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Researcher, graduate student team up to investigate what's really in our water

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 00:00

Graduate student Amanda Sain's main project with researcher Andrea Dietrich has focused primarily on a specific aspect of human health -- what is the impact of exposure to manganese in water and air.

Scientists find possible neurobiological basis for tradeoff between honesty, self-interest

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 00:00

People prefer to be honest, even if lying is beneficial, say Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists. Using  economic games to study how the brain makes choices, they've come closer to pinpointing a region of the brain critical to honest and dishonest behavior.

Engineering faculty head underground mine studies focusing on safety and health

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 00:00

College of Engineering faculty members Emily Sarver and Kray Luxbacher are leading two federally-funded projects to improve mine safety and health for underground workers.

Y. Thomas Hou named Bradley Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 00:00

A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 2002, Y. Thomas Hou has done pioneering work in network systems and has made significant contributions in the areas of video streaming, Internet quality-of-service, wireless sensor networks, and cross-layer optimization for wireless networks.

Susan Sterett named associate director of research, director of the Metropolitan Institute

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 00:00

Susan Sterett’s scholarship focuses on the mobilization of law in administrative states, within both appellate courts and on the ground. Most recently, her research has centered on legal mobilization after disaster.

Engineers study bats to improve aviation travel

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 00:00

Graduate student Yuan Lin is working with Nicole Abaid to develop an air traffic control algorithm inspired by nature. They believe research on bat swarming behaviors can positively impact today's air traffic control system.

Bacterial infection models provide clues potentially useful for controlling gastric ailments

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 00:00

Researchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and Vanderbilt University Medical School are unraveling the mysteries of a bacterial infection associated with stomach ulcers and other problems.

Popular Science names College of Engineering's Nicole Abaid as one of 2014’s Brilliant 10

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 00:00

Popular Science magazine has named Nicole Abaid of Virginia Tech's Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics as one of its 2014 Brilliant 10. 

Innovation Center at VT, India takes center stage at board of visitors' research briefing

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 00:00

With the new VT, India Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science Innovation Center, Virginia Tech has become the first American university to have an engineering research center on the Indian subcontinent.

Sonja Schmid wins NSF CAREER Award to prepare next generation of nuclear emergency responders

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 00:00

Sonja Schmid will use National Science Foundation funding to develop a research, education, and outreach program for the next generation of nuclear emergency responders.

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists reveal cell secret potentially useful for vaccines

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 00:00

Researchers open a new page in the immune system's playbook, making a discovery that may one day make for more effective vaccines.

Greg Jenkins receives award for study on brainstorming meetings and fraud detection

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 00:00

The study can help auditors improve their decision-making processes related to fraud detection, as it identifies best practices from high-quality brainstorming meetings.

Allison Tegge wins National Institutes of Health fellowship to study liver's cellular processes

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 00:00

Allison Tegge is developing computer algorithms that will discover the code for inter-cellular signaling within the liver, which in turn, could lead to a similar understanding of other body organs.

The Internet was delivered to the masses; parallel computing is not far behind

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 00:00

The groundwork for Wu Feng's big data research in a "cloud" began about a decade ago. Today, this work is being formalized and extended as part of an National Science Foundation/Microsoft Computing in the Cloud grant that seeks to commoditize biocomputing in the cloud.

Virginia Tech welcomes first class of students in new, innovative doctoral program

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 00:00

The new interdisciplinary program in Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health will develop translational researchers who will transform fundamental biological discoveries into new approaches to prevent, diagnose, treat, and cure disease, as well as to provide the scientific basis for healthy lives.

Virginia Bioinformatics Institute researchers use new technique to shed light on inherited diseases

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 00:00

Researcher Hehuang Xie has found a way to trace patterns of a basic chemical process as it is passed through the generations in families. The finding could help reveal more about cancers and diseases.

Alexander Leonessa's disabilities research garners an NSF directorate position

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 00:00

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Alexander Leonessa will join the National Science Foundation as a program director.

Natural resources 'roadmap' to guide research, education, policy decisions

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 00:00

The new publication calls for an integrated approach to natural resources education, research, and management across funding agencies and academic disciplines.

Small rewards might lead to big results in alcohol abstinence

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:00

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientist earns grant to test feasibility of remote alcohol testing.

New social media surveillance tool vital to public health preparedness, researchers say

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 00:00

Researchers at Virginia Bioinformatics Institute have developed ChatterGrabber, a social media surveillance tool, that helps emergency preparedness professionals quickly address potential epidemics or terrorist threats.