Biology professor aims to better educate students on sex and gender

From the Collegiate Times

By Mike Liu  |  February 12, 2019

Sex and gender are two different concepts. The distinction is that sex is purely based on an individual’s reproductive system and secondary sex characteristics while gender is a person’s social role or personal identification of one’s own sex based on an internal awareness.

The differences between sex and gender has sparked many discussions in today’s society. Prominent news agencies such as The New York Times and BBC ...

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Winter Storms To Heat Waves, How Better Climate Data Can Make Us More Prepared

From NPR

JANUARY 30, 2019

In a cow pasture near Shawnee in central Oklahoma, Kirk Wilson parks his work truck, grabs a harness, and prepares for a 30-foot climb. 

“We’re changing the sensor at the top of the tower that measures the wind direction,” explains Wilson, a burly meteorological electronics technician with a big beard and a booming laugh. 

On the ground, another tech uses a GPS receiver to make sure the sensitive instrument is properly aligned before it’s tightened in place.

When this ...

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New environmental sensing and monitoring system tested and evaluated at Virginia Tech

From VT News

JANUARY 8, 2019

On the edge of Virginia Tech’s campus, on a stretch of farmland that few students ever visit, small boxes are whirling through the season’s change to winter, collecting and transmitting data that will make it easier for scientists to monitor and collect data across landscapes.

This field test of an environmental sensing system is one step in a project between the College of Natural Resources and EnvironmentInnovative Wireless Technologies, a leading wireless mesh network company headquartered ...

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Dr. Paul Turner, Yale Biologist, to give MLK Seminar on January 25th

Dr. Paul Turner, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University, will give the Eighth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Seminar in the Biocomplexity Institute Auditorium on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 12:20 pm. His talk is titled, “Harnessing virus biodiversity to develop new therapies against multi-drug resistant bacteria.”

Dr. Paul Turner received his B.S. from the University of Rochester in Biology, his Ph.D. from Michigan State University, followed by postdoctoral appointments at the NIH, University of Valencia, and University of Maryland. ...

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Funding available to support recruitment of IGC Fellows

Spring 2019 is around the corner! Financial support is available to GCC faculty who are hosting prospective graduate students that have interest in the Interfaces of Global Change Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program. Funds provided may help to cover the costs of inviting the student to campus, such as travel, lodging and meals. Up to $500 per student may be requested, for one student per faculty member each fiscal year.

To request IGC recruitment support, faculty should submit the following via ...

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Invasive Asian Longhorned Tick Spreading Widely in U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with public health, agricultural, and academic experts to understand the possible threat posed by the spread of the Asian longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) in several U.S. states since its discovery in 2017, according to today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

“The full public health and agricultural impact of this tick discovery and spread is unknown,” said Ben Beard, ...

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Mary Lofton is new GLEON GSA Co-Chair Elect

Dear fellow GLEONites,
I am writing to introduce myself as the new Co-Chair Elect of the GLEON Student Association. I am honored and excited to be taking on this role and very much look forward to working with you all over the next couple of years.

 

I am currently a 3rd year Ph.D. student with Dr. Cayelan Carey at Virginia Tech in the United States. My dissertation research focuses on ...

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The Search For Giant, Rare Salamanders That Live In Georgia

(Header image: Juvenile hellbender salamander. Photo by Bita Honarvar for WABE)

In the deep woods of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a cold, clear stream flows. Below a canopy of twisted rhododendrons, seven people in black wetsuits creep upstream through the water. They look like Gollum, sleek in their neoprene, crouching in the water, feeling under rocks.

They’re looking for a kind of giant salamander known as ...

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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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