News and Events for VCUCHS Faculty and Staff
VCU College of Humanities & Sciences
May 31, 2016

Seeking Ideas for New Initiatives!

The College is looking for your transformational ideas to advance research and develop new, dynamic initiatives! We want to identify areas where the College has the opportunity to make a genuine impact through cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research. What are your ideas for new research opportunities that will bring the College recognition, distinction? What are our opportunities for experiential learning, community engagement or curriculum development? Submit your big ideas here.

Bertino Receives DOE Funding

Congratulations to Dr. Massimo Bertino (Physics) on his new project funding from the Department of Energy as part of its SHIELD Program. His project, Fabrication of Inexpensive, Transparent Aerogel Panes, was selected among 13 other projects to develop innovative materials and structures that can more than halve the amount of heat lost through single-pane windows. Congratulations Dr. Bertino! Learn more.

University Calendar for Diversity Events

The Division for Inclusive Excellence and University Relations have been working on developing a university-wide calendar for all diversity, inclusion and multicultural events. If your unit is sponsoring an event related to diversity and inclusion efforts, please send your event to Janelle Scutt in the dean's office and let her know that you would like it to be included on the Diversity Event Calendar.

CHS Students Win Boren Scholarships

Gabby Beckford (Mathematics) and Caroline Butler (SWS) earned the opportunity to continue their studies abroad with the help of the Boren Scholarships. Beckford will be studying Modern Standard Arabic at the American University in Dubai before returning to VCU in the fall. Butler will study Wolof and French in Dakar, Senegal and also be spending eight weeks this summer taking an intensive Wolof course at the University of Florida. Read more.

Chesnut on Gay Marriage in Mexico

Dr. Andrew Chesnut (World Studies) lent his expertise to the Washington Post recently as part of a discussion on legalizing gay marriage in Mexico. On May 17th, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed legalizing gay marriage, which would make Mexico the fifth country in Latin America to make same-sex marriage legal. Read more. Dr. Chesnut has also been quoted on the subject in Lifesite News and the New York Times

More News . . .

Art as activism: Using art to tackle 'the human rights issue of our time'

AFAM/English: Public radio project launched by VCU alumna/instructor documents a changing Richmond through personal stories

Psychology: Many Virginia schools start before recommended time

Good neighbors: Franklin Street couple shows appreciation for VCU's cultural assets

VCU Bass team welcomes regional foes to James River for high-profile title contest

VCU featured on Best Colleges (@WorldsColleges) twitter feed

Foundation helps addicts recover as opioid deaths soar

Local middle schoolers provide new name for VCU's robotic surgical system

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. Danielle Dick (AFAM and Psych) recently was featured as a speaker at a local TEDx event as part of the TEDxRVA group. Danielle talked about exploring how our genes and our environments can together create multiple pathways that can influence addiction. View her lecture.

Alumni Spotlight:

Samuel Wojcicki (Chemistry) was recently awarded the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellowship, making him the first ever awardee from VCU. The endowment only selects 10-12 fellows per year from over hundreds of American colleges and universities. Samuel is planning on getting his graduate degree in public policy or another related field after the Carnegie Fellowship. Read more.

Upcoming H&S Events

There are no upcoming CHS events.

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Selected VCU Events

• Jun 07: National Health Equity Research Webcast: Political power, Policy, and Health Equity
• Jun 09: VCU Rice Rivers Center Open House
• Jun 16: Open Online Workshop: RefWorks

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The next newsletter is scheduled for June 14th, 2016. Please submit content to Janelle Scutt at as soon as details are finalized.

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