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Dome offers alternative learning space during COVID-19

The College of Architecture and Urban Studies set up a 2,900-square-foot geodesic dome in between Cowgill and Bishop-Favrao halls for students and faculty to use. As part of the college's COVID-19 response plan, this dome will take the place of several important spaces in Cowgill Hall that are now occupied by socially distanced studio desks.=https://video.vt.edu/media/t/1_9pq5rtzq

Date: 11/13/2020
Researchers study how privacy preferences, family tensions can deter use of contact tracing apps

France Bélanger and Katherine Allen were engaged in a study on smart home speakers and the privacy and other concerns they sparked when the pandemic emerged. Pondering the dilemma of health officials trying to expand the use of contact tracing apps, the researchers wondered whether such apps also triggered similar privacy tensions in families.

Date: 11/13/2020
Town-Gown conversation to discuss COVID-19 work in community

Date: 11/13/2020
Ron Fricker joins National Academies' Board on Mathematical Sciences and Analytics

The senior associate dean in the Virginia Tech College of Science and a professor in the Department of Statistics, Fricker focuses his research on the performance of various statistical methods for use in disease surveillance and statistical process control methodologies more generally.

Date: 11/13/2020
Experts: Avoid large gatherings —especially those outside households — during holiday season

“To me, all this says that traditional Thanksgiving celebrations with extended families coming together have the potential to cause substantial harm," says Virginia Tech biostatistician Ron Fricker.

Date: 11/13/2020

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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
President Tim Sands announces plans for 2020 fall semester

Hundreds of individuals and several working groups and task forces — at the university, in our communities, and at the state level — have contributed to the shaping of fall plans for all Virginia Tech locations. Although the plans we present here will continue to evolve over the summer with additional input and data, significant elements are firm, and it is now time for our students, faculty, and staff to shift from planning to preparation.

Date: 06/08/2020

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