March 30 – April 5, 2015

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career Services advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC lobby
  • Cook Counseling: Thursdays and Fridays 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room 
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 10:00am-12:00pm, Room A
  • Writing assistance: Thursdays starting Jan 29 5:00-8:00pm, Room A

2. BUILDING A PROFESSIONAL CAREER WITH PURPOSE: HOW TO MAINTAIN ACADEMIC TIES WHILE WORKING IN INDUSTRY (Part II)
Monday, Mar 30, 12:00-1:15pm, GLC Room C
Meet over lunch with graduate alumna Dr. Martha Gross (PhD/CE, MBA ’11) and learn about her journey through graduate school and into the first couple of years of her highly successful career as a senior consultant at Arup. Through anecdotes, case studies and a Q & A with the audience, explore how to maintain ties to academia while working in industry. Register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1425912522456. Free lunch will be served.

3. INTERNATIONAL LGBTQ SAFE ZONE
Tuesday, Mar 31, 3:00-5:00pm, GLC Room D
The international LGBTQ community is complex and nuanced.  Join MPS in this interactive session to learn more about the unique concerns and issues of queer international people, as well as considerations for queer Americans abroad.  Topics will include same-sexed marriage and adoption for international individuals, the coming out process across cultures, intercultural competence, and terminology. Facilitated by Hoa Nguyen.  Register at: https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/organization/mps/calendar/details/613525. 

4. FREE ANXIETY AND OCD SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesday, Mar 31, 7:00pm, GLC Meeting Room D
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 at the Graduate Life Center in Meeting Room D 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 http://www.psyc.vt.edu/outreach/psc, or email Kelsey Banes at ajsmith1@vt.edu.

5. VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR
Wednesday-Thursday, Apr 1-2
SEC & ACC Schools work together to bring you this great opportunity. Meet employers online! More details and registration available at https://www.careereco.com/events/secacc. This message is posted on behalf of VT Career Services.

6. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Apr 2, 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.

7. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM BANQUET AND KEYNOTE
Thursday, Apr 2, 5:30pm, The Inn Ballroom
The Keynote will feature Dr. Stuart Firestein (https://aaehq.com/people/stuart-firestein <https://aaehq.com/people/stuart-firestein> ). Light hors d’oeuvres will be served on a first come, first served basis. Register for this event at http://goo.gl/forms/gQGhUlQWrL. Questions? Email gsa.symposium.2015@gmail.com.

8. THE SOCIAL PORTFOLIOS OF WOMEN AND MINORITIES
Friday, Apr 3, 2:00pm, 100 Hancock Hall
Dr. Beasley from the University of Connecticut has conducted research on the question of diversity in STEM fields and will be presenting her findings and recommendations. Her talk will be followed by a panel discussion with science and engineering faculty members. This event is sponsored by the Colleges of Engineering and Science, but all students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend. Posted on behalf of master’s student Kirsten Davis, daviska@vt.edu.

9. GSA SPRING WINE AND BEER SOCIAL
Friday, Apr 3, 5:00-9:00pm, University Club
The GSA invites you to its spring wine and beer social for an evening of fun and socializing with fellow students. An assortment of beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Must be 21+ with a valid state ID to consume alcohol. General admission is $10 and delegates will be admitted for $5. Non-drinking guests are welcome for $2. Contact Samantha Erwin at sherwin@vt.edu with questions or if you are interested in volunteering for the event.

10. THE BURIAL AT THEBES
Friday, Saturday and Monday, Apr 3, 4, and 6, 7:30pm in Theater 101
Theater arts graduate student Naphtali Fields invites you to see The Burial at Thebes, a play written by Seamus Heaney and directed by Naphtali. The play is an adaptation of the classic tragedy Antigone and the agency of an individual’s conviction vs. the authority of the state.  Tickets are free but donations of non-perishable food items for the Blacksburg Food Pantry are gratefully accepted. Please reserve your tickets at www.VTBurialatThebes.eventbrite.com.

