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Virginia Tech, Graduate School National Capital Region In the National Capital Region, Virginia Tech offers more than 45 graduate degree and certificate pr

Virginia Tech has fostered a growing partnership with the greater metropolitan Washington, D.C., community since 1969. Today, the university’s presence in the National Capital Region includes graduate programs and research centers in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Falls Church, Leesburg, Manassas, and Middleburg. In addition to supporting the university’s teaching and research mission, Virginia T

Virginia Tech has fostered a growing partnership with the greater metropolitan Washington, D.C., community since 1969. Today, the university’s presence in the National Capital Region includes graduate programs and research centers in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Falls Church, Leesburg, Manassas, and Middleburg. In addition to supporting the university’s teaching and research mission, Virginia T

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NCR GSA Fall Kick Off Event
09/29/2016

NCR GSA Fall Kick Off Event

12/08/2015

WAGE POSITION AS NEWS ANALYST AVAILABLE - The Discovery Analytics Center of the VT Department of Computer Science in Arlington is looking to fill 3 wage positions for News Analysts. This is a 20-hrs/week, online, work from home position paying $20/hr. News Analysts will be responsible for reading news articles in Arabic, Portuguese and Spanish and extracting information from them. Analysts are trained on how to record the extracted information. Requirements: proficiency with at least one of these three languages; knowledge of and interest in world and regional politics; excellent written and spoken communication skills. Email application by EOD Dec 9 to [email protected] with a subject line: Application for News Analyst, including detailed CV; list of languages you know, along with your proficiency level; brief note (300 words max) on why are you interested in this opportunity. Complete info at http://dac.cs.vt.edu/job-opening/6-month-onlinework-from-home-wage-position-at-discovery-analytics-center-department-of-computer-science-vt/. Some restrictions may apply for employment of international students.

BEYOND BOUNDARIES - National Capital Region Session; Virginia Tech is in the midst of an ambitious project to envision w...
12/08/2015
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BEYOND BOUNDARIES - National Capital Region Session; Virginia Tech is in the midst of an ambitious project to envision what the university will be like at our 175th "birthday" in 2047. More information on this process can be found on www.beyondboundaries.vt.edu As part of this visioning, we are hosting student-focused sessions. The next session will be held on Tuesday, Dec 8, 5:30 - 6:30 pm in Alexandria (1021 Prince Street, Oronoco Room, #313).

Join Provost Thanassis Rikakis at town hall meetings to discuss the input process related to the proposed Destination Areas. A forum will take place on Friday, December 4th from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the GLC Multipurpose room and is open to the Virginia Tech community. The forum will be live streamed…

GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM ABSTRACT SUBMISSION OPEN THROUGH JAN 1 - The 32nd Annual Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) Research...
12/08/2015
Graduate Research Symposium & Expo

GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM ABSTRACT SUBMISSION OPEN THROUGH JAN 1 -
The 32nd Annual Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) Research Symposium and Exposition will take place on Mar 23, 2016 in the Graduate Life Center. Graduate and advanced undergraduate students are invited to submit an abstract for this event between by Jan. 1, 2016 at 11:59pm (EST). Visit the Research Symposium website at http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-symposium/ for details and to submit an abstract. Please read all information and see resources available for tailoring your abstract to this event in order to communicate your research to a broad audience. Contact the Research Symposium and Exposition Chairs (Anthony Carno and Yesim Keskin) at [email protected] with any questions.

Graduate Research Symposium & Expo We are excited to announce that the 32nd annual Graduate Research Symposium and Expo will be held in the Graduate Life Center (GLC) at Virginia Tech on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016! Along with the theme of “Beyond Boundaries, Across Disciplines”, we would like to in…

ACADEMY FOR GTA EXCELLENCE APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED - The Academy for GTA Excellence (https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/jwrgrad/a...
12/08/2015
Academy for Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Excellence | VT Graduate Teaching Assistant Forum

ACADEMY FOR GTA EXCELLENCE APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED - The Academy for GTA Excellence (https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/jwrgrad/academy-for-advanced-teaching-and-transforming-learning-aattl/) invites applications for Academy member, Associate, and Fellow in its Learning Community. The Academy provides opportunities for graduate students to receive advanced education and training in innovative teaching and learning strategies. It also provides a space to recognize excellence in teaching by graduate students. Membership is open to graduate students at all VT campuses. Applications are available at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3Vsd1V1nnizMkqp; and nominations or recommendation form at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4PzjmrgAFGhBQUt; both are due Saturday, Jan 30. For questions about the Academy, contact VP and Dean for Graduate Education Karen P. DePauw ([email protected]) or Nicole J. Johnson ([email protected]).

Academy for Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Excellence working document (8/15) The Virginia Tech Graduate School developed the Academy for Graduate Teaching Assistant Excellence (Academy) in August 2014. The purpose of the Academy is two-fold: (1) to enhance the knowledge and skills in teaching th…

NEW SPIA COURSE - offered by Dr. Mark Orr, Research Associate Professor with the Social and Decision Analytics Lab at Vi...
11/24/2015
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NEW SPIA COURSE - offered by Dr. Mark Orr, Research Associate Professor with the Social and Decision Analytics Lab at Virginia Tech. This is a great opportunity to enrich your methodological skills and to advance your ability to analyze complex systems and processes for advancing public policy.
UAP 5984: Introduction to Agent-Based Modeling of Social and Political Process
Tuesdays, 6:45 - 9:15, VT SPIA, Alexandria campus
Overview: Agent-based simulation approaches are becoming recognized as a highly useful tool for understanding not only how social & economic processes operate but also how policy can benefit from the development of such tools. This course will provide the following: 1) the foundational and general theory behind the agent-based approach (from complex systems and dynamical systems); 2) a broad review of the use of agent-based modeling in both science and practice; and, 3) in-depth, hands-on training on how to build agent-based models of social and political processes using the Netlogo platform (Netlogo is an open source platform that was designed as an educational tool to introduce agent-based modeling to non-programmers; see https://ccl.northwestern.edu/netlogo/ ). Participants will, by course end, be able to build simple agent-based models of social and political processes and to be critical consumers of existing models in the literature. The overarching goal is to provide participants with a have a deep appreciation of what it means to transform concepts and theory into dynamical algorithms.
Prerequisites: None. This is targeted for students without programming background; the course will provide all necessary background to build simple agent-based models.

NetLogo is a multi-agent programmable modeling environment. It is used by tens of thousands of students, teachers and researchers worldwide. It also powers HubNet participatory simulations. It is authored by Uri Wilensky and developed at the CCL. You can download it free of charge.

