March 2: Help us celebrate the opening of the Center for Communicating Science!

Graduate students giving 90-second research talks in the first annual Nutshell Games, NPR's Joe Palca sharing his experiences as a science correspondent, and Virginia Tech President Tim Sands, Dean of the Graduate School Karen DePauw, and Director of ISCE Karen Roberto each offering their own 90 seconds of wisdom--please join us for all this fun--and of course food! Nutshell Games begin at 4 p.m., with reception and speakers beginning at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 2, at the Graduate Life Center's multipurpose room.

Please join us for any part of Thursday afternoon as we celebrate the importance of connection and communication, our graduate student researchers, and the opening of the Center for Communicating Science at Virginia Tech! 

Joe Palca, NPR assistant producer Madeline Sofia, and American Scientist editor Katie Burke will be speaking with graduate students earlier in the afternoon, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 311 Latham, about the importance of communicating one's research and about their career paths into science communication. This is open to all graduate students.

Open Call: ISCE Scholars 2017-2018

The Institute for Society, Culture and Environment is now accepting proposals for the 2017-2018 ISCE Scholars program.  The aim of this program is to provide faculty support for developing grant proposals in the social sciences and humanities. Proposed projects must address issues of social and individual transformation directly tied to one of ISCE’s four thematic areas. Applications are due March 15, 2017

ISCE's four thematic areas of research and scholarship include:

  • Global Issues Initiative:  global trade and economic integration; global security; public policy; counter-terrorism; public health; science policy
  • Human Development and Health: life span issues; aging issues; children, adolescents, adulthood, family, community; child and adult health behavior; social influences on health; public health; health policy
  • Risk and Resilience:  individual risk; social complexity, ethics; risk analysis; disaster management; social media and communication; technology, security; public policy
  • Built Environments: urban formations; rural settings; home environments; policy implementation and evaluation 

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Why Social Science?

Bill Riley, Director of NIH's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research writes about the importance of research into the social determinants of health and illness.


Faculty Spotlight

Thomas Ewing's research on the Spanish Flu.



The 40th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference will be held March 9-12 at Virginia Tech, and will feature a keynote address by Dr. James Hansen, the director of the Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions Program at Columbia University.  Learn more about the conference here.


The Consortium of Social Science Associations has posted their webinar, From Research to Reward: Communicating Social Science Research.


The SciVal Funding service, a web-based tool that uses pre-populated user profiles to help identify funding opportunities targeted to specific interests and areas of research, is now available. 

SciVal Funding not only allows researchers to search for grant opportunities, it also provides historical data about awards and related publications. This data can be used to select opportunities that are the best fit and tailor proposals based on past success. Additionally, users can track award trends, find potential collaborators, and improve their understanding of the competitive landscape. To register with SciVal Funding, or for more information including videos and training tutorials, click here.