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A culture all its own

A culture all its own

Yolanda Avent believes hip-hop is more than a genre of music. “Hip-hop is a global connector of engagement for students all over the world,” said Avent, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

They created a computer station — and changed a quadriplegic patient’s life

They created a computer station — and changed a quadriplegic patient’s life

Before dawn on Aug. 8, 2017, Derrick Bayard began having severe pain in his abdomen, followed by body spasms. Soon after, it became hard to breathe. He was home alone, a detail made exponentially more important — and dangerous — by the fact that he’s a quadriplegic, unable to use his hands and feet. Bedridden.

VCU Engineering researcher receives funding for project to improve data travelling at the speed o...

VCU Engineering researcher receives funding for project to improve data travelling at the speed of light

The amount of information being transferred across the internet is growing at astonishing rates. Those transfers are powered by data centers — the massive hubs in the cloud that let smartphones and other devices send and receive data. Nathaniel Kinsey, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the School of Engineering, has received a VCU Presidential Research Quest Fund award for a project that will help make those centers faster and more efficient.

Devanand Sarkar’s quest to cure liver cancer

Devanand Sarkar’s quest to cure liver cancer

When Devanand Sarkar, Ph.D., came to VCU Massey Cancer Center in 2008, he wanted to pursue a new direction in his research. Driven by the loss of a close friend and colleague, Sarkar was on a mission to better understand the processes that drive the development of liver cancer. Nearly a decade later, his research is close to bringing about new treatments for the disease while redefining how obesity is connected to cancer.

Candid campus 2017

Candid campus 2017

All it takes is a camera and a simple backdrop to let the faces and personalities that make up VCU shine bright.

VCU's green wall continues to grow

VCU's green wall continues to grow

While the leaves across Richmond are about to turn red and gold as fall approaches, things are looking green outside the Office of Sustainability/RamBikes building. The modest structure at the corner of Grace and Belvidere streets is now home to an expanded green wall.

Jade Chang wins VCU Cabell First Novelist Award for ‘The Wangs vs. the World’

Jade Chang wins VCU Cabell First Novelist Award for ‘The Wangs vs. the World’

Jade Chang has won the 2017 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, which honors an outstanding debut novel published during a calendar year. Her winning book, “The Wangs vs. the World,” published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, tells the story of an immigrant family whose sudden loss of a cosmetics empire and their home sends them on a road trip across America where they discover what endures as a family and within themselves.

VCU inventors’ handheld device brings vast improvements to water testing process

VCU inventors’ handheld device brings vast improvements to water testing process

Elevated levels of uranium in the water supply are an environmental safety and health concern, but current methods of detecting it are cumbersome, costly and time consuming. Gary C. Tepper, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering in the School of Engineering, and Ph.D. student Brandon Dodd are addressing this challenge with a novel portable device that streamlines and expedites the way uranium in water is measured.

Faculty and Staff Features for September 2017

Faculty and Staff Features for September 2017

Jatinder R. Palta, Ph.D., professor and division head, Division of Medical Physics, Department of Radiation Oncology, School of Medicine, has been presented with the William D. Coolidge Award.

Doctoral student receives grant to expand HIV testing among young African American women

Doctoral student receives grant to expand HIV testing among young African American women

A Virginia Commonwealth University health psychology doctoral student has received a two-year, $69,194 grant to launch a research project aimed at increasing HIV testing among African American young adult women. Melanie Moore, who is pursuing her Ph.D. in the Department of Psychology in the College of Humanities and Sciences, received the grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities in the National Institutes of Health.

What’s new at VCU for the 2017-18 academic year

What’s new at VCU for the 2017-18 academic year

Another school year is off to a running start at Virginia Commonwealth University. Now is a good time to brush up on what’s new and different this year at this ever-growing, ever-changing university.

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