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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. The second course will focus on introducing students to working with data from social media platforms by interacting with their Application Program Interface. API is the intermediary that allows two applications to talk to each other. Digital sociologists are interested in APIs because the data helps understand how people use social media networks like Facebook and Parlor to promote and exchange ideas. 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 Human Resources in partnership with the newly formed Department of Recreation and Well-Being will host a cardio and core class, a 30-minute routine featuring nontraditional exercises in an interval format. Be prepared for a fast-moving, challenging and fun workout. No equipment is required, but a yoga mat is recommended. Questions: https://ramstrong.vcu.edu/. Register in Talent or at the following URL. For more information, contact Cindi Phares at cphares@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1521 or visit https://bit.ly/3eYEU2n.

Join VCU Human Resources and Anthem EAP for a presentation that will provide insight into what returning to school could look like. The session will explore possible instructional options, whether in the classroom or virtual. This instructional guide will give parents and caregivers direction when it comes to managing fear, stress and anxiety. Questions: https://ramstrong.vcu.edu/. Register in Talent@VCU or at the following URL. For more information, contact Cindi Phares at cphares@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1521 or visit https://bit.ly/2UNL5zA.

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 efforts to close the gaps. The event is open to all. Scheduled speakers 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 for the Zoom link 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.

For clinical research pursuits to be successful, investigators and clinical research coordinators must adapt to a new normal of health care delivery and risk management. Join Libby Dimattia and Bobby Moulden as they provide updates on Epic and OnCore, discuss the time frame and nuances of Epic's layout and remind us of shared responsibilities of principal investigators and clinical research coordinators. This online event is part of a monthly series by VCU's C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research and VCU Health's Office of Clinical Research. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Lauren Harris at Lauren.Harris@vcuhealth.org or visit https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrfumvqDkjHterS5-LRjrVSPpc4I8xGGuk.

Notices

VCU Police Hiring New Recruits

The VCU Police Department is hiring new police recruits. Recruits are paid to train at the VCU Police Academy. Officers receive free tuition for college courses and state benefits, including health care, retirement and paid vacation time. VCU Police officers can retire at age 50 with 25 years of service. Questions? Contact VCUPD Recruiter Conrad Simms. Apply at the following URL. Apply by Aug. 31. For more information, contact Conrad Simms at csimms2@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1225 or visit https://police.vcu.edu/about/recruitment/.

VCU Continuing and Professional Education Courses and Events

VCU Continuing and Professional Education offers online learning for the VCU community and members of the public. Choose from aikido, bookkeeping, computer skills, counseling and behavioral health, cultural competency and languages, customer service, event planning, Excel, Google Analytics, paralegal studies, play therapy, podcasting, supervisory and leadership, and test prep for the GMAT, GRE, LSAT, ACT, SAT, MCAT, PCAT, DAT and WordPress. For more information, contact VCU Continuing and Professional Education at ocpe@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1322 or visit https://ocpe.vcu.edu/courses/.

Digital Tech Credential

Earn The Capital CoLab Digital Tech Credential by completing a prerequisite course in Computers and Programming and take courses in Data Science Skills and Cybersecurity Skills through the Department of Computer Science in VCU's College of Engineering. Fall courses begin Aug. 24. Nondegree-seeking students, including VCU and VCU Health employees, can register through VCU Continuing and Professional Education. Eligible employees may use their tuition benefit/education assistance. For more information, contact VCU Continuing and Professional Education at ocpe@vcu.edu or visit http://go.vcu.edu/cs-fundamentals.

Cultural Competency and Language Classes

VCU Continuing and Professional Education, in partnership with the School of World Studies, will hold live online cultural competency and language classes for VCU and VCU Health employees and community members for one academic credit. Courses begin the week of Aug. 23 and run through early December. Introduction to Conversational French I, German I, Italian I, Spanish I and II and Intermediate Spanish I are available. Contact HR for tuition benefit or education assistance eligibility. For more information, contact VCU Continuing and Professional Education at ocpe@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1322 or visit https://ocpe.vcu.edu/languages.

Academic English Courses for International Graduate Students

VCU's English Language Program is offering two courses for international graduate students in Fall 2021: Oral Communication and Written Communication. The courses are designed to provide English language and academic support to graduate students currently enrolled in a degree program or other coursework at VCU. View the interest form at the following URL. For more information, contact Rachel Aziz at rcwiltshire@vcu.edu or (804) 828-2551 or visit https://forms.gle/vT6mLS5fc76uvk6f9.

Summer Edition of Policy Points Now Available

The summer edition of Policy Points, compiled by VCU's Integrity and Compliance Office, is now available at the following URL. The publication brings awareness to new, updated and retired university policies from the past quarter. Questions: Email policy@vcu.edu. For more information, contact Jason Block at blockj2@vcu.edu or visit https://policy.vcu.edu/universitywide-policies/policy-points/.

Virtual Reality Gaming for Back Pain

Are you currently experiencing low back pain, between the ages of 18-60 years old and interested in the possibility of nine weeks of nonsurgical experimental treatment? If you answered yes to all three you may qualify for our research. What? New, innovative and fun virtual reality games are designed to help people with chronic back pain move and feel better. Where? All appointments, testing and treatments are conducted at VCU. When? Participation in the study involves 24 one-hour appointments scheduled over a 57-week period. Who? The VIGOR Study team consists of professionals in the field who have been selectively chosen and extensively trained. Interested? Contact us at the following URL. You may be compensated for your time. Questions: http://www.movr.vcu.edu. For more information, contact Tiffany Amos at mcl@vcu.edu or (804) 628-2902 or visit https://redcap.vcu.edu/surveys/?s=DHT7NDE3J9.

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