Participants will be asked to provide information about a typical day and to send a current picture; posters will be shown around the University. For more information, email grad student Homero Murzi at hmurzi@vt.edu.

19. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS INVITED – 3rd posting
Have you used your research to benefit society in any way? If so, consider applying for the Citizen Scholar award.  If not, consider designing a Citizen Scholar project! Program requirements are described on the CSE website at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/gs/cse/requirements. Applications are due by end of the day on Mar 3, 2014. For more information, email the GA in charge at citizenscholar@gs.vt.edu.

20. NEW GLC LOCKER RENTAL POLICY -3rd posting
For the remainder of the SPRING 2014 semester, the GLC’s lockers will be available to rent on a short-term, weekly basis. To rent a locker, see a building manager at the GLC Welcome Center to receive a key. Keys will no longer be left on lockers; instead they are secured by the GLC staff and issued to a student once requested. One locker per person. The maximum time period of reservation is from Monday 7:30am to Saturday 9:00pm, at which time the key must be returned to the Welcome Center. Those who still have keys from the previous semester are asked to turn in the key immediately and empty the locker. Contact GLC welcome center staff with any questions, comments or concerns at glcinfo@vt.edu.

21. GLC FELLOWS APPLICATION PROCESS OPEN FOR 2014-15 – 1st posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking motivated graduate students who are committed to building graduate community, for two GLC Fellow positions for the 2014-15 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=1392921221707. Information about cover letter requirements is at the survey link; full job description is at www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu. Apply by Mar 19, 2014. Contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu or Sarah Loth at sloth85@vt.edu  if you have questions.

22. THREE GRAD RESIDENT FELLOW POSITIONS OPEN IN RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE – 2nd posting
Three grad students are sought to work as resident fellows in the Residential College at West AJ, a community of 850 students. Responsibilities include being present in the house, knowing each student, coordinating activities and experiences, serving as role models, offer mentoring, serve as liaison and advisor, conduct room selection process, participate in trainings and more. Must invest at least 10 hrs/wk in house community. Must be in good academic standing and have strong affinity for working with people and the residential experience. Compensation: Single room at no cost. If you have any questions or want to apply, email letter of interest, resume and contact info for three references by Monday, Mar 3 to Joe Wilder, wilder@vt.edu.

23. ABSTRACT REVIEWERS SOUGHT FOR GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – 1st posting
The Graduate Student Assembly is looking for abstract reviewers for its 30th annual Graduate Research Symposium to be held on Wednesday, Mar 26 in the GLC. This is a chance to see the other side of conferences as a peer reviewer, as well as an excellent item for your CV.  Abstracts are written in a cross-disciplinary style, and reviewers are not required to be experts in each discipline. If you are interested, please sign up at: http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-symposium/graduate-research-symposium-abstract-reviewer-sign-up-2/. If you have any questions, contact Joyce Zhu, Research Symposium Chair: niz@vt.edu, or Jenn Gooding, GSA Executive Assistant: jgooding@vt.edu.

24. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH ON SMART PHONE APP – 1st posting
To assist a computer science graduate student in her researching and implementing a smartphone application for campus-wide communication, consider taking a short research survey on mobile device usage.  The survey should take less than approximately ten minutes.  Your anonymous contributions will provide valuable statistics for the research project.  Please email any questions or inquiries to Kimberly Zeitz at kazeitz@vt.edu. The survey is accessible at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1392736001836.

25. LGBQ YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS WANTED FOR RESEARCH PROJECT – 2nd posting
VT researchers are recruiting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer youth and young adults age 13-21 to participate in a project exploring the decision to come out to family as gay, lesbian, bisexual or queer.  The questionnaire and in-depth interview will take about 2-2.5 hours and participants will receive a $10 gift card for their feedback. The PI is in the process of developing a program to help youth make safe and successful disclosure decisions to family; this research will help inform that project.  Researchers would like to hear from youth that have and have not yet come out to family.  Participation is voluntary and strictly confidential (VT IRB 13-331).  If you have questions or would like to discuss eligibility, email VTProjectSMYLE@gmail.com or call (540)-231-4235, or visit https://www.facebook.com/VTProjectSMYLE

26. PARENTS OF LGB YOUTH/YOUNG ADULTS WANTED FOR RESEARCH  PROJECT -2nd posting
Researchers are recruiting parents who have had a child disclose to them in the last five years that they are lesbian, gay or bisexual when the child was 13-21.  The brief questionnaire and in-depth interview will take approximately 1-2 hours and participants will receive a $10 gift card for their feedback.  The PI is in the process of developing a program to help youth make safe and successful disclosure decisions to family; this research will help inform that project. Participation is voluntary and strictly confidential(VT IRB 13-331).   If you have questions or would like to discuss eligibility, email VTProjectSMYLE@gmail.com or call (540)-231-4235, or visit https://www.facebook.com/VTProjectSMYLE.

27. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MENTAL WORKLOAD STUDY – 3rd posting
Participants are needed for a study to investigate how mental and postural demands affect our overall mental workload.  You’ll be asked to do some simple mental tasks while researchers measure your postural stability, heart rate, and brain activity using EEG. Study participants must be right-handed,  between the ages of 18-30 with no history of low back pain. The study will take 2 hours and you will be compensated $10 per hour of participation.  Participation is voluntary and confidential.  Please contact Ralph at rhcullen@vt.edu or (404) 913-1486.

28. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MUSCULAR IMBALANCE STUDY – 3rd posting
Participants needed for a study that assesses muscular imbalances in the neck and shoulder area in patients with postural deficiencies.  Participants must be 18 or older and show postural changes such as: forward head posture, elevated and protracted shoulders, and winging of the scapulae. Common symptoms include:  neck pain, shoulder pain, and cervical headaches. Participants must be free of diseases that prevent physical loading, and should not have had prior surgery involving the cervical or thoracic spine and shoulders. Participants are required to perform muscle strength, muscle endurance, and range of motion exercises. There will be one experimental session which lasts approximately 2 – 3 hours. You will be compensated $10/ hour. For more information please contact Matthias Treff at matreff@vt.edu.

29. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON DRIVING DISTRACTIONS – 3rd posting
VT-SCORE (VT Signal Control & Operation Research and Education Systems lab) researchers are conducting a survey to investigate the relationship between transit operator’s driving behavior and on-board transit distractions. The results of the study will be used to improve the safety of transit occupants. The survey will take about 5 minutes to complete. Your participation in this study is completely voluntary and confidential. All participants must be at least 18 years old. Access the survey at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13kOgv4Lm4259Dexu4Rb4zNFzdXhyFEp-KvyC6kaI5Wk/viewform. Contact Nurlayla Arbie at 540-577-1676 or arbien@vt.edu with any questions.

30. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR SELF-DRIVING VEHICLE STUDY – 3rd posting
VT-SCORES is conducting a study to investigate user behavior during simulated experience of riding inside of self-driving vehicle. The study will take around 30 min, and your participation can contribute to the development of novel self-driving vehicle control technology. Participation is completely voluntary and confidential. Participants will get a first-hand experience dealing with self-driving vehicle technology. You can opt out of the experiment at any time if you experience any minimal risks, or for any other reason. Must be at least 18 years of age. If you are interested in participating or have questions, contact Milos Mladenovic at 540-553-5949 or at milosm@vt.edu.

31. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR USER STUDY OF BIOINFORMATICS RESOURCE – 2nd  posting
Participate in a study to investigate the underlying processes of bioinformatics experiments. The study will take approximately 2 hours and will involve eye-tracking with think-aloud while you perform tasks using a computer. Preferred participants are proficient in the use of bioinformatics resources, are familiar with the process of functionally analyzing a gene sequence. Participants will be compensated $10 /hr for a maximum of 2 hours, or a maximum of $20 total. The protocols in this study have been approved by the VT IRB (14-055). If you are interested, please contact Jongsoon Park via email babirong@vt.edu or call 540-558-8369.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

SHORT STAT COURSE FOR GRADS: SPRING 2014 SERIES
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) provides a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research and learn practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Remaining Spring 2014 Schedule:

  • Tuesday & Wednesday, Mar 4 & 5: Introduction to JMP;*
  • Tuesday, Mar 18: Advanced Topics in R: parallel processing, structural equation modeling, and the bootstrap;
  • Tuesday, Apr 1 (no kidding): Survey Design and Analysis;
  • Tuesday, Apr 10: Accelerating statistical calculations using inexpensive graphics cards;
  • Tuesday, Apr 15: Multiple Imputation and Missing Data;

*Two sessions of the same course to accommodate more attendees.

INTERVIEWING SKILLS
Wednesday, Mar 5, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Be prepared for initial screening interviews as well as on-site interviews. This seminar addresses interviewing basics, employer expectations, and insights into behavioral interviews. Sponsored by Career Services. Contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu if you have questions.

ENOUGH: BASICS OF SELF-DEFENSE
Wednesday, Mar 6, 6:00-7:30pm, RLRO Center in Detrick Hall
The Blacksburg Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. invites women of all ages to attend this program. Presenter Officer John Tarter will provide information on how to prevent domestic violence, statistics on domestic violence, and resources that will help you or someone you know who may be experiencing domestic abuse. There will also be an interactive self-defense demonstration that you won’t want to miss. If you have any questions. please email ppd@bacdst13.org. This message is posted on behalf of grad student Brielle Wright, bswright@vt.edu.

February 24 – March 2, 2014

1.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated Feb 24

  • Career Services walk-in advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby – CANCELLED THIS WEEK!
  • Cook Counseling walk-in services: Thursdays and Fridays 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • Financial Aid advising: Tuesdays 8:30-10:30 by appointment; 10:30-12:30 by walk-in, Room A
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room – year round!
  • Graduate School business hours: M,Tu,Th,F: 8:00am-5:00pm; W: 9:30am-5:00pm
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance: Thursdays 4:30-7:30, Room D (additional hours in the Library)

 2. LISA SHORT COURSE: GRAPHICS IN R
Tuesday & Thursday, Feb 25 & 27, 4:00-6:00 pm;  3060 Torgersen Hall
The ability to create professional-grade graphics is of key importance for scientific communication. The R programming package offers a powerful, flexible, and free platform which can be used to produce publication-quality graphics. Taught by Xinran Hu, this short course will introduce R techniques to produce several statistical graphs including histograms, bar plots, box plots, scatter plots and 3D contour plots among others. Syntax to control colors, plotting characters, axes, legends, and labels will be covered, and users will learn to write high resolution graphics to the file type of their choice. The course format includes lecture and computer laboratory components. This session is the third in a 3-course series which assumes no previous coding experience in R or any other language. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register to learn more.

3. FREE ANXIETY AND OCD SUPPORT GROUP AVAILABLE (MEET MONTHLY)
Tuesday, Feb 25, 7:00pm, VT Psychological Services Center, 3110 Prices Fork Road
Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety? Do you struggle with OCD? A free monthly support group meets the last Tuesday of every month. Please join the group to learn more about anxiety disorders and OCD, hear success stories from those who have worked to overcome their anxiety and OCD, and receive support in an informal setting. Family members and significant others are also welcome. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Psychological Services Center at 231-6914, visit www.psyc.vt.edu/outreach/psc, or email doctoral student Brenna Maddox at bmaddox7@vt.edu.

4. COMMUNICATING FOR INCLUSIVITY
Wednesday, Feb 26, 3:00-4:15pm, Peace Center, Norris Hall
Everyone gravitates to folks who make them feel welcome, and students feel the same way.  Whether they’re in large or small classes, students want to be invited into the conversation. Attend this event to discuss strategies for including students in the teaching-learning exchange. As classes become increasingly diverse, we need to be even more intentional about including all of our students. In this session, participants will discuss the research, consider challenges and opportunities, and share ideas for communicating for inclusivity. This workshop is a part of the Inclusive Praxis Series sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion. Participants may register at www.cider.vt.edu.

5. ARE YOU LINKED IN?
Wednesday, Feb 26, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Networking is essential in any job search, and LinkedIn can be a powerful tool in that process. Attend this session to learn how to write a professional profile, basics of networking etiquette on LinkedIn, and tips for making LinkedIn work for you! Sponsored by Career Services. Contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu if you have questions.

6. IDR DAY 2014
Thursday, Feb 27, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Learn about how to form and work in an interdisciplinary team, explore the importance of interdisciplinary graduate education, and come together with a diverse array of participants to solve real-world problems important to our local and regional area.  Enjoy a poster session and free buffet dinner! Keynote: Dr. Michelle Bennett, NIH, Interdisciplinary Teams and Toolkits. VT speakers: Drs. Peter Vikesland, CEE, Director of VT SuN IGEP and Ben Knapp, Director of ICAT. Register at www.idrsociety.org/idr-day-2014. Contact Bahareh Estejab at bestejab@vt.edu for more info.

7. VT CHOICES AND CHALLENGES FORUM: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Thursday, Feb 27, 9:30am-4:00pm, GLC and The Lyric
This day-long forum asks how we can promote creativity and ensure the free flow of information while protecting the rights of creators. Join the discussion and debate with a range of experts from history, law, sociology, communications, and political activism. For a full schedule visit http://www.choicesandchallenges.sts.vt.edu/.

8. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Feb 27, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
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. Bring your own mug if you can.

9. VIRTUAL GLC (vGLC) CAFÉ: COMPLETION GUIDELINES
First Thursday of each month, starting Mar 6, 12:00-1:00 pm, Lobby of vGLC
Join Graduate School staff for online chats in the vGLC. Enter  the vGLC lobby at http://virtual.glc.vt.edu. The vGLC extends VT’s graduate-education community from campus to computer. Using avatars, vGLC visitors can visit with Graduate-School staff about general academic questions; find Grad-School forms and policy information; consult with the Graduate Student Ombudsperson; attend virtual seminars and workshops; socialize with other vGLC visitors; and explore the vGLC space, which mirrors the real-world Graduate Life Center on the Blacksburg campus. Download the software at http://openlife01.cc.vt.edu:9500/wifi (Create Avatar) http://imprudence.googlecode.com/files/Imprudence-1.4.0-beta-2 (Imprudence Viewer/Software) 1.4.0-beta-2 Mac (Intel) http://imprudence.googlecode.com/files/imprudence-1.4.0-beta-2-mac.zip. If you have questions or suggestions, please email Marija Telbis-Forster mtelbisf@vt.edu.