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

12. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR INTERNATIONAL STREET FAIR – 1st posting
The Council of International Student Organizations is looking for performers for this year’s international street fair. If you you would like to perform, please complete the form the online form by Apr 10, 5:00pm at: http://goo.gl/pI3Pe9. For more information contact us at international@vt.edu.

13. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR AEL GRAD HONOR SOCIETY – 2nd posting
Alpha Epsilon Lambda national graduate honor society at VT is calling for applications for Spring 2015. Faculty, staff and colleagues are encouraged to nominate graduate students who have shown dedication to serving their graduate community. The requirements are: (1) completion of at least 12 grad level credits (2) good academic standing in the department (i.e. GPA (3.3 and above), or a letter by a committee member, or research publication record. Applications are due by April 27th and please visit the AEL website for more information or contact us at mka3@vt.edu.

14. GSA RESEARCH FUNDING CYCLE OPEN – 3rd posting
Do you have an awesome research idea that deserves funding?  Apply to the GSA’s Graduate Research Development Program! The GRDP provides monetary support for graduate student research twice each academic year. Applications for the spring cycle are accepted Mar 23-Apr 3, with winners announced in early May. Get more information and apply online through the GSA website: https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-development-program/. Email hglane07@vt.edu with "GRDP" in the subject line with any questions.

15. ASSISTANTSHIP OPENING IN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE INSTITUTE – 2nd posting
The Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute is looking for a Graduate Assistant in Student Services to begin in August 2015.  The GA will work with students in the Intensive English Program and assist with student programming and events.  For full position description, or to apply, email Sondra Schreiber at sondra3@vt.edu by Apr 3.

16. GRAD ASSISTANT AND REFERENCE LIBRARY ASSISTANT POSITION OPENINGS – 2nd posting
Applications are now being accepted for Graduate Assistant and Reference Library Assistance positions for the 2015-16 academic year. Apply by 5:00pm Friday, Apr 24. Learn about the positions at http://www.lib.vt.edu/libnews/2015/2015-04-24.html.

17. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MILK-TASTING STUDY – 1st posting
Can you identify different samples? If you participated in the milk study in the last round, you cannot come to that same day again. Last round’s schedule was Day 1 3/18; Day 2 3/19; Day 3 3/20; Day 4, 3/23; Day 5, 3/25; Day 6, 3/26. For example, if you came to Day 1 and 2 of panels you cannot come to our panels on April 1 and 2, but are free to come the remainder of the panel days.

  • Day 1:  Wednesday 4/1, 2 pm- 5:30 pm
  • Day 2:  Thursday 4/2, 2 pm- 5:30 pm
  • Day 3:  Friday 4/3, 10 am- 4:00pm
  • Day 4:  Monday 4/6, 10 am- 4:00 pm
  • Day 5:  Wednesday 4/8, 10 am- 4:00 pm
  • Day 6:  April 9, 10 am- 4:00 pm

HABB1 Building, Rm 205 (corner of Duck Pond Dr. and Washington, St. MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/sIsyn) Each tasting lasts about 15 minutes. With questions contact Kemia Amin at kamin2@vt.edu.

18. FIRST-GENERATION GRAD STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR SURVEY – 1st posting
If you identify as first generation and Appalachian, you are invited to complete a survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9ERHMcTK5R4gISN. "First generation" means you are the first person in your family to attend college. "Appalachian" means that you or your parents graduated from a high school in the region as defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission. If you are from outside of the ARCs definition but identify as an Appalachian person, you may complete the survey. This survey is confidential and voluntary and should take about ten minutes. Results may be published. For more information contact diversity scholar Jordan Laney at jlaney@vt.edu.

19. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 1st posting
Participants are sought for a survey on user behavior related to mirror usage and seeking feedback on appearance from others. The results of the survey will be used to guide a project for Usability Engineering. http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2073715/SmartMirrors. Please contact Shiwani Dewal at shiwanid@vt.edu with questions.

