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Virginia Tech Associate Professor Mariana Falconier leads TOGETHER Program

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 01:00
The unique program teaches relationship skills for communication and problem-solving by centering on economic stress; devotes almost half of the time to financial literacy; and focuses on how partners can manage stress together.

National Academy of Engineering member Dushan Boroyevich to lead Energy Innovation Initiative at Virginia Tech

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 13:00
The initiative is part of a broader push to expand the scope and impact of the university's discoveries and to deepen research partnerships with leading companies. The university recently announced it is creating a Business Engagement Center in support of such efforts.

Resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, protects neuromuscular synapses, muscle fibers in aging mice

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 10:05
Scientists have discovered that resveratrol, a compound in the skin of red grapes and red wine, and metformin, a drug often prescribed to fight type 2 diabetes, have many of the neuroprotective benefits of a low-calorie diet and exercise.

Molecular alarm system ensures body’s first response to an attack will be a healthy one

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 01:00
Until recently, scientists were stumped as to what could be going on inside our cells to keep the body's alarm system in check. But a research team based at Virginia Tech may have just uncovered a key piece of the molecular puzzle.

Virginia Tech team to travel to Abu Dhabi for $5 million international robotics competition

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 01:00
The team of undergraduate and graduate students is one of 15 to be sponsored by Khalifa University, the competition organizer. Only two other U.S.-based teams, Georgia Tech and Carnegie Mellon University, were awarded sponsorships from a $3 million fund.

Powered by magnets, energy harvester converts wasted heat into electricity

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 01:00
Wasted heat is a major source of energy loss for mechanical systems. Virginia Tech researchers have found a new system for recycling some of that heat into electricity.

Virginia Tech Foundation, Carilion Clinic form new VTC Innovation Fund

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 17:00
The Virginia Tech Foundation and Carilion Clinic today announced the formation of a $15 million VTC Innovation Fund focused on investing in life sciences and disruptive technology opportunities.

Virginia Tech leads DARPA project to develop algorithms and software tools for next generation social science

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 01:00
The goal of this project is to scale up social science modeling and experimental methodology to potentially include thousands of people. It will focus on understanding the formation and dynamics of collective identity — the sense of self defined as belonging to a group rather than as an individual.

Leandro Castello awarded Pew marine conservation fellowship

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 01:00
Castello, an assistant professor of fisheries at Virginia Tech, will engage local fishers in Brazil to determine the best way to generate catch rate data for tropical fish during the three-year fellowship.

Virginia Tech team explores deep ocean in $7 million XPRIZE competition

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 01:00
The competition asks researchers worldwide to expedite the mapping of the ocean floor with unmanned autonomous underwater vehicles that can quickly capture high-resolution maps.

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute to host Brain Awareness Week

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 01:00
Scientists will reveal more about what they have learned about the brain’s developmental journey when the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute opens its doors for its fifth annual Brain School during Brain Awareness Week from March 13-19.

New mathematical model sheds light on HIV-HPV co-infection

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 01:00
Researchers at the Biocomplexity Institute have developed a computational model that uncovers the best chance at treatment for HIV-HPV co-infection. Understanding the interactions between these diseases within immunocompromised patients is key to finding proper treatments.

Institute Scholars' research crosses the globe and disciplines

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 01:00
The Scholars Program from the Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment is designed to support faculty in strengthening the proposals for external funding, the collection of preliminary data, and other proposal development activities.