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Spring 2014

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Table of Contents: Spring 2014

From the Dean's Perspective

With new degree programs in place, record enrollment, a strong research agenda, and award-winning outreach to the commonwealth, we have to ask, “What’s next?”

College News

Fish species benefit from multi-agency collaborations

Among the many multi-agency collaborations that have benefited the college and the environment, a recent project studies aquatic organism passage in streams.

Plaid Avenger takes to the high seas

Last fall, geography instructor John Boyer, aka the Plaid Avenger, took to the high seas on a Semester at Sea.

Online community promotes forest farming

Virginia Tech is leading the effort to use the new online research-based learning network eXtension to promote forest farming — the cultivation of high-value specialty crops under a forest canopy.

Virginia Tech ranked as ‘elite’ among world universities

Virginia Tech is ranked as an elite institution in 13 of the 30 subjects evaluated at more than 3,000 universities worldwide, putting it in the top 200 of the ranked programs.

Research Spotlight

Simple questionnaire can improve diarrheal disease response in Africa

Using a simple survey tool, a team of researchers led by Associate Professor Kathleen Alexander has done what complex studies have failed to do.

Why don’t trees ‘bleed’ when injured?

Professor Barry Goodell and his colleagues discovered how “check valves” in wood cells control sap flow and protect trees when they are injured.

Research overturns assumption about mercury in the Arctic

For years, scientists have assumed that if mercury is high and increasing in fish in the North American and European Arctic, the same is true of fish elsewhere in the Arctic.

Hurricane Sandy may prove to be a blessing for the tiny piping plover

As it left a path of destruction on Eastern U.S. shorelines, Hurricane Sandy created three inlets on Long Island’s south shore.

Scientists study Amazon to predict impact of climate change

Scientists from Virginia Tech, the Woods Hole Research Center, and the University of California Santa Barbara are collaborating with Brazilian scientists to explore the ecosystem consequences of three extreme weather events.


College partnership with Forest Service leverages sustainability efforts

Through cooperative agreements, the Forest Service provides vehicles, equipment, time, and expertise in mentoring both undergraduate and graduate students across campus.

Geography student puts heart and soul into library project

Mohamed Mwinyi fell in love with geography on his first day of third grade in Boko, a small town outside Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania.

Student Notes

Weather stations promote a range of study at Roanoke schools

Wanting to find the best locations within the city of Roanoke, Va., for growing gardens sparked the idea to install weather stations.

Forestry Club hosts Southern Forestry Conclave

The Virginia Tech Forestry Club hosted the 57th annual Southern Forestry Conclave March 14-15 at Claytor Lake State Park.

Students visit The Weather Channel

Much has changed since three Virginia Tech students attended the American Meteorological Society’s conference a few years ago.

Restoring Ireland’s native woodlands

Students plant native holly in Ireland’s Connemara National Park as part of a reforestation project to reestablish native woodlands.

Development Happenings

College welcomes new director of development

Emily Hutchins of New Castle, Va., has been named the college’s director of development.

Virginia Forestry Educational Foundation expands scholarship program

In today’s tough economic environment, students have the advantage of a swell of financial support from the Virginia Forestry Educational Foundation, which has been providing scholarships and other funding for four decades.

International Crossings

American hardwood market in Vietnam

Professor Robert Smith and Assistant Professor Henry Quesada of the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials attended the 10th Annual Vietnam International Woodworking Industry Fair last fall.

Nepalese Fulbright Scholar visits college

Bibhuti Ranjan Jha of Kathmandu University in Nepal spent six months in Blacksburg as a Fulbright Scholar studying fish sampling and data management.

Alumni Corner

Alumni Profile: Dana Beegle

Weaving together science and small business practices, Dana Beegle (’94 B.S. in forestry) is a shining example of education and entrepreneurship.

In Memoriam: John E. Green III

John E. Green III (’70 B.S. in forestry and wildlife) of Steinhatchee, Fla., passed away Jan. 25, 2014, at the age of 66.

Haufler steps into two new roles

Jonathan Haufler brings his diverse background to two new positions.

Scardina named Wayne National Forest supervisor

Tony Scardina most recently served as the forest supervisor on the Ottawa National Forest in Michigan.

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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