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR INFO SCRAPS MANAGEMENT RESEARCH – 2nd posting
Will Ellis, master’s student in Human Computer Interaction in computer science invites you to participate in an IRB-approved research study about “information scraps,” the small pieces of information you take down to help you complete a task or remember something. The study consists of a 10-15 minute online questionnaire regarding your information scrap tools and habits. If you are interested, complete the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cRY8c8P64K3YRsF. At the end of the questionnaire, you may be invited to participate in an optional follow-up study held at a later time. Feel free to forward this survey to your friends. Contact researchers Will Ellis at wiellis@vt.edu  or Dr. Manuel A. Pérez-Quiñones at perez@cs.vt.edu with questions.

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR NATION-WIDE ETD STUDY – 2nd posting
Participate in this survey to help researchers better understand how graduate students create, manage, and share materials that extend beyond the texts of their theses or dissertations. Virginia Tech is part of a nationwide ETDplus (http://educopia.org/etd) project in collaboration with the Educopia Institute and U of North Texas, Purdue University, U of North Carolina, U of Louisville, Carnegie Mellon, UT Knoxville, Oregon State U, Penn State, Morehouse School of Medicine Libraries, and Indiana State U. Your participation is voluntary; all responses are confidential. Although you may not benefit personally from participation in this study, the ETDplus project is creating tools, workshops, and documentation to better prepare universities to manage theses and dissertations and their supplementary materials. The questionnaire will take about 15-20 minutes to complete: Take the survey <https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WRZ35H6>. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this project, contact Gail McMillan at gailmac@vt.edu or (540) 231-9252.

22. FOOD SAFETY SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 2nd posting
Participants will be asked a few questions regarding their perceptions about food safety, and their thoughts on a health inspection grading system. Must be 18 years or older, and have eaten in at least one restaurant in Montgomery County, VA in the past year. The survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. To take the survey, go to http://tinyurl.com/foodsafety15. For more information, contact Connor Bryant, master’s student in public health, cabryant@vt.edu.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MUSCLE FATIGUE STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are sought for an IRB-approved dissertation research study about the effects of different physical demands on muscle fatigue. Participants will perform a set of tasks, requiring forceful exertions of the hand, forearm, and/or upper arm.  Muscular strength will be measured by voluntary contraction and electrical stimulation of muscles.  Other measures will be related to performance and muscle fatigue by monitoring the muscle activity using EMG electrodes. Experiments will be conducted in the Safety Engineering Laboratory in the ISE department of VT. The complete experiment involves up to 7 experimental sessions, each requiring about 4 hours. You will be paid $10/hour for your participation and a $10 bonus after completing all sessions.  Your participation is voluntary and confidential. Must be 18-30; male or female; no current or recent history of a physical disorder affecting the hand/arm; exercise on a regular basis (2-3 times/wk). Contact Ehsan Rashedi at rashedi@vt.edu, (540) 629-0297) with any questions or if interested in participating.

24. UPCOMING EVENTS:

ISLAMIC WORLD FESTIVAL AT VT
Monday-Saturday, Apr 6-11, various times and locations
The VT Center for the Arts presents hip-hop musician Omar Offendum, comedians Maz Jobrani and Maysoon Zayid, and world-class musicians Kayhan Kalhor and Brooklyn Rider, among many other diverse events. Expect food, fashion, photography, fun, and unforgettable conversations in this celebration of arts and culture! The Islamic Worlds Festival aims to promote understanding about Muslim societies in their diverse political, social, religious, historical, and cultural contexts; cultivate civility; and celebrate the cultural traditions practiced in Muslim societies. To program this multi-day series of performances, lectures, and events, numerous cultural student groups shared their ideas and a committed team of VT students, faculty, and community members met for over a year to design this week of bridge building experiences. For a full list of events visit: https://www.artscenter.vt.edu/Online/islamicworlds.

JEWISH MONTH CONNECT LUNCHEON
Tuesday, Apr 7, 11:00-1:00pm, GLC Room F
All students, faculty, and staff are invited to this luncheon hosted by the Graduate School and the Jewish Student Union. During the luncheon there will be a short presentation about the Jewish Cultural Month followed by an interactive conversation with members of the Jewish Student Union. Lunch is provided! Please register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8YVGGBG. Contact Nayesdi Badillo-Delgado with questions at Nayesdi@vt.edu.

