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Virginia Bioinformatics Institute-developed synthetic biology tool transitions to private sector

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 00:00

GenoCAD, a computer-assisted design environment for synthetic biology developed at Virginia Tech, has transitioned to GenoFAB LLC to engage new users and create new opportunities for innovation.

Unmanned aircraft system test site to host public meeting to discuss progress

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 00:00

The first in a series of public meetings hosted by Federal Aviation Administration test sites for unmanned aircraft will provide an opportunity for public questions and an overview of current activities. 

Introducing the single-cell maze runner

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 00:00

The findings of a Virginia Tech biomedical and engineering mechanics associate professor and his students on somersaulting single-cell organisms could impact the study of how the containment affects the behavior of organisms used in a wide variety of engineering and scientific applications.

T. Daniel Crawford named 2015 American Chemical Society Fellow

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 00:00

ACS Fellows are nominated by peers in the field and selected based on outstanding achievements in and contributions to the science/profession.

Researchers discover link between insulin response and energy producer in pre-diabetic people

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 00:00

Researchers made the connection by analyzing blood samples taken from 40 participants enrolled in the diaBEAT-it program, a long-term study run by multiple researchers in the Fralin Translational Obesity Research Center.

Mark Blanks named associate director of the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 00:00

The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership at Virginia Tech, which coordinates research into unmanned aircraft systems, has named Mark Blanks as its associate director. 

2015 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition honors Romesh Batra

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 00:00

He has led teams in the improved design of different types of armors such as bulletproof vests, tank walls, and shields to protect vehicles against an improvised explosive device generated blast.

Drug discovery researcher receives NSF support to examine enzymes that may improve human health

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 00:00

Pablo Sobrado and his research team study will receive nearly a half million dollars from the National Science Foundation to investigate enzymes that catalyze unique chemical reactions that are essential for microbial survival, but absent in humans.

Innovation Lab's work cuts crop losses, helps feed world's population, researchers say

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 00:00

Adopting integrated pest management practices could reduce food-crop losses by 50 percent, a big factor in feeding the world's billions, according to a journal article by Virginia Tech researchers.

Virginia Tech engineering students to launch experimental 3-D printer on NASA rocket ship

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 00:00

A Virginia Tech designed and built experimental prototype 3-D printer will fly aboard a 900-pound NASA two-stage Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket.on August 11 at Wallops Flight Facility. 

Preserving natural areas on campuses focus of Ecological Society of America sessions

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 00:00

Wildlife ecology professor Carola Haas has organized three sessions at the Ecological Society of American centennial meeting on preserving campus areas that have special ecological significance.

Cliff Ragsdale appointed academic director of Pamplin's big data center

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 00:00

The Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics supports research, teaching, and outreach to the business community in a range of activities connected to data-intensive decision making.

Institute for Society, Culture and Environment names Summer Scholars

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 00:00

Research topics range from the impacts of parental incarceration on high-risk youth to the identification of changing tissue in relation to breast cancer.

Researchers discover cancer markers may be visible early during human development

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 00:00

Researchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute have uncovered a link between the genomes of cells originating early in life with the development of tumors — a discovery that could lead to new ways to diagnose and treat cancer.

Mehdi Ahmadian receives international Withrow Award

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 00:00

Professor of Mechanical Engineering Mehdi Ahmadian is honored for his outstanding presentations at the technical sessions of the international Society of Automotive Engineers

Engineers invent way for cars to harvest energy from bumps in the road

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 00:00

As a car drives over bumpy roads, the new suspension system coverts that vibrational energy to electrical energy, says Lei Zuo, an associate professor of mechanical engineering.

Robert Parker earns national award for his vibration research

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 00:00

Robert Parker's pioneering work in vibrations garners him the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' N.O. Myklestad Award and the Ford Motor Company Chief Engineer Award, an honor rarely bestowed on anyone not directly employed by the industry.

Ariel Ahram testifies before U.S. House committee: 'ISIS war on women and girls is catastrophic'

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 00:00

Ahram was one of four witnesses at a hearing convened to better understand the vicious terrorist group by examining ISIS’s violence against women and girls and its increasing efforts to recruit female members to join its ranks.

Experts Directory from Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences now available

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 00:00

The new Experts Directory contains detailed descriptions of nearly 300 authoritative sources from the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Virginia Cooperative Extension. 

New insight on how crystals form may advance materials, health, and basic science research

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 00:00

In a discovery that has implications for materials science and the environment, an international group of researchers shows how nature uses a variety of pathways to grow crystals that go beyond the classical, one-atom-at-a-time route.

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