Syndicate content
Updated: 3 days 17 hours ago

Finalists announced for the vice president for research and innovation

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 00:00

Executive Vice President and Provost Thanassis Rikakis invites the campus community to meet the finalists and to watch each candidate’s open forum presentation on “Research and Innovation at Virginia Tech: Vision and Strategies for the Future.” 

Wildlife graduate student investigates impact of environmental conditions on wood duck behavior

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 00:00

Thanks to Virginia Tech’s new Research Aviary, Sydney Hope investigates how the wood duck’s nesting environment affects its ability to perform certain behaviors important for survival, like leaving the nest to follow its family.

Emily Sarver lauded for promising young career linking mining with environmental concerns

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 00:00

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration awarded her one of its two national Career Development Grants. The award comes with a maximum of $300,000 over three years to support her research and teaching.

Virginia Tech to lead national, five-year study on head impacts in youth football

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 00:00

Stefan Duma is leading a $3.3 million, five-year study – the largest of its kind – that will track immediate and long-term neurological effects of mild traumatic brain injuries in children ages 9 to 10 who play football. 

Scientists develop new toolkit to examine molecular mechanisms of human disease

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 00:00

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientist Deborah Kelly and her team developed the new toolkit to examine, in detail, the BRCA1 protein and its associated parts in a near-native environment.

Multidisciplinary team awarded $1.1 million grant to focus on smart city infrastructure

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 00:00

The National Science Foundation awarded the grant to a research team led by Walid Saad, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, to develop a framework that can give smart city systems the resiliency to recover from cascading failures.

Virginia Tech remains one of the world's top universities in Times Higher Education rankings

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 00:00

Virginia Tech ranks 79 of only 147 U.S. universities to be placed in the top 400.

Virginia Tech-led research to create model to predict waterborne disease risk

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 00:00

Associate Professor Kathleen Alexander leads a National Science Foundation-funded study that will investigate the underlying processes that link the environment, wildlife, domestic animals, and humans in dryland river systems in Southern Africa.

Virginia Bioinformatics Institute researchers refine model to predict dangerous errors in cell division

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 00:00

A team of Virginia Tech researchers has refined a mathematical model that simulates the impact of genetic mutations on cell division -- a step that could provide insight into errors that produce and sustain harmful cells, such as those found in tumors.

Pigment from fossils reveals color of extinct mammals for the first time, researchers say

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 00:00

The researchers discovered the reddish brown color of two extinct species of bat from fossils dating back about 50 million years, marking the first time the colors of extinct mammals have been described through fossil analysis.

Global thought leaders lay groundwork to meet growing infrastructure demands

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 00:00

International leaders focused on ways to help cities overcome growing demands and shrinking resources at the recent annual International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure.

Russian flu project wins funding from National Endowment for the Humanities

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 00:00

With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Virginia Tech will collaborate on a project to create the first comprehensive searchable documentation of the 19th century Russian flu epidemic.

Biomedical engineering student developed new Lyme disease test, now working in cancer detection

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 00:00

Virginia Tech Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics' Temple Douglas is helping discover new cancer detection methods. While in high school, Douglas developed a new test for Lyme disease that uses urine.

Can group-living wildlife species survive the spread of disease?

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 00:00

Associate Professor Kathleen Alexander leads a National Science Foundation funded study that will examine how sociality and infectious disease interact and influence group and population level survival in social wildlife species.

3-D printing method can regenerate complex peripheral nerve injuries

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 00:00

Virginia Tech Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering's Blake Johnson is part of the biomedical breakthrough. The technology could provide a means of regenerating complex nerve injuries in humans.

Three engineering students to receive $30,000 Rolls-Royce Fellowships

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 00:00

The Rolls-Royce fellowship supports students pursuing topics of interest to Rolls-Royce, Virginia Tech, and other partners.

Fralin researchers examine whether beneficial bacteria could rescue threatened amphibians

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 00:00

By culturing and sequencing the DNA of naturally-occurring bacteria living on the skin of four amphibian species in Virginia, Virginia Tech researchers found samples that could be useful for developing probiotic treatments.

National publication names Tanner Upthegrove a top young audiovisual innovator

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 00:00

The media engineer for the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, joins eight other audiovisual professionals to make up "The Nine: The Next Class of AV Innovators" by Systems Contractor News.

Former University of Michigan president launches Beyond Boundaries project with lecture this week

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 00:00

Mary Sue Coleman’s tenure leading the University of Michigan was marked by a focus on entrepreneurship, innovation, interdisciplinary studies, global engagement, and a successful $3.2 billion capital fundraising campaign.

Birds that eat at feeders more likely to get sick, spread disease, international research team says

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 00:00

Researchers monitored the social and foraging behaviors of wild flocks of house finches, a common backyard songbird, to understand the spread of a naturally occurring bird disease called Mycoplasmal conjunctivitis, which is similar to "pink eye" in humans.