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Note: Many articles featuring social science and the COVID-19 pandemic are posted in the ISCE COVID-19 Publication Repository.

A study of the uses of the darkweb by researcher Eric Jardine, assistant professor of political science, and colleagues is featured in a Yahoo News article.

Ron Fricker has been named Interim Dean of the College of Science following the announcement that Sally Morton will depart for a new position at Arizona State University.

Anna Zeide, associate professor of history, to lead new Food Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences that will incorporate the humanities and social science perspectives.

Caitlin Jewitt, assistant professor of political science, is featured in an USA Today article about the outcome of the 2020 presidential election and the contrasts between the candidates.

Researcher Toni Calasanti expands caregiving study during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Matt Fullen, assistant professor of education, is featured in an article in The New York Times about older adults and psychotherapy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lessons from another deadly pandemic courtesy of Virginia Tech researchers, Ron Fricker and E. Thomas Ewing.

ISCE's COVID-19 respository highlights how Virginia Tech's social scientists are responding to the pandemic.

New Virginia Tech research lab, led by Aaron Brantly, Eric Jardine, Sylvester Johnson and Clara Suong, to explore human side of advanced technology.

Researchers Shalini Misra and Kris Wernstedt, both of the VT School of Public and International Affairs, examine impact of digital inforamtion on COVID-19 decisions and behavior.

European Commission awards Virginia Tech a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence which will be led by Yannis Stivachtis.

Virginia Tech political scientist Chad Hankinson highlights key issues ahead of the presidential election.

Disaster resiligence sociologist Liesel Ritchie joins Center for Coastal Studies.

How to affectively communicate through masks with Virginia Tech professor, Patricia Raun.

Mobile Autism Clinic, led by Angela Scarpa, recognized for exemplary community engagement.

The Universities at Shady Grove's new director, Anne Khademian, former Presidential Fellow at Virginia Tech, says she looks to meet MoCO's needs.

Rosemary Blieszner, Center for Gerontology expert, offers tips for feeling close when you can't be during COVID-19.

Eric Bahel of the Department of Economics named Patricia Caldwell Faculty Fellow.

At Congressional hearing, Lisa Lee, a bioethicist in the department of population health sciences, says public health surveillance is critical to pandemic response.

A National Science Foundation grant allows James Hawdon and Ashley Reichelmann, both from the department of sociology, to study the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on university solidarity.

National Science Foundation funds research on the social implications of COVID-19.

Virginia Tech research sees continued growth.

Center for Humanities receives $500,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to support a project that combines religion, ethics, and technology to tackle fundamental questions of what it means to be human in a technological age.

The VT Autism Clinic, led by Angela Scarpa, moves online, opening new ways to help more families than ever.

The VT Center for Gerontology launches an online program focused on protecting vulnerable older adults during COVID-19 and beyond.

Lorenzo Amani, doctoral student, and Sudipta Sarangi, professor of economics, write an editorial for The Roanoke Times on peace, protests and prejuidice.

Sylvester Johnson, Assistant Vice Provost for the Humanities, leads efforts to secure a Mellon Foundation grant to support the creation of new Pathways minor in Tech for Humanity.

Virginia Tech researcher, Leigh-Anne Krometis, is working to provide clean water to Appalachia.

Wornie Reed, professor of sociology, was featured in a CNN story exploring "Am I a racist?"

COVID-19 research projects propelled by Rapid Response Seed Fund.  

ISCE Scholars focus on timely societal issues.

Brenda Davy, professor of human nutrition, foods and exercise, is quoted in a BBC Futures article about how much water a person should drink in a day.

Carol Mullin, Virginia Tech professor of education, receives a national award for dedication to educational leadership.

Steve Hankey, assistant professor of Urban Affairs and Planning, measures air pollution by bicycle.

Lisa Lee, director of the division of Scholarly Integrity and Research Compliance at Virginia Tech, is featured in an article discussing health privacy during a disease outbreak such as COVID-19.

Laura Belmonte, a noted political historian and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences,  testifies before U.S. Congress on separation of powers.

Matt Hulver named executive director of the Fralin Life Sciences Institute.

Virginia Tech  associate professor of political science, Yannis Stivachtis, recognized for excellence in European studies.

Katie Carmichael, assistant professor in the department of English, is featured on a NEH podcast that discussed the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the linguistic footprint of one of America's most historically rich and diverse cities.

Jason Grant, director of the Virginia Tech Center for Agricultural Trade, is quoted in a Politico article focused on negotiations for a global deal on a digital tax service.

Rose Wesche, assistant professor of human development and family science, conducts research on the ways that diverse interpersonal relationships are associated with adolescent and young adult well-being

Dr. Margaret Cowell talks about the Vibrant Virginia program and shares details on what they are hoping to accomplish in an interview with WFXR TV.

Caitlin Jewitt, assistant professor of political science, is interviewed by NPR's Audie Cornish about the differences between caucuses and primaries and why some states are favoring primaries.

Ashley Dayer, assistant professor of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, is one of several researchers featured in an Ensia article about human impacts on wild animals's natural eating routines.

Ralph Buehler, associate professor in the School of Public and International Affairs, is quoted in a Business Insider article about the benefits of biking to work.

