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.
Stanford Researchers Use 3D Printing to Study the Microscopic Structures of Rocks from Earth, and Eventually from Mars
Stanford University graduate student from the Stanford Rock Physics Laboratory uses 3-D printing to investigate rock microstructure.
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.
The rock of the Campi Flegrei Caldera, west of Naples, Italy, has an intricate network of mineral fibers—just like the famed Roman concrete.
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.
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 has been appointed Assistant Professor in the Geophysics Department, where she is directing the Stanford Rock Physics Laboratory.