News and Events for VCUCHS Faculty and Staff
VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
April 29, 2014

VCU Night at the Diamond

Join Dean Coleman for a night at the Diamond on Thursday, May 15th at 6:35 p.m. when the Flying Squirrels play the Bowie Baysox. Fireworks following the game! 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.

GEO Faculty Development Seminar

The Global Education Office has selected participants for the 2014 Faculty Development Seminar that will be held at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa this August. Four of the seven participants selected are from the College: Susan Bodnar-Deren, Sociology, Rowena Briones, Richard T. Robertson School of Media & Culture, Rosalie Corona, Psychology, and Joann Richardson, Health & Human Performance. Read more about the seminar and this year's participants here.

VCU Hosts CAC Conference

The Chemistry Department is hosting the Chemometrics in Analytical Chemistry Conference from June 9-13. The conference will be held at the Jefferson Hotel and will include oral presentations (plenary and key note speaker information here), an extensive poster session, and preconference short courses with topics ranging from modeling, pharmaceutical applications, remote sensing-omics applications, process monitoring, algorithm development and more. View the Short Course schedule here.

"A Welcoming Richmond" Award

Anita Nadal, assistant professor in the School of World Studies, has been awarded a $20,000 grant by the Council for Community Engagement for her team's project entitled A Welcoming Richmond. The grant program supports interdisciplinary projects that will enhance and increase university engagement with the greater Richmond community and will contribute to research and teaching.

History Professors Publish Book

Gregory Smithers, associate professor, and Brooke Newman, assistant professor in the Department of History, have recently published a book titled Native Diasporas: Indigenous Identities and Settler Colonialism in the Americas. This book explores how indigenous peoples forged a sense of identity and community amid the changes wrought by European colonialism in the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands, and the mainland Americas. View it on Amazon here.

Award Deadline Extended

The deadline for submitting nominations for the Presidential Awards for Staff and A&P Faculty has been extended to May 2, 2014. You can submit your nominations here and learn more about the awards criteria.

Microscopic Images Selected

In January and February of 2014, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences invited submissions of microscopic images from VCU students, faculty and staff. More than 40 images were submitted for consideration, and 24 are featured in the exhibit titled Through the Looking Glass held in the library's gallery including images by Rob Tombes, Associate Dean for Research, Tricia H. Smith, instructor of biology, biology student Alexander Burkard, chemistry student Ahmed A. Farghaly, and forensic science student Ness Sufrin. VCU News has more on this exhibit.

Eastman Named Distinguished Lecturer

Carolyn Eastman, associate professor in the Department of History was named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians for 2014-2017. Her research examines how men and women engaged with publications, oratory, and visual imagery during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She is also the author of the prizewinning A Nation of Speechifiers: Making an American Public after the Revolution (2009). Learn more.

More news . . . 

Psychology: Annual PACME awards honor employees and students for making VCU more inclusive

History: 8News Web Exclusive: Dr. Andrew Crislip Explains the "Jesus Wife" Papyrus

The Robertson School: Young Iraqi hopes books will stop his peers from migrating

World Studies: Religious pilgrims of diverse backgrounds trek to Chimayó

View photos from the Spring Faculty Awards Program!

English: RVA's 'The Metaphysical Circus' To Enter E-Book World

Psychology: Keep your mind for the big things

History: TV-6 quotes Dr. Brian Daugherity about hate groups

The Robertson School: Josh Hardy’s ‘heartbreaking story’ ignited media firestorm

Where Will a Biology PhD Take You?

VCU rescues an old street railway station as a new exhibition space for art

"The First Book" Writing Group

The Humanities Research Center is forming a writing group that will bring together junior scholars at VCU working on their first book. This group will function as a meeting forum, accountability forum, and support group where junior scholars can engage with each other and more established faculty mentors. Cristina Stanciu has kindly offered to be the group organizer. If you would like to join please contact Richard Godbeer at

Writing Groups Forming

The Humanities Research Center presents faculty writing groups for fall semester that will cover a variety of topics including Vernacular Languages in Media, Literature and Culture, led by David Golumbia, Writing the Second Monograph, led by Rivka Swenson, Landscape and Memory, led by Karen Rader and Emilie Raymond, and a Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies group led by Kimberly Brown. Learn more on our blog.

