Destination Areas, along with related, smaller-scale Strategic Growth Areas, provide faculty and students with new tools to identify and solve complex, 21st-century problems in which Virginia Tech already has significant strengths and can take a global leadership role. The initiative represents the next step in the evolution of the land-grant university to meet economic and societal needs of the world.

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  • illumiNation, Volume Three, 2019-2020 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech. College of Liberal arts and Human Sciences, 2020)
    This is the third volume of illumiNation, the annual magazine for the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. The theme for this issue is Technology + Creativity. Emerging technologies are forcing us to grapple with ...
  • Forest genomics: Advancing climate adaptation, forest health, productivity, and conservation 

    Isabel, Nathalie; Holliday, Jason A.; Aitken, Sally N. (2020-01)
    Forest ecosystems provide important ecological services and resources, from habitat for biodiversity to the production of environmentally friendly products, and play a key role in the global carbon cycle. Humanity is ...
  • Opportunities from citizen science for shark conservation, with a focus on the Mediterranean Sea 

    Bargnesi, F.; Lucrezi, S.; Ferretti, Francesco (2020-01-01)
    The Mediterranean Sea is a hotspot for shark conservation. A decline in large pelagic shark populations has been observed in this vast region over the last 50 years and a lack of data on the local population status of ...
  • A Case of Cachexia Secondary to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 

    Gosnell, Hailey L.; Kablinger, Anita S. (Hindawi, 2020-05-27)
    Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a relatively common psychiatric illness, is diagnosed using DSM-V criteria. Its severity is assessed using the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (Y-BOCS). Symptoms are broken down ...
  • The joy of riding or walk of shame? The theme park experience of obese people 

    Poria, Yaniv; Beal, Jeremy; Reichel, Arie (2020)
    This exploratory study focuses on obese people's perceptions of their theme park experience. Given this study's objective and the gap in the literature on obese people's tourist experience, a qualitative research approach ...
  • IIHCC Newsletter, April 2020 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2020-04)
    Each issue of the IIHCC newsletter quickly highlights research, curriculum, facilities, and outreach efforts aligning with the University’s Beyond Boundaries initiative. The newsletters also contain updates regarding ...
  • IIHCC Newsletter, February 2020 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2020-02)
    Each issue of the IIHCC newsletter quickly highlights research, curriculum, facilities, and outreach efforts aligning with the University’s Beyond Boundaries initiative. The newsletters also contain updates regarding ...
  • On market concentration and cybersecurity risk 

    Geer, Dan; Jardine, Eric; Leverett, Eireann (Taylor & Francis, 2020-02-24)
    Market concentration affects each component of the cybersecurity risk equation (i.e. threat, vulnerability and impact). As the Internet ecosystem becomes more concentrated across a number of vectors from users and incoming ...
  • The PATRIC Bioinformatics Resource Center: expanding data and analysis capabilities 

    Davis, James J.; Wattam, Alice R.; Aziz, Ramy K.; Brettin, Thomas; Butler, Ralph; Butler, Rory M.; Chlenski, Philippe; Conrad, Neal; Dickerman, Allan; Dietrich, Emily M.; Gabbard, Joseph L.; Gerdes, Svetlana; Guard, Andrew; Kenyon, Ronald W.; Machi, Dustin; Mao, Chunhong; Murphy-Olson, Dan; Nguyen, Marcus; Nordberg, Eric K.; Olsen, Gary J.; Olson, Robert D.; Overbeek, Jamie C.; Overbeek, Ross; Parrello, Bruce; Pusch, Gordon D.; Shukla, Maulik; Thomas, Chris; VanOeffelen, Margo; Vonstein, Veronika; Warren, Andrew S.; Xia, Fangfang; Xie, Dawen; Yoo, Hyunseung; Stevens, Rick (2020-01-08)
    The PathoSystems Resource Integration Center (PATRIC) is the bacterial Bioinformatics Resource Center funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (https://www.patricbrc.org). PATRIC supports ...
  • How feasible are global forest restoration commitments? 

    Fagan, Matthew E.; Reid, J. Leighton; Holland, Margaret B.; Drew, Justin G.; Zahawi, Rakan A. (2020-01-16)
    Numerous countries have made voluntary commitments to conduct forest landscape restoration over millions of hectares of degraded land in the coming decade. We consider the relative likelihood these countries will achieve ...
  • Structural Neural Connectivity Analysis in Zebrafish With Restricted Anterograde Transneuronal Viral Labeling and Quantitative Brain Mapping 

    Ma, Manxiu; Kler, Stanislav; Pan, Y. Albert (2020-01-23)
    The unique combination of small size, translucency, and powerful genetic tools makes larval zebrafish a uniquely useful vertebrate system to investigate normal and pathological brain structure and function. While functional ...
  • Association of Blood Biomarkers With Acute Sport-Related Concussion in Collegiate Athletes: Findings From the NCAA and Department of Defense CARE Consortium 

