ISCE News

Megan Dolbin-MacNab, an associate professor in human development, testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging in Washington, D.C. on the impact of the opioid addiction epidemic on grandparents raising their grandchildren.

Mariana Falconier, associate professor of Marriage and Family Therapy in the National Capitol Region, leads the TOGETHER workshop where couples learn how to better communicate, handle stress, and tackle money problems.

Max Ragozzino, Anza Mitchell, and Caitlin Colleary won first place in the Center for Communicating Science's first annual Nutshell Games.

The Center for Communicating Science opened March 2 with Nutshell Games and a reception with Joe Palca of NPR.

Richard A. Winett, the Heilig Meyers Professor of Psychology, has won the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s 2017 Distinguished Mentor Award.

Patrick Huber, professor of physics, and his team's mobile neutrino lab is featured in Symmetry Magazine. 

Mark Orr, a researcher in the Biocomplexity Institute, says social media fake news is changing the way we think

David Orden, director of ISCE GII, and Lars Brink, an independent agricultural policy adviser, have released a paper on China's agricultural subsidies related to WTO case.

Aki Ishida, assistant professor of architecture, has earned a prestigious award naming her one of the nation’s leading new faculty members in architecture.

The inaugural group of ISCE Scholars are featured on VT News. 

Patrick Roberts, associate professor in the Center for Public Administration, speaks on how ignoring intelligence information risks politicization

Laura Sands, professor in the Center for Gerontology, an ISCE Affiliated Center, has been named editor-in-chief of a new journal on innovation in aging.

Toni Calasanti, professor of sociology, is quoted in an article about agesim and sexism in the beauty industry featured in Fashion.

VTCAR,  an ISCE Affiliated Center, has been selected as member of the month by Downtown Blacksburg.

Pam Teaster, Director of the Center for Gerontology,  an ISCE Affiliated Center, served on a statewide working group reporting that older Virginians lose $1.2 billion a year through financial exploitation

David Orden's work, Looking Forward to the Next Farm Bill, is featured in Choices, a publication of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association. 

A group of researchers associated with ISCE and led by Amy Smith have found no increased incidence of cancer in Tazewell County.

Anne Khademian, professor and director of the School of Public and International Affairs, has been elected to the board of directors at the National Academy of Public Administration. 

Todd Schenk, assistant professor of public and international relations, has declared the day after elections National Frenemies Day.

Walid Saad, assistant professor of the department of electrical and computer engineering, and Anamaria Bukvic, research assistant professor in the department of geography, along with researchers from the University of Miami, have received a NSF grant to design new frameworks to protect the critical infrastructure of coastal cities against natural disasters

The "Risk, Fear, and Resilience: Implications for Societies, Communities, and Individuals" workshop held in the NCR hosted VT and international scholars.

Todd Schenk, associate professor in the urban affairs and planning program of SPIA, hosted The Frenemies Project to increase empathy and mutual understanding among those with deeply opposed opinions.

Todd Schenk, associate professor in the urban affairs and planning program of SPIA, and his team find that "serious games" help people understand and adapt to climate change.

Patrick Roberts, associate professor in the Center for Public Administration and Policy, wrote "A new mission for Homeland Security: managing risk," which is now featured on The Hill.

Brett Jones, professor of educational psychology in the School of Education, received the 2016 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award

Kris Wernstedt will spend 10 months teaching at Ardhi University in Tanzania and will conduct research on solid waste practices to help improve the urban environment, supported by an award from the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program and the ISCE Scholar Program.

2016 ISCE Summer Scholars are announced and featured in VT News.

Elena Serrano and George Davis recently published a book examining consumer and producer behavior through the lens of economics

Tom Ewing serves as project director on a multi-university research initiative to understand the significance of tuberculosis, the greatest single cause of death in the United States between 1870 and 1920.

Susan White's research on self-harm among men and women diagnosed with autism is featured in Spectrum. 

Joyce Arditti receives the university's 2016 Alumni Award for Excellence in Research

Carol Mullen presented "Creativity, the Other Side of China's Exam-Centric Education: Paradox and Possibility" at the CIDE Seminar. 

Pamela Teaster's research on elder abuse shows that potentially abusive behavior may be common among family caregivers

Patrick Huber has been a Fermilab Distinguished Scholar by the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

Shalini Misra studies the personal qualities that predispose someone to engage in cross-disciplinary research and has created a new measure: the Transdisciplinary Orientation Scale.

