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Science, Technology and Society presents Dr. Sai Suryanarayanan as part of the lecture series "Science Fact, Science Fiction" in the University Student Commons, Forum Room. Her talk on "An Indigenous Symbioculture of Plants, People and Bees Facing Agribiotechnology in the Yucatán Peninsula" will examine resistance to the spread of genetically engineered crops is on the rise in Luso-Hispanic countries, which are the world’s largest producers and exporters of GE-crops. For more information, visit

Rams in Recovery presents a discussion on "Is Addiction a Disease?" with Dr. James Thompson, Virginia Center for Addiction Medicine, at VCU's Motivate Clinic, Conference Room, 501 N. 2nd St. Medical authorities categorize addiction as a disease. Why? What are the controversies surrounding this designation? How do behavior, personal choice and willpower factor into this model? Dr. Thompson will discuss this and answer your related questions. For more information, visit

This week

The Graduate and Professional Student Programming Board invites the VCU community to enjoy music and light refreshments in the Patterson Memorial Garden, located behind the Hunton Student Center. For more information, visit

The Division of Family Medicine and Population Health's Division of Epidemiology hosts Hong Xue, Ph.D., as the speaker for its biweekly Seminar Series in One Capitol Square, 6th floor, Room 644. Xue, assistant professor in VCU's Department of Health Behavior and Policy, will present "Innovative Systems Science Approaches to Obesity: Complex Systems Modeling for Novel Prevention Strategies."

Forensic Science hosts Teri Stockham, Ph.D., as a guest speaker for their Graduate Seminar series in Harris Hall, Room 2129. Her talk will be on "The Shell Game of Addictive Drugs."

VCUDine is hosting its first-ever Food Truck Festival on Cathedral Place outside of Shafer Court Dining Center. All current dining plan holders will receive two free tickets to use at the food trucks, compliments of VCUDine. Food truck attendees include: Carytown Burgers and Fries, The Dog Wagon, Continental Divide, Bikini Panini and Gelati Celesti. Cash or credit also accepted. Follow @VCU_Dining. For more information, visit

The VCU Jazz Orchestra I under the direction of professor Antonio García presents a concert with guest pianist Lee Musiker in the Singleton Center's Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall. Grammy and Emmy Award-winning pianist, conductor, music director, arranger/orchestrator/composer Lee Musiker has established a distinguished and multifaceted career as both soloist and collaborator with a variety of premiere artists. $7 in advance, $10 at the door, free with VCU student ID. For more information, visit

Environmental Health and Safety hosts Handling Dangerous Goods training in the George Ben Johnston Auditorium for VCU and VCU Health employees who handle (as in receipt for, mark, label, pack and prepare/sign shipping documents) dangerous goods. Handling dangerous goods without training or with lapsed training is illegal and may subject the handler and University to fines. Register at the URL below. For more information, visit

The VCU Military Student Services Office hosts a Green Zone training in the University Student Commons, Forum Room. The Green Zone program highlights the struggles and strengths of the VCU military-affiliated student population and offers resources on how to help this population succeed. Register at the URL below. For more information, visit

As part of sexual assault awareness month in April, and to show support for survivors, VCUPD officers want to cover a police patrol car with 1,000 pledges from students, faculty and staff who also commit to start by believing during "Cover the Cruiser" on the Compass. As a Start by Believing agency, VCU Police is committed to believing survivors when they come forward to report a sexual assault. There will be giveaways at this event, along with representative from Students Advocating Violence Education and Support at VCU, the Student Government Association and the Richmond Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.

RamTech invites faculty and staff to attend a free "Appy Hour: Awesome Audio for Beginners" in the University Student Commons, Alumni Board Room. Attendees will learn how to record and edit a podcast and/or music using a digital audio workstation like GarageBand or Ableton. Attendees can brown bag lunch. A free goodie bag and Pepsi products will be available for all attendees. Space is limited; register by visiting the website below. For more information, visit

VCU English invites the VCU community to a talk by Professor David Wojahn in Hibbs Hall, Room 308. At a time when notions of truth and reality are under siege, it is perhaps a good time to revisit the notion, often dismissed as quaintly romantic, that poetry offers a unique and enduring means to see beyond the half-truths, disinformation, propaganda and attendant white noise that wounds and damages us in ways which we are only beginning to understand. For more information, visit

VCU School of Education presents the Understanding and Impacting Poverty Series discussion with speaker Risha Berry, Ph.D. at Oliver Hall, Room 3108. Join Berry, an iCubed visiting scholar, in a discussion about poverty, economic mobility and the myth of meritocracy, and how the Office of Community Wealth Building has played a role in disrupting the “culture of poverty” narrative.

