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Chronobiology: Clocks & Rhythms
3:58 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Rise and Shine: A Study of Sleep

Brianna Rakouska ’17 studies for a French exam late into the evening at W&L.
Credit Washington & Lee University

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.

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Education
3:10 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Colleges Band Together to Save Energy Costs

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.

The energy is coming from landfills located around the Commonwealth.  Ingenco captures landfill gas emissions and sends it to the schools.  Emory & Henry spokesman Jesse Freedman says this will enable them to cut their carbon footprint by half.

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Fighting One Invasive Species With Another
12:54 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Saving Hemlocks from Extinction

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.

 

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Legislative Hearing Scheduled
1:34 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

The Future of Stadium Woods

A 14-acre  stand of trees on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg recently escaped destruction when the University agreed not to build an athletic practice facility on that spot. 

Now a Virginia Senator wants to make protection of the parcel, known as Stadium Woods, permanent.

Senator John Edwards applauds Virginia Tech’s Board of Visitors for voting to save Stadium woods from development – for now. But he’s introduced a bill that would make protection permanent with a conservation easement on the land.

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Small Business Leaders Converge
5:01 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Workforce Skills Gap in VA?

While the upcoming General Assembly session will focus on such issues as the state budget, ethics reform, and whether or not to expand Medicaid, small business advocates have rolled out a blueprint of their own legislative priorities.

Their agenda arose from a summit of the state’s entrepreneurs and business leaders, who want to ensure that the Commonwealth maintains its competitive edge through business-friendly policies.

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