SEMINARS“VISION FOR THE NEW INOVA CENTER FOR PERSONALIZED HEALTH”; presenter: Todd Stottlemyer, Inova CEO and rector, Th...
11/23/2015
2015 S&T Lecture: Todd Stottlemyer

SEMINARS

“VISION FOR THE NEW INOVA CENTER FOR PERSONALIZED HEALTH”; presenter: Todd Stottlemyer, Inova CEO and rector, The College of William and Mary. Mon., Nov. 30, 2015; 4:00 - 6:30 p.m., VTRC-A.
Schedule:
4:00-4:30: Registration and networking
4:30-5:30: Lecture and Q&A
5:30-6:30: Reception
Please respond via Eventbrite
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-st-lecture-todd-stottlemyer-tickets-19400215567
by the close of business on Mon., Nov. 23.

SIREN - Armond Mascelli, IFRC: "An International Approach to Preparing for the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Emergencies"; Department of Science and Technology in Society at Virginia Tech; Tues., Dec. 1, 2:00 PM to 1:30 PM; VTRC-A
Abstract: Since 1945, components of the International Red Cross Movement have responded to the humanitarian consequences of various nuclear and radiological emergencies. The growing global adoption and application of nuclear and radiological technologies, the impacts of past major nuclear emergencies, along with significant international political, social, economic and demographic trends, support a focused attention to the accompanying risks, along with the potential consequences of other technology related emergencies. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has established a Nuclear Emergency Preparedness Program. Its objectives are to assist its 188 member national societies in preparing for the emergency nuclear risks they may face within their respective countries, and to collaboratively join other international organizations in nuclear emergency preparedness initiatives and response strategies. This is being conducted within a complex environment of diverse national government and legal structures; different emergency management approaches, organizations and priorities; multiple political, cultural settings; and a wide spectrum of residing knowledge and resources. In addition, attention is required for the inherent organizational challenges of effectively addressing low frequency/high consequence events, ensuring the ongoing acquisition, retention and provision of relevant knowledge, and the development and maintenance of relevant skills.
This lecture continues a successful new speaker series featuring leading international experts on nuclear emergency response. Part of an NSF CAREER grant and hosted by Virginia Tech’s Department of Science and Technology in Society, with generous support from the Office of the Vice President for the National Capital Region.
• Light refreshments will be served.
• Graduate students are encouraged to arrive at 11:30 to chat with Mr. Mascelli before his talk.
• A URL to the online version of the event will be sent to registered participants who would like to join remotely.
• To submit a question to the speaker, please e-mail it to [email protected].
THE IMPORTANCE OF SCIENCTIFIC REPRODUCIBILITY IN EVIDENCE-BASED RULEMAKING – Wed., Dec. 2, VTRC-A. Presenter: Victoria Stodden, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Abstract: The talk will unpack the widely-discussed notion of reproducibility, see e.g. "How Science Goes Wrong," and present a framework for addressing the credibility crisis based on the traditional notion of the scholarly record and features of research investigations. Dr. Stodden will then use this framework to evaluate and propose criteria for transparency in the policy making context, and set other efforts such as the Open Access and Open Data movements within this context. Time permitting, she will give a recent policymaking example to illustrate the issues and potential steps forward.
WebEx meeting number: 640 600 002 or phone: 1-855-749-4750

2015 S&T Lecture: Todd Stottlemyer

11/18/2015
Artful Weekend

FREE FOR ALL!

13TH ANNUAL ARTFUL WEEKEND AT FORT C.F. SMITH PARK –
Reception: Fri., Nov. 20, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; meet 40 artists and enjoy light refreshments in the historic Hendry House; includes paintings of many genres, ceramics, sculpture, artists cards, unframed works and more.
Sat., Nov. 21, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 22, Noon – 4:00 p.m.
http://www.spingo.com/calendar/event/5026340-artful-weekend

MOSAIC DISTRICT –
Mosaic Central Farmers Market, Sundays until Dec. 20th, 9:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Olive Oil Tasting and Food Sampling at Ah love Oil & Vinegar, Sun, Nov. 22, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
http://mosaicdistrict.com/events/event/mosaic-central-farm-market/

GALLERY UNDERGROUND - During November, Gallery Underground features a new exhibit of members’ work in the Main Gallery, including sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, watercolor, oil, acrylic and mixed media. The featured artist this month will be Patricia Andril (colored pencil works), as well as mini-shows during November for “Small Works” and a tribute to American Pop painter, Wayne Thiebaud. http://www.galleryunderground.org/

PARK MANAGER WALK AND TALK - Sat., Nov. 21; join the Park Manager at Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria to learn about the wetland restoration project and go for a walk from 3 to 5 p.m. to look for plants and animals in the park’s 50-acre marsh. Meet in the visitor center. No reservations needed. This program is for adults. Free. For more information, call 703-768-2525. See more Huntley Meadows events here: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley-meadows-park/

CONCERTS AT THE ALDEN – Mclean - the Premier Showcase for Great Chamber Music in Northern Virginia. This free classical music series, now in its 40th season, features professional musicians who have won international recognition for their artistry. The series also includes Young Soloists Recitals that showcase the talents of local school-age musicians.
Sunday, Nov. 22 - The concert will begin at 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.
Cosponsored by the Music Friends of the Fairfax County Public Library and The Alden.

It’s Almost Here! Annual Pre-Holiday Artful Weekend at Fort C.F. Smith ParkFt. C.F. Smith Park2411 24th St N, Arlington, VA 22207Reception: Friday, November 20, 6-8pmSaturday, November 21, 10am - 5pmSunday, November 22, 12noon-4pmArlington, VA – Join us for the 13th Annual "Artful Weekend" coming to…

11/18/2015

ATHLETICS

TABLE TENNIS –Community Café, first floor, Northern Virginia Center. Chang-Tien (CT) Lu, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, has organized weekly tournaments on Wednesday afternoons beginning at 3:00 p.m., all are welcome to participate.

TAI CHI – Dr. Lu also leads a Tai Chi group for everyone on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. on the campus of the Northern Virginia Center. Inclement weather: Tai Chi will be held outside room 100.

ZUMBA FITNESS WITH MIRLA! Every Thursday - free Zumba class will begin at 6:30 p.m. in room 100 in the Northern Virginia Center.

GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY: Gym night, Friday, 6:30 p.m. Please let GSA Athletic Chair Kaiqun Fu know if you plan to attend: [email protected]

11/18/2015

JOBS

Versatile PhD:

TUBERCULOSIS MODELING INTERN AT USAID Graduate students studying anything related to mathematical or dynamic modeling: you might qualify for this outstanding 6-month internship in the DC area. "The Intern will use existing TB models, and develop new models to better guide and prioritize USAID-supported TB interventions for priority countries, and to better determine the impact of TB interventions on morbidity and mortality.” DEADLINE NOVEMBER 18.

