News and Events for VCUCHS Faculty and Staff
VCU College of Humanities & Sciences
August 23rd, 2016

Dean Fuentes and Chairs work together at annual Dean's Retreat held at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

College Faculty Honored at Convocation

Two of our outstanding faculty will be honored at today's 34th Annual VCU Convocation. Sarah Golding (Biology) will receive the Outstanding Term Faculty Award which recognizes a qualified member who has achieved superior accomplishment consistent with the Quest for Distinction and in the areas of teaching and service. Dr. M. Samy El-Shall (Chemistry) will receive the University Award of Excellence, which recognizes a faculty member who has performed in a superior manner in teaching, scholarly activity and service. These awards are among the highest honors the university can bestow on members of the faculty. Read more at VCU news.

Save the Date: Faculty/Staff Workshop

The CHS Diversity and Equity Committee, with the support of the Office of the Dean and the Provost, is holding a workshop on Unconscious Bias for faculty and staff on Friday, September 16th in response to the focused listening sessions last fall. Rosalyn Taylor O'Neale of Cook Ross will facilitate this workshop on how bias and microaggression can manifest in a variety of settings like the classroom or with colleagues. There are only 75 spots for each class available. RSVP for the Morning Session or the Afternoon Session.

Help VCU Win A Food Fight!

The VCU Alumni RVA GOLD Chapter is competing for the fourth year in a row in the Alumni Charity Challenge on September 14th. VCU will compete with alumni from other colleges and universities across the Commonwealth, and across the country, to see which school can donate the most canned goods to FeedMore. The RVA GOLD Chapter is hosting the event at Hardywood Brewery and defending its first-place finish in 2015, so let’s make a statement with our presence and philanthropy! Learn more.

NEH Grant Applications Due Friday

The 2017 NEH Summer Stipends, are now available for internal application. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. Proposals will be reviewed by an internal panel and the top two candidates will be notified by Tuesday, September 6th. The two finalists will receive a stipend of $3,000. Please email completed proposals to Richard Godbeer by Friday, August 26th.

Robertson Professor Wins Bronze

Advertising professor, Jay Adams just won a bronze at the Summit Creative International Awards competition. Jay won the award for a television ad he helped create for the Virginia Farm Bureau. Great job, Jay! Watch the ad here.

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Humanities Research Center Fall Events

The Humanities Research Center has announced its lineup of fall events, including a conversation with the legendary Billie Jean King, Meet VCU's Authors featuring Cliff Edwards, David Coogan and Isabelle Richman, an LGBTQ@VCU speaker series, and a speaker series on Native American Knowledge and the Environment. Learn more at the HRC website.

Professor Featured in IES Blog

Dr. Joshua Langberg (Psychology) was recently featured in the Institute of Education Sciences blog for his newest grant project, Longitudinal Evaluation of the Impact of Sleep Problems on the Academic and Social Functioning of Adolescents with and without ADHD. Dr. Langeberg will lead a team that will conduct a longitudinal study of students with and without ADHD from Grades 8 to 10. They will assess sleep patterns, academic, and social functioning, and factors that may differentially predict the presence of sleep problems. Read more.

VCU HealthHacks Coming to MPC

On October 1st and 2nd VCU will host HealthHacks, a medical hackathon catered towards solving medical unmet needs instead of programming-related problems. It is a 24 hour period of intense innovation and problem solving. All VCU faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend. Learn more.

Research Travel Grants Available

The Humanities Research Center is accepting applications for twenty Research Travel Grants grants of up to $1500 each for use during either the academic year 2016-17 or the summer of 2017. These grants foster excellence in research and creative scholarship by providing funds to support direct research costs. All tenure-eligible and term faculty working in the humanities at VCU are welcome to apply. Applications are due by September 16th, 2016. Learn more.

History Professor Receives NEH Grant

Dr. Brian Daugherity (History) was recently awarded a one year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the history of school desegregation in Virginia. The grant, The Long Road from Brown: School Desegregation in Virginia, is part of the NEH’s Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for School Teachers program, which provides K-12 teachers with workshops that use historic sites to address central themes and issues in American history, government, literature, art, music and related subjects in the humanities. Read more.

Levis Reading Prize Announced

Rickey Laurentiis was recently awarded the Levis Reading Prize, awarded by the MFA in Creative Writing Program, for his first poetry collection, Boy with Thorn (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015). The prize is given annually in the name of the late Larry Levis for the best first or second book of poetry published in the previous calendar year. Mr. Laurentiis will receive an award of $5,000 and will read from his prize-winning work at 7:00 PM on October 11, 2016 at the VCU Cabell Library. This event is free and open to the public. Read more.

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Faculty Spotlight:

Dr. J. Randy Koch (Psychology) was just recently selected as the 2016 National Institute on Drug Abuse International Program Excellence in Mentoring Award winner. Recipients of the award demonstrate exceptional guidance to help NIDA fellows achieve research independence and are leaders in the institute’s efforts to develop an international community of scientists who exchange information and collaborate on drug abuse research nationally, regionally and globally. Congratulations Dr. Koch! Read more at VCU News.

Student Spotlight:

Carly Perkins (Biology), Stephanie O'Neill (World Studies), Madison Cirillo (Psychology), and Cyndi Gordon (Psychology, Media and Culture, AFAM) were all featured by VCU News describing the stories behind their Instagram photos tagged #MyVCUsummer. They all traveled abroad to study and work on service-learning projects. Professor Amy Rector Verelli (World Studies) is also featured. Read more.

Upcoming H&S Events

• Aug 23: CHS Welcome Week Student Mixer
• Aug 26: New Faculty Orientation

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Selected VCU Events

• Aug 20 - 28: Welcome Week
• Aug 23: 34th Annual Faculty Convocation
• Aug 26: OMSA Welcome Week Student Networking Reception
• Sep 02: Faculty vs. Graduate Student Softball Match
• Sep 07: Equality VCU and LGBTQIA+ Community Social

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