VCU engineering professor B. Frank Gupton, Ph.D., has received a $5 million grant to develop a more cost-effective way to manufacture two important drugs used to treat HIV and AIDS. The grant supports a multidisciplinary project called the Medicine for All Initiative, which seeks cheaper and more efficient ways to manufacture drugs, particularly those needed to treat HIV and AIDS in developing countries.
Two students in VCU’s School of Medicine are interning this summer in Geneva at the World Health Organization to work on projects that seek to improve the cost-effectiveness of medical treatments and stamp out the diseases of poverty.
The Humanities Research Center at VCU will host a series of public events this fall to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery and to recognize the nation’s ongoing journey toward racial justice. The speaker series, “Race, Citizenship, and Memory in the South,” will get underway on Sept. 3 with a talk by public intellectual and Princeton University professor Cornel West, Ph.D.
The VCU Department of Music continues a summer tradition with the 23rd annual Guitar and Other Strings Series this July. All concerts will take place in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall in the Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, 922 Park Ave.
An elite fashion industry association has granted membership to VCU, giving its fashion design and merchandising students opportunities for scholarships, internships and mentoring from established industry professionals.
Events and announcements
The VCU Police Department offers a safe space for sales and exchanges on Craigslist and encourages students, faculty and staff to meet buyers and sellers at VCU Police Headquarters, 938 W. Grace St. People nationwide have been scammed and robbed after trying to sell items on Craigslist and similar websites. VCU Police Headquarters is staffed 24 hours each day and the lobby is air-conditioned and open to the public. No prior reservations with police are required. For more information, contact Corey Byers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of Continuing and Professional Education hosts condensed, one-week SAT® Summer Institutes on the Monroe Park Campus in Richmond and in the VCU classroom at the Career and Technical Center at Hull Street, 13900 Hull St., in Midlothian. VCU faculty and staff can use promo code VCU50 at the time of registration to save $50. Regular price is $449. Upcoming sessions include those starting on Monday, July 13 (Midlothian), and on Monday, July 27 (Richmond). VCU Test Prep also offers preparation courses for the GRE®, GMAT®, LSAT® and SAT®. For more information, visit http://www.ocpe.vcu.edu/vcutestprep/.