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Faculty Features for May 2016

Faculty Features for May 2016

Michael S. Ryan, M.D., assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics, and assistant dean of clinical medical education, VCU School of Medicine, was awarded the junior faculty teaching award from the Academic Pediatric Association during the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Baltimore on May 1.

MacGyver medicine: Medical school team wins wilderness medicine event

MacGyver medicine: Medical school team wins wilderness medicine event

Stabilizing a patient with spinal cord injury. Emergency tracheotomy. Intubation. It’s all in a day’s work. Except now imagine doing these procedures while mountain biking, canoeing, running through the woods with map and compass, and carrying all your supplies on your back.

Physical fitness and a healthy diet remain the best measures to prevent diabetes

Physical fitness and a healthy diet remain the best measures to prevent diabetes

Though many of the issues that cause diabetes are preventable, incidences of the disease have multiplied in the past 30 years, according to the World Health Organization. A person with diabetes has blood glucose levels that are above normal, and their body either does not make enough insulin or it cannot use its own insulin as well as it should. That causes sugar to build up in the blood.

Hume-Lee director details critical issues in organ donation during Twitter Q&A

Hume-Lee director details critical issues in organ donation during Twitter Q&A

VCU Health hosted a Twitter chat about organ donation April 26 to highlight National Donate Life Month. Donate Life America established National Donate Life Month in an effort to spearhead local, regional and national activities that encourage Americans to register as organ donors. According to Donate Life America, nearly 124,000 men, women and children are awaiting organ transplants in the United States, including 3,200 Virginians.

Students present research projects that merge academic and personal interests during annual sympo...

Students present research projects that merge academic and personal interests during annual symposiums

Virginia Patterson believes exercise saved her life. With that in mind, she often finds herself considering how it can help save the lives of others. Patterson, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences, part of the College of Humanities and Sciences, searches for ways to help people find the kind of reward in physical fitness that has enriched her own life.

VCU Health sexual assault awareness advocates address key questions in Twitter chat

VCU Health sexual assault awareness advocates address key questions in Twitter chat

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, VCU Health hosted a Twitter Chat on April 21 with Caitlin Shiflett, victim advocate and Project EMPOWER coordinator, and Lisette Johnson, a domestic violence survivor and Project EMPOWER peer advocate, who answered questions about healthy sexual behavior and clear definitions about consent in relationships.

New book calls for a regional, cooperative approach to addressing school segregation — and improv...

New book calls for a regional, cooperative approach to addressing school segregation — and improving educational outcomes for all students

In a new book, “When the Fences Come Down: Twenty-First-Century Lessons from Metropolitan School Desegregation,” Virginia Commonwealth University professor Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, Ph.D., explores what happens when communities take a regional approach to addressing persistent school segregation rather than focusing only on improving schools by raising academic standards, holding teachers and students accountable through test performance and promoting private-sector competition.

Tips for surviving this spring’s allergy season

Tips for surviving this spring’s allergy season

April showers may bring the loveliness of May flowers, but, for some, the pollen that accompanies those flowers is an unwelcomed tagalong to warmer weather. Pollen, a fine yellowish powder transported from plant to plant by the wind, is one of the biggest instigators of the seasonal allergies that affect nearly 50 million people in the United States.

And the wind began to howl: Revisiting 1968

And the wind began to howl: Revisiting 1968

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it, as the famous saying goes. Robert Meganck, chair of the Department of Communication Arts in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, remembers the past well, and he had an idea about a new way to help teach it to others.

Course teaches engineering students the finer points of business

Course teaches engineering students the finer points of business

To teach an engineer about business, sometimes it’s best to be an engineer. That’s why the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering offers a course mostly found in business schools: an entrepreneurial special topics course titled Intellectual Property.

Faculty and Staff Features for April 2016

Faculty and Staff Features for April 2016

LaChelle Waller, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Humanities and Sciences, has has received the 2016 Virginia Tech Influential Black Alumni Outstanding Ut Prosim Award.

Restoring voting rights of felons is good public policy, VCU expert says

Restoring voting rights of felons is good public policy, VCU expert says

Last Friday, Gov. Terry McAuliffe restored the voting and civil rights of 206,000 convicted felons who have served their prison sentences and completed parole or probation, thereby immediately allowing them to register to vote, run for office, serve on a jury and to serve as a notary public.

Brandcenter student earns highly sought international fellowship

Brandcenter student earns highly sought international fellowship

Steven Ebert, who will receive his M.S. in May from the Virginia Commonwealth University Brandcenter in the School of Business, has been offered the 2016-2019 WPP Fellowship, a coveted three-year, postgraduate rotational program with the world’s largest communications services group.

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