Virginia Tech researcher, Sudipta Sarangi, wins award for paper focusing on worldwide ‘missing’ female population.

Virginia Tech launches the Center for Coastal Studies to address complex issues in the coastal zone.

Robin Queen, a Virginia Tech biomechanics researcher thrives as mentor, advocate.

David Schmale and Shane Ross awarded an NSF grant that provides new research opportunities for underserved students.

Todd Schenk, assistant professor in the Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs, has tips for dinner table conversations around contentious issues over the holidays.

Virginia Tech geographer Anamaria Bukvic is helping coastal communities face the challenges posed by flooding and sea level rise.

Virginia Tech Design students take top honors in annual caregiving hack.

Professor Tom Ewing's Washington Post article discusses how the news media can help fight the flu.

Kory Trott  has been named director for the Virginia Tech Research Integrity and Consultation Program.

Miss Virginia 2019, Camille Schrier, headlines this year’s Virginia Tech Science Festival & Nutshell Games.

Virginia Tech assistant professor, Ashley Shew, works to include disabled people in technological products meant for them.

Alexandra Hanlon will lead Virginia Tech's new Center for Biostatistics and Health Data Science.

ISCE offers support for approved research projects using restricted federal microdata.

With Sylvester Johnson at the helm, Virginia Tech launches ‘Tech for Humanity’ initiative to ensure technologies are in service to humanity.

Amy Azano, associate professor of education, is featured in an USA Today article that discusses the impact of closing schools in rural communities.

Virginia Tech’s DePauw Oversees Multifaceted Approach to Grad School Diversity.

Summer institute, featuring a Center for Communicating Science course, gives German undergraduate students a taste of the Virginia Tech experience.

In an interview with NPR's With Good Reason, Katie Carmichael of Virginia Tech discusses how language has changed in the years after Hurricane Katrina.

James Ivory, an associate professor at Virginia Tech, is quoted in  article about video games and mass shootings.

Nikki Giovanni and colleagues pay tribute to Toni Morrison.

Toni Calasanti, professor of sociology, receives National Institute on Aging grant to study how gender and sexual orientation affect caregiving.

Laura Belmonte ‘hits the jackpot’ with her new role as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Mehrzad Boroujerdi named director of Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs.

Tanushree Mitra, assistant professor of computer science, has received grant funding, giving her access to Facebook data to study how misinformation and other problematic content spread on the platform.

Marc Stern, associate professor in the College of Natural Resources and Environment, facilitates local solutions to global climate challenges.

Carla Finkielstein and team honored with award for research into circadian rhythms and cancer.

Pamela Teaster and Karen Roberto, researchers from Virginia Tech’s Center for Gerontology, and the Elder Justice Coalition, conducted focus groups to explore the connection between opioid addiction and elder financial abuse.

Eric Jardine, assistant professor of political science at Virginia Tech, discusses new research that highlights a lack of confidence in content that appears on Facebook and Twitter in a Huffington Post article.

Deborah Good, an associate professor of human nutrition, foods and exercise at Tech, is quoted in a Time article that discusses research on personalized diets.

Association for Psychological Science names Virginia Tech faculty, Roseanne Foti and Angela Scarpa, as Fellows

Trade specialist David Orden, director of the Global Issues Initiative at Virginia Tech, is quote in a Politifact article about President Trump and Mexico related to immigration and trade agreements.

Sylvester Johnson, Professor and Director of the Center for Humanities at Virginia Tech, is featured on the Stitcher podcast, Appetite for Disruption, and discusses what it means to be human in an age of accelerated technology where computers can think and maybe even feel.

Steve Hankey of the Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs is quoted in a Reuters article about the need to reduce exposure to pollution.

Interdisciplinary  ISCE Scholars address topics from healthy aging to occupational roles of engineers.

New research by Virginia Tech, featured in a Scientific American article, seeks to improve the effectiveness of unmanned aerial vehicles in search and rescue operations.

Virginia Tech researcher, Anne-Lise Velez, seeks solutions for wildfire resilience.

Christine Labuski and Nick Copeland, both of Virginia Tech, and authors of “The World of Walmart: Discounting the American Dream,” discuss their book on With Good Reason radio broadcast.

A new study of 12,000 people, conducted by Christine Kaestle in the department of Human Development and Family Science at Virginia Tech, says sexuality changes well into adulthood.

In a Higher Education article, Sarah Ovink of Virginia Tech, along with her co-editors, respond to questions about their new volume of essays on the ways higher education is changing because of issues of race, gender and sexuality, and how they think it needs to change even more.

Coastal@VT co-leader Anamaria Bukvic and faculty member Sarah Karpanty led a Kids’ Tech University session for youth about the impacts of sea level rise.

Eric Jardine, assistant professor of political science at Virginia Tech, authors an Opinion article in the Globe and Mail on foreign interference in democratic elections.

Rural Virginia Initiative, including Virginia Tech, seeks solutions to Virginia’s growing urban-rural divide.

Saul Halfon, associate professor of science, technology and society, and Anne Khademian, Virginia Tech Presidential Fellow, offered comments at the first Policy, Technology, and Society mini-series event that highlighted the interdisciplinary nature of policymaking.

