j'Nai Phillips receives national recognition for her food science undergraduate research.
Virginia Tech junior J'Nai Phillips, right, and fellow student Alyssa Johnson at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students.

Fralin Life Science Institute celebrates 20-year anniversary

The Fralin Life Science Institute celebrates a 20-year anniversary this Friday, Nov. 18. The event begins at 10 a.m. at the Fralin Institute headquarters located in Fralin Hall, and will include comments from university President Tim Sands, Vice President for Research and Innovation Theresa Mayer, and Fralin Institute Director Dennis Dean, as well as presentations by three of the institute's researchers. Guided tours of the institute building will be available following the formal event.

Students in Washington, DC
Each summer, a new group of Virginia Tech students is introduced to public policy on Capitol Hill as part of the Washington Semester program. Pictured is last summer's cohort. Photo by Andrea Morris, director of the program.
Zakk Walterscheid
Third-year medical student Zakk Walterscheid at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Rachel Snyder is a recent graduate of Virginia Tech with a BA in history and a BS in applied economic management.
Jay Pandya is a senior mathematics major with a pre-med focus at Virginia Tech.

The American Historical Association blog, AHA Today, posted the first of two research reports by students working on the history of tuberculosis in the United States. The post is available here. This project, funded by 4VA, allowed six undergraduates and two recent graduates from Virginia Tech (Rachel Snyder and Jay Pandya), George Mason University, and the University of Virginia to conduct paid research on a topic that connected the history of medicine with the digital humanities. The students presented their research twice this summer, once at a forum in Washington DC sponsored by the National History Center, the American Historical Association, and the Wilson Center, and once at a meeting in Bethesda MD with tuberculosis specialists at the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The post, which examines race and disease using the original research conducted by these students, was based on these presentations and the comments of experts in attendance. A second posting, which will explore the methods of this project in more detail, is scheduled for later this month. 




Anissa Adadkhah, an electrical engineering major from San Diego, California, works on the Hyperloop pod. The team will unveil its pod Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at 1670 Litton-Reeves Hall. The team, named Vhyper, took 4th place in the Hyperloop Design Competition in January and will test their pod on a 1-mile track at SpaceX in Hawthorne, California in January 2017.

Anissa Adadkhah, an electrical engineering major from San Diego, California, works on the Hyperloop pod.

Emily Lessner inside the fossil lab.

Emily Lessner inside the fossil lab.
Emily Lessner at work in the Virginia Tech Department of Geosciences' paleontology fossil prep lab at Derring Hall.

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