April 12-18, 2021

This Week’s Events:      

Ongoing Services – updated 2/1/21   
1. REFLECTIONS ON DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION FROM THE VT COMMUNITY  
2. CRAFTING YOUR PERSONAL SCIENCE STORY
3. CHARADES: GAME TIME WITH THE GRADUATE SCHOOL
4. THE FRONTERA PROJECT – REGISTER NOW!
5. MAXIMIZING LINKEDIN
6. BEYOND ALADDIN AND MISS SAIGON: EXPLORING THE POSSIBILITIES OF ASIAN AMERICAN THEATER
7. VIRGINIA TECH GRADUATE SCHOOL CERTIFICATE INFORMATION SESSION
8. SEADRIFT SCREENING AND Q&A
9. THE LEARNING LUNCH SERIES WITH DR. BALBIR K. SINGH
10. GLC CAFÉ 
11. REDEFINITIONS: EXHIBITING ASIAN/AMERICAN/CONTEMPORARY ART
12. HOW THE TEACHINGS OF RUMI CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE HEALING AND PERFECTION OF OUR HUMANITY
13. A VIRTUAL MINI-SYMPOSIUM: APIDAS IN HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERSHIP
14. FIWGSA’S DEI COMMITTEE MOVIE CLUB (APRIL) – FREEDOM RIDERS
15. THE AASU PRESENTS: EVENING WITH DAVID SO

Administrative Announcements:   
16. GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS – 1st posting
17. BORROW A GSA CAP AND GOWN TODAY – 1st posting
18. FREE CLEAR FACE MASKS AVAILABLE – 2nd posting 
19. DONNING OF THE KENTE GRADUATION CELEBRATION – 2nd posting 
20. SEXUAL ASSAULT AND VIOLENCE EDUCATION BY STUDENTS (SAVES) ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 2nd posting 
21. GRADUATE STUDENT BUDGET BOARD FUNDING REQUESTS NOW OPEN – 3rd posting 
22. GRAD 5124: RESEARCH SKILLS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS – REGISTER NOW! – 3rd posting 
23. VIRTUAL SYSTEMATIC REVIEW AND META-ANALYSIS WORKSHOP OFFERED THIS SUMMER – 3rd posting 
24. VIRTUAL ART EXHIBIT AND PANEL: INTERFAITH, SOCIAL JUSTICE, & ARTS – 3rd posting  

Jobs:  
25. GRADUATE ASSISTANT POSITION IN THE WOMEN AND GENDER IN INTERNATIONL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM- 1st posting

Volunteers and research participants sought:      
26. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR RESEARCH ON HARD CIDER – 1st posting
27. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR AUGMENTED REALITY USER STUDY -1st posting
28. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A SENSORY TECHNIQUES RESEARCH STUDY – 2nd posting 
29. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR VIRTUAL REALITY IMPROVISATION STUDY – 2nd posting 
30. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR CONSUMER WEB-BASED SURVEY ON EDAMAME – 2nd posting 
31. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR EDAMAME SENSORY STUDY -2nd posting 
32. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR COVID COMPANIONS PROGRAM – 3rd posting 
33. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR EMOTION REGULATION AND EVALUATIONS OF LEADERS RESEARCH STUDY – 3rd posting

Upcoming Events:    
34. GRADUATE SCHOOL REVIEW OF ETDs – April 19
35. CRAFTING A STORY OF YOUR RESEARCH – April 20 and 22
36. CULTIVATING A CAREER: FROM SEEDS OF INSPIRATION TO A HARVEST OF DISCOVERY AND TRANSFORMATION – April 21
37. SCIENCE ON TAP OF THE NRV: ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER IN ACADEMIA: RESEARCH STORIES AND SUCESSES – April 22
38. FINAL GRADUATE STUDENT GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING FOR ACADEMIC YEAR – April 22
39. EXPLORING DIVERSE POSTDOCTORAL CAREER PATHS – April 23
40. HOKIE HICCUPS – April 24
41. RECOVERY COMMUNITY: LGBTQ+ RECOVERY MEETING – April 25
42. TURKISH COFFEE: A 500-YEAR JOURNEY – April 25
43. BUDGETING AND DEBT MANAGEMETN FOR FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS – April 29
44. COMPASSION TURNED INWARD: ANTIDOTE FOR STRESS AND ANXIETY – April 29
45. “SYSTEMS APPROACH TO DISASTER RESILIENCE” – SEMINAR BY ZAHRAA SAIYED – April 30 
46. ENGINEERING DYNAMICS INTO CELL AND GENETIC MEDICINE – April 30
47. SAVE THE DATE! GSA END OF YEAR EVENT – May 2
48. FIWGSA PANDA EXPRESS FUNDRAISER FOR HUMBLE HIKES – May 6

