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Spit for Science invites faculty and trainees to a research meeting via Zoom to discuss collaboration using the project's datasets and services, hear guest presenters discuss their projects and connect with colleagues who share similar research interests via working groups. Qualified investigators can access for free the project's longitudinal, de-identified dataset. Email the following address for the Zoom link. Project data is available at the following URL. For more information, contact Spit for Science at or visit

Join VCUarts Qatar alumni for a panel discussion on VCUarts Qatar women’s involvement in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. An in-person discussion will be at VCUarts/Qatar House, 1326 W. Broad St., moderated by Dean Amir Berbić. Join online at For more information, contact Isabel Latayan at or visit

Cami Fuglsby will be a guest speaker for the online VCU Forensic Science Seminar Series. The talk will focus on advancements in black-box metamodeling of pairs of features from pairwise scores of handwritten items. Click on the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Jo Murphy at or visit

Richmond Public Libraries, the Common Book Program and the United Network for Organ Sharing will present Joel Newman, senior communications strategist for UNOS, who will discuss the social and medical history of transplantation and donation with a focus on medical ethics and the ongoing pursuit of equity. The event will be in Room 202, James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave., and will also be livestreamed at the following URL. For more information, contact Carley Harrison at or visit

Join the Common Book Program for the first of a three-part speaker series. The event will feature a discussion of the history of transplants, ethics and how to achieve more equitable ethics in medicine. The event will be held in Room 250, James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave. A livestream will be available at the following URL. For more information, contact Carver Weakley at or visit

First-gen students embark on many firsts, but while being a pioneer is exciting and rewarding, parts of the journey can be exhausting and uncertain. Jamie Fueglein, assistant professor, Focused Inquiry, will discuss the strengths that first-gen students carry with them, often without even knowing it. Come learn more about the skills you possess and how you can use them to thrive in college. The meeting will be held in Room 2104, Academic Learning Commons, 1000 Floyd Ave., and also online. Register for the virtual option at For more information, contact Elizabeth Bambacus at or (804) 827-3927 or visit

Want to know how to get a high score in the game of credit? Join The Money Spot coaches for an informative and interactive walk-through of credit - how to get it, how to build it and how to fix it. Register at For more information, contact Dorian Philpot at or visit

How does your gender impact your daily life? Do you wonder how that differs for others? Come engage with students, faculty and staff for this Rammalogues session on gender. The session will be held at 912 W. Grace St., second floor. This same session will be available online at the same time on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact IExcel Education at or visit

VCUarts Qatar Institute for Creative Research will present the 2022 Research Labs. Composed of faculty, students and alumni, the Research Labs explore a broad and diverse spectrum of territories, including cultural production, nanotechnology and textiles, sound design, art and law in the Persian Gulf, product design, pedagogy and emergent technology. This event will be held in person at The Anderson at 907½ W. Franklin St. For more information, contact Kelly Kerr at

VCU Career Services will host a representative from The Keswick School for a workshop on "A Mindsight for Mental Health Work." Doing mental health work requires a specific mindset and value system. People who come into the field without this mindset can end up feeling inadequate and anxious and then they leave. This presentation will explore strategies for creating the best possible entry into the fields of mental health and therapy. The session will be held in the SGA Senate Chambers, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Ash Taylor-Beierl at or (804) 828-6166 or visit

Students Together Assisting Refugees at VCU will hold its first general body meeting of the semester in Richmond Salon III, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. Plans for the semester will be discussed. For more information, contact Vineeth Vaidyula at

This week

VCU's Global Education Office will host Cultural Conversations with participants from Ivanovo State Polytechnic University. This fall series will focus on travel. Participants can sign up for one or more sessions of the four-part series, which will meet every other Wednesday 11-11:50 a.m. through Nov. 2. Register for the Zoom link at For more information, contact Audrey Emiko Short at or visit,%2C%20language%2C%20music%20and%20tourism..

VCU's Health Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with keynote addresses from two VCU faculty members: Indira Sultanic, Ph.D., and Patricia Michelsen-King, M.A. They will address the topic of "Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation." The event will include a Q&A. The Zoom link is For more information, contact Adam Austin at or (804) 243-2638 or visit

Join VCUarts Qatar Tasmeem Doha 2022: Radical Futures co-directors, and Dominic Willsdon (moderator, Associate Professor of Art Education, and executive director of the Institute for Contemporary Art) for the Tasmeem Doha 2022 Radical Futures Panel Discussion. This is a hybrid event. The in-person session will be at VCU's Institute for Contemporary Art at the Markel Center, 601 W. Broad St. Register at to join the discussion virtually. For more information, contact Isabel Latayan at or visit

VCU's L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs will host a virtual chat to discuss the Virginia Capitol Semester Internship program. Learn about the opportunity to gain firsthand experience in the legislative arena while taking classes as a full-time student. The Wilder School Office of Student Success and VA Capitol Semester alum will be available to share information about the program. To participate, register at The deadline to apply for the Virginia Capitol Semester Program is Oct. 1. Questions: Email For more information, contact Adrienne Jones at or (804) 827-2791 or visit

VCU's Honors College will present a Berglund Seminar which will examine such questions as: What happens when a well-intentioned social movement such as the Temperance Movement, fueled by evangelical religious fervor, ignites the public’s passion for a policy, social change or constitutional amendment that infringes on individual liberty? History Professor Carolyn Eastman, Ph.D., and Associate Professor John Aughenbaugh, Ph.D., will discuss the short-lived 18th amendment in Room 303, James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave. For more information, contact Nancy Vestal at or visit

