June 20-26, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 6/13/16

  • Career Services advising: on hiatus for the summer
  • Cook Counseling: ThF 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm; summer hours of 9:00am-4:00pm to begin 5/16/16
  • Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-5:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm; summer hours begin 5/16/16
  • Writing assistance: on hiatus for the summer

2. GLC CAFÉ: SUMMER EDITION – VIRGIN MOJITO DAY!
Thursday, Jun 23, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or West Patio (Bookstore side behind the shrubs)
The weekly GLC café is offered every Thursday when VT is open. Summer café may be on the West Patio when the weather is nice, complete with a game of cornhole or giant Jenga. Enjoy free coffee, tea and cookies and some virgin Mojitos this week in the company of your grad student friends and colleagues. Relax, network, meet new people. The GLC baseline record for Giant Jenga is set at 38 levels. It’s up to you to set a new record!

3. TIE-DYE AND TOSTITOES – rescheduled from last week, registration requested
Friday, Jun 24, 2:00-4:00pm, Graduate School Lawn
Since the weather didn’t cooperate this past Friday, we’re going to try this event again this coming Friday. Take an afternoon break, enjoy some chips and salsa, and create a tie-dye masterpiece.  Tie-dye materials will be provided, but please bring your own shirt or other garment. White cloth tends to work best for tie-dye, but light colored materials might be okay too. Sign-up here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6FIJml0jskPMuyh.

4. DATA SCIENCE FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED – 1st posting
The Data Incubator is an intensive 8-week fellowship that prepares master’s and doctoral students and postdocs in STEM + social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. There will be an in-person (in NYC, DC, SF) and online section from Sep 6, 2016-Oct 28, 2016. Application Link: https://www.thedataincubator.com/fellowship.html#apply. Anyone within one year of graduating from a master’s or doctoral program or who has already obtained a master’s or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome.

5. CHILD-CARE SPOTS AVAILABLE IN LITTLE HOKIE HANGOUT FOR FALL – 1st posting
The Little Hokie Hangout child care cooperative exists as a resource to graduate student families. This fall families may enroll for more than 1 session each day, which means your children can stay longer if you need them to. Also, parents may buy out their cooperative work requirement if desired. If you want to explore options not found on the application, such as buying out a portion of your work requirement, or having a child attend 8 sessions per week, please contact Marin Riegger, child care coordinator, for assistance, childcare@vt.edu. 

6. LCI SEEKS PEER COLLABORATORS – 3rd posting
The VT Language and Culture Institute (LCI) is seeking peer collaborators to interact with Fellows from the Mandela Washington Fellowship. Fellows are ages 25-35 and the purpose of the peer collaborator is to provide each Fellow with the opportunity to get to know about the life of someone in the U.S. who is close to their age, and to share experiences. The only requirement is to commit to meet at least once to have a conversation with one or more of the Fellows. Then, you can meet again if you like, or attend one or more of the social events throughout the summer. The ideal is to meet with the partner once weekly during the 6 weeks the Fellows are here, but that doesn’t always work with schedules. Learn more about the program at https://yali.state.gov/washington-fellowship/. For more information, contact Pete Smith at pete1@vt.edu and put "Peer Collaborator" in the subject line.

7. WAGE POSITION I IN TLOS: SUPPORT ASSISTANT WITH NEXTGENLMS PROGRAM – 1st posting
TLOS’s Next Generation LMS Program is seeking applications for part-time wage workers for summer 2016 and the 2016-17 academic year. Read full job description at https://goo.gl/oPWa7I. To apply, submit a brief cover letter, resume, and list of three references using the online application here: https://goo.gl/Bwjilx. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will be accepted until the positions are filled. Contact Kayla at kmcnabb@vt.edu or 540-231-6821 with questions.

8. WAGE POSITION II IN TLOS: LEAD SUPPORT ASSISTANT AND WORKSHOP FACILITATOR – 1st posting
TLOS’s Next Generation LMS Program is seeking applications for part-time wage workers for summer 2016 and the 2016-17 academic year. Read full job description at https://goo.gl/OQZH57. To apply, submit a brief cover letter, resume, and list of three references using the online application here: https://goo.gl/Bwjilx. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will be accepted until the position is filled. Contact Kayla at kmcnabb@vt.edu or 540-231-6821 with questions.

