GCC advisory committee service transitions to four new members

June 14, 2019

Several Global Change Center faculty members have just completed their multi-year terms on the GCC advisory committee. Please join us in sharing appreciation toward Jeff Walters, Dana Hawley, Mark Barrow, and Emmanuel Frimpong for their time and energy providing sound and balanced guidance as part of this important committee. New additions to the advisory committee include: Kendra Sewall, Brian Romans, Brian Badgley, and Kelly Cobournwelcome aboard!!

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GCC Director, Dr. William Hopkins, to deliver keynote speech at Graduate School Commencement ceremony on Dec. 14

Judge Josiah Showalter Jr. ’84 and William Hopkins, professor of wildlife in the College of Natural Resources and Environment, will deliver the keynote addresses at Virginia Tech’s 2018 fall University and Graduate School Commencement ceremonies on Friday, Dec. 14.

Showalter will speak to undergraduate students at the University Ceremony, which begins with a procession at 10:30 a.m., and Hopkins ...

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Professor appointed chair for National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee

From VT News

William A. Hopkins, professor of wildlife in the College of Natural Resources and Environment, has been appointed chair to a committee of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: The Review of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Laboratories: Processes, Procedures, and Best Practices to Meet National Needs.

Hopkins will chair the committee for the duration of a 30-month analysis of all U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) laboratory facilities.

Hopkins, who ...

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John Little reappointed Charles E. Via Jr. Professor

From VT News

John Little, professor of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, was reappointed the Charles E. Via Jr. Professor in the Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands and Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Cyril Clarke.

The Via Professorship is funded through an endowment established in 1987 by Marion Via Bradley in honor of her late husband to ...

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Virginia Tech researcher to study the effects of drying streams

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Virginia Tech researcher, Meryl Mims, is the co-principal investigator on one of the first large-scale coordinated ecology research projects to study what happens to streams as they dry across the United States.

Mims, an assistant professor in the Department of  Biological Sciences in the College of Science, received a new grant from the MacroSystems Biology program of the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant is budgeted for ...

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Study explores connections between land management, water quality, and human response in lake catchments

From VT News

July 3, 2018

As many of us prepare to travel to lakes and other bodies of water this summer for relaxation and recreation, now is the perfect time to consider what we can do to help protect the lakes we love.

Scientists have long studied the ecological impact of humans on lakes, but a new study led by researchers at Virginia Tech explores how those ecological impacts can cycle back to affect humans. The study, published in the journal ...

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Computational modeling may soon help researchers predict, and prevent, food insecurity

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William Hopkins receives Mitchell A. Byrd Award for outstanding achievement in ornithology

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Biological Sciences’ Fred Benfield honored with emeritus status by the Board of Visitors

From VT News

April 23, 2018  |   Fred Benfield, professor of ecology and alumnus in the College of Science’s Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The emeritus title may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors, and administrative officers who are specially recommended to the board by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board ...

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Geosciences’ Michelle Stocker seeks evolutionary story behind snake-like animals that use heads to burrow

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April 12, 2018  |  Virginia Tech College of Science Assistant Professor Michelle Stocker is using a National Science Foundation grant to map the repeated evolution of similar head shapes among animals that use their head to dig into the ground.

During the multi-university study, Stocker and her team will examine what developmental and biomechanical properties led to a repeated evolution of body ...

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Statistics’ Leah Johnson seeks to improve quantitative models for fighting diseases in humans, trees

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April 10, 2018  |   Leah R. Johnson, an assistant professor in the Department of Statistics, part of the Virginia Tech College of Science, is using a $700,000 National Science Foundation CAREER grant to improve mathematical and statistical models to help fight deadly diseases.

The vector-borne diseases that Johnson is targeting include dengue in humans and huanglongbing, commonly known as citrus greening, in fruit trees. The dengue virus, according to ...

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Dr. Dana Hawley leads research linking bird immunity and pathogen virulence

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March 1, 2018  |  As annual flu shot patrons know, immune systems are not perfect and must be constantly reinforced to protect against rapidly evolving pathogens.

New research shows that, in the case of a common backyard bird, imperfect immunity to a dangerous pathogen that causes “bird pink eye” actually makes the pathogen stronger and more dangerous for its next victim.  The findings — from a multi-university team led by ...

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Michelle Stocker, Sterling Nesbitt fill in the fossil record of phytosaurs

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The skeleton of a small, short-snouted reptile found in China was recently identified as the oldest known member of the phytosaurs — an extinct group of large, semi-aquatic reptiles that superficially resembled the distantly-related crocodylians and lived during the Triassic Period, approximately 250 million years ago to 200 million years ago.

Virginia Tech researchers led the team that re-evaluated and re-classified the animal, Diandongosuchus fuyuanensis, which had previously ...

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Michelle Stocker finds fossils of worm-lizard from 40 million years ago

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BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 29, 2016 – A new species of an extinct, tiny worm-like lizard – dating back some 40 million years ago when the world’s climate was far different – has been found in rural West Texas, and given a nickname befitting its one-time home: Solastella, Latin for Lone Star.

The description of the fossil was made by Michelle Stocker, now a research scientist with Virginia Tech’s Department of Geosciences, part of the College of ...

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