News and Events for VCUCHS Faculty and Staff
VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
July 23, 2013

Excavating Khirbet Qeiyafa

A group of students recently participated in a study abroad program just outside of Jerusalem, Israel through the School of World Studies and the Global Education Office. The students worked on the Khirbet Qeiyafa Archaeology Project. The trip was led by Jon Waybright, adjunct instructor of religious studies and director of the program. Students also had a chance to take a dip in the Dead Sea (above). Visit our Facebook page to see pictures, and read about the trip on our blog.

Levis Prize Winner Announced

The Department of English and the MFA Program in Creative Writing recently announced that Home Burial by Michael McGriff was selected as this year's winner of the Levis Reading Prize. A reception and public reading will be held on September 25th. The Levis Reading Prize is awarded annually in the name of the late Larry Levis for the best first or second book of poetry published each year. Larry Levis was a poet and a professor at VCU from 1992 until his death in 1996. The award was created to encourage poets early in their careers. Read more on our blog.

New VCU News Representative

The College has a new representative at VCU News; Cheryle Rodriguez. Cheryle will replace Cassie Williams-Jones and Leila Ugincius, who have moved on to other responsibilities. We look forward to having Cheryle cover our news and events. She can be reached at

"Through the Voices of Men" 

Christopher Brooks, Professor of Anthropology has recently released the second edition of his book, Through The Voices of Men: South African Men Speak About HIV. This edition includes a new introduction and additional material providing a continued platform for South African men and women to discuss the sensitive issues surrounding HIV. Read more in our blog.

Sims and Martin Honored

Ernest Martin, Jr. and Will Sims of Mass Comm received a Highly Commended Applied Paper Award at CCI - Corporate Communication International’s Conference on Corporate Communication. Martin & Sims' report is on the development of automated reputation quotient (ARQ) software designed as a tool for corporate communicators to measure and track changes in organizational reputation. For more information on this story, read the press release here.

More news . . . 

English: Hear Clint McCown on NPR's With Good Reason

World Studies: Summer/Fall Menorah Review now online

Mass Comm: Marcus Messner talks social media reaction to Zimmerman trial with Channel 6 news

See pictures of the 2013 Archaeological Field School at Ferry Farm on our Tumblr page

Mass Comm: Scholastic Journalism Workshop enhances High School Journalism Skills

Engineering professor on the importance of the Humanities

Call for Nominations: VCU

The Dorris Douglas Budd Award, established in 1981, recognizes outstanding administrative and office support staff who enhance the image and mission of VCU and the VCU Health System. Last year's winner was Wanda Clary of the Science, Technology and Society (STS) Program. We hope to see another winner from Humanities and Sciences this year! Submit a nomination.

Call for Nominations: SCHEV

The Outstanding Faculty Awards of The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) areVirginia's highest honor for faculty. The awards recognize superior accomplishments in teaching, research, and public service. Our own Shiv Khanna from the Department of Physics was a 2013 winner. Click here to submit a nomination.

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Summer is quiet, and we need interesting information to share in this newsletter! You can help. Our news and event forms automatically forward to Gregg Johnson, Shirley McDaniel and to VCU News. 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

John RyanJohn Ryan, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Biology, is leading a team studying how mast cells, the causative agent of allergic disease and asthma, are naturally regulated. The National Institute of Health recently awarded a $1.8 million, five-year grant for this important research into the biology of allergic disease. VCU News has details about the grant. Life Sciences has an interview with Dr. Ryan on their website.

Staff Spotlight

The oldest of three girls, Andrea Moreau, was born and raised in Rhode Island before moving to Roanoke, Virginia where she attended Hollins University and graduated with her B.A. in Developmental Psychology. Andrea won the Spot Award for Day-to-Day Excellence last month in her duties as Assistant to Departmental Administration in the Department of Chemistry. Andrea said she used to want to work with young children but said she has come to enjoy working with college-age students. “I really understand where a lot of the students are coming from, because that was me just a few years ago.” Andrea is profiled on our blog.

Faculty Spotlight

The Health Resources and Services Administration recently awarded a grant to Bruce Rybarczyk of the Department of Psychology and his team to continue A Training Program in Lifespan Primary Care Psychology for the Underserved. This program combines doctoral training in an interdisciplinary environment with providing important medical services to underserved populations. Dr. Rybarczyk says this funding will allow collaboration with both the Fan Free Clinic and the Daily Planet.

Upcoming CHS Events

• Aug 20 CHS Welcome Week Event
• Oct 23 Fall Faculty Meeting

Selected VCU Events

• July 24 Flavor Full: Celebrate Summer with Slow Food RVA
• July 26 Guitar and Other Strings Series
• July 27 Christmas in July Craft Show Benefit for Massey Cancer Center

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