Carmenita Higginbotham, dean, VCUarts, Richmond, and Amir Berbić, dean, VCUarts Qatar, will host showings of videos and Metaverse 2.0 film screenings from Tasmeem Doha 2022 curated by Róisín Tapponi at VCU's Institute for Contemporary Art at the Markel Center, 601 W. Broad St. RSVP at the following URL. The screenings are part of Qatar Week at VCU, a series of dialogues, exhibitions, performances, panel discussions and screenings. For more information, contact Isabel Latayan at or visit

Want a high-impact career? Want to champion social justice? Fuel dreams? Dedicate your life to making a difference while getting a fully paid degree? RTR, formerly Richmond Teacher Residency, is a highly selective teacher residency program that equips passionate future teachers with the tools to teach for change. Register for the online session at For more information, contact Sabrina Evans at or visit

Pups on the Plaza, the Dogs on Call fundraising event, will once again be held outside the McGlothlin Medical Education Building, 1201 E. Marshall St. Come for the music, visit with therapy dog teams and support Dogs on Call by purchasing T-shirts and lunch (hot dogs, chips and a drink). Purchase lunch tickets or merchandise in advance at the kiosk (near Volunteer Services and the main hospital Subway) today, Sept. 20 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information, contact Karl Dorn, Program Coordinator for the Center for Human-Animal Interaction, at or (804) 628-2532 or visit

Are you interested in working with other students across different disciplines? Are you fascinated by creating solutions to complex problems? Have you always wanted to start a business or nonprofit? Attend a virtual informational session to learn about undergraduate certificates at the da Vinci Center. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Lloyd Young at or visit

Join the 2022-2023 VCU Humphrey Fellowship Program for this year's cohort of home country presentations and learn more about public health from a global perspective. This event will be repeated from noon-1 p.m. on four Fridays; Sept. 23, Sept. 30, Oct. 7 and Oct. 21. The event will be in the SGA Senate Chambers, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave., and also available online. Request the Zoom link by emailing the following address. For more information, contact VCU Humphrey Fellowship Program at .

Coming up

The SKolar CommuniTy series sponsored by VCU's C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research will present "Let’s talk about … Mentors! Why you need one, how to find one, and how to maximize the relationship!” Identifying the benefits of mentoring and/or how to find a mentor and build a mentoring relationship is critical to the success of early career faculty and late-stage postdocs. Join Rita Shiang, Ph.D., associate professor of Human and Molecular Genetics, who will introduce the concept of research mentoring as a catalyst for change and provide best practices. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Rob Direnzo at or visit

VCU Health and the School of Dentistry will co-sponsor a screening of the documentary "The Color of Care" from executive producer Oprah Winfrey. The film chronicles how people of color suffer from systemically substandard health care in the United States and how COVID-19 has exposed the consequences of this inequity. Carlos Smith, D.D.S., M.Div., will lead a panel discussion; light refreshments will follow. The event, free and open to all, will be at the Institute for Contemporary Art at the Markel Center, 601 W. Broad St. Space is limited; registration is required. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact VCU Continuing and Professional Education at or (804) 828-1322 or visit

Join the VA Omega Rho Chapter of Pi Lambda Phi to create fall-themed paper bag puppets for the children and families at the Richmond Ronald McDonald House. The event will be in Room 215B, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. For more information, contact David Robbins at or visit

VCU Career Services and VCU English will present a workshop on how to build an early foundation for a successful career path. This workshop will address résumé building, gaining professional experiences and networking. A Q&A session will also be held. The session, to be held in Room 308, Hibbs Hall, 900 Park Ave., will be led by Silvana D'Ettorre, VCU Career Services Career Counselor for Media and Communications. The session is open to English majors, minors and creatives. Register via Handshake. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, contact Silvana D'Ettorre at or (716) 352-2738.

VCU's Human Research Protection Program will host its annual conference. The event will be presented virtually and is free (CEUs are available). Participate in the reflections of colleagues and their perspectives on the ethics surrounding human subjects' research. Register for the Zoom link at Questions: Email or telephone (804) 828-0868. For more information, contact Elizabeth Marlowe at or visit


Hazing Prevention Training for Potential New Members

VCU is hosting Hazing Prevention Training through Oct. 14 for potential new members. This training is for students interested in joining any selective student organization at VCU. Students must complete one of these trainings to be eligible to join a selective organization. Questions: Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Rachael Tully at or visit

September Newsletter for Managers Available

The September edition of HR's Not (Just) the Messenger, a newsletter for VCU managers, is available at the following URL. The newsletter contains timely and relevant information, food for thought and links to resources. For more information, contact Penny McFarline at or visit

Smoking Reduction Study for African American Menthol Smokers

Adults who smoke menthol cigarettes and identify as Black/African American are invited to participate in a study that involves electronic cigarette use for six weeks to reduce their smoking. Participants must be willing to visit the study site, receive phone calls and respond to texts/ surveys. Compensation is provided. Principal investigators are Andrew Barnes, Ph.D., Health Behavior and Policy, and Caroline Cobb, Ph.D., Psychology. For more information, contact Caroline Cobb at or (804) 828-1867 or visit

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