NSF CAREER award to measure air pollution with bicycle sensors
(Virginia Tech) Hankey, an assistant professor in the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) within the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, is the first faculty member from SPIA to receive a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Thanks to the $500,000 award, Hankey's five-year project will measure pollution using various sensors and engage the public by tracking their pollution intake using a smartphone app. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 14, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Understanding forest-water interactions and their impact on New Zealand's water quality
(Virginia Tech) Forest systems, a crucial resource for fresh water around the world, are under increasing pressure from global change factors like climate change, population growth, and land management decisions. To meet future demands for clean water, scientists need a clear understanding of the dynamics of water and nutrients in forest systems. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 10, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Developing DNA extraction technology to combat illegal timber trade
(Virginia Tech) Illegal timber trade is a global industry estimated to account for $50 billion to $150 billion each year. It's a contributing factor to deforestation, which results in increased carbon dioxide emissions, soil erosion, and loss of biological diversity among plants and animals in forest habitats. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 7, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Nanoparticles produced from burning coal result in damage to mice lungs
(Virginia Tech) Titanium oxide found in coal smog and ash can cause lung damage in mice after a single exposure, with long-term damage occurring in just six weeks. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 5, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Weather radar records drastic drop in mayfly populations
(University of Oklahoma) Researchers at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Notre Dame and Virginia Tech applied radar technology -- the same used for meteorology -- to quantify the number of mayflies that emerged annually from two different bodies of water: the Upper Mississippi River and the Western Lake Erie Basin. Their goal was to characterize the size of these swarms using the same technique a meteorologist would use to quantify the amount of precipitation that may fall from a cloud. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 3, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Fonts in campaign communications have liberal or conservative leanings
(Virginia Tech) 'This research is of interest to anyone who cares about political communications, and the results have clear implications for political campaign professionals,' said Haenschen. 'When you're choosing a candidate's visual identity, you need to consider how people perceive that font.' (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study provides the first data on concussion risk in youth football
(Virginia Tech) 'These are the first biomechanical data characterizing concussion risk in kids,' said Steve Rowson, an associate professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics and the director of the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab. 'Children aren't just scaled-down adults: Differences in anatomy and physiology, like head-neck proportions and brain development, contribute to differences in tolerance to head impact. These results can lead to data-driven interventions to reduce risk in youth sports.' (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Scientists shed light on surprising visual development patterns
(Virginia Tech) Neuroscientists reveal a surprising clue about how this intricate visual processing system forms during early brain development. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 20, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

More federal funding needed to increase Americans' active transportation habits
(Virginia Tech) 'In general, women will only cycle if they think the entire ride will be safe,' said Buehler. 'If they perceive that there will be any danger at all along the way they will resist.' (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

ASU and Virginia Tech researchers unlock mysteries of grasshopper response to gravity
(Arizona State University) How do insects control the effects of gravity when they climb a tree or hang upside-down waiting for prey? They don't have closed circulatory systems that restrict fluid flow to certain parts of the body. ASU and Virginia Tech researchers discovered how insects adjust their cardiovascular and respiratory activity in response to gravity. When they change orientation, they respond to gravity just like humans, and they show many of the same physiological responses. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Researchers develop predictive tools to tackle childhood diarrheal disease outbreaks in Botswana
(Virginia Tech) Virginia Tech professor Kathleen Alexander and her research team discovered a critical link between environmental dynamics and human health. With this knowledge, researchers will have the capacity to begin to predict when diarrheal disease outbreaks will reoccur. Their findings were recently published in Nature Communications. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

$1.2 million NSF grant provides research opportunities for underserved students
(Virginia Tech) With a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, researchers aim to provide the tools for the next generation of scientists that will tackle big data sciences challenges. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 7, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Grant aims to improve environmental education
(Virginia Tech) Now a collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation will help Professor Marc J. Stern of the College of Natural Resources and Environment research a range of STEM-based environmental education programs to determine how to best promote positive learning outcomes for students. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 7, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

