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September 1, 2014: Dana Hawley named CIDER VT Teacher of the Week

March 26, 2014: Klaus D. Elgert honored with emeritus status

February 10, 2014: Physics model helps biologist explain histone memory

January 30, 2014: In the Fralin Student Spotlight: Revathy Ramachandran

January 24, 2014: Art Buikema named CIDER Teacher of the Week

January 14, 2014: Professor Ann Stevens appointed to the Academy of Faculty Service

January 2, 2014: VBI embarks on new Fellows program to foster team science

December 12, 2013: A New Take: Natural Selection and Survival of the Fittest

December 1, 2013: Science, engineering collaboration helps to provide safe drinking water

November 14, 2013: Researchers discover how retinal neurons claim the best brain connections

November 8, 2013: New interdisciplinary graduate program examines the effects of global change

November 3, 2013: Researchers explore natural solution to rid household plumbing of dangerous pathogens

October 29, 2013: Undergraduate researchers study the complexity of community ecology

October 21, 2013: Science and creativity collide in exhibit showcasing 'Hallmarks of Cancer' through student projects

October 2, 2013: Dana Hawley receives Caroll B. Shannon Excellence in Teaching Award

October 2013: Jill Sible named CIDER Teacher of the Week.

October 2013: Liwu Li named VT Scholar of the Week.

September 27, 2013: Ongoing Experiment: McMurdo LTER program marks 20 years of groundbreaking research

September 9, 2013: Vector-borne Disease Research Group makes discoveries that protect human health

September 2013: Jack Webster named VT Scholar of the Week.

August 1, 2013: Fralin SURF Team wins 2013 Best Summer UG Research Video Award

July 28, 2013: Researchers explore genetic links between nicotine, cancer using "next-generation sequencing"

July 2, 2013: Dana Hawley receives Patriot Award

July 2013: Lisa Belden named VT Scholar of the Week.

June 27, 2013: Carla Finkielstein, breast cancer researcher, travels to Singapore

May 28, 2013: Novel Disease in Songbirds Demonstrates Evolution in the Blink of an Eye

May 2, 2013: Jeffrey Walters receives 2013 Alumni Award for Excellence in Research

Spring 2013: Jack Webster: Metaphorically Teaching

April 25, 2013: Scientists image nanoparticles in action

April 8, 2013: Dasha Nesterova named VT Undergraduate Woman of 2013

April 5, 2013: The enzymatic competence of proteins can be difficult to judge

April 3, 2013: Collaborations forged to create innovative solutions to children's health issues

February 28, 2013: Nature's phenomena might teach Virginia Tech engineers new tricks

January 31, 2013: Double-dipping scientists may have received millions in duplicate funding, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute analysis reveals

January 11, 2013: Jill Sible appointed assistant vice president for undergraduate education

January 5, 2013: College’s integrated approach to teaching science sees positive results

December 21, 2012: A nanoscale window to the biological world

November 26, 2012: Jack Evans named CIDER Teacher of the Week

September 28, 2012: Is Your Shower Making You Sick?

September 17, 2012: Ignacio Moore named CIDER Teacher of the Week

September 14, 2012: John Cairns, Jr., University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Environmental Biological Sciences, named a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America. 

September, 2012: Stealing the playbook: a Ph.D. student researched the complex plant defense system 

August 1, 2012:  Professor Joe Falkinham was featured on the July 30th edition of The Jim Bohannon Radio Show.

July 26, 2012: Cylindrical cell structure parts may ai in targeting diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

June 27, 2012:  First cohort of diversity scholars from the Graduate School present research

June 25, 2012: Researchers use computer model to probe mysteries of human immune system

June 19, 2012:  Virginia Tech forms Center for Drug Discovery

June 18, 2012:  Karen Fraley named VT Staff Employee of the Week

May 25, 2012:  Mike Rosenzweig named CIDER Teacher of the Week

May 21, 2012:  Virginia Tech professor receives cancer-research funding

March 28, 2012:  Graduate student Nimisha Khanduja wins first place poster award at the Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium

March 23, 2012:  Does the structure of scientific funding limit bold new ideas?  An essay by graduate student Josh Nicholson, featured in Bioessays

March 18, 2012:  Safe sex in plants: A PNAS paper by member of the Tholl lab, commented on in the New Phytologist

March 12, 2012: George Simmons named CIDER Teacher of the Week

February 10, 2012: Graduate Student Yan Fu is in the Student Spotlight of the Biophysical Society

February 8, 2012:  Researchers Moore and Bonier study parenting behaviors of stressed-out birds

February 1, 2012: New technology allows scientists to watch cancer cells in action at unprecedented resolution

January 25, 2012: The Flourish of Discovery: In Latham Hall, philanthropy helps research take root

January 2012:  Carla Tyler, Laboratory Specialist in Biological Sciences, is named VT Staff Member of the Week

December 2011:  Graduate Student Bin He wins award from the American Society for Cell Biology for animation

December 12, 2011:  Ann Stevens named Virginia Tech Teacher of the Week by the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER)

December 5, 2011:  Rich Walker named Virginia Tech Teacher of the Week by the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER)

November 28, 2011:  Deborah Kelly named VT Scholar of the Week.

November 15, 2011: Research team explores how microbial diversity defends against disease

October 28, 2011:  Living his dream: Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus George Simmons

September 2011:  Polar Inquisition:  Jeb Barrett, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, looks at life in Antarctica to determine how long-term climate trends affect ecological processes.

