Virginia Tech Magazine

Volume 14, Number 2
Winter 1992


Virginia Tech a good buy
Virginia Tech was again ranked among the top 100 best buys in U.S. top four-year national universities by the U.S. News & World Report. The magazine obtained this information by surveying almost 3,000 college administrators on the academic reputations of 1,373 four-year schools.

Human gene planted in pig
Scientists at Virginia Tech have succeeded in placing a human gene into a pig with the hope that the animal will produce a human therapeutic protein in its milk. If successful, the protein, which prevents the blood from clotting, could be used in treating heart attack victims and people who have undergone joint-replacement surgery. This experiment stands as one of only a handful of successful transgenic procedures on farm animals in the world.

Education graduate program largest in state
The Virginia Tech College of Education fosters the largest graduate education program in Virginia, enrolling approximately 1,200 students each year. In addition to the Blacksburg campus programs, degree programs designed primarily for practicing education professionals are offered at graduate centers in Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, and Roanoke and in school districts throughout the state.

Competition keen for psych slots
Potential doctoral students applying in droves for slots in the psychology department's industrial/organizational and clinical programs have made these among the most selective such programs in the country. Last year, 286 students vied for 12 spaces in the sought-after programs.

Horse center makes mark
A study by Virginia Tech's Office of Institutional Research and Planning Analysis shows the Equine Medical Center has created an overall economic impact of $59 million in Virginia and $112 million to Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia.

"Green" farming study largest in U.S.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' researchers have initiated the largest low-impact farming systems comparison study in the nation. The project looks at cultivation practices to reduce herbicide uses, legume cover crops to reduce nitrogen fertilizer inputs, and the management of cover crops to reduce the need for insecticides and herbicides.

Virginia Tech Magazine Volume 14, Number 2 Winter 1992