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Greg Jenkins receives award for study on brainstorming meetings and fraud detection

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 00:00

The study can help auditors improve their decision-making processes related to fraud detection, as it identifies best practices from high-quality brainstorming meetings.

Allison Tegge wins National Institutes of Health fellowship to study liver's cellular processes

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 00:00

Allison Tegge is developing computer algorithms that will discover the code for inter-cellular signaling within the liver, which in turn, could lead to a similar understanding of other body organs.

The Internet was delivered to the masses; parallel computing is not far behind

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 00:00

The groundwork for Wu Feng's big data research in a "cloud" began about a decade ago. Today, this work is being formalized and extended as part of an National Science Foundation/Microsoft Computing in the Cloud grant that seeks to commoditize biocomputing in the cloud.

Virginia Tech welcomes first class of students in new, innovative doctoral program

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 00:00

The new interdisciplinary program in Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health will develop translational researchers who will transform fundamental biological discoveries into new approaches to prevent, diagnose, treat, and cure disease, as well as to provide the scientific basis for healthy lives.

Virginia Bioinformatics Institute researchers use new technique to shed light on inherited diseases

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 00:00

Researcher Hehuang Xie has found a way to trace patterns of a basic chemical process as it is passed through the generations in families. The finding could help reveal more about cancers and diseases.

Alexander Leonessa's disabilities research garners an NSF directorate position

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 00:00

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Alexander Leonessa will join the National Science Foundation as a program director.

Natural resources 'roadmap' to guide research, education, policy decisions

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 00:00

The new publication calls for an integrated approach to natural resources education, research, and management across funding agencies and academic disciplines.

Small rewards might lead to big results in alcohol abstinence

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:00

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientist earns grant to test feasibility of remote alcohol testing.

New social media surveillance tool vital to public health preparedness, researchers say

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 00:00

Researchers at Virginia Bioinformatics Institute have developed ChatterGrabber, a social media surveillance tool, that helps emergency preparedness professionals quickly address potential epidemics or terrorist threats.

Photos: Tackling an Invasive Species

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 00:00

After a decade-long effort, scientists from the Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab have released a beetle called Zygogramma bicolorata, which will combat a toxic invasive weed in Ethiopia.

Speckled beetle key to saving crops in Ethiopia

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 00:00

A Virginia Tech-led program has unleashed a new weapon in the fight against hunger in eastern Africa: a tiny speckled beetle, which feeds on a highly destructive invasive weed.

Land managers to gain tools to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 00:00

Professor Stephen Prisley served on a team that developed science-based methods to quantify changes in greenhouse gas emissions and carbon storage following a change in land or forest management.

First clinical trial for new skin wound-healing compound is a success

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 00:00

Heart research leads to unexpected discovery of a new drug for healing skin ulcers, according to scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.

New genetic test may change how brain cancer is treated, researchers say

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:00

Researchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute have found new brain cancer markers in microsatellite regions of the human genome -- often referred to as "junk DNA" -- that may yield easier, faster, and cheaper diagnostics for brain cancer.

Forestry geneticists develop tree biomass crop to grow on marginal lands

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:00

Amy Brunner and Jason Holliday have received a $1.4 million grant to investigate the genetic regulatory networks that will allow trees important for bioenergy to grow in less than ideal soils and climate.

Transportation institute to host naturalistic driving research symposium with eye toward future of road safety

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:00

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is close to selling out its upcoming Fourth International Symposium on Naturalistic Driving Research, which will focus on driver safety issues.

Video: Researchers instruct scientists in giant role tiny fungi play

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:00

At a Virginia Tech-led conference in Nepal, agriculture experts learn that Trichoderma can save people from disease, save crop loss, and safeguard the environment.

Plants may use language to communicate with each other, Virginia Tech researcher finds

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 00:00

"Now that we have found that they are sharing all this information, the next question is, 'What exactly are they telling each other?'," says Professor Jim Westwood.

Virginia Tech study finds common household chemicals affect reproduction in mice

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 00:00

Although the chemicals responsible for the declines are common in household cleaning products and disinfectants used in medical and food preparation settings, including hand sanitizers, academic scientists have never published a rigorous study on their safety or toxicity until now.

Virginia Tech's unmanned aircraft test site program 'fully operational,' FAA says

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 00:00

The Federal Aviation Administration announced that Virginia Tech's unmanned aircraft systems test site program is ready to conduct research vital to integrating UAS into the nation's airspace