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Thursday, December 3, 2015: EEB Seminar by Marcelo Ardon Sayao of East Carolina University, title TBA. 3:30 p.m., Derring 4069
Friday, December 4, 2015: VTCRI Pioneers in Biomedical Research Program Seminar by Elizabeth Hillman of Columbia University, entitled, "Building and Using In-Vivo Microscopes to Understand Brain Function and Physiology," 11:00 a.m., Virginia Tech Carilion Research Center
Friday, December 4, 2015: VTLS Seminar by Greg Valdez, entitled, "From the synapse to the cell body: Common mechanisms connecting aging and neurodegenerative diseases," 12:20 p.m., VBI Conference Center
Thursday, December 10, 2015: Holiday Potluck Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Life Sciences I Building
September 17, 2015: Birds that eat at feeders more likely to get sick, spread disease
August 30, 2015: Konark Mukherjee named VT Scholar of the Week
August 28, 2015: VBI scientists reveal cellular clockwork that underlies inflammation
July 20, 2015: Cancer Under Attack
June 9, 2015: Jack Webster honored with emeritus status
June 3, 2015: Arthur L. Buikema honored with emeritus status
May 11, 2015: VT scientists' work gives hope to threatened creatures
May 1, 2015: Fralin Student Spotlight: Ben Vernasco
April 27, 2015: Brett Opell receives 2015 William E. Wine Award
April 15, 2015: Jessica Li selected as 2015 Undergraduate Student of the Year
March 27, 2015: Top VT graduate students honored with awards
February 27, 2015: Michael Friedlander's research continues to be lauded 40 years later