The new program offers graduate students the opportunity to get involved in research as diverse as SARS-COV-2 reverse genetics, treating microbial contamination in drinking water, and reducing mosquito-borne diseases.
Inclusive Excellence Student Fellows seek to inspire students of color, transfers, and first-generation students to pursue their goals and learn from the stories of people from diverse backgrounds who have preceded them.
In a normal year, the program creates a "university feel" by including children in an interactive STEM sessions in a university classroom. But this year, the program will be hosted through Zoom and will mail packets of materials for hands-on activities.
A recent study from the Virginia Tech Department of Biological Sciences shows that the negative effects from climate change on clear water lakes can be mitigated by limiting nutrient pollution from land development in clear-water lakes.
Interacting with Kevin Hamed, collegiate assistant professor in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, from a safe distance, makes all of the difference for Emma Weaver, a senior who is majoring in wildlife conservation.
While cold weather spells might move the dates up a few days to a week, leaf watchers should expect to see peak displays anywhere around October 24-31, according to Virginia Tech tree physiology expert John Seiler.
An aquatic ecosystem forecasting system, developed by Virginia Tech researchers, will measure water quality conditions that can be shared every day with water utilities, drinking water managers, and many other decision-makers.
In California and other areas, warm and dry conditions have been extended beyond the summer months and into autumn and early winter in some years. This essentially extends the ‘wildfire season’ and provides increased chances for ignitions and conditions that are conducive to rapid fire spread, according to Virginia Tech’s Adam Coates.
Research expenditures are up and sponsored awards have increased by 15 percent, building upon the prior year’s expenditure total of $542 million, despite the impact of COVID-19 felt nationally by higher education institutes, according to preliminary fiscal year-end reports.