Virginia Tech researchers, Ashley Dayer and Dana Hawley, study people who feed birds in their backyards with implications for bird conservation.

Virginia Tech professor of psychology, Thomas Ollendick, was featured in a Scientific American article about brief, but intensive treatments that are proving to be effective for many anxiety disorders.

Rosemary Blieszner, a Virginia Tech dean and gerontology researcher, is featured in a New York Times article that shows the more you hang out with your mom, the longer she'll live.

Virginia Tech President Tim Sands discusses Virginia Tech’s presence in Northern Virginia and the plans for expansion.

Ariel Ahram and Patrick Roberts, associate professors in the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech, authored a blog in The National Interest about the embattled U.S. nuclear industry.

Vibrant Virginia gives Virginia Tech researchers seed grants to start programs to spur economic development in urban and rural Virginia.

The integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (iTHRIV), which includes Virginia Tech researchers, has been awarded a five-year grant from NIH for nearly $23 million to advance innovative ideas in clinical practice and population health.

U.S.A. Today  article about the new rules of communicating in the digital era features James Ivory, Virginia Tech associate professor of communication.

Robin Queen, associate professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics, will be the inaugural member of Virginia Tech’s first OVPRI Faculty Fellow for Health Data Privacy.

Lee Vinsel, assistant professor at Virginia Tech, is featured in a New York Times article about standards and how our modern existence depends on things we can take for granted.

According to Patrick Roberts, an associate professor at Virginia Tech and author of the book Disasters and the American Statethere needs to be a shift in focus in how the U.S. faces natural disasters.

Dr. Ashley Shew of Virginia Tech is helping to shine a bright spotlight on the realities of being a disabled researcher in an ableist world.

Policy Strategic Growth Area funds first +Policy fellows to enhance interdisciplinary research.

Pamela Teaster, Director of the Virginia Tech Center for Gerontology, is quoted in the New York Times about court appointed guardians and elder abuse.

Three graduate students take top prizes at the 2018 Nutshell Games hosted by the Center for Communicating Science.

Seed grants, with some support from ISCE, helping to grow Virginia Tech’s transdisciplinary capacities, contributions.

Home of the future takes first place at international competition.

Virginia Cooperative Extension awarded nearly $1.1M to tackle the state’s opioid epidemic.

On two wheels, Virginia Tech assistant professor Steve Hankey tracks air pollution.

Biocomplexity Institute Interim Executive Director, Cal Ribbens, plans to nurture, focus on team science.

Virginia Tech’s Master of Public Health program receives continuing accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).  

Katie Carmichael, assistant professor of English, receives NSF grant to research the linguistic effects of Hurricane Katrina.

A study by Virginia Tech researchers Philip Olson and Christine Labuski reveals unconscious gender and racial dynamics influence drone use.

Virginia Tech Center for Communicating Science events bring the laboratory out into the public.

Virginia Tech's Center for Agricultural Trade becomes a knowledge hub for 2018 trade inquiries.

Thomas H. Ollendick, a Virginia Tech psychology professor, is quoted in a Star Tribune article about a new wave of intensive therapy that is touted as being as effective as treatment over time.

Virginia Tech Center for Rhetoric in Society receives grant from Voice of Witness, a nonprofit that sponsors oral history projects examining human rights and social justice.

Local children learn the value of nutrition through Market Kids program offered through partnership between the New River Valley Health District and the Virginia Tech Public Health Program.

Disaster aid: New Viriginia Tech research uses analytics to improve placement of supplies.

Virginia Tech investment institutes create interdisciplinary research opportunities.

Virginia Tech professor, Ariel Ahram, receives Carnegie grant to study conflict resolution in the Middle East.

Virginia Tech leads international research partnership on refugee integration.

VT-FAST: A new resource for Virginia Tech faculty.

Megan Dolbin-MacNab, Virginia Tech professor of human development and family sciences, receives national distinction for her dedication to gerontology.

Watch this video to see how the Center for Communicating Science teaches the art of connecting across difference.

Ashley Shew, assistant professor of science, technology and society at Virginia Tech, is granted a National Science Foundation CAREER award to study technologies for disability community.

The German Fulbright Summer Institute 2018, a collaboration among several Virginia Tech entities, including the Center for Communicating Science, brought 24 students to campus to participate in "Communicating Science: Communication, Collaboration, and Connection Across Differences and Disciplines."

The National College of Probate Judges recognizes Pamela Teaster, a national gerontology expert and director of Virgina Tech's Center for Gertontology, for her research and advocacy of older adults.

Research conducted by Sudipta Sarangi, professor of economics at Virginia Tech, finds that more women in government leads to less corruption.

Philip Olson, an assistant professor at Virginia Tech and a death studies expert, is quoted in an article in The New Republic about cremation by water.

Institute for Society, Culture and Environment awards funding to diverse group of social and behavioral science researchers.

Steelcase funds work led by Timothy Baird, assistant professor of geography at the Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources and Environment, to create an active learning space where students and faculty collaborate.

Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, professor of economics at Virginia Tech, is quoted in a Washington Post article about how Trump’s decision on the Iran nuclear deal will impact oil prices.

Virginia Tech researchers examine SNAP benefits in the proposed 2018 Farm Bill and how potential changes could further constrain low-income families.

