Interim Chairs Announced

Biology

Interim Chairs Announced

Dean Monste Fuentes is pleased to welcome  to announce the appointment of Bonnie Brown as the Interim Chair of the Department of Biology and Joann Richardson as Interim Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences. Bonnie joined VCU in 1991. She is a Professor of Biology and has served as Associate Chair of […]

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17th Annual Darwin Day

17th Annual Darwin Day Friday, February 12th The Graduate Organization Of Biology Students, Graduate Student Organization, Biology Department, and Integrative Life Sciences Student Organization presents the 17th Annual Darwin Day on Friday, Feb. 12th at 11:00am in the Commonwealth Ballrooms of the Student Commons. Speaking Evolution: Why acceptance, knowledge and understanding of evolution matter will […]

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2015 December Diploma Ceremonies

Congratulations to all of our upcoming graduates!  If you haven’t already done so please make sure you know all of the details like time and location for your department’s diploma ceremony by visiting the VCU Commencement site and on the Departmental Ceremonies page. If you have a question about your ceremony please contact your department’s […]

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Dr. Tombes Accepts New Role

From Interim Dean Alison Baski: Dr. Robert Tombes has served as the Associate Dean for Research since 2012 and is a Professor in the Biology department.  In his current role, Dr. Tombes has supported inter-disciplinary research initiatives, spearheaded grant writing academies, and helped increase the research portfolio of the College by more than 50%. As […]

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Footprints on the James 2015

UPDATE: 5/22/2015 – Following the Footprints: Applications are now closed for the Footprints on the James 2015 course but you can watch their four week journey unfold here and on their blog. Follow along as students embark on a journey to discover the natural history of the James River. 3/3/2015: It’s that time of year again! […]

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Faculty Spotlight: Maria Rivera

Maria Rivera, associate professor in the Department of Biology, recently co-edited a new book titled, Metagenomics for Microbiology. The book aims to provide guidance on the best practices for metagenomics, which looks at genetic material recovered directly from environmental samples. “These findings have the potential to change how we understand health and disease and how we practice medicine,” she […]

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Alumnus Finds Success in Working with Students

Adeeb Barqawi arrived at VCU at the age of 16. Having grown up in Kuwait, Adeeb was proud of his international perspective but soon realized he needed to learn a whole new context—that of his new university. He credits VCU with giving him the tools to hone that skill. “VCU helped me to learn when […]

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Explore the History and Natural History of the James River

Introducing a new summer course! Footprints on the James: Human and Natural History of the James River, a BIOL 391L/HIST 391 course. VCU’s departments of History and Biology are developing a new course in partnership with the VCU  Outdoor Adventure Program that will explore the history and natural history of the James River. As part of […]

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Don Young Wins NSF Grant

Don Young, chair of the Biology Department, has recently received a collaborative research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF): Collaborative Research: The Role of Ecomorphodynamic Feedbacks in Barrier Island Response to Climate Change. The project will test a hypothesis that ecomorphodynamic feedbacks have the potential to amplify the effects of climate change on barrier island evolution. […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Rachel Calcagni

Through her first spring after graduation, 23-year-old Rachel Calcagni has been swimming and training with dolphins in the Florida Keys. Rachel graduated in December with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, and is currently winding down an internship at the Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key, Fla. where she works in the Animal Care and […]

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