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Discovery in alternative energy production may be breakthrough for hydrogen-fueled vehicles

A team of Virginia Tech researchers discovered a way to create hydrogen fuel using a biological method that greatly reduces the time and money it takes to produce the zero-emissions fuel.

    Discovery in alternative energy production may be breakthrough for hydrogen-fueled vehicles

Don't let complex language keep you from drinking tap water, Virginia Tech researchers say

Regular tap water is struggling to make its way into the daily U.S. diet and part of the problem may be the technical language used to communicate important water quality information to the public.

    Don't let complex language keep you from drinking tap water, Virginia Tech researchers say

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences sows rewarding careers

Once college graduates turn their mortarboard tassels to the left, they must turn their academic training into practical experience. But bridging the gap between college life and a career is something students are well-prepared for.

    The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences sows rewarding careers

The lasting impact of John Lee Pratt

The graduate students who work alongside Wong examine some of the biggest challenges facing the poultry industry, and their laboratory training is possible because of the legacy of John Pratt.

    The lasting impact of John Lee Pratt

Features

  • Horticulture students learn the value of flower power in floral design class

        Horticulture students learn the value of flower power in floral design class

    "Appreciating flowers is an innate human characteristic," said Barbara Leshyn, an advanced instructor in the horticulture department in the Virginia Tech College of  Agriculture and Life Sciences. "The smell and beauty of flowers draws us to them."

    Her class is an elective, and students from various backgrounds enroll to supplement their training in horticulture or, pardon the pun, to stop and smell the flowers outside of their major.

    Read more about the value of flower power.

  • Five days of eating fatty foods can alter how your body’s muscle processes food, researchers find

        Five days of eating fatty foods can alter how your body’s muscle processes food, researchers find

    You might think that you can get away with eating fatty foods for a few days without it making any significant changes to your body.

    Think again.

    After just five days of eating a high-fat diet, the way in which the body’s muscle processes nutrients changes, which could lead to long-term problems such as weight gain, obesity, and other health issues, a new study has found.

    Read more about how eating fatty foods alters your muscles.

  • Students from the college recognized for their outstanding work

        Hope Wentzel, winner of the 2015 Outstanding Senior Award and Jessica K. Li, winner of the 2015 Undergraduate Student of the year award

    Hope Wentzel of Alexandria, Virginia, who will earn bachelor’s degree in animal and poultry sciences with a minor in forestry, received the college's Outstanding Senior Award.

    Jessica K. Li of Martinsville, Virginia, who will graduate with dual degrees in Human, Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise in and biological sciences has been selected Virginia Tech Undergraduate Student of the Year.

    Sarah R. McCoski of Amsterdam, N.Y., was named the college’s outstanding master’s degree student. McCoski is earning her M.S. in animal and poultry sciences.

    Pheobe Williams of Charlottesville, Virginia, was named the college’s outstanding doctoral student. She is earning her Ph.D. in biochemistry. 

    Read more about the Outstanding Senior Award the Undergraduate Student of the Year Award, and the graduate awards.

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Our People

Faculty:Pat Hipkins

    Pat Hipkins

Pat Hipkins, senior research associate in the Department of Entomology, has worked with Virginia Cooperative Extension agents for many years to provide pesticide safety education and pesticide management programs.

Undergraduate: Normand Adams

    Normand Adams

Normand Adams, a senior double-majoring in horticulture and applied economic management, is planning a career in horticultural production.



Innovations

    Front cover of Innovations, the CALS news magazine.

 

Innovations highlights the latest news about Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and research and academics in the college. It also profiles alumni who champion the mission of Virginia Tech long after graduation.


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