February 16, 2021
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Spring PhD Fellowship Application Deadlines:


March 1 - 

  • Diversity Fellowship (for new PhD students beginning Fall 2021)

  • Rural Environmental Health Fellowship (for current IGC fellows and new PhD students beginning Fall 2021)

April 15 - 

  • Global Change Fellowship (for current 3rd - 5th year IGC fellows)

Restoration Ecology Working Group: Engaging with restoration work along local Stroubles Creek
The next meeting of the GCC Restoration Ecology Working Group will be this Thursday, Feb 18 at 1:00 PM. We will have a brainstorming session about ways that our group can engage with the restoration work already being done along Stroubles Creek. There is no reading, but to get a sense of the Stroubles Creek work, look at the videos and resources on the StREAM Lab website.

Reach out to GCC affiliates Leighton Reid or Karen Kovaka to join.

All are welcome!
Invasive Species in the Media: Special Guest Gabriel Popkin
Next Monday’s (Feb. 22 from 10-11:30 am) Invasive Species Science, Policy & Management Seminar session will feature special guest Gabriel Popkin (www.gabrielpopkin.com), an independent journalist covering science, the environment and society whose work has been published in numerous outlets, including the New York Times, Nature, Science, the Washington Post, National Geographic, NPR, and the Atlantic.

Drop in attendance is welcomed! Reach out to GCC affiliate Todd Schenk to join & if you wish to be added to the Canvas page to access preparatory readings and other seminar materials.
Input needed: VA Wildlife Viewing Plan 2021-2031

Let your voice be heard! Submit your input on the Virginia Wildlife Viewing Plan, developed by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources and GCC affiliate Dr. Ashley Dayer & team of the Virginia Tech Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, by March 3, 2021.

Read the full plan and submit your input at https://dwr.virginia.gov/wildlife.../wildlife-viewing-plan/
NASEM Workshop: Reducing the Health Impacts of the Nitrogen Problem

Nitrogen is a widely-used, essential input to crop production. In many regions of the U.S., nitrogen from farms has leaked into drinking water and caused adverse health impacts. These health impacts include methemoglobinemia, a condition that inhibits the blood’s ability to carry oxygen around the body. This workshop hosted by the Environmental Health Matters Initiative (EHMI) will explore what actions can be taken on several levels to address the nitrogen contamination problem. 

Workshop sessions will take place every Thursday from 2:30–5:30 PM (ET) from January 28 – February 25, 2021. Register here & Download agenda here
FACULTY & FELLOW SPOTLIGHT
Dr. Jeb Barrett - Biological Sciences

Jeb Barrett is interested in how long-term climate trends affect ecological processes. Research in the Barrett Lab addresses the influences of soils, climate variability, hydrology, and biodiversity on biogeochemical cycling from the scale of...

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Luciana Pereira - Fish & Wildlife Conservation

Luciana is interested in conducting interdisciplinary research combining her background in isotope analysis with novel techniques in population genetics and microchemistry analysis to unravel large-scale patterns of fish migration and population...

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AROUND CAMPUS
CeZAP Seminar: Dr. Cassidy Rist, Dept. of Population Health Sciences at Va Tech

A One Health approach to malaria, will we do the Fandango?

Tuesday, February 12 at 12:00 pm
CNRE Lunch & Learn: Dr. T. Adam Coates, Dept. of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation at Va Tech

Burning Ring of Fire
Dr. Coates will highlight the complicated relationship that exists between humans and wildland fire and how active forest management may present critical solutions for 21st century megafires and ecosystem restoration.

Thursday, February 18 at 12:00 pm

Studying microbial genetics & evolution: The Bobay Lab site

Thursday, February 18 at 3:30 pm

Theme: Managing uncertainty in human-water systems

Friday, February 19 at 1:00 pm
Contact Landon Marston (CEE) to join
COMMUNITY
Stories we tell: family histories & silences in slavery, freedom and Indian country, Tuesday 2/16 at 3:30 pm

A conversation on Anti-Racist Teaching, Friday 2/19 at 12 pm

Honoring Black History Month in February
Black History Month is an annual celebration of Black Americans’ achievements. During this month, we recognize Black Americans’ roles in history. More on the origins of black history month can be found here.

A list of events and activities hosted by VT Cultural & Community Centers can be found here:
Koru Mindfulness and Meditation

Students & employees are invited to discover the importance of mindfulness at the Koru Mindfulness series. During the series, participants will be introduced to the practice of mindfulness and learn several skills, including meditation for stress...

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VT Better Together

At Virginia Tech, we believe that mental health is an essential component of well-being. But we also know it can be hard to figure out where to start - whether caring for yourself or a friend. So we've gathered resources and information for you...

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NEWSWORTHY
GCC affiliate Dr. Meryl Mims awarded College of Science Inclusion and Diversity Fellowship
Fellowship recipients will work with College of Science Director of Inclusion and Diversity Estrella Johnson to increase diversity, improve the climate at Virginia Tech for diverse groups, and educate the scientific community to better respect and appreciate contributions from diverse groups of scholars and researchers.

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Pathways minors tackle global natural resource challenges

Concepts like sustainability and conservation are not linked to any one discipline. The demand for clean water or the dream of ecologically balanced cities will not be achieved by researchers in any one field. The global impacts of climate change...

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Achoo! Climate Change Lengthening Pollen Season in U.S.

New research suggests that climate change is responsible for longer pollen seasons in the United States and more pollen in the air, as well. Among the many disasters climate change is wreaking around the world, scientists have now identified a...

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