- Harish is chairing a session at the European Geosciences Union
meeting in Vienna (April 22-27). Prof. Kuesel, Carol's supervisor
in Germany, will be giving a keynote talk in this session and
Denise Akob will be presenting a poster (w/ Carol as a coauthor).
- Carol finally jumped the major hurdle that is the Ph.D. preliminary
exam on April 16.
- Bojeong's paper in the April
2012 issue of the Journal of Environmental Monitoring
is featured on the cover, AND it is in the
top ten of JEM articles viewed online in the month of March!
- James presented a poster at the ICTAS fellows symposium at VT
- Chee-Sung Park is joining our group as an Affiliate Faculty
member, hosted by Mike, for the coming year. He joins us from
a very productive Ph.D. and postdoc in the Materials Science and
Engineering department at VT. Welcome to the group, Chee-Sung!
- Carol gave a talk at the Geosciences Student Research Symposium
on March 2, and a poster and talk at the CEINT NSF site visit
and internal meeting at Duke on March 19-21. Mike and Bojeong
also gave talks at the CEINT site visit and meeting.
- We would like to welcome our new postdoc, Manuel Caraballo,
who completed his Ph.D. in Geosciences at the University of Huelva,
- Carol gave a talk and spent 10 days in November at the Ernst-Ruska
Center in Juelich, Germany. She greatly enjoyed
with analyzing her natural samples on their nice TEMs.
- Harish gave a talk at Goldschmidt 2011 in Prague, Czech Republic.
Mike presented a poster and Carol also attended.
- Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca French who successfully defended
her Ph.D. on August 12th, 2011. We wish her the best of luck with
her future endeavors.
- The Hochella group has recently gained a tiny new group member,
born on April 29th, named Dujin. Congratulations Bojeong and Chee-Sung!
- Congratulations to Rebecca French, who has accepted a 1-yr Congressional
Fellowship from the American Geophysical Union starting Sept 1.
She will have the chance to be a science advisor for Senator Bernie
Sanders (I-VT). Full
- We would like to welcome our newest group member, Prof. Honghai
Wu from South China
Normal University in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. He will
be visiting our group from April 25 through November.
- Harish Veeramani will be traveling to EGU (European Geosciences
Union) Conference in Vienna, Austria from April 3-6. He is co-chairing
the Frontiers in Geobiology session.
- Matthew Hull, a PhD candidate in Dr. Peter Vikesland's group
who shares our lab in ICTAS, has accepted a position as the new
Associate Program Director of VT SuN (Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology),
previously held by Deborah. Congratulations, Matt! (4/1/2011)
- Carol Johnson will be working on an interdisciplinary research
project with Prof. Dr. Kirsten Küsel's Geomicrobiology
group at the University of Jena, Germany from April 13 - December
13. This unique opportunity is supported by the EIGER
(NSF IGERT) fellowship program. She is very excited to dive into
a new project but will miss life in Blacksburg! (4/1/2011)
- Deborah Aruguete is starting an exciting new job as Associate
Program Director at the NSF Division
of Earth Sciences in Washington, DC. The Hochella group begs
her to come back and visit once in awhile, but will also enjoy
the new free bed and breakfast option in Arlington. (2/3/2011)
- Rebecca French presented a poster at AGU
in San Francisco. (12/14/2010)
- Steven Lower (PhD 2001) was presented with the Presidential
Early Career Award for Science and Engineering. Congratulations
Steven on this very special award! (12/13/2010)
- Bojeong Kim's article on silver sulfide nanoparticles in sewage
sludge (ES&T 2010) has attracted much attention, highlighted
in C&EN, Science, and various blogs around the scientific
- Yadan Shi has just arrived from China to join the Hochella group
for two years as a visiting PhD student. Welcome, Yadan!
- Rebecca French has successfully completed her preliminary exam
and is headed to Huelva, Spain to do some field work in the Iberian
Pyrite Belt from Sept. 22 - Oct. 21.
- Congratulations to Juan (Jenny) Liu (PhD 2009), who has been
hired as a Research Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Lab!