    McCrea, Michael; Broglio, Steven P.; McAllister, Thomas W.; Gill, Jessica; Giza, Christopher C.; Huber, Daniel L.; Harezlak, Jaroslaw; Cameron, Kenneth L.; Houston, Megan N.; McGinty, Gerald; Jackson, Jonathan C.; Guskiewicz, Kevin; Mihalik, Jason; Brooks, M. Alison; Duma, Stephan; Rowson, Steven; Nelson, Lindsay D.; Pasquina, Paul; Meier, Timothy B.; Foroud, Tatiana; Katz, Barry P.; Saykin, Andrew J.; Campbell, Darren E.; Svoboda, Steven J.; Goldman, Joshua; DiFiori, Jon (2020-01-24)
    Question Is sport-related concussion associated with levels of traumatic brain injury biomarkers in collegiate athletes? Findings In this case-control study of 504 collegiate athletes with concussion, contact sport control ...
  • The Decline in Intrinsic Connectivity Between the Salience Network and Locus Coeruleus in Older Adults: Implications for Distractibility 

    Lee, Tae-Ho; Kim, Sun Hyung; Katz, Benjamin; Mather, Mara (2020-01-31)
    We examined functional connectivity between the locus coeruleus (LC) and the salience network in healthy young and older adults to investigate why people become more prone to distraction with age. Recent findings suggest ...
  • Hepatitis E Virus in Pigs from Slaughterhouses, United States, 2017-2019 

    Sooryanarain, Harini; Heffron, Connie L.; Hill, Dolores E.; Fredericks, Jorrell; Rosenthal, Benjamin M.; Werre, Stephen R.; Opriessnig, Tanja; Meng, Xiang-Jin (2020-02)
    Hepatitis E virus (HEV) RNA was detected in 6.3% and HEV IgG in 40% of 5,033 serum samples from market-weight pigs at 25 slaughterhouses in 10 US states. The prevalent HEV genotype was zoonotic genotype 3, group 2. Blood ...
  • Do high levels of PPCPs in landfill leachates influence the water environment in the vicinity of landfills? A case study of the largest landfill in China 

    Yu, Xia; Sui, Qian; Lyu, Shuguang; Zhao, Wentao; Cao, Xuqi; Wang, Jiusi; Yu, Gang (2020-02)
    Landfill leachates are identified as a significant source of pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs), which might pose a threat to groundwater and surface water nearby the landfill. However, knowledge of PPCP ...
  • Shark fin trade bans and sustainable shark fisheries 

    Ferretti, Francesco; Jacoby, David M. P.; Pfleger, Mariah O.; White, Timothy D.; Dent, Felix; Micheli, Fiorenza; Rosenberg, Andrew A.; Crowder, Larry B.; Block, Barbara A. (2020)
    The U.S. Congress is currently discussing the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act to eliminate shark fin trade at the federal level. This bill was introduced in 2017 and has been proceeding very slowly in Congress because of ...
  • Intermittent Water Supply Management, Household Adaptation, and Drinking Water Quality: A Comparative Study in Two Chinese Provinces 

    Li, Hongxing; Cohen, Alasdair; Li, Zheng; Lv, Shibo; He, Zuan; Wang, Li; Zhang, Xinyi (MDPI, 2020-05-12)
    Intermittent water supply (IWS) is a relatively common phenomenon across the world as well as in rural and peri-urban areas across China, though there has been little IWS-focused research from China published to date. IWS ...
  • Mechanisms of Blood–Brain Barrier Dysfunction in Traumatic Brain Injury 

    Cash, Alison; Theus, Michelle H. (MDPI, 2020-05-08)
    Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) account for the majority of injury-related deaths in the United States with roughly two million TBIs occurring annually. Due to the spectrum of severity and heterogeneity in TBIs, investigation ...
  • Reward Circuitry and Motivational Deficits in Social Anxiety Disorder: What Can Be Learned From Mouse Models? 

    Carlton, Corinne N.; Sullivan-Toole, Holly; Ghane, Merage; Richey, John A. (2020-02-26)
    Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is a common and serious psychiatric condition that typically emerges during adolescence and persists into adulthood if left untreated. Prevailing interventions focus on modulating threat and ...
  • Data-driven statistical modeling of the emergent behavior of biohybrid microrobots 

    Leaman, Eric J.; Sahari, Ali; Traore, Mahama A.; Geuther, Brian Q.; Morrow, Carmen M.; Behkam, Bahareh (2020-03-01)
    Multi-agent biohybrid microrobotic systems, owing to their small size and distributed nature, offer powerful solutions to challenges in biomedicine, bioremediation, and biosensing. Synthetic biology enables programmed ...

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