Sarah Sojka

Randolph professor’s environmental research published

Sarah Sojka

Randolph physics and environmental studies professor Sarah Sojka co-authored a paper that recently appeared on the website for Estuaries and Coasts, and will be published this fall in a special issue of the journal. The paper details work by Sojka and several other marine scientists from across the nation to study the ecological effects of “coastal armoring,”... READ MORE >>

Diving into Research

Physics and environmental studies professor Sarah Sojka, Tyrah Cobb-Davis '19, and Libby Exline '19 construct artificial seagrass

Earlier this summer, Tyrah Cobb-Davis ’19 and Libby Exline ’19 looked like they were going on a diving expedition. They packed wetsuits and swimming goggles into a car before loading up the most important item—a large, black mass of intertwined plastic tubes, or artificial seagrass. For their Summer Research project, the students are working with... READ MORE >>

Summer Research builds students’ engineering, coding skills

Sarah Sojka, physics and environmental studies professor, observes as Zach Vernon '18 and Leonora Bratvold-Boyd '19 conduct a lab test.

Zach Vernon ’18 and Leonora Bratvold-Boyd ’19 liken their Summer Research experience to a nature adventure. When they began learning coding, the students felt like they were lost in a forest. Now, the pair of aspiring engineers feel more confident in their skills, and it’s as if they have found the river that will lead... READ MORE >>

Randolph team wins debates about ‘Ethics and Civic Responsibility’ in VFIC Ethics Bowl

Members of the Randolph team deliberate their answer to a question at the Ethics Bowl.

Randolph College won two debates in the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) 17th annual statewide collegiate Wells Fargo Ethics Bowl last weekend. The event was held in Roanoke at Hollins University. Discussing a variety of case studies highlighting ethical dilemmas, Randolph won matchups against Emory & Henry College and Hollins University, and the team... 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 take the driver’s seat with Summer Research

Zach Vernon ’18 (left) and Russ Burt ’16 analyze graphs of car accident statistics with physics professors Peter Sheldon and Sarah Sojka.

For many years, it’s been widely believed that a vehicle’s back seat is the safest place in the event of a crash, but Russ Burt ’16 and Zach Vernon ’18 aren’t completely convinced. Instead, they, along with physics professors Peter Sheldon and Sarah Sojka, are focusing their Summer Research project on determining if there is... 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 >>