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Summer 2014

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Table of Contents: Summer 2014

College News

New water degree to address complex global challenges

Virginia Tech is taking an interdisciplinary approach to meet the complex challenges of managing water by proposing a new bachelor of science degree.

University hosts national Packaging Jamboree

Virginia Tech hosted the 29th annual national Packaging Jamboree under the theme “Packaging a Global World.”

A WEI first!

The Wood Enterprise Institute earned a record profit for its 2014 product, a maple and cherry laser-engraved cutting board.

Research Spotlight

Plastics to dust – in six months!

Professor Emeritus Wolfgang Glasser has joined cycleWood Solutions Inc. as its chief scientific officer.

Recognizing the value of dead wood in Iranian forests

Research from old-growth forests in Iran point out the importance of dead wood, an often-overlooked forest feature.

Counting African predators to help save them

Fish and wildlife conservation graduate student Lindsey Rich is working with the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust to determine the status of 13 different carnivores for her doctoral research.

Ecology team improves understanding of stream chemistry

A geostatistical approach for studying environmental conditions in stream networks and landscapes has been successfully applied at a valley-wide scale to assess headwater stream chemistry at high resolution, revealing unexpected patterns in natural chemical components.

American, Chinese scholars study wintering shorebirds in China

Professor Jim Fraser is collaborating with scientists from China’s Nanchang University to establish the first-ever survey of migratory shorebirds that winter at Poyang Lake, the largest freshwater lake in China.

Alumni Corner

Alumni Profile: Linda Casey

Linda Casey (’74 B.S. forestry) knew building a career in her preferred field wouldn’t be easy. “I was the only female forestry major in my class when I started,” she said. “I didn’t know of any women in the profession at the time.”

Ring appointed Virginia State Forester

Bettina Ring (’86 B.S. forestry) was selected by Gov. Terry McAuliffe this spring as Virginia State Forester.

In Memoriam: John Wilburn

John D. Wilburn (’06 B.S. and ’12 M.S. forestry) of Grants Pass, Oregon, died in a kayaking accident in California on March 9 at the age of 30.


New packaging degree will position graduates for high-demand careers

Students who enroll in the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials’ newly approved packaging systems and design undergraduate degree won’t spend four years just learning to think outside the box — they’ll think about the box itself.

All for the birds: Mitchell Byrd remains a friend of the college

Alumnus Mitchell Byrd has lost neither his eagle-spotting ability nor his passion for birds.

Student Notes

Garretson shines in ‘Spring Awakening’

Alex Garretson of Rockville, Md., a senior double majoring in wildlife science and theatre arts, starred in the School of Performing Arts’ spring production of “Spring Awakening.”

Grad student works to preserve endangered flying squirrels

Realizing that the tiny northern flying squirrel depends upon red spruce trees, scientists from government agencies and nonprofit organizations have been protecting and restoring landscapes that support the once-plentiful tree and releasing suppressed trees as well as planting seedlings in the central Appalachian Mountains.

Serving community and the arts

As a service-learning project, students in Professor Robert Bush’s Senior Seminar in Forest Products Marketing and Management built an outdoor “theater” for the Blacksburg New School.

Awards and Honors

Alumni Award of Achievement

Carl E. Garrison III (’78 B.S. forestry) received the college’s Alumni Award of Achievement.

Outstanding graduates

Congratulations to our outstanding graduates: graduating senior, Adrianne Engel; master’s student, Paul Miller; and doctoral student, Zachary Farris.

Outstanding recent alumnus

Jeremy Stovall (’10 Ph.D. forestry) received this year’s Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award – Graduate Degree in recognition of his early career accomplishments.

Staff Member Spotlight

Hollandsworth’s lifetime of music

Cheatham Hall’s favorite musician, Kathie Hollandsworth, support technician for the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, and her band recently helped kick off the Crooked Road Festival celebrating mountain music in a sold-out performance at the Moss Arts Center’s new 1,260-seat auditorium.

Faculty Briefs

In memoriam: Geza Ifju

Professor Emeritus Geza Ifju, 83, passed away at his Blacksburg home on May 15 surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife, Beth, their seven children, and nine grandchildren.

Jones receives Rachel Carson Award

Restoration biologist Jess Jones received the Rachel Carson Award for Scientific Excellence from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Linzey honored with Jefferson Medal

In a fitting tribute to a lifetime of dedication to the natural world, wildlife conservation instructor Donald W. Linzey has been awarded the Virginia Museum of Natural History’s Thomas Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Natural Science Education.

Promotions and tenure

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

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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