July 24-30 2017

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 5/29/2017

– Career Advising: on hiatus for the summer
– Cook Counseling: on hiatus for the summer
– Graduate School summer hours: 9:00-4:00 begin 5/15/17
– Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-4:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm
– Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.

2. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Jul 27, 3:30-5:00pm, Graduate School lobby
Enjoy free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of fellow graduate students and Grad School staff; network, socialize, relax! Bring your own mug if you can. Maybe some home-made treats will be served. The café will move to the Graduate School lobby and patio for the summer while the elevator is being replaced.

3. ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Friday, Jul 28, 2:00-3:00pm, Graduate School lobby
Enjoy some ice cream in the company of fellow grad students. Stop by the Grad School lobby any time between 2-3pm to grab some ice cream and hang around as long as your time allows! Please complete this survey registration to help organizers plan for enough ice cream: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a5EiqYIL4wEssND.

4. AETNA HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN OPEN ENROLLMENT JUL 24-SEP 19 – 1st posting
Take advantage of the open enrollment period for the VT-sponsored student health insurance plan by Aetna! Open enrollment ends on Sep 19 for coverage to begin Aug 1, 2017 and end Jul 31, 2018. Learn more at http://risk.controller.vt.edu/studentmedicalinsurance.html.

5. HEALTH INSURANCE INFO AVAILABLE ON HEALTHCARE MARKETPLACE PLANS – 4th posting with CORRECTION
Are you considering whether to renew your health insurance plans?  If so, you may be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period with the Health Insurance Marketplace.  Enroll Virginia/SVLAS provides free information and enrollment support locally regarding access to healthcare benefits and health insurance.  Call 855-207-5637 (corrected from previous posting) for an appointment in Christiansburg or Blacksburg and learn whether you are eligible for financial assistance on monthly premiums and out-of-pocket costs. Every health plan in the Marketplace offers the same set of essential health benefits, including doctor visits, preventive care, hospitalization, prescriptions, and more.

6. GA OPENING IN OFFICE OF ACADEMIC DECISION SUPPORT – 1st posting
VT’s Office of Academic Decision Support is looking for a Graduate Assistant for Fall 2017, 20 hrs/wk. Responsibilities include: designing and developing (UI/UX) web-applications. Must have: strong and verifiable UI/UX design and web programming skills; knowledge of web markup and scripting languages: HTML5, CSS3, Javascript and jQuery; experience in translating mockups to code; demonstrated evidence in UI/UX design and development; evidence of creativity and innovation; ability to work in collaborative environment; excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Preferred skills: knowledge of server-side CSS pre-processing platforms, such as LESS and SASS; experience with web frameworks; web app design and development experience. If interested, email CV with links to supplementary materials such as sample websites/applications and code repositories along with names and contact information of 2-3 references to Daniel Hung @ chung@vt.edu <mailto:chung@vt.edu> .

7. HOURLY WAGE JOB AS WORDPRESS DEVELOPER – 1st posting
University Libraries is seeking a graduate student to fill an hourly wage position as WordPress developer. If you have WordPress experience, like designing websites and working with fun people, consider applying for this job. Learn more at https://goo.gl/forms/1pqYYlKaNUYRuaaJ3. Posted on behalf of Andi Ogier, alop@vt.edu <mailto:alop@vt.edu> .

8. FULL TIME GA POSITION IN ALUMNI ASSOCIATION – INCLUSION & DIVERSITY – 1st posting
Position supports the Director of Alumni Relations for Diversity and Inclusion, planning and implementing alumni events, communicating professionally with alumni and other stakeholders, managing volunteers, and other office tasks as assigned. GA will also assist with event data collection, social media management, and basic website maintenance. Minimum Qualifications: Proficiency in MS Office Suite; available to work 20 office hrs/wk, mornings and afternoons with some evening and weekend hours during events; strong organization and event/project management skills; excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to work independently and as a member of a team. To apply, submit resume and three references to Latanya Walker at latanya@vt.edu and complete this brief application: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1422377266995.

9. LITTLE HOKIE HANGOUT HIRING PROGRAM LEADERS AND CLASSROOM AIDES – 2nd posting
The Little Hokie Hangout Child Care Center is now hiring Program Leaders and Classroom Aides for this fall! If you are interested in learning more about the Program Leader position, please visit this link: https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/77878 To learn more about being a Classroom Aide, please email childcare@vt.edu.

10. WEB ACCESSIBILITY ASSISTANTSHIP FOR 2017-2018- 2nd posting
Assistive Technologies, a unit of Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS), is seeking a Graduate Assistant for 2017-2018 to work on accessible web design and testing. The successful applicant will have the unique opportunity of learning assistive technologies, web accessibility, and gaining practical experience by working 20 hours per week in the Assistive Technologies Lab. The Web Accessibility Assistant will support several projects related to the accessibility of websites for people with disabilities including the maintenance and improvement of the accessible WordPress theme used by TLOS and others across campus. Additionally, the Web Accessibility Assistant will review department and university websites using web accessibility testing tools and procedures. Required qualifications include strong communication and design skills, fundamental web developmental experience, such as HML and CSS, experience with a content management system, experience with Windows and Mac operating systems, and demonstrated ability to quickly learn new technical skills. To apply, please email current resume/CV and cover letter to assist@vt.edu .

11. GRAD STUDENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR WELCOME WEEK AND ORIENTATION – 1st posting
The Graduate School is looking for graduate student volunteers (graduate ambassadors) to assist with international graduate student check-in (Aug 7-25), GTA training (Aug 22), the Welcome Center and New Graduate Student Orientation in the GLC (Aug 21-25). Roles include: check-in and registration assistance; information and guidance to attendees; Welcome Center staffing; orientation crowd control; student panel in orientation; program set up, and more. If you are available and interested in assisting with any of these events, please fill out this short survey: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eL0jJBsHpJ7Qsdf. Training will be offered to all grad ambassadors.

12. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR WEARABLE EXOSKELETON STUDY – 1st posting
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 Mehdi Alemi at malemi@vt.edu  (317-473-1736).

13. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A STUDY ABOUT METABOLIC COST OF LIFTING – 2nd posting
Participants are needed for a research study about metabolic cost of lifting with and without a wearable exoskeleton. They must be 18-65 years old with no recent or prior musculoskeletal disorders and back injuries. They should be able to comfortably lift about 25% of their bodyweights from the floor to the waist height. They are asked to perform a variety of lifting tasks both with and without the exoskeleton. There are two experimental sessions for this study and the compensation rate is $10/hour. Those who are willing to take part in this study can email Mehdi Alemi at malemi@vt.edu or call at 317-473-1736.

