September 11, 2018
2018 Faculty Seed Grant

The Global Change Center at Virginia Tech, with funding from the Fralin Life Science Institute and the Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment, is accepting proposals to support interdisciplinary research that will lead to collaborative proposals submitted to extramural funding sources. Priority will be given to funding proposals that advance the collaborative, interdisciplinary mission of our group and promote collaboration across departments/colleges.
Please note that there are two funding opportunities described in the RFP.
More information and application: 2018 GCC-ISCE Seed Grant: Request for Proposals [PDF] .
Notification of intent deadline is Sept 21 st , 2018 In an email to  simply 1) provide the tentative title for the proposal, 2) identify which opportunity you are applying for (#1 or #2, see RFP), and 3) the list of faculty PIs and their affiliations.
Deadline for applications is October 10 th , 2018.  
Golden Boot Award up for grabs at the IGC Fall Picnic
Thursday, October 25
5:00 - 7:30 pm
Lawn between Fralin/Cheatham/Latham Halls

Please mark your calendars and plan to join fellow GCC faculty and IGC fellows for camaraderie, food, beverages and games at the IGC Fall Picnic!

Let's have some fun in showing our Hokie Pride - the Golden Boot Award is a recent tradition and coveted prize!

Land use and pollution shift sex ratios in snapping turtles

Most of us know that our biological sex is decided by the pairing of X and Y chromosomes during conception. However, for many wildlife species, sex of offspring is determined after fertilization and often influenced by environmental factors, such ...

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Mims receives NSF funds to study intermittent streams

Virginia Tech researcher, Meryl Mims, is the co-principal investigator on one of the first large-scale coordinated ecology research projects to study what happens to streams as they dry across the United States. Mims, an assistant professor in...

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Researchers host international meeting on mange in wildlife

According to Escobar, reports of sarcoptic mange among American black bears in Virginia and neighboring states, such as Maryland and Pennsylvania, have increased significantly over the past several years.

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Reflections from James Maze: 2018 GCC Science Policy Fellow

Like many other undergraduate interns, I made the pilgrimage to Washington for a summer of sticky heat and bustling activity. This being said, I differed from many of my fellow interns because I was not coming from a Liberal Arts or Humanities bac...

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Thank you to all who attended the IGC Welcome Reception!

The 2018 Interfaces of Global Change Welcome Reception was buzzing with energy and excitement for the year ahead! Many thanks to all who came out to share a warm welcome with our newest fellows. Photos from the event are shared on our Flickr page.

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Beavers-Once Nearly Extinct-Could Help Fight Climate Change

FROM NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. The English language is replete with idioms about beavers, like "beaver away" or "busy as a beaver," all signifying hard work and industry. In his new book, Eager, Ben Goldfarb takes us inside the amazing world of...

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Seminars of Interest:
EEB : Dr. Kendra Sewall - Tenure Seminar, Neuroplasticity in action: environmental influences on songbird brain and behavior
Thursday, 9/13 at 3:30 pm
Derring Hall 4069
GEOS : Dr. Jonathan Czuba - Assistant Professor of Watershed Engineering in Biological Systems Engineering
Friday, 9/14 at 4:00 pm
Derring Hall 4069
EEB : Dr. John Phillips - Quantum Biology meets behavioral biology: a new mammalian sensory system and a new class of sensory receptors in the mammalian retina
Thursday, 9/20 at 3:30 pm
Derring Hall 4069
GEOS : Dr. Ellen Currano - Associate Professor of Paleobotany (University of Wyoming)
Friday, 9/21 at 4:00 pm
Derring Hall 4069
FREC : Dr. Izabella Teixeira - Land Use and Brazil's Challenges in the Global Climate Change Agenda
Thursday, 9/27 at 12:30 pm
Fralin Auditorium
Blacksburg Sustainability Week
September 15 - 23
Various times and activities

Blacksburg Sustainability Week, a collaboration between Sustainable Blacksburg, the Town of Blacksburg and Virginia Tech is celebrating its 12th year in 2018. J oin us throughout the week for over 30 events - from bike parades to garden tours - we have something for everyone!

The Bearded Lady Project: Challenging the Face of Science
September 20, 4:00 - 7:00 pm
The Lyric Theater

Geosciences at Virginia Tech  will be hosting a screening of  The Bearded Lady Project: Challenging the Face of Science  along with a discussion with  Ellen Currano . Admission is free and the public is welcome.

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