GRADUATE STUDENT SERVICES MGR AT UCLA CAREER CENTER Build collaborative relationships with academic departments in the Humanities, Social Sciences and the Arts in order to coordinate grad student access to quality career resources. Quote: “An understanding and passion for serving graduate students is a must!” No deadline specified but early bird gets worm.

FACULTY INSTRUCTIONAL CONSULTANT, U of KENTUCKY “Coach and advise faculty one-on-one, conduct workshops, and collaborate with a larger team in designing large-scale, college and university-wide initiatives that reimagine learning goals in light of digital technology. The successful applicant will assume a leadership role in envisioning how pedagogy can be enhanced by new technologies in traditional and technology enabled environments at the University of Kentucky.” Open to PhDs in ANY discipline. Deadline Dec. 2.

FREELANCE OPPORTUNITY - Student, teacher or graduate to link my two websites with Benchmark (a list builder company), Vimeo (a YouTube type service) and WebinarJam (a webinar software company). Essentially, I need someone with API/auto responder coding experience that can collect contact info from various forms on my websites, webinar, and video features, in a format recognized by my Benchmark service. I can set a three-way call with myself, the Benchmark representative and the programmer.
Please contact: Jay Quinn, [email protected], (703) 371-2174

HOKIE NATION NETWORK – Job listings

LINKEDIN – Virginia Tech’s Alumni Group; over 33,000 members in this group, with 124,000 Hokies on Linkedin

11/18/2015

HOKIE PASSPORT PERKS

BAJA FRESH MEXICAN GRILL near the Northern Virginia Center offers a 10% discount to Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students who show their Hokie Passport:
1116 W. Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22315
703 237 0020

GOLD’S GYM in the National Capital Region also offers 10% bi-weekly dues off to Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students. Contact: Amanda Holmes, [email protected], 703-655-0291

FELLOWSHIPS WHITE HOUSE FELLOW APPLICATION CYCLE NOW OPEN - The 2016-2017 White House Fellows application cycle is open ...
11/18/2015
Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

FELLOWSHIPS

WHITE HOUSE FELLOW APPLICATION CYCLE NOW OPEN - The 2016-2017 White House Fellows application cycle is open until Jan 12, 2016. This program seeks to recruit the most promising leaders in the US to gain first-hand high-level experience in the federal government and develop themselves as leaders. The fellowship year consists of a full-time work placement in the offices of Cabinet Secretaries, senior White House staff, and other high-ranking administration officials. Fellows also participate in a robust education program that provides a behind-the-scenes look at leadership in government, non-profits, business, the media and more. Jeffrey Daniel Stern was appointed a White House Fellow during his doctoral studies at Virginia Tech in 2006. For more information, contact Betty Watts, coordinator, Global Initiatives, [email protected].

2017 SEA GRANT KNAUSS MARINE POLICY FELLOWSHIP - DEADLINE: 5:00 p.m., Feb. 12, 2016. Virginia Sea Grant is pleased to announce the availability of the 2017 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship for Virginia graduate students. Please share this email broadly with faculty and students that may have an interest in marine or environmental science, engineering, law, management, policy, planning or related disciplines.
The fellowship provides a unique educational experience in the policies and processes of the federal government to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting these resources. Fellows are placed in various executive and legislative branch offices throughout Washington, D.C. The fellowship period is one year beginning February 1, 2017. Any student, regardless of citizenship, who, on February 12, 2016, is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate or professional program in a relevant field at a Virginia institution is eligible to apply through Virginia Sea Grant.
A list of application materials can be found in the Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO), which is attached. Applicants must submit all materials to Virginia Sea Grant via email to [email protected]. Letters of recommendation must come to Virginia Sea Grant directly from the letter writer, and should also be emailed to [email protected]. All materials must follow the requirements in the FFO and must be received by the deadline to receive full consideration. For more information, and to learn more about Virginia Knauss fellows, please visit http://vaseagrant.vims.edu/category/knauss-fellowship/.
Students who are interested in applying are strongly encouraged to contact Susan Park ([email protected], 804-684-7436) to discuss application content and submission.

In addition, the following fellowship opportunities will soon be open to applications from Virginia graduate students:
NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship: http://vaseagrant.vims.edu/category/coastal-management-fellowship/ 2016 ANNOUNCEMENT COMING SOON
NMFS-Sea Grant Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Ph.D. Fellowship: http://vaseagrant.vims.edu/category/pop-dy-fellowship/ 2016 ANNOUNCEMENT COMING SOON
NMFS-Sea Grant Marine Resource Economics Ph.D. Fellowship: http://vaseagrant.vims.edu/category/marine-resource-economics-fellowship/ 2016 ANNOUNCMENT COMING SOON

Susan Park, Associate Director, Virginia Sea Grant, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
College of William and Mary
P.O. Box 1346 (regular mail)
1375 Greate Road (shipping)
Gloucester Point, VA 23062
Phone: 804-684-7436
Fax: 804-684-7269
http://vaseagrant.vims.edu

11/18/2015

SEMINARS

“VISION FOR THE NEW INOVA CENTER FOR PERSONALIZED HEALTH”; presenter: Todd Stottlemyer, Inova CEO and rector, The College of William and Mary. Mon., Nov. 30, 2015; 4:00 - 6:30 p.m., VTRC-A.
Schedule:
4:00-4:30: Registration and networking
4:30-5:30: Lecture and Q&A
5:30-6:30: Reception
Please respond via Eventbrite by the close of business on Mon., Nov. 23.

SIREN - Armond Mascelli, IFRC: "An International Approach to Preparing for the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Emergencies"; Department of Science and Technology in Society at Virginia Tech; Tues., Dec. 1, 2:00 PM to 1:30 PM; VTRC-A
Abstract: Since 1945, components of the International Red Cross Movement have responded to the humanitarian consequences of various nuclear and radiological emergencies. The growing global adoption and application of nuclear and radiological technologies, the impacts of past major nuclear emergencies, along with significant international political, social, economic and demographic trends, support a focused attention to the accompanying risks, along with the potential consequences of other technology related emergencies. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has established a Nuclear Emergency Preparedness Program. Its objectives are to assist its 188 member national societies in preparing for the emergency nuclear risks they may face within their respective countries, and to collaboratively join other international organizations in nuclear emergency preparedness initiatives and response strategies. This is being conducted within a complex environment of diverse national government and legal structures; different emergency management approaches, organizations and priorities; multiple political, cultural settings; and a wide spectrum of residing knowledge and resources. In addition, attention is required for the inherent organizational challenges of effectively addressing low frequency/high consequence events, ensuring the ongoing acquisition, retention and provision of relevant knowledge, and the development and maintenance of relevant skills.
This lecture continues a successful new speaker series featuring leading international experts on nuclear emergency response. Part of an NSF CAREER grant and hosted by Virginia Tech’s Department of Science and Technology in Society, with generous support from the Office of the Vice President for the National Capital Region.
Light refreshments will be served.
Graduate students are encouraged to arrive at 11:30 to chat with Mr. Mascelli before his talk.
A URL to the online version of the event will be sent to registered participants who would like to join remotely.
To submit a question to the speaker, please e-mail it to [email protected].

