When they aren’t at practice, class or study hall or leading the VCU men’s basketball team to yet another win, Mo Alie-Cox and Melvin Johnson can be found this semester interning at the General Assembly, getting a firsthand look at Virginia’s legislative process. Johnson and Alie-Cox are both criminal justice majors in the L. Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.
This year, VCU Brandcenter graduates worked on 13 TV spots that aired during the Super Bowl. Twenty different alumni played a role in those ads.
The Workshop, located on the lower level of James Branch Cabell Library, was built as part of VCU Libraries’ $50.8 million expansion and renovation.
VCU Libraries has acquired an extremely rare copy of All-Negro Comics No. 1, the first comic book written and drawn solely by African-American writers and artists.
The United States Preventative Services Task Force’s recent recommendation that pregnant women and new moms be screened for depression is necessary and critical, VCU Health experts said, even for women who have never experienced depression.
The longer a hip fracture patient stays in a hospital, the more likely that patient will die within 30 days of leaving, according to a study led by Stephen Kates, M.D., chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the VCU School of Medicine.
A delegation led by VCU’s Center for Sport Leadership is in South Africa as part of a U.S. Department of State-backed effort to boost cultural understanding and spark social change through the country’s passion for soccer.
A new study by VCU researchers suggests that dysregulation in the way two G protein-coupled receptors talk to each other may be responsible for some symptoms of schizophrenia and could lead to new treatment targets.
In a recent poll conducted by the Center for Public Policy at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU, 78 percent of respondents felt that people in their local community receive fair treatment from law enforcement.
Events and announcements
VCU is proud to host the winners of the Rebecca Mitchell Tarumoto Short Fiction Prize for outstanding short fiction, authors Hiba Krisht and Carrie Brown. The event will take place at the VCU Scott House, 909 W. Franklin St., at 7 p.m. The prize is sponsored by the family of Rebecca Mitchell Tarumoto, in her memory, to honor her devotion to the art of writing fiction and to expand the audience for outstanding short stories. This event is free and open to the public.
Velma Scantlebury, M.D., America’s first black female transplant surgeon, will be at VCU on Thursday for a lecture and roundtable discussion hosted by the Black Education Association. The lecture, “Health Equity in Kidney Transplantation: Experiences from a Surgeon’s Perspective,” takes place 3–4 p.m. at the University Student Commons Theater, followed by a reception. Earlier in the day, Scantlebury will participate in a roundtable discussion, “Current Issues in Organ Transplantation,” from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in room 1013 of the Molecular Medicine Research Building, 1220 E. Broad St., on the MCV Campus. She will be joined by Wally Smith, M.D., Florence Neal Cooper Smith Professor of Sickle Cell Disease, VCU School of Medicine; Gaurav Gupta, M.D., program director, transplant nephrology fellowship at VCU; and David Klassen, M.D., chief medical officer, United Network for Organ Sharing.
Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, author Lawrence Ross will be giving a talk titled “Know Better/Do Better” from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m, at The Depot, 814 W. Broad St. Ross is the author of the new book “Blackballed: The Black and White Politics of Race on America’s Campuses,” which explores the present and historical issues of racism on American college campuses, and how that ties into the Black Lives Matter movement.
VCU and University of Richmond go head-to-head on the basketball court on Friday, Feb. 19. From Feb. 12 to 19, VCU and UR alumni will compete in a fundraising challenge, showing support for their university by making a gift to the annual fund.