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Destination Areas Initiative

Destination Areas Initiative

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 2.0 Projects

Research Frontiers

Transdisciplinary Communities

Nine areas of focus combine our existing academic and research strengths with innovative transdisciplinary teams, tools, and processes.

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    ABB
    Adaptive Brain and Behavior

    Aiming to explore the dynamic nature of the brain as it changes and adapts across the lifespan and to a variety of different contexts. We strive to apply our understanding of the brain to improve quality of life.

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    Creativity + Innovation
    Creativity + Innovation

    Focusing on the curricular innovation.

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    Data and Decisions
    Data and Decisions

    Seeking to advance the human condition and society with better decisions through data.

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    Economical and Sustainable Materials
    Economical and Sustainable Materials

    Innovating the future of manufacturing from atoms to systems through integrated discovery of materials, processes, and technologies while serving society through novel and resilient products and jobs creation.

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    Equity and Social Disparity in the Human Condition
    Equity and Social Disparity in the Human Condition

    Focusing on equity in the human condition, maximizing, wherever possible, the equitable distribution and availability of physical safety and well-being, psychological well-being, and access to crucial material, social, and moral resources.

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    Global Systems Science
    Global Systems Science

    Fostering transdisciplinary study of the dynamic interplay between natural and social systems.

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    Integrated Security
    Integrated Security

    Focusing on understanding and fostering a world in which individuals, institutions, and nations are secured by technology and social systems that follow ethical principles and promote values of social justice.

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    IIHCC
    Intelligent Infrastructure for Human-Centered Communities

    Focusing on bringing visionary humanists and technologists together to create the framework for infrastructure innovation and the reinvention of community.

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    Policy
    Policy

    Developing novel approaches to policymaking and policy analysis by focusing on the dynamics of complex decision making in multiple contexts and policy settings.

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