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Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists discover beliefs can be just as powerful as nicotine

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:00

The research found that beliefs can regulate the effects of nicotine on the human brain. The discovery could lead to new ways to treat addiction. 

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientist gets $2 million grant to study childhood virus

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 01:00

Rotavirus infects nearly all children worldwide within the first five years of life. Despite decades of research, little is known about how the virus propagates.

Bahareh Behkam wins National Science Foundation award to develop new methods to combat cancer

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 01:00

Her research will focus on investigating interactions between bacteria and tumor associated cells in a 3-D tumor model and developing engineered methods to locally modulate these interactions. The long-term goal of this project is to enhance the efficacy of bacteria-based cancer therapy.

Life science researchers discover possible drug target to combat sleeping sickness

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 01:00

Scientists identified a possible way to keep the parasite that transmits sleeping sickness from reproducing, reducing the health dangers to its human hosts.

College of Engineering breaks new ground, climbs in national research rankings

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 01:00

Virginia Tech's College of Engineering has climbed to its highest ranking in the National Science Foundation's report on engineering schools' research expenditures with $214.48 million in research expenditures, representing 43 percent of the total for the university.

Too many food choices exacerbate the battle against obesity, researchers find

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 01:00

A new study in mice by researchers at Virginia Tech and the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine has shown that having too many food choices increases the obesity problem.

Inaugural heart school events will get rescheduled

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 01:00

The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute Heart School 2015 events scheduled the week of Feb. 16 were postponed because of winter weather.

A dog lives on; now the stage is being set for treating humans

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 01:00

The National Cancer Institute awarded Scott Verbridge, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics, a $386,149 research grant to move a glioblastoma treatment a step closer to being used on humans. 

Professor seeks to improve steel structures via geometrical cutouts that better absorb loads

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 01:00

Civil Engineering's Matthew Eatherton will be using a $500,000 National Science Foundation CAREER Award to research how steel plates with  geometric patterns – or voids – cut into them can better withstand extreme loads.

University launching second 3-D printed vehicle design competition

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 01:00

There's an information session today at 5 p.m. in 190 Goodwin Hall on campus in Blacksburg. This year’s competition will expand beyond Virginia Tech and include participants from the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Virginia Tech to confront environmental problems through interdisciplinary Global Change Center

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 01:00

The center's aim is to confront large-scale environmental problems such as habitat loss, invasive species, pollution, disease, and climate change with interdisciplinary, innovative team science.

Making smart materials even smarter earns Pablo Tarazaga a prestigious Air Force award

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 01:00

Tarazaga, an expert in the field of smart materials, received the 2015 Air Force Young Investigator Award. He is one of only 57 scientists and engineers in the U.S. to receive this honor.

Energy-efficient rental housing can save residents more than $600 per year, study says

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 01:00

The study, conducted by the Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech for Housing Virginia, found the potential for additional savings through education and incentives.

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute to head new study focused on trucker safety and fatigue

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 01:00

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is heading a new $4 million study of restart breaks of commercial truck drivers’ safety performance and fatigue levels for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.  

Re-creating a tornado in 3-D provides a more effective way to study storms

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 01:00

Meteorologists from The Weather Channel broadcast segments on the unique re-creation of the Moore, Oklahoma, tornado in the Cube at the Moss Arts Center, a joint project between the Department of Geography and the Institute of Creativity, Arts, and Technology.

An engineering approach aids Georgetown breast cancer researchers

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 01:00

A team of oncology and genetic researchers from Georgetown University and engineers and bioinformatics specialists from Virginia Tech collaborated in an effort designed to study the living cell as an information processing system.

Video: Earthquake research in Chile could shake up the field of seismology

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 01:00

Learn, in this two-minute video, how an earthquake researcher in Chile is employing seed money from Virginia Tech as well as expertise from the university's own earthquake researchers.

Virginia Tech researcher helped find new way to use electric fields to deliver cancer treatment

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 01:00

Lissett Bickford, who now directs a lab at the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science, worked on the study during her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Researchers to begin work with news organizations in an effort to advance aerial journalism

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 01:00

Leaders with the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership at Virginia Tech have sketched out a plan that involves user-training and test flights to conduct research that may one day help reporters use unmanned aircraft to gather news.

Virginia Tech climbs to 38 in National Science Foundation research rankings

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 01:00

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.