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Virginia Tech ranked in top 10 percent among 3,500 of the world's best universities

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 00:00

Virginia Tech jumps 17 places to join the top 10 percent of universities in the world, according to 2015/16 QS World University Rankings.

Nanotechnology expertise earns Virginia Tech a place in National Science Foundation network

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 00:00

Virginia Tech has been selected to be part of a prestigious national network of universities with nanotechnology expertise. 

New method for modifying natural polymers could help bring lifesaving medications to market

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 00:00

Xiangtao Meng's award-winning research uses cellulose to create new materials for getting medicines to patients safely and effectively. 

Engineering’s Marc Edwards heads to Flint as part of study into unprecedented corrosion problem

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 00:00

Virginia Tech’s Marc Edwards is traveling to Flint, Michigan, as part of a National Science Foundation-funded $50,000 one-year study into a “perfect storm” of water distribution system corrosion problems.

New drug approach could offer relief to patients, hospitals fighting antibiotic resistance

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 00:00

New antibiotics developed by Virginia Tech researchers target the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, or staph, and the antibiotic resistant strains commonly known as MRSA.

Scientist receives grant to study underpinnings of hard-to-treat, hereditary breast cancer

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 00:00

People with a BRCA1 gene mutation are at higher risk for breast cancer, but no treatments exist to specifically target this problem. Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute researcher Deborah Kelly plans to inform treatment options by understanding the structural mutations that give rise to cancer.

Scientists use Virginia Tech-developed tool to create genetic language to program plants

Thu, 09/10/2015 - 00:00

Using a computer-assisted design application for synthetic biology developed at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, researchers from the Slovenia National Institute of Biology have created a genetic language to program plants.

Virginia Tech Board of Visitors approves proposed design of new dairy and animal science facilities

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 00:00

The $7.6 million facility will include an applied reproductive physiology facility adjacent to the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, an intensive metabolic research facility at the Kentland Farm complex, and a bovine extension, teaching and research facility on Plantation Road. 

Virginia Bioinformatics Institute researchers join international effort to fill gaps in nutrition science

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 00:00

An international team of researchers, including scientists at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, has identified key opportunities in nutrition science to address projected gaps in food availability.

New techniques promise better containment of contaminants from environmental disasters

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 00:00

Virginia Tech engineers and scientists join with investigators at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and the University of California at Berkeley on a $2.6 million National Science Foundation grant.

Virginia Bioinformatics Institute researchers get NSF support to measure social networks' influence

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 00:00

A team of scientists led by Virginia Tech researchers has received a $950,000 National Science Foundation grant to study the ways that ideas and behaviors are spread through large social networks like Twitter.

Virginia Tech creates Office of Medical Informatics Translation, Training, and Ethics

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 00:00

The focus of the Office of Medical Informatics Translation, Training and Ethics will be on pioneering research, training the next generation of scientists in the field, and facilitating entrepreneurship.

Research growth, student opportunities in spotlight at Board of Visitors research session

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 00:00

Growth in terms of research and development expenditures, faculty discoveries, and student experiential learning came to the forefront at the Board of Visitors research committee session on Sunday.

Building a silage chopper by Virginia Tech engineers sounds easy, but not if it is for Senegal

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 00:00

Engineering students at Virginia Tech participate in a multitude of senior design projects, including international endeavors.  

Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership explores tethered drone opportunities with Florida company

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 00:00

Test flights began this month in Jacksonville, Florida, to explore the reliability, safety, and commercial-use cases for the company’s family of tethered drones

'Brainbow' tagging research reveals surprising data about visual connections in brain

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 00:00

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists examine evidence – gathered from visual circuits – that disputes a widely accepted belief about brain development.

Bioprinting research pioneer Wei Sun to serve as visiting scholar with series of lectures

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 00:00

The Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute and the Fralin Life Science Institute at Virginia Tech next week will welcome Wei Sun, a pioneer in bioprinting, as a visiting scholar.

Virginia Bioinformatics Institute scientists reveal cellular clockwork that underlies inflammation

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 00:00

Researchers have uncovered key cellular functions that help regulate inflammation — a finding the could illuminate major health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer.

Professors seek to find ways to reduce time spent studying for doctoral degrees

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 00:00

The National Science Foundation awarded $1.28 million to Virginia Tech engineering education faculty members Stephanie Adams and Holly Matusovich to offer a Dissertation Institute to evaluate issues that could lead to shortening a student's time to earn a doctoral degree.

Science historian Naomi Oreskes to visit Virginia Tech and Lyric Theatre Sept. 2

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 00:00

The science historian will give a 4 p.m. distinguished lecture entitled "Should We Trust Science? Perspectives from the History and Philosophy of Science" at the Lyric Theatre, followed by a question and answer period and book signing.