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VT News: Virginia Tech scientist finds sterile soil and rice-damaging nematode in Cambodia

From the VT News story:

“When Jon Eisenback, professor of plant nematology at Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, conducted nematode surveys on vegetables and rice in Cambodia this past August, one of the most surprising things he encountered in the vegetable fields was, in a word, nothing.”

Read the rest of the article here: https://vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2016/10/outreach-oiredsurveycambodia.html

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VT News: VT students travel to the Amazon

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As part of a university-wide effort to promote study abroad, experiential learning, and undergraduate research, the students will witness the politics, history, culture, biology, and conservation issues in the South American country from May 16 to June 7 .

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VT News: Learning and making connections through a service project in the Dominican Republic

From the article:

A group of 19 students and two professors recently traveled to the Dominican Republic for a service-learning project that not only opened eyes and built connections but inspired plans for a return trip this summer.

“I loved it,” says Diamond Lee, of Virginia Beach, a sophomore biochemistry major. “Actually going to live in a developing country for nine days was the most eye-opening experience I’ve ever had.”

Read the article here: https://vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2016/04/pamplin-servicelearning.html

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Wintermester trip to Ecuador

GroupThree faculty (Matt Eick, ENSC; Renee Eaton, HNFE; and Zac Zimmer, FLL) led a group of 17 students to Ecuador over this past Wintermester. The trip focused on research and outreach efforts that engaged students in a multicultural perspective focused on the interaction of South American Culture, Environmental Issues, and Human Health, and a chance to build lifelong friendships while engaging in professional and personal development opportunities. Students experienced Ecuador’s incredible diverse ecosystems including the Galapagos Islands, high Andes Paramo, and the Amazon rainforest.

 

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Doug Pfeiffer (Entomology) speaks about the OMALS program at the Distance Learning Symposium in Dakar, Senegal

Doug and Assa. Created by DPE, Copyright IRIS 2009

Doug and Assa. Created by DPE, Copyright IRIS 2009

In June, a symposium on distance education was held in Dakar Senegal, with an audience mainly of faculty representing Senegalese universities.  This symposium was organized by the USAID-supported project Education and Research in Agriculture (ERA).  Doug Pfeiffer, Professor at the Department of Entomology and Associate Director of CALS’ On-line Master’s in Agricultural and Life Sciences program, spoke at the Symposium about our OMALS program, and reasons for faculty involvement.
His student, Assa Balayara, supported by the ERA program, served as translator (the symposium was in French). Assa is working on oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis, an invasive pest causing problems in mango production.  The pest featured on NPR on September 22, since it has been found in Florida, where a quarantine has been established.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/09/22/442329655/this-pest-has-shut-down-south-floridas-700-million-fruit-industry?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social

Doug and Assa. Created by DPE, Copyright IRIS 2009

Doug and Assa. Created by DPE, Copyright IRIS 2009

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US agriculture students take home the gold in the Australian Universities Crops Competition!

The competition tested student’s ability to identify grains, spot weeds, and financially manage a farm. Congratulations to faculty leader Dr. Ozzie Abaye (CSES) and students!

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VT Spotlight on Extension Internship Program

Student internships ‘open doors and raise ceilings’

A few days after his final exam in spring 2015, Samuel Elizondo of Monterrey, Mexico, a junior majoring in biological systems engineering, boarded a plane and headed to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to intern with the International Water Management Institute.

He used his engineering background to focus on data modeling, statistical interpretation of data, and project management for the institute. He also worked with farmers in the field to provide clean water systems.

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VT Spotlight: Students visit 3 countries to gain global perspectives on nanoscience

From VT Spotlight on Achievement:

Virginia Tech’s new bachelor’s degree in nanoscience, approved in 2014, comes with an opportunity to take those studies global through a study abroad program.

The International Perspectives on the Nanoscience of Macromolecules program is one of almost 60 study abroad options led by Virginia Tech faculty and one of the few housed in the College of Science. The first cohort of 20 students and four faculty members traveled to Germany, France, and Switzerland during the 2014 winter session to connect with researchers at the forefront of nanoscience.

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VT News: Program assists in post-earthquake recovery in Nepal

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A Virginia Tech-led program working in Nepal has switched gears from development work to disaster relief after the recent earthquakes.

The agricultural development program provided seed to farmers for fast-growing vegetable crops and distributed plastic sheeting to meet people’s need for shelter. The sheeting can later be used to set up greenhouses.

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VT Spotlight: Enrollment grows for Virginia Tech’s Special Sessions

From the article:

The Office of Summer and Winter Sessions provides three opportunities to enhance and accelerate a student’s path to graduation: summer sessions, winter session, and summer academy.

Summer session features two, six-week semesters, and winter session spans three weeks between the fall and spring semesters. Both offer four types of courses: on-campus, online, blended on-campus and online, and study abroad.

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