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H&S: VCU graduate overcomes hardship, heads to Nepal

H&S: VCU graduate overcomes hardship, heads to NepalBrian Joseph (B.S.’15/H&S) was halfway through his junior year at Virginia Commonwealth University when tragedy struck. Fire had broken out in his family’s home in Midlothian. Read more.

H&S: Grants boost researchers seeking to curb youth tobacco use

Grants boost researchers seeking to curb youth tobacco useThe Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth has awarded three grants of up to $450,000 each to researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University to conduct two studies and support a research coalition focused on preventing tobacco use among young people. Read more.

H&S: Study finds children are eating healthy school lunches

VCU AlumniUnder new federal school lunch regulations championed by Michelle Obama, school cafeterias across the country must now offer more whole grains, vegetables, and fruits, and less fat and sodium. But the new guidelines also sparked widespread criticism that children hated the healthier lunches and were choosing to simply toss out the fruits and vegetables. Read more.

H&S: History major receives inaugural internship

http://enews.vcualumni.org/2015/05/hs-history-major-receives-inaugural-internship.htmlCadence Wilsey, a senior history major, has been awarded a prestigious summer internship with the Virginia Historical SocietyRead more.

H&S: Researchers synthesize magnetic nanoparticles

H&S: Researchers synthesize magnetic nanoparticlesA team of scientists at Virginia Commonwealth University has synthesized a powerful new magnetic material that could reduce the dependence of the United States and other nations on rare Earth elements produced by China. Read more.

Robertson: School graduates largest class to date

Robertson: School graduates largest class to dateIn May, the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture held its annual spring graduation commencement at the Richmond Convention Center. This year saw 213 graduates – undergraduates, graduate students and one doctoral student – walk across the stage. This was the largest class to have graduated in the history of the Robertson School. Read more.

John A. Luke Jr. to serve as rector of VCU Board of Visitors

John A Luke Jr.The Virginia Commonwealth University Board of Visitors has elected John A. Luke Jr. of Richmond to serve as rector for the 2015-16 academic year, effective July 1. Luke, chairman and CEO of MeadWestvaco Corp., joined the VCU Board of Visitors in 2012 and has chaired the Audit, Integrity and Compliance Committee. Read more.

VCU names Michigan State University’s Marsha Rappley to health system CEO post

Marsha RappleyVirginia Commonwealth University announced that Marsha D. Rappley, M.D., will serve as Virginia Commonwealth University vice president for health sciences and CEO of the VCU Health System, effective Aug. 15. Read more.

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VCU researchers identify unexpected functions in the determination of height

Barbara Boyan, Ph.D., dean of the VCU School of EngineeringAn interdisciplinary research team led by the deans of Virginia Commonwealth University’s schools of Medicine and Engineering has for the first time explained the association between human height and a specific protein-coding gene that is found in sperm. Read more.

Nursing: VCU first Virginia university to offer D.N.P. degree focused on quality and safety

Nursing: VCU first Virginia university to offer D.N.P. degree focused on quality and safetyThe State Council of Higher Education for Virginia recently approved Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing to offer a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Read more.

Brandcenter: Brotherly love

Brandcenter: Brotherly loveEver since he was a kid, Matt Reamer (B.S.’12/H&S; M.S.’14/B) has been awed by the special connection between his mom and his older brother, Dustin. They have a way of communicating that is distinctly their own. Read more.

VCU Medical Center awarded Baby-Friendly Hospital designation

VCU Medical Center awarded Baby-Friendly Hospital designationVCU Medical Center is now part of an elite group of hospitals across the country designated Baby-Friendly after meeting rigorous criteria for providing an exceptional level of attention to newborn feeding and mother-baby bonding. Read more.

Peoples, a longtime ‘change agent’ at VCU, retires

Napoleon Peoples, a longtime ‘change agent’ at VCU, retiring after 45 yearsNapoleon Peoples, Ph.D., the associate dean of student affairs for VCU’s MCV Campus, recently received one of VCU’s highest awards and was recognized for his service by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Read more.

Arts: Dance and Choreography ranked in Top 10

Brandcenter: Brotherly loveThe Department of Dance and Choreography in the VCU School of the Arts has been ranked among the top 10 choreography schools in the country by seattlepi.com, alongside universities such as Temple University and the University of Arizona. Read more.

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VCU Alumni reception in Los Angeles
6-8 p.m. June 25

Lunch and Learn: Motivation at Work
Noon-1:15 p.m. July 9

VCU Day at Nationals Park
1:30-6 p.m. July 18

Hampton Roads student send-off
5:30-9 p.m. July 22

Fredericksburg student send-off
6:30-8:30 p.m. July 30

Central Virginia student send-off
5-9 p.m. July 31

Lunch & Learn: Health, Fitness and Leadership
Noon-1:15 p.m. Aug. 11

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