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Fralin Life Science Institute, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute reorganize to build efficiency, synergy

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 00:00

As part of a number of strategic moves to capitalize on research synergies at Fralin Life Science Institute and the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute scientific director Christopher Barrett, a world authority in simulation science, will take the reins as the institute's executive director.

Aviation partnership leader discusses next steps in unmanned aircraft systems testing

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 00:00

Make room, planes, jets, and helicopters -- a new type of aircraft is on the horizon. Virginia Tech is leading one of only six Federal Aviation Administration-approved test sites working to integrate unmanned aircraft into U.S. air space, an initiative that was discussed by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors this week.

Biological systems engineering scientist develops critical vaccines for human, pig diseases

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 00:00

Mike Zhang, professor of biological systems engineering, is conducting vaccine research in the new Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building I.

Virginia Tech launches new research and education network exchange in Atlanta

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 00:00

Virginia Tech has added a high-performance data network exchange facility in Atlanta, Ga., which improves the university's capacity for access to national and international research networks. The new facility complements an existing facility in the Washington, D.C.-area.

Neuroscientist investigates how brain repairs itself after a stroke

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 00:00

A neuroscientist at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine hopes that a better understanding of how the brain restores blood flow to damaged tissue following a stroke will offer new treatment clues for a leading cause of death in the United States.

Scientist pushes boundaries of food sensory research

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 00:00

Susan Duncan's new lab in the Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building 1 will allow her to use unprecedented technology to help consumers eat better, and food science industry leaders to make better products.

Stopping malaria transmission: A Virginia Tech biochemist is out for blood

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 00:00

An assistant professor of biochemistry is examining the crucial time when malaria is transmitted from a mosquito parasite to humans. The effort will attempt to identify new drug targets to prevent malaria.

Scientist makes fibers in a bottle

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 00:00

Justin Barone, associate professor of biological systems engineering, creates fibers in his lab that make everything from biodegradable plastics to building blocks for muscle tissue.

Food science and technology research helps to ensure a safer global food supply

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 00:00

Food-born pathogens such as Salmonella are becoming more prevalent in the spice trade and Assistant Professor of Food Science and Technology Monica Ponder is researching exactly why and how they thrive.

New College of Agriculture and Life Sciences building creates scientific synergy

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 00:00

The new facility, which officially opens on March 21, is home to state-of-the-art teaching and research equipment, and is already creating a synergy among faculty.

Preserving social carnivores is complicated

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 00:00

In a letter published in the March 14 issue of Science, Associate Professor Kathleen Alexander and her fellow researchers assert that carnivore management is not just a numbers game.

Virginia Tech ranked as elite among world universities

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 00:00

In a worldwide ranking of programs at universities, Virginia Tech ranked in the top 200 in 13 programs with 5 of those placed in the top 100.                                               

Grant supports undergraduate research in Interdisciplinary Water Sciences and Engineering

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 00:00

Faculty members from Virginia Tech colleges will receive a National Science Foundation grant to engage 30 undergraduates in the interdisciplinary aspects of water research over three years, starting this summer.

Researchers write languages to design synthetic living systems useful for new products, health care

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 00:00

Combining engineering approaches with biology, researchers have used a computer-aided design tool to create genetic languages to guide the design of biological systems.The goal of the effort is to engineer organisms that produce useful products or health-care solutions from inexpensive, renewable materials.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences contributes to record export numbers

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 00:00

Virginia Tech is helping to keep the commonwealth's number one industry in the green and agriculture the primary economic engine of the state.

West Virginia spill activates Virginia Tech engineers in effort to determine long-term effects of chemicals

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 00:00

Fueled by a $50,000 National Science Foundation Rapid Response Research grant, Virginia Tech engineers sprung into action when more than 10,000 gallons of a chemical mixture leaked from a storage tank near Charleston, W.Va., and entered a river upstream of a water-treatment plant in January.

Eight undergraduates to present research at annual ACC Meeting of the Minds Conference

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 01:00

Each of the 15 ACC member schools will send student representatives who will present their work through oral presentations, posters, or models and exhibits. The conference will be held April 3-5 at the University of Pittsburgh.

Coalition of business, education leaders warns of growing U.S. ‘innovation deficit’

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 01:00

National research and business leaders produce a video that suggests what federal funding should for the United States to remain the world’s innovation leader.

Brain Awareness Week to celebrate the world’s most complex and versatile computer

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 01:00

The Virginia Tech community will be celebrating that notable three-pound contraption -- the human brain -- during Brain Awareness Week, which officially begins March 10.

Virginia Tech hosting debut student competition to design 3-D printed aircraft, ground vehicles

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 01:00

Virginia Tech will play host to a first-time competition for students to deign on-demand, remote-controlled 3-D printed aircraft and ground vehicles as the Spring 2014 Additive Manufacturing Grand Challenge launches March 4.