14. PARTICPANTS NEEDED WHO ARE ENGAGED IN FINDING RESEARCH ARTICLES – 3rd posting
Sarang Joshi, PHD student in Computer Science, is seeking participants who are engaged in finding research articles through online search among their other search tasks. During this session, we will also set up a special recording software, My Screen Recorder Pro 4, on the device (laptop) you intend to use for scholarly research activities. This software would begin the recording process when you start searching on the search engine of your choice and stop when you ask it to stop. The study lasts three weeks and your search activities will be logged during this period and you will be asked about your searches and search choices, including whether you choose to use our technology, Critisearch.  Participants will receive a $25 gift card. For further information or to enroll in the study, please email sarang87@vt.edu  or send a text message to 248-705-7830.

July 17-23, 2017

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 5/29/2017

– Career Advising: on hiatus for the summer
– Cook Counseling: on hiatus for the summer
– Graduate School summer hours: 9:00-4:00 begin 5/15/17
– Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-4:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm
– Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.

2. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Jul 20, 3:30-5:00pm, Graduate School lobby
Enjoy free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of fellow graduate students and Grad School staff; network, socialize, relax! Bring your own mug if you can. The café will move to the Graduate School lobby and patio for the summer while the elevator is being replaced.

3. HEALTH INSURANCE INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON HEALTHCARE MARKETPLACE PLANS – 3rd  posting
Are you considering whether to renew your health insurance plans?  If so, you may be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period with the Health Insurance Marketplace.  Enroll Virginia/SVLAS provides free information and enrollment support locally regarding access to healthcare benefits and health insurance.  Call 855-207-5627 for an appointment in Christiansburg or Blacksburg and learn whether you are eligible for financial assistance on monthly premiums and out-of-pocket costs. Every health plan in the Marketplace offers the same set of essential health benefits, including doctor visits, preventive care, hospitalization, prescriptions, and more.

4. LITTLE HOKIE HANGOUT HIRING PROGRAM LEADERS AND CLASSROOM AIDES – 1st posting
The Little Hokie Hangout Child Care Center is now hiring Program Leaders and Classroom Aides for this fall! If you are interested in learning more about the Program Leader position, please visit this link: https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/77878 To learn more about being a Classroom Aide, please email childcare@vt.edu.

5. WEB ACCESSIBILITY ASSISTANTSHIP FOR 2017-2018- 1st posting
Assistive Technologies, a unit of Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS), is seeking a Graduate Assistant for 2017-2018 to work on accessible web design and testing. The successful applicant will have the unique opportunity of learning assistive technologies, web accessibility, and gaining practical experience by working 20 hours per week in the Assistive Technologies Lab. The Web Accessibility Assistant will support several projects related to the accessibility of websites for people with disabilities including the maintenance and improvement of the accessible WordPress theme used by TLOS and others across campus. Additionally, the Web Accessibility Assistant will review department and university websites using web accessibility testing tools and procedures. Required qualifications include strong communication and design skills, fundamental web developmental experience, such as HML and CSS, experience with a content management system, experience with Windows and Mac operating systems, and demonstrated ability to quickly learn new technical skills. To apply, please email current resume/CV and cover letter to assist@vt.edu.

6. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A STUDY ABOUT METABOLIC COST OF LIFTING – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a research study about metabolic cost of lifting with and without a wearable exoskeleton. They must be 18-65 years old with no recent or prior musculoskeletal disorders and back injuries. They should be able to comfortably lift about 25% of their bodyweights from the floor to the waist height. They are asked to perform a variety of lifting tasks both with and without the exoskeleton. There are two experimental sessions for this study and the compensation rate is $10/hour. Those who are willing to take part in this study can email Mehdi Alemi at malemi@vt.edu or call at 317-473-1736. 

7. PARTICPANTS NEEDED WHO ARE ENGAGED IN FINDING RESEARCH ARTICLES – 2nd posting
Sarang Joshi, PHD student in Computer Science, is seeking participants who are engaged in finding research articles through online search among their other search tasks. During this session, we will also set up a special recording software, My Screen Recorder Pro 4, on the device (laptop) you intend to use for scholarly research activities. This software would begin the recording process when you start searching on the search engine of your choice and stop when you ask it to stop. The study lasts three weeks and your search activities will be logged during this period and you will be asked about your searches and search choices, including whether you choose to use our technology, Critisearch.  Participants will receive a $25 gift card. For further information or to enroll in the study, please email sarang87@vt.edu  or send a text message to 248-705-7830.

8. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MEMORY AND MONITORING STUDY – 3rd posting
VTCSE lab (Whitt529) is recruiting participants for a study involving questionnaires and computer sessions in which visual stimuli will be presented. Participants will perform two cognitive tasks. Physiological and behavioral indices, including cardiovascular activity, skin conductance, and eye movement, will be recorded during the computer sessions. The study runs about 90 minutes. Compensation: $15 will be given for participation. If you are interested in participating or need more information, contact Wenyan Huang at whuang@vt.edu.

July 10-16, 2017

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 5/29/2017

– Career Advising: on hiatus for the summer
– Cook Counseling: on hiatus for the summer
– Graduate School summer hours: 9:00-4:00 begin 5/15/17
– Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-4:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm
– Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.

2. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Jul 13, 3:30-5:00pm, Graduate School lobby
Enjoy free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of fellow graduate students and Grad School staff; network, socialize, relax! Bring your own mug if you can. The café will move to the Graduate School lobby and patio for the summer while the elevator is being replaced.

3. JENGA AND CORNHOLE ON THE GRAD SCHOOL LAWN
Friday, Jul 14, 2:00-4:00pm, Grad School Lawn
Take a break and play a game of giant Jenga or cornhole on the Grad School Lawn. There will be popsicles too!

4. IMMIGRATION ADVISING UNAVAILABLE JUL 10-14 – 2nd posting
Immigration advising services (by phone, walk-ins or email) will be unavailable next week, Jul 10-14, due to the implementation of a new software system that will improve immigration data collection, tracking and advising. International students are asked to refrain from contacting the IGSS office during this time. In case of an emergency, contact Lauren Surface, 231-9561, who will determine whether an issue needs immediate attention from an immigration advisor, and arrange for an advisor to contact you.

5. GLC COMPUTER LAB CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY, 7/12 FOR TRAINING – 2nd posting
The GLC computer lab will be closed on Wednesday, Jul 12, 8:00am-5:00pm for computer training for immigration advisors. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

6. HEALTH INSURANCE INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON HEALTHCARE MARKETPLACE PLANS – 2nd posting
Are you considering whether to renew your health insurance plans?  If so, you may be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period with the Health Insurance Marketplace.  Enroll Virginia/SVLAS provides free information and enrollment support locally regarding access to healthcare benefits and health insurance.  Call 855-207-5627 for an appointment in Christiansburg or Blacksburg and learn whether you are eligible for financial assistance on monthly premiums and out-of-pocket costs. Every health plan in the Marketplace offers the same set of essential health benefits, including doctor visits, preventive care, hospitalization, prescriptions, and more.

