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College of Science part of two international teams to win Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 00:00

Several faculty members with the College of Science are part of two international groups to win 2016 Breakthrough Prizes in Fundamental Physics for years-long projects involving the discovery and exploration of neutrino oscillations.

New book covers David Orden’s 30 years of research on agricultural trade policies

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 00:00

For three decades, the Virginia Tech professor has engaged in research and public policy education programs on the economics and political economy of domestic support policies; international trade negotiations; and technical barriers to trade.  

Virginia Tech study on New River trotlines reveals changing traditions in fishing

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 00:00

While the popularity of fishing for smallmouth bass is on the rise in Virginia's New River, researchers found the decades-old practice of fishing for catfish using trotlines is fading.

Scientists unexpectedly find ALS affects sensory neurons involved in movement

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 00:00

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists discovered neurons affected by ALS, commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease, could help speed the identification and testing of therapeutics. 

Arts and technology blend for OPERAcraft, the world's first video game opera

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 00:00

Experience OPERAcraft, a virtual opera created by a team of area high school students in the popular video game Minecraft, during a series of free public performances Dec. 3-5 in the Moss Arts Center Cube.

Engineers to study wireless networks in dense venues such as arenas, theaters

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 00:00

Allen MacKenzie and Walid Saad are lead investigators on a $1.37 million international research project that may lead to higher performance in wireless networks when large crowds gather.

Researchers find way to make resistant brain cancer cells sensitive to treatment

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 00:00

Scientists from the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and clinicians from Carilion Clinic have discovered how to sensitize drug-resistant human glioblastoma cells to chemotherapy.

Scientists earn grant to research potential behavioral treatment in prediabetic individuals

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 00:00

Scientists from the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and the University at Buffalo were awarded a collaborative grant of $2.4 million to investigate and improve maladaptive decision-making that may contribute to Type 2 diabetes. 

Photos: Tomatoes in trouble

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 00:00

Rangaswamy "Muni" Muniappan travels the globe to advise governments, organizations, and scientists on how to identify the invasive South American tomato leafminer and combat it. See pictures from his work.

Researcher wins $7.2 million award to promote healthy relationships, economic stability among low-income couples

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 00:00

Mariana Falconier will use the award for a project that will include 360 couples in Northern Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland.

Robert W. Walters honored with emeritus status

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 00:00

From 2007 to 2014, Walters served as vice president for research during which the research enterprise grew from $321.7 to $496.2 million.

Proposed School of Neuroscience expected to attract large interest from undergraduates

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 00:00

Virginia Tech’s proposed School of Neuroscience will study not only disorders of the brain, such as Alzheimer’s disease, but also the mind itself, including decision-making, behavior, and creativity.

Ten years post-Katrina, Tom Brandon still provides expertise on flood protection design methods

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 00:00

The Virginia Tech engineering professor is currently being funded by the Corps to work in transient seepage analysis through dams and levees at its Engineering Development and Research Center in Vicksburg, Mississippi. 

Study incorporates ecological processes into Earth system models to aid climate change predictions

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 00:00

Assistant Professor Quinn Thomas leads a $2.6 million U.S. Department of Agriculture grant focused on predicting how forest and agriculture management can be used to meet demands for food and fiber while having positive benefits for climate.

Virginia Tech takes part in multi-university effort to apply big data solutions to regional challenges

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 00:00

Virginia Tech joins universities across the south in big data research collaboration funded by National Science Foundation.

Researchers test 'smart' simulations to analyze unknown variables in immune response

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 00:00

Technology with the ability to predict how our bodies will manage chronic diseases promises to accelerate the discovery of new treatments and uncover hidden knowledge about how our immune system operates.

Students to network with nationally recognized innovators, entrepreneurs 'At the Nexus'

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 00:00

Alan Macy, a high-profile entrepreneur in the life sciences, will be among notable thought leaders at the Nov. 12-14 event, which is expected to draw more than 100 students.

Tim Warburton named John K. Costain Chair in the College of Science

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 00:00

At 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, Timothy Warburton will give the inaugural John K. Costain Chair Lecture, part of the College of Science’s Fall Roundtable 2015 weekend.

Virginia Tech identifies potential 'destination areas,' seeks faculty input

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 00:00

Faculty are asked to provide feedback about how their teaching and research links to 10 proposed "destination areas," or elements of curriculum and research that will differentiate Virginia Tech as a leading university.

New book explains how to model the immune system — 10 billion components at a time

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 00:00

The complexity of the human immune response has been difficult to characterize on a “big picture” level, but researchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech have written the book on how it can be done.