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Virginia Tech Transportation Institute names Myra Blanco as director of new automated center

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 00:00
pThe Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has named Myra Blanco as director of its new center dedicated to the research of automated technology in vehicles, including cars and trucks. This brings the number of research centers operated under the transportation institute to 13./p

Work study students practice the university motto, 'Ut Prosim' (That I May Serve), through community service program

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 00:00
pWhen the Community Service Work Study program began in 2012, eight students served in five community agencies. Last year, the program expanded to 29 students in more than 10 organizations. They say they hope to serve 20 agencies by the end of 2015./p

In memoriam: Darren Bradford Hankins, a junior majoring in theatre arts and member of wrestling team

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 08:52
pA card has been placed in the front lobby of the Merryman Center for those who wish to send their condolences to the family. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 10 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Norfolk, Virginia, and is open to the public./p

Angela Simmons named assistant vice president for student affairs, will lead student engagement initiatives

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 00:00
pFour departments in Student Affairs are being aligned to focus on student involvement and engagement. Angela Simmons, former director of Student Conduct, will lead the new team. #160;/p

High earners in a stock market game found to have brain patterns that can predict bubbles and crashes

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 00:00
pScientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and Caltech found that, when they simulated market conditions for groups of investors, economic bubbles invariably formed. Even more remarkably, the researchers discovered a correlation between specific brain activity patterns and sensitivity to those bubbles./p

Literacy Corps provides students a unique work study opportunity

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 00:00
pWork study students in the Literacy Corps tutor students in several local school systems. The feeling that I am making a lasting and important impact in the lives of the students I work with is the biggest draw for me, said one participant./p

Researchers discover new markers for breast cancer that may aid diagnoses, point to new therapies

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 00:00
pA team of Virginia Tech researchers have found new breast cancer markers that could be more reliable and yield better results for cancer patients.#160;/p

Christina McIntyre to serve as interim director of University Honors

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 00:00
pChristina McIntyre has served in University Honors since 2007. Prior to University Honors, McIntyre held various roles in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences since 1995./p

Hundreds of new students get a jump-start on college

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 00:00
pIn its third year, the academy has 352 students enrolled -- a growth of almost 50 percent from last year when 238 students participated and almost triple the number from the first year of the program when 126 students participated./p

Researchers treat rising incarceration rates as disease outbreak, discover small changes help

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 00:00
pIncarceration rates in the U.S. are rising. Using the same methods used to study disease epidemics, researchers with the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention demonstrate that more severe sentencing can lead to higher levels of criminal activity./p

Hands-on science explored with local elementary teachers and students at summer institute

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 00:00
pVirginia Tech hosts area teachers and students in hands-on science camp./p

New detector continues search for fourth neutrino

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 00:00
pVirginia Tech physicists in the Center for Neutrino Physics will soon have access to a new detector from which to gather data as they continue their search for a fourth neutrino. A tank containing sensors was lowered into a pool June 23. The pool was filled with 170 tons of liquid argon to help capture images of neutrino interactions./p

Life sciences students win awards at regional symposium

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 00:00
pThe Post Baccalaureate Research and Education program is a 12-month program that seeks to provide individualized mentoring and a supportive learning environment to post-baccalaureate students from historically underrepresented groups interested in pursuing a Ph.D. and a research career in biomedical and behavioral sciences and engineering.#160;/p

University leads multistate research project to advance the urban forestry profession

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 00:00
pThe team includes researchers from the University of Maryland, Virginia State University, and West Virginia University as well as leaders in urban forestry and related fields such as urban planning, landscape architecture, and civil engineering./p

Judy Ingle named Friend of Virginia Cooperative Extension

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 00:00
pThe Alpha Gamma chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, the national honorary organization for the Cooperative Extension System, has recognized Judy Ingle of Jonesville, Virginia, as the 2014 Friend of Extension for her 18 years of support for Virginia Cooperative Extension programs at the local and state levels./p

New dual degree graduate program offers opportunity to study in two political centers

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 00:00
pTwo Capitals, Two Masters is designed for students interested in international affairs, allowing them to study, train, gain experience, and network in the policy nexus of the Euro-Atlantic relationship. The program is now recruiting for the spring and fall 2015 semesters./p

Appalachian Trail needs science-based design

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 00:00
pAdjunct Professor Jeff Marion will lead a team to create a comprehensive data set about trail and campsite conditions on the Appalachian Trail./p

Chemist builds device to measure chemical warfare agent effects on surfaces

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 00:00
pJohn Morris, professor of analytical chemistry at Virginia Tech, and his group have built a piece of laboratory equipment designed to test the effects of chemical warfare agents such as sarin and VX on surfaces, giving the U.S. Army valuable insight into potential designs for future filtration and mitigation systems./p

Virginia Tech to adopt recommendations of task force to advance inclusion and diversity efforts; new organizational structure to be implemented

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 00:00
div pThe President's Inclusion and Diversity Executive Council, chaired by President Timothy Sands, will be established to guide, support, and be accountable for advancing inclusion and diversity initiatives distributed throughout the university./p /div

Forecasting future may one day become as practical as predicting weather, thanks to Big Data advances

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 00:00
pResearchers are working to harness the torrent of data in the ocean of public information such as tweets, website queries, and restaurant cancellations, to generate early warnings of events with a broad social impact./p