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    What Can Stream Quality Tell Us About Quality of Life? Researchers Find Relationship Between Ecosystem Health and Human Well-being , redirect

    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 , redirect

    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.”

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    Policy Destination Area team develops COVID-19 database to spur policy and social science research , redirect

    As leaders of the Virginia Tech Policy Destination Area wondered how they could harness their resources to better understand policy decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic, they conceived of the idea to develop a 'database of databases.' This resource, available on the web, would be populated with policies related to the pandemic with direct links to data for researchers to use. Their hope was that this new tool would facilitate research on possible and actual policy changes in response to the pandemic, or on their ramifications, considering the pandemic as a ‘natural experiment.

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    National Science Foundation Funds Research on the Social Implications of COVID-19 , redirect

    Three research teams at Virginia Tech were awarded RAPID grants from the the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences directorate of the National Science Foundation to spur the development of social science–oriented research related to COVID-19. The teams, all of whom have received prior support from ISCE for related research, represent a range of departments and disciplines, highlighting the often diverse and interdisciplinary nature of social science research.

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    Dementia Caregiving During the "Stay-at-Home" Phase of COVID-19 Pandemic , redirect

    Tina Savla and her team examined how the stay-at-home phase of COVID-19 affected caregivers of persons with dementia living in rural Virginia and their use of available home- and community-based services and informal support to assist them with their care responsibilities. To read this article and learn which caregivers have been most affected, as well as read other articles, visit the ISCE COVID-19 Repository.

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    ISCE to Feature Faculty COVID-19 Scholarship and Research , redirect

    ISCE is maintaining a repository of COVID-19 related research and scholarship of faculty and Centers affiliated with the Institute, as well as members of the Virginia Tech community who are engaged in research focusing on the social, psychological, and policy impact of the coronavirus on people and places. The repository highlights nonmedical-oriented research and scholarship taking place at Virginia Tech during this historic and far-reaching pandemic. Send us your publications so they can be included!

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    Resilience Test of the North American Food System , redirect

    ISCE’s Global Issues Initiative (GII) has contributed to the discussion of the economic effects of COVID-19 in two papers. GII Director David Orden assesses challenges in the North American food system. GII Senior Research Fellow Caesar Cororaton and co-authors at De La Salle University use their model of the Philippine economy to evaluate consequences of lockdown policies. Visit the ISCE COVID-19 repository to read both articles and others.