contents | summer 2010

Hot pepper industry rescued from ‘Viruses of the Caribbean’

A well-respected authority on plant viruses of the Caribbean has helped rebuild a valuable industry that was near collapse.

Scientists track misfires in cells' regulatory machinery as cause of lupus

Autoimmune disease is when the immune system attacks the body it is supposed to be protecting. Researchers have discovered where the breakdown in the molecular regulatory machinery is occurring.

Tires tested in the real world without leaving the lab

Traditionally, industry manufacturers and researchers test tires on an indoor treadmill. Virginia Tech researchers put the rubber on the road and off-road too.

Building bridges in Haiti - before and after the earthquake

A civil engineering student helped Partners in Health build a bridge in Haiti before the earthquake, returned to help after the quake, and learned about building social infrastructure

Being thrifty may not make you healthy

Time is much more constraining than money in reaching the nutritional requirements of the USDA Thrifty Food Plan.

‘Awed by Everything’ - How a poet reveals his world

Curiosity and observation become the core of a poem.

Conservation planning tool developed for Tennessee adapted for South America

A student’s novel mapping procedure to measure human impacts on the ecology of the upper Tennessee River basin is being used as an Ecological Risk Index on 50 freshwater ecoregions in South America.



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