Category Archives: Education

Chesapeake Bay Expertise Database Started in June 2017 by Chesapeake Research Consortium

In June 2017, the Chesapeake Research Consortium announced the start of the Chesapeake Bay Expertise Database (CBED).  The database is available online at online at http://chesapeake.org/expertise-1/, and experts from all areas of science (social, natural, and engineering) related to management of the Bay are encouraged to register.  According to that Web site, “The purpose of CBED is to help connect faculty and staff scientists working on Chesapeake related issues with each other, with other scientists in the region, and with managers and other experts and research funders throughout the partnership.”  The Chesapeake Research Consortium, online at http://chesapeake.org/, is a non-profit association of seven research and education institutions in the Bay region: Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Md.), Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Va.), Pennsylvania State University (State College, Penn.), Smithsonian Institute (Washington, D.C.), the University System of Maryland (headquartered in Baltimore), Virginia Institute of Marine Science (Gloucester Point, Va.), and Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, Va.).

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

Between February and June 2017, the Virginia Water Resources Research Center (which publishes this blog) conducted its two annual competitions for recognizing and supporting students studying water resources at colleges or universities in Virginia.  Here are the recipients for 2017-18.

Competitive Grants

Under the Competitive Grants 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 following students and projects:

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

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

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

The application period for competitive grants typically runs from February to March or April.  More information about this grant program is available online at http://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/grant-opportunities/competitive-grants/.

William R. Walker Graduate Research Fellow Award

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 recognize and support graduate students in water resources who are pursuing work in a field different from their undergraduate study, or who have returned to school following a period of professional work.

The Walker Award winner for 2017-18 is Jacob Diamond, Ph.D. student, Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech.

The application period for the Walker Award typically runs from March to May.  More information about this program is available online at http://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/walker-award/.

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!