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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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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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Jacob Barney’s students say bon appétit to invasive species

Rose Peterson of Norfolk, Virginia, was recently whipping up some pesto, which is generally made with basil, pine nuts, olive oil, and Parmesan cheese.

But the Virginia Tech senior skipped the basil and instead substituted garlic mustard, a common weed that is one of many invasive plants that are not only ubiquitous, but also delicious.

“Garlic mustard grows commonly in lawns,” said Peterson, who harvested some from her aunt’s house in New Jersey over Thanksgiving break. “You could probably forage some on the Drillfield, too.”

Peterson, who is majoring in biology, made the dish for her biological invasions class at Virginia Tech. For their end of the semester project, students had to not only tell the history of invasive species, they had to cook up a delectable dish to share with the class taught by Jacob Barney.

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Meet Inga Haugen, library liaison for CALS

Life Science, Agriculture, and Scholarly Communication Librarian Inga Haugen is the library’s liaison to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Haugen is committed to helping students, faculty, and the community at their point of need, whether it’s in the library, online, in the classroom, or out in the field. Contact her at ihaugen@vt.edu and find out how she can help you.

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Register today for the CALS Diversity Showcase

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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Diversity Council is planning a College Diversity Showcase on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 3 – 5 p.m., at Litton-Reaves Hall. As part of this event we invite faculty, staff, and students of the college and Virginia Cooperative Extension to join us as we celebrate the many ways we strive to provide academic and professional environments that support multicultural awareness, acceptance, and inclusion.

We envision the afternoon to be one of sharing ideas and experiences in a casual and safe environment. Examples of work on behalf of diversity to share are: research related to diversity, inclusive pedagogy, community service, diversity training opportunities, etc.

Refreshments will be served and fun, interactive activities will provide opportunities for building community.

Please reach out to any member of our planning committee should you have questions or concerns.

Jen Stewart, chair jen2@vt.edu
Jamie Lucero jlucero@vt.edu
Tommy Amal tamal2@vt.edu

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Call for proposals – National Health and Extension Outreach Conference

The National Health Outreach Conference Planning Committee is now accepting proposals for the 2016 National Health Outreach Conference All-Aboard!: Building Partnerships for a Healthy America to be held April 6-8, 2016 in Roanoke, Virginia.

Whos invited: We are soliciting presentations from a wide variety of professionals doing work that fosters health and wellness for individuals, families and communities. Those professionals may include, but are not limited to: university faculty in medical and other academic institutions; public health professionals; local, state and federal agency partners; practitioners in the health care industry; students and Cooperative Extension professionals.

When: April 6-8, 2016

Where: The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Roanoke, Virginia

Conference theme: All Aboard!: Building Partnerships for a Healthy America

Conference goal: Build a collaborative approach among organizations and agencies to achieve a healthier and safer America by promoting health and wellness, advancing health equity and reducing health disparities.

Interested individuals may submit proposals for five different types of presentations:

  • Workshop  Sixty-minute interactive capacity-building workshop. Participants learn how to utilize a new approach, program, curriculum, or method.
  • Seminar  Sixty-minute session designed to help participants gain a deeper understanding of a phenomenon, concept, or issue.
  • Research/Evaluation ReportThirty-minute presentation of a scholarly paper that shares results of community assessments, applied research, programmatic interventions, or campus-community partnerships.
  • Poster  Information about a program, project, or resource displayed and hosted by the presenter during a reception.
  • iGNITE Session – 5-7 minute presentations with up to 15 PowerPoint slides. Focus on one program or evaluation. Ten presentations will be grouped together to form one fast-paced session hosted by a moderator.

Proposal Submission Deadlines:

  • Oct. 16, 2015
  • Individuals will be notified of status of proposal no later than Feb. 1, 2016

For more information, visit the National Health Outreach Conference website. You can submit your proposal via a survey web link.

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Join us for the CALS Fall Fest Homecoming Tailgate on Sept. 7

Everyone is invited to the 2015 CALS Fall Fest Homecoming Tailgate on Monday, Sept. 7 from 4 – 7 p.m. before the Virginia Tech- Ohio State game. If you are planning to attend, please make sure to register!

In addition to attending this fun event, I would like to invite all departments and units in the college to participate in CALS Homecoming by setting up an exhibit to showcase the good work going on in your programs.

Several industries will be representing Virginia Agriculture and around 30 alumni and faculty from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State will be joining us.

Below are some expanded details for the event.

  • Parking will be available at the Alphin-Stuart Livestock Teaching Arena at 601 Plantation Road.
  • We will provide transportation for you and your display items between parking and the tailgate location both before and after the game. The shuttles will run starting at 2:30 p.m., again at 6 p.m. and then shortly following the end of the game until everyone is taken care of.
  • For on-campus groups, you may drop off your display items in the Litton Reaves Student Lounge on Friday afternoon by 5 p.m. Items can be stored in the lounge during the game but need to be picked up following the end of the game or on Tuesday morning.
  • Please check in at the registration table when you arrive to pick up nametag(s), meal ticket(s), game ticket(s), etc.
  • I will provide a 6-foot table and chair(s). If you require any special setup accommodations, just let me know.
  • The tailgate will be open to our guests 4  – 7 p.m.
  • We should have around 150-200 in attendance.

All current faculty, staff, and students are free but must register online

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Agriculture and the Environment Fall Seminar Series

Dear faculty and graduate students,

I would like to invite you to a new, interdepartmental seminar series entitled, “Agriculture and the Environment.” This seminar series will be held weekly, fall 2015, each Tuesday from 3 – 4 p.m. in the Fralin Auditorium, Sept. 1 – Nov. 10, 2015. The seminar is being co-sponsored by the Departments of Entomology, Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, and Horticulture and features invited academic and industry speakers from outside the Virginia Tech community. Students are encouraged to register for the seminar for one credit under ALS 5984 or HORT 5984. Refreshments will be served and students and faculty will have the opportunity to sign up to meet with seminar speakers individually on the day of their presentations. Please direct any questions to Megan O’Rourke.

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Thank You!

Agriculture & Environment Seminar Committee

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New Experts Directory is launched

Thanks to everyone for their help in editing their entries in the new Experts Directory. The site, which has nearly 300 entries, can be found at http://news.cals.vt.edu/experts.

We will be putting out a media advisory about the directory and heavily promoting it through our website, social media, and other outlets.

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Susan Clark co-authors chapter in new book

41I5KrS9-YLThe University of Georgia Press recently published “Remaking Home Economics: Resourcefulness and Innovations in Changing Times.”

Horticulture Associate Professor Susan Clark co-authored one of the book’s chapters, “Our Own Food: From Canning to Community Gardens.” It describes the history and importance of wartime gardening and canning for our nation’s food security and how civic agriculture education, practice, and professional leadership is a contemporary local food concept that addresses some of the issues facing agriculture today.

The chapter raises the question whether civic agriculture is the new 21st century home economics since civic agriculture addresses comparable issues about local and regional food production, economic security, and social capital to the home economics of the past. Continue reading

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