0. Ongoing Services – updated 2/1/21      
· GRADUATE SCHOOL: In person drop-off or pick-up of documents and materials M-F 1:00-3:00pm, 120 GLC. Request one-on-one assistantship or academic advising by using our online request form to set-up  a Zoom session.    
· CAREER ADVISING: schedule virtual career advising appointment via https://career.vt.edu/job-search/Handshake.html       
· COOK COUNSELING: Drop-in Zoom hours, Tuesdays 10am-12pm and Thursdays and Fridays 3pm-5pm, Zoom links found here. To make an appointment, visit: https://vt-ucc.titaniumhwc.com/ScheduleGraduateFirstCookConnect 
· WRITING CENTER SERVICES: Schedule an appointment at https://vt.mywconline.com/        
· GRADUATE OMBUDSPERSON: contact for appointment at gradstudentombud@vt.edu, 540-231-9573       

1. REFLECTIONS ON DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION FROM THE VT COMMUNITY
Monday, April 12 – Wednesday, April 14, GLC Lawn (between GLC and Squires)
Come out and record your thoughts anonymously on our chalkboard structure in this community-engaged art project. We aim to collect ideas, messages, and values from the Virginia Tech community regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion. Chalk, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizer will be provided on-site. We hope to gather as many perspectives and voices as possible! For more information, visit https://cutt.ly/jcp1bsZ 

2. CRAFTING YOUR PERSONAL SCIENCE STORY
Tuesday, April 13 and Thursday, April 15, 12-1:30pm, Zoom
The Center for Communicating Science has engaged The Story Collider to offer a series of workshopsThis pair of workshops will support you in developing and refining a story. Click here to register for both days: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creating-your-personal-science-story-tickets-140131536197

3. CHARADES: GAME TIME WITH THE GRADUATE SCHOOL
Tuesday, April 13, 3pm, Zoom
Join the Office of Recruitment, Diversity, and Inclusion for a fun hour of Charades (Act out different phrases through movements and gestures). Register at: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAuceGsrzgiHdJU2IJ8dDJpUcyNBNVc1PCRFor questions or additional information, please email the Office of Recruitment, Diversity, and Inclusion at ordi@vt.edu

4. THE FRONTERA PROJECT – REGISTER NOW!
Tuesday, April 13, 3-4:15pm, ZoomPlease join the Community Change Collaborative, an initiative of the Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance, for an interactive virtual experience with The Frontera Project. The mission of The Frontera Project is to lift up stories of the U.S.-Mexican Border that are too often ignored—stories reflecting the richness and complexity of that region—to create conversation and connection with audiences in the United States. This interactive virtual experience includes a new original short play, music, video, poetry and conversations with guest artists. To attend this event, please register here by April 11th. Attendanceis limited, so register early to ensure your spot. This event is sponsored in part by the Institute for Policy and Governance, Moss Arts Center and The Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention. Contact Molly Todd mollytodd@vt.edu if you have any questions.

5. MAXIMIZING LINKEDIN
Tuesday, April 13, 4-5pm, Zoom
Have a LinkedIn profile, but not sure what else there is to LinkedIn? Graduate students attending this workshop will learn how to maximize their LinkedIn profile, search for and connect with alumni, and other LinkedIn networking tools. Register here: https://vt.joinhandshake.com/events/643504/share_preview Contact Alyssa Rametta if you have questions: alyssarametta@vt.edu

6. BEYOND ALADDIN AND MISS SAIGON: EXPLORING THE POSSIBILITIES OF ASIAN AMERICAN THEATER
Tuesday, April 13, 5:00pm, Zoom
This talk, featuring Dr. Josephine Lee, will give some background on the history of oriental stereotypes as well as yellowface and brownface casting, and then highlight efforts by Asian American theater artists to fight racist misrepresentation and create better opportunities. Link: https://rb.gy/pwdwnz

