environmental science

Randolph students take part in Virginia Power Dialog

Randolph's student delegation to the Virginia Power Dialog with Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Director David Paylor.

Four Randolph College environmental studies students recently discussed global warming with state regulators, officials, and peers from other institutions at the Virginia Power Dialog in Richmond. The event, held Friday, April 8, at the University of Richmond, is one of a number of statewide dialogs being coordinated by the Bard Center for Environmental Policy. The... READ MORE >>

Randolph students roll over history in Nelson County

Professor Sarah Sojka, Sara Woodward '16, and Hagay Haut '16 speak with other volunteers in the archaeology project at the site of the uncovered jailhouse.

Hagay Haut ’16 spent a recent afternoon lugging what looked like a suitcase across a garden in Nelson County. Occasionally stepping on turnips and ducking through the wires of a surrounding fence, he used the Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) to search for clues that there was more than just vegetables buried beneath the soil. Haut... READ MORE >>

Students get a ‘sample’ of environmental pollution testing during Summer Research

Allison Brooks '18 and Rob Campbell '13 collect soil samples by hand while Melissa Pasierb '’17 and River Keeper Pat Calvert test other sites from a motorboat.

Dams have long been recognized as key contributors to producing clean energy through hydroelectric power, but one that is causing environmental concerns in Lynchburg is giving a group of Randolph researchers the chance to put their scientific skills into action—and help the community at the same time. Environmental science majors Allison Brooks ’18 and Melissa... READ MORE >>

Randolph College students take soil samples in James River

Allison Brooks gathers a sample of sediment from the James River along Percival's Island on Tuesday. Brooks is part of Randolph College's summer research program, which is testing for possible contaminants trapped near the RockTenn Dam. (Autumn Parry/The News & Advance)

Jessie Pounds, Lynchburg News & Advance With nettles and scrub-brush behind them and the James River before them, the path ahead became refreshingly clear for Allison Brooks and her comrades in research. “Only up to our necks ─ let’s do it,” she said. Brooks, a rising sophomore at Randolph College, is participating in a summer... READ MORE >>

Biofilm research could shed light on erosion control

Photo of students working on project.

By studying 12 bubbling bins of water and sand in the basement of Martin Science Building, two Randolph students hope to shed light on ways to reduce coastal erosion. Each bin contains various amounts of nutrients designed to help promote the growth of biofilm, microorganisms that stick together in the sand, as well as a... READ MORE >>

Student explores more efficient soil remediation options

Photo of student in lab

This summer, Hannah Edwards ’16 is searching for a better way to remove toxins from soil. She started her summer research by contaminating several containers of soil with lead, an element that is known to cause developmental defects, especially in younger people. Then she started experimenting with plants to see which would best remove through... READ MORE >>

Randolph professor explains environmental impact of local train derailment and oil spill

On Wednesday, a train derailed several miles from Randolph College, sending three cars carrying crude oil into the James River. When local media began reporting on the environmental impacts of the resulting oil spill, they asked Sarah Lawson, a Randolph environmental studies and physics professor, to explain what could happen. On Thursday, Lawson appeared on... READ MORE >>

Randolph students present at energy and sustainability conference

A recent statewide energy and sustainability conference included presentations by Randolph students that gave insight into ways to save energy. Karin Warren, environmental studies professor and the Herzog Family Chair of Environmental Studies, took a group of students to the Virginia Commonwealth University Energy and Sustainability Conference. More than 600 students and professionals in fields... READ MORE >>