Founders Day to feature Swiss ambassador
Founders Day to feature Swiss ambassador
Bithell's experience includes a wide spectrum of communications projects. In her last job, she managed fundraising and informational communications, oversaw the production of several publications, and wrote and edited a variety of materials.
Before joining the Virginia Tech staff, she was an associate publisher for Agora Publishing in Baltimore, Md.; an editor and writer for First Marketing Company in Pompano Beach, Fla.; and an assistant to the director of public relations for the Brevard Music Center's summer classical music festival.
Bithell holds a bachelor's degree in public relations from the University of Florida. Back to Items
The talented Tech chef has accumulated 25 culinary medals. He is the only American Culinary Federation (ACF) culinary judge in Virginia and one of only 91 in the country. Back to Items
Library software going worldwide
Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, Inc. has finalized terms with OCLC, Inc., the Online Computer Library Center, giving the center exclusive worldwide distribution rights to ILLiad, which went online at Tech in 1997. The OCLC's membership includes more than 36,000 libraries in 74 countries, and its interlibrary loan functions include a network of 6,700 participating libraries.
Harry Kriz, director of interlibrary loan services at University Libraries, initiated the software development effort. Back to Items
Tech researchers unlock key to understanding climate change
The research by geological sciences Ph.D. student Kevin J. Davis and geochemist Patricia M. Dove, both of Virginia Tech, and crystal growth physicist James J. De Yoreo of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory was published in the Nov. 10, 2000, issue of Science.
In addition to understanding climate change, Davis said that the research "brings us a step closer to understanding how organisms are able to form crystalline materials with unique structural properties. We hope to eventually develop new materials based upon the complex strategies used by organisms to produce their own mineral shelters." These materials will allow the development of new lightweight ceramics for medical and high-tech applications.
The research was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences. Back to Items
Tech scientists investigate Gulf War Illness
Funded at nearly $1 million by the United States Army Medical Research and Materials Command, the project involves the examination of individual and interactive effects of stress and two chemical compounds--chlorpyrifos and trio-rthotolylphosphate--on neurological and immunologic well-being.
The work relates directly to efforts undertaken by the military, government, and medical officials to examine what has been referred to as "Gulf War Illness." The targeted chemical compounds were both used during the war.
Faculty members involved in the project are Drs. Bernie Jortner, Marion Ehrich, Steven Holladay, and Hara Misra, all professors in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology. Back to Items
Discovery will aid nanotechnology
Since the carbon clusters known as fullerenes, or buckyballs, were discovered in 1985, the only stable structure had consisted of even numbers of carbon atoms linking to form pentagons isolated from each other by hexagons to form a spherical cage. The new molecule is possible because of a discovery--reported in Nature last year--by Tech researchers who found a way to put three metal atoms inside a fullerene of 80 carbon atoms (C80), creating endohedral metallofullerenes (metal inside buckyballs). The new structure has only 68 carbon atoms, which are stabilized by the three metal atoms.
In its latest development, the research team created a fullerene with pentagons that share one side--looking like an angular figure eight. Dorn and his colleagues have demonstrated that they can alter the shape of the cage itself and still have a stable structure.
The new discovery allows scientists to add a variety of other lanthanide metals to the buckyballs for use in such applications as nano-composites, nano-robotics, new drugs and drug delivery systems, chemical catalysts, opto-electronic devices, biosensors, and quantum computers.
A Blacksburg company has created a spin-off firm to develop products relying on the discovery, beginning with buckyballs that contain contrast agents used in MRI procedures. Officials predict that the firm will employ several hundred people in the next few years alone. Back to Items
Professor helps create Digital Library
Network for Engineering and Technology
Rahman and his colleagues will cre ate a network of digital libraries linking educational and research materials of university faculty. They will also provide a platform for individual and institutional content developersfrom private industry and professional associationsto post new materials. New content will be easily posted using standardized templates the group will design, and a portal will allow the contents to be both posted and accessed. The portal will also provide the means to contribute new and relevant material efficiently and quickly.
Vet-med professor recognized by
Lindsay has been a major figure in international parasitology research for much of the past two decades. Back to Items
"This has been one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make in my life. Everyone has been great to me--my coaches, my teammates, Virginia Tech, and especially the fans. But my family is so important to me, and now I have the opportunity to take care of them," Vick said during a news conference on January 11. He had a special comment for Tech fans: "I will always be a Hokie."
During his two years in a Tech uniform, Vick helped attract sell-out crowds to every home game and drew nationwide attention, including a nomination for the Heisman Trophy, college football's most prestigious award. Back to Items