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    What Can Stream Quality Tell Us About Quality of Life? Researchers Find Relationship Between Ecosystem Health and Human Well-being
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    As the source of most of the water we drink and a place where we often go to recreate and enjoy nature, streams represent a crucial point-of-contact between human beings and the environment. Virginia Tech researchers are now using stream quality data to find new insights into the interactions between the health of our natural spaces and human well-being. Their findings, published in the journal Ecological Indicators, reveal that demographics such as race and population density, as well as health indices such as cancer rates and food insecurity, show strong correlations with water quality across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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    Center for Gerontology researchers receive $2.14 million to study extended family caregivers of people with dementia
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    Karen Roberto and Tina Savla, both faculty members of Virginia Tech’s Center for Gerontology, are leading a five-year, $2.14 million NIA study that examines the role of extended family caregivers for a relative with dementia and their service use, needs, and challenges. While most of the caregiving literature to date has focused on close kin, such as adult children and spouses, this new study will turn the spotlight on other family caregivers, such as grandchildren, siblings, nieces and nephews, and step-kin. The research team will compare extended family caregivers with adult children and spouse caregivers in their study, which they have named “CareEx.”

ISCE Features

Inaugural STEP Seminar to Focus on Climate Change, Conservation and Communities

The Policy Destination Area's graduate certificate program, Science, Technology and Engineering in Policy (STEP) is hosting its inaugural keynote seminar on April 27th from 4:00-5:30 p.m. The seminar will feature Lynn Scarlett, Chief External Affairs Officer at The Nature Conservancy and former Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Click here for details and here to register.

Call for Proposals for Global Change Projects

The Global Change Center (GCC) is accepting letters of intent for two interdisciplinary seed grant opportunities focused on global change.  One opportunity, sponsored with ISCE, seeks to fund projects led by GCC affiliated faculty who address social aspects of global change. Projects should leverage and integrate a unique combination of social science expertise with biophysical and/or engineering expertise at VT and have strong potential for external funding. Click here for the RFA.  LOI deadline: May 21, 2021.

Recordings & Resources Available for ISCE Spring Webinars

If you missed any of ISCE's recent events, including the presentation by Dr. Kelli Craig-Henderson of the National Science Foundation, or our webinars focused on online data collection methodologies, you can watch the recordings and check out other related resources on our Past Events page.

Visit ISCE's COVID-19 Publication Repository

ISCE maintains a repository of social science-oriented COVID-19 publications that are authored by or feature Virginia Tech faculty. Click here to view the repository.

Impacts of COVID-19 on Research

To learn more about the impact COVID-19 on research at Virginia Tech, visit the guidance for research continuity webpage developed by the Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation or access previously posted messages for the research community.

List of COVID-19 related Funding Opportunities

OVPRI has established a website with COVID-19 related funding opportunities and are identifying ways to support faculty who submit applications.