7. ANTI-BULLYING FOCUS GROUP INVITATION – 3rd posting
The Graduate School Anti-Bullying Task Force would like to learn more about your experiences as a graduate student with bullying, either as the target of bullying or as one who has observed others being bullied, to better understand the prevalence of bullying among graduate students (both faculty-student and student-student bullying) and students’ willingness to report such behaviors. Participate in one of two focus groups to share your experience in the afternoon of Wednesday, July 12, in Room 323, Bishop-Favrao Hall. Space is limited, so if you are interested in participating, sign up at: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/70A0B4FA9AE2FA57-antibullying. Pizza will be provided. Participation is voluntary and may be discontinued at any time. Information collected during the session will be documented anonymously. Your input will help in the design of new reporting mechanisms and training to help reduce bullying at Virginia Tech and beyond. The sessions will be led by Dr. Rajesh Bagchi (rbagchi@vt.edu) and Dr. Annie Pearce (apearce@vt.edu) of the Anti-Bullying Task Force.  

8. CTR FOR PEACE STUDIES AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – 3rd posting
The CPSVP provides support for grad students whose thesis or dissertation research applies to issues of violence. Recipients are required to participate in various university-sponsored research conferences and professional conferences. Proposed research should focus on the causes, consequences, treatment, management, and/or prevention of violence, and may address any aspect of inter-personal, institutional, group, collective, cultural, or structural violence. Three awards of $1,000-1,500 will be given. Must be full-time graduate student in good standing, with research grounded in the social sciences, humanities, or arts. Applications must include (a) cover sheet, (b) 200-word abstract about research project in language suitable for general public, (c) project narrative of up to four pages, (d) itemized budget and justification, and (e) a letter of support from the student’s main academic advisor. Applications are to be prepared using 1-inch margins and Arial 11 font. Submit an e-copy of the complete application and signed coversheet, and itemized budget to Ms. Amy Splitt at amys@vt.edu by 5:00 p.m. on Jul 15, 2017. For more info see https://www.facebook.com/CPSVP/posts/1557546177603663 or contact James Hawdon, hawdonj@vt.edu.

9. PARTICPANTS NEEDED WHO ARE ENGAGED IN FINDING RESEARCH ARTICLES – 1ST posting
Sarang Joshi, PHD student in Computer Science, is seeking participants who are engaged in finding research articles through online search among their other search tasks. During this session, we will also set up a special recording software, My Screen Recorder Pro 4, on the device (laptop) you intend to use for scholarly research activities. This software would begin the recording process when you start searching on the search engine of your choice and stop when you ask it to stop. The study lasts three weeks and your search activities will be logged during this period and you will be asked about your searches and search choices, including whether you choose to use our technology, Critisearch.  Participants will receive a $25 gift card. For further information or to enroll in the study, please email sarang87@vt.edu  or send a text message to 248-705-7830.

10. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MEMORY AND MONITORING STUDY – 2nd posting
VTCSE lab (Whitt529) is recruiting participants for a study involving questionnaires and computer sessions in which visual stimuli will be presented. Participants will perform two cognitive tasks. Physiological and behavioral indices, including cardiovascular activity, skin conductance, and eye movement, will be recorded during the computer sessions. The study runs about 90 minutes. Compensation: $15 will be given for participation. If you are interested in participating or need more information, contact Wenyan Huang at whuang@vt.edu.

11. PARTICIPANTS EXPERIENCED WITH FABRICS SOUGHT FOR STUDY – 2nd posting
Do you use, build or design with a variety of fabrics? Are you a native English speaker and 18 or older? Would you like $40? The data will be used for a PhD study. For more information check out the pre-screen form at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3IZxuSCqYQxivWd. If you have any questions, email VT grad student Anamary Leal at leal@vt.edu.

 

July 5-9, 2017

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 5/29/2017

– Career Advising: on hiatus for the summer
– Cook Counseling: on hiatus for the summer
– Graduate School summer hours: 9:00-4:00 begin 5/15/17
– Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-4:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm
– Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.

2. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Jul 6, 3:30-5:00pm, Graduate School lobby
Enjoy free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of fellow graduate students and Grad School staff; network, socialize, relax! Bring your own mug if you can. The café will move to the Graduate School lobby and patio for the summer while the elevator is being replaced.

3. IMMIGRATION ADVISING UNAVAILABLE JUL 10-14 – 1st posting
Immigration advising services (by phone, walk-ins or email) will be unavailable next week, Jul 10-14, due to the implementation of a new software system that will improve immigration data collection, tracking and advising. International students are asked to refrain from contacting the IGSS office during this time. In case of an emergency, contact Lauren Surface, 231-9561, who will determine whether an issue needs immediate attention from an immigration advisor, and arrange for an advisor to contact you.

4. GLC COMPUTER LAB CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY, 7/12 FOR TRAINING – 1st posting
The GLC computer lab will be closed on Wednesday, Jul 12, 8:00am-5:00pm for computer training for immigration advisors. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

5. HEALTH INSURANCE INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON HEALTHCARE MARKETPLACE PLANS – 1st posting
Are you considering whether to renew your health insurance plans?  If so, you may be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period with the Health Insurance Marketplace.  Enroll Virginia/SVLAS provides free information and enrollment support locally regarding access to healthcare benefits and health insurance.  Call 855-207-5627 for an appointment in Christiansburg or Blacksburg and learn whether you are eligible for financial assistance on monthly premiums and out-of-pocket costs. Every health plan in the Marketplace offers the same set of essential health benefits, including doctor visits, preventive care, hospitalization, prescriptions, and more.

6. ANTI-BULLYING FOCUS GROUP INVITATION – 2nd posting
The Graduate School Anti-Bullying Task Force would like to learn more about your experiences as a graduate student with bullying, either as the target of bullying or as one who has observed others being bullied, to better understand the prevalence of bullying among graduate students (both faculty-student and student-student bullying) and students’ willingness to report such behaviors. Participate in one of two focus groups to share your experience in the afternoon of Wednesday, July 12, in Room 323, Bishop-Favrao Hall. Space is limited, so if you are interested in participating, sign up at: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/70A0B4FA9AE2FA57-antibullying. Pizza will be provided. Participation is voluntary and may be discontinued at any time. Information collected during the session will be documented anonymously. Your input will help in the design of new reporting mechanisms and training to help reduce bullying at Virginia Tech and beyond. The sessions will be led by Dr. Rajesh Bagchi (rbagchi@vt.edu) and Dr. Annie Pearce (apearce@vt.edu) of the Anti-Bullying Task Force. 

