“This really excites me because we can really be proactive,” said Liqing Zhang, an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and NSF principal investigator. “The need for wastewater monitoring has been recognized internationally, but there is no unified cyberinfrastructure system in place to enable the monitoring.”
Scientists affiliated with leading research institutions across the U.S. , including Virginia Tech, state in a letter published Monday in the journal Science that researchers across disciplines must converge to deliver clear public health guidance about how SARS-CoV-2 is spread in the air.
Research expenditures are up and sponsored awards have increased by 15 percent, building upon the prior year’s expenditure total of $542 million, despite the impact of COVID-19 felt nationally by higher education institutes, according to preliminary fiscal year-end reports.
The advance will allow the university to monitor clusters of campus buildings on a daily basis, testing for the presence of the virus in fecal matter. If the testing shows positive results, the university can then conduct targeted testing among individuals to zero in on possible infections.
A team led by Virginia Tech researchers in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of La Laguna in the Canary Islands received a $1.1 million grant from NASA to study microbial diversity in dust plumes and the physics behind the transport of dust and microbes along superhighways in the sky.
After the TECH Together Campaign launched in July, a whopping 76 applications from 20 different colleges and departments were submitted. Of those, 10 finalists and 5 winners have been chosen to implement their creative, innovative, and integrated solutions for the reopening of Virginia Tech campuses this fall.
Filz, the Charles E. Via Jr. Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of Charles E. Via Jr. Professor Emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
To facilitate student interest and education in human-centric construction, the Myers-Lawson School of Construction collaborates with Community Housing Partners, a local organization that welcomes and provides classes for Virginia Tech students to learn about sustainable and affordable housing.
The center will be administratively established as an institute-level center in the Fralin Life Science Institute and will include faculty participants from at least seven colleges and more than 25 departments on campus.
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.
Widdowson has been a member of the Virginia Tech community since 1993, when he joined the civil and environmental engineering faculty in the environmental and water resources program area with a focus on groundwater and water resources.
Since March, Virginia Tech civil and environmental engineering professor Linsey Marr, an expert in the airborne transmission of infectious disease, has been testing the efficacy of sterilized N95 respirators and alternative mask materials in filtering out particles.
Among the ways the Virginia Tech Facilities Department is striving to preserve this physical sense of place for generations to come is through the fastidious quality and design standards it sets for all construction projects on the Blacksburg campus.
“Being named a Ruffner Medal recipient by Virginia Tech is one of the most significant recognitions I have ever received,” said Quillen. “As a proud member of the Class of 1970, to receive this honor in our 50th anniversary year makes it even more special.”
Three Ph.D. students and a recent doctoral graduate joined the Virginia Tech chapter of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society in April. Danielle Barber, Devon Lee, Anurag Mantha, and Elizabeth Spingola are members of the sixth class of inductees for the chapter.