VCU Highlights Open Minds Project

David Coogan, associate professor in the Department of English, and Liz Canfield, assistant professor in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, are featured in a VCU News Story about Open Minds, a program sponsored by VCU and the Richmond City Sheriff’s Office that teaches VCU students alongside jail residents in courses on English, religious studies, gender studies, African-American studies and more. Dean Coleman attended Open Minds’ graduation ceremony in December, and said it epitomized the transformational power of education. Open Minds was one of this semester's 15 recipients of grants from VCU’s Quest Innovation Fund. Read more at VCU News.

History Students Produce Podcasts

History students are producing audio podcasts that tell the dramatic and often little-known stories found in Richmond's cemeteries, including narratives of notable figures from the Revolutionary War, slavery, the Civil War and beyond. Ryan Smith, associate professor in the Department of History leads the project. A selection of the podcasts are posted online at the Richmond's Historic Cemeteries' website, which aims to highlight the region's notable gravesites and offering a portal for research and self-guided tours. Read more at VCU News

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Faculty Spotlight:

William Newmann, Ph.D., associate professor of political science and international studies, recently answered questions about the apparent thaw in United States relations with Iran. Newmann is addressing political change in Iran as part of a political science/ international studies course this semester. Read the interview at VCU News.

Alumni Spotlight:

Ronnie Greene, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, was project editor for Breathless and Burdened, a series of articles for the Center for Public Integrity that last week received the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. Greene, who received a degree in journalism from VCU, recently spoke with VCU News about the investigation, his career path and his advice for aspiring investigative journalists. "VCU was a great laboratory for an aspiring journalist ... While at VCU, I wrote about campus crime, interviewed inmates at a maximum security prison and described how public and private institutions discriminated against people with AIDS." Read the interview here.

Student Spotlight:

Daniel Snipes, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Psychology, has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation grant to take part in a research project aiming to strengthen South Africa's female condom program and curtail its rates of HIV infection. As part of the grant, Snipes will travel to Durban, South Africa, over the summer and will work on a research project called Evaluation of the National South African Female Condom Program: Investigating Factors Associated with Uptake and Sustained Use. "I look forward to growing professionally and taking this important step into the field of HIV prevention." Read more at VCU news.

Upcoming CHS Events

• Apr. 29: Forensic Science Seminar Series
• Apr. 29: Biology Department Seminar Series
• Apr. 29: Forensic Science Seminar Series
• Apr. 29: Chemistry Honors Presentations
• Apr. 30: Forensic Science Seminar Series
• May 01: Chemistry Seminar Series
• May 09: The Robertson School of Media and Culture Diploma Ceremony
• May 09: Department of Chemistry Diploma Ceremony
• May 09: LSEE Diploma Ceremony
• May 09: Health & Human Performance Diploma Ceremony
• May 10: Department of Biology Diploma Ceremony
• May 10: Mathematics, Physics, Science and Statistical Sciences and Operations Research Diploma ceremony
• May 10: English Department Diploma Ceremony
• May 10: Forensic Science Diploma Ceremony
• May 10: School of World Studies Diploma Ceremony
• May 10: African American Studies, Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies and Philosophy Diploma Ceremony
• May 10: Department of History Diploma Ceremony
• May 10: Political Science Diploma Ceremony
• May 10: Sociology Diploma Ceremony
• May 10: Department of Psychology Diploma Ceremony

Selected VCU Events

• May 02: VCU Baseball vs. George Washington
• May 03 : Mary Anne Rennolds Chamber Series: American String Quartet with Roberto Diaz, viola & Andres Diaz, cello
• May 03: Movin' & Shakin' 5K

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