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Discovery Dialogues presents Nicole Rankins, M.D., assistant professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, discussing "Discovering the Link Between Intestinal Bacteria and Metabolism in Pregnancy" in the Critical Care Hospital, Room 1-304. Discovery Dialogues is a monthly seminar series, open to all, sponsored by the CCTR Research Incubator. Light refreshments served. For more information, contact Pam Dillon at or (804) 828-7701.

The Emerging Technologies and Resources Seminar Series presents "Photoacoustic Tomography: A Novel Method to Enhance Your Research" by Sundaresan Gobalakrishnan, Ph.D., VCU Center for Molecular Imaging, in the Molecular Medicine Research Building, Room 1013. Sponsored by the Office of Research and the Center for Clinical and Translational Research. All are welcome. No registration is required. For more information, contact Paul Fawcett at or (804) 827-0975.

The School of World Studies, in the College of Humanities and Sciences, presents the sixth annual Powell-Edwards Lecture in Religion and the Arts featuring Vera Kononova Brown, Ph.D. candidate, Media, Art and Text program, in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons. Brown will discuss "Revealing the Unseen: Looking Beyond the Surface of Eastern Orthodox Icons." A reception will follow in the James River Terrace. For more information, contact Cliff Edwards at or visit

This week

The VCU Division of Epidemiology, Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, invites the VCU community to the next installment of its spring seminar series, "What is Spatial about Epidemiology?" presented by David Wheeler, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor, VCU Department of Biostatistics, in One Capitol Square, Room 305. For more information, contact Chelsea Russell at or (804) 828-9785 or visit

The VCU AmeriCorps and America Reads program hold information sessions on Tuesday, April 15, noon to 1 p.m. in the University Student Commons, Shockoe Room and Friday, April 18, 3-4 p.m. at the VCU AmeriCorps and America Reads Office, 1103 W. Marshall St. For more information, contact Kelly Hodgkins at

The Department of Rehabilitation Counseling holds a training series for OEF/OIF Veterans titled “Ignite: Veterans Thriving in Work and Life.” This eight-session series begins on Tuesday, April 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. and takes place every Tuesday evening until June 3. The sessions include identifying and applying strengths; job seeking skills; getting the job you want; fostering positive emotions; decision making and problem solving skills; and mindfulness-based stress reduction. Parking, refreshments and an incentive will be provided. If interested in participating, use the contact information below. Location and further instruction will be given upon contact. For more information, contact Allison Borden at

VCU Music presents Jazz Orchestra I joined by two-time Grammy® Award-winning acoustic and electric bassist, composer and arranger Boris Kozlov in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall. Jazz Orchestra I is directed by Antonio Garcia. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 the day of and free for students with VCU ID. Tickets can be purchased at For more information, contact VCU Music Box Office at or visit

The Department of Human Resources offers a workshop for faculty and staff who supervise classified employees in the HR Training Room, 922 W. Grace St. Learn how to design and deliver powerful feedback that will help others learn and grow. Register at the website listed below. For more information, contact Penelope McFarline at or (804) 828-6983 or visit

President Michael Rao invites the VCU community to join Provost Beverly Warren, Vice President Wanda Mitchell and members of the university community for the annual Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment (PACME) celebration in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons. Attendees will welcome the Black Awakening Choir and guest speaker, Honorable Cynthia Newbille, Richmond City Council. For more information, contact Florence M. Johnson at or (804) 828-8947 or visit

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics presents a research seminar in Sanger Hall, Room 3-016. Physiology's 2013 Distinguished Lecturer, Martin Chalfie, Ph.D., from Columbia University's Department of Biological Sciences, will present "Touch Sensing in C. Elegans: Transduction and Modulation." For more information, contact Haley VanderMeer at or (804) 828-9756 or visit

The Notochords of VCU invites the community to its annual spring concert in the Commons Theater. New music will be performed. Sam Burchfield will be the opening act. Find the Notochords of VCU Facebook page or Sam Burchfield’s website for details. For more information, contact Emily Brannan at or (703) 347-2933 or visit

Coming up

The Department of Photography and Film holds its final weekend workshop, “The Intimate Portrait,” April 26-27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Pollack Building. This workshop explores various approaches, focusing on the power of the portrait to speak to emotions and life experiences. There are still a few seats available. For more information, contact Sasha Waters Freyer at or (319) 621-6499 or visit

The Division of Community Engagement hosts its biannual Service-Learning Institute on May 5-6, 8:30 a.m. in the West Grace South Residence Hall. The Service-Learning Institute provides faculty members and higher education administrators the opportunity to build a basic understanding of service-learning pedagogy, reflect on the integration of service-learning into course design and engage with relevant research on service-learning and community engagement. For more information, contact Erin Brown at or visit


Atomic Learning@VCU Has the Answers

Atomic Learning@VCU provides online training to simplify topics for the VCU community. It will answer questions like how to set up and modify Gradebook in Blackboard, how to get started using SPSS, what is wireless networking and how to format a research paper. For more information, contact VCU TS Learning Systems at or visit

Linden Street Closing to Two-Way Through Traffic

Linden Street between the James Branch Cabell Library and Academic Learning Commons closes soon (likely the week of April 14) to two-way through traffic to make room for construction vehicles, materials delivery and other needs related to the construction of the new library on the Monroe Park Campus. Street parking will no longer be available. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at or (804) 828-0129 or visit

Summer Programs: Registration Open

The Mary and Frances Youth Center offers summer programs including “Discovery” and “Lobs & Lessons.” Registration is open and spaces are filling quickly. "Discovery" is a one-week camp, held June 23-July 8, for rising sixth through eighth graders and offers a pipeline of educational opportunities with an increased focus on the STEM disciplines, health sciences and the arts. “Lobs & Lessons” camps are also one-week sessions held from July 7-Aug. 8 for rising kindergarten through ninth graders. For more information, contact Shekinah Mitchell at or (804) 828-2841 or visit

Happy Birthday, Mr. Cabell

VCU Libraries unveils a newly curated guide and other materials on the namesake of the Monroe Park Campus library in honor of James Branch Cabell's April birthday. Among them are a video biography that can be viewed at and a research guide at For more information, contact Sue Robinson at or (804) 828-0129 or visit http:// .

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