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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Workshop offered for local history teachers

workshop

Workshop offered for local history teachers

Three Virginia Tech students have researched, co-authored and published a local history book for Montgomery County fifth-graders, the university announced.

"Edgar A. Long: Principal of Christiansburg Institute" was written by Erin Lord, Mallary Orrison and Katie Goins under the leadership of Tech history professor Thomas Ewing, according to Jean Elliot, spokeswoman for the college of liberal arts and human sciences.

A teacher workshop offering suggestions on how to incorporate these materials into elementary school curricula will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Edgar A. Long building in Christiansburg, according to Elliot.

The book complies with Standards of Learning curriculum for Virginia history topics.

The building is the Institute's only surviving academic building.

Plans to refurbish it have been in the works for more than a decade, but have yet to come to fruition.

research

Tech discovers yeast to make animal feed safer

Virginia Tech researchers have developed a system to reduce the toxins found in ethanol by-products used as animal feed, the university announced.

Barley by-products resulting from ethanol production can be fed to livestock, but when infected with fungus those feeds can cause illness and even death in animals, according to a Tech news release.

But fermenting the dried barley with a newly-developed transgenic yeast neutralized some of the toxins, the work showed.

The work was supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Virginia Agriculture Council and the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board, the release stated.

wireless

Grant awarded to help speed up Internet access

A Virginia Tech College of Engineering researcher has won a five-year, $450,000 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development award to research incompatibility issues that slow wireless networking delivery on the Internet, the university announced.

Tech engineering professor Yaling Yang, who focuses who her research on computer networks, says the grant will help her to categorize and analyze over-burdened wireless networks, a university news release stated.

The CAREER grant is the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award, given to creative junior faculty likely considered to become academic leaders of the future, according to the release.

appointment

Nursing professor tapped for to national board

Radford University professor Virginia Burggraf has been appointed by the American Academy of Nursing to be the group's representative on the board of Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes, the university announced.

The board is part of a campaign by the American Health Care Association to improve quality of care in nursing homes. Burggraff, who teaches gerontological nursing at Radford, is an AAN Fellow, according to a Radford news release.

education

Virginia Tech to hold campus-wide open house

Virginia Tech will hold a community-wide open house at selected areas across the Blacksburg campus on Nov. 12, the university announced.

Laboratories and other normally off-limits areas of the university will be open to the public, as well as employees, a Tech news release stated.

The event will begin on the drillfield at 10 a.m. with a ceremonial parade by the university's Corps of Cadets.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the university will offer tours at 26 different campus locations, 45 different exhibits and activities and 30 booths.

For a full list of exhibits and activities, visit www.vt.edu/openhouse.march

VT cadets to begin ceremonial march

The freshman class of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, their leaders and some corps alumni are expected to begin the first leg of the annual Caldwell March on Saturday, the university announced.

The cadets will march 13 of the 26 miles that in 1872 Addison Caldwell walked from his family's Craig County farm to present-day Blacksburg to enroll as the first student at what is today Virginia Tech. The cadets will walk the first 13-mile leg across Sinking Creek Mountain to Caldwell Fields in Jefferson National Forest, a university news release stated.

The second leg of the journey will be reenacted in the spring, when the first-year cadets end a year of training, according the release.

The march is also a fundraiser for the corps, which offers scholarships to cadets. This year donors have pledged $42,000 to students making the ceremonial march, the release stated.

Emergency Response

First responders plan simulation at Tech

The Virginia Tech Rescue Squad, in a partnership with Blacksburg Fire Department, Virginia Tech Police Department and a Carilion LifeGuard Med-Evac helicopter, will conduct a simulated motor vehicle collision on Thursday 5:30 p.m. on the university's drillfield.

The 90-minute simulation is intended to raise awareness of the dangers and life threatening consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Part of Drillfield Drive will be closed during the event.

For more information, call 605-6111.

Emergency Response

First responders plan simulation at Tech

The Virginia Tech Rescue Squad, in a partnership with Blacksburg Fire Department, Virginia Tech Police Department and a Carilion LifeGuard Med-Evac helicopter, will conduct a simulated motor vehicle collision on Thursday 5:30 p.m. on the university's drillfield.

The 90-minute simulation is intended to raise awareness of the dangers and life threatening consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Part of Drillfield Drive will be closed during the event.

For more information, call 605-6111.

march

VT cadets to begin ceremonial march

The freshman class of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, their leaders and some corps alumni are expected to begin the first leg of the annual Caldwell March on Saturday, the university announced.

The cadets will march 13 of the 26 miles that in 1872 Addison Caldwell walked from his family's Craig County farm to present-day Blacksburg to enroll as the first student at what is today Virginia Tech. The cadets will walk the first 13-mile leg across Sinking Creek Mountain to Caldwell Fields in Jefferson National Forest, a university news release stated.

The second leg of the journey will be reenacted in the spring, when the first-year cadets end a year of training, according the release.

The march is also a fundraiser for the corps, which offers scholarships to cadets. This year donors have pledged $42,000 to students making the ceremonial march, the release stated.

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