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VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
May 28, 2013

Faculty Council Grant Winners Announced

Congratulations to the eighteen faculty members who were awarded grants by the Faculty Council at the April 15 meeting. Three subcommittees convened by Faculty Council President Jim McCullough met on April 8, 2013, discussed the applications received. The subcommittees reported that the grants were spread across various aspects of the research process. A complete list of winners can be found on our blog.

LSEE Helping Victims of Oklahoma Tornados

LSEE will be collecting Box Tops 4 Education throughout the summer for the Briarwood and Plaza Towers Schools in Moore, Oklahoma. Stop by the new LSEE Building (501 N. Harrison Street, pictured above) any time to drop off your Box Tops for this great cause! A list of participating items can be found here.

End of Academic Year Thank You

As part of our ongoing effort to reach out to our alumni, Dean Coleman recently sent an email to approximately 20,000 alumni thanking them for their support over the 2012-2013 academic year. The email contained links to pictures of commencement and our diploma ceremonies. You can view Jim's message online here.

VCU Night at the Diamond

Baseball fans from the College of Humanities and Sciences, President Mike Rao, Coach Shaka Smart and Dean Jim Coleman were all in attendance last Friday for VCU Night at the Diamond. Our own James Mays threw out the first pitch. See a gallery of pictures on our Facebook page. "Like" us while you're there!

Add Your Two Cents About Research

Administrative burdens associated with Federal research funding consume roughly 42% of an awardee’s available research time. The National Science Board recently created a task force in an attempt to address this issue. The Task Force has released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking information from principal investigators and administrators for reducing administrative workload. The RFI includes 9 questions. Both faculty and administrators can and should respond to this RFI . More information and a link to the survey are on the CHS Sponsored Programs blog.

More news . . . 

Mind the Dust: traffic detours and closures around campus

World Studies: Students From Archaeology's Virtual Curation Unit Featured in Research Video

English: Susan Cokal reviews ‘The Golem and the Jinni’ in the New York Times Sunday Book Review

LSEE: Pictures from Helen Ruth Aspaas' retirement party

A gallery of pictures from Math, Statistics and Operations Research alumni event

Biology: Collaborative research sheds light on the courtship song of parasitic wasps

NBC12 on VCU's plans for Grace Street


Correction: Language Scholarship

Political Science student Rachel Sine recently received a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) award from the U.S. Department of State to study one of thirteen critical-need foreign languages. Rachel is one of approximately 610 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who received a CLS scholarship in 2013. Participants spend seven to ten weeks in intensive language institutes studing Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, or Urdu. Learn more about CLS Scholarships here. Our last newsletter mistakenly linked to a 2011 story about three students, including Rachel, who received David L. Boren Scholarships to study abroad. 

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Faculty Spotlight

Christopher Ehrhardt, Ph.D, assistant professor in the Department of Forensic Science, recently presented his research at the 5th annual Rice Center Research Symposium. Ehrhardt’s laboratory is exploring how a bacteria found in the soil, such as Bacillus cereus spores, can be used to help determine the difference between natural and man-made pathogens. Biology student Laura Morgan also shared her research experience at the symposium. VCU News has the details.

Student Spotlight

Journalism major Amir Vera was among 120 undergraduate and graduate students nationwide selected by the Dow Jones News Fund (DJNF) to work at the nation’s leading news organizations. Amir will work at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this summer. The DJNF selected only four college journalists from Virginia. Mass Comm has the details.

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• Aug 20 CHS Welcome Week Event

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• May 29 May Blood Drive
• June 7 G-Mail Training
• June 12 Summer Mixer

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