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Fall 2012

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Table of Contents: Fall 2012

From the Dean's Perspective

We are focused on moving forward and are executing what we set out to do — become more relevant in the global discussion.

Global Sustainability

Students Advise Top Chinese Hotel on Sustainability

The inaugural cohort of Executive Master of Natural Resources students from the college’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability in the National Capital Region traveled to China in March where they designed a sustainability strategy for a top hotel in the rural Upper Mekong River watershed.

Veterans Drawn to Graduate Program in National Capital Region

The curriculum emphasizes the development of advanced leadership, management, and administrative skills for achieving local, regional, and global sustainability goals.

Engagement and Outreach

Innovative Software Estimates Benefits of Urban Forest

To determine a value for the services that urban trees provide, Associate Professor Eric Wiseman uses a software tool called i-Tree Eco

Short Course Becomes International Event

The Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design’s biannual unit load design short course last spring drew participants from three continents.

MEASURES Calculates Value of Ecosystem Services

A new tool is available to anyone interested in learning about the effects of changing land use on a particular tract of forest or farmland in Virginia.

International Crossings

Chinese Visitors Investigate Watershed Ecology

Representatives from Nanchang University and Fudan University in central China included a visit to Virginia Tech on their U.S. tour to learn about research on watershed ecology.

Collaboration With Korean University

The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials hosted a visit by three representatives from Chonnam National University in South Korea last spring.


Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability Established in National Capital Region

To leverage its growing international programs and broadening inclusiveness of global sustainability, the college established the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability in the National Capital Region this past summer.

Summer Programs Offer Extraordinary Research Opportunities to Undergraduates

Strategic efforts at the college and university level are increasing the number of undergraduate students who participate in internships and research projects.

Student Notes

Perkins Interviews Converted Poachers

The first-ever intern for a nonprofit conservation organization called Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO) speaks about his experiences in southern Africa.

Undergraduates Explore Ecuadorian Jungle

Nine Virginia Tech undergraduates traveled to Ecuador this summer as part of the university’s Tropical Biology and Conservation course.

Students Help Return Animals to the Wild

Zoe Carroll and Robert Bilbow, both junior wildlife science majors, spent this past summer helping nurse injured and abandoned animals back to health so they could return to the wild.

Wilson Uses GIS Skills on Wallops Island

He wanted to ensure that the 492-foot structures wouldn’t obstruct flight buffer zones, cause interference with the combat systems center, or violate Federal Aviation Administration regulations.

Department Welcomes First GMIT Student

Muiris O’Sullivan spent the spring semester in Blacksburg as part of GMIT’s on-the-job placement for its third-year students.

Dingus Returns as Futures Intern

Kyle Dingus visits many different venues in order to reach prospective students and promote the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation undergraduate programs.

Alumni Corner

Alumni Profile: Jim Schwille

Considering that only one team in the National Football League includes men on its cheerleading squad, it’s rare enough to find a male cheerleader these days.

Carroll Retires as Deputy State Forester

Carroll started off his career as a field forester, working with landowners and forestry professionals to help meet their forestry management goals.

Maness Named Forestry Dean

Thomas Maness has been named dean of Oregon State University’s College of Forestry.

Early Career Scientist Award

The International Spatial Accuracy Research Association named its new Early Career Scientist Award after James L. Smith.

IN MEMORIAM: Robert Weih

Weih focused his research on the application and development of geospatial models and methods for natural resources and environmental phenomena.

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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