9. 6-M WAGE POSITION FOR ARABIC-SPEAKING US CITIZENS – 1st posting
Discovery Analytics Center at VT Department of Computer Science is looking to fill 2 wage positions for News Analysts. The positions are restricted to Arabic-speaking US citizens; 20 hrs/wk, online, work-from-home; $20/hr. News analysts will be responsible for reading Arabic news articles from Middle East and extracting information from them. Will be trained on how to record the extracted information. Requirements: proficiency with Arabic; knowledge of and interest in world- and Middle-East politics; excellent written and spoken communication skills. Email application by Jun 30 to parang@cs.vt.edu  with a subject line: Application for Arabic News Analyst, including detailed CV; list of languages you know, along with your proficiency level; brief note (300 words max) on why are you interested in this opportunity. Complete info at: http://dac.cs.vt.edu/job-opening/6-month-wage-position-as-news-analyst/ or http://goo.gl/UzDDB4. Position only for US citizens and VT affiliates.

10. SUMMER WAGE AND 2016-17 GA POSITION IN OFFICE OF BUDGET AND FINANCIAL PLANNING 1st posting
The Office of Budget and Financial Planning is hiring an intern/graduate assistant with the Auxiliary budget functions of the office to assist in the budget development, monitoring, and reporting processes for the university’s budgets. Position responsibilities will provide exposure to the central financial and administrative functions of the university and offer insight into the state’s budgeting process. The ideal candidate will have an interest/focus in public budgeting, strong oral and written communication skills, strong analytical skills, experience with MS Excel, the ability to perform work of varied difficulty including the collection and analysis of complex data, and experience compiling and presenting reports. May also be involved in ad-hoc projects and other tasks. Summer hourly wage, full assistantship during academic year. To apply,  submit cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references to Jean Cummins at jeanc9@vt.edu.

11. FULL-TIME GA POSITION IN CONTROLLER’S OFFICE FOR 2016-17 – 3rd posting
The Controller’s Office is seeking a full-time (20 hrs/wk) graduate assistant to assist in Accounting Operations. The GA will concentrate on two projects and other tasks as needed: 1) Research state income tax requirements for VT employees working in other states and communicate research results to Associate Controller of Accounting Operations and Payroll Manager, and propose implementation process for paying a third party to do remittances, payroll filings, and quarterly/annual reporting for the university. 2) Convert online training for the campus community on general accounting from Scholar to Adobe Captivate. Additional information at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2lSMLVxGF10TVpZd2play1VVDA/view?usp=sharing. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and three references to linkousk@vt.edu, Kim Linkous, Manager of Financial Policies & Analysis, 540-231-8560. Review of applications begins in Jul.

12. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RUNNING STUDY – 1st posting
Graduate students are invited to participate in a running study conducted by the Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Lab to investigate how the asymmetry between the left and right side of a runner’s body is affected by exhaustion from longer distances. Volunteers between ages 18-35 may  participate if:  they run at least 10 miles per week; have not had an injury in the past 12 months that has kept them from running for more than 2 days, and have not had an injury within the past 2 months. Eligible subjects will run two runs: a short, two-mile run, and a long, four-mile run, spaced at least a week apart. Data collected from the study will be used to see if differences in asymmetry patterns exist in an outdoor training environment between long and short runs, and if differences in asymmetry patterns exist between males and females. Contact Mackenzie Wenrick at mackwen@vt.edu or (540) 231-4294 if you are interested in participating.

13. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ACHILLES TAPING STUDY – 1st posting
Graduate students are invited to participate in an Achilles taping study conducted by the Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Lab. This study tests the effects of a specific Achilles taping technique during running and jumping tasks. Subjects will be outfitted with 3D motion capture markers in order to measure movement and loading during the tasks. Eligible subjects must be between ages 18-35, must participate in athletic activities at least 3 times per week, and have had no leg injuries in the past six months that have kept them from performing athletic activities for more than two days, and no leg injuries at all in the last two months. Testing will take place during one session in the Granata Lab and will last 60-90 minutes. Contact the Granata Lab at granata-lab-g@vt.edu or (540) 231-4294 if you are interested.

14. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON RECALL OF LOCATION-BASED TO-DO TASKS – 1st posting
Yao Wang, a PhD student in HCI invites you to participate in a study (IRB #15676) on how people remember and recall location-based to-do tasks. The study consists of two sessions: the first session takes no more than 20 minutes; the second session takes about 30 minutes. Both the sessions will be conducted in Usability Lab E at McBryde 133. The second session will be scheduled 3 days after the first session at your convenience. In the first session, you will be asked to remember a list of to-do tasks. Three days later, in the second session, you will be asked to come back and recall these tasks. If you are interested in this study, contact Yao yxw5167@vt.edu. 

15. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SURVEY ON TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION IMPLEMENTATION – 3rd posting
Graduate students are invited to complete a survey by June 25 (sooner is better) on factors contributing to the successful implementation of technology innovations. This field study data is part of a dissertation research into the conditions that facilitate the implementation of instructional innovations, like Canvas. The survey contains 49 short statements, and a short set of demographic questions at the end; it should take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary and anonymous. Access the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dnwan5IA758cc7P. If you have questions or comments about this research project or the survey, contact Heidi Dickens heidi1@vt.edu or Dr. Ken Potter kpotter@vt.edu . IRB#16-004.

16. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR WEARABLE EXOSKELETON STUDY – 3rd posting
Grad students are invited to participate in a study about a wearable exoskeleton. Participants will be asked to perform simulated assembly tasks (e.g., manual drilling and wiring), both with and without the upper-extremity exoskeleton. Two experimental sessions (~3-4 hour long) are required to complete the study. Compensation: $10/hour. Requirements: male or female, age 18-55 years, no current or recent history of musculoskeletal disorders. If interested, please call or email Saad Alabdulkarim at iesaad@vt.edu (206-859-9146).

June 20-26, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 6/13/16

  • Career Services advising: on hiatus for the summer
  • Cook Counseling: ThF 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm; summer hours of 9:00am-4:00pm to begin 5/16/16
  • Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-5:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm; summer hours begin 5/16/16
  • Writing assistance: on hiatus for the summer

2. GLC CAFÉ: SUMMER EDITION – VIRGIN MOJITO DAY!
Thursday, Jun 23, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or West Patio (Bookstore side behind the shrubs)
The weekly GLC café is offered every Thursday when VT is open. Summer café may be on the West Patio when the weather is nice, complete with a game of cornhole or giant Jenga. Enjoy free coffee, tea and cookies and some virgin Mojitos this week in the company of your grad student friends and colleagues. Relax, network, meet new people. The GLC baseline record for Giant Jenga is set at 38 levels. It’s up to you to set a new record!

3. TIE-DYE AND TOSTITOES – rescheduled from last week, registration requested
Friday, Jun 24, 2:00-4:00pm, Graduate School Lawn
Since the weather didn’t cooperate this past Friday, we’re going to try this event again this coming Friday. Take an afternoon break, enjoy some chips and salsa, and create a tie-dye masterpiece.  Tie-dye materials will be provided, but please bring your own shirt or other garment. White cloth tends to work best for tie-dye, but light colored materials might be okay too. Sign-up here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6FIJml0jskPMuyh.

4. DATA SCIENCE FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED – 1st posting
The Data Incubator is an intensive 8-week fellowship that prepares master’s and doctoral students and postdocs in STEM + social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. There will be an in-person (in NYC, DC, SF) and online section from Sep 6, 2016-Oct 28, 2016. Application Link: https://www.thedataincubator.com/fellowship.html#apply. Anyone within one year of graduating from a master’s or doctoral program or who has already obtained a master’s or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome.

