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Everyone's getting excited about Reunion Weekend in June! Going for a spin on the Hokie Roller was Senior Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations Matt Winston '90, who shared plenty of details about the event.

Thirteen Virginia Tech students spent a week in Cuba as part of a semester-long, three-credit course, "Study Abroad to Cuba: Food Sovereignty, Culture, & Resilience."

Kim Niewolny, an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education, led the study abroad experience during spring break to explore food security and technology, land rights and distribution, gender and racial equity, and community mobilization for a just food system.

Virginia Tech’s national championship group judging team
Virginia Tech’s national championship group judging team: (front row) Chris Moritz, Sam Withers, Sabrina Vladu, Morgan Ré, assistant coach Alexandra Schmidt, Megan Leach, Peter Guo; (back row) Jirius Abdallah, Annie Konjevoda, Cameron Bermand, and Ben Smith. Not pictured: Izzy Fish, assistant coaches Mike Baszmierowski and Daniel Smith, and coach John Galbraith.

The 2018 Virginia Tech Hokies Soil Judging Team took first place among 22 teams in the group judging event at the Soil Science Society of America’s National Intercollegiate Soil Judging Contest held March 23 in Martin, Tennessee.  

Professor of Biochemistry Pablo Sobrado and graduate student Heba Abdelwahab
Professor of Biochemistry Pablo Sobrado and graduate student Heba Abdelwahab

In collaboration with researchers from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a Virginia Tech research team has discovered a mechanism responsible for antibiotic resistance in the bacteria that cause leprosy and tuberculosis.

Virginia Tech alumni Renae and J. Pearson
Zhiyong Cheng (left), assistant professor of human nutrition, food, and exercise

A team of Virginia Tech researchers has found that a fat cell remodeling pathway was regulated by an estrogen receptor (ERa) that played a major role in the difference in fat accumulation among men and women.

Andy Swiger Land-Grant Award Winners

Recognizing faculty whose creative accomplishments help fulfill the land-grant mission of addressing state and national needs through teaching, research, and Extension

Andy Swiger, Scott Greiner, Alan Grant
(From left) Andy Swiger, Scott Greiner, and CALS Dean Alan L. Grant

Scott Greiner, a professor and Extension Project Leader in the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences, received the 2017 Andy Swiger Land-Grant Award.

Andy Swiger, Mary Ann Hansen, Alan Grant
(From left) Andy Swiger, Mary Ann Hansen, and CALS Dean Alan L. Grant

Mary Ann Hansen, instructor and manager of the Plant Disease Clinic in the Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, received the 2017 Andy Swiger Land-Grant Award.  

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