7. CTR FOR PEACE STUDIES AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – 2nd posting
The CPSVP provides support for grad students whose thesis or dissertation research applies to issues of violence. Recipients are required to participate in various university-sponsored research conferences and professional conferences. Proposed research should focus on the causes, consequences, treatment, management, and/or prevention of violence, and may address any aspect of inter-personal, institutional, group, collective, cultural, or structural violence.Three awards of $1,000-1,500 will be given. Must be full-time graduate student in good standing, with research grounded in the social sciences, humanities, or arts. Applications must include (a) cover sheet, (b) 200-word abstract about research project in language suitable for general public, (c) project narrative of up to four pages, (d) itemized budget and justification, and (e) a letter of support from the student’s main academic advisor. Applications are to be prepared using 1-inch margins and Arial 11 font. Submit an e-copy of the complete application and signed coversheet, and itemized budget to Ms. Amy Splitt at amys@vt.edu by 5:00 p.m. on Jul 15, 2017. For more info see https://www.facebook.com/CPSVP/posts/1557546177603663 or contact James Hawdon, hawdonj@vt.edu .

8. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MEMORY AND MONITORING STUDY – 1st posting
VTCSE lab (Whitt529) is recruiting participants for a study involving questionnaires and computer sessions in which visual stimuli will be presented. Participants will perform two cognitive tasks. Physiological and behavioral indices, including cardiovascular activity, skin conductance, and eye movement, will be recorded during the computer sessions. The study runs about 90 minutes. Compensation: $15 will be given for participation. If you are interested in participating or need more information, contact Wenyan Huang at whuang@vt.edu.

9. PARTICIPANTS EXPERIENCED WITH FABRICS SOUGHT FOR STUDY – 1st posting
Do you use, build or design with a variety of fabrics? Are you a native English speaker and 18 or older? Would you like $40? The data will be used for a PhD study. For more information check out the pre-screen form at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3IZxuSCqYQxivWd. If you have any questions, email VT grad student Anamary Leal at leal@vt.edu.

10. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A RUNNING STUDY – 3rd posting
The Granata lab is recruiting subjects for a study looking at load symmetry during running. This study requires two visits – a 2 mile run visit and a 4 mile run visit. Participants must be able to complete a 4-mile run without stopping, but can run at their own speed. Please contact Kristen Renner for more information, hulbertk@vt.edu <mailto:hulbertk@vt.edu> .

June 26-July 4

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 5/29/2017

– Career Advising: on hiatus for the summer
– Cook Counseling: on hiatus for the summer
– Graduate School summer hours: 9:00-4:00 begin 5/15/17
– Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-4:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm
– Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.

2. PICK YOUR OWN BLUEBERRIES!
Wednesday, Jun 28, 9:00-10:30am
Meet with grad students in the GLC lobby and travel to Three Birds Berry Farm in Blacksburg to pick some blueberries. Bring cash to pay for your pickings (see prices at http://www.3birdsberryfarm.com/about/)! Some of the blueberries will be made into a cobbler for Thursday’s GLC cafe. Please register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8kSSMOJ2krAJY8Z if planning to attend. You will receive an email confirmation if you are assigned a spot in our carpool. Space is limited, and we will accommodate registrants on a first-come first served basis.

3. HEALTHY RESPONSES TO CONFLICT AND STRESS
Thursday, Jun 29, 2:30-3:30, GLC Room B
Take advantage of having some discretionary time in the summer and learn how to cope with conflict and stress in healthy ways – these skills may come in handy in the fall! Conflict and stress are experienced within all realms of our lives. Participants will begin by discussing the conflict and stress they experience, then reflect upon current responses and explore methods for coping and responding to conflict and stress in the most constructive way.  Please register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a3KrANh3IWFIPyt if you are planning to attend.

4. GLC CAFÉ: HOMEMADE BLUEBERRY COBBLER WITH ICE CREAM
Thursday, Jun 22, 3:30-5:00pm, Graduate School lobby
Enjoy free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of fellow graduate students and Grad School staff; network, socialize, relax! Bring your own mug if you can. The café will move to the Graduate School lobby and patio for the summer while the elevator is being replaced.

5. CLAYTOR LAKE GRAD POTLUCK PICNIC
Sunday, Jul 2, 11:00am-3:00pm, Claytor Lake State Park, Shelter #2
Want to get out of Blacksburg for a bit, but not interested in driving too far? Get down to Claytor Lake State Park <http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/claytor-lake>  for a potluck picnic with your fellow graduate students and their families. The Grad School rented a picnic shelter; you bring the food! Meet some new faces, make some new friends, and enjoy a nice day on the lake. Everyone is asked to bring 1 or 2 dishes to share. Bring games, swimwear, sports equipment, etc. too. Families are welcome! Register by Wednesday, Jun 28, at https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfuseH0JlHmU0tFvzTCwRnxtIpG-oTS148i0PsqDXqqz8hUTQ/viewform so that organizers may arrange carpools for anyone who needs them. Email Mimosa Sarma (msarma@vt.edu) or Anthony Carno (acarno@vt.edu) with questions.

6. GLC COMPUTER LAB CLOSED ON MONDAY, 6/26 FOR ELECTRICAL WORK – 1st posting
The GLC computer lab will be closed today, Monday Jun 26, while electrical work is completed in the auditorium. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

7. ANTI-BULLYING FOCUS GROUP INVITATION – 1st posting
The Graduate School Anti-Bullying Task Force would like to learn more about your experiences as a graduate student with bullying, either as the target of bullying or as one who has observed others being bullied, to better understand the prevalence of bullying among graduate students (both faculty-student and student-student bullying) and students’ willingness to report such behaviors. Participate in one of two focus groups to share your experience in the afternoon of Wednesday, July 12, in Room 323, Bishop-Favrao Hall. Space is limited, so if you are interested in participating, sign up at: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/70A0B4FA9AE2FA57-antibullying. Pizza will be provided. Participation is voluntary and may be discontinued at any time. Information collected during the session will be documented anonymously. Your input will help in the design of new reporting mechanisms and training to help reduce bullying at Virginia Tech and beyond. The sessions will be led by Dr. Rajesh Bagchi (rbagchi@vt.edu) and Dr. Annie Pearce (apearce@vt.edu) of the Anti-Bullying Task Force. 

8. CTR FOR PEACE STUDIES AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – 1st posting
The CPSVP provides support for grad students whose thesis or dissertation research applies to issues of violence. Recipients are required to participate in various university-sponsored research conferences and professional conferences. Proposed research should focus on the causes, consequences, treatment, management, and/or prevention of violence, and may address any aspect of inter-personal, institutional, group, collective, cultural, or structural violence.Three awards of $1,000-1,500 will be given. Must be full-time graduate student in good standing, with research grounded in the social sciences, humanities, or arts. Applications must include (a) cover sheet, (b) 200-word abstract about research project in language suitable for general public, (c) project narrative of up to four pages, (d) itemized budget and justification, and (e) a letter of support from the student’s main academic advisor. Applications are to be prepared using 1-inch margins and Arial 11 font. Submit an e-copy of the complete application and signed coversheet, and itemized budget to Ms. Amy Splitt at amys@vt.edu by 5:00 p.m. on Jul 15, 2017. With questions contact James Hawdon, hawdonj@vt.edu.