5. CHILD-CARE SPOTS AVAILABLE IN LITTLE HOKIE HANGOUT FOR FALL – 1st posting
The Little Hokie Hangout child care cooperative exists as a resource to graduate student families. This fall families may enroll for more than 1 session each day, which means your children can stay longer if you need them to. Also, parents may buy out their cooperative work requirement if desired. If you want to explore options not found on the application, such as buying out a portion of your work requirement, or having a child attend 8 sessions per week, please contact Marin Riegger, child care coordinator, for assistance, childcare@vt.edu. 

6. LCI SEEKS PEER COLLABORATORS – 3rd posting
The VT Language and Culture Institute (LCI) is seeking peer collaborators to interact with Fellows from the Mandela Washington Fellowship. Fellows are ages 25-35 and the purpose of the peer collaborator is to provide each Fellow with the opportunity to get to know about the life of someone in the U.S. who is close to their age, and to share experiences. The only requirement is to commit to meet at least once to have a conversation with one or more of the Fellows. Then, you can meet again if you like, or attend one or more of the social events throughout the summer. The ideal is to meet with the partner once weekly during the 6 weeks the Fellows are here, but that doesn’t always work with schedules. Learn more about the program at https://yali.state.gov/washington-fellowship/. For more information, contact Pete Smith at pete1@vt.edu and put "Peer Collaborator" in the subject line.

7. WAGE POSITION I IN TLOS: SUPPORT ASSISTANT WITH NEXTGENLMS PROGRAM – 1st posting
TLOS’s Next Generation LMS Program is seeking applications for part-time wage workers for summer 2016 and the 2016-17 academic year. Read full job description at https://goo.gl/oPWa7I. To apply, submit a brief cover letter, resume, and list of three references using the online application here: https://goo.gl/Bwjilx. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will be accepted until the positions are filled. Contact Kayla at kmcnabb@vt.edu or 540-231-6821 with questions.

8. WAGE POSITION II IN TLOS: LEAD SUPPORT ASSISTANT AND WORKSHOP FACILITATOR – 1st posting
TLOS’s Next Generation LMS Program is seeking applications for part-time wage workers for summer 2016 and the 2016-17 academic year. Read full job description at https://goo.gl/OQZH57. To apply, submit a brief cover letter, resume, and list of three references using the online application here: https://goo.gl/Bwjilx. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will be accepted until the position is filled. Contact Kayla at kmcnabb@vt.edu or 540-231-6821 with questions.

9. 6-M WAGE POSITION FOR ARABIC-SPEAKING US CITIZENS – 1st posting
Discovery Analytics Center at VT Department of Computer Science is looking to fill 2 wage positions for News Analysts. The positions are restricted to Arabic-speaking US citizens; 20 hrs/wk, online, work-from-home; $20/hr. News analysts will be responsible for reading Arabic news articles from Middle East and extracting information from them. Will be trained on how to record the extracted information. Requirements: proficiency with Arabic; knowledge of and interest in world- and Middle-East politics; excellent written and spoken communication skills. Email application by Jun 30 to parang@cs.vt.edu  with a subject line: Application for Arabic News Analyst, including detailed CV; list of languages you know, along with your proficiency level; brief note (300 words max) on why are you interested in this opportunity. Complete info at: http://dac.cs.vt.edu/job-opening/6-month-wage-position-as-news-analyst/ or http://goo.gl/UzDDB4. Position only for US citizens and VT affiliates.

10. SUMMER WAGE AND 2016-17 GA POSITION IN OFFICE OF BUDGET AND FINANCIAL PLANNING 1st posting
The Office of Budget and Financial Planning is hiring an intern/graduate assistant with the Auxiliary budget functions of the office to assist in the budget development, monitoring, and reporting processes for the university’s budgets. Position responsibilities will provide exposure to the central financial and administrative functions of the university and offer insight into the state’s budgeting process. The ideal candidate will have an interest/focus in public budgeting, strong oral and written communication skills, strong analytical skills, experience with MS Excel, the ability to perform work of varied difficulty including the collection and analysis of complex data, and experience compiling and presenting reports. May also be involved in ad-hoc projects and other tasks. Summer hourly wage, full assistantship during academic year. To apply,  submit cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references to Jean Cummins at jeanc9@vt.edu.

