Dr. Kendra Sewall awarded grant from the Jeffress Memorial Trust

Kendra Sewall, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and Global Change Center Faculty Affiliate, received a grant from the Jeffress Memorial Trust, which provides $100,000 awards to conduct innovative interdisciplinary pilot studies in fields such as biosciences, chemistry, engineering, and environmental sciences.  She joins a select group of VT researchers to win this award in recent years, which has been limited to four submissions per institution per year.
The project, is entitled, “”Using Social Network Models and Manipulations of Glucocorticoids to Understand How The Social ...

Texas: a history of flooding is compounded by development and warming impacts

From the New York Times
The holiday and the type of hazard have changed, but once again fast-growing Texas is seeing outsize (and tragic) impacts from extreme weather events. On Labor Day weekend in 2011, the disaster was heat- and drought-fueled fires that whipped through the exurbs east of Austin, most of which didn’t exist just a few decades earlier. Now, Houston is flooded and Hays County, west of Austin, is still in search and rescue mode after Memorial Day weekend flash flooding swelled rivers to record heights, ...

Distinguished Lecture: Dr. Naomi Oreskes, Harvard historian of science

Should We Trust Science?
Perspectives From The History And Philosophy Of Science
The Global Change Center at Virginia Tech was pleased to welcome Dr. Naomi Oreskes, Harvard historian and author, for a Distinguished Lecture on September 2, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. at the Lyric Theatre.
Dr. Oreskes is a professor of the history of science and affiliated professor of Earth and planetary sciences at Harvard University. Her research focuses on the earth and environmental sciences, with a particular interest in understanding scientific consensus and ...

The Interfaces of Global Change IGEP welcomes eight new Ph.D. fellows

The Interfaces of Global Change Program will begin its third year with a banner recruitment class of eight new Ph.D. students! A private reception to welcome the incoming class of 2015-16 was held on August 26, 2015 in the Fralin Hall Atrium.
Meet our new fellows:

Matt Aberle, from Colorado, will be working with Dr. Dana Hawley (BIOL)
Ben Ahlswede, from Pennsylvania, will be working with Dr. Quinn Thomas (FREC)
Gifty Anane-Taabeah, from Ghana, will be working with Dr. Emmanual Frimpong (FIW)

Dr. Cayelan Carey partners with the United Nations to confront global water crisis

From VT News
BLACKSBURG, Va., May 19, 2015 – A Virginia Tech ecologist provided potential solutions to the world’s water problems in an article published recently in the United Nations’ Chronicle.
The report will assist the United Nations in finalizing its post-2015 sustainable development goals, which include ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
The goals were proposed by world leaders at the Rio+20 conference held in Brazil in 2012 and were meant to set realistic, action-oriented ...

Engineers and scientists to examine antibiotic resistance in food chain

Blacksburg, VA , May 12, 2015
Virginia Tech College of Engineering
Growing evidence suggests that agricultural practices, especially widespread antibiotic use, could be contributing to the increasing antibiotic resistance problem in humans. In order to learn how to effectively control this spread of antibiotic resistance from livestock manure, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a $2.25 million grant to a Virginia Tech team of engineers and scientists to examine the food chain from farm to fork.
One of the ...