News and Events for VCUCHS Faculty and Staff
VCU College of Humanities & Sciences
October 20, 2015

Faculty Scholarship Recognition

Interim Dean Alison Baski invites faculty to the Faculty Scholarship Recognition Reception tomorrow, Oct. 21st. We will be recognizing faculty authors, scholarly award winners and grant PIs at the Scott House from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. Prior to the reception a series of mini-lectures will be held in the Forum Room of the Student Commons from 12:30 - 4:00 pm. We hope to see you there!

Requests for Scholarly Leave

Requests for scholarly leave for the 2016-17 academic year are due on Monday, Nov. 9th. The College recognizes the importance of scholarly leave to the professional growth and intellectual renewal of our faculty. Leave is designed to help faculty invigorate their research and teaching activities, and faculty requesting leave should have compelling and specific reasons for that request. Details on how to apply at this link.

Math Colloquium on Friday

The Mathematics Department will be holding a colloquium on Friday, Oct. 23rd, from 2:00 - 2:50 pm in 2100 ALC featuring Dr. Sharon Crook, of Arizona State University. Her talk, Using Mathematics to Understand the Brain, will be followed by Math Tea at 3:00 pm in the department commons, located on the 4th floor of Harris Hall. Read more.

Humphrey Fellows' Presentations Today

The Psychology Department would like to invite everyone to hear this year's Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows' presentations about their home countries. Today, Tuesday October 20th, in the Alumni Board Room of the Student Commons from 1:00 - 3:00 pm, featuring presenters from Pakistan, Sierra Leone and Peru.

Quest for Innovation Fund Deadline

VCU's Quest Innovation Fund was designed to foster the growth of VCU's culture of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. Funds for Commercialization of Research and Innovative Programs are available to faculty. In addition, funds for Entrepreneurial Activity are available for students. The deadline to apply is Oct. 30th. Find more information and apply here.

State Senate Town Hall Tonight

A Virginia Senate election town hall featuring candidates for the 10th District seat (Democrat Dan Gecker, Republican Glen Sturtevant, Libertarian Carl Loser and Independent Marleen Durfee) will be held tonight, October 20th, at 6:00 pm in the Commons Theater. R.S.V.P. at this link. For more information, contact Jeff South at

More News . . .

VCU students to engage in creativity, collaboration using 15,000 Legos

World Studies: Anthropology students 3D scan, print and hand paint hundreds of artifacts for VMNH

Sociology: Faculty publishes piece in The Atlantic; discusses relevance of social policy

VCU Men's Basketball full season schedule announced

Political Science: Professor Allie Reckendorf starts Richmond chapter, "Showing Up for Racial Justice"

Promoting the VCU brand training, "Living the VCU Values"

History: Professor Raymond makes proposal for Presidential race in the Baltimore Sun

Biology: EVMS School of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences Open House

VCU Libraries exhibition displays postcards of heroic WWI nurse

Political Science: Class will travel to New Hampshire for presidential primary season

Health Psychology Colloquium

The Health Psychology Program welcomes special speakers Laura Koehly, Ph.D., and Chris Marcum, Ph.D., from the National Human Genome Research Institute on Monday, Oct. 26th. Their talk, Measuring family environment from a network perspective: Implications on long term impacts of genetics services, begins at 11:00 am in the Forum Room of the Student Commons. More information.

Society of the Cincinnati Lecture

The History Department is hosting the Society of the Cincinnati lecture, When the United States Spoke French, featuring Dr. François Furstenberg, associate professor at John Hopkins University, on Thursday, Oct. 29th. In his talk, Dr. Furstenberg will use his prizewinning book to examine a post-revolutionary United States that not only spoke French, but desired strong ties between the two nations. The lecture is at 5:30 pm in MCALC room 2100, and is free and open to the public. More information.

Humanities Research Center Grants

The Humanities Research Center is accepting applications until Nov. 13th for its annual Research Grants.  This grants are designed to foster excellence in research and creative scholarship by providing funds to support direct research costs. Fifteen grants of $1,000 each will be awarded for use during the summer of 2016. Learn More.

Counseling Psychology Leadership Forum

The Psychology Department presents the Counseling Psychology Leadership Forum with Dr. Charles Klink, Interim Vice-Provost for Student Affairs, on Monday Nov. 2nd. His lecture Leadership in Higher Education will be held from 4:00 - 5:00 pm in the Commons Theater. Learn more here or contact Dr. Ev Worthington.