11. FULL-TIME GA POSITION IN CONTROLLER’S OFFICE FOR 2016-17 – 3rd posting
The Controller’s Office is seeking a full-time (20 hrs/wk) graduate assistant to assist in Accounting Operations. The GA will concentrate on two projects and other tasks as needed: 1) Research state income tax requirements for VT employees working in other states and communicate research results to Associate Controller of Accounting Operations and Payroll Manager, and propose implementation process for paying a third party to do remittances, payroll filings, and quarterly/annual reporting for the university. 2) Convert online training for the campus community on general accounting from Scholar to Adobe Captivate. Additional information at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2lSMLVxGF10TVpZd2play1VVDA/view?usp=sharing. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and three references to linkousk@vt.edu, Kim Linkous, Manager of Financial Policies & Analysis, 540-231-8560. Review of applications begins in Jul.

12. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RUNNING STUDY – 1st posting
Graduate students are invited to participate in a running study conducted by the Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Lab to investigate how the asymmetry between the left and right side of a runner’s body is affected by exhaustion from longer distances. Volunteers between ages 18-35 may  participate if:  they run at least 10 miles per week; have not had an injury in the past 12 months that has kept them from running for more than 2 days, and have not had an injury within the past 2 months. Eligible subjects will run two runs: a short, two-mile run, and a long, four-mile run, spaced at least a week apart. Data collected from the study will be used to see if differences in asymmetry patterns exist in an outdoor training environment between long and short runs, and if differences in asymmetry patterns exist between males and females. Contact Mackenzie Wenrick at mackwen@vt.edu or (540) 231-4294 if you are interested in participating.

13. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ACHILLES TAPING STUDY – 1st posting
Graduate students are invited to participate in an Achilles taping study conducted by the Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Lab. This study tests the effects of a specific Achilles taping technique during running and jumping tasks. Subjects will be outfitted with 3D motion capture markers in order to measure movement and loading during the tasks. Eligible subjects must be between ages 18-35, must participate in athletic activities at least 3 times per week, and have had no leg injuries in the past six months that have kept them from performing athletic activities for more than two days, and no leg injuries at all in the last two months. Testing will take place during one session in the Granata Lab and will last 60-90 minutes. Contact the Granata Lab at granata-lab-g@vt.edu or (540) 231-4294 if you are interested.

14. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON RECALL OF LOCATION-BASED TO-DO TASKS – 1st posting
Yao Wang, a PhD student in HCI invites you to participate in a study (IRB #15676) on how people remember and recall location-based to-do tasks. The study consists of two sessions: the first session takes no more than 20 minutes; the second session takes about 30 minutes. Both the sessions will be conducted in Usability Lab E at McBryde 133. The second session will be scheduled 3 days after the first session at your convenience. In the first session, you will be asked to remember a list of to-do tasks. Three days later, in the second session, you will be asked to come back and recall these tasks. If you are interested in this study, contact Yao yxw5167@vt.edu. 

15. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SURVEY ON TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION IMPLEMENTATION – 3rd posting
Graduate students are invited to complete a survey by June 25 (sooner is better) on factors contributing to the successful implementation of technology innovations. This field study data is part of a dissertation research into the conditions that facilitate the implementation of instructional innovations, like Canvas. The survey contains 49 short statements, and a short set of demographic questions at the end; it should take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary and anonymous. Access the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dnwan5IA758cc7P. If you have questions or comments about this research project or the survey, contact Heidi Dickens heidi1@vt.edu or Dr. Ken Potter kpotter@vt.edu . IRB#16-004.

16. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR WEARABLE EXOSKELETON STUDY – 3rd posting
Grad students are invited to participate in a study about a wearable exoskeleton. Participants will be asked to perform simulated assembly tasks (e.g., manual drilling and wiring), both with and without the upper-extremity exoskeleton. Two experimental sessions (~3-4 hour long) are required to complete the study. Compensation: $10/hour. Requirements: male or female, age 18-55 years, no current or recent history of musculoskeletal disorders. If interested, please call or email Saad Alabdulkarim at iesaad@vt.edu (206-859-9146).