Tag: education

Virginia Tech researchers develop new way to assess healthy beverage intake

There may be a better way to think about daily drinking habits that impact health conditions such as obesity and diabetes, according to a new study by Virginia Tech researchers.

International research team seeks more efficient biomass refinement processes

Researchers from across the world, including from Virginia Tech, plan to mimic the chemistry of the brown rot fungus to improve biorefining processes.

Money wasted? Waynesboro has spent $9 million in last 15 years on Waynesboro High School

The Waynesboro School Board is moving ahead with its plans to commit city taxpayers to $75 million for a new Waynesboro High School after hitting up those same taxpayers for nearly $9 million in improvements in 2002 and 2007.

Mellon Foundation grants Washington and Lee funds for digital humanities, study of histor

Washington and Lee University has received project grants totaling $950,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation — one to develop new methods of teaching the humanities using technology and another to study how the lessons of history help us interpret contemporary issues.

mark warner

Senate approves Warner proposals to strengthen school accountability, efficiency

The Senate has approved a proposal championed by U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) to help school districts better leverage limited resources by giving them access to important tools to help eliminate unnecessary administrative costs and allow more funding to go into the classroom.

Virginia Tech scientists work to help save the Amazon rainforest and its biodiversity

The Amazon Basin’s vast tropical rainforests, rivers, and soils are rich ecosystems vital to the basic functioning of the planet. They churn moisture into the atmosphere, sequester global carbon, regulate climate patterns, and house much of the world’s biodiversity.

After 44 years at EMU, former provost and current library director Beryl Brubaker heads into her second ‘retirement’

Beryl Brubaker knows what it’s like to retire – and to be called back to serve with her gifts once more. In 2008, Brubaker “retired” as provost. That year marked her 37th at Eastern Mennonite University.

Virginia Tech neuroscientist investigates how our social lives affect our brains

Want a healthy brain? Get a little help from your friends. Research shows that social experiences can directly improve brain function, as long as they don’t become overly stressful, which can impair brain function.

Virginia Tech researcher’s study on bubble behavior could improve industrial application

Virginia Tech engineers have shed light on what happens to a nearby particle when bubbles burst. Sunghwan Jung, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics in the College of Engineering, has discovered new information about a phenomenon called cavitation, the process of bubble formation in a fluid like water.

university of virginia uva

Experimental treatment sends deadly leukemia into remission

An experimental new treatment approach for a rare, deadly leukemia can send the disease into remission even in patients for whom the standard therapy has failed, buying them more time to have the stem cell transplant that could save their lives, a small pilot study has found.

Internet has changed how consumers consume and companies market, Virginia Tech marketing scholars say

The Internet and related digital technologies have shaped how consumers and companies behave in a number of ways, say marketing scholars in Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business.

university of virginia uva

UVA reproductive research could lead to male contraceptive

Groundbreaking new reproductive research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine has identified key molecular events that could be playing a critical role as sperm and egg fuse to create new life. The findings might one day lead to the creation of a male contraceptive.

Teachers can build knowledge of agriculture at free workshops

The Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom will hold a summer series of free professional development workshops for teachers of pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Each will feature agriculture-related classroom activities that meet current educational standards.

Tom Tillar to step down as vice president after 40 years serving Virginia Tech alumni

Tom Tillar, who has served as interim senior vice president for advancement since February and vice president for alumni relations for the past 20 years, has announced his plan to step down from his current post in December.

Angela Lynn: Who is the real education candidate in the 25th?

As delegate I would support education at all levels. I know that Virginia can only continue to succeed if we invest in our most valuable resource, our children. By creating and keeping education jobs here in Virginia we can once again rise to the top of the nation in our public education.

Math iPad app created by Virginia Tech researchers quickly exceeds expectations

It didn’t take long for CandyBot, the latest math iPad app created by a research group from Virginia Tech, to start getting noticed. The app – designed to teach fractions and functions, among other concepts – has been downloaded more than 40,000 times since its April launch.

Committee selected to begin the search for new Eastern Mennonite University president

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) and Mennonite Education Agency (MEA) will begin the search for the ninth EMU president with the first meeting of the search committee set for July 10-11.

terry mcauliffe

McAuliffe releases report from Children’s Cabinet, recommendations of Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success

Gov. Terry McAuliffe released on Thursday the first annual report from the Children’s Cabinet and a set of policy recommendations of the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success.

staunton public library

Staunton Library talk will focus on history of tuberculosis in Virginia

A team of Virginia Tech undergraduate students’ research work on the history of tuberculosis in Virginia is currently on display at the Staunton Public Library.


Virginia Agricultural Council funds $315K in research projects

At its March meeting, the Virginia Agricultural Council reviewed research project proposals and funded 21 new projects totaling almost $220,000, as well as more than $45,000 for four new projects for lawn and turf research. It also extended funding for a second year on five projects totaling nearly $50,000.


