Results for: Education and Outreach

August 01, 2017

Making the Invisible Visible: Biocomplexity Institute Launches Summer Program in Metagenomics

Students spent their summer at the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech learning about a new branch of science called metagenomics, which allows researchers to capture a complete “snapshot” of all the organisms in an ecosystem from small environmental samples.

July 26, 2017

Virginia Tech Team Takes Top Billing in NASA Competition

Virginia Tech students took first prize in a NASA competition to design cost-effective space habitats, guided by Biocomplexity Institute faculty member Kevin Shinpaugh.

June 09, 2017

Music, Video Games, and 3D Printing Introduce High Schoolers to STEM at Summer Workshop

In order for today’s students to be competitive, educators say they need to be exposed to STEM activities early and often. To meet this need, the Biocomplexity Institute began hosting an annual STEM Summer workshop providing a fun, low-pressure way for high schoolers to explore what these scientific fields have to offer.

May 15, 2017

Top Students Selected for Summer Program that Will Help Shape Government Policy

An intensive summer program pulls together undergraduate, graduate and postdoc students from multiple disciplines to find solutions to some of the most pressing social issues of our time. The Data Science for Public Good (DSPG) program is a joint effort of the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech and the Honors College.

May 09, 2017

Undergraduates Assist Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory in Economic Impact Study

A new effort to assess the cost-efficiency of open-source software, led by the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech’s Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory, was carried out with assistance from undergraduate students at the university’s Blacksburg campus.

May 08, 2017

Kindergarten to College Program Sparks Grade-schoolers’ Interest in Science

Virginia Tech's Kindergarten to College Program, began by providing educational programming for just one school. Now it serves nearly 1000 students from 13 institutions across the state.

October 14, 2016

Virginia Tech Researchers to Showcase Innovation ‘From Molecules to Policy’ at Nov. 1 Symposium

The Biocomplexity Institute’s Research Symposium on Nov. 1 will feature an array of groundbreaking discussions, poster presentations, and networking opportunities with top researchers in the biocomplexity field.

October 10, 2016

TEDxVirginiaTech Speakers Will Share Ideas of Inspiration Nov. 10

In its fifth year, TEDxVirginiaTech will bring together Virginia Tech faculty, students, alumni, and members of the local community for a night of inspiring and thought-provoking ideas.

September 22, 2016

Embedded Learning Experiences Help Students Get Their Start in Research Science

Learn how immersive education programs developed by the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech are helping a new generation of researchers get the experience they need to succeed in industry, government, and academia.

July 08, 2016

Summer Internship Turns Cutting-Edge Science Into Full-Time Job for High School Students

Rocket launches, outdoor excursions, and ideas brought to life in a 3-D printer may sound like the ingredients for an ideal vacation, but for 16 young men and women from the Achievable Dream Academy in Newport News, Virginia, this is the agenda for a one-of-a-kind summer internship.

June 28, 2016

Student Fellows in National Capital Region Learn to Apply Data to Solutions for the Public Good

The Biocomplexity Institute's Data Science for the Public Good program teaches students how to sift through vast amounts of information related to public safety, employment, and the provision of services to discover how communities can become more efficient and sustainable.

May 24, 2016

Biotechnology Educators Conference Connects STEM Instructors to Emerging Science

Founded to connect science teachers to the most cutting-edge methods in their fields, the second annual Biotechnology Educators Conference will be held at Virginia Tech on July 27-29. The 2016 program is slated to provide 50 high school and 10 community college instructors with fully funded learning experiences.

August 04, 2015

PATRIC: Fighting Antibiotic Resistance Worldwide

Antibacterial resistance is becoming an increasingly pressing problem in hospitals around the world. More and more species of bacteria are developing resistances to commonly used antibiotics, forcing an antibacterial arms race that often results in the death of patients.

February 10, 2014

Passion for Virus Tracker in a Box is Contagious

BLACKSBURG, Va., February 10, 2014-- The late Victorian poet Alfred Lord Tennyson may have been the first to declare, “I am a part of all that I have met,” but a novel classroom tool created by researchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech may be the first to make students actually believe it.

December 02, 2013

Scientists Aid in Fighting Deadly, Drug-Resistant TB Around the World

BLACKSBURG, Va, December 2, 2013 – Researchers at Virginia Bioinformatics Institute have recently returned from a trip halfway across the globe in the race to confront drug-resistant tuberculosis. As part of a week-long course in comparative genomics organized by researchers from the Broad Institute, senior bioscientist and computational biologist Rebecca Wattam trained participants on using the Pathosystems Resource Integration Center (PATRIC). PATRIC is a web-based portal that provides bacterial infectious disease researchers with analysis tools and comparative data.  The course took place at the Kwazulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) in Durban, South Africa and involved participants from all over Africa.

July 17, 2013

‘Zombie Virus’ to be Unleashed at National Boy Scout Jamboree to Teach Kids About Contagious Disease

BLACKSBURG, Va., July 17, 2013 – If researchers from Virginia Tech's Virginia Bioinformatics Institute have their way, 50,000 Boy Scouts might just turn into zombies as part of an educational game called "Virus Tracker" during the national Boy Scout Jamboree from July 16 to July 22 at Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.