Geosciences at Virginia Tech

News and Announcements

Monday, December 19th, 2016
Patricia Dove awarded Thomas Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Natural Science

Friday, December 9th, 2016
California earthquake registered on Virginia Tech seismograph

Monday, December 5th, 2016
Robert Weiss named VT Scholar of the Week

Friday, September 23rd, 2016
Unusual new species of extinct reptile shows dinosaurs copied body, skull shapes of distant relatives

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
Undergraduate researcher leads study naming a new species of reptile from 212 million years ago

Friday, August 19th, 2016
Geological Society of America elects Nancy Ross as Fellow

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
American Geophysical Union honors Geosciences’ Esteban Gazel with 2016 Hisashi Kuno Award

Friday, June 10th, 2016
Pigment from fossils reveals color of extinct mammals

Friday, June 10th, 2016
Esteban Gazel joins GeoPRISMS Distinguished Lectureship Program for 2016-17

Friday, June 3rd, 2016
Geosciences team to place GPS sensors around Tanzanian volcano in effort to predict eruptions

Thursday, April 7th, 2016
'Bone scars' reveal the varied growth of dinosaur cousins

Thursday, April 7th, 2016
240-million-year-old fossils provide new insight into how dinosaurs grew from hatchling to adult

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
Geoscience’s Michelle Stocker finds fossils of worm-lizard that lived 40 million years ago

Thursday, February 18th, 2016
Martin Chapman awarded Jesuit Seismological Association Award for earthquake research

Thursday, February 18th, 2016
Benjamin Gill recognized as VT Scholar of the Week

Thursday, January 7th, 2016
Dr. Hochella selected as SCHEV Outstanding Faculty

Thursday, December 10th, 2015
Researchers discover fossil samples of ancient, microscopic worms dating back 530 million years

Thursday, December 10th, 2015
Position Search: Professor and Head of Geosciences

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
Don Rimstidt elected Fellow of AAAS

Friday, October 2nd, 2015
Pigment from fossils reveals color of extinct mammals

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
Nanotechnology expertise earns Virginia Tech a place in National Science Foundation network

Friday, July 24th, 2015
Ben Gill highlighted for Nature article on early oxygen levels

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
Robert J. Bodnar named Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of India

Monday, July 20th, 2015
Esteban Gazel recognized as Scholar of the Week

Monday, July 20th, 2015
VT chapter of AAPG to receive grant

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015
In memoriam: John K. Costain, professor emeritus of geophysics, College of Science

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015
Geologist leads international research to solve perplexing mystery of continental evolution

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
Two faculty receive honorary fellowships from Italian Society of Mineralogy and Petrology

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
Sterling Nesbitt names a carnivorous reptile that preceded dinosaurs

Thursday, December 11th, 2014
Assistant Professor Esteban Gazel earns Top 40 under 40 accoladee

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
Geophysicists challenge traditional theory underlying the origin of mid-plate volcanoes

Monday, October 27th, 2014
Faculty Position in Energy Geosciences

Monday, September 29th, 2014
Paleontologists find evidence for dinosaur predator interaction

Thursday, September 25th, 2014
New evidence of ancient multicellular life sets evolutionary timeline back 60 million years

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014
Rick Law was elected a Fellow of the Geological Society of America

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
NASA Mars Science Laboratory lead to give public seminar Fri. May 16

Friday, May 9th, 2014
Chief scientist for NASA Mars Science Laboratory Mission to receive Virginia Tech Graduate Alumni Achievement Award for 2014

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
Southeastern Section, Geological Society of America at Virginia Tech, April 2014

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
Winter 2014 Museum Public Program: What is a Dinosaur? Unravelling the origins of "terrible lizards". Dr. Sterling Nesbitt

Thursday, October 24th, 2013
Fall 2013 Museum Public Program: A “New” Perspective on Southwest Virginia Geology: Stories from Rivers. Dr. Philip Prince.

Friday, September 13th, 2013
Museum GeoFair and Mineral Sale Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10-4!

