Study explores connections between land management, water quality, and human response in lake catchments

From VT News

As many of us prepare to travel to lakes and other bodies of water this summer for relaxation and recreation, now is the perfect time to consider what we can do to help protect the lakes we love.

Scientists have long studied the ecological impact of humans on lakes, but a new study led by researchers at Virginia Tech explores how those ecological impacts can cycle back to affect humans. The study, published in the journal Ecosphere, ...

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Study: Undergrad research opportunities often lead to STEM doctorates

College students who participate in hands-on, faculty-mentored research while pursuing bachelor’s degrees gain personal and professional benefits that strengthen time-management, critical thinking and communication skills, and provide deep one-on-one connections with distinguished faculty through shared research interests.

Now, a finding by scientists at the University of Virginia and four collaborating institutions suggests that the value of structured undergraduate research programs ...

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Computational modeling may soon help researchers predict, and prevent, food insecurity

From VT News

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Institute for Science, Culture and the Environment awards seed funding to interdisciplinary teams

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William Hopkins receives Mitchell A. Byrd Award for outstanding achievement in ornithology

From VT News

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Scientists find link between increases in local temperature and antibiotic resistance

From Vector, the Boston Children’s clinical and research innovation blog

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Owner’s connection to the land plays a major role in conservation efforts

From VT News

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The earth has had warmer-than-average temperatures for 400 straight months now

From CNN

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Neonicotinoids, or neonics, will be banned for outdoor use in Europe thanks to environmental concerns

From National Geographic

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Biological Sciences’ Fred Benfield honored with emeritus status by the Board of Visitors

From VT News

April 23, 2018  |   Fred Benfield, professor of ecology and alumnus in the College of Science’s Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The emeritus title may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors, and administrative officers who are specially recommended to the board by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board ...

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IGC Fellows showcase their work during the 3rd annual IGC Graduate Research Symposium

The Third annual Interfaces of Global Change (IGC) Graduate Research Symposium was held on April 19, 2018 in Fralin Hall. The gathering provides a forum for students and faculty to interact and explore connections between labs across campus. Record numbers were set for participation this year, and the day included 13 oral presentations and a poster session by 27 students.

The symposium highlighted the latest research from the program’s graduate student fellows, whose collective work addresses critical global changes impacting ...

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Geosciences’ Michelle Stocker seeks evolutionary story behind snake-like animals that use heads to burrow

From VT News

April 12, 2018  |  Virginia Tech College of Science Assistant Professor Michelle Stocker is using a National Science Foundation grant to map the repeated evolution of similar head shapes among animals that use their head to dig into the ground.

During the multi-university study, Stocker and her team will examine what developmental and biomechanical properties led to a repeated evolution of body ...

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Statistics’ Leah Johnson seeks to improve quantitative models for fighting diseases in humans, trees

From VT News

April 10, 2018  |   Leah R. Johnson, an assistant professor in the Department of Statistics, part of the Virginia Tech College of Science, is using a $700,000 National Science Foundation CAREER grant to improve mathematical and statistical models to help fight deadly diseases.

The vector-borne diseases that Johnson is targeting include dengue in humans and huanglongbing, commonly known as citrus greening, in fruit trees. The dengue virus, according to ...

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