April 20, 2021
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Congratulations to inaugural GCC Diversity Fellows, Gabriel Borba and Okeshola Idowu!
Congratulations to our first Global Change Center Diversity Fellows, Okeshola Idowu and Gabriel Borba! The new GCC Diversity Fellowship is awarded to incoming Ph.D. students from underrepresented communities within the global change sciences.

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Upcoming IGC Fellow PhD Defense Seminars:

Nicole Ward, Biological Sciences - Wednesday, April 21 at 10:00 AM
Modeling lake ecosystem change with coupled human-natural systems to improve water resources management

Suwei Wang, Translational Biology, Medicine & Health - Tuesday, April 27 at 12:00 PM
Opportunities and Challenges in Identification and Classification of Heat Stress Risk Based on Analysis of Individual and Neighborhood Level Factors

Vasiliy Lakoba, School of Plant & Environmental Sciences - Friday, April 30 at 1:30 PM
Ecotypic Variation in Johnsongrass in Its Invaded U.S. Range
Job opening: Air Force Environmental Engineer / Program Manager
The Air Force's environmental team at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling is hiring environmental program managers for our air quality, drinking water and stormwater positions. These are federal, full-time, GS-12 positions.

PhD opportunity in data science, Bayesian statistics and decision support tools applied to Ecology at the Univ. of Florida
Dr. Dennis Valle (School of Forest, Fisheries and Geomatics Sciences, UF, is seeking a PhD graduate research assistant with strong interest in statistical modeling applications and decision support tools.

FACULTY & FELLOW SPOTLIGHT
Michael Sorice - Forest Resources & Environmental Sciences

Dr. Sorice’s Conservation Social Science Lab examines personal, social, and structural characteristics that influence people’s choices in the face of biodiversity and habitat loss, invasive species, and landscape transformation. His research...

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Charles W. Sterling III - Biological Systems Engineering

Sterling is working on his Ph.D. in Biological Systems Engineering with a focus on private water quality; advised by GCC affiliate Dr. Leigh-Anne Krometis. His research interests have revolved around environmental justice issues...

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AROUND CAMPUS
Happy Earth Week!! For the GCC, every day is Earth Day!
Earth Week 2021 at VT is being celebrated April 18th through 25th. The Virginia Tech community is invited to participate in a wide range of in-person and virtual Earth Week 2021 activities.


Thurs Apr 22, 12 pm: An Inside Look at VT's New Climate Action Commitment (email sustainability@vt.edu to register)

Plan to join for the Inaugural STEP Keynote Seminar!

Tuesday, April 27 at 4:00 pm
Marine & Freshwater Conservation Seminar: Todd Koel, Native Fish Conservation Program at Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone Lake Ecosystem Restoration: A Case Study for Invasive Fish Management

Wednesday, April 21 at 4:30 pm
Contact GCC affiliate Holly Kindsvater to join
EEB Seminar: Stanley Grant, UC Irvine & Virginia Tech
Hosted by GCC faculty Sally Entrekin & Stephen Schoenholtz

Addressing the Contribution of Indirect Potable Reuse to the Freshwater Salinization Syndrome

Thursday, April 22 at 3:30 pm
Contact GCC affiliate Sally Entrekin to join; Seminar flyer here
The Future of Energy, VT Aluminate Web Event

Tuesday, April 20
3:00 - 4:00 pm EST

Together, we’ll learn about key issues facing the future of the energy sector and ask questions such as: Is 100% renewable energy possible? What would that mean for the oil and gas industry? What role do U.S. power systems play in fighting the effects of climate change? What has the global pandemic taught us about the future of energy? And how are leading private and public sector partners addressing the issues? 

Future of Electric Energy for an Industry in Transformation

Monday & Tuesday, April 26-27
3:00 - 4:00 pm EST

As the fourth industrial revolution unfolds, the future of everything is changing. The energy sector is no exception. As global demand grows, consumer behaviors and preferences change, and technological innovations accelerate, the energy landscape is quickly evolving—with new opportunities and challenges on the horizon.

BSE Distinguished Alumni Seminar Series: Sanjay Shukla, UF Research Foundation Prof., Distinguished Water Institute Fellow

Bringing large-scale changes in water and environmental sustainability through win-win solutions

Friday, April 23 at 1:30 pm
Register in advance here
CEE EWR Seminar: Marina E. Vance, Univ. of Colorado

Indoor particulate matter from everyday activities: insights from the HOMEChem study

Friday, April 23 at 2:30 pm
Register in advance here
COMMUNITY
Science on Tap NRV: Asian & Pacific Island in Academia: Research stories and successes, including IGC Fellow Sara Teemer Richards

Thursday, April 22
5:30 pm EST
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.

Cultivating a Career: From Seeds of Inspiration to a Harvest of Discovery & Transformation

Wednesday, April 21
1:00 pm EST
Individual biological organisms perceive, respond to, and are impacted by the environments in which they exist. Montgomery’s primary laboratory-based research is focused on the responses of photosynthetic organisms (i.e., plants and cyanobacteria) to external light and nutrient cues. Montgomery also studies humans in their environments, including scholarship and training initiatives on mentoring, particularly around issues relating to mentoring and retaining students and junior scientists from diverse backgrounds. 

NEWSWORTHY
Freshwater salt pollution threatens ecosystem health and human water security
GCC affiliates are part of a collaborative team studying inland freshwater salt pollution, resulting in the decline of biodiversity, critical freshwater habitat, and lack of safe drinking water. Their findings were recently published in the journal Nature Sustainability.

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If You Build It, They Will Bike: Pop-Up Lanes Increased...

A study of European cities adds to a growing body of evidence that investments in cycling infrastructure can encourage bike commuting, which helps cut greenhouse gas emissions. Adding bike lanes to urban streets can increase the number of...

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