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The Center for Pharmacy Practice Innovation will host its first seminar of the semester in Room 545, Robert Blackwell Smith Building, 410 N. 12th St. The center's Julie Patterson, Pharm.D., Ph.D., will be presenting on her research in the talk, "Who Is Using Community Pharmacy Services? Implications for Marketing Efforts." For more information, contact Madeleine Wagner at or (804) 628-7614 or visit

VCU Career Services presents the Spring 2020 Careers in the Commons: UrbanPromise. The mission of the Wilmington, Del., community-based nonprofit is to equip children and young adults with the skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth and Christian leadership. The event will be in the University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. For more information, contact Quintrel Lenore at or (804) 828-1645 or visit

This week

The C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research will host consulting hours open to anyone with a question regarding human research, including investigators, research study team members, research administration and students. Consultants will be available from the areas of human subjects protection, FDA regulations and development. The hours will be held in the garden level, Richmond Academy of Medicine, 1200 E. Clay St. Questions, Lauren Harris at For more information, contact Lillie Lattimore at or visit

VCU's L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs will hold an online graduate program open house via Zoom. An overview of the school's graduate programs will be presented. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Ross Losapio at or visit

Jewish Life at VCU will host a Jewish ethics lunch at the first-floor conference room, Hunton Student Center, 1110 E. Broad St. The scheduled topic is "Artificially Prolonging Life." For more information, contact Rabbi Friedman at or (804) 601-4613.

Join Confidential Advocates from University Counseling Serivces and community partners to stream and discuss "YOU," the TV thriller series. What's the difference between a loving partner and a stalker? Is it okay to enjoy the series even though it glorifies stalking? These and other questions will be discussed at the session in the Rams Lounge, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. Dinner will be provided. For more information, contact Confidential Advocates at UCS at or (804) 828-6200 or visit

VCU School of Dentistry and Dental Hygiene Classes of 2020 will offer free dental checkups and X-rays to qualified patients at VCU Dental Care, Second Floor, 520 N. 12th St. Screening nights will also be held at the same times and location on Feb. 19 and March 18. Each patient will receive a limited visual screening to determine if certain criteria are met to receive additional free dental care. For more information, contact Hannah Ehreth at or (703) 217-8263.

Guadalupe Maravilla, an assistant professor at VCU School of the Arts, will discuss his installation "Disease Thrower," on view through July 1 at the ICA. Maravilla will explore how drawing, sculpture, performance and community engagement become vehicles for exploring his own experiences with illness and migration, as well as the anxieties experienced by undocumented peoples. The talk will be at the Institute for Contemporary Art at the Markel Center, 601 W. Broad St. For more information, contact Meredith Carrington at or visit

Join VCU President Michael Rao for the State of the University Address in the lecture hall, Room 303, James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP at the following URL. A live webcast of the address will be streamed on VCU’s home page,, and VCU's Facebook page, For more information, contact University Events and Special Programs at or visit

VCU Department of Health Administration will host a virtual informational session about its Ph.D. in Health Services Organization Research. The presentation will include an overview of the program and suggestions for submitting a successful application. Contact for registration information and a Zoom invitation. For more information, contact Katie McCall at or (804) 828-1891 or visit

Coming up

Sound artist Marcus Fischer will discuss installation and sound composition at the ICA with a focus on his work in the 2019 Whitney Biennial. His talk will be followed by an improvised performance using analog and digital processes. Fischer is a musician and interdisciplinary artist based in Portland, Ore., whose work centers around memory, geography and the manipulation of physical audio-recording mediums. He builds soundscapes from recordings, found objects and chance, along with tape loops and live instruments. The event will be at the Institute for Contemporary Art at the Markel Center, 601 W. Broad St. For more information, contact Meredith Carrington at or visit

VCU Parking and Transportation will host a one-hour GRTC travel training session for students, faculty and staff in Room 1105, Academic Learning Commons, 1000 Floyd Ave. The session will include how to use the GRTC bus system, navigate Pulse/Route 5 routes across campus and commute from areas in Richmond to VCU's Monroe Park and/or MCV campuses. Maximum attendance is 15. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Kendra Norrell at or visit

