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Spring 2016

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Table of Contents: Spring 2016

Faculty Briefs

Pathways Scholars announced

Two faculty members from the geography department — Assistant Professors Tim Baird and Bob Oliver — were among the eight selected as 2015 Pathways Faculty Scholars, a role that was initiated last year and is a vital part of the university’s initiative to reinvent its general education curriculum.

Hallerman and Murphy named fisheries Fellows

Fisheries professors Eric Hallerman and Brian Murphy were among the honorees named to the inaugural class of Fellows by the American Fisheries Society.

CMI, Emrick recognized by the Army Reserves

The college’s Conservation Management Institute and Project Manager Verl Emrick received the “Patriotic Employer” award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

Barrett receives SAF Young Forester Leadership Award

Assistant Professor Scott Barrett received the Society of American Foresters’ 2015 Young Forester Leadership Award.

Baird featured in National Geographic

Assistant Professor Tim Baird’s work on the impacts of technology on a rural African culture was featured in National Geographic’s March 2016.

Fox named distinguished alumnus

Thomas Fox, the Honorable Garland Gray Professor of Forestry, has been named the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Maine School of Forest Resources.

In memoriam: Susan Brooker-Gross

Susan R. Brooker-Gross, 65, director of policy and communications for Virginia Tech’s Division of Information Technology, died Jan. 2 due to complications after surgery.

Alumni Corner

Alumni profile: Beth Ingalls — A lifetime legacy of service and giving

Alumna Beth Ingalls has spent her career “putting out fires,” using skills she developed as a student. And since earning her forestry degree in 1977, she has been giving to the college annually so others would have the same opportunities to learn the lifelong skills that make careers.

Obama honors Thorson as Presidential Early Career Scientist

President Obama recently named 105 independent researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor given to researchers by the U.S. government in their early careers.

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.

Create a legacy for future generations

There are many ways your future gift to the College of Natural Resources and Environment can help you meet your individual needs as well as accomplish your charitable goal of supporting the college.


Students connect classroom learning to real-world change

In the quiet of early January on campus, a group of undergraduate students got a head start wrestling with one of the weightiest challenges their generation will face: how to achieve sustainable growth in a globalized society and a changing climate.

Alumnus rallies riparian restoration support for Stroubles Creek

Tom Saxton has planted a legacy made of trees, clean water, volunteerism, and science that will continue to grow and inspire for years to come.

Student Notes

Sophomore defends public health on Flint Water Study Team

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has attracted scientists from across the nation, most notably Virginia Tech’s Professor Marc Edwards. He and the Virginia Tech Flint Water Study Team have been sending water testing kits, analyzing data, and issuing reports about the threat to public health from high lead and bacteria levels. Sophomore Maggie Carolan of Stafford, Virginia, is advocating for the health of Flint residents.

Two students present research at 2016 T-Summit

Christina Nelson and Emily Schlake from the college were among the four Virginia Tech undergrads selected to present their work at the T-Summit in Washington, D.C.

Wildlife Society student chapter earns multiple honors

The Virginia Tech student chapter of The Wildlife Society was named Chapter of the Year by the society’s Southeastern Section, earning a $1,000 prize.

College News

Schoenholtz attends White House Water Summit

The White House celebrated World Water Day on March 22 by hosting a Water Summit to bring the issues of water to the public forefront.

Virginia Tech hosts Landsat Science Team meeting

Scientists from around the world gathered on campus when Virginia Tech hosted a meeting of the Landsat Science Team, who analyzes data collected by the succession of Landsat satellites that have orbited the Earth since 1972.

Climate deal success in Paris just the beginning

It took over a decade for the global framework called Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) to become officially written into the Paris climate change agreement in 2015. Now a Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation researcher is working to make it a reality.

Developing relationship with Brazilian university opens up opportunities

Brazil’s Universidade Federal de Lavras (UFLA) signed a letter of intent with the college to facilitate future agreements for establishing an international exchange of faculty and students, research data, and development programs.

New CEARS leaders continue mission

Valerie Thomas, associate professor of forest remote sensing, and Yang Shao, assistant professor of geography, were named the new co-directors of the college’s Center for Environmental Applications of Remote Sensing in December.

Compacted soils can be rebuilt to help urban trees thrive

Researchers have developed a soil rehabilitation method that can help fix the compacted, rock-hard soils left behind after land development and building construction.

Great Smokies course a memorable experience for students

A summer course in Great Smoky Mountains National Park provides students from Virginia Tech, the University of Georgia, and Purdue University with a unique education opportunity.

Hemp Road Trip stops on campus

A converted biodiesel minibus set off on a 35-state tour in January, launching the Hemp Road Trip, a nationwide campaign to bring attention to this beneficial yet controversial crop.

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.

Celebrate with Us

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