News and Events for VCUCHS Faculty and Staff
VCU College of Humanities & Sciences
February 09, 2016

Put Your Talent on Display!

The College's Student Leadership Council will be holding a Student/Faculty/Staff Talent Showdown on Friday, Mar. 25th at the Grace Street Theater. The winner will receive a grand prize gift basket with prizes from local Richmond businesses. This is a fun and informal event put on by students to get to know the faculty and staff. For more information contact them or check their Facebook for updates.

Teaching in the Humanities Today

The Humanities Research Center will be holding a Teaching in the Humanities workshop today Tuesday, Feb. 9th. Alternatives to the Paper: Exploring Creative Assignments and Digital Possibilities, will begin at 2:00pm at the Humanities Research Center, Seminar Room 201 (920 W. Franklin St). Any questions contact Catherine Ingrassia or Richard Godbeer. More information.

Commercialization of Reserach Funding

The Quest for Distinction Commercialization Fund is now accepting applications for the second round of Commercialization Research Funding. Funds will be awarded in May 2016. The application for these funds is available on-line February 22nd. Applications will be accepted through 12:00pm on March 22nd. More information or contact Sue Patow.

Panel Disussion on HIV/AIDS Today

Richmond and HIV/AIDS: A Panel Discussion on Our City’s History of Outreach, Education, and Community Care, featuring activists and community organizers who have been involved over the years in local responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, will be held today, Tuesday, February 9 at 7:00pm in the Cabell Library Lecture Hall. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Humanities Research Center. For more information contact Richard Godbeer.

Distinguished Faculty Awards

Nominate a colleague for our Distinguished Faculty Awards. Each academic unit is invited to nominate members of the faculty who merit recognition in the category named in the award. Nominations are due to Winnie Chan no later than Friday, March 18th. A list of awards and the criteria can be found here.

America's First Black Female Transplant Surgeon to Visit VCU

The Black Education Association is hosting a lecture on Thursday, Feb. 11th featuring America's first black female transplant surgeon. Dr. Velma Scantlebury, M.D., FACS, Associate Director of the Kidney Transplant Program at Christiana Care Health System in Delaware, will begin her lecture, Health Equity in Kidney Transplantation: Experiences from a Surgeon's Perspective, at 3:00pm in the VCU Student Commons Theater with a reception to follow at 4:00pm. This event is free and open to the public. More information or view the flyer here.

Plight of the Syrian Refugees Tomorrow

The School of World Studies, along with the American Red Cross and the International Rescue Committee, will be holding a teach-in tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 10th to help the community learn and share information about the plight of Syrian refugees. The event is from 5:00 - 8:00pm at VCU Globe (830 W. Grace St) room 1030J. This event will be free and open to the public. More information, contact Mayda Topoushian. View the flyer here.

Darwin Day Friday, Feb. 12th

Biology, along with the Graduate Organization of Biology Students, the Graduate Student Organization and the Integrative Life Sciences Student Organization, presents the 17th Annual Darwin Day on Friday, Feb. 12th. Speaking Evolution: Why acceptance, knowledge and understanding of evolution matter will feature Dr. Leslie Rissler, the NSF Division of Environmental Biology Program Director. The event starts at 11:00am in the Commonwealth Ballrooms. Admission is free and open to the public. More information.

PACME Call for Nominations

VCU is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment (PACME) to honor individuals who have made significant contributions toward enhancing VCU's commitment to diversity. Four separate awards are given to recognize a student or student organization, a faculty member, a classified or hourly staff member, as well as an administrator, for their outstanding service. The award winners will be honored at a ceremony on Monday, April 14th at 3:00pm in the Commonwealth Ballrooms, of the Student Commons. Nominations can be submitted electronically here by February 24th. More information.

Student Leadership Council Reps Wanted

The CHS Leadership Council is looking for representatives for the semester. They are looking to recruit from the following units: History, LSEE, Statistics, English, GSWS, Mathematics, World Studies and Forensic Science. If you know of a student who would be a good candidate and would be interested in representing your unit on the Student Leadership Council please email Gregg Johnson.

More News . . .

