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New study of CRISPR-Cas9 technology shows potential to improve crop efficiency

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 00:00
The ability to alter several genes at once promises to advance researchers’ understanding of how genes interact to shape plant development and responses to environmental changes.

Enhancing national security by making intelligence software smarter

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 00:00
The Discovery Analytics Center and a Virginia-based defense company are working together on software that can predict and adapt to an intelligence analyst's needs.

Project Wing partners with Virginia Tech to test delivery by unmanned aircraft

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 12:05
The Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership and Project Wing are researching the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver food.

Virginia Tech partners with Nordic universities to host first international precision neuroscience conference

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 00:00
The conference, set for Oct. 5-7, will bring together neuroscientists, clinicians, and national health science leaders from the National Institutes of Health, and thought leaders from the pharmaceutical industry in the United States and Nordic nations, including Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden.

Scientists find new system in tomato’s defense against bacterial speck disease

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 00:00
The team, consisting of researchers from the Boyce Thompson Institute and Virginia Tech, identified a new receptor in tomato plants that triggers defenses against a bacterial attack.

Virginia Tech reveals $75 million plan to emphasize intelligent infrastructure

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 00:00
More than 80 faculty members from multiple colleges and institutes are involved in the initiative, as the university ties new assets into existing programs and research facilities.

Researchers examine how a protein molecule may link diabetes to Alzheimer's disease

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 00:00
Virginia Tech scientists are working to pinpoint why people with diabetes are prone to developing Alzheimer’s disease.

William Becker appointed associate professor of management

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 00:00
Becker’s research interests include work emotion, turnover, organizational neuroscience, and leadership. His latest study, regarding employer expectations about after-hours emails, has been widely reported in the media.

Virginia Tech, Carilion Clinic partnership, athletics facilities improvements highlight board of visitors meeting

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 16:00
The board also approved resolutions for campus improvements to the Upper Quad.

Research flights lay the groundwork for teaching unmanned aircraft to detect and avoid obstacles

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 00:00
In efforts to safely introduce more unmanned aircraft into the nation’s skies, Virginia Tech researchers and scientists from Brigham Young University have equipped an unmanned aircraft with a newly designed radar system and optical video cameras.

Head impact research points to ways to make football practice safer for youth

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 00:00
A Virginia Tech study suggests that limiting tackling drills in youth football practices could significantly reduce players’ exposure to serious head impacts.

Third class joins Virginia Tech’s translational biology, medicine, and health doctoral program

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 00:00
The doctoral program is the Virginia Tech Graduate School’s largest interdisciplinary program, with more than 200 members of Virginia Tech’s Faculty of Health Sciences teaching and mentoring the students.

Veterinary students gain valuable experience through summer research program

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 00:00
Held over an 11-week period in May, June, and July, the Summer Veterinary Student Research Program offers one week of research-driven short courses, funded travel to Washington, D.C., and nine weeks of mentor-guided laboratory training in animal models of disease.

Virginia Tech’s new data repository helps researchers share data

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 00:00
The easier data is to evaluate and reuse, the simpler it is for researchers to verify others’ results and understand what has already been tested in their fields. Open data repositories allow researchers to spend less time pursuing false leads and more time creating new knowledge.

Virginia Tech helmet lab expanding to test bicycle helmets and soccer headgear

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 00:00
Virginia Tech’s Helmet Ratings research lab, which has won international recognition for evidence-based ratings of football and hockey helmets, is adding bicycle helmets and soccer headgear to its testing program.

Replacing just one sugary drink with water could significantly improve health, Virginia Tech researcher finds

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 00:00
Consuming additional calories from sugary beverages like soda, energy drinks, and sweetened coffee can increase risk of weight gain and obesity, as well as Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Flint water quality improves, but safety measures still needed, Virginia Tech engineers say

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 15:30
"What our data clearly shows is Flint water is dramatically better,” Professor Marc Edwards said during a news conference Thursday at Virginia Tech. “Residents certainly should continue using bottled water and filters until notification from the Environmental Protection Agency or the state — no one is saying the water is safe.”

Students participating in government-funded school meal programs at higher risk of being overweight, Virginia Tech researcher finds

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 00:00
Students from low-income families and those who live in the Northeast, South, and rural America are most susceptible to the problem.

Pesticides used to help bees may actually harm them

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 00:00
A team led by a Virginia Tech scientist has found these pesticides may actually be damaging the bacteria communities in the guts of bees. The discovery, published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology, is a concern because alterations can affect honeybee health.

Major process improvements at Virginia Tech advance speed and success of research proposals

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 00:00
Summit is the university's customized solution for research administration processes. It is expected that the new system will enable faculty to improve the quality of submitted proposals and shorten the time required to prepare them.