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Virginia Tech climbs to 38 in National Science Foundation research rankings

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 00:00

Virginia Tech is the only Virginia institution in the top 50 of the National Science Foundation rankings. Virginia Tech is among the top 25 public research universities and continues to rank in the top 5 percent of universities in the nation. 

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientist selected for honorary society

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 00:00

Warren Bickel has dedicated his professional life to carrying out research on how and why people make the choices that lead from addiction to recovery.

New Microsoft TV commercial features Computer Science's Wu Feng and his efforts to spur medical discoveries

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 00:00

Microsoft is debuting this week a new television commercial featuring Wu Feng, a professor with the Virginia Tech College of Engineering.

Photos: Global Change Center will tackle large-scale problems

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 00:00
    Virginia Tech researchers affiliated with the Global Change Center seek to confront global changes and their complex interactions as they increasingly threaten the environment and society.

Plant-based molecule may be key to cleanup of Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 00:00

A Virginia Tech professor is part of a team that discovered that a unique molecule produced from a component of plant cell walls may help to remove radioactive cesium from contaminated water being held at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

Dennis Dean to serve as interim vice president for research at Virginia Tech

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 00:00

A new vice president for research at Virginia Tech is expected to be named this summer. Until then, Fralin Life Science Institute Director Dennis Dean will serve as interim vice president.

In a severe flu season, Virginia Tech researcher searches for better ways to prevent infections

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 00:00

Virginia Tech professor Linsey Marr is studying how the disease is transmitted through the air, in hopes that her results will lead to new strategies to fight the flu. 

Veterinary researcher to develop new vaccine against swine disease

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 00:00

Christopher Overend, postdoctoral associate in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, hopes to develop a candidate vaccine against porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus.

Successful natural resource management built on trust

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 00:00

Associate Professor Marc Stern studied how four forms of trust between stakeholders play a role in building resilient collaborations for natural resource management.

Researchers call for changes in 50 year-old drinking water standards

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 00:00

Andrea Dietrich, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech, and a colleague at the Philadelphia Water Department, are calling for a review of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's secondary standards for maintaining consumers' confidence in tap water as well as in its sensory quality.

Matt Eatherton is developing a self-centering beam to better withstand earthquakes

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 00:00

For the past two years, Matt Eatherton of the Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has used a National Science Foundation grant to develop a structural building component called a self-centering beam which could protect lives, reduce or eliminate structural repair costs, and reduce business downtime due to earthquakes.

In new discovery, paleontologist names a carnivorous reptile that preceded dinosaurs

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 00:00

Sterling Nesbitt, an assistant professor of geological sciences, has been responsible for naming more than half a dozen reptiles (including dinosaurs) in his young career. His latest addition to the paleontological vernacular is Nundasuchus, a 9-foot-long carnivorous reptile with steak knifelike teeth and bony plates on the back.

Kitchen of the future to debut in Las Vegas

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 00:00

The Virginia Tech Center for Design Research's modular kitchen, part of a larger research project to build a complete FutureHAUS, will debut Jan. 20-22 at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas.

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists developing speedy test for autism spectrum disorder

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 00:00

Scientists have designed a two-minute brain-imaging test that may be able to aid in the diagnosis of children with autism spectrum disorder.

Linsey Marr studies health impacts of engineered nanomaterials

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 00:00

Linsey Marr, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, is part of the National Science Foundation's Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology and her research group has characterized airborne nanoparticles at every point of their life cycle.

Transportation institute’s New England Journal of Medicine article vaults into top-read ranks

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 00:00

A study by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute researchers published in the New England Journal of Medicine has vaulted to the Top 15 most-read of more than 10,000 studies published by the prestigious, 200-year-old journal.

Tom Ewing receives National Endowment for Humanities grant to lead summer seminar

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 00:00

The Spanish flu epidemic of 1918 will be the topic of a three-week summer seminar for teachers, led by Virginia Tech Professor Tom Ewing with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Robert Parker co-wins award for research into vibrations of planetary gears

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 00:00

Robert Parker won the 2014 Doak Award with Chris Cooley, an assistant professor at Southern Illinois University and a former doctoral student of Parker’s, for a 2013 paper that focuses on unforeseen vibrations in high-speed planetary gears.

University awarded $18 million for integrated pest management program in developing countries

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 00:00

The program, which targets many countries expected to be heavily affected by climate change, works with farmers by teaching and spreading sustainable pest-management practices.

College of Engineering forms Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 00:00

Stefan Duma, who holds the Harry C. Wyatt Professorship and is world renowned for his research in injury biomechanics, will lead the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics.