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Student debt crisis

Student debt crisis

It’s a sobering statistic. In 2015, the average U.S. college student graduated with a student-loan debt of just over $35,000, according to an analysis of government data by Mark Kantrowitz, publisher at Edvisors.

Clinton’s pick of Kaine as VP ‘an interesting one,’ says VCU political scientist

Clinton’s pick of Kaine as VP ‘an interesting one,’ says VCU political scientist

In selecting Tim Kaine as her running mate, Hillary Clinton is adding to her ticket a vice presidential candidate who is fluent in Spanish, has foreign policy experience and is capable of navigating the legislative process, said Tom Coen, who teaches in the Department of Political Science in the College of Humanities and Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University.

New da Vinci Center director sees university as a living lab

New da Vinci Center director sees university as a living lab

As associate dean of student entrepreneurship in the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Arizona State University, Garret Westlake oversaw the university’s status as the country’s No. 1 most innovative university — beating out Stanford and MIT, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Patients’ quality of life restored after brain surgery

Patients’ quality of life restored after brain surgery

Eight years ago William Pappadake’s life and his lifestyle were interrupted. Things he had done effortlessly, like golf, write, and carry his plate during an evening out at dinner, became a debilitating struggle because of a 2008 diagnosis of essential tremor.

Increasing the odds of prostate cancer detection

Increasing the odds of prostate cancer detection

For three years, Andrew Harder wondered if he had prostate cancer. In 2009, he had routine blood work that revealed an elevated prostate-specific antigen level. When PSA is above 4 nanograms per milliliter of blood, it can be one of the first signs of a prostate tumor. Harder’s PSA was 9.

Former tattoo artist takes nontraditional route to Ph.D.

Former tattoo artist takes nontraditional route to Ph.D.

Ed Glass was working as a tattoo artist in a small strip-mall shop when he had a clear vision of his future. “I suddenly realized that when I’m 85, I didn’t want to look back and say, ‘Wow, I didn’t do anything,’” Glass said. “I wanted to leave a lasting positive mark.”

At ‘Enchanted Castle’ site, VCU students dig up Virginia history

At ‘Enchanted Castle’ site, VCU students dig up Virginia history

Virginia Commonwealth University history major Jesse Adkins is slowly and steadily pushing a ground-penetrating radar device across a field near Fredericksburg, searching for underground anomalies that could help pinpoint the location of a long-lost 18th-century fort built by Alexander Spotswood, the colonial governor of Virginia from 1710 to 1722.

VCUPD chief: U.S. law enforcement ‘needs a new scorecard’

VCUPD chief: U.S. law enforcement ‘needs a new scorecard’

People are clamoring to improve trust between communities and the police, even as fatal events across the country widen divisions between law enforcement and the public, Virginia Commonwealth University Police Chief John Venuti said Thursday.

Physical therapy fund provides opportunities for students

Physical therapy fund provides opportunities for students

When Joseph D. Wilkins was a child, his father was involved in a serious car crash. The event planted the seeds of a career path. “From the seventh grade, I wanted to go into physical therapy,” said Wilkins (M.S.’01/AHP; D.P.T.’06/AHP; M.S.H.A.’11/AHP).

Rising freshman finds his voice through Vocal Arts Project

Rising freshman finds his voice through Vocal Arts Project

Even though he’s been singing for only three years, rising Virginia Commonwealth University freshman Trevor White had no problem acing the audition for the School of the Arts voice program. White attributes it to hard work. Lots of hard work. And a bit of kismet.

Sociology professor on racism, inequality: ‘We get better’

Sociology professor on racism, inequality: ‘We get better’

The recent shootings of African-American men by police in Louisiana and in Minnesota, followed by the shootings of five police officers in Dallas, have once again sparked protests across the country and debate over racial bias and disparities in the criminal justice system.

VCU forensic science expert helps Amnesty International investigate atrocities committed in South...

