June 1, 2021
Three New Faculty Affiliates Join the Global Change Center in Spring 2021
Please join us in welcoming the newest affiliates of the Global Change Center! Dr. Elinor Benami (Agricultural and Applied Economics); Dr. Austin Gray (Biological Sciences); & Dr. Craig Ramseyer (Geography).

Welcome to the GCC Community!

TOMORROW! IGC Fellow Mary Lofton's PhD defense seminar scheduled for Wednesday, June 2 at 9:00 AM

Please join us in support of Mary Lofton for her defense seminar, titled "Predicting phytoplankton community dynamics: Understanding water quality responses to global change". Mary has been studying with GCC affiliate Dr. Cayelan Carey in the Department of Biological Sciences.
Professor Emeritus Carl E. Zipper - School of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Carl is a professor and Virginia Cooperative Extension specialist for crop and soil environmental sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1986, Zipper has worked to apply and extend scientific concepts to improve environmental restoration and management in coal-mining areas. Dr. Zipper’s current research focus is restoration of mined lands, management of water resources influenced by coal mining in Appalachia, and development of nutrient criteria for the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

Tyler Weiglein - Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Tyler is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation (FREC) broadly interested in terrestrial biogeochemistry and hillslope/catchment hydrology. Initially joining the lab of Dr. Brian Strahm as a research technician, Tyler completed his M.S. in Forestry in 2019. He is now part of an international team working to better understand water and nutrient cycling in planted radiata pine forests in New Zealand. As an IGC fellow, one of Tyler’s goals is to better understand how science is translated into policy. 

Invitation to Informal Farewell Party for VT Graduate School Dean Karen DePauw
Thursday, June 3 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM

The Graduate School is hosting an informal farewell party for Dr. Karen DePauw on Thursday, June 3, 4:00-6:00pm in the Graduate Life Center to celebrate her many accomplishments and contributions to the advancement of graduate education. If you are interested in attending in person or virtually, please complete this survey here. In the survey you may also share memories to be included in the celebration. Arrangements about in-person or virtual participation will be finalized as we learn more about COVID-19 restrictions for events, and everyone who completes the survey will be notified about details. 

[pictured: Dean DePauw congratulating IGC Alumna Dr. Angie Estrada, 2019 recipient of the IGC Graduate Research Symposium Karen P. DePauw Outstanding Interdisciplinary Presentation award.
GlycoMIP Summer School 2021

GlycoMIP, a national user facility and multidisciplinary research program, is hosting a Summer School for undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and advanced scientists who are interested in learning more about the science of glycomaterials. 

The program will be held virtually from June 7th to June 11th, 2021.

Registration will stay open through Thursday, June 3rd, 2021. There is no charge for Summer School 2021, though registration is required. Find more information about the event here.
Microagressions and Microinterventions: A Presentation, Workshop, & Dialogue with Dr. Derald Wing Sue

Thursday, June 17th
10:00 am - 12:00pm EST
Dr. Derald Wing Sue will be addressing issues related to microaggressions and micro-interventions that respond to the U.S. socio-cultural and political climate. His knowledge and expertise about microaggression theory have been widely acknowledged and integrated into then U.S. mainstream public discourse as well as within the academy. During this event, Dr. Sue will share how his experiences, research, and scholarship can be disseminated and utilized at a place like Virginia Tech.

More info and register here
For questions, contact Dr. Nina Ha at nha@vt.edu
Join us in celebrating Black Birders Week this week!

Last year, IGC Fellow Amber Wendler was featured in the GCC Blog highlighting her experience as a Black birder and the campaign to increase the visibility of Black people in nature. Since then, Amber has continued to promote the #BlackBirdersWeek2021 campaign with an online collective of Black scientists on Twitter.

For more information about Black Birders Week, visit The Audobon Society.
Fralin Undergraduate Research Fellow Working with GCC Affiliate Leandro Castello to Investigate Microplastics in Local Fish
Plastics have invaded most of our world today, but oftentimes you cannot even see them. Virginia Tech senior and fish conservation major Gwyneth Martin is studying these often unseen microplastics and their frequency in freshwater fish as part of the Fralin Life Sciences Institute’s Fralin Undergraduate Research Fellowship (FURF) under the mentorship of GCC faculty affiliate Leandro Castello.

Leigh-Anne Krometis Named Elizabeth and James E. Turner, Jr. '56 Faculty Fellow
GCC affiliate Leigh-Anne Krometis, associate professor of biological systems engineering in the College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been named the Elizabeth and James E. Turner, Jr. '56 Faculty Fellow in Biological Systems Engineering by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

New STEP Program led by GCC Affiliate Todd Schenk Bridges the Gap Between Science and Decision-Making

The Virginia Tech Policy Destination Area launched its interdisciplinary graduate certificate program, Science, Technology and Engineering in Policy (STEP), in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Led by program director and GCC affiliate Todd Schenk, the initiative was developed primarily for STEM-H students to understand and effectively engage in policy processes by providing a foundation in policy concepts and skills. This foundation will enable students in science- and engineering-oriented fields to recognize the social and technical nature of complex problems and equip them with a new set of tools to bridge the gap between science and decision-making.

Do you have an opportunity or announcement you'd like to share with the GCC community? Send us an email!
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