News and Events for VCUCHS Faculty and Staff
VCU College of Humanities & Sciences
November 03, 2015

Commercialization Fund Deadline Nov. 8

The deadline to apply for a Commercialization Fund grant has been extended to November 8th. The fund will support projects from $25,000 - $50,000 that will make inventions available quicker to the public in the form of new products or services. Top applicants will be invited to present to a Review Committee consisting of investors and industry experts. Final award decisions will be announced in December by Dr. Rao. Learn more and apply or contact Sue Patow for questions.

Thanksgiving Hosts Needed

The Global Education Office is looking for volunteers to host international students for the Thanksgiving holiday. The American Holiday Visits allow international students to take part in American holidays and traditions, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, or the 4th of July. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Nov. 11th. Contact Pam Haney for more details or fill out the volunteer form and return to the Global Education Office.

VCU Police Chili Challenge Tomorrow

Our own Brigette Pfister, Director of Sponsored Programs for the College, will be putting her culinary skills to the test by entering her "Chili, Hot and Spicy" in this year's VCU Police Department Chili Challenge on Wednesday, Nov. 4th. The event will start at noon at Rodney's Place in the Shafer Court Dining Center. Admission is $5, which includes a sample of all the competing chilis and a bowl of your favorite. Proceeds will support a local charity. Good luck to Brigette. Stop by for a taste!

Requests for Scholarly Leave Due Nov. 9

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.

History Lecture Today

The History Department and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs present Native American Ways of War beginning at 5:00pm today in the Student Commons Richmond Salon I. Dr. Joy Porter, Professor of Indigenous History at the University of Hull and Fulbright Fellow of Dartmouth College, will further explore how Native concerns expand and develop the study of war, modernity, literature and the environment. Learn More.

Smith Honored With LGBTQ Award

R. Dale Smith, coordinator of undergraduate advising in the English Department, was one of three individuals honored at the 10th annual Burnside Watstein Awards held on Oct. 27th. Dale also teaches LGBTQ literature and is a working member of the Campus Pride Index, a national organization that provides resources to LGBTQ students, faculty, and allies. The other recipients were Jacob Jaminet, an engineering student and President of oSTEM, and Shan Davis, a community member and organizer of Black Action Now. Read more at VCU News.

Professional Development Opportunities

The Division for Inclusive Excellence is offering professional development opportunities which are free and open to all. Exploring the Impact of Everyday Slights and Insults: Micro Aggressions in the Workplace and Classroom will increase awareness of and knowledge about microaggressions and their impact. Several dates are available. Learn more. A three part series of film screenings and discussions on the construction of race, Race: The Power of an Illusion will challenge one of our most fundamental beliefs: that humans come divided into a few distinct biological groups. Learn more.

Contribute to Our New Pinterest Page

The College will be launching a Pinterest account later this month as another means to connect with students and faculty/staff. Our goal is for each unit to showcase event posters, pictures, tips, or information on their own Pinterest Board. We would love 100% participation from each unit in the College. Please contact Janelle Scutt, the Events and Marketing Coordinator for the College, if interested.

Meet VCU Author Emilie Raymond

The Humanities Research Center continues their Meet VCU's Authors series tomorrow, Nov. 4th, with Emilie Raymond, Associate Professor of History. She will discuss her new book, Stars for Freedom: Hollywood, Black Celebrities, and the Civil Rights Movement. The lecture will start at 7:00pm in the Multipurpose Room of Cabell Library. Admission is free and all are welcome. Learn more.

Diversified Faculty Happy Hour

African American Studies and Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies are hosting a Happy Hour event on Friday, Nov. 13th. Join them at Shoryuken Ramen on the corner of Shafer and West Franklin for an informal gathering of diverse faculty from 5:00 - 7:00pm. The restaurant has agreed to offer deals and discounts on food and drink to attendees.

More News . . .

Rev. Tyrone E. Nelson named to VCU Board of Visitors

Psychology: Dr. Joshua Langberg co-leads team in 'ACCESS' to aid students with ADHD

Robertson School: Prof. Peyton Rowe talks Createathon and $100 million worth of marketing to charities

Psychology/Chemistry: Alumni provides experience for students to learn & give medical assistance to Ghana

Richmond's Renaissance: Virginia's capital goes from historic to hip

Political Science: Dr. Alexandra Reckendorf weighs in on the presidential race (Expert Quote)

Robertson School: Still seeking Virginia Communications Hall of Fame nominees

Psychology: 2 Alumni selected to take part in "Hot Spotting" initiative after VCU is chosen

AFAM: Director of Community Engagement on '2015 Top 40 Under 40'

Political Science/Robertson School: Forum for Senate candidates

CHS Students featured in TEDxVCU

TEDxVCU is a student-led and produced event for the VCU community. This year, TEDxVCU presents Juxtapose, where speakers will expose common beliefs in order to lead discussions to think beyond what we know and understand. Among some of these speakers are Andrea Nguyen (Psychology) and Sriteja Yedhara (Biology/Psychology) from the College. Both will be featured at the upcoming conference on Saturday, Nov. 7th at the Academic Learning Commons Rm# 1107. This is an all day event, admission is free and seating is on a first-come first-serve basis. Learn more.

