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In today’s uncertain and changing world, it’s important to balance life issues, find your purpose and learn how to be intentional in everything you do. This virtual session, presented by VCU Human Resources and Anthem EAP, offers guidance on how to develop a personal mission statement. Questions: https://ramstrong.vcu.edu/events/. Register in Talent@VCU or at the following URL. For more information, contact Cindi Phares at cphares@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1521 or visit https://bit.ly/3xRUX95.

Coming up

VCU's Office of Continuing and Professional Education will present this session as part of the 3rd Wednesdays FREE Community Series. Join program manager and school liaison Aurora Higgs for a brief review of how the history, flavors and proliferation of craft beer have informed local and global history. The session will also include updates on forthcoming craft beer programming at VCU. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education at ocpe@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1322 or visit https://ocpe.vcu.edu/community.

Kuwaiti-born, Giza-based artist Ibrahim Ahmed will explore mythic narratives via photo collage, sculpture, video and large-scale installation in his first U.S. institutional exhibition. Ahmed draws inspiration in the working-class neighborhood of Ard El Lewa in Giza. The exhibit will be view at VCU's Institute for Contemporary Art, 601 W. Broad St., July 23- Nov. 7. For more information, contact Stephanie Stanton at stantons@vcu.edu or visit https://icavcu.org/exhibitions/ibrahim-ahmed-it-will-always-come-back/.

Learn about the Executive MBA program at a webinar hosted by VCU's School of Business. Alumni will speak about their experience in the program including the curriculum, program structure, the power of the cohort experience, networking benefits and career development. Program administration personnel will be available to answer questions. Click on the following URL to register. For more information, contact Bill Miller at wjmille1@vcu.edu or visit https://business.vcu.edu/academics/mba-options/executive-mba/#sob-events-1759433.

Have you considered volunteering for a research study? VCU's Office of Continuing and Professional Education will present this session as part of the 3rd Wednesdays FREE Community Series. Join VCU's Nyssa Towsley, MS, CIP, and Stacy West, MS, CASR, CIP, to learn more about what human research is, how the VCU Institutional Review Board helps to oversee research and keep participants safe and what you can do to be an informed research participant. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact VCU's Office of Continuing and Professional Education at ocpe@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1322 or visit https://ocpe.vcu.edu/community.

Notices

Request for Applications: American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant

Grant applications are invited from junior faculty for the award of small research grants of up to $30,000 for one year. American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grants are awarded to junior faculty to pursue basic, pre-clinical, clinical and cancer-control research studies. These grants are intended for new investigators who are within six years of their first academic appointment. Each applicant is strongly encouraged to include a biostatistician collaborator as part of the proposal to assist with design and statistical methods. If assistance is needed in identifying a biostatistician, contact Dipankar Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D., (bandyop@vcuhealth.org), director of the MCC Biostatistics Shared Resource, as soon as possible. Contact Lisa Mallory at the following email address by Aug. 1 with your intention to submit along with the title of your application. The application due date is Sept. 1. The earliest start date is Oct. 15. For more information, contact Lisa Mallory at malloryld@vcu.edu or (804) 316-3030 or visit https://www.masseycancercenter.org/research/research-funding/acs-institutional-research-grants.

Cultural Competency and Language Classes

VCU's Office of Continuing and Professional Education, in partnership with the School of World Studies, will hold live online Cultural Competency and Language Classes for VCU and VCU Health employees and community members for one academic credit. Courses begin the week of Aug. 23 and run through early December. Introduction to Conversational German I, Italian I and Spanish I and II will be available, in addition to Intermediate Spanish I. Contact Human Resources for tuition benefit or education assistance eligibility. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education at ocpe@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1322 or visit https://ocpe.vcu.edu/languages.

Summer Edition of Policy Points Now Available

The summer edition of Policy Points, compiled by VCU's Integrity and Compliance Office, is now available at the following URL. The publication brings awareness to new, updated and retired university policies from the past quarter. Questions: Email policy@vcu.edu. For more information, contact Jason Block at blockj2@vcu.edu or visit https://policy.vcu.edu/universitywide-policies/policy-points/.

Participate in a Survey Study on Behavior Change Counseling

Are you a health-care clinician who practices in Virginia? If so, then you are likely eligible to participate in a survey study conducted by faculty at VCU. We are interested in how health-care professionals have learned behavioral health counseling, specifically motivational interviewing. Those who complete the 20-minute survey will be entered into a bi-monthly gift-card drawing. Click on the following link to participate. For more information, contact Rashelle Hayes, Ph.D., at rashelle.hayes@vcuhealth.org or (804) 628-6752 or visit https://redcap.vcu.edu/surveys/?s=NWWYMP4W44.

Do You Vape Electronic Cigarettes?

Individuals who vape/use electronic cigarettes daily are needed to participate in a research study that requires multiple laboratory visits. Compensation will be provided. This study will be conducted at VCU. Principal investigator is Alison Breland, Ph.D., Department of Psychology. For more information, contact Alison Breland, Ph.D., at abbrelan@vcu.edu or (804) 827-3562 or visit http://cstp.vcu.edu/studies.

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