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The Institute for Society, Culture and Environment is a university-level research institute designed to support faculty in the social sciences, humanities, and the arts. 


ISCE's five research focus areas include:

  • Global Issues Initiative: international policy questions in areas such as trade and economic integration, global security, counter-terrorism, and public health
  • Human Development and Health:
    • Human Development: individual development within the context of the family, community, such as schools, and society, such as diverse cultures
    • Social and Behavioral Health: physical, mental, and environmental health influences on quality of life of individuals, families, and communities, including the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based interventions to address major public health concerns
  • Social Complexity, Risk, and Resilience: applied ethics, risk analysis, disaster management, ecosystem impact
  • Rhetoric, Representation, and Public Humanities: the transformative effects of technology on society, new media, and communication technologies, language and symbolic systems, and human creativity and technology
  • Community Arts, Built Environment, and Urban Formations: symbolic thinking and practical environments

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) have jointly released, Population Health: Behavioral and Social Science Insights, which details what is known and remaining gaps in research "about the effects of various behavioral and social factors on longevity, disability and illness, and the quality of life, primarily at the population level."

An Undergraduate Research Opportunities database is now available. Faculty members can post research opportunities, and can use the database to recruit undergraduates to help with research by specifying desired skills, knowledge, and mode of compensation (for pay, credit, voluntary), and screening and selecting top candidates.

There is an open call for proposals for a limited number of meetings and events to be held at the Virginia Tech Research Center- Arlington. Funds may be used for facilities costs, food and beverage, keynote speaker's fees and travel, etc.

Virginia Tech is now a member of the Consortium of Social Science Associations.


Faculty Spotlight

Carol Mullen's research on global education and cultivating creativity.