Karen Roberto, University Distinguished Professor and ISCE director, to deliver Virginia Tech’s 2018 National Capital Region Commencement address.

Pamela Teaster, Virginia Tech Center for Gerontology director, joins other experts making recommendations to the U.S. Senate on the prevention of elder financial abuse.

The Center for Gerontology celebrates its 40th anniversary with theater and wisdom.

Researchers with Virginia Tech's Biocomplexity Institute present three takeaways from a local social media study on how Twitter can help solve the opioid crisis.

A Psychology Today article highlights Virginia Tech assistant professor Jeffrey Jackson's new study on why prolonged singlehood is a very real form of loss.

Erica Feuerbacher, assistant professor of companion animal behavior and welfare at Virginia Tech, discusses how dogs behave when interacting with their owners versus strangers.

Sharon Ramey, a professor at the Virginia Tech's Carilion Research Institute who conducts early child development research, is quoted in Scientific American on the long-terms gains of Pre-K programs.

Wornie Reed, professor of sociology at Virginia Tech, is quoted in a HuffPost article on ways to honor Martin Luther King's legacy.

The Virginia Tech Center for Public Health Practice and Research and collaborators present findings on substance abuse and depression in Roanoke County students.

Virginia Tech researchers study the links between violent video games and violence.

Shalini Misra, assistant professor of urban affairs and planning at Viriginia Tech, is quoted in a Tech Times article about smartphone usage while dining with family and friends

Institute for Society, Culture and the Environment celebrates 10 years of success.

Virginia Tech Lifelong Learning Institute named Community Partner of the Year by AARP Virginia.

Virginia Tech Professor Jill Kiecolt discusses how social media affects relationships (~minute 14 of 15).

With a traveling clinic, Virginia Tech's, Angela Scarpa, associate professor of psychology,  takes autism services to rural Virginia.

Carol Mullen, a professor of educational leadership at Virginia Tech's School of Education, studies creativity across cultures through a second Fulbright award.

Gerald Lawson, associate professor at Virginia Tech's School of Education, is quoted in a news story about dismantling Virginia's school-to-prison pipeline.

Virginia Tech gains ground in NSF rankings.

Virginia Tech students, under the leadership of Anamaria Bukvic, assistant research professor of geography, develop strategies to address flooding and sea-level rise in the city of Hampton.

Dean Sally Morton, member of the ISCE Stakeholders Committee, receives the American Statistical Association Long-Term Excellence Award for her health policy work.

Virginia Tech's Center for Communicating Science workshop series teaches the art of connecting with audiences.

Anisa Zvonkovic, professor and department head for Human Development and Family Science at Virginia Tech, begins leadership role at the National Council on Family Relations.

A Virginia Tech team, led by E. Thomas Ewing, professor of history,  plans a Viral Networks workshop  for January 2018 that will use digital humanities tools to illuminate medical history.

In a podcast produced by NewsRadio WINA, Megan Dolbin McNab, associate professor of human development and family science at Virginia Tech, discusses how grandparents provide an important safety net in the opioid crisis.

Virginia Tech's Destination Areas spark creative discussion among science and policy topics related to global issues such as food security, nuclear safety, clean water and infectious disease.

Through the SAFE program, Center for Autism Research faculty, colleagues and local businesses work to make community events friendlier for youth with sensory challenges

Pamela Teaster, director for the Center for Gerontology, discusses how court-appointed guardians are failing the elderly in a Huffington Post article.

Virginia Tech's Carla Finkielstein and Tina Savla work with Susan B. Komen collaborators to bring mobile breast cancer screening services to rural, medically underserved communities in Southwest Virginia.

A team led by Nathan Hall of Virginia Tech University Libraries was awarded more than $95,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to support three national forums that will pioneer new ways of interacting with digital content.

An On Point National Public Radio episode delves into who's guarding against the guardians with Pamela Teaster, director of the Center for Gerontology at Virginia Tech, and one of the few scholars who studies guardianship of older adults.

Toni M. Calasanti, who teaches the sociology of aging at Virginia Tech, is quoted in a Chronicle of Higher Education article about combating ageism through education with undergraduate students.

Virginia Tech researcher, Megan Dolbin-MacNab, explores the health impacts of grandparents raising grandchildren in an interview with West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

Patricia Raun and Carrie Kroehler of Viriginia Tech's Center for Communicating Science team up to to teach people the ‘art’ of communicating science.

Learn 5 things that have changed about FEMA since Katrina – and 5 that haven't according to Virginia Tech associate professor Patrick Roberts, an emergency management expert who has written a book about FEMA.

Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, professor of economics at Virginia Tech and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, discusses the impact of Apple's action to remove all Iranian apps from its App Store.

Patrick Roberts, a public policy associate professor at Virginia Tech who specializes in emergency management, is quoted in a Washington Post article about proposed Trump Administration budget cuts to diasaster funding.

George Davis and Elena Serrano, Virginia Tech researchers, earn Quality of Communication Award for book that fills unique niche on Food and Nutrition Economics.

Shalini Misra, a Virginia Tech assistant professor who has researched the impact of smartphones on everyday interactions, is quoted in an USA Today article on automated technology and how its changing society.

