SYSM Doctoral Program Produces Interdisciplinary Researchers

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SYSM Doctoral Program Produces Interdisciplinary Researchers

VCU’s Systems Modeling and Analysis Doctoral Program prepares mathematicians for jobs both inside and outside traditional academic fields, by training them in multiple areas of research by modeling systems to address  real, contemporary problems facing our world. The program’s curriculum combines intersecting mathematical disciplines including statistics, operations research, discrete mathematics, and applied mathematics to provide […]

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MATX Doctoral Program Emphasizes Innovative Interdisciplinary Research

Michael Means is a doctoral student in the Media, Art, and Text (MATX) doctoral program at VCU. His dissertation, Adaptive Acts: Queer Voices and Radical Adaptation in Ethnic American Literary and Visual Culture, examines adaptation as a method of cultural engagement. Means investigates literature-to-film and literature-to-stage adaptations of Native American, African American, and Asian American […]

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Overflow Crowd Hears Junot Diaz

Over five hundred people, not just students and professors but members of the public as well, filled the VCU Cabell Library lecture hall last night with an electric energy of anticipation and vibrating hum of excited chatter. Most clutched well-thumbed copies of identical novels and wore giddy grins, as they lined the walls and perched […]

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Health Psychology Doctoral Program Emphasizes Research and Diversity

It is widely understood that a person’s health is influenced by behaviors like diet and exercise, but psychologists today recognize that a variety of intersecting influences, oftentimes not obviously linked to fitness, have an impact on our overall physical and mental well-being.   “There’s a growing awareness of the connections between people’s mental health, their […]

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Mind Match Project Says ‘Chess Please’ to Learning!

Researchers Examine the Impact of Playing Chess on Developing Minds Chess is one of the oldest games in the world, and it’s long been considered a sign of great intelligence of sophistication to play it. Many people think you have to be really smart to know your way around a chessboard, and researchers at VCU […]

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The Evolution and Significance of Female Islamic Scholarship

Q&A with Samaneh Oladi Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies Dr. Samaneh Oladi is an assistant professor of Islamic Studies at VCU, whose research focuses on the evolving role of women as religious authorities and producers of Islamic knowledge. Her work studies how female Islamic scholarship challenges patriarchal interpretations of sacred scriptures, and she has published […]

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David Edwards Researches Air Transportation for NASA

For the past five years NASA has been collaborating with a associate professor David Edwards from the Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research to test the next generation of air transportation systems using statistical simulations. The Federal Aviation Administration’s Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen project, is designed to improve the communication, navigation, […]

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Bringing the Past into the Present Using the Technology of the Future

Walking into VCU’s Virtual Curation Lab is like entering the mind of a crazed historian from the future. The whirring of several 3D printers working at once fills the tiny office space, which looks like a national museum stuffed into 200 square feet, with the busy sounds of creation. Massive bones of extinct creatures, delicate […]

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CCEP Engages Richmond in HIV Education and Awareness

African American men and women across the United States are disproportionately impacted by the ongoing HIV health crisis in America. Although African Americans make up only 13% of the overall population, they represent 40% of all people living with HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Black adolescents and young adults […]

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Mathematicians Make Progress on Unsolved Problems at Ideal Fest

“In my field of math, 99 percent of your time is spent pursuing avenues which are ultimately not fruitful. The one percent of the time that it does work, it can be revolutionary,” said Sean Cox, assistant professor of Mathematics at VCU. Cox is a mathematician whose research focuses on mathematical logic and set theory, […]

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