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Nina Exner of VCU Libraries will be featured at a quarterly research conference of the Child Health Research Institute. The session will be held in person (Children's Hospital of Richmond, Room 5-086, 1001 E. Marshall St.) and via Zoom. Discussions will include NIH data management and research presentations from Melissa Hale. MSN/ED, on "Translational Approaches for the Treatment of Genetic Muscular Dystrophies" and Amanda Dickinson, M.D., and and Larisa Litovchick, M.D., Ph.D., on "DYRK1A Regulators in Development and Disease." Lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The Zoom meeting ID is 984 5706 7595. The passcode: 956979. For more information, contact Emma Burge at

All first-generation college students are invited to tonight's You First Spring Mixer. Come meet other first-gen students, build your VCU community and enjoy pizza. The event will be held in Salons I and II, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. Those who attend have the option of entering a free raffle for a $500 study-abroad voucher from the Education Abroad office. For more information, contact Elizabeth Bambacus at or (804) 827-3927.

The American Society for Microbiology at VCU will present "Summer Internships 101" via Zoom. The session will include a discussion about available opportunities, how to prepare yourself and what to expect. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Eva Davis at or visit

This week

This bite-sized workshop via Zoom will include discussions on how to access Canvas Inbox and Calendar, sending messages to your class and creating appointments in Calendar. The Zoom link is Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Jon Reed at or visit

Learn to break writing into manageable chunks and how to avoid procrastination. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Trey Burnart Hall at or visit

VCUarts and The Anderson will present "Together//Apart," a collaboration involving Dance and Choreography and Kinetic Imaging faculty member Kate Sicchio, Ph.D.; VCU Engineering faculty member Patrick Martin, Ph.D.; and The Hive Lab. "Together//Apart" is a series of choreographic performances that reflect creative human-robot team research into the symbiotic relationship between dance and engineering. Each performance at The Anderson, 907 1/2 W. Franklin St., lasts 15 minutes and will be followed by a 15 minute Q+A. For more information, contact Monica Kinsey at or visit

The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science will hold its first general body meeting of the semester in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Suite 215, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. Food will be available. For more information, contact Sheila Hernandez-Rubio at

VCU Career Services will host a job fair for students featuring seasonal and part-time employment opportunities, including local and summer openings. Not sure if you’re ready for a job? Come chat and network with local employers to learn more about the skills they are looking for in an employee. Students are encouraged to bring a copy of their class schedule and a résumé. The event will be in the Richmond Salons, second floor, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Aimee Selleck at or visit

Do you feel as if you are sitting too much at work? Are you stiff and tired each day when you finish work? Join the Health and Wellness Library on Zoom as Health Coach and Educator Carrie Baines talks about ways to keep active throughout the work day, whether at a desk or at home. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Jackson Wright at or (804) 828-2432 or visit

Roy Sabo, Ph.D., associate professor, Biostatistics, will provide a general and accessible description via Zoom of the most frequently used adaptive designs for Phase I, II and III trials. While some technical details will be discussed, the session is designed for non-statisticians. The talk will be hosted by VCU's C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research. Questions: Visit Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Pamela Dillon, Pharm.D., research liaison, at or visit

Coming up

Sisters and Stethoscopes and the American Red Cross will co-sponsor a blood drive at the Pace Center, 700 W. Franklin St. Participants will receive a free T-shirt; one pint of blood can save up to three patients. Appointments are recommended and can be made at the following URL. For more information, contact Sisters and Stethoscopes at or visit

BASE (Black Art Student Empowerment), CPC (Creative Production Collective) and vcuBlkinfashion have collaborated to produce Black Fidelity. The month-long series of events will take place at The Anderson (907 1/2 W. Franklin St.) and around VCU to showcase artwork underscoring themes of Afro-Realism and Afro-Futurism with a gallery exhibit, panels and workshops. For more information, contact Sydney Wilson at

VCU's Black Graduate Student Association at VCU will meet in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Suite 215, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. For more information, contact Ariel Johnson at

Sound artist Nadah el Shazly will be featured in a February First Friday musical performance at VCU's Institute for Contemporary Art at the Markel Center, 601 W. Broad St. RSVP at the following URL. For more information, contact Seychelle Stableford at or visit

The Pace Center and Virginia Interfaith Power and Light will host a Student Day of Action at Seven Hills Hostel, 7 N. Second St., and the Virginia State Capitol. Join college students from around Virginia to learn about racial equity, affordable housing, and environmental justice and advocate to legislative representatives at the Virginia General Assembly. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Russ Kerr at or visit

The Katherine Johnson Community Center will host Galentine's Day at Shift Retail Lab, 1235 W. Broad St. The event will feature desserts and the Richmond Flower Truck will be available for participants to create bouquets. Discounted tickets are available for VCU students, staff and alumni. Tickets can be purchased at the following URL. For more information, contact Erin Hanley, Ph.D., at or (301) 885-7369 or visit

