The competition challenges university teams to design and build the best transport pod for Hyperloop, a high-speed ground transport concept being advanced by SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk.
Students will compete through March 1 to save as much energy as possible. The Office of Sustainability and Residential Life and Housing expect the lessons learned during the contest to remain long after the challenge ends.
Carolina Donahue and Holly Elliott, owners of Grit and Glam Farm in Caroline County and operators of the Depot Market, talk about what they hope to accomplish.
VCU Libraries is one of three recipients of the award, which is an annual honor recognizing staff at college, university and community college libraries for providing exemplary programs, resources and services.
Events and announcements
“On the Centenary of the 1918 Flu: Remembering the Past and Planning for the Future” will be the topic of the VCU Libraries Sanger Series lecture from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Hermes A. Kontos Medical Sciences Building Auditorium, 1217 E. Marshall St. Jeffery Taubenberger, M.D., Ph.D., who unlocked the secrets to a deadly flu virus that killed more than 40 million people worldwide a century ago, will be the guest speaker. The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
VCU Music will present a Faculty Showcase concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall of the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts. The concert will feature Magdalena Adamek, piano; Justin Alexander, marimba; Tabatha Easley, flute; Erin Freeman, soprano; Susanna Klein, violin; Antonio García, trombone; Rex Richardson, trumpet; Patrick Smith, horn; Charles Staples, piano; Tiffany Valvo, clarinet; and Sonia Vlahcevic, piano. Admission is free.
VCU Libraries’ Questioning Cinema series will show “Hidden Figures,” the story of three brilliant African-American mathematicians at NASA who were the brain power behind the complex calculation of the early space program, at 5 p.m. in the Cabell Library Lecture Hall. After the film, three professors will lead a discussion about the real-life times and challenges of these pioneers.