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VCU Police will host a U-Lock giveaway and bike registration in front of the James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Medical Education Center, 1201 E. Marshall St., on the MCV campus. VCU students, faculty and staff can receive a free U-Lock with a valid VCU ID and learn how to register their bikes. A limited supply of U-Locks will be provided. Follow VCU Police on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for future U-Lock giveaway dates. For more information, contact Amy Murray at crimeprevreq@vcu.edu.

Guest speaker Can Ertuna, Ph.D., (Bahcesehir University, Istanbul) will discuss media freedom and politics in Turkey. The online event, which will be moderated by Volkan Aytar, Ph.D., seeks to extend the debate on media and politics to other global cases where authoritarian populisms are on the rise. This event is organized by VCU's Dept. of Sociology Student-Faculty Engagement Events group. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Volkan Aytar, Ph.D., at aytarv@vcu.edu or (540) 623-2070 or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0vd-qppjooEtHO4kJ_DNfz6geqd4I9rwbD.

VCU's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, University Student Commons, Suite 215, 907 Floyd Ave., will host Queer Coffee Hour with sweet treats, coffee and community. RSVP at the following URL. For more information, contact Beck Oh at omsaclp@vcu.edu or visit https://forms.gle/afSrRFK2MUj3rebG8.

VCU's Honors College will host the Berglund Seminar Series via Zoom. The seminar will describe findings from a large-scale clinical randomized control trial of ENDS differing in nicotine delivery on measures of cigarette smoking behavior and toxicant exposure. Click on the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Jared Johnson at jajohnson4@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/j/96722344353.

Join Students Today Alumni Tomorrow at the Commons Plaza for a chance to complete multiple VCU traditions with other students and win prizes. Register on RamsConnect at the following URL. For more information, contact Catherine Ruiz-Romero at ruizromec@vcu.edu or visit https://cglink.me/2dV/r1138999.

Join first-gen grads Nicolette Zbell, academic adviser, Wilder School, and Denisha Scott, career development specialist, Office of Health Innovation, for this You First at VCU Presents discussion. Ever feel like college has its own language? Come hear Nicolette and Denisha in Room A, Virginia Room, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave., talk about how they navigated their mastery of college lingo and how you can, too. Questions: http://youfirst.vcu.edu. If you can't join in person, register for the virtual option at the following URL. For more information, contact Elizabeth Bambacus at bambacuses@vcu.edu or (804) 827-3927 or visit https://bit.ly/YouFirstPresents111721.

The da Vinci Center's Master of Product Innovation at VCU is designed for creative thinkers and doers from a wide range of undergraduate backgrounds who want to ideate and launch innovative products, projects and initiatives in the world’s most leading edge companies. While students in the program come with design, engineering, psychology, business and even social sciences and the arts, they all share common traits of unconventional thinking, a track record of producing highly creative work. This informational session will be held via Zoom. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Lloyd Young at youngel3@vcu.edu or visit https://connect.business.vcu.edu/register/oct-21-mpi-info-session.

This week

VCU's Writing Center will host a workshop to help participants learn to write a strong, successful personal statement. The Zoom link is hosted on the center's events page at the following URL. For more information, contact Trey Burnart Hall at hallbr@vcu.edu or visit https://writing.vcu.edu/events/.

A blood drive co-sponsored by the Red Cross and Episcopal Campus Ministry will be held at Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 8 N. Laurel St., across from Monroe Park. Donors will receive a free T-shirt. Appointments are preferred. Visit the following URL and enter the sponsor code "VCU" to schedule an appointment. For more information, contact Nia Jones at jonesne4@vcu.edu or visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=vcu.

VCU's C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research and the Health Science Library will present the next "Whetting Your Appetite for Research" seminar, “Show Me the Money: Using PIVOT to Identify Funding Opportunities.” Pamela Dillon, Pharm.D., Wright Center research liaison, will discuss strategies for identifying appropriate research funding for your career and research interests. Questions: http://www.cctr.vcu.edu. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Pamela Dillon at pmdillon@vcu.edu or (804) 827-1519 or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwlf-6vrT8uGtJGQiXQRod-pleM-TZUAIwg.

Does cash rule everything around you? Do you wonder how that differs for others? Come engage with students, faculty and staff in the October RAMmalogues session about socioeconomic status and class. Share how socioeconomic status has impacted your life and bear witness to what others have to share in open dialogue. RAMmalogues is a space for intercultural, multigenerational and community-wide dialogues around who we are and what matters to us. The session will be in Room 250, James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave. Questions: https://inclusive.vcu.edu/iexcel/rammalogues/. All students, staff and faculty are invited, but registration is limited to 25. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Jan Altman, Ph.D., at iexcel@vcu.edu or visit https://training.vcu.edu/course.aspx?processFlag=2&itemID=17874.