9. FULBRIGHT COMPETITION NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS FOR 2018-19 – 3rd posting
The US Student Fulbright competition is now open for applications for the 2018-2019 academic year. Grants are available in approximately 140 countries for graduate degree programs, independent study/research, or English teaching assistantships. Awards cover round-trip travel to the host country, room, board and incidental costs, and accident and sickness insurance, with some programs offering additional benefits. For more information and/or to schedule an advising appointment (in person or virtual), contact Betty Watts in the Global Education Office (bettyw@vt.edu <mailto:bettyw@vt.edu> ; 540-231-7220).

10. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A RUNNING STUDY – 2nd posting
The Granata lab is recruiting subjects for a study looking at load symmetry during running. This study requires two visits – a 2 mile run visit and a 4 mile run visit. Participants must be able to complete a 4-mile run without stopping, but can run at their own speed. Please contact Kristen Renner for more information, hulbertk@vt.edu <mailto:hulbertk@vt.edu> .

11. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR AUGMENTED REALITY STUDY – 3rd posting
The 3DI group is seeking volunteers to participate in a research study with  augmented reality (AR) technologies. The team is investigating the best ways to interact with AR, and this study compares various methods of interaction with virtual data and information. The study will make use of state-of-the-art AR technologies such as the Microsoft Hololens. The project is supervised by Dr. Doug Bowman in Computer Science. If you are interested in participating, please contact Wallace Lages at wlages@vt.edu <mailto:wlages@vt.edu>  for more details.

12. VOLUNTEER AT THE BBURG FARMER’S MARKET – 3rd posting
Volunteers are needed at the Blacksburg Farmer’s Market to help run the information booth on market days during the summer. The market days are Wednesdays and Saturdays and shifts are three hours each. Wednesday, the market is open 12:00 to 6:00 pm and the shifts are 12:00 to 3:00 pm and 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Saturday, the market is open from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm and the shifts are 8:00 am to 11:00 am and 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Farmer’s Market is near Squires and the GLC. More information is on the sign up link at https://signup.com/client/invitation/6775657374/1219389/false#!1219389/false/false. If you have any questions, email grad student Aubrey Stephenson at aubb0b@vt.edu.

June 19-25, 2017

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 5/29/2017

– Career Advising: on hiatus for the summer
– Cook Counseling: on hiatus for the summer
– Graduate School summer hours: 9:00-4:00 begin 5/15/17
– Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-4:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm
– Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.

2. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Jun 22, 3:30-5:00pm, Graduate School lobby
Enjoy free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of fellow graduate students and Grad School staff; network, socialize, relax! Bring your own mug if you can. The café will move to the Graduate School lobby and patio for the summer while the elevator is being replaced.

3. CONNECT WITH FELLOW GRADS THIS SUMMER THROUGH SOCIAL EVENTS – 3rd posting
Many grad students stay in Bburg for the summer and may wish to connect to other grads through social events and opportunities. Book group meetings, pot-luck picnic suppers, game nights (in the GLC or at Rising Silos on Mondays), hikes and other events could be possible, if there is sufficient interest. Grad student Kathryn Culbertson created a google+ community to gauge interest and share information about events and activities – check out the group and share your interests at https://plus.google.com/communities/104559978083983521318, or search for “Summer in the ‘Burg for Grads” on Google+ if you have trouble with the link. If the Graduate School can assist with the logistics of any event you come up with, please email us at grads@vt.edu with “summer events” in the subject line.

4. BILL ANDERSON FUND DISASTER DASH 5K WALK/RUN – 2nd posting
Grad student Henry Smart invites you to this fundraiser on Wednesday, Jul 12, as part of the 42nd Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop. The fundraising team–The Pre-Mitigators, set a fundraising goal of $1,500, to go towards funding their experience as Bill Anderson Fund Fellows, including participation in a two-day intensive workshop in Broomfield, Colorado, and various workshops throughout the academic year that provide opportunities for professional development, networking, and preparation for the job market. Learn more at https://www.wizathon.com/baf-disaster-dash/index.php or contact Henry at hsmart3@vt.edu for more information.

5. FULBRIGHT COMPETITION NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS FOR 2018-19 – 2nd posting
The US Student Fulbright competition is now open for applications for the 2018-2019 academic year. Grants are available in approximately 140 countries for graduate degree programs, independent study/research, or English teaching assistantships. Awards cover round-trip travel to the host country, room, board and incidental costs, and accident and sickness insurance, with some programs offering additional benefits. For more information and/or to schedule an advising appointment (in person or virtual), contact Betty Watts in the Global Education Office (bettyw@vt.edu; 540-231-7220).

6. SUMMER GA POSITION IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION – 2nd posting
Researchers in the Engineering Education Department seek a graduate student with an interest in engineering students’ early career development. Primary duty is qualitative analysis of interview transcripts; other duties include participation in qualitative team meetings with researchers from multiple institutions and literature review in the area of analysis. Must have mature and professional demeanor, and the ability to communicate with diverse groups of faculty and staff; qualitative analysis experience (knowledge of Dedoose software a plus); ability to work independently and in a team; and be flexible. Previous experience with motivation (e.g., EVT) frameworks, career pathways, and inclusion on IRBs is desired. Summer GRA, 20 hrs/wk, position.  Potential wage position in the Fall. If interested, email cover letter and CV by Jun 26 to Cheryl Carrico, Research Scientist, at ccarrico@vt.edu. Indicate that you are applying for the PEPS Qualitative Analysis graduate research assistantship in your email.

7. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SENSORY STUDY OF DAIRY-BASED BEVERAGE – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a research study about sensory quality of a dairy-based beverage to help VT researchers identify formulas, appropriate flavorings, and potential market success of beverage[s] targeted for providing healthful components into a diet. The study will take place on Tuesday, Jun 20, 8:30am-3:30pm at the VT Sensory Evaluation Laboratory (1230 Washington Street). Participants will be compensated with snacks (including Carol Lee donuts) and will be entered into a drawing to win a $10 Amazon gift card. Must not have allergies to dairy products or ingredients, or be under 18. For additional information contact Dr. Susan Duncan (duncans@vt.edu).

8. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SENSORY STUDY OF FRUIT-BASED BEVERAGE – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a research study about sensory quality of a dairy-based beverage to help VT researchers identify formulas, appropriate flavorings, and potential market success of beverage[s] targeted for providing healthful components into a diet. The study will take place on Wednesday, Jun 21, 8:30am-3:30pm at the VT Sensory Evaluation Laboratory (1230 Washington Street). Participants will be compensated with snacks (including Carol Lee donuts) and will be entered into a drawing to win a $10 Amazon gift card. Must be over 18. For additional information contact Dr. Susan Duncan (duncans@vt.edu).

9. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A RUNNING STUDY – 1st posting
The Granata lab is recruiting subjects for a study looking at load symmetry during running. This study requires two visits – a 2 mile run visit and a 4 mile run visit. Participants must be able to complete a 4-mile run without stopping, but can run at their own speed. Please contact Kristen Renner for more information, hulbertk@vt.edu <mailto:hulbertk@vt.edu> .

10. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR AUGMENTED REALITY STUDY – 2nd posting
The 3DI group is seeking volunteers to participate in a research study with  augmented reality (AR) technologies. The team is investigating the best ways to interact with AR, and this study compares various methods of interaction with virtual data and information. The study will make use of state-of-the-art AR technologies such as the Microsoft Hololens. The project is supervised by Dr. Doug Bowman in Computer Science. If you are interested in participating, please contact Wallace Lages at wlages@vt.edu for more details.

11. VOLUNTEER AT THE BBURG FARMER’S MARKET – 2nd posting
Volunteers are needed at the Blacksburg Farmer’s Market to help run the information booth on market days during the summer. The market days are Wednesdays and Saturdays and shifts are three hours each. Wednesday, the market is open 12:00 to 6:00 pm and the shifts are 12:00 to 3:00 pm and 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Saturday, the market is open from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm and the shifts are 8:00 am to 11:00 am and 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Farmer’s Market is near Squires and the GLC. More information is on the sign up link at https://signup.com/client/invitation/6775657374/1219389/false#!1219389/false/false. If you have any questions, email grad student Aubrey Stephenson at aubb0b@vt.edu.

12. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR DELAYED DISCOUNTING STUDY – 3rd posting
Volunteers needed for a study examining whether delayed discounting (do you want a small reward now or a larger reward later?) is related to health, diet, and physical activity level. Must be: male or female, any race and ethnicity; ages 18-65; Body Mass Index between 22 and 40 kg/m2; not trying to gain or lose weight; have not gained or lost weight in the past six months; willing to participate in two testing sessions of about 5 hours; willing to have your blood drawn, body fat assessed, an oral glucose tolerance test, fill out questionnaires related to diet and physical activity, and wear a physical activity monitor for 4 days. Participants will receive information, related to body composition, diet and physical activity level, and blood glucose and lipids (cholesterol).  The total amount possible for participation is $60. If you meet the above requirements and are interested in participating in the study, contact the VT Skeletal Muscle Substrate Metabolism Laboratory at Virginia Tech by email: vtsmsmlab@gmail.com or by phone 540-739-2522.

13. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR OSTEOPATHIC ASSESSMENT AND MANIPULATION STUDY – 3rd  posting
The Kevin P. Granata Lab is seeking volunteers for a study examining osteopathic assessment and manipulation. The study includes an osteopathic assessment and a biomechanical assessment; osteopathic manipulation and a second biomechanical assessment may also be included in participation. Volunteers must be between 18-35 years of age and have no past or current lower extremity injuries that required medical care. If you meet these requirements and are interested in participating, please contact Cherice Hughes-Oliver at granata-lab-g@vt.edu or (540) 231-4294.

Upcoming events:

PICK YOUR OWN BLUEBERRIES!
Wednesday, Jun 28, 9:00-10:30am
Meet with grad students in the GLC lobby and travel to Three Birds Berry Farm in Blacksburg to pick some blueberries. Bring cash to pay for your pickings! Some of the blueberries will be made into a cobbler for Thursday’s GLC cafe. You will receive a confirmation if you are assigned a spot in our carpool. Please register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8kSSMOJ2krAJY8Z if planning to attend.

HEALTHY RESPONSES TO CONFLICT AND STRESS
Thursday, Jun 29, 2:30-3:30, GLC Room B
Take advantage of having some discretionary time in the summer and learn how to cope with conflict and stress in healthy ways – these skills may come in handy in the fall! Conflict and stress are experienced within all realms of our lives. Participants will begin by discussing the conflict and stress they experience, then reflect upon current responses and explore methods for coping and responding to conflict and stress in the most constructive way.  Please register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a3KrANh3IWFIPyt if you are planning to attend.

 

June 12-18, 2017

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 5/29/2017

– Career Advising: on hiatus for the summer
– Cook Counseling: on hiatus for the summer
– Graduate School summer hours: 9:00-4:00 begin 5/15/17
– Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-4:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm
– Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.

2. GLC CAFÉ: CUBICLE-FARM AND REAL TIRAMISU FACE-OFF
Thursday, Jun 15, 3:30-5:00pm, Graduate School lobby
Enjoy free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of fellow graduate students and Grad School staff; network, socialize, relax! Bring your own mug if you can. The café will move to the Graduate School lobby and patio for the summer while the elevator is being replaced. Tiramisu face-off: blind taste-test the real thing as well as the cubicle-farm version and see if you can tell the difference!

3. CONNECT WITH FELLOW GRADS THIS SUMMER THROUGH SOCIAL EVENTS – 2nd posting
Many grad students stay in Bburg for the summer and may wish to connect to other grads through social events and opportunities. Book group meetings, pot-luck picnic suppers, game nights (in the GLC or at Rising Silos on Mondays), hikes and other events could be possible, if there is sufficient interest. Grad student Kathryn Culbertson created a google+ community to gauge interest and share information about events and activities – check out the group and share your interests at https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104559978083983521318, or search for “Summer in the ‘Burg for Grads” on Google+ if you have trouble with the link. If the Graduate School can assist with the logistics of any event you come up with, please email us at grads@vt.edu with “summer events” in the subject line.

4. BILL ANDERSON FUND DISASTER DASH 5K WALK/RUN – 1st posting
Grad student Henry Smart invites you to this fundraiser on Wednesday, Jul 12, as part of the 42nd Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop. The fundraising team–The Pre-Mitigators, set a fundraising goal of $1,500, to go towards funding their experience as Bill Anderson Fund Fellows, including participation in a two-day intensive workshop in Broomfield, Colorado, and various workshops throughout the academic year that provide opportunities for professional development, networking, and preparation for the job market. Learn more at https://www.wizathon.com/baf-disaster-dash/index.php or contact Henry at hsmart3@vt.edu for more information.

5. FULBRIGHT COMPETITION NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS FOR 2018-19 – 1st posting
The US Student Fulbright competition is now open for applications for the 2018-2019 academic year. Grants are available in approximately 140 countries for graduate degree programs, independent study/research, or English teaching assistantships. Awards cover round-trip travel to the host country, room, board and incidental costs, and accident and sickness insurance, with some programs offering additional benefits. For more information and/or to schedule an advising appointment (in person or virtual), contact Betty Watts in the Global Education Office (bettyw@vt.edu ; 540-231-7220).

