Research

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VCU, Penn State researchers shed light on racial, economic segregation in Virginia schools

The researchers also reveal extensive racial, ethnic and socioeconomic gaps in AP course-taking among Virginia’s high school students.

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Real research: Future nurse finds rewards in research’s potential to better understand others

Nayab Mughal has been involved in three studies, giving her the chance to learn how the pandemic has affected the experiences of both pregnant and hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients.

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Romantic relationships mitigate effects of trauma on alcohol use among college students

A new study led by VCU researchers shows students exposed to interpersonal trauma prior to college are more likely to engage in risky alcohol use.

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Study: E-cigarettes with a cigarette-like level of nicotine are effective in reducing smoking

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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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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Research headlines

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VCU professor to explore ‘emotional code switching’ among African American youth

Psychology professor Fantasy Lozada received an NSF CAREER award to study emotion regulatory flexibility among African American youth, which helps them to protect against racism.

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Class of 2021: Humanity and humility are key to Julie Russo’s success

In the face of her own personal tragedy and grief, the graduating Master of Public Health student has focused on providing support to family, friends and loved ones of human trafficking survivors.

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‘It takes a village to succeed’: Student earns national scholarship to finish her Ph.D.

Josly Pierre-Louis’ parents immigrated to America from Haiti. Their daughter, a VCU grad, is the rising tide for all boats when it comes to her success in chemistry and health research.

A school hallway with lockers. [View Image]

VCU, Penn State researchers shed light on racial, economic segregation in Virginia schools

The researchers also reveal extensive racial, ethnic and socioeconomic gaps in AP course-taking among Virginia’s high school students.

Nayab Mughal [View Image]

Real research: Future nurse finds rewards in research’s potential to better understand others

Nayab Mughal has been involved in three studies, giving her the chance to learn how the pandemic has affected the experiences of both pregnant and hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients.

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Real research: Stephanie Osei pursues passion for medicine in the classroom and the lab

Osei has been working in a lab that studies why patients with cystic fibrosis have been less likely to acquire COVID-19.

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43% of respondents report feeling depressed after losing sense of smell or taste related to COVID-19

VCU researchers conducting an ongoing COVID-19 smell and taste loss survey identify array of potential short-term and long-term health impacts.

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President Biden’s climate change pledge sets a global example, VCU expert says

Biology professor Chris Gough says Biden’s pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half is a move in the right direction, but solving climate change will take a global effort.

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