Listen!: A&P Faculty Discussion 

The Office of the Dean and the College's Diversity and Equity Committee invite all diversified administrative and professional faculty (including women, people of color, and those who identify as LGBTQ) to a gathering on Monday, Nov. 9th. The discussion will begin at 12:00pm in the Humanities Research Center's seminar room, 201, located at 920 W. Franklin Street. The purpose of this is to listen to you and to learn about the specific mentoring programs, including workshops, that you would like to see take place. Lunch will be provided. RSVP if you plan on attending.

Philosophy and Public Affairs Lecture

Philosophy will be hosting a lecture, Transformative Experience and Big Life Choices, featuring Dr. Laurie Paul, Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, on Tuesday, Nov. 10. The lecture will start at 7:00pm in Hibbs Hall Room 403. Dr. Paul's main interests are in Metaphysics and Philosophy of Mind. The lecture is free and open to the public. For additional information or questions contact Tony Ellis.

Minority Political Leadership Program

The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute is currently accepting applications for their Minority Political Leadership Institute. MPLI is an intensive seven-month leadership development experience for individuals interested in issues important to minority communities including: community economics, political climate, civic engagement, and racial equity. The deadline to apply is December 1st. Learn more or contact the GEHLI for questions.

Humanities Center Grants Deadline

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.

Jeffress Trust Proposals Due Nov. 11

The call for proposals for the Jeffress Trust Awards Program in Interdisciplinary Research for the 2016 award cycle has been issued. The program provides $100,000 awards as seed funding to support one-year pilot studies that encourage the development of innovative interdisciplinary strategies that integrate computational and quantitative scientific methodologies across a broad range of scientific disciplines. Emails of interest are due no later than 5:00pm on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Learn more or send a "notice of intent" e-mail to VCU Dirospa with the subject line: Limited Submission Announcement: Jeffress.

Rocky Horror Show at TheatreVCU 

Do the Time Warp with Frank-N-Furter as VCUArts/TheatreVCU presents the Rocky Horror Show from now until November 14th. Information and tickets are here. They're also offering a special deal on Groupon.

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:

Hailey Spencer (Robertson School), recently rappelled 25 stories down from the roof of the SunTrust Center in downtown Richmond as part of the Over the Edge event to benefit the Special Olympics of Virginia. She is teaching a service-learning course this semester that involves her students developing public relations solutions for the Special Olympics. Hailey got to conquer her fear of heights and the event raised about $100,000. Read more at VCU News.

Alumni Spotlight:

Michelle Young-Stone (English), recently published her second novel, Above Us Only Sky. The book tells the story of a lineage of girls and women who have been born with wings, tracing their stories through history. Her first novel, The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors, was named one of the best debut novels of 2010 by Publishers Weekly. Read more at VCU News.

Student Spotlight:

John-Michael Bloomquist (English), is the founder of "Poetry for Trash," a movement that aims to keep Richmond's river and parks clean by offering poetry to those who pick up garbage. At spots like Belle Isle and Texas Beach and at events like the Richmond Folk Festival, Bloomquist has placed a sign holding a jar filled with poems, which asks people to take part in the poetry-in-exchange-for-trash transaction. Many of the poems Bloomquist has been leaving in exchange for trash have been printed in VCU literary publications, such as Amendment and Poictesme, as well as from "Open Minds". Bloomquist hopes to build more Poetry for Trash signs, and hopes to eventually win the city's blessing to place permanent Poetry for Trash installations in public parks and by the river. Read more at VCU News.

Upcoming H&S Events

• Nov 03: History Lecture: Native American Ways of War
• Nov. 04: Forensic Science Seminar Series: Application of Rapid DNA Typing Systems
• Nov 04: Meet VCU's Authors Series: Emilie Raymond
• Nov 05: CHS Student - Alumni Roundtable
• Nov 09: Biology Fall Seminar Series: Using frog faces to understand orofacial defects in humans
• Nov 10: Philosophy & Public Affairs Lecture: Professor Laurie Paul
• Nov 11: Forensic Science Seminar Series: Analysis of Opiods in Urine Specimens by Solid-Phase Extraction and Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry
• Nov 11: HRC Workshop: Teaching in the Humanities: Integrating Analysis of Material Culture into the Classroom
• Nov 16: Biology Fall Seminar Series: Remodelling of the respirome of a denitrifying bacterium in response to the aerobic-anaerobic transition; physiological, metabolic and transcriptional insights

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Selected VCU Events

• Nov 04 - 15: TheatreVCU Presents: The Rocky Horror Show
• Nov 08 - 14: VCU Homecoming
• Nov 10: 14th Annual VCU Cabell First Novelist Award Night
• Nov 17: VCU Globalzone: Exploring Cultural Misconceptions

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