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Newsroom 2021

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How to fight misconceptions about COVID-19 vaccines
A VCU expert in media and health explains how to talk with friends and family members who are hesitant about getting vaccinated.
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VCU alum publishes research about a famous female aerialist
Aíne Norris is a writer and instructor of English and American literature.
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13 from VCU named Fulbright semifinalists for 2021-22
Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected based on academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.
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VCU students in the Virginia National Guard reflect on a history-making mission
As they return to their studies, the students who were stationed at the U.S. Capitol earlier this winter share details of their experiences in Washington.
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Black Lives Matter has ‘dramatically shifted the paradigm’ of how mainstream media covers the news
Local journalists reflect on covering the movement and its ongoing impact on newsrooms and the way they operate.
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VCU alum establishes the Reuben Farley Award for Teaching Innovation and Excellence
This award is given to two faculty members, one tenure track faculty and one term faculty, in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics.
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Ana Edwards is preserving Black history — and sharing it with others
The VCU alumna and chair of the Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project, will receive the VCU history department’s highest honor for graduate alumni March 18.
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VCU’s new STEM building is beginning to take shape
Steel beams for the building will be delivered next week. The project at the site of the old Franklin Street Gym will expand lab, classroom and office space for the College of Humanities and Sciences.
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Getting students to love psychology
Shawn Jones, Ph.D., brings a lighthearted approach paired with pop culture knowledge and an open communication style to his Psych 101 classes.
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VCU alum's novel long-listed for the PEN/Faulkner Award
Brian Castleberry's debut novel is "Nine Shiny Objects."
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At the General Assembly (sort of) with VCU’s capitol semester students
Interns at the Virginia State Capitol this legislative session are doing most of their work virtually. It’s still “a very cool experience,” they said.
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‘The Strange Genius of Mr. O’ reveals the story of America’s first forgotten celebrity
The book by VCU history professor Carolyn Eastman dives into performances, eccentricities, scandals and narcissism — and the nature of fame in America’s founding era.
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VCU alum works on COVID-19 response team in Hawai'i
Joanna Kettlewell, Ph.D., is a scientist specializing in infectious disease.
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Read the February '21 alumni newsletter
Enjoy the latest articles about the research, achievements and successes of our students, faculty and alumni. Feel the Ram pride!
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Hundreds of students are volunteering and providing shots at vaccination events
With some VCU students already trained and others lined up for training, volunteers are ready to address the need for more COVID-19 vaccinators and take on roles that will serve them in their careers.
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National thought leader in field of health equity to speak at VCU
The event is presented by the College of Humanities and Sciences at VCU and is co-sponsored by the Black Education Association and the College of Humanities and Sciences Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Committee.
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Women are changing the advertising industry, and it’s leading to better, more authentic ads
As another Super Bowl comes and goes, a VCU Robertson School panel says improving gender diversity in advertising is leading to better storytelling and more opportunities for underrepresented voices.
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Two professors honored for their contributions to the field of chemistry, research
Hani El-Kaderi and M. Samy El-Shall are recipients of awards from Virginia Section of the American Chemical Society.
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Going virtual: Crime scene reconstruction and lab techniques
How do you transform labs meant for in-person instruction into successful virtual experiences? With lots of creativity and a heavy dose of technology.
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Art goes virtual at annual Black Lives Matter show
The Black Lives Matter RVA Art Show features works from dozens of artists that highlight inclusivity and racial justice.
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Students in a VCU math class have published six research papers in top journals. More are on the way.
The undergraduate students in “Introduction to Mathematical Biology” are applying math concepts like game theory to better understand and tackle infectious diseases and other real-world problems.
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The physics of baseball, food around the world, and other ‘minimester’ classes to check out
The special topics courses are being offered at VCU as part of three mini-semesters this spring.
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What to know about the new mini-semesters VCU is launching this spring
The three “minimesters” will provide students an opportunity for accelerated coursework — and a chance to explore new topics.
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Two VCU grads named to list of inspiring Black scientists
Tiffany Rolle and Nisan Hubbard have been recognized by the website Cell Mentor. Both honed their research skills through VCU’s Center on Health Disparities.
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Krista N. Scott appointed as associate dean for undergraduate programs
Scott most recently served as the director of undergraduate recruitment and student engagement for the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.
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GSWS alum takes on public health ethics
Ris Rodina is pursuing their master of public health at VCU with a focus on complex trauma related to trans and non-binary identities.
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Class notes: January 2021
Catch up with all the latest and greatest news from CHS alumni.
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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.
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Connection and inclusion in the (virtual) classroom
Music, coffee hours and a variety of learning activities are a few of Ching-Yu Huang’s strategies for success in the digital space.
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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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VCU alumna's journey to the Virginia capitol
Aja Moore '19, a graduate of the Department of Political Science, serves as a policy assistant to Governor Ralph Northam.
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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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In “Confronting Totalitarian Minds,” timely lessons from the past
The forthcoming book by VCU professor Aspen Brinton is inspired by Czech philosopher Jan Patočka and examines the use of dissidence to challenge leaders to be more democratic.
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New associate deans appointed in CHS Dean’s Office restructure
New associate deans will help the College achieve instructional, research and service mission.
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