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VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
October 16, 2012

Wanda Clary Wins Dorris Douglas Budd Award

Our own Wanda Clary received the Dorris Douglas Budd Award at a ceremony held on October 5th at the Scott House attended by three fellow nominees from Humanities and Sciences: Janice P. Guyer, (Physics), Frances Lynch, (Mass Communications), and Hollyn T. Mangione, (Mathematics and Applied Mathematics). Wanda works in the Science, Technology and Society (STS) Program and the dean’s office. Read about the award at VCU News.

"Stones, Bones, Bugs and Lasers"

Dr. MeansBernard Means kicks off the Anthropology lecture series with “Stones, Bones, Bugs, and Lasers: 3D Laser Scanning at the Virtual Curation Laboratory and Beyond” on Wednesday, October 17th from 3 – 4:30 PM in the Student Commons Theater. Lectures by Bob Brier and Buck Woodward follow later in the semester. Dates and times can be found here.

VCU Service Award Winners

Faculty and staff with more than 5 years service will be honored at ceremonies later this month. Grace Harris and Richard Vacca from the Wilder School will be recognized for 45 years of service, while Shirley McDaniel, Michael Messmer, James McCullough, and Lynn Nelson have been at VCU 40 years. The complete list of Humanities and Sciences honorees can be found at this link.


Victorians Institute Annual Conference

The Dept. of English hosts the Victorians Institute Annual Conference on October 19-20. Highlights include a Thursday evening Curators' tour of British Arts and Crafts and Sporting Art collections at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Plenary Address by W. J. T. Mitchell: "Seeing Madness: Insanity, Media, and Visual Culture." The complete schedule of events can be found on the Victorians Institute Annual Conference website.

English Grad Nominated for National Book Award

Alumnus Kevin Powers was nominated for a National Book Award for his debut novel, "The Yellow Birds". The award winners will be announced in New York on Nov. 14 and will each receive a $10,000 prize. An interview, and excerpt from his book, and a story by VCU News can be found here.

Screening: "A Hole in the Head"

"Vertus Hardiman hid a shocking secret under a wig & beanie for over 80 years. He was experimented on at age of 5 by a county hospital in Indiana during 1927." The Dept. of African American Studies and the Urban League of Greater Richmond present the screening of the documentary of “A Hole In The Head” with a panel discussion afterwards on October 19 at 7 pm. Details, ticket information and a preview of the film can be found here.

More news . . . 

Our gallery of pictures from the Dorris Douglas Budd Awards

Tom Eissenberg Appointed to Serve on Federal Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections

Read the inaugural issue of the Wilder Chronicle

Read the Department of Psychology's Fall Newsletter

Researchers Find Ancient Carbon Resurfacing in Lakes

A gallery of pictures from Chemistry's Poster Session

VCU Kicks Off Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign

Student Conference Seeks Presentations

The School of World Studies, Global Education Office and Department of History are seeking proposals for their 18th Annual Student Research Conference, “Emancipation, Freedom and Independence” commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Students are invited to submit proposals for 15-minute presentations on topics related to the concepts of Freedom and Independence. Click this link for details.

HIGHER Ground Women’s Leadership Conference

Early registration is now open for the HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Conference hosted by the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute. The one-day conference offers a self-directed, facilitated learning environment with education sessions and interactive forums for women. Learn about the conference and register at this link.

Mass Comm Seeks Director Nominees

A search for a new Director of the School of Mass Communications is underway. The Search Committee is seeking suggestions of individuals who might be appropriate for the position. Please submit names to Laurie C. Wilder and Porsha L. Williams, Parker Executive Search, or 770-804-1996, ext. 109. The ad for the position can be found here.

”Mummification: Resurrection of a Lost Art”

Bob Brier, also known as Mr. Mummy, is an American eqyptologist specializing in paleopathology. He will speak as part of the Anthropology lecture series on Mummification: Resurrection of a Lost Art. Friday, October 26 at 3 pm in the Commons Theater. View and download the event flyer here.

“The Long History of Distraction and Absorption”

John Plotz, Ph.D., Professor of English, Brandeis University will give a talk entitled Before there was Facebook: The Long History of Distraction and Absorption as part of the Blake Lecture Series. Plotz specializes in Victorian literature and the novel. His Guggenheim project, Semi‐Detached: The Aesthetics of Partial Absorption, is about what it means to get partially drawn into a work of art. November 1 at 4 pm in the Commons Theater. View and download the event flyer here.

Legal Culture in the Post-Revolutionary South

The Department of History with generous support from The Society of the Cincinnati presents ”Legal Culture in the Post-Revolutionary South” by Laura Edwards, Professor of History at Duke University. Her research focuses on women, gender, and the law in the nineteenth-century South. The lecture will be held on November 7 at 5 pm in the Commons Theater. More information about the lecture can be found here.

Innovation Fund Deadline Friday

A reminder: Quest Innovation Fund applications must be received by the close of business on Friday, Oct. 19. All current VCU faculty or staff member or students are eligible to submit an idea and apply for funds. The fund will provide seed money for projects that aim to advance Quest and to help VCU become the premier urban public research university in the United States. Apply now to fund your innovative idea.

Cabell First Novelist November 8

Justin Torres, winner of the 2012 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, will read from his book, We the Animals. After his reading, Torres will discuss the journey of his novel from its original idea to the published book. A book sale, signing, and reception will follow. Thursday, November 8, 7 pm at the Grace Street Theater. Register online here.

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Upcoming CHS Events

Anthropology Speaker: Bernard Means October 17
Victorian Journals Institute Conference October 19-20
CHS Fall Faculty Meeting October 24
Year of Freedom Brown Bag Lunch October 25
Anthropology Speaker: Bob Brier October 26
Blake Speaker Series November 1
GSWS Brown Bag Lunch November 5
STS Lecture"Hymen Wars" November 6
Year of Freedom Brown Bag Lunch November 6
Society of the Cincinnati Lecture November 7
Cabell First Novelist Award November 8
Anthropology Speaker: Buck Woodward November 14
"Australopithecine" Exhibit ongoing at Cabell Library

Selected VCU Events

NSF FastLane Hands-on Training October 19
Faculty Recital: Kenneth Wood, voice October 20
Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale October 22

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Carl Ameringer discusses his research project, titled Hispanic/Latino Immigrants and Access to Healthcare in the Greater Richmond Area in this video.

Staff Spotlight

Edith Allin is currently working on a pilot program to streamline fiscal and personnel administration within the College. Diana Pauley, a former supervisee remarks “Edith was my supervisor for three years. Her genuine interest in problem solving, her helpfulness, and her thoughtfulness went far above what was required, and for that, I am truly appreciative.” Read about Edith and her newest role here.

Faculty Spotlight

In addition to his 2012 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for his book World TreeDavid Wojahn was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry in 2007 and the recipient of three Pushcart Prizes. He was also named the 2009 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and the Dominion Foundation, and was the recipient of the Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize. More about David...

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