With Good Reason

The Foreclosure Contagion
March 5th, 2011 - (0 Comments)

How badly do foreclosed homes affect a neighborhood?  Does foreclosure spread like a virus? Michael Seiler (Old Dominion University) and researchers at the Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center have created a “Foreclosure Contagion Model,” which uses economic forecasting, modeling and simulation to help policymakers revive distressed real estate markets.  Also featured: The oceans are slowly […]

Aww Shucks… Oysters in Virginia
November 22nd, 2008 - (4 Comments)

In Virginia, oysters have influenced our history, our industry, our culture and, of course, our eating habits.  When Captain John Smith sailed into the Chesapeake Bay, he said oysters were so plentiful “they lay thick as stones.” By the 1980s, overharvesting, disease and pollution had reduced the number of oysters to just one percent of […]

Remarkable Trees—and Birds—of Virginia
October 11th, 2008 - (1 Comments)

Despite what many people believe, fall leaf color in Virginia is remarkably consistent every year. Dendrologist John Seiler (Virginia Tech) has been studying fall leaf color for decades. Also: biologist Dan Cristol (William & Mary) says mercury pollution in waterways is not only bad for fish-eating birds, but for songbirds as well, who are absorbing […]

The Secret Life of Bees
June 21st, 2008 - (0 Comments)

Air pollution is destroying the fragrance of flowers, scents that act as trails that pollinating insects follow to their source. Jose Fuentes (University of Virginia) says this could explain why bees and butterflies are dying off in some parts of the world, with potentially dire effects for our food supply. Also: Scientists are learning that […]