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Fall 2014

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Table of Contents: Fall 2014

College News

Philadelphia Zoo CREW kids get down and dirty

This summer the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation welcomed the Zoo CREW students to Virginia Tech where they spent an intensive two days exploring different types of wildlife research and gaining field experience.

New international sustainability consulting certificate program

The college’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability has introduced a new certificate program in International Sustainability Consulting.

Multistate research project to advance the urban forestry profession

A team led by Virginia Tech faculty has launched Urban Forestry 2020, a multistate research and networking project examining the challenges faced by the urban forestry profession and devising strategies for advancing the profession.

China-U.S. mussel laboratory dedicated

Researchers at the college’s Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Center and at the Freshwater Fisheries Research Center in Wuxi, China, are continuing their long-term collaboration.

Furthering geospatial education

To meet the ever-increasing demand for geospatial technology professionals in the public and private sectors, the Virginia Geospatial Extension Program continues its effort to educate community college and high school faculty members in this evolving field of study.

‘Roadmap’ to guide natural resources research, education, policy

Several college faculty joined more than 130 public and land-grant university scientists nationwide to prepare a “roadmap” that calls for an integrated approach to natural resources.

Alumni Corner

Alumni Profile: T. Adil Chowdhury

Just a year after the tragic garment factory collapse that killed 1,127 workers in central Bangladesh, graduate T. Adil Chowdhury is coordinating a public-private partnership to train 2,000 factory managers.

Zimmermann receives Cross Alumni Leadership Award

Anne Zimmermann received the Gerald E. Cross Alumni Leadership Award from the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation and the college’s Leadership Institute.

In memoriam: Jacob B. Huffman

Alumnus Jacob “Jake” B. Huffman passed away on June 5 in Gainesville, Florida, at the age of 94. Born on a farm near Maggie, Virginia, Huffman attended schools in Roanoke before entering Virginia Tech, where he earned his bachelor’s in 1941.

Additional alumni news

We love hearing about all the great things going on with our alumni — awards, promotions, retirements, etc. Regrettably, we don’t have enough space in the newsmagazine to print them all. You can now catch up with former classmates and fellow Hokies online.


CGIT’s move into the college strengthens related centers

The College of Natural Resources and Environment recently added the Center for Geospatial Information Technology (CGIT) to its already exceptionally strong portfolio in geospatial science.

Cameroon forests, wildlife being preserved by farmers using agroforestry

Agroforestry has been introduced in the African nation of Cameroon as a way to enhance agricultural productivity and financial gain, with a side effect of being good for the environment.

Student Notes

Fulbright grants awarded to wildlife students

Erin Poor and Lindsey Rich received prestigious Fulbright grants to pursue their doctoral research.

‘Senior’ is university’s oldest graduate!

Henry P. Porter Jr. is far from your typical student, even pushing the limits of the term “nontraditional.”

Faculty Briefs

Snodgrass heads fish and wildlife conservation department

Joel W. Snodgrass has been named head of the college’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation. He most recently served as professor and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Towson University in Maryland.

Orth collects two university awards

Donald J. Orth was honored with both the university’s Diggs Teaching Scholars Award and William E. Wine Achievement Award.

New faculty publication

Brian Czech debunks the widely accepted myths held by politicians, economists, and Wall Street that unlimited economic expansion is the Holy Grail.

Burkhart honored by IUFRO, Virginia Tech

Harold E. Burkhart received the prestigious Host Country Scientific Achievement Award from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations.

Campbell receives ASPRS teaching award

James B. Campbell was honored with the SAIS/Estes Memorial Teaching Award from the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).

Research Spotlight

Monitoring, protecting bats critical as millions perish

Since 2006, white-nose syndrome has caused the deaths of more than 6 million bats in North America. A number of species it affects are endangered or proposed for protection.

Forestry geneticists developing hardy biomass trees

Associate Professor Amy Brunner is using a $1.4 million grant to investigate the genetic regulatory networks that will allow an important bioenergy crop to be bred to grow in marginal soils and climates.

Giant Amazon fish becoming extinct in many fishing communities, saved in others

An international team of scientists discovered that a large, commercially important fish from the Amazon Basin has become extinct in some fishing communities.

Mapping fishing resources assists land managers, anglers

Anglers in North Carolina and Virginia who are looking for privacy at good fishing spots should head for the mountains, according to a Virginia Tech study of freshwater recreational fishing sites in the two states.

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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