News and Events for VCUCHS Faculty and Staff
VCU College of Humanities & Sciences
March 21, 2017

Over 30 volunteers from Chemistry participated in STEAM Day 2017 event held at Marguerite Christian Elementary School on the first day of Spring Break. View pictures from the event.

CHS Produces Four Fulbright Scholars

VCU was a top producer of Fulbright Student Scholars for this past year with eleven students selected, and four of those were from the College! Congratulations to Maya Chesley (Biology/Spanish), Erin Coggins (Anthropology), Shannon Laribo (Sociology/Cinema) and Charles Perris (History) for being selected for the prestigious program. The students are expected to go to their chosen country to participate in the international educational exchange program. Read more at VCU News. Congratulations to our students!

Discussing White Nationalism and Trump

The Humanities Research Center and English welcome Professor Joseph Valente from the State University of New York at Buffalo on Wednesday, March 22nd as part of their Spring Speaker Series, What the 'Literary Greats' Have to Say to Us Today. Valente's lecture on From Whiteboys to White Nationalism: A Joycean Prophecy of the Trump Phenomenon will begin at 4:00pm in room 1030j of the VCU Globe (830 W Grace St). Admission is free and all are welcome! Learn more.

Second Round Commercialization Fund Closes Next Week

VCU President Michael Rao recently announced the recipients of the first round of research funding through the Quest Commercialization Fund . This funding is dedicated to advancing VCU inventions to a more mature stage and improving their chances of being brought to market. A second round of funding support to VCU faculty, staff, trainees and students opened on Wednesday, March 1st and will close at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 30th. The funds will be awarded in May. Learn more and apply here.

Elske Smith Lecture Tomorrow

The College will welcome Dr. John Kneebone (History) as this year's Elske Smith award winner and speaker tomorrow, March 22nd. His talk, America’s First Catholic President: The Presidential Election of 1908 and the Backlash That Followed, will focus on politics, bigotry and pluralism. Dr. Kneebone will begin his talk at 1:30pm in the Richmond Salons III-IV of the Student Commons. Admission is free and all are welcome!

Lecture on Journalism in the Trump Era

The Robertson School's Distinguished Dabney Professor, Bob Levey will hold a lecture entitled, The Future of the Media, on March 23rd at 2:30pm in the VCU Commons Theater. In the lecture, Levey will touch on the business issues that have reshaped the industry, as well as the outlook for responsible journalism in the Trump era. He also plans on discussing what the next decade will look like for the media. Admission is free and all are welcome. Learn more.

VCU Visiting Writers Series Thursday

The English MFA program welcomes Ru Freeman (On Sal Mal Lane) and LeAnne Howe (Choctalking on other Realties) on Thursday, March 23rd as part of the VCU Visiting Writers Series. Freeman and Howe will both talk about their work as well as answer questions. The event will begin at 7:00pm in the VCU Cabell Library. Admission is free and all are welcome. Learn more.

Staff Awards Nominations Due

The deadline for the CHS 2017 Staff Awards nominations is fast approaching. Please join the College in recognizing our Staff members for all the hard work they do. Please review the award criteria and submit your nominations no later than Friday, March 31st by 5:00pm, to Dr. Donald Young. The Faculty and Staff Awards Breakfast will be held on Thursday, April 27th at 8:30 AM.

'Moving Forward' Town Hall Tomorrow

The Wilder School will be hosting a town hall on Wednesday, March 22nd, on today's political climate, leadership, the nation's changing electorate, and how you can get involved. The discussion on Popular Politics, Populism and Donald Trump: Who Are ‘We the People’? will start at 7:00pm on March 22nd at the Grace Street Theater. Alexandra Reckendorf from Political Science will be on the panel. Admission is free and all are welcome! Learn more.

Discussion of Ethnic-Racial Identity

Psychology presents Dr. Adriana Umaña-Taylor from Arizona State University as part of their Distinguished Speaker Series on Tuesday, March 28th. Dr. Umaña-Taylor's talk, Can We Promote Positive Youth Adjustment by Intervening in Ethnic-Racial Identity Development?, will be at 4:00pm at the Grace Street Theater. Admission is free and all are welcome! Learn more.

More News . . .

Richmond Professional Institute History Wall dedication set for April 7th

Sociology: Cottom's book reviewed in the New York Times

Honors College students mentor, tutor Henrico middle schoolers at STEM Academy

VCU and VCU Health employees celebrated at Staff Senate professional development conference

Psychology: Graduate Program ranked at No. 60 in US News & World Report, Top 100

SWS: VCU Curation Lab featured in Hands on History in the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities news

English: Writing Our Way out gets recognition from popular local news column

VCU Board of Visitors to Meet March 21st and 22nd

SWS: Professors featured in El Nuevo Herald, Pablo de Cuba builds a house of ideas and words (en espanol)

AFAM/Psych: Utsey Lab shares expertise at winter roundtable


Mentor-Hunting Workshop March 28

The Humanities Research Center will be hosting a workshop on Mentor-Hunting in the Academy on Tuesday, March 28th. This workshop will discuss strategies for finding advice and support from peers, from senior colleagues at one’s own institution, and from more experienced scholars within one’s academic field at other institutions. The workshop will start at 2:00pm in room 201 of the Humanities research Center. Learn more.

