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Giant Amazon fish extinct in many fishing communities, saved in others

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 00:00

The arapaima has been overfished in some communities, but populations are thriving in those that have imposed fishing restrictions.

Hume Center names three members to its board of advisors

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 00:00

New advisors well-versed in science, technology, and research have joined the Hume Center to help guide its mission to lead the university's education and research ecosystem for national security technologies.

Dhruv Batra seeks to remove ambiguity in computer visual recognition systems

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 00:00

Dhruv Batra has accepted three major federal research grants totaling more than $1 million: A National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a U.S. Army Research Office Young Investigators Award, and a U.S. Office of Naval Research grant.

Srinath Ekkad named associate vice president for research programs

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 00:00

Srinath Ekkad, the Rolls Royce Commonwealth Professor for Aerospace Propulsion Systems in Virginia Tech's College of Engineering, will provide leadership and vision to coordinate college-based and institute-based research programs, working to leverage current strengths to advance Virginia Tech's research mission. 

Students, professors examine ways to improve lives and agriculture in Ecuador

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 00:00

"Ecuador is such an amazing place and if we can do one little thing to help its people and its landscape, I think we have accomplished something valuable," said graduate student Elli Travis.

New study shows putting cell phones out of sight can enhance in-person conversations

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 00:00

A study led by Shalini Misra, assistant professor, Urban Affairs and Planning program in the National Capital Region, found that in the presence of mobile devices, people have the constant urge to seek out information, check for communication, and direct their thoughts to other people and worlds.

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists make discovery about common rotavirus

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 00:00
The discovery by Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists could help efforts to strengthen rotavirus vaccines. Worldwide, the virus is responsible for nearly half a million deaths in children each year.

Maury Nussbaum participates in study of effect of obesity in the workplace

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 00:00

The results from the study and related studies will contribute to a better understanding of the ergonomic impacts of obesity and age.

Companion animal clinical trials underway at the veterinary college, new clinical trials website launched

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 00:00

Clinical trials at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine involve a wide range of new treatments, including the use of gold nanoparticles and a targeted laser therapy to treat solid tumors in dogs and cats. In January, the college established the Veterinary Clinical Research Office to help facilitate this work.

Transportation Institute works on study that could display traffic signs inside vehicles

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 00:00

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute researchers are in the early stages of a novel idea to move traffic signs from the side of the road into the car itself, where a dashboard screen will automatically alert the driver of what actions to take, if any.

Synthetic biology open language will fuel progress, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute experts say

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 00:00

An international community of researchers led by Jean Peccoud, a professor with the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, has developed a common language for synthetic biology. Having such standards will move the field closer to the goal of manufacturing synthetic DNA, important for building biological structures to perform tasks.

Fralin Fellows investigate origin of Lou Gehrig's disease

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 00:00

Two undergraduate students participating in Fralin Life Science Institute's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program study how aging and age-related neurological diseases, such as Lou Gehrig's disease, affect motor functioning.

Summer undergraduate research: Fralin Fellow advances collaborative research methods

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 00:00

The Fralin Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships offers one student the chance to work with advanced technology such as the mass spectrometer and learn how to apply it in a research setting.

Virginia Tech alumna receives Fulbright U.S. student grant to study food safety in Bangladesh

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 00:00

Kathryn Fiedler, a recent graduate of Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences,  is one of three individuals from the university who received a Fulbright U.S. student grant.

Researchers to study mechanisms of hard-to-solve, hereditary breast cancer to find treatment option

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 00:00
People with a BRCA1 gene mutation are at much higher risk for breast cancer, but no treatments exist to specifically target this problem. Researchers Deborah Kelly and Zhi Sheng with support from the Commonwealth Health Research Board want to understand this difficult-to-treat hereditary cancer at the molecular level, with the hope of informing treatment options.

Scientists receive more than $2 million to study effects of climate change on the Chesapeake Bay

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 00:00

As the nation’s largest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay is a living laboratory to study the effects of weather and pollution on delicate ecosystems.

Transportation institute awarded $55 million in federal contracts on truck safety, automated vehicles

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 00:00

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has captured two federal contracts worth $55 million to study safety efforts for commercial truck drivers and break new ground in the burgeoning field of automated vehicles.

Summer undergraduate research: Fralin fellow examines health impacts of Community Supported Agriculture

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 00:00

Undergraduate researcher Hayley Billingsley collected a stream of baseline data from her respondents, including height, weight, body mass index, demographics, and wellness information.

Virginia Tech unveils hockey STAR helmet testing procedures in open meeting

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 00:00

The Virginia Tech--Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences will preview its ground-breaking research of testing helmets to reduce concussions in a sport other than football.

Department of Defense awards SMART Fellowship to biomedical engineering student

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00

Rebekah Less, first-year Ph.D. student in the School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, was awarded a SMART Fellowship from the Department of Defense based on the novel research she is conducting in the Computational Tissue Engineering Graduate Education Program, integrating liver and gastrointestinal tissues.