Dining on the rough-skinned newt is a dicey proposition for most species as the newt is one of the most toxic animals on the planet. But an evolutionary arms race has allowed some garter snakes to eat the newt without so much as a burp.
The National Science Foundation has awarded Michael Hsiao, professor of electrical and computer engineering, a grant of $418,345 to improve the accuracy in electronics design, using algorithms he designed that simulate ant behavior.
Rolf Mueller, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech and world-renowned biosonar expert, helps bring the bat display at the Smithsonian Institute's Museum of Natural History into the modern era with an interactive 3-D digital display and mobile application.
Researchers associated with the Fralin Life Science Institute are building an important genomic model useful to identify potential targets for mosquito control. Studies of immunity genes in mosquitoes will offer insight into controlling dangerous mosquito-borne diseases.
On Saturday, Nov. 15, alumni entrepreneurs and investors will share their insights and best practices during panel discussions to be held at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Event Center located at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.
Peter Hauck, a former quantitative analyst for Google, has been added to the Discovery Analytics Center's Early Model-Based Event Detection using Surrogates project.
The Discovery Analytics Center, which is is housed in the Department of Computer Science and receives support from the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science, will harness Ravi Tandon's knowledge of information theory in order to improve the quality of data collected in its large-scale research projects.
Nitrogen is an important nutrient for plants, but in streams, it can be a problem. Virginia Tech researchers working with counterparts at Cornell University have discovered that patches of groundwater in the soil act as hot spots for microbes that return nitrogen to the atmosphere. The discovery sheds light on the health of a forest.
Since the 1980s, Roe-Hoan Yoon and his colleagues at Virginia Tech have developed various advanced separation processes for the minerals and coal industries. The first three have been commercialized, and the last will soon be tested at a pilot scale.
Virginia Tech master's degree student Alexandria Noble is exploring ways to improve road safety for motorcyclists, using connected-vehicle technology and naturalistic driving research developed by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.
Laura Schoenle is interested in how mercury contamination affects the levels of a stress hormone called glucocorticoid in birds. She is afellow in the new Interfaces of Global Change interdisciplinary graduate education program funded by the Graduate School with support from the Fralin Life Science Institute.
A transdisciplinary team of scientists at Virginia Tech received a $1.75 million, five-year National Institutes of Health grant to plan better communicable disease strategies using a systems science approach that combines social behavior with mathematical modeling.
The researchers from the Virginia Tech -- Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences have created a tool for blood-barrier-brain disruption that uses bursts of sub-microsecond bipolar pulses to enhance the transfer of large molecules to the brain.
Barbara Allen will lead a 30-month community-based research project in two industrial fence line areas near Marseille, France. The study is designed to educate citizens on the current state of resident health; inform future environmental health research; and influence policy.
In a study published in the upcoming issue of Current Biology, an international team of scientists reports that the strength of a person’s reaction to repulsive images can forecast their political ideology.
College of Engineering faculty members Ali Butt and Chao Wang received a $750,000 National Science Foundation grant to improve technology for processing big data.
Converged Technologies for Security, Safety, and Resilience is facilitating cross-disciplinary collaborations that are having a positive impact on safety, security, and resilience at Virginia Tech and the wider community.
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute combines its Halifax County, Virginia, vehicle, tire research centers into new Global Center for Automotive Performance Simulation.
Timothy Long, a professor of chemistry in the College of Science, will work to maintain and advance the national and international ranking of the polymer program, nurture team science, and uphold the university's reputation as a user-friendly resource for industry.
Researchers developed mathematical models to predict the dynamics of cell transitions, and compared their results with actual measurements of activity in cell populations. The results could inform efforts to treat cancer patients.