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2016 ACC Creativity and Innovation fellows hard at work this summer

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 15:00
Allison Moser, one of six Virginia Tech students serving as a fellow this summer, is researching cottontail rabbits in the North Carolina highlands.

Task force calls for community action to combat addiction epidemic

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 00:00
A summit will take place on July 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, and feature experts and those directly affected by addiction and substance abuse.

Unmanned aircraft researchers with Virginia Tech explore air traffic issues in power line inspections

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 00:00
Officials with the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership, Dominion Virginia Power, and HAZON Solutions conducted drone research flights last week to determine the need for air- or ground-based visual observers during power line inspections.

Fralin Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow digs deep to investigate optimal plant production

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 00:00
Farmers often use fertilizers to help plants grow. Finding a way to make naturally occurring symbiotic relationships more efficient could be an alternative. This summer Fellow Chelsea Cereghino is examining rhizobia bacteria’s relationship with two legumes.

Income, education gaps influence breastfeeding, but policy and family history are factors, too

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 00:00
Researchers focused on nondemographic factors that might help explain the differences in breastfeeding among black, white, and Hispanic mothers in the United States. They found a surprising discrepancy in the mothers’ initial decision to breastfeed — black mothers were nine times more likely to be given formula for their babies than white mothers in the hospital.

Fralin Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow aims to help moms with children with autism

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 00:00
Stress in moms with children who have autism spectrum disorder is a common problem, but there are few organized resources available to help.

Summer Scholars program supports interdisciplinary research

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 00:00
The Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment funds the summer grant program. This year's recipients will study everything from emotion socialization in Appalachia to food security and sovereignty in Guatemala.

Virginia Tech’s first immersive environment specialist makes virtual reality accessible

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 00:00
The Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology’s Zach Duer helps faculty and students create augmented and virtual reality environments in the Cube at the Moss Arts Center.

Dennis Dean joins international research team devoted to creating self-fertilizing plants, curbing world hunger

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 00:00
About 795 million people — 1 in 9 people on Earth — do not have enough food for a healthy lifestyle, with the majority of those living in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, according to the World Food Programme.

Virginia Tech researchers itching to learn more about poison ivy on the Appalachian Trail

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 13:00
John Jelesko, David Haak, and Lynn Resler are mapping and surveying the growth patterns of poison ivy.

Virginia Tech researchers’ discovery could lead to more environmentally friendly consumer products

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 00:00
A team from the university developed a way to make versatile alcohols from yeast, a discovery that could mean creating products, such as detergents and makeups, historically made with petroleum, without fossil fuels. Their findings were recently published in Scientific Reports.

Researchers find more aggressive behavior in city birds than rural ones

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 00:00
No need to hit the movie theater or download the app: Angry Birds can be found right in your backyard this summer — if you live in the suburbs, that is. Virginia Tech researchers found in Southwest Virginia that birds living in suburban areas show significantly higher levels of territorial aggression than their country counterparts.

Research team formed to invent new material for use on Drillfield Paths

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 00:00
The team's research, along with the feedback collected from students, employees, and community members, will be used by a university Drillfeld Paths Committee to develop a recommendation for a permanent solution.

Veterinary college and Maryland clinic helping hyperthyroid cats

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 00:00
Veterinarians at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech and the VCA Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, Maryland, are hoping their clinical research will address gaps in treatment for cats with hyperthyroidism.

Mini Dairy at Virginia Tech from Israel-based TESSA industries will boost boutique fermentation industry

Sun, 07/10/2016 - 00:00
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, on a trade trip to Israel this week to promote the state’s many assets and resources, announced the agreement between Virginia Tech and TESSA.

Community Learning project added to Virginia Tech/Arlington partnership in MetroLab Network

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 00:00
The first phase of the Virginia Tech/Arlington County Community Learning project developed a sustainable data framework that encapsulates a general approach for re-purposing data, from discovery to analysis to inference.

Brain injury expert begins role as interim director of the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science

Sun, 07/03/2016 - 00:00
Duma, who is internationally recognized for his pioneering work in injury biomechanics and traumatic brain injury, will serve as interim director for two years.

Leadership transition for the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 00:00
Mark Blanks succeeds Rose Mooney, who has served as the executive director since April 2014. Mooney will remain with the organization as a senior advisor.

Virginia Tech team heads to Flint, Michigan, for third round of water testing

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 00:00
Kits for this latest round of tests will be assembled on July 5 in Durham Hall on Virginia Tech's Blacksburg campus.