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VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
February 5, 2013

Congratulations Dr. Khanna!

Please help us congratulate Shiv Khanna for being named a recipient of a 2013 SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award. Dr. Khanna will be honored during a ceremony and luncheon held at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond on Feb. 12. Prior to the event, the 12 recipients will receive an honorary introduction on the floor of the Virginia General Assembly. The Outstanding Faculty Award program is administered by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. VCU News has more.

CHS Quest Innovation Grant Winners

Both faculty and students from the College were winners of 2012 VCU Quest Innovation Fund grants! Yan Jin of the School of Mass Communications won for her proposal “Creating a VCU Center for Media+Health: A Collaborative Hub for Human Communication Science and Practice.” Micah McCreary, Associate Professor of Psychology won for “The BEST (Brothers, Energized, Spirited, Talented) Project.” Students Qasim Kazmi, senior biology major, and Usman Chaudhry, junior chemistry major won for their proposal “Emerging Healthcare Leaders on a National Level.” The complete list is here.

New University Research Blog

VCU recently unveiled its new blog devoted to research: Across the Spectrum. The blog is produced by University Relations and intended to raise the profile of VCU's research efforts. If you have research success stories you'd like to see featured please contact Gregg Johnson at

Southern Film Festival February 8-9

Founded in 2010 in association with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Virginia Historical Society, the Southern Film Festival explores how the distinctiveness of the South has been portrayed onscreen. The Festival brings together films and those involved in their making with constructive commentary. A list of this year's films, times and locations.

Visiting Writers Series Continues

Ann Hood, author of The Red Thread, and poet Catherine MacDonald, winner of the 2012 Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize for her collection Rousing the Machinery, will be reading from their works on Thursday, February 7th at 7PM in the Scott House. Free and open to the public. For more information contact Thom Didato. Learn more at the Dep't. of English blog.

Anthropology Speaker Series Resumes

The Anthropology Speaker Series resumes February 8 featuring Noel T. Boaz, Ph.D., M.D., on the topic "Medical Anthropology and Medical Geology of Virginia Uranium Mining." His talk begins at 3PM in the Student Commons Theater. Contact Christopher Brooks for more details.

An Evening With Spike Lee

Filmmaker Spike Lee visits VCU on Thursday, Feb. 21 as the 2013 VCU Black History Month Speaker. He will speak and answer questions from 7 to 9 PM in the Student Commons Commonwealth Ballrooms. Free tickets will be available beginning Monday, Feb. 4, in the Break Point Games Room in the Commons, and will be required to enter the event. A valid VCU ID is needed to secure tickets. VCU News has the details.

CHS Students Win Scholarships

Students from the College were two of the three winners of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program for study abroad during spring 2013. Jeffrey Caesar, a senior majoring in political science in the Wilder School, will study at the School of International Training in Kathmandu, Nepal. Joseph Morina, a senior majoring in biology, will conduct biological research at Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia. More at VCU News.

14th Annual Darwin Day

Make plans to attend VCU’s 14th Annual Darwin Day in celebration of the birth of Charles Darwin on Friday February 8th, 2013 at 11:00 AM in the Commonwealth Ballrooms. This year’s speaker is Dr. Scott Edwards on the topic “From reptiles to dinosaurs to birds: a view from the genome.See the event poster on our blog.

More news . . . 

Department of Psychology's latest newsletter, Zeitgeist, is now available online.

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VCU Arts Announces Schedule for Cinemathique

Biology alum's entrepreneurship highlighted in the New York Times

Vote for VCU in the social media Shorty Awards

Vote for Shaka Smart in the Coaches' Charity Challenge


Emerging Scholar Grant for Dr. Messner 

Marcus Messner in the School of Mass Communications and his research partner at Penn State University, Dr. Marcia DiStaso, were recently awarded one of four Emerging Scholars Grants from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). The project, “Turning to the Wiki-Doctor?” continues research Dr. Messner and Dr. DiStaso have been conducting since 2006. Mass Comm has more.

CHS Scholarships Available

Please encourage your students to apply for scholarships from the College. We have over 60 scholarships available, including many for students in specific majors or courses of study, some for older students, veterans, and working adults. The deadline is March 1. A complete list can be found here.

VCU Celebrates Black History Month

February is Black History Month and VCU's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs has developed an entire month of programming centered around the theme "Celebrating Blacks in Film." Events include a film series, discussion groups, tours, lectures and a visit from filmmaker Spike Lee (see above). The complete schedule of events is here.

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Faculty Spotlight

Robin Edward Poulton from the School of World Studies had an article in Sunday's Richmond Times-Dispatch describing his experiences planning a wedding that took place in Mali while war raged in the distance. Dr. Poulton and his colleagues were in Mali planning cross-cultural teaching and one-on-one video conferencing for language students in the very new Segou University when war broke out. Read his complete article here.

Student Spotlight

Senior Qasim Kazmi is a Biology major who will be attending VCU Medical School in the fall. As a sophomore, he co-founded Emerging Healthcare Leaders (EHL), an organization that works to connect students interested in various fields of healthcare as they spread awareness about current issues. EHL was just awarded a Quest Innovation Fund grant, and Qasim was featured in an email we sent to 16,000 alumni. Read an interview with Qasim in the Honors College newsletter.

Alumni Spotlight

Alumna Challiss McDonough (B.A. ’93 English/H&S) began a lifelong journey at age 14, when she became deeply captivated with a book about Cambodia -- a journey that has taken her to Russia, Egypt, Kenya, Lebanon and other dangerous and exotic locations. She currently serves as the Senior Spokeswoman for East, Central & Southern Africa for the World Food Programme and resides in Nairobi, Kenya. Read more of Challiss' journey on our alumnni website.

Upcoming CHS Events

• Feb. 6 Year of Freedom Lunchtime Lecture
• Feb. 7 Visiting Writer Series
• Feb. 8 Darwin Day
• Feb. 8 Physics Seminar
• Feb. 8-9 Southern Film Festival
• Feb. 11 Biology Seminar
• Feb. 12 Chemistry Seminar
• Feb. 14 Chemistry Seminar
• Feb. 15 Physics Seminar
• Feb. 18 Biology Seminar
• Feb. 19 Chemistry Seminar
• Feb. 20 Year of Freedom Lunchtime Lecture
• Feb. 21 Blake Lecture
• Feb. 21 Spike Lee

Selected VCU Events

• Feb. 7 Diversity Film Series
• Feb. 9 Reel Rock Tour
• Feb. 12 Capitol Square Basketball Classic

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