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Engineering's Devi Parikh seeks to lessen failures in computerized visual recognition programs

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:00

Devi Parikh's $150,000 U.S. Army Research Office Young Investigators' Award seeks to improve computer programs that use facial or image recognition systems, and to create methods for computer programs to communicate failures as they happen

Study of dead wood in old-growth Iranian forest provides information for forest management

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 00:00

Associate Professor Carolyn Copenheaver collaborated with researchers in Iran on the importance of dead wood, an often-overlooked forest feature, in old-growth forest ecosystems.

Seeding success in India turns coconut dust into gold

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 00:00

Thanks to the intervention of a Virginia Tech-led program, farmers in southern India are producing much healthier vegetables. The innovative method of using coconut dust in seedling trays creates jobs for women, helping to raise the standard of living.

Virginia Tech to join Rolls-Royce's university technology partnership network

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:00

In 2008, then Gov. Tim Kaine said bringing Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia aboard when discussions were ongoing about Rolls-Royce having a presence in the Commonwealth was "key" to the state's success. Now, Rolls-Royce is expanding upon that initial partnership by creating a University Technology Partnership with the two universities.

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute names Marcia Donnelson director of proposal development

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:00

Marcia Donnelson has more than 10 years of experience serving in research administration at several universities, including Colorado State University, the University of Nebraska, and East Tennessee State University.

Passion for Virus Tracker in a Box is contagious for kids who want to learn more about bioscience

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:00

"Virus Tracker in a Box" allows students to use bar-coded wristbands to follow the path of a virus in real time, from an initial infection to a schoolwide “epidemic,” revealing that the total number of people someone "affects" can be much greater than just those they directly "infect."

Abecedarian Project pioneer lauds new evidence supporting early educational interventions

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 00:00

One of the founders of the landmark early childhood intervention known as the Abecedarian Project says the project continues to produce new insights into health outcomes.

College of Engineering student team to compete in NASA-sponsored planetary robotics competition

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 00:00

A Virginia Tech College of Engineering team is building a six-wheeled planetary robot and will soon travel to Houston's Johnson Space Center as part of the 2014 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Challenge

More than 100 undergraduates to present their research and creative scholarship at 12th annual Undergraduate Research Conference

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 00:00

The conference will feature oral presentations by 40 students and 70 poster presentations. The faculty, staff, students, and the community are welcome to attend.

Photos: Seedlings in India

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 00:00

Thanks to the intervention of a Virginia Tech-led program, farmers in southern India are producing much healthier vegetables. The method of using coconut dust in seedling trays is innovative and is creating jobs for women, helping to raise the standard of living.

Nature's extreme events provide immediate lessons

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 00:00

Virginia Tech's Nina Starks of civil and environmental engineering was selected for a small team of experts sponsored by the National Science Foundation to study the effects of historic flooding that occurred after a devastating earthquake in the Christchurch area of New Zealand.

ArtsFusion seminar examines the impacts of evolving technology and connectivity

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 00:00

Presented by the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology's ArtsFusion seminar on Wednesday, April 9, MAYA Design president and chief executive officer Mickey McManus will discuss new opportunities for innovation.

Doug Bowman lauded for his achievements in virtual reality

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 00:00

The recipient of an international award for his work in virtual reality, Virginia Tech Professor of Computer Science Doug Bowman has also advised award-winning student-design teams.

American, Chinese scholars undertake study of wintering shorebirds in China

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 00:00

Chinese scientists are tapping the passion and expertise of Professor Jim Fraser to launch a shorebird ecology research project at Poyang Lake, the largest freshwater lake in China and a wintering site for hundreds of thousands of migratory shorebirds.

Dr. Siba Samal elected to the American Academy of Microbiology

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 00:00

Dr. Siba Samal, an internationally recognized virologist and associate dean of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and will be recognized at the 114th American Society of Microbiology meeting in Boston, on May 20.

Roadside hope: Local volunteers to participate in testing of new diabetes prevention method

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 00:00

Researchers with the Fralin Translational Obesity Research Center are investigating whether a chemical in chicory -- a plant often used as a coffee substitute -- can be helpful to reduce the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Addicts who live in the moment may benefit most from certain kinds of treatment

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 00:00

An analysis across addictions and across treatments suggests that a simple cognitive test may be able to predict how well an individual struggling with addiction will respond to certain treatments, according to a study led by an addiction expert at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.

Dennis R. Dean reappointed J.B. Stroobants Professor of Biotechnology

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 00:00

Dennis R. Dean has generated a significant level of extramural funding for research through grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and the Department of Education.

Michael Friedlander to present final installment of Brain School 2014

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:00

This evening's presentation will be on "The Biological Basis of How We Learn, Remember, and Use Information."

Tests elucidate the odor properties of the contaminants affecting West Virginia residents

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:00

The complexities and implications of the chemical spill into West Virginia's Elk River keep growing, according to a study led by Virginia Tech professor.