News and Events for VCUCHS Faculty and Staff
VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
July 9, 2013
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HHP Joins the College!

Please welcome Health and Human Performance, formerly in the School of Education, to the College of Humanities and Sciences! HHP became part of the College on July 1. Many of you already know the faculty from collaborative research projects. HHP's offices have moved to the 500 Academic Center on Grace Street. HHP is also home to the Exercise Physiology Research Laboratory located in the Franklin Street Gym. Learn more about HHP.

Study of Nanoscopic Materials

Shiv N. Khanna, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Physics and Arthur Reber, Ph.D., research associate professor in the Department of Physics, are part of a team working on a study on the organizing principles that allow for the design of nanoscopic materials. "New materials could provide efficient ways to capture solar energy and help us significantly advance the way motors, generators and other devices critical to improving our energy needs are made." VCU News has more about their work.

Broad Street Mile Run & Festival

The VCU Broad Street Mile is a series of 1-mile fun runs and a community festival to be held on September 28 as part of VCU's 175th anniversary celebration. There will be a variety of fun-run themes to choose from, and each of them will support a different cause. Learn more at the Broad Street Mile website.

Heather Jones Wins Research Grant

Dr. Heather Jones, faculty in the Clinical Psychology Program and co-director of the Center for ADHD, has been awarded an Endowment Fund grant from the VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research to investigate the effects of motivational interviewing for low-income African American caregivers of newly-diagnosed children with ADHD. VCU collaborators on the project include Dr. Sean McKenna (Pediatrics) and Dr. Joshua Langberg (Psychology). 

Watch Dierdre Condit on C-Span

Deirdre Condit, Associate Professor in the Wilder School, recently taught a class on the history of reproductive law that was broadcast on C-span3. She touched on the 1965 U.S. Supreme Court case Griswold v. Connecticut, about the prohibited use of contraceptives and the right to marital privacy among other topics. Watch her class on C-Span3.

More news . . . 

Psychology: Students participate in service-learning in Haiti

HHP: 15,000 turn out for outdoor health fair

Wilder School: Alumnus pursues career in foreign affairs

Mass Comm: Students win 2 SPJ Scholarships

See pictures of the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) reception on our Tumblr page

World School: Student Wins Youth Travel Grant

Applications for Grace E. Harris HIGHER Ground program due November 1


Work by Harrison Fletcher Honored

Harrison Fletcher, assistant professor in the Department of English, recently won the 2013 Colorado Book Award in Creative Nonfiction and the 2013 Independent Book Publisher Bronze Medal for Descanso for My Father: Fragments of a Life, a memoir in essays about his journey to know the father he lost when he was nearly two. Read an excerpt on our blog.

Help International Students Succeed

The Global Education Office (GEO) and the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) are sponsoring a Faculty Learning Community for faculty interested in advancing the academic and professional efforts of VCU's international students. Participants will identify ways to implement and sustain best practices in pedagogy and assessment of international students, in education of English language learners, and in helping international students succeed in academic and social settings. Application and more information are here.

Research Policy Review

Vice President for Research Frank Macrina, Ph.D. writes: "The newly revised and updated VCU Intellectual Property Policy is posted for review and comment. The policy, which was posted for comments for only a few days in February, has been revised to clarify the many questions we received during that initial posting....." His complete email and link to comment are here.

Mass Comm Alums Win Big at Emmys

The School of Mass Communications was well represented by alumni at the National Capital and Chesapeake Bay Emmy Awards this year, taking home awards for superior performance and dedication to the television industry. Winners included alumnus Bryce Spivey, who took home three Emmys including one for producing and filming the VCU's "Invest In Me” video. Mass Comm has more.

Keep the College informed!

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

Reuben FarleyDuring his 45 years at VCU, mathematics professor Dr. Reuben W. Farley has been awarded the VCU Distinguished Teaching Award, The SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award and The Council For Advancement Of Science Education Virginia Professor Of The Year Award. He has served as Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, and helped develop the Math Specialist program and a master’s degree program. ....... Dr. Farley is profiled on our blog

Staff Spotlight

Wanda CapersWanda Capers, a poet, mother and wife, works as the Fiscal Administrator for the School of World Studies, where she abides by her father’s philosophy engraved on his coffin: “May the work I’ve done speak for me.” Read more about Wanda.

Faculty Spotlight

Bernard MeansBernard Means, teaches anthropology and archaeology in the School of World Studies, and is the director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory at VCU. He recently edited and co-wrote the collaborative book Shovel Ready: Archaeology and Roosevelt's New Deal for America, which illustrates the little-known role that ordinary citizens played in excavation and archaeology during the Great Depression. Read an interview with Dr. Means at VCU News.

Upcoming CHS Events

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

Selected VCU Events

• July 11 International Cafe
• July 12 Guitar and Other Strings Series
• July 19 Guitar and Other Strings Series

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