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VCU’s fraternities and sororities host Greek Week blood drives. The Monroe Park Campus drive is Wednesday, March 26, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the University Student Commons. The MCV campus drive is Thursday, March 27, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Larrick Student Center. All blood benefits Virginia Blood Services and stays in central Virginia. For more information, contact Beth Ward at or (804) 828-3648.

The Institute for Structural Biology and Drug Discovery presents "The Staphylococcus Aureus Prp Protease: A New Target for Antibiotic Development" in BioTech I, Robert Ball Conference Room. Gail Christie, Ph.D., professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, will facilitate. For more information, contact Glen Kellogg at

The School of Business and Office of Student and Alumni Engagement present Rachel Botsman's "The Case for Collaborative Consumption" and Pavan Sukhdevs' "Put a Value on Nature" at Snead Hall, Room B1114, as part of the TEDTalks Time-Out Series. View the full schedule at For more information, contact Claire Calise at

The Department of Internal Medicine presents the Second Multidisciplinary Research Forum in the Molecular Medicine Research Building, Room 1009. "Convert 'White' to 'Beige': A 'Hot' Approach to Modulate Obesity-Related Disorders" will feature speakers Keith Baker, Ph.D., Edward Lesnefsky, M.D., Youngman Oh, Ph.D., and Francesco Celi, M.D. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Shobha Ghosh at or visit

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, the Richmond National Organization for Women and Amnesty International present "Feminism is for Everyone! Celebration," as part of Women's History Month, in the University Student Commons, Room 215. There will be free food, music and feminist trivia. For more information, contact Vicki Yeroian at or (804) 828-6672.

The Office of Admissions hosts an information session for prospective graduate students in the University Student Commons, Shockoe Room. Register to attend at For more information, contact Joy Rush at or (804) 828-7033 or visit

This week

VCU Libraries presents the 29th annual Brown-Lyons Lecture featuring Jack D. Spiro, Ed.D., at the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and a reception will follow the presentation. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. To register online visit, For more information, contact Gregory Kimbrell at or (804) 828-0593 or visit

Psi Chi holds a donation drive in the University Student Commons. New toothpaste, lip balm and deodorant will be collected for the Homeward RVA organization to benefit the area's homeless. For more information, contact Jacqueline Hoyt at

The Department of Psychology presents "The Changing Healthcare System: Implications for Professional Psychology Education and Practice" by American Psychological Association leadership in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons I-II. For more information, contact Shaina Gulin at or visit

The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering hosts a talk by Howard Stone, Ph.D., Princeton University, in the School of Engineering East Hall, Room E2214. Stone is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has been associated with the University of California, Caltech, University of Cambridge and Harvard University. For more information, contact Allison Bell at or visit

Queer Action hosts a night of laughs with comedian Alison Grillo in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons. This is a free, open event. For more information, contact Amber McNeal at

VCU Music presents American cellist Alisa Weilerstein, as part of the Mary Anne Rennolds Chamber Concert Series, in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall. A fervent champion of new music, Weilerstein is known for her commitment to expanding the cello repertoire and introducing audiences to groundbreaking works. Tickets are $34 and can be purchased at For more information, contact VCU Music Box Office at or visit

Tiranga: Indian Nationals at VCU presents Shaadi Mubarak, a spring festival themed "A Big Fat Indian Wedding," in the University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballroom. Guests will enjoy Indian food, cultural performances and prizes. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bhavi Modi at or (804) 833-2553 or visit

Coming up

VCU Police present Rape Aggression Defense classes on Monday, March 31, Wednesday, April 2, Monday, April 7, and Wednesday, April 9, from 6-9 p.m. at the VCU Police Department. Participants must be able to attend all four classes to register. The classes teach women physical self-defense techniques and raise awareness about sexual assault, violence and abduction. Open to females only. Free for students and $10 for faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, contact Officer Jody M. Atkins at or (804) 828-1196 or visit

Work/Life Resources presents a first-time home buyers class with the Virginia Credit Union. The session on the MCV Campus will be held on Tuesday, April 1, at noon in the McGuire Hall Annex, Room B20. The session on the Monroe Park Campus will be held on Wednesday, April 2, at noon in the Lindsey House Conference Room. To register, visit For more information, contact Debbie Fitzgerald at or (804) 828-1521.

SPARK Autism at VCU presents "SPARK Talks: Autism 101," led by Tammy Burns, in the University Student Commons, Forum Room. Hear one family's story of autism and learn more about what autism is and what it is not. Counts as a Burgland Seminar credit. For more information, contact Waleed Ilyas at

VCUarts Anderson Gallery and the Department of Kinetic Imaging sponsor the Black Maria Film and Video Festival at the Grace Street Theatre. This festival encourages and seeks creative, insightful, sensitive, free-spirited, expressive, poetic and experimental works in animation, narrative, documentary and hybrid forms. Tickets are $10 at the door and free for students. For more information, contact Traci Garland at or (804) 828-1524 or visit

The Departments of Health Administration and Art Education, in collaboration with VCU Health System administrators and Hands Up Ministries, a local nonprofit, present the exhibit opening of "PhotovoiceRVA: The Community Voice Project" at the University of Richmond Downtown Building, 626 E. Broad St. The exhibit includes photos and stories from local residents that show the challenges in accessing healthcare and living healthy lives. For more information, contact Joanna Fowler at or (757) 439-2946 or visit

The Science, Technology, and Society Program in the College of Humanities and Sciences features Ainissa Ramirez, who will present "STEM: How It Got Here and Where It Needs To Go" as part of the STS@VCU Lecture Series: "Science Education, Past and Present" in the Commons Theater. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Wanda P. Clary at or visit


Call for Submissions: The Medical Literary Messenger

The editorial board of Medical Literary Messenger invites the VCU community to submit original prose, poetry or photography concerning the healing arts for the spring 2014 edition of the online literary magazine. The journal is dedicated to the art of medicine and creative expression in the VCU community and beyond. For more information, contact Rachel Van Hart at or (804) 628-5016 or visit

VCUHS Sinusitis Study

The VCUHS Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology is now recruiting patients 18 and older who are experiencing more than 2 weeks of running nose or post nasal drip and congestion or facial/pain pressure for a clinical research study. Eligible participants who complete the study will receive compensation. For more information, contact Dr. Manar Abdalgani at or (804) 828-8681.

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