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Virginia Tech ‘fog harp’ increases collection capacity for clean water

April 3rd, 2018

Fog harvesting may look like whimsical work. After all, installing giant nets along hillsides and mountaintops to catch water out of thin air sounds more like folly than science. However, the practice has become an important avenue to clean water for many who live in arid and semi-arid climat[...]

Nicole Abaid earns NSF CAREER award to study bio-inspired active sensing in multi-agent systems

March 28th, 2018

Nicole Abaid, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics in the College of Engineering, has received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award to examine active sensing in natural systems and develop a dynamics[...]

Virginia Tech researchers examine role of fluid flow in ovarian cancer progression

March 27th, 2018

New research from Virginia Tech is moving physicians closer to pinpointing a predictor of ovarian cancer, which could lead to earlier diagnosis of what is known as the "silent killer." Ovarian cancer spreads throughout the body undetected and so has almost always progressed to an ad[...]

Newly discovered mode of drinking in mosquitoes carries biomedical implications

March 26th, 2018

Mosquitoes may have a reputation for being one of the world’s most intractable pests, but they’re actually quite tiny and fragile. So when an international team of scientists, including several at Virginia Tech, wanted to observe the underlying mechanisms of how the insects feed, the[...]

Student research team accelerates snow melt with ‘Melt Mat’

February 20th, 2018

Snow storms often leave behind reminders of their presence for days – sometimes weeks – after warmer and sunnier weather returns. Snowbanks, often created by snow plows as they clear major roadways, can linger in parking lots, on sidewalks, and in driveways even when temperatures ris[...]

Virginia Tech to offer biomechanics and biological transport research experience for undergraduates

February 8th, 2018

The department of biomedical engineering and mechanics at Virginia Tech is teaming up with plant pathology, physiology, and weed science to offer a biomechanics and biological transport research experience for undergraduates (REU) during the summer of 2018. Students selected for this program [...]

Collaborative grant takes on brain cancer cell invasion

February 1st, 2018

Dotting the white walls of Jennifer Munson’s lab at Virginia Tech are large bright pictures of microscopic cells and fluid. Though their vibrant colors and swirling, abstract patterns may appear fascinating – even beautiful – to lab visitors, these snapshots of fluorescing t[...]

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute partners with INSIGHTEC to research focused ultrasound technology

January 29th, 2018

Researchers at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) are partnering with INSIGHTEC to develop noninvasive treatments for brain disorders using Exablate Neuro focused ultrasound and Siemens MR imaging. Through this collaboration, the institute became INSIGHTEC's f[...]

Researchers use data on same-sex marriage legislation to examine opinion formation, public policy

January 24th, 2018

If you have ever tried to change someone’s mind on an important issue – how to vote, for example – you know swaying an entrenched opinion is no easy task. Studying just how, when, and why opinions change and the many variables that affect that complex process might be just [...]

In Memoriam: Henry Tieleman, professor emeritus of engineering science and mechanics

January 24th, 2018

Henry W. Tieleman, professor emeritus of engineering science and mechanics at Virginia Tech, died Jan. 12. He was 84. Born 1933 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Tieleman spent his childhood and the difficult years of World War II in Oegstgeest. He returned to school at the war’s conclusio[...]