Destination Areas

Destination Areas: Building Transdisciplinary Communities

Transdisciplinary communities at Virginia Tech are working collaboratively to address complex problems that impact the human condition. Teams are working across disciplinary boundaries to address challenges in rural health, infectious disease, coastal mitigation, brain health and development, and security.

Destination Areas, Virginia Tech

Transdisciplinary Communities: Research Symposium, Virginia Tech

April 2

Transdisciplinary Communities: Research Symposium
Location: Moss Arts Center
Time: 3:30-5:30pm

Showcasing the research currently being conducted by the 2018-19 Institute-Destination Areas Seed Grant awardees and recipients of DA/SGA granting programs.

3:30-4:30 Poster Session
4:30-4:45 Opening Remarks
4:45-5:15 Keynote Presentation
5:15-5:30 Roundtable Discussions

Hosted by the Vice Provost Office for Learning Systems Innovation and Effectiveness (LSIE) and Institute-Destination Areas Seed Grant Fund. The LSIE office would like to thank ISCE, Fralin, ICTAS, and ICAT for their generous support of this event.

Collaboration Incubator, Virginia Tech

April 27

Collaboration Incubator
Location: NCB 170
Time: 9am-9pm. Lunch and dinner included
Admission: Free
*RSVP by April 1

Collaboration is challenging. Creating psychological safety for teams, identifying problems that prevent effective collaboration, and "unlearning" old assumptions and behaviors all are necessary elements.

Fortunately, the skills and behaviors that facilitate collaboration can be learned and practiced. We offer a day filled with experiences that will help participants strengthen their abilities to listen deeply, express themselves effectively, interact personally, directly, spontaneously, and responsively, and bridge the divides that can prevent us from communicating and collaborating. Participants will have opportunities to deepen human interaction and strengthen their empathy and awareness of others, keys to successful collaborative team development.

Facilitated by faculty at the Center for Communicating Science at Virginia Tech, the Collaboration Incubator will engage participants in the basic principles of collaboration, allow them to put the principles into action, and send them home with the tools they need to help their teams learn to connect, communicate, and collaborate effectively.

Faculty and postdocs interested in strengthening their collaborative skills. Groups and teams may apply together; individuals looking for collaborators or just wanting to develop their skills also are welcome to apply.
*Participation is capped at 20 faculty and postdocs.

NIL CREDIT Attendees can get credit for attending the workshop. Register for credit.

QUESTIONS? For information or additional questions please email Todd Nicewonger.

Upcoming Events

March 28

On Water:  In Conversation
Amy Pruden and Leigh-Anne Krometis
Time: 2:00-3:30pm
Location: 209 Norris
Policy Strategic Growth Area: Presentation, discussion, and networking. Light refreshments.

April 2

Transdisciplinary Communities: Research Symposium
Location: Moss Arts Center
Time: 3:30-5:30pm

April 11 & 12

2019 Daniel Galper Invited Address and Workshop: Neuroscience Informed treatment for Depression/Anxiety with Michelle Craske, PH.D.
Thursday from 3:30-4:30pm in Owens Banquet Hall
Friday from 9:00-11:00am in the Graduate Life Center


Brown Bag Lecture Series: Building Transdisciplinary Communities

April 17
Anne Khademian
Metaphors on Transdisciplinarity and Disparities of the Urban Rural Continuum
Policy Strategic Growth Area and School of Public and International Affairs
Location: Kelly Hall 210
Time: 12-1pm

Faculty Spotlight

Jin-Hee Cho has been appointed associate professor in the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. She is one of 28 new faculty members hired by the college for the 2018-19 academic year.

Faculty Spotlight, Virginia Tech

Destination Areas News

Our Motto

Ut Prosim (That I May Serve)

Virginia Tech is committed to creating global impacts built
upon a foundation of diversity, inclusion, and social engagement.

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Virginia Tech is leading the way in transdisciplinary research, learning, and enagagement.


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In a conversation with Dawn Jefferies, Virginia Tech President Tim Sands talks about the start of the academic year and reflects on the importance of research.


Top Talent Search

We intend to attract and retain top talent through initiatives that are supported by administration, stakeholder groups, and outstanding new interdisciplinary facilities.

2018 Courses

We welcome students seeking to reach beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries to find the innovation that exists in the intersections of diverse fields.




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Please contact Todd Nicewonger, Project Director for Destination Areas