For the fourth consecutive year, the National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate “wingman” will make their home at Virginia Tech, after being pardoned by the president in a formal White House ceremony. News outlets are invited to meet the turkeys, photograph and shoot video following their arrival from Washington.
As the EPA’s controversial proposed rule, Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science, gets closer to adoption, Virginia Tech data management expert Jonathan Petters says it raises concerns that effective regulations could be nullified.
Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy has filed a resolution which may make Virginia the 38th state pass the amendment and last one needed amend the United States Constitution. The ERA is also being met with strong resistance by the socially conservative Family Foundation.
Recently, NCAA Board of Governors began the process to enhance the name, image, and likeness opportunities for college athletes. Wornie Reed, a former college athlete and instructor of “Sports and the African American Experience” at Virginia Tech, believes that this is the beginning of a slow process in the right direction.
Members of the media are invited to cover the dedication of the engraving of the names of six alumni on the War Memorial Pylons. Five were killed during the Vietnam War era, and the sixth died in an October training exercise.
Thanksgiving, more so than any other American holiday, is centered around food. For many, this means time with family and delicious food. Unfortunately for many others, it means food poisoning. According to Robert Williams, a professor of food safety in Virginia Tech’s Department of Food Science and Technology, following a few basic food safety tips when preparing Thanksgiving dinner can help keep you safe from foodborne illness this holiday season.
While orders to “kill it immediately” have been making headlines recently in Georgia and South Carolina, the Northern Snakehead fish has been in the United States for more than a decade. Virginia Tech fish and wildlife experts who have been monitoring its activity in the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay caution against knee-jerk reactions to the species from reading these headlines.
Twitter’s effort to prohibit political ads on its social media platform adds to the larger conversation that Silicon Valley continues to have about their role in the spread of misinformation on the internet, however Virginia Tech’s expert Mike Horning says there may be some unintended consequences.
As clocks “fall back” this weekend and daylight saving time ends, many Americans will be driving longer at night which could translate to more driver fatigue and hazards on the road, says Virginia Tech Transportation Institute expert Jeff Hickman.
Fifty years ago, on October 29, 1969, the first message was sent via what we now know as the internet. While so much has been achieved, problems still remain, as Janet Abbate, an associate professor of science, technology, and society, points out. Abbate also says she hopes to see more diverse voices as a part of the internet of the future, and that we can expect it to “surprise us.” Her expertise has been quoted in The New York Times and The Washington Post.
“These dragonflies emerge from the water from July through October with peak numbers in September, and begin migrating south. Based on the public observations, there appears to be a lot more dragonflies this year than in previous years.”