GCC advisory committee service transitions to four new members

June 14, 2019
Several Global Change Center faculty members have just completed their multi-year terms on the GCC advisory committee. Please join us in sharing appreciation toward Jeff Walters, Dana Hawley, Mark Barrow, and Emmanuel Frimpong for their time and energy providing sound and balanced guidance as part of this important committee. New additions to the advisory committee include: Kendra Sewall, Brian Romans, Brian Badgley, and Kelly Cobourn – welcome aboard!!

Passport to Discovery: An IGC IGEP outreach day — Clone

Saturday, April 12, 2014:
Interfaces of Global Change Graduate Student Organization hosted a science outreach day at the SEEDS Nature Center* in Blacksburg, VA. The day of outdoor activities was titled “Passport to Discovery: a hands-on journey through the world of biological science and nature for children of all ages.”
Volunteers participating in this event included Interfaces of Global Change fellows, graduate and undergraduate students from the Hopkins and Belden labs, NRV Master Naturalists, and staff members from the SEEDS ...

Nine GCC faculty earn tenure and promotion in 2019

Congratulations to nine Global Change Center affiliated faculty members who have earned tenure and promotion in June 2019 as a result of their outstanding achievements in teaching, research, and service. Tenure and promotion marks an important milestone in their academic careers, so please join us in congratulating our colleagues.
The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors approved the following promotions and tenure:

Promotion to associate professor with tenure:
Bryan Badgley, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Cayelan Carey, biological sciences
Leandro ...

Biological Sciences’ Frank Aylward awarded Simons Foundation grant to study evolution of oceans

From VT News | May 24, 2019
Frank O. Aylward, an assistant professor with the Department of Biological Sciences in the Virginia Tech College of Science, has been awarded a Simons Early Career Investigator in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Award.
The three-year, $540,000 grant will help Aylward to understand evolutionary trends in prokaryotes and the roles they play in carbon and nitrogen cycling, and other biogeochemical processes that are vital to the Earth’s climate. The work, focused on computational genomics, ...

Water & Health in Rural China & Appalachia Conference at VT – October 4th , 2019

Save the Date!
October 4th – Water & Health in Rural China & Appalachia  Conference will be held at Virginia Tech
The goal of this one-day conference is to connect VT faculty and students with researchers and officials from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) and UC Berkeley in order to share past/present/planned research that is relevant to low-income settings in rural Appalachia and China. The conference and attendant working sessions (held before and after) will also serve as a forum for officially expanding The Berkeley/China-CDC Program for Water & Health to Virginia Tech, ...

Congrats! Sydney Hope receives Burd Sheldon McGinnes Fellowship & RVBC Ornithology Scholarship

IGC Fellow, Sydney Hope, has been selected as a 2019-2020 winner of the Burd Sheldon McGinnes Graduate Fellowship, and has also received the Roanoke Valley Bird Club – Ornithology Scholarship.
Well done, Sydney, and congratulations!! 
The Burd Sheldon McGinnes Graduate Fellowship was established in honor of Dr. Burd S. McGinnes, who earned his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 1958 and became the leader of the federal Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit, where he served and directed graduate students until his retirement ...