Recently President Barack Obama announced a decade-long, $100-million project to map the human brain.
At Washington & Lee University, Professor Tyler Lorig, chair of the Neuroscience program, offered mixed reactions.
Lorig says while he welcomes the attention to the new announcement—he knows the money won’t go nearly as far as the public might expect. He's also concerned about misconceptions which stem from the language describing the project as “mapping”.
Scientists don’t often get involved in political campaigns, but in Virginia one of the nation’s leading men of science has stepped up to endorse a candidate for attorney general.
Three years ago, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli demanded to see all of the e-mails and documents written by Professor Michael Mann during his years at the University of Virginia. Mann and his colleagues had created a graphic showing how quickly the Earth was warming. It looked like a hockey stick set on its side.
Who will become America’s next great innovator? That’s the question the Discovery Channel is hoping to answer with a new reality show called, “The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius.” A grad student from Virginia Tech is one of ten people chosen after they sent video applications to the producers.
Amy Elliot, a graduate student in mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech is one of two women selected from thousands of applicants around the country. The Discovery Channel’s new reality TV show combines the drama of competition with the world of science, technology and engineering.