News and Events for VCUCHS Faculty and Staff
VCU College of Humanities & Sciences
October 06, 2015

Make ____________ Real

What do you make real? now allows you to add your story about what you're making real. Joe Morina (Biology) is making a cleaner future real. Paula De Carvalho (World Studies) is making fiction writing real. Alumna Nina Sims (Robertson School) is making opportunity real. Brian Daugherity (History) is making keeping history alive real. Read more stories -- and add yours -- here.

2015 VCU Service Awards

VCU's 44th annual Service Awards honor faculty and staff with with five to 55 years of service to VCU. A ceremony and reception is on Thursday, October 8th from 3 - 5:00 pm in the Siegel Center. We want to thank all of our award winners for their service to the College and VCU. View the 2015 Service Award winners here.

Know YOUR Duties Under Title IX

Professor Peter Lake, renowned expert in higher education law, is returning to VCU on October 23rd for two, two-hour sessions specifically designed to give you practical information related to your role as a mandatory reporter for Title IX and VCU policy purposes. Both afternoon sessions will be interactive and cover the same information. If you plan on attending please RSVP for the 1 - 3 pm session or the 3 - 5 pm session.

Meet VCU's Authors: Faedah Totah

Faedah Totah, Associate Professor of Political Science, will talk about her new book, Preserving the Old City of Damascus on Wednesday, October 7th. Totah examines the ways in which this urban space became the site for negotiating new economic and social realities. Admission is free! Details at the Meet VCU's Authors page.

Psychology Lecture on Resilience

Timothy R. Elliott, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University, and will be speaking on Thursday, Oct. 8th at 4pm. The Psychology Department sponsored talk will be focused on the resilience in the initial year of caregiving for a family member with a traumatic spinal cord injury. The event will begin at 4pm in the ALC, Room 2100 with an Alumni reception to follow at the Scott House. More information here.

Writing Your Second Monograph

The Humanities Research Center's Writing the Second Monograph Group is being relaunched for the 2015-16 academic year. This group is for anyone who would benefit from organized discussions about writing a second monograph. The group will meet four times during the year. If you are interested in participating, please fill out this Google Form.

More News . . .

VCU has come a long way in a short time

History: Professor’s book examines Cherokee resilience amid migration and resettlement

How to retire with the Virginia Retirement System

Forensic Science: Reception for alumni and friends

Kinesiology & Health Sciences: Videos: Science of Cycling Interviews

Why social sciences are just as important as STEM disciplines

Video: College Alumnus featured on Dr. Oz

Political Science: College Professor Ravi Perry, discussing the Pope's visit in the context of current American politics

VCU Fall Jazz Festival

Black & Gold Game set for Saturday, Oct. 24th, with Alumni Game to follow

Robertson School: Two Students picked to cover national conference

Alumni: Psychology Aluma receives national grant for HIV study

'How-to Talks by Postdocs' Debuts

A Night at The Stu (Previously the Black & Gold Ball) October 16

HRC Speaker: A Civil Rights Battle

Journalist Kristen Green will talk about her new book, Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: A Family, A Virginia Town, A Civil Rights Battle. Green grew up in Farmville and attended Prince Edward Academy, which did not open its doors to black students until 1986. In this book she uncovers her hometown’s dark history and her own family’s complex involvement in the community’s response to Civil Rights legislation. This is a free event on Monday, October 19th at 7:00 pm in the Richmond Salons. More information here.

Humanities Research Grants

The Humanities Research Center is delighted to announce its annual competition for Research Grants designed to foster excellence in research and creative scholarship by providing funds to support direct research costs. Fifteen grants of $1000 each will be awarded for use during the summer of 2016. Applications are due by November 13th. More information here.

Recent Grad Uncovers Ancestral Past

Michelle Taylor (World Studies, '15) discovered she had family roots in Virginia through an archaeological dig she took part in as part of an anthropology class. She Googled a family member’s name who had lived in the area of the dig and found out that his house is the first preserved and interpreted freedman’s home in the United States. Read more at the Richmond Times-Dispatch and VCU News.

