Be a Judge at the 2014 VAS / VJAS Meeting

 VCU will host the 2014 Virginia Academy of Science (VAS) / Virginia Junior Academy of Science (VJAS) meeting from Tuesday May 13 through Friday May 16. The VJAS consists of presentations by high school and middle school students, organized by topic and section, and these presentations will take place on Wednesday, May 14. See below the list of the sections for middle school and then high school students. As the host institution one of the expectations, but also one of the great opportunities, of VCU is to provide judges for the VJAS papers on Wednesday, May 14. Therefore, there is a request that faculty members (regardless of rank) and advanced graduate students to please consider donating your time for this activity.

If you are willing to judge, please contact VJAS director Susan Booth at susan.science@gmail.com. The attachment below has additional information, including the information that Susan would need from you. The local arrangement chair is Dr. Darcy Mays, Chair of the Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research, and if you have any questions about the VAS/VJAS meeting please feel free to contact him at dpmays@vcu.edu or 828-4623.  Thanks for your time in considering this request.
AH – Animal & Human Sciences
CS – Chemical Science
EE – Ecology & Earth Sciences
EM – Engineering & Mathematics
HB – Human Behavior
PS – Physical Science
PM – Plant Science& Microbiology

High School: Grades 9-12 ONLY

BOT – Botany
CHM – Chemistry
EGR – Engineering
ENV – Environmental Science
MSC – Math, Statistics & Computer Science
MDH – Medicine & Health
MCB – Microbiology & Cell Biology
PHY – Physics
PSY – Psychology
ZOO – Zoology
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Humanities Center Residential Fellows

We are delighted to announce the inaugural group of Residential Fellows that will convene at the Humanities Research Center in Spring Semester 2015.

  • Leigh Ann Craig (History)
  • Christine Cynn (Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies)
  • Kathryn Meier (History)
  • Sachi Shimomura (English)

They will be working on individual books projects that coalesce around the theme Authorizing Health: Community Interpretations and Regulation of the Gendered Body. Their individual projects span eight hundred years, three continents, and three disciplines.

The selection committee was faced with a very challenging task as the applications were all extremely impressive, bearing eloquent testimony to the quality of ongoing research in the humanities at VCU. In conjunction with the ten individual research grants awarded in December and the formation of reading/writing groups for next academic year (please watch out for a coming announcement), these residential fellowships embody the new Humanities Research Center’s commitment to fostering excellence and scholarly productivity in the humanities at VCU. Please join us in congratulating Professors Craig, Cynn, Meier, and Shimomura!

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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 the five-week course, students will travel along roughly 200 miles of the James River via boats, camping out at state parks, private land, islands in the river, and organizational property, including the VCU Rice River Center in Charles City County.

The course, which is tentatively titled Footprints on the James: The History and Natural History of the James River, will run from May 19 to June 19. History Professor Brian Daugherity, Ph.D., will co-teach the course and is currently solidifying the curriculum, seeking partnerships and recruiting students.

“This course will allow VCU students the opportunity to learn about America’s founding river and its connections to human settlement in a totally unique way,” Daugherity said. “I hope the journey teaches them to understand and to appreciate the undeniable relationship between past, present, and future.”

Interested students can contact Brian Daugherity at bjdaugherity@vcu.edu or 828-4498.

 

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The Next Big Idea Competition

vcu squaredThe Next Big Idea Competition is here! Tap into your entrepreneurial side by coming up with an idea that offers beneficial value to the marketplace, society, environment, community, campus life, etc.

The winning entry will receive a $500 prize!

For consideration, you will need to submit an entry form with your idea that describes a problem or opportunity, and also describes your idea for addressing it. (See below for example ideas.) This contest is open to all College of Humanities and Sciences undergraduate and graduate students – individuals or teams of up to four people.

The contest rules are as follows:

  1. Must be a CHS undergraduate/graduate student
  2. One entry per student
  3. 1-4 students per entry
  4. Complete the Entry Form
  5. Submission forms must be limited to one page

Entry Form must include:

  1. Name:
  2. Email Adress:
  3. Graduate/Undergraduate:
  4. Expected Graduation Date:
  5. Describe a problem or opportunity (no more than 300 words)
  6. Describe the Solution – the Next Big Idea (no more than 300 words)
  7. Link to YouTube video (optional – no longer than 90 seconds)

cash bagFIRST PRIZE: $500

SECOND PRIZE: $300

THIRD PRIZE: $100

FINALIST (2): $50

Videos are not required, but they are encouraged as an effective way to communicate ideas to the review committee. Any applicant who submits a video with their application will also receive 5 additional points. YouTube videos are limited to 90 seconds and creativity is encouraged.

