The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has come a long way since Virginia Tech's modest beginnings as Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College in 1872.
Through its land-grant mission of research, teaching, and Extension, the college has been instrumental in helping agriculture and other life-science industries make significant strides in improving lives.
Today's college adapts to society's expectations and needs by focusing its resources and efforts on improving human health and nutrition, sustaining agriculture and the environment, reducing the reliance on fossil fuels, and developing cures for debilitating diseases.
- New Fralin Biomedical Research Institute faculty member studies how junk food induces dopamine release in the brain Why is eating unhealthy food such a hard habit to break? Alexandra DiFeliceantonio, a new faculty member at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, studies how modern high-fat, high-carb foods might be tricking the brain into intensifying reward and pleasure signals.
- Virginia MarketMaker offers solution for producers facing market losses due to COVID-19 Agricultural organizations including Virginia Cooperative Extension are stepping up to provide resources and solutions for producers now looking for new ways to sell their already-planted crops and provide consumers with the nutrition they need.
- Shamar Stewart appointed assistant professor of agricultural and applied economics Stewart's research focus is on issues relating to the macroeconomy and their implications for trade and borrowing patterns.