College Welcomes Three New Dean’s Fellows

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College Welcomes Three New Dean’s Fellows

The College is pleased to announce the appointment of three new Dean’s Fellows, Robert Lee Franco, Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences, Christine Mowery, Assistant Professor (non-tenure eligible) in the Department of Sociology, and Mayda Topoushian, Assistant Professor (non-tenure eligible) in the School of World Studies. Lee, Christine, and Mayda will […]

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Images of superheroes make us want to help others, study finds

Exposure to images of superheroes — such as Superman or Spider-Man — leads to greater intentions to engage in helpful behaviors, according to a new study by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and Hope College in Michigan. “Heroes loom large as exemplars of morality. They often embody virtues that we wish to express in our […]

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How forests are a key piece in the climate change puzzle

The U.S. Global Change Research Program on Friday released a major report that provides a current scientific assessment of the carbon cycle in North America and its connection to climate and society. Chris Gough, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Biology in the College of Humanities and Sciences, was a contributing author to […]

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VCU ROTC Excels in the Cadet Ranger Challenge

VCU’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program in the Department of Military Science has been teaching leadership and perseverance to students for decades. Recently their skills were put to the test through participating in the Cadet Ranger Challenge and Field Training Exercises (FTX). Each year, teams from all over the country compete in the Ranger […]

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Scholarship Recipient Aims to Tell Stories

VCU Senior Juan Steck learned to embrace uncertainty when he left his home in Peru to move to the United States in order to develop a relationship with his father. The 28-year-old moved to Northern Virginia and eventually befriended a co-worker who had graduated from VCU with a degree in Political Science. Steck made a […]

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History students uncover biographical information about Virginians killed in Vietnam War

Engraved on the Virginia War Memorial’s Shrine of Memory are the names of 1,303 Virginians killed in the Vietnam War. Of these, however, only 186 have pictures and complete biographical information. This fall, graduate students in a Virginia Commonwealth University history course are conducting research on a number of these names, digging through databases, searching government records, contacting […]

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CHS staff honored

Congratulations to the following College of Humanities and Sciences staffers who received awards at the recent VCU Human Resources and Staff Senate Career Development Day and Conference! Heather Ashton, assistant coordinator of the Humphrey Fellowship Program in the Department of Psychology, received the New Employee Award. This award is given to a “…VCU or VCU […]

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Chemistry Students Win at Health Hacks

Chemistry majors Neda Ojaghlou and Mahdi Shafiei were members of “Heads Up,” the team that placed third at VCU’s third annual HealthHacks. HealthHacks is a 24-hour problem-solving marathon sponsored by The College of Engineering in conjunction with the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  More than 130 students from Virginia Commonwealth University and other universities worked […]

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Graph Brain Project Tackles Graph Theory Problems

For the past four years, Associate Professor Dr. Craig Larson in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics has been running a summer research program for interested undergraduate and graduate students, and even high school students and other faculty. Larson’s Graph Brain Project provides students and faculty the opportunity to do research on widely-studied Graph […]

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From Arab Linguist to Biology Major

After six years in the Navy training to be an Arabic linguist, Yvonne Moody realized the fast paced intelligence community was no longer her passion, so in 2016 she left the Navy to come to VCU and pursue her interest in science. VCU had been on Moody’s radar since high school due to the opportunities […]

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