10. GRADUATION 101 SERIES: PLANNING ON GRADUATING THIS SEMESTER?
Friday, Feb 28, 1:00 pm, Webinar (connect by phone or computer)
The Graduate School hosts monthly Graduation 101 webinars to help graduate students prepare for graduation.  Webinar participants need a computer with Internet access, microphone and speakers to fully participate. This week’s topic: graduation guidelines. Meeting Number: 646 517 115, no password required. https://virginiatech.webex.com/virginiatech/j.php?ED=265419307&UID=508438147&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D . Audio conference information: to receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the meeting, or call 1-855-749-4750, access code:646 517 115. 

11. VTIPG PRESENTS: THE FLAT
Friday, Feb 28, 4:00pm, VTIPG Conference Room, 205 W Roanoke St, Bburg
The Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance (VTIPG) presents this semester’s film series with three movies that will touch your heart, tickle your imagination and spur discussion. All films will be screened at the VTIPG Conference. The Flat  – is a 2011 Israeli feature documentary film written and directed by Arnon Goldfinger, based on the contents found in a flat, that point to the Nazi affiliation of the former inhabitants. For more information, please contact Sabith Khan at khanpgg@vt.edu.

12. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR GSA ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – 1st posting
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) will hold its 30th annual Graduate Research Symposium on Wednesday, Mar 26 in the Graduate Life Center as part of Graduate Education Week. This event showcases the best of graduate research and offers a unique opportunity for graduate students to present their research in a collegial, on-campus conference. This is a competitive conference, and top presenters receive monetary awards. Submission deadline: Monday, Mar 10. Submit your research abstract at: http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-symposium/graduate-research-symposium-abstract-submission/. Please note that abstracts should be written in a widely accessible style. If you have any questions, contact Joyce Zhu, Research Symposium Chair: niz@vt.edu, or Jenn Gooding, GSA Executive Assistant: jgooding@vt.edu.

13. SUBMISSIONS ARE INVITED FOR GLC ART AND PHOTO CONTEST -1st posting
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work and photography by graduate students for display in the GLC during Graduate Education Week (Mar 24-28) and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Photos may be submitted online at https://secure.graduateschool.vt.edu/imageupload/ to be printed by the Graduate School. Submission deadline: Monday, Mar 17, 2014.  Learn more at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest.html.

14. LISA STATISTICAL COLLABORATION SERVICES
Since 2008 more than 1,200 graduate students have advanced their research by collaborating with statisticians from LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis). Request a collaboration meeting today (www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=loginredirector) for advice on designing your study or experiment, analyzing your data, or interpreting your results. Initial meetings typically last for one hour and can be followed-up with additional meetings if necessary to help you answer your research questions. LISA collaborations often result in co-authored publications finished faster and published in a more prestigious journal than what would be possible without expert help from a LISA statistical collaborator. For more information about LISA’s free services, visit www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

15. VT ENGAGE CALL FOR PROPOSALS – 1st posting
VT Engage requests proposals for the ’14-’15 John E. Dooley Student Engagement Grant (JEDSEG). This grant funds highly motivated students or student teams 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. Application deadline: Mar 28, 5pm.

16. CALL FOR POSTER ABSTRACTS FOR 1ST ANNUAL COLLOIDS AND SURFACES SYMPOSIUM – 1st posting
Submit your abstract for an interdisciplinary symposium sponsored by Colloids and Surfaces at VT. Obtain experience presenting your research to a large audience and talk about your research to fellow scientists.  All graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit an abstract. World renowned scientist, Jacob Israelachvili will deliver the keynote speech preceded by student posters sessions and faculty oral presentations. Submission deadline: Mar 1. Registration required for attendance at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16LbvBEcxP7KMhc7anUyfYerUSV-WXtlUY8an3BjUJzk/viewform or go to www.colloidsvt.org.vt.edu/events. Once registered, students will be notified of approval of participation and/or attendance. For more information contact Akhil Jindal at akhil108@vt.edu or Milad Radiom at mradiom@vt.edu.

17. RVA CAREER EXPO
The 5th annual RVA Career Expo is focused on a great candidate experience. Employers will recruit for professional, career, and internship positions. Candidate registration is open at: http://richmondhokies.org/. The RVA Career Expo is a unique event that offers candidates the following opportunities: 1).  Post and update resumes in a searchable database 2). Practice, edit and produce a personal marketing video. See example: http://rvaexpo.interview4.com 3). Follow participating employers and recruiters on twitter. The list is updated as new companies are confirmed. To access the list, visit: RVACExpo 3/14-Employers.

18. A DAY IN THE LIFE OF… PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 2nd posting
Do you want to help raise awareness about diversity and cultural differences? If so, consider collaborating for the “A day in the life…” project. Participants will be asked to provide information about a typical day and to send a current picture; posters will be shown around the University. For more information, email grad student Homero Murzi at hmurzi@vt.edu.

19. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS INVITED – 3rd posting
Have you used your research to benefit society in any way? If so, consider applying for the Citizen Scholar award.  If not, consider designing a Citizen Scholar project! Program requirements are described on the CSE website at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/gs/cse/requirements. Applications are due by end of the day on Mar 3, 2014. For more information, email the GA in charge at citizenscholar@gs.vt.edu.

20. NEW GLC LOCKER RENTAL POLICY -3rd posting
For the remainder of the SPRING 2014 semester, the GLC’s lockers will be available to rent on a short-term, weekly basis. To rent a locker, see a building manager at the GLC Welcome Center to receive a key. Keys will no longer be left on lockers; instead they are secured by the GLC staff and issued to a student once requested. One locker per person. The maximum time period of reservation is from Monday 7:30am to Saturday 9:00pm, at which time the key must be returned to the Welcome Center. Those who still have keys from the previous semester are asked to turn in the key immediately and empty the locker. Contact GLC welcome center staff with any questions, comments or concerns at glcinfo@vt.edu.

21. GLC FELLOWS APPLICATION PROCESS OPEN FOR 2014-15 – 1st posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking motivated graduate students who are committed to building graduate community, for two GLC Fellow positions for the 2014-15 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=1392921221707. Information about cover letter requirements is at the survey link; full job description is at www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu. Apply by Mar 19, 2014. Contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu or Sarah Loth at sloth85@vt.edu  if you have questions.

22. THREE GRAD RESIDENT FELLOW POSITIONS OPEN IN RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE – 2nd posting
Three grad students are sought to work as resident fellows in the Residential College at West AJ, a community of 850 students. Responsibilities include being present in the house, knowing each student, coordinating activities and experiences, serving as role models, offer mentoring, serve as liaison and advisor, conduct room selection process, participate in trainings and more. Must invest at least 10 hrs/wk in house community. Must be in good academic standing and have strong affinity for working with people and the residential experience. Compensation: Single room at no cost. If you have any questions or want to apply, email letter of interest, resume and contact info for three references by Monday, Mar 3 to Joe Wilder, wilder@vt.edu.

23. ABSTRACT REVIEWERS SOUGHT FOR GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – 1st posting
The Graduate Student Assembly is looking for abstract reviewers for its 30th annual Graduate Research Symposium to be held on Wednesday, Mar 26 in the GLC. This is a chance to see the other side of conferences as a peer reviewer, as well as an excellent item for your CV.  Abstracts are written in a cross-disciplinary style, and reviewers are not required to be experts in each discipline. If you are interested, please sign up at: http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-symposium/graduate-research-symposium-abstract-reviewer-sign-up-2/. If you have any questions, contact Joyce Zhu, Research Symposium Chair: niz@vt.edu, or Jenn Gooding, GSA Executive Assistant: jgooding@vt.edu.

24. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH ON SMART PHONE APP – 1st posting
To assist a computer science graduate student in her researching and implementing a smartphone application for campus-wide communication, consider taking a short research survey on mobile device usage.  The survey should take less than approximately ten minutes.  Your anonymous contributions will provide valuable statistics for the research project.  Please email any questions or inquiries to Kimberly Zeitz at kazeitz@vt.edu. The survey is accessible at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1392736001836.

25. LGBQ YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS WANTED FOR RESEARCH PROJECT – 2nd posting
VT researchers are recruiting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer youth and young adults age 13-21 to participate in a project exploring the decision to come out to family as gay, lesbian, bisexual or queer.  The questionnaire and in-depth interview will take about 2-2.5 hours and participants will receive a $10 gift card for their feedback. The PI is in the process of developing a program to help youth make safe and successful disclosure decisions to family; this research will help inform that project.  Researchers would like to hear from youth that have and have not yet come out to family.  Participation is voluntary and strictly confidential (VT IRB 13-331).  If you have questions or would like to discuss eligibility, email VTProjectSMYLE@gmail.com or call (540)-231-4235, or visit https://www.facebook.com/VTProjectSMYLE

26. PARENTS OF LGB YOUTH/YOUNG ADULTS WANTED FOR RESEARCH  PROJECT -2nd posting
Researchers are recruiting parents who have had a child disclose to them in the last five years that they are lesbian, gay or bisexual when the child was 13-21.  The brief questionnaire and in-depth interview will take approximately 1-2 hours and participants will receive a $10 gift card for their feedback.  The PI is in the process of developing a program to help youth make safe and successful disclosure decisions to family; this research will help inform that project. Participation is voluntary and strictly confidential(VT IRB 13-331).   If you have questions or would like to discuss eligibility, email VTProjectSMYLE@gmail.com or call (540)-231-4235, or visit https://www.facebook.com/VTProjectSMYLE.

27. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MENTAL WORKLOAD STUDY – 3rd posting
Participants are needed for a study to investigate how mental and postural demands affect our overall mental workload.  You’ll be asked to do some simple mental tasks while researchers measure your postural stability, heart rate, and brain activity using EEG. Study participants must be right-handed,  between the ages of 18-30 with no history of low back pain. The study will take 2 hours and you will be compensated $10 per hour of participation.  Participation is voluntary and confidential.  Please contact Ralph at rhcullen@vt.edu or (404) 913-1486.

28. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MUSCULAR IMBALANCE STUDY – 3rd posting
Participants needed for a study that assesses muscular imbalances in the neck and shoulder area in patients with postural deficiencies.  Participants must be 18 or older and show postural changes such as: forward head posture, elevated and protracted shoulders, and winging of the scapulae. Common symptoms include:  neck pain, shoulder pain, and cervical headaches. Participants must be free of diseases that prevent physical loading, and should not have had prior surgery involving the cervical or thoracic spine and shoulders. Participants are required to perform muscle strength, muscle endurance, and range of motion exercises. There will be one experimental session which lasts approximately 2 – 3 hours. You will be compensated $10/ hour. For more information please contact Matthias Treff at matreff@vt.edu.

29. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON DRIVING DISTRACTIONS – 3rd posting
VT-SCORE (VT Signal Control & Operation Research and Education Systems lab) researchers are conducting a survey to investigate the relationship between transit operator’s driving behavior and on-board transit distractions. The results of the study will be used to improve the safety of transit occupants. The survey will take about 5 minutes to complete. Your participation in this study is completely voluntary and confidential. All participants must be at least 18 years old. Access the survey at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13kOgv4Lm4259Dexu4Rb4zNFzdXhyFEp-KvyC6kaI5Wk/viewform. Contact Nurlayla Arbie at 540-577-1676 or arbien@vt.edu with any questions.

30. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR SELF-DRIVING VEHICLE STUDY – 3rd posting
VT-SCORES is conducting a study to investigate user behavior during simulated experience of riding inside of self-driving vehicle. The study will take around 30 min, and your participation can contribute to the development of novel self-driving vehicle control technology. Participation is completely voluntary and confidential. Participants will get a first-hand experience dealing with self-driving vehicle technology. You can opt out of the experiment at any time if you experience any minimal risks, or for any other reason. Must be at least 18 years of age. If you are interested in participating or have questions, contact Milos Mladenovic at 540-553-5949 or at milosm@vt.edu.

31. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR USER STUDY OF BIOINFORMATICS RESOURCE – 2nd  posting
Participate in a study to investigate the underlying processes of bioinformatics experiments. The study will take approximately 2 hours and will involve eye-tracking with think-aloud while you perform tasks using a computer. Preferred participants are proficient in the use of bioinformatics resources, are familiar with the process of functionally analyzing a gene sequence. Participants will be compensated $10 /hr for a maximum of 2 hours, or a maximum of $20 total. The protocols in this study have been approved by the VT IRB (14-055). If you are interested, please contact Jongsoon Park via email babirong@vt.edu or call 540-558-8369.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

SHORT STAT COURSE FOR GRADS: SPRING 2014 SERIES
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) provides a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research and learn practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Remaining Spring 2014 Schedule:

  • Tuesday & Wednesday, Mar 4 & 5: Introduction to JMP;*
  • Tuesday, Mar 18: Advanced Topics in R: parallel processing, structural equation modeling, and the bootstrap;
  • Tuesday, Apr 1 (no kidding): Survey Design and Analysis;
  • Tuesday, Apr 10: Accelerating statistical calculations using inexpensive graphics cards;
  • Tuesday, Apr 15: Multiple Imputation and Missing Data;

*Two sessions of the same course to accommodate more attendees.

INTERVIEWING SKILLS
Wednesday, Mar 5, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Be prepared for initial screening interviews as well as on-site interviews. This seminar addresses interviewing basics, employer expectations, and insights into behavioral interviews. Sponsored by Career Services. Contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu if you have questions.

