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Table of Contents: Spring 2017

From the Dean's Perspective

The year 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the College of Natural Resources and Environment. I hope you will join us for our celebration on campus in the fall. We will commemorate not only the formation of the college but also our long history at Virginia Tech and the evolution of our program over time.

College News

Alumnus donates renowned photo collection to the college

Bob Abraham has gifted a collection of 32 of his framed photographs to the college.

CNRE celebrates 25 years!

Plans are underway for our signature celebration to mark the College of Natural Resources and Environment’s 25th anniversary this year. Join us Sept. 15-16 to visit campus and reconnect with alumni, faculty, staff, and friends.

Geography teacher training academy tours mining towns

Stewart Scales led an excursion for 20 high school teachers to two mining communities in far Southwest Virginia — Appalachia and Big Stone Gap, Scales’ hometown.

Master’s cohort explores water-related issues in India

During the 12-day trip, students met and observed local organizations and individuals who are working to improve water management in some of the poorest and driest areas in the world.

Wooden homes prefabricated in U.S. could help reduce housing deficit in Latin America

A research team from the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials is examining the market potential for wooden houses prefabricated in the U.S. as a way to help decrease the housing deficit in Latin America.

Spend summer in the Great Smokies!

Join students and non-students alike for a unique summer course, Natural History of the Great Smoky Mountains (FIW 2984), open to anyone interested in learning about the area’s diverse ecology and natural history.

Student’s discovery saves campus trees

Michael Webb made a discovery last spring that helped Virginia Tech’s building maintenance and grounds unit take action and save as many as 30 threatened trees.

The pleasure of serving you

Lynn Davis thanks the people of CNRE for helping her advance and report on the college, making it known world wide.

Tree rings give new details to an old story

A team of graduate students uncovered new details of Virginia’s rich history through dendrochronology, or tree-ring dating.

Virginia ranks fifth for big trees

Virginia ranks fifth among states having the most big tree specimens, with 57 national champion trees, including 12 new champions, according to the 2016 American Forests Champion Trees national register.

Virginia Tech hosts regional tree climbing championship

Arborists from Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia competed for top scores in climbing events that test their speed, agility, and safety.


Humans-wildlife-ecosystems in balance

Kathleen Alexander’s multidimensional research impacts Botswana and beyond. Wildlife and infectious disease expert a vital leader with Botswana’s communities, tribal chiefs, and government officials.

Student Notes

Packaging students place third in national competition

The college’s packaging systems and design program has gained a significant victory — a student team placed third in the Paperboard Packaging Alliance’s 2016 Student Design Challenge, a competition that drew 72 entries from across North America.

Student earns photography honors

Cole Thrift’s photo of a garter snake, taken while on a hike to the Cascades with friends, was one of five finalists in the VOWA/Hunt’s Best Outdoor Photo Collegiate Competition.

Students help to solve a real-world crisis

Students in Daniel Hindman’s Green Building Systems course were challenged to design sustainable housing units for use in Middle Eastern countries taking in Syrian refugees.

Wildlife conservation students venture to Ecuador

From dip-netting in waters infested with alligator-like caimans, to attracting big cats with perfume, a group of students got the experience of a lifetime in Ecuador last summer.

2016-17 Leadership Institute

Now in its seventh year, the Leadership Institute helps students understand and experience leadership up close.

Research Spotlight

Formaldehyde emissions challenge wood-based composites industry

Wood-based composites are used to make American homes and many of the wood-based items in them. These composites, often made from wood fibers, chips, and flakes, are versatile and useful, and they make timber resources more sustainable.

Alumni Corner

Donor Profile: H. William “Bill” Gabriel — Thinking outside the box

“My education at VPI was the key to realizing a dream of an interesting and colorful outdoor life well off the beaten track,” recalled Gabriel

Graduates earn top-notch meteorology jobs

Several recent graduates have leveraged their education and experience into high-profile meteorology positions.

Hitt honored with Presidential Early Career Award

In January, President Obama recognized Nathaniel “Than” Hitt (’07 Ph.D. fisheries and wildlife sciences) as one of 102 scientists and researchers to earn the Presidential Early Career Award.

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.

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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