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CALS Staff Association food drive

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Staff Association is sponsoring a food drive for the Montgomery County Christmas Store. Canned fruit and cake mix have been requested but any non-perishable food item would be appreciated. Donations will be accepted until noon on Nov. 20. Donation boxes will be set up in each department and if there are any questions, please contact your departmental representative or email Sandra Gabbert. Let’s make this a better Christmas for all!

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Transformative health and safety photography project of the Danville Youth City Council

With the collaborative efforts of the Dan River Partnership for a Healthy Community, Danville Parks and Recreation, and Virginia Tech Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise and marketing departments, the Youth City Council of Danville developed a transformative photography project on health and safety in the Dan River Region titled, “Make It Happen!”

Through the public display of photographs, the Youth Council (comprised of juniors and seniors in local high schools) had the opportunity to affect change in their community by bringing to light issues important to them, influencing policy makers, and amplifying their public voice. A photographic exhibit and region-wide event was held in May to raise local awareness of issues and potential solutions. More than 100 people participated in the community event. The photography exhibit will also be shared with local high schools; the Boys and Girls Club; and community members, stakeholders, and policy makers in the Dan River Region.

In the video about the project, HNFE’s Ph.D. student Ramine Alexander is interviewed around the seven-minute mark.

The Dan River Partnership for a Healthy Community consists of approximately 30 organizations and 50 members from each area of the Dan River Region. Leaders for this transformative photograhpy project were Jason Bookheimer (Danville Parks and Recreation), Jamie Zoellner (associate professor of HNFE; vice chair of the DRPHC), Julie Ozanne (professor of marketing), Ramine Alexander (HNFE Ph.D. student) and Emily Moscatto (Marketing Ph.D. student).

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College art show highlights researchers’ work

Science isn’t just electron microscopes and high-tech instruments.

A recent art show titled The Art of Science displayed 11 microscopic masterpieces from researchers in the college, when scientists illustrated that science is also an art where the journey of exploration can lead to works of beauty.

More than 175 guests attended the opening of The Art of Science exhibition at the Armory Art Gallery on Jan. 11.

“These images are not only beautiful, but they also highlight the hard science we are tackling daily,” said Saied Mostaghimi, associate dean of research and graduate studies for the college. “In splendid detail and vibrant colors, they tell the story of the research we are undertaking to curb pollution, feed a growing population, and help people lead healthier lives.”

A narrated slideshow of the images can be found on the college’s website.

See the spotlight on the Virginia Tech homepage.

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