Virginia Tech Magazine, summer 2015

Summer 2015

On the cover: Ovarian cancer cells with the capacity to form tumors join together to create spheroids, a grouping that enhances the cells' ability to survive. Image courtesy of Associate Professor Eva Schmelz.

Editor's page


Professor Amy Azano and her son, William
Around the Drillfield

Assistant Professor Amy Azano helped organize an autism-friendly music concert—designed for children like her son, William—at the Moss Arts Center in April.

What's in it?
Absorbing knowledge

A common diaper illustrates the complex wonders of polymers, says chemistry professor Timothy Long (Ph.D. chemistry '87), a 2015 Virginia Outstanding Scientist.

Marcus Wanner

Rising sophomore Marcus Wanner solved an enigmatic series of cryptographic mindbenders—in 2012, when he was a home-schooled 15-year-old.

Trudy Harrington Becker

Among only the second class of women to matriculate at Boston Latin School, 2015 William E. Wine Award winner Trudy Harrington Becker was destined to be a classicist.

Ken Myers
Alumnus Profile
The Defender

Ken Myers (liberal arts and sciences '92) is director of the Department of Defense organization you've likely never heard of: the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

Sandy Bass on "The Price Is Right"

So you want to be on a game show? Chosen to play "The Price Is Right," Sandy Bass (marketing management '12, theatre arts and cinema '12) offers a few pointers.


Pedal power

In late April at the Moss Arts Center, Cirque Mechanics put on two performances of "Pedal Punk," a circus on wheels. Inspired by steampunk culture, "Pedal Punk" is set in a post-apocalyptic world of machines powered by the acrobatic strength of the performers.

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