7. VIRGINIA TECH GRADUATE SCHOOL CERTIFICATE INFORMATION SESSION
Wednesday, April 14, 12pm, Zoom
We would like to invite you to join us for an information session about graduate certificates, the application process, and benefits of its pursuit. Register at https://virginiatech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_S2Bav7DBSp-0bbXmKCvgzQ For questions or additional information, please email the Office of Recruitment, Diversity, and Inclusion at ordi@vt.edu

8. SEADRIFT SCREENING AND Q&A
Wednesday, April 14, 6-8pm, Zoom
Set during the early days of the arrival of Vietnamese refugees in the U.S., Seadrift examines the circumstances that led up to the shooting and the violent and dramatic aftermath. Seadrift also unveils the unexpected consequences that followed and will continue to reverberate today. After the screening there will be a Q&A session with Director Tim Tsai and Advisor and Associate Producer, Dr. Thao Ha.Link: https://rb.gy/lm3fv3

9. THE LEARNING LUNCH SERIES WITH DR. BALBIR K. SINGH
Thursday, April 15, 12-1pm, Zoom
Dr. Balbir K. Singh is a scholar of cultural theory, critical race and gender studies, and anti-colonial thought. Link https://rb.gy/etaeel

10. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, April 15, 4-5:00pm, Zoom https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97678968202
Pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee and join fellow grads and Grad School staff for some casual conversation and the occasional game via Zoom. If you have questions or concerns about this event, email Monika Gibson at gibsonm@vt.edu.   

11. REDEFINITIONS: EXHIBITING ASIAN/AMERICAN/CONTEMPORARY ART
Thursday, April 15, 5pm, Zoom
In this talk, Dr. Vivian Li will survey the development of Asian American art through key exhibitions over the last three decades and introduce an exciting new generation of Asian American artists actively redefining Asian, American, and contemporary art today. Link: https://rb.gy/acr7a0

12. HOW THE TEACHINGS OF RUMI CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE HEALING AND PERFECTION OF OUR HUMANITY
Thursday, April 15, 5:30-6:45pm, Zoom
Rumi, a 13th Century Sufi, is one of the most loved spiritual voices of our time. His poetry inspires people from all backgrounds, pointing to the possibility of transformation through consciousness and love. In this event, Kabir Helminski will elaborate on how the teachings of Rumi can contribute to the healing and perfection of our Humanity. Kabir is a translator of Rumi and a Shaikh of the Mevlevi Order (which traces back to Jalaluddin Rumi). His books on spirituality, Living Presence, The Knowing Heart, Holistic Islam, In the House of Remembering, have been published in at least nine languages. This event is hosted by Synergy: interfaith collective at VT. Event will be on zoom, please RSVP at:  https://tinyurl.com/8xbj29kk 

13. A VIRTUAL MINI-SYMPOSIUM: APIDAS IN HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERSHIP
Friday, April 16, 10am-12pm and 1-3pm, Zoom
This Virtual Mini-Symposium will feature leaders in higher education from across the U.S. and also at Virginia Tech. Morning Plenary Session Friday, April 16, 2021 (10:00 AM – 12:00PM) Afternoon Plenary Session Friday, April 16, 2021 (1:00 – 3:00 PM)
Link: https://rb.gy/mwy5wc

14. FIWGSA’S DEI COMMITTEE MOVIE CLUB (APRIL) – FREEDOM RIDERS 
Friday, April 16, 4pm est – Zoom Registration Link Here 
“The story behind a courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.” Watch the chosen movie before the DEI Movie Club Discussion – Freedom Riders – PBS American Experience (S23, E11) – Watch the documentary on PBS’s site here 

15. THE AASU PRESENTS: EVENING WITH DAVID SO
Friday, April 16, 6:30pm, Zoom
David So is an actor, comedian, YouTube celebrity, musician, performer, writer, and producer. Link: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/88997694077

16. GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS – 1st posting
Have you been waiting to hear about the Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP)? We will be accepting submissions from Monday, April 12 through Friday, April 23 via our online form. Full details available online on our website, gsa.vt.edu.

