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Fall 2011

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Table of Contents: Fall 2011

From the Dean's Perspective

Forests and forestry are strategic tools for a growing world population that needs fresh water, clean air, biodiversity, and renewable materials.

College News

Irish Collaboration Offers Unique Opportunity

A group of students spent their 2011 spring break in Letterfrack, Ireland, learning about design and project management at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

Giving Rebirth to the Henderson Sycamore

Many mourned when the ancient sycamore on Henderson lawn at Virginia Tech had to be cut down last year. The exact age of the tree is unknown, but it had been on campus since Virginia Tech’s establishment in 1872.

College Grants Recent Alumna and Friends Awards

This year’s Annual Awards Recognition Celebration honored some of the college’s most accomplished students, prominent alumni, respected faculty, and cherished friends.

No Speedy Solutions for Afghans, Stiles Says in 9-11 Observance

Comparing the tribal regionalism in Afghanistan today to the pre-Civil War united States, Ken Stiles, CIA officer-in-residence in the Department of Geography, discussed the Afghan campaign at a 9-11 remembrance event at Virginia Tech on Sept. 13.

Faculty Briefs

Fox Awarded Fulbright to Chile

Forestry Professor Tom Fox spent the fall 2010 semester working on a research project that compared carbon dynamics and carbon sequestration in tree plantations and native forests in Chile.

Holliday Earns NSF Early Career Grant

Jason Holliday, assistant professor of forest genetics and biotechnology, is using a $1.5 million Faculty Early Career Development Program grant from the National Science Foundation to gain insight into how tree populations adapt at the genomic scale as a result of climate change.

Edgar Develops New Methods for Cellulose Synthesis

Biomaterials Professor Kevin Edgar was awarded an $800,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to fund research on developing new methods for cellulose synthesis.

Goodell’s Cellulose Research Featured in Science

Science, the world’s leading journal of original scientific research, featured the findings of a global team of cellulose researchers, including Professor Barry Goodell.

Mortimer Studies Controversial Legislation

A new study published in the Journal of Forestry has found that the U.S. Forest Service paid $6.1 million in legal fees to groups that have successfully sued it from 1999 to 2005.

Promotions and Tenure

The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors has granted several college faculty promotions and approvals for tenure.


College Partners with Primland

One of Virginia’s quiet treasures became better known when Primland, a 12,000-acre wilderness resort of forests, streams, and meadows near aptly named Meadows of Dan, showcased its partnership with the college during a Tree House to Trails Celebration.

Multi-Talented Researcher Combines Art and Science

When he’s not traveling to the Dominican Republic, Belize, or sites across Virginia as a project supervisor and research associate at the college’s Conservation Management Institute, graduate student Michael St. Germain may be found painting a mural along Blacksburg’s Draper Road.

Student Notes

College Continues Timbersports Legacy

The Virginia Tech Forestry Club hosted a “Timberbeast” competition last winter as a warm-up to the annual Southern Forestry Conclave.

DuRant’s Research Gains National Attention

Wildlife science doctoral student Sarah DuRant’s research on wood ducks continues to be well received by the scientific community.

Lean@VirginiaTech Helps Businesses Do More With Less

Students have established Lean@VirginiaTech, an organization dedicated to helping businesses become more competitive and profitable through education and hands-on support.

First Doctorate in Geography Department

Candice Luebbering became the first student to complete a doctorate in the history of the Virginia Tech geography department, earning her degree in geospatial and environmental analysis in May 2011.

Student Creates Unique Furniture Design

Senior Scott McDonald created an elliptical coffee table dubbed “Magnus.” It can be rotated to form a rosette shape using magnets embedded under the table’s laminate surface.

Bass Fishing Team Returns to Nationals

Jody White, a fisheries science major and president of the Virginia Tech Bass Fishing Team, and partner Carson Rejzer, a building construction major, placed 11th at the 2011 FlW College Fishing national Championship held last spring.

Fair Places Second in Writing Contest

Brandon Fair, a sophomore fisheries science major from Mount Sidney, Va., earned second place in the Virginia Outdoor Writers Association, Inc., Collegiate undergraduate Writing Contest.

Feldhaus a Leader in Flag Football Officiating

Virginia Tech intramural sports graduate assistant Jeff Feldhaus, who is working towards a master’s degree in forestry, was chosen for the second consecutive year to officiate the American Collegiate Intramural Sports National Flag Football Tournament last winter.

Wildlife Major Leads ‘The Fantasticks’

Alex Garretson, a wildlife science major from Rockville, Md., held a lead role in the Department of Theatre and Cinema’s spring production of “The Fantasticks.”

Hokie on the Hill

Senior Alyssa Michnick of Darnestown, Md., spent the spring 2011 semester in the Hokies on the Hill internship program.

Davis NCAA All-American

Joe Davis of Sarasota, Fla., a senior majoring in conservation and recreation management, earned his first All-American honor.

Alumni Corner

Hokies United

Alumni purchased an existing sawmill on a site that has housed a lumber company since the early 20th century, with hopes to ramp up production.

Alumni Authors

The latest books by two of the college's alumni, Lisa Norris and Neil F. Payne, are now available.

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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