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Special Announcement

VCU to Conduct Test of Emergency Communications

VCU will conduct a full test of its emergency communication systems, including 10 sirens throughout the Monroe Park and MCV campuses, at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 5. The full test will include the sirens along with text messages, Alertus boxes, mass email, digital signs, social media and VCU website information – all part of a multichannel system for communicating emergency information to VCU students, faculty, staff, visitors and the community.


The Office of Multicultural Affairs presents "Through the Generations: African-American Art in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Collection" at the University Student Commons, Suite 215, Feb. 3-21. "Through the Generations" contains photographic reproductions of African-American art from the early 20th century to the present. For more information, contact Dionne Shepperson at or (804) 828-6672.

The Global Education Office hosts open forums on internationalization at VCU today, 10-10:45 a.m. at the University Student Commons, Virginia Room B, and from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Larrick Student Center, Court End Ballroom A. This is an opportunity for attendees to speak with members of the American Council on Education regarding experiences and perceptions of internationalization at the university. For more information, contact Meredith Katz at

The Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research welcomes Fabrizio Ruggeri, Ph.D., research director at the Italian National Research Council, presenting "Bayesian Estimation of Thermal Conductivity in Polymethyl Methacrylate." Ruggeri is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the editor-in-chief of Applied Stochastic Models in Business and Industry. For more information, contact Darcy Mays at or (804) 828-4623.

Amendment, VCU's socially progressive literary/art journal, hosts a flash fiction event with writing, prizes and food at the University Student Commons, Richmond Salon I. Flash fiction is short writing of any type. Topics will be drawn out of a hat and participants will have five minutes to write or draw. Writers will have the opportunity to be published in Amendment's zine, STRIKE. For more information, contact Maya White-Lurie at

This week

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs sponsors its annual kickoff to Black History Month with a celebration in the University Student Commons, Suite 215. Food and poetry performed by Slam Nahuatl will be featured. Artist Stanley Rayfield will also be available to autograph the featured Black History Month poster. For more information, contact Dionne Shepperson at

The VCU Division of Epidemiology, Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, presents the next installment in its spring 2014 seminar series, "Contextualizing Data: Strategies for Digging Deeper," at One Capitol Square, Room 305. Emily Zimmerman, Ph.D., associate professor, Division of Epidemiology, VCU Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, will present. For more information, contact Chelsea Russell at or (804) 828-9785 or visit

VCU Libraries presents the 12th annual Black History Month Lecture, "A Century of Strides: African-American Girl Scouts and the Pursuit of Equality in Virginia," at the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts. Viola O. Baskerville, long involved in elective politics at the city and state levels and now CEO of the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, talks about African-American involvement in Virginia scouting. Register for this free program at A reception will follow. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at srobinson26@vcu.

The Division for Inclusive Excellence hosts "Maneuvering the Reasonable Accommodations Maze" in the University Student Commons, Forum Room. Once a qualified individual with a disability has requested a reasonable accommodation, the employer and employee need to know what the options are. PowerPoint presentation followed by question-and-answer session. For more information, contact Paula McMahon at or (804) 828-8947.

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics presents a research seminar in Sanger Hall, Room 3-016. Robert T. Dirksen, Ph.D, from University of Rochester's Department of Pharmacology and Physiology will present "Store-operated Ca Entry and Muscle Fatigue: Mice Run Better with SOCCs." For more information, contact Haley VanderMeer at or (804) 828-9756 or visit

Human Resources presents "Income Options in Retirement" for faculty and staff in the HR training facility, 922 W. Grace St., Room 115. Participants may bring their lunch. To register, visit For more information, contact Daniel Jason at or (804) 828-4660 or visit

The Center for Clinical and Translational Research hosts a Brown Bag Lunch & Learn presentation by Alex Krist, M.D., co-director of the Community Engagement Core, Amber Haley, associate director of the core, and Albert Walker, community-academic liaison, in the Kontos Medical Sciences Building, Room 104-105. They will present the Community Engagement Core's focus and mission and will talk about residential and primary care engagement. All are welcome. No registration required. For more information, contact Frances Dumenci at or (804) 828-7701 or visit

Massey Cancer Center and VCU Athletics raises breast cancer awareness as Women's Basketball takes on the University of Richmond in a special "Pink Out" game at the Siegel Center. All fans are encouraged to wear pink and a limited number of free "Pink Out" T-shirts will be available at the game. Free tickets are available for cancer survivors, patients and Massey staff and supporters. Visit to reserve tickets. For more information, contact Alaina Schneider at

Coming up

The Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Emergency Surgery, in conjunction with the Office of Continuing Medical Education, hosts the Rao R. Ivatury Trauma Symposium, "From the Street to the Street: Successful Outcomes through Communication and Collaboration in the Trauma System," at the Richmond Marriott, 500 E. Broad St. Current issues throughout the trauma system, including pre-hospital, emergency, critical care, acute care and rehabilitation will be discussed. For more information, contact Gail Queen at or (804) 827-1207.


Service Exchange Program: 'Midwifery & Health in the Americas: Marrying Mayan & Western Medicine'

The VCU Institute for Women’s Health and Highland Support Project spend a week in partnership with indigenous midwives and health promoters, learning about traditional Mayan medicine and exploring the history of healthcare and healing in Guatemala. The group will learn about traditional medicine and midwifery practices. The trip will be Aug. 2-9 and the cost is $985, plus airfare. Application deadline is April 25. For more information, contact Janett Forte at or visit

Alzheimer's Grant Applications Accepted

The Virginia Center on Aging at VCU accepts grant applications through April 1 for the Alzheimer's and Related Diseases Research Award Fund. Applicants must be affiliated with academic institutions or nonprofits located in Virginia. Awards are limited to $45,000 each. A non-binding letter of intent is requested by March 3. Application forms, guidelines and further information about preparing the letter of intent are available at For more information, contact Constance L. Coogle at or (804) 828-1525.

Weekend Workshops in Photography and Media

The Department of Photography & Film announces expanded community engagement by way of weekend workshops in spring 2014. The workshops are open to students, faculty and all community members, with a special discounted price for VCU alumni. Fun, intensive classes in antique cameras, sound design, media and community and portraiture are offered. Small class size guarantees hands-on experience and closely-guided instruction. For more information, contact Sasha Waters Freyer at or (319) 621-6499 or visit

Do You Have Asthma?

Volunteers (18 to 40 years old) are needed for a study about Asthma and the common cold. You must have asthma and not smoke. Screening involves 2 visits (40 per visit). Those who qualify can participate with payment of $1570 for completing the study. For more information, contact Deb Murphy at or (434) 982-3510.

Healthy Eating Study

Dr. Suzanne Mazzeo and colleagues are looking for 13-22 year old girls to participate in a 8 to 12-week program to promote healthier eating. Participants will also complete study-related questionnaires and will receive $75.00 following completion of all study materials. For more information, contact Allison Palmberg at or (804) 827-9211.

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