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Table of Contents: Summer 2013

From the Dean's Perspective

These past few years have brought a wave of change to the college as we deliberately position ourselves and our students for the future.

College News

Awards and Honors

The college honored some of its most accomplished students, prominent alumni, respected faculty, and cherished friends at this year’s Annual Awards Recognition Celebration.

In Memoriam: Colleen Carlson, forestry research associate, College of Natural Resources and Environment

Colleen Carlson, who worked in the field of forestry and biometry for more than 22 years in the United States, New Zealand, and South Africa, was on the Forest Productivity Cooperative team, passed away June 30.

Conference Tackles the Challenge of Diversity in Natural Resources Careers

The college and sponsoring partners hosted a national conference in June to explore the future of diversity in natural resources disciplines and careers.

Hindman Supports Campaign to Reduce Construction Falls

Falls in construction represent 14 percent of on-the-job fatalities and are estimated to cost construction firms approximately $27,000 in direct costs per incident.

Portable Biomass Power Plant Draws Visitors to Campus

Thirty visitors from as far away as New York and Guatemala journeyed to the Brooks Forest Products Center to see demonstrations of the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials’ new portable biomass power plant.

World Regions Class Skypes With Prime Minister

Geography instructor John Boyer once again used a videotaped plea to convince an international figure to address his World Region’s class.


Alumni Corner

Alumni Profile: Leon Kolankiewicz

As an environmental planner and prolific writer, Kolankiewicz has a passion for the beauty and majesty of nature in his professional life.

Hubert Receives Cross Alumni Leadership Award

Huber’s research focused heavily on the ecology and habitat needs of freshwater fishes but also included fish culture, aquatic macroinvertebrates, waterfowl, and riparian bird communities.

Kendall an Environmental Excellence Award Finalist

Kendall was presented with an individual award signed by Gov. Rick Perry to recognize his work as founding director of the Institute of Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech University.

Carrozzino-Lyon Selected for Leadership Institute

The Wildlife Society selected Amy Carrozzino-Lyon a research associate and instructor in the college’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, to participate in its Leadership Institute.

Features

Getting Down to Business: Wood Enterprise Institute Students Learn Entrepreneurship Firsthand

It’s the day before graduation — exams are finished, and the semester is essentially over. But a group of students still labors away in the Wood Enterprise Institute (WEI) lab at the Brooks Forest Products Center.

Virginia Tech’s Beloved Sycamore Is Still Standing By Way of Its Clone, and the DNA Is in It

Downton Abbey is not the only icon still standing. Thanks to the efforts of two forestry professors, Virginia Tech’s beloved sycamore tree will once again grace Henderson Lawn, this time by way of its progeny with the same DNA.

Student Notes

Raya Receives Arab American Scholarship

Yasmina Raya of Fairfax, Va., a student in the Executive Master of Natural Resources program in the National Capital Region, received a scholarship from the Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects.

Liu Wins Chemical Society Award

This prestigious international award, given to only one student each year, recognizes excellence in cellulose or renewable materials research. This is the second consecutive year that a student from Edgar’s lab has won this prominent award.

Three Students Take Home Writing Prizes

Entries in the competition, which seeks to encourage youth and young adults to cultivate their creative talents, focused on this year’s theme of a memorable outdoor experience or special interest.

Graduate Student Team Prevails at GeoLeague Challenge

A team of seven geography and forestry graduate students took home Virginia Tech’s second consecutive title in the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing’s national GeoLeague Challenge.

Battle Presents at ACC Meeting of the Minds

The conference is an opportunity to highlight the diversity of research work being completed by undergraduates and for students to share their work with peers.


Engagement and Outreach

New ‘Trees for Energy Conservation’ Online Resource

Eric Wiseman, associate professor of urban forestry and arboriculture, and Adam Downing, senior Extension agent, contributed to the development and content of a new online resource to help consumers and professionals make decisions about selecting, planting, and maintaining trees to conserve energy.

Kimball Maps Campus Fruit Trees

As part of a class project this spring, urban forestry graduate student Lele Kimball created a map of edible fruit and nut trees on the Virginia Tech campus and a website to showcase foods in the university’s urban forest.


Research Spotlight

Meaningful Interpretive Programs Impact Visitors

Live interpretive programs bring national park sites — from ancient ruins to cherished landscapes — alive for thousands of visitors.

Nature Play Areas Could Be the Answer

Doctoral student and former park ranger Matthew H.E.M. Browning is investigating ways to let children better connect with nature in parks and reserves.


Position Search

Professor and
Department Chair

The Department of Geography at Virginia Tech is seeking a visionary and energetic individual to serve as professor and department chair. This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position available July 1, 2017.

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