EVENTSPlease join us in celebrating fall and Thanksgiving at our upcoming annual Thanksgiving potluck celebration.RSVP h...
11/18/2015
NCR Thanksgiving Potluck

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Please join us in celebrating fall and Thanksgiving at our upcoming annual Thanksgiving potluck celebration.RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ncr-thanksgiving-potluck-tickets-19575804759
All NCR students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend. We will be providing the basic staples of a Thanksgiving meal (turkey, gravy, potatoes, sides, etc.). We do ask that any faculty or staff who join us to bring a dish to share. Students are welcome to bring a dish, but are not required to.
For any questions or to let us know what you plan to bring, please email me or RSVP.
Bronwen Watts, International Student and Scholar Advisor, [email protected] or [email protected]

WOMEN AND GENDER IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT at Virginia Tech announces the final “Women and Gender in International Development” discussion of the semester on Thurs., Nov. 19, 12:30-1:30 pm. The discussion will be held at the Newman Library in Blacksburg. Faculty, staff, and students in the National Capital Region can join via WebEx. Please contact Maria Elisa Christie or Rhiannon Hasenauer for the link.
Dr. Kathleen O'Reilly, associate professor, Geography Department, Texas A&M University, will present "No Relief: Poor women's everyday experiences of sanitation in urban India."
For the past two decades, O’Reilly has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in rural India concerning the social and environmental impacts of public health development projects with a specific focus on women’s experiences in assessing these impacts. Safe drinking water, community health, and the experiences of gendered violence by Indian women as they relate to the lack of sanitation are key components of her research which she will discuss in this talk.
The Women and Gender in International Development Discussion Series, part of the Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED), at Virginia Tech gives students and professionals an opportunity to share their research and discuss issues of Women and Gender in International Development. Prominent scholars from inside and outside the university speak on topics including agriculture, economics, education, water and sanitation, and health, with a focus on how these intersect with gender issues.

STS OPEN HOUSE/INFO SESSION – Thurs. Dec. 10, 7:00 – 8:00 P.M.; Northern Virginia Center, Room 221. Information session for prospective students; part-time graduate program exploring the interaction between science, technology, and society; please Contact Dr. Sonja Schmid ([email protected]) with questions.

Please join us for a potluck Thanksgiving dinner at the Northern Virginia Center. The event will be held in the community cafe at the NVC from 4-7pm. All are welcome to attend. We will provide the basic staples of a Thanksgiving dinner--turkey, mashed potatoes, sides, etc. We ask that staff and fac…

ADMINISTRATIVE ANNOUNCEMENTSVT ENGAGE: PERU SERVICE IMMERSION TRIP - Participate in a service immersion trip to contribu...
11/18/2015
VT Engage: Peru Service Immersion

ADMINISTRATIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS

VT ENGAGE: PERU SERVICE IMMERSION TRIP - Participate in a service immersion trip to contribute to environmental education and rainforest preservation activities, or maintenance at the Alliance for Research and Conservation Amazon’s (ARCA) education center, or build solar showers and contribute to native tree reforestation in Peru. Leave with a greater understanding of Peruvian life in the Amazon rainforest and the high Andes, culture, history, nonprofit work, and the diversity of perspectives our team will bring to the week. All undergraduate and graduate students may apply. Need-based financial assistance is available. Apply at www.globaleducation.vt.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=12203 by Nov 30, 2015.
Questions? Contact Eliza at VT Engage, [email protected], 540.231.5853.

BOUCHET GRADUATE HONOR SOCIETY NOMATIONS ACCEPTED THROUGH NOV 20 - The Virginia Tech Graduate School is one of the few universities with a Bouchet Honor Society Chapter. The Society recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. For more information visit http://graduateschool.vt.edu/Bouchet_Society.

BEYOND BOUNDARIES - In May, President Sands challenged the university to engage in a year-long visioning process called “Envisioning Virginia Tech – Beyond Boundaries.” The project centers around four thematic areas of inquiry – advancing as a global land-grant university, preparing students for the world in which they will live and work, envisioning the campus of the future, and discovering new funding models. In consultation with the project co-chairs and president, these topics were advanced by graduate students who completed research on the field of higher education.
Committees comprised of faculty, staff, and students began convening in September, and will continue to do so, to discuss these thematic areas central to the interrelated goals of advancing as a global land-grant institution, and addressing the challenges and opportunities of the evolving higher education landscape. Thematic area committees will work through early 2016 and the steering committee will aggregate themes during the spring 2016 semester.
The visionary and innovative thinking of the Virginia Tech community is essential to the success of the project. We need your ideas. Currently, community insights and ideas are being gathered through the Beyond Boundaries online portal and in-person meetings. Staff and graduate students in the Office of the Senior Fellow for Resource Development are collecting, analyzing, and reporting these data.
In November, we launched two additional platforms for idea construction and gathering:
The discussion forum is a collaborative digital space for thoughtful, innovative, and futuristic thinking. We ask that you join the conversation and let your voice be heard by advancing others’ ideas through posted forums or by beginning your own idea.
Video vignettes capture the stories of Hokies—both students and the broader Virginia Tech community. Having a hard time predicting the future? We ask that you share your story instead.
We are facing complex challenges, we need external views to think critically about the future and learn from your experiences as students. Your voice will help shape the vision of Virginia Tech, and, in turn, will provide insight to more intermediate planning processes.
To engage in the discussion, please visit www.beyondboundaries.vt.edu

URBAN COMPUTING CERTIFICATE - Virginia Tech will create a new Ph.D. certificate program focused on big data and urbanization with a grant of nearly $3 million over a five-year period from the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program. The urban computing certificate program will launch at Virginia Tech in the spring 2016 semester.
REGISTRATION FOR REALIZING THE PROMISE OF BIG DATA in the Public Sphere (PAPA 5984) is now open and can be accessed from the Virginia Tech Winter Session website. Email Justin Abold-LaBreche for more information. Article on this Wintermester course: http://ncr.vt.edu/highlights/Highlight-102815.html

ONLINE SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT - A Virginia Tech faculty member is seeking to know more about in what activities you and other VT students choose to participate. Participating in activities outside the classroom can help students develop critical professional skills, and this survey aims to find out if this is true for VT students. Complete the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2fpqCVFIhCCylOl and encouraging others to do it as well. The link provides instructions for survey takers; explains consent, your rights, drawings for gift cards, age requirements; and lists contact persons. Any student in any major at VT can respond to the survey. For more information contact Dr. Denise Simmons at [email protected].