VCU forensic science expert helps Amnesty International investigate atrocities committed in South Sudan, Nigeria

The photos and videos that arrived in Virginia Commonwealth University forensic science professor Tal Simmons’ email inbox depicted a horrific scene. Bleached white bones were scattered across a field, representing all that remained of several people murdered in South Sudan. The images were sent by Amnesty International officials investigating and documenting atrocities committed in the country. As part of their investigation, they needed to know how long ago the remains had likely been dumped in the field.

Jazz professor releases album 15 years after its recording

Jazz professor releases album 15 years after its recording

Doug Richards found his passion for music as a boy when his father played a Glenn Miller record, which led him to explore a variety of musical genres. Inspired by artists such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Johann Sebastian Bach, he realized he wanted to make music.

Tiny Tech: A startup bringing big changes to protective clothing

Tiny Tech: A startup bringing big changes to protective clothing

As cell phones and other wireless technologies proliferate, there is growing concern about the health effects of the electromagnetic radiation these devices emit. Tiny Tech, a startup that began in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering, is addressing those concerns by weaving effective EM radiation shielding into clothing.

An artful upbringing inspires a creative career

An artful upbringing inspires a creative career

Looking at his portfolio of images, it’s hard to believe Cade Martin (B.G.S.’89/H&S) snapped his first photograph halfway through his sophomore year at Virginia Commonwealth University. Martin, who’s based in Washington, D.C., has been hailed as one of the 200 best advertising photographers in the world by Lürzer’s Archive and his award-winning work has been described as “inspirational,” “magical” and “elegant.”

Architectural history scholarship creates strong foundations

Architectural history scholarship creates strong foundations

With one gift, now-retired Virginia Commonwealth University art history professor Charles E. Brownell, Ph.D., and his sister, Louise T. Brownell, paid tribute to their late mother and laid a foundation of financial support for generations of VCU School of the Arts students.

Physical therapy program offers help for infants with delayed skills

Physical therapy program offers help for infants with delayed skills

Soon after he was born, Miles Mrozinski’s parents knew he would be developmentally delayed. He was diagnosed with Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy, a brain injury caused by oxygen deprivation to the brain during birth. It is the leading cause of death or severe impairment in infants and can be permanent.

Faculty and Staff Features for July 2016

Faculty and Staff Features for July 2016

Peter Aiken, Ph.D., associate professor of information systems, School of Business, and founding director of Data Blueprint, will present “Why Johnny Can’t Data” at the 18th annual Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium in September.

How a VCU-based collaboration is reshaping our view of early Jamestown

How a VCU-based collaboration is reshaping our view of early Jamestown

The term “oral history” conjures images of man’s first attempts to learn from the past. Now an interdisciplinary team of researchers working in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering’s Department of Biomedical Engineering is giving those words new meaning.

VCU Broad Street Mile returns for 4th annual event

VCU Broad Street Mile returns for 4th annual event

Virginia Commonwealth University returns as the signature sponsor of the VCU Broad Street Mile. The event will allow participants to enjoy a free festival, compete in a series of 1-mile fun runs or a 5K, and raise money for local organizations.

First female to win Rock 'n' Roll Nashville Marathon twice in a row eyes higher prize

First female to win Rock 'n' Roll Nashville Marathon twice in a row eyes higher prize

Virginia Commonwealth University MBA student Melanie Kulesz never imagined she would go from a little-league soccer player to winner of the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon — let alone a two-time winner. But this year, cheered on by family, friends and spectators, Kulesz became the first female to win the 26.2-mile race in consecutive years.

VCU Health named to 2016 Most Wired list

VCU Health named to 2016 Most Wired list

VCU Health has been named among the Most Wired health care organizations in the country for 2016. The results of the 18th annual Health Care’s Most Wired survey, released today by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum, indicate technology is improving the efficiency of care delivery and creating a new dynamic in patient interactions.

 Five VCU students, grads named Virginia Governor’s Fellows

Five VCU students, grads named Virginia Governor’s Fellows

Five Virginia Commonwealth University students were selected to take part in this summer’s prestigious Virginia Governor’s Fellows Program, which places outstanding Virginia students and recent graduates in high-level internships in the governor's office and other executive branch agencies.

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