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This week

The Center for Clinical and Translational Research launches its Brown Bag Lunch & Learn Series with a presentation by David Fenstermacher, Ph.D., VCU chief research information officer in the Molecular Medicine Building, Room 1009. Fenstermacher will talk about the importance of biomedical informatics in research and how the CCTR helps investigators with tools and services in data management and technical infrastructure. For more information, contact Frances Dumenci at or (804) 828-7701 or visit

Coming up

Human Resources presents "Retiring with the VCU Optional Retirement Plan" for VCU faculty in the HR training facility, 922 W. Grace St., Room 115. This session is open to VCU employees only, not VCU Health System employees. For more information, contact Daniel Jason at or (804) 828-4660 or visit

The Division of Community Engagement and the Center for Clinical and Translational Research invite the VCU community to bring lunch and join an educational session titled “Methodological Approaches in CEnR: Considerations for Stakeholder Involvement” with Rebecca Etz, Ph.D, at the Larrick Student Center, Jackson Ward Room. Sometimes learning the right methods to use for CEnR means first unlearning the conditions of research as have been traditionally known. This talk will consider this dilemma and discuss methods available for CEnR. For more information, contact Cynthia George at

The Department of Political Science in the College of Humanities and Sciences presents Martin Libicki, Ph.D., senior management scientist of the Rand Corp., discussing "Cyberspace as a National Security Problem (or Not)" in the Commons Theater. For more information, contact Judyth Twigg at or visit


Register for Spring 2014 CTE Digital Storytelling Program

Faculty participants will discover the power of short digital video narrative to introduce students to important developments, situate content in the context of history or a larger picture and generate student engagement. Participants will create their own stories and plan for the use of digital storytelling in their own practice by using their laptop, iPad, freely available software, apps and other online resources. Apply by Jan. 24 at For more information, contact William "Bud" Deihl at or (804) 828-4383.

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