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In this VCU Libraries Community Zooms session, VCU alumni author Kristin T. Thrower Stowe will discuss the research, selection process and storytelling that went into writing her latest book, "A History Lover’s Guide to Richmond," newly released by the History Press. The event is sponsored by VCU Libraries. To receive a Zoom link, complete this online form: https://forms.gle/rCEBtL9EDPT2rh2y8. For more information, contact Gregory Kimbrell at kimbrellgg@vcu.edu or (804) 393-2951 or visit https://www.library.vcu.edu/about/events/2021-2022/community-zooms.html.

This week

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/.

VCU's Digital Sociology Lab will present its inaugural Summer Learning Series in three, six-hour sessions. These online courses, on popular digital data tools currently used by digital sociologists, are free to current VCU students. This hands-on training can advance individual research and professional skill sets. In the first course, learn about Tableau Software for data visualization. RSVP at the following URL. For more information, contact VCU Sociology at sociology@vcu.edu or visit https://www.digitalsociologylab.com/events.

Coming up

VCU Rice Rivers Center will present the Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program's August Shell Planting Event on Gwynn Island. Volunteers are sought to help build an oyster reef in the lower Piankatank River Aug. 2-4. Eligible staff may use enhanced or regular community service leave to participate. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Cindy Andrews at candrews@vcu.edu or visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050A4BABA72DA31-vosrp12.

The Health Equity Series hosted by VCU's C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research will continue with a community conversation on LGBTQ+ health care and research. The discussion will include advances, gaps and shared resources in the LGBTQ+ community and the efforts that are being established to close the gaps. The event will be open to all. Speakers will include Karen Legato, executive director of Health Brigade; Bill Harrison, president and executive director of Diversity Richmond; and Zakia McKensey, executive director of Nationz Foundation. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Lauren Harris at cctrhlthdis@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEqcuyrrD0jGNWbSWgJ8j-OXnQCvWuMxD-G.

Notices

Submit Project Requests for Planning, Design, Construction and Renovation

All new planning, design, construction and renovation project requests should be submitted to VCU Facilities Management via eBuilder, which will be used to track and manage projects throughout their life cycle. This includes using eBuilder during the updated project design approval process to improve efficiency, transparency and coordination between Facilities Management and its stakeholders. A link to eBuilder is available at the following URL. For more information, contact Molly Case at casems@vcu.edu or visit https://fmd.vcu.edu/planning--design/.

Google Is Implementing a Major Security Update for Google Drive File Sharing Links

This change will only change the links (URLs) for Drive files shared in 2017 or earlier that are publicly shared. For more information, contact Doctor Gee at drgee@vcu.edu or visit https://blogs.vcu.edu/drgee/2021/07/19/important-security-update-for-drive/.

Wearable Sensors for Tracking Tummy Time in Infants

Researchers in the Department of Physical Therapy are conducting a study to test the use of wearable sensors to track tummy time in infants. Full-term and preterm infants aged three to six months are invited to participate. Parents of enrolled infants will attach the sensors to their infant's clothing and record natural play for few hours each day at home for three days. Compensation will be provided. If your baby is eligible, please contact VCU's Motor Development Lab at the following telephone number or email address. For more information, contact Motor Development Lab, Department of Physical Therapy, at inamdark@vcu.edu or (804) 415-8603.

Participate in a Survey Study on Behavior Change Counseling

Are you a health-care clinician or student who practices or trains 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) 827-3695 or visit https://redcap.vcu.edu/surveys/?s=NWWYMP4W44.

Do You Smoke Tobacco Cigarettes?

Individuals who smoke tobacco cigarettes daily are needed to participate in research studies. Compensation will be provided. View the screening survey at the following URL. This study will be conducted at VCU. Principal Investigator is Alison Breland, Ph.D., Department of Psychology. For more information, contact Nicoleta Gaitan at gaitann@vcu.edu or (804) 827-3562 or visit https://cstp.vcu.edu/studies/.

On Your Mark …

… Ready, SET, Health. Researchers at VCU are looking for young women interested in changing their diet and physical activity routine to enroll in a new study. Eligible participants will receive a free program designed to help them meet their goals for healthy living. The study requires two in-person data collection visits (one before the program and one after), but the entire four-month program is conducted completely online. For more information, contact OPT for Health - VCU School of Medicine at optforhealth@vcuhealth.org or (804) 827-2250 or visit http://www.readysethealthvcu.com.

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