News and Events for VCUCHS Faculty and Staff
VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
Nov. 26, 2013

In the Spirit of Giving...

The College has "adopted" a family from HomeAgain, an emergency shelter here in Richmond, and is also collecting new, unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots program. Donations will go to a mother, her 8 year old girl, and 7 year old boy. Collection boxes are located in the Blanton house on the 2nd floor through December 9 for HomeAgain and December 13 for Toys for Tots. Please take a look at the list of suggested donation items on our blog and help brighten the holidays for a family in need!

Next Step in Our Strategic Planning

Be on the lookout for an email from on December 2nd asking you to participate in the next phase in our Strategic Plan process: rating the responses to the question asked in step one. All faculty and staff will be asked to rate the statements collected in step one based on two separate criteria: the relative importance of the statement and its relative impact on your unit.

Holiday Hoops Food Drive

Show your support for the VCU Rams and help the region’s most vulnerable residents by collecting food and money for FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank. Fans of the Rams and Virginia Tech Hokies are competing to see who collects the most pounds of food from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15. The winner of the food drive will be announced at halftime at the Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic on December 21 at the Richmond Coliseum. support the Rams by making an online donation to FeedMore through December 15. For more information visit Rams Win To Feed.

"Genetics" Selects Eckert Article

An article by Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology Andrew Eckert has been selected to be highlighted on the cover of an upcoming edition of the journal Genetics. Eckert's article, The Evolutionary Genetics of the Genes Underlying Phenotypic Associations for Loblolly Pine, discusses the genetic basis of fitness-related traits, and how it evolves within natural populations.

STS Lecture Series Begins

The first lecture in the Science, Technology, & Society lecture series "Science Education: Past and Present" features VCU's own Mohamed Gad-el-Hak, of the School of Engineering. He will offer a provocative presentation on "English, STEM, and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" on Tuesday December 3, at 2:00 pm in the Student Commons Forum Room. Dr. Gad-el-Hak will discuss the importance of having a good grounding in the humanities for students who pursue STEM fields. Add this event to your calendar.

Apply to be a Globe Faculty Fellow

VCU Globe is now accepting applications for the Faculty Fellows Program. Fellows are engaged and dedicated faculty members from a wide variety of academic disciplines across the University and from the local community. Fellows engage in a number of scholarly initiatives, including: grant writing, faculty learning communities, faculty scholarship communities, and professional presentations and publications. Apply by January 17 to be a Globe Faculty Fellow.

Psychology Dept. Nationally Ranked

Congratulations to the Department of Psychology for being ranked one of the top psychology graduate programs in the nation., an online guide to graduate schools for prospective graduate students that ranks graduate programs based on surveys of current and recent students, ranked the VCU Psychology graduate programs #17 in the country and #9 among public universities. Read the complete list here.

IYLEP Program to Return to VCU

Congratulations to the School of Media and Culture for being selected again to host the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program in 2014. The program will focus on new media technology, and the application of social networking platforms for community improvement. Students will gain an understanding of the significant role social media plays in raising public awareness. IYLEP students will be joined in the classroom by approximately 25 VCU students.

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Political Science Seeks Proposals

Political Science is seeking papers and proposals for its upcoming research conference on April 11, 2014. Undergraduate and junior graduate students are invited to submit proposals to present completed research papers/projects, research-in-progress, or roundtable discussions on any topic related to the general fields of government, international, and public affairs. They invite faculty to chair and serve as discussants. More details are on our blog.

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In Memoriam:

Daniel Purdue, Ph.D., assistant professor of Religious Studies died November 18 at his home in Richmond. He was remembered by a former student as "a Buddha who came here to teach us the joy of life and how it is so fleeting!" Other students described him as "brilliant," "one of the best teachers at VCU," and "(Dr. Purdue) represents the ideals of reasoning, respect, and pursuit of knowledge..." His obituary appeared in the Times-Dispatch.

Faculty Spotlight

Joshua Langberg, Ph.D., assistant professor of clinical psychology works with schools across the country to develop interventions to help middle school students with conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) succeed in school. For the next four years, Langberg and co-investigator Albert D. Farrell, Ph.D., professor of psychology, will be leading a $2.4 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences to compare two different school-based interventions and determine which one may offer the most effective approach. Read an interview with Dr. Langberg at VCU News.

Alumni Spotlight

Dan Tulli, a graduate of the Masters program in the Department of History, is one of the local educators named last week as recipients of an REB Award for Teaching Excellence. Tulli, a social studies teacher at L.C. Bird High in Chesterfield, was awarded $7,500 to retrace his late grandfather’s journey across the Pacific during World War II. Using letters his grandfather sent to his grandmother during the war, Dan will recreate the WWII experience while tweeting and blogging with his students along the way. Read more at the Times Dispatch.

Upcoming CHS Events

• Nov. 26: Chemistry Department Seminar Series
• Dec. 02: Biology Department Seminar Series
• Dec. 03: Science, Technology, and Society Lecture: English, STEM, and Salmon fishing in the Yemen
• Dec. 04: African American Community Course Series
• Dec. 04: Forensic Science Seminar Series
• Dec. 13-14: Diploma Ceremonies

Selected VCU Events

• Dec 02 What educators can learn from "The Happiest Place on Earth"
• Dec 04 Massey Opening Night at the Bizarre Bazaar
• Dec 05 VCU Men's Basketball vs. Eastern Kentucky
• Dec 06 Psychiatry Grand Rounds: "Advances in Treatment of Chronic Headache Migraine, Pain"

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