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The Center for Teacher Leadership holds an information event for the Richmond Teacher Residency at Starbucks in Cabell Library. The Richmond Teacher Residency seeks to prepare teachers through a pairing of theory and practice. Residents co-teach with master teachers in Richmond Public Schools and simultaneously earn a master's degree from VCU and obtain their teaching certification from the commonwealth of Virginia. For more information, contact David T. Marshall at or visit

The Department of Healthcare Policy and Research presents "Brown Bag Snack: DHCPR Databases for Healthcare Policy and Services Research" on Thursday, Jan. 30, 4-5 p.m., at One Capitol Square, Room 4-104 as part of its seminar series. Askar Chukmaitov, Ph.D., and Bassam Dahman, Ph.D., assistant professors, Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, will present. On Thursday, Feb. 6, Sandra Decker, Ph.D., senior service fellow, CDC/NCHS, will present "Community Health Centers: Access to Care and Health Care Costs for Medicaid Patients," from 4-5 p.m., at One Capitol Square, Room 4-104. R.S.V.P. to the email below. For more information, contact Anna Rose at or (804) 628-2351 or visit

This week

The American Red Cross holds a blood drive at the VCU Police Department, 938 West Grace St. For more information, contact Cpl. Jody M. Atkins at or (804) 828-8696.

Men's Basketball takes on Richmond at the Siegel Center. This is a "Black Out" game and every seat will have a black T-shirt. It will be televised on ESPN 2. For more information, contact VCU Ticket Office at or (804) 828-7267 or visit

Coming up

The Global Education Office hosts two open forums on internationalization at VCU. The forums will be held on Monday, Feb. 3, from 10-10:45 a.m. in 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 Office of Research offers one-on-one, guided searches of federal and private funding sources on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Hunton Student Center, Room 209 and Monday, Feb. 17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 809 S. Cathedral Place, Room 103. Appointments are required and usually last about one hour. Go to under "Grant Search Training" for information or to make an appointment. For more information, contact Jessica Venable at or (804) 827-1443.

The Community Health Education Center, located on the ground floor of the Medical Center Gateway Building, hosts a diabetes and stress program. Briana Mezuk, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, and Jeannie Concha, Ph.D., M.P.H., postdoctoral fellow, Department of Family Medicine, will present. Light refreshments will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required. For more information, contact Sarah Amick at or (804) 828-2432 or visit

Human Resources sponsors CommonHealth brown bag seminars in February. Rose O’Toole, CommonHealth regional coordinator, will present "Take 10 For You: Improve Your Health in Just 10 Minutes a Day.” The session on the Monroe Park Campus will be held on Thursday, Feb. 6, at noon in the Lindsey House Conference Room. To register, visit The session on the MCV Campus will be held on Thursday, Feb. 13, at noon in McGuire Hall Annex, Room B-20. To register for this session, visit Participants are invited to bring lunch. For more information, contact Debbie Fitzgerald at

VCU Massey Cancer Center invites all cancer patients, survivors and, especially, caregivers to join gerontologist Gale Davis, M.S., at its Stony Point Patient Resource Library, 9000 Stony Point Parkway for a presentation on caregiving. The session will offer insight into the essential roles that caregivers play within the health care team and explore how they can impact patient outcomes. Register for free by visiting For more information, contact Alaina Schneider at or (804) 628-4578.

The Center for Teaching Excellence conducts a three-session learning path designed to introduce key teaching and learning issues for faculty members who are considering online teaching. The 90-minute sessions will be held Feb. 11, 18 and 25, at 1 p.m. at the Academic Learning Commons, Room 4110. This is an opportunity to join colleagues and explore online learning more deeply. Information and registration details can be found at To reserve a seat, register by Monday, Feb. 3. For more information, contact Britt Watwood at or (804) 828-1896.

The VCU Global Education Office, Office of Research and Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies present the International Health Research Workshop in Biotech One, Ball Conference Room. Presenters will include representatives from USAID, the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health, as well as VCU researchers engaged in international research. Go to for details and to register. For more information, contact Jessica Venable at or (804) 827-1443.


Host Families Needed for Russian Visitors: Feb. 28 - March 8

The Global Education Office seeks VCU faculty and staff to provide a homestay experience for a Russian visitor Feb. 28-March 8. Russian visitors are between 22 and 30 years old and have conversational English proficiency. The visitors are participating in a program sponsored by the Library of Congress, which enables Eurasian elected officials and emerging civic leaders to observe the American democratic system firsthand. For more information, contact Amanda Velez at or (804) 828-8792 or visit

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