SHORT STAT COURSE FOR GRADS: T-TESTS & ANOVA
Tuesday, Apr 7, 4:00-6:00pm, 1080 Torgersen Hall
When one is interested in the difference between means of strictly two groups, the most common statistical procedure in this situation is known as the t-test. When there are two or more groups the typical approach is to employ the analysis of variance (ANOVA). Taught by Kris Patton, this course will review the concepts behind two-sample and paired t tests and one and two-way ANOVA models. Attendees will learn the basic motivation and assumptions of each method.  Hypothesis tests, confidence intervals, and measures of effect size will also be described for each approach. See http://www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more.

VBI RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
Thursday, Apr 9
Save the date!  Graduate students are invited to attend the VBI Research Symposium 2015. Registration required at https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/22207-Virginia-Bioinformatics-Institute-At-Virginia-Tech. For more information, visit http://www.vbi.vt.edu/research-symposium/2015.

SHORT STATS COURSES FOR GRADS – SPRING 2015 SCHEDULE
LISA (Virginia Tech’s 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. Registration is required, but all courses are free. Spring 2015 Schedule:

  • Tuesday, Apr 7: T-tests & ANOVA;
  • Tuesday, Apr 14: Solutions for Broken Linear Models;
  • Tuesday, Apr 21: Generalized Linear Models (GLMs) & Categorical Data Analysis (CDA);

Visit the LISA website at http://www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for more information about these courses and to register.

SPRING 30-AND-OVER SOCIAL
Thursday, Apr 16, 6:00-8:00pm, University Club
The Graduate School will host a spring social for the 30-and-over group. Food and adult beverages will be available. Please register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1426175364088 if you plan to attend. Childcare is also available for this event; contact Jessie Meltsner at the Women’s Center, jmelts@vt.edu  or 231-7806 if you want to confirm childcare.

March 30 – April 5, 2015

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career Services advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC lobby
  • Cook Counseling: Thursdays and Fridays 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room 
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 10:00am-12:00pm, Room A
  • Writing assistance: Thursdays starting Jan 29 5:00-8:00pm, Room A

2. BUILDING A PROFESSIONAL CAREER WITH PURPOSE: HOW TO MAINTAIN ACADEMIC TIES WHILE WORKING IN INDUSTRY (Part II)
Monday, Mar 30, 12:00-1:15pm, GLC Room C
Meet over lunch with graduate alumna Dr. Martha Gross (PhD/CE, MBA ’11) and learn about her journey through graduate school and into the first couple of years of her highly successful career as a senior consultant at Arup. Through anecdotes, case studies and a Q & A with the audience, explore how to maintain ties to academia while working in industry. Register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1425912522456. Free lunch will be served.

3. INTERNATIONAL LGBTQ SAFE ZONE
Tuesday, Mar 31, 3:00-5:00pm, GLC Room D
The international LGBTQ community is complex and nuanced.  Join MPS in this interactive session to learn more about the unique concerns and issues of queer international people, as well as considerations for queer Americans abroad.  Topics will include same-sexed marriage and adoption for international individuals, the coming out process across cultures, intercultural competence, and terminology. Facilitated by Hoa Nguyen.  Register at: https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/organization/mps/calendar/details/613525. 

4. FREE ANXIETY AND OCD SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesday, Mar 31, 7:00pm, GLC Meeting Room D
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 at the Graduate Life Center in Meeting Room D 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 http://www.psyc.vt.edu/outreach/psc, or email Kelsey Banes at ajsmith1@vt.edu.

5. VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR
Wednesday-Thursday, Apr 1-2
SEC & ACC Schools work together to bring you this great opportunity. Meet employers online! More details and registration available at https://www.careereco.com/events/secacc. This message is posted on behalf of VT Career Services.

6. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Apr 2, 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.

7. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM BANQUET AND KEYNOTE
Thursday, Apr 2, 5:30pm, The Inn Ballroom
The Keynote will feature Dr. Stuart Firestein (https://aaehq.com/people/stuart-firestein <https://aaehq.com/people/stuart-firestein> ). Light hors d’oeuvres will be served on a first come, first served basis. Register for this event at http://goo.gl/forms/gQGhUlQWrL. Questions? Email gsa.symposium.2015@gmail.com.

8. THE SOCIAL PORTFOLIOS OF WOMEN AND MINORITIES
Friday, Apr 3, 2:00pm, 100 Hancock Hall
Dr. Beasley from the University of Connecticut has conducted research on the question of diversity in STEM fields and will be presenting her findings and recommendations. Her talk will be followed by a panel discussion with science and engineering faculty members. This event is sponsored by the Colleges of Engineering and Science, but all students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend. Posted on behalf of master’s student Kirsten Davis, daviska@vt.edu.

9. GSA SPRING WINE AND BEER SOCIAL
Friday, Apr 3, 5:00-9:00pm, University Club
The GSA invites you to its spring wine and beer social for an evening of fun and socializing with fellow students. An assortment of beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Must be 21+ with a valid state ID to consume alcohol. General admission is $10 and delegates will be admitted for $5. Non-drinking guests are welcome for $2. Contact Samantha Erwin at sherwin@vt.edu with questions or if you are interested in volunteering for the event.

10. THE BURIAL AT THEBES
Friday, Saturday and Monday, Apr 3, 4, and 6, 7:30pm in Theater 101
Theater arts graduate student Naphtali Fields invites you to see The Burial at Thebes, a play written by Seamus Heaney and directed by Naphtali. The play is an adaptation of the classic tragedy Antigone and the agency of an individual’s conviction vs. the authority of the state.  Tickets are free but donations of non-perishable food items for the Blacksburg Food Pantry are gratefully accepted. Please reserve your tickets at www.VTBurialatThebes.eventbrite.com.

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

12. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR INTERNATIONAL STREET FAIR – 1st posting
The Council of International Student Organizations is looking for performers for this year’s international street fair. If you you would like to perform, please complete the form the online form by Apr 10, 5:00pm at: http://goo.gl/pI3Pe9. For more information contact us at international@vt.edu.

13. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR AEL GRAD HONOR SOCIETY – 2nd posting
Alpha Epsilon Lambda national graduate honor society at VT is calling for applications for Spring 2015. Faculty, staff and colleagues are encouraged to nominate graduate students who have shown dedication to serving their graduate community. The requirements are: (1) completion of at least 12 grad level credits (2) good academic standing in the department (i.e. GPA (3.3 and above), or a letter by a committee member, or research publication record. Applications are due by April 27th and please visit the AEL website for more information or contact us at mka3@vt.edu.

14. GSA RESEARCH FUNDING CYCLE OPEN – 3rd posting
Do you have an awesome research idea that deserves funding?  Apply to the GSA’s Graduate Research Development Program! The GRDP provides monetary support for graduate student research twice each academic year. Applications for the spring cycle are accepted Mar 23-Apr 3, with winners announced in early May. Get more information and apply online through the GSA website: https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-development-program/. Email hglane07@vt.edu with "GRDP" in the subject line with any questions.

15. ASSISTANTSHIP OPENING IN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE INSTITUTE – 2nd posting
The Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute is looking for a Graduate Assistant in Student Services to begin in August 2015.  The GA will work with students in the Intensive English Program and assist with student programming and events.  For full position description, or to apply, email Sondra Schreiber at sondra3@vt.edu by Apr 3.

16. GRAD ASSISTANT AND REFERENCE LIBRARY ASSISTANT POSITION OPENINGS – 2nd posting
Applications are now being accepted for Graduate Assistant and Reference Library Assistance positions for the 2015-16 academic year. Apply by 5:00pm Friday, Apr 24. Learn about the positions at http://www.lib.vt.edu/libnews/2015/2015-04-24.html.

17. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MILK-TASTING STUDY – 1st posting
Can you identify different samples? If you participated in the milk study in the last round, you cannot come to that same day again. Last round’s schedule was Day 1 3/18; Day 2 3/19; Day 3 3/20; Day 4, 3/23; Day 5, 3/25; Day 6, 3/26. For example, if you came to Day 1 and 2 of panels you cannot come to our panels on April 1 and 2, but are free to come the remainder of the panel days.

  • Day 1:  Wednesday 4/1, 2 pm- 5:30 pm
  • Day 2:  Thursday 4/2, 2 pm- 5:30 pm
  • Day 3:  Friday 4/3, 10 am- 4:00pm
  • Day 4:  Monday 4/6, 10 am- 4:00 pm
  • Day 5:  Wednesday 4/8, 10 am- 4:00 pm
  • Day 6:  April 9, 10 am- 4:00 pm

HABB1 Building, Rm 205 (corner of Duck Pond Dr. and Washington, St. MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/sIsyn) Each tasting lasts about 15 minutes. With questions contact Kemia Amin at kamin2@vt.edu.

18. FIRST-GENERATION GRAD STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR SURVEY – 1st posting
If you identify as first generation and Appalachian, you are invited to complete a survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9ERHMcTK5R4gISN. "First generation" means you are the first person in your family to attend college. "Appalachian" means that you or your parents graduated from a high school in the region as defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission. If you are from outside of the ARCs definition but identify as an Appalachian person, you may complete the survey. This survey is confidential and voluntary and should take about ten minutes. Results may be published. For more information contact diversity scholar Jordan Laney at jlaney@vt.edu.

19. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 1st posting
Participants are sought for a survey on user behavior related to mirror usage and seeking feedback on appearance from others. The results of the survey will be used to guide a project for Usability Engineering. http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2073715/SmartMirrors. Please contact Shiwani Dewal at shiwanid@vt.edu with questions.

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR INFO SCRAPS MANAGEMENT RESEARCH – 2nd posting
Will Ellis, master’s student in Human Computer Interaction in computer science invites you to participate in an IRB-approved research study about “information scraps,” the small pieces of information you take down to help you complete a task or remember something. The study consists of a 10-15 minute online questionnaire regarding your information scrap tools and habits. If you are interested, complete the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cRY8c8P64K3YRsF. At the end of the questionnaire, you may be invited to participate in an optional follow-up study held at a later time. Feel free to forward this survey to your friends. Contact researchers Will Ellis at wiellis@vt.edu  or Dr. Manuel A. Pérez-Quiñones at perez@cs.vt.edu with questions.

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR NATION-WIDE ETD STUDY – 2nd posting
Participate in this survey to help researchers better understand how graduate students create, manage, and share materials that extend beyond the texts of their theses or dissertations. Virginia Tech is part of a nationwide ETDplus (http://educopia.org/etd) project in collaboration with the Educopia Institute and U of North Texas, Purdue University, U of North Carolina, U of Louisville, Carnegie Mellon, UT Knoxville, Oregon State U, Penn State, Morehouse School of Medicine Libraries, and Indiana State U. Your participation is voluntary; all responses are confidential. Although you may not benefit personally from participation in this study, the ETDplus project is creating tools, workshops, and documentation to better prepare universities to manage theses and dissertations and their supplementary materials. The questionnaire will take about 15-20 minutes to complete: Take the survey <https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WRZ35H6>. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this project, contact Gail McMillan at gailmac@vt.edu or (540) 231-9252.

