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Built to showcase student projects, VCUarts’ new virtual gallery is ‘a physical experience’

Gallery developers, pushed to go online by the COVID-19 pandemic, say the web rendition of The Anderson will put VCU on the map for virtual galleries.

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Class of 2020: Kevin Wills is on the pandemic’s hidden front line

Wills, a College of Health Professions student, touched at least half of all COVID-19 tests that came through a VCU Health diagnostics lab during the spring and summer.

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Job hunting during a pandemic? It’s not easy, but recent and soon-to-be grads share how they found success.

Though COVID-19 has upended job hunting, some tried-and-true methods (networking, being flexible and being persistent) still work.

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VCU Board of Visitors to meet electronically Dec. 11

The Virginia Commonwealth University Board of Visitors will hold an electronic meeting Dec. 11 at 8 a.m.

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Promoting diversity in the field of chemistry

In 2019, 67 women graduated from VCU with bachelor’s degrees in chemistry, fifth-most in the nation.

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Experiential learning, long a key piece of a VCU education, is as important as ever

The university has a long history of hands-on learning, and a new digital resource will help students identify new opportunities and showcase their skills and achievements outside the classroom.

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How personal tragedy set this former VCU trainee on the path to become a urologic oncologist

After his grandmother died of cancer, Randy Vince Jr. decided to pursue medicine to address the health care inequalities that exist for African Americans.

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How VCU used convalescent plasma to save a COVID-19 patient

Last March, as he lay in a hospital bed at VCU Medical Center, Billy Brooks thought COVID-19 would kill him. That didn’t happen, in part due to an experimental treatment that saved his life, and now gives hope to others.

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New VCU program focuses on expanding mental health professionals’ knowledge to address community needs

Online continuing education course offerings will develop learners’ understanding of topics to develop a community of learning.

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'A drive to be out in the field': How Mirinda Gormley connects research with emergency medicine

The VCU epidemiology graduate and emergency medical services provider conducts research on addiction and substance abuse.

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Class of 2020: Lyndsey Highlander’s second act

After medical issues ended her country music career, Highlander, a VCU nursing student, decided to use her personal experiences to help others.

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In memoriam: Stan Pauley, philanthropist and namesake of the VCU Health Pauley Heart Center

The longtime university benefactor also helped lay the foundation for the VCU College of Engineering and supported clinical research at VCU Massey Cancer Center.

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VCU is developing a national model for using analytics to bolster diversity and inclusion

The project is part of the university’s commitment to provide a fair, open and empowering environment for students, faculty and staff.

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VCU Board of Visitors Strategic Task Force to meet electronically Dec. 1

The Virginia Commonwealth University Board of Visitors Strategic Task Force will hold an electronic meeting Dec. 1 at 3 p.m.

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‘It just breaks my heart’: VCU Health workers share what it’s like on the front line

In a series of filmed interviews, health care workers describe the emotional toll of COVID-19 and provide an intimate look at what it means to walk in their shoes.

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Class of 2020: Amari Samya is ready for the big stage

Taking chances paid off for the theater performance major, who will graduate from the School of the Arts with a strong list of credits in live theater and acting for the screen.

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Doctor’s orders: Diet, exercise and a push in the right direction can reduce cardiovascular disease risk

Data shows that clinicians helping patients eat right and exercise has an even greater benefit for those at risk.

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Teaching about social justice can lead to tense moments. A new book helps educators navigate them.

The book, co-edited by a VCU professor, aims to help teachers better handle challenging topics. “We are going to make mistakes” in being effective allies, Kim Case said. “But we must take the leap.”

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VCU joins national trial testing three new drugs for COVID-19

The trial — called ACTIV-1 — will enroll VCU Health volunteers to test three “immune modulator” drugs on people hospitalized with COVID-19. The drugs target the dangerous inflammation doctors have seen in COVID-19 patients called the “cytokine storm."

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Class of 2020: Delaney Savedge helps keep the public safe during the pandemic

The VCU student-athlete’s involvement at the Virginia Department of Health and on a study-abroad trip to Jamaica provided “an eye-opening experience to public health,” and a possible future career.

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Feeling grateful

Students, faculty and staff say thanks to those who helped them get through a challenging and unusual semester.

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New survey shows labor market recovery continues

Current rate is still far below the employment rate from February, just prior to the pandemic.

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Virtual commencement will showcase new graduates’ photo and video submissions

The Dec. 12 celebration will honor the achievements of VCU’s August and December graduates and provide an interactive online experience for family and friends.

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Weekly calls blossom into friendships between seniors and VCU health sciences students

“It gave us a way to connect with other people in a time when no one is meeting,” said one student of the group’s conversations with Henrico retirees.

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Class of 2020: Becky Zenkevich is looking within, and learning to better care for older adults

The occupational therapist and gerontology student has lived through several jarring life events — and on three continents — while taking classes at VCU.

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Class of 2020: Sofia Chilquillo gives back to her native Peru

The VCU psychology major is interning with Pan Peru USA and helping Peruvian women sell their alpaca products to U.S. markets.

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Dental school grad encourages students to succeed: ‘It’s our obligation to help the next person’

Recognizing the importance of having people believe in you and invest in your future success, Tamesha Morris set up a scholarship to aid students following in her footsteps.

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Make It Real Campaign for VCU raises $841.6 million

Virginia Commonwealth University’s Make It Real Campaign for VCU raised $841,606,604, more than 112% of its $750 million goal, the university announced Thursday.

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Night shift: Student safety ambassadors provide a resource for the VCU community after dark

The ambassadors, part of the university’s transition to a more equitable public safety model, provide assistance when people need help but don't need to contact law enforcement.

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VCU part of $111M cybersecurity manufacturing partnership

The five-year agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy and a consortium of 59 member institutions is being led by the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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