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Members: Please Cast Your Vote... Election of SVTC Class II Board of Directors

SVTC Bits & Grits: May 15, 2012

Science Enabled by Photon Sources Workshop: May 16, 2012

NOVA EDU Startup Weekend - Big Data Meets EDU: June 1-3, 2012

2012 State Wind Energy Symposium: June 20-June 22, 2012


Members:  Election of SVTC Class II Board of Directors ... Please Cast Your Vote

SVTC members:  Check your mailboxes for your election ballot for the Class II of the SVTC Board of Directors. In order for us to have a valid election we need a quorum, so keep an eye out for your email. All members have already received their individual emails with their custom link.

One note: We are using SurveyMonkey to generate individual links to the survey/ballot for each SVTC member - these links have an expiration date and can only be used once.

FYI: There are 11 slots and 11 candidates. The bios of the candidates are available on our website on our SVTC Board Elections page.

The slate is as follows: 

  • Dr. Kim Blosser, BRCC, Mathematics, Physical Sciences & Technology*
  • Ben Cash, BlueKey, Inc.*
  • Sarah Cheverton, JMU, Center for Instructional Technology*
  • Mike Goertzen, Serco, Inc.
  • Allon Lefever, Lefever Associates*
  • Daniel Martin, PBGH, LLP*
  • Kurt Plowman, City of Staunton*
  • Mike Rozmus, Rockingham Memorial Hospital
  • Bob Stolle, Center for Innovative Technology*
  • Robin Sullenberger, Shenandoah Valley Partnership*
  • Dr. Heather Watson, JMU, School of Engineering*

* Returning Board Member

If you'd like to vote in person instead of electronically, please plan on attending the annual membership meeting on May 24, 2012 (11:45 am) at the Wood Grill in Harrisonburg (this will also be a luncheon program).


If you have any questions, please contact Nicky at

Thanks in advance for your active participation!
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Bits & Grits

Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 8:00am

Mrs. Rowe's, Staunton


Our regularly scheduled breakfast event is held on the third Tuesday of every month. See you there! Reservations or membership not required.


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Science Enabled by Photon Sources Workshop

May 16, 2012, 8:30am - 5:00pm

JMU Festival Center

As we continue into the 21st century, our ability to explore natural phenomena is pushing toward limits previously unknown.  A compelling need is emerging in solid state physics, materials science, chemistry, biology, and geology, to investigate ultrafast (femto second frame rates) events, electronic and phonon excitations, relaxation phenomena, and out of equilibrium dynamics in complex and strongly correlated systems.  The practical application of such investigations will have profound benefits in the areas of energy/environmental sustainability, healthcare, and national security.

Join James Madison University as we provide an interactive environment in which to identify and document current and envisioned advanced photon source research.

This one-day program will feature research presentations from multiple disciplines, which will illustrate to the scientific and policy community the powerful capabilities of advanced photon sources, and the Commonwealth's research potential as new technologies and facilities are developed.  Do not miss the opportunity to learn more and share your findings! 
Free and open to faculty, students and the public (please be sure to register).




NOVA EDU Startup Weekend - Big Data Meets EDU

June 1-3, 2012

Microsoft, Reston VA

Sponsored by Apps4VA.


Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. The weekend events are centered on action, innovation, and education. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through testing, business model development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos to a panel of potential investors and local entrepreneurs.


Participants are challenged with building functional startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks.

For more information and to register visit:



2012 State Wind Energy Symposium
June 20 - June 22, 2012
East Campus of James Madison University


The goal of the symposium is to inform stakeholders and other interested parties about the progress that wind power made in the region over the past few years and opportunities for the future.  The Symposium will address timely issues pertaining to wind power development in Virginia and throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region, through a series of workshops and panel discussions. 

This year the Symposium will be held June 20-22, 2012 on the East Campus of James Madison University.

New this year we will be featuring:

  • Tours of our new Small Wind Training and Testing Facility
  • More exhibitors
  • A full 1.5 days of concurrent tracks and panel discussions
  • More time for Q&A in each panel discussion
  • A wind farm tour on the 22nd (limited availability) (TBD)

Visit for full information and to register


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