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Activism, equity, basketball: Charles McLeod and the start of VCU’s first black student organization

50 years after he and classmates formed Students for Afro-American Philosophy, McLeod — VCU’s first black basketball player — reflects on why he fought for change.

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VCU Libraries’ Freedom Now Project to air on PBS history program

More than 250 photographs from VCU’s collection document civil rights protests in Farmville, Virginia, and how people responded to the protesters.

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‘Zenith,’ VCUarts 2020 fashion show, will feature many firsts

The show will include original music and garments for a variety of body types.

VCU Board of Visitors to meet Feb. 27-28 [View Image]

VCU Board of Visitors to meet Feb. 27-28

The VCU Board of Visitors will meet on Thursday, February 27, and Friday, February 28, on VCU’s Monroe Park Campus.

Leroy M. Bray Jr. being arrested for trespassing on Feb. 22 1960. [View Image]

‘They knew what was right’: A restaurant sit-in and the story of the Richmond 34

A new book, written by VCU and Virginia Union University professors, tells the story of the VUU students who took a stand during the civil rights movement.

Krzysztof “Krys” Cios has been recognized by IEEE for outstanding contributions to data mining and machine learning. (Photo courtesy VCU Engineering) [View Image]

Computer science professor named Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers fellow

Krzysztof “Krys” Cios, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science in the VCU College of Engineering, has been named an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers fellow for 2020. He is being recognized for outstanding contributions to data mining and machine learning.

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VCU will offer accelerated bachelor’s program to John Tyler Community College nursing students

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing will begin offering an accelerated course of study to registered nursing students at John Tyler Community College in fall 2020, making this VCU’s third community college partnership for co-enrollment.

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Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU expands traumatic brain injury program with $2.9 million in philanthropic support

Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU has received $2.9 million in community support through a grant from the Children’s Hospital Foundation to develop a center to enhance and expand pediatric traumatic brain injury clinical services and research.

The Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department’s new assistant chief is no stranger to the university. Nicole Dailey, a 21-year veteran of the agency, was promoted to assistant chief in a ceremony yesterday at police headquarters. [View Image]

Nicole Dailey named assistant chief of VCU Police

The Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department’s new assistant chief is no stranger to the university. Nicole Dailey, a 21-year veteran of the agency, was promoted to assistant chief in a ceremony yesterday at police headquarters.

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Q&A: Why folk saint Santa Muerte should be considered the ‘matron saint of the Mexican drug war’

A new paper by VCU professor R. Andrew Chesnut, Ph.D., and University of Alberta professor Kate Kingsbury, Ph.D., reveals the death deity is venerated by both sides of the drug war.

Author of ‘Gay on God’s Campus: Mobilizing for LGBT Equality at Christian Colleges and Universiti... [View Image]

Author of ‘Gay on God’s Campus: Mobilizing for LGBT Equality at Christian Colleges and Universities’ to speak at VCU

Jonathan Coley, Ph.D., author of the award-winning 2018 book “Gay on God’s Campus: Mobilizing for LGBT Equality at Christian Colleges and Universities,” will give a talk at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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VCU School of Education launches center focused on K-12 STEM education

The Center for Innovation in STEM Education will focus on serving underrepresented populations in Richmond-area school districts.

Keith Knight delivered this year's VCU Libraries' Black History Month Lecture. (Julia Rendleman, University Marketing) [View Image]

Comic artist combines autobiographical comics and social commentary to examine racial inequality.

Award-winning cartoonist Keith Knight used humor to address serious issues in his cartoon slideshow, “Red, White, Black and Blue: Documenting America’s Racial Illiteracy,” at the Virginia Commonwealth University annual Black History Month Lecture on Tuesday.

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For older adults, ‘hope’ may be a key piece for improving health, psychological and social well-being

VCU professor emeritus Everett Worthington, Ph.D., is co-author of a new study that sheds light on the role of hope in improving the lives of an aging population.

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Puppy Love

Dogs on Call delivered special treats at VCU Health and the University Student Commons ahead of Valentine’s Day.

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New grant for faculty and staff promotes experiential learning efforts

The REAL Challenge Grant program will fund professional and curriculum development for faculty and staff that enhances experiential learning initiatives for students.

From left: Greg Hundley, Stanley Pauley, and Kenneth Ellenbogen. [View Image]

Pauley family’s $5 million gift will support research and care for those with cardiac arrhythmia

“It pleases me to support the center’s research and innovation in the area of cardiac arrhythmia, whereby their discoveries will continue to improve lives in our community,” said Stanley Pauley.

Strategic Task Force of VCU Board of Visitors to meet next week [View Image]

Strategic Task Force of VCU Board of Visitors to meet next week

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VCU Catholic studies lecture series to offer three public talks, including one on ‘Catholic UFOs’

Scholars will deliver public talks on topics such as the material culture of Catholic men, the Cold War’s liberation theology legacy, and “Catholic UFOs.”

Mo Jiang, Ram B. Gupta, and Jethrine Mugumya inside of a laboratory. [View Image]

VCU researchers to develop next-generation, long-lasting batteries

Virginia Commonwealth University researchers in the College of Engineering Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering will receive a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop next-generation rechargeable batteries.

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Researchers bring their expertise on issues of the day to lawmakers

“We bring experts with no agenda. When you build that partnership and trust, we become part of the process, and we make policy better for the commonwealth,” said Robyn McDougle, director of the VCU Center for Public Policy.

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University seeks nominations for annual PACME awards

2020 will mark the 26th class of the VCU Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment.

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Medicines for All Institute and South African manufacturer enter partnership to improve access to lifesaving medications

The Medicines for All Institute has entered into a partnership with a manufacturer in South Africa to commercialize advances made by the institute to improve access to lifesaving medications for HIV/AIDS and other diseases.

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New Commercialization Fund board member eager for VCU researchers to bring VR into their projects

“I have a great interest in increasing the amount of VR education and how VR is being incorporated, developed, studied at the university level,” said Mark Lambert, a virtual reality and visual effects director.

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Changing the way art students see their future careers

At VCU's Center for the Creative Economy, aspiring creatives learn to apply their skills in the business world.

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University librarian named academic librarian of the year

John E. Ulmschneider, dean of VCU Libraries and university librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University, has been named the 2020 Association of College & Research Libraries’ Academic/Research Librarian of the Year.

Leni Sorensen, Ph.D. [View Image]

At VCU, a culinary historian describes the human costs of serving meals to early Virginia elites

Speaking at Tompkins-McCaw Library, Leni Sorensen, Ph.D., used a meal in 1796 to illustrate eating traditions that were only possible because of enslaved labor.

Tressie McMillan Cottom, Ph.D., has received the 2020 Public Understanding of Sociology Award, from The American Sociological Association. [View Image]

Cottom earns top honor from American Sociological Association

Poster for The Black Angels: A Nurse's Story" [View Image]

Filmmaker to share story of African American nurses who treated TB when no one else would

VCU School of Nursing will host ‘The Black Angels’ screening and discussion with producer Denetra Hampton.

Hallie Chametzky performs "22 Percent: A Disintegrating Data Visualization." [View Image]

Bold creative projects receive crucial backing from School of the Arts giving society

Pollak Society members provide more than $100,000 each year in unrestricted financial support for all 16 departments and programs within VCUarts, as well as the Institute for Contemporary Art.

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