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‘Very drastic’: What will be the impact of the Trump administration’s TikTok ban?

The Trump administration on Friday announced that it was banning the Chinese-owned TikTok from U.S. mobile app stores and was forbidding companies from hosting the short-form mobile video platform in the U.S.

Mallory Perryman, top left, and Aaron Gilchrist during a virtual forum Sept. 17 hosted by VCU's Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture. [View Image]

Amid the pandemic, journalism grad Aaron Gilchrist continues to deliver the news

At a virtual forum, the VCU alumnus shares his thoughts on adapting during COVID-19, the summer protests, and his personal journey in journalism.

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VCU Board of Visitors votes to de-commemorate buildings named for Confederates

Board also approves resolutions to commemorate a former arts dean and rename the African American studies academic building.

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VCU Votes: On social media, students encourage voter participation on campus and beyond

“The main idea is to convince our peers of their own importance in every election if they want to see the change that they talk about all year round.”

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VCU, VUU celebrate 30th anniversary of L. Douglas Wilder’s inauguration as Virginia’s 66th governor

Wilder’s historic campaign drew the attention of the world and “contributed to the demographic diversity that has transformed Virginia.”

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A majority of Virginians are skeptical about the safety of reopening schools for in-person classes, VCU poll finds

The poll also found anxiety over a future COVID-19 vaccine, with four-in-ten Virginians saying they are not likely to get one.

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For students of nationally recognized VCU School of Medicine educator, ‘he has their interests at heart’

Histology professor John Bigbee is among four educators nationwide receiving this year’s Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award.

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‘A key cultural and social moment’: A conversation with new VCUarts dean Carmenita Higginbotham

As she steps into her new role at VCU, Higginbotham discusses her research, her path to academia, Disney, and how she challenges students to seek out unasked questions.

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Employees are returning to the office, but telework is still three times higher than in February

A new report on remote work during the pandemic also documents a striking diversity in who works from home and what industries have experienced larger employment losses.

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‘Survival of the fit’: A VCU professor’s new book calls for a shift in how we think about evolution

“The Major Metaphors of Evolution: Darwinism Then and Now,” aims to address some of mankind’s most urgent problems by bringing back some of the complexity in Charles Darwin’s original arguments.

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Biden and Warner have double-digit leads in Virginia, VCU poll finds

The statewide poll also provides insights into Virginians’ opinions on Joe Biden's selection of Kamala Harris as his running mate.

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Inspired by his grandfather, a VCU grad’s design nearly becomes the new Mississippi state flag

Ryan Green’s design, one of four runners-up out of 3,000 submissions, focused on three themes: “resiliency, hospitality and unity — all three of which, I think, Mississippi really embodies.”

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Massey researcher’s drug shows promise as a possible treatment for pancreatic cancer

VCU’s Said Sebti and colleagues are working to further develop the drug, which targets tumors driven by a cancer-causing protein.

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'Symbolism matters': A look at the future of commemorations at VCU

Around the university, statues, plaques and building names that honor former Confederates have been part of the campus landscape. They could soon become a thing of the past.

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What factors are associated with alcohol misuse in early midlife?

VCU researchers have been awarded a $3 million grant to study the risk factors and consequences of drinking in one’s 30s and 40s.

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‘Legal lynching’: A VCU alumnus’ book tells the forgotten stories of the first 100 people sent to the electric chair in Virginia

In “Railroaded,” author Dale Brumfield describes the sham trials, corruption and biased news coverage that marked Virginia’s electric chair executions from 1908-1920.

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‘They make learning real’: VCU honors six faculty with distinguished awards

Spanning different fields of study and expertise, the honorees say collaboration and making connections with students are the keys to success.

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A VCU employee’s ‘Birthday Brigade’ spreads joy — and lands on the ‘Today’ show

Louie Correa wanted to help local kids celebrate their birthdays during the pandemic. His weekly neighborhood parade is offering important lessons in kindness and gratitude during a chaotic time.

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VCU named National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research

VCU, Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia and George Mason University are Virginia’s only schools to receive the designation from the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.

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Director of student health discusses testing, contact tracing and VCU’s other COVID-19 efforts

Margaret Roberson answers questions about protocols at Student Health Services, what students should do if they start to experience symptoms and how to stay safe as we move into the fall.

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A ‘life-changing award’: Two VCU social work researchers receive NIH grants that ease student debt

The Loan Repayment Programs help repay debt in return for a commitment to engage in research that is relevant to the National Institutes of Health.

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Social Security Administration awards $27.7M contract to VCU center that trains benefit counselors

The contract is the largest in the history of the VCU School of Education, and will help promote the employment and economic self-sufficiency of Social Security disability beneficiaries.

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A VCU researcher’s work is shedding light on a deadly disease

Scrub typhus can have a fatality rate as high as 70%. But thanks to Jason Carlyon, more is known about the cause of the disease than ever before.

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VCU Board of Visitors to meet in person and electronically Sept. 17-18

Faculty Convocation 2020 will look different than in previous years. The virtual ceremony will take place Sept. 10 at 3 p.m. (File photo) [View Image]

Six outstanding faculty members to be honored at virtual convocation

The annual event recognizing distinguished faculty will take place Sept. 10 and will be livestreamed.

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What should happen next on Monument Avenue?

All but one of the Confederate statues have been removed from Richmond’s famous boulevard. Four VCU experts provide their thoughts on where we go from here.

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What’s new at VCU for 2020-21

From new programs and leadership to a shifted semester and COVID-19 precautions, there’s plenty of changes that mark this unique academic year.

Kayla Mathes, a doctoral candidate in the integrative life sciences program of VCU Life Sciences, removes tree bark and sugar-transporting tissues immediately under it, using a process called stem girdling. (Courtesy photo) [View Image]

A VCU-led experiment will improve forecasts of how the forest carbon cycle responds to disturbances — a key question for climate change

A project led by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University experimentally simulated an insect outbreak across nearly 50 acres of forest with a goal of understanding how different levels of disturbance — such as from invasive insects — affect the capacity of forests to sequester carbon.

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COVID-19 has sparked a 12-fold increase in the remote delivery of mental health care across the U.S.

Prior to the pandemic, psychologists reported performing 7.07% of their clinical work with telepsychology. During the pandemic, that number has soared to 85.53%.

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Science On a Sphere, now at VCU, offers a world of possibilities

The global display system, on long-term loan from NASA, adds an element of awe to VCU’s Trani Center for Life Sciences.

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