17. BORROW A GSA CAP AND GOWN TODAY – 1st posting
Are you graduating this spring? Planning on taking photos or walking at the in-person ceremonies, but need a cap and gown? You might be able to borrow one from the GSA’s Cap and Gown Program – fill out the form and we will try and work with your schedule to make those memories happen! If you do borrow from us, please note that you will need to return the gown dry cleaned, with receipt.

18. FREE CLEAR FACE MASKS AVAILABLE – 2nd posting
TransparenSee is a team of MPH students and a graduate student engineer who won the TECH Together grant competition last summer and created a scalable, clear face mask to allow communication to be more effective within the deaf and hard of hearing community, with the intention of creating a more inclusive environment. Our mask is reusable, easy to disinfect, adjustable, and validated to be equivalent to a cloth face mask. Using a clear mask allows individuals to read lips and see facial features. We are distributing our FREE mask to a wide variety of community organizations within the NRV. If you are interested in receiving masks for your staff, students, or know of a business that would benefit, please share our information and contact us through Instagram: @TransparenSee or Facebook: @TransparenSeeNRV.  

19. DONNING OF THE KENTE GRADUATION CELEBRATION – 2nd posting
The Donning of the Kente Graduation Celebration, will be offered virtually this year! The Donning celebration is an opportunity to celebrate our graduating seniors and graduate students through a cultural lens. All students that participate in the Donning of the Kente Graduation Celebration, will receive a graduation celebration kit from the Black Cultural Center. All kits will be made available only in person, and will not be shipped. In preparation for this event, we will need to collect information as indicated on this form by April 15: https://forms.gle/ANRoN27Nfn7D7ru78 

20. SEXUAL ASSAULT AND VIOLENCE EDUCATION BY STUDENTS (SAVES) ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 2nd posting
Passionate about ending sexual and relationship violence in our community? Join SAVES! Sexual Assault and Violence Education by Students (SAVES) is a peer education group that focuses on leading conversations on consent, sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. Applications for 2021-2022 are now open. Apply at http://tinyurl.com/SAVES2021 by April 12th. Questions? Email soph0415@vt.edu 

21. GRADUATE STUDENT BUDGET BOARD FUNDING REQUESTS NOW OPEN – 3rd posting
The Graduate Student Budget Board Funding Requests are open now. All graduate student organizations with “Graduate” in their title are eligible to apply for funding requests. The funding categories will include Conference/Travel/Online Symposium Funding, Food for Events and Meetings and Outreach events. Please follow this link for more details:
https://gsa.vt.edu/advocacy/gsbb-announcement.html and feel free to contact gsa@vt.edu 

22. GRAD 5124: RESEARCH SKILLS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS – REGISTER NOW! – 3rd posting
Take your research to the next level! Sign up in Hokie SPA for GRAD 5124: Research Skills for Graduate Students, a 1-credit, pass/fail, fully-online course offered by University Libraries in fall 2021. Four discipline-specific sections are offered, so be sure to sign up for the section that relates to your subject area! Contact Lisa at lisab5@vt.edu with questions. 

23. VIRTUAL SYSTEMATIC REVIEW AND META-ANALYSIS WORKSHOP OFFERED THIS SUMMER – 3rd posting
The University Libraries will be hosting a virtual Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (SRMA) Deep-Dive this summer. In this session, participants will be given the opportunity to practice skills required for a SRMA through hands-on experiences and guidance from the Evidence Synthesis Services Team and collaborators (e.g., SAIG). If you’ve already started your own SR/MA or have a research question in mind, you’re encouraged to bring it to this session. If not, we’ll have examples prepared for you to practice with. It is expected that participants will come with a basic understanding of SRMA or evidence synthesis methodology. If this event is of interest to you,please fill out a brief interest form by April 9th to help us plan! This event is open to all, regardless of discipline. Send any questions to Cozette (cozette@vt.edu). 

