School of Architecture + Design academic advisor Vern Ferguson’s commitment to guiding students has always been appreciated, even under normal circumstances. But his efforts have become all the more important in the wake of COVID-19.
Poised to receive a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, Pouliot is the Class of 2020 valedictorian, an achievement that has earned her the Richard B. Talbot Award, named for the college's founding dean.
A doctor of veterinary medicine candidate in the dual D.V.M/Master of Public Health program, April Gardner is this year’s recipient of the veterinary college’s Outstanding Graduating Student Award. She completed her M.P.H. in December 2019.
Rasheed’s academic talents earned him eight Letters of Distinction awarded to top-performing students in various disciplines. In addition, he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, an exclusive recognition reserved for only 15 percent of a medical school class.
Three Ph.D. students and a recent doctoral graduate joined the Virginia Tech chapter of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society in April. Danielle Barber, Devon Lee, Anurag Mantha, and Elizabeth Spingola are members of the sixth class of inductees for the chapter.
The alumni recipients were Tim Chase, Rishav Khanal, Matthew Ogburn, and Mallory Tuttle. The awards were initiated by the Pamplin Society, a volunteer group that seeks to promote, support, and improve the college and to enhance alumni engagement by recognizing alumni contributions.
Over the past eight years, the school has made deliberate strides in increasing its diversity. Nearly half of enrolled students are of an ethnic or racial minority, and 9 percent of the most recently entered class belong to groups that are underrepresented in medicine. In addition, nearly 25 percent are considered low income, and 16 percent are the first in their family to attend college.
Orth, who joined the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation in 1980, is the creator of Virginia Tech Ichthyology, a blog he uses to share stories and news about fisheries research, education, and other issues.
The sociology professor will explore how heterosexual and same-sex spousal and partner caregivers draw upon existing gender identities, skills, and resources formed in relation to the gender division of labor over the life course.
The high court decided Thursday that federal courts should play no role in deciding whether partisan redistricting goes too far, giving a dominant political party in a state leeway to draw electoral maps that preserve or even increase its power.