Topic: Science

Subtopics:   Astronomy and Cosmology Biology Engineering Environment Geology Neuroscience Physics Psychology Sociology
The Hair Detective

The Hair Detective

For Professor Stephen Macko, a simple strand of hair can be surprisingly revealing

Through isotopic hair analysis, environmental sciences professor Stephen Macko can tell what his students ate for breakfast and what Oetzi the iceman enjoyed during an ancient repast.

Summer 2008

R&D in Brief

R&D in Brief

Alternative fuel

UVA physicists Bellave Shivaram and Adam Phillips have discovered a new class of hydrogen storage materials that could make the storage and transportation of energy more efficient...

Spring 2008

The Fast Track to…Where?

The Fast Track to…Where?

Professor raises questions as technology hurtles us forward

Rosalyn Berne (Col ’79, Grad ’99) looks at the rapid pace of change and asks researchers and students alike about the shape of the future.

Spring 2008

Grounded in the Stars

Grounded in the Stars

Kelsey Johnson discusses her research in the astrophysics surrounding star clusters.

Winter 2007

Blue, Orange and Green

Blue, Orange and Green

The growing environmental sensibility on Grounds

Though the pace of change might not suit everyone, UVA is moving toward a greener future on many fronts.

Winter 2007

Rush-Hour Robotics

Rush-Hour Robotics

Driverless car takes on urban traffic challenge

Tommy survived the grueling twists and turns of the Mojave Desert last year.

This year, Tommy Jr. is proving its mettle in a different challenge, the stop...

Winter 2007

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Jefferson and Hemings

I would like to congratulate Maura Singleton for the well-researched and written article “Anatomy of a Mystery” (Fall 2007), which presents both sides of the...

Winter 2007

Bice Devices

Bice Devices

During his 46 years at the University, legendary psychology professor Ray Bice entertained and educated more than 27,000 students with his ingenious “Bice Devices.” An inventor and self-described tinkerer,...

Winter 2007

The Wired Mind

The Wired Mind

Plugging into the heart of the brain

James Coan probes how the mind reacts to emotional situations, from holding hands to being homesick. Barry Condron blazes trails with computer images of fruit flies.

Winter 2007

Explaining the World

Explaining the World

Professor Lou Bloomfield demystifies the physics of everyday life

Lou Bloomfield, who teaches the popular introductory physics course "How Things Work," explains the science behind objects that students see every day.

Fall 2007

Help for a Degraded River

Help for a Degraded River

Engineering and architecture students collaborate to design the Learning Barge, a floating classroom meant to teach schoolchildren in Hampton Roads about ecology on the Elizabeth River.

Fall 2007

All Things Small and Beautiful

All Things Small and Beautiful

Big plans for nanotechnology

There’s a new building on Grounds that promises to shake up the world as we know it. Opened in November of last year, Wilsdorf Hall has been...

Fall 2007

Mach 5 or Bust

Mach 5 or Bust

Students work on revolutionary engine

New York to Los Angeles in 40 minutes? A team of UVA aerospace engineering students don’t think it’s so crazy.

In the near future,...

Summer 2007

Watching Walruses

Watching Walruses

“Think of an earthworm that weighs two tons,” says G. Carleton Ray. “That’s a walrus.” A research professor of environmental sciences, Ray and...

Summer 2007

Taking the Temperature

Taking the Temperature

Global warming has researchers at UVA worried—and working—on numerous fronts

A Freeze-Thaw Cycle?

Global warming may have picked up steam with the dawn of the Industrial Age 200 years ago, but humans began altering the global climate thousands of years...

Summer 2007

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Highlights

From Bosnia, With Love

From Bosnia, With Love

A stint in Sarajevo inspired Katie Gar Ward (Col ’08) to do something for the country's many street dogs.

Water for the World

Water for the World

A new tablet, developed by UVA engineers, could hold the answer to clean water for millions.