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Virginia Tech researchers to measure social networks’ influence on public attitudes

A team of scientists led by Virginia Tech researchers has received a $950,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to study the ways that ideas and behaviors are spread through large social networks like Twitter.

Share agriculture resources with your favorite teacher, school

Parents, grandparents and others with an interest in education have the opportunity to gift agriculture-related resources to an educator or a local school through Virginia’s Agriculture in the Classroom Adopt-a-Teacher and Adopt-a-School programs.

Initiative to imagine Virginia Tech in the year 2047

The long-range “visioning initiative,” first announced in May, kicks into high gear this week. Virginia Tech President Timothy D. Sands has appointed a broad-based steering committee of faculty to guide the effort to rethink the university of tomorrow.

Welcome Hokies: A snapshot of the newest students at Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is welcoming approximately 8,800 new Hokies this year — which includes 1,500 graduate students, more than 6,300 freshmen and 1,000 transfer students.

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Bridgewater College welcomes 12 new faculty members

Bridgewater College welcomes 12 new full-time faculty members for the 2015-16 academic year.

Governor McAuliffe announces across-the-board improvement on SOLs

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that student scores on the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests have improved significantly since last year.

Virginia Tech cancer biologists find a key that may unlock how tumors form and progress

An international team of scientists, led by a Virginia Tech researcher, determined that the number of chromosomes in a cell may be a key to understanding how cancer forms and progresses – a finding that could help inform new treatments.

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JMU to host cybersecurity boot camp for Virginia teachers

Twenty teachers from around Virginia will get hands-on instruction on cutting-edge cybersecurity education tools and methodsJuly 27-31 at James Madison University.

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Ken Plum: School funding in Virginia

The recent tension between the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the School Board over approval of the budget for the public schools left one big factor out of the equation for funding schools–the role of state government in financing public education in the Commonwealth.

Washington and Lee raises $542 mIllion in seven-year campaign

Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, concluded its seven-year campaign on June 30, raising $542.5 million, 8 percent more than the $500 million goal.


VCU researchers, international partners first to identify risk genes for clinical depression

For the first time in scientific history, researchers have identified specific genetic clues to the underlying etiology of clinical depression.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.