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Brandcenter student’s love of Dungeons & Dragons becomes a successful crowdsourcing project

Shaw Schiappacasse’s modest fundraiser for a passion project raised $10,000, which he will use to hire illustrators and other creative people to bring his vision to life.

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How to fight misconceptions about COVID-19 vaccines

A VCU expert in media and health explains how to talk with friends and family members who are hesitant about getting vaccinated.

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13 from VCU named Fulbright semifinalists for 2021-22

Thirteen VCU students and recent graduates have been named semifinalists for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the 2021-22 academic year.

First lady Jill Biden meets with V C U researchers Feb. 24 [View Image]

In photos: Jill Biden visits VCU Massey Cancer Center

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VCU is hosting 2 college basketball tournaments. To do it safely has required careful planning.

Over the next two weeks, teams from over a dozen universities will be in Richmond for the Atlantic 10 men’s and women’s tournaments. Here’s a look at the steps taken to prepare for their arrival.

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VCU students in the Virginia National Guard reflect on a history-making mission

As they return to their studies, the students who were stationed at the U.S. Capitol earlier this winter share details of their experiences in Washington.

Clockwise from upper left: Aloni Hill, Ph.D., assistant professor of journalism at VCU; Regina Boone, photojournalist with the Richmond Free Press; Anthony Antoine, anchor at NBC12; and Michael Paul Williams, columnist with the Richmond Times-Dispatch. [View Image]

Black Lives Matter has ‘dramatically shifted the paradigm’ of how mainstream media covers the news

In the nine months since George Floyd’s killing by a Minneapolis police officer sparked nationwide protests, Black Lives Matter has led to reforms and conversations in mainstream media newsrooms that were once unimaginable, according to a panel of Black Richmond journalists who spoke Thursday at a Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture virtual event.

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Labor market recovery remains stagnant, new survey shows

About half of workers who were employed just prior to the pandemic are earning the same amount.

VCU Board of Visitors to meet in-person and electronically March 5 [View Image]

VCU Board of Visitors to meet in-person and electronically March 5

The Virginia Commonwealth University Board of Visitors will hold an in-person and electronic meeting on March 5, beginning at 8 a.m. 

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ICA at VCU’s opening of ‘Harold Mendez: Let us gather in a flourishing way’ postponed to March 5

The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University has postponed the exhibition to March 5 due to inclement weather.

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VCU researcher is one of two nationwide to receive funding for review of medical education curricula

The goal is to use the findings to inform future diversity, equity and inclusion practices across medical schools, said Dina Garcia, an assistant professor in the School of Medicine.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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