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MLK Poster and Essay Contest

Local students are encouraged to participate in the 9th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Poster and Essay Contest. 

The theme this year is “The Time is Always Right to do what is Right.”

  • The poster contest is open to students in grades K-8. 
  • The essay contest is open to students in grades 6-12.

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9th Annual MLK Community Brunch

January 20   10 a.m.

Latham Ballroom (Inn at Virginia Tech)

Winners of the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. poster and essay contest will be recognized at the Annual MLK Community Brunch.

Registration for MLK Community Brunch


Pamplin College of Business diversity Jubilee

January 23, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


The Pamplin College of Business is holding its annual diversity Jubilee on Thursday, January 23, from 10AM -2PM. The event is a celebration of diversity in the business school and showcases our diversity initiatives and student organizations.


Special MLK Week Seminars

Sponsored by the Biology and College of Science Diversity Committees, VT IMSD-PREP, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, VTLSS and EEB Seminar Series.

Dr. Yvonne Reid, Scientist, Manager of the Biology Program, American Type Culture Collection (ATCC), Manassas, VA

Dr. Reid is a distinguished scientist at ATCC, the main repository and supplier of cell and microbiological cultures for a wide range of life sciences research. Dr. Reid’s research focuses on the use of DNA hypervariable probes for the intraspecies identification of cell lines. The evolution of this work has led to the implementation of routine screening of all human cell lines and she has been active in establishing standards for human cell line identification.

 Dr. Reid has followed closely the issues around the use of the first immortal cancer cell line (HeLa cells), developed from the cervical cancer cells of Henrietta Lacks, an impoverished African American woman.  The development of this cell line was in the 1950s, at a time when seeking permission to use biological materials from patients was not a standard procedure.  Dr. Reid’s MLK seminar will focus on the interface of biological and social issues about the development and commercialization of HeLa cells. Her VLSS seminar will focus on scientific issues about use and misidentification of cell lines in life sciences research.


January 23, 3:30 p.m.

Fralin Auditorium

“HeLa cells and Biomedical Research: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” 3:30 pm, Thursday, January 23, Fralin Auditorium, Reception to follow at 5:30 pm. (Third Annual MLK Week Seminar in the EEB Series)


January 24, 12:20 p.m.

VBI Auditorium

“Misidentification of Animal Cell Lines: Impact on Research” 12:20 pm, Friday, January 24, VBI Auditorium. (First Spring Semester Seminar in the VTLSS Series)

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