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Take a look at how #VTFirstdays shaped up for one student in CALS

Follow horticulture major Laura Yuhase through the start of her fall semester in a photo essay on the college’s Facebook page. 

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Congratulations to Gamma Sigma Delta award winners

The honor society of agriculture, Gamma Sigma Delta, recently held its Initiation and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, April 19, and presented their awards to the following people. Congratulations to all our award winners!

Undergraduate awards

  • Junior: Samantha Wilson
  • Senior: Woong Sik Shin
  • Agricultural Technology: Junior Beauvais

Graduate Dissertation award: Neelam Redekar

This award is given to an outstanding graduate student completing the Ph.D. requirements in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Natural Resources and Environment, or the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine within the last 18 months.

In August 2015, Redekar successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation in the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences under the direction of Saghai Maroof. In addition to her dissertation, Redekar has been first author on two refereed journal papers, co-authored a third paper, and has two more under preparation.

Redekar is currently serving as a postdoctoral research associate in the soybean genomics program.

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Graduate Extension Scholars program reaches peek and is in full bloom

What’s all the buzz about? The Graduate Extension Scholars program, of course! The GES program, led by Hannah Scherer in the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education, is designed to increase graduate student capacity for engaging with stakeholders to develop high-quality educational programs for youth; encourage partnerships between researchers, secondary schools, and communities in Virginia; and expand youth awareness of and interest in STEM research opportunities in agriculture.

The program is currently operating in its second year, hosting four graduate students with various backgrounds. Each of the teams work closely together to develop and implement curriculum modules that highlight the specific research interest of the scholar.

From left to right: Andrew Weaver, Sarah McKay, Robert Bass, and Michael Barrowclough

From left to right: Andrew Weaver, Sarah McKay, Robert Bass, and Michael Barrowclough

This year, a dynamic group of scholars traveled throughout the state of Virginia, making stops in Appomattox, Charlotte, Washington, and Augusta counties and Richmond city. Andrew Weaver, a Master’s student within the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences has worked closely with Edward McCann and Darla Marks in Appomattox and Charlotte counties, focusing his curriculum module on small ruminant parasite management. Utilizing lambs as the small ruminant teaching model, this module discusses in detail parasite biology and life cycles, highlights economic impacts from parasites in small ruminants, and management of parasites. The module wraps up with a lamb carcass evaluation.

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CSES roundup

Don’t miss this exciting news from the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences!

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State Department seeking young scientists in the field of food security

The APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education is an annual prize that recognizes young scientists who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in scientific research and cooperation with scientists from the 21 member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. Each year, the host economy selects a theme to guide the ASPIRE prize.

The 2016 APEC host economy Peru selected Technologies for Food Security as the theme for ASPIRE nominations. This theme focuses on innovative technologies that enhance food security, food safety, and nutrition to build resilient and healthy communities across the Asia-Pacific region.

Each APEC member economy is eligible to nominate one young scientist under the age of 40 to be considered for the 2016 ASPIRE prize. These finalists will then be considered by the full APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation for selection as the 2016 ASPIRE prize winner, with prize money in the amount of $25,000. 

For interested candidates from the United States, the U.S. State Department is hosting a U.S. ASPIRE competition to identify this year’s U.S. ASPIRE nominee. The competition will invite a winner and five finalists to be honored at an award ceremony in Washington D.C. The winner will receive a $3,000 cash prize and be nominated as the U.S. representative for ASPIRE. The five finalists will receive cash prizes of $1,200 each.

The U.S. ASPIRE competition application is open until April 10.  Interested applicants can find more information online.

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Featured department or program of the month

Featured faculty and student profiles on CALS homepageAs many of you know, each month we feature a department or program in the college on the digital signs in Latham Hall. We rotate these signs throughout the year, highlighting all the great things happening in the college. We also feature a faculty member and student each month on the college homepage.

