At the Northern Virginia Center (NVC), faculty and students are actively engaged in innovative and collaborative projects to further the university’s research mission in the National Capital Region (NCR). Recognized worldwide for their expertise, Virginia Tech faculty are awarded prestigious grants, author scholarly papers, journal articles and books in their respective fields, garner invitations to speak at global conferences, and offer knowledge and support that will help benefit communities.
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The largest award – $2.475 million (Virginia Tech was awarded $338,000) – supports the study “Hazard SEES: Bridging Information, Uncertainty, and Decision-Making in Hurricanes Using an Interdisciplinary Perspective.” The research team will investigate the sequence of activities and decisions to develop new understanding of how individuals and agencies process uncertainty at different points during the onset of the hurricane and, in the case of household decisions, how they affect citywide traffic network congestion. They will utilize data from surveys, web experiments, and social media.
Three National Science Foundation (NSF) grants, totaling in excess of $3.2 million, will help researchers better understand how individuals and agencies make complex decisions about evacuation before a hurricane; design a semi-automated, efficient, and secure emergency response system; and develop methods to evaluate evacuation performance combining household and agency perspectives.
Mariana Falconier, associate professor and clinical director of Virginia Tech’s Center for Family Services at the Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church, has won a grant totaling $7.2 million for a five-year project to promote healthy relationships and economic stability among low-income couples. The award is the largest to date to the university’s Department of Human Development from the federal Office of Family Assistance, Administration for Children and Families, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Titled “Together: A Couples’ Model to Enhance Relationships and Economic Stability,” the project will include 360 couples in Northern Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland. The aim is to improve couples’ well-being, parenting, financial management, and employment.