July 21, 2020
Town hall today at 1:00 pm to discuss graduate education
Join Virginia Tech President Tim Sands on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 1 p.m. for The President’s Town Hall. Sands will be joined in the hourlong webinar by Provost Cyril Clarke, Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education Karen DePauw, and Interim Vice President for Research and Innovation Don Taylor. They will discuss and take questions related to Graduate Student education ahead of the return to campus for the fall 2020 semester.

The town hall will be available on YouTube.
Complete the form on this page  to submit questions for the town hall.
GCC Faculty & IGC Fellows share insights as Black Scientists in upcoming NRV Science on Tap virtual event
Thursday, July 30th at 5:30 pm

Join five black scientists from different fields, institutions, and career levels as they share their experiences in science and academic professions. Each panelist will introduce themselves, and their workplace concerns, followed by an audience Q&A.

GCC & IGC representatives:

Check out Sigma Xi's compilation of COVID-19 resources
Staff and members of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society and publisher of  American Scientist , have compiled a list of useful links to free or low-cost resources to use during the COVID-19 outbreak, including
  • personal and professional development courses,
  • tips for homeschooling children,
  • entertainment websites for free online concerts/ museum tours/ interactive experiences
  • key scientific information about the outbreak (including American Scientist COVID-19 coverage) as well as the latest research on COVID-19.

Find it all in the   Sigma Xi COVID-19 Preparedness Kit.
Job Opportunity: Aquatic Ecologist
Weyerhaeuser Company owns and manages approximately 13 million acres of commercial timberlands in the U.S., including a southern ownership that extends from the east coast of North Carolina and Florida to eastern Oklahoma. They are seeking an Aquatic Ecologist to join a program focused on improving their understanding the interactions between forest management and environmental conditions in the Southeastern U.S. The focus of this position will be on the biology and ecology of aquatic and riparian systems with an emphasis on biodiversity and landscape ecology. Find out more about it here !
Dr. Jennifer Russell - Sustainable Biomaterials

Dr. Russell works in the area of circular economy and sustainability, the flows of materials and energy within economic consumption-production systems, and strategies for slowing and closing material loops. As co-author...

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Caleb O'Brien - Fish & Wildlife Conservation

Caleb O'Brien studies how communities around the United States are responding to climate change. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis, Caleb served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay and Panama, where he worked on beekeeping and...

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Postcard from a Fellow: Junyao Kang & ancient rocks

Hey folks! I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. I'm Junyao Kang, a second year Ph.D. student from Department of Geosciences, and one of the newest IGC fellows. This summer, I'm working to analyze some 720-1000-million-years-old carbonate ...

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SW VA Virtual Tip Jar effort has distributed over $15K in pooled tips!
On behalf of the community of service workers signing up for the SWVA Virtual Tip Jar, thank you for all of the generous contributions to the  SWVA Tip Jar Pool , and for every tip you are sending individually! As of July 18, over 5,200 people have visited the Virtual Tip Jar spreadsheet. We have collected $16,254.00 and distributed $15,301.00 in pooled tips.
The New River Valley LOFEO Facebook page now has a website
The new site compiles resources and lists for those seeking assistance, opportunities to volunteer or donate and a list of local businesses operating hours and Covid-19 procedures.

From Hokie researchers to your home: science activities for kids to do this summer
Science doesn’t take place just in a lab or field station — discoveries can happen anywhere, even in your own kitchen or backyard. And most scientists will agree: The best discoveries are the ones you make. For the curious kids out there, affiliated faculty members of the  Fralin Life Sciences Institute  gave their suggestions for fun, kid-friendly science experiments and activities to do this summer.

Preliminary study suggests tuberculosis vaccine may be limiting COVID-19 deaths
One of the emerging questions about the coronavirus that scientists are working to understand is why developing countries are showing markedly lower rates of mortality in COVID-19 cases than expected. Research by Assistant Professor and GCC faculty affiliate   Luis Escobar   of the  College of Natural Resources and Environment  and two colleagues at the  National Institutes of Health  suggests that...

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