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High-performance piezoelectric material could make smart sensors more sensitive

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 00:00
The new material's unique texture makes it more than three times better at detecting changes like temperature and pressure, ideal for sensors in "smart" devices that respond to the environment.

Maps reveal persistence of damaging effects of historic redlining practices

Sun, 10/23/2016 - 00:00
To shine light on the home financing inequities of the 1930s a team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland, the University of Richmond, and Virginia Tech have launched a website with of historic maps of 225 U.S. cities.

Nemo found at Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 00:00
Clown fish, made popular by the movie "Finding Nemo," are being studied at the Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center, where scientists are learning the best way to breed them.

Fellowship gives undergraduate students science policy experience thanks to partnership

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 00:00
As part of a new collaboration, the Global Change Center has established an Undergraduate Science Policy Fellowship program for students who are specifically interested in science policy. Fellowship recipients attend the six-credit Washington Semester summer program.

Nation’s leading environmental health sciences official to open Distinguished Public Lecture Series

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 00:00
Linda S. Birnbaum, a toxicologist and the director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program, will discuss the interplay of environmental hazards and health Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.

International conference on brain health comes to Roanoke

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 00:00
The Fifth International Conference of Glial Biology in Medicine started Sunday at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and continues through Tuesday. It's the first time the event has been held in Virginia.

Fourteen students awarded new Fralin Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 00:00
Each Fellow receives $1,000 to conduct research with a Virginia Tech faculty mentor over the course of one academic year.

New research explains how birds dive safely at high speeds

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 14:00
Seabirds like gannets can plunge dive at speeds greater than 50 miles per hour without injuring their head or neck. A new study reveals the biomechanics behind this feat.

Professor, graduate student unravel mystery of bacteria's antibiotic resistance

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 00:00
A popular antibiotic called rifampicin, used to treat tuberculosis, leprosy, and Legionnaire’s disease, is becoming less effective as the bacteria that cause the diseases develop more resistance.

International scientists join forces in Roanoke to put ‘precision’ focus on neuroscience

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 00:00
The top minds of precision neuroscience are coming together in a think-tank setting to explore the challenges and promise of bringing personalized medicine to brain health.

Virginia Tech, Georgetown team building computer models to prevent breast cancer regrowth

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 00:00
William Baumann and his team are using experimental data on cancer cell lines grown in the laboratory in Georgetown as the basis for a mathematical model to design and test therapies to deter breast cancer recurrence.

Funding for research to coordinate aerial and aquatic robots could improve emergency response

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 00:00
With the right algorithms, teams of aerial and aquatic robots could autonomously assess an oil spill or other emergency and provide critical information to first responders.

Virginia Tech researcher finds ‘serious games’ help people understand, adapt to climate change

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 00:00
A role-play simulation exercise designed and tested by a Global Change Center researcher and his team significantly improved levels of understanding of problems and how communities can respond.

National Capital Region serves as focal point for Virginia Tech’s goal to become a top 100 global university

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 00:00
The region will play a key role for Destination Areas focused on cybersecurity, data analytics, and intelligent infrastructure.

Economic research supports urban foresters’ tree cover recommendations

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 00:00
A new study suggests that tree cover contributes to increased property values. The study was published in the August issue of Ecological Economics.

A new grant will help Biocomplexity Institute researchers understand more about how the brain functions

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 00:00
David Hehuang Xie has received a grant to study transcription factors in the brain that affect long-term memory and learning.

Developmental and Translational Neurobiology Center to open at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 00:00
Led by Michael Fox, an associate professor at the institute, the center will enhance existing strengths in cell and molecular neuroscience and create a collaborative community for scientists.

Research and multicultural partnership uncover climate change in trees

Sun, 09/25/2016 - 00:00
Virginia Tech Associate Professor Carolyn Copenheaver studied the effects of climate change on sugar maples with a faculty member and student from the University of West Alabama.

Virginia Tech research team's discovery aims to reduce deaths caused by African sleeping sickness

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 00:00
The breakthrough came when the team, led by Fralin Life Science Institute researcher Zac Mackey, discovered that the parasite Trypanosoma brucei uses a distinct method to perform a biochemical process known as phosphorylation.

Different tree species use the same genes to adapt to climate change, researchers find

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 16:00
The discovery was surprising due to the evolutionary distance between the two species – they began evolving independently over 140 million years ago, when they shared a common ancestor.