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VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
April 15, 2014

Belgrave Wins PACME Award

Congratulations to Faye Belgrave, professor in the Department of Psychology, who is the winner of the 2014 Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment (PACME) Faculty Award. In addition, Jensen Larimore, a psychology student, was the winner of this year's PACME Student Award. The ceremony will be held on Wed., April 16, at 3 p.m., in the Richmond Salons. This ceremony was created to recognize members of the university who have contributed to diversity, multiculturalism and inclusive excellence.

Reading and Writing Groups

The Humanities Research Center invites proposals for interdisciplinary reading and writing groups that will convene two or three times a semester, starting in Fall 2014, to discuss work-in-progress and published scholarship of common interest to the group. The Center will assume responsibility for scheduling, booking rooms, etc. If you would like to propose a group, please email by April 21 with a title for the group, a brief paragraph describing its intellectual scope, and a list of at least six colleagues who are interested in joining and willing to participate with some regularity.

RamTech Store Now Open

The RamTech Store on Grace Street is now open. RamTech will sell laptops, desktops, tablets and other technology products to students, faculty and staff with a valid VCU ID. As an Apple Authorized Campus Store, all of the Apple, as well as Dell, technology products will be available at educational discount prices. Accessories, such as adapters and cases, will also be available. VCU News has more.

STS@VCU Lecture on STEM

The next lecture in the STS@VCU Lecture Series, Science Education, Past and Present is Friday, April 18 at 3:30 p.m. in the Commons Theater. Ainissa Ramirez, author, science evangelist, and TED speaker, will give a lecture on STEM: How It Got Here and Where It Needs To GoAdd this event to your calendar.

Farrell Study Featured

Nicholas P. Farrell, professor in the Department of Chemistry, and his research team have conducted a study whose findings may help develop targeted drug interventions and fight cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. The study is featured on the cover of the April issue of the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition. “The work is unique in helping to open up a broad new area of research which we call the bioinorganic chemistry of apoptosis...” Farrell said. Read more about the project here.

Library Survey of Faculty Needs

VCU Libraries is conducting a first-ever survey of faculty needs in the digital age. The questions go beyond "library services" but are focused on publishing, researching and teaching in the digital world. The survey is open April 7 through April 18. Take the survey.

Student Nominates Jeff London

Jeffrey London, instructor in the Department of Sociology, has been nominated for a Phi Kappa Phi Great Minds recognition award by his student, Katherine Smith-Rodden. He and Katherine will be honored at the Spring meeting of Phi Kappa Phi at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Thursday, April 24.

Latané Wins Book Prize

Professor David Latané’s William Maginn and the British Press is a joint winner of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals’ Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize for 2013, awarded to scholarly books that most advance the understanding of the 19th-century British newspaper or periodical press. Winners are invited to speak at the upcoming RSVP conference at the University of Delaware in September. Congratulations, David!

Stanciu wins Reese Fellowship

Cristina Stanciu, assistant professor in the Department of English, has won a competitive Reese Fellowship in American Bibliography and the History of the Book at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. Cristina will spend the December 2014 break in residence at Yale working on her book manuscript, The Making and Unmaking of Americans: Indians and Immigrants in American Literature and Culture, 1880-1924. Congratulations Cristina!

More news . . . 

VCU student-run newspaper takes home 13 VPA awards

English: Documentary filmmakers bring poet to life

Psychology: Woods becomes eighth Dash for Cash winner

History: VCU unveils rare collection of Virginia civil rights protest photographs

Science, Technology, and Society: Continuing Efforts to Improve Science Education in the U.S.

View photos from Preview Day on our Tumblr page!

World Studies: Lab uses 3-D printing to make historical artifact chess sets

The Robertson School: Getting Your Tweets Right

Psychology: E-cigarette debate burns as usage rises

Staff Senate Hosts 10th Annual Marquita Aguilar Scholarship Walk-A-Thon

VCU makes Huffington Post's 'Social Currency' Final Four

What Can You Do With a Humanities PhD Anyway?

AKD Induction Ceremony

The Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology honor society's VCU chapter is holding its annual induction ceremony, in coordination with the Senior Seminar poster session for Sociology students, which highlights their independent social research. The ceremony will be begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 24th in the Commons Underground, with a presentation from Jenny Rockwell from the Neighborhood Resource Center. Light refreshments will be served.

Be a VAS Judge

VCU will host the 2014 Virginia Academy of Science (VAS)/ Virginia Junior Academy of Science (VJAS) meeting from Tuesday May 13 through Friday May 16. The VJAS consists of presentations by high school and middle school students, organized by topic and section. VCU is looking for judges on Wednesday, May 14. If you are willing to judge, please contact VJAS director Susan Booth at Read more details about the event on our blog.