NIH grant to study biomolecular interactions in hopes of informing drug design
(Virginia Tech) Researchers receive a $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study how biomolecules fold and interact in an effort to inform better drug design for life-threatening diseases, especially neurodegenerative diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 23, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Scientists reveal the neural basis of confirmation bias
(Virginia Tech) An international research team comprising neuroscientists at Virginia Tech and the University of London revealed brain mechanisms and functional regions that underlie confirmation bias -- a phenomenon where people strongly favor information that reinforces their existing opinions over contradictory ones. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - December 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New expert findings seek to protect national parks from invasive animal species
(Virginia Tech) 'We value national parks for the natural habitats and wildlife they protect, but because of invasive species, some of our native species are struggling or unable to survive, even with the protection of our park system,' says Virginia Tech wildlife conservation expert Ashley Dayer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 3, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Highly sensitive epigenomic technology combats disease
(Virginia Tech) Much remains unknown about diseases and the way our bodies respond to them, in part because the human genome is the complete DNA assembly that makes each person unique. A Virginia Tech professor and his team of researchers have created new technology to help in understanding how the human body battles diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Scientists use NSF grant to understand hydrologic controls on carbon processes in wetlands
(Virginia Tech) Wetlands play an important role in the carbon cycle, aiding in the storage and distribution of this crucial energy resource. Now a collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation will allow scientists to research the linkages between hydrological and carbon dynamics taking place in forested wetlands to better understand the role that these ecosystems plays in the export, storage, and emission of carbon. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 3, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Researcher receives NSF grant to study fate of terrestrial carbon in freshwater ecosystems
(Virginia Tech) Erin Hotchkiss, an ecosystem ecologist and assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Science, and her collaborators received a $1.12 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study how carbon moves across land-water boundaries and the multi-scale consequences of terrestrial carbon losses for freshwater ecosystems and global carbon budgets. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 3, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Virginia Tech faculty named American Association for Advancement of Science fellows
(Virginia Tech) Five scientists from Virginia Tech were named as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a high honor of the world's largest scientific society. Elected by their peers, they represent a broad range of AAAS 'sections,' including statistics, neuroscience, engineering, psychology, and geology/geography, the Virginia Tech professors are among 443 newly elected scholars. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Water Trapped In Your Ears? Don ’ t Shake Your Head To Get It Out, Researchers Say
BOSTON (CBS) – It happens to all of us. Water gets trapped in our ears after swimming or showering, but researchers at Cornell University and Virginia Tech are now warning that you shouldn’t forcefully shake your head to try to get the water out. The concern is that it could cause brain damage, especially in kids. Scientists took glass tubes of varying diameters to replicate ear canals. They dropped the tubes onto a spring to mimic the shaking strategy. They found that the amount of acceleration needed to eject the water was high enough to potentially cause serious damage to the brain. And since a much greater ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Shaking head to get rid of water in ears could cause brain damage
(American Physical Society) Trapped water in the ear canal can cause infection and even damage, but it turns out that one of the most common methods people use to get rid of water in their ears can also cause complications. Researchers at Cornell University and Virginia Tech show shaking the head to free trapped water can cause brain damage in small children. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 23, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

NIH grant to study unstructured data that can improve patient safety
(Virginia Tech) Sengupta has received an $815,218 Research Project Grant (R01) from the National Institutes of Health to develop novel statistical methods to analyze such unstructured data in safety reports. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

4 Ways to Support Medical Packaging Education
With skilled labor harder than ever to find, it’s everyone’s responsibility to encourage young people to see a medical packaging career as interesting and lucrative. This is the philosophy behind a 30-year relationship between Prent Corporation (Janesville, WI) and University of Wisconsin-Stout (Menomonie, WI). Together they’ve supported hundreds of young professionals entering into packaging, much to the benefit of the students, the school, and the industry as a whole. Prent is a medical packaging thermoform company that strives to bring more talented people into the i...
Source: MDDI - October 11, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Lisa Balcerak Tags: Packaging Source Type: news

A decade after Virginia Tech: considerations of campus safety and security for higher education institutions - Doss DA.
This report provides a commentary regarding preventive strategies, control strategies, and policy considerations for higher education institutions. It emphasizes the notion that all higher educations are unique, and must craft their own individual policies... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 9, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Virginia Tech researchers lead breakthrough in quantum computing
(Virginia Tech) A team of Virginia Tech chemistry and physics researchers have advanced quantum simulation by devising an algorithm that can more efficiently calculate the properties of molecules on a noisy quantum computer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Restoring the American chestnut by researching its genome
(Virginia Tech) Now, a $500,000 grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture will help Associate Professor Jason Holliday research methods to utilize the genetic diversity of remaining trees as part of broader efforts to introduce disease-resistant American chestnuts to US forests. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 23, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Researcher discovers how mosquitoes integrate vision and smell to track victims
(Virginia Tech) Virginia Tech researcher Cl é ment Vinauger has discovered new neurobiology associated with mosquito vision and sense of smell that explains how Aedes aegypti mosquitoes track their victims. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 22, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Graduate student earns prestigious NIH award to map unexplored brain region
(Virginia Tech) Over the next 2 years of his dissertation research, Ubadah Sabbagh, a Virginia Tech translational biology, medicine, and health graduate student working at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, will create the first atlas of the vLGN's cellular and molecular characteristics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 22, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Researchers publish new study on citrus greening disease
(Virginia Tech) A new study published by researchers at Virginia Tech with a team of international researchers in Journal of Applied Ecology investigates the thermal suitability for transmission of citrus greening with implications for surveillance and prevention. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 15, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

CAREER award given to develop bio-friendly brain implants
(Virginia Tech) Rising to the challenge, Xiaoting Jia, an assistant professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Faculty Early CAREER Award to develop a multifunctional neural interface device that is highly flexible, scalable, clinically translatable, and bio-friendly. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 15, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Researching new ways to use secondary logging materials
(Virginia Tech) They can be converted to electricity or utilized as a heat source in pellet stoves. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 11, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Using Facebook data to study how misinformation spreads -- grant
(Virginia Tech) Tanushree Mitra,   assistant professor of computer science in the   College of Engineering   and a faculty member at the   Discovery Analytics Center, has received a   Social Media and Democracy Research Grant, giving her access to Facebook data to study how misinformation and other problematic content spread on the platform.   (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 9, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

