For advancing a cutting-edge scientific agenda and fostering a transdisciplinary work environment, Dr. Josep Bassaganya-Riera has been recognized with the Biocomplexity Institute's 2018 Research Excellence Award. As director of the institute's Nutritional Immunology and Molecular Medicine Laboratory, he has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles in reputable and has been a project lead on over 32 grants and contracts. More infor.... .
Distinguished members of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) were nominated for their exemplary research as well as outstanding service to the community. Through their contributions, SIAM Fellows help advance the fields of applied mathematics and computational science. More infor.... .
Selected by the National Capital Region Faculty Association to present the Outstanding New Faculty Lecture, Korkmaz spoke to a group of National Capital Region faculty and staff about “Common Knowledge and Coordination on Social Networks: A Game-Theoretic Approach to Collective Action”. More infor.... .
The Biocomplexity Institute has dramatically increased the speed, scalability and accuracy of its analytical modeling and simulation environment while extending access to non-technical users. The results were so impressive – and so important to the health and security of the U.S. – that a panel of five judges unanimously awarded BI-VT Constellation’s 2016 SuperNova Award in the Data to Decisions category. More infor.... .
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Achla Marathe, a professor of agricultural and applied economics with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech, for her work modeling and simulating social behavior. More infor.... .
The Virginia Tech Graduate School recently recognized 23 students as Citizen Scholars for their work combining scholarship with community service and outreach. Fourteen were members of the Flint Water Crisis Study team. The rest of the scholars’ projects ranged from developing and sharing curricula in nearby high schools to surveying the needs of nontraditional students to evaluating the effectiveness of leadership training programs. More infor.... .
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Anil Kumar Vullikanti, an associate professor of computer science in the College of Engineering and the Biocomplexity Institute, who develops methods to forecast significant societal events, such as disease outbreaks. More infor.... .
Do you like zombies? Then you are going to love Virus Tracker, my nomination for Best Use of Social Media or User Generated Content. Virus Tracker is an educational app designed by researchers at the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech to educate the public about how infectious diseases are spread and the importance of vaccination. More infor.... .
The Office of the Vice President of Research and Innovation recognizes Josep Bassaganya-Riera, a professor and a director at the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech, for his work at the interface of immunology and nutrition. More infor.... .
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute’s (VBI) data analytics platform can simulate the entire US population in seconds versus an hour, helping to contain influenza outbreaks and optimizing placement of treatment centers for the Ebola outbreak. More infor.... .
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Daniel Capelluto, an associate professor of biological sciences in the College of Science, for discovering key processes that help regulate inflammation, circulation, and blood clotting. More infor.... .
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Jean Peccoud, a professor with the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, for his work in systems and synthetic biology. Synthetic biology is a cutting-edge field at the intersection of biology and engineering, bringing together scientists and concepts from a variety of disciplines. Peccoud’s group combines computational and experimental methods to develop quantitative models of gene expression and regulatory networks. More infor.... .
The Kosciuszko Foundation (NY)Collegium of Eminent Scientists recognized Pawel Michalak as a Distinguished Fellow of the Collegium of Eminent Scientists, for outstanding achievements and contributions to the Polish scientific community. The goals of the Collegium are to: "(i) to honor eminent scientists of Polish origin and ancestry who have achieved recognition in the USA; (ii) to recognize, highlight, and publicize their achievements and important contributions to the respective fields of science. Significant achievements by Polish scientists will be provided to news media and made accessible through the internet; (iii) to identify, record, and catalogue eminent Polish scientists and scientists of Polish descent residing in America. This compendium will be of interest to future historians in Poland and elsewhere and to Polish organizations in the USA." More infor.... .
NDSSL director Madhav Marathe and SDAL deputy director Stephanie Shipp have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest scientific society. More infor.... .
Three faculty members at VBI were awarded promotions by the Faculty Advisory Committee: Rebecca Wattam to Assistant Professor Jean Peccoud to Full Professor Raquel Hontecillas to Associate Professor The Faculty Advisory Committee was very impressed with the high levels of scholarship, impressive funding records, and national and international recognition of the faculty promoted.
Nidhi won the best student paper for "Cover Your Cough! Quantifying the Benefits of a Localized Healthy Behavior Intervention on Flu Epidemics in Washington DC" at the 2014 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling and Prediction. Nidhi Parikh works at NDSSL with her co-advisors Madhav Marathe and Samarth Swarup.
Kevin won the Most Outstanding PREP Presentation award, presented by Dr. Jean Cook, Associate Dean for Graduate Education, at the Post-Baccalaureate Research and Education Program and Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Research Symposium, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Kevin Hughes works in Dr. Daniela Cimini's Lab at the institute. Congratulations Kevin and the Cimini Lab!
Samarth Swarup recently attended the Thirteenth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems (AAMAS) to accept a Blue Sky Ideas first place paper award. The Blue Sky Ideas Track generates out-of-the-box thinking and encourages researchers to present inventive concepts that can lead to future research. Samarth Swarup, Stephen Eubank and Madhav Marathe won with their paper, "Computational Epidemiology as a Challenge Domain for Multiagent Systems."
The Office of the Vice President for Research recognizes Raquel Hontecillas, an assistant professor of immunology at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, who works to understand how gut and respiratory pathogens modulate the human immune system. Hontecillas leads immunology experimentation as a co-director of the Center for Modeling Immunity to Enteric Pathogens. Her main area of expertise is in mucosal immunology related to infectious and immune-mediated diseases. More infor.... .
Dennis Dean, director of life sciences at Virginia Tech, has been named Fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). More infor.... .
A Virginia Tech start-up company, Arpeggi, may have the answers health-care professionals have been seeking to better utilize genomics in the clinic. More infor.... .
ACM’s most prestigious member grade recognizes the top 1% of ACM members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology, as well their service to the broader computing community. In addition to this award, Marathe was recently named an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow and was recognized for his contributions to the development of formal models and software tools for understanding socio-technical networks. More infor.... .
Caitlin Rivers, a doctoral student in the Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology program, has been awarded the Department of Defense’s Science Mathematics and Research for Transformation grant to continue her studies in computational epidemiology. More infor.... .
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense operational committee, announced today that Professors Chris Barrett, Bryan Lewis, and Stephen Eubank of Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, and Professors John Robertson and Brian Kleiner of Virginia Tech were honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of their employee, First Lieutenant (Promotable) Jose M. Jimenez, serving in the United States Army Reserve. More infor.... .
Christopher Barrett, scientific director of the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, has been awarded a prestigious Jubilee Professorship in Computer Science and Engineering from Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Sweden. More infor.... .
Reinhard Laubenbacher has been named an inaugural Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. More infor.... .
Madhav Marathe, deputy director of VBI’s Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory (NDSSL) and professor of computer science at Virginia Tech, has been named the first George A. Michael Distinguished Scholar by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). More infor.... .
Caitlin Rivers, a doctoral student in the Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology program at Virginia Tech, has been selected as a Fellow in the 2015 class of the Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative. The fellowship program recognizes the critical need for innovation and expertise in the field of biosecurity for the future.