Thursday, April 4th, 2013
Matt Steele-MacInnis selected as the 2013 Outstanding Doctoral Student in the College of Science

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013
Patricia M. Dove annnounced as a Virginia Outstanding Scientist

Monday, May 7th, 2012
Patricia M. Dove elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
Department's paleontology and earth sciences programs highly ranked in latest U.S. News and World Report grad school rankings

Monday, February 6th, 2012
Oluyinka Oyewumi selected as the Graduate School's Featured Graduate Student for February 2012

Friday, February 3rd, 2012
Museum of Geosciences receives gift to support STEM

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
Nancy L. Ross named head of Department of Geosciences

Friday, November 4th, 2011
Crystals, collaborations, and globes -- new ways to teach and learn

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
Virginia Tech Museum of Geosciences adds OmniGlobe

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
Geoscientists Get to Work as Quake Memories Fade

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
John Hole invited presenter at National Science Foundation's Hazards Research Expo

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
Information from VTSO about the August 23, 2011, M 5.8 earthquake in Louisa County, Virginia

Thursday, May 26th, 2011
Geosciences welcomes five new faculty members, one returning faculty member

Saturday, May 14th, 2011
Doctoral student Rebecca French awarded Congressional Fellowship

Monday, March 28th, 2011
Earthquake data will advance our understanding

Thursday, March 17th, 2011
Virginia Tech's seismograph picks up Japan earthquake

Friday, March 4th, 2011
Philip Prince named Outstanding Doctoral Student in College of Science

Thursday, February 17th, 2011
Oldest fossils of large seaweeds, possible animals tell story about oxygen in an ancient ocean

Monday, November 22nd, 2010
Geoscientist awarded international honorary degree

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
Scientist searches for clues about the beginnings of life

Monday, October 4th, 2010
Patricia Dove Named 2010 F. Earl Ingerson Lecturer

Thursday, September 9th, 2010
Patricia Dove Named C.P. "Sally" Miles Professor of Science

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010
J. Donald Rimstidt honored with emeritus status

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010
J. Frederick Read honored with emeritus status

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
Geoscientist awarded Fulbright to study in France

Monday, May 10th, 2010
Barbara K. Bekken receives Virginia Tech's 2010 Diggs Teaching Scholar Award, Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching

Monday, May 10th, 2010
Shuhai Xiao receives 2010 Alumni Award for Excellence in Research

Monday, April 26th, 2010
Guggenheim fellowship supports research on ancient life, climate by Virginia Tech scientist

Thursday, March 18th, 2010
Geochemist elected Fellow in international society

Thursday, March 4th, 2010
Eight undergraduates named 2010 ACC Undergraduate Research Scholars

Thursday, February 25th, 2010
Museum project wins national award

Monday, February 1st, 2010
Geoscientist named Virginia's 2010 Outstanding Scientist

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
Unearthing a Prehistoric Time Capsule

Thursday, January 21st, 2010
Geophysicist selected for prestigious international program

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
The science behind the quake in Haiti

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009
Crystallographer selected to receive Dana Medal

Friday, December 4th, 2009
Department of Chemistry, Earth Sustainability project recognized with Exemplary Department Award

Friday, August 28th, 2009
When and how did life on earth become so big?

Monday, August 24th, 2009
Earliest Complex Organisms Fed By Absorbing Ocean Buffet, Geobiologists Propose

Monday, July 20th, 2009
VT-STEM helps inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers

Monday, July 13th, 2009
Data collected by Virginia Tech researchers confirms impact of glacial erosion

Monday, May 18th, 2009
Morning earthquake in Roanoke rattles the valley

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
Va. Tech geologist to study Coles Hill uranium deposit

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009
College of Science recognizes Barbara Bekken for Excellence in Teaching

Monday, April 6th, 2009
Rebecca French appointed as graduate student representative to the Board of Visitors

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
Theresa Detrie chosen as College of Science Outstanding Masters Student

Monday, March 30th, 2009
Dongbo Wang receives 2009 MSA Research Grant Award

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008
Research team reports how, when life on earth became so big

Thursday, December 4th, 2008
Nicole West Receives 2008 Preston Award

Monday, December 1st, 2008
Glacial erosion changes internal mountain structure, responses to plate tectonics

