April 6-12, 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. 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.

3. 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.

4. THESIS/DISSERTATION-WRITING SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesdays bi-weekly, Apr 7, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room D
Do you need some support with staying on track with your writing? Share some of your experiences with fellow grad students who are going through the same process and take advantage of a safe place to decompress from the stress of your thesis/dissertation. Join this dissertation support group and see how it may support your progress. Bring your own lunch!  Contact Monika Gibson at gibsonm@vt.edu for more information.

5. SHORT STATS COURSE FOR GRADS: T-TESTS AND ANOVA
Tuesday, Apr 7, 4:00-6:00pm, GLC Room G
When one is interested in the difference between means of strictly two groups, the most common statistical procedure 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.  Course 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. Follow LISA on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Statistical.collaboration) to be the first to know about LISA events! For more information, visit http://www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

6. RACISM: THE POWER OF ILLUSION
Tuesday, Apr 7, 6:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
In collaboration with SGA, the VT NAACP invites you to its inaugural event, Racism: The Power of Illusion. This event will feature Virginia Tech’s most dynamic experts on racism and white privilege, while providing a safe space for learning and community building. The event will begin with engaging participants in an interactive dialog, then segue into a collaborative keynote address by Drs. Graves and Matheis. The keynote will be followed by breakout sessions facilitated by student leaders from across campus. Participants should leave the room better informed and energized to do social justice work. Members from affinity groups will have the opportunity to be empowered and become allies in the struggle for social justice. This message is posted on behalf of grad student Devon Lee.

7. 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.

8. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Apr 9, 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. BREAKING STEREOTYPES: DIVERSITY COMPETITION AND SHOWCASE
Thursday, Apr 9, 5:00-6:30pm, 3rd Floor of Bishop-Favrao Hall
The CAUS Diversity Committee invites you to attend the 2015 Diversity Competition and Showcase, which received nearly 40 entries from students (grad and ugrad), faculty and staff. All entries will be on display, and winners will be announced at this event. Please register by emailing to licash@vt.edu.

10. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR INTERNATIONAL STREET FAIR – 2nd 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.

11. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR LATINO LECTURE SYMPOSIUM – 1st posting
This project aims to provide a space for mentoring relationships to flourish organically. Students who have turned in a paper, done research on, or can discuss topics specifically related to the Latino community can be nominated to present at this symposium. Nomination process: please submit students’ first name, last name, email address, major, and a title for the project, paper, or research to Miguel Martinez at miguelam@vt.edu by Apr 20, 2015.

12. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR AEL GRAD HONOR SOCIETY – 3rd 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.

13. GA OPENING IN THE OFFICE OF INTL RESEARCH, EDUCATION & DEVELOPMENT – 1st posting
OIRED is looking for a Graduate Assistant to begin in Aug 2015 as a Peace Corps Recruiter. The GA must be a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV). The GA will serve as the main university and Southwest Virginia point of contact for students and others interested in joining the Peace Corps.  For full position description, or to apply, email Emily Van Houweling at evh@vt.edu by May 1.

14. GRAD ASSISTANT AND REFERENCE LIBRARY ASSISTANT POSITION OPENINGS – 3rd 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.

15. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ONLINE EDUCATIONAL CONTENT STUDY – 1st posting
Doctoral student seeks student participants for a voluntary and confidential research study about online educational content. Students who participate in the study will receive pizza and beverages at the conclusion of the study. If you are are interested in participating in a 45-60-minute lab study about online educational content, follow the link below to provide your contact information and select your preferred study session(s). During the study, participants will be asked to review two sets of online course materials for the same content and answer a short survey providing response to and preferences for each. Finally, students will be asked to participate in a group discussion to provide additional feedback to the researchers while enjoying pizza, snacks, and soft drinks. All components of the lab study will be audio recorded for later review. https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1427496470025. The time commitment for this research is low, but it could provide useful insight into the way instructors should compose instructional materials for online and hybrid courses.

16. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MILK-TASTING STUDY – 2nd posting
Can you identify different samples? Come every day if you can, even if you have already participated. Must be 18 or older and not allergic to milk. Need 128 panelists for each day. Take a friend with you and make it date!

  • Day 1:  Wednesday 4/8, 1 pm- 6:00 pm
  • Day 2:  Thursday 4/9, 1 pm- 6:00 pm
  • Day 3:  Friday 4/10, 10 am- 5:00 pm
  • Day 4:  Monday 4/13, 10 am- 5:00 pm
  • Day 5:  Wednesday 4/15, 10 am- 5:00 pm
  • Day 6:  Thursday 4/16 10 am- 5:00 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.

17. FIRST-GENERATION GRAD STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR SURVEY – 2nd 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.

18. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 2nd 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.

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR INFO SCRAPS MANAGEMENT RESEARCH – 3rd 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.

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR NATION-WIDE ETD STUDY – 3rd 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.

21. FOOD SAFETY SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 3rd 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.