INTERDISCIPLINARY HONOR SOCIETY NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS - The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (IDR) is accepting new applications for membership up through Friday, Nov 20. IDR was founded at Virginia Tech in 2011 by graduate students to promote and facilitate interdisciplinary cooperation, research, and networking at VT and other universities. Currently there are more than 20 active members and the society offers opportunities to network with professionals and peers, present your own work at an annual poster day, and attend spotlight talks given by individuals heavily involved in interdisciplinary work. Any students, graduate or undergraduate, who are actively involved in research combining multiple disciplines, including science, engineering, business, or education, are encouraged to apply. More details about the society, membership requirements, and the membership application can be found at www.idrsociety.org/membership/application. Direct questions to VP of membership, Shabnam Kavousi, at [email protected].

GRADUATE EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE (GEDI) - The Graduate Education Development Institute (GEDI) is designed to address the professional development concerns of 21st-century graduate students at Virginia Tech. Developed as the result of a collaborative effort between Learning Technologies and the Graduate School, GEDI focuses on multi-disciplinary pedagogy practices that integrate the critically engaged use of advanced technologies.

GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM ABSTRACT SUBMISSION OPEN THROUGH JAN 1 - The 32nd Annual Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) Research Symposium and Exposition will take place on Mar 23, 2016 in the Graduate Life Center. Graduate and advanced undergraduate students are invited to submit an abstract for this event between Nov 8, 2015 and Jan 1, 2016 at 11:59pm (EST). Visit the Research Symposium website at http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-symposium/ for details and to submit an abstract. Please read all information and see resources available for tailoring your abstract to this event in order to communicate your research to a broad audience. Contact the Research Symposium and Exposition Chairs (Anthony Carno and Yesim Keskin) at [email protected] with any questions.

2016 FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION (FIWGSA) CALENDARS FOR SALE - Need holiday gifts or some color in your office? Students in the VT Fish and Wildlife Graduate Student Association in the College of Natural Resources and Environment are selling 2016 calendars that highlight their work around the world. Each month features a color photo taken by a student and showcases research on a species. One calendar is $15; two or more are $12 each. Download an order form at http://www.cnre.vt.edu/students/graduate/order-forms/wildlife-calendar-order-form.pdf. Email [email protected] with any questions.

WEB DROP/ADD opens for Spring 2016 Sat., Nov. 28

THANKSGIVING –

Sat., Nov. 21
Thanksgiving Holiday begins
Sun. Nov. 22
Thanksgiving Break
Mon., Nov. 23
No classes; university open
Tues., Nov. 24
No classes; university open
Wed., Nov. 25
No classes; university closes at noon
Thurs., Nov. 26
No classes; university closed
Fri., Nov. 27
No classes; university closed
Sat., Nov. 28
Thanksgiving break
Sun., Nov. 29
Thanksgiving Holiday ends

DEC. 1 IS THE LAST DATE TO NOTIFY THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF INTENT TO PARTICIPATE IN FALL COMMENCEMENT (Blacksburg)

UNIVERSITY OFFICES CLOSED Dec. 24, 2015 through January 3, 2016

DATES & DEADLINES – Please be sure to review http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/deadlines
EVENTS

Please join us in celebrating fall and Thanksgiving at our upcoming annual Thanksgiving potluck celebration. See attached flyer for details and RSVP here. All NCR students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend. We will be providing the basic staples of a Thanksgiving meal (turkey, gravy, potatoes, sides, etc.). We do ask that any faculty or staff who join us to bring a dish to share. Students are welcome to bring a dish, but are not required to.
For any questions or to let us know what you plan to bring, please email me or RSVP.
Bronwen Watts, International Student and Scholar Advisor, [email protected] or [email protected]

WOMEN AND GENDER IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT at Virginia Tech announces the final “Women and Gender in International Development” discussion of the semester on Thurs., Nov. 19, 12:30-1:30 pm. The discussion will be held at the Newman Library in Blacksburg. Faculty, staff, and students in the National Capital Region can join via WebEx. Please contact Maria Elisa Christie or Rhiannon Hasenauer for the link.
Dr. Kathleen O'Reilly, associate professor, Geography Department, Texas A&M University, will present "No Relief: Poor women's everyday experiences of sanitation in urban India."
For the past two decades, O’Reilly has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in rural India concerning the social and environmental impacts of public health development projects with a specific focus on women’s experiences in assessing these impacts. Safe drinking water, community health, and the experiences of gendered violence by Indian women as they relate to the lack of sanitation are key components of her research which she will discuss in this talk.
The Women and Gender in International Development Discussion Series, part of the Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED), at Virginia Tech gives students and professionals an opportunity to share their research and discuss issues of Women and Gender in International Development. Prominent scholars from inside and outside the university speak on topics including agriculture, economics, education, water and sanitation, and health, with a focus on how these intersect with gender issues.

STS OPEN HOUSE/INFO SESSION – Thurs. Dec. 10, 7:00 – 8:00 P.M.; Northern Virginia Center, Room 221. Information session for prospective students; part-time graduate program exploring the interaction between science, technology, and society; please Contact Dr. Sonja Schmid ([email protected]) with questions.


SEMINARS

RUSSIA AND UKRAINE: THE SEARCH FOR IDENTITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY - MI + SPIA Fall Speaker Series; presenter: Bill Gleason, coordinator of Eurasian studies, U.S. Department of State. The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 led to a furious scramble for identity among the 15 nations that replaced the USSR. The two biggest nations in that scramble are Russia and Ukraine. In his talk, Gleason will discuss how they are doing in their search for a new identity and what it means for the United States.
Doors open at 6 p.m., Lecture begins at 6:30 p.m.; Light refreshments will be served.
The 2015 Fall Speaker Series is a joint effort of the Metropolitan Institute (MI) and the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA). Please respond via eventbrite.com

SEGMENTATION ALGORITHM FOR EFFICIENT NEURAL RECONSTRUCTION FROM ELECTRON MICROSCOPY DATA – Tues., Nov. 17, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., VTRC-A. Toufiq Parag, bioinformatics specialist, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will present "Segmentation Algorithm for Efficient Neural Reconstruction from Electron Microscopy Data" as part of the Discovery Analytics Seminar Series. Recent efforts of neural reconstruction from Electron Microscopy (EM) images revealed fundamental knowledge about structure and function of animal brain. Automatic segmentation algorithms play the pivotal role behind the successes of all these studies. In this talk, Parag will present an EM segmentation method designed to expedite the overall reconstruction process.
Please register if you wish to attend.

