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    Middle school students learn the importance of heat resilience in communities
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    Theo Lim, an affiliate with the Global Change Center, whose work is supported by both the Fralin Life Sciences Institute and the Institute for Society, Culture and Environment, focuses on green infrastructure planning, urban hydrology, water resource planning, and the linkages between land, water, infrastructure, and people. He is interested in studying these topics to help communities become more sustainable given limited natural resources and more resilient in the face of social and environmental change. This summer, Lim worked with Roanoke City Public Schools to develop a two-week intensive science-action curriculum focused on collecting urban temperature and thermal comfort data, and making proposals for cooling exceptionally hot areas of the city.

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    Data-Driven Research Accelerator Workshop jump-starts social science research
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    The Policy Destination Area and University Libraries collaborated to offer a research accelerator workshop in July to help social scientists refocus their research efforts after a year affected by the pandemic. The workshop, a week-long event held July 12-16, provided dedicated time for faculty to focus on their own research, along with a supportive peer network and assistance with analytic tools, data visualization and more from experts at Virginia Tech. The event featured the COVID-19 Influences and Impacts Database of Databases, a collaboration of the Policy Destination Area and University Libraries DataBridge, which provides researchers with one-stop access to a variety of social, behavioral, health, and environmental data for research.

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Register for ISCE/Computer Science Mixer on Jan. 27th

To help faculty in computer and social science disciplines become better acquainted for possible research team-building, ISCE and the Department of Computer Science are planning a “meet and greet” event January 27th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Interested faculty in the social sciences and humanities, are requested to complete a short survey to gauge possible participation and/or to register.

Apply Now to be a 2022-2023 ISCE Scholar!

The aim of the ISCE Scholars Program is to provide faculty support for developing grant proposals in the social sciences, broadly defined, and consistent with ISCE’s four thematic areas and the University’s Research Frontiers. Projects are expected to address critical individual and social concerns impacting the lives of people and places locally, nationally, or across the globe. Funding up to $30,000 available. Click here for details and the RFP. Deadline: February 7, 2022.

ISCE's COVID-19 Publication Repository Highlights Response of Social Scientists

Since April 2020, ISCE has maintained a repository of social science-oriented COVID-19 publications that are authored by or feature Virginia Tech faculty. Although ISCE is no longer actively identifying publications, faculty may still send any relevant publications to Yancey Crawford for posting. 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.