There are many misconceptions about ticks and Lyme disease, and Jutras, an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and affiliated faculty of the Fralin Life Science Institute, offers several quotes and insights on this issue. His research examines ticks and the spirochetal bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi that causes Lyme disease, and he is available to speak with members of the media about this topic.
As the U.S. House prepares for Friday’s vote on the 2018 Farm Bill, a Virginia Tech expert is warning of more cuts to SNAP benefits and new employment requirements. Professor George Davis is concerned low-income families will find it even more difficult to obtain vital nutritional assistance.
As U.S. lawmakers question cybersecurity risks associated with Chinese telecom maker ZTE, Virginia Tech’s wireless security expert Charles Clancy says that national security threats surrounding supply chains for telecommunications are critical.
Yesterday social media influencer Cloe Feldman posted a sound clip on her Instagram story which is beginning to take the internet by storm. Much like the blue dress phenomena in 2015, when people looked at the same image and saw different colors, in this sound clip some hear the words Yanny or Laurel. Virginia Tech linguist available to explain phenomena.
In our lifetime we will see many of the traditional banks and credit reporting systems become irrelevant as blockchain technology brings about a radical transformation of the institutional nature of our banking system---a system that is based on a centralized ledger to manage transactions, says Virginia Tech economist David Bieri.
While this is an important step, restaurants could do much more to create the tipping point to encourage healthy options for Americans when they eat out, says to Virginia Tech professor Vivica Kraak, a recognized expert in food and nutrition policy.
SNAP benefits are already too low and new employment requirements proposed in the 2018 Farm Bill could constrain low-income families more, say two Virginia Tech experts who specialize in food and health economics and have examined the federal program’s benefits for over a decade.
New federal menu-labeling rules for restaurants with 20 or more locations go into effect May 7 but a Virginia Tech expert says the requirement to prominently display calorie counts doesn’t do enough to help consumers make healthy eating choices.
“We need a stronger sense of respect for the professionals who are educating our children. We need to decide whether teaching is a worthy career or not,” said professor of mathematics education, Anderson Norton. “If it is, then no teacher in our country should have to work a second or third job to get by. ”
Most celebrities aren’t qualified to hold political office – but the number of stars running for office will continue to increase, says a Virginia Tech expert, citing a combination of reasons from familiarity amongst voters to exorbitant social media support.
With the expected launch of NASA’s new Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) this week, Virginia Tech astronomical science expert Nahum Arav says the all-sky survey mission is an important step forward that will enable space explorers to discover thousands of exoplanets around nearby bright stars.
Jason Kelly, an assistant professor of political science at Virginia Tech, notes that this wave, coupled with a number of other factors, “has seriously endangered the Republicans’ majority in the House.”
"Because the production cost of a film today is very, very high, studios want brands familiar to an audience," said Virginia Tech Professor of Cinema Studies Stephen Prince. "Hit movies and shows, or cult movies and shows, function as familiar brands. Studios are forever optimistic that such familiarity will be a draw."
“The hearings will be good cues for the public to continue to trust that Facebook is acting in their interests, or they may cause people to pull away from the Facebook if public perception is that Facebook is not very concerned with privacy,” says Virginia Tech’s Mike Horning, assistant professor of multimedia journalism.
Virginia migrating bird species still face significant threats to breeding and loss of habitat, despite a temporary halt to clearcutting for Dominion’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline, says a Virginia Tech avian ecologist.