Bring your concepts to life and develop a professional portfolio. Learn the basics of visual content creation from photo and video to set design, styling and developing a creative process in this new hybrid course with VCUarts alum Emma Manis. Courses meet through March 29. Coupon codes are available for VCU alumni, VCU students, VCU and VCU Health employees, active-duty military, reservists, Guard members, veterans and military spouses. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact VCU Continuing and Professional Education at or (804) 828-1322 or visit


Apply by Jan. 30 for NASA's Summer Undergraduate Internship

NASA has collaborated with VCU's Rice Rivers Center and Hampton University to bring its Student Airborne Research Program to the East Coast. Current undergraduate juniors (rising seniors) are invited to apply to participate in a paid eight-week summer 2023 internship program that will run June through August. Rice Rivers Center will be one of the regional locations for site operations. The program will focus on Earth Systems Science using research aircraft, drones and satellites to collect environmental data for remote sensing analyses. Questions: Email Apply by Monday, Jan. 30 at the following URL. For more information, contact Greg Garman, Ph.D., director, Rice Rivers Center at or visit

Recreation and Well-Being Ram Power Challenge To Be Sunday, Jan. 29

RecWell’s Ram Power Challenge event will provide the opportunity for participants to explore their physical strength by completing power lifts, squats, bench presses and deadlifts. RecWell certified personal trainers and fitness floor attendants will guide participants through each exercise. After learning the basics each participant will have two chances to test their strength on each lift. Register by Friday, Jan. 27 at the following URL. For more information, contact Tanika Santos MacSwain at or visit

VCU Internship Funding Program

Participating in a summer internship that is unpaid or doesn't pay enough to cover your expenses? Apply for funding for your summer experience through the VCU Internship Funding Program. Funds provided can be used to cover expenses for travel, housing, child care, professional attire, supplies and more. The application for Summer 2023 funding will open on Tuesday, Jan. 24 in the RAMS Scholarship Hub and will close on Sunday, April 2. Apply at the following URL. For more information, contact VCU Career Services at or visit

Register for Global Buddies

VCU's Global Education Office seeks people interested in participating in its Global Buddies Program, which matches domestic English-speaking students with international students. Participation in this program provides the opportunity to make friends and connect with people from around the world. Register at the following URL by Sunday, Feb. 5. For more information, contact Colleen Choate at or visit

VCU Class Ring Sale

Juniors and seniors, stop by the ring sales event. Browse the official ring collection, learn about interest-free payment plans and order in time for ring ceremony delivery and graduation at the Student Commons, outside the P.O.D. Market, today and Thursday, Jan. 25 and Jan. 26, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Students can also view options and order a ring at the following URL. Visit RamsConnect for updates. For more information, contact Allison Toney at or visit

All Singers Rise Up

VCU Choral Ensembles want you to rise up and sign up. Register today at the following URL to join a VCU Choral Ensemble. Test your musicianship abilities by learning new repertoire with other VCU students. For more information, contact Christopher Hansen, Ph.D., assistant director of choral activities, at or visit

Empower a Healthier You

Do you ever feel like things keep getting in the way of your goals for a healthier lifestyle? You’re not alone. Many young women find it challenging to be active and maintain a balanced diet. If you’re interested in support for meeting your goals for weight loss and healthy living, check out Ready SET Health — a free program designed especially for young women by researchers at the VCU School of Medicine. For more information, contact Morgan Meyer at or (804) 827-2250 or visit

Sign Up for Covidence to Manage Systematic and Scoping Reviews

VCU Libraries is launching a three-year pilot program for institutional access to Covidence, an online tool that streamlines the production of systematic reviews, scoping reviews and other literature-intensive research projects. Questions: Email VCU Libraries at or Karen Gau at Sign up at the following URL. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at or visit

Are You Stressed? Participate in a Stress-Reduction Study

The VCU Wellbeing Lab invites you to participate in a research study on two stress-reduction programs for undergraduate students. VCU investigators seek to understand how two online stress reduction programs affect students’ mood and stress-related behavior. Compensation is available. Register at the following URL before Wednesday, Feb. 1. For more information, contact Polina Beloborodova at or (804) 215-6196 or visit

A Study Examining Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Exercise

This study is seeking individuals between the ages of 18 and 35 years who have post-traumatic stress disorder or symptoms of PTSD. The purpose of this research study is to examine the effect of PTSD symptoms on blood vessel function during acute exercise and following exercise training. This study will be conducted at 500 Academic Centre on VCU’s Monroe Park Campus. Principal investigator is Ryan Garten, Ph.D., Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences. For more information, contact Ryan Garten at

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