She has been working with Kevin Rosso (PhD 1998) at PNNL for the
last year and a half.
- Lisa Brombacher, a 2nd year Bachelor's student in Geosciences
at the University of Mainz, Germany, will be doing a research
internship with the group from July 23 - October 23. Welcome,
- James Dale, our newest Ph.D. student who is joining us this
fall (2010) from Chris Kim's group at Chapman University, has
won a four-year ICTAS Graduate Student Fellowship, one of only
two granted this year to incoming Ph.D. candidates in the College
of Science at Virginia Tech. This is an exceptional honor. Congratulations
- Kelly Plathe (PhD 2010) will be starting her new post-doc position
at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in the Environmental
- We would like to welcome our new post-doctoral researcher, Dr.
Harish Veeramani! He is coming to us from EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland,
originally from India.
- Mike, Bojeong, Deborah, Takuya, and Rebecca all presented at
in Knoxville, TN (June 14-18). Carol also attended.
- Dr. Deborah Aruguete is the new Associate Project Director for
the Virginia Tech Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology. She will
have a new office in the new ICTAS building. Congratulations,
- Kelly Plathe sucessfully defended her PhD on February 4th -
- Congratulations to Saumya Bose (2006) and his wife Divya on
the birth of their daughter, Sana! Saumya also has a new job at
Arcadis, US, Inc in Emeryville, CA.
- Mike gave the William
Smith Lecture, entitled "New Hidden Earth: Nanoparticles
and their Global Role in the Environment, Pollution, and Human
Health" at the William
Smith Meeting 2009 hosted by the Geological Society at the
Burlington House in London England (Sept 21-23, 2009).
- Mike, Rebecca and
Carol all presented work at the 1st annual
International Conference on the Environmental Implications of
Nanotechnology in Washington, D.C. (Sept. 8-9, 2009).
- Kelly Plathe gave
a talk at the 4th International
Conference on Environmental Effects of Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials
in Vienna, Austria (Sept. 6-9, 2009).
- Kelly Plathe gave
a talk at the 19th Annual
Goldschmidt Conference in Davos, Switzerland (June 09).
- Dr. Takuya Echigo
from the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural
Sciences in Ibaraki, Japan, joined us as a new post-doctoral scholar.
- Juliane Hopf, a PhD
student from the University of Bayreuth (Germany), will be joining
us for 3 months.
- Former PhD student
Juan Liu (2009) has started a post-doc position at Pacific Northwest
National Laboratory working with former PhD student Kevin Rosso
(1998) and Don Baer.
- Former PhD student
(2002) Erin O' Reilly has accepted a job as the Physical Scientist
at the Mineral Management Services (MMS), Gulf of Mexico Region.
- Former PhD student
Nick Wigginton (2008) took a job as Associate Editor at Science
- Former PhD student
Treavor Kendall (2003) has taken a professorship at Oregon Health
and Science University in Portland.
- Rebecca French and
Bojeong Kim published a paper entitled “Influence of Ionic Strength,
pH, and Cation Valence on Aggregation Kinetics of Titanium Dioxide
Nanoparticles" in ES&T.
- Carol Johnson nominated
as an EIGER fellow.
- Kelly Plathe attended
International Conference on Environmental Effects of Nanoparticles
and Nanomaterials in Birmingham, England (9/14/08), then spent
3 months in Vienna, Austria and Goteborg, Sweden for her EIGER
- Nick Wigginton took
a post-doctoral position at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de
- Deric Learman moved to Boston to take a post-doctoral position
- Rebecca receives travel
grant for Goldschmidt
2008 in Vancouver, BC. (6/7/08)
- Congrats to Deric
for successfully defending his Ph.D! (5/29/08)
- Congrats to Nick for
successfully defending his Ph.D! (4/21/08)
- Read the press releases
on Mike's Science Review article "Nanominerals,
mineral nanoparticles, and Earth systems" here
- Mike is featured on
the VT webpage's "Spotlight on Achievement" section
- Deborah travels to
Birmingham, UK to attend an author's meeting for the book "Environmental
and Human Health Consequences of Manufactured Nanoparticles"
to present her chapter. (2/5/08)
- Mike to speak at this
fall's graduate commencement ceremony on Friday, December 14.
