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Winter 2013

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Table of Contents: Winter 2013

From the Dean's Perspective

The new year began with a weeklong trip with our Leadership Institute students and codirectors Steve McMullin and Brian Bond to Richmond and Washington, D.C. 

Global Sustainability

Coca-Cola Associate Meshes Job in Atlanta with Graduate Program in Arlington

For the program’s 10-day international residency, Knoll’s student cohort will explore sustainable development throughout China’s Mekong and Yangtze river basins.

Faculty Briefs

Burkhart Honored as Virginia’s Outstanding Scientist of 2013

University Distinguished Professor Harold E. Burkhart was honored as Virginia’s Outstanding Scientist of 2013 by the Governor’s Office and the Science Museum of Virginia at a General Assembly reception on Jan. 17.

New College Faculty

Timothy Baird, Daniel Catlin, Frank Merry, Yang Shao

Kirwan Receives Crown Award

Kirwan dedicated many years to researching trees in Virginia as part of the state’s Big Tree Program, which prompted him to co-author the widely acclaimed “Remarkable Trees of Virginia” book.

Wiseman Named 2012 Early Career Scientist

Assistant Professor Eric Wiseman is the recipient of the 2012 Early Career Scientist Award from the International Society of Arboriculture, which boasts over 20,000 members worldwide.

Research Spotlight

Brunner Studies Genomics of Wood for Biofuels

Associate Professor Amy Brunner is part of a team researching the genomics of wood for biofuels production.

Alumni Corner

Alumni Profile: Bettina Ring

Bettina Ring joined the American Forest Foundation as senior vice president of family forests, bringing over 25 years of experience to the job.

Not Quite a Millionaire!

Associate Professor John Loegering, University of Minnesota–Crookston faculty member, gained notoriety as a contestant on a “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” episode.


John Seiler’s Team Continues to Use Emerging Technologies to Teach Tree Identification

Alumni Distinguished Professor John Seiler and Laboratory Specialist John Peterson of the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, along with forest landowner and programmer Bob Potts, created a free application for the Android smartphone that allows users to identify the woody plants around them. The app, titled Virginia Tech Tree Identification, is available as a free download on Google Play.

First in Firefighting: Virginia Tech Claims Four at Top of Wildland Firefighting Ranks

Fighting on the front lines of a major forest fire — ripping up brush, tearing the earth down to mineral soil, working into the night, then collapsing exhausted into a tent for a few hours sleep only to begin all over again.

College News

Peggy Quarterman Retires

During her career, Peggy reached out with an extraordinary kindness and thoughtfulness that touched the lives of everyone she encountered.

Virginia Tech Hosts First TEDx Event

Faculty, students, and alumni came together to share their ideas at the first TEDxVirginiaTech event in November, featuring 21 speakers who shared ideas, insights, and inspiration centered around the theme “knowing.”

Wynne Named to Landsat Science Team

Professor Randolph Wynne has been selected by the U.S. Geological Survey and NASA to be a member of the Landsat Science Team.

Commencement Speaker

Katelin Shugart-Schmidt ('12 M.S. in fisheries and wildlife sciences) was selected to give the student address at the December commencement.

First Year Experience Program Sets Students on the Right Path

As the university places a greater emphasis on preparing freshmen for the rigors of college life, several college faculty members have risen to the challenge by developing a first year experience program to help students get acquainted with the demands of college classes.

Virginia Tech Hosts ESA Mid-Atlantic Conference

Virginia Tech hosted last spring’s Ecological Society of America’s Mid-Atlantic Chapter annual conference, which focused on disturbed environments and urban forests.

Wildland Fire Crew to Receive New Truck

For over 40 years, Virginia Tech has been sending its student Wildland Fire Crew to battle forest fires in Virginia.

WEI Unveils 2013 Products

The Wood Enterprise Institute (WEI), a student-run entrepreneurial venture that uses a concept-to-marketing business approach, is taking orders for this year’s products.


Meteorology students and program faculty spoke to over 3,000 visitors at the WDBJ WeatherFest in Roanoke last October and participated in the Open House at the National Weather Service’s Blacksburg office in November.

Engagement and Outreach

Rocky Knob Project Land Unveiled

The project provided the foundation and traction for a recent land purchase near the Rocky Knob Recreation Area.

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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