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The School of Business and Office of Student and Alumni Engagement present Clay Shirkey's "Institutions vs. Collaboration" and Melinda French Gates' "What Non-Profits Can Learn from Coca-Cola” 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 Science, Technology and Society program in the College of Humanities and Sciences features Amy Slaton discussing "Meritocracy, Democracy Technocracy: Understandings of Race and Gender in STEM Education," in the University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms C-D. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Wanda Clary at or visit

The Society of Professional Journalists and Public Relations Student Society of America present “Minorities in the Media,” a panel discussion of minority experiences and representation in the media, in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salon III. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the personal experiences of professionals. For more information, contact Paislee Winkler at or (757) 375-1534.

This week

The Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Tompkins McCaw Library host the next monthly lunch research series presentation, “The IRB: The Exempt, the Expedited and the Full Board,” in the Tompkins-McCaw Library, Room 109. Monika Markowitz, Ph.D., Office of Research, and Betsy Ripley, M.D., Department of Internal Medicine, will discuss the levels of regulatory review required for research. Bring lunch; drinks will be provided. For more information, contact Pam Dillon at or (804) 827-1519 or visit

University Student Commons & Activities and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs present a Courageous Conversations Lecture at the Larrick Student Center, Court End Ballroom. Margaret Rittenhouse, L.C.S.W., director of Help Link Employee Assistance Program, Department of Psychiatry, will present “Professional Women Who Also Have Disabilities: Challenges, Opportunities and Gifts for Them and Their Workplaces.” For more information, contact Yolanda Jackson at or (804) 828-2754.

The VCU Medical Center, Department of Surgery, sponsors the inaugural H.M. Lee, M.D., Memorial Lectureship in the Hermes A. Kontos Medical Sciences Building auditorium. John N. Ham, M.D., F.A.C.S., University Medical Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, will present “Ethical Boundaries in the Innovation of Organ Donation.” For more information, contact Doris Farquhar at or (804) 827-1030.

The Global Education Office presents a ladies-only screening of “Girl Rising” in the West Grace North Residence Hall, Room 1030J. From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, this documentary journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world, who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds. For more information, contact Elizabeth Hiett at or (804) 828-6846 or visit

VCU hosts the 2014 winner of the Rebecca Mitchell Tarumoto Short Fiction Prize for outstanding short fiction, author Adrian Dorris, at the Scott House. The prize is sponsored by the family of Rebecca Mitchell Tarumoto, in her memory to honor her devotion to the art of writing fiction, to expand the audience for outstanding short stories. Dorris will be joined by acclaimed short story writer, Richard Bausch. For more information, contact Thom Didato at or (804) 828-1329 or visit

VCU Life Sciences presents the second annual Sustainability Academics Conference in the University Student Commons auditorium. Learn about and discuss university sustainability partnerships presented by faculty members and community partners. For more information, contact Monty Kier at

VCU School of Pharmacy's Class of 2016 and Virginia Academy of Student Pharmacists sponsor a head-shaving event at the Larrick Student Center to raise money for St. Baldrick's Foundation. All VCU students, faculty and staff are invited to have their heads shaved by licensed barbers to help conquer childhood cancers. To register, donate or sponsor a participant, visit For more information, contact Sydney Van Arsdale at or (540) 230-2839.

Green Unity for VCU holds a trash clean up in the Oregon Hill community. Volunteers will meet on the corner of Cary and Laurel streets, outside of Mojo's restaurant. Trash grabbers, gloves, trash bags and snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Wyatt Carpenter at

VCU Music presents the Richmond Guitar Quartet, as part of its annual Guitar Series, in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall. The RGQ is quickly gaining a reputation for exciting and versatile performances throughout Virginia. The group combines standard repertoire with new transcriptions, arrangements and compositions by Richmond-based musicians. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for students and can be purchased at For more information, contact VCU Music Box Office at

Coming up

VCU Jazz Orchestra II, under the direction of Professor Bryan Hooten, performs at the W.E. Singleton Center, Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the door and free with VCU student ID. Music includes works by Thad Jones and professors Taylor Barnett and Antonio Garcia. For more information, contact VCU Music Box Office at or (804) 828-6776 or visit

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

VCU Medical Center presents a free seminar on preventing chronic disease with healthy habits as part of its Lewis Ginter Seminar Series. Deborah Koehn, M.D., Department of Internal Medicine, will discuss how to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, including certain cancers and heart disease. The seminar is free and all are welcome. Light refreshments are provided. Registration is recommended. To register, call 828-0123 or email For more information, contact Katherine Poarch at or visit

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

The VCU Nursing Entrepreneurs Series holds a free informal presentation and question-and-answer session, with Lisa Feierstein and Carolyn McCrocklin, Ph.D., at the School of Nursing, Room 1015. A light lunch will be provided. Participants must register by noon on Wednesday, March 26, by typing their names in at For more information, contact Kelly Gotschalk at or (804) 828-2993.

The Activities Programming Board presents Wiz Khalifa and Chevy Woods at the Siegel Center. Tickets are selling fast. Students can purchase a maximum of two tickets for $10 at Break Point in the University Student Commons. For more information, contact Harris Lipscomb at


Call for Posters: Second Annual VCU Global Health Showcase, April 1

Poster submissions are being accepted for the second annual VCU Global Health Showcase hosted by the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences, Global Education Office, School of Dentistry, School of Medicine and Office of Research. Students and faculty are invited to submit posters related to medical and surgical care; public, mental and dental health; and other health-related topics. Submissions are due Thursday, March 27, by 5 p.m. To submit a poster, visit For more information, contact Sharon Flores at or (804) 628-4380.

Electronics Recycling to Benefit Domestic Violence Victims

The VCU Police Department accepts old electronics for recycling throughout the spring semester. The proceeds will benefit the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Donations can be dropped off at the police department, 938 W. Grace St., or at the Main Hospital Security office. Items do not need to be in working order and can include cell phones and accessories, laptops, digital cameras, MP3 players, tablets and gaming systems. For more information, contact Tricia Mozingo at or (804) 828-6356 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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