 

Example Ideas:

1. Products or Services: Do you  have an idea for a new product or service that meets some need in the marketplace? Alternatively, you could select an existing product or service and provide an idea about how it could be improved.

2. Social or “Green” Concerns: Do you have any ideas that will improve society in some way? Ideas for this category include those that help the environment and those that help address social issues.

3. Commercial Applications of VCU Research Project: Are you working on a research project at VCU College of Humanities and Sciences? Do you have ideas for a commercial products or service related to your work?

4. Campus Innovations: Do you have innovative ideas that would enrich campus life of H&S students?

5. Other ideas? Any idea qualifies for this competition, so do not let thse examples limit your creativity!

 

Click here to get started!

 

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This competition is sponsored by Venture Creation University (VCU Squared), a unique university-wide initiative launched by VCU Innovation Gateway and VCU da Vinci Center.

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CHS Student Awards 2014

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The College of Humanities and Sciences Student Awards Night recognizes seniors with a 4.0 GPA and departmental award recipients. These students are among the hardest working and most dedicated at VCU. They have been nominated for an award by their school, department or program for their academic achievement, scholarship, creative endeavors or service to others. Congratulations to all of our 2014 Student Award winners!

A message from Dean Jim Coleman:

I could write volumes filled with positive comments about the students I have met since joining VCU in 2011. Those of you that have met me in person know of my genuine admiration for the diversity, talent, potential and scholarly achievement of our students. I want to offer my sincere congratulations to all students being honored and my gratitude to all the parents, grandparents, sibling, wives, husbands, partners and friends who have helped these students achieve their goals.

DEPARTMENTAL AWARDS

Biology:

Dean’s Scholar Award, Distinction Awarded to Seniors with a 4.0 GPA…………Sahil Aggarwal

Michael Barber

Ashley Cimino

Nidhi Desai

Rachel Erickson

Philippe Franco

Merit George

Damon Hickson

Lana Ittner

Jo-Leigh Keeley

David Kochan

Pooja Magavi

Basil Mathews

Rakhi Melvani

Akash Patel

Radhika Patel

Jennifer Shim

John Smith

Mrinmayee Takle

Outstanding Graduate Student In Cellular/Molecular Biology…………………………. Simon Sun

Outstanding Graduate Student In Ecology…………………………………………………..Anna Tucker

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award……………………………………..Jennifer Derkits

Outstanding Senior Award………………………………………………………………………….. Dev Sahni

Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Cellular/Molecular Biology………………. Sarah Brusko

Rakhi Melvani

Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Ecology…………………………………………… Lee Wilkers

 

Chemistry:

Dean’s Scholar Award, Distinction Awarded to Seniors with a 4.0 GPA…………..Rachel Balow

Azhar Bashir

Rajbir Chaggar

Charlene Gaw

Hayden Hodges

Ariel Nash

Kim Nguyen

American Chemical Society

Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry……………………………..Katherine Wamsley

American Chemical Society

Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry……………………………………….Aaron Wilson

American Chemical Society, Virginia Section

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award………………………………………..Joshua Driskill

American Institute of Chemists Outstanding Senior Student Award…………………… Ariel Nash

CRC Press Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award…………………………………… Justin Joseph

Mary E. Kapp Service Award………………………………………………………………… Joseph Bungard

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award…………………………………………………………….Minh Ho

 

Economics:

Dean’s Scholar Award, Distinction Awarded to Seniors with a 4.0 GPA……………Marcus Lam

Student of the Year………………………………………………………………………Adrianna ScheerCook

 

English:

Dean’s Scholar Award, Distinction Awarded to Seniors with a 4.0 GPA…….Zachary Coffman

