Category: Virginia Tech

Expert cautions social media influence on public opinion during an election

Social media is a powerful vehicle for shaping public opinion, and is one reason why there is concern about the role it can play during electoral processes, says Virginia Tech…

Tech on Tap: Self-Driving Cars and the Post-COVID Future of Transportation

What: COVID-19 has forced many of us to re-evaluate our modes of transportation and how we choose to get around. Catching a bus or ride-share might suddenly seem riskier than…

Stay away from the stinging puss caterpillar, says Virginia Tech insect expert

An increase in sightings of the stinging puss caterpillar in Virginia is prompting renewed warnings from insect experts, including Virginia Tech’s Eric Day.   “Touching it has the potential to cause…

Biostatistics expert: 'Striking' number of deaths from COVID-19 makes 2020 stand out

Two new reports published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggest a stark reality: from March 1 – August 1, 2020, just over 1.3 million people died…

Virginia’s Amendment 1 is key to limiting partisan gerrymandering, according to redistricting expert

With so much attention focused on this year’s presidential race, it might be easy for Virginia voters to miss the significance of Amendment 1, further down the ballot on November…

Public health expert offers safety tips for keeping fall traditions alive during COVID-19

Cooler weather usually means more indoor social activities, especially to celebrate the holidays, which this year could mean more spread of COVID-19, says Virginia Tech public health expert Lisa M….

Sprint to the finish; Election 2020 comes down to turnout, according to Virginia Tech expert

For all the odd and outrageous developments in this presidential campaign season, the outcome will likely boil down to the basics of voter turnout, according to Virginia Tech political expert…

Virginia Tech's Marr, leading researchers urge terminology update, shift in COVID-19 guidance

Scientists affiliated with leading research institutions across the U.S. state in a letter published Monday in the journal Science that researchers across disciplines must converge to deliver clear public health…

Fall color looks promising for leaf watchers in Virginia, says tree expert

All signs are pointing to a vibrant season of autumn color this year, thanks to steady rainfall this summer and early fall, according to Virginia Tech tree physiology expert John…

Positive COVID-19 results at the White House sends message to stay vigilant, says public health expert

President Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis reminds all of us to stay vigilant to keep ourselves and those we love safe, says Virginia Tech public health expert Lisa M. Lee. “Remember, taking…