10 under-the-radar excursions in western Virginia & the state of patient care (Roanoker)

The 2015 Roanoker Sourcebook is now available on newstands and online.

The new issue includes two of my stories.

One is a list of the “Top 10 Family Excursions for 2015.” Essentially, this compiles my favorite spots to go visit in western Virginia, with restaurant recommendations for each. Many of these recommendations are outdoor-oriented — Douthat State Park, Arcadia, Franklin County’s blueways — but not all.

Additionally, I interviewed key officials at western Virginia’s three major healthcare providers to learn what they are doing to improve patient care.

Big data, a new science festival & the world’s most instrumented building (Virginia Tech Magazine)

The Spring 2015 issue of Virginia Tech is online and has been mailed to more than 200,000 alumni, friends and supporters.

My contributions include a collaboration with Madeleine Gordon that provides an overview of Virginia Tech’s big data initiatives, including how researchers are predicting world events using open-source information; a look at the 241 accelerometers within Goodwin Hall, Tech’s new engineering building, and how they might be used in the future; and a review of Virginia Tech’s involvement in the inaugural Virginia Science Festival.

You can read the entire issue at the Virginia Tech Magazine website.