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

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 23:00

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

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 23:00

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

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 23:00

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

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 23:00

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

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 23:00

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

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 23:00

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

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 23:00

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

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 23:00

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

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 23:00

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

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 23:00

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

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 23:00

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

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 23:00

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

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 23:00

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

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 23:00

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

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 23:00

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

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 23:00

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.