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Exploring the legacy of William Penn, one of early America’s important figures

A VCU professor has edited a new book on Penn’s political writings, offering readers a glimpse into the mind of Pennsylvania’s founder and an early leader in the movement for religious liberty.

Akhila Kunuthuru, Jennifer Duong and Sneha Gade. [View Image]

A new group virtually connects VCU student volunteers with local organizations

Virtual Volunteer at VCU has paired hundreds of students with more than a dozen Richmond partners, creating a sense of community in a time of distance.

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Here’s what you need to know about the new COVID-19 strains

The U.K. variation is more infectious but likely not more deadly, and vaccination remains the best way to combat all forms of the virus.

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Entry Pass, vaccines, virtual classes: What you need to know as the spring semester approaches

VCU’s spring term will look a lot different. Here are key dates and changes to keep in mind.

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Poll: Majority say General Assembly special session failed to address systemic racism

Only 14% of Virginians felt that policies passed during the special session confront the issue while 18% feel that they do not address it at all.

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RVA My Way: Jon Mirador

The city helps the interdisciplinary studies major satisfy his thirst for knowledge — and tea — while the James River provides an escape.

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A majority of Virginians now say they are very likely to receive the COVID-19 vaccine

More than 7 in 10 say they are likely to get a vaccine, according to a new statewide poll conducted by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.

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‘No side effects’: Ronald Leeper, one of the first at VCU Health to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, shares his story

In this VCU Health video, Leeper shares his thoughts on getting the vaccine, and why he feels getting vaccinated is so important.

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Virtual event on social justice activist Oliver Hill Jr. to kick off MLK Week at VCU

Hill, the son of a famed civil rights attorney, was known for his work with the Southern Initiative Algebra Project, which works to introduce young Black students to mathematics.

A large majority of Virginians said they did not have enough information to approve or disapprove of the state budget that was passed during the most recent General Assembly special session. (Getty Images) [View Image]

Large majority of Virginians lacked information about the state budget process but wanted it, Wilder School poll finds

More than 8 in 10 Virginians (81%) said they did not have enough information to approve or disapprove of the state budget that was passed during the most recent General Assembly special session, according to the new statewide Commonwealth Poll conducted by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

VCU has identified about 2,100 clinical students who qualify for vaccination. (File photo) [View Image]

VCU moves into next phase of vaccine rollout plan

Students in the clinical years of their training, in health programs that are involved in patient care and students in patient-facing environments will begin receiving COVID-19 vaccines Jan 12.

All VCU spring semester classes will begin virtually, except in instances where a student is involved in clinical and field placements, practica, co-ops, internships and other work-related experiential learning activities. (Allen Jones, University Marketing) [View Image]

VCU to open spring semester on virtual class schedule

The university hopes to resume in-person instruction on or before March 8.

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Author of ‘Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America’ to deliver VCU Libraries’ 2021 Black History Month Lecture

Marcia Chatelain, a professor of history and African American studies at Georgetown University, will speak at a VCU virtual event Feb. 3.

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Bringing needed care to medically underserved communities

As recipients of National Health Service Corps Scholarships, VCU students Kelly Cheung and Zachary Mayo are improving access to medical care.

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 22. (NIH) [View Image]

Fauci: To crush COVID-19, U.S. must vaccinate ‘overwhelming majority’

The nation’s top infectious disease expert says vaccines might be available for the general public in April, estimates a 70-85% vaccination rate to achieve herd immunity and emphasizes the importance of Black and brown Americans getting vaccinated.

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Moderates are about to hold an ‘enormous amount of power’ in Washington, VCU expert says

Cooperation between Democrats and Republicans will be a necessity, especially in the Senate.

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For doctoral student Sarah Saunders, becoming a bone marrow donor is a gift of oneself

Thanks to a forgotten action years ago, Saunders recently was called on to save a stranger’s life.

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In “Confronting Totalitarian Minds,” timely lessons from the past

The forthcoming book by VCU professor Aspen Brinton is inspired by Czech philosopher Jan Patocka and examines the use of dissidence to challenge leaders to be more democratic.

Conrad Lusagala, a medical technologist at VCU Medical Center, analyzes COVID-19 test results. (Kevin Morley, University Marketing) [View Image]

VCU Medical Center lab testing for new strain of COVID-19

The lab is one of three in Virginia using a test that can tell if you might have the new COVID-19 variant discovered in the United Kingdom.

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VCU names new vice president for university relations

Heston will oversee external and internal communications that advance VCU’s brand and reputation.

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What will be the impact of the pro-Trump insurrection at the Capitol?

The violent event will have long-lasting consequences, VCU homeland security expert William Pelfrey said: “One could not have designed better recruiting images and video” for extremists.

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Anthony Fauci to speak at VCU virtual event Friday

The nation’s top infectious disease expert will discuss the ongoing distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, vaccine myths and how the coronavirus has affected the African American community.

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Vaccine myths: Separating fact from fiction

Does the COVID-19 vaccine alter your DNA? Was it rushed through approval, cutting corners when it comes to safety? Here are answers to some of the most common vaccine rumors.

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VCU names fine arts building after longtime dean Murry N. DePillars

The arts educator, who died in 2008, was “a bigger-than-life presence” who grew the VCU School of the Arts in size and stature.

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VCU School of Education dean to co-chair state advisory committee on inclusive education practices

The new Culturally Relevant and Inclusive Education Practices Advisory Committee was established by the General Assembly in 2020.

VCU Health nurse manager Veronica Holden (left) administers the Pfizer vaccine to Dr. Tiffany Kimbrough on Dec. 17. Kimbrough was one of the first 1,000 team members to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at VCU Health. [View Image]

‘Easier than my flu shot’: Front-line workers document their vaccine journey

More than 3,200 front-line workers have been vaccinated since Pfizer’s vaccine became available to team members at VCU Health. Three doctors share their stories.

Emergency medicine physician Joel Moll, right, receives a COVID-19 vaccine at V C U Medical Center [View Image]

As vaccinations begin, scenes from a historic week at VCU Medical Center

A look at how it all unfolded.

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COVID-19 is now the leading cause of death in the U.S.

An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association written by VCU researchers underscores the “calamitous scale” of the pandemic.

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Poll of area adults shows high level of regard for VCU, VCU Health System

Respondents have favorable views of the economic and cultural contributions of VCU and VCU Health System to the greater Richmond area.

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The stories of the year

The pandemic. The protests. Stories of heartbreak, resilience, creativity and joy. Here are the VCU News stories of 2020.

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