ISCE's mission is to foster a creative, interactive, multidisciplinary structure for socially significant research and creative efforts in the social sciences and humanities at Virginia Tech.
As one of Virginia Tech's research investment institutes, ISCE serves the entire university, with its primary constituents being faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, College of Science, Pamplin College of Business, and College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Thus, the range of academic disciplines, research and scholarly pursuits, and artistic endeavors that ISCE promotes and supports is broad and deep.
ISCE primarily supports faculty activities that have the potential for extramural funding. In so doing, ISCE makes available financial and technical assistance that supports the development of individual faculty members and promotes participation in interdisciplinary teams.
ISCE provides a forum for both relatively inexperienced and very seasoned faculty members to collaborate on contemporary social issues by integrating the human element into technology and science-based research and practice.
Why Social Science?
Bill Riley, Director of NIH's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research writes about the importance of research into the social determinants of health and illness.
Thomas Ewing's research on the Spanish Flu.