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VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
March 19, 2013

CHS Recognizes Faculty Scholars

The College of Humanities and Sciences held a Faculty Scholarship Recognition reception on February 26 at the Scott House. Dean Jim Coleman recognized 2012 faculty authors, winners of scholarly awards presented by outside organizations, and the Principal Investigators on external research grants funded through the College of Humanities and Sciences. View photos of the reception. View the complete list of honorees.

Elske vP Smith Lecture Tonight

The Elske v.P. Smith Lecture by Nelson Wikstrom, Professor Emeritus in the Wilder School, will be held today, Tuesday, March 19, at 7:00 PM in the Student Commons, Richmond Salons. Dr. Wikstrom will speak on “Red Flags and Other Storm Systems in American Politics.” Reception to follow. More information.

Mass Comm to Create Center on Media+Health

A team of four faculty members from the School of Mass Communications were awarded $50,000 from the Quest Innovation Fund to establish the “Center for Media+Health: A Collaborative Hub for Health Communication Science and Practice.” Dr. Yan Jin, Dr. Ernie Martin, Dr. Marcus Messner and Professor Scott Sherman collaborated on the proposal. Mass Comm has all the details.

The Philosophy of Colors

Professor Joshua Gert from William & Mary will give a lecture on the philosophy of colors entitled, “Indeterminate Determinables,” followed by a question and answer period on Friday, March 22 from 3:30–5:00 pm in the Starke House, 915 W. Franklin St. Read more about Dr. Gert's background here.

Two Talks on Health Care

The Dept. of Psychology welcomes University of Florida Alumni Professor Carolyn Tucker who will give two talks on March 26: "The Roles of Psychologists in Fostering Patient-Centered Culturally Sensitive Health Care" and "Promoting Healthy Lifestyles in Culturally Diverse Communities.” Read the details on our blog.

French Film Festival Begins Thursday

The French Film Festival, co-sponsored by VCU and the University of Richmond, begins Thursday, March 21 with three film screenings and continues through Sunday, March 24. All screenings (except for Master Class) take place at the Byrd Theater, 2908 West Cary Street. The complete Festival schedule is here.

Lecture on the Health of Black Soldiers

"Intensely Human: The Health of Black Soldiers in the American Civil War" is the topic of a talk by Margaret Humphreys, M.D., Ph.D., Josiah Charles Trent Professor in the History of Medicine at Duke University. Dr. Humphreys’ current research explores the history of medicine during the Civil War. Details at the STS website.

Research Symposium on Imaging

Make plans to attend the CHS Research Symposium: "Cells to Landscapes – a Forum on Cross-Resolution Technologies" from 10 AM - 4 PM on March 29 in at ASPiRE, 835 W. Grace Street. Speakers from the Department of Physics, Biology, and the VCU Department of Anatomy will discuss cross-resolution technologies. The complete schedule is here.

2nd Annual Lavender Graduation

The Dept. of Gender, Sexualty and Women's Studies is co-sponsoring VCU's 2nd Annual Lavender Graduation, a special graduation ceremony that honors the achievements of graduating gender and sexual minority students and their allies on campus. To participate, you must register by April 12. There is no fee to attend. The details can be found here.

What Gives Life Meaning?

The 28th Annual Brown-Lyons Lecture "What Gives Life Meaning? A Jewish Response" presented by Jack D. Spiro, D.H.L., Ed.D. Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts. More information at VCU Libraries.

Wilder School Research Conference

The Wilder School presents its 7th Annual Student Research Conference from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on April 5 in the Student Commons. Submissions to the conference are due Friday, March 23, 2013. Who should submit and how to present are here.

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Building a Peace Economy

"The Cost of War: Dismantling the Military Industrial Complex and Building a Peace Economy" is a public forum on the history of U.S. militarism and the current defense budget. Tonight, March 19 at 7:00 pm in the Commons Theater. Speakers include Dr. Mark Wood, and Miriam Pemberton of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. Contact Adria Scharf at 232-1002 or for details.

African American Studies Course

A Course in African American Studies continues on March 22 with "The House I Live In," a documentary film on the prison/industrial complex featuring Mr. Jesse Frierson. Fridays from 6:30—8:30 pm at the East District Family Resource Center, 2405 Jefferson Avenue. Read the complete schedule here.

Turpin Lecture April 2

Michael B. Goodman, Ph.D., will discuss "Corporate Communication: Media, business, globalization and uncertainty" on April 2, at 5:30 PM in the Temple Building, Room 2219. A reception follows at 6:45 PM in the Robertson Alumni House. Both are free and open to the public. For more information contact Lauren Stewart at or (804) 827-3761.

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Faculty Spotlight

Dr. W. Scott Street, IV, Associate Professor of Teaching in the Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research, was recently awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award recognized his volunteer activities with the Boy Scouts of America, his church, his son's school, and the Central Virginia Food Bank. More about the award here.

Alumni Spotlight

Clint White (B.A. English '93/H&S), founder of WiT Media, tells us "I hit Shafer Court and it was clear that it was my 'aha' moment. The mix of history diversity, compact nature spoke to me. I sat at a local café drinking coffee and felt like a king of the world. I drove north to go to George Mason but I never went to the school because my mind was made up." Clint shares some of his experiences here.

Upcoming CHS Events

• Mar. 19 Elske vP Smith Lecture
• Mar. 19 Chemistry Seminar
• Mar. 19 Building a Peace Economy
• Mar. 21 Chemistry Seminar
• Mar. 22 Philosophy Lecture
• Mar. 22 African American Studies Course
• Mar. 22 Anthropology Speaker Series
• Mar. 22 Physics Seminar
• Mar. 25 Biology Seminar
• Mar. 25 GSWS Brown Bag Lunch
• Mar. 26 Chemistry Seminar
• Mar. 27 Year of Freedom Lunchtime Lecture
• Mar. 27 STS Lecture
• Mar. 28 Chemistry Seminar
• Mar. 29 African American Studies Course
• Mar. 29 Imaging Symposium
• Apr. 1 Biology Seminar
• Apr. 2 Chemistry Seminar
• Apr. 2 Turpin Lecture
• Apr. 4 Chemistry Seminar
• Apr. 4 Brown Lyons Lecture
• Apr. 5 African American Studies Course
• Apr. 5 Physics Seminar
• Apr. 5-6 VSSA Meeting

Selected VCU Events

• Mar. 20 Staff Senate General Meeting
• Mar. 22 TEDxRVA
• Mar. 23 Bangladesh Night

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