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Video: Volunteers work to preserve 'mighty giants' at Catawba Sustainability Center

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 00:00
pA burgeoning orchard is part of an effort to bring back the American chestnut, which once towered in American forests, providing food and timber and inspiring poets and songwriters./p

Virginia Tech names Robert Turner its University Distinguished Achievement Award winner for 2014

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 00:00
pAlumnus Robert Lewis Turner in an architect who designed multiple buildings abroad for Skidmore, Owings #38; Merrill and, later, in his own practice./p

YMCA at Virginia Tech begins its largest sustainability initiative of the year

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 00:00
div pThe Ytoss collection will be held#160;May 9 through 15#160;with seven collection points around campus. Collected items will be sold at The Ytoss sale on Aug. 21 and 22 when students return to campus.#160;/p /div

Bob Quisenberry to receive Virginia Tech's Ruffner Medal

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 00:00
pEstablished in 1976 by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors and presented annually at University Commencement, the Ruffner Medal recognizes individuals who have performed notable and distinguished service to the university./p

Mazen Farhood sees mathematical algorithms as key for quicker certification of unmanned aerial vehicles

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 00:00
pA Virginia Tech assistant professor will use a $400,000 National Science Foundation CAREER Award to develop a framework for formal validation of high-performance control software, such as the flight control software used with unmanned aerial vehicles./p

Popular courses teach students how to manage increasingly complex healthcare systems

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 00:00
pEveryone wants to learn about health information technology to become more qualified for the many jobs that the Affordable Care Act has generated in this field, says Lara Khansa, an associate professor of business information technology who teaches a popular graduate course on the topic./p

The Class of 2014: Brent Ashley wraps up a college career full of service

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 00:00
pNow, on the cusp of graduation, Brent Ashley says he aspires to carry commitment to service into his life after college./p

The Class of 2014: Veteran Roberto Reyes uses unique combination of courses and hands-on learning to open up opportunities

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 00:00
pRoberto Reyes followed an untraditional path to become a student at Virginia Tech. But through a unique combination of courses and experiences in undergraduate research and education abroad, Reyes is set to move into a highly-sought position with a multinational corporation./p

University-led workshop in Senegal combats invasive species in the tropics

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 00:00
pA workshop in Dakar, Senegal, in mid-May will gather scientists and extension workers to address the topic of bacterial wilt and papaya mealybug -- two serious challenges to agriculture in the developing world./p

Women's Leadership and Mentoring Program helps female employees recognize potential

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 00:00
pMonthly workshops taught by senior administrators focus on a series of topics, including managing people, budgeting, governance and institutional decision-making, supervision, performance management, team building and collaboration, career development, and mentoring and peer coaching./p

After national win, members of Virginia Tech Soil Judging Team head to competition in South Korea

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 00:00
pTwo top students from Virginia Tech are headed to the 20th International Union of Soil Sciences World Congress of Soil Science's first International Soil Judging Contest in South Korea./p

Henri deHahn named director for the School of Architecture + Design

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 00:00
pBeginning in June, Henri deHahn will provide leadership for the programs and faculty within the School of Architecture + Design in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies/p

New beginnings: Medical school's first graduating class highlights 2014 Virginia Tech commencement ceremonies

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 00:00
pVirginia Tech will provide live streaming video of both the Graduate School Commencement and University Commencement ceremonies off the university homepage./p

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