NSO Seeks Outstanding Students/Grads

The National Scholarship Office (NSO) is seeking nominations for several highly competitive international post-graduate scholarships including the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates Cambridge, and Schwarzman Scholarships. Students who might be competitive for these awards will be among the very best undergraduates or recent alumni in your units. You can learn more about these awards at the NSO blog, or recommend a student at this link.

Immigration and Race Symposium

The Division for Inclusive Excellence presents the Immigration and Race Symposium on Wednesday April 5th. The symposium will feature four scholars as the keynote panelists; Mona Siddiqui (Wilder School), Dr. Saltanat Liebert (Wilder School), Dr. Javier Hidalgo (Leadership Studies, UR) and Dr. Melis Hafez (History). They will discuss the opportunities and challenges that immigrants in the US face, with a focus on race and ethnicity. Admission is free and all are welcome. Learn more.

Health & Physical Activity Lecture

Kinesiology and Health Sciences presents their 2017 Health and Physical Activity Lecture on April 6th featuring Dr. David C. Poole (Kansas State University). His lecture, Heart Failure and Exercise: Novel Insights, will begin at 6:00pm in room 1107 of the Academic Learning Commons. Admission is free and all are welcome. Learn more.

Dr. McCullough's Last Lecture Announced

Psychology invites you to enjoy a final lecture by Dr. James McCullough on Monday, April 17th ahead of his upcoming retirement. The title of the lecture is Swimming Upstream, which will include a brief overview of his memoir-in-progress illustrating how his Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy for chronic depression evolved over time. The event will be from 4:00pm - 6:00pm in the Cabell Library Lecture Hall (303). If you cannot attend the event, but would like to submit a written tribute or sentiment to Dr. McCullough, complete this form.

2017 Marquita Aguilar Walkathon

The VCU Staff Senate presents the annual Marquita Aguilar Walkathon on Wednesday, April 5th starting at 11:30am at the University Student Commons Plaza. This walkathon helps create scholarships for undergraduate students in need of financial assistance and promotes a healthy lifestyle while doing it. Learn more, register or donate.

Staff Spotlight:

Patrick Hurley is now the friendly face you see as you walk into Blanton House! He is the new Administrative Specialist for the Office of the Dean. His responsibilities include serving as assistant to the Executive Administrative Assistant and Office Manager in supporting the associate deans and other members of the Office of the Dean. Patrick will provide essential coordination of the schedules of the associate deans and organizing important meetings/discussions that allow CH&S to continue with its research, scholarship, teaching and service, both at VCU and in the global community. You can contact him by phone, 828-6464, or by email Stop in and introduce yourself!

Student Spotlight:

Maria Vera (Biology) recently traveled to Costa Rica this past summer with the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates program to conduct research on Toucans. Her group built artificial nests to monitor toucans preying on eggs. The team’s study, “Toucans descend to the forest floor to consume the eggs of ground-nesting birds,” was published in the March edition of the journal Food Webs. “It’s really hard to wrap my mind around being published as an undergraduate student,” Vera said. “I am a pre-med student and if someone were to have told me at the beginning of my undergraduate studies that I would do as much research as I have done, I don’t think I would have believed them." Read more at VCU News.

Alumni Spotlight

Kristina Hipolito (Robertson '16) is one of 132 out of nearly 10,000 applicants accepted into Southwest Airlines internship program for this spring. She graduated from the Robertson School in December with a degree in mass communications. Kristina is now working with Southwest's national charity partners with outreach programs. After the program she is hoping to work in travel or tourism and is thinking about staying with Southwest. “Southwest is known for its company culture and that initially drew me to apply... I think it’s really important that companies create strong relationships with their consumers.” Read more.

Upcoming H&S Events

• Mar 22: Elske Smith Lecture: John Kneebone
• Mar 22: HRC Spring 2017 Speaker Series: Joseph Valente
• Mar 23: The Future of Media: Dr. Bob Levey
• Mar 23: VCU Visiting Writers Series: Ru Freeman and LeAnne Howe
• Mar 24: BioMath Seminar: Chris Lemmon
• Mar 24: VCU ALPS Seminar: Norma Ortiz-Robinson
• Mar 28: Mentor-Hunting in the Academy
• Mar 28: Psychology Distinguished Speaker Series: Dr. Adriana Umaña-Taylor
• Mar 30: 32nd Annual Brown Lyons Lecture: "Jews and Booze" by Marni Davis

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Selected VCU Events

• Mar 21: Explore Chinese Culture
• Mar 22: Popular Politics, Populism and Donald Trump: Who Are 'We the People?'
• Mar 23: Sanger Series: The Branding of the American Mind
• Mar 23: Disability Awareness with Jenson Larrimore
• Mar 24: Copyright for Creators
• Mar 30: Digital Pragmata Spring 2017
• Mar 30: Celebration of Gift of a Holocaust Sefer Torah
• Apr 05: 13th Annual Marquita Aguilar Walkathon

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