Lydia Davey

Margaret DeGroat

Yvette Gohlke

Matthew Zacharias

Rachel Zlotkowski

Rebecca Zuckerman

Dinah Grossman-Wolfe Book Award……………………………………………………Meagan Lawrence

E. Allen Brown Award…………………………………………………………………………… Heather Duke

Graduate Creative Non-Fiction Award…………………………………………………….Dale Brumfield

Graduate Creative Non-Fiction Award, Honorable Mention…………………………Rebecca Jones

Graduate Fiction Award……………………………………………………………………….. Teresa Hudson

Graduate Fiction Award, Honorable Mention…………………………………………Lauren McCarty

Graduate Whitesell Explication Award…………………………………………………Meredith Spencer

Graduate Whitesell Explication Award, Honorable Mention………………………Vincent Simone

Jean Roy Riely Award………………………………………………………………………………..Kelly Walsh

Outstanding English Major…………………………………………………………………… Jennifer Cecere

Lindsey Fitzgerald

Thomas B. Gay Graduate Poetry Award………………………………………………………Justin Belote

Thomas B. Gay Graduate Poetry Award, Honorable Mention………………………. Lauren Miner

Thomas B. Gay Undergraduate Poetry Award…………………………………………Claire Thompson

Thomas B. Gay Undergraduate Poetry Award, Honorable Mention……………..Jessica Kraemer

Undergraduate Creative Non-Fiction Award…………………………………………………Kelly Walsh

Undergraduate Creative Non-Fiction Award, Honorable Mention………………….Brendan Hall

Undergraduate Fiction Award……………………………………………………………………Adam Brewer

Undergraduate Fiction Award, Honorable Mention…………………………………..Kaylin Kaupish

Sara Perfin

Undergraduate Whitesell Explication Award……………………………………………..Carlie Muessig

Undergraduate Whitesell Explication Award, Honorable Mention…………..Brennan Chambre

 

Forensic Science:

Black History In the Making Award……………………………………………………….Christina Hayes

Hiyab Yohannes

Emily R. Murphy Award…………………………………………………………………..Samantha Fleming

Outstanding Graduate Student Award……………………………………………..Danielle Mackowsky

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award……………………………………………… Aryn McClain

Paul B. Ferrara Award……………………………………………………………………………..Deborah Clay

 

Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies:

Black History in the Making Award…………………………………………………………. Jakia Johnson

 

Health and Human Performance:

Dean’s Scholar Award, Distinction Awarded to Seniors with a 4.0 GPA…… Samantha Newing

Jennifer Weggen

 

History:

Dean’s Scholar Award, Distinction Awarded to Seniors with a 4.0 GPA…………..Joanne Chiao

Benjamin Fletcher

Kelly Lipford

Ashley Perry

Adrianna ScheerCook

Elizabeth Sorensen

Colin Walker

Alden G. Bigelow Award………………………………………………………………Adrianna ScheerCook

F. Edward Lund Award…………………………………………………………………………….Joanne Chiao

Hayden Hodges

Hilaire Meire

Adrianna ScheerCook

James Tice Moore Graduate Essay Award……………………………………………………. Caitlin Foltz

W. E. B. Dubois Award for Excellence in History…………………………………………..Jalesa Taylor

 

Liberal Studies for Early and Elementary Education:

Dean’s Scholar Award, Distinction Awarded to Seniors with a 4.0 GPA………… Abigail Brown

Nikki Russell

Community Service Award…………………………………………………………………Lauren Rodriguez

Distinguished Scholar Award………………………………………………………………Courtney Hughes

Shane Perry

Excellence in Collaboration Award…………………………………………………………….Dora Cottrol

Leadership Award……………………………………………………………………………………. Holly Whitt

Outstanding Transfer Student Award……………………………………………………………Ryan Horne

Syeda Rahman

Perseverance Award………………………………………………………………………………Juanita Jackson

Sherri Jones

Alison Kwak

Ruth Rawlings

Anne Utterback

STEM Star…………………………………………………………………………………….Catherine Condrey

 

Mathematics and Applied Mathematics:

Dean’s Scholar Award, Distinction Awarded to Seniors with a 4.0 GPA…Samantha Caccavelli

Stephen Eldred

Applied Mathematics Award…………………………………………………………..Samantha Caccavelli

Matthew McCombs

Student Designed Track Award…………………………………………………………..Temitope Farotimi

Teacher Preparation Award………………………………………………………………….Stephanie Hewitt

Aline So Ting Fong

 