24. VIRTUAL ART EXHIBIT AND PANEL: INTERFAITH, SOCIAL JUSTICE, & ARTS – 3rd posting
Students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to submit artworks that express how their worldviews, religious, spiritual, or secular beliefs inform their perspectives in social justice efforts Art must be submitted by April 10.  The exhibit launch will bring together a panel of three outstanding artists on Wednesday, April 21, 5:30-7pm: Anne Elise Thomas, PhD, Katy Shepard, and Jon Catherwood-Ginn. The panel will be moderated by Mohammed Ba-Aoum, doctoral student and Grad School Diversity Scholar) Visit the website to submit your artwork and register for the panel: https://dos.vt.edu/interfaithart. This is sponsored by the VT Interfaith Council and a Graduate School Diversity Scholar. 

25. GRADUATE ASSISTANT POSITION IN THE WOMEN AND GENDER IN INTERNATIONL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM- 1st posting
The Women and Gender in International Development (WGD) program at the Center for International Research, Education, and Development (CIRED) is looking for a Graduate Assistant for fall semester of 2021 and spring semester 2022. Under the direction of Dr. Maria Elisa Christie, the WGD program ensures a gender-sensitive approach to all CIRED projects and raises awareness at Virginia Tech about gender and international development issues. You must be enrolled in a full-time program of graduate studies in a degree-granting department at Virginia Tech. See position description for requirements and next steps before responding please. If you are interested and meet the qualifications, submit materials following instructions in position description to Maria Elisa Christie at mechristie@vt.edu.


26. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR RESEARCH ON HARD CIDER – 1st posting
The Sensory Evaluation Laboratory at Virginia Tech is looking for participants to evaluate hard cider (IRB 21-234). To participate in this study, you must be 21 years or older, regularly consume hard cider, are not allergic to apples and alcohol and not currently pregnant. Panelists will be required to taste six (6) hard cider samples during the study. You can see apply to participate in the study by completing the screener linked to the QR code. If you qualify, you will be sent further information to sign up for the study. We have taken steps to reduce risk related to COVID-19 and will provide you with a summary of those steps before the study. The study will run April 12-16, from 12-6pm each day. Those that sign-up will participate in 1 30-minute session. Visit this link for more information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wagxBi8sPX_eWZ_eUKYLhERPfoP1Kurg/view For more information, contact Martha Calvert, mdcalver@vt.edu, and Elizabeth Cole, ejcole@vt.edu.

27. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR AUGMENTED REALITY USER STUDY -1st posting
The 3D Interaction (3DI) group is inviting you to participate in a research study with augmented reality (AR) technologies. Participants in the study will come to the Sandbox, room 160 in the Moss Arts Center. Participants will be asked to sit in front of a desktop computer or walk indoor while wearing a Magic Leap One AR headset. Participants will try out several interaction techniques, and be asked for their comments about these techniques. The entire experimental session will take about 90 minutes. The experiment will be video and audio recorded for researchers’ interpretations of user behavioral patterns. Participants need to be English speakers, at least 18 years old, have normal vision (contact lenses are fine, glasses are not supported). Participation will be on a first-come-first-serve basis. Participants’ involvement in the study will not impact their academic performance in any way. For more information, please contact Feiyu Lu at feiyulu@vt.edu to schedule a session. This experiment has been approved by the Virginia Tech Institutional Review Board under protocol #21-090.

28. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A SENSORY TECHNIQUES RESEARCH STUDY – 2nd posting 
The Virginia Cognitive System Engineering Lab at Virginia Tech is seeking students to participate in a Research Study (IRB #19-553) to determine what types of sensory techniques/aides in the VR Whack-a-mole game will deliver the best performance. Participants will be asked to play whack-a-mole in a Virtual Space while guarding themselves from projectiles coming from behind them. You will be wearing an HTC VIVE VR Headset as well as handle two controllers. The study should take no more than one hour per participant. You will receive a compensation of $10/hr in cash for your contribution, you will need to provide your name and signature in order to receive the payment. Please note that you must be 18+ years old and have 20/20 visual acuity (good vision) or better, you cannot wear glasses during the study. If you are interested please contact Gram Hsing (ghsing@vt.edu). 

29. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR VIRTUAL REALITY IMPROVISATION STUDY – 2nd posting
Our group in the course CS6724 (Collab, Creativity & Comp) is seeking participants for a study involving a Virtual Reality and video conferencing improvisational exercise. The exercise will be run through both VRChat and Zoom. The study will be conducted entirely online. Throughout the experiment you will be answering questions related to your experience. The experiment will take approximately 45mins to finish.  Access to a VR headset of any kind required to participate (standalone headsets such as the Quest are included). Participants must be of age 18 years or older and able to speak English to be part of the study. There is no planned compensation but we would be very grateful for your participation. If you’re interested, please contact Md Tahsin Tausif at tausiftt52@vt.edu.  

30. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR CONSUMER WEB-BASED SURVEY ON EDAMAME – 2nd posting
The VT Sensory Evaluation Lab is recruiting volunteers (18+ years old) to participate in a web-based survey study designed to better understand consumer willingness to pay for edamame (vegetable soybean) products (IRB 18-310). The survey can be accessed here: https://cornell.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bmG7d7h7o1fDqmx. It contains 25 questions and will take no more than 15 minutes to complete. This knowledge will be used to inform edamame researchers and domestic growers. If you would like additional information or have questions about this study, please contact Renata Carneiro (rcvc@vt.edu). 

31. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR EDAMAME SENSORY STUDY – 2nd posting 
The VT Sensory Evaluation Lab is recruiting volunteers (18+ years old) to participate in a new sensory study ofedamame (vegetable soybeans)(IRB-18-310). Participants will be asked to taste edamame samples, describe their impressions, and answer a short survey. If you have allergies to soy products or are pregnant you are asked to refrain from participating. There is no compensation, but all participants are eligible to enjoy a nice snack after completing the test. Study will be on Monday, April 5th- Friday, April 9th, in the VT Sensory Evaluation Lab (HABB1 room 205, 1230 Washington St SW). Parking passes are available upon request. Time commitment is ~20 minutes. We have taken steps to reduce risk related to COVID-19 and will provide you with a summary of those steps prior to beginning the study. Questions or additional information? Please contact Rebekah Miller (rebekahm20@vt.edu). 

32. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR COVID COMPANIONS PROGRAM – 3rd posting 
COVID-19 has had a great effect on the older adult population, where many are isolated in their homes. The Virginia Tech Public Health Program, the Virginia Tech Center for Gerontology, the New River Valley Health Task Force, and the Blacksburg Police Department have coordinated to develop a COVID Companions program that seeks to reduce this social isolation. COVID Companions is a buddy program that connects older adults with a friend within the NRV community. The program includes weekly phone calls, video-calls, or pen pals between the older adult and the companion. The COVID Companions leadership team is looking for student volunteers of any age and background to become companion volunteers. Interested student volunteers should contact Callyn Niesen at calruth@vt.edu 

33. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR EMOTION REGULATION AND EVALUATIONS OF LEADERS RESEARCH STUDY – 3rd posting
You’re invited to participate in a dissertation study examining the impact of emotion regulation on evaluations of leaders. This is an online Zoom/Qualtrics study that will last about 50 minutes and you’ll receive a $10 Amazon gift card as compensation. During the session, you will watch a Pollock documentary and scenes from the tv show “The Office” and may be asked to regulate your emotions as you watch these videos. This part of the study will be video-recorded on Zoom. Then you will watch more videos of a leader and business managers and answer some surveys related to what you have watched. You need to be 18+ and proficient in English to participate. Male participants especially needed. Contact Elsheba at elsheba@vt.edu if you’re interested! IRB# 20-336

Upcoming Events:  

34. GRADUATE SCHOOL REVIEW OF ETDs
Monday, April 19, 7pm est 
In this presentation, we’ll go over what the Graduate School looks for when we review your Electronic Thesis or Dissertation (ETD) for formatting. Students will receive tips on how to prepare their ETDs for submission so that they are quickly approved. https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/83587230707 If the link does not work for you, please log in to Zoom and then enter the meeting ID. Meeting ID: 835 8723 0707

35. CRAFTING A STORY OF YOUR RESEARCH
Tuesday, April 20 and Thursday, April 22, 12-1:30pm, Zoom
The Center for Communicating Science has engaged The Story Collider to offer a series of workshops. This is a two-session sequence that will support you in developing and refining the story of your research. Click here to register for both sessions: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/crafting-a-story-of-your-research-tickets-140231513231 

