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Mosquitoes and malaria: Scientists pinpoint how biting cousins have grown apart

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 00:00
The discovery by an international team including Fralin Life Science Institute researchers will advance understanding about the biological differences between mosquitoes and how species might be more precisely controlled to stop malaria.

Physicist Giti Khodaparast awarded $1.2 million to study high performance materials

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 00:00

Giti Khodaparast, an associate professor in the Department of Physics, has been awarded $1,199,998 over three years by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research to probe high performance materials.

Geophysicists challenge traditional theory underlying the origin of mid-plate volcanoes

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 00:00

A Virginia Tech geophysicist is among researchers changing how geologists view the formation of mid-plate volcanoes. The work, in today's edition of Science, points to a super-hot layer beneath the tectonic plates, as opposed to heat and material dragged up from 1,800 miles below the Earth's surface.

Search committee announced for vice president for research

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 00:00

The position description and application process will be announced later this month and will be available at the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost website.

Being a good corporate citizen brings financial benefits to hospitality and tourism firms

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 00:00

Manisha Singal says her research shows that hospitality firms deliberately and strategically invest more in socially responsible activities than firms in other industries, and they benefit financially for doing so.

Devi Parikh awarded $1 million from Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to advance artificial intelligence

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 00:00

Assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Devi Parikh has received an Allen Distinguished Investigator Award to advance her research teaching machines how to interpret visual scenes. 

Virginia Tech researchers help set agenda on ‘Big Data’ challenges at Virginia Academy Summit

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 00:00

The Virginia Summit on Science, Engineering, and Medicine will focus on challenges of collecting, storing, and interpreting massive amounts of data. With the accelerating pace of data acquisition, the ability to harness this information continues to be tested by researchers across Virginia.

Glenn Moglen named director of Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 00:00

Glenn Moglen succeeds Professor Emeritus Tom Grizzard who headed the laboratory throughout his 40-year career at Virginia Tech.

Gotta get that rhythm: Researchers find a relationship between sleep cycle, cancer incidence

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 00:00

Researchers reveal that a protein responsible for regulating the body's sleep cycle, or circadian rhythm, also protects the body from developing sporadic forms of cancers.

Pamplin researcher is developing online tools to help users adopt better privacy practices

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 00:00

The Privacy Helper mobile app, developed by France Belanger and Robert Crossler, teaches users about the features on their phones that can affect privacy.

Don't plant invasive species in quest for greener pastures, Virginia Tech researchers say

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 00:00

What some farmers grow as pasture plants others view as weeds. But with the need to cheaply feed food animals rising, circumstances are right for the weed invasion to escalate, says Jacob Barney, an assistant professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and a Fralin Life Science Institute affiliate.

Virginia Tech leads state's universities with most 2014 American Association for Science Fellows

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 00:00

Three Virginia Tech professors have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest scientific society. Virginia Tech's total of new Fellows leads all Virginia universities.

Emergency responders focus on unmanned aircraft for search, public safety at state workshop

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 00:00

First responders and emergency managers will learn more about how they may one day use unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, for public safety purposes at a meeting today in Blackstone, Virginia.

Robert W. Walters to retire as vice president for research after 30 years of service to Virginia Tech

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 00:00

Robert W. Walters will retire effective Sept. 1, 2015. During his eight years as vice president for research, Virginia Tech remained the only Virginia institution in the top 50 of the National Science Foundation research expenditure rankings, climbing to No. 40 in the most current national standings.

Snakes in evolutionary arms race with poisonous newt

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 00:00

Dining on the rough-skinned newt is a dicey proposition for most species as the newt is one of the most toxic animals on the planet. But an evolutionary arms race has allowed some garter snakes to eat the newt without so much as a burp.

Ant behavior might shed insight on problems facing electronics design

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 00:00

The National Science Foundation has awarded Michael Hsiao, professor of electrical and computer engineering, a grant of $418,345 to improve the accuracy in electronics design, using algorithms he designed that simulate ant behavior.

A transfusion for vampire bats: Virginia Tech researcher gives Smithsonian display new life

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 00:00

Rolf Mueller, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech and world-renowned biosonar expert, helps bring the bat display at the Smithsonian Institute's Museum of Natural History into the modern era with an interactive 3-D digital display and mobile application.

Fralin Life Science Institute researchers pinpoint traits that help 'urban' mosquito transmit malaria

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 00:00

Researchers associated with the Fralin Life Science Institute are building an important genomic model useful to identify potential targets for mosquito control. Studies of immunity genes in mosquitoes will offer insight into controlling dangerous mosquito-borne diseases.

Tech Entrepreneurship Conference creates opportunities for innovation

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 11:40

On Saturday, Nov. 15, alumni entrepreneurs and investors will share their insights and best practices during panel discussions to be held at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Event Center located at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.

Discovery Analytics Center adds Peter Hauck to lead software development team

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 00:00

Peter Hauck, a former quantitative analyst for Google, has been added to the Discovery Analytics Center's Early Model-Based Event Detection using Surrogates project.