Governor McAuliffe announces appointments to Virginia higher education boards

Governor Terry McAuliffe this week announced his appointments to the Boards of Visitors at Virginia’s colleges and universities, the State Council for Higher Education for Virginia and the State Board for Community Colleges.

dickie bell

Del. Dickie Bell appointed to education conference

Delegate Dickie Bell, R-Staunton, announced Thursday that he has been chosen by the Speaker of the House of Delegates to represent the Commonwealth at the 64th Annual Southern Regional Education Board’s Annual Legislative Work Conference. The conference will take place in Napels, Florida from June 27 through June 29.

Warner, Connolly press Education Department on behalf of former Corinthian students

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA-11) contacted U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Monday with questions on behalf of former students of Corinthian Colleges, Inc., a chain of for-profit schools that once operated more than 100 campuses in the U.S. and Canada, including four in Virginia under the Everest College banner – in Chesapeake, Newport News, Vienna, and Woodbridge – that were sold in February.

Missing link found between brain, immune system: With major disease implications

Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist.

Virginia Tech Board of Visitors sets next year’s university budget at $1.4 billion

The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors approved a $1.4 billion university budget for the next fiscal year (July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016) at its meeting on campus today.

Virginia Tech test site receives more flexibility for drone research

Officials with the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership at Virginia Tech welcomed the Federal Aviation Administration’s announcement last week that it will soon be simpler for the six unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test sites to conduct research.

Canadian Mennonite University joins as the fourth partner in the Collaborative MBA program

Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, Manitoba, will accept graduate students into the Collaborative MBA program this fall.

Four Washington and Lee 2015 graduates commissioned as U.S. Army officers

Four Washington and Lee University students have been commissioned as officers in the U.S. Army after receiving their undergraduate degrees at Commencement on May 28.


VCU receives $10 million to lead primary care improvement initiative in Virginia

Virginia Commonwealth University this month received a three-year $10 million grant to establish a statewide consortium to help small-to-medium-sized primary care practices in Virginia deliver better care, shepherd better patient experiences and improve satisfaction among clinicians.

Scientists find that saline solution composition can affect cardiac response differently

Saline solution is a staple of every hospital. No matter the ailment, doctors have known for more than a century that saline is key to keeping patients hydrated and maintaining their blood pressure levels.

St. Anne’s-Belfield School celebrates 105th commencement exercises

St. Anne’s-Belfield School marked its 105th Commencement exercises today with by a celebration of the Class of 2015 and a keynote address by Megan Hughes Perry ’04.

Positive change honors the past, doesn’t reject it, Washington and Lee grads told

A university is not a museum where change should be seen as a rejection of the past. Instead, advancing and improving are the ways universities like Washington and Lee honor their commitment to, and reverence for, the past.


Virginia Tech scientist’s materials research puts ‘smart buildings’ on the grid

Timothy Long, one of three Virginia Outstanding Scientists for 2015, tells how materials of the future can be created to serve multiple functions

Governor McAuliffe receives final recommendations of Governor’s Task Force on Campus Sexual Violence

Governor Terry McAuliffe attended the final meeting of the Governor’s Task Force on Campus Sexual Violence today and received a briefing from Attorney General Mark Herring on the task force’s recommendations.


ACC teams turn in another impressive NCAA report card

Athletic teams from Atlantic Coast Conference institutions continue to be among the top percentage of those at Division I colleges and universities that meet standards and excel academically, as reflected by Academic Progress Rate (APR) data released by the NCAA on Wednesday.


VCU researchers identify functions in the determination of height for a gene expressed in sperm

An interdisciplinary research team led by the deans of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Schools of Medicine and Engineering has for the first time explained the association between human height and a specific protein-coding gene that is found in sperm.

Virginia Education Secretary Anne Holton speaks, receives honorary degree at W&L

Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton advised Washington and Lee University seniors at their May 27 baccalaureate service to “live life optimistically, be on the lookout for opportunities, jump in vigorously and don’t worry about who gets the credit.”


VCU hosts Twitter chat with environmental allergy expert on May 29

Earlier this year, Richmond was designated as the country’s “sneeziest and wheeziest” city according to a report released by the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental action advocacy group.

Harrisonburg police lieutenant joins peacebuilding institute training

The Southern Police Institute in Louisville, Kentucky, and the Summer Peacebuilding Institute at Eastern Mennonite University no longer share just an acronym. They now have a common alumnus in Lt. Kurt Boshart of the Harrisonburg Police Department.

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute launches effort to make traveling through traffic lights safer, smarter and cheaper

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute researchers’ new project could change the way motorists navigate through traffic lights, making the everyday action safer, smarter, and cheaper – the last by cutting fuel costs and likewise reducing pollution.


Governor McAuliffe, Board of Education announce 2015 Virginia Index of Performance Awards

Governor Terry McAuliffe and the state Board of Education announced last week that 252 schools and four school divisions earned 2015 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement.

Waynesboro Writes 2015 features works of young authors in city schools

This year’s Waynesboro Writes publication is a collection of student writing from Waynesboro’s four elementary schools: Berkeley Glenn Elementary, Wenonah Elementary, Westwood Hills Elementary, and William Perry Elementary, and represents the work of students in grades K-5.

W&L President Kenneth P. Ruscio to step down in 2016

Kenneth P. Ruscio will step down as Washington and Lee University’s president on June 30, 2016.