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Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 215 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 30,000 students and manages a research portfolio of more than $450 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

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Our modern crops need some help in the immunity department. Andy / Andrew Fogg

Can we ‘vaccinate’ plants to boost their immunity?

Modern agriculture is synonymous with monoculture. That lack of diversity is bad news for plants' natural immune defenses. Researchers are figuring out how to help plants fend off microbes – without pesticides.
Virginia Tech students process water samples from homes in Flint. Flint Water Study/Facebook

We helped uncover a public health crisis in Flint, but learned there are costs to doing good science

Virginia Tech University engineering students blew the whistle on Flint, Michigan's toxic drinking water. Hailed as heroes, they've also learned that it isn't easy to do science for the public good.
Many cycle to work, but many more might - if the price is right. ProfDEH

Paying commuters to get on their bikes is not enough

The French Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Energy Development has launched a trial scheme where commuters are paid to cycle to work. For six months, 20 companies with about 10,000 employees between…
Melbourne has been voted the world’s most liveable city: but for who? flickr/glennnn

Liveability prizes are nice but we have to … er … live here

City leaders and media across the world have been celebrating or commiserating over this week’s announcement of the annual “world’s most liveable city" rankings. Indeed, a resplendent Melbourne Lord Mayor…

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