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Fralin Life Science Institute researchers pinpoint traits that help 'urban' mosquito transmit malaria

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 00:00

Researchers associated with the Fralin Life Science Institute are building an important genomic model useful to identify potential targets for mosquito control. Studies of immunity genes in mosquitoes will offer insight into controlling dangerous mosquito-borne diseases.

Tech Entrepreneurship Conference creates opportunities for innovation

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 11:40

On Saturday, Nov. 15, alumni entrepreneurs and investors will share their insights and best practices during panel discussions to be held at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Event Center located at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.

Discovery Analytics Center adds Peter Hauck to lead software development team

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 00:00

Peter Hauck, a former quantitative analyst for Google, has been added to the Discovery Analytics Center's Early Model-Based Event Detection using Surrogates project.

Ravi Tandon brings information theory expertise to Discovery Analytics Center

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 00:00

The Discovery Analytics Center, which is is housed in the Department of Computer Science and receives support from the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science, will harness Ravi Tandon's knowledge of information theory in order to improve the quality of data collected in its large-scale research projects.

Groundwater patches play vital role in forest health, water quality, Virginia Tech researcher says

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 00:00

Nitrogen is an important nutrient for plants, but in streams, it can be a problem. Virginia Tech researchers working with counterparts at Cornell University have discovered that patches of groundwater in the soil act as hot spots for microbes that return nitrogen to the atmosphere. The discovery sheds light on the health of a forest. 

International Mineral Processing Congress honors Roe-Hoan Yoon with lifetime achievement award

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 00:00

Since the 1980s, Roe-Hoan Yoon and his colleagues at Virginia Tech have developed various advanced separation processes for the minerals and coal industries. The first three have been commercialized, and the last will soon be tested at a pilot scale.

Graduate student exploring ways to make riding a motorcycle safer using connected driving data

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 00:00

Virginia Tech master's degree student Alexandria Noble is exploring ways to improve road safety for motorcyclists, using connected-vehicle technology and naturalistic driving research developed by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

Environmental Protection Agency recognizes doctoral student's research on birds

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 00:00

Laura Schoenle is interested in how mercury contamination affects the levels of a stress hormone called glucocorticoid in birds. She is afellow in the new Interfaces of Global Change interdisciplinary graduate education program funded by the Graduate School with support from the Fralin Life Science Institute.

Why do we go to work when we're sick? Virginia Tech researchers to examine public health issues

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 00:00

A transdisciplinary team of scientists at Virginia Tech received a $1.75 million, five-year National Institutes of Health grant to plan better communicable disease strategies using a systems science approach that combines social behavior with mathematical modeling. 

New technology shows promise for delivery of therapeutics to the brain

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 00:00

The researchers from the Virginia Tech -- Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences have created a tool for blood-barrier-brain disruption that uses bursts of sub-microsecond bipolar pulses to enhance the transfer of large molecules to the brain.

Barbara Allen receives French grant to educate communities on environmental health issues

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 00:00

Barbara Allen will lead a 30-month community-based research project in two industrial fence line areas near Marseille, France. The study is designed to educate citizens on the current state of resident health; inform future environmental health research; and influence policy. 

Liberal or conservative? Brain responses to disgusting images help reveal political leanings

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 23:00

In a study published in the upcoming issue of Current Biology, an international team of scientists reports that the strength of a person’s reaction to repulsive images can forecast their political ideology.

Ali Butt and Chao Wang receive grant to solve problems of big data processing

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 23:00

College of Engineering faculty members Ali Butt and Chao Wang received a $750,000 National Science Foundation grant to improve technology for processing big data.

Campus safety and security further enhanced with technology

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 23:00

Converged Technologies for Security, Safety, and Resilience is facilitating cross-disciplinary collaborations that are having a positive impact on safety, security, and resilience at Virginia Tech and the wider community.

Tire and vehicle research groups undergo new structure as work spreads to international levels

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 23:00

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute combines its Halifax County, Virginia, vehicle, tire research centers into new Global Center for Automotive Performance Simulation.

Timothy Long named new director of Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 23:00

Timothy Long, a professor of chemistry in the College of Science, will work to maintain and advance the national and international ranking of the polymer program, nurture team science, and uphold the university's reputation as a user-friendly resource for industry.

Modeling cancer: Virginia Tech researchers prove mathematical models can predict cellular processes

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 23:00

Researchers developed mathematical models to predict the dynamics of cell transitions, and compared their results with actual measurements of activity in cell populations. The results could inform efforts to treat cancer patients.

Neutrino scientists to receive more than $1 million of Jefferson Laboratory electron beam time

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 23:00

The College of Science's Center for Neutrino Physics will receive nine days of beam time, valued at more than $1 million per week, to try to discover charge and space parity violation in neutrino physics.