6. SUMMER GA POSITION IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION – 1st posting
Researchers in the Engineering Education Department seek a graduate student with an interest in engineering students’ early career development. Primary duty is qualitative analysis of interview transcripts; other duties include participation in qualitative team meetings with researchers from multiple institutions and literature review in the area of analysis. Must have mature and professional demeanor, and the ability to communicate with diverse groups of faculty and staff; qualitative analysis experience (knowledge of Dedoose software a plus); ability to work independently and in a team; and be flexible. Previous experience with motivation (e.g., EVT) frameworks, career pathways, and inclusion on IRBs is desired. Summer GRA, 20 hrs/wk, position.  Potential wage position in the Fall. If interested, email cover letter and CV by Jun 26 to Cheryl Carrico, Research Scientist, at ccarrico@vt.edu. Indicate that you are applying for the PEPS Qualitative Analysis graduate research assistantship in your email.

7. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR AUGMENTED REALITY STUDY – 1st posting
The 3DI group is seeking volunteers to participate in a research study with  augmented reality (AR) technologies. The team is investigating the best ways to interact with AR, and this study compares various methods of interaction with virtual data and information. The study will make use of state-of-the-art AR technologies such as the Microsoft Hololens. The project is supervised by Dr. Doug Bowman in Computer Science. If you are interested in participating, please contact Wallace Lages at wlages@vt.edu for more details.

8. VOLUNTEER AT THE BBURG FARMER’S MARKET – 1st posting
Volunteers are needed at the Blacksburg Farmer’s Market to help run the information booth on market days during the summer. The market days are Wednesdays and Saturdays and shifts are three hours each. Wednesday, the market is open 12:00 to 6:00 pm and the shifts are 12:00 to 3:00 pm and 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Saturday, the market is open from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm and the shifts are 8:00 am to 11:00 am and 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Farmer’s Market is near Squires and the GLC. More information is on the sign up link at https://signup.com/client/invitation/6775657374/1219389/false#!1219389/false/false . If you have any questions, email grad student Aubrey Stephenson at aubb0b@vt.edu.

9. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR DELAYED DISCOUNTING STUDY – 2nd posting
Volunteers needed for a study examining whether delayed discounting (do you want a small reward now or a larger reward later?) is related to health, diet, and physical activity level. Must be: male or female, any race and ethnicity; ages 18-65; Body Mass Index between 22 and 40 kg/m2; not trying to gain or lose weight; have not gained or lost weight in the past six months; willing to participate in two testing sessions of about 5 hours; willing to have your blood drawn, body fat assessed, an oral glucose tolerance test, fill out questionnaires related to diet and physical activity, and wear a physical activity monitor for 4 days. Participants will receive information, related to body composition, diet and physical activity level, and blood glucose and lipids (cholesterol).  The total amount possible for participation is $60. If you meet the above requirements and are interested in participating in the study, contact the VT Skeletal Muscle Substrate Metabolism Laboratory at Virginia Tech by email: vtsmsmlab@gmail.com or by phone 540-739-2522.

10. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR OSTEOPATHIC ASSESSMENT AND MANIPULATION STUDY – 2nd posting
The Kevin P. Granata Lab is seeking volunteers for a study examining osteopathic assessment and manipulation. The study includes an osteopathic assessment and a biomechanical assessment; osteopathic manipulation and a second biomechanical assessment may also be included in participation. Volunteers must be between 18-35 years of age and have no past or current lower extremity injuries that required medical care. If you meet these requirements and are interested in participating, please contact Cherice Hughes-Oliver at granata-lab-g@vt.edu or (540) 231-4294.

June 5-11, 2017

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 5/29/2017

– Career Advising: on hiatus for the summer
– Cook Counseling: on hiatus for the summer
– Graduate School summer hours: 9:00-4:00 begin 5/15/17
– Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-4:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm
– Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.

2. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR STUDENT PANEL
Thursday, Jun 8, 9:00-9:30am, Goodwin 155
Interested in volunteering to serve on a student panel for the National Society of Black Engineers National Leadership Conference (NSBE NLC)? If so, please email Karis Boyd and karisb@vt.edu.

3. GLC CAFÉ: GIANT JENGA – TAKE 2
Thursday, Jun 8, 3:30-5:00pm, Graduate School lobby
Enjoy free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of fellow graduate students and Grad School staff; network, socialize, relax! Bring your own mug if you can. The café will move to the Graduate School lobby and patio for the summer while the elevator is being replaced. The GLC record for Giant Jenga has been set at 35 layers (?). Break the record this week with your fellow grads on the Grad School patio.

4. CONNECT WITH FELLOW GRADS THIS SUMMER THROUGH SOCIAL EVENTS – 1st posting
Many grad students stay in Bburg for the summer and may wish to connect to other grads through social events and opportunities. Book group meetings, pot-luck picnic suppers, game nights (in the GLC or at Rising Silos on Mondays), hikes and other events could be possible, if there is sufficient interest. Grad student Kathryn Culbertson created a google+ community to gauge interest and share information about events and activities – check out the group and share your interests at https://plus.google.com/communities/104559978083983521318?sqinv=YkdEdnBOU0ZWVmhreWQwN3l3ZUJIMVRsWkRXZGln. If the Graduate School can assist with the logistics of any event you come up with, please email us at grads@vt.edu with “summer events” in the subject line.

5. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR DELAYED DISCOUNTING STUDY – 1st posting
Volunteers needed for a study examining whether delayed discounting (do you want a small reward now or a larger reward later?) is related to health, diet, and physical activity level. Must be: male or female, any race and ethnicity; ages 18-65; Body Mass Index between 22 and 40 kg/m2; not trying to gain or lose weight; have not gained or lost weight in the past six months; willing to participate in two testing sessions of about 5 hours; willing to have your blood drawn, body fat assessed, an oral glucose tolerance test, fill out questionnaires related to diet and physical activity, and wear a physical activity monitor for 4 days. Participants will receive information, related to body composition, diet and physical activity level, and blood glucose and lipids (cholesterol).  The total amount possible for participation is $60. If you meet the above requirements and are interested in participating in the study, contact the VT Skeletal Muscle Substrate Metabolism Laboratory at Virginia Tech by email: vtsmsmlab@gmail.com or by phone 540-739-2522.

6. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR OSTEOPATHIC ASSESSMENT AND MANIPULATION STUDY – 1st posting
The Kevin P. Granata Lab is seeking volunteers for a study examining osteopathic assessment and manipulation. The study includes an osteopathic assessment and a biomechanical assessment; osteopathic manipulation and a second biomechanical assessment may also be included in participation. Volunteers must be between 18-35 years of age and have no past or current lower extremity injuries that required medical care. If you meet these requirements and are interested in participating, please contact Cherice Hughes-Oliver at granata-lab-g@vt.edu or (540) 231-4294.

7. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR DIET & MUSCLE METABOLISM STUDY – 3rd posting
Volunteers needed for a study examining how diet influences muscle metabolism. Must be: Between the ages of 18-40; females must be on monophasic oral contraceptive and not pregnant; not currently taking any medications (other than above); non-smokers; without any major medical problems; willing to eat a high fat diet for 5 days. Participants will receive extensive health information and up to $400 for their time.  If you meet the above requirements and are interested in participating, contact the Human Integrative Physiology Laboratory at Virginia Tech, westerndiet@gmail.com; https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eKX222gpcgRqZLv.