An interdisciplinary team of Virginia Tech faculty recently secured a five-year, $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the Cultivating Cultures of Ethical STEM program for institutional transformation.

Rosemary Blieszner, a professor of human development at Virginia Tech, explains a study that correlates loneliness with an increased risk of death among older adults in a New York Times article.

Jim Hawdon, director of the Virginia Tech Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, discusses how Americans are increasingly exposed to extremist messages online in an article published by The Conversation.

ISCE-supported Center for Communicating Science course serves as a cornerstone of the German Fulbright Summer Institute.

Eric Jardine, a fellow with the Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI) and assistant professor of political science, is quoted in Global News' article on Theresa May's internet policies.

Students in the Executive Master of Natural Resources explore water-related issues in India.

Laura Sands, professor at the Center for Gerontology, discussed what the future of caregiving looks like in Forbes magazine. 

Experts at Virginia Tech who study violence and terrorism are discussing if there could be more attacks like the one in Manchester in the future.

Bill Hopkins, professor of wildlife, received the Graduate School's 2017 Faculty Outstanding Mentor Award

April Few-Demo, associate professor of human development, received the Graduate School's 2017 Faculty Outstanding Mentor Award.

Susan White, co-director of VTCAR, is quoted in "The Joys and Challenges of Being a Parent with Autism" in The Atlantic. 

Carol Mullen, a professor of educational leadership in the School of Education, has authored a new book titled, "Creativity and Education in China: Paradox and Possibilities for an Era of Accountability," the result of her 2015 Fulbright Scholar Award and subsequent travel to the country.

Sudipta Sarangi of the Department of Economics has shown that social media plays a vital role in reducing government corruption.

Barbara Allen, professor of science and technology studies, has confirmed claims by residents and local doctors in one of France’s largest industrial regions that people living in this area had elevated levels of many illnesses.

Society of Clinical Psychology honors Tom Ollendick, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology, with award for distinguished contributions.

Reseachers at the Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research disentangle relationship between autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, and ADHD in children.

“Color-blind” sentencing alone can’t cure racial bias in U.S. criminal justice system, research from James Hawdon and Samarth Swarup suggests.

Megan Dolbin-MacNab, an associate professor in human development, testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging in Washington, D.C. on the impact of the opioid addiction epidemic on grandparents raising their grandchildren.

Mariana Falconier, associate professor of Marriage and Family Therapy in the National Capitol Region, leads the TOGETHER workshop where couples learn how to better communicate, handle stress, and tackle money problems.

Max Ragozzino, Anza Mitchell, and Caitlin Colleary won first place in the Center for Communicating Science's first annual Nutshell Games.

The Center for Communicating Science opened March 2 with Nutshell Games and a reception with Joe Palca of NPR.

Richard A. Winett, the Heilig Meyers Professor of Psychology, has won the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s 2017 Distinguished Mentor Award.

Patrick Huber, professor of physics, and his team's mobile neutrino lab is featured in Symmetry Magazine. 

Mark Orr, a researcher in the Biocomplexity Institute, says social media fake news is changing the way we think

David Orden, director of ISCE GII, and Lars Brink, an independent agricultural policy adviser, have released a paper on China's agricultural subsidies related to WTO case.

Aki Ishida, assistant professor of architecture, has earned a prestigious award naming her one of the nation’s leading new faculty members in architecture.

The inaugural group of ISCE Scholars are featured on VT News. 

Patrick Roberts, associate professor in the Center for Public Administration, speaks on how ignoring intelligence information risks politicization

Laura Sands, professor in the Center for Gerontology, an ISCE Affiliated Center, has been named editor-in-chief of a new journal on innovation in aging.

Toni Calasanti, professor of sociology, is quoted in an article about agesim and sexism in the beauty industry featured in Fashion.

VTCAR,  an ISCE Affiliated Center, has been selected as member of the month by Downtown Blacksburg.

Pam Teaster, Director of the Center for Gerontology,  an ISCE Affiliated Center, served on a statewide working group reporting that older Virginians lose $1.2 billion a year through financial exploitation

David Orden's work, Looking Forward to the Next Farm Bill, is featured in Choices, a publication of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association. 

A group of researchers associated with ISCE and led by Amy Smith have found no increased incidence of cancer in Tazewell County.

Anne Khademian, professor and director of the School of Public and International Affairs, has been elected to the board of directors at the National Academy of Public Administration. 

Todd Schenk, assistant professor of public and international relations, has declared the day after elections National Frenemies Day.

Walid Saad, assistant professor of the department of electrical and computer engineering, and Anamaria Bukvic, research assistant professor in the department of geography, along with researchers from the University of Miami, have received a NSF grant to design new frameworks to protect the critical infrastructure of coastal cities against natural disasters

The "Risk, Fear, and Resilience: Implications for Societies, Communities, and Individuals" workshop held in the NCR hosted VT and international scholars.

Todd Schenk, associate professor in the urban affairs and planning program of SPIA, hosted The Frenemies Project to increase empathy and mutual understanding among those with deeply opposed opinions.

Todd Schenk, associate professor in the urban affairs and planning program of SPIA, and his team find that "serious games" help people understand and adapt to climate change.