ENOUGH: BASICS OF SELF-DEFENSE
Wednesday, Mar 6, 6:00-7:30pm, RLRO Center in Detrick Hall
The Blacksburg Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. invites women of all ages to attend this program. Presenter Officer John Tarter will provide information on how to prevent domestic violence, statistics on domestic violence, and resources that will help you or someone you know who may be experiencing domestic abuse. There will also be an interactive self-defense demonstration that you won’t want to miss. If you have any questions. please email ppd@bacdst13.org. This message is posted on behalf of grad student Brielle Wright, bswright@vt.edu.

February 17-23, 2014

1.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated Feb 17

  • Career Services walk-in advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby – CANCELLED THIS WEEK!
  • Cook Counseling walk-in services: Thursdays and Fridays 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room – year round!
  • Graduate School business hours: M,Tu,Th,F: 8:00am-5:00pm; W: 9:30am-5:00pm
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance: Thursdays 4:30-7:30, Room D (additional hours in the Library)

 2. SHORT STAT COURSE FOR GRADS: STATISTICAL ANALYSIS IN R
Tuesday and Thursday, Feb 18-20, 4:00-6:00pm, 3060 TORG LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) provides a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more. IMPORTANT: NLI is still entering courses into their registration system. If you are unable to register for an early course, please still attend and sign in there. Follow LISA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Statistical.collaboration or visit their website at www.lisa.stat.vt.edu. Remaining Spring 2014 Schedule:

  • Tuesday & Thursday, Feb 25 & 27: Graphics in R;*
  • Tuesday & Wednesday, Mar 4 & 5: Introduction to JMP;*
  • Tuesday, Mar 18: Advanced Topics in R: parallel processing, structural equation modeling, and the bootstrap;
  • Tuesday, Apr 1 (no kidding): Survey Design and Analysis; 
  • Tuesday, Apr 10: Accelerating statistical calculations using inexpensive graphics cards;
  • Tuesday, Apr 15: Multiple Imputation and Missing Data;

 *Two sessions of the same course to accommodate more attendees.

3. GENDER AROUND THE WORLD: REFLECTIONS FROM PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS
Tuesday, Feb 18, 6:30-7:30pm, GLC Room B Grad students are invited to an interactive returned-Peace-Corps-volunteer panel to hear what volunteers learned about gender issues while serving abroad. Serving in the Peace Corps is a great way to help a community in need, immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, and have the experience of a lifetime. Volunteers also come face to face with many cultural distinctions.  Hosted by Peace Corps Recruiter and returned volunteer Rachael Kennedy (Uzbekistan, ’00-’01) and Peace Corps Ambassador, Cassandra Carver. For more info contact Rachael at kennedy3@vt.edu.

4. THE ARMSTRONG LIE
Wednesday, Feb 19, 7:00pm, GLC Auditorium The Gamma Omega chapter of the Phi Beta Delta international honor society will host a screening of this documentary film that chronicles the story of the American former professional cyclist Lance Armstrong. Free and open to the public. Phi Beta Delta supports and promotes diversity through recognizing achievements and activities in international scholarship, teaching, and service by faculty, staff, and students.

5. GLC CAFÉ FEATURING SOME HOME-BAKED GOODS
Thursday, Feb 20, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room 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. This week’s special: some home-baked goods. Bring your own mug if you can.

6. A DAY IN THE LIFE OF… PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 1st posting
Do you want to help raise awareness about diversity and cultural differences? If so, consider collaborating for the “A day in the life…” project. Participants will be asked to provide information about a typical day and to send a current picture; posters will be shown around the University. For more information, email grad student Homero Murzi at hmurzi@vt.edu.

7. MEMBERS NEEDED FOR GRAD BOV REP NOMINATION COMMITTEE – 2nd posting The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) helps select the three graduate student nominees to recommend to the Board of Visitors for their final selection. The GSA seeks one student from each college as well as one student from a VT satellite campus. These students do not need to be associated with or have any prior involvement with the GSA. If you are interested in helping to select the next Graduate BOV Representative, please send an email to Greg Purdy (gtpurdy@vt.edu), including the name of your college.

8. GSA EXEC BOARD OPENINGS FOR REST OF SPRING – 2nd posting
If you are interested in becoming more involved with the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA), two positions within the Executive Board are now open for applications. The GSA is seeking dedicated and passionate individuals to fill the Vice President of Membership and Treasurer positions. Specific duties and responsibilities for these positions can be found in the bylaws at http://www.gsa.graduateschool.vt.edu/about/bylaws. If interested, send an email to Greg Purdy (gtpurdy@vt.edu), along with a one-page cover letter outlining your previous experience and goals for the position. Lastly, elections will be occurring at the February delegate meeting, 2/27/2014, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Room F. Those interested will need to prepare a two-minute speech about why they are interested and what their goals are for the position.

9. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS INVITED – 2nd posting
Have you used your research to benefit society in any way? If so, consider applying for the Citizen Scholar award.  If not, consider designing a Citizen Scholar project! Program requirements are described on the CSE website at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/gs/cse/requirements. Applications are due by end of the day on Mar 3, 2014. For more information, email the GA in charge at citizenscholar@gs.vt.edu.

10. NEW GLC LOCKER RENTAL POLICY -2nd posting
For the remainder of the SPRING 2014 semester, the GLC’s lockers will be available to rent on a short-term, weekly basis. To rent a locker, see a building manager at the GLC Welcome Center to receive a key. Keys will no longer be left on lockers; instead they are secured by the GLC staff and issued to a student once requested. One locker per person. The maximum time period of reservation is from Monday 7:30am to Saturday 9:00pm, at which time the key must be returned to the Welcome Center. Those who still have keys from the previous semester are asked to turn in the key immediately and empty the locker. Contact GLC welcome center staff with any questions, comments or concerns at glcinfo@vt.edu.

11. LEARN TURKISH AT VT – 2nd posting
Experienced teachers are offering Turkish language classes through the Intercultural Understanding Club (ICUC). You don’t need to know any Turkish to start Turkish classes, the ICUC offers courses from elementary to advanced levels. Schedule: An hour class per week and four classes in a month (Days will be selected based on the applications). For registration:  http://www.icuc.org.vt.edu/turkish-class/.

12. THREE GRAD RESIDENT FELLOW POSITIONS OPEN IN RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE – 1st posting
Three grad students are sought to work as resident fellows in the Residential College at West AJ, a community of 850 students. Responsibilities include being present in the house, knowing each student, coordinating activities and experiences, serving as role models, offer mentoring, serve as liaison and advisor, conduct room selection process, participate in trainings and more. Must invest at least 10 hrs/wk in house community. Must be in good academic standing and have strong affinity for working with people and the residential experience. Compensation: Single room at no cost. If you have any questions or want to apply, email letter of interest, resume and contact info for three references by Monday, Mar 3 to Joe Wilder, wilder@vt.edu.

13. LGBQ YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS WANTED FOR RESEARCH PROJECT – 1st posting
VT researchers are recruiting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer youth and young adults age 13-21 to participate in a project exploring the decision to come out to family as gay, lesbian, bisexual or queer.  The questionnaire and in-depth interview will take about 2-2.5 hours and participants will receive a $10 gift card for their feedback. The PI is in the process of developing a program to help youth make safe and successful disclosure decisions to family; this research will help inform that project.  Researchers would like to hear from youth that have and have not yet come out to family.  Participation is voluntary and strictly confidential (VT IRB 13-331).  If you have questions or would like to discuss eligibility, email VTProjectSMYLE@gmail.com or call (540)-231-4235, or visit https://www.facebook.com/VTProjectSMYLE.

14. PARENTS OF LGB YOUTH/YOUNG ADULTS WANTED FOR RESEARCH  PROJECT -1st posting
Researchers are recruiting parents who have had a child disclose to them in the last five years that they are lesbian, gay or bisexual when the child was 13-21.  The brief questionnaire and in-depth interview will take approximately 1-2 hours and participants will receive a $10 gift card for their feedback.  The PI is in the process of developing a program to help youth make safe and successful disclosure decisions to family; this research will help inform that project. Participation is voluntary and strictly confidential(VT IRB 13-331).   If you have questions or would like to discuss eligibility, email VTProjectSMYLE@gmail.com or call (540)-231-4235, or visit https://www.facebook.com/VTProjectSMYLE.

15. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MENTAL WORKLOAD STUDY – 2nd posting Participants are needed for a study to investigate how mental and postural demands affect our overall mental workload.  You’ll be asked to do some simple mental tasks while researchers measure your postural stability, heart rate, and brain activity using EEG. Study participants must be right-handed,  between the ages of 18-30 with no history of low back pain. The study will take 2 hours and you will be compensated $10 per hour of participation.  Participation is voluntary and confidential.  Please contact Ralph at rhcullen@vt.edu or (404) 913-1486.

16. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MUSCULAR IMBALANCE STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants needed for a study that assesses muscular imbalances in the neck and shoulder area in patients with postural deficiencies.  Participants must be 18 or older and show postural changes such as: forward head posture, elevated and protracted shoulders, and winging of the scapulae. Common symptoms include:  neck pain, shoulder pain, and cervical headaches. Participants must be free of diseases that prevent physical loading, and should not have had prior surgery involving the cervical or thoracic spine and shoulders. Participants are required to perform muscle strength, muscle endurance, and range of motion exercises. There will be one experimental session which lasts approximately 2 – 3 hours. You will be compensated $10/ hour. For more information please contact Matthias Treff at matreff@vt.edu.

17. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON DRIVING DISTRACTIONS – 2nd posting
VT-SCORE (VT Signal Control & Operation Research and Education Systems lab) researchers are conducting a survey to investigate the relationship between transit operator’s driving behavior and on-board transit distractions. The results of the study will be used to improve the safety of transit occupants. The survey will take about 5 minutes to complete. Your participation in this study is completely voluntary and confidential. All participants must be at least 18 years old. Access the survey at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13kOgv4Lm4259Dexu4Rb4zNFzdXhyFEp-KvyC6kaI5Wk/viewform. Contact Nurlayla Arbie at 540-577-1676 or arbien@vt.edu with any questions.

18. GRAD STUDENT BIKE COMMUTING SURVEY – 2nd posting
At the last GSA delegate meeting there was a great discussion regarding bike transportation as it pertains to graduate students. Based on this, a survey has been created to get feedback from graduate students regarding increasing bike parking, and whether or not a large bike parking lot is good for the graduate community. Bike commuters, potential bike commuters, and non-bike commuters are urged to give any comments. Please complete the survey by Feb 14 at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1390361722551. Contact Sarah Mazza (mazza@vt.edu) with any other comments or concerns.

19. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR SELF-DRIVING VEHICLE STUDY – 2nd posting
VT-SCORES is conducting a study to investigate user behavior during simulated experience of riding inside of self-driving vehicle. The study will take around 30 min, and your participation can contribute to the development of novel self-driving vehicle control technology. Participation is completely voluntary and confidential. Participants will get a first-hand experience dealing with self-driving vehicle technology. You can opt out of the experiment at any time if you experience any minimal risks, or for any other reason. Must be at least 18 years of age. If you are interested in participating or have questions, contact Milos Mladenovic at 540-553-5949 or  at milosm@vt.edu.

20. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS NEEDED REGARDING FUTURE BT BUS ROUTES – 2nd posting
As part of the planning for future routes, Blacksburg Transit recently developed a short survey to help identify the transportation needs of Town of Blacksburg residents and students.  The purpose of the route analysis is to improve bus service in the Town of Blacksburg and on the VT campus.  Responses to this survey will help highlight existing deficiencies, identify future opportunities, and ultimately help decision-makers develop an improved transit system. The survey will remain open online until February 12, 2014. Those who complete the survey will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win one of three $25 gift cards. Access the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BTSurvey1. For more information, contact Ken Tucker at ktucker@blacksburg.gov or (540) 443-7100 ext. 2055.

21. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR USER STUDY OF BIOINFORMATICS RESOURCE – 2nd  posting
Participate in a study to investigate the underlying processes of bioinformatics experiments. The study will take approximately 2 hours and will involve eye-tracking with think-aloud while you perform tasks using a computer. Preferred participants are proficient in the use of bioinformatics resources, are familiar with the process of functionally analyzing a gene sequence.We will compensate participants at a rate of $10 per hour for a maximum of 2 hours, or a maximum of $20 total. The protocols in this study have been approved by the VT IRB (14-055). If you are interested, please contact Jongsoon Park via email babirong@vt.edu or call 540-558-8369.

22. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MANUAL MATERIAL HANDLING STUDY – 3rd posting
Participants are needed for a study on manual material handling tasks.  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 18-40.  Participants will be compensated $10/hr.  If interested, please contact Alireza Sedighi at sedighia@vt.edu for further details.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR METABOLISM STUDY – 3rd posting
Volunteers are needed for a study examining how cocoa influences metabolism in individuals with pre-diabetes (high glucose levels). Participants must be: adults between the ages of 40-75; overweight or obese (body mass index 25-40); not currently taking any blood pressure or diabetes medications; non-smokers; without any major medical problems; willing to eat a controlled study diet for 4 weeks; Pregnant women or those who plan to become pregnant or have taken antibiotics in the past 3 months are not eligible for this study. Participants will receive information about glucose and cholesterol levels, body composition, and blood pressure, and may receive up to $300 compensation for their time. If you meet the above requirements and are interested in participating in this research study, please contact Karen at the Human Integrative Physiology Laboratory at Virginia Tech by email: heartlab@vt.edu. 

24. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 3rd posting
Clemson-University doctoral student Younsuk Kong invites you to participate in this research study that examines leisure-time physical activity behavior of graduate students in order to identify factors that influence physical activity behavior. The questionnaire will take approximately 10 minutes to complete: https://qtrial.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6DXcU3PdFlLtQSp. Contact Younsuk Kong at younsuk@clemson.edu with questions.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

IDR DAY 2014
Thursday, Feb 27, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Learn about how to form and work in an interdisciplinary team, explore the importance of interdisciplinary graduate education, and come together with a diverse array of participants to solve real-world problems important to our local and regional area.  Enjoy a poster session and free buffet dinner! Keynote: Dr. Michelle Bennett, NIH, Interdisciplinary Teams and Toolkits. VT speakers: Drs. Peter Vikesland, CEE, Director of VT SuN IGEP and Ben Knapp, Director of ICAT. Register at www.idrsociety.org/idr-day-2014. Contact Bahareh Estejab at bestejab@vt.edu for more info.

VT CHOICES AND CHALLENGES FORUM: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Thursday, Feb 27, 9:30am-4:00pm, GLC and The Lyric
This day-long forum asks how we can promote creativity and ensure the free flow of information while protecting the rights of creators. Join the discussion and debate with a range of experts from history, law, sociology, communications, and political activism. For a full schedule visit http://www.choicesandchallenges.sts.vt.edu/.

February 17-23, 2014

1.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated Feb 17

  • Career Services walk-in advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby – CANCELLED THIS WEEK!
  • Cook Counseling walk-in services: Thursdays and Fridays 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room – year round!
  • Graduate School business hours: M,Tu,Th,F: 8:00am-5:00pm; W: 9:30am-5:00pm
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance: Thursdays 4:30-7:30, Room D (additional hours in the Library)

 2. SHORT STAT COURSE FOR GRADS: STATISTICAL ANALYSIS IN R
Tuesday and Thursday, Feb 18-20, 4:00-6:00pm, 3060 TORG LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) provides a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more. IMPORTANT: NLI is still entering courses into their registration system. If you are unable to register for an early course, please still attend and sign in there. Follow LISA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Statistical.collaboration or visit their website at www.lisa.stat.vt.edu. Remaining Spring 2014 Schedule:

  • Tuesday & Thursday, Feb 25 & 27: Graphics in R;*
  • Tuesday & Wednesday, Mar 4 & 5: Introduction to JMP;*
  • Tuesday, Mar 18: Advanced Topics in R: parallel processing, structural equation modeling, and the bootstrap;
  • Tuesday, Apr 1 (no kidding): Survey Design and Analysis; 
  • Tuesday, Apr 10: Accelerating statistical calculations using inexpensive graphics cards;
  • Tuesday, Apr 15: Multiple Imputation and Missing Data;

 *Two sessions of the same course to accommodate more attendees.

3. GENDER AROUND THE WORLD: REFLECTIONS FROM PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS
Tuesday, Feb 18, 6:30-7:30pm, GLC Room B Grad students are invited to an interactive returned-Peace-Corps-volunteer panel to hear what volunteers learned about gender issues while serving abroad. Serving in the Peace Corps is a great way to help a community in need, immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, and have the experience of a lifetime. Volunteers also come face to face with many cultural distinctions.  Hosted by Peace Corps Recruiter and returned volunteer Rachael Kennedy (Uzbekistan, ’00-’01) and Peace Corps Ambassador, Cassandra Carver. For more info contact Rachael at kennedy3@vt.edu.

4. THE ARMSTRONG LIE
Wednesday, Feb 19, 7:00pm, GLC Auditorium The Gamma Omega chapter of the Phi Beta Delta international honor society will host a screening of this documentary film that chronicles the story of the American former professional cyclist Lance Armstrong. Free and open to the public. Phi Beta Delta supports and promotes diversity through recognizing achievements and activities in international scholarship, teaching, and service by faculty, staff, and students.

5. GLC CAFÉ FEATURING SOME HOME-BAKED GOODS
Thursday, Feb 20, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room 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. This week’s special: some home-baked goods. Bring your own mug if you can.

6. A DAY IN THE LIFE OF… PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 1st posting
Do you want to help raise awareness about diversity and cultural differences? If so, consider collaborating for the “A day in the life…” project. Participants will be asked to provide information about a typical day and to send a current picture; posters will be shown around the University. For more information, email grad student Homero Murzi at hmurzi@vt.edu.

7. MEMBERS NEEDED FOR GRAD BOV REP NOMINATION COMMITTEE – 2nd posting The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) helps select the three graduate student nominees to recommend to the Board of Visitors for their final selection. The GSA seeks one student from each college as well as one student from a VT satellite campus. These students do not need to be associated with or have any prior involvement with the GSA. If you are interested in helping to select the next Graduate BOV Representative, please send an email to Greg Purdy (gtpurdy@vt.edu), including the name of your college.

8. GSA EXEC BOARD OPENINGS FOR REST OF SPRING – 2nd posting
If you are interested in becoming more involved with the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA), two positions within the Executive Board are now open for applications. The GSA is seeking dedicated and passionate individuals to fill the Vice President of Membership and Treasurer positions. Specific duties and responsibilities for these positions can be found in the bylaws at http://www.gsa.graduateschool.vt.edu/about/bylaws. If interested, send an email to Greg Purdy (gtpurdy@vt.edu), along with a one-page cover letter outlining your previous experience and goals for the position. Lastly, elections will be occurring at the February delegate meeting, 2/27/2014, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Room F. Those interested will need to prepare a two-minute speech about why they are interested and what their goals are for the position.

9. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS INVITED – 2nd posting
Have you used your research to benefit society in any way? If so, consider applying for the Citizen Scholar award.  If not, consider designing a Citizen Scholar project! Program requirements are described on the CSE website at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/gs/cse/requirements. Applications are due by end of the day on Mar 3, 2014. For more information, email the GA in charge at citizenscholar@gs.vt.edu.

10. NEW GLC LOCKER RENTAL POLICY -2nd posting
For the remainder of the SPRING 2014 semester, the GLC’s lockers will be available to rent on a short-term, weekly basis. To rent a locker, see a building manager at the GLC Welcome Center to receive a key. Keys will no longer be left on lockers; instead they are secured by the GLC staff and issued to a student once requested. One locker per person. The maximum time period of reservation is from Monday 7:30am to Saturday 9:00pm, at which time the key must be returned to the Welcome Center. Those who still have keys from the previous semester are asked to turn in the key immediately and empty the locker. Contact GLC welcome center staff with any questions, comments or concerns at glcinfo@vt.edu.

11. LEARN TURKISH AT VT – 2nd posting
Experienced teachers are offering Turkish language classes through the Intercultural Understanding Club (ICUC). You don’t need to know any Turkish to start Turkish classes, the ICUC offers courses from elementary to advanced levels. Schedule: An hour class per week and four classes in a month (Days will be selected based on the applications). For registration:  http://www.icuc.org.vt.edu/turkish-class/.

12. THREE GRAD RESIDENT FELLOW POSITIONS OPEN IN RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE – 1st posting
Three grad students are sought to work as resident fellows in the Residential College at West AJ, a community of 850 students. Responsibilities include being present in the house, knowing each student, coordinating activities and experiences, serving as role models, offer mentoring, serve as liaison and advisor, conduct room selection process, participate in trainings and more. Must invest at least 10 hrs/wk in house community. Must be in good academic standing and have strong affinity for working with people and the residential experience. Compensation: Single room at no cost. If you have any questions or want to apply, email letter of interest, resume and contact info for three references by Monday, Mar 3 to Joe Wilder, wilder@vt.edu.

13. LGBQ YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS WANTED FOR RESEARCH PROJECT – 1st posting
VT researchers are recruiting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer youth and young adults age 13-21 to participate in a project exploring the decision to come out to family as gay, lesbian, bisexual or queer.  The questionnaire and in-depth interview will take about 2-2.5 hours and participants will receive a $10 gift card for their feedback. The PI is in the process of developing a program to help youth make safe and successful disclosure decisions to family; this research will help inform that project.  Researchers would like to hear from youth that have and have not yet come out to family.  Participation is voluntary and strictly confidential (VT IRB 13-331).  If you have questions or would like to discuss eligibility, email VTProjectSMYLE@gmail.com or call (540)-231-4235, or visit https://www.facebook.com/VTProjectSMYLE.

14. PARENTS OF LGB YOUTH/YOUNG ADULTS WANTED FOR RESEARCH  PROJECT -1st posting
Researchers are recruiting parents who have had a child disclose to them in the last five years that they are lesbian, gay or bisexual when the child was 13-21.  The brief questionnaire and in-depth interview will take approximately 1-2 hours and participants will receive a $10 gift card for their feedback.  The PI is in the process of developing a program to help youth make safe and successful disclosure decisions to family; this research will help inform that project. Participation is voluntary and strictly confidential(VT IRB 13-331).   If you have questions or would like to discuss eligibility, email VTProjectSMYLE@gmail.com or call (540)-231-4235, or visit https://www.facebook.com/VTProjectSMYLE.

15. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MENTAL WORKLOAD STUDY – 2nd posting Participants are needed for a study to investigate how mental and postural demands affect our overall mental workload.  You’ll be asked to do some simple mental tasks while researchers measure your postural stability, heart rate, and brain activity using EEG. Study participants must be right-handed,  between the ages of 18-30 with no history of low back pain. The study will take 2 hours and you will be compensated $10 per hour of participation.  Participation is voluntary and confidential.  Please contact Ralph at rhcullen@vt.edu or (404) 913-1486.

16. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MUSCULAR IMBALANCE STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants needed for a study that assesses muscular imbalances in the neck and shoulder area in patients with postural deficiencies.  Participants must be 18 or older and show postural changes such as: forward head posture, elevated and protracted shoulders, and winging of the scapulae. Common symptoms include:  neck pain, shoulder pain, and cervical headaches. Participants must be free of diseases that prevent physical loading, and should not have had prior surgery involving the cervical or thoracic spine and shoulders. Participants are required to perform muscle strength, muscle endurance, and range of motion exercises. There will be one experimental session which lasts approximately 2 – 3 hours. You will be compensated $10/ hour. For more information please contact Matthias Treff at matreff@vt.edu.

17. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON DRIVING DISTRACTIONS – 2nd posting
VT-SCORE (VT Signal Control & Operation Research and Education Systems lab) researchers are conducting a survey to investigate the relationship between transit operator’s driving behavior and on-board transit distractions. The results of the study will be used to improve the safety of transit occupants. The survey will take about 5 minutes to complete. Your participation in this study is completely voluntary and confidential. All participants must be at least 18 years old. Access the survey at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13kOgv4Lm4259Dexu4Rb4zNFzdXhyFEp-KvyC6kaI5Wk/viewform. Contact Nurlayla Arbie at 540-577-1676 or arbien@vt.edu with any questions.

18. GRAD STUDENT BIKE COMMUTING SURVEY – 2nd posting
At the last GSA delegate meeting there was a great discussion regarding bike transportation as it pertains to graduate students. Based on this, a survey has been created to get feedback from graduate students regarding increasing bike parking, and whether or not a large bike parking lot is good for the graduate community. Bike commuters, potential bike commuters, and non-bike commuters are urged to give any comments. Please complete the survey by Feb 14 at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1390361722551. Contact Sarah Mazza (mazza@vt.edu) with any other comments or concerns.

19. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR SELF-DRIVING VEHICLE STUDY – 2nd posting
VT-SCORES is conducting a study to investigate user behavior during simulated experience of riding inside of self-driving vehicle. The study will take around 30 min, and your participation can contribute to the development of novel self-driving vehicle control technology. Participation is completely voluntary and confidential. Participants will get a first-hand experience dealing with self-driving vehicle technology. You can opt out of the experiment at any time if you experience any minimal risks, or for any other reason. Must be at least 18 years of age. If you are interested in participating or have questions, contact Milos Mladenovic at 540-553-5949 or  at milosm@vt.edu.

20. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS NEEDED REGARDING FUTURE BT BUS ROUTES – 2nd posting
As part of the planning for future routes, Blacksburg Transit recently developed a short survey to help identify the transportation needs of Town of Blacksburg residents and students.  The purpose of the route analysis is to improve bus service in the Town of Blacksburg and on the VT campus.  Responses to this survey will help highlight existing deficiencies, identify future opportunities, and ultimately help decision-makers develop an improved transit system. The survey will remain open online until February 12, 2014. Those who complete the survey will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win one of three $25 gift cards. Access the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BTSurvey1. For more information, contact Ken Tucker at ktucker@blacksburg.gov or (540) 443-7100 ext. 2055.

21. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR USER STUDY OF BIOINFORMATICS RESOURCE – 2nd  posting
Participate in a study to investigate the underlying processes of bioinformatics experiments. The study will take approximately 2 hours and will involve eye-tracking with think-aloud while you perform tasks using a computer. Preferred participants are proficient in the use of bioinformatics resources, are familiar with the process of functionally analyzing a gene sequence.We will compensate participants at a rate of $10 per hour for a maximum of 2 hours, or a maximum of $20 total. The protocols in this study have been approved by the VT IRB (14-055). If you are interested, please contact Jongsoon Park via email babirong@vt.edu or call 540-558-8369.

22. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MANUAL MATERIAL HANDLING STUDY – 3rd posting
Participants are needed for a study on manual material handling tasks.  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 18-40.  Participants will be compensated $10/hr.  If interested, please contact Alireza Sedighi at sedighia@vt.edu for further details.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR METABOLISM STUDY – 3rd posting
Volunteers are needed for a study examining how cocoa influences metabolism in individuals with pre-diabetes (high glucose levels). Participants must be: adults between the ages of 40-75; overweight or obese (body mass index 25-40); not currently taking any blood pressure or diabetes medications; non-smokers; without any major medical problems; willing to eat a controlled study diet for 4 weeks; Pregnant women or those who plan to become pregnant or have taken antibiotics in the past 3 months are not eligible for this study. Participants will receive information about glucose and cholesterol levels, body composition, and blood pressure, and may receive up to $300 compensation for their time. If you meet the above requirements and are interested in participating in this research study, please contact Karen at the Human Integrative Physiology Laboratory at Virginia Tech by email: heartlab@vt.edu. 

24. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 3rd posting
Clemson-University doctoral student Younsuk Kong invites you to participate in this research study that examines leisure-time physical activity behavior of graduate students in order to identify factors that influence physical activity behavior. The questionnaire will take approximately 10 minutes to complete: https://qtrial.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6DXcU3PdFlLtQSp. Contact Younsuk Kong at younsuk@clemson.edu with questions.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

IDR DAY 2014
Thursday, Feb 27, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Learn about how to form and work in an interdisciplinary team, explore the importance of interdisciplinary graduate education, and come together with a diverse array of participants to solve real-world problems important to our local and regional area.  Enjoy a poster session and free buffet dinner! Keynote: Dr. Michelle Bennett, NIH, Interdisciplinary Teams and Toolkits. VT speakers: Drs. Peter Vikesland, CEE, Director of VT SuN IGEP and Ben Knapp, Director of ICAT. Register at www.idrsociety.org/idr-day-2014. Contact Bahareh Estejab at bestejab@vt.edu for more info.

VT CHOICES AND CHALLENGES FORUM: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Thursday, Feb 27, 9:30am-4:00pm, GLC and The Lyric
This day-long forum asks how we can promote creativity and ensure the free flow of information while protecting the rights of creators. Join the discussion and debate with a range of experts from history, law, sociology, communications, and political activism. For a full schedule visit http://www.choicesandchallenges.sts.vt.edu/.

February 10-16, 2014

1.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career Services walk-in advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling walk-in services: Thursdays and Fridays 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room – year round!
  • Graduate School business hours: M,Tu,Th,F: 8:00am-5:00pm; W: 9:30am-5:00pm
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance: Thursdays 4:30-7:30, Room D (additional hours in the Library)

 2. HOW TO MAKE ENDS MEET
Monday, Feb 10, 5:00pm, GLC Room D
Learn creative ways to live within a meager budget using money-saving strategies specific to the New River Valley. Contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu if you have questions.

3. WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO?
Tuesday, Feb 11, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room D
If you’re a new (or returning) graduate student who has asked yourself this question, the Graduate School wants you to know that you are not alone! Meet fellow graduate students, new and returning, to talk about graduate school as an exciting-but possibly overwhelming-life adventure. There will be pizza! Complete this survey if you plan to attend: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1390838381481

4. WHAT’S GOING ON IN EGYPT?
Tuesday, Feb 11, 2:00-6:00pm, Brush Mountain Room in Squires
Egyptian organization "R4bia" invites you to the exhibition about Egypt. View a collection of photographs, cartoons, videos, newspaper articles, caricatures, and other material telling the story of three years of revolution followed by a military coup. Hear the true story of people generously sacrificing even their lives for freedom of future generations. Refreshments will be served. This event is posted on behalf of doctoral student and R4bia president Abdallah Mahmoud. For more information contact him at abdallah@mena.vt.edu.

5. RESUME 101 FOR INTL STUDENTS
Tuesday, Feb 11, 4:00–5:00pm, Cranwell International Center                             
Learn how to write a resume that highlights your international experience. If you have any questions, please email Katie Steuer at ksteuer@vt.edu or call the Career Services Office at (540) 231-6241.

6. OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING FAIR
Wednesday, Feb 12, 10:00am-4:00pm, Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires
Learn about local housing options, and your rights and responsibilities as a tenant. Giveaways, plus free pizza 11-3. Learn more about the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/635032503219431/.

7. GRADUATION FAIR
Wednesday, Feb 12, 11:30am-7:30pm, Holtzman Alumni Center
Tour the Alumni Center, enjoy free pizza and drinks, and get your graduation supplies: announcements, commencement info, caps and gowns, diploma frames and more. For more information contact Gwen Harrington, gwharrin@vt.edu.

8. LUNCH WITH THE DEAN – registration required
Wednesday, February 12, 12-1pm, GLC Room C
Meet Graduate School Dean Dr. Karen DePauw and several graduate student leaders at a free lunch. Learn about the latest in graduate education and share your perspectives in a casual setting. Sign-up here: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1389213455685

9. BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR OF MOSS CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Wednesday, Feb 12, 1:00-2:00pm, meet at Grand Lobby of Center for the Arts
This is an exclusive opportunity for graduate students to tour the newly opened Moss Center for the Arts here at Virginia Tech. Look behind the scenes and feel the inspiration! Space is limited and the tour is free. Register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1389211704974.

10. ISLAM: WHAT 1.6 BILLION PEOPLE REALLY THINK
Wednesday Feb 12, 1:00-3:00pm, Info Booth A in Squires (across from ABP)
Stop by to ask questions: learn more about Islam, get your free copy of Quran interpretation in English, view Islamic art from different countries, get your name in Arabic, and enjoy tasting Arabian dates. All for free. Contact grad student Haitham at marakeby@vt.edu for more information.

11. CAREER FAIR PREPARATION
Wednesday, Feb 12, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Learn how to present yourself to an employer and what to ask at a job fair. Sponsored by Career Services. Contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu if you have questions.

12. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Feb 13, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
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. Bring your own mug if you can.

13. CAREER FAIR PREP FOR INTL STUDENTS
Thursday, Feb 13, 4:00–5:00pm, Cranwell International Center                             
Learn the basics to be successful at a career fair, including: how to research companies beforehand, what to wear, what to do when you arrive at a career fair, creating an elevator pitch and using it, and how to follow up with companies you meet. If you have any questions, please email Katie Steuer at ksteuer@vt.edu or call the Career Services Office at (540) 231-6241.

14. INTL SPRING SOCIAL: LOVE AROUND THE WORLD – registration required
Friday, Feb 14, 6:00–8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The Cranwell International Center and the Campus Alcohol and Abuse Prevention Center (CAAPC) are partnering to present the annual international spring social with food and drinks from across the globe and an opportunity to interact with others from around the world.  This event requires pre-registration at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C4EADAE2CA13-love and only those who register will be admitted to the event.  For more info contact the Cranwell International Center at international@vt.edu.

15. MEMBERS NEEDED FOR GRAD BOV REP NOMINATION COMMITTEE – 1st posting
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) helps select the three graduate student nominees to recommend to the Board of Visitors for their final selection. The GSA seeks one student from each college as well as one student from a VT satellite campus. These students do not need to be associated with or have any prior involvement with the GSA. If you are interested in helping to select the next Graduate BOV Representative, please send an email to Greg Purdy (gtpurdy@vt.edu), including the name of your college.

16. GSA EXEC BOARD OPENINGS FOR REST OF SPRING – 1st posting
If you are interested in becoming more involved with the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA), two positions within the Executive Board are now open for applications. The GSA is seeking dedicated and passionate individuals to fill the Vice President of Membership and Treasurer positions. Specific duties and responsibilities for these positions can be found in the bylaws at http://www.gsa.graduateschool.vt.edu/about/bylaws. If interested, send an email to Greg Purdy (gtpurdy@vt.edu), along with a one-page cover letter outlining your previous experience and goals for the position. Lastly, elections will be occurring at the February delegate meeting, 2/27/2014, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Room F. Those interested will need to prepare a two-minute speech about why they are interested and what their goals are for the position.

17. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS INVITED – 1st posting
Have you used your research to benefit society in any way? If so, consider applying for the Citizen Scholar award.  If not, consider designing a Citizen Scholar project! Program requirements are described on the CSE website at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/gs/cse/requirements. Applications are due by end of the day on Mar 3, 2014. For more information, email the GA in charge at citizenscholar@gs.vt.edu.

18. NEW GLC LOCKER RENTAL POLICY -1st posting
For the remainder of the SPRING 2014 semester, the GLC’s lockers will be available to rent on a short-term, weekly basis. To rent a locker, see a building manager at the GLC Welcome Center to receive a key. Keys will no longer be left on lockers; instead they are secured by the GLC staff and issued to a student once requested. One locker per person. The maximum time period of reservation is from Monday 7:30am to Saturday 9:00pm, at which time the key must be returned to the Welcome Center. Those who still have keys from the previous semester are asked to turn in the key immediately and empty the locker. Contact GLC welcome center staff with any questions, comments or concerns at glcinfo@vt.edu.

19. LEARN TURKISH AT VT – 1st posting
Experienced teachers are offering Turkish language classes through the Intercultural Understanding Club (ICUC). You don’t need to know any Turkish to start Turkish classes, the ICUC offers courses from elementary to advanced levels. Schedule: An hour class per week and four classes in a month (Days will be selected based on the applications). For registration:  http://www.icuc.org.vt.edu/turkish-class/.

20. ICUC & RUMI FORUM FELLOWSHIP 2014
ICUC in collaboration with Rumi Forum is inviting PhD candidates and those who have recently completed their doctorate in social sciences for a study fellowship that incorporates a trip to Turkey with the mission of exploring social, economic, cultural, security and political issues in Turkey and the wider region during the following dates May 10-18, 2014 and June 14-22, 2014. Please register & find more info on http://www.icuc.org.vt.edu/rumi-forum-fellowship-program-2014/.

21. APPLY NOW FOR BOV GRAD REPRESENTATIVE POSITION  – 3rd posting
Applications for the graduate representative for the Board of Visitors (BOV) are accepted now. Download the application at http://www.dsa.vt.edu/BOV/apply.php. The graduate student representative to the BOV serves as a liaison between graduate students and the board. The position provides a great leadership experience, as well as an opportunity to learn about the university’s governance structure and decision-making process. Please consider the position or encourage deserving peers to apply.  Contact Nick Warrington at nick.warrington@vt.edu with any questions.

22. INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY ACCEPTING APPS NOW – 3rd posting
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society, is accepting applications for membership from Monday, Jan 27 through midnight on Sunday, Feb 17.  IDR was founded at Virginia Tech in 2011 by graduate students promoting interdisciplinary cooperation and research at Virginia Tech and all other colleges and universities. Two levels of membership: full and associate.   Membership application and information about IDR: http://www.idrsociety.org/membership/application/.  Direct all questions to Tammy Parece at tammyep@vt.edu.

23. STUDENT BUILDING MANAGER WAGE POSITION OPEN IN GLC – 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 GLC patrons, including 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. Up to 2 positions to start immediately at a rate of $12/hour. Potential candidates should be able to work at least one of the following open shifts:Thursday, Friday, Saturday – 5:30pm-10-pm, Saturday – 10am-5:30pm. Preference given to those able to work multiple open shifts. Apply online at: https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/45961; click the “Student Centers and Activities ‘VT Graduate Student’ Pool.” Contact Eric Margiotta (Margiotta@vt.edu) with questions.

24. JEAN B. DUERR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – 3rd posting
This is a scholarship for women who plan to attend, or are already enrolled in, an accredited college or university for the entire 2014-2015 academic year. Awards of $2000 will be given to those applicants who best demonstrate academic achievement and community service. – See more at: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/funding/students/duerr.

25. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MENTAL WORKLOAD STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a study to investigate how mental and postural demands affect our overall mental workload.  You’ll be asked to do some simple mental tasks while researchers measure your postural stability, heart rate, and brain activity using EEG. Study participants must be right-handed,  between the ages of 18-30 with no history of low back pain. The study will take 2 hours and you will be compensated $10 per hour of participation.  Participation is voluntary and confidential.  Please contact Ralph at rhcullen@vt.edu or (404) 913-1486.

26. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MUSCULAR IMBALANCE STUDY – 1st posting
Participants needed for a study that assesses muscular imbalances in the neck and shoulder area in patients with postural deficiencies.  Participants must be 18 or older and show postural changes such as: forward head posture, elevated and protracted shoulders, and winging of the scapulae. Common symptoms include:  neck pain, shoulder pain, and cervical headaches. Participants must be free of diseases that prevent physical loading, and should not have had prior surgery involving the cervical or thoracic spine and shoulders. Participants are required to perform muscle strength, muscle endurance, and range of motion exercises. There will be one experimental session which lasts approximately 2 – 3 hours. You will be compensated $10/ hour. For more information please contact Matthias Treff at matreff@vt.edu.

27. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON DRIVING DISTRACTIONS – 1st posting
VT-SCORE (VT Signal Control & Operation Research and Education Systems lab) researchers are conducting a survey to investigate the relationship between transit operator’s driving behavior and on-board transit distractions. The results of the study will be used to improve the safety of transit occupants. The survey will take about 5 minutes to complete. Your participation in this study is completely voluntary and confidential. All participants must be at least 18 years old. Access the survey at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13kOgv4Lm4259Dexu4Rb4zNFzdXhyFEp-KvyC6kaI5Wk/viewform. Contact Nurlayla Arbie at 540-577-1676 or arbien@vt.edu with any questions.

28. GRAD STUDENT BIKE COMMUTING SURVEY – 1st posting
At the last GSA delegate meeting there was a great discussion regarding bike transportation as it pertains to graduate students. Based on this, a survey has been created to get feedback from graduate students regarding increasing bike parking, and whether or not a large bike parking lot is good for the graduate community. Bike commuters, potential bike commuters, and non-bike commuters are urged to give any comments. Please complete the survey by Feb 14 at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1390361722551. Contact Sarah Mazza (mazza@vt.edu) with any other comments or concerns.

29. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR SELF-DRIVING VEHICLE STUDY – 1st posting
VT-SCORES is conducting a study to investigate user behavior during simulated experience of riding inside of self-driving vehicle. The study will take around 30 min, and your participation can contribute to the development of novel self-driving vehicle control technology. Participation is completely voluntary and confidential. Participants will get a first-hand experience dealing with self-driving vehicle technology. You can opt out of the experiment at any time if you experience any minimal risks, or for any other reason. Must be at least 18 years of age. If you are interested in participating or have questions, contact Milos Mladenovic at 540-553-5949 or  at milosm@vt.edu.

30. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS NEEDED REGARDING FUTURE BT BUS ROUTES – 1st posting
As part of the planning for future routes, Blacksburg Transit recently developed a short survey to help identify the transportation needs of Town of Blacksburg residents and students.  The purpose of the route analysis is to improve bus service in the Town of Blacksburg and on the VT campus.  Responses to this survey will help highlight existing deficiencies, identify future opportunities, and ultimately help decision-makers develop an improved transit system. The survey will remain open online until February 12, 2014. Those who complete the survey will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win one of three $25 gift cards. Access the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BTSurvey1. For more information, contact Ken Tucker at ktucker@blacksburg.gov or (540) 443-7100 ext. 2055.

31. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR USER STUDY OF BIOINFORMATICS RESOURCE – 1st posting
Participate in a study to investigate the underlying processes of bioinformatics experiments. The study will take approximately 2 hours and will involve eye-tracking with think-aloud while you perform tasks using a computer. Preferred participants are proficient in the use of bioinformatics resources, are familiar with the process of functionally analyzing a gene sequence.We will compensate participants at a rate of $10 per hour for a maximum of 2 hours, or a maximum of $20 total. The protocols in this study have been approved by the VT IRB (14-055). If you are interested, please contact Jongsoon Park via email babirong@vt.edu or call 540-558-8369.

32. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MANUAL MATERIAL HANDLING STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are needed for a study on manual material handling tasks.  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 18-40.  Participants will be compensated $10/hr.  If interested, please contact Alireza Sedighi at sedighia@vt.edu for further details.

33. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR METABOLISM STUDY – 2nd posting
Volunteers are needed for a study examining how cocoa influences metabolism in individuals with pre-diabetes (high glucose levels). Participants must be: adults between the ages of 40-75; overweight or obese (body mass index 25-40); not currently taking any blood pressure or diabetes medications; non-smokers; without any major medical problems; willing to eat a controlled study diet for 4 weeks; Pregnant women or those who plan to become pregnant or have taken antibiotics in the past 3 months are not eligible for this study. Participants will receive information about glucose and cholesterol levels, body composition, and blood pressure, and may receive up to $300 compensation for their time. If you meet the above requirements and are interested in participating in this research study, please contact Karen at the Human Integrative Physiology Laboratory at Virginia Tech by email: heartlab@vt.edu. 

34. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 2nd posting
Clemson-University doctoral student Younsuk Kong invites you to participate in this research study that examines leisure-time physical activity behavior of graduate students in order to identify factors that influence physical activity behavior. The questionnaire will take approximately 10 minutes to complete: https://qtrial.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6DXcU3PdFlLtQSp. Contact Younsuk Kong at younsuk@clemson.edu with questions.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

GENDER AROUND THE WORLD: REFLECTIONS FROM PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS
Tuesday, Feb 18, 6:30-7:30pm, GLC Room B
Grad students are invited to an interactive returned-Peace-Corps-volunteer panel to hear what volunteers learned about gender issues while serving abroad. Serving in the Peace Corps is a great way to help a community in need, immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, and have the experience of a lifetime. Volunteers also come face to face with many cultural distinctions.  Hosted by Peace Corps Recruiter and returned volunteer Rachael Kennedy (Uzbekistan, ’00-’01) and Peace Corps Ambassador, Cassandra Carver. For more info contact Rachael at kennedy3@vt.edu.

THE ARMSTRONG LIE
Wednesday, Feb 19, 7:00pm, GLC Auditorium
The Gamma Omega chapter of the Phi Beta Delta international honor society will host a screening of this documentary film that chronicles the story of the American former professional cyclist Lance Armstrong. Free and open to the public. Phi Beta Delta supports and promotes diversity through recognizing achievements and activities in international scholarship, teaching, and service by faculty, staff, and students.

IDR DAY 2014
Thursday, Feb 27, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Learn about how to form and work in an interdisciplinary team, explore the importance of interdisciplinary graduate education, and come together with a diverse array of participants to solve real-world problems important to our local and regional area.  Enjoy a poster session and free buffet dinner! Keynote: Dr. Michelle Bennett, NIH, Interdisciplinary Teams and Toolkits. VT speakers: Drs. Peter Vikesland, CEE, IGEP and Ben Knapp, Director of the Center for the Arts and ICAT. Register at www.idrsociety.org. Contact Bahareh Estejab at bestejab@vt.edu for more info.

February 10-16, 2014

1.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career Services walk-in advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling walk-in services: Thursdays and Fridays 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room – year round!
  • Graduate School business hours: M,Tu,Th,F: 8:00am-5:00pm; W: 9:30am-5:00pm
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance: Thursdays 4:30-7:30, Room D (additional hours in the Library)

 2. HOW TO MAKE ENDS MEET
Monday, Feb 10, 5:00pm, GLC Room D
Learn creative ways to live within a meager budget using money-saving strategies specific to the New River Valley. Contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu if you have questions.

3. WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO?
Tuesday, Feb 11, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room D
If you’re a new (or returning) graduate student who has asked yourself this question, the Graduate School wants you to know that you are not alone! Meet fellow graduate students, new and returning, to talk about graduate school as an exciting-but possibly overwhelming-life adventure. There will be pizza! Complete this survey if you plan to attend: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1390838381481

4. WHAT’S GOING ON IN EGYPT?
Tuesday, Feb 11, 2:00-6:00pm, Brush Mountain Room in Squires
Egyptian organization "R4bia" invites you to the exhibition about Egypt. View a collection of photographs, cartoons, videos, newspaper articles, caricatures, and other material telling the story of three years of revolution followed by a military coup. Hear the true story of people generously sacrificing even their lives for freedom of future generations. Refreshments will be served. This event is posted on behalf of doctoral student and R4bia president Abdallah Mahmoud. For more information contact him at abdallah@mena.vt.edu.

5. RESUME 101 FOR INTL STUDENTS
Tuesday, Feb 11, 4:00–5:00pm, Cranwell International Center                             
Learn how to write a resume that highlights your international experience. If you have any questions, please email Katie Steuer at ksteuer@vt.edu or call the Career Services Office at (540) 231-6241.

6. OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING FAIR
Wednesday, Feb 12, 10:00am-4:00pm, Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires
Learn about local housing options, and your rights and responsibilities as a tenant. Giveaways, plus free pizza 11-3. Learn more about the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/635032503219431/.

7. GRADUATION FAIR
Wednesday, Feb 12, 11:30am-7:30pm, Holtzman Alumni Center
Tour the Alumni Center, enjoy free pizza and drinks, and get your graduation supplies: announcements, commencement info, caps and gowns, diploma frames and more. For more information contact Gwen Harrington, gwharrin@vt.edu.

8. LUNCH WITH THE DEAN – registration required
Wednesday, February 12, 12-1pm, GLC Room C
Meet Graduate School Dean Dr. Karen DePauw and several graduate student leaders at a free lunch. Learn about the latest in graduate education and share your perspectives in a casual setting. Sign-up here: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1389213455685

9. BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR OF MOSS CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Wednesday, Feb 12, 1:00-2:00pm, meet at Grand Lobby of Center for the Arts
This is an exclusive opportunity for graduate students to tour the newly opened Moss Center for the Arts here at Virginia Tech. Look behind the scenes and feel the inspiration! Space is limited and the tour is free. Register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1389211704974.

10. ISLAM: WHAT 1.6 BILLION PEOPLE REALLY THINK
Wednesday Feb 12, 1:00-3:00pm, Info Booth A in Squires (across from ABP)
Stop by to ask questions: learn more about Islam, get your free copy of Quran interpretation in English, view Islamic art from different countries, get your name in Arabic, and enjoy tasting Arabian dates. All for free. Contact grad student Haitham at marakeby@vt.edu for more information.

11. CAREER FAIR PREPARATION
Wednesday, Feb 12, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Learn how to present yourself to an employer and what to ask at a job fair. Sponsored by Career Services. Contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu if you have questions.

12. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Feb 13, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
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. Bring your own mug if you can.

13. CAREER FAIR PREP FOR INTL STUDENTS
Thursday, Feb 13, 4:00–5:00pm, Cranwell International Center                             
Learn the basics to be successful at a career fair, including: how to research companies beforehand, what to wear, what to do when you arrive at a career fair, creating an elevator pitch and using it, and how to follow up with companies you meet. If you have any questions, please email Katie Steuer at ksteuer@vt.edu or call the Career Services Office at (540) 231-6241.

14. INTL SPRING SOCIAL: LOVE AROUND THE WORLD – registration required
Friday, Feb 14, 6:00–8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The Cranwell International Center and the Campus Alcohol and Abuse Prevention Center (CAAPC) are partnering to present the annual international spring social with food and drinks from across the globe and an opportunity to interact with others from around the world.  This event requires pre-registration at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C4EADAE2CA13-love and only those who register will be admitted to the event.  For more info contact the Cranwell International Center at international@vt.edu.

15. MEMBERS NEEDED FOR GRAD BOV REP NOMINATION COMMITTEE – 1st posting
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) helps select the three graduate student nominees to recommend to the Board of Visitors for their final selection. The GSA seeks one student from each college as well as one student from a VT satellite campus. These students do not need to be associated with or have any prior involvement with the GSA. If you are interested in helping to select the next Graduate BOV Representative, please send an email to Greg Purdy (gtpurdy@vt.edu), including the name of your college.

16. GSA EXEC BOARD OPENINGS FOR REST OF SPRING – 1st posting
If you are interested in becoming more involved with the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA), two positions within the Executive Board are now open for applications. The GSA is seeking dedicated and passionate individuals to fill the Vice President of Membership and Treasurer positions. Specific duties and responsibilities for these positions can be found in the bylaws at http://www.gsa.graduateschool.vt.edu/about/bylaws. If interested, send an email to Greg Purdy (gtpurdy@vt.edu), along with a one-page cover letter outlining your previous experience and goals for the position. Lastly, elections will be occurring at the February delegate meeting, 2/27/2014, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Room F. Those interested will need to prepare a two-minute speech about why they are interested and what their goals are for the position.

17. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS INVITED – 1st posting
Have you used your research to benefit society in any way? If so, consider applying for the Citizen Scholar award.  If not, consider designing a Citizen Scholar project! Program requirements are described on the CSE website at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/gs/cse/requirements. Applications are due by end of the day on Mar 3, 2014. For more information, email the GA in charge at citizenscholar@gs.vt.edu.

18. NEW GLC LOCKER RENTAL POLICY -1st posting
For the remainder of the SPRING 2014 semester, the GLC’s lockers will be available to rent on a short-term, weekly basis. To rent a locker, see a building manager at the GLC Welcome Center to receive a key. Keys will no longer be left on lockers; instead they are secured by the GLC staff and issued to a student once requested. One locker per person. The maximum time period of reservation is from Monday 7:30am to Saturday 9:00pm, at which time the key must be returned to the Welcome Center. Those who still have keys from the previous semester are asked to turn in the key immediately and empty the locker. Contact GLC welcome center staff with any questions, comments or concerns at glcinfo@vt.edu.

19. LEARN TURKISH AT VT – 1st posting
Experienced teachers are offering Turkish language classes through the Intercultural Understanding Club (ICUC). You don’t need to know any Turkish to start Turkish classes, the ICUC offers courses from elementary to advanced levels. Schedule: An hour class per week and four classes in a month (Days will be selected based on the applications). For registration:  http://www.icuc.org.vt.edu/turkish-class/.

20. ICUC & RUMI FORUM FELLOWSHIP 2014
ICUC in collaboration with Rumi Forum is inviting PhD candidates and those who have recently completed their doctorate in social sciences for a study fellowship that incorporates a trip to Turkey with the mission of exploring social, economic, cultural, security and political issues in Turkey and the wider region during the following dates May 10-18, 2014 and June 14-22, 2014. Please register & find more info on http://www.icuc.org.vt.edu/rumi-forum-fellowship-program-2014/.

21. APPLY NOW FOR BOV GRAD REPRESENTATIVE POSITION  – 3rd posting
Applications for the graduate representative for the Board of Visitors (BOV) are accepted now. Download the application at http://www.dsa.vt.edu/BOV/apply.php. The graduate student representative to the BOV serves as a liaison between graduate students and the board. The position provides a great leadership experience, as well as an opportunity to learn about the university’s governance structure and decision-making process. Please consider the position or encourage deserving peers to apply.  Contact Nick Warrington at nick.warrington@vt.edu with any questions.

22. INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY ACCEPTING APPS NOW – 3rd posting
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society, is accepting applications for membership from Monday, Jan 27 through midnight on Sunday, Feb 17.  IDR was founded at Virginia Tech in 2011 by graduate students promoting interdisciplinary cooperation and research at Virginia Tech and all other colleges and universities. Two levels of membership: full and associate.   Membership application and information about IDR: http://www.idrsociety.org/membership/application/.  Direct all questions to Tammy Parece at tammyep@vt.edu.

23. STUDENT BUILDING MANAGER WAGE POSITION OPEN IN GLC – 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 GLC patrons, including 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. Up to 2 positions to start immediately at a rate of $12/hour. Potential candidates should be able to work at least one of the following open shifts:Thursday, Friday, Saturday – 5:30pm-10-pm, Saturday – 10am-5:30pm. Preference given to those able to work multiple open shifts. Apply online at: https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/45961; click the “Student Centers and Activities ‘VT Graduate Student’ Pool.” Contact Eric Margiotta (Margiotta@vt.edu) with questions.

24. JEAN B. DUERR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – 3rd posting
This is a scholarship for women who plan to attend, or are already enrolled in, an accredited college or university for the entire 2014-2015 academic year. Awards of $2000 will be given to those applicants who best demonstrate academic achievement and community service. – See more at: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/funding/students/duerr.

25. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MENTAL WORKLOAD STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a study to investigate how mental and postural demands affect our overall mental workload.  You’ll be asked to do some simple mental tasks while researchers measure your postural stability, heart rate, and brain activity using EEG. Study participants must be right-handed,  between the ages of 18-30 with no history of low back pain. The study will take 2 hours and you will be compensated $10 per hour of participation.  Participation is voluntary and confidential.  Please contact Ralph at rhcullen@vt.edu or (404) 913-1486.

26. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MUSCULAR IMBALANCE STUDY – 1st posting
Participants needed for a study that assesses muscular imbalances in the neck and shoulder area in patients with postural deficiencies.  Participants must be 18 or older and show postural changes such as: forward head posture, elevated and protracted shoulders, and winging of the scapulae. Common symptoms include:  neck pain, shoulder pain, and cervical headaches. Participants must be free of diseases that prevent physical loading, and should not have had prior surgery involving the cervical or thoracic spine and shoulders. Participants are required to perform muscle strength, muscle endurance, and range of motion exercises. There will be one experimental session which lasts approximately 2 – 3 hours. You will be compensated $10/ hour. For more information please contact Matthias Treff at matreff@vt.edu.

27. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON DRIVING DISTRACTIONS – 1st posting
VT-SCORE (VT Signal Control & Operation Research and Education Systems lab) researchers are conducting a survey to investigate the relationship between transit operator’s driving behavior and on-board transit distractions. The results of the study will be used to improve the safety of transit occupants. The survey will take about 5 minutes to complete. Your participation in this study is completely voluntary and confidential. All participants must be at least 18 years old. Access the survey at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13kOgv4Lm4259Dexu4Rb4zNFzdXhyFEp-KvyC6kaI5Wk/viewform. Contact Nurlayla Arbie at 540-577-1676 or arbien@vt.edu with any questions.

28. GRAD STUDENT BIKE COMMUTING SURVEY – 1st posting
At the last GSA delegate meeting there was a great discussion regarding bike transportation as it pertains to graduate students. Based on this, a survey has been created to get feedback from graduate students regarding increasing bike parking, and whether or not a large bike parking lot is good for the graduate community. Bike commuters, potential bike commuters, and non-bike commuters are urged to give any comments. Please complete the survey by Feb 14 at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1390361722551. Contact Sarah Mazza (mazza@vt.edu) with any other comments or concerns.

29. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR SELF-DRIVING VEHICLE STUDY – 1st posting
VT-SCORES is conducting a study to investigate user behavior during simulated experience of riding inside of self-driving vehicle. The study will take around 30 min, and your participation can contribute to the development of novel self-driving vehicle control technology. Participation is completely voluntary and confidential. Participants will get a first-hand experience dealing with self-driving vehicle technology. You can opt out of the experiment at any time if you experience any minimal risks, or for any other reason. Must be at least 18 years of age. If you are interested in participating or have questions, contact Milos Mladenovic at 540-553-5949 or  at milosm@vt.edu.

30. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS NEEDED REGARDING FUTURE BT BUS ROUTES – 1st posting
As part of the planning for future routes, Blacksburg Transit recently developed a short survey to help identify the transportation needs of Town of Blacksburg residents and students.  The purpose of the route analysis is to improve bus service in the Town of Blacksburg and on the VT campus.  Responses to this survey will help highlight existing deficiencies, identify future opportunities, and ultimately help decision-makers develop an improved transit system. The survey will remain open online until February 12, 2014. Those who complete the survey will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win one of three $25 gift cards. Access the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BTSurvey1. For more information, contact Ken Tucker at ktucker@blacksburg.gov or (540) 443-7100 ext. 2055.

31. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR USER STUDY OF BIOINFORMATICS RESOURCE – 1st posting
Participate in a study to investigate the underlying processes of bioinformatics experiments. The study will take approximately 2 hours and will involve eye-tracking with think-aloud while you perform tasks using a computer. Preferred participants are proficient in the use of bioinformatics resources, are familiar with the process of functionally analyzing a gene sequence.We will compensate participants at a rate of $10 per hour for a maximum of 2 hours, or a maximum of $20 total. The protocols in this study have been approved by the VT IRB (14-055). If you are interested, please contact Jongsoon Park via email babirong@vt.edu or call 540-558-8369.

32. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MANUAL MATERIAL HANDLING STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are needed for a study on manual material handling tasks.  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 18-40.  Participants will be compensated $10/hr.  If interested, please contact Alireza Sedighi at sedighia@vt.edu for further details.

33. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR METABOLISM STUDY – 2nd posting
Volunteers are needed for a study examining how cocoa influences metabolism in individuals with pre-diabetes (high glucose levels). Participants must be: adults between the ages of 40-75; overweight or obese (body mass index 25-40); not currently taking any blood pressure or diabetes medications; non-smokers; without any major medical problems; willing to eat a controlled study diet for 4 weeks; Pregnant women or those who plan to become pregnant or have taken antibiotics in the past 3 months are not eligible for this study. Participants will receive information about glucose and cholesterol levels, body composition, and blood pressure, and may receive up to $300 compensation for their time. If you meet the above requirements and are interested in participating in this research study, please contact Karen at the Human Integrative Physiology Laboratory at Virginia Tech by email: heartlab@vt.edu. 

34. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 2nd posting
Clemson-University doctoral student Younsuk Kong invites you to participate in this research study that examines leisure-time physical activity behavior of graduate students in order to identify factors that influence physical activity behavior. The questionnaire will take approximately 10 minutes to complete: https://qtrial.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6DXcU3PdFlLtQSp. Contact Younsuk Kong at younsuk@clemson.edu with questions.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

GENDER AROUND THE WORLD: REFLECTIONS FROM PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS
Tuesday, Feb 18, 6:30-7:30pm, GLC Room B
Grad students are invited to an interactive returned-Peace-Corps-volunteer panel to hear what volunteers learned about gender issues while serving abroad. Serving in the Peace Corps is a great way to help a community in need, immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, and have the experience of a lifetime. Volunteers also come face to face with many cultural distinctions.  Hosted by Peace Corps Recruiter and returned volunteer Rachael Kennedy (Uzbekistan, ’00-’01) and Peace Corps Ambassador, Cassandra Carver. For more info contact Rachael at kennedy3@vt.edu.

THE ARMSTRONG LIE
Wednesday, Feb 19, 7:00pm, GLC Auditorium
The Gamma Omega chapter of the Phi Beta Delta international honor society will host a screening of this documentary film that chronicles the story of the American former professional cyclist Lance Armstrong. Free and open to the public. Phi Beta Delta supports and promotes diversity through recognizing achievements and activities in international scholarship, teaching, and service by faculty, staff, and students.

IDR DAY 2014
Thursday, Feb 27, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Learn about how to form and work in an interdisciplinary team, explore the importance of interdisciplinary graduate education, and come together with a diverse array of participants to solve real-world problems important to our local and regional area.  Enjoy a poster session and free buffet dinner! Keynote: Dr. Michelle Bennett, NIH, Interdisciplinary Teams and Toolkits. VT speakers: Drs. Peter Vikesland, CEE, IGEP and Ben Knapp, Director of the Center for the Arts and ICAT. Register at www.idrsociety.org. Contact Bahareh Estejab at bestejab@vt.edu for more info.

February 3-9, 2014

1.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career Services walk-in advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling walk-in services: Thursdays and Fridays 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room – year round!
  • Graduate School business hours: M,Tu,Th,F: 8:00am-5:00pm; W: 9:30am-5:00pm
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance: Thursdays 4:30-7:30, Room D (additional hours in the Library)

 2. VT ARAB FEST
Monday-Friday, Feb 3-7, times and locations vary
Celebrate Arab culture through five days of events that include arts and fashion show, coffee night, trivia night, panel discussion and dance. See http://vtarabfest.weebly.com/ for event details, or contact doctoral student Noha ElSherbiny at noha@vt.edu for more information.

3. STARTUP CHATUP @ VT
Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb 4-5. South Lounge in Johnston Student Ctr.
Discuss your entrepreneurial aspirations on campus with Jim Flowers, executive director of VT KnowledgeWorks.  Register for a time slot on February 4 or 5 at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080B4CA4AD28A75-startup1. Free to anyone with a Hokie passport.

4. A CONVERSATION ON RACE: DIVERSITY & UNITY ON CAMPUS
Tuesday, Feb 4, 7:00-8:15pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
What’s your experience of racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity at Virginia Tech? Join fellow graduate students seeking a healthier campus climate through this interactive panel discussion and table dialogue. Dessert will be served! Sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship, http://gcfvt.wordpress.com.

5. POSITIONING YOU FOR SUCCESS WITH MORRIS MORRISON
Tuesday, Feb 4, 7:00pm, Squires Haymarket Theater Motivational speaker and entrepreneur Morris Morrison will share his insights. Free iPad giveaway, reception afterwards. This event is sponsored by BSA and VT SWAGG. For more information contact grad student Tommy Amal, tamal2@vt.edu.

6. WOMEN’S CENTER OPEN HOUSE & ART EXHIBIT
Wednesday, Feb 5, 4:00-6:00pm, 206 Washington Street
Join Women’s Center staff and students as they launch their 20th anniversary celebration. Enjoy conversation, refreshments and the beautiful work of local artist Diane Relf. The Women’s Center supports graduate students through many programs, including kids’ night out, working mom’s support group, dissertation writing work group, and more http://www.womenscenter.vt.edu/Outreach/Support.html.

7. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Feb 6, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
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. Bring your own mug if you can.

8. CROSS-CULTURAL BUSINESS COMMUNICATION
Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room C
A six-week highly participatory course in which students from various cultures meet and discuss the social skills and non-verbal behaviors from their respective cultures. This group is taught by Nico Wood.  Sponsored by the Cranwell International Center. For more information email Karen Howe at khowe@vt.edu.

9. WELCOME SOCIAL
Friday, Feb 7, 4:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Enjoy food, games, and great conversation at this welcome social sponsored by the GLC Fellows. Learn about several graduate student organizations on campus and how you can be involved. Meat and vegetarian food options will be available. Open to all graduate students and their families.

10. CALL FOR POSTER ABSTRACTS FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH DAY – 2nd posting
Submission deadline extended to Wed, Jan 29. Want to present your research to fellow students? Want to practice showcasing your research to a broad audience? Submit an abstract for the IDR Day poster session! All grad and ugrad students are eligible to enter. Prizes will be given. Notification date: Feb 8, 2014. IDR Day: Feb 27(2 poster sessions in the afternoon). For more information and submission guidelines: http://www.idrsociety.org/idr-day-2014/call-for-abstracts/. To submit an abstract, please fill out the form at:  https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1386293281414.

11. APPLY NOW FOR BOV GRAD REPRESENTATIVE POSITION  – 2nd posting Applications for the graduate representative for the Board of Visitors (BOV) are accepted now. Download the application at http://www.dsa.vt.edu/BOV/apply.php. The graduate student representative to the BOV serves as a liaison between graduate students and the board. The position provides a great leadership experience, as well as an opportunity to learn about the university’s governance structure and decision-making process. Please consider the position or encourage deserving peers to apply.  Contact Nick Warrington at nick.warrington@vt.edu with any questions.

12. INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY ACCEPTING APPS NOW – 2nd posting
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society, is accepting applications for membership from Monday, Jan 27 through midnight on Sunday, Feb 17.  IDR was founded at Virginia Tech in 2011 by graduate students promoting interdisciplinary cooperation and research at Virginia Tech and all other colleges and universities. Two levels of membership: full and associate.   Membership application and information about IDR: http://www.idrsociety.org/membership/application/.  Direct all questions to Tammy Parece at tammyep@vt.edu.

13. VT KNOWLEDGEWORKS STUDENT BUSINESS CONCEPT CHALLENGE – 3rd posting
Competition is open to all full-time registered VT students. Average team age must be 27 or less. The competition encourages students to develop their entrepreneurial ideas, enhance understanding of requirements for a successful business venture, and showcase the creativity of students at Virginia Tech. Must register by Feb 14, 2014. Learn more at http://www.vtknowledgeworks.com/echallenge/studentcompetition2014.

14. JEAN B. DUERR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – 2nd posting
This is a scholarship for women who plan to attend, or are already enrolled in, an accredited college or university for the entire 2014-2015 academic year. Awards of $2000 will be given to those applicants who best demonstrate academic achievement and community service. – See more at: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/funding/students/duerr.

15. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MANUAL MATERIAL HANDLING STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a study on manual material handling tasks.  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 18-40.  Participants will be compensated $10/hr.  If interested, please contact Alireza Sedighi at sedighia@vt.edu for further details.

16. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR METABOLISM STUDY – 1st posting
Volunteers are needed for a study examining how cocoa influences metabolism in individuals with pre-diabetes (high glucose levels). Participants must be: adults between the ages of 40-75; overweight or obese (body mass index 25-40); not currently taking any blood pressure or diabetes medications; non-smokers; without any major medical problems; willing to eat a controlled study diet for 4 weeks; Pregnant women or those who plan to become pregnant or have taken antibiotics in the past 3 months are not eligible for this study. Participants will receive information about glucose and cholesterol levels, body composition, and blood pressure, and may receive up to $300 compensation for their time. If you meet the above requirements and are interested in participating in this research study, please contact Karen at the Human Integrative Physiology Laboratory at Virginia Tech by email: heartlab@vt.edu. 

17. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 1st posting
Clemson-University doctoral student Younsuk Kong invites you to participate in this research study that examines leisure-time physical activity behavior of graduate students in order to identify factors that influence physical activity behavior. The questionnaire will take approximately 10 minutes to complete: https://qtrial.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6DXcU3PdFlLtQSp. Contact Younsuk Kong at younsuk@clemson.edu with questions.

