The Global Change Center Newsletter

contents  |  fall 2014

First Edition

A Message From The Director

Welcome to the first edition of the Interfaces of Global Change newsletter, part of our effort to keep you informed about the activities and accomplishments of our growing global change community at Virginia Tech. Now in its second year, the graduate program is thriving with 15 Ph.D. fellows and 22 faculty members. We opened the academic year in August with a Meet & Greet Reception at the Hahn Garden, and welcomed 5 new students to the program. The Global Change Seminar class (FIW 5004) now meets weekly, and the student-driven syllabus reflects our community’s strong interest in the science/society/policy interface. Faculty members are always welcome to join us for these lively discussions.
This fall, we are working to raise our collective research and education achievements to a higher level of cohesion and recognition. With support from the Fralin Life Science Institute and the Virginia Tech Graduate School we are actively making strides towards establishing The Global Change Center at Virginia Tech. This large cross-campus initiative will capitalize on VT’s strengths in science, engineering and the social sciences, in a wide array of academic units at our University. We have already gained considerable traction towards this unified vision through our work on the IGC IGEP and by rallying the enthusiasm of additional faculty members across campus. We now have office space in Fralin Hall, have hired a full-time Global Change Center Coordinator, and are working on our official Center charter. With this current momentum, I believe the months ahead promise to be full of exciting developments. Stay tuned!
-William A. Hopkins


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