- Food Digest : 2017Virginia Tech. Food Science and Technology Department (Virginia Tech. Food Science and Technology Department, 2017)Message from the Department Head: Greetings, I write this in the quiet time between Christmas and New Year’s. I do not know if the Hokies will win their bowl game, but I do know this will be the 24th consecutive bowl appearance for Virginia Tech, the longest active streak in the nation (update: They won!). Go Hokies! I hope you will enjoy reading about the many changes, accomplishments, and success of our students, staff, and faculty. One of the new buildings on campus is a Classroom Building that opened August 2016. The $42 million, 73,400-square-foot building contains 15 state-of-the-art classrooms and four interdisciplinary teaching laboratories with seats for more than 1,450 students, as well as study rooms and group meeting space. The new learning spaces are designed to support increasingly interactive and technology-driven learning experiences. The classrooms have features that include moveable furnishings, wall-mounted writing spaces, and multiple screens for projecting shared material and student work. Some rooms were configured as SCALE-UP (Student Centered Active Learning Environment- Upsidedown Pedagogy) classrooms, a specific design that facilitates teambased, active learning as an alternative to lectures, even for large classes. You can learn more about SCALE-UP classrooms at: http:// www.lib.vt.edu/instruct/classrooms/scaleupclass.html. The finishing touches have been put on the SCALE-UP classroom in the Food Science Building. FST Room 27, which was originally constructed as the dairy pilot plant (approximately 3,000 sq. ft.), has been converted into a classroom for a maximum of 68 and has all the audio visual equipment found in the new Classroom Building. The FST classroom is equipped with a Crestron AirMedia wireless presentation system that allows you to broadcast your laptop or tablet screen to the projectors without any cables. Windows, Mac OS X, iOS and Android are supported. The FST classroom has three 80-inch HD flat-panel screens and a HD projection system that can project an image from a single source or multiple sources simultaneously. The electrically controlled screen is 144-inches wide and 53 inches high when fully extended. Twelve recessed ceiling mounted speakers provide high quality audio. Freshly painted walls along with new carpet and furniture make FST 27 a great space to teach our classes. We may have old walls, but everything else in the FST classroom is high technology and state-of-the-art for teaching. This renovation has been a team effort. A lot of hands have been involved in making this dream a reality. Many in the FST department worked tirelessly to get the room ready for the renovation and planning the functionality of the classroom. The department enjoys beautiful labs in HABB1 and now a beautiful teaching space in FST 27. Thanks to all for your continued support and encouragement to our department. We hope to see you in the coming year. Best personal regards, Joe Marcy.
- Food Digest : 2012Virginia Tech. Food Science and Technology Department (Virginia Tech. Food Science and Technology Department, 2012)In December, Virginia Tech broke ground for the first building in the new Biosciences Precinct at the corner of Duck Pond Drive and Washington Street. The 93,860-square-foot building will incorporate laboratory and support facilities, focusing on a wide range of microbiological and biochemical research. Researchers will benefit from the expanded space, which will house research programs on food safety, food packaging and processing, environmental quality analysis, bioenergy and biomaterials, systems biology, and nanotechnology, among other areas.
- Food Digest : 2013Virginia Tech. Food Science and Technology Department (Virginia Tech. Food Science and Technology Department, 2013)Message from the Department Head: Greetings. A lot has happened since our last newsletter. I hope as you take the time to read these stories, they will help you reconnect and remind you of the many friendships formed at Virginia Tech. Please take the time to update your contact information with the Department of Food Science and Technology or through the Alumni Association. We really do wish to keep in touch. Three years ago a survey was conducted with all of the IFT approved Food Science programs to see how many undergraduates were in the U.S. Out of 49 programs that responded at that time, Virginia Tech ranked 19th. Now we have greater than 130 undergraduate majors and are tied for seventh place for undergraduate program size. Our graduate program is also very strong; when we count the students in both residential and on-line degree programs, we have nearly 50 graduate students. As enrollment has increased, we’ve begun to outgrow our classroom. Many of you may still remember taking courses in FST 132; however our class sizes now exceed the room’s size, sending some classes to rooms across campus. The people of FST are also in transition. We celebrated with Harriet Williams, Walter Hartman, and Brian Smith as they all retired last summer. We miss them deeply, but their retirements were well earned. We see them often, looking healthy and enjoying extra time for their own interests. One of the biggest changes for me, personally, was the unexpected death of Cameron R. Hackney, Ph.D. Cameron and I were students together and shared many enjoyable hours during our professional careers. I admired his scholarly work, his amazing teaching ability, and his sincere care for others. He was my friend, and I miss him very much. Others, who were also touched by Cameron, have established an endowed fund in his honor. The proceeds from the Cameron R. Hackney Memorial Enrichment Fund will be used to cultivate the educational activities of undergraduate and graduate students in the FST Department. We welcome contributions to this fund from any who wish to honor Cameron. Best personal regards, Joe Marcy.