18. VT LGBT JOURNAL, THE INTERLOPER, SEEKING WRITERS, EDITORS, STAFF  – 3rd posting
The Interloper’s focus is to provide advocates of the queer community a platform to express their otherwise overlooked opinions and perspectives. With this focus in mind, The Interloper is determined to present progressive content through a queer lens by challenging what is often deemed “socially acceptable.” For the Spring 2014 semester, the journal is looking for progressive, sassy, talented staffers for the following positions: (a) Editorial: features editor, writers (for articles, creative pieces, etc.), copy editors, fact checkers (b) Visuals: art director, photography director, illustrators/artists, photographers. To apply for a position, send 2-3 samples of your writing, photography, and/or art to matthew@vt.edu by Friday, Jan 24. Include a paragraph detailing the position you are applying for and why you think you will be a good fit for The Interloper.

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON MOTHERS AND CHILDREN – 3rd  posting
Are you a mother who sometimes worries or has fears? Do you have a child between 7 and 12 years of age? An ongoing study is investigating how mothers and children interpret situations in their day-to-day lives. The study is being conducted at the Child Study Center at 460 Turner Street, Suite 207, Blacksburg. For more information please contact Kristin Austin at momanxiety@vt.edu or call 540-231-8276. Compensation: $50.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

‘I LOVE BLACK HISTORY MONTH’ SPEED NETWORKING LUNCH
Monday, Feb 10, 12:00-1:00pm, Multipurpose Room All graduate students, faculty, and staff are invited to this luncheon hosted by the Black Graduate Student Organization and the Graduate School. Please RSVP by Thursday, February 6th at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1389381294334

HOW TO MAKE ENDS MEET
Monday, Feb 10, 5:00pm, GLC Room D
Learn creative ways to live within a meager budget using money-saving strategies specific to the New River Valley. Contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu if you have questions.

GRADUATION FAIR
Wednesday, Feb 12, 11:30am-7:30pm,
Holtzman Alumni Center Tour the Alumni Center, enjoy free pizza and drinks, and get your graduation supplies: announcements, commencement info, caps and gowns, diploma frames and more. For more information contact Gwen Harrington, gwharrin@vt.edu.

WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO?
Tuesday, Feb 11, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room D
If you’re a new (or returning) graduate student who has asked yourself this question, the Graduate School wants you to know that you are not alone! Meet fellow graduate students, new and returning, to talk about graduate school as an exciting-but possibly overwhelming-life adventure. There will be pizza! Complete this survey if you plan to attend: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1390838381481

LUNCH WITH THE DEAN – registration required
Wednesday, February 12, 12-1pm, GLC Room C
Meet Graduate School Dean Dr. Karen DePauw and several graduate student leaders at a free lunch. Learn about the latest in graduate education and share your perspectives in a casual setting. Sign-up here: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1389213455685

BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR OF MOSS CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Wednesday, Feb 12, 1:00-2:00pm, meet at Grand Lobby of Center for the Arts
This is an exclusive opportunity for graduate students to tour the newly opened Moss Center for the Arts here at Virginia Tech. Look behind the scenes and feel the inspiration! Space is limited and the tour is free. Register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1389211704974.

CAREER FAIR PREPARATION
Wednesday, Feb 12, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Learn how to present yourself to an employer and what to ask at a job fair. Sponsored by Career Services. Contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu if you have questions.

INTL SPRING SOCIAL: LOVE AROUND THE WORLD – registration required
Friday, Feb 14, 6:00–8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room The Cranwell International Center and the Campus Alcohol and Abuse Prevention Center (CAAPC) are partnering to present the annual international spring social with food and drinks from across the globe and an opportunity to interact with others from around the world.  This event requires pre-registration at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C4EADAE2CA13-love and only those who register will be admitted to the event.  For more info contact the Cranwell International Center at international@vt.edu.

February 3-9, 2014

1.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career Services walk-in advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling walk-in services: Thursdays and Fridays 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room – year round!
  • Graduate School business hours: M,Tu,Th,F: 8:00am-5:00pm; W: 9:30am-5:00pm
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance: Thursdays 4:30-7:30, Room D (additional hours in the Library)

 2. VT ARAB FEST
Monday-Friday, Feb 3-7, times and locations vary
Celebrate Arab culture through five days of events that include arts and fashion show, coffee night, trivia night, panel discussion and dance. See http://vtarabfest.weebly.com/ for event details, or contact doctoral student Noha ElSherbiny at noha@vt.edu for more information.

3. STARTUP CHATUP @ VT
Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb 4-5. South Lounge in Johnston Student Ctr.
Discuss your entrepreneurial aspirations on campus with Jim Flowers, executive director of VT KnowledgeWorks.  Register for a time slot on February 4 or 5 at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080B4CA4AD28A75-startup1. Free to anyone with a Hokie passport.

4. A CONVERSATION ON RACE: DIVERSITY & UNITY ON CAMPUS
Tuesday, Feb 4, 7:00-8:15pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
What’s your experience of racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity at Virginia Tech? Join fellow graduate students seeking a healthier campus climate through this interactive panel discussion and table dialogue. Dessert will be served! Sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship, http://gcfvt.wordpress.com.

5. POSITIONING YOU FOR SUCCESS WITH MORRIS MORRISON
Tuesday, Feb 4, 7:00pm, Squires Haymarket Theater Motivational speaker and entrepreneur Morris Morrison will share his insights. Free iPad giveaway, reception afterwards. This event is sponsored by BSA and VT SWAGG. For more information contact grad student Tommy Amal, tamal2@vt.edu.

6. WOMEN’S CENTER OPEN HOUSE & ART EXHIBIT
Wednesday, Feb 5, 4:00-6:00pm, 206 Washington Street
Join Women’s Center staff and students as they launch their 20th anniversary celebration. Enjoy conversation, refreshments and the beautiful work of local artist Diane Relf. The Women’s Center supports graduate students through many programs, including kids’ night out, working mom’s support group, dissertation writing work group, and more http://www.womenscenter.vt.edu/Outreach/Support.html.

7. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Feb 6, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
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. Bring your own mug if you can.

8. CROSS-CULTURAL BUSINESS COMMUNICATION
Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room C
A six-week highly participatory course in which students from various cultures meet and discuss the social skills and non-verbal behaviors from their respective cultures. This group is taught by Nico Wood.  Sponsored by the Cranwell International Center. For more information email Karen Howe at khowe@vt.edu.

9. WELCOME SOCIAL
Friday, Feb 7, 4:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Enjoy food, games, and great conversation at this welcome social sponsored by the GLC Fellows. Learn about several graduate student organizations on campus and how you can be involved. Meat and vegetarian food options will be available. Open to all graduate students and their families.

10. CALL FOR POSTER ABSTRACTS FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH DAY – 2nd posting
Submission deadline extended to Wed, Jan 29. Want to present your research to fellow students? Want to practice showcasing your research to a broad audience? Submit an abstract for the IDR Day poster session! All grad and ugrad students are eligible to enter. Prizes will be given. Notification date: Feb 8, 2014. IDR Day: Feb 27(2 poster sessions in the afternoon). For more information and submission guidelines: http://www.idrsociety.org/idr-day-2014/call-for-abstracts/. To submit an abstract, please fill out the form at:  https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1386293281414.

11. APPLY NOW FOR BOV GRAD REPRESENTATIVE POSITION  – 2nd posting Applications for the graduate representative for the Board of Visitors (BOV) are accepted now. Download the application at http://www.dsa.vt.edu/BOV/apply.php. The graduate student representative to the BOV serves as a liaison between graduate students and the board. The position provides a great leadership experience, as well as an opportunity to learn about the university’s governance structure and decision-making process. Please consider the position or encourage deserving peers to apply.  Contact Nick Warrington at nick.warrington@vt.edu with any questions.

12. INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY ACCEPTING APPS NOW – 2nd posting
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society, is accepting applications for membership from Monday, Jan 27 through midnight on Sunday, Feb 17.  IDR was founded at Virginia Tech in 2011 by graduate students promoting interdisciplinary cooperation and research at Virginia Tech and all other colleges and universities. Two levels of membership: full and associate.   Membership application and information about IDR: http://www.idrsociety.org/membership/application/.  Direct all questions to Tammy Parece at tammyep@vt.edu.

13. VT KNOWLEDGEWORKS STUDENT BUSINESS CONCEPT CHALLENGE – 3rd posting
Competition is open to all full-time registered VT students. Average team age must be 27 or less. The competition encourages students to develop their entrepreneurial ideas, enhance understanding of requirements for a successful business venture, and showcase the creativity of students at Virginia Tech. Must register by Feb 14, 2014. Learn more at http://www.vtknowledgeworks.com/echallenge/studentcompetition2014.

14. JEAN B. DUERR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – 2nd posting
This is a scholarship for women who plan to attend, or are already enrolled in, an accredited college or university for the entire 2014-2015 academic year. Awards of $2000 will be given to those applicants who best demonstrate academic achievement and community service. – See more at: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/funding/students/duerr.

15. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MANUAL MATERIAL HANDLING STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a study on manual material handling tasks.  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 18-40.  Participants will be compensated $10/hr.  If interested, please contact Alireza Sedighi at sedighia@vt.edu for further details.

16. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR METABOLISM STUDY – 1st posting
Volunteers are needed for a study examining how cocoa influences metabolism in individuals with pre-diabetes (high glucose levels). Participants must be: adults between the ages of 40-75; overweight or obese (body mass index 25-40); not currently taking any blood pressure or diabetes medications; non-smokers; without any major medical problems; willing to eat a controlled study diet for 4 weeks; Pregnant women or those who plan to become pregnant or have taken antibiotics in the past 3 months are not eligible for this study. Participants will receive information about glucose and cholesterol levels, body composition, and blood pressure, and may receive up to $300 compensation for their time. If you meet the above requirements and are interested in participating in this research study, please contact Karen at the Human Integrative Physiology Laboratory at Virginia Tech by email: heartlab@vt.edu. 

17. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 1st posting
Clemson-University doctoral student Younsuk Kong invites you to participate in this research study that examines leisure-time physical activity behavior of graduate students in order to identify factors that influence physical activity behavior. The questionnaire will take approximately 10 minutes to complete: https://qtrial.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6DXcU3PdFlLtQSp. Contact Younsuk Kong at younsuk@clemson.edu with questions.

18. VT LGBT JOURNAL, THE INTERLOPER, SEEKING WRITERS, EDITORS, STAFF  – 3rd posting
The Interloper’s focus is to provide advocates of the queer community a platform to express their otherwise overlooked opinions and perspectives. With this focus in mind, The Interloper is determined to present progressive content through a queer lens by challenging what is often deemed “socially acceptable.” For the Spring 2014 semester, the journal is looking for progressive, sassy, talented staffers for the following positions: (a) Editorial: features editor, writers (for articles, creative pieces, etc.), copy editors, fact checkers (b) Visuals: art director, photography director, illustrators/artists, photographers. To apply for a position, send 2-3 samples of your writing, photography, and/or art to matthew@vt.edu by Friday, Jan 24. Include a paragraph detailing the position you are applying for and why you think you will be a good fit for The Interloper.

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON MOTHERS AND CHILDREN – 3rd  posting
Are you a mother who sometimes worries or has fears? Do you have a child between 7 and 12 years of age? An ongoing study is investigating how mothers and children interpret situations in their day-to-day lives. The study is being conducted at the Child Study Center at 460 Turner Street, Suite 207, Blacksburg. For more information please contact Kristin Austin at momanxiety@vt.edu or call 540-231-8276. Compensation: $50.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

‘I LOVE BLACK HISTORY MONTH’ SPEED NETWORKING LUNCH
Monday, Feb 10, 12:00-1:00pm, Multipurpose Room All graduate students, faculty, and staff are invited to this luncheon hosted by the Black Graduate Student Organization and the Graduate School. Please RSVP by Thursday, February 6th at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1389381294334

HOW TO MAKE ENDS MEET
Monday, Feb 10, 5:00pm, GLC Room D
Learn creative ways to live within a meager budget using money-saving strategies specific to the New River Valley. Contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu if you have questions.

GRADUATION FAIR
Wednesday, Feb 12, 11:30am-7:30pm,
Holtzman Alumni Center Tour the Alumni Center, enjoy free pizza and drinks, and get your graduation supplies: announcements, commencement info, caps and gowns, diploma frames and more. For more information contact Gwen Harrington, gwharrin@vt.edu.

WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO?
Tuesday, Feb 11, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room D
If you’re a new (or returning) graduate student who has asked yourself this question, the Graduate School wants you to know that you are not alone! Meet fellow graduate students, new and returning, to talk about graduate school as an exciting-but possibly overwhelming-life adventure. There will be pizza! Complete this survey if you plan to attend: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1390838381481

LUNCH WITH THE DEAN – registration required
Wednesday, February 12, 12-1pm, GLC Room C
Meet Graduate School Dean Dr. Karen DePauw and several graduate student leaders at a free lunch. Learn about the latest in graduate education and share your perspectives in a casual setting. Sign-up here: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1389213455685

BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR OF MOSS CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Wednesday, Feb 12, 1:00-2:00pm, meet at Grand Lobby of Center for the Arts
This is an exclusive opportunity for graduate students to tour the newly opened Moss Center for the Arts here at Virginia Tech. Look behind the scenes and feel the inspiration! Space is limited and the tour is free. Register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1389211704974.

CAREER FAIR PREPARATION
Wednesday, Feb 12, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Learn how to present yourself to an employer and what to ask at a job fair. Sponsored by Career Services. Contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu if you have questions.

INTL SPRING SOCIAL: LOVE AROUND THE WORLD – registration required
Friday, Feb 14, 6:00–8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room The Cranwell International Center and the Campus Alcohol and Abuse Prevention Center (CAAPC) are partnering to present the annual international spring social with food and drinks from across the globe and an opportunity to interact with others from around the world.  This event requires pre-registration at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C4EADAE2CA13-love and only those who register will be admitted to the event.  For more info contact the Cranwell International Center at international@vt.edu.