During her Outstanding Junior Faculty Lecture, Margaret Cowell speaks to the intricacies of interdisciplinary work. 

Jungmeen Kim-Spoon and Brooks King-Casas' longitudinal study is featured in the Roanoke Times in the article Virginia teens struggle against antiquated mental health system.

Anthony Peguero's research on how school security affects students was featured on Roanoke news station, WSLS10. 

France Belanger, a professor in the Pamplin College of Business, has developed an app that helps monitor what information buyers give away online.

Carol Mullen, a professor in the School of Education, has published a book, Education Policy Perils, which explores the foremost issues facing public schools today.

Paige Williams, the only student on an interdisciplinary water study team in Africa, is featured in VT News.

Anthony Peguero is ISCE's spring 2016 Senior Fellow.

Joyce Arditti, professor of human development, has been selected to be the Editor of the National Council on Family Relations new research and policy briefs

Karen Roberto, director of ISCE, will deliver the fall 2015 Graduate School commencement ceremony.

A Virginia Tech team led by Nancy Brossoie, senior research associate at the Center for Gerontology, has been awarded a $945,000 grant to provide substance-misuse treatment training to students in undergraduate and graduate health professions in Southwest Virginia.

New book covers David Orden’s 30 years of research on agricultural trade policies.

Mariana Falconier, associate professor and clinical director of Virginia Tech’s Center for Family Services at the Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church, has won a grant totaling $7.2 million for a five-year project to promote healthy relationships and economic stability among low-income couples.

David Orden's blog post, "USAPP-- American Politics and Policy" was featured on the London School of Economics website.

David Orden, professor and director the Global Issues Initiative (GII), Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (ISCE), presented on “The Evolution of U.S. Farm Policy: From Price support to Cash Transfers to Farmers” at the 2015 China-U.S. Grains & Oilseed Forum in Beijing

Carol Mullen, professor in the School of Education, gave a national podcast on nontraditional mentoring models.

Margaret Cowell, Director of the ISCE DC Initiative, offers expert commentary for study on most educated metropolitan areas; Washington-Arlington-Alexandria ranks second.

Carol Mullen, supported with a Fulbright scholarship and an ISCE-GII grant, travelled to China to explore interventions for learning that shape education policy and civic society.

Bernice Hausman gave a public lecture on vaccination concerns in Roanoke, which you can watch courtesy of WDBJ7.

Ariel Ahram wrote an article in the Washington Post entitled, "Lessons from the destruction of Iraq's marshes."

David Orden co-authored an article featured on AGFAX discussing the implications of the 2014 farm bill

Carla Finkielstein and Karen Roberto's research on cancer was featured in an article titled, "Cancer Under Attack: Virginia Tech community forms a strong front against cancer" in the VT Magazine.

Ariel Ahram testified before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs on "The Islamic State's War on Women and Girls." 

Megan Dolbin-MacNab was featured on the public radio show "With Good Reason" on its program entitled "Grandparents Who Parent."

Doris T. Zallen was featured in the Summer 2015 issue of VT Research Magazine.

Other News

 Researchers, including computational neuroscientist Read Montague of VTCRI, find that brain imagery shows difference between knowing or reckless behavior in criminal acts.

Bert Huang, assistant professor of computer science, is interviewed for the WVTF article, "Detecting Cyber Bulling: But Can it Be Stopped?"

Making social science experiments rigorous, reproducible, and scalable to large populations is a major objective of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Next Generation Social Science (NGS2) program.

A new NSF requirement applies to new awards resulting from proposals submitted, or due, on or after the effective date of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) issued on January 25, 2016.

Professor Wornie Reed's column "What's inspired African-American youth in the past 40 years?" is featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

President Timothy Sands spoke on CSPAN about college campus freedom of speech

Professor Peter Wallenstein speaks to Daytime Blue Ridge to discuss his involvement in the feature film “Loving” — the story of Loving v. Virginia, the racially charged case involving an inter-racial couple in Virginia.

Alumni Distinguished Professor Rosemary Blieszner has been named interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Provost Thanassis Rikakis is moving the campus toward a future in which researchers will work on big problems together in ways that emphasize collaboration over smaller, separate innovations.

Virginia Tech's Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center's ambitious attempt at reinventing the Rosslyn waterfront is featured in The Atlantic.

Marian B. Mollin, an associate professor  who studies the history of social movements, is quoted an the New York Times' piece on how marches in Washington have shaped America.

