In honor of National Engineers Week, VCU Professor Mohamed Gad-el-Hak shares some thoughts on the Three Faces of Engineering–creativity, art and science–and what we can do to strengthen our teaching of engineering to students of all levels.
Where do science and art intersect? Narcissus Quagliata has some ideas. The internationally-renowned stained glass artist will speak at a VCU Mathematics Colloquium on Friday about his 40-year career in the arts. Quagliata will discuss the connections between science and art using his own experience working with the medium of light. He will also talk about his thoughts on dreaming and the nature of time.
Way back around the time of dinosaurs the first crocodiles started to appear. After millions of years of evolution they have become the intense hunters and frighteningly large reptiles that we know today. These animals are the alpha predators in some parts of the world, are stealthy hunters, some have the strength to bring down a small elephant, and they just got even scarier! One of the scariest questions in the world just got answered. That question? Can crocodiles climb trees?
A hands-on, up-close-and-personal laboratory experience can be transformative – boosting student grades and keeping undergraduates interested in a future career in scientific research, according to an analysis at 20 participating universities nationwide, including Virginia Commonwealth University. Retention of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) students at universities nationwide lags significantly compared to non-STEM students.
Over the course of the next two weeks, all eyes are on Sochi as the greatest athletes in the world compete for the ultimate goal in the world of sports: a gold Olympic medal. Even though all of these athletes have put in countless hours of hard work as well as possess incredible natural talent, they also need physics and engineering on their side in order to achieve the intense speeds, high jumps, and precise turns needed to compete at this level.