“VISION FOR THE NEW INOVA CENTER FOR PERSONALIZED HEALTH”; presenter: Todd Stottlemyer, Inova CEO and rector, The College of William and Mary. Mon., Nov. 30, 2015; 4:00 - 6:30 p.m., VTRC-A.
Schedule:
4:00-4:30: Registration and networking
4:30-5:30: Lecture and Q&A
5:30-6:30: Reception
Please respond via Eventbrite by the close of business on Mon., Nov. 23.

SIREN - Armond Mascelli, IFRC: "An International Approach to Preparing for the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Emergencies"; Department of Science and Technology in Society at Virginia Tech; Tues., Dec. 1, 2:00 PM to 1:30 PM; VTRC-A
Abstract: Since 1945, components of the International Red Cross Movement have responded to the humanitarian consequences of various nuclear and radiological emergencies. The growing global adoption and application of nuclear and radiological technologies, the impacts of past major nuclear emergencies, along with significant international political, social, economic and demographic trends, support a focused attention to the accompanying risks, along with the potential consequences of other technology related emergencies. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has established a Nuclear Emergency Preparedness Program. Its objectives are to assist its 188 member national societies in preparing for the emergency nuclear risks they may face within their respective countries, and to collaboratively join other international organizations in nuclear emergency preparedness initiatives and response strategies. This is being conducted within a complex environment of diverse national government and legal structures; different emergency management approaches, organizations and priorities; multiple political, cultural settings; and a wide spectrum of residing knowledge and resources. In addition, attention is required for the inherent organizational challenges of effectively addressing low frequency/high consequence events, ensuring the ongoing acquisition, retention and provision of relevant knowledge, and the development and maintenance of relevant skills.
This lecture continues a successful new speaker series featuring leading international experts on nuclear emergency response. Part of an NSF CAREER grant and hosted by Virginia Tech’s Department of Science and Technology in Society, with generous support from the Office of the Vice President for the National Capital Region.
Light refreshments will be served.
Graduate students are encouraged to arrive at 11:30 to chat with Mr. Mascelli before his talk.
A URL to the online version of the event will be sent to registered participants who would like to join remotely.
To submit a question to the speaker, please e-mail it to [email protected].

FELLOWSHIPS

WHITE HOUSE FELLOW APPLICATION CYCLE NOW OPEN - The 2016-2017 White House Fellows application cycle is open until Jan 12, 2016. This program seeks to recruit the most promising leaders in the US to gain first-hand high-level experience in the federal government and develop themselves as leaders. The fellowship year consists of a full-time work placement in the offices of Cabinet Secretaries, senior White House staff, and other high-ranking administration officials. Fellows also participate in a robust education program that provides a behind-the-scenes look at leadership in government, non-profits, business, the media and more. Jeffrey Daniel Stern was appointed a White House Fellow during his doctoral studies at Virginia Tech in 2006. For more information, contact Betty Watts, coordinator, Global Initiatives, [email protected].

2017 SEA GRANT KNAUSS MARINE POLICY FELLOWSHIP - DEADLINE: 5:00 p.m., Feb. 12, 2016. Virginia Sea Grant is pleased to announce the availability of the 2017 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship for Virginia graduate students. Please share this email broadly with faculty and students that may have an interest in marine or environmental science, engineering, law, management, policy, planning or related disciplines.
The fellowship provides a unique educational experience in the policies and processes of the federal government to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting these resources. Fellows are placed in various executive and legislative branch offices throughout Washington, D.C. The fellowship period is one year beginning February 1, 2017. Any student, regardless of citizenship, who, on February 12, 2016, is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate or professional program in a relevant field at a Virginia institution is eligible to apply through Virginia Sea Grant.
A list of application materials can be found in the Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO), which is attached. Applicants must submit all materials to Virginia Sea Grant via email to [email protected]. Letters of recommendation must come to Virginia Sea Grant directly from the letter writer, and should also be emailed to [email protected]. All materials must follow the requirements in the FFO and must be received by the deadline to receive full consideration. For more information, and to learn more about Virginia Knauss fellows, please visit http://vaseagrant.vims.edu/category/knauss-fellowship/.
Students who are interested in applying are strongly encouraged to contact Susan Park ([email protected], 804-684-7436) to discuss application content and submission.

In addition, the following fellowship opportunities will soon be open to applications from Virginia graduate students:
NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship: http://vaseagrant.vims.edu/category/coastal-management-fellowship/ 2016 ANNOUNCEMENT COMING SOON
NMFS-Sea Grant Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Ph.D. Fellowship: http://vaseagrant.vims.edu/category/pop-dy-fellowship/ 2016 ANNOUNCEMENT COMING SOON
NMFS-Sea Grant Marine Resource Economics Ph.D. Fellowship: http://vaseagrant.vims.edu/category/marine-resource-economics-fellowship/ 2016 ANNOUNCMENT COMING SOON

Susan Park, Associate Director, Virginia Sea Grant, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
College of William and Mary
P.O. Box 1346 (regular mail)
1375 Greate Road (shipping)
Gloucester Point, VA 23062
Phone: 804-684-7436
Fax: 804-684-7269
http://vaseagrant.vims.edu


HOKIE PASSPORT PERKS

BAJA FRESH MEXICAN GRILL near the Northern Virginia Center offers a 10% discount to Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students who show their Hokie Passport:
1116 W. Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22315
703 237 0020

GOLD’S GYM in the National Capital Region also offers 10% bi-weekly dues off to Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students. Contact: Amanda Holmes, [email protected], 703-655-0291