The Once and Future Don Quixote

The School of World Studies hosts the presentation Knight Passages: The Once and Future Don Quixote featuring Professor Edward H. Friedman on April 21, 2014 at 12 p.m. in the Commons Forum Room. Professor Friedman is a Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Spanish and Professor of Comparative Literature at Vanderbilt University and the Director of the Robert Penn Warren Center for Humanities at Vanderbilt University. Add this event to your calendar.

VCU Students Win Journalism Awards

VCU students won three first-place awards and were finalists for 13 other awards in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence competition for Region 2. The awards were presented at SPJ’s Region 2 Spring Conference in Washington, D.C. The Robertson School has more on this story.

Alexandrian Society Spring Symposium

The Alexandrian Society will be holding their Spring Symposium on Wednesday, April 23rd, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Commons Theater. The symposium title is Race and Society in the Atlantic World - view the flyer here. Add this event to your calendar.

VSSA Conference This Weekend

VCU will host the 87th Annual Virginia Social Science Association Conference on Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19 to promote work in the social sciences, offer students opportunities for professional development and bring together teachers of the social sciences. Friday's presentations will be held in the Richmond Salons of the Student Commons. Add Friday's event to your calendar. Plenary sessions and concurrent sessions will be held on Saturday in Hibbs Building. Add Saturday's event to your calendar. You can view the full VSSA Conference program here.

Marry Kapp Lecture in Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry hosts the 37th Annual Mary Kapp Lecture on Thursday, April 24 featuring Dr. Naomi Halas, Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor of Chemistry, Physics and Bioengineering at Rice University. Dr. Halas will present Optics at the Nanoscale: Shedding Light on Cross-cutting Science and Technologies at 6 p.m. in room 1107 of the Academic Learning Commons.
Add this event to your calendar.

World Studies Research Symposium

Seniors in the School of World Studies will showcase their best work, which will include research from Senior Seminar, internship experience, service learning work or any other academic research, at the first ever SWS Senior Research Symposium & Poster Expo. on Friday, April 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the VCU Globe Living/Learning Building, Room 1030J. Add this event to your calendar.

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Student Spotlight:

In honor of Research Weeks (April 10-25), VCU News highlighted five undergraduate researchers who, thanks to fellowships from VCU’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program and guidance from faculty mentors, have been able to do research on projects they’re passionate about. Four of those five students were from the College: Nathalie Spita (Biology), Tess Simms (English and African-American Studies), Vanessa Fuentes (Psychology), and Danielle Armstrong (Psychology). Congratulations to our student researchers and their faculty mentors!

Faculty Spotlight:

Zewelanji Serpell, associate professor in the Department of Psychology, is the first member of faculty profiled in a new series titled Profiles in Learning. She is leading a study on how chess may be able to improve learning and educational outcomes in school-age children. "I have an interest in schools and how children learn and I'm really interested in innovative ways of improving academic outcomes. And so a lot of my work is based on whether you can train a set of cognitive skills that empower children to do better in school." Watch the video here.

Student Spotlight:

Brian Daugherity, assistant professor in the Department of History, specializes in civil rights issues. His current research focuses on the history of school desegregation and southern race relations. He recently spoke with WTVR CBS 6 News about hate groups in Virginia, three of which are in Richmond. “Not only are these hate groups continuing to exist and promote teachings that are opposed to the values of many of us today, they also cultivate an environment or an attitude that leads some people to act out in such a violent manner.” CBS 6 has more on this story here.

Upcoming CHS Events

• Apr. 15: Forensic Science Seminar Series
• Apr. 15: Chemistry Seminar Series
• Apr. 17: Chemistry Seminar Series
• Apr. 18: Virginia Social Science Association Conference
• Apr. 18: Science, Technology, and Society Lecture
• Apr. 19: Virginia Social Science Association Conference
• Apr. 21: Don Quixote Presentation
• Apr. 21: Biology Department Seminar Series
• Apr. 21: Positive Psychology Research Group
• Apr. 22: Forensic Science Seminar Series
• Apr. 22: Chemistry Seminar Series
• Apr. 22: Forensic Science Seminar Series
• Apr. 23: Alexandrian Society Spring Symposium
• Apr. 23: Chemistry Seminar Series
• Apr. 23: Africana Film Series
• Apr. 23: National Security Lecture Series
• Apr. 24: AKD Sociology Honor Society Induction Ceremony
• Apr. 24: Mary Kapp Lecture
• Apr. 25: World Studies Senior Research Symposium and Poster Exposition
• Apr. 25: Social Psychology Under Discussion (SPUD), research talks
• Apr. 28: Biology Department Seminar Series

Selected VCU Events

• Apr. 16: VCU Baseball vs. Norfolk State
• Apr. 17 : Theatre VCU presents Arabian Nights
• Apr. 20: VCU Baseball vs. La Salle
• Apr. 22: 10th Annual Women's Health Research Day
• Apr. 24: Free Head & Neck Cancer Screenings

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