Join Students Today Alumni Tomorrow to network with VCU alumni David Galpern, M.D., and Bill O’Bier, R.N. This is an opportunity to establish strong connections with fellow students and VCU alumni to learn about their lives after VCU, career paths and advice for current students. Come prepared with questions. The event will be held in Richmond Salon I, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Sydney Wojcieszak at wojcieszaksj@vcu.edu or visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdpGADiFiZc_w_UtJYb1KHywgzUcQsJLafgyjyQ_O6rp-pfWg/viewform.

A résumé highlights an individual's accomplishments, but doesn't tell the whole story. The Science Hub will host a discussion with VCU alum Dalton Echard, (M.S. in Physics, 2016) who works at Anton Paar, a local employer in Ashland. Echard works with analytical technology for laboratories and will talk about the things that happen on the path to success that don't end up on a résumé. The session will be in Room 250, James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave., and online. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Brian Cone at coneb2@vcu.edu or visit https://clc.vcu.edu/science-hub/.

Want to learn about a doctorate designed for professionals seeking to lead equitable change in policy and practice? The VCU Ed.D. offers real-world learning, a network of peer support and collaboration and choice in communities and modalities. Register for the webinar at the following URL. For more information, contact Jazmin Tilfas at soeinfo@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJErduquqTItEtffZIZXbsteqIoNaYra30r_.

The Pre-Pharmacy Student Organization at VCU and the Student National Pharmaceutical Association will present Pre-Pharmacy Day in Virginia Room B, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. Bring your questions and meet fellow pharmacy students. For more information, contact Mihret Woldeyohannes at prepharmacy.vcu@gmail.com.

Join VCU's Wright Center October Clinical Research Skills Series online and learn to recognize general data management challenges, apply basic data management principles and understand data management roles within the context of study design and conduct. Tim Aro, manager for clinical research informatics at the C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research, will speak. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Catherine Brown at crbrown@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcpd-itqj4sG90g5XxA3m3rcAY15UT35v8y.

Coming up

VCU Libraries, VCU's C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research and the VCU Postdoctoral Association will present a session that is part of the 2021 How-to Talks by Postdocs Series. Questions: https://vcu.libcal.com/event/8298589. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Stacey Wahl at swahl@vcu.edu or visit http://rampages.us/howtotalks/upcoming/.

VCU's Office of Health Equity and Humanities Research Center will host a panel whose members will share their stories and experiences about how race and racism have been foundational to the institution of medicine and how structural racism impacts health and health care. This virtual event is free and open to the community, but space is limited. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Logan Vetrovec at healthequity@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_By4gpg-ITtywMw1YKcMS0A.

VCU's Pharmacology and Toxicology Student Organization will present "Spookfest II: Night of the Living Dreadd" at Strangeways Brewing, 2277A Dabney Road. This event provides an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to mingle and celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year. Costume contests, activities with prizes and food will be provided. Register with ramsconnect at the following URL. There will be no admission charge, but those who attend should be prepared to purchase their own alcoholic beverages. No undergraduates may attend due to VCU's policy on alcohol. For more information, contact Alaina Jaster at jastera@vcu.edu or visit https://cglink.me/2dV/r1332407.

VCU Health and Wellness Library will host three health literacy mini-workshops via Zoom which will focus on helping individuals make informed health decisions. "The Basics," Oct. 25, 2:30 p.m., register at https://vcu.libcal.com/event/8365920. "The Teach-Back Method, Oct. 27, noon, register at https://vcu.libcal.com/event/8365932 and "Consumer Resources," Oct. 28, noon, register at https://vcu.libcal.com/event/8365941. For more information, contact Jackson Wright at wrightjc4@vcu.edu or (804) 828-2432 or visit https://www.vcuhealth.org/for-your-health/health-and-wellness-library/.

The Center for Corporate Education at VCU's School of Business will present Certified Scrum Master in partnership with Michael Vizdos, Certified Scrum Trainer. This two-day online workshop will allow participants to gain experience in Scrum and agile methodologies. All participants will be eligible to take the Scrum Alliance certification assessment upon completion. The registration fee is $1,095. Register at the following URL or email corp-ed@vcu.edu for more information. For more information, contact Carrie Hawes at cjhawes@vcu.edu or (804) 828-3165 or visit http://go.vcu.edu/corped.

