News and Events for VCUCHS Faculty and Staff
VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
May 13, 2014

Meet the Class of 2014

VCU News recently profiled seven members of the Class of 2014. Three are Humanities and Sciences grads, one is a Life Sciences student with a minor in Chemistry who also studied with Dean Jim Coleman and Associate Dean Rob Tombes in their Job Creators class. Another is pursuing a Masters in Education after receiving her undergraduate degree in Psychology from VCU.  Meet the graduates.

Community Engagement Grant Awards

The Council for Community Engagement has awarded grants of up to $20,000 to six university-community programs. A collaboration among the Office of Continuing Studies, the College, Department of Physics and Sacred Heart Center was awarded a grant for their project titled Crossing the River: Bridging the Education Gap – Enhancing the First Spanish GED Preparation Program in RichmondA Welcoming Richmond, a partnership between the School of World Studies and the Wilder School, also received a grant. In addition, Clark-Hill Institute, a partnership of the College, the Department of Psychology and Richmond Public Schools, received the award for exemplary partnership in research and was honored with the Currents of Change award.  Read more at VCU News.

CTE Summer Workshop Courses

The Center for Teaching Excellence is holding summer workshops as part of The Teaching and Learning Institute; an opportunity to explore innovative teaching practices, reflect on course design and engage with relevant research on teaching and learning. The next workshop is the Summer Institute on Inclusive Teaching. Learn more here.

World Studies Media Center Featured

The Chronicle of Higher Education featured the World Studies Media Center in a recent article titled Technology Provides Foreign-Language Immersion at a Distance. The article discusses Teletandem, or telecollaboration, using video conferencing to to match foreign students with partners in classes in other countries and to provide authentic language-immersion experiences. Read the article here.

Summer Research Fellows Announced

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) with the Office of Research has announced the 2014 Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Summer Fellows; 30 students and faculty mentors from the College were chosen. The fellowship provides the opportunity for faculty and students to partner together on a funded research project of their choice. View the list of awardees and their research projects at VCU News.

Pulitzer Prize Author to Give Lecture

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, oncologist at Columbia University and Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, will give a lecture titled Illness as Biography: Writing a History of Cancer on May 21 at 7 p.m. in the Singleton Center. This event is sponsored by the Life Sciences and Religion Initiative. Read more about this event here.

Discuss the Work of Frances Burney

The Humanities Research Center has announced another faculty writing group for fall semester: The Work of Frances Burney (1752-1840), led by Catherine Ingrassia, focusing primarily on Burney's four major novels. If you are interested in joining any of the writing groups please contact Richard Godbeer at A list of all the writing groups is on our blog.

Don't Forget VCU Night at the Diamond

Come out to the Diamond on Thursday, May 15th at 6:35 p.m. to see the Flying Squirrels take on the Bowie Baysox! The Diamond is also holding a Mac and Cheese Food Drive that evening to help “Strike Out Hunger” with Virginia Credit Union and FeedMore by collecting Macaroni & Cheese boxes. View the flyer here. Contact Gail Bartee Canter at 827-3436 or ASAP for tickets.

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Stanciu Recipient of NEH Fellowship

Cristina Stanciu, Assistant Professor in the Department of English, is a recipient of the NEH Summer Seminar fellowship, Bridging National Borders in North America, offered by the Dr. William Scholl Center for American History and Culture at Newberry Library. In addition, Cristina has received a fellowship for an NEH Summer Institute at Columbia University which she declined so she could attend the NEH Seminar.

Congratulations, Cristina!

VCU to Host VAS/VJAS Meeting

VCU will host the 2014 Virginia Academy of Science (VAS)/ Virginia Junior Academy of Science (VJAS) meeting from Tuesday, May 13 through Friday, May 16. Lesley Bulluck, instructor in the Department of Biology, will deliver a lecture Tuesday evening titled Ecology of Migratory Birds: Using Behavior to Inform Conservation. Jason Merrick, professor in the Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research, will deliver the George W. Jeffers Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, titled Computer Games for CEOs: Preventing the Next Big Oil SpillView the full program here.

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Faculty Spotlight:

Dr. Hong Cheng, director and a professor of the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture, recently spoke at the renaming ceremony for the former School of Mass Communications. An album of pictures from the ceremony is on our Facebook. Dr. Cheng joined VCU in July 2013 from Ohio University where he was a tenured professor with the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism in the Scripps College of Communication. A full biography is on the Robertson School website.

Alumni Spotlight:

Biology Alumna Jasmine Gore has not only achieved her goal of being a technologist in a genetic sequencing lab, but she is also the Vice Mayor of Hopewell. Karen Kester, associate professor in the Department of Biology , was her mentor at VCU. “I told [Gore] ‘I really believe someday I will have the opportunity to vote for you,’” Karen said. Jasmine has big plans for her future in politics. “I will run for a Virginia state seat and hopefully can be the first female governor for Virginia,” she said. Read more about Jasmine at VCU News.

Student Spotlight:

Charlene Gaw, a junior majoring in both chemistry and psychology, has received a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study Mandarin Chinese in China. Charlene will study Mandarin Chinese at the advanced level at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China from June 11 to Aug. 10. Read Charlene's story at VCU News.

Upcoming CHS Events

No events currently scheduled.

Selected VCU Events

• May 13-16: 2014 Virginia Academy of Science (VAS) / Virginia Junior Academy of Science (VJAS) meeting
• May 14: Kids and Snoring: When Should You Be Concerned?
• May 16: Winning New Business
• May 19: International Health Research Workshop
• May 21: Life Sciences Lecture: Emperor of All Maladies

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