Summer 2011

From the Dean's Perspective

      • From the Dean's Perspective

        Our most important educational mission is educating our students so they can make meaningful contributions to society through their work in natural resources and environmental stewardship.

College News

      • College Brings Expertise to CIbM

        The college is teaming up with the Center for Innovation-based Manufacturing (CIbM), based in Virginia Tech’s Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science, to research the future of innovation and lean engineering.

      • College Launches Student Leadership Institute

        The college launched a new program in fall 2010 to develop leadership abilities in some of its top undergraduate students to help prepare them as future leaders in managing natural resources for sustainability and biodiversity.

Student Notes

      • Chong Weathers a Challenge

        During his time at the NWS, Chong was assigned to compile a reference booklet that is now used by Department of Transportation workers in Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina.

      • DeHart Pursues Cinematography Passion

        Clark DeHart, a sophomore wildlife science major from Blacksburg, Va., was awarded third place in the Ecological Society of America’s 2010 Eco Art Festival for his documentary film, “Topsail Turtles.”

      • Kays Named Outstanding Graduating Senior

        Throughout much of her college career, Kays was a student writer for the college’s public affairs office, composing stories for the CNRE News, Virginia Tech Research magazine, and the university homepage.

Faculty Briefs

      • CIA Officer-in-Residence

        Kenneth Stiles, a Central Intelligence Agency officer with more than 25 years experience, has joined Virginia Tech as a visiting faculty member through 2012.

      • Lindsey Joins "Car Talk"

        Adjunct Professor Kieran Lindsey has added a new entry to her resume — she is now the official animal-vehicle biologist for the famed Tappet brothers, Click and Clack, on “Car Talk,” one of the most popular shows on National Public Radio.

      • Mortimer Named SAF Fellow

        Michael Mortimer, director of graduate programs for the college in the National Capital Region, has been elected a Fellow of the Society of American Foresters (SAF).

      • Sforza Receives XCaliber Award

        Peter Sforza, director and research scientist at the Center for Geospatial Information Technology and instructor in the Department of Geography, received the 2011 XCaliber Award.

Research Spotlight

Engagement and Outreach

Alumni Corner

      • Alumni Profile: Omid Parhizkar

        Omid Parhizkar (’08 Ph.D. in forest products marketing and management) recently stepped into a new position with the World Bank — just a part of the career success he has already experienced since joining the organization in 2008.

      • IN MEMORIAM: Robert Shattuck Radspinner

        Robert Shattuck Radspinner (’41 B.S. in forestry) of Blacksburg, Va., passed away Jan. 28, 2011, at the age of 91. Radspinner was a member of the first four-year forestry class to graduate from Virginia Tech.

      • Jones Named Extension Director

        Edwin J. Jones (’79 M.S. and ’83 Ph.D. in fisheries and wildlife sciences) has been named director of Virginia Cooperative Extension and associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech.

      • 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.