22. FOOD SAFETY SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 2nd posting
Participants will be asked a few questions regarding their perceptions about food safety, and their thoughts on a health inspection grading system. Must be 18 years or older, and have eaten in at least one restaurant in Montgomery County, VA in the past year. The survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. To take the survey, go to http://tinyurl.com/foodsafety15. For more information, contact Connor Bryant, master’s student in public health, cabryant@vt.edu.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MUSCLE FATIGUE STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are sought for an IRB-approved dissertation research study about the effects of different physical demands on muscle fatigue. Participants will perform a set of tasks, requiring forceful exertions of the hand, forearm, and/or upper arm.  Muscular strength will be measured by voluntary contraction and electrical stimulation of muscles.  Other measures will be related to performance and muscle fatigue by monitoring the muscle activity using EMG electrodes. Experiments will be conducted in the Safety Engineering Laboratory in the ISE department of VT. The complete experiment involves up to 7 experimental sessions, each requiring about 4 hours. You will be paid $10/hour for your participation and a $10 bonus after completing all sessions.  Your participation is voluntary and confidential. Must be 18-30; male or female; no current or recent history of a physical disorder affecting the hand/arm; exercise on a regular basis (2-3 times/wk). Contact Ehsan Rashedi at rashedi@vt.edu, (540) 629-0297) with any questions or if interested in participating.

24. UPCOMING EVENTS:

ISLAMIC WORLD FESTIVAL AT VT
Monday-Saturday, Apr 6-11, various times and locations
The VT Center for the Arts presents hip-hop musician Omar Offendum, comedians Maz Jobrani and Maysoon Zayid, and world-class musicians Kayhan Kalhor and Brooklyn Rider, among many other diverse events. Expect food, fashion, photography, fun, and unforgettable conversations in this celebration of arts and culture! The Islamic Worlds Festival aims to promote understanding about Muslim societies in their diverse political, social, religious, historical, and cultural contexts; cultivate civility; and celebrate the cultural traditions practiced in Muslim societies. To program this multi-day series of performances, lectures, and events, numerous cultural student groups shared their ideas and a committed team of VT students, faculty, and community members met for over a year to design this week of bridge building experiences. For a full list of events visit: https://www.artscenter.vt.edu/Online/islamicworlds.

JEWISH MONTH CONNECT LUNCHEON
Tuesday, Apr 7, 11:00-1:00pm, GLC Room F
All students, faculty, and staff are invited to this luncheon hosted by the Graduate School and the Jewish Student Union. During the luncheon there will be a short presentation about the Jewish Cultural Month followed by an interactive conversation with members of the Jewish Student Union. Lunch is provided! Please register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8YVGGBG. Contact Nayesdi Badillo-Delgado with questions at Nayesdi@vt.edu.

SHORT STAT COURSE FOR GRADS: T-TESTS & ANOVA
Tuesday, Apr 7, 4:00-6:00pm, 1080 Torgersen Hall
When one is interested in the difference between means of strictly two groups, the most common statistical procedure in this situation is known as the t-test. When there are two or more groups the typical approach is to employ the analysis of variance (ANOVA). Taught by Kris Patton, this course will review the concepts behind two-sample and paired t tests and one and two-way ANOVA models. Attendees will learn the basic motivation and assumptions of each method.  Hypothesis tests, confidence intervals, and measures of effect size will also be described for each approach. See http://www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more.

VBI RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
Thursday, Apr 9
Save the date!  Graduate students are invited to attend the VBI Research Symposium 2015. Registration required at https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/22207-Virginia-Bioinformatics-Institute-At-Virginia-Tech. For more information, visit http://www.vbi.vt.edu/research-symposium/2015.

SHORT STATS COURSES FOR GRADS – SPRING 2015 SCHEDULE
LISA (Virginia Tech’s 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. Registration is required, but all courses are free. Spring 2015 Schedule:

  • Tuesday, Apr 7: T-tests & ANOVA;
  • Tuesday, Apr 14: Solutions for Broken Linear Models;
  • Tuesday, Apr 21: Generalized Linear Models (GLMs) & Categorical Data Analysis (CDA);

Visit the LISA website at http://www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for more information about these courses and to register.

SPRING 30-AND-OVER SOCIAL
Thursday, Apr 16, 6:00-8:00pm, University Club
The Graduate School will host a spring social for the 30-and-over group. Food and adult beverages will be available. Please register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1426175364088 if you plan to attend. Childcare is also available for this event; contact Jessie Meltsner at the Women’s Center, jmelts@vt.edu  or 231-7806 if you want to confirm childcare.