Destination Areas, along with related, smaller-scale Strategic Growth Areas, provide faculty and students with new tools to identify and solve complex, 21st-century problems in which Virginia Tech already has significant strengths and can take a global leadership role. The initiative represents the next step in the evolution of the land-grant university to meet economic and societal needs of the world. [http://provost.vt.edu/destination-areas.html]

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  • Towards an in silico Experimental Platform for Air Quality: Houston, TX as a Case Study 

    Pires, Bianica; Korkmaz, Gizem; Ensor, Katherine; Higdon, David; Keller, Sallie; Lewis, Bryan; Schroeder, Aaron (CSSSA, 2015)
    In this paper we couple a spatiotemporal air quality model of ozone concentration levels with the synthetic information model of the Houston Metropolitan Area. While traditional approaches often aggregate the population, ...
  • Can Administrative Housing Data Replace Survey Data? 

    Molfino, Emily; Korkmaz, Gizem; Keller, Sallie A.; Schroeder, Aaron; Shipp, Stephanie; Weinberg, Daniel H. (HUD, 2017)
    This article examines the feasibility of using local administrative data sources for enhancing and supplementing federally collected survey data to describe housing in Arlington County, Virginia. Using real estate assessment ...
  • Evaluating the bio-hydrological impact of a cloud forest in Central America using a semi-distributed water balance model 

    Caballero, Luis A.; Easton, Zachary M.; Richards, Brian K.; Steenhuis, Tammo S. (De Gruyter, 2013-03-01)
    Water scarcity poses a major threat to food security and human health in Central America and is increasingly recognized as a pressing regional issues caused primarily by deforestation and population pressure. Tools that ...
  • Modeling targeted layered containment of an influenza pandemic in the United States 

    Halloran, Elizabeth M.; Ferguson, Neil M.; Eubank, Stephen; Longini Jr., Ira M.; Cummings, Derek A.T.; Lewis, Bryan; Xu, Shufu; Fraser, Christophe; Vullikanti, Anil; Germann, Timothy C.; Wagener, Diane; Beckman, Richard; Kadau, Kai; Barrett, Chris; Macken, Catherine A.; Burke, Donald S.; Cooley, Philip (NAS, 2008-03-25)
    Planning a response to an outbreak of a pandemic strain of influenza is a high public health priority. Three research groups using different individual-based, stochastic simulation models have examined the consequences of ...
  • Human Initiated Cascading Failures in Societal Infrastructures 

    Barrett, Chris; Channakeshava, Karthik; Huang, Fei; Kim, Junwhan; Marathe, Achla; Marathe, Madhav V.; Pei, Guanhong; Saha, Sudip; Subbiah, Balaaji S.P.; Vullikanti, Anil Kumar S. (PLOS, 2012-10-31)
    In this paper, we conduct a systematic study of human-initiated cascading failures in three critical inter-dependent societal infrastructures due to behavioral adaptations in response to a crisis. We focus on three closely ...
  • Detail in network models of epidemiology: are we there yet? 

    Eubank, S.; Barrett, C.; Beckman, R.; Bisset, K.; Durbeck, L.; Kuhlman, C.; Lewis, B.; Marathe, A.; Marathe, M.; Stretz, P. (Taylor & Francis, 2010-09)
    Network models of infectious disease epidemiology can potentially provide insight into howto tailor control strategies for specific regions, but only if the network adequately reflects the structure of the region’s ...
  • What Twitter Reveals about Virginia Tech's Future: An Analysis of Content Related to the Beyond Boundaries Initiative 

    Song, Alice (Virginia Tech, 2015-05-10)
    This research analyzes social media (specifically Twitter) to gauge different aspects of life at Virginia Tech for the Beyond Boundaries initiative. We were interested in using Twitter data to understand people’s perceptions ...
  • Visioning Initiative: Inventing the Future of Virginia Tech 

    Edwards, Jaimie; Hundley, Meredith; Sharif, Fatima Sparger; Keeney, Kate Preston; Miller, Mallory (Virginia Tech, 2015-08)
    The year 2047 will be the 175th anniversary of Virginia Tech. In order for the university to be well positioned to meet the needs of the communities it serves at this monumental point in time, Virginia Tech is preparing ...
  • Considering Student Population Trends for Virginia Tech's Future 

    Hundley, Meredith (Virginia Tech, 2015-10)
    As Virginia Tech looks towards its 175th anniversary, questions regarding what kind of student body it intends to serve must be answered. At present, the university is serving an almost-exclusively “traditional” student ...
  • Recent Macro-trends in Higher Education Finance 

    Walz, Jerald (Virginia Tech, 2015-09)
    Several fiscal trends illustrate the environment in which public higher education institutions operate to educate students. While many factors affect the total fiscal environment, the trends that most directly affect ...
  • Public University Endowments: What Stakeholders Need to Know 

    Walz, Jerald (Virginia Tech, 2015-11)
    The purpose of this paper is to introduce the topic of endowment management to university stakeholders [and] other interested readers. Scholars and professional endowment managers have outlined these topics in detail. This ...
  • Envisioning the Learning Spaces of the Future 

    Hundley, Meredith (Virginia Tech, 2015-10)
    Envisioning Virginia Tech in 2047 requires an understanding of the ways in which the university may alter its physical landscape to adapt to the more metaphorically changed higher education landscape. The physical setting ...
  • Idea Bank: Results and Analysis 

    Edwards, Jaimie (Virginia Tech, 2016-04-28)
    Launched in September 2015, the Beyond Boundaries idea bank was created by the Office of the Senior Fellow for Resource Development to engage the Virginia Tech community with the Beyond Boundaries Initiative. The purpose ...
  • Global Land Grant White Paper 

    Harder, James (Virginia Tech, 2015-09)
    “Envisioning Virginia Tech – Beyond Boundaries” sets out to advance the university as a global land-grant and address the shifting landscape of higher education (Sands, 2015). This white paper sets out to explore the ...
  • Funding Models and Virginia Tech 

    Edwards, Jaimie (Virginia Tech, 2015-10)
    As Virginia Tech moves towards becoming an internationally recognized, global land- grant institution, considering current and identifying new funding sources will be critical in its endeavor... This paper seeks to examine ...
  • Community Relationships 

    Hundley, Meredith (Virginia Tech, 2015-10)
    “Community relationships” is a broad term used in the higher education literature to describe a university’s relations with the community in which it finds itself situated... This paper touches on some of the interactions ...
  • Characteristics of Highly Ranked Universities in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 

    Sharif, Fatima Sparger (Virginia Tech, 2015-07)
    The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings include a list of the top world universities based on the indicators of teaching, research, citations, industry income, and international outlook. While an in depth ...
  • Beyond Boundaries Steering Committee Toolkit [DRAFT] 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2015-12-07)
    An essential part of the Beyond Boundaries initiative is the work of the four thematic area groups: Advancing as a Global Land-Grant Institution, Preparing Students for the World, Envisioning the Campus of the Future, and ...
  • Discovering New Funding Models 

    Walz, Jerald; Edwards, Jaimie (Virginia Tech, 2016-04-12)
    During the course of its meetings, the Funding Models Committee prepared a funding vision statement, identified core values essential to Virginia Tech’s identity, and developed Preparestrategies for the future. The funding ...
  • Advancing as a Global Land Grant University 

    Harder, James (Virginia Tech, 2016-05-06)
    A land-grant university concentrates on the creation and dissemination of knowledge that enables people. At the Morrill Act’s inception, and remaining relevant today, land-grant universities are structured around “placing ...

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