$3.1 million NIH grant given to create universal flu vaccine
(Virginia Tech) In the race to create a universal flu vaccine not dependent on predicting strains of flu, the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has been awarded a $3.1 million grant. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Virginia Cardiologist Murdered While on Vacation in Belize Virginia Cardiologist Murdered While on Vacation in Belize
Gary Sw., MD, 53, was medical director of Carilion Clinic's Cardiac Catheterization Lab and an associate professor of internal medicine at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

NSF award funds Pitt research on ionic liquids
(University of Pittsburgh) Investigators from the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering, in collaboration with Virginia Tech, have received a National Science Foundation award of $223,093 to examine how water affects the molecular structure of IL at IL-solid interfaces. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 28, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Local solutions to global climate challenges -- NSF grant
(Virginia Tech) A National Science Foundation grant will help Professor Marc Stern of the College of Natural Resources and Environment study and develop workshops that will empower local communities to take action against climate challenges. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Researchers find that probiotic bacteria reduces the impact of white-nose syndrome in bats
(Virginia Tech) Researchers from Virginia Tech and UC Santa Cruz did a field trial on the effect of probiotic bacteria on white-nose syndrome in bat populations. They found that it reduces the impact of the disease about five-fold. These findings were published recently in Scientific Reports. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 26, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

How Facebook and Google avoided FEC ad disclaimers during 2016 presidential election
(Virginia Tech) The first academic research study to look specifically at how Facebook and Google deadlocked the Federal Election Commission's efforts to regulate digital political advertising. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 24, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

$2 million NIH grant renewal to study hepatitis E virus
(Virginia Tech) 'Why would the virus infect pregnant women and apparently cause such a high mortality?' -- X.J. Meng (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

'Sneezing' plants contribute to disease proliferation
(Virginia Tech)'" The jumping droplets, at the rate of 100 or more an hour, are a violent expulsion of dew from the surface. It's good for the plant because it is removing spores from itself, but it's bad because, like a human sneeze, the liquid droplets are finding their way onto neighboring plants.'(Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 21, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

FDA designates molecular test for concussions as 'breakthrough device'
(Virginia Tech) The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute will serve as one of the national anchor research and clinical sites to validate a point-of-care test for mild Traumatic Brain Injury. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Breakthrough paves way for new Lyme disease treatment
(Virginia Tech) Virginia Tech biochemist Brandon Jutras has discovered the cellular component that contributes to Lyme arthritis, a debilitating and extremely painful condition that is the most common late stage symptom of Lyme disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 17, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Beyond Queen's stomp-stomp-clap: Concerts and computer science converge in new research
(Virginia Tech) How to get large numbers of people engaged in participating during a live performance like a concert -- or a lecture -- and channel that energy for a sustained time period. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How do engineers form subjective opinions from objective data?
(Virginia Tech) 'I believe that the way in which we expose students to engineering problems in college is very misleading from the real practice of engineering.' (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A Study on Twins Offers Proof That We All Need Personalized Diets
Though they’re not without critics, the U.S. federal dietary guidelines have for years aimed to give all Americans a blueprint for good nutrition. But new research says this kind of one-size-fits-all approach may not cut it. Different people, even identical twins (who have nearly the exact same DNA), may respond to the same foods very differently, the researchers found—complicating decades of weight-loss and health advice, and potentially leaving consumers with more questions than answers. “Our recommendations, medically and public-health wise, have just been assuming that if people follow the standard pl...
Source: TIME: Health - June 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Diet/Nutrition Source Type: news

Judge Dismisses Case Brought By Flint Researcher Against University Academic
LANSING, Mich. - A Michigan judge on May 14 dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Virginia Tech researcher who led the team that exposed the lead-contaminated water crisis in Flint, Mich., against Wayne State University (WSU) in which the researcher challenged the qualifications of the academic who led WSU's team of investigators and experts working in Flint (Marc Edwards v. Wayne State University, No. 18-110, Mich. Clms.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - June 5, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Bats have an ambulance in their ears
(Virginia Tech) 'The Doppler shift patterns produced by the ear motions could give these bat species the option to concentrate their energy in a narrow frequency band yet be also able to tell target direction.' (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 4, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

What causes battery electrode failure?
(Virginia Tech) 'It's impossible to have every single grain of rice identical in terms of their shapes and how far away it is to its neighbor,' Lin said. 'To make a better battery, you need to maximize the contribution from each individual particle...' (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 3, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Harmful algal blooms research -- Fulbright US Scholar Award to New Zealand
(Virginia Tech) Researchers will work to improve the security of water systems by developing new remote-sensing capabilities to sense and respond to harmful algal blooms. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 3, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news