Voices of Virginia is a freely available collection of first-person stories of Virginians who witnessed and changed U.S. history, as told by Virginians and recorded over the past 70 years. The project was funded by the University Libraries' Open Education Faculty Initiative Grant program and recently released in VTechWorks.
A research project by Department of Food Science and Technology researchers Jacob Lahne and Leah Hamilton and University Libraries’ data consultants Chreston Miller, Michael Stamper, and Amr Hilal received a SEAD Major Grant from The Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology.
This year’s Dennis Dean Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Conference, a day-long celebration of student research, offered students the opportunity to gain experience communicating their research or creative scholarship while engaging faculty and other students on an online platform.
As part of the Hokies@Home collection, the project will include all official digital content from Virginia Tech related to COVID-19, including news articles, public announcements, websites, social media, emails, and recordings of public town hall events. But project leaders stress that a key part of this collection will be crowdsourced personal experiences from Hokies, near and far.
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.
The digital collection will include the digitized physical picture or 3D model of the insect and metadata including measurements, chemical compositions, ancient DNA information, and other biological or geographical information.
Michael Stamper, University Libraries at Virginia Tech's data visualization designer, plays a unique role in the research process by transforming faculty and student clients’ complex research data into vibrant, interactive, and dynamic visualizations to better communicate their findings to a broad audience.
In mid-March, an interdisciplinary group of more than 75 faculty, students, and staff split into teams to carry out 10 projects in rapid science and production, working together to provide Southwest Virginia medical professionals with personal protective equipment and ventilation supplies, as well as the insights to inform their use.
Classes are online and so is the University Libraries. University Libraries Dean Tyler Walters explained many library resources and expertise have already been online, even before we imagined that our lives would change, and our work would become mostly virtual.
Based on extensive new research of that period, "Americans and the Holocaust" addresses important themes in American history by exploring the many factors that influenced decisions made by the U.S. government, the news media, organizations, and individuals as they responded to Nazism.