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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

Student-led projects win Nanotechnology Entrepreneurship Challenge

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 00:00
pThe Nanotechnology Entrepreneurship Challenge teaches students how to take nanoscale science and engineering ideas from concept to creation, and apply them to current challenges in the fields of public health and medicine./p

Chinese forestry scholars tap U.S. research on sustainable outdoor recreation

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 00:00
pAdjunct Professor Jeff Marion, a leader of this country's Leave No Trace initiative, was contacted by a leading Chinese forestry scholar to share his expertise on minimizing visitor impacts in recreation areas./p

Pamplin selects executive director, director to lead new Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 00:00
pThe Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will support entrepreneurship and innovation programs across the university that educate traditional students, corporate innovators, and others involved in entrepreneurial ventures through courses, experiential learning, and mentoring relationships./p

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientist's work could lead to wounds healing twice as fast

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 00:00
pRobert Gourdie and his research team have developed a compound that helps tissue samples heal more quickly. Now the Catalyst grant is spurring advanced research into the repair and regeneration of damaged tissue.#160;/p

Researchers say rate of deforestation in Brazilian Amazon has declined

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 00:00
pAn international team of scientists determined that positive incentives for farmers, counties, and states can do as much to preserve forests as penalties./p

Student team from Virginia Tech's Program in Real Estate wins 2014 Real Estate Challenge

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 00:00
pFour students from Virginia Tech's Program in Real Estate won the Meritage Homes Residential Real Estate Challenge sponsored by the University of Arizona's Eller College of Management and Meritage Homes./p

Aging contributes to rapid rates of genomic change, signaling challenges for personalized medicine

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 00:00
pVirginia Bioinformatics Institute researchers Harold Skip Garner and Jasmin Bavarva have discovered aging can occur at different rates within an individual's genome, with some portions aging 100 times faster than others. With that in mind, personalized medicine becomes even more challenging./p

Training for university emergency coordinators improves campus safety

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 00:00
pBuilding emergency coordinators, who make sure university departments work together to develop consistent emergency plans, will hold their annual training Wednesday./p

Virginia Master Gardeners gather at Virginia Tech to learn and network

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 00:00
pThe annual conference, hosted by Virginia Cooperative Extension, offers opportunities for Master Gardeners to gain recertification, increase their gardening knowledge, and network with other volunteers.#160;/p

Virginia Tech renames its primary facility abroad for former President Charles W. Steger

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 00:00
pVirginia Tech’s main international facility, which has been renovated and expanded, recently was renamed for former university President Charles W. Steger in tribute to his vision of broadening the university’s global presence, a defining element of his tenure./p

Scientists seek to develop new imaging capabilities to view a human virus in action

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 00:00
div pVirginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists Deborah Kelly and Sarah McDonald are ambitious and determined, and it’s paying off. The two assistant professors recently received a National Institutes of Health grant for their collaborative work developing new imaging technologies that will allow them to see live rotavirus activity./p /div

Stephen Biscotte to coordinate general education initiative

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 00:00
pStephen Biscotte will help manage the campus-wide initiative to reinvent Virginia Tech's general education curriculum, which is currently known as the Curriculum for Liberal Education./p

Tech Teams spur testing of emerging technologies for teaching, learning, and collaboration

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 00:00
pTech Teams pulls together groups of Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students from across the university to evaluate emerging technology for teaching and learning./p