Virginia Tech http://wamc.org en Dr. Phillip Sponenberg, Virginia Tech - Fainting Goats http://wamc.org/post/dr-phillip-sponenberg-virginia-tech-fainting-goats <p></p><p>The Latin name<em> myotonia congenita </em>might not mean much to you, but you've likely seen them in action.</p><p>Dr. Phillip Sponenberg, professor of pathology and genetics at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, fills us in on one of the internet's favorite animal oddities: the fainting goat.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Matthew Pryce 89028 at http://wamc.org Dr. Phillip Sponenberg, Virginia Tech - Fainting Goats Dr. Dana Hawley, Virginia Tech – Why Diseases Evolve Increased Virulence http://wamc.org/post/dr-dana-hawley-virginia-tech-why-diseases-evolve-increased-virulence <p>In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Dana Hawley of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University explains why diseases evolve more virulent strains that pose a greater threat to the host.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p><br>Dana Hawley is an associate professor of biological sciences at Virginia Tech. Her research explores the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that underlie pathogen susceptibility within and across ecological scales. Her current project seeks to link host ecology and behavior with changes in pathogen virulence. She earned her Ph.D. at Cornell University.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Bradley Cornelius 72566 at http://wamc.org Dr. Dana Hawley, Virginia Tech – Why Diseases Evolve Increased Virulence