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.
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.
The demand for products delivered by drone has increased dramatically since COVID-19 began, according to Wing, a Christiansburg drone delivery company that works with the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership. Wing also has added several Christiansburg businesses to its delivery lineup.
Awards from the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science support new interdisciplinary projects, ranging from wireless charging for unmanned vehicles to the effects of microplastics on fish.
Hankey is the first faculty member from the Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs to receive a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program award from the National Science Foundation.
Virginia Tech scientists have discovered that incredibly small particles of an unusual and highly toxic titanium oxide found in coal smog and ash can cause lung damage in mice after a single exposure. The study also shows long-term damage occurring in just six weeks.
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.
Launched earlier this year, the program is based at the Virginia Tech Carilion Health Sciences Campus in Roanoke. As director, Hanlon and her team will collaborate with researchers from across Virginia Tech and the region who are studying health-related issues.