Fall 2015

From the Dean's Perspective

College News

      • Mirable and Zink-Sharp
      • Advances in microscopy benefit research

        Researchers have explored and established a video microscopy technique that digitally acquires and stitches up to 50 microscopic images into a single large-scale image of a wood and adhesive bondline.

      • Advising Center staff
      • College opens new student advising center

        The new model for recruiting and advising students, which utilizes the knowledge and skills of professional advisers and career counselors, is one that more and more American colleges are following.

      • WRF Model
      • Geography department partners on new weather model

        A new player in weather simulation and forecasting is about to take the stage, as meteorology faculty and students in the Department of Geography work with Virginia Tech’s Advanced Research Computing group.

Student Notes

      • Alexandra Flevarakis
      • Flevarakis selected as student research ambassador

        Alexandra Flevarakis of Fairfax, Virginia, a junior majoring in wildlife conservation, is among a new set of student ambassadors selected by Virginia Tech’s Office of Undergraduate Research for the 2015-16 academic year.

      • Stevens-White and Vaughan
      • Geography students earn USGIF scholarships

        Geography majors Travis Stevens-White of Laramie, Wyoming, and Matthew Vaughan of Louisville, Kentucky, each received a $5,000 scholarship from the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation.

      • Xiangtao Meng
      • Meng earns American Chemical Society award

        In drug-delivery research, finding a pharmaceutically active molecule is only half the battle: the drug must also be able to safely reach its target. Xiangtao Meng has developed a new technique to make that easier.

      • Stephen Bennett
      • Recent grad served as VT Rescue Squad chief

        Forestry major Stephen Bennett was one of the thousands who graduated from Virginia Tech in May. Like everyone else, he worked hard to earn his degree. Unlike everyone else, Bennett saves lives in his free time.

      • Connie Henshaw
      • Student starts grief support group

        Connie Henshaw established a Virginia Tech student chapter of Actively Moving Forward, a national organization dedicated to offering student-led support to those suffering the loss or illness of a loved one.

Faculty Briefs

      • Alumni Awards for Excellence

        Two college faculty members were recognized with 2015 excellence awards presented by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association.

      • Steve McMullin
      • McMullin to lead American Fisheries Society

        Associate Professor Steve McMullin has been elected second vice president of the American Fisheries Society, the first step in a path that will lead to his serving as president in 2017-18.

      • Promotions and tenure

        The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors has granted several college faculty promotions and approvals for tenure.

      • Bill Worrell
      • Worrell earns regional SAF award

        Bill Worrell, Extension agent for Virginia’s Southwest District, received the Appalachian Society of American Foresters’ Volunteer Service Award.

      • Award recipients
      • McGee receives award for GeoTEd work

        Professor John McGee received the 2015 Distinguished Geospatial Education Partner Award from the National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence.

Development Happenings

Alumni Corner

      • 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.