36. CULTIVATING A CAREER: FROM SEEDS OF INSPIRATION TO A HARVEST OF DISCOVERY AND TRANSFORMATION
Wednesday, April 21, 1pm, Zoom
The Translational Plant Sciences Center Graduate Student Organization will be hosting Dr. Beronda Montgomery from Michigan State University at this webinar. The webinar will focus on her integrated career that supports progressive research, education and service and which requires planning, strategic and intentional engagement of mentors, and career envisioning. Following the webinar, there is an opportunity for graduate students to have an active discussion with Dr. Montgomery, although anyone is invited to attend the webinar! Please contact Will Singer (wilmsing@vt.edu) with any questions.Webinar Registration: https://forms.gle/JcRxjRAqtG47Zyjw7 Graduate Student Discussion Registration: https://forms.gle/ciDnHoc5h522u9Xg8

37. SCIENCE ON TAP OF THE NRV: ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER IN ACADEMIA: RESEARCH STORIES AND SUCESSES
Thursday, April 22, 5:30-6:30pm, Zoom
Today, Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans (APIDA) make up roughly 6% of the population of the United States, and more than 10% of the student and faculty populations at Virginia Tech. While experiences of the APIDA community have largely been spoken about collectively, the community has roots in over 40 countries and a wide range of cultural identities. This month’s Science on Tap NRV will include a panel discussion featuring graduate students and faculty at Virginia tech. Join us to get a glimpse of the diverse, challenging, and vibrant experiences of being Asian/Pacific Islander in academia. Register at  https://bit.ly/aprsot21 Contact Cassandra Hockman with questions, chockman@vt.edu

38. FINAL GRADUATE STUDENT GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING FOR ACADEMIC YEAR
Thursday, April 22, 5:30-7:00pm, Online via Zoom.
As a graduate student enrolled at Virginia Tech, you’re automatically a member of GSA, and are welcome to attend our General Assembly meetings. These meetings are not just for delegates – there is an open forum for our community to voice concerns of which the delegate body may not be aware. Guests, please PM the GA (Dryden) via the chat window upon arriving at the meeting to indicate your attendance. Reps, please use the appropriate sign-in survey. More information about the organization can be found online at http://bit.ly/GSA_Gen_Assembly.    

39. EXPLORING DIVERSE POSTDOCTORAL CAREER PATHS
Friday, April 23,10:30am-12pm, Zoom
While many postdoctoral researchers expect their training to lead to a career in academia, the reality is that only a small fraction of this group become tenured professors. The Office for Research and Innovation is hosting a webinar with a panel of experts to provide insights about career pathways outside of academia that includes discussion of career opportunities in the government, industry, and research management sectors. Speakers, all former postdocs, have experience as leaders in federal policy, entrepreneurs, and researchers in industry and federal labs. This panel will help illuminate alternative career pathways, along with advice for current postdocs to make the jump from academia. The talk will be followed by a Q&A with audience members. For more information, visit the webpageRegister for the event

40. HOKIE HICCUPS
Saturday, April 24, 7pm-8:30pm, Online
Ever felt like a screw up? Ever felt like an imposter? Are you operating with the belief that everyone else is navigating school perfectly? Well, the truth is: from little hiccups to epic failures, we all stumble on our path to growth. Let’s normalize it! Join us for a night of Hokies sharing their stories of struggle and resilience through videos, music, comedy, & other creative expressions. The event this year will be a mix of recorded and live performances that will be live streamed. Check out www.tinyurl.com/hiccups2021  for more information or to submit a hiccup. This event is sponsored by Hokie Wellness. Contact Swathip@vt.edu  if you have questions.

41. RECOVERY COMMUNITY: LGBTQ+ RECOVERY MEETING
Sunday, April 25, 11am, Zoom and Women’s Center
All-recovery meeting for those in the LGBTQ+ community will meet biweekly on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to join us at the Women’s Center or online over Zoom at https://virginiatech-hipaa.zoom.us/j/86530969258 [Zoom monitored by host].Please contact the Recovery Community at Virginia Tech at rc@vt.edu for more information or visit https://hokiewellness.vt.edu/students/recovery.html.

