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Good reads: Faculty, staff and students share their recommendations for your summer reading list

It's summer. Grab a book.

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How one center’s work gave a voice to thousands of primary care providers during the pandemic

The Larry A. Green Center’s surveys on the pandemic’s strain on primary care doctors earned national attention, creating a platform to advocate for the primary care field at the highest levels.

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Want better sleep? Less fast food and screen time, and more physical activity may be key.

A new study led by VCU researchers sheds light on lifestyle factors associated with healthy and unhealthy sleep.

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‘Think on This’: Garret Westlake on solving complex problems in the world

The executive director of VCU's da Vinci Center builds a culture of collaboration at the university and helped create the first master of product innovation program in the country.

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Turning the tide on sickle cell disease

There may be no population of patients whose health care and outcomes are more affected by racism than those with sickle cell disease. In Richmond, patients like Kendrice “Kenny” Lane have found a medical home at VCU Health and something else — hope.

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Virginia middle and high school students to compete in VCU-hosted STEM competition

Students from five school districts will present their solutions to three real-world challenges posed by Bank of America, Capital One and CarMax.

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A link in the chain: Building on his mentor’s work, Martin Safo closes in on sickle cell treatment

The pharmacy professor and his team are pursuing a treatment that has the potential to "improve and save the lives of millions of people.”

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Enjoli and Sesha Joi Moon’s JXN Project is an effort to tell Black Richmond stories ‘truthfully and completely’

Their work, which celebrates 150 years of history in Jackson Ward, is capturing the neighborhood's pivotal role in the evolution of the Black American experience.

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‘Shore U’ could be a game changer

VCU Executive MBA students present a business plan to Gov. Ralph Northam on creating a four-year university on the Eastern Shore.

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‘Your order is ready’: Curbside pickup and delivery skyrocketed during the pandemic. It could lead to permanent consumer changes.

An increase in these services from retailers, restaurants and grocery stores could mean a shift in how we shop.

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New certificate at VCU to provide students with outdoor leadership credentials

“These leadership skills are transferable to many jobs, both in the outdoors and elsewhere. The leadership skills that they learn here can take them a long way in the future.”

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‘Think on This’: madison moore on merging art, music and academics

The assistant professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies talks about being a DJ, and how it informs and influences his work in the classroom.

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Andy Florance appointed to VCU Board of Visitors

The founder and CEO of CoStar Group will join the VCU Board of Visitors, beginning July 1.

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Addressing college affordability and the financial needs of students

VCU and other public universities examine innovative approaches to financial aid, structural inequities and removing barriers to higher education.

VCU received its fifth grant from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, which creates partnerships between universities to provide students with access to new exchange and training programs to be better prepared for today’s workforce. (University Marketing) [View Image]

VCU awarded 100K Innovation Fund grant for teacher training in STEM education

VCU’s Global Education Office and School of Education will work with Universidad El Bosque in Bogotá, Colombia, to bolster STEM education for Colombian and U.S. students.

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Students get REAL

Six students share their hands-on learning experiences at VCU and what they got out of them.

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Marilyn Miller, crime scene guru and founding forensic science faculty member, retires

For the past 20 years, Miller, an associate professor in the VCU Department of Forensic Science in the College of Humanities and Sciences, has been a driving force in legitimizing scientific analysis as a sub-discipline of crime scene investigation.

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VCU celebrates outstanding alumni volunteers

Virginia Commonwealth University honored a group of its most dedicated alumni June 3 at VCU Alumni’s Alumni Volunteer Service Awards celebration.

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VCU will require students to get COVID-19 vaccine for fall semester

Virginia Commonwealth University will require students taking classes this fall to be vaccinated against COVID-19, university leaders announced Monday.

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Cities worldwide took space for cars and gave it to people during the pandemic. Will it stick?

From slow streets to parklets, quick retrofits of public (and sometimes private) space rapidly expanded in response to COVID-19. While some changes are temporary, others could become permanent.

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VCU Board of Visitors Strategic Task Force to meet in-person and electronically June 14

The Virginia Commonwealth University Board of Visitors will hold an in-person and electronic meeting on June 14, beginning at 3 p.m.

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Thomas Barker, first dean of VCU College of Health Professions, dies at 90

A leader at VCU for nearly 30 years, Barker spent his life serving others in education, health care and the military, bringing people together to improve the lives of students and patients.

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Department of Veterans Affairs honors VCU researcher for pioneering traumatic brain injury research

David Cifu’s work in the field includes leading two federally funded projects to address the long-term effects of mild traumatic brain injury in military service personnel and veterans.

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Putting science on the ballot

Doctoral student Kayla Mathes studies forest ecology and is raising awareness of climate change ahead of Virginia's 2021 elections through her work with the Virginia League of Conservation Voters.

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Virtual disabilities conference offers insights on moving forward amid the pandemic

Approximately 1,300 professionals from around the country are participating in the “Disability Services in the Age of COVID-19” conference this week co-hosted by VCU and the University of Connecticut.

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What was COVID-19’s impact on mental health, well-being and substance use early in the pandemic?

Research shows that those with a history of adverse childhood experiences were more likely to bear a heavier burden during the pandemic’s initial surge.

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Creating something ‘magical’: Alum’s passion for doodling leads to murals at children’s hospital

Marius Valdes created five wall-size murals at the Medical University of South Carolina. The artist and professor said mentors at the VCU School of Arts have inspired him throughout his career.

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New book co-edited by a VCU professor offers a more inclusive understanding of the Arab diaspora

Mariam Alkazemi’s “Arab Worlds Beyond the Middle East and North Africa,” celebrates the achievements and acknowledges the challenges of new communities built by the Arab diaspora around the world.

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VCU Police names interim assistant chief

Ervin “EJ” Taylor will help manage the department’s day-to-day operations and 24/7 patrol operations for the Monroe Park and MCV campuses.

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$2M grant to support programs for elementary school students at risk of social, behavioral, and emotional problems

The award, from the Institute of Education Sciences, will fund a four-year project co-led by researchers from VCU and the University of Minnesota.

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