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2015 Illuminator Award recipients announced

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 00:00
The award is given annually to four members of the Virginia Tech community who have outstanding abilities, innovative ideas to fuel the future, well-honed leadership skills, and a commitment to service.

2 College of Engineering robotics teams prep for DARPA Robotics Challenge finale

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 00:00

Two Virginia Tech-affiliated teams are in California for the finale of the DARPA Robotics Challenge, a competition to build prototype humanoid robots that can respond to disasters.

University hatches science outreach partnership with Blacksburg High School

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 00:00

Birds have homes, researchers have data, and teenagers have a new perspective thanks to an exciting partnership between Virginia Tech and Blacksburg High School.

Video: In search of 'Eureka!' moments, parallel computing speeds the way

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 00:00

Professor Wu Feng tells how parallel computing speeds up genomic analysis and also applies to other fields, from designing racecars to "reverse engineering" the human brain.

Scientist’s dogma-challenging work recognized with prestigious grant

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 00:00

Michael Fox, an associate professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was recently named a 2015 NARSAD Independent Investigator.

Board of Visitors revises intellectual property policy to encourage student, faculty innovation

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 00:00

The guidelines clarify that Virginia Tech generally does not claim ownership of intellectual property created by students. An additional policy revision clarifies when faculty members retain their intellectual property rights if Virginia Tech itself does not wish to pursue the idea.

Personalized saline may provide solution to heart death

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 00:00

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists recently published a paper on how the components of saline solution affect cardiac conduction in the European Journal of Physiology. 

Scientists receive grant to study the leading cause of childhood blindness

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 00:00

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists receive a grant to study the leading cause of childhood blindness: optic nerve hypoplasia.

Unmanned aircraft test site expects new Federal Aviation Administration policy to speed research

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:00

The Federal Aviation Administration will provide “blanket” authorizations to fly public aircraft operations throughout the National Airspace System at or below 200 feet. 

Rolf Mueller wins IBM Faculty Award to design bioinspired computing techniques

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:00

Rolf Mueller will use the award to develop computing techniques inspired by the hearing system of the mammalian brain. 

Video: Top scientist's materials research puts 'smart buildings' on the grid

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 00:00

Timothy Long, one of three Virginia Outstanding Scientists for 2015, tells how materials of the future can be created to serve multiple functions, such as a wall that moves water or controls sound.

A mosquito sex-determining gene could help fight dengue fever, life science researchers say

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 00:00

Life scientists identified a male-determining genetic switch in a dangerous type of mosquitoes that could be useful in efforts to protect human health.

Photos: Antarctica research

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 00:00

See photos of Iskander Ismailov, a research assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, on the journey to Antarctica.

Research team heads to Antarctic to get icy insight into how brain adapts to temperature change

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 00:00

Virginia Tech Carilion Research scientists are heading to Antarctica as part of a large collaboration funded by the National Science Foundation to study, for the first time, exactly how the rising temperatures are affecting the icefishes’ brains and hearts – and what it means for the rest of the world.

Virginia Tech agricultural sciences programs rise in National Science Foundation rankings

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 00:00

Virginia Tech’s ranking of agricultural sciences research and development expenditures for 2013 rose to sixth in the nation.

Transportation Institute launches effort to make navigating traffic lights safer, smarter and cheaper

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 00:00

The effort is designed to keep vehicles as close to “fuel optimum speed” as possible, basically that sweet spot when a car’s speed is sufficiently high, but fuel use is at a minimum with little slow and go maneuvering.

Engineers, scientists to examine antibiotic resistance in food chain from farm to fork

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 00:00

Amy Pruden, professor of civil and environmental engineering and associate dean in the graduate school at Virginia Tech, is leading an interdisciplinary $2.25 million USDA grant on antibiotic resistance from farm to fork.

Brain scanning reveals that birds of a feather really do flock together

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 00:00

In a study using functional magnetic resonance imaging, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists found that our inherent risk-taking preferences affect how we view and act on information from other people.

Video: Bats' sonar secrets could make for better submarines, drones

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 00:00

Unlocking the secrets of bat echolocation, a team led by Rolf Mueller at Virginia Tech hopes to improve naval sonar and create improvements to drones.

Virginia Tech ecologist partners with the United Nations to confront global water crisis

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 00:00

A Virginia Tech ecologist co-authored a report to assist the United Nations in finalizing its post-2015 sustainable development goals.