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.
University Libraries at Virginia Tech faculty members Anne M. Brown and Jonathan Briganti challenged their undergraduate data students in the library’s DataBridge program and the Bevan & Brown Lab to jump in and create tools and look for patterns and trends in COVID-19 research data using machine learning and molecular modeling.
Colleen Pramenko will commission into the U.S. Air Force and put her meteorology degree and her experience with the Corps of Cadets to use as an environmental science officer with the 28th Operational Weather Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.
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.
The Kids' Tech University program is different from other kids' programs because it puts real researchers in front of children to give exciting interactive sessions based on those famous "why" questions that have always intrigued children.