Spring 2013

From the Dean's Perspective

College News

      • College group at satellite launch
      • Guests at Satellite Launch

        A group from the college traveled to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to attend the February launch of Landsat 8.

      • Water Seminar speaker George Hornberger
      • Noted Speaker at Water Seminar

        George M. Hornberger, Distinguished University Professor at Vanderbilt University, presented a seminar on campus titled “Challenges and Opportunities in Water Resources Research and Education.”

      • Water Center Reaches Out

        One facet of the mission of the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, a federally funded center established in 1965 and housed in the college since 2005, is to share water-science information with citizens and policy makers across the commonwealth.

Student Notes

      • Ashley Lohr
      • Lohr Earns ACC Fellowship

        Ashley Lohr was one of seven students chosen from 45 applicants for the 2012-13 ACC Creativity and Innovation Fellowship.

      • Elizabeth Moore
      • Moore Named Outstanding Young Scientist

        Elizabeth Moore of Charlottesville, Va., spent last summer in the Adamaoua Province of Cameroon in Western Africa to complete field research and explore the potential for agroforestry opportunities in the area.

      • Rebecca Kidd
      • Riverkeeper Aids Students in Research

        Doctoral students Rebecca Kidd of Newport, Va., and Matt Johnson of Colonial Heights, Va., conducted research on Virginia’s Blackwater River last summer with Jeff Turner, the Riverkeeper for the Blackwater and Nottoway rivers.

      • Wood Science Bowl students
      • Wood Science Bowl Victory

        A four-student team won the Wood Science Bowl at the Forest Products Society conference in Washington, D.C.

Faculty Briefs

Engagement and Outreach

Research Spotlight

      • Sarah Karpanty
      • A Quest for Park Biodiversity Answers

        Scientists around the world worked together in an essential biodiversity study to gauge the impact human activities have on the ability of natural systems and wildlife to survive.

Alumni Corner

      • Dinnis Treacy
      • Alumni Profile: Dennis Treacy

        Treacy knows the value of hard work and dedication. He is the executive VP and chief sustainability officer at Smithfield Foods Inc.

      • Wolfgang Glasser and Danny Garcia-Marrero
      • Carrying on the Wood Science Legacy

        Doctoral program advisors are considered pseudo-parents (aka “doctor father” or “doctor mother”) in some cultures, like the very traditional German academic system.

      • Todd Holbrook
      • Holbrook Heads Georgia Wildlife Foundation

        Todd Holbrook (’84 M.S. in wildlife science), former deputy commissioner of Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR), has been named president and CEO of the Georgia Wildlife Federation.

      • 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.