Topic: Research

R&D in Brief

R&D in Brief

At-home Sperm Test

Yet another reason to blush while at the drugstore checkout. UVA researcher John C. Herr proved that his invention, SpermCheck Vasectomy, accurately tests male fertility. &ldquo...

Spring 2009

Buff Seniors

Buff Seniors

New drug prevents frailty

Growing older may not necessarily mean growing weaker. Researchers at UVA discovered that a new drug called MK-677 increases muscle mass in older adults. Seniors who took the drug...

Spring 2009

A Smarter Dummy

A Smarter Dummy

UVA engineers building “virtual” crash test dummy

Engineers at UVA’s Center for Applied Biomechanics are working on a new “virtual” crash-test dummy, existing entirely on computer and better simulating the intricacies of the body than a traditional dummy ever could.

Spring 2009

R&D In Brief

R&D In Brief

Taste test

In a study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, UVA Health System researchers reported that two interacting genes related to bitter taste sensitivity play an...

Winter 2008

Fuel for Thought

Fuel for Thought

Interdisciplinary teams investigate different types of alternative energy

In the world of alternative fuels, there may be nothing greener than pond scum.

An interdisciplinary team of UVA researchers is now investigating algae and other potential...

Winter 2008

Setting the Biological Clock

Setting the Biological Clock

Study shows eye cells help regulate our wake and sleep cycles

A switching mechanism in the eye plays a key role in regulating the sleep and wake cycles in mammals, UVA biologists have found.

Light receptor cells in...

Winter 2008

Breaking the Law and Battling Demons

Breaking the Law and Battling Demons

UVA engineers aim to solve burning computer problem

“Laptops are very hot now, so hot that they are not ‘lap’ tops anymore,” says Avik Ghosh, a UVA assistant professor of engineering. He&rsquo...

Winter 2008

Elephant Speak

Elephant Speak

What the 2004 tsunami can tell us about animal communications

The Dec. 26, 2004, earthquake resulted in a human death toll of a quarter million people, but few animals perished. Drawing on his pioneering research about elephant behavior, Michael Garstang, an emeritus professor of environmental sciences at UVA, is on the hunt to find out why.

Winter 2008

The Power of Normal

The Power of Normal

UVA changing misperceptions, behavior with social norms campaign

All UVA students are heavy drinkers, right? Wrong. The National Social Norms Institute at UVA addresses common misperceptions.

Winter 2008

A Bug Before a Bang

A Bug Before a Bang

Glitch doesn't diminish proton collider's promise

Though the launch of the world’s most powerful particle accelerator was marked by a ding instead of a bang, the Large Hadron Collider still holds the promise of unlocking secrets about the essence of matter and insights into the Big Bang.

Winter 2008

A Balm for Burns

A Balm for Burns

Inventor receives award for gel

Burn victims suffer a unique agony. The pain of their injury is compounded by the rigorous cleansing required to ward off infection, a common and often fatal complication.

Fall 2008

R&D In Brief

R&D In Brief

Hillary Bart-Smith works on an autonomous undersea vehicle based on manta rays, Laura Galloway analyzes the maternal effect in plants and more.

Fall 2008

Tapping Into the Brain

Tapping Into the Brain

Device allows people to communicate with their minds

Cognitive science professor Dennis Proffitt works on a new device to help patients with paralysis communicate.

Fall 2008

Lost Flower Power

Lost Flower Power

Findings may explain current pollination crisis

A study by UVA researchers suggests that air pollution may be a cause for the decline in populations of pollinating insects, including bees.

Fall 2008

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Highlights

Welcome, Class of 2022

Welcome, Class of 2022

More than 3,800 first-years will join the Wahoo family this fall. Dig into some of the numbers that shape the Class of 2022.

Singular Sensation

Singular Sensation

Alumnus brought his Broadway talents to Charlottesville to direct and choreograph A Chorus Line.