February 9, 2021
GCC Undergrad Research Grants awarded to 7 students for 2021

From ant seed dispersal mechanisms, to spawning behavior of Blacknose Dace in our local Toms Creek, to invasive mosquito control and more – this year’s GCC undergraduate research grant recipients are conducting impressive work with GCC faculty...

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Research Development Support: A Roadmap to Building Large Centers

The Office for Research and Innovation hosted a virtual event on Jan. 27 for VT researchers that have near-term intention to write center proposals, pursue a large-scale funding opportunity of $10 million or more, and lead a center. VT's Vice President for Research and Innovation Dan Sui moderated the conversation with VT faculty who have successfully won center funding and know what it takes to achieve success.

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
Funding Opportunity:
Mid-Atlantic Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species Small Grant RFP

In 2021, the MAPAIS is offering a small grants competition and encourages interested groups and individuals to submit proposals for possible funding. We encourage broad participation from groups and individuals concerned about AIS issues in the mid-Atlantic region. A proposal submission must address an AIS problem.

Postdoc Opportunity:
Postdoctoral Associate position with GCC faculty

The Invasive Species Working Group (ISWG) within the Global Change Center seeks a qualified, highly motivated individual for a unique research position working at the interface of the biological and social sciences. The ISWG engages in a broad range of invasion-related projects, including with various officials, academics, and other stakeholders across Virginia and beyond.

Undergraduate Fellowship Opportunity:
Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Diversity Fellowship

The RAY Diversity Fellowship is a two-year (1 year with 1-year renewal), full-time position for recent college graduates from underrepresented groups. Fellows are placed within partner conservation and clean energy organizations with the goal of increasing and facilitating environmentally-related career pathways for emerging leaders of color. RAY Fellows have worked in a variety of communications, climate, policy, research, education, fieldwork, and philanthropic capacities.

Dr. Stephen Schoenholtz - Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation

Dr. Schoenholtz is a professor of forest hydrology and soils and the director of the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, a state and federally-funded research center. The mission of the Water Center is to provide research and educational...

Sarah Kuchinsky - Biomedical Sciences & Pathobiology

Passionate about the concept of One Health, Sarah wanted to combine wildlife research with traditional veterinary medicine by pursuing a veterinary science, PhD/DVM dual degree program. Her research seeks to understand the pathogenesis, transmissibility & disease...

EEB Seminar: Dr. John Benson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Thursday, February 11 from 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Zoom link here.
ENTO Seminar: Dr. Tracey Leskey, USDA-Agricultural Research Service

"Developing Sustainable Management Tactics for an Invasive Species in a Vulnerable Cropping System: The Story of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug"

Thursday, February 11 at 3:00 pm
Please register here to receive the Zoom link.
VTLSS Seminar: GCC affiliate Dr. Frank Aylward, VT

"Larger than Life: The Underexplored World of Giant Viruses"

Friday, February 12 at 12:00 pm
Zoom link here.
FREC Seminar: Panel, USDA Forest Service - Mary Beth Adams, Research Soil Scientist; Kate Heckman, Research Biological Scientist; Linda Pardo, Environmental Engineer; Chuck Rhoades, Research Biogeochemist

Friday, February 12 at 2:00 pm
Black History Driving Trail in Christiansburg, VA
Presented by the Christiansburg Institute, the Black History Trail is a family-friendly driving tour that explores and rediscovers the history of African American life in Christiansburg, VA. Explore two centuries of history in 3.4 miles.

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:
GCC affiliate Kendra Sewall & team find that exposure to lead-contaminated water can interfere with songbird neural mechanisms
In an experimental exposure study, Kendra Sewall, an associate professor of biological sciences in the College of Science, and a diverse team of scientists and students have found that lead levels like those reported in Flint, Michigan, can interfere with the neural mechanisms of vocal development of songbirds and affect mate attraction.

GCC affiliate Dr. Cayelan Carey selected for 2021 cohort in Earth Leadership Program
The Earth Leadership Program provides outstanding academic researchers with the skills, approaches, and theoretical frameworks for catalyzing change to address the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges, emphasizing new forms of individual and collective leadership. The program enables scientists to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders and become agents of change within and beyond their universities. Dr. Carey is part of a cohort of 21 leading sustainability scientists across North America.

Congratulations Cayelan!
IGC Fellow Alaina Weinheimer selected as American Society of Microbiology Young Ambassador to Virginia
As ASM Young Ambassador to Virginia, Alaina Weinheimer will serve as a point of communication between microbiologists here at VT and the surrounding area for events, materials, and other resources provided by ASM. She is also planning to revive the student chapter of ASM at VT to provide a communication outlet and foster collaboration between local microbiology grad students.

Vaccine Basics Q&A with GCC affiliate Kate Langwig

Kate Langwig, a quantitative disease ecologist and an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech, breaks down the basics about vaccines, why they are important, and how they have protected mankind for decades.

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