Patrick Roberts, associate professor in the Center for Public Administration and Policy, wrote "A new mission for Homeland Security: managing risk," which is now featured on The Hill.

Brett Jones, professor of educational psychology in the School of Education, received the 2016 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award

Kris Wernstedt will spend 10 months teaching at Ardhi University in Tanzania and will conduct research on solid waste practices to help improve the urban environment, supported by an award from the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program and the ISCE Scholar Program.

2016 ISCE Summer Scholars are announced and featured in VT News.

Elena Serrano and George Davis recently published a book examining consumer and producer behavior through the lens of economics

Tom Ewing serves as project director on a multi-university research initiative to understand the significance of tuberculosis, the greatest single cause of death in the United States between 1870 and 1920.

Susan White's research on self-harm among men and women diagnosed with autism is featured in Spectrum. 

Joyce Arditti receives the university's 2016 Alumni Award for Excellence in Research

Carol Mullen presented "Creativity, the Other Side of China's Exam-Centric Education: Paradox and Possibility" at the CIDE Seminar. 

Pamela Teaster's research on elder abuse shows that potentially abusive behavior may be common among family caregivers

Patrick Huber has been a Fermilab Distinguished Scholar by the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

Shalini Misra studies the personal qualities that predispose someone to engage in cross-disciplinary research and has created a new measure: the Transdisciplinary Orientation Scale.

During her Outstanding Junior Faculty Lecture, Margaret Cowell speaks to the intricacies of interdisciplinary work. 

Jungmeen Kim-Spoon and Brooks King-Casas' longitudinal study is featured in the Roanoke Times in the article Virginia teens struggle against antiquated mental health system.

Anthony Peguero's research on how school security affects students was featured on Roanoke news station, WSLS10.
France Belanger, a professor in the Pamplin College of Business, has developed an app that helps monitor what information buyers give away online.
Carol Mullen, a professor in the School of Education, has published a book, Education Policy Perils, which explores the foremost issues facing public schools today.
Paige Williams, the only student on an interdisciplinary water study team in Africa, is featured in VT News.
Anthony Peguero is ISCE's spring 2016 Senior Fellow.
Karen Roberto, director of ISCE, will deliver the fall 2015 Graduate School commencement ceremony.
A Virginia Tech team led by Nancy Brossoie, senior research associate at the Center for Gerontology, has been awarded a $945,000 grant to provide substance-misuse treatment training to students in undergraduate and graduate health professions in Southwest Virginia.
New book covers David Orden’s 30 years of research on agricultural trade policies.
Mariana Falconier, associate professor and clinical director of Virginia Tech’s Center for Family Services at the Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church, has won a grant totaling $7.2 million for a five-year project to promote healthy relationships and economic stability among low-income couples.
David Orden's blog post, "USAPP-- American Politics and Policy" was featured on the London School of Economics website.
David Orden, professor and director the Global Issues Initiative (GII), Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (ISCE), presented on “The Evolution of U.S. Farm Policy: From Price support to Cash Transfers to Farmers” at the 2015 China-U.S. Grains & Oilseed Forum in Beijing.
Carol Mullen, professor in the School of Education, gave a national podcast on nontraditional mentoring models.
Margaret Cowell, Director of the ISCE DC Initiative, offers expert commentary for study on most educated metropolitan areas; Washington-Arlington-Alexandria ranks second.
Carol Mullen, supported with a Fulbright scholarship and an ISCE-GII grant, travelled to China to explore interventions for learning that shape education policy and civic society.
Bernice Hausman gave a public lecture on vaccination concerns in Roanoke, which you can watch courtesy of WDBJ7.
Ariel Ahram wrote an article in the Washington Post entitled, "Lessons from the destruction of Iraq's marshes."
David Orden co-authored an article featured on AGFAX discussing the implications of the 2014 farm bill
Carla Finkielstein and Karen Roberto's research on cancer was featured in an article titled, "Cancer Under Attack: Virginia Tech community forms a strong front against cancer" in the VT Magazine.
Ariel Ahram testified before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs on "The Islamic State's War on Women and Girls."
Megan Dolbin-MacNab was featured on the public radio show "With Good Reason" on its program entitled "Grandparents Who Parent."

Established in 2010, the Virginia Tech Master of Public Health program earns reaccreditation.

Biocomplexity Institute Interim Executive Director, Cal Ribbens, plans to nurture, focus on team science.

Virginia Tech Center for Humanities to celebrate its official launch.

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine officially becomes a college of Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech's Max Stephenson Jr. receives Graduate School's outstanding mentor award.

Linsey Marr, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech, has been named the Charles P. Lunsford Professor in Engineering by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

Virginia Tech convenes first Blockchain Symposium, "Promise and Peril of Disrupting the Trust Business."

Virginia Tech continues collaboration with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Library of Medicine on a range of digital history projects under the leadership of historian E. Thomas Ewing.

Virginia Tech student team announced as winners of the Stanford Center on Longevity Annual Design Challenge with their "Ride Rite" device, a unique computer-integrated bicycle handle for older adults.

Nikki Giovanni, Virginia Tech University Distinguished Professor of English, discusses how Martin Luther King Jr.'s model of leadership lives on.

