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New mobile app uses augmented reality to enhance learning experiences at historic sites

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 00:00
pA multi-college team of Virginia Tech researchers have developed a new mobile app that will allow school children visiting historic sites to learn in new, interactive ways via augmented reality./p

Progeny Film Festival returns for 11th season

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 00:00
pThe 11th annual Progeny Film Festival will be held on Saturday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lyric Theatre in Blacksburg. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admisison is free./p

Rising treatment costs the biggest drivers of health care spending, according to new study

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 00:00
pResearchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute find treatment costs are bigger drivers of health care spending than disease prevalence. The information that will be valuable to tackle the problem of rising costs from a policy perspective./p

The Class of 2014: Frances Dowd keeps up the pace after graduation

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 00:00
pFrances Dowd earned near-perfect grades while balancing the demands of competing in three sports: cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field. She already has a jump-start on her graduate degree studies./p

David Levy joins Hume Center as associate director of research in cybersecurity

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 00:00
div pDavid Levy, a leader in the cybersecurity field, will oversee the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology's growing portfolio of research.#160;/p /div

Goal success or failure? Consumer behavior study finds response to an initial slip is key

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 00:00
pMarketing assistant professor Yael Zemack-Rugar says almost every choice consumers make is made in the context of a previous choice./p

Next generation of senior leaders graduate from Executive Development Institute

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 00:00
The Executive Development Institute was created in 2007 to identify and prepare current Virginia Tech employees to take on leadership roles at the university in the coming years, as current faculty and staff retire.

Video: Student entrepreneurs show how to 'invent the future'

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 00:00
pA free parking space whenever you need it, a toy that can be fashioned into infinite shapes, and a quick way to test for cholera in drinking water are three ideas that Virginia Tech student teams recently came up with for an entrepreneurship challenge. One of the three took home the $10,000 grand prize. #160;/p

Virginia Cooperative Extension to commemorate its 100-year anniversary

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 00:00
pCongress passed the Smith-Lever Act on May 8, 1914, creating the Cooperative Extension Service, a state-by-state national network of educators who extend university-based knowledge to the people./p

Virginia Tech funds five sustainability projects through Green RFP Program

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 00:00
pSince 2010, the Green RFP Program has provided more than $200,000 to 27 sustainability projects. Past projects include bike racks, low-flow shower heads, an irrigation system, and recycling containers./p

Join Virginia Tech as it marks Virginia Cooperative Extension's centennial

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 00:00
pIn recognition of Extension's centennial, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has declared May 8 Virginia Cooperative Extension Day in Virginia. Virginia Tech will mark the day with a showcase and ice cream social from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the Ag Quad on the Blacksburg campus.#160;/p

Marc Lucht to lead college's Undergraduate Research Institute

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 00:00
pThe Undergraduate Research Institute of Virginia Tech's College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, which supports work that helps students better understand and contribute to the university's core mission, has appointed Marc Lucht as its director./p

New material coating technology mimics Nature's Lotus Effect

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 00:00
pA unique and low cost method to coat materials is the subject of a pending international patent. Ranga Pitchumani of Virginia Tech's mechanical engineering department and Atieh Haghdoost, a recent doctoral graduate from Pitchumani's Advanced Materials and Technologies Laboratory developed the process./p

The Class of 2014: Natasha Chadha has plan in place to achieve her post-graduation goals

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 00:00
div pAfter graduation, Natasha Chadha says she will pursue a master’s degree at Columbia University's Teachers College.#160;She then wants to teach high school, get a doctoral degree and teach at the college level, all while she pursues her true passion -- writing./p /div