October 21, 2015
Student Commons Forum Room
Scott Gronert, Professor of Chemistry
“When radicals and proteins meet – a tangled path to aging and organ failure”
Dr. Gronert holds a B.S. degree from California State University at Long Beach and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He did postdoctoral research at the University of Colorado. He began his academic career at San Francisco State University in 1990 and rose to the rank of Professor in 1997. In 2007 in joined the faculty at VCU and was Chair from 2009-2015. His research focuses on the use of mass spectrometry in the investigation of problems in organic and biological chemistry. His current work involves gas-phase reaction mechanisms and the analysis of protein post-translational modifications related to aging and disease.
Jason Ross Arnold, Associate Professor of Political Science
“Secrecy in the Sunshine Era: The Promise and Failures of U.S. Open Government Laws”
Dr. Arnold is an Associate Professor of Political Science. He received his Ph.D. in 2008 from the University of Minnesota, and began teaching at VCU the same year. He recently published the book Secrecy in the Sunshine Era: The Promise and Failures of U.S. Open Government Laws, and earlier published articles and chapters about political ideologies, corruption, and public ignorance in democracies. Some recent courses at VCU include: Comparative Politics; Secrecy, Surveillance, Spies, and Lies; and Latin American Politics.
Amanda Dickinson, Assistant Professor of Biology
“Using frog faces to understand human orofacial defects”
Dr. Dickinson is an Assistant Professor of Biology. She received her Ph.D. from Dalhousie University in 2002 and was a post-doctoral fellow at the MIT in Boston MA until 2010 when she joined VCU. She is a Developmental Biologist who teaches and mentors students at all levels. She is the recipient of a prestigious NSF CAREER award for her work on the formation of the frog mouth, research that is highly relevant to craniofacial abnormalities in children.
Jason Reed, Assistant Professor of Physics
“Applications of Precision, Real-time Cell Biomass Measurements in Cell Physiology and Drug Development”
Dr. Reed is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and a member of the Developmental Therapeutics Program at the VCU Massey Cancer Center. His research group develops novel approaches for biomaterials characterization and for real-time analysis of living systems, with applications in drug development and molecular diagnostics. He received his Ph.D. from New York University and his A.B. from Harvard College.
Faye Belgrave, Professor of Psychology, Director of Center for Cultural Experiences in Prevention
“HIV and Substance Abuse Prevention: Integrating Teaching, Service and Research through Community Collaboration ”
Dr. Belgrave is Professor of Psychology and the Founding Director of the Center for Cultural Experiences in Prevention. Her programmatic and research interests are in the areas of health disparities, including drug and HIV prevention among African Americans and other ethnic minorities. Dr. Belgrave’s research also focuses on the role of culture and context in prevention interventions and on gender related issues. Much of her work has been conducted in collaboration with community based organizations.
Leigh Ann Craig, Chris Cynn, Katie Meier, Sachi Shimomura
Humanities Research Center Residential Fellows give a panel presentation on their experience.