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Matt Eatherton is developing a self-centering beam to better withstand earthquakes

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 00:00

For the past two years, Matt Eatherton of the Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has used a National Science Foundation grant to develop a structural building component called a self-centering beam which could protect lives, reduce or eliminate structural repair costs, and reduce business downtime due to earthquakes.

In new discovery, paleontologist names a carnivorous reptile that preceded dinosaurs

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 00:00

Sterling Nesbitt, an assistant professor of geological sciences, has been responsible for naming more than half a dozen reptiles (including dinosaurs) in his young career. His latest addition to the paleontological vernacular is Nundasuchus, a 9-foot-long carnivorous reptile with steak knifelike teeth and bony plates on the back.

Kitchen of the future to debut in Las Vegas

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 00:00

The Virginia Tech Center for Design Research's modular kitchen, part of a larger research project to build a complete FutureHAUS, will debut Jan. 20-22 at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas.

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists developing speedy test for autism spectrum disorder

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 00:00

Scientists have designed a two-minute brain-imaging test that may be able to aid in the diagnosis of children with autism spectrum disorder.

Linsey Marr studies health impacts of engineered nanomaterials

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 00:00

Linsey Marr, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, is part of the National Science Foundation's Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology and her research group has characterized airborne nanoparticles at every point of their life cycle.

Transportation institute’s New England Journal of Medicine article vaults into top-read ranks

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 00:00

A study by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute researchers published in the New England Journal of Medicine has vaulted to the Top 15 most-read of more than 10,000 studies published by the prestigious, 200-year-old journal.

Tom Ewing receives National Endowment for Humanities grant to lead summer seminar

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 00:00

The Spanish flu epidemic of 1918 will be the topic of a three-week summer seminar for teachers, led by Virginia Tech Professor Tom Ewing with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Robert Parker co-wins award for research into vibrations of planetary gears

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 00:00

Robert Parker won the 2014 Doak Award with Chris Cooley, an assistant professor at Southern Illinois University and a former doctoral student of Parker’s, for a 2013 paper that focuses on unforeseen vibrations in high-speed planetary gears.

University awarded $18 million for integrated pest management program in developing countries

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 00:00

The program, which targets many countries expected to be heavily affected by climate change, works with farmers by teaching and spreading sustainable pest-management practices.

College of Engineering forms Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 00:00

Stefan Duma, who holds the Harry C. Wyatt Professorship and is world renowned for his research in injury biomechanics, will lead the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics.

Managerial stock ownership can discourage pursuit of risky strategies abroad, researchers say

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 00:00

A study co-authored by Anju Seth found that pay packages that are heavier on cash and lighter on stock appear to motivate top corporate managers to pursue risky but potentially very profitable international diversification strategies but have less influence in the pursuit of high-risk, high-return domestic diversification strategies.

Melanie Kiechle examines the foul side of history

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 00:00

One year ago tomorrow, the smell of licorice alerted Elk River, West Virginia, residents to a chemical spill. Melanie Kiechle, a Virginia Tech assistant professor of history, explores perceptions of odor and how they have changed over time.

Chilean delegation visits Virginia Tech to plan collaborative research projects

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 00:00

A delegation from Austral University of Chile will visit Virginia Tech to discuss plans for joint research projects studying earthquake resilience, sustainable energy, and antibiotic resistance. 

Vacuum-steam treatment for invasive snails proves promising

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 00:00

A vacuum-steam treatment developed by researchers in the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials that is effective at destroying invasive snails on pallets of imported tile may be used in other applications.

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute to host global conference on pavement management in May

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 00:00

The conference will bring together pavement design and management engineers, consultants, and companies to define “next-generation” methods in road construction as well as road maintenance and upkeep. It will address topics related to sustainability, accountability, and improved pavement performance.

Going viral: Targeting brain cancer cells with a wound-healing drug

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 00:00

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists were awarded a grant from the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund, part of the Center for Innovative Technology, to engineer a viral therapy for a difficult-to-treat brain cancer. 

Scientists tap trees' evolutionary databanks to discover environment adaptation strategies

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 00:00

A team of scientists has sequenced whole genomes -- determined the DNA sequence of all the genes -- from 544 unrelated trees of the same species.

Fluid flow research may unlock cancer secrets

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 00:00

By modeling tumor blood vessels, Brittany Balhouse is able to see how the cells in the tissue react to different mechanical stimuli or cancer therapies.

Veterinary college's X.J. Meng elected to the National Academy of Inventors

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:00

Dr. X.J. Meng, University Distinguished Professor of Molecular Virology, is a virologist at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and studies emerging and reemerging viral diseases that impact veterinary and human public health.

Army awards Discovery Analytics Center researcher $300,000 to develop Big Data storytelling tool

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:00

Chang-Tien Lu, an associate professor of computer science, has been awarded a  $300,000 contract to develop a tool to sift through huge volumes of news, tweets, images, and other data to quickly uncover links between people and events.