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Winter 2011

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Table of Contents: Winter 2011

From the Dean's Perspective

The pace quickens as we work on a structural and content overhaul of most of our college’s undergraduate degree platform and prepare the college and our students for the future.

College News

Goodell Heads Wood Science Department

Barry Goodell, the new head of the department of Wood Science and Forest Products, stepped into his new position in January.

Web Portal Developed to Aid Swiftly Expanding Field

Development of a geospatial Web portal will help train future technicians in geospatial technology.

Wood-Based Composites Center Advances Program With NSF Grant

The center functions as an industry-funded research consortium that has included Virginia Tech, Oregon State university, the university of Maine, and the university of British Columbia.

Grant to Improve Residential Construction Safety

Two professors have been awarded a research grant that will help reduce injuries and save lives among residential construction workers by addressing jobsite fall prevention.

Virginia Tech Tops Nation in Tree Planters

Virginia Tech ranks number one in the nation when it comes to Tree Campus USA tree planters.

Faculty Briefs

New Packaging Science Faculty

The Department of Wood Science and Forest Products recently welcomed two new faculty members as assistant professors of practice with emphasis on undergraduate education and research in packaging science.

Professor and Graduate Student Given IUFRO Honors

Professor Janaki Alavalapati, head of the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, and former graduate student Guillermo Trincado were honored by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) at its World Congress last summer.

Day Named Early Career Scientist

Assistant Professor Susan D. Day received the 2010 Early Career Scientist Award from the International Society of Arboriculture, a professional society with over 22,000 members worldwide that serves the fields of arboriculture and urban forestry.

Zink-Sharp Now an SWST Fellow

Professor Audrey Zink-Sharp has been elected a Fellow of the Society for Wood Science and Technology (SWST), an international organization dedicated to advancing the profession of wood science.

Oderwald Retires as Professor Emeritus

The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors honored Richard Oderwald, professor of forest biometrics and associate dean of academic programs, with the title of “professor emeritus” following his retirement last summer.


Searching for Elusive Predators in Bhutan

Two researchers from the department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences were invited to Bhutan last spring to study the country’s vast biodiversity, particularly its elusive and endangered big cats.

Helping Private Landowners get the Most out of their Woodlands

Active management can promote healthy, vigorous forests as well as offer Virginia's nonindustrial private landowners a source of income.

Student Notes

Webster ACC Undergraduate Research Scholar

Recognizing highly talented undergraduate students who are pursuing ambitious and unique research projects.

Wings Across the Americas Award

A graduate student in fisheries and wildlife sciences was recognized for his contribution to the Southeastern Bat Diversity Network and U.S. Forest Service Bat Blitz partnership.

Students on Wildfire’s Front Line

The Virginia Tech Wildland Fire Crew helped battle two recent wildfires that broke out days apart in Montgomery County.

Larger Than Life

Erika Hajnal, a junior wildlife sciences major from Budapest, Hungary, was among several Hokie athletes selected to appear on large banners.

Hong Selected as Doctoral Scholar

Chosen as one of nine Virginia Tech Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science Doctoral Scholars, representing five colleges and nine departments.

Alumni Corner

Alumni Profile: Greg Meade

As Greg Meade, manager of the Conservation Forestry Program for The nature Conservancy in Abingdon, Va., has garnered accolades and established an outstanding career and reputation in forestry, he has maintained close ties to his alma mater.

Alumni News—Winter 2011

Updates on Keith Ashley (‘75 B.S. in biology and ‘79 M.S. in fisheries and wildlife sciences), Neil A. Clark (‘94 B.S. in forestry and wildlife, ‘98 M.S. in forestry), Gerald Foltz (‘70 B.S. in forestry), and Steven Quagliata (‘08 B.A. in geography).

Development Happenings

WEI Advances Program With Donation From Brooks Whitehurst

Whitehurst visited WEI last summer and recognized it as an important learning environment to develop leadership skills among students as well as an ideal place to “test drive” new technology innovations from a business perspective.

Big Tree

Virginia is once again well represented in the National Register of Big Trees, published every two years by American Forests.

25th Anniversary

Celebrating 25 Years

    1992 through 2017, 25 years

Join us Sept. 15-16 to visit campus and reconnect with alumni, faculty, staff, and friends.

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