Virginia Tech® home

CENI Playdate — Broader Impacts: Connecting University Researchers to the Public Through Educational Outreach

February 25, 2022

Loading player for

Many funding agencies now require impacts that extend beyond an academic audience to benefit broader society. ICAT's Center for Educational Networks and Impacts (CENI) collaborates with university researchers to develop and evaluate educational outreach initiatives that are mutually beneficial to researchers and the public. CENI leverages an established network of formal and informal educators from organizations such as preK-12 school districts, museums, and the Virginia Tech Science Festival to help faculty share their research with public audiences. Associate Director of Broader Impacts Dr. Chelsea Lyles shares processes and support available to Virginia Tech researchers, while Gabriel Isaacman-VanWertz, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Jonathan Bradley, University Libraries, provide highlights from successfully funded collaborations.


  • Chelsea Lyles
  • Gabriel Isaacman-VanWertz
  • Jonathan Bradley


  • February 25, 2022


  • 8:30am EDT
     Networking, Donuts to go at Community Assembly, Creativity and Innovation District LLC
  • 9am EDT
     Presentation begins in the Community Assembly and 360 Online

Virginia Tech faculty can receive Professional Development Network (PDN) credit for attending

  1. Register at 
  2. Check in with Phyllis Newbill during the event.

Location: Community Assembly, Creativity and Innovation District LLC