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Virginia Tech Fulbright scholar headed to Denmark to teach and research sodium reduction

Fralin Life Science Institute - Thu, 01/26/2017 - 00:00
Vivica Kraak, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, has been awarded a 2017 Fulbright Scholar Award. She will spend four months in Copenhagen at the Metropolitan University College.
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Virginia Tech researchers help the body protect itself against inflammation and colon cancer

Fralin Life Science Institute - Wed, 01/25/2017 - 00:00
Researchers found that modifying the shape of IRAK-M, a protein that controls inflammation, can significantly reduce the clinical progression of both diseases in pre-clinical animal models.
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Two new assistant deans announced at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Leslie LaConte is now assistant dean for research. Michael Nolan now is serving as assistant dean for basic science education.
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Virginia Tech microbe research featured in Scientific American

Fralin Life Science Institute - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 11:00
A team of researchers write about how they used drones to track the acrobatic pathways of those microbes by discovering how they contribute to plant disease and weather patterns, and travel through air and on water.
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NIH’s alcohol addiction research programs leader will speak at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

George Koob, the director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, will discuss the neurocircuitry of alcohol addiction at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.
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Ann Kilkelly honored with emerita status

The professor of theatre arts and women’s and gender studies has earned accolades on and off the stage.
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Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientist awarded $2.1 million to fight heart disease

Steven Poelzing, an associate professor at the institute, will lead a research team to investigate how the microscopic spaces surrounding heart cells affect connections called gap junctions, which allow electrical impulses and small molecules to pass between cells.
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Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists: Witnessing fear can physically change the brain

Scientists have discovered that observing fear in others may change how information flows in the brain. The finding in a rodent model may have bearing on people who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder.
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Virginia Tech hosting American Physical Society’s Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics

Virginia Tech will serve as one of 10 national hosts for the 2017 American Physical Society Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics.
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Assessing injury risk from unmanned aircraft will pave the way for new applications

Virginia Tech researchers are studying the injury risk from small unmanned aircraft, which will help guide new regulations and ultimately make aircraft safer.
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Martin Luther King Day events and programs planned

Starting on Monday, Jan. 16 and going through Friday, Jan. 20, the Virginia Tech community will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. through service, discussions, art, meditation, and more.
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Matt Buczynski named assistant professor in School of Neuroscience

Fralin Life Science Institute - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 00:00
Buczynski seeks to identify novel molecular changes caused by drug addiction exposure and validate their functional role in neurological disorders.
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Scientists zero in on biological diversity in ‘poor man’s rainforest’

Fralin Life Science Institute - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 00:00
The soil beneath our feet is not as biologically diverse as scientists previously thought, according to a research team that includes a Virginia Tech soil microbial ecologist.
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Twin Virginia Tech doctoral grads work together to engineer a better soybean

Fralin Life Science Institute - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 00:00
Kevin Fedkenheuer can’t imagine life — or science — without his twin brother, Mike. The Fedkenheuer siblings graduated last month with doctoral degrees in plant pathology, physiology, and weed science from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
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Virginia Tech debuts the bedroom and home office of FutureHAUS

The FutureHAUS student-faculty team is headed to Orlando to show the world how smart technology and design will make our bedrooms and home offices more responsive to our future needs and way of living.
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For graduate student, satellite research turns math into something tangible

Katie Mott, who won a fellowship from the ICTAS Doctoral Scholars Program, is studying how satellites small enough to fit on a desk can be used for everything from communications to studying space weather.
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Drug discovery researchers attempt to control regulatory enzyme to prevent and treat disease

Fralin Life Science Institute - Tue, 12/20/2016 - 00:00
A Virginia Tech chemist is investigating how inhibiting an enzyme could be used as therapy for a multitude of diseases, including cancer, chronic kidney disease, sickle cell disease, and parasite infections.
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Computer model for child pedestrians will help automakers design safer cars

By mapping the consequences of an impact between a car and a pedestrian, computational models can help engineers test potential safety features for cars that can protect people both outside and inside the vehicle.
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Artists and research scientists needed to collaborate for unique art show at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

The school’s upcoming art exhibition, “Research in the Abstract,” will pair local artists with research scientists, including faculty and/or students from the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute and partnering institutions.
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Virginia Tech's X.J. Meng earns SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award

Fralin Life Science Institute - Fri, 12/16/2016 - 12:05
The award, sponsored by the Dominion Foundation, is the commonwealth’s highest honor for faculty in Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities, recognizing their commitment to excellence in teaching, research, knowledge integration, and public service.
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