September 26, 2011: Dorothea Tholl named VT Scholar of the Week

August 23, 2011: ScienceShot: Warmer Eggs, Better Ducks

February 11, 2011: Biological Sciences named Most Engaged Department

February 11, 2011: "Mysteries of the Brain": The Neurobiology of Traumatic Brain Injury, featured on NPR's With Good Reason

January 29, 2010: Graduate students from Tholl Lab honored for presentations at VT Molecular Plant Science Symposium 

January 25, 2010: Theralase Technologies uses Virginia Tech research to successfully destroy breast cancer cells

June 15, 2009: Virginia Bioinformatics Institute researchers develop new method for breast cancer biomarker discovery

June 9, 2009: Anne McNabb honored with College of Science Diversity Award

April 23, 2009: Graduate Student Awarded NSF Fellowship

April 20, 2009: Ann Stevens receives 2009 Alumni Award for excellence in teaching

April 7, 2009: John Tyson elected as Associate Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium

March 16, 2009: What does it mean to live green?

March 11, 2009: Blacksburg gets new council member in Tech researcher Mike Rozenzweig 

March 5, 2009: Virginia Tech Carilion launches five new research projects

February 26, 2009: George Simmons is one of the recipents of the Annual Students' Choice Award for Faculty Member of the Year

February 24, 2009: New models question old assumptions about how many molecules it takes to control cell division

January 30, 2009: Virginia Tech Senior Developing Vaccines to Battle Viruses

 December 29, 2008: Jill C. Sible receives Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching

November 17, 2008: Joe R. Cowles honored with emeritus status 

November 17, 2008: Jack A. Cranford honored with emeritus status

November 17, 2008: Asim Esen honored with emeritus status

November 11, 2008: 2008 Outstanding Performance in a Lab Award Winners Announced

November 7, 2008: Virginia Tech Senior Developing Vaccines to Battle Viruses 

September 17, 2008: Key Protein Molecule Linked to Diverse Chronic Human Inflammatory Diseases (From ScienceDaily)

September 9, 2008: Innate immune system targets asthma-linked fungus for destruction

September 5, 2008: Search Turns Up No Eastern Cougar (From WVTF Radio)

September 2, 2008: Memorial Award to Honor Ryan Clark

August 14, 2008: College of Science names new Associate Dean, Jill C. Sible

May 22, 2008: Ten graduate students named 2008 ICTAS Doctoral Scholars

May 8, 2008: Virginia Bioinformatics Institute graduate assistant awarded prestigious scholarship from College of Science

April 30, 2008: College of Science announces Outstanding Graduating Senior award recipient

April 9, 2008: Faculty members honored with annual students' choice awards

April, 4, 2008: Duncan M. Porter honored with emeritus status

April 4, 2008: Students prepare for Meeting of the Minds

March 13, 2008: Virginia Tech Stream Team contributes to national study

March 3, 2008: Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and Mayo Clinic investigate link between fungal proteins, innate immunity, and asthma

February 18, 2008: Undergraduate works in Mali to save lives: Christine George is offering hope to Mali’s fight against mosquito-attributed diseases yellow fever and dengue

February 13, 2008: Christine George, a VT Biological Sciences major, selected for the First Team of USA Today’s 2008 All-USA College Academic team

January 28, 2008: Biologists use computers to study bacterial cell division 

January 2, 2008: Virginia Tech Researchers develop 'waterless rice'

November 12, 2007 -- Robin Andrews named Virginia Tech Scholar of the Week

October 22, 2007 -- Khidir Hilu named Virginia Tech Scholar of the Week

September 7, 2007 -- College of Science names new Associate Dean 

September 7, 2007 -- College of Science names new Associate Dean

September 7, 2007 -- George William Claus honored with emeritus status 

September 7, 2007 -- Thomas A. Jenssen honored with emeritus status 

September 7, 2007-- Stephen E. Sheckler honored with emeritus status 

June 18, 2007 -- Biological sciences professor recognized for diversity contributions

June 13, 2007 -- Three College of Science faculty members win teaching awards

May 17, 2007 -- Sinnott awarded Goldwater Scholarship

May 16, 2007 -- Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and Mayo Clinic awarded $2.4 million grant to study debilitating nasal disease

May 2, 2007 -- Congratulations to Michael Rosenzweig

April 26, 2007 -- The Department of Biological Sciences and the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech unveil new plant growth facility

April 24, 2007 -- Two honored as 2007 Undergraduate Man and Woman of the Year

March 30, 2007 -- Brian Lutz received a prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation's Division of Graduate Education

March 27, 2007 -- Bacterial response to oxidation studied as toxin barometer

March 23 & 24, 2007 -- Virginia Tech Structural Biology Symposium (Check out the website)

March 9, 2007 - Two student leaders coordinate statewide residence life conference

March 2, 2007 - Undergraduate bioengineers to participate in international competition

March 1, 2007 - ICTAS Launches Seminar Series

Fall 2006 Alumni Newsletter now online. Download pdf 

February 24, 2007 -- Check out the website for this years Research Day

February 7, 2007 -- Artists invited to exhibit art for consideration in new building

February 5, 2007 -- System X supercomputer provides super tool for simulation of cell division

January 15, 2007 -- Dr. Tom Jenssen, Associate Professor was featured as the Scholar of the Week on the Virginia Tech website (check out the Office of the Vice President for Research website for more information)