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A transdisciplinary community has emerged as a result of the work of Virginia Tech’s Destination Areas. An outgrowth of the Policy Destination Area, the +Policy Network, reflects the original Destination Area’s mission and expands the breadth of engagement across Virginia Tech. The +Policy Network remains dedicated to building capacity for policy research, teaching, and training that connects STEM disciplines with social sciences and humanities.
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Finding a solution to grand environmental social challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution requires addressing a host of transdisciplinary research and a human-centered approach. Convergence researchers aim to address such large-scale societal problems by working with a broad range of both scientists and stakeholders. This is the goal of the research project headed by Stanley Grant, professor of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering and director of the Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Lab in Northern Virginia.
General ItemBen Katz
Everyone knows eating a balanced diet and exercising are important to maintaining one’s physical health, but what about one’s cognitive health — the ability to think, learn, and remember? For over five years, Ben Katz has been studying executive function — working memory, inhibitory control, and cognitive flexibility—throughout the lifespan. How one stays sharp as they grow older and what happens to the brain during the aging process are questions the Virginia Tech researcher contemplates in his studies.
General ItemBrenda Davy
Over the past decade, Brenda Davy, a professor in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conducting rigorous research on water consumption and other weight management strategies. Davy has received funding from the Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (ISCE), both as an ISCE Scholar and through unsolicited proposals, to support pilot work related to her water consumption studies as well as some of her other research.
ISCE 2023 Spring Forum: Behavioral and Social Sciences at the NIH: New and Emerging Directions
On Friday, March 31, 2023, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. the Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment (ISCE) is hosting their annual spring forum, featuring a virtual presentation by Christine Hunter, the acting director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). For those interested in viewing the presentation together, a “watch party” will be held in the Smithfield Room at the Inn at Virginia Tech and will be followed by an in-person networking reception. A Zoom option will also be available. Click here for more details and to register.
ISCE 2023-2024 Scholars Award Winners Announced
Seven faculty research teams, which include six different colleges, have been awarded funding of up to $30,000 each for their projects. For the names of the faculty and the titles and abstracts of the research, click here.
2023 STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering in Policy) Keynote Event
On April 3 at 1:00 p.m. in Steger Hall Conference Center and via Zoom, Linsey Marr will be the keynote speaker and discuss policymaking during a global pandemic. Registration required. Click here for details.
+Policy Network Virtual Half-Day Symposium
On April 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the +Policy Network is hosting a virtual symposium on the Governance of New and Emerging Technologies. Current research teams will discuss the social implications of emerging technologies. Registration required. Click here for details.