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University community invited to honor Virginia Tech authors at Feb. 29 event

February 22, 2016

Virginia Tech Authors Recognition event
The work of Virginia Tech's book and open access journal authors is celebrated each year at the Virginia Tech Authors Recognition event.

From books on sustainable building systems and terrorism in Nepal, to articles on insulin resistance and populations at risk for dropping out of school, the work of Virginia Tech authors will be recognized and celebrated at the eleventh annual Virginia Tech Authors recognition event.

The Virginia Tech community is invited to attend the reception and book display honoring university authors who published in 2015. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 29 in the Newman Library Multipurpose Room at 560 Drillfield Drive in Blacksburg. Hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, celebration, and conversation will follow a short program.

“Virginia Tech has such prolific faculty contributing incredible work to the academic community,” said Tyler Walters, dean of University Libraries. “This event allows us to bring together Provost Thanassis Rikakis and university leadership to thank our authors for their groundbreaking work and reflect on Virginia Tech’s ever-growing impact on global research."

Hosted by the University Libraries, the annual Virginia Tech Authors recognition event provides an opportunity for the community to view Virginia Tech’s contributions to academic, creative, and cultural scholarship. The authors’ books are displayed at the event and added to the libraries’ collections.

Authors who published in open access journals through the university’s Open Access Subvention Fund will also be recognized. The subvention fund supports authors who wish to publish in open access journals by covering processing fees, allowing faculty, staff, and students to explore new, open, and easily accessible publishing methods.

This year, the authors recognition event will celebrate the publication of more than 70 books and nearly 60 open access articles supported by the Subvention Fund.

With authors from every college, this year’s books and articles cover a wide variety of topics, including medical science, sociology, and creative literary works. Many authors partnered with other researchers from universities around the world, including Virginia Tech alumni, on these publications.

The event is sponsored by the University Libraries in partnership with the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, and the Phi Beta Kappa Mu of Virginia chapter.

For more information about the event, visit the Virginia Tech Authors event page. Those interested in attending should RSVP.

Before 5 p.m., a valid faculty, staff, student, or visitor’s pass is required to park in the Squires Student Center and Architecture Annex lots along Otey Street. After 5 p.m., permits are not required in these lots. Find more parking information online, or call 540-231-3200.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Elisabeth Givens at 540-231-1886 during regular business hours prior to the event.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

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