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VCU Police and Game Changer recognized for hosting crucial conversations about policing

The International Association of Chiefs of Police has named VCU Police and its partner organization, Game Changer, winners of the 2020 Michael Shanahan Leadership in Public/Private Cooperation Award.

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‘Jim Crow 2.0’: Author Carol Anderson on the historic — and ongoing — suppression of Black voters

Current day policies are designed to systemically suppress African American voter participation in U.S. elections, said Anderson, whose book “One Person, No Vote,” is VCU’s 2020 Common Book.

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The show must go on: Inside VCU’s virtual production of ‘She Kills Monsters’

When social distancing makes a full house impossible, how does a theater production forge on? It takes a cue from business meetings and virtual happy hours, and goes online.

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VCU’s Lynn Pelco, a champion of civic engagement, recognized with national award

The associate vice provost for community engagement has been honored for her leadership by the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities.

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Pharmacy students, VCU Police to host Drug Take Back collection site

Oct. 24 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, an event to raise awareness of prescription misuse and abuse and provide a safe way to dispose of unused or expired medications.

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Sponsored research at VCU hits new all-time high of $335M

Funding rose 8% over the previous year, and has grown by a third over the past decade.

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VCU engineering pioneer appointed director general of the World Nuclear Association

Sama Bilbao y León helped make VCU’s nuclear engineering program the most comprehensive in the state. Now she will head one of the nuclear industry’s largest international organizations.

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$1M gift will help expand programs for international students

An anonymous $1 million gift to the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Engineering will enrich the experience of international students by providing funds for a range of cultural and educational activities.

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Magic fibers: A researcher’s work to create ‘smart fabrics’ that can change color

VCU’s Christina Tang is testing new ways to spin liquid crystals into fibers that could be used in camouflage clothing or to create cleaning wipes that can detect the presence of bacteria.

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VCU grads organize to help in Beirut relief efforts

2,200 pounds of supplies are being distributed in the city, which was devastated by an explosion in August.

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Digitizing the supply network could jump-start America’s ability to produce crucial medicines

A VCU researcher is working on building a targeted portfolio of in-demand medications that includes antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin.

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The stories behind the masks

What motivates VCU students to put on their masks every day?

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A genetic variation could help explain the high rate of COVID-19 among African Americans

VCU’s Robert Winn has identified a variation in the “ACE” gene — one that provides “a strong argument” for using blood pressure and heart failure drugs to manage severe symptoms of the coronavirus.

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A Resiliency Garden explores urban agricultural possibilities — and deeper issues

Outside the Institute for Contemporary Art, raised beds, murals, plants and flora have turned a gray parking lot into a field of color.

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Trailblazing NASA engineer and STEM advocate to speak at VCU conference

K. Renee Horton, Ph.D. will deliver remarks at the 14th annual HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Conference at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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VCU will reopen in phases following winter break; spring classes to begin Jan. 25

Classes will conclude the first week of May, followed by final exams, which will be conducted remotely.

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8 things you need to know about COVID-19 prevalence testing at VCU

Asymptomatic prevalence testing is quick, easy and free — and it helps our community stay safe.

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CDC funds 10 projects — including 3 with VCU connections — that seek to prevent gun violence

To find ways to address gun violence, the CDC recently awarded 10 grants that seek to investigate how to prevent firearm-related violence and injuries. Three of the grants have connections to VCU.

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Washington Post trailblazer Dorothy Butler Gilliam on her career and the future of journalism

Gilliam, the first Black woman reporter at the Post, covered key moments in the civil rights movement, all while being a pioneer for African American women in media.

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Labor market recovery continues but at a slower pace, new survey shows

A report from economists at Virginia Commonwealth University and Arizona State University also shows that some of the earnings losses suffered early in the pandemic were temporary in nature.

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Pinterest’s efforts to moderate vaccine discussion may be causing an information vacuum

The social media platform’s 2019 policy to curb vaccine misinformation has led to an increase in the presence of verified medical sources, but a reduction in content visibility.

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VCU Child Development Center receives $1.26M grant to provide child care for low-income VCU students

The grant from the U.S. Department of Education will also lead to the establishment of an Urban Education and Family Center.

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Total deaths recorded during the pandemic far exceed those attributed to COVID-19

States that reopened sooner, such as Texas, Arizona and Florida, experienced summer surges, report says.

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No further economic recovery in sight, says ‘Bowtie Economist’

Economic growth has slowed since rebounding this summer, Elliot Eisenberg said at the inaugural VCU Kornblau Real Estate Industry Talks.

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‘One Person, No Vote’ author to speak at VCU virtual event

Carol Anderson's book explores the history of efforts to suppress African American voting participation.

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CDC awards $1.6M grant to study prevention of school employee sexual abuse of students

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded Virginia Commonwealth University researchers a $1.6 million grant to launch a study to evaluate a program focused on the prevention of school employee perpetrated sexual abuse, misconduct and exploitation of students.

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Racial unrest, sports protests continue the ‘outcry for racial and social justice’

The issues that underscored the civil rights movement of the 1960s are still with us, according to a panel of Richmond journalists and African American leaders.

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What is it like on campus? Students, faculty and staff share their experiences.

VCU News spoke with 10 students and employees during the first weeks of the semester. Out of those conversations emerges a picture of life at the university this fall amid the pandemic. 

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‘Have a plan’: VCU Votes co-chairs answer questions about voting amid the pandemic

Whether you vote early, in person or by mail, the key is to make a plan and follow through on it — “decide that you’re going to vote, no matter what.”

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60 years and counting into his VCU career, Jimmy Pollock knows the university as well as anyone

Pollock, one of the longest current serving employees at VCU, started working for the university in August 1960 as an electrical helper at the Medical College of Virginia.

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