1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC
- Career advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
- Cook Counseling (walk in, no appointment needed): Thursdays and Fridays 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
- GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursdays, Reading Room
- Statistical consulting by LISA: Weekdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room; find out each consultant’s software expertise here: http://www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=walk_in
- Writing Center support for grads: Thursdays 4:00-6:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room (additional hours are available in the Library)
2. SKILLS FOR LIBERATION: HUMAN RELATIONS METHODS FOR DIVERSE COMMUNITIES
Monday, Apr 1, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Room B
What can we do about diversity and equity in our communities? What kinds of skills can we learn and apply immediately in working for social, economic, and educational justice? This session will immediately benefit professionals who currently do or who will work with diverse populations, and will offer valuable resources to professionals in public policy, governance, business, engineering, science, and fields that emphasize the use of applied skills. Contact presenter Christian Matheis for more information.
3. SOCIAL JUSTICE WILL NOT ENTERTAIN YOU: THE COSTS AND BENEFITS OF WORKING FOR DIVERSITY BY ENTERTAINMENT AND EVENT PLANNING
Tuesday, Apr 2, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room F
Does it sometimes feel like no matter how hard you plan, they never show up? Do the events go well, but the big inequalities remain? This session will help participants dissect the anatomy of apathy, discuss ways to build community, and support participants in the work of imagining methods of counter-acting attitudes leading to anti-change indifference. Contact presenter Christian Matheis for more information.
4. BOV GRAD LUNCH WITH PRESIDENT, PROVOST, AND GRAD DEAN – sign up now!
Tuesday, Apr 2, 12:00-1:30pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech
There are still a few spaces remaining to attend the graduate student luncheon with President Steger, Provost McNamee, Vice President and Dean for graduate education Dr. Karen DePauw, and Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Patricia Perillo at the Inn at Virginia Tech. Spaces are limited. If you are interested in attending, please contact Robyn Jones, Graduate Representative to the BOV ASAP!
5. PUBLIC LECTURE: THE UNIVERSITY AND AMERICA’S CHANGING RELIGIOUS TERRAIN
Tuesday, Apr 2, 7:00-8:30pm, Squires Colonial Hall
Douglas and Rhonda Jacobsen, professors of religion and psychology respectively at Messiah College, present a lecture based on their third Oxford University Press book, No Longer Invisible: Religion in University Education. The lecture is intended to help promote civil discourse among people of various cultural and belief backgrounds. Sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship .
6. PUBLIC COLLOQUIUM: THE UNIVERSITY AND FAITH: RESOURCES FOR A COMPLEX WORLD
Wednesday, Apr 3, 11:30am-1:00pm, Squires Brush Mountain Room
Douglas and Rhonda Jacobsen, professors of religion and psychology respectively at Messiah College, lead this dialogue on the integration of faith and the academic life. Sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship.
7. PY4GRADS: PRACTICAL PYTHON FOR GRAD STUDENTS
Wednesdays, 11:00am-12:00pm, Port, the Digital Research Commons (Torg Bridge and Library 4th floor)
Are you interested in learning Python but not sure where to start? Do you have questions about a particular Python library or module like scipy or numpy? Are you interested in learning Python to speed up processing of text or data? If so, check out the py4grads group in the library, sponsored by the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship. They are offering weekly office hours with a library software engineer and a data science librarian to help you get started using Python in your research. They can help you find resources to learn Python on your own, help you set up your programming environment, or help you install and use many different modules. They are also interested in talking to grad students who are already using Python in their research. Questions? Comments? Email Andi Ogier, Data Science and Informatics Librarian.
8. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Apr 4, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, maybe hot chocolate, and definitely cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues.
9. INVENTING THE MEDIUM: A RADICAL HUMANIST APPROACH TO DIGITAL DESIGN
Thursday, Apr 4, 7:00pm, Holtzman Alumni Center Assembly Hall
Presenter Dr. Janet Murray, VT distinguished innovator in residence has been named one of the "Top 10 Brains for the Digitial Future," and is the author of "Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace," and "Inventing the Medium: Principles of Interaction Design as a Cultural Practice." Her visit to Virginia Tech is made possible by a partnership between the Center for Innovation in Learning in Learning Technologies and the University Libraries. Grad dean DePauw encourages all graduate students to attend.