JOBS


Versatile PhD:
TUBERCULOSIS MODELING INTERN AT USAID Graduate students studying anything related to mathematical or dynamic modeling: you might qualify for this outstanding 6-month internship in the DC area. "The Intern will use existing TB models, and develop new models to better guide and prioritize USAID-supported TB interventions for priority countries, and to better determine the impact of TB interventions on morbidity and mortality.” DEADLINE NOVEMBER 18.
GRADUATE STUDENT SERVICES MGR AT UCLA CAREER CENTER Build collaborative relationships with academic departments in the Humanities, Social Sciences and the Arts in order to coordinate grad student access to quality career resources. Quote: “An understanding and passion for serving graduate students is a must!” No deadline specified but early bird gets worm.
FACULTY INSTRUCTIONAL CONSULTANT, U of KENTUCKY “Coach and advise faculty one-on-one, conduct workshops, and collaborate with a larger team in designing large-scale, college and university-wide initiatives that reimagine learning goals in light of digital technology. The successful applicant will assume a leadership role in envisioning how pedagogy can be enhanced by new technologies in traditional and technology enabled environments at the University of Kentucky.” Open to PhDs in ANY discipline. Deadline Dec. 2.
FREELANCE OPPORTUNITY - Student, teacher or graduate to link my two websites with Benchmark (a list builder company), Vimeo (a YouTube type service) and WebinarJam (a webinar software company). Essentially, I need someone with API/auto responder coding experience that can collect contact info from various forms on my websites, webinar, and video features, in a format recognized by my Benchmark service. I can set a three-way call with myself, the Benchmark representative and the programmer.
Please contact: Jay Quinn, [email protected], (703) 371-2174

HOKIE NATION NETWORK – Job listings

LINKEDIN – Virginia Tech’s Alumni Group; over 33,000 members in this group, with 124,000 Hokies on Linkedin


ATHLETICS

TABLE TENNIS –Community Café, first floor, Northern Virginia Center. Chang-Tien (CT) Lu, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, has organized weekly tournaments on Wednesday afternoons beginning at 3:00 p.m., all are welcome to participate.

TAI CHI – Dr. Lu also leads a Tai Chi group for everyone on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. on the campus of the Northern Virginia Center. Inclement weather: Tai Chi will be held outside room 100.

ZUMBA FITNESS WITH MIRLA! Every Thursday - free Zumba class will begin at 6:30 p.m. in room 100 in the Northern Virginia Center.

GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY: Gym night, Friday, 6:30 p.m. Please let GSA Athletic Chair Kaiqun Fu know if you plan to attend: [email protected]



FREE FOR ALL!

2015 COLLEGIATE INVENTORS COMPETITION EXPO AND AWARDS – Tues., Nov. 17, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.; United States Patent and Trademark Office, Alexandria. Competition Finalists will showcase their inventions and interact with thousands of USPTO patent and trademark examiners, sponsors, media, and the public at the Competition Expo, creating the greatest gathering of collegiate innovation in the nation. (Applications for 2016 will be available in the spring.)

13TH ANNUAL ARTFUL WEEKEND AT FORT C.F. SMITH PARK –
Reception: Fri., Nov. 20, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; meet 40 artists and enjoy light refreshments in the historic Hendry House; includes paintings of many genres, ceramics, sculpture, artists cards, unframed works and more.
Sat., Nov. 21, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 22, Noon – 4:00 p.m.

MOSAIC DISTRICT –
Mosaic Central Farmers Market, Sundays until Dec. 20th, 9:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Olive Oil Tasting and Food Sampling at Ah love Oil & Vinegar, Sun, Nov. 22, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

GALLERY UNDERGROUND - During November, Gallery Underground features a new exhibit of members’ work in the Main Gallery, including sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, watercolor, oil, acrylic and mixed media. The featured artist this month will be Patricia Andril (colored pencil works), as well as mini-shows during November for “Small Works” and a tribute to American Pop painter, Wayne Thiebaud.

PARK MANAGER WALK AND TALK - Sat., Nov. 21; join the Park Manager at Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria to learn about the wetland restoration project and go for a walk from 3 to 5 p.m. to look for plants and animals in the park’s 50-acre marsh. Meet in the visitor center. No reservations needed. This program is for adults. Free. For more information, call 703-768-2525. See more Huntley Meadows events here

CONCERTS AT THE ALDEN – Mclean - the Premier Showcase for Great Chamber Music in Northern Virginia. This free classical music series, now in its 40th season, features professional musicians who have won international recognition for their artistry. The series also includes Young Soloists Recitals that showcase the talents of local school-age musicians.
Sunday, Nov. 22 - The concert will begin at 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.
Cosponsored by the Music Friends of the Fairfax County Public Library and The Alden.


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Room 412, Northern Virginia Center, [email protected] or 703 538-8312


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Northern Virginia Center, [email protected] or 703-538-8439



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Northern Virginia Center, [email protected] or 703-538-8322




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NCR GSA Fall Kick Off Event
WAGE POSITION AS NEWS ANALYST AVAILABLE - The Discovery Analytics Center of the VT Department of Computer Science in Arlington is looking to fill 3 wage positions for News Analysts. This is a 20-hrs/week, online, work from home position paying $20/hr. News Analysts will be responsible for reading news articles in Arabic, Portuguese and Spanish and extracting information from them. Analysts are trained on how to record the extracted information. Requirements: proficiency with at least one of these three languages; knowledge of and interest in world and regional politics; excellent written and spoken communication skills. Email application by EOD Dec 9 to [email protected] with a subject line: Application for News Analyst, including detailed CV; list of languages you know, along with your proficiency level; brief note (300 words max) on why are you interested in this opportunity. Complete info at http://dac.cs.vt.edu/job-opening/6-month-onlinework-from-home-wage-position-at-discovery-analytics-center-department-of-computer-science-vt/. Some restrictions may apply for employment of international students.
BEYOND BOUNDARIES - National Capital Region Session; Virginia Tech is in the midst of an ambitious project to envision what the university will be like at our 175th "birthday" in 2047. More information on this process can be found on www.beyondboundaries.vt.edu As part of this visioning, we are hosting student-focused sessions. The next session will be held on Tuesday, Dec 8, 5:30 - 6:30 pm in Alexandria (1021 Prince Street, Oronoco Room, #313).
GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM ABSTRACT SUBMISSION OPEN THROUGH JAN 1 -
The 32nd Annual Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) Research Symposium and Exposition will take place on Mar 23, 2016 in the Graduate Life Center. Graduate and advanced undergraduate students are invited to submit an abstract for this event between by Jan. 1, 2016 at 11:59pm (EST). Visit the Research Symposium website at http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-symposium/ for details and to submit an abstract. Please read all information and see resources available for tailoring your abstract to this event in order to communicate your research to a broad audience. Contact the Research Symposium and Exposition Chairs (Anthony Carno and Yesim Keskin) at [email protected] with any questions.
ACADEMY FOR GTA EXCELLENCE APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED - The Academy for GTA Excellence (https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/jwrgrad/academy-for-advanced-teaching-and-transforming-learning-aattl/) invites applications for Academy member, Associate, and Fellow in its Learning Community. The Academy provides opportunities for graduate students to receive advanced education and training in innovative teaching and learning strategies. It also provides a space to recognize excellence in teaching by graduate students. Membership is open to graduate students at all VT campuses. Applications are available at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3Vsd1V1nnizMkqp; and nominations or recommendation form at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4PzjmrgAFGhBQUt; both are due Saturday, Jan 30. For questions about the Academy, contact VP and Dean for Graduate Education Karen P. DePauw ([email protected]) or Nicole J. Johnson ([email protected]).
NEW SPIA COURSE - offered by Dr. Mark Orr, Research Associate Professor with the Social and Decision Analytics Lab at Virginia Tech. This is a great opportunity to enrich your methodological skills and to advance your ability to analyze complex systems and processes for advancing public policy.
UAP 5984: Introduction to Agent-Based Modeling of Social and Political Process
Tuesdays, 6:45 - 9:15, VT SPIA, Alexandria campus
Overview: Agent-based simulation approaches are becoming recognized as a highly useful tool for understanding not only how social & economic processes operate but also how policy can benefit from the development of such tools. This course will provide the following: 1) the foundational and general theory behind the agent-based approach (from complex systems and dynamical systems); 2) a broad review of the use of agent-based modeling in both science and practice; and, 3) in-depth, hands-on training on how to build agent-based models of social and political processes using the Netlogo platform (Netlogo is an open source platform that was designed as an educational tool to introduce agent-based modeling to non-programmers; see https://ccl.northwestern.edu/netlogo/ ). Participants will, by course end, be able to build simple agent-based models of social and political processes and to be critical consumers of existing models in the literature. The overarching goal is to provide participants with a have a deep appreciation of what it means to transform concepts and theory into dynamical algorithms.
Prerequisites: None. This is targeted for students without programming background; the course will provide all necessary background to build simple agent-based models.
SEMINARS

