Communication Network

Have you ever wished that there were an expert of a certain field near you to answer your questions when you suddenly encounter a problem which is “beyond your understanding”?

Now you have this opportunity!

As part of the launch of the Interdisciplinary Research (IDR) Honor Society, we asked IDR-interested faculty and students at VT to send us in their contacts so that we could list them on our website as “nodes” of communication. The “nodes” are a source of contact for others by either responding to questions directly or providing further direction to other resources. The people, whose contacts you see below, have kindly agreed to serve as communication “nodes” for their respective departments, which means they would be happy to receive and answer questions from you on topics related to their department’s activities and research. So the next time you run into a topic you cannot handle independently, or think that you want to start an IDR project with a particular department, go ahead and contact them!

Also, if you would like to enter this network and become an “IDR node” within your respective department, be sure to e-mail Risa Pesapane (rpesapan@vt.edu) with your contact information!

 

Quentin Stoeffler Graduate Student Virginia TechDepartment of Agricultural and Applied Economics
Other Hutcheson Hall

Areas of interest: development economics, especially interaction
between traders and farmers; Sub-Saharan Africa; interdisciplinary
methods and qualitative approaches

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Dave Caudell , DVM, PhD Assistant Professor, Pathology & Hemato-Oncology Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary MedicineCenter for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Diseases
Other 1410 Prices Fork Road Blacksburg VA 24061 USA
Work Phone: 5402317632 Work Fax: 5402313426 Website: http://www.vetmed.vt.edu/org/dbsp/faculty/caudell.asp
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Souvick Chatterjee Virginia TechDepartment of Engineering Science and Mechanics

Presently I am a second year PhD student in the department of Engineering Science and Mechanics working on modeling flows inside insects. Precisely, my present work, part of an EFRI (Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation)-NSF (National Science Foundation) project involves modeling mosquito drinking, experimental results of which show interesting yet to be explained phenomenon. The model, essentially a micro-scale fluid-structure interaction problem with flow rectification, provides an insight to the unanswered questions.

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Kevin Edgar , PhD Professor Virginia TechDeptartment of Wood Science and Forest Products
Other 230 Cheatham Hall (0323) Blacksburg VA 24061 USA
Work Phone: 5402310674 Work Fax: 5402318176 Website: http://woodscience.vt.edu/contactlists/facultydetail.asp?facultyID=52
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William J. Glenn ,PhD Assistant Professor Virginia TechSchool of Education, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Other Northern Virginia Center, Room 444
Work Phone: 7035388493 Website: http://www.nvc.vt.edu/wglenn/

Areas of interest: School Law, especially school segregation and student 1st Amendment rights, School Finance

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Scott Kenney ,PhD Sr. Research Associate Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Other ILSB Building Mailstop 0913 1981 Kraft Drive Blacksburg VA 24061 USA

Areas of interest: molecular virology, virus host interactions, retroviruses, confocal microscopy

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Tim Long ,PhD Professor, Associate Dean in the College of Science Virginia TechDepartment of Chemistry
Work Phone: 5402312480 Website: http://www.files.chem.vt.edu/chem-dept/tlong/index.html

Areas of interest: water, energy, materials, nanoscience and nanotechnology, education, polymer science

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Susan W. Marmagas , PhD Associate Professor Department of Population Health Sciences
Other 216 War Memorial Hall (Mail Code 0395) Blacksburg VA 24061 USA
Work Phone: 5402316778

Areas of Interest: Public Health, Environmental Health

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Patrick A. Miller , PhD, FASLA, FCELA Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Outreach Virginia TechSchool of Architecture + Design
Other 202 Cowgill Hall - 0205 Blacksburg VA 24061 USA
Work Phone: 5402310611 Work Fax: 5402319877 Website: http://archdesign.vt.edu/faculty/patrick-miller-phd
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Amy T. Parlo , PhD Clinical Assistant Professor and VT STEM K-12 Outreach Coordinator Virginia TechSchool of Education - Department of Science Education
Other 310 War Memorial Hall Blacksburg VA 24061 USA