Virginia Tech is creating a business engagement center as part of a major push to expand and integrate its partnerships with leading companies.

Virginia Tech's FutureHaus wows the crowd at KBIS.

Virginia Tech's FutureHaus is featured in Construction Dive.

A Q&A session with President Tim Sands is featured in The Voice of Technology.

The research of Rosemary Blieszner, distinguished professor of human development, on friendship in late life is featured in the New York Times.

Virginia Tech is among 17 schools that have signed a research agreement with Facebook that will make it easier to work together on future technology projects.

Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education Karen DePauw is the first recipient of the Debra W. Stewart Award for Outstanding Leadership in Graduate Education.

Pamela Murray-Tuite, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering in the NCR, will lead a multidisciplinary collaborative research team to look at behavioral adaptation with potential to improve the efficiency of a post-disaster return to productive daily life

The first home built in FutureHAUS style is the recipient of a 2016 AIA Virginia "Excellence in Architecture" Design Award.

Ralph Buehler's work on cycling conditions may be improved and encouraged is refereneced in the article, "Bicycles are good for Business, Your Body, and the Planet."

Thomas Ollendick, director of the Child Study Center, is quoted in an article arguing that people who are afraid of the dark aren't immature, they're imaginative.

Roger Ekirch, professor of history, shows the prevalence of segmented sleep in preindustrial society, which might be making a comeback among those who have trouble sleeping.

Anisa Zvonkovic, head of the department of human development, has her research on work's effect on families featured in the Chicago Tribune. 

Ralph Buehler, associate professor in urban affairs and planning, contributed to the United Nations and European Union sustainability report

Carolyn Shivers, assistant professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, works to determine the best and worst U.S. cities for people with disabilities

Experts see colleges of the future run as "benefit corporations." 

Farmers love the Trans-Pacific-Partnership. Politicians say they hate it. Virginia Tech experts weigh in on WEKU.

The Family and Consumer Sciences program has been ranked first in the nation by USA Today. 

The Human Development program has been ranked second in the nation by USA Today.

Wen You, associate professor of agricultural and applied economics, found that students participating in government-funded school meal programs are at higher risk of being overweight.

William Becker explores how the expectation for employees to check email after hours can cause burnout. 

Gregory Kruczek, a Ph.D. candidate, explores why a haven in Iraq for religious minorities would not work. 

Virginia Tech's adult day center is one of the few intergenerational programs in the country to bring seniors and preschoolers together, and to teach college students how to work with both groups.

William Becker, associate professor of management, found that "always on" culture may prevent employees from fully disengaging from work, causing stress. 

Sharon Landesman Ramey, a professor and distinguished research scholar at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, and her research team has found significant racial and ethnic disparities in breastfeeding outcomes.

Anne Khademian, director of School of Public and International Affairs, addressed transportation and urban planning in American mega-regions on a multiple jurisdiction and system basis.

USA Today quotes Shalini Misra, assistant professor of Urban Affairs and Planning, in the article "5 reasons to put down your phone when you're not alone".

A Virginia Tech team led by Nancy Brossoie, senior research associate at the Center for Gerontology, has been awarded a $945,000 grant.

James Hawdon, Director of the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, is quoted in the New York Post's article, "How to fix America's mass incarceration problem."

Al-Monitor featured a column by Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, a professor of Economics, entitled, "Is Iran's inflation deflating economic recovery?"

Sonia Hirt, associate professor of Urban Affairs and Planning, is quoted in a Washington Post article on city density.

Patrick Roberts, associate professor in the Center for Public Administration and Policy, is quoted in an NPR piece on oversight in the Red Cross.

Ralph Buehler, associate professor of Urban Affairs and Planning, is quoted in a Marketplace article on helmet use in bike-sharing programs.

Shalini Misra, assistant professor of Urban Affairs and Planning, is quoted in a Psychology Today article about how phones are tearing us apart.

A team of scientists led by Virginia Tech researchers has received a $950,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to study the ways that ideas and behaviors are spread through large social networks like Twitter.

Researcher and creative writer Manisha Sharma and composer Kim Cunio were interviewed on their project, The Vanishing, which focuses on female foeticide in India.

VBI researchers receive NSF support to measure social networks' influence

Tracy Vosburgh named senior associate vice present for university relations.

Karl Markgraf named associate vice president for international affairs.

Southern States teamed up with VT and Waypoint Global Strategies to explore the possibility of drone use in agriculture.

Social scientists are alarmed by new legislation on NSF grants.