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Neutrino scientists to receive more than $1 million of Jefferson Laboratory electron beam time

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:00

The College of Science's Center for Neutrino Physics will receive nine days of beam time, valued at more than $1 million per week, to try to discover charge and space parity violation in neutrino physics.

Vaccination for nicotine addiction being developed with National Institutes of Health grant

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:00

Professor of Biological Systems Engineering Mike Zhang's research with a new vaccine may make nicotine addiction a relic of the 21st century, and give relief to the millions of smokers who are trying to kick the nicotine habit.

Doctoral student Karen Strat's work on cocoa research may yield sweet benefits for health

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 00:00

Karen Strat, a third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Human, Nutrition, Foods and Exercise, is in the midst of research exploring the health benefits of cocoa with project principal investigator Andrew Neilson, an assistant professor of food science and technology.

Hume Center names Jonathan Black associate director of research for aerospace systems

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:00

Jonathan Black will lead the center's research in unmanned aircraft and spacecraft, including the design and construction of a new ground station to facilitate small satellite missions.   

Research aims to preserve Great Plains by preventing woody shrubs from taking over

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:00

The research project, funded with a $1.3 million National Science Foundation grant, includes looking at governmental policies and social attitudes on the use of fire to reduce the vulnerability of grasslands to the invasion of woody plants.

Advances in 'tumor engineering' lead to grant to improve drug therapy

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 00:00

Certain malignant tumors have illustrated an ability to evolve in such a way that they are able to resist therapy in relatively fast time frames.

Popular wilderness area requires intensive management to remain natural

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 00:00

Recreation ecologist Jeff Marion revisited dozens of campsites in Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness that he had surveyed for his doctoral research in 1982.

Undergraduate studies how rhododendrons invade and conquer by disturbing nitrogen cycle

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 00:00

In soils under dense rhododendron stands, Virginia Tech researchers found microbes consume the available nitrogen for their own use to sustain metabolism and fuel growth.

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute awarded $1.7 million for new approach to addiction recovery

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 00:00

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists plan to use social media to help develop a new approach to addiction recovery, one that takes advantage of people’s instinct for social connectedness.

Muni Muniappan wins award for work in tropical agriculture

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 00:00

For his work in developing countries, Rangaswamy "Muni" Muniappan has will be honored today by the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development with its 2014 award for scientific excellence.

Researchers discover potential early-detection biomarker for 'bubble boy' disorder

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 00:00

Many people recognize "the bubble boy" as an unusual character from a "Seinfeld" episode or a John Travolta movie. Virginia Tech researchers have discovered a potential biomarker to detect the presence of severe combined immunodeficiency, or SCID.

Veterinary college establishes Collaborative Research Network for clinical trials

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 00:00

A referral network was recently established to enable specialty practices in Virginia and Maryland to participate in the veterinary college's cutting-edge research. Enrollment in clinical trials for companion animals is now expanding. 

U.S. Army looks to Daphne Yao to provide a more secure cyberspace

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 00:00

Computer scientist Daphne Yao's proposed solutions to prevent insider attacks in the cyber security world will provide a leap forward to stronger Army command and control of cyberspace capabilities on the battlefield as well as in day-to-day operations.

Nuclear reactor expert discusses ways to prevent Fukushima-like damage with scientists in Japan

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 00:00

Alireza Haghighat, a professor with the Nuclear Engineering Program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering,  discussed research related to the 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex with scientists in Japan.

Devi Parikh receives innovative Google Faculty Research Award

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 00:00

The ward comes with $92,000 of unrestricted funding and will allow Devi Parikh to work directly with Google researchers and engineers as they explore how to best teach machines from visual abstractions.

Bahareh Behkam invited to attend National Academies Keck Futures Initiative

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 00:00

Bahareh Behkam's research is at the intersections of physical chemistry, biophysics, and bio-hybrid microrobotics. Her work is supported by the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science.

Governor's Award nominee Jon Greene recognized for propelling unmanned aircraft into nation's skies

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 00:00

An associate director of the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science raised Virginia Tech's profile as a national leader of cutting-edge research in autonomous systems and technology.

Seeing trees for the forest: Scientists find new aspects to visual system development

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 00:00

Seeing is not a direct line; Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists examine the structure of circuits that transmit visual information.

Bacteria may be key to feeding nitrogen to plants, reducing harmful fertilizers

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 00:00

Birgit Scharf is using a grant from the National Science Foundation to use bacteria to provide nitrogen to crop plants. If successful the treatment could result in dramatically lowering environmentally hazardous nitrogen fertilizers.

Appraising appraisals: New study released on remuneration for real estate appraisals in Virginia

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 00:00

Prompted by significant changes to appraisal practice made by the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech and the Virginia Tech Program in Real Estate examined appraiser remuneration, investigating the concept of "customary and reasonable fees."