Virginia Tech National Capital Region Weekly Email - November 11, 2015
November 11, 2015
Virginia Tech takes part in multi-university effort to apply big data solutions to regional challenges

An initiative supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) will bring research universities across the southern U.S. into a partnership to develop a Big Data Regional Innovation Hub. 

Virginia Tech’s Chang-Tien Lu, associate professor of computer science and associate director of computer science at the Northern Virginia Center and associate director of the Discovery Analytics Center, is leading the university’s broad-based collaboration on the project, which will develop public-private partnerships to address big data challenges facing the region.

The Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of North Carolina’s Renaissance Computing Institute will co-direct the effort as part of the four Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs the NSF announced Nov. 2.

The South Hub will serve Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

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Paul Kelsch studies presidential forest as Dumbarton Oaks Fellow
Paul Kelsch, associate professor in the Landscape Architecture program at the Washington- Alexandria Architecture Center, completed a fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks where he studied two presidential memorial landscapes – the Theodore Roosevelt and LBJ Memorials – each a designed forest on an island in the Potomac. The research led Kelsch upstream to discover the origins of the sediment from which these islands were formed, and the study evolved to include a history of deforestation, erosion in the watershed and its eventual reforestation with the creation of the George Washington National Forest. This investigation of forests and presidential memorials will be part of a future book entitled, “A Capital River: Cultivating Nature and Nation along the Banks of the Potomac.”  Kelsch is featured in a story on Dumbarton Oaks website.

David Orden invited to make presentations in China
David Orden, professor and director of the Global Issues Initiative (GII), Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (ISCE), traveled to China recently where he made a presentation on “The Evolution of U.S. Farm Policy: From Price support to Cash Transfers to Farmers” at the 2015 China-U.S. Grains & Oilseed Forum in Beijing. The forum is part of the strategic dialogue between the U.S. and China on food security, food safety, and agricultural sustainability agreed upon by the presidents of both countries in 2013. Orden also presented seminars at the Ministry of Agriculture and China Agricultural University. Since 2003, Orden has also held the position of Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in Washington, D.C.

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NCR Notices
Todd Stottlemyer Presents National Capital Region Science, Technology & Policy Leadership Series Lecture on Nov. 3
Todd Stottlemyer, CEO, Inova Center for Personalized Health (ICPH) will present "Vision for the New Inova Center for Personalized Health,” the second lecture in the 2015-2016 National Capital Region Science, Technology & Policy Leadership Series on Monday, Nov. 30. The event will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington. Stottlemyer joined Inova in July 2015 as chief executive officer of ICPH. He is responsible for developing and growing all activities on the 117-acre ICPH campus, which includes Inova Dwight and Martha Schar Cancer Institute and Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI).
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A reception will precede and follow the presentation.
RSVP by Monday, Nov. 23.

Graduate School seeks nominations for the 2015-2016 Graduate Alumni Achievement Award; deadline is Jan. 29, 2016
The Graduate School is seeking nominations for the 2015-2016 Graduate Alumni Achievement Award. The award criteria, nomination requirements, and form can be found on the
graduate school website. The deadline for receiving all nomination material is Jan. 29, 2016. Please note that nominees who were not selected over the past two years have been retained as candidates for this year’s award. So, you do not need to re-nominate them unless there have been recent achievements that should be added to the nomination. The recipient of the award will be recognized with a commemorative plaque during the spring Graduate Commencement Ceremony.


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November 12
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Graduate Studies Information Session and Open House: School of Public and International Affairs

November 14
9:00am to 1:00pm

Landscape Architecture Fall Open House

November 17
2:00pm to 3:00pm

DAC Seminar Series: Toufiq Parag -- Segmentation Algorithm for Efficient Neural Reconstruction from Electron Microscopy Data  

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6:00pm to 8:00pm

MI + SPIA Fall Speaker Series -- Russia and Ukraine: The Search for Identity in the 21st Century  

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