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From President Tim Sands: Vaccines offer promise, but we have to do more

Although there are countless factors directly impacting the pandemic at a global scale, we can take control of the pandemic locally by aiming to drive the new case rate and positivity nearly to zero.

Date: 02/02/2021
Q&A: Vaccine basics, their history, importance, and role in COVID-19

Kate Langwig, a quantitative disease ecologist and an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech, breaks down the basics about vaccines, how they work, and how they have protected humans from lethal diseases for decades.

Date: 02/01/2021
Virginia Tech intends to help students following Town of Blacksburg’s act of generosity

Virginia Tech intends to provide relief to students by not requiring the mandatory Transportation Services Fee for the spring semester, pending approval from the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

Date: 02/01/2021
Virginia Tech researchers garner two major awards in COVID-19 forecasting challenges

DeepOutbreak, a team of researchers from Virginia Tech's Sanghani Center, Georgia Tech, and the University of Iowa, took first place in the COVID-19 Symptom Data Challenge using Facebook symptom survey data and second place in the COVID-19 Grand Challenge.

Date: 01/29/2021
Have a fun and safe weekend

Take care of yourself, get outside, and please take advantage of the great opportunities to stay involved.

Date: 01/29/2021

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A message from Dean Byron Hughes, Chief Mac Babb, and Chief Anthony Wilson: We’re still in this together

The smallest of our choices have a significant impact on the greater whole – particularly at this moment when anxieties are running high and resources are low.

Date: 01/25/2021
From President Tim Sands: Maintain vigilance and commitment this spring

Our success this semester depends on each one of us. We’ve all worked hard to get this far, so let’s make it count as we look forward to reclaiming the active campus we know and love.

Date: 01/18/2021
From President Tim Sands: Thank you for your outstanding work this year

2020 will be remembered for challenges the likes of which have not been seen for generations. The year will also be remembered for the way we met those challenges. We developed thoughtful and pragmatic plans, adapted to changing circumstances, and safely served the needs of the community while maintaining a focus on our mission.

Date: 12/15/2020
A message from President Tim Sands: Implementing mandatory random prevalence testing

Mandatory random prevalence testing will allow monitoring of the status of COVID-19 on campus and in Blacksburg with a statistically significant sample of the entire undergraduate population.

Date: 09/18/2020
A letter from Frank Shushok Jr.: Remember our calling

Ut Prosim compels us to model love — in whatever shape it is most needed at any given time. Right now, we especially need the kind of courageous love that puts others first, makes hard decisions, holds others accountable, and models the brilliance of an “all-in” community.

Date: 07/21/2020

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