IGC Fellows sponsor social media campaign and booth at the Virginia Science Festival in Blacksburg

The Virginia Science Festival features a full month dedicated to STEM events happening around Virginia. The goal is to “provide families with hands-on experiences, live performances, interactive demonstrations and techno entertainment that will inspire a wonder in science for all ages.” On Saturday, September 26th, the Interfaces of Global Change IGEP at Virginia Tech sponsored a booth at the Blacksburg Science Festival called “Why I Care For Nature.”
According to IGC Fellow, Tamara Fetters, ‪#‎whyIcare4nature‬ is an outreach campaign started by the Interfaces ...

Bird feeders may contribute to the spread of disease in wild songbird populations

From VT News
BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 17, 2015 – Wild songbirds that prefer to eat at bird feeders have an increased risk of acquiring a common eye disease. In turn, these birds also spread the disease more quickly to their flock mates, according to an international research team led by Virginia Tech scientists.
The researchers found that this feeding preference, rather than its social position in the flock, as previously thought, was more likely to result in a bird contracting the ...

New in Nature: how to solve the world’s biggest problems

Is interdisciplinarity the key to solving the world’s biggest problems? http://t.co/DEYUYDiwjv pic.twitter.com/F1ljfYwxsD
— Nature News&Comment (@NatureNews) September 17, 2015

“Interdisciplinarity has become all the rage as scientists tackle climate change and other intractable issues. But there is still strong resistance to crossing borders.”
See the latest issue of Nature, which features a variety of articles on this topic:

Grant giving: Global funders to focus on interdisciplinarity16 September 2015

Why interdisciplinary research ...

IGEP’s discuss Merchants of Doubt documentary

Had a great time discussing #SciComm, #lobbying and #ClimateChange with @VTSuN @globalchangevt and Water IGEPs today! @VTGradCommunity
— Marina E Vance (@marinavance) September 11, 2015

Three Virginia Tech IGEPs recently met in Torgerson Hall to discuss the documentary film, “Merchants of Doubt”. This discussion followed a visit from the book’s author, Dr. Naomi Oreskes, from Harvard University. Students and faculty from the VT SuN, Water INTERface, and Interfaces of Global Change IGEPs shared their thoughts and ideas about ...

Join us for the upcoming EEB Seminar featuring Dr. John Jelesko

EEB Seminar Title: “Itching to understand the Zen of the Toxicodendron”
Speaker: Dr. John Jelesko, Associate Professor in the Dept of Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science at Virginia Tech
Date and Location: Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 3:30 pm in Derring 4069
The EEB speaker for 9/17 is Virginia Tech’s very own Dr. John Jelesko, Associate Professor in the Dept of Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science. His talk is entitled “Itching to understand the Zen of the Toxicodendron” and is ...