Big data, a new science festival & the world’s most instrumented building (Virginia Tech Magazine)

The Spring 2015 issue of Virginia Tech is online and has been mailed to more than 200,000 alumni, friends and supporters.

My contributions include a collaboration with Madeleine Gordon that provides an overview of Virginia Tech’s big data initiatives, including how researchers are predicting world events using open-source information; a look at the 241 accelerometers within Goodwin Hall, Tech’s new engineering building, and how they might be used in the future; and a review of Virginia Tech’s involvement in the inaugural Virginia Science Festival.

You can read the entire issue at the Virginia Tech Magazine website.

Fall 2014 issue of Virginia Tech Magazine now available

Virginia Tech Magazine has released its Fall 2014 issue, which includes several of my stories.

My cover story examines the university’s efforts to build Virginia’s agricultural industry and help find new ways to feed and provide water for the world’s growing population.

I also look at what Virginia Tech faculty are doing to fight pests that have decimated populations of American chestnut, Eastern hemlock and Carolina hemlock.

In this issue’s How Tech Ticks, I consider the technology, engineering and construction that’s gone into making the Duck Pond one of the most natural-feeling places on campus.

Find all this and more in the new issue of Virginia Tech Magazine, either in your mailbox or online at

New work for Virginia Tech Magazine, Summer 2014

This month saw the release of the Summer 2014 issue of Virginia Tech Magazine, which you can read here. I work for Virginia Tech on a part-time basis, and it’s therefore my steadiest client, so to speak.

My stories in this issue include:
A feature about the first graduating class at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
A look at the pioneering students who helped integrate Virginia Tech in the 1960s and ’70s.
The graphics-driven How Tech Ticks about research on the links between food and emotion.
The university’s pursuit of state and federal historic status for Lane Hall.
An alumni short about a forensic entomologist whose work assists in criminal and civil cases.
An assist on the “Firsts” cover story, including bits about Virginia Tech’s first Olympians and the first time Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” was played as entrance music for the football team.

New work in Virginia Tech Magazine’s Spring 2014 issue

Mid-April saw the publication of the spring 2014 issue of Virginia Tech Magazine, which includes my first work there.

I wrote the “How Tech Ticks” feature for the issue. “How Tech Ticks” uses a mix of graphics and text to illustrate research, facilities and other projects. My story looks at the Kimballton Underground Research Facility near the Ripplemead limestone mine in Giles County. It also breaks down a particle physics experiment conducted by Virginia Tech researchers there.

Additionally, Virginia Tech issued a news release announcing my hire there.