Virginia Tech director, Wornie Reed, who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. says MLK's legacy has been 'whitewashed.'

Kimberly Horn, named associate vice president for clinical research collaboratives, will expand research programs between Virginia Tech and its clinical partner, Carilion Clinic, in partnership with outside entities.

Vaccine access for nation's poorest residents has massive impact on effective flu planning, new Virginia Tech study suggests.

Virginia Tech's urban computing program provides Ph.D. students with valuable skills to address problems faced by cities.

Virginia Tech Biocomplexity Institute study targets effects of social media on collective action.

Researcher Chris Barrett, who directs the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech,  and his colleagues explore how people respond in the face of a nuclear disaster.

E. Scott Geller, psychology professor and director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems at Virginia Tech, is quoted in an NBC News article about how happiness is related to one's expectations.

Ralph Buehler, associate professor of urban affairs and planning at Virgina Tech, is quoted in a Washington Post article about travel and use of rental cars.

Virginia Tech researchers use data on same-sex marriage legislation to examine opinion formation and public policy.

Stefan Duma named director of Virginia Tech's Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science.

Scientists at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute find heightened attention to surprise in veterans with PTSD.

Virginia Tech's Policy Strategic Growth Area advances interaction and collaboration at open forums.

NIH mandates single IRB review of multi-site research.

Cyril Clarke focuses on opportunities and impacts as Virginia Tech's interim Provost and Executive Vice President.

Virginia Center for Housing Research leads study to tackle growing need for affordable housing.

An innovative partnership between the Biocomplexity Institute at Virginia Tech and Accu-Weather extends cutting-edge flu forecasting research to millions across the U.S.

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute is awarded a Virginia Catalyst grant to study ways to prevent opioid users from relapsing after recovery from a drug overdose.

Advancing the Human Condition Symposium brings together Virginia Tech scholars to explore how interdisciplinary research and scholarship can advance equity and eliminate social disparities.

Ralph Buehler, an associate professor of urban affairs and planning at Virginia Tech, is quoted in a HuffPost news story about the best cities for living car free.

Flint, Michigan community continues to struggle with tainted water quality issues years after initial findings from Virginia Tech researchers. 

Virginia Tech team builds a new "next generation home" called FutureHAUS after their prototype was destroyed in a fire.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe joined Virginia Tech & Carilion Clinic officials to break ground for construction of the new Virginia Tech Carilion Biomedical Research Expansion in Roanoke, VA.

A new paper by three economists, including Kevin Boyle of Virginia Tech, challenges how the EPA has justified repealing a 2015 water protection rule.

Janet Abbate, an associate professor of science and technology in society at Virginia Tech and author of Recoding Gender, discusses the history and importance of women in computer programming.

William Becker, an associate professor of management at Virginia Tech, is quoted in a Payoff article about the importance of unplugging from your phone and 3 ways to do it.

Virginia Tech researchers find federal snack program regulations do not promote healthy snacking as intended.

Sharon and Craig Ramey, professors at VTCRI, author an op-ed piece in the Roanoke Times about the bright future of Roanoke's children

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, gives the Spring 2017 commencement address and urges graduates to tell hatred, "No way, not today."

The Center for Real Life Design launches with an emphasis on universal design and sustainability. 

Children who are given high-quality education at an early age – starting at 6 weeks old and continuing through their first five years of life – are more likely to be employed full-time and have better relationships with their parents as adults, according to new results from a longitudinal study now entering its fifth decade.

The 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill did $17.2 billion in damage to the natural resources in the Gulf of Mexico, a team of scientists recently found after a six-year study of the impact of the largest oil spill in U.S. history.

Peter Wallenstein, professor of history, is the author of a column in the Richmond Times-Dispatch about how humanities grants help tell stories that have long been hidden.

Science Dean Sally C. Morton publishes new textbook on comparative effectiveness research.

Listen to poet Nikki Giovanni's story of her grandmother's grits on KCUR 89.3.

Charlie Klauer's work tying surge of pedestrian deaths to cellphones is featured in Reuters. 

A new study at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine identified the facilitators and barriers of parental attitudes and beliefs toward school-located influenza vaccination in the United States..

Experts at Virginia Tech Capitol Hill panel agree that cybersecurity solutions are top priority as threats increase.

Robin Queen, associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics in the College of Engineering, has been awarded the 2017 Kappa Delta Young Investigator's Award for conducting outstanding musculoskeletal disease or injury research with the goal of advancing patient treatment and care.

An interdisciplinary team of researchers with the Global Change Center explore how to create the 'best possible water' through oxygenation systems to combat rising temperatures.

Researchers, including computational neuroscientist Read Montague of VTCRI, find that brain imagery shows difference between knowing or reckless behavior in criminal acts.

Bert Huang, assistant professor of computer science, is interviewed for the WVTF article, "Detecting Cyber Bulling: But Can it Be Stopped?"

Making social science experiments rigorous, reproducible, and scalable to large populations is a major objective of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Next Generation Social Science (NGS2) program.

A new NSF requirement applies to new awards resulting from proposals submitted, or due, on or after the effective date of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) issued on January 25, 2016.