Friday, October 31st, 2008
Biomolecules change Mg/Ca signatures in calcite to suggest new origin of "vital effects"

Thursday, September 18th, 2008
Virginia Tech part of $14 million National Science Foundation nanotechnology grant

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
Fred Read to receive AAPG Grover E. Murray Memorial Distinguished Educator Award

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
Scientists demonstrate amorphous silica demineralize by pathway similar to crystals

Thursday, March 27th, 2008
Geoscientist named international fellow

Thursday, March 27th, 2008
Mercury's shifting, rolling past

Monday, March 24th, 2008
Nanoscience will change the way we think about the world

Monday, March 10th, 2008
Geoscientist in College of Science awarded international medal

Monday, March 3rd, 2008
Geoscientist solves living mystery, works to help environment

Thursday, February 28th, 2008
Two oxygenation events in ancient oceans sparked spread of complex life

Thursday, February 21st, 2008
Unique Martian formation reproduced, reveals brief bursts of water

Friday, January 4th, 2008
Paleontologists say two explosive evolutionary events shaped early history of multicellular life

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007
National Science Foundation Fellow aims to decipher how animals form complex skeletal structures

Monday, December 10th, 2007
Between water and rock: A new science calls into question water analysis results, bioremediation impacts

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007
Michael Hochella to deliver keynote address at Fall 2007 Graduate School commencement

Monday, November 26th, 2007
Hochella receives top honor in American Association for the Advancement of Science

Monday, October 22nd, 2007
Geophysics researchers increase computing resources

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007
Virginia Tech study reveals predation-evolution link

Friday, August 24th, 2007
Radio diary follows geochemist as he tracks the movement of heavy metals

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007
Michael Hochella appointed University Distinguished Professor

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
Laura Hamm Receives NSF Graduate Fellowship Award

Monday, March 5th, 2007
Michael Hochella Featured in AAAS Article on Careers: Making the Leap to Independence

Friday, January 26th, 2007
Richard Krause Awarded Humboldt Fellowship

Saturday, January 6th, 2007
Robert Bodnar named Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006
Scientists uncover speedometer for crystal growth controlled by biomolecule properties

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006
Geosciences Welcomes Six New Faculty

Friday, November 3rd, 2006
Rachel Lauer Recipient of William R. Walker Graduate Fellow Award

Monday, October 30th, 2006
Virginia Tech Geosciences Presentations at the 2006 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA

Sunday, October 29th, 2006
Virginia Tech Crystallography Lab to become demonstration site for world-class scientific equipment

Friday, October 27th, 2006
Tiny fossils reveal inner secrets

Thursday, October 19th, 2006
Was there water on Mars long enough for the origination of life?

Monday, October 9th, 2006
Elizabeth Diesel wins Penelope Hanshaw Scholarship; Lisa Tranel receives honorable mention

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006
Martin Chapman's research featured in College of Science Magazine

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006
Virginia Tech Geosciences Presentations at the 2006 GSA National Meeting in Philadelphia

Thursday, June 29th, 2006
Michael Hochella and Robert Bodnar honored by American Geophysical Union

Friday, June 2nd, 2006
Fred Read recipient of several professional awards

Friday, June 2nd, 2006
Ph.D. student Nicholas Wigginton selected to meet Nobel Laureates

Sunday, November 27th, 2005
Michal Kowalewski wins prestigious Schuchert Award

Thursday, November 10th, 2005
Geoscientists unify crystal growth and dissolution processes into single framework

Monday, October 10th, 2005
Virginia Tech Geoscientists follow arsenic from chicken feed to streambeds

Sunday, October 9th, 2005
Virginia Tech researchers find tiny bubbles a storehouse of knowledge

Sunday, October 9th, 2005
Geologists use biotools to understand geosystems

Friday, September 30th, 2005
Michael Hochella receives Virginia Tech's Alumni Award for Research Excellence

Friday, September 30th, 2005
Virginia Tech team receives highly competitive IGERT grant

Monday, August 15th, 2005
Robert J. Bodnar wins AGU Bowen Award

Monday, August 1st, 2005
Patricia Dove and research group win DOE Best University Research Award

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