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Monday, Nov. 24, 2014


Research headlines

Professor's new book aims to advance microbiome research

A new book co-edited by VCU professor Maria Rivera, Ph.D., aims to provide guidance on the best practices for metagenomics — the application of high throughput technology for the direct sequencing and characterization of the genes and genomes present in complex microbial ecosystems like the human microbiome.

Psychology professor investigates how stress affects low-income Richmond-area parents' ability to raise children

Over the course of two years, Wendy Kliewer, Ph.D., a psychology professor at VCU, surveyed more than 300 low-income female caregivers who were parenting children in the Richmond area to learn how high levels of violence, noise, crowding and other stressful factors, such as health issues, family conflicts and concerns about money, were affecting their ability to raise the children.

Book explores how to best help African-American boys succeed

The challenges faced by African-American boys and adolescents, such as negative stereotyping and racial profiling, have received a great deal of attention recently, from the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, to President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, which aims to support young black males despite opportunity gaps.

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