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Today

Save $50 and earn $100. Stop by The Money Spot's table at The Commons on Linden Street on Sept. 23 or Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to learn more about the Rams Rainy Day Fund initiative. A representative from Virginia Credit Union will be available to help you start your rainy day fund. Learn more about how you can earn $100 at themoneyspot.vcu.edu. For more information, contact Carley Toney at finsuccess@vcu.edu or visit http://themoneyspot.vcu.edu.

Drop by the University Counseling Services Prize Wheel in the lobby of the Cary Street Gym, 101 S. Linden St., to meet counseling staff and peer health educators. Learn about suicide prevention and how to support a friend in distress and get information about helpful resources within UCS and across campus. Prizes and giveaways for all participants. For more information, contact Caroline Coffill at cscoffill@vcu.edu or (804) 828-6200 or visit http://counseling.vcu.edu.

Trang Le, M.D., will discuss diabetic neuropathy in the next session on Zoom for the Diabetes and Hypertension Project ECHO. Learn more about today's best practices in diabetes and hypertension care through didactic presentations and real, de-identified patient cases presented by current practitioners through the Project ECHO model. For more information, contact Madeleine Wagner at echoDMHTN@vcuhealth.org or visit http://vcuhealth.org/echodmhtn.

The Vietnamese Student Association will be serving Bun Cha Gio in the Pace Center, 800 W. Franklin St. Meet new people and learn about Vietnamese culture. The meal costs $1. Register on RamsConnect. For more information, contact Cherie Vendiola at vendiolacfo@vcu.edu or (571) 665-1953 or visit https://vcu.campusgroups.com/pacecenter/rsvp.

Come engage with students, faculty and staff in a RAMmalogues session about you and the pandemic. This is the last chance to register. How has the last year and a half changed you? Do you wonder how that differs for others? Share the wisdom you have developed over this time 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. All students, staff and faculty are invited, but registration is limited to 25, so reserve your spot now. Questions: https://inclusive.vcu.edu/iexcel/rammalogues/. Register at the following URL to be sent a Zoom link. For more information, contact Jan Altman, Ph.D., at iexcel@vcu.edu or visit https://training.vcu.edu/course.aspx?processFlag=2&itemID=17873.

The Humanities Research Center at VCU will present a program with Daphne Brooks, professor of African American Studies, American Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Music at Yale University, in conversation with madison moore, Ph.D. Register for the Zoom webinar at the following URL. For more information, contact Tyler Conrad at conradtl@vcu.edu or (804) 827-1907 or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0iy-xoLwRCGvpvtqOJJ1xQ.

Leila Chatti, winner of the 2021 Levis Reading Prize for "Deluge," will read from her book. The event, organized by the VCU Department of English and VCU Libraries, will be held in the third-floor Lecture Hall, James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave. The reading will also be available via Zoom. Registration is required at https://www.support.vcu.edu/event/levisreadingnightt. Questions: Email the VCU Libraries Events Office at kimbrellgg@vcu.edu. For more information, contact Thom Didato at tndidato@vcu.edu or visit https://english.vcu.edu/news--events/visiting-writers/.

This week

VCU and community representatives will unveil four panels outside the Hermes A. Kontos Medical Sciences Building Auditorium, 1217 E. Marshall St., telling the history of the 19th-century human remains discovered in an abandoned well on the MCV Campus. Members of the VCU and VCU Health communities are invited to attend and stay for facilitated discussion/engagement afterward. Register to attend in person or watch the livestream at the following URL. For more information, contact Ollie Carter at cartero@alumni.vcu.edu or visit https://forms.gle/jkKcWM4ivfDfHi1p9.

Ruigang Wang, Ph.D., will be the guest seminar speaker for the Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department's Graduate Seminar Series. His virtual presentation will be "Surface-Engineered Metal Oxide Nanocrystals: Redox Chemistry, Catalysis and Beyond." Click on the following URL for the Zoom link. For more information, contact Denise Ivey at dsivey@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/j/94738963000.

