Kate LeBoeuf is a Community Manager with the American Cancer Society. In addition to staffing the Relay For Life at Virginia Tech, she works throughout the New River Valley to connect newly diagnosed patients with programs and services designed to make treatment easier. Kate LeBoeuf will also be staffing the 2nd Cancer Research Symposium at Virginia Tech planned for Fall 2013. For more information about these events or how the American Cancer Society can help you, please call (540) 774-2716 or email email@example.com
The American Cancer Society is the largest private funder of cancer research. When we make decisions about who to fund, we fund the research of sociologists who study disparities in diagnosis. We fund engineers who are developing new technologies for drug deliveries. We fund biologists working to understand the cancer cell. We fund psychologists studying late effects of cancer in children. But more than that, the American Cancer Society recruits social workers to help patients navigate health care systems. We recruit community members to help eliminate direct barriers between patients and treatment. We recruit lawyers to protect the rights of patients. We recruit lobbyists to expand the protection of patients. The soldiers in the fight against cancer are not the scientists. The fight against cancer requires the energy and attention of our entire nation and individuals from every discipline. Collaboration and determination will find the cure. This is how we save lives. And this is why the cancer focus of IDR Day is such an important step in including the entire academic community in a public health crisis that touches everyone. Innovative solutions come from fresh perspective and creative thinkers. The participants in this event possess both. It is our hope that exposing a wide variety of disciplines to these current cancer challenges will shed some real light on new solutions.
Spring Applications are open till Friday, February 22. 2013 midnight.
Please apply now!
To qualify for IDR full membership, an individual must a) have completed a minimum of 12 course credit hours, b) have a cumulative GPA that is higher than or equal to 3.7, and c) have demonstrated sincere belief in the society and its mission by pursuing interdisciplinary research. The membership application includes two essays – a personal statement and a demonstration of interdisciplinary work/research statement.
To qualify for IDR associate membership, an individual must a) demonstrate sincere belief in interdisciplinary research, and b) provide significant contribution to the local IDR chapter. The membership application includes two essays – a personal statement and a statement of contribution to our society.
Only students are eligible for Full Membership but professionals can apply for Associate Membership
Application materials can be found here
For more information, please contact the Vice-President of Membership,firstname.lastname@example.org
When: June 13-15, 2013
Where: Cambridge, MA
Communicating Science is a workshop organized by graduate students for graduate students focused on science communication skills. The workshop will emphasize written communication in particular and be held from Thursday, June 13, 2013 until Saturday, June 15, 2013 in Cambridge, MA. We welcome applications from science graduate students interested in learning how to effectively communicate their research to both scientific and non-scientific audiences.
The 2.5 day workshop for 50 graduate students will feature panels by science and communications experts, writing workshops, and numerous opportunities to interact directly with the expert panelists. As part of the workshop, attendees will draft science compositions and receive feedback from the experts and other attendees.
Funding is available to support travel expenses, lodging, and meals for a limited number of attendees; all interested science and engineering students nationwide are encouraged to apply.
If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact us at ComSciCon@gmail.com.
Virginia Tech’s Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society is trying to push the boundaries of campus-community involvement. Most clubs, organizations, and societies all strive to unite a group of people based on some common interest. Finding likeminded peers to support the core vision and goals of a new organization is relatively easy. Finding those who will sacrifice time and energy for a cause, with zero guarantee of successful execution, is harder… much harder.
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Megan Holcomb is a masters student investigating the world of water – particularly, global concerns in water, sanitation, and hygiene development. She aspires to mediate cross-boundary water resource conflicts through a scientific lens and to harmonize international development with an interdisciplinary foundation in hydrology, ecology, socioeconomics, and international policy. It is her personal belief that we must refrain from becoming overly specialized with a small scope of expertise, as complex problems require more imagination, more ingenuity, and more breadth of knowledge to arrive at truly applicable solutions. She is the Vice-president of events for IDR honor society at Virginia Tech.