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Debbie Mickle

Articles by Debbie Mickle

“Mad Skills” at the Controls: Stafford Teen Leads Team to State Robotics Championship

When Nick Butler takes the controls of his Stafford County high school team’s competition robot, he’s bringing literally a lifetime of experience to the task. At the age of 16 months, Nick was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type 2, a hereditary disease that causes weakness and wasting of the voluntary muscles in the arms and legs of infants and children.

Bald Eagles on the James: A Success Story

The James River runs through it... through the City of Richmond. And just minutes downriver is an incredible opportunity to see resident bald eagles in their natural habitat. Did you know that we have an incredible conservation success story to tell? Thirty years ago there were no bald eagles on the James River. Today, over 180 pair of resident bald eagles call the James River home. And the James River is now considered to have the best bald eagle comeback in the entire North American continent!

DNA: A ‘New’ Crime-solving Molecule?

Anyone who has ever watched “Law and Order” or “CSI” knows: obtaining and analyzing DNA evidence features prominently in many of its fictional criminal cases. But leaving such TV dramatizations aside, over the last two decades, DNA evidence has come to play an increasingly routine and important role in the U.S. law enforcement and justice systems. Technological innovations within science and social policy have both played a role in this process. 

Virginia State University Extension Exploring Aquaponics

Virginia State University is ready to begin construction on a unique Aquaponics research lab in a downtown Petersburg warehouse. Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture, or fish-farming, and hydroponics, growing plants without dirt in nutrient rich water. It’s an ancient concept but a comparatively new scientific field and Virginia State University is on the cutting edge.

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