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Virginia Tech researchers: Android apps can conspire to mine information from your smartphone

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 00:00
Researchers have conducted the first ever large-scale and systematic study of exactly how the trusty apps on Android phones are able to talk to one another and trade information.

Virginia Tech scientists: Cattle associated antibiotics disturb soil ecosystems

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 00:00
Manure from cattle administered antibiotics drastically changes the bacterial and fungal make-up of surrounding soil, leading to ecosystem dysfunction, according to a Virginia Tech research team.

Mutant protein sheds lights on viral propagation

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 00:00
A mutant protein, which malfunctions at high temperatures, has given a Virginia Tech research team led by Sarah McDonald a better understanding of rotavirus. Their study, which reveals previously unknown functional sites on a rotavirus protein, was recently published in the Journal of Virology

Student revisits childhood dream of becoming a horse veterinarian with help from Fralin fellowship

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 00:00
Joanna Kania is one of 14 recipients of the Fralin Undergraduate Research Fellowship. The 35-year-old worked in public safety for seven years before she returned to school to pursue her childhood dream of becoming an equestrian veterinarian.

New summer program sends engineering students to China, where bats abound

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 00:00
Students will study bats' sensing and flight mechanisms at the Shandong University - Virginia Tech International Laboratory, gaining experience in bioinspired engineering and cross-cultural collaboration.

Hopping the species barrier: Harmful bacteria discovered in both amphibians and mammals

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 00:00
Once thought to affect mainly humans and livestock, Brucella is now being found in a species scientists never expected: African bullfrogs.

Virginia Tech researchers find special bacteria in Claytor Lake that can freeze water

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 00:00
In addition to the bacteria's ability to freeze water, its presence adds to growing evidence that using creek, lake, and pond water for irrigation can increase the risk of crop disease outbreaks.

Virginia Tech’s Robin Queen receives national award for research

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 00:00
Queen, an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics has been awarded the 2017 Kappa Delta Young Investigator’s Award for conducting outstanding musculoskeletal disease or injury research with the goal of advancing patient treatment and care.

Virginia Tech celebrates Graduate Education Week March 27-31

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 00:00
The Graduate School will celebrate 2017 Graduate Education Week with five days of events and activities focusing on students, faculty, programs, and initiatives at Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine student’s research sheds light on immune cell responses

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 00:00
Fourth-year student Ian Cooley has been researching a chemical messenger. His reasearch could have potential implications on cancer and autoimmune disease.

Leading scientists to gather in Roanoke for Central Virginia Society for Neuroscience symposium

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 00:00
The challenges and opportunities of neuroscience will come into focus Sunday and Monday as researchers from universities across Virginia and special guests from elsewhere in the U.S. converge at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute for the annual symposium.

Virginia Tech researchers develop a new model to unlock catalytic powers of gold

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 00:00
In a new study published in the peer-reviewed Physical Review Letters, chemical engineers propose a new model that can rationalize reactivity trends of a variety of gold nanoparticles with different sizes, shapes, and compositions.

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine student’s research could change treatment protocol

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 00:00
Student Matt Addis has been researching how pulmonary function tests are administered to patients, and what he discovered might pave the way to more-effective diagnosis and treatment protocols for illnesses that cost the United States billions of dollars each year.

Virginia Tech professor Megan Dolbin-MacNab to speak on Capitol Hill

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 00:00
Dolbin-MacNab, a human development expert, will testify before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging in Washington, D.C., today, about the impact of the opioid addiction epidemic on grandparents raising their grandchildren.

Virginia Tech team demonstrates state-of-the-art technology at global robotics competition

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 00:00
Virginia Tech was one of four American teams to compete, and one of two American teams to participate in all four challenges, which required the use of both aerial and ground vehicles.

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine student’s research leads to policy changes

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 00:00
A decade ago, Jessica Nguyen would have never pictured herself as a medical student, let alone one receiving a letter of distinction for her research project that changed policy surrounding urinary catheter use. Nguyen will present her work at the VTCSOM Medical Student Research Symposium on March 24.

Doctoral Fellow studies impact of climate change, deforestation in Namibia

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 00:00
A Virginia Tech graduate student is living in one of the hottest and driest countries in the world this semester so that he can study how climate change, land management, and other human-caused phenomena impact a community of animals known as the cavity guild.

Researchers find that brain imagery shows difference between knowing or reckless behavior in criminal acts

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 15:05
Scientists and lawyers speak different languages, but there is common ground. Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists working in a multi-institutional team with legal authorities have discovered that brain imaging can determine whether someone is acting in a state of knowledge about a crime.

Early childhood education expert to cap Brain School, highlight Brain Awareness Week

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 01:00
Greg J. Duncan, a distinguished professor in the School of Education, and departments of economics, psychology, and social behavior at the University of California, Irvine, will highlight Brain Awareness Week, which begins March 13. The presentation will be the capstone course for the fifth annual Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute Brain School.

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine student's research uncovers opportunities for injury prevention

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 01:00
Chris McLaughlin, a fourth-year student at VTC, found that lawn mower accidents occur more frequently in Southwest Virginia when compared to national statistics. He's presenting his work March 24 at the VTCSOM Medical Student Research Symposium.