VCU Center for Corporate Education presents "Project Management Essentials," March 2-4. The three-day course is geared for participants seeking a project management overview. The fee is $1,800. A 10% discount is available to VCU alumni and VCU/VCUHS employees. The program includes lunch, parking and materials. The class will be in Room B3189, Snead Hall, School of Business, 301 W. Main St. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Katie Fauth at or (804) 828-3165 or visit


VCU Rec Sports To Offer Swim Classes

Registration closes Jan. 31 for the first round of swimming lessons offered by VCU Recreational Sports. Classes, for adults and children, will be offered at the aquatic centers at Cary Street Gym, 101 S. Linden St., and Jonah L. Larrick Student Center, 900 Turpin St. For more information, contact Jenna Dillon at or (804) 827-9999 or visit

'How to Retire With VRS'

Human Resources presents "How to Retire With the Virginia Retirement System" for VCU employees. The sessions are open to VCU employees only, not VCU Health System employees. View upcoming sessions at the following URL. For more information, contact VCU Benefits at or (804) 827-1723 or visit

Participants Sought for Career Development Day Conference

VCU Human Resources and Staff Senate are seeking speakers and facilitators for the March 12 Career Development Day Conference. The following areas are of specific interest: wellness and promoting a healthy work/life balance, building positive community and interpersonal relationships, enhancing job skills such as customer service and understanding data-driven decision making, and developing programs that promote the success of students and patients. Submit a proposal at the following URL no later than Jan. 30. For more information, contact Lauren Katchuk at or visit

Call for Nominations: Black History in the Making

The Department of African American Studies invites departments and units to participate in the 2020 Black History in the Making award. The award honors exceptional African American students, junior faculty, and staff/University and Academic Professionals at VCU. Each participating department/unit will hold an internal nomination process and select one or more recipients. This year's recipients are requested by Feb. 7 at the following URL. For more information, contact Dae Newman at or (804) 828-1371 or visit

Feb. 28 Deadline Set for $1,000 to $30,000 Affordable Educational Resources Grants

VCU Libraries, in support of open and affordable course materials across the VCU community, announces that a new round of statewide VIVA (Virtual Library of Virginia) Course Redesign Grants is open for applications. These $1,000 to $30,000 grants empower Virginia faculty with the resources and time they need to redesign courses by swapping textbooks and other expensive course materials for open, no cost, or library options. Apply at the following URL by Feb. 28. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at or visit

Candidate Open Forums for Dean, College of Humanities and Sciences

The committee leading the search for the position of Dean, College of Humanities and Sciences will host open forums during January for the university community to hear from the final candidates. View times, locations and information about each candidate at the following URL. For more information, contact Jenn Arce at or visit

Now Accepting Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Proposals

The Honors College is accepting research proposals from faculty interested in working with Honors College students to conduct research during summer 2020. The Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Program gives undergraduate honors students the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors in an intensive nine-week summer research experience. Visit the following URL to view guidelines and register. The priority submission deadline is Feb. 1. For more information, contact Laura Blunt at or (804) 828-1803 or visit

VCU Staff Senate Seeks Nominations for Awards for Excellence

VCU's Staff Senate is seeking nominations through Jan. 31 for its third annual awards for excellence. The awards recognize VCU and VCU Health staff members in each of the following categories: integrity, staff advocacy, new employee, career achievement and champion of diversity and inclusion. Nominate a colleague at the following URL. For more information, contact Saher Randhawa at or (804) 628-5775 or visit

Dissertation Study for Romantic Couples

This two-hour dissertation study explores how the brain works with people who are in romantic relationships. This study is conducted through VCU Department of Psychology. Fill out the form at the following URL to determine eligibility. Psychology students who participate can receive research credit. Other participants can be entered into a raffle for two chances to win $50 each. The study will take place in Room 303, Millhiser House, 916 W. Franklin St. For more information, contact Alexandra Martelli at or (703) 798-1878 or visit

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