Hempcrete is “a mixture of hemp hurds and Portland cement that is viewed as a useful and more sustainable building material” said Virginia Tech industrial hemp-use expert John Fike, “because it is a natural plant product which can sequester carbon at the same time as it’s being used to insulate living and work spaces.”
Media outlets are invited to cover remarks from world-renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs who will speak at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC in Roanoke, Virginia. The New York Times called Sachs “probably the most important economist in the world,” and Time magazine called Sachs “the world’s best-known economist.”
Looking for love this Valentine’s Day? While online dating and new technology often brings couples together, Virginia Tech expert Shalini Misra says that the presence of a mobile device during a face-to-face conversation can affect the quality of the social interaction.
As winter weather brings freezing temperatures, snow, and high winds to regions across the country, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute expert Thomas Dingus says that driving when both visibility and traction are impaired by the weather increases the risk of a crash by 70-80 percent.
According to infectious disease ecologist, Kate Langwig, “for populations to be fully protected against measles, 91 to 95 percent or more of the population needs to be vaccinated. A recent CDC report showed that Washington state had one of the lowest MMR vaccine coverage rates in the nation among children under 3, at 88.5 percent.”
Media outlets are invited to observe Virginia Tech Air Force ROTC students train with U.S. Air Force pilots in the operations of the T-6 Texan training aircraft. 16 ROTC students from the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will get to fly with a pilot, experience aerobatic maneuvers and interact with members of the crew.
Every winter stink bugs infiltrate homes across the United States and two new studies published in the Journal of Economic Entomology by Benjamin Chambers may shed some light on ways to keep the pests away.
Influential economic theorist Jeremy Rifkin, will visit Virginia Tech next week for a lecture addressing the global economic crisis, energy security, and climate change, and how the Roanoke and New River Valley region could navigate those challenges in the future through a regional strategic plan.
Historically cold weather across the Northeast and Midwest has prompted a growing concern about frostbite among those who venture outside. A little common sense and the right clothing and gear go a long way, according to Stephanie Lareau who is an emergency medicine physician at Carilion Clinic in Roanoke and assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
According to research co-authored by Megan Duncan, assistant professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, “fans of sports teams and supporters of political parties perceive news much in the same way.”
Leaders must take a hard line against powerful commercial interests and rethink global economic incentives within the food system in order to tackle the joint pandemics of obesity, undernutrition, and climate change, according to a new report released by the Lancet Commission on Obesity.
Virginia Tech continues its series of on-campus events recognizing and honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Two notable celebrities from the world of sports will be on hand to deliver this year’s MLK Keynote.
“I am sure that the companies feel some responsibility to make social media a better experience for people. However, they also want to avoid government regulation, and they want to attract advertising revenue,” said Mike Horning, professor in Virginia Tech's Department of Communication.