The Global Change Center supports faculty-motivated and -led working groups to promote synergies among Virginia Tech faculty that advance our land grant mission. We support efforts that might lead to new grant proposals, curricular developments, and contributions to University priorities (experiential learning, destination areas, undergraduate research).
Examples of working groups supported to date include invasive species, antibiotic resistance, microbial ecology, coastal resilience, and environmental justice. Groups are in various stages of development, but exciting products are beginning to emerge from these teams including a new graduate course in Fall 2017, discussion of a new minor, and concept proposals for the GSS destination area.
If you are interested in proposing a new working group, please contact Dr. Bill Hopkins. The primary requirements are that 1) the conceptual focus be related to global change and consistent with our mission, and 2) multiple GCC faculty be involved. We encourage you to involve non-GCC affiliates in your efforts as well.