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Associate faculty principals dedicate themselves to integrate academic life into living communities

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 00:00
div div pFour associate faculty principals with diverse backgrounds work with students in the Residential College at West Ambler Johnston to integrate academics into student life. Each principal leads a different house in the residential college./p /div /div

Citizen scientist data collection increases risk of error

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 00:00
pUsing volunteer citizen scientists to collect environmental data is appealing for budget-strapped agencies, but it has the potential for a significant degree of error, a recent study found./p

Common Book inspires student to volunteer in Nepal

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 00:00
pOn a plane to Nepal the truth set in, and Shannon Mann was alone and preparing to volunteer in a foreign country. This was a journey that started in the pages of the Virginia Tech Common Book, Little Princes, by Conor Grennan./p

Michelle Moseley-Christian wins first William Levin Award for Research in the History of Art

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 00:00
pA member of the Virginia Tech community sience 2007, Michelle Moseley-Christian is a specialist in 17th-century Dutch and Flemish painting./p

Thomas J. Grizzard honored with emeritus status

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 00:00
pA member of the Virginia Tech community since 1974, Thomas J. Grizzard has been the director of the Occoquan Laboratory throughout his 40-year career. His work has contributed to the sustainability of the urban landscapes in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, and to the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay./p

With state approval secured, undergraduate neuroscience degree to be offered in Fall 2015

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 00:00
pThe College of Science at Virginia Tech unveiled its latest degree program recently after the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia approved the bachelor of science in neuroscience for the Fall 2015 semester./p

A transfusion for vampire bats: Virginia Tech researcher gives Smithsonian display new life

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 00:00
pRolf Mueller, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech and world-renowned biosonar expert, helps bring the bat display at the Smithsonian Institute's Museum of Natural History into the modern era with an interactive 3-D digital display and mobile application./p

Ant behavior might shed insight on problems facing electronics design

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 00:00
div pThe National Science Foundation has awarded Michael Hsiao, professor of electrical and computer engineering, a grant of $418,345 to improve the accuracy in electronics design, using algorithms he designed that simulate ant behavior./p /div

Norman Dowling honored with emeritus status

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 00:00
pA member of the Virginia Tech community since 1983, Dowling has made significant contributions to understanding the mechanics of materials, allowing engineers to use his findings for design and analysis./p

Thanksgiving feast is a favorite for students and staff

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 00:00
pOn Wednesday, Nov. 19, Dining Services will serve the annual Thanksgiving feast in four dining halls./p

Two cadets selected to travel with football team to highlight the colors at Duke game

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 00:00
pCadet Lindsey Bittinger and Cadet Wendy Zehner were selected by their cadet leaders to represent the Corps of Cadets and Virginia Tech at the away football game versus Duke on Saturday./p

Fralin Life Science Institute researchers pinpoint traits that help 'urban' mosquito transmit malaria

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 00:00
div pResearchers associated with the Fralin Life Science Institute are building an important genomic model useful to identify potential targets for mosquito control. Studies of immunity genes in mosquitoes will offer insight into controlling dangerous mosquito-borne diseases./p /div

Music and technology fusion allows faculty to perform simultaneously with musicians elsewhere

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 00:00
div div div div pThe concert, Imagining the Universe from Music, Spirituality, and Tradition, will feature performances by Virginia Tech faculty members from the School of Performing Arts, who will join other musicians from across the country and Mexico to perform together in real time.#160;/p /div /div /div /div

Student meteorology club named outstanding chapter for 2013-14

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 00:00
pFounded in 2011, the Blue Ridge Chapter of the American Meteorological Society/National Weather Association, also known as the Virginia Tech Meteorology Club, has grown from eight to 56 members./p

Toni M. Calasanti appointed to United Nations' International Institute on Ageing board

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 00:00
divToni M. Calasanti is the only American named to the eight-member board which will guide the institute which offers multidisciplinary education and training programs around the world and facilitates the exchange of information on issues related to aging./div

Virginia Tech's Hume Center to receive $750,000 from Science Applications International Corp.

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 00:00
div pSAIC's gift will support the Hume Center's education programs and the center's Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence./p /div

Board of visitors approves two new degrees, reviews renovation plans for McBryde 100 Auditorium

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 08:15
pThe board approved a resolution to create a Bachelor of Science degree program in Systems Biology that will draw on ideas and methods from biological sciences, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and statistics. Students who pursue this degree will be better prepared for careers in biomedicine, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals. and agricultural production./p

Abstracts sought for international conference to be held in Roanoke

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 00:00
pIn less than a year, more than a thousand health care professionals, decision-makers, students, patients, and caregivers will come to Roanoke for the fifth Collaborating Across Borders, a conference that links the United States and Canada on issues related to interprofessional education and collaborative practice./p

Laura P. Sands joins Center for Gerontology

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 00:00
pLaura P. Sands' funded research describes downstream healthcare utilization among older adults who do not receive sufficient help for their disabilities, how resilience influences healthcare utilization among older adults exposed to a disaster, and risks for poor outcomes among older surgical patients./p

Life experience distinguishes student veterans

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 00:00
pWhen the Virginia Tech community gathers tomorrow to mark Veterans Day, it will stand with a group of non-traditional students, approximately 300 student veterans, who bring a unique perspective to their education./p