March 17, 2017

Hopping the Species Barrier: Harmful Bacteria Discovered in Both Amphibians and Mammals

Once thought to affect mainly humans and livestock, Brucella bacteria are now being found in species scientists never expected. Previously unknown strains of the bacteria were recently discovered in African bullfrogs.

February 28, 2017

Virginia Tech Leads DARPA Project to Develop Tools for Next Generation Social Science

Making social science experiments scalable to large populations is a major objective of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Next Generation Social Science program. To support this program, the agency has awarded Virginia Tech and four other university partners $3 million to conduct research that will streamline modeling processes, experimental design, and methodology in the social sciences.

February 06, 2017

SunShot Initiative to Make Solar Power More Accessible in Rural Communities

Biocomplexity Institute researchers will head up a $1.25M project as part of the SunShot SEEDS II program, which seeks to understand social and behavioral factors that influence the adoption of solar power in rural areas. Using diffusion models that integrate a variety of complex data, the project will allow solar providers to understand how to market effectively in agricultural regions throughout Virginia.

January 31, 2017

Virginia Tech Effort to Combat Dangerous Tomato Pest Featured in Global Food Security Initiative

Biocomplexity Institute researchers have partnered with the Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab to contain the spread of a major threat to global tomato crops: an insect known as Tuta absoluta. Using computational modeling to guide on-the-ground containment measures, this innovative effort was recently featured by the federal Feed the Future initiative.

January 18, 2017

Virginia Tech Aids Fight Against Ebola and Zika With High-Performance Analytics

Virginia Tech researchers have developed new tools to help governments predict, prepare for, and prevent the spread of infectious diseases. The results were so impressive that they were unanimously awarded a 2016 SuperNova Award in the Data to Decisions category.

December 15, 2016

Resilience Under Fire: New Research Outlines How Communities Can Weather Our Changing Climate

Researchers from across the Virginia Tech campus and their collaborators came together on November 16 for a research symposium designed to showcase faculty and student research projects during the Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience (GFURR.)

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