As part of a new, $5.3 million five-year National Science Foundation grant, Holbrook and collaborators at eight other universities in the U.S. and Canada will study the delicate and complex balance of processes — physical, hydrological, biological, and chemical — of the Earth's critical zone.
Over the past 25 years, Virginia Tech researchers have earned 171 National Science Foundation Early Career Development Awards (CAREER). For the 2020 fiscal year, 14 Virginia Tech early career scientists and engineers have been granted CAREER awards, totaling over $4 million in research funding.
Sterling Nesbitt, an associate professor of geobiology in the College of Science, and a team of researchers will use a NSF CAREER Award to learn more about how extinction events -- and time itself -- drive evolution in vertebrate communities.
Stamps, an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences, has received a five-year Faculty Early Career Development Program award to investigate early phase continental rifting at the Natron Rift in Tanzania.
Michel, an associate professor of geosciences, diverged from his normal path to lead a project involving numerous Virginia Tech faculty, alumni, and specialists from Carilion Clinic to use 3D printing to create nasopharyngeal swabs during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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.