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Summer 2011

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Table of Contents: Summer 2011

From the Dean's Perspective

Our most important educational mission is educating our students so they can make meaningful contributions to society through their work in natural resources and environmental stewardship.

College News

College Launches Student Leadership Institute

The college launched a new program in fall 2010 to develop leadership abilities in some of its top undergraduate students to help prepare them as future leaders in managing natural resources for sustainability and biodiversity.

Department Renamed, New Option Added

To reflect the growing emphasis on sustainability, the college’s fisheries and wildlife sciences department has changed its name.

$4 Million Grant to Study Gulf Oil Spill’s Effects on Plovers

College researchers received a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior to study the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on piping plovers, shorebirds that have been listed as threatened since 1986.

College Brings Expertise to CIbM

The college is teaming up with the Center for Innovation-based Manufacturing (CIbM), based in Virginia Tech’s Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science, to research the future of innovation and lean engineering.

CNRE Cancer Crushers Participate in Relay for life

Despite the rain and cold temperatures, a team of college faculty and staff dedicated a Friday night in April to walk and run laps around the Drillfield for the Virginia Tech Relay for Life.

Faculty Briefs

CIA Officer-in-Residence

Kenneth Stiles, a Central Intelligence Agency officer with more than 25 years experience, has joined Virginia Tech as a visiting faculty member through 2012.

Seiler Named Alumni Distinguished Professor

The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors recently named John Seiler an Alumni Distinguished Professor, making him the first college faculty member to receive this honor.

Sforza Receives XCaliber Award

Peter Sforza, director and research scientist at the Center for Geospatial Information Technology and instructor in the Department of Geography, received the 2011 XCaliber Award.

Lindsey Joins ‘Car talk’

Adjunct Professor Kieran Lindsey has added a new entry to her resume — she is now the official animal-vehicle biologist for the famed Tappet brothers, Click and Clack, on “Car Talk,” one of the most popular shows on National Public Radio.

Mortimer Named SAF Fellow

Michael Mortimer, director of graduate programs for the college in the National Capital Region, has been elected a Fellow of the Society of American Foresters (SAF).


One Man's Trash is Another Man's Building Material

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. In today’s society, people are being urged more and more to follow these principles. What if there were another way to solve this problem? What if it were actually possible to create buildings out of trash?

$20 Million Grant to Improve Southern Pine Forests

Virginia Tech is among a consortium of land-grant institutions in the South to receive a $20 million Coordinated Agricultural Grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to study the effects of climate change on southern pine forests.

Student Notes

DeHart Pursues Cinematography Passion

Clark DeHart, a sophomore wildlife science major from Blacksburg, Va., was awarded third place in the Ecological Society of America’s 2010 Eco Art Festival for his documentary film, “Topsail Turtles.”

Chong Weathers a Challenge

During his time at the NWS, Chong was assigned to compile a reference booklet that is now used by Department of Transportation workers in Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina.

Kays Named Outstanding Graduating Senior

Throughout much of her college career, Kays was a student writer for the college’s public affairs office, composing stories for the CNRE News, Virginia Tech Research magazine, and the university homepage.

Students Initiate National Interdisciplinary Honor Society

A group of graduate students, including a number from the college, founded the National Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society at Virginia Tech, the first of its kind in the U.S.

Research Spotlight

Kelly Contributes to Hantavirus Research

Marcella Kelly, associate professor of wildlife, contributed research to an article reporting two cases of Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in West Virginia.

Engagement and Outreach

Virginia Master Naturalist Program Blossoms

With 30 program chapters across the state and more than 1,000 active volunteers, the Virginia Master Naturalist Program is a rapidly growing force.

Marketing in a Virtual World

The Virginia Geospatial Extension Program is helping small businesses renovate their marketing efforts by utilizing advances in geospatial technology associated with location- and place-based services.

Alumni Corner

Alumni Profile: Omid Parhizkar

Omid Parhizkar (’08 Ph.D. in forest products marketing and management) recently stepped into a new position with the World Bank — just a part of the career success he has already experienced since joining the organization in 2008.

IN MEMORIAM: Robert Shattuck Radspinner

Robert Shattuck Radspinner (’41 B.S. in forestry) of Blacksburg, Va., passed away Jan. 28, 2011, at the age of 91. Radspinner was a member of the first four-year forestry class to graduate from Virginia Tech.

Jones Named Extension Director

Edwin J. Jones (’79 M.S. and ’83 Ph.D. in fisheries and wildlife sciences) has been named director of Virginia Cooperative Extension and associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech.

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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