Philosophy:

Dean’s Scholar Award, Distinction Awarded to Seniors with a 4.0 GPA……. Christopher Byrd

Outstanding Student of the Year………………………………………………………… Christopher Byrd

 

Physics:

Dean’s Scholar Award, Distinction Awarded to Seniors with a 4.0 GPA……………..Joshua Day

Scott Dicken

Vance Petrella

Michael Roberts

Physics Graduate Academic Award…………………………………………………………. Brandon Child

Physics Graduate Service Award…………………………………………………………….. Joy McNamara

Karen Phumisithikul

Physics Nanoscience Graduate Award………………………………………………….. Anthony Pedicini

Physics Undergraduate Academic Award………………………………………………..Michael Roberts

Physics Undergraduate Service Award………………………………………………………….Amy Chavis

 

Political Science:

Outstanding Student in Political Science Award………………………………………… Kristen Barber

Charles Burden

Sean Doody

Rebecca Earnhardt

Mark Gordon

Daniel Ku

Hilaire Meire

 

Psychology:

Dean’s Scholar Award, Distinction Awarded to Seniors with a 4.0 GPA……………..Mohsin Ali

Avigyil Buehler

Ariel Chambers

Melissa Cobb

Aaliah Elnasseh

Leah Hott

Susan O’Kane

Hannah Rumsey

Shauna Spencer

Elisabeth Upton

Counseling Psychology Leader/Community Engagement

Doctoral Student Award………………………………………………………………… Stephen Trapp

Outstanding Behavioral Medicine Track Graduate Student Award……………….Benjamin Lord

Elizabeth Sadock

Outstanding Biopsychology Graduate Student Award………………………………. Todd Hillhouse

Outstanding Child Psychology Clinical Track Graduate Student Award…………. Krista Mehari

Elizabeth Robinson

Outstanding Counseling Psychology Graduate Student Award…………………….. Stephen Trapp

Outstanding Developmental Psychology Graduate Student Award………………Tracey Gendron

Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award………………………………………Robert Goodman

Outstanding Health Psychology Graduate Student Award………………………….Jasmine Abrams

Outstanding Psychology Junior Award………………………………………………… Cheonte Harding

Outstanding Psychology Senior Award…………………………………………………………..Rose Bono

Aaliah Elnasseh

Haroon Popal

Outstanding Social Psychology Graduate Student Award……………………………… Chelsea Reid

 

Science:

Dean’s Scholar Award, Distinction Awarded to Seniors with a 4.0 GPA…….Matthew Almeida

Melanie Woods

 

Sociology:

Dean’s Scholar Award, Distinction Awarded to Seniors with a 4.0 GPA…….Amanda Ritenour

Caitlin St Clair

John McGrath Award: Outstanding Sociology Undergraduate Student……………Joseph Conte

Outstanding Sociology Graduate Student Award………………………………………Hannah Seward

 

Statistical Sciences and Operations Research:

Dean’s Scholar Award, Distinction Awarded to Seniors with a 4.0 GPA…………..Stuart Cooke

 

SCHOOL AWARDS

Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture

Dean’s Scholar Award, Distinction Awarded to Seniors with a 4.0 GPA……… Jessica Dahlberg

Kamaron Owens

Mark Robinson

Christine Selander

Mackenzie Spicer

 

School of World Studies:

Dean’s Scholar Award, Distinction Awarded to Seniors with a 4.0 GPA……………..Jodi Bowen

Sarah Bullis

Ameya Chumble

Alyssa Dalos

James Henderson

Ashley Mottley

Emma Osei

Taylor Robinson

Charles Rosenbaum

 

Anthropology:

Distinguished Program GPA Award………………………………………………………. Rebecca Begans

Leadership Award for Community Outreach

in Service to the Anthropology Program……………………………………….Ashley McCuistion

Outstanding Anthropology Student Award…………………………………………….Mariana Zechini

 

Foreign Languages:

Excellence in French Award……………………………………………………………………… Isaac Ramsey

Excellence in German Award………………………………………………………………Cassandra Collins

Excellence in Italian Award…………………………………………………………………… Salem Solomon

Excellence in Russian Award………………………………………………………………… Graydon Morris

Excellence in Spanish Award……………………………………………………………………… Rachel Shin

Excellence in Spanish/English Translation & Interpretation Award……………Melanie Snellings

