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Administrator Shah visits our integrated pest management site

Yes, it’s kind of a big deal — the administrator (director) of USAID, Rajiv Shah, visited one of our IPM Innovation Lab sites in Nepal in February. The USAID mission in Nepal just released this 6-minute video, which we’re proud to tell you shows his visit to one of our IPM Innovation Lab sites. (It’s at about 2:15 minutes in.)


Understanding “place” near and far

As a recent grad who has strongly embraced collegiate migratory patterns (and continues to ensure that all my belongings fit in my Hyundai), trying to carve out a place in this world that feels comfortable is easier said than done. Similarly, working in a field where international travel is the norm and connecting to people of different cultures is the rule, finding a sense of home and deeply connecting to the place we are living may not be a priority.

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Outreach and Ut Prosim: Why we remember

The 4/16 memorial at VT

As most in Blacksburg may know, today marks the 7th anniversary of the terrible shooting that occurred on campus in 2007. As the years have passed and Virginia Tech has begun the process of healing, the day is remembered now with events that celebrate the 32 lives lost and show how Hokies are dedicated to serving our communities. For those of us who work on projects in Outreach and International Affairs, this is particularly important. Continue reading »

“We must give him the respect that he has yet to earn!”

Every industry, from investment banking to information technology, has its own culture, customs, and even absurdities. The field of international development is no different. Continue reading »