Areas of interest: environmental education and technology applications in teacher preparation

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Risa R. Pesapane Virginia TechDepartment of Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Risa was a Founding Member of IDR. She served as President from 2011 – 2012. She earned her Bachelor’s degrees in Wildlife Science (2006) and Biology (2007) from Virginia Tech as well as a Master’s degree in disease transmission dynamics at the interface of human and wildlife populations (2011). Risa is passionate about interdisciplinary research and educational outreach endeavors and has a fervent desire to learn new skills. Risa also chaired a novel mentoring initiative at Virginia Tech and participated in the university’s strategic planning process. For her graduate research, she partnered with a non-profit organization aimed at sustainable community development, mitigating wildlife conflict, managing human and wildlife health, and overall improving the livelihoods of local citizens. As a professional, Risa has several years of experience in researching human and wildlife health, project management, office administration, and business. She recently served as Project Director for an environmental tech startup and Executive Director of the non-for-profit Cabell Brand Center for Global Poverty and Resource Sustainability Studies. In June of 2014, Risa will begin a PhD program with the Graduate Group of Ecology at the University of California, Davis to further study the coupled nature of disease transmission between human and natural systems in regard to global health and conservation. She is particularly interested in how social network theory can be applied to transmission dynamics between species within an ecosystem.

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Ishwar K. Puri , PhD Professor and Department Head Virginia TechDepartment of Engineering Science and Mechanics
Other 223 Norris Hall Blacksburg VA 24061 USA
Work Phone: 5402313243 Website: http://www.esm.vt.edu/~ikpuri
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Karen A. Roberto , PhD Professor and Director, Center for Gerontology, Director of Institute for Society, Culture & Environment Virginia TechDepartment of Human Development
Other 237 Wallace Hall (0426) Blacksburg VA 24061 USA
Work Phone: 5402317657 Work Fax: 5402317157 Website: http://www.gerontology.vt.edu Website: http://www.isce.vt.edu

Areas of interest: health and relationships in late life, chronic health problems (e.g., osteoporosis, pain, cancer), family caregiving, rural elders, elder abuse

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Christopher G. Rylander , Phd Assistant Professor Virginia TechMechanical Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences Contact: Christopher G. Rylander
Other 325 ICTAS Building Stanger Street (MC 0298) Blacksburg VA 24061 USA

Areas of interest: Biomedial Optics and Imaging: Optical Coherence Tomography
Techniques and Devices for Modifying Tissue Optical Properties (Tissue Clearing)
Modeling Tissue Heat and Mass Transport

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Ivan Sergejev Virginia TechSchool of Architecture and Design

Ivan is one of the Founding Members of Iota Delta Rho. He graduated from Virginia Tech with his MS in Architecture in 2013. Currently, he is an architect with Alver Architecture in Estonia. While at Virginia Tech, he was a Fulbright fellow. He is a graduate of the Estonian Academy of Arts, winner of multiple awards and scholarships, and has gained a diverse professional experience in Estonia, Netherlands and the United States. In addition to his current Teaching Assistant positions, Ivan has served as an invited critic for numerous student reviews and is currently serving as a graduate jury member for the Pella Prize 2012 at the Virginia Tech School of Architecture+Design. His current research interest is the influence of the digital culture on the built environment, which is also the topic of his Master’s thesis. His auxiliary interests include computational design, biomimetics and extreme urbanism.

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Eric Vance ,PhD Assistant Research Professor, Director of Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis Virginia TechDepartment of Statistics
Home 212 Hutcheson Hall (0439) Blacksburg VA 24061 USA
Work Phone: 5402314597 Website: http://www.lisa.stat.vt.edu Website: http://www.stat.vt.edu/facstaff/ervance/
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Thank you to all the volunteers!

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