The center will be administratively established as an institute-level center in the Fralin Life Science Institute and will include faculty participants from at least seven colleges and more than 25 departments on campus.
To support COVID-related research and provide immediate support for Virginia Tech researchers, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation collaborated with Virginia Tech institutes and colleges to establish a COVID-19 Rapid Response Seed Fund. As a result, nine projects were selected for funding.
Widdowson has been a member of the Virginia Tech community since 1993, when he joined the civil and environmental engineering faculty in the environmental and water resources program area with a focus on groundwater and water resources.
Since March, Virginia Tech civil and environmental engineering professor Linsey Marr, an expert in the airborne transmission of infectious disease, has been testing the efficacy of sterilized N95 respirators and alternative mask materials in filtering out particles.
Among the ways the Virginia Tech Facilities Department is striving to preserve this physical sense of place for generations to come is through the fastidious quality and design standards it sets for all construction projects on the Blacksburg campus.
“Being named a Ruffner Medal recipient by Virginia Tech is one of the most significant recognitions I have ever received,” said Quillen. “As a proud member of the Class of 1970, to receive this honor in our 50th anniversary year makes it even more special.”
Three Ph.D. students and a recent doctoral graduate joined the Virginia Tech chapter of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society in April. Danielle Barber, Devon Lee, Anurag Mantha, and Elizabeth Spingola are members of the sixth class of inductees for the chapter.
De la Garza, Vecellio Professor of Construction Engineering and Management in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of Vecellio Professor Emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
The inaugural Mitzi L. Frank Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Jesse Janoski, a first-year graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences, who is researching cancer and circadian rhythms.
The new center, housed under the Fralin Life Sciences Institute, will engage with a diverse set of stakeholders, create a safe space for difficult conversations with the public around coastal-zone issues, and establish a Coastal Zone Observatory.
Marr, the Charles P. Lunsford professor in the Charles E. Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, conducts research that focuses on characterizing the emissions, fate, and transport of air pollutants in order to provide the scientific basis for improving air quality and health.
Ken Pomeroy has gone from running a bracket challenge in his dorm room to becoming a pioneer of charting all of basketball’s 353 Division I men’s teams with advanced statistics. Just prior to the new season tipping off, he visited Blacksburg to share insights from his work and journey.
Shakiba, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering in Virginia Tech's College of Engineering, has been awarded an early-career award for her work studying how conditions impact materials and structures.