Starting earlier this year, we decided to dedicate each month to a department or program by highlighting it on both the digital signs and with the faculty and student nominations. In March, we featured the Agricultural Technology program, and in April, we are featuring the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education. Make sure to stop by Latham to view the digital signs and check out our featured faculty and student of the month!

Please also keep faculty and student nominees from your own departments or programs in mind to feature on our website. You can send them to insights@vt.edu at any time.

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Virginia Tech Livestock Judging Team travels to first contest of 2016

The Virginia Tech Livestock Judging Team began their year by competing at the Dixie National Livestock Show and Rodeo in Jackson, Mississippi on Feb. 13.

This was the first collegiate livestock judging contest in which Virginia Tech has been represented in over five years. Team members include: Andrew Saunders from Nelson County, Emmalee Edwards from Craig County, Grace Ott from Page County, and Troy Whittier from Montgomery County. The contest was an all-cattle contest and was divided into into four divisions: Brahman breed type, English breed type, Continental breed type, and market steers. A total of eight colleges competed in the contest.

With three contestants, Virginia Tech was not eligible for team awards, but team members gained valuable contest experience as they prepare for future contests in the spring and fall of 2016. The team would like to thank the staff of the University of Tennessee Bull Test Staton in Spring Hill, Tennessee; Deer Valley Farm of Fayettville, Tennessee; and Dyess Farms of Bassfield, Mississippi for providing excellent practices on the way to Jackson. This spring, the Virginia Tech Livestock Judging Team will also compete at the Southeastern Livestock Expo held in Montgomery, Alabama in March and at the All East Livestock Judging Contest held at Purdue University in April.

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Latest issue of Innovations newsletter available

The latest issue of Innovations — our newsletter that highlights research, academics, alumni, and news happening around the college that furthers the university’s land-grant mission — is now available.

The Web version of Innovations contains online-only multimedia content. Print copies can be requested by emailing Lynn McPeak.

Feature stories include:

  • The way Virginia Tech is building towards a bright future in academia and research. The recently completed Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building 1 and the new Dairy Science Complex- Kentland Farm have provided faculty and students state-of-the-art tools to conduct research in labs, and more opportunities than ever to combat the most vexing societal challenges related to food and fiber production.
  • A profile of alumna Rosalea Potter and how she and her family are keeping the Ut Prosim (That I may serve) spirit alive by serving as educators about agricultural production.
  • A genetic line of chickens that helped unlock the mysteries of evolutionary time developed by Paul Siegel, distinguished professor emeritus in the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences.
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HNFE roundup

– Brenda Davy was interviewed by Sports Illustrated for the article, “Get Healthy in 2016: Dr. Brenda Davy on how to eat better and lose weight,” the first of a five-part series on how to improve lives by eating, working, and living better.

– Ph.D. student Edoardo Tessaro won the “Survivor Series” pre-qualifying tournament at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center. A graduate student and member of the Virginia Tech tennis team, Tessaro beat top-seeded five-star junior Alexandre Rotsaert 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (10-7) to win a wild card and a chance to play in his first ATP-level tournament.

– Alumni Carol Kahoun (B.S. ’15) was awarded one of three 2016 Weaver-James-Corrigan Awards, an ACC postgraduate scholarship.

– Ph.D. student Sallie Beth Johnson is a co-author to Psychology professor Scott Geller’s book “Applied Psychology: Actively Caring for People.” She contributed a chapter on obesity. “We provided an overview of the obesity epidemic, its complex causes and consequences, and called for an AC4P approach to promoting healthy lifestyles,” said Johnson, who previously took Geller’s graduate course in large-scale applications of behavioral science.

– Ph.D. student Karen Strat was chosen to participate in the second annual Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Poster Competition, an event that recognizes the highest scoring research presented by students and young investigators at ASN’s Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2016. Her abstract is “Cocoa Increases Postprandial GLP-1 Response in Adults with Impaired Glucose Tolerance.”

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CSES roundup

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