"Ile aye, moya, là, ndokh … Harmonic Conversations … mm" is a solo exhibition by South African artist Dineo Seshee Bopape at VCU's Institute for Contemporary Art at the Markel Center, 601 W. Broad St. The show’s title calls to the elements – earth, wind, fire and water – summoned in various languages from West and Southern Africa. Images, objects and sounds made from soil and water resonate throughout this gallery. They point to cities, ports and waterways that played important roles in the enslavement of people. For more information, contact Stephanie Stanton at stantons@vcu.edu or visit https://icavcu.org/exhibitions/dineo-seshee-bopape/.

Coming up

Take a break from the news, social media and class assignments to find a moment of quiet reflection with guided meditation. Recharge for the rest of your day in this session hosted by VCU Human Resources and VCU Recreation and Well-Being. Questions: https://ramstrong.vcu.edu/. Register in Talent@VCU or at the following URL. For more information, contact Cindi Phares at cphares@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1521 or visit https://bit.ly/38deLJr.

This talk will cover some of the ways to make science more accessible by using multimodal approaches, merging some aspects of the arts, creating new ways of processing and presenting information such as data sonification, data visualization and tactile designing. The event is organized by the Workshop at VCU Libraries. Questions: https://www.library.vcu.edu/about/events/2021-2022/wednesdays-in-the-workshop-fall-2021.html. Click on the following URL for a Zoom link. For more information, contact Gregory Kimbrell at kimbrellgg@vcu.edu or (804) 393-2951 or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUvcOyhpzkqE9Anq8Zj_SKl7-irwCh1A51E.

The Center for Corporate Education at VCU's School of Business will present Change Management 101 as part of the Level Up Learning series. This online workshop will allow participants to explore strategies regarding change management and transitions at work. The registration fee is $40. 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.

The Pediatrics Interest Group at VCU School of Medicine will host the 13th Annual Pediatrics Conference at the James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Medical Education Center, 1201 E. Marshall St. The keynote speaker will be Danny Avula, M.D., MPH, director of the Richmond and Henrico County Health Departments. Join us to develop clinical skills in suturing, airway management and childbirth, and network with clinicians, residents and students. Questions: Email vcusompig@gmail.com. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Sneha Krish at krishs2@vcu.edu or visit http://shorturl.at/jlJY6.

Notices

Virginia Retirement System Member Benefit Profiles and Member Guide Now Available

Annual Member Benefit Profiles for VRS members are now available through the MyVRS online system at https://myvrs.varetire.org. The new VRS Member Guide is also now available at the following URL. For more information, contact Daynon Smith at benefits@vcu.edu or (804) 827-1723 or visit https://www.varetire.org/pdf/publications/vrs-member-guide.pdf.

Fund Your Pilot Research

The Endowment Fund at VCU's C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research supports researchers who are collecting data for external funding applications for work that ultimately will improve patient and community health outcomes. Faculty from both the MCV and Monroe Park campuses are encouraged to apply. Individual investigators and small groups of investigators may apply for up to $50,000 by Nov. 1 at the following URL. For more information, contact Pamela Dillon, Pharm.D., research liaison, at pmdillon@vcu.edu or (804) 827-1519 or visit https://cctr.vcu.edu/support/funding/endowment-fund-grants/.

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, contact Bhushan Thakkar at thakkarbs2@vcu.edu or (804) 300-5578.

COVID-19 Positive Volunteers Needed for Research Study

Researchers are looking for volunteers who were recently diagnosed with COVID to participate in the COVID-CARE study. Volunteers must be aged 18 and older, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 48 hours and be located within the Richmond area. Volunteers will be asked to review and electronically sign an informed consent document, complete online surveys and complete two COVID tests at home, provided at no cost. If you are selected for the study, you will be compensated for your time. To access the study’s website and see if eligible, go to the following URL. For more information, contact Mandy Adams at study4u@vcu.edu or (804) 827-3784 or visit http://www.covidcarestudy.org/.

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