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American, Chinese scholars undertake study of wintering shorebirds in China

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 00:00

Chinese scientists are tapping the passion and expertise of Professor Jim Fraser to launch a shorebird ecology research project at Poyang Lake, the largest freshwater lake in China and a wintering site for hundreds of thousands of migratory shorebirds.

Dr. Siba Samal elected to the American Academy of Microbiology

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 00:00

Dr. Siba Samal, an internationally recognized virologist and associate dean of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and will be recognized at the 114th American Society of Microbiology meeting in Boston, on May 20.

Roadside hope: Local volunteers to participate in testing of new diabetes prevention method

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 00:00

Researchers with the Fralin Translational Obesity Research Center are investigating whether a chemical in chicory -- a plant often used as a coffee substitute -- can be helpful to reduce the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Addicts who live in the moment may benefit most from certain kinds of treatment

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 00:00

An analysis across addictions and across treatments suggests that a simple cognitive test may be able to predict how well an individual struggling with addiction will respond to certain treatments, according to a study led by an addiction expert at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.

Dennis R. Dean reappointed J.B. Stroobants Professor of Biotechnology

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 00:00

Dennis R. Dean has generated a significant level of extramural funding for research through grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and the Department of Education.

Michael Friedlander to present final installment of Brain School 2014

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:00

This evening's presentation will be on "The Biological Basis of How We Learn, Remember, and Use Information."

Tests elucidate the odor properties of the contaminants affecting West Virginia residents

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:00

The complexities and implications of the chemical spill into West Virginia's Elk River keep growing, according to a study led by Virginia Tech professor.

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.