The members of VCU’s incoming first-year class clutch at luggage on wheels and pillows from home, their families positioned dutifully alongside them. The students are grinning and giddy but anxious and uncertain, too, the environs of the first floor of University Student Commons still new to them. Fortunately, the VCU orientation leaders, energetic students in uniform black collared shirts, are here to help.
The VCU School of Education is working with teachers and students to help make complex scientific investigations both fun and accessible.
VCU has received a five-year, $3 million grant to study how adverse experiences such as severe illnesses, neglect and maltreatment during childhood leave molecular marks in DNA that predict health risks later in life.
VCU partners with a private company to offer a summer camp designed to spark creativity and teach children how to solve challenges.
Twenty-three young Iraqis and 19 VCU students are taking part in VCU’s fifth annual Social Media Institute, a four-week summer course in which student teams develop social media strategies on behalf of 10 nonprofit organizations.
Joi Hamm, a junior at VCU and a specialist in the U.S. Army, was among a handful of “American Idol” contestants who advanced to the next round of auditions when the singing competition’s bus was in Richmond.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police has selected the VCU Police Department as first in the nation among colleges and universities for the organization’s 2014 National Law Enforcement Challenge.
- Op-Ed: To be America's safest health system (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
- Let's cool it in the bedroom (New York Times)
- VCU students team up to control diabetes (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
- Freedom Now project locates survivors of Prince Edward school shutdown (Virginia Currents)
- Young but innovative: Justin Tran (Asian Fortune)
- Medical student makes impression he never imagined (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
- VCU psychologist advocates forgiveness, for health's sake (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Events and announcements
As part of the VCU Guitar and Other Strings Concert Series, Stephen Bennett, master of the guitar, harp guitar and steel resonator guitar, will perform on July 25 at 7:30 p.m., and the VCU Community Guitar Ensemble will perform on July 27 at 4 p.m. Both performances will be in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, 922 Park Ave. General admission is $15 for Bennett’s performance. Admission is free for the VCU Community Guitar Ensemble’s show.
Join artist Jack Wax for a discussion of “Dear Life,” Alice Munro’s latest collection of short stories, at the Anderson Gallery. This gathering invites participants to share their insights and also offers another way of exploring ideas that propel Wax’s drawings, which are on view in the downstairs gallery. The event will be a book group and a gallery talk rolled into one. The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Anderson Gallery. The program is free, and a cash bar is available.