Architects spend a fair amount of time putting pencils to paper and building small models of what they’d like to construct – but how do they know their designs will work in the real world, and what does it take to get something built. That’s what Virginia Tech hopes to teach in a whole new way. It’s called a Design-Build Laboratory, it’s gaining favor at schools around the country.
To be an architect used to mean being involved in every aspect of a project-- from drawings to ribbon cutting. But like most modern professions, architecture has become specialized and more segmented. Students in a unique design/build program at Virginia Tech do it the old-fashioned way though-- and their efforts won them the American Architects 2012 Building of the Year Award.
The youngest and the oldest people in our communities sometimes find themselves marginalized.
Often they are seen in terms of what they take from society, because of what they cannot yet do, or what they can no longer do.
But Shannon Jarrott, who teaches human development at Virginia Tech, wants to change that using collaboration as her prime approach. Twice a week kids from Virginia Tech’s Child Development Center for Learning and research, a preschool program based at the University, get together with elders from the Adjacent Adult Day Services.
A report in the Washington Post suggests that University of Virginia Rector Helen Dragas is again at odds with the university’s president, and the faculty is taking sides.
When UVA President Teresa Sullivan was reinstated last summer, she and Rector Helen Dragas assured the public they could work together, but it appears the two are feuding over long-term goals for the university and its medical center and the role that a governing board should play in day-to-day operations.
The number of foreign students on college campuses in the U.S. is growing. But many say they have difficulty making American friends. It’s a social issue that has implications for the classroom as well. Robbie Harris prepared this report.
Dyanis Popova and Kris Tilley Lubbs are offering a workshop Friday, March 1 called,"Peeling the Onion: Diversity and Inclusion for All Students in All Classrooms." It runs from 8 am to 12 noon at the Torgersen Museum on the Virginia Tech Campus.