“VISION FOR THE NEW INOVA CENTER FOR PERSONALIZED HEALTH”; presenter: Todd Stottlemyer, Inova CEO and rector, The College of William and Mary. Mon., Nov. 30, 2015; 4:00 - 6:30 p.m., VTRC-A.
Schedule:
4:00-4:30: Registration and networking
4:30-5:30: Lecture and Q&A
5:30-6:30: Reception
Please respond via Eventbrite
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-st-lecture-todd-stottlemyer-tickets-19400215567
by the close of business on Mon., Nov. 23.

SIREN - Armond Mascelli, IFRC: "An International Approach to Preparing for the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Emergencies"; Department of Science and Technology in Society at Virginia Tech; Tues., Dec. 1, 2:00 PM to 1:30 PM; VTRC-A
Abstract: Since 1945, components of the International Red Cross Movement have responded to the humanitarian consequences of various nuclear and radiological emergencies. The growing global adoption and application of nuclear and radiological technologies, the impacts of past major nuclear emergencies, along with significant international political, social, economic and demographic trends, support a focused attention to the accompanying risks, along with the potential consequences of other technology related emergencies. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has established a Nuclear Emergency Preparedness Program. Its objectives are to assist its 188 member national societies in preparing for the emergency nuclear risks they may face within their respective countries, and to collaboratively join other international organizations in nuclear emergency preparedness initiatives and response strategies. This is being conducted within a complex environment of diverse national government and legal structures; different emergency management approaches, organizations and priorities; multiple political, cultural settings; and a wide spectrum of residing knowledge and resources. In addition, attention is required for the inherent organizational challenges of effectively addressing low frequency/high consequence events, ensuring the ongoing acquisition, retention and provision of relevant knowledge, and the development and maintenance of relevant skills.
This lecture continues a successful new speaker series featuring leading international experts on nuclear emergency response. Part of an NSF CAREER grant and hosted by Virginia Tech’s Department of Science and Technology in Society, with generous support from the Office of the Vice President for the National Capital Region.
• Light refreshments will be served.
• Graduate students are encouraged to arrive at 11:30 to chat with Mr. Mascelli before his talk.
• A URL to the online version of the event will be sent to registered participants who would like to join remotely.
• To submit a question to the speaker, please e-mail it to [email protected].
THE IMPORTANCE OF SCIENCTIFIC REPRODUCIBILITY IN EVIDENCE-BASED RULEMAKING – Wed., Dec. 2, VTRC-A. Presenter: Victoria Stodden, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Abstract: The talk will unpack the widely-discussed notion of reproducibility, see e.g. "How Science Goes Wrong," and present a framework for addressing the credibility crisis based on the traditional notion of the scholarly record and features of research investigations. Dr. Stodden will then use this framework to evaluate and propose criteria for transparency in the policy making context, and set other efforts such as the Open Access and Open Data movements within this context. Time permitting, she will give a recent policymaking example to illustrate the issues and potential steps forward.
WebEx meeting number: 640 600 002 or phone: 1-855-749-4750
FREE FOR ALL!

13TH ANNUAL ARTFUL WEEKEND AT FORT C.F. SMITH PARK –
Reception: Fri., Nov. 20, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; meet 40 artists and enjoy light refreshments in the historic Hendry House; includes paintings of many genres, ceramics, sculpture, artists cards, unframed works and more.
Sat., Nov. 21, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 22, Noon – 4:00 p.m.
http://www.spingo.com/calendar/event/5026340-artful-weekend

MOSAIC DISTRICT –
Mosaic Central Farmers Market, Sundays until Dec. 20th, 9:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Olive Oil Tasting and Food Sampling at Ah love Oil & Vinegar, Sun, Nov. 22, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
http://mosaicdistrict.com/events/event/mosaic-central-farm-market/

GALLERY UNDERGROUND - During November, Gallery Underground features a new exhibit of members’ work in the Main Gallery, including sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, watercolor, oil, acrylic and mixed media. The featured artist this month will be Patricia Andril (colored pencil works), as well as mini-shows during November for “Small Works” and a tribute to American Pop painter, Wayne Thiebaud. http://www.galleryunderground.org/

PARK MANAGER WALK AND TALK - Sat., Nov. 21; join the Park Manager at Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria to learn about the wetland restoration project and go for a walk from 3 to 5 p.m. to look for plants and animals in the park’s 50-acre marsh. Meet in the visitor center. No reservations needed. This program is for adults. Free. For more information, call 703-768-2525. See more Huntley Meadows events here: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley-meadows-park/

CONCERTS AT THE ALDEN – Mclean - the Premier Showcase for Great Chamber Music in Northern Virginia. This free classical music series, now in its 40th season, features professional musicians who have won international recognition for their artistry. The series also includes Young Soloists Recitals that showcase the talents of local school-age musicians.
Sunday, Nov. 22 - The concert will begin at 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.
Cosponsored by the Music Friends of the Fairfax County Public Library and The Alden.
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