10. CXWORX WORK-OUT CLASS IN THE GLC
Thursday, Apr 4, 8:15pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Join GLC Fellow Emily as she leads the Les Mills 30-minute core class, CXWORX, in the GLC Multipurpose room. Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers and bring water and a towel. Contact Emily with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional sessions are scheduled for Apr 9 8:15pm; and Apr 23 8:15pm.
11. GRADUATE WRITING WORKSHOP: RELATING YOUR RESEARCH TO YOUR FIELD
Friday, Apr 5, 2:00-3:30pm, Newman 207
Are you unsure how to enter the scholarly conversations in your field? Do you want to be published? Graduate students in the Rhetoric and Writing PhD program are here to help! Join them for "Relating Your Research to Your Field: Writing for Academic Journals" – a workshop designed to help you learn three easy steps for writing for the scholarly publications in your field:(1) Read journal articles to uncover patterns in writing; (2) Replicate those patterns; and (3) Create a space for your research. This workshop will include some basic introduction and active participation, so please come with an article or paper you are currently working on! For more information or to register for the workshop, please email Tana Schiewer with your name and major.
12. FULBRIGHT RECRUITMENT DINNER RECEPTION
Saturday, Apr 6, 5:30-7:30pm
The VT Honors Program and the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Fulbright Alumni Association would like to announce the 2013 Fulbright Recruitment Dinner Reception. This invitation-only event offers contacts and information for US citizen students, staff and faculty who are interested in applying for this prestigious U.S. Exchange Program. Food will be provided. Due to space limitations, seats will be given away on a first-come first-served basis; please register here. The acceptance of your registration will be confirmed by organizers. For questions and commend please email Tobias Ecker (email@example.com).
13. INNOVATIVE PERSPECTIVES IN HISTORY GRAD CONFERENCE
Friday-Saturday, Apr 5-6, GLC and University Club
The VT History Graduate Student Association announces its 16th Annual Brian Bertoti Innovative Perspectives in History Graduate Conference. Dr. Monica Black, the conference’s keynote speaker and a historian of modern Europe from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will present her work on faith healing and its impact on West German society in the aftermath of World War II. Dr. Bryant Simon, a distinguished lecturer from the Organization of American Historians and Temple University historian, will present “Learning about America from Starbucks.” Student researchers will present their papers from 8AM-5PM on Saturday April 6th at the GLC. More information>>.
14. UPCOMING GRADUATE SCHOOL DEADLINES:
- Apr 5: deadline for PhD/EdD students to defend if they wish to participate in the Spring 2013 commencement ceremony. The request for final examination must be received at least 2 weeks prior to your defense date through the Electronic Signature System (https://gradexam.stl.vt.edu/pages/login.php).
- Apr 19: deadline for PhD/EdD students to submit their ETD if they wish to participate in the Spring 2013 commencement ceremony. ETDs are submitted through the Electronic Signature System.
15. FULBRIGHT FLEX GRANTS – 1st posting
In order to engage U.S. scholars currently unable to spend extended periods of time abroad, the Fulbright Program welcomes applications from scholars who propose multiple stays of one to three months in the host country over a period of 2-3 years. The total proposed visits should equal approximately one semester of exchanges. In addition to their primary research or teaching activities, flex award scholars will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host-country academic community. Some programs may offer opportunities for multi-country research, but these should be discussed with the appropriate CIES staff. More information about Flex Grants within the Fulbright Scholar Program, and a list of countries offering these types of awards>>.
16. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR OBESITY EPIDEMIC CONVERENCE – 1st posting
The VT Fralin Life Science Institute and the Fralin Translational Obesity Research Center are hosting a new conference, entitled “How Can Translational Research Solve the Obesity Epidemic?” The conference on Jun 17-18, 2013 in Blacksburg provides a platform to highlight current areas of research where translational approaches could move the field forward to help solve the obesity epidemic. Abstract submissions are due Apr 30 for those interested in presenting their research on the subject. For more information on the conference, target audience, and abstract submission, visit the conference webpage, or contact the faculty sponsor, Dr. Matt Hulver at firstname.lastname@example.org.
17. GRAD ASSISTANT POSITION IN UOPD – 1st posting
UOPD seeks current master’s or doctoral student actively pursuing a degree in I/O psychology, management, organizational development, or related field for a 20-hr per week position that will support research and administrative needs underlying organizational assessment and consulting services for university clients. The GAis responsible for supporting a variety of OD projects designed to address the organizational effectiveness of the VT community. Responsibilities include: review, administer, analyze data and create reports from organizational and individual assessments; provide support for survey research and research projects of UOPD faculty; other supporting research functions. Interested candidates should have strong analytical and problem solving skills, experience analyzing data with SPSS, SAS, MS Excel and/or other statistical applications, excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively. Interested graduate students can send their information to UOPD (email@example.com) by Apr 19 or until the position is filled.
18. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SENSORY STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are sought for a pre-screening survey and preliminary sensory study on facial expression analysis to the basic tastes. There is one session lasting approximately 15-20 minutes. Participants will consume 4 samples of a water solution that may or may not impart a bitter taste. Participants must be willing to be videotaped while participating in the session. Testing will occur Apr 1-12 by arrangement with researchers in the Sensory Evaluation Lab (Rm 127) in the Department of Food Science and Technology (FST). Panelists will be rewarded for participation with a $2 Kroger gift card, snacks, as well as two canned food items (total value about $5). Panelists can keep the gift card and snacks and may keep or choose to donate the canned food, through the FST Lab, to the Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program. If interested please fill out this survey.
19. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR EYE GAZE PATTERNS STUDY – 1st posting
Participants ages 16-45 are needed for a study on the influence of social anxiety on gaze patterns. Researchers are seeking individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (such as Asperger’s), individuals with Social Anxiety Disorder, and individuals without Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social Anxiety Disorder. Involvement in the study will require one visit to the VT campus, after completing a brief telephone screen to determine eligibility. Total time commitment is 1.5-2.5 hours. Each study participant will be paid $10.00. Please complete survey or call 540-231-6744 if you would like more information about the study.
20. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR STUDY ON 16-17-MONTH INFANTS – 1st posting
The purpose of this dissertation project is to study infants’ attention to social and non-social information and how this relates to their language development. During the visit, the baby will finish two tasks: (1) researchers will give the baby a chance to watch several movies that all contain a female reciting a lively children’s story; (2) the baby will get to play with one female research assistant who points to some colorful posters and presents several winder-up toys to the baby. Participants will receive $10 and a certificate to the baby for participation. Primary language in the home of participating infants must be English. Contact Joy Wu if you and your baby would like to participate.
21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON MOTHERS AND CHILDREN – 1st posting
Are you a mother who sometimes worries or has fears? Do you have a child between 7 and 12 years of age? A study investigating how mothers and children interpret situations in their day-to-day lives is being conducted at the Child Study Center at 460 Turner Street, Suite 207, Blacksburg. For more information please contact Kristin Austin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-231-8276. Compensation: $50.
22. EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERS SOUGHT FOR PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE JOURNAL – 2nd posting
Public Knowledge Journal is an open-access multi-disciplinary journal published biannually at Virginia Tech. Following the first five successful years, the journal is seeking editorial board members to take the journal forward into the next phase of its development. Incoming board members will begin to take an active role in the journal in the spring of 2013 and will overlap with the existing editors until assuming full responsibility on June 1, 2013. Positions available include: Articles Editor, Copy Editor, and Website Editor. Full description>> . Applications are sought from individuals who are committed to an interdisciplinary approach. If interested, send a CV and cover letter indicating position(s) sought to Katie Read at email@example.com by Apr 5.
