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VCU psychologist gives advice on how news media can better handle the reporting of mass shootings

VCU psychologist gives advice on how news media can better handle the reporting of mass shootings

Paul Perrin, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Humanities and Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University, writes in the latest issue of American Psychologist that research suggests that the news media plays a key role in the “contagion” of mass shootings. Perrin recently discussed his article and possible steps the media should consider to more responsibly cover the tragedies.

VCU becomes first Virginia university to offer Ph.D. in oral health research

VCU becomes first Virginia university to offer Ph.D. in oral health research

A new Ph.D. program at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry will provide training for students who wish to pursue research in oral health or the biomedical sciences. The Doctor of Philosophy program in oral health research, which is focused on cancer, infection and stem cell engineering, will welcome its inaugural class in the fall semester. VCU is the first university in the state to offer a Ph.D. program focused on oral health research.

First all-black comic book added to VCU Libraries’ Comic Arts Collection

First all-black comic book added to VCU Libraries’ Comic Arts Collection

VCU Libraries has acquired an extremely rare copy of All-Negro Comics No. 1, the first comic book written and drawn solely by African-American writers and artists. “It’s one of the holy grails of comics,” said Cindy Jackson, library specialist for comic arts, who oversees VCU Libraries’ Comic Arts Collection, which has roughly 175,000 items, including more than 125,000 comic books.

Public shows strong support for public safety agencies throughout Virginia

Public shows strong support for public safety agencies throughout Virginia

A new Virginia Commonwealth University poll shows strong support for law enforcement across Virginia amid heightened public scrutiny of policing nationwide In the recent 2016 Commonwealth Poll: Public Safety — conducted by the Center for Public Policy at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University — more than seven out of 10 (78 percent) respondents felt that people in their local community receive fair treatment from law enforcement.

Black History Month at VCU aims to spark dialogue, celebrate black excellence

Black History Month at VCU aims to spark dialogue, celebrate black excellence

Virginia Commonwealth University will celebrate Black History Month with a variety of events throughout February that are meant to provoke thought and conversation. “I am truly excited for this year’s Black History Month events and the dialogue that may come as a byproduct of these programs,” said Yolanda Avent, director of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs in the Division of Student Affairs, which coordinates VCU’s Black History Month activities.

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