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Early marriage may lead to unsafe drinking behavior by those with higher genetic risk of alcohol use

Though previous research has found that marriage protects against risky alcohol use, that protection is not uniform.

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Is it possible to halt the coronavirus’ infection cycle? A VCU study is exploring the possibility.

“If we can find ways to prevent the virus from getting into cells in the first place, we might be able to prevent people from becoming infected.”

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JAMA study: 35% of excess deaths during pandemic’s early months tied to causes other than COVID-19

The data suggests COVID-19 death counts reported to the public underestimate the true death toll of the pandemic in the U.S.

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Study reveals new magnetic process that can lead to more energy-efficient memory in computers and other devices

Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of California, Los Angeles have made an important advance that could lead to more energy efficient magnetic memory storage components for computers and other devices.

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How has COVID-19 affected VCU international students from China? And how can they be better supported?

A study by School of Education professor Yaoying Xu is investigating the particular challenges faced by Chinese college students studying in the U.S.

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In memoriam: Bill Royall, former vice rector of the VCU Board of Visitors and longtime VCU benefactor

Royall was an integral part of VCU for half a century, serving as a mentor to students, donating millions of dollars, and helping advance scientific research.

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John Englehardt wins the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award for ‘Bloomland’

The author's debut novel tells the aftermath story of a shooting at a fictional southern university.

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Virtual advertising ‘summer camp’ offers hands-on experiences and professional connections

With summer internship opportunities a casualty of the coronavirus economic downturn, VCU advertising students created their own program for a global group of peers.

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‘Everyone at the table’: VCU media lab works to improve health communications

With science changing rapidly, the need for clear, accurate messages regarding public health is crucial, said Jeanine Guidry, who runs the Media+Health Lab.

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Employment continues to rebound, new survey shows

The net increase is being driven primarily by individuals working for a new employer, as opposed to returning to former employers.

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New Psychiatry chair is driven by a passion for improving child and adolescent mental health

Robert Findling wants to debunk stigma and enhance access to treatment for young people. “I refuse to believe that any child should be written off.”

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Improving care through digital dentistry

A VCU lab’s 3D designs for custom crowns and veneers reduces costs for patients and provides hands-on learning for students.

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Massey researcher develops extremely rapid experimental COVID-19 test

Though Rebecca Martin’s lab prototype is not yet ready for patients, it proves that diagnostic testing for COVID-19 can be done much faster.

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Study: Opioid treatment for pregnant women has increased but racial inequities exist

A review of Virginia’s Addiction and Recovery Treatment Services program finds black pregnant women are less than half as likely to receive treatment when diagnosed with substance use disorder.

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Virginia’s recognition of Juneteenth a ‘step in the right direction,’ VCU history professor says

The state celebrating the holiday “should signal the beginning of increased efforts to address our nation’s legacy of racial inequality.”

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Empowering underrepresented students in the biomedical sciences

A decade of funding from a trio of federal grants has made VCU a leader in finding talent the science and engineering professions have been missing.

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In letter to VCU community, university leaders announce shift in public safety model

"Through a series of targeted reforms and community involvement, VCU will forge a new transdisciplinary model for campus safety and wellness with the goal of addressing and promoting health equity."

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Removal of Aunt Jemima brand is ‘long overdue,’ VCU history professor says

Gregory Smithers is co-author of the 2015 book “Racism in American Popular Media: From Aunt Jemima to the Frito Bandito.”

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Vonesh receives River Management Society’s outstanding contribution award

The award recognizes contributions at the national or regional level to the nonprofit organization that supports professionals who study, protect and manage North America’s rivers.

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Getting the facts about COVID-19 to the African American faith community

Robert Winn, the director of VCU Massey Cancer Center, takes a community-minded approach to health care.

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Nursing student fulfills his parents’ dream by graduating from college

When Christian Santos’ family immigrated to the U.S., it meant starting over so Santos could pursue an education. “They knew the sacrifice was worth it.”

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VCU Health among 5 hospitals to participate in statewide COVID-19 antibody testing project

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‘A pandemic within a pandemic’: COVID-19, protests shine a spotlight on inequity

There is a clear picture of injustice, Virginia health and policy leaders say. “We are certainly in this storm together, but we are not in the same boats.”

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‘Writing Our Way Out’ podcast explores traps and turning points that can lead to prison in America

VCU English professor David Coogan is hosting a podcast version of the book “Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail” that he co-wrote with 10 former Richmond City Jail inmates.

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VCU journalism students overcame the challenges of a campus shutdown to produce mini-documentaries

The first two debuted June 12 on VPM PBS Plus. Future episodes will air June 26, July 3 and July 10.

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Clinical trials put potential COVID-19 treatments in front of patients

Trials at VCU take aim at reducing hyper-inflammatory response and shortening the course of COVID-19.

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‘The value of each other’: VCU students, RVA Street Singers pair music with social justice

Students in Music and Social Justice gain a better understanding of housing instability, and participate in a choir made up of people affected by homelessness.

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VCU Libraries launches VCU Publishing, a digital press for faculty, students and the community

The initiative aims to amplify scholarly and research findings from the VCU community.

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VCU physics professor receives NSF grant to develop new process for early cancer detection

A new type of sensor for cancer markers could mean improved chances of survival for patients.

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Nine podcasts to check out to connect with VCU people, ideas, research and events

From the history of Richmond’s cemeteries to helping students cope with day-to-day life outside the classroom, these VCU podcasts explore a range of issues.

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