SGA hosts a meeting regarding VCU's proposed tuition increase with VCU Board of Visitors Representatives and Karol Gray, VCU's vice president of finance and budget, in Cabell Library, Room 250. Food will be provided. For more information, visit

VCU Libraries presents Jonathan D. Sarna, Ph.D., Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun professor of American Jewish history and chair of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University, lecturing on his book, "Lincoln and the Jews: A History" in the James Branch Cabell Library Lecture Hall, Room 303. The book details a new aspect of Lincoln's remarkable leadership, his relationship with American Jews that impacted both his path to the presidency and his policy decisions as president. A public reception will follow. Register at the URL below. For more information, visit

VCU's Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences and Equity and Access Services invite the VCU community and the public to "Not Anymore at VCU: Panel on Creating Cultural Change to Prevent Sexual Assault and Harassment" in the Cabell Library Lecture Hall, Room 303. National, state and local experts will address critical issues in response to the #MeToo movement, #TimesUp and other catalyzing forces. Free. Continental breakfast will be served.

Coming up

The Wellness Resource Center hosts its annual "Take Back the Night" event, a survivor speak-out and rally to end sexual violence, in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons.

The Department of Health Behavior and Policy presents a seminar featuring Chunling Lu, PhD, assistant professor, Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, discussing “Effects of survey design on self-reported out-of-pocket health spending in developing countries” in One Capitol Square, 12th Floor, Conference Room. Lunch will be provided.

The Student Government Association presents "All About Respect," an open dialogue and dinner geared toward improving student-faculty relationships on April 17 from 5-7 p.m. in the Ram's Lounge of University Student Commons. This initiative is in collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. If you would like to participate or would like more information, please contact Kristina R. Brandveen, SGA chair of academic affairs, via For more information, visit

The Asian Pacific Student Alliance and The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs take a look at the long history of Asian Americans and its role in shaping US identity during an event in the University Student Commons, Room 215. The Asian Pacific American population is comprised of a dynamic and complex mix of ethnicities and cultures. Through dialogue we will explore the broad range of cultural variation, differences which shape the unique experiences.

Off Campus Student Services invites the VCU community to help save the environment during "the Swap" at 813 W Grace St. (Rain location: 1101 W. Marshall) Bring any old, lightly-used clothing, housewares or furniture to swap with something new to you. No money will be exchanged at the event, simply leave something to take something. For more information, visit

The Forensic Science Student Club presents "Vintage Murder" dinner theater in the University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballroom. Food and prizes will be provided. Admission is free, but tickets are required for entry. Reserve your tickets in the Forensics Department, Harris Hall South, 2nd floor, on April 9 1-3 p.m or April 10 2-4 p.m.; or outside the Commons on Floyd Avenue on April 13 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Tickets are limited.

The Mary and Frances Youth Center will offer two different week-long, full-day summer program camps from June 25 – Aug. 17 at the Center. Lobs & Lessons camps offer tennis, swimming, outdoor adventure games and healthy lifestyle activities for rising 1st-9th graders. Discovery, for rising 6th – 8th graders offers fun, challenging and creative classes that provide a variety of in-depth experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Health Sciences. Visit the URL below to register. For more information, visit


Apply for Affordable Course Awards by April 16

VCU Libraries, the Office of the Provost, the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and the ALT Lab invite applications for Affordable Course Content Awards, a program that helps faculty who want to adopt or author free or lower-cost alternatives to expensive textbooks. Academic Technologies, Online @ VCU, Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity, and the VCU Bookstore have also committed to serve as resources. The deadline is Monday, April 16. For more information, visit

Policy Open for Public Comment: Preventing and Responding to Discrimination

A draft of the Preventing and Responding to Discrimination policy (formerly titled Affirmation of VCU's Equal Opportunity) is now open for university comment through Monday, April 9. The draft policy can be found at the URL below. For more information, visit

Volunteers Needed for a Major Depression Study

You may be able to take part in this Study if: l You are between 18 and 75 years of age l You have been diagnosed with major depression that is considered moderate to severe l You currently have depression that has lasted 2–18 months l You have experienced at least two previous episodes of depression If you are eligible for the study you will receive an FDA-approved medication for depression for up to 16 weeks. You will be compensated for your time and travel.

Policy Open for Public Comment: Principal Investigator Eligibility for Sponsored Programs

A draft of the revised Principal Investigator Eligibility for Sponsored Programs policy (formerly titled Principal Investigator Eligibility) is now open for university comment through Monday, April 16. The draft policy can be found at the URL below. For more information, visit

Policy Open for Public Comment: Military-Affiliated Students

A draft of the new Military-Affiliated Students policy is now open for university comment through Monday, April 16. The draft policy can be found at the URL below. For more information, visit

2018 Institute on Inclusive Teaching: Accepting Requests for Participation Through April 15

The Division for Inclusive Excellence and the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence announce the 2018 Institute on Inclusive Teaching (IIT) for VCU educators who want to explore strategies for inclusive teaching and transforming pedagogical practices. The Institute will kick off May 17-18. Requests for Participation are due by April 15; VCU faculty of any rank, graduate students and staff are welcome to participate. For more information, visit

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