October 19, 2021

Last Monday, leaders of the university and the Fralin Life Sciences Institute (FLSI) gathered at Steger Hall to welcome Virginia Speaker of the House Eileen Filler-Corn to Virginia Tech. The meeting highlighted the tremendous strengths of the University in solving grand environmental challenges facing society, and the role that FLSI plays in bringing cohesiveness to these campus-wide strengths.

Those in attendance included President Timothy Sands, Executive Vice President and Provost Cyril Clarke, Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer Dwayne Pinkney, Vice President for Research and Innovation Dan Sui, the FLSI Executive Leadership Team, and representatives from each FLSI Center. The visit included an interactive tour that highlighted Steger Hall’s unique facilities and research.  The tour emphasized the importance of the University’s location in Appalachia as an asset for solving local and global problems related to climate change, freshwater, infectious disease, invasive species, agriculture, and the rapid decline of biodiversity.

All photo credits: Eileen Filler-Corn Twitter

Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn
Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn meets an Eastern Hellbender salamander, a species whose rapid population declines highlight the complexity of today’s socio-environmental challenges.
Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn
FLSI Associate Executive Director Bill Hopkins leads a tour of the unique research facilities in Steger Hall.