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Department of Defense awards SMART Fellowship to biomedical engineering student

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00

Rebekah Less, first-year Ph.D. student in the School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, was awarded a SMART Fellowship from the Department of Defense based on the novel research she is conducting in the Computational Tissue Engineering Graduate Education Program, integrating liver and gastrointestinal tissues. 

Little fish makes a big splash in genomic studies; discovery may help manage an invasive species

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 00:00

Researcher Pawel Michalak has discovered an allele on the beta-thymosin gene that makes it possible for the alewife to live solely in the freshwater Great Lakes.

Premier land-grant group grants Virginia Tech's 'economic prosperity' status

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:00

Virginia Tech has been labeled an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University in recognition of the role it plays in strengthening local, regional, and statewide economies.

Researchers peer into DNA of 'Evolution Canyon' animals to discover drivers of evolutionary change

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:00

The discovery adds to current understanding of biodiversity and the ability of a species to adapt to rapidly changing climates.

High earners in a stock market game found to have brain patterns that can predict bubbles and crashes

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 00:00

Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and Caltech found that, when they simulated market conditions for groups of investors, economic bubbles invariably formed. Even more remarkably, the researchers discovered a correlation between specific brain activity patterns and sensitivity to those bubbles.

Researchers discover new markers for breast cancer that may aid diagnoses, point to new therapies

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 00:00

A team of Virginia Tech researchers have found new breast cancer markers that could be more reliable and yield better results for cancer patients. 

Researchers treat rising incarceration rates as disease outbreak, discover small changes help

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 00:00

Incarceration rates in the U.S. are rising. Using the same methods used to study disease epidemics, researchers with the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention demonstrate that more severe sentencing can lead to higher levels of criminal activity.

Forecasting future may one day become as practical as predicting weather, thanks to Big Data advances

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 00:00

Researchers are working to harness the torrent of data in the ocean of public information such as tweets, website queries, and restaurant cancellations, to generate early warnings of events with a broad social impact.

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientist's work could lead to wounds healing twice as fast

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 00:00

Robert Gourdie and his research team have developed a compound that helps tissue samples heal more quickly. Now the Catalyst grant is spurring advanced research into the repair and regeneration of damaged tissue. 

Aging contributes to rapid rates of genomic change, signaling challenges for personalized medicine

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 00:00

Virginia Bioinformatics Institute researchers Harold "Skip" Garner and Jasmin Bavarva have discovered aging can occur at different rates within an individual's genome, with some portions aging 100 times faster than others. With that in mind, personalized medicine becomes even more challenging.

Scientists seek to develop new imaging capabilities to view a human virus in action

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 00:00

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists Deborah Kelly and Sarah McDonald are ambitious and determined, and it’s paying off. The two assistant professors recently received a National Institutes of Health grant for their collaborative work developing new imaging technologies that will allow them to see live rotavirus activity.

Astronomers pierce galactic clouds to shed light on black hole development

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 00:00

Using a large array of satellites and space observatories, an international team spent more than a year training their instruments on the brightest and most studied of the "local" black holes -- the one situated at the core of Type I Seyfert Galaxy NGC 5548. What they discovered surprised them.

Veterinary college receives grant for research in global health and development

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 00:00

Lijuan Yuan, associate professor of virology and immunology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled "Gnotobiotic Pig Model for Dysbiosis and Enteric Immunity."

Researchers map gene differences in yellow fever, malaria mosquitoes, to help prevent disease

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 00:00

Only female mosquitoes bite and transmit infectious diseases. Understanding the mechanisms of the sex chromosomes may help to manipulate the sex ratio in mosquitoes and reduce disease transmission.

Researchers tap into social networks of endangered Indiana bat to aid in habitat management

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 00:00

Scientists at Virginia Tech and The Ohio State University found that the endangered Indiana bat may be able to use its social connections to survive a certain amount of roost destruction, depending on habitat availability.

Smoking-cessation products that contain nicotine may not be safest way to quit, researchers discover

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 00:00

Nicotine found in patches, gums, and e-cigarettes may do more harm than good, according to researchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech. Products like these excessively mutate a cell's DNA and may be a precursor to cancer.

Architectural researcher to tell global conferees how 'living roofs' help build better cities

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 00:00

With growing numbers of people moving into cities, it is crucial to give architects and builders tools to make good decisions about green roofs. Virginia Tech architectural researcher Elizabeth Grant said with extremes of temperature and rainfall becoming unpredictable as climates change, vegetated roofs are building resilience into a rapidly changing world.

Virginia Tech scientists weed out pesky poison ivy with discovery of killer fungus

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 00:00

Researchers have found a natural and effective way to kill poison ivy using a naturally occurring fungus that grows on plant's seed.

Six graduate students receive National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 00:00

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowships honor outstanding students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics who are pursuing graduate studies in those fields. 

Scientists propose tactics for ethical use of Twitter data in research studies

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 00:00

Tweets are only 140 characters, but amass enough of them, and researchers can deduce a great deal about subjects ranging from disease outbreaks to social unrest. Researchers with the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute have proposed guidelines to make sure data mined from Twitter data is obtained and used ethically.