Research News

A cloak of mystery often shrouds the inner workings of technological giants, but sometimes clarity is in plain sight. A Virginia Tech research team recently uncovered conclusive details about the roles Facebook, Google, and the Federal Election Commission played in digital advertising around t...

Researchers embarked on a two-year study to examine the social and ethical dimensions of drones. Their work was recently published in the journal Social Studies of Science.

The impact of Hurricane Katrina on the language and culture of New Orleans informs Katie Carmichael’s research. Her grant will allow her to collect the largest and most diverse linguistic data sample ever assembled in the Big Easy.
The bracelet looks unassuming, just like any other smart technology worn around the wrist. But rather than counting steps or heartbeats, it serves another purpose. The wristlet vibrates an alarm when it tracks the user subconsciously begin to pull out strands of hair. For those with trichotillom...
A stereotype perplexed Carol Mullen. Was there any truth to the notion that the intensive focus on standardized testing meant that Chinese learners lacked creativity and the capacity to be imaginative, innovative, and inventive? After studying this topic in China during her first Fulbright Speci...
If you have ever tried to change someone’s mind on an important issue — how to vote, for example — you know swaying an entrenched opinion is no easy task. Studying just how, when, and why opinions change and the many variables that affect that complex process might be just as difficult. Tha...
An estimated 36,000 people passed through the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., for ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival, a three-day celebration of creative exploration and research. Virginia Tech and the Smithsonian spearheade...
Haiti has been the focus of international development assistance for decades. Despite countless efforts, life is still tenuous for its 10.5 million citizens. A group of Virginia Tech faculty and students traveled to Haiti in August to test a development model that may bring sustainable ch...
Spend enough time driving through Central Appalachia, and you’ll see lush green mountain ranges brimming with diverse plant and animal species. Within those mountains, though, you can also find some of the most dramatic human health disparities in the nation. Past studies going back to the ...
Faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences are collaborating in three of the six teams receiving 2017–18 Scholars Awards from the Virginia Tech Institute for Society, Culture and Environment. Abby Walker, an assistant professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and ...