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Life science researchers discover possible drug target to combat sleeping sickness

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 01:00

Scientists identified a possible way to keep the parasite that transmits sleeping sickness from reproducing, reducing the health dangers to its human hosts.

College of Engineering breaks new ground, climbs in national research rankings

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 01:00

Virginia Tech's College of Engineering has climbed to its highest ranking in the National Science Foundation's report on engineering schools' research expenditures with $214.48 million in research expenditures, representing 43 percent of the total for the university.

Too many food choices exacerbate the battle against obesity, researchers find

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 01:00

A new study in mice by researchers at Virginia Tech and the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine has shown that having too many food choices increases the obesity problem.

Inaugural heart school events will get rescheduled

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 01:00

The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute Heart School 2015 events scheduled the week of Feb. 16 were postponed because of winter weather.

A dog lives on; now the stage is being set for treating humans

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 01:00

The National Cancer Institute awarded Scott Verbridge, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics, a $386,149 research grant to move a glioblastoma treatment a step closer to being used on humans. 

Professor seeks to improve steel structures via geometrical cutouts that better absorb loads

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 01:00

Civil Engineering's Matthew Eatherton will be using a $500,000 National Science Foundation CAREER Award to research how steel plates with  geometric patterns – or voids – cut into them can better withstand extreme loads.

University launching second 3-D printed vehicle design competition

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 01:00

There's an information session today at 5 p.m. in 190 Goodwin Hall on campus in Blacksburg. This year’s competition will expand beyond Virginia Tech and include participants from the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Virginia Tech to confront environmental problems through interdisciplinary Global Change Center

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 01:00

The center's aim is to confront large-scale environmental problems such as habitat loss, invasive species, pollution, disease, and climate change with interdisciplinary, innovative team science.

Making smart materials even smarter earns Pablo Tarazaga a prestigious Air Force award

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 01:00

Tarazaga, an expert in the field of smart materials, received the 2015 Air Force Young Investigator Award. He is one of only 57 scientists and engineers in the U.S. to receive this honor.

Energy-efficient rental housing can save residents more than $600 per year, study says

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 01:00

The study, conducted by the Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech for Housing Virginia, found the potential for additional savings through education and incentives.

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute to head new study focused on trucker safety and fatigue

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 01:00

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is heading a new $4 million study of restart breaks of commercial truck drivers’ safety performance and fatigue levels for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.  

Re-creating a tornado in 3-D provides a more effective way to study storms

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 01:00

Meteorologists from The Weather Channel broadcast segments on the unique re-creation of the Moore, Oklahoma, tornado in the Cube at the Moss Arts Center, a joint project between the Department of Geography and the Institute of Creativity, Arts, and Technology.

An engineering approach aids Georgetown breast cancer researchers

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 01:00

A team of oncology and genetic researchers from Georgetown University and engineers and bioinformatics specialists from Virginia Tech collaborated in an effort designed to study the living cell as an information processing system.

Video: Earthquake research in Chile could shake up the field of seismology

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 01:00

Learn, in this two-minute video, how an earthquake researcher in Chile is employing seed money from Virginia Tech as well as expertise from the university's own earthquake researchers.

Virginia Tech researcher helped find new way to use electric fields to deliver cancer treatment

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 01:00

Lissett Bickford, who now directs a lab at the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science, worked on the study during her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Researchers to begin work with news organizations in an effort to advance aerial journalism

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 01:00

Leaders with the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership at Virginia Tech have sketched out a plan that involves user-training and test flights to conduct research that may one day help reporters use unmanned aircraft to gather news.

Virginia Tech climbs to 38 in National Science Foundation research rankings

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 01:00

Virginia Tech is the only Virginia institution in the top 50 of the National Science Foundation rankings. Virginia Tech is among the top 25 public research universities and continues to rank in the top 5 percent of universities in the nation. 

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientist selected for honorary society

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 01:00

Warren Bickel has dedicated his professional life to carrying out research on how and why people make the choices that lead from addiction to recovery.

New Microsoft TV commercial features Computer Science's Wu Feng and his efforts to spur medical discoveries

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 01:00

Microsoft is debuting this week a new television commercial featuring Wu Feng, a professor with the Virginia Tech College of Engineering.

Photos: Global Change Center will tackle large-scale problems

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 01:00
    Virginia Tech researchers affiliated with the Global Change Center seek to confront global changes and their complex interactions as they increasingly threaten the environment and society.