Faculty and staff

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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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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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‘Making a positive impact’: An inside look at VCU’s contact tracing efforts

Students and employees — working in a contact tracing unit on campus under the oversight of the Virginia Department of Health — are helping to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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In memoriam: VCU says goodbye to beloved arts professor Melanie Buffington

The associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Art Education passed away Sept. 16 at age 47 after battling brain cancer.

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Journalism professor’s new textbook offers a fuller understanding of how politics and media work

Mallory Perryman’s book, “Mediated Democracy,” covers the complex relationship between media, politics and citizenship.

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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.

Sama Bilbao y León. [View Image]

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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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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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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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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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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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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