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.

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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.

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Faculty Spotlight

Thomas Ewing's research on the Spanish Flu.

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Announcements

Please join us on Monday, April 10th for "Ecologies of Injustice" -- a panel discussion hosted by The Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience.

This panel discussion brings together scholars at Virginia Tech whose work intersects the concerns of environmental justice, with community members, and interested individuals to increase our understanding of the diffuse ways that environmental injustice is experienced in our contemporary world. The conversation encompasses political, economic, social, and environmental factors that precipitate disproportionate exposure to environmental risk or access to resources and is designed to build bridges across the Virginia Tech campus and greater-Blacksburg community.

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The 40th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference will be held March 9-12 at Virginia Tech, and will feature a keynote address by Dr. James Hansen, the director of the Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions Program at Columbia University.  Learn more about the conference here.

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A peer-reviewed poster session that features the work of Carol Mullen "Creativity and Education in China" will be held March 21 from 3:00-4:30 in the Wallace Atrium. 

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NSF’s Public Access Requirement

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. NSF requires that either the version of record or the final accepted manuscript in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and papers in juried conference proceedings or transactions must:

  • Be deposited in a public access compliant repository designated by NSF;
  • Be available for download, reading and analysis free of charge no later than 12 months after initial publication;
  • Possess a minimum set of machine-readable metadata elements in a metadata record to be made available free of charge upon initial publication;
  • Be managed to ensure long-term preservation; and
  • Be reported in annual and final reports during the period of the award with a persistent identifier that provides links to the full text of the publication as well as other metadata elements.

For more information, please visit NSF’s Public Access website