23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY QUESTIONNAIRE – 2nd posting
Subjects aged 18-25 are needed for a study investigating the quality of physical activity questionnaires. The study will take place in either the GLC or Integrated Life Science Building located at 1981 Kraft Drive and will take about 1-1.5 hours to complete across a span of two weeks. Participants will be paid $20. The study involves 3 separate meetings where participants are given short surveys to complete, and then wear an accelerometer for two weeks. People not meeting the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity are especially needed; preferable under 50 minutes. If you are interested, please email your name to Edith Nault at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON CONTROL MECHANISMS OF MOVEMENT – 2nd posting
Participants are needed for a study assessing the control mechanisms of human movement. The study consists of two sessions for about 1-2 and 3-4 hours respectively. Requirements: male or female with no recent history of musculoskeletal disorders within the age range of 18-30. Participants will be compensated $10/hr. If interested, please contact Alireza Sedighi at email@example.com for further details.
25. NON-TRADITIONAL FEMALE DOCTORAL STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY – 3rd posting
A qualitative study is being conducted interviewing partners/spouses of female doctoral students returning to academia mid-career. The purpose of the study is to gain knowledge of lived experiences of partners who have lived with a female doctoral student. The results of this study should further our understanding of the needs and experiences of people in these relationships. A one-time one-on-one interview will be conducted. Each participant completing the interview process will receive a gift card to Panera or Starbucks. Please contact Andrea Sharpe firstname.lastname@example.org or Aaron Johnson email@example.com if you are willing to participate.
26. UPCOMING EVENTS:
GSA “DUELING FOR A CURE”
Thursday, Apr 11, 8:00-10:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Dueling pianos will take over the GLC Auditorium in support of Relay for Life: join the Graduate Student Assembly at the performance of 176 Keys Fun Pianos from 8-10pm. Ticket information will be available starting next week, but mark your calendars now because you will not want to miss this opportunity. The event is open to all students, faculty, staff, and guests, and all proceeds will be donated to Relay for Life. Please contact Elaine Mathis, VP Programs, firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
AEL LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP – register now
Saturday, Apr 13, 12:00-5:00pm, Torg Museum 1100
The Alpha Xi chapter of Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) at Virginia Tech announces its 4th annual leadership workshop, developed for graduate students. This year’s the focus is on the issues of leadership as they relate to the community (local and global) and the responsibilities of leaders. Register online for this free event>>. Space is limited and lunch is provided. For more information contact Shernita Lee at email@example.com.
VETERANS IN SOCIETY: CHANGING THE DISCOURSE
Sunday-Monday, Apr 14-15, The Inn at Virginia Tech
VT’s Veteran and Military Support Initiative announces its first conference to showcase the diversity of research by and about veterans with the theme of “Veterans in Society: Changing the Discourse.” The conference will call attention to the growing need for additional work relating to all aspects of veterans’ experiences. Presentations and posters will cover topics such as: Depicting Veterans through Film, Memorials, and Public Discourse; Listening to and Studying Language about Women Veterans; and Teaching and Learning: Pedagogical Strategies and Programs for Veterans. The conference is open to all VT students. Scholarships are available. To learn more and register, visit: http://www.veterans.vt.edu/.
INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH DAY
Wednesday, Apr 17, 5:00-9:00pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech
The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (IDR) invites you to its 3rd IDR Day, co-hosted by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation (VBCF), and the Department of Biological Sciences. IDR Day marks the induction of new honor society members and promotes interactive dialogue between scholars of all disciplines and levels (from undergraduate students to Emeritus Professors) in brainstorming interdisciplinary answers to complex questions. Enjoy an evening of exciting roundtable discussion focused on providing integrative solutions for cancer issues (e.g. scientific, ethical, social) to ACS and VBCF representatives. Each roundtable will receive a multi-faceted question and sufficient background information to facilitate input from diverse disciplines. This is an excellent opportunity to network and explore beyond the boundaries of your discipline. Dinner is provided. Registration is free but required due to limited space. Event program and registration>> .