Professor Wornie Reed's column "What's inspired African-American youth in the past 40 years?" is featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

President Timothy Sands spoke on CSPAN about college campus freedom of speech

Professor Peter Wallenstein speaks to Daytime Blue Ridge to discuss his involvement in the feature film “Loving” — the story of Loving v. Virginia, the racially charged case involving an inter-racial couple in Virginia.

Alumni Distinguished Professor Rosemary Blieszner has been named interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Provost Thanassis Rikakis is moving the campus toward a future in which researchers will work on big problems together in ways that emphasize collaboration over smaller, separate innovations.

Virginia Tech's Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center's ambitious attempt at reinventing the Rosslyn waterfront is featured in The Atlantic.

Marian B. Mollin, an associate professor  who studies the history of social movements, is quoted an the New York Times' piece on how marches in Washington have shaped America.

Virginia Tech is creating a business engagement center as part of a major push to expand and integrate its partnerships with leading companies.

Virginia Tech's FutureHaus wows the crowd at KBIS.

Virginia Tech's FutureHaus is featured in Construction Dive.

A Q&A session with President Tim Sands is featured in The Voice of Technology.

The research of Rosemary Blieszner, distinguished professor of human development, on friendship in late life is featured in the New York Times.

Virginia Tech is among 17 schools that have signed a research agreement with Facebook that will make it easier to work together on future technology projects.

Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education Karen DePauw is the first recipient of the Debra W. Stewart Award for Outstanding Leadership in Graduate Education.

Pamela Murray-Tuite, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering in the NCR, will lead a multidisciplinary collaborative research team to look at behavioral adaptation with potential to improve the efficiency of a post-disaster return to productive daily life

The first home built in FutureHAUS style is the recipient of a 2016 AIA Virginia "Excellence in Architecture" Design Award.

Ralph Buehler's work on cycling conditions may be improved and encouraged is refereneced in the article, "Bicycles are good for Business, Your Body, and the Planet."

Thomas Ollendick, director of the Child Study Center, is quoted in an article arguing that people who are afraid of the dark aren't immature, they're imaginative.

Roger Ekirch, professor of history, shows the prevalence of segmented sleep in preindustrial society, which might be making a comeback among those who have trouble sleeping.

Anisa Zvonkovic, head of the department of human development, has her research on work's effect on families featured in the Chicago Tribune. 

Ralph Buehler, associate professor in urban affairs and planning, contributed to the United Nations and European Union sustainability report

Carolyn Shivers, assistant professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, works to determine the best and worst U.S. cities for people with disabilities

Experts see colleges of the future run as "benefit corporations." 

Farmers love the Trans-Pacific-Partnership. Politicians say they hate it. Virginia Tech experts weigh in on WEKU.

The Family and Consumer Sciences program has been ranked first in the nation by USA Today. 

The Human Development program has been ranked second in the nation by USA Today.

Wen You, associate professor of agricultural and applied economics, found that students participating in government-funded school meal programs are at higher risk of being overweight.

William Becker explores how the expectation for employees to check email after hours can cause burnout. 

Gregory Kruczek, a Ph.D. candidate, explores why a haven in Iraq for religious minorities would not work. 

Virginia Tech's adult day center is one of the few intergenerational programs in the country to bring seniors and preschoolers together, and to teach college students how to work with both groups.

William Becker, associate professor of management, found that "always on" culture may prevent employees from fully disengaging from work, causing stress. 

Sharon Landesman Ramey, a professor and distinguished research scholar at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, and her research team has found significant racial and ethnic disparities in breastfeeding outcomes.

Anne Khademian, director of School of Public and International Affairs, addressed transportation and urban planning in American mega-regions on a multiple jurisdiction and system basis.

USA Today quotes Shalini Misra, assistant professor of Urban Affairs and Planning, in the article "5 reasons to put down your phone when you're not alone".

A Virginia Tech team led by Nancy Brossoie, senior research associate at the Center for Gerontology, has been awarded a $945,000 grant.

James Hawdon, Director of the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, is quoted in the New York Post's article, "How to fix America's mass incarceration problem."

Al-Monitor featured a column by Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, a professor of Economics, entitled, "Is Iran's inflation deflating economic recovery?"

Sonia Hirt, associate professor of Urban Affairs and Planning, is quoted in a Washington Post article on city density.

Patrick Roberts, associate professor in the Center for Public Administration and Policy, is quoted in an NPR piece on oversight in the Red Cross.

Ralph Buehler, associate professor of Urban Affairs and Planning, is quoted in a Marketplace article on helmet use in bike-sharing programs.

Shalini Misra, assistant professor of Urban Affairs and Planning, is quoted in a Psychology Today article about how phones are tearing us apart.

A team of scientists led by Virginia Tech researchers has received a $950,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to study the ways that ideas and behaviors are spread through large social networks like Twitter.

Researcher and creative writer Manisha Sharma and composer Kim Cunio were interviewed on their project, The Vanishing, which focuses on female foeticide in India.

VBI researchers receive NSF support to measure social networks' influence

Tracy Vosburgh named senior associate vice present for university relations.

Karl Markgraf named associate vice president for international affairs.

Southern States teamed up with VT and Waypoint Global Strategies to explore the possibility of drone use in agriculture.

Social scientists are alarmed by new legislation on NSF grants.