Football season may be over for the players, but for some people, it’s never over. That’s what it’s like for the teams that keep the living outdoor sports fields looking good. Real grass takes real work to maintain; Especially when the turf has to look good on TV.
Even in the off-season, Hokie special teams practice kicks at Virginia Tech’s Lane Stadium so the field has to be ready. The work of keeping the living playing field ready for it’s close up is a never-ending pursuit.
Plenty of people spend at least part of their time at college sleeping through class, but at Washington and Lee University, students have the chance to enroll in a course where they’ll learn why.
Assistant Professor Natalia Toporikova was invited to design an undergraduate course that would teach students the basics of science: how to interpret studies, how to develop a hypothesis and test it. What better way, she thought, than to study the subject of sleep? It was not her decision to schedule that class at 8 a.m.
Five Virginia private liberal arts colleges have joined together to reduce their energy costs.
Hollins University along with Emory & Henry, Lynchburg, Randolph, and Sweet Briar Colleges are the first such institutions of higher education in Virginia to provide 100 percent renewable electricity to their campuses.
A tiny, invasive bug is bringing down hemlock trees from Appalachia to southern Canada. And scientists fear another treasured native tree may be going the way of the American chestnut, forever changing forest ecosystems.
Researchers at Virginia Tech are hoping to beat the invaders at their own game. They’re using a new invasive species to keep an old one in check, and save the American hemlock tree.