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.
As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the globe, people are beginning to understand the ways in which infectious diseases can devastate life. But disease outbreaks are not confined to just humans or to life on land.
“We want to encourage [our students] that we’ll all get through this, so 30 years from now they’ll be telling their kids about the time when they had to watch their professor stumbling around in a creek trying to catch a fish.”
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.
Mike and Kathy Melo are working to ensure that Virginia Tech and the College of Natural Resources and Environment will be ready to take on what may be the next great challenge in the sustainable management of natural resources: environmental security.
The rescue squad elects new officers each academic year to lead their members and help advance the campus community’s safety. This year, the squad held a virtual swearing-in ceremony on May 1 to honor and recognize their new leaders.
As a sustainable biomaterials major, Daniel Grizzard has been able to merge his passion for helping others with a field of study that strives to develop solutions that will lessen environmental impacts.
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.