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Spring 2012

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Table of Contents: Spring 2012

From the Dean's Perspective

20/20 – Reflecting Back – Looking Forward

Shining light on the year 2012 as the 20th anniversary of the college.

College News

Department Changes Name

The college’s wood science and forest products department has changed its name to the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials.

CMI Instrumental in Completing Carbon Offset Project

The college’s Conservation Management Institute (CMI) provided technical expertise for the world’s first avoided planned deforestation project to receive certification under the requirements of the international Verified Carbon Standard.

College Students Learn to Teach High Schoolers

Virginia Tech has partnered with the University of Georgia and Appalachian State University in an innovative program called Ambassadors for Conservation Education.

Research Spotlight

Research May Help Save Tigers on the Brink of Extinction

The tiger is one of the most beloved and well-known jungle cats. Unfortunately, it is also one of the world’s most endangered species.

Faculty Briefs

Social Media Steers Hollywood Stars to Tech

Geography instructor John Boyer, already known for his Plaid Avenger alter ego and his unorthodox teaching methods, has embraced social media in a way unmatched on the Blacksburg campus.

Plover Research Captures Monograph Award

Nationally known wildlife researcher Jim Fraser and his research team leaders Lawrence Houghton and Jonathan Cohen received the 2011 Wildlife Society Publication Award in the monograph category.

Popular Professor Named Environmental Officer for Ocean Energy Bureau

Alan Thornhill, a popular adjunct faculty member in the college’s National Capital Region graduate program, is the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) first chief environmental officer.

In Memoriam: Dennis Stauffer

Dennis Stauffer — son of Professor Dean Stauffer, associate dean of academic programs, and his wife, Bennie — died in an automobile accident in Asheville, N.C., on Jan. 18, 2012.


Kathleen Alexander’s Diverse Research Brings Sustainability to Botswana

Associate Professor Kathleen Alexander commutes from Virginia Tech to her research projects in Botswana twice a year. The wildlife ecologist and veterinarian lived in the African nation most of her adult life.

A Serpentine Threat: Burmese Pythons Linked to Severe Declines in Everglades Mammals

John “J.D.” Willson, a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, came to the university to do research on the effects of pollution on native reptiles and amphibians.

Student Notes

Graduate Student Saves Drowning Victim

Matt Hillman of Southborough, Mass., a wildlife science master’s student who was conducting research on Cape Lookout National Seashore, N.C., last May, became a local hero when he saved the life of a woman drowning in a rip tide.

Wildlife Students Bring Home Range of Honors

Extending their passion for wildlife and the environment beyond the classroom, a number of wildlife science students took home prizes in recent competitions.

Hajnal’s Last Dip in the Pool for H2Okies

Senior wildlife science major Erika Hajnal of Budapest, Hungary, closed out her career on the H2Okies swimming team with strong performances in this year’s ACC and NCAA championships.

Slemp Heads VT Snow

Nate Slemp, a wood science and forest products major, is president of VT Snow, a student-run ski and snowboard club now in its third year.

International Crossings

Students Explore Sustainability in Costa Rica

Assistant Professor Henry Quesada of the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials returned to Costa Rica this spring with a group of students for the study abroad component of his Global Issues in Sustainability course.

Spring Break Students Construct School Addition in Haiti

Professor Emeritus Dick Neves has long been dedicated to community service projects supporting children in the small Haitian town of Pignon.

Alumni Corner

Alumni Board Welcomes New Members

The College of Natural Resources and Environment Alumni Board has welcomed two new members.

Adkins Named True Professional of Arboriculture

Richard Adkins, forestry supervisor for the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, has been named one of seven “True Professionals of Arboriculture” for 2011 by the International Society of Arboriculture.

In Memoriam: Mark Bain

Mark Bain of Lansing, N.Y., passed away on Feb. 8, 2012, at the age of 56 from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

25th Anniversary

Celebrating 25 Years

    1992 through 2017, 25 years

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