Education News

Carol Mullen
A stereotype perplexed Carol Mullen. Was there any truth to the notion that the intensive focus on standardized testing meant that Chinese learners lacked creativity and the capacity to be imaginative, innovative, and inventive? After studying this topic in China during her first Fulbright Speci...

Reading Between the Lines

Mary Tackett
The stories were raw and honest. Charged with emotion, words pooled out from the study participants, who were parents and teachers involved with educating students with autism in remote, rural Appalachia. They spoke of both the hardships and the strengths in which tightknit rural communities can com...

Thinkabit Inspires a New Lab

A boy and a girl sketch out a concept together
“This was better than Disney World! Do we get to come back?” a Cedar Point Elementary School student exclaimed after visiting the Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab at Virginia Tech back in April. Cedar Point Principal Mark Marinoble, a Virginia Tech Class of 1995 graduate, felt the same excitement as his stud...
The fraternity Theta Delta Chi Brothers United, in conjunction with the Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research , hosted a picnic this past spring for youth and families affected by autism.
The Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research, in conjunction with local businesses and campus organizations, is embodying the spirit of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) by working to make events friendlier for youth with sensory challenges. Center director Angela Scarpa, an associate professor of psych...
Two students test their roving, robot vacuum topped with stuffed animals in the Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab.
Crafts and tools line the walls inside brightly painted rooms at the end of the first floor hall in Virginia Tech’s Falls Church campus in the National Capital Region. It’s here in the Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab at Virginia Tech that, since 2016, more than 4,000 students and teachers, primarily...
Gerard Lawson
Gerard Lawson, an associate professor in the counselor education program of the Virginia Tech School of Education, assumed the presidency of the American Counseling Association on July 1. Lawson is a past president of both the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision and the Virginia C...
Peter Doolittle
Peter Doolittle, a leader in educational research and best practices both nationally and internationally, has been named director of the Virginia Tech School of Education. Doolittle most recently served as executive director of the university’s Center for Instructional Development and Educati...
Leigh Shannon and Laura Jarrett, students in the master’s of science education program in the Virginia Tech School of Education, set up 3-D printers.
On February 20, the last of a group of 56 in-service and pre-service teachers received a 3-D printer as part of a three-year, $449,421 National Science Foundation Research Experience for Teachers grant. The grant was headed by Christopher Williams, an associate professor of mechanical engineering...
Shekila Melchior
Shekila Melchior, a doctoral candidate in counselor education, received the 2017 Outstanding Graduate Student Award for the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Melchior was nominated for the award based on her accomplishments in research, outreach, and teaching. It was while she was a hig...

It Is Rocket Science

When a Mars Rover crosses Marathon Valley, Juno orbits Jupiter, or a Cassini Spacecraft surveys Saturn’s Rings, it’s the pioneering work of Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Realizing the visions of the lab’s engineers involves years of planning and production. Unfortunately, some of the intricate ...