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These stories offer a glimpse of the many ways in which faculty and students are addressing some of today's greatest challenges in the Earth and environmental sciences.

Volcanic rocks resembling Roman concrete explain record uplift
Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

Research by Tiziana Vanorio finds that fiber-reinforced rocks beneat Italy’s dormant Campi Flegrei supervolcano are similar to a wonder-material used by the ancients to construct enduring structures such as the Pantheon, and may lead to improved building materials.

Roman Builders May Have Copied Volcanic "Concrete"
Scientific American

The rock of the Campi Flegrei Caldera, west of Naples, Italy, has an intricate network of mineral fibers—just like the famed Roman concrete.

Roman Concrete Mimicked Resistant Volcanic Rock
Discovery News

Core samples of the pozzolana-rich layer that has been transformed into a fiber-reinforced concrete-like rock.

2015 NSF CAREER Award for Tiziana Vanorio

The National Science Foundation CAREER Award will allow professor Vanorio to advance her studies on the rock physics signatures of fluid-rock interactions, which are vital components in understanding the properties of volcanic rocks and concrete, pursuing carbon sequestration projects, and studying induced seismicity.

Assistant Professor Tiziana Vanorio receives 2014 SPE Innovative Teaching Award

Geophysics Assistant Professor Tiziana Vanorio has been selected to receive the 2014 SPE Faculty Innovative Teaching Award. The Award, which recognizes Petroleum Engineering Faculty who have demonstrated innovative teaching techniques, not only recognizes excellence, but encourages and equips others in academia to use similar techniques.

Tiziana Vanorio Appointed Assistant Professor in the Geophysics Department
Stanford News

Tiziana Vanorio has been appointed Assistant Professor in the Geophysics Department, where she is directing the Stanford Rock Physics Laboratory.