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Two Faculty Involved in Interdisciplinary Program on Violence Prevention

Julie Dunsmore and Scott Geller, are Co-PIs on a newly funded NSF REU Site: “Hands-on Minds-on”:  Multidisciplinary Approaches to Understanding and Preventing Societal Violence. As described by the PI, Diana Ridgwell, the REU program will provide undergraduate students with opportunities to research and study antecedents and consequences of violence. This program brings together scholars from three different colleges at Virginia Tech (Engineering, Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, and Science), encompassing several different departments and programs (Communication, Computer Science, Human Development, Psychology, Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Africana Studies). Student exposure to the interdisciplinary study of this pressing social problem will be supported both through interaction with participating faculty and in conjunction with the Virginia Tech Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention. In this ten-week summer program, undergraduate students (representing Virginia Community Colleges, Virginia Tech, and other national four-year institutions) will work with faculty on one of five research studies: 1) Socialization of Emotions, 2) Bullying Prevention, 3) Responses to Media Violence, 4) Peace Education, or 5) Technology and Conflict Management. REU students will participate in team and project based training and will benefit from working with faculty at a major research university.'