May 30 – June 4, 2017

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 5/29/2017

  • Career Advising: on hiatus for the summer
  • Cook Counseling: on hiatus for the summer
  • Graduate School summer hours: 9:00-4:00 begin 5/15/17
  • Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-4:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.

2. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Jun 1, 3:30-5:00pm, Graduate School lobby
Enjoy free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of fellow graduate students and Grad School staff; network, socialize, relax! Bring your own mug if you can. The café will move to the Graduate School lobby and patio for the summer while the elevator is being replaced.

3. GRADUATE SCHOOL SUMMER HOURS
The Graduate School’s offices in the GLC now operate with summer hours, 9:00am-4:00pm daily, with student services opening at 9:30 on Wednesdays. Immigration walk-in advising hours in the summer are MWF 1:00-4:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm. The Graduate Life Center remains accessible 24/7 to all graduate students with a valid Hokie Passport. A secure drop box is available for form submissions immediately outside GLC 120.

4. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR DIET & MUSCLE METABOLISM STUDY – 2nd  posting
Volunteers needed for a study examining how diet influences muscle metabolism. Must be: Between the ages of 18-40; females must be on monophasic oral contraceptive and not pregnant; not currently taking any medications (other than above); non-smokers; without any major medical problems; willing to eat a high fat diet for 5 days. Participants will receive extensive health information and up to $400 for their time.  If you meet the above requirements and are interested in participating, contact the Human Integrative Physiology Laboratory at Virginia Tech, westerndiet@gmail.com; https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eKX222gpcgRqZLv.

Upcoming events:

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR STUDENT PANEL
Thursday, Jun 8, 9:00-9:30am, Goodwin 155
Interested in volunteering to serve on a student panel for the National Society of Black Engineers National Leadership Conference (NSBE NLC)? If so, please email Karis Boyd and karisb@vt.edu

May 22-28, 2017

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 5/8/2017

– Career Advising: on hiatus for the summer
– Cook Counseling: Th, F 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
– Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm; summer hours of 9:00-4:00 begin 5/15/17
– Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-5:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm; summer hours begin 5/15
– Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.

2. GLC CAFÉ: LEMON MINT EDITION
Thursday, May 25, 3:30-5:00pm, Graduate School lobby
Enjoy free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of fellow graduate students and Grad School staff; network, socialize, relax! Bring your own mug if you can. The café will move to the Graduate School lobby and patio for the summer while the elevator is being replaced.

3. JENGA AND JUICE
Friday, May 26, 3:00-4:30pm, Graduate School patio and lawn
Get away from the lab for some lawn games and light refreshments with fellow grads. Giant Jenga, corn hole, and fruity refreshments await you!

4. GRADUATE SCHOOL SUMMER HOURS STARTING 5/15 – 3rd posting
Starting Monday, May 15, the Graduate School’s offices in the GLC will operate with summer hours, 9:00am-4:00pm daily, with student services opening at 9:30 on Wednesdays. Immigration walk-in advising hours in the summer are MWF 1:00-4:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm. The Graduate Life Center remains accessible 24/7 to all graduate students with a valid Hokie Passport. A secure drop box is available for form submissions immediately outside GLC 120.

5. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR DIET & MUSCLE METABOLISM STUDY – 1st posting
Volunteers needed for a study examining how diet influences muscle metabolism. Must be:       Between the ages of 18-40; females must be on monophasic oral contraceptive and not pregnant; not currently taking any medications (other than above); non-smokers; without any major medical problems; willing to eat a high fat diet for 5 days. Participants will receive extensive health information and up to $400 for their time.  If you meet the above requirements and are interested in participating, contact the Human Integrative Physiology Laboratory at Virginia Tech, westerndiet@gmail.com <mailto:westerndiet@gmail.com> ; https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eKX222gpcgRqZLv.

6. COMMUNITY CHANGE LOOKING FOR EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERS & PEER REVIEWERS – 3rd   posting
Community Change is an online, peer-reviewed, graduate student journal that seeks to explore multiple approaches to democratic community development and change. This interdisciplinary journal examines the practices, processes, and individual and collective struggles that produce change at all levels of society. Community Change adopts a broad definition of community development that includes issues relating to public policy, democratization, collective action, physical and social infrastructure developments, agency, and efficacy. Visit their website and view the first issue at communitychange.ipg.vt.edu. If you are interested in learning more about the journal and how to get involved, email communitychange@vt.edu.

7. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR BBURG FARMER’S MARKET – 3rd posting
Volunteers are needed at the Blacksburg Farmer’s Market during the summer to help run the information booth on market days of Wednesdays and Saturdays in 3-hour shifts. Wednesday the market is open 12:00-6:00pm; shifts are 12:00-3:00 and 3:00-6:00. Saturday the market is open 8:00 am-2:00pm; shifts are 8:00-11:00am and 11:00am-2:00pm. The Farmer’s Market is on the corner of Draper Road and Roanoke St. For more info or to sign up: https://signup.com/client/invitation/6775657374/1219389/false#!1219389/false/false . If you have any questions, contact grad student Aubrey Stephenson at aubb0b@vt.edu.

8. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY WITH CHILDREN WITH ASD – 3rd posting
Participants sought for research treatment study that targets both child language skills and parent stress. Researchers will teach language skills to children 1.5-6 year-old children using Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), while adding either mindfulness-based techniques or psycho-education material to provide new ways to increase well-being. There will be a 50% chance of being placed in the mindfulness group. Parents and children will complete a pre-treatment screening visit, 15 treatment visits (11 group sessions 2 hours in length targeting PRT skills, 4 individual PRT sessions), a post-treatment visit and a follow-up visit. Only parents will attend the group meetings. There is slight risk to participating, due to time commitment required to learn and practice a new set of skills as well as a new environment for children. Participants will be compensated (up to $60) and may also benefit from learning new skills. If interested or want to learn more, email vatechprt@gmail.com.

9. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER STUDY – 3rd posting
VT researchers seek young adults with Social Anxiety Disorder SAD for a treatment study. Participants will receive a new computer-based intervention with automated performance feedback with the goal to help people improve their ability to recognize and accurately interpret social signals in other people. Participants will be offered a no-cost experimental treatment and be compensated up to $80.00. Must be 18-29 of age; have a SAD diagnosis or strongly suspect SAD. Participants will take part in 1-2 assessment visits to confirm fit for study, lasting about 2 hrs. If eligible, complete 6 treatment sessions during which you will wear a HoloLens (i.e. virtual reality headset) to interact with a computerized program, like in a video-game. If interested or would like more information, contact the Child Study Center at (540) 231-8276 or at childstudycenter@gmail.com.