Category Archives: Education

Virginia Water Resources Research Center’s Student Grant Award Winners for 2017-18

From March to May 2017, the Virginia Water Resources Research Water Center accepted and reviewed proposals in its Competitive Grants Program for supporting students in Virginia studying water resources.  Under the program, the Water Center awards grants of up to $5000 to support research by students at Virginia colleges or universities. This year’s grants, which are for the period June 1, 2017, to May 31, 2018, were awarded to the following students and projects:

Stephanie Houston, Ph.D. student in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech – “A renewable filtration system for the removal and reuse of pollutants from retention ponds.”

Mary Lofton, Ph.D. student in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech –  “Simulating storms to predict phytoplankton community responses to future climate change: a whole-ecosystem mixing experiment.”

Brendan Player, M.S. student in the Department of Environmental Science at Christopher Newport University – “Nutrient uptake in degraded and restored sections of urban streams across project age gradients.”

More information about this grant program is available online at http://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/grant-opportunities/competitive-grants/.

Return of a Virginia Environmental Education Resource in May 2017

In May 2017, the Virginia Naturally newsletter returned after a hiatus since September 2016.  Formerly published by the Virginia Office of Environmental Education, the newsletter is now under the direction of the Virginia Association for Environmental Education (VAEE), a non-profit organization.  Information about VAEE and a place to sign up for Virginia Naturally are available online at https://vaee.wildapricot.org/.

Sections of the May 2017 Virginia Naturally are the following:
Virginia Naturally School Recognition Program;
VAEE Announces Dates for 2017 Environmental Education Conference/Call for Proposals (Note: the conference is October 10-12 in Front Royal);
North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) 2017 Conference (Oct. 18-21 in Puerto Rico);
Grants & Awards Opportunities;
Summer Professional Development Opportunities.

Two Fall Conference Opportunities for Virginia Environmental Educators and Science Teachers

Oct. 10-12, 2017, Northern Virginia 4-H Education Center, Front Royal: 2017 Virginia Environmental Education Conference.  Organized by the Virginia Association for Environmental Education.  More information: https://vaee.wildapricot.org/.

Nov. 16-18, 2017, Roanoke: Virginia Association of Science Teachers Annual Professional Development Institute.  This year’s theme is “Celebrating Science.”  More information: https://vast.wildapricot.org/; phone: (757) 897-3104; e-mail: communications@vast.org.

On Virginia Water Radio for 5-15-17: A Great Smoky Mountains Summer Learning Opportunity

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of May 15, 2017, is “Exploring the Smokies in a Summer Field Course from the Home of the Hokies.”  The 5 min./53 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2017/05/episode-368-5-15-17-exploring-smokies.html, focuses on a week-long field course in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, led each August by Virginia Tech faculty member Don Linzey, who’s studied the wildlife of the park since 1963.

DSCF2456A stream view in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, August 2014.

Virginia Water Radio’s is a weekly broadcast/podcast produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.  The home page is http://www.virginiawaterradio.org.  Have a listen or two!

On Virginia Water Radio for 5-8-17: Mayflies Get the Call from Patrick County High School Students

Virginia Water Radio’s latest episode, for the week of May 8, 2017, is “A High School Call for Mayflies.”  The 4 min./14 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2017/05/episode-367-5-8-17-high-school-call-for.html focuses on a diverse and unusual group of aquatic insects.  The episode features guest voices of students from Patrick County High School in Stuart, Va.

367 Photo Mayfly adult Lee County VA May 2010 by Tony Timpano RCVD 5-1-17

Adult mayfly photographed in Lee County, Va., May 2010.  Photo by Tony Timpano, used with permission.

Virginia Water Radio’s is a weekly broadcast/podcast produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.  The home page is http://www.virginiawaterradio.org.  Have a listen or two!

Applications Due by June 6 for the 2017 William R. Walker Award Graduate Research Fellow Award from the Virginia Water Resources Research Center

Graduate students from Virginia Tech are invited each spring to submit applications to the Virginia Water Resources Research Center for the William R. Walker Graduate Fellowship.  Established to honor the late William Walker, the founding director of the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, this award has been given since 1999 to help people who are preparing for a professional career in water resources.  Individuals pursuing graduate work in a water resources field different from the field of emphasis as an undergraduate, or individuals with work experience who are returning to graduate school to study water resources, are especially encouraged to apply.

Funds can be used at the recipient’s discretion during enrollment at a university as a student for professional development (such as attending workshops and conferences) and for purchasing materials that will enhance professional productivity (such as books and software).  Award funds are effective at the start of the fall semester.

Applications for the 2017 award are due to the Water Center by June 6, 2017. For more information, visit http://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/walker-award/; or contact Dr. Kevin McGuire at kevin.mcguire@vt.edu or (540) 231-6017, or the main Water Center office at water@vt.edu or (540) 231-5624.

Bill Walker cartoon for Apr 1992 Water News - retirementCartoon by George Wills of Blacksburg, Va. (http://www.etsy.com/people/BlacksburgArt), published originally in the April 1992 Water News–the former newsletter of the Virginia Water Resources Research Center–to commemorate the retirement of William Walker, the Water Center’s first director.

On Virginia Water Radio for 4-24-17: Middle Schoolers Make the Call on the Water Cycle, Watersheds, and Stormwater

Virginia Water Radio’s latest episode, for the week of April 24, 2017, is “Where’s Stormwater Get Started?  Ask a Middle Schooler!”  The 3 min./53 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2017/04/episode-365-4-24-17-wheres-stormwater.html, gives Virginia citizens a water cycle and watershed vocabulary quiz, called out by Christiansburg Middle School students attending a local Stormwater Education Day on April 12, 2017.

Stormwater Education Day CMS at Izaak Walton Apr12 2017 USED Radio 365

Learning stations ready for Christiansburg (Va.) Middle School students at Stormwater Education Day, held by Montgomery County Schools and the Town of Christiansburg on April 12, 2017.

Virginia Water Radio’s is a weekly broadcast/podcast produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.  The home page is http://www.virginiawaterradio.org.  Have a listen or two!