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Researchers study whether DVD-delivered fitness plan helps at-risk older adults

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 00:00

Researchers found that, despite the digital era, newspaper advertisements were still the most successful means for recruiting at-risk older adults.

Danfeng Yao named L-3 Communications Cyber Faculty Fellow

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 00:00

A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 2010, Danfeng "Daphne" Yao has broad experience working with system, network, and program security. 

Treating addiction with technology

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 00:00

Warren Bickel, a professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, and his team developed a computerized treatment program aimed at helping people become fluent in the language of recovery.

Aerospace student pilots unmanned planes with an eye toward a future academic career

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 00:00

After he was introduced to Virginia Tech's Nonlinear Systems Lab, where students could validate research on their own aerial autonomous systems that they also designed, built and tested, Mark Palframan found he was hooked.

Christopher Williams named W.S. Pete White Chair for Innovation in Engineering Education

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 00:00

A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 2007, Christopher Williams has impacted hundreds of engineering students through his innovative teaching methods that use interactive classroom instruction technologies combined with hands-on learning experiences.

Eastern hemlocks that have survived insect infestation have a story to tell

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 00:00

Researchers in the College of Natural Resources and Environment found that in some environments, eastern hemlock trees infested with the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid can continue to grow, despite the odds against them.

Amy Pruden receives innovation award and grant for her work in water quality

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 00:00

Amy Pruden will use the award grant "to help the water industry achieve an innovative and practical approach to achieving water sustainability while also addressing consumers' concerns about the real and growing problem of antibiotic resistance."

Virginia Tech joins $30 million effort to curb head injuries among college athletes, military personnel

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 00:00

Virginia Tech is participating in a new, landmark $30 million national effort sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the U.S. Department of Defense to combat concussions among college athletes and active service military personnel.

Shengfeng Cheng uses high-performance computing to design new materials

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 00:00

Shengfeng Cheng, assistant professor physics, has developed a high-performance computing system to design molecules at the atomistic scale and create new materials with highly sought after properties.

Tooth buried in bone shows two prehistoric predators tangled across land, sea boundaries

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 00:00

When the largest dinosaurs were the size of dogs, the top aquatic and terrestrial carnivores didn't often interact -- or so it was thought. 

Virginia Bioinformatics Institute models provided early alert to deadly potential of Ebola outbreak

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 00:00

A statistical report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention aligns with a previously released estimate by a national group of scientists, including simulation scientists with the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute.

Computer science and statistics team awarded $1 million to make Big Data more user-friendly

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 00:00

A team of researchers from computer science and statistics has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation that aims to make Big-Data analytics usable for nonspecialists.

Nina Stark creates waves on recent trip to study ocean engineering

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 00:00

Civil and environmental engineer Nina Stark is part of a team conducting surveys and extracting samples that could predict the development of the Arctic in the future. 

New evidence of ancient multicellular life sets evolutionary timeline back 60 million years

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 00:00

Virginia Tech geobiologist Shuhai Xiao, with collaborators from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, published a discovery in the journal Nature that sheds new light on multicellular fossils from a time 60 million years before a vast growth spurt of life known as the Cambrian Explosion occurred on Earth.

Researcher, graduate student team up to investigate what's really in our water

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 00:00

Graduate student Amanda Sain's main project with researcher Andrea Dietrich has focused primarily on a specific aspect of human health -- what is the impact of exposure to manganese in water and air.

Scientists find possible neurobiological basis for tradeoff between honesty, self-interest

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 00:00

People prefer to be honest, even if lying is beneficial, say Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists. Using  economic games to study how the brain makes choices, they've come closer to pinpointing a region of the brain critical to honest and dishonest behavior.

Engineering faculty head underground mine studies focusing on safety and health

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 00:00

College of Engineering faculty members Emily Sarver and Kray Luxbacher are leading two federally-funded projects to improve mine safety and health for underground workers.

Y. Thomas Hou named Bradley Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 00:00

A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 2002, Y. Thomas Hou has done pioneering work in network systems and has made significant contributions in the areas of video streaming, Internet quality-of-service, wireless sensor networks, and cross-layer optimization for wireless networks.

Susan Sterett named associate director of research, director of the Metropolitan Institute

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 00:00

Susan Sterett’s scholarship focuses on the mobilization of law in administrative states, within both appellate courts and on the ground. Most recently, her research has centered on legal mobilization after disaster.

Engineers study bats to improve aviation travel

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 00:00

Graduate student Yuan Lin is working with Nicole Abaid to develop an air traffic control algorithm inspired by nature. They believe research on bat swarming behaviors can positively impact today's air traffic control system.