VCU Libraries adds rare, first all-black comic book to collection

Grace E Harris retires from VCU after 48 legendary years

Co-working space in Student Commons now open to VCU student entrepreneurs

Political Science: Professor speaks at RVA Public Square meeting about our next mayor

Psychology: Professor talks gun violence in Forbes

World Studies: Professor discusses historic meeting between Pope Francis and head of Russion Orthodox Church

VCU's Brandcenter alumni dominate Super Bowl


Psychology Speaker Series Continues

Psychology will welcome Dr. Barbara Fiese as their second speaker in their new Distinguished Speaker Series. Dr. Fiese is The Pampered Chef Ltd. endowed chair in family resiliency, professor of human development and family studies, and director of the Family Resiliency Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The event will be held on Thursday, Feb. 25th at 12:00pm in Commonwealth Ballroom A of the Student Commons. More information.

2017 Residential Fellowships Due Friday

The Humanities Research Center is now accepting applications for the Spring 2017 Residential Fellowships. Each year four faculty members are released from all teaching responsibilities in the Spring semester so they can focus on their research projects and engage with each other. All tenured and tenure-eligible members of faculty in the Humanities are eligible. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 12th. More information.

Dr. Rao Announces Curriculum Changes

On Thursday, Jan. 28th Dr. Michael Rao gave his third annual State of the University Address. He outlined critical ways that VCU will assert its relevance in future by touching on a new experiential learning requirement for every student. “My vision for VCU is that the world beyond our campus will benefit from everything we do. Whether or not you ever work, study or set foot on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus, your life will be better because we’re here.” Read more.

Partnership Map Survey Due 2/15

VCU's Partnership Map will help VCU connect, coordinate and collaborate on community-engaged activities and identify potential areas of opportunity. All VCU faculty and staff who are directly involved in a university-community partnership are asked to complete the REDCap survey by February 15. A partnership is a “sustained collaboration between institutions of higher education and communities for the mutually beneficial exchange, exploration, and application of knowledge, information, and resources.” Learn more or begin the survey.

Student News Stories Published

Students participating in VCU's Capital News Service, a program of the Robertson School of Media and Culture, have had over 40 of their stories published this semester in local and statewide news outlets. CNS operates as a three-credit course (MASC 475) during the spring semester when the General Assembly is in session. Each CNS student is assigned to serve one or more clients. Read their stories at this link.

VCU ALTfest: Registration Open

VCU ALT Lab and the Office of Online Academic Programs is hosting the second annual VCU ALTfest from May 17-18th, in the Academic Learning Commons. ALTfest will be filled with learning innovation, featuring an expanded program of presentations and active spaces celebrating stories of learning transformation and exploring new possibilities. Registration is $45.00. For more information contact Alana Robinson or visit their page.

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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. Deirdre Condit (Political Science) recently gave VCU News her analysis of the 2016 Iowa caucus results and what they mean for the presidential race. She touches on the gender vote, women's benefits, the Black Lives Matter movement and much more. Read Dr. Condit's thoughts at VCU News.

Student Spotlight:

Sarah Izabel, a sophomore in Psychology, has been awarded a 2016 Exceptional Research Opportunities Fellowship by VCU's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) for summer research. She is an Intensive Research and Training Program scholar as well as a VCU Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity scholar. She is particularly interested in neurosciences and states, "I am excited to expand my knowledge about the human brain and its functions.” Congratulations Sarah! Read more.

Alumni Spotlight:

After the 2015 Paris attacks, Taquara Rashida Felix (World Studies '13/Life Sciences '13) decided to try and rally people together from different backgrounds to celebrate diversity and inclusion. Taquara formed Spice Rack to promote discussion to encourage respect across all faiths, beliefs and cultures. She originally went to school to become a doctor but after she studied abroad in Spain she became more active in different cultural organizations and eventually became an ambassador for the International Student Exchange Program sponsored by the Global Education Office. Read more.

Upcoming H&S Events

• Feb 09: HRC Speaker Series: Richmond and HIV/AIDS: A Panel Discussion on Our City’s History of Outreach, Education, and Community Care
• Feb 10: The plight of the Syrian Refugees: A Teach-In
• Feb 11: Rebecca Mitchell Tarumoto Short Fiction Prize Ceremony
• Feb 12: 17th Annual Darwin Day
• Feb 15: Positive Psych Research Group: Studying Virtue or Character Strength in Positive Psychology
• Feb 17: VCU's Meet the Authors Series: Jason Arnold, Political Science
• Feb 18: Birth of A Nation, Birth of A Movement
• Feb 19: Anthropology Speaker Series: Amy Rector Verrelli and Christopher Stevenson

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Selected VCU Events

• Feb 09: Parking and Transportation Forum
• Feb 11: Community Engagement Cafe
• Feb 17: Managing Your Research Data for Grant Compliance
• Feb 18: Parking and Transportation Forum
• Feb 18: Staff Senate Monthly Meeting

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