42. TURKISH COFFEE: A 500-YEAR JOURNEY
Sunday, April 25, 2-3:00pm est, Zoom  
Ready to hear the story of a 500-year-old drink? Prepare yourself for this majestic journey as the Turkish Coffee Lady, Gizem Salcigil White, unravels the 500-year quest of the world-renowned Turkish Coffee. In the program, there will also be a demonstration of the Turkish coffee brewing technique. Be sure to grab your Turkish Coffee kits to enjoy this delicate blend together! Register here: https://bit.ly/TSA-TurkishCoffee  Contact the organization at tsavirginiatech@gmail.com

43. BUDGETING AND DEBT MANAGEMETN FOR FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS
Thursday, April 29,12pm, Zoom
Join the Graduate School and Kevin Sutton for financial information and tips. Register at http://bit.ly/GSbudget. Spaces are limited. Questions? Email ordi@vt.edu.

44. COMPASSION TURNED INWARD: ANTIDOTE FOR STRESS AND ANXIETY
Thursday, April 29, 5:30-6:30pm, Zoom
Are you stressed and anxious? We will learn how to 1) Forgive and accept what we consider to be imperfections and failings; 2) Be a healing presence for ourselves when we are suffering; 3) Develop a loving relationship with ourselves. This workshop is hosted by Synergy: Interfaith Collective at Virginia Tech. Please RSVP at tinyurl.com/compassioninward 

45. “SYSTEMS APPROACH TO DISASTER RESILIENCE” – SEMINAR BY ZAHRAA SAIYED
Friday, April 30, 12-1pm, Zoom
How does your background and training help you address some of the world’s most complex problems of disaster risk management and reduction? Where do your interests lie and how can you expand your understanding of disasters while working collaboratively with others on these ‘wicked’ problems? Zahraa Saiyed of Scyma Consulting will explore these and other questions during this exciting seminar hosted by the VT Earthquake Engineering Research Institute student chapter. Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1wCwsPv5Zf_7DpkFkwbkYerzc1RbcvyyoNN-ovDwIN-A/viewform?edit_requested=true and direct questions to Kaleigh Yost at kmyost@vt.edu

46. ENGINEERING DYNAMICS INTO CELL AND GENETIC MEDICINE
Friday, April 30, 4-5:15pm, Zoom https://virginiatech.zoom.us/s/88425110561
The Computational Tissue Engineering Seminar series will host a talk by Dr. Biju Parekkadan, Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Rutgers University and Co-founder and Director of Sentien Biotechnologies, Inc. This seminar will address research challenges spanning the “lifecycle” of a cell therapy product from the design of a new cell therapy composition, its biomanufacture, and in vivo dynamics/efficacy. Emphasis will be placed on (1) understanding the pharmacology of these advanced medicines and creating new products that deploy drug delivery principles, (2) discovering new genetic elements, and (3) creating new bioprocess engineering tools for scalable cell manufacturing. The experience of translating these projects to industrial partners or as a new start-up company will also be shared. Please contact Zerin Khan at zerin@vt.edu for any questions. 

47. SAVE THE DATE! GSA END OF YEAR EVENT
Sunday, May 2, 2-5pm, Rising Silo Brewery
Join the Graduate Student Assembly at Rising Silo Brewery for our end of year event, celebrating our community surviving the 2020-2021 academic year. We will be able to accommodate up to 200 people, and physical distancing will be maintained. We will have gift card drawings, a Recognition Ceremony, entertainment, and so much more. Food and drinks will be available for purchase; some snacks will be provided. More details, including registration will be forthcoming shortly. Watch this webpage for details! https://bit.ly/2Px2iKT

48. FIWGSA PANDA EXPRESS FUNDRAISER FOR HUMBLE HIKES
Thursday, May 6, All-Day, Blacksburg University City Blvd Panda Express
The Fish & Wildlife Graduate Student Association (FIWGSA) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is hosting a restaurant fundraiser at the University City Blvd Panda Express all-day May 6th (VT’s Reading Day).Proceeds will support the Humble Hikes program of Roanoke, VA, in covering transportation costs to and from events. The Humble Hikes program aims to expose Black youth to the outdoors and provides the chance to expand the youth’s horizons and experience the world around them in a positive and healthy way. Flyer here FLYER MUST BE SHOWN AT CHECKOUT – if ordering online, use promo code 323783 Direct donations are also being accepted to support FIWGSA DEI Initiative to purchase binoculars for Humble Hikes, a program supporting Black youth exploring the outdoors in the NRV – More Info Here.

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