Outstanding Spanish Major with a Second Major…………………………………………..Jodi Bowen

Maya Chesley

 

International Studies:

Excellence in International Studies Award……………………………………………………Luisa Brooks

Eugenia Kowalchuk

Excellence in Mediterranean Studies Award……………………………………………Soura Al-Zubeidi

Jessica Harris

 

Religious Studies:

American Bible Society Award………………………………………………………………. Lauren Hippert

Outstanding Religious Studies Major Award……………………………………………….Paige Dossett

Outstanding Religious Studies Major with a Second Major……………. Robert Grant Mansfield

Outstanding Student in International Social Justice Studies Award…………….Gagandeep Kaur

Ashley Zehrt

Outstanding Student in Judaic Studies Award -

Awarded by the Center for Judaic Studies………………………….. Paula de Carvalho-Nichols

Emily Overman

Religious Studies Society Award…………………………………………………………… Briseida Castillo

 

 

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Anthropology Speaker Series Spring 2014

“Adventures in Paleoanthropology”

verrelliFeaturing Amy Rector Verrelli, assistant professor, School of World Studies.

Friday, February 7
3 – 4:30 PM
Student Commons Theater

 

 

“South American Paleopathology”

Dr Enrique Gerszten_pathologyFeaturing Dr. Enrique Gerszten, Paleopathology, Professor Emeritus (MCV).

Friday, February 21
3 – 4:30 PM
Student Commons Theater

 

 

Honoring the Ancestors: Historical Reclamation and Self-Determined Identities in Rio de Janeiro

Featuring Autumn Barrett, adjunct instructor of anthropology in the School of World Studies.

Friday, April 4
3 – 4:30 PM
Student Commons Theater

A Labor of Love: Surrogacy, American Families, and The Language of Gift Giving

Featuring Kelsey Irvin grants administrator in the VCU Massey Cancer Center.

Friday, April 11
3 – 4:30 PM
Student Commons Theater

 

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the School of World Studies

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CPSD and Puller Clinic Celebrate Five Years of Collaboration

Warner pic 2VCU’s Psychology Department is proudly celebrating five years of successful collaboration with the Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic at the College of William & Mary. This joint effort was initiated to help clear out an overwhelming federal backlog of veterans benefits cases.

Since 2008, VCU Clinical and Counseling Psychology doctoral students at the Center for Psychological Services and Development (CPSD) have partnered with the Puller Clinic’s law students to serve veterans by expediting the process through which their eligibility for benefits is determined.

The Puller Clinic provides free services to military veterans who are petitioning to increase their benefits, or are submitting benefits applications for the first time. They often refer veterans to CPSD, where psychologists-in-training provide assessment and counseling services. For example, CPSD students conduct objective psychological evaluations, which may be used by the Puller Clinic to support their veterans’ cases.

In August of this year, Senator Mark Warner and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki recognized the Puller Clinic as a national “best practices” program and the first law school clinic in the nation to be certified as a member of the Fully Developed Claims Community of Practice. In his press briefing, Senator Warner described this as a “win-win-win” situation for veterans, the VA, and the law students. VCU’s Psychology Department and CPSD are proud to be part of this equation.

In September, Dr. Beth Heller, Acting Director of CPSD, accompanied Puller Clinic staff to Washington, D.C., where they met with Senator Warner prior to an outreach event for homeless veterans. At that meeting, Senator Warner reiterated his praise for the successful collaboration.

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Staff Spotlight: Ramont Reed

Ramont_ReedRamont Reed is the shop-side Manager of Technology Support for the College of Humanities and Sciences. From the basement of The Honors College dorm and Department of Physics at 701 West Grace Street, he and his team are responsible for making sure all the computers in the College – more than 3,000 machines – stay up-to-date and in good working order.

“Me and the student workers, we pretty much handle all the phone calls, emails, helpdesk tickets, all the PC builds and repairs,” he said. Each machine has its own HASTECH sticker with Ramont’s contact information.

Visitors to Ramont’s office will notice a beleaguered pile of scuffed, gutted Dell computer remains in a PC graveyard pushed to one side of the hallway, just around the corner from the actual former morgue where equipment is now stored. (more…)

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