contents | winter 2011

A storm and a study save piping plovers

Threatened piping plovers thrived after a storm wiped out human habitat on an island community. Researchers look at how to preserve the shorebirds' gains now that humans have returned.

Helping people and horses ‘breathe easy’

The goal is more effective disgnosis and treatment of breathing disorders in people and horses.

Bats’ biosonar inspires sensing technology research

Man-made sensory systems take a cue from bats, who excel at navigating complicated, crowded, and changing environments.

Birds of a feather eat together (sometimes)

A biological sciences researcher finds surprising social behavior of healthy birds and their sick flock-mates.

Synthetic biology researchers consider perils and promise

Artificial biological systems promise new medicines and alternative forms of energy, but care must be taken to ensure safe and useful progress.

Envisioning the future in 3-D

These landscape researchers provide planners and the public with 3-D views via the Internet of the possible outcomes of development.

Do not let them know you are old

Not many people in today's culture are comfortable with being old.



Cover photo by Kelsey Kradel.

Virginia Tech Research is a publication of the Office of the Vice President for Research; Robert Walters, Vice President for Research

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Photography: Michael Kiernan, John McCormick, Jim Stroup, and as noted

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