- Read the recent press
release about Mike's
new cover article on "Aquatic Environmental Nanoparticles"
in Journal of Environmental Monitoring (see right). (12/2/07)
- Mike is elected as
a AAAS fellow. VT
- Deric to speak at
Speaker Series on November 2nd at 4:00. The title of his talk
is "The Bacteria Whisperer: Understanding Cell-to-Cell Communication
in the Environment." Check it out! (10/16/07)
- The group is pleased
to welcome Bojeong Kim (Ph.D. 2006, Cornell) to the group as a
new Post-Doc. (9/26/07)
headed down to Oak Ridge National
Laboratory to study bacterial quorum sensing in September.
- The group welcomes
new Ph.D. student Rebecca French (M.S. 2007, Cornell). (8/25/07)
- Mike has just been
honored with the rank of University Distinguished Professor by
the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors! link
Ph.D. alumnus Andrew
Madden has accepted an assistant professor position from the
School of Geology and Geophysics at Oklahoma University. (5/10/07)
Smith has been awarded the Outstanding Senior Award from the
College of Science and was also selected as Virginia Tech Undergraduate
Woman of the Year. Congratulations Alison!! (3/27/07)
- Mike has been awarded
the Geochemical Society's
Distinguished Service Award. He will be presented with the award
at the 2007 Goldschmidt
Conference in Cologne, Germany this August. (3/13/07)
Lee Penn (University of Minnesota) met with our group and
gave a special ICTAS seminar
in March. The title of her talk was "Chemical, Physical,
and Structural Properties of Oxide Nanoparticles." (3/12/07)
- Mike and former student
Steven Lower are featured in an Science/AAAS career development
the Leap to Independence." (3/2/07)
- Nick Wigginton was
selected to participate in the 4th Annual Interfacial and Condensed
Phase Chemical Physics Summer
Research Institute hosted by PNNL this summer. (2/8/07)
- Mike was recently
interviewed by microbeworld.org
(download the mp3 here).
In the short program featured on NPR, he discusses bioreduction
of hematite nanoparticles. (1/1/07)
- Mike awarded Virginia’s
Outstanding Scientist Award VT
News link Collegiate
- The EIGER
project at VT is funded with Mike as Principal Investigator link
magazine releases its first issue. Mike is one of three principal
scientific editors and fellow VT professor Bob Bodnar served as
Guest Editor for the inaugural issue VT
- Mike awarded Virginia
Tech Alumni Award for Research Excellence link
- Andy awarded Geosciences
Outstanding Service Recognition Award
- Saumya awarded MSA
Mineralogy and Petrology research grant
- Deric receives Graduate
Assistantship in Areas of National Need (GAANN) fellowship
- Press release covering
Tracy Bank's work relating to bacterial transport in groundwater
- Highlight on Andy
Madden's research link
- GSA press release
for Mike's talk on metal transport in Montana's Clark Fork River
Superfund complex link
- Mike speaks at GSA
symposium honoring Prof. Paul Ribbe, former series editor for
Reviews in Mineralogy & Geochemistry and emeritus professor
at Virginia Tech VT
- The group receives
DOE's Most Outstanding Research at a Univeristy Award link
- Treavor Kendall awarded
Geosciences Outstanding Service Recognition Award
- Andy awarded MSA Mineralogy
and Petrology research grant
- Research highlight
about Erin O'Reilly's work link
- Mike receives Dana
Medal from Mineralogical Society of America
- News Release about
Treavor Kendall's research link
- Mike awarded Alexander
Von Humboldt award link
- Andy awarded National
Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
- Highlights on Steven
Lower's Shewanella/AFM research VT
DOE BES, Science
- Barry Bickmore awarded
Outstanding Dissertation, Virginia Tech