TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE: UVA RESEARCH TEAM CREATES ONE-OF-A-KIND DATABASE
UVA Today | January 3, 2018
UVA team led by Dr. Scott Heysell builds a database that tracks Russian and Eastern European HIV research by time, location and medical field to help Russian and Eastern European researchers and policymakers get a handle on their growing HIV epidemic. The project, part of the U.S. Department of State’s “Diplomacy Lab” program, was conducted at the request of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and funded, in part, by UVA’s Center for Global Health and Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation.
FROM HALF A WORLD AWAY, ENGINEERING STUDENT TACKLES HOUSING PROBLEM IN ARMENIA
UVA Today | January 2, 2018
An ethnic Armenian majoring in civil and environmental engineering, Yacoubian and some of his fellow students are seeking to develop housing for Armenians still suffering from a 1988 earthquake. He launched the “Tuff Armenia Project” in the fall of 2014 with the goal to design and engineer small houses made out of tuff, a local volcanic ash that he hoped could be formed into building blocks. A 2017 Center for Global Health Scholar Award supported one Tuff Armenia team as they gathered material for research and analyzed the data.