To support COVID-related research and provide immediate support for Virginia Tech researchers, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation collaborated with Virginia Tech institutes and colleges to establish a COVID-19 Rapid Response Seed Fund. As a result, nine projects were selected for funding.
The deep-well exploration project aims to characterize and explore deep natural gas resources in Central Appalachia that have the potential to positively impact communities and economies hit hard by downturn in coal.
Before spring break and the advent of the coronavirus pandemic, Michelle Stocker’s class met during big blocks of lab time Mondays and Wednesdays to examine pieces of skeleton laid out on trays across six tables. That in-person environment presented a challenge to Stocker when figuring out how to best replicate the class in a distance-learning format.
Professor Shuhai Xiao said the fossils are the oldest green seaweeds ever found. They were imprinted in rock taken from an area of dry land — formerly ocean — near the city of Dalian in the Liaoning Province of northern China.
Virginia Tech scientists have discovered that incredibly small particles of an unusual and highly toxic titanium oxide found in coal smog and ash can cause lung damage in mice after a single exposure. The study also shows long-term damage occurring in just six weeks.
The new center, housed under the Fralin Life Sciences Institute, will engage with a diverse set of stakeholders, create a safe space for difficult conversations with the public around coastal-zone issues, and establish a Coastal Zone Observatory.
Virginia Tech paleontologist Sterling Nesbitt and University Libraries’ 3D Design Studio Manager Max Ofsa are scanning, digitizing, and replicating prehistoric bones using a modern form of paleontology.=https://video.vt.edu/media/Preserving+history+through+modern+paleontology/1_1x6w7kgi/
Elected by their peers and representing a broad range of AAAS “sections,” including statistics, neuroscience, engineering, psychology, and geology/geography, the Virginia Tech professors are among 443 newly elected scholars.
When an opportunity arose for undergraduate students in the Virginia Tech College of Science’s Academy of Integrated Science to invite a speaker to campus, they didn’t hesitate in their first choice: renowned nanomedicine scientist Joy Wolfram.
In a remarkable evolutionary discovery, a team of scientists co-led by a Virginia Tech geoscientist has discovered what could be among the first trails made by animals on the surface of the Earth roughly a half-billion years ago.
Virginia Tech scientists have found that in regions where oilfield wastewater disposal is widespread — and where injected water has a higher density than deep naturally occurring fluids — earthquakes are getting deeper where heavy wastewater has sunk.
A new relative of the Tyrannosaurus rex – much smaller than the huge, ferocious dinonsaur made famous in countless books and films, including, yes, "Jurassic Park" – has been discovered and named by a Virginia Tech paleontologist and an international team of scientists.