Humphrey Fellows' Presentations

The Psychology Department would like to invite everyone to join them to hear about this year's Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows' home countries. Presentations will include information about each country as well as the health issues of interest to each Fellow. Presentations will be held in the Student Commons for the next three Tuesdays, starting today.
October 6, 1 - 3 pm: Turkey, Slovak Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, South Africa

October 13, 11 am - 1 pm: Togo, Uganda, Mexico, Egypt

October 20, 1 - 3 pm: Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Peru

Spit for Science Deadline October 9

Faculty members with interests in college behavioral and emotional health outcomes can submit items for consideration for inclusion in the upcoming spring Spit for Science surveys. The deadline for submissions is October 9. Currently, 9,800 students are enrolled as participants. Submission guidelines are available here. For more information or questions, contact Kimberly Pedersen at

Tips on Successful Academic Careers

The Wilder School will be hosting a discussion with Dr. Bonnie Gail Mani, the school's first female doctoral graduate, "Barriers and Facilitators to Successful Academic Careers". Admission is free on Monday, Oct. 12th at 2:00pm in the Forum Room of the Student Commons. For more information contact Shirley McDaniel at

Do You Have News to Share?

If you have news to share this is a great place to do it! Please submit news and events to Janelle Scutt at We will submit your news and events to the VCU Calendar, Telegram, this newsletter and our social media outlets. Keep your colleagues informed by keeping us informed!

In Memoriam:

James Kinney, Ph.D, former professor of American Literature, former Director of the Composition and Rhetoric Program from 1982 to 1986 and former chair of the Department of English, passed away September 28th. He retired in May 2010 after 33 years of teaching at VCU. A private memorial gathering will be held; his ashes will be interred at Hollywood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the VCU College of Humanities & Sciences or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. Read more here.

Faculty Spotlight:

Sarah Golding, Ph.D., is an instructor and Undergraduate Research Coordinator in the Department of Biology, helping to promote and facilitate undergraduate research. Sarah is also a huge supporter of the study abroad program within her department. She is originally from Cornwall, England and first came to VCU as a year-long research exchange student through the VCU-UWE (University of the West of England) partnership. She also manages a number of research training programs for minority students offered by the Center on Health Disparities.

Student Spotlight:

Diana DiGangi, a senior in the Robertson School, was assigned to cover a protest at the Confederate monuments along the 2015 UCI Road World Championship route as part of an assignment. She then live-tweeted the breaking news story of a small plane trailing a banner with the Confederate battle flag circling overhead. Diana's breaking story has received more than 80,000 page views and 3,000 Facebook shares and comments. More at VCU News.

Upcoming H&S Events

• Oct 06: Dept of Psychology: Humphrey Fellows' Presentations
• Oct 07: Forensic Science Fall 2015 Seminar Series: An Evaluation of the Differential Stability of Nucleic Acids in Biological Fluids Compromised by Environmental Exposure
• Oct 07: Meet VCU's Authors: Faedah Totah
• Oct 08: Psychology Lecture: Resilience in the Initial Year of Caregiving for a Family Member With a Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury
• Oct 08: English MFA Program in Creative Writing: Sandra Lim, Levis Reading Prize Winner
• Oct 09: Anthropology Speaker Series: From the Ground Up: Integrative Research in Primate and Hominin Locomotion
• Oct 12: Biology Fall 2015 Seminar Series: Homo Naledi and burying our dead: Did we finally find Jimmy Hoffa?
• Oct 13: Dept of Psychology: Humphrey Fellows' Presentations
• Oct 13: HRC Speaker Series: William J. Maxwell
• Oct 14: Forensic Science Fall Seminar Series: Chamber Marks: Fired vs. Cycled Through the Action

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Selected VCU Events

• Oct 07: Graduate and Professional School Fair
• Oct 08: Annual Service Award Ceremony
• Oct 09: Graduate Student Organization Fair
• Oct 12: Wilder School Lecture
• Oct 17: Broad Street Mile
• Oct 23 - 25: VCU Family Weekend 2015

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