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MUSCLE FATIGUE STUDY – 3rd 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.

23. UPCOMING EVENTS:

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. Remaining spring 2015 Schedule:

  • 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.

TACOS AND TIE DYE
Friday, Apr 17, 12:00-2:00pm, Graduate School Lawn
Join the GLC Fellows for tacos from Moe’s and tie-dye a shirt. Tacos and tie-dye materials will be provided but please bring your own shirt. If interested, please register at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1427910986241.

VT BEST MINI-INTERNSHIP: COMMUNICATING SCIENCE – NEWSPAPERS, NEWS BLOGS, AND PUBLIC RADIO
Thursday, Apr 23, 1:00-4:00pm, Roanoke
Virginia Tech’s BEST program offers a variety of professional development opportunities for doctoral students and postdocs in the biomedical and health sciences throughout the year.  Register now for one or both of the upcoming “mini-internship” workshops, where PhD’s from a variety of professions give trainees a sense for a day on the job in their profession. Presenter: Dr. Michaeleen Doucleff, Editor and Scientific Reporter, National Public Radio (NPR). Space is limited so apply now at http://info.vtc.vt.edu/best/communicating-science-newspapers-news-blogs-and-public-radio/.

VT BEST MINI-INTERNSHIP:SCIENTIFIC EDITING AND ACADEMIC PUBLISHING
Thursday, Apr 30, 1:00-4:00pm, Roanoke
Virginia Tech’s BEST program offers a variety of professional development opportunities for doctoral students and postdocs in the biomedical and health sciences throughout the year.  Register now for one or both of the upcoming “mini-internship” workshops, where PhD’s from a variety of professions give trainees a sense for a day on the job in their profession. Presenter: Dr. Meredith LeMasurier, Chief Editor, Nature Neuroscience.  Space is limited so apply now at http://info.vtc.vt.edu/best/scientific-editing-and-academic-publishing/.

HISPANIC-LATINO ACHIEVEMENT CEREMONY – register now!
Thursday, May 14, 4:30pm, Recital Salon in Squires
The 11th annual VT Hispanic-Latino Achievement Ceremony for students graduating in Spring 2015 will be held on Thursday, May 14 at 4:30pm in the Recital Salon of Squires Student Center, immediately followed by a dinner reception in the Old Dominion Ballroom. If you are a Hispanic/Latino 2015 graduate and would like to participate, please sign up by April 24 at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1427209132170. Contact Veronica Montes at vmontes@vt.edu with questions.

April 6-12, 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. 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.

3. 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.

4. THESIS/DISSERTATION-WRITING SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesdays bi-weekly, Apr 7, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room D
Do you need some support with staying on track with your writing? Share some of your experiences with fellow grad students who are going through the same process and take advantage of a safe place to decompress from the stress of your thesis/dissertation. Join this dissertation support group and see how it may support your progress. Bring your own lunch!  Contact Monika Gibson at gibsonm@vt.edu for more information.

5. SHORT STATS COURSE FOR GRADS: T-TESTS AND ANOVA
Tuesday, Apr 7, 4:00-6:00pm, GLC Room G
When one is interested in the difference between means of strictly two groups, the most common statistical procedure 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.  Course 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. Follow LISA on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Statistical.collaboration) to be the first to know about LISA events! For more information, visit http://www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

6. RACISM: THE POWER OF ILLUSION
Tuesday, Apr 7, 6:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
In collaboration with SGA, the VT NAACP invites you to its inaugural event, Racism: The Power of Illusion. This event will feature Virginia Tech’s most dynamic experts on racism and white privilege, while providing a safe space for learning and community building. The event will begin with engaging participants in an interactive dialog, then segue into a collaborative keynote address by Drs. Graves and Matheis. The keynote will be followed by breakout sessions facilitated by student leaders from across campus. Participants should leave the room better informed and energized to do social justice work. Members from affinity groups will have the opportunity to be empowered and become allies in the struggle for social justice. This message is posted on behalf of grad student Devon Lee.

7. 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.

8. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Apr 9, 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. BREAKING STEREOTYPES: DIVERSITY COMPETITION AND SHOWCASE
Thursday, Apr 9, 5:00-6:30pm, 3rd Floor of Bishop-Favrao Hall
The CAUS Diversity Committee invites you to attend the 2015 Diversity Competition and Showcase, which received nearly 40 entries from students (grad and ugrad), faculty and staff. All entries will be on display, and winners will be announced at this event. Please register by emailing to licash@vt.edu.

10. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR INTERNATIONAL STREET FAIR – 2nd 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.

11. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR LATINO LECTURE SYMPOSIUM – 1st posting
This project aims to provide a space for mentoring relationships to flourish organically. Students who have turned in a paper, done research on, or can discuss topics specifically related to the Latino community can be nominated to present at this symposium. Nomination process: please submit students’ first name, last name, email address, major, and a title for the project, paper, or research to Miguel Martinez at miguelam@vt.edu by Apr 20, 2015.

12. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR AEL GRAD HONOR SOCIETY – 3rd 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.

13. GA OPENING IN THE OFFICE OF INTL RESEARCH, EDUCATION & DEVELOPMENT – 1st posting
OIRED is looking for a Graduate Assistant to begin in Aug 2015 as a Peace Corps Recruiter. The GA must be a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV). The GA will serve as the main university and Southwest Virginia point of contact for students and others interested in joining the Peace Corps.  For full position description, or to apply, email Emily Van Houweling at evh@vt.edu by May 1.

14. GRAD ASSISTANT AND REFERENCE LIBRARY ASSISTANT POSITION OPENINGS – 3rd 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.

15. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ONLINE EDUCATIONAL CONTENT STUDY – 1st posting
Doctoral student seeks student participants for a voluntary and confidential research study about online educational content. Students who participate in the study will receive pizza and beverages at the conclusion of the study. If you are are interested in participating in a 45-60-minute lab study about online educational content, follow the link below to provide your contact information and select your preferred study session(s). During the study, participants will be asked to review two sets of online course materials for the same content and answer a short survey providing response to and preferences for each. Finally, students will be asked to participate in a group discussion to provide additional feedback to the researchers while enjoying pizza, snacks, and soft drinks. All components of the lab study will be audio recorded for later review. https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1427496470025. The time commitment for this research is low, but it could provide useful insight into the way instructors should compose instructional materials for online and hybrid courses.

16. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MILK-TASTING STUDY – 2nd posting
Can you identify different samples? Come every day if you can, even if you have already participated. Must be 18 or older and not allergic to milk. Need 128 panelists for each day. Take a friend with you and make it date!

  • Day 1:  Wednesday 4/8, 1 pm- 6:00 pm
  • Day 2:  Thursday 4/9, 1 pm- 6:00 pm
  • Day 3:  Friday 4/10, 10 am- 5:00 pm
  • Day 4:  Monday 4/13, 10 am- 5:00 pm
  • Day 5:  Wednesday 4/15, 10 am- 5:00 pm
  • Day 6:  Thursday 4/16 10 am- 5:00 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.

17. FIRST-GENERATION GRAD STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR SURVEY – 2nd 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.

18. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 2nd 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.

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR INFO SCRAPS MANAGEMENT RESEARCH – 3rd 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.

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR NATION-WIDE ETD STUDY – 3rd 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.

21. FOOD SAFETY SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 3rd 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.

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MUSCLE FATIGUE STUDY – 3rd 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.

23. UPCOMING EVENTS:

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. Remaining spring 2015 Schedule:

  • 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.

TACOS AND TIE DYE
Friday, Apr 17, 12:00-2:00pm, Graduate School Lawn
Join the GLC Fellows for tacos from Moe’s and tie-dye a shirt. Tacos and tie-dye materials will be provided but please bring your own shirt. If interested, please register at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1427910986241.

VT BEST MINI-INTERNSHIP: COMMUNICATING SCIENCE – NEWSPAPERS, NEWS BLOGS, AND PUBLIC RADIO
Thursday, Apr 23, 1:00-4:00pm, Roanoke
Virginia Tech’s BEST program offers a variety of professional development opportunities for doctoral students and postdocs in the biomedical and health sciences throughout the year.  Register now for one or both of the upcoming “mini-internship” workshops, where PhD’s from a variety of professions give trainees a sense for a day on the job in their profession. Presenter: Dr. Michaeleen Doucleff, Editor and Scientific Reporter, National Public Radio (NPR). Space is limited so apply now at http://info.vtc.vt.edu/best/communicating-science-newspapers-news-blogs-and-public-radio/.

VT BEST MINI-INTERNSHIP:SCIENTIFIC EDITING AND ACADEMIC PUBLISHING
Thursday, Apr 30, 1:00-4:00pm, Roanoke
Virginia Tech’s BEST program offers a variety of professional development opportunities for doctoral students and postdocs in the biomedical and health sciences throughout the year.  Register now for one or both of the upcoming “mini-internship” workshops, where PhD’s from a variety of professions give trainees a sense for a day on the job in their profession. Presenter: Dr. Meredith LeMasurier, Chief Editor, Nature Neuroscience.  Space is limited so apply now at http://info.vtc.vt.edu/best/scientific-editing-and-academic-publishing/.

HISPANIC-LATINO ACHIEVEMENT CEREMONY – register now!
Thursday, May 14, 4:30pm, Recital Salon in Squires
The 11th annual VT Hispanic-Latino Achievement Ceremony for students graduating in Spring 2015 will be held on Thursday, May 14 at 4:30pm in the Recital Salon of Squires Student Center, immediately followed by a dinner reception in the Old Dominion Ballroom. If you are a Hispanic/Latino 2015 graduate and would like to participate, please sign up by April 24 at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1427209132170. Contact Veronica Montes at vmontes@vt.edu with questions.