Are you considering a career in health care? The College of Health Professions will present an introduction to the medical laboratory, radiation sciences and health services programs. In this lunch n' learn session in the SGA Senate Chambers, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave., faculty members will discuss career options, the application process, requirements and tips to keep in mind when applying. Questions: https://chp.vcu.edu/. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Chelsea Gary at garycs@vcu.edu or (804) 826-8531 or visit https://forms.gle/d465KfJia2g5xS799.

VCU Libraries' "Advance Your Research" series continues with an online workshop. If you’ve never submitted an article to a journal, this session will demystify the process and prepare you to submit your first work. VCU librarians will walk through the process from the author’s perspective, covering the basics of submission, peer review and final steps to publication. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at srobinson26@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.libcal.com/calendar/workshops/jasb.

Join Tracey Gendron, Ph.D., VCU Gerontology Department chair, and Jen Pryor, MA, MS, LALFA, Gerontology Program director, to learn about the types of careers available to gerontologists in the field of public health. Questions: https://bit.ly/3lo996r. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Catherine MacDonald at macdonaldcs@vcu.edu or (571) 484-4511 or visit https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0uduusqjsuG9D3eOdGwCJaCwj6FyaFiRpz.

Notices

Murry N. DePillars, Ph.D.: The Dean and More

An exhibition of artworks by Murry N. DePillars, Ph.D., (dean of VCU's School of the Arts from 1976-1995) will be on exhibit through Oct. 14 in the building that bears his name at 1000 W. Broad St. The exhibit, curated by Richard Woodward, founding curator of African Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, is available for view from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, contact VCUarts Events at artsevents@vcu.edu.

Grad School Week

The Graduate School will host a weeklong celebration of graduate education at VCU through Oct. 15. The week will include opportunities to learn more about graduate programs of study, workshops on such topics as financing graduate school; a day devoted to diversity, equity and inclusion in graduate education and more. Questions: Email gradschool@vcu.edu. For more information, contact Emily Humberson at humbersone@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.campusgroups.com/GradSchool/events.

Pride Rides Indoor Cycling Classes

As part of VCU's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs' LGBTQIA+ History Month celebration, VCU RecWell is co-sponsoring three Pride Rides cycling classes which are open to students, RecWell members and nonmembers. Since a limited number of bikes are available, preregistration is required. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Jessica Norman at normanj3@vcu.edu or visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScWStMbmQqxXTlYmlcRoTHXhp4jot4ERTrWYpM9M_Axf9pb2w/viewform.

Capstone Team Seeking Information on Student Financial Life

A VCU da Vinci Center Capstone team is looking to create a super-app that integrates student life and banking. All VCU students are invited to fill out a five-to-10-minute survey. All respondents will be entered in a raffle to receive a new Bose BlueTooth speaker. The survey is available at the following URL. For more information, contact Devin Singh at dsingh@vcu.edu or visit https://bit.ly/3Br7LFQ.

Participate in a Focus Group on Lung Cancer Screening

VCU Health and Massey Cancer Center are conducting focus groups to understand the experiences of Black men who smoke or used to smoke and their opinions about lung cancer screening, smoking cessation and health care disparities in Virginia. Eligibility criteria: identify as a Black male, current or former smoker and 50 years old or older. If interested, contact Jasmine Blue at the following telephone number or email Blackchat@vcuhealth.org. For more information, contact Rashelle Hayes at rashelle.hayes@vcuhealth.org or (804) 827-0000.

Join a Nationwide Research Effort To Create a Healthier Future

The All of Us Research Program at the National Institutes of Health is inviting more than a million people across the United States to help build one of the most diverse health databases of its kind. VCU has partnered with the NIH and All of Us to help patients at VCU Health contribute to that database. People who join will give information about their health, habits and where they live. By looking for patterns, researchers may learn more about what affects people’s health. For more information, contact Leslie Bobb at allofus@vcu.edu or visit https://www.joinallofus.org/VCU.

Patients With Painful Diabetic Neuropathy Are Invited To Participate in a Study of a Potential New Treatment

We are inviting male and female Type 2 diabetes patients with painful diabetic neuropathy ages 18-75 to participate in a research investigation of a new treatment to alleviate pain and examine its effects on pain perception. In addition to the new treatment, this study involves completing surveys and undergoing tests to evaluate perceptions of pain. Volunteers will be compensated for their time. Participants are only required to come once for the study. The study is conducted within the VCU Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Engineering Lab. Questions: Email Bhushan Thakkar at the following address or Edmund Acevedo, Ph.D., FACSM, at eoacevedo@vcu.edu. For more information, email Bhushan Thakkar at the following email address. For more information, contact bhushan thakkar at thakkarbs2@vcu.edu or (804) 300-5578.

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