The 4-VA Collaborative members are making valuable contributions to the commonwealth. Some highlights:
- James Madison just completed another round of mini and scale-up grant awards. Highlights include research into the biological health of Shenandoah National Park watersheds, and the creation of a nuclear and particle physics conference to be held in collaboration with Mason in June.
- Old Dominion recently funded several complementary research grants with George Mason in biology, electrical engineering and environmental sciences.
- University of Virginia Dr. Patrick Hopkins, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and 4-VA grantee, received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Obama in February. Dr. Hopkins’ initial 4-VA grant was a collaboration with James Madison assistant professor of Physics Dr. Costel Constantin for their research project (Thermal Transport Across GaN Interfaces: Linking Structural Imperfections to Thermal Properties).
- Virginia Tech 4-VA sponsored initiatives include geology, biology and mathematics course redesign projects.