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Squid-inspired wave energy converter turns ocean's power into electricity

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 00:00

Engineers at Virginia Tech recently tested a wave energy converter inspired by the way squid propel themselves through water during the second round of competition for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wave Energy Prize, which will eventually award more than $2 million in funding.

Research finds heart attack risk to men who as kids experienced family member's incarceration

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 00:00

A parent’s incarceration has immediate, devastating effects on a family. Now, Virginia Tech and University of Toronto researchers say there’s a longer term risk: Men who as children experienced a family member’s incarceration are approximately twice as likely to have a heart attack in later adulthood in comparison to men who were not exposed to such a childhood trauma.

Neuroscience expert to discuss enabling discoveries for understanding life

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 00:00

James Olds, the assistant director for the Directorate of Biological Sciences at the National Science Foundation, will speak Feb. 11 at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists find brain plasticity assorted into functional networks

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 00:00

Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have made a key finding of the striking differences in how the brain’s cells can change through experience.  

Fralin Life Science Institute researchers turn attention to emerging threat of Zika virus

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 00:00

With unexpected viral threats continually emerging, Fralin Life Science Institute scientists say the key is to develop a sound research infrastructure that’s in place and ready to go to rapidly respond to the next threat.

Virginia Tech and SHARE initiative aim to maximize university research impact

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 00:00

The initiative has received $1.2 million from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to complete the next phases of its project, which will include exploring how Virginia Tech and other institutions track and report research activity.

Fralin Life Science Institute researcher contributes to sequencing of bedbug genome

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 00:00

The genetic makeup of bedbug skin plays a significant role in the pest's ability to resist insecticides, according to Virginia Tech researcher Zach Adelman of the Fralin Life Science Institute.  

Proposed School of Neuroscience hires first faculty member, Michael Bowers

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 00:00

Bowers, joins the university as an assistant professor after a stint at the University of Maryland.

Flint residents 'did nothing to deserve this'

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 20:37

More than 500 people filled the Quillen Family Auditorium and two overflow rooms at Goodwin Hall in Blacksburg to listen to a group of students who stood by the residents of Flint — affectionately known as “Flintstones” — and a mother who summoned Virginia Tech to a town that local and state officials had mostly abandoned.

Creative scholarship gets enhanced focus for annual undergraduate research conference

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 00:00

This year, the conference will be extended with events over the course of a week with an increased focus on creative scholarship in the arts and design.

University community invited to welcome receptions for new members of leadership

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 00:00

Help welcome Theresa Mayer, vice president for research and innovation, and Menah Pratt-Clarke, vice provost for inclusion and diversity and vice president for strategic affairs, to the Virginia Tech community.

Bedbugs have developed resistance to widely used chemical treatments, study finds

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 00:00

This is the first study to show that overuse of certain insecticides has instead lead to an increased resistance to the compounds, making them much less effective than advertised.

High school students will debate ethics of cyborg roaches with help of Virginia Tech researchers

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 00:00

A course unit developed by Virginia Tech researchers and local educators was highlighted in a recent issue of the journal The Science Teacher. Now it is heading to a high school near you.

Virginia Tech, U.S. Naval Academy join in research and educational partnership

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 00:00

The collaboration leverages the close proximity between the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and the Virginia Tech National Capital Region campus.

Flint Water Study research team led by Marc Edwards to present on water crisis Thursday night

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 00:00

The team helped expose high levels of lead in the Michigan city's water supply, eventually leading President Obama to declare a state of emergency.

Beetle-inspired engineering could lessen energy costs associated with controlling frost

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 00:00

Creating frost-free zones on surfaces could have a variety of applications – consider the energy saved by  preventing water from condensing and freezing on heat pump coils.

Three finalists announced for dean of College of Science search

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 00:00

The campus community is invited to meet the finalists and to watch each candidate’s open forum presentation on “The Future of Science: Educational, Research, and Outreach Opportunities for the Virginia Tech College of Science.” 

Susan Duncan named associate director of Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 00:00

Duncan has been a faculty member since 1990 in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Department of Food Science and Technology.

Virginia Tech's FutureHAUS unveils new bathroom in Las Vegas

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 00:00

The FutureHAUS is a research prototype that investigates the use of new technology to improve how people build and live in the future. The bathroom will be unveiled this week at North America’s premier annual kitchen and bath industry event.

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists find new evidence of immune system plasticity

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 00:00

Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have found a potential way to influence long-term memory formation in the immune system. The researchers published their results in Nature Communications.