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Fotis Sotiropoulos appointed VCU provost and vice president for academic affairs

Sotiropoulos has served as dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University for the past five years.

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Gov. Ralph Northam proclaims today ‘RTR Day’

The proclamation recognizes a VCU School of Education program that recruits, trains and supports teachers for four Richmond-area school divisions.

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Class of 2021: Hannah Sahr is interested in the user experience of space

The interior design student wants to look at how good design can be achieved through an identity, not a trend.

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Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause: What the rare blood clotting issue means

The link to the vaccine isn’t definite, and cases are rare, but caution is necessary to ensure patient safety.

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VCU and VCU Health suspend use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The suspension comes after federal health agencies on Tuesday called for an immediate pause in use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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Class of 2021: Portia Newman cares deeply about leadership, education policy and justice

After a rough start in college, Newman will earn her Ph.D. from VCU this spring. She aspires to promote diversity, community and social justice in education.

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E-cigarettes with a cigarette-like level of nicotine are effective in reducing smoking and exposure to carcinogen, study finds

The study provides important information for smokers who may be trying to use e-cigarettes as a means to cut down on their smoking habit.

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VCU anticipates higher percentage of in-person classes, continued health and safety measures this fall

Both the Monroe Park and MCV campuses will be fully operational, though capacity in most buildings may still need to be reduced, university leaders say.

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Being here: Videos, photos and virtual tours provide an in-depth look at campus

With virtual Preview Week for accepted students scheduled to take place next week, we’ve gathered various resources to explore VCU’s campus from the comfort of home.

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Four weeks of havoc: Epilogue, A run for the ages

In the final installment of our series on VCU's miracle run to the 2011 Final Four, the Rams reflect on what they accomplished — and what they created.

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Research Weeks takes place virtually this year

Web events hosted by departments across VCU begin April 14.

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Virtual symposium co-hosted by VCU to shine national spotlight on Virginia’s waterways

Rescheduled from 2020, the River Management Society’s biennial event will celebrate the recovery and adaptive use of local and statewide rivers, streams and creeks.

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Ed Grier, dean of the VCU School of Business, is leaving the university July 1

Under Grier, who came to VCU in 2010, the business school launched a new strategic plan, the International Consulting Program, the Master of Decision Analytics Professional Track and an online M.B.A.

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In memoriam: Thomas Farrell, Dominion Energy CEO and former VCU board member

The longtime Dominion leader served as a member of the VCU Board of Visitors and was a founding trustee of the College of Engineering.

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Class of 2021: Cara Harman wants to help patients regain their lives

She was inspired to go into occupational therapy after her mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor. “[I] wanted to do something to help families that were affected by tragedies like mine.”

VCU student Kevin Armas Rodas in conversation with a young mother holding a baby. [View Image]

Helping the Hispanic community in the midst of the pandemic

Students in the VCU service-learning course Hispanic Immigrants in the U.S. are continuing to make a difference.

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Project aims to reduce homelessness among LGBTQ+ youth, pregnant and parenting youth

The VCU School of Social Work project aims to address the unique needs of the targeted populations.

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Ice age mammals, beating cancer, and other topics to check out at TEDxVCU this year

The annual event will feature presentations that will inspire you — and one that might send you on a mission to find a mastodon fossil.

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Podcast by VCU students on graffiti-covered Confederate monuments named a finalist in NPR national contest

The podcast, “When Time Slows Down,” is one of 10 finalists in the NPR Student Podcast Challenge: College Edition. Winners will be featured in segments on “Morning Edition” or “All Things Considered.”

Nicholas Santalucia works as a registered nurse in adult psychiatry at VCU Health. He aspires to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. (Kevin Morley, University Marketing) [View Image]

Scholarship brings VCU Nursing student one step closer to opening his own practice

Gift from Helene Fuld Health Trust supports scholarships for master’s students at the VCU School of Nursing.

March 2020 to Jan 2021 Excess Deaths map: A 50-state analysis of excess deaths by a team of VCU researchers found Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Arizona, Alabama, Louisiana, South Dakota, New Mexico, North Dakota and Ohio had the highest rates of excess deaths during the last 10 months of 2020, among other findings. [View Image]

U.S. deaths normally change less than 2% each year. In 2020, they rose nearly 23%.

Black Americans experienced highest per capita excess death rates, while regional surges contributed to higher excess death rates from COVID-19 and other causes, a VCU-led JAMA study finds.

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Four weeks of havoc: Part 5, Houston

In the penultimate episode of our series marking the 10th anniversary of VCU’s run to the 2011 Final Four, the Rams face the Butler Bulldogs with the world watching.

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In photos: Spring arrives at VCU

An early April cold snap notwithstanding, spring is here. VCU photographers Kevin Morley and Tom Kojcsich walked around campus during the last week of March to capture the start of a new season.

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Will the U.S. public support donating COVID-19 vaccines to low- and middle-income countries?

A new study led by VCU researchers surveyed 788 people. Among its findings: Older people were less likely to support donating vaccines, as were Republicans.

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A VCU Wilder School institute is playing a key role in the state’s efforts to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine equitably

“If we have a relative rate of vaccination that’s aligned with our relative rate of infection and death, that’s a more equitable approach.”

Several VCU programs are ranked in the top 50 nationally in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. (Kevin Morley, University Marketing) [View Image]

VCU programs listed in latest U.S. News & World Report rankings

Among the programs recognized, the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs rose to No. 38 nationally among public affairs graduate schools, up from No. 45 in 2020.

Art and animation: A conversation with Pixar director and VCU grad Valerie LaPointe [View Image]

Art and animation: A conversation with Pixar director and VCU grad Valerie LaPointe

The director of the Disney+ short “Lamp Life” speaks with VCU News about the creativity, humor, endurance and collaboration that goes into creating the characters and worlds we love.

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Class of 2021: Raven Witherspoon is pursuing a career in physics to help improve the world

The VCU Honors College student hopes to help reduce the number of nuclear weapons in the world and “transfer those materials into peaceful uses like civil nuclear energy.”

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Four weeks of havoc: Part 4, Goliath

In the latest episode of our series on VCU's run to the 2011 Final Four, the Rams face the powerful Kansas Jayhawks. Their improbable victory is one for the history books.

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Conspiracy theories are dividing us. How do we talk about them?

Social media groups are allowing people to form strong communities around shared beliefs — even if they aren’t true. To discuss this with loved ones requires a careful approach.

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