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First lady Jill Biden, Ed.D. [View Image]

First lady Jill Biden, a longtime advocate for cancer education and research, tours VCU’s Massey Cancer Center

The visit with scientists, doctors and community leaders focused on community collaboration efforts aimed at health disparities and cutting-edge cancer research.

First lady Jill Biden, Ed.D. [View Image]

Meet the researchers who met with first lady Jill Biden

VCU Massey Cancer Center scientists shared their advances in the fight against cancer and their knowledge about how health disparities intersect with pancreatic, cervical and other cancers.

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden. [View Image]

Watch Live: First Lady Jill Biden to visit VCU Massey Cancer Center

This afternoon, the First Lady of the United States, Jill Biden, Ed.D., will visit the VCU Massey Cancer Center and meet with researchers and community partners.

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A conga drum, an empty gym and Dave Matthews Band: The founding of Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company

The longtime Richmond dance group, now in its 48th year, traces its beginnings to a small group of VCU students and their dedicated instructor.

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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.

Dr. Ashley Matthew. [View Image]

A day in the life of a VCU Health resident

What is it like to go to a health system every day to train as a future surgeon? Ashley Matthew, a first-year urology intern, explains.

VCU Board of Visitors Nominating Committee to meet electronically on Wednesday [View Image]

VCU Board of Visitors Nominating Committee to meet electronically on Wednesday

The Virginia Commonwealth University Board of Visitors Nominating Committee will hold an electronic meeting on Feb. 24, beginning at 3 p.m.

VCU Board of Visitors to meet for the BOV Scholarship interviews electronically March 1 [View Image]

VCU Board of Visitors to meet for the BOV Scholarship interviews electronically March 1

The Virginia Commonwealth University Board of Visitors Nominating Committee will hold an electronic meeting on March 1, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

An artistic rendering of the new V C U STEM building. [View Image]

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.

A portrait of Elizabeth Rush with the cover of the book "Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore." [View Image]

VCU’s next Common Book is ‘Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore’

The 2018 book exploring climate change and sea level rise will be read by first-year VCU students and the university community.

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VCU will resume in-person and hybrid classes beginning March 4

The decision is based on several factors, VCU President Michael Rao said, including an examination of COVID-19 positivity rates and a review of isolation space on campus.

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College of Engineering at VCU to offer new Ph.D. in computer science

The program will offer students opportunities to conduct advanced research in areas including cybersecurity, data science, bioinformatics, machine learning and software engineering.

Kelli Lemon, Rasheeda Creighton and Melody Short. [View Image]

New entrepreneurship academy at VCU to bring together students and community members

The academy will provide opportunities for underrepresented students to develop 21st-century entrepreneurship skills in “a blended learning environment.”

Megan Siepka’s senior capstone project, “A Cleansing in Three Acts,” is an exploration of concepts of isolation and connection. (Courtesy Megan Siepka) [View Image]

From stage to screen, performers are adapting during the pandemic

Students and instructors at the VCU School of the Arts have changed how they create new productions and reach audiences. Some of those changes are here to stay.

Kimberly Battle, who teaches at VCU School of Nursing, vaccinates her father, Phillip Battle, at the VCU Health Hub at 25th. (Thomas Kojcsich, University Marketing) [View Image]

Getting vaccinated and saving lives in Richmond’s East End

Seniors and health care workers say safety — for them and members of their community — is the top reason they are getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Black history and the COVID vaccine: A conversation with VCU Health's Marcelle Davis [View Image]

Black history and the COVID vaccine: A conversation with VCU Health's Marcelle Davis

When it comes to talking about Black history and medical care, Davis, VCU Health director of diversity, equity and inclusion, has one major piece of advice: “Educate. Educate. Educate."

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Older African Americans in counties with a high number of Black residents are less likely to seek mental health care. Why?

A study by a VCU School of Social Work professor digs for answers — and identifies several possible contributing factors.

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Why the Johnson & Johnson vaccine could mark a turning point in the pandemic

The company is seeking emergency use authorization from the FDA. Its single-shot vaccine has huge implications for rural areas, according to a VCU infectious diseases expert.

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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.

Hidden In Plain Site founders Dean Browell, Dontrese Brown and David Waltenbaugh standing in an empty field [View Image]

Hidden In Plain Site: An emotional virtual experience explores Richmond’s Black history

The immersive web project, created by a small team with connections to Richmond and VCU, transports viewers back in time to explore stories of the Black experience.

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In State of the University speech, Rao reflects on recent challenges and the road ahead

President praises the resilience of the VCU community and describes ambitious plans for the future.

A VCU Health patient receives her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine [View Image]

VCU Health outlines COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan

"We are working with state and local health departments to offer our patients the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as quickly and safely as possible."

Valentine cards with photos of a therapy dog, a bouquet of sunflowers, and two people working on a project. [View Image]

A look at how the VCU community is sharing the love and giving back in difficult times

In spite of the pandemic, students, faculty and staff — and of course those loveable therapy dogs at VCU Medical Center — are creating thoughtful moments.

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A wall in the Fan, and a global message of hope

A trio of former VCU School of the Arts colleagues have turned a brick wall in Richmond into a rotating exhibit of posters from artists around the world.

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Richmond-area youth to present research into impact of eviction in Richmond

A VCU virtual event Feb. 18 will feature the research of young people from Richmond-area community organizations into local eviction and housing instability.

VCU President Michael Rao speaking. [View Image]

VCU President Michael Rao’s State of the University speech to be released Thursday

Rao will discuss VCU’s emergence from the challenges it faced in 2020 and the ways the VCU community has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The book cover of Carolyn Eastman's "The Strange Genius of Mr. O" and a portrait of Carolyn Eastman. [View Image]

‘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.

Grand staircase inside the Scott House. [View Image]

Step into the restored Scott House, and step back in time

The historic mansion on West Franklin Street recently underwent a $7 million renovation, restoring the 110-year-old building to its original splendor.

A group of researchers stands on a frozen block of ice in the Arctic. A helicopter sits nearby with various pieces of equipment. [View Image]

VCU alumni to share stories of their Canadian Arctic expedition at documentary film premiere

A screening of the film “Frozen Obsession” and the accompanying discussion about the Northwest Passage Project will serve as the official kickoff to the RVA Environmental Film Festival on Feb. 12.

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Brandcenter alumni reach ‘the pinnacle of advertising’ with Super Bowl LV spots

The creators of Sunday’s ads faced new challenges because of the pandemic, including figuring out logistically how to make their commercials from afar.

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