Urban planners in Virginia are trying to make bicycling safer, but they’re hampered by a lack of statistics about who’s riding where.
Alec Gosse rides his bike to work at a Charlottesville company that analyzes data, and this year he was working on a PhD in environmental engineering. Those interests led him to try and solve a problem daunting city planners.
“There was no data for how many bikes were using various roads in the city. It just didn’t exist.”
Without that information, they didn’t know where to make road improvements for cyclists.
It’s not unusual for top college professors to win awards – Nobel prizes and Pulitzers – but one member of the University of Virginia faculty was recently honored in a surprising way. Little known in this country, he was knighted by a foreign government.
The scent of Cilantro may go fine with dinner, but not if it’s from a stinkbug that fell into your enchiladas. The invasive pests are now in 41 states, the district of Columbia and Canada and several countries in Europe.
They destroy crops and frustrate humans, with whom they share a penchant for sheltering indoors in cold weather. Now scientists at Virginia Tech have come up with stinkbug trap you can make yourself for a couple of bucks-- that works.
No matter how good a housekeeper you are, it’s not easy to keep stinkbugs from ruining your image.
Scientists studying climate change have focused on greenhouse gases – how we can produce less or maybe remove some of what’s already in the atmosphere, but a team at the University of Virginia will take a different approach.
Eleven people from eight different fields – including business, law, anthropology and engineering – will look at how we use land as part of a massive mapping and modeling project for planet Earth. Deborah Lawrence is professor of environmental sciences at UVA.