Know YOUR Duties Under Title IX

Professor Peter Lake, renowned expert in higher education law, is returning to VCU this Friday, Oct. 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.

Halloween Party for Kids at ASPiRE

VCU ASPiRE invites families of faculty and staff to its fourth annual Great Big Halloween Party in West Grace Street Student Housing-South. Kids of all ages are encouraged to dress in costume. This event will be full of Halloween frivolity for kids, culminating in a fun and safe trick-or-treat experience. Friday, Oct. 30th at 6 pm. RSVP here. For more information, contact Erin Brown at

New Humanities Events Calendar

Richmond hosts dozens of humanities-related events every month. In an effort to highlight these exciting events, the Humanities Research Center brings you a new interactive calendar that will make it easier to browse, purchase tickets, and coordinate your schedule. Check out the new interactive calendar on the Humanities Research Center website, under the tab marked "Events - Events in Richmond" or click here.

Is Your Research Ready for the Public?

Are you ready for public access to your research? VCU Libraries hosts a free luncheon program led by Margaret Henderson (Director of Research Data Management, VCU Libraries) and Hillary Miller (Scholarly Communications Outreach Librarian, VCU Libraries) to discuss the latest requirements from the Office of Science and Technology Policy. October 22nd, noon to 1 pm,  at the Tompkins-McCaw Library. Learn more and register here.

Ready, Set, Grant!

Please mark your calendars for VCU's "Ready, Set, Grant!" workshops, January 12-14, 2016. This event will offer many presentations and hands-on workshops designed to build the skills in competitive grantsmanship. Over the course of three days, attendees can attend different sessions to gain knowledge, develop strategies and access resources to increase their ability to manage and succeed in today's funding environment. More information.

Django Unchained Panel Discussion

Django Unchained is Quentin Tarantino's most commercially successful and most controversial film. A panel discussion, featuring experts in Film Studies, African American Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies, to be followed by a screening of the film, will engage some of those perspectives in an open conversation about Django Unchained and its implications. October 27 at 6.00 pm in the Grace Street Theater. Learn more.

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!

Faculty Spotlight:

Dr. Marcus Messner (Robertson School), associate professor of journalism, was recently presented with a national teaching award from the Association for Education of Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). He received the award along with Jeanine Guidry, a second year Ph.D. student, for their six-week global health and social media class, which was taught online for the first time last fall. Read more here.

Alumni Spotlight:

Sheila Bynum-Coleman, B.A. Political Science ‘10, is a longtime civic and community activist, and is taking her passion and positivity to the streets. She is currently campaigning to win a seat as the Virginia 62nd house district representative. As she enters the final weeks of the campaign, Sheila says this about her experience at VCU, "It’s a school where they accept you whoever you are and I know I wouldn’t be the business woman I am and I wouldn’t be able to fight this fight without the training and education I received at VCU". Read More.

Student Spotlight:

Samantha Mays, a freshman majoring in Biology Education, wrote a letter to congress as part of a Political Science class, but it has gained momentum after she posted it to Facebook. Samantha was recently contacted by a local news channel to talk about her letter to U.S. Senator Mark Warner. In her interview she spoke about the lack of funding towards childhood cancer research. At 14, Samantha was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer and has seen firsthand how the lack of funding is affecting kids nationwide. To read more and see the Senator's response visit WTVR News.

Upcoming H&S Events

• Oct 20: Humphrey Fellows' Presentations
• Oct 21: Faculty Scholarship Recognition Reception
• Oct 23: Mathematics Department Colloquium
• Oct 26: Psychology Special Speaker Event: Measuring family environment from a network perspective: Implications on long term impacts of genetics services
• Oct 26: Biology Seminar Series: CaMK-II is Required for HSC Specification
• Oct 27: HRC Speaker Series: Django Unchained: Screening and Panel Discussion
• Oct 28: Forensic Science Seminar Series: Validation of the Addition of Buprenorphine to ELISA and Anti-Epileptic Drug (AED) Method Development using Triple Quadrupole Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry System
• Oct 29: History: Society of the Cincinnati lecture
• Oct 29: World Studies Lecture: The Unraveling of the Middle East
• Oct 30: CHS Research Orientation
• Nov 02: Biology Seminar Series
• Nov 02: Psychology: Counseling Psychology Leadership Forum

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Selected VCU Events

• Oct 23: Title IX Session 1
• Oct 23: Title IX Session 2
• Oct 23 - 25: VCU Family Weekend 2015
• Oct 30: 4th Annual VCU ASPiRE Halloween Party

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