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Third class joins Virginia Tech’s translational biology, medicine, and health doctoral program

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 00:00
The doctoral program is the Virginia Tech Graduate School’s largest interdisciplinary program, with more than 200 members of Virginia Tech’s Faculty of Health Sciences teaching and mentoring the students.

Veterinary students gain valuable experience through summer research program

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 00:00
Held over an 11-week period in May, June, and July, the Summer Veterinary Student Research Program offers one week of research-driven short courses, funded travel to Washington, D.C., and nine weeks of mentor-guided laboratory training in animal models of disease.

Virginia Tech’s new data repository helps researchers share data

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 00:00
The easier data is to evaluate and reuse, the simpler it is for researchers to verify others’ results and understand what has already been tested in their fields. Open data repositories allow researchers to spend less time pursuing false leads and more time creating new knowledge.

Virginia Tech helmet lab expanding to test bicycle helmets and soccer headgear

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 00:00
Virginia Tech’s Helmet Ratings research lab, which has won international recognition for evidence-based ratings of football and hockey helmets, is adding bicycle helmets and soccer headgear to its testing program.

Replacing just one sugary drink with water could significantly improve health, Virginia Tech researcher finds

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 00:00
Consuming additional calories from sugary beverages like soda, energy drinks, and sweetened coffee can increase risk of weight gain and obesity, as well as Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Flint water quality improves, but safety measures still needed, Virginia Tech engineers say

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 15:30
"What our data clearly shows is Flint water is dramatically better,” Professor Marc Edwards said during a news conference Thursday at Virginia Tech. “Residents certainly should continue using bottled water and filters until notification from the Environmental Protection Agency or the state — no one is saying the water is safe.”

Students participating in government-funded school meal programs at higher risk of being overweight, Virginia Tech researcher finds

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 00:00
Students from low-income families and those who live in the Northeast, South, and rural America are most susceptible to the problem.

Pesticides used to help bees may actually harm them

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 00:00
A team led by a Virginia Tech scientist has found these pesticides may actually be damaging the bacteria communities in the guts of bees. The discovery, published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology, is a concern because alterations can affect honeybee health.

Major process improvements at Virginia Tech advance speed and success of research proposals

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 00:00
Summit is the university's customized solution for research administration processes. It is expected that the new system will enable faculty to improve the quality of submitted proposals and shorten the time required to prepare them.

Virginia Tech unmanned aircraft expert speaks at White House panel on the future of aviation

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 00:00
The first event of its kind hosted by the White House, the workshop brings together experts and stakeholders from industry, academia, and government.

Expectations for employees to check email after hours can cause burnout, new study finds

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 00:00
The emotional stress and exhaustion that may result from such expectations has a negative effect on the individual’s well-being and, ultimately, job performance, says William Becker, associate professor of management in the Pamplin College of Business.

Fralin Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow investigates false pregnancy in black bears

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 00:00
The team is trying to determine whether pseudopregnancy — the term for when a nonpregnant female produces hormones similar to those of a pregnant female — occurs in black bears.

Virginia Tech-led training creates greater crop yields in East Africa

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 00:00
Controlling pests through natural means pays off big in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, a 10-year study shows.

Travis Mountain presented national awards for research and Extension work

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 00:00
Mountain was presented the 2016 Robert O.Hermann Ph.D. Dissertation Award and the AARP Public Policy Institute's Financial Services and the Older Consumer Award, both from the American Council on Consumer Interests.

Fulbright scholar headed to Tanzania to teach and research solid waste practices

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 00:00
Kris Wernstedt will spend 10 months teaching and conducting research on solid waste practices at Ardhi University in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital.

Faculty receive grant to transform undergraduate engineering education

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 00:00
The National Science Foundation is providing $2 million to support the creation of a new curriculum model to prepare a diverse range of students to become adaptive engineers ready to solve 21st-century problems.

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientist honored with Heart Rhythm Society Clinical Research Award

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 00:00
He will use the award funds to study, in a rodent model, how the composition of fluids administered to patients who have suffered cardiac arrest or myocardial infarction affects whether or not they survive and how well they recover from the event.

Undergraduate researcher looks for ways to prevent and recover from running injuries

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 00:00
For Wenrick, this summer program has been beneficial in figuring out a future career path.

New molecular mechanism suggests that people with obesity or insulin resistance may more easily accumulate fat

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 00:00
A team of researchers led by a Virginia Tech nutrition scientist discovered that the formation and expansion of fat cells was associated with an increase in autophagy – a normal physiological process in which cells remodel, break down, or recycle cell parts.

2016 ACC Creativity and Innovation fellows hard at work this summer

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 15:00
Allison Moser, one of six Virginia Tech students serving as a fellow this summer, is researching cottontail rabbits in the North Carolina highlands.