During the planning stages of this year’s Maker Camp, the COVID-19 pandemic gave the Maker Camp team a chance to get even more creative. They quickly shifted to a virtual camp called Maker Challenge Week.
Smartfarms, like traditional farms, come in all shapes and sizes. Indoor urban gardening is a blossoming arena, and Virginia Tech researchers are studying how these plants can be remotely monitored through video and aural applications for plant health.
The Henry Luce Foundation has awarded the Center for Humanities a $500,000 grant in support of the project, which will combine religion, ethics, and technology to tackle fundamental questions of what it means to be human in a technological age.
Connie Stovall’s position in the University Libraries started out as a few side projects after a conversation between University Libraries Dean Tyler Walters and Brandy Salmon, associate vice president for innovation and partnerships and managing director for the new Innovation Campus.
Digital Literacy is a set of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that people use to engage with their digital lives. “I think about engaging with digital life as being able to make informed decisions, including how we learn, create, and interact with each other online,” said Julia Feerrar.
For Jeffrey Morelli, it all started with a desire to help others, which grew to a passion for health care and creating innovative technology to improve the overall quality of life. Then, when a global pandemic hit, he knew this was his moment to rise to the challenge.
The main goal of the exhibit is to spread the story of the Monacan Indian Nation. This federally recognized tribe includes more than 2,300 members and has a continuous, thousand-year-old history and presence in the area that is now Amherst County in central Virginia.
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.
“Music can serve as an essential catalyst in connecting people and have a profound impact on our well-being. This is particularly true during these trying times,” said Ivica Ico Bukvic, a School of Performing Arts professor of composition and multimedia.
Virginia Tech students are leading the design on key areas of the Creativity and Innovation District residence halls. When the buildings open for residents in the fall of 2021, student designs will come to life in three areas: the student lounge, faculty apartment, and makerspace.
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.
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.
The Moss Arts Center celebrates student creativity with its Student Arts Spotlight. From collages, sketches, and paintings to music performances, digital works, and sculpture, explore work created by students from various disciplines.
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.
Since 2016, creative technologies students have participated in the New Orleans Film Festival thanks to assistant professor Rahcel Lin Weaver's partnership as the program director of Cinema Reset. In 2019, a group of students also had an opportunity to debut one of their films in a world premiere.
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.