Dean’s Update

Alan Grant

Alan Grant, dean

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is home to many of the best and brightest scientists and educators in the world.

In this issue of Innovations, you can read about how CALS is researching some of the biggest issues of our time and how this new information is being shared with students in the classroom and with communities throughout the commonwealth.

One of the initiatives highlighted in the following pages is the new Experts Directory — a searchable website that uses keywords to identify faculty members based on their areas of expertise. Not only will this site help media representatives find subject-matter experts, it will also provide an excellent resource for our industry partners, prospective students, alumni, and friends who want to locate particular experts in the college. Take a moment to explore the site.

This issue of Innovations contains stories about how CALS is making a difference in Virginia and around the world. For example, in Southside Virginia, Extension agents have helped create an auction for producers to market their goods locally. And in Richmond, Virginia Tech was a major contributor to the 2015 Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade and continues to be relied on as a vital source of research and outreach that helps Virginia agriculture compete globally.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is home to many of the best and brightest scientists and educators in the world.

You can also read about several of our students and how their work is having a global impact and exemplifies Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). For example, agricultural technology student Junior Beauvais is creating a seed bank in his native Haiti to help the country recover from the 2010 earthquake. Jessica Li, the 2015 Virginia Tech Undergraduate Student of the Year, held a number of internships and used her talents to serve as a medical translator in Honduras.

Also in this edition, you will find updates on the Dining Services Farm and learn more about a gift now worth $2 million that continues to have a lasting impact throughout the commonwealth.

This is truly an exciting time for the college! Thanks for all you do to be a part of it.

Sincerely,

Alan Grant
Dean

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