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UVA cell biologist to lead Microsoft founder’s $100 million cell science institute

UVA cell biologist Rick Horwitz has been named executive director of a new $100 million institute created by philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen to investigate and model the complex living machinery of cells.


Celebrate five years of fruitcake science at the Science Museum of Virginia

The Science Museum of Virginia is celebrating a special anniversary this holiday season – the 5th year of Fruitcake Science.


Virginia Tech helped hatch modern turkey industry

A.L. Dean was much more interested in birds such as warblers and robins than he was in turkeys when he was the head of the Department of Poultry Science at Virginia Tech in the 1920s.


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UVA research 23rd most cited scientific paper of all time

Work co-authored by UVA School of Medicine researcher Wladek Minor, PhD, has been named as one of the most cited scientific papers of all time by the prestigious journal Nature.


Source of mid-plate volcanoes may be much closer than scientists thought

A recent discovery challenges conventional thought that volcanoes are caused when plates that make up the planet’s crust shift and release heat.


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UVA students who designed shield for Orion spacecraft attend liftoff

UVA students Danny McNamara and Sajan Sheth were at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to observe this week’s launch of NASA’s Orion spacecraft.


In quest for greener pastures, don’t plant invasive species, Virginia Tech researchers say

Few agribusinesses or governments regulate the types of plants that farmers use in their pastures to feed their livestock, according to an international team of researchers.


Virginia Tech researchers help set agenda on ‘Big Data’ challenges at Virginia Academy Summit

Leaders in science, engineering, government, and industry will address fast-moving opportunities and challenges in the field of “big data” at the Virginia Summit on Science, Engineering, and Medicine.


MBC president heads to White House to support minority women in science

As one of the college presidents attending today’s White House College Opportunity Day of Action, Pamela Fox is putting Mary Baldwin College on the national stage with a commitment to support minority women in STEM fields.


Virginia spaceport facility recovery, return to flight

Recovery from the Antares launch mishap on October 28, 2014 continues for the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority.


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Hour of Code event at JMU seeks to raise interest in computer science

Hoping to spark an interest in computer programming, including mobile app development, JMU will participate in the national Hour of Code event again this year, but with a twist.


Talk Nation Radio: Stephen Nash on climate disruption in Virginia

Stephen Nash’s new book Virginia Climate Fever looks at the state of Virginia, and unless we radically change our ways it doesn’t look good.


Virginia Tech president calls farmers ‘the ultimate entrepreneurs’

Virginia Tech President Dr. Timothy D. Sands told several hundred Virginia farmers that the partnership between U.S. agriculture and the nation’s land-grant universities “has never been stronger.”


Ken Plum: Rocket science

Even the professionals have their problems with rocket launches with about one of ten not being successful.


37th annual Model Railroad Show at the Science Museum of Virginia

Dust off your conductor’s hat this Thanksgiving weekend and get ready for the 37th Annual Model Railroad Show at the Science Museum of Virginia.


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VCU Brandcenter presents TECH+Toys

The VCU Brandcenter launches its TECH+ series with TECH+Toys, an open house and exhibit where the school’s master’s degree candidates will demonstrate the relationship between creativity, design and technology by making and sharing toys.


Virginia Tech student researcher studies the core of cider production

It’s been said that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. But one Virginia Tech student researcher is interested in a different phenomenon: how many apples fall from the tree, and how does this affect cider quality?


$5 million gift to fuel Virginia Tech entrepreneurship and innovation initiative

Virginia Tech recently renamed the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the Pamplin College of Business in recognition of a joint commitment of $5 million by four university alumni.


Birds and windows: A deadly dilemma

When a bird flew into the window of Becky Schneider’s office at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center last year, the avian ecologist rushed outside and found a stunned flycatcher that flew off shortly afterward.


Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine art exhibit to feature medical avatars

The powerful effects of habit on health will come to life in the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine’s newest art exhibit, Medical Avatar: The Health Time Machine.


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Sullivan reports UVA Cornerstone Plan off to a great start

UVA President Teresa A. Sullivan said the school’s guide to its future, the Cornerstone Plan, made good progress in its first year.


Virginia Tech scientist digs into poison resistance in snakes

The rough-skinned newt is easily one of the most toxic animals on the planet, yet the common garter snake routinely eats it.


Agriculture in the Classroom accepting applications for Teacher of the Year award

The Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom program wants to recognize Virginia teachers who successfully incorporate agriculture into their core curriculum.


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Young agriculture professionals needed to fill bounty of jobs

There is an abundance of job opportunities in the food and agriculture fields and a national shortage of young professionals to fill them.


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Tools of the Trade: What Washington needs to do to lead well

My dad loved his toolbox. And maybe just as much as he loved his toolbox, he enjoyed getting new tools. One thing I realized as a young boy, however, is that no matter how many new tools he got, he always went back to his old faithfuls.


Virginia Tech undergraduate neuroscience degree to be offered next year

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia recently gave final approval for Virginia Tech’s new Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience.


Study: Citizen scientist data collection increases risk of error

Using amateur citizen scientists to collect data, such as types of trees in a forest, would seem like an ideal way for budget-strapped agencies and organizations to augment their workforce.


CIT invests in Blue Triangle Technologies Inc.

The Center for Innovative Technology announced this week that its CIT GAP Funds closed an investment in Blue Triangle Technologies Inc., a Richmond-based company.


Professor, student, inspired at Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

If EMU student Jennifer Fawley had any doubts about joining that minority, a recent weekend at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing dispelled them.


Parenting Now symposium features author Marietta McCarty

Author and philosopher Marietta McCarty joins Carrie Contey PhD in the Parenting Now symposium series.


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum announces new vice president, COO

The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum announced today that Robin von Seldeneck will be assuming more of the management responsibilities at the Presidential Library with the title of vice president and chief operating officer.


Cadence Inc. expands Rhode Island facility

The Cadence Inc. Cranston, Rhode Island facility celebrated its grand opening of the new 34,000-square-foot expansion with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, October 30.


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Pundits split on midterms: Winds blowing toward Republicans?

University of Virginia political science professor Larry Sabato is forecasting a Republican wave in the 2014 midterm elections on Tuesday.


Wildlife Federation backs interdisciplinary work – science, digital media, peacebuilding – on stream restoration

A $200,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Federation will give science, peacebuilding and digital media students at Eastern Mennonite University opportunity to work together on a stream restoration project in a rural community about 30 miles from campus.


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VCU School of Engineering to host hackathon

VCU is hosting its first hackathon, in which 200 students from VCU and a number of other schools will spend 24 hours developing software and hardware applications.


Cadence Inc. announces unaudited results of 2014

Cadence Inc. announced unaudited results for the first nine months of 2014 including a 37% increase in revenue compared to 2013 to $54.5 million.


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New study finds GMO feed safe for food animals, humans

Results of a new study of genetically engineered crops eaten by livestock indicate again that GMO feed is safe and nutritionally equivalent to non-GMO feed.


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McAuliffe announces new biotech agricultural export deal to China

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced as part of his trade and marketing mission to Asia that Agrivita Biogroup, Inc. has reached new export deals of animal feed additives to Chinese importers.


John Grisham and the child porn defense SEO, PR nightmare

You never want your name in the Google era to be in a headline with the words child porn. Whatever possessed bestselling author John Grisham to broach the topic in an interview with a British newspaper, the resulting crapstorm of publicity for Grisham will linger for some time.


Andy Schmookler; Beliefs that make Liberal America weak

One important reason is that the battle playing out in our politics is fundamentally a moral and spiritual battle, and while the right is connected to their moral and spiritual passions (even though that connection has been made on the basis of lies) Liberal America is not.


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CIT releases annual report on research commercialization in Virginia

The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced this week the release of the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) annual report for FY2014, showing growth in new patents, products and innovative companies.


Shenandoah National Park Trust research grant announced

To facilitate and encourage scientific research in Shenandoah National Park, a research fellowship program is being offered, funded by the Shenandoah National Park Trust, to support field research in the physical, biological, ecological, social, and cultural sciences.


Undergrad gets hands-on STEM teaching experience through NASA camp

Abby Pennington, a biology and education major at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, was exposed to a highly privileged educational experience and a highly deprived one – all in the summer before her senior year.


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Opportunities for Virginia’s community college students pursuing STEM degrees

Virginia community college students pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields statewide have access to new scholarships, research experiences, internships and courses thanks to a NASA grant awarded to the Virginia Space Grant Consortium.


Girls in Science spend a night at the Science Museum of Virginia

The Science Museum of Virginia is inviting middle school girls to light up the night with science. On Saturday, October 4, the Museum will host theGirls in Science Camp In in partnership with DuPont and the Society of Women Engineers.