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VCU Libraries, VCU's C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research and the VCU Postdoctoral Association will present a session in the 2021 How-to Talks by Postdocs Series. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Stacey Wahl at or visit

This week

VCU’s Writing Center will present an interactive session focusing on the tools necessary to establish ideas in a strong, logical manner to hook readers and entice them to read more. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Trey Burnart Hall at or visit

VCU's C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research will host a grant-writing seminar via Zoom. Matthew Banks, Pharm.D., Ph.D., associate professor, pharmacology and toxicology, will discuss strategies for incorporating required rigor and reproducibility information into federal grant applications. Questions or for a complete list of grant-writing series sessions, contact the following email address or visit Register for the session at the following URL. For more information, contact Pamela Dillon, Pharm.D., research liaison, at or (804) 827-1519 or visit

Democracy Matters VCU and VCU Young Democrats will host a watch party on Zoom for the debates. All Democratic candidates competing in the primary are invited to debate, so come out, watch with your peers and feel free to stay afterward for a short discussion. Click on the following URL for the Zoom link. For more information, contact Emily Downs at or visit

Cathleen D. Cahill, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Penn State University, is a social historian who explores the everyday experiences of ordinary people, primarily women. Her talk will reveal the hidden histories of the Native American, Chinese American, African American and Hispana suffragists who challenged women’s inequality and fought against the racial prejudices of the age. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Catie-Reagan Palmore at or visit

Coming up

The Commons will host TEDxVCU in April. Hear big ideas from the VCU community. The event will be open to all students, staff and faculty. Registration opens soon on RamsConnect. For more information, contact Justin Raibolt at


VCU REAL Grant Opportunities

VCU REAL is still accepting applications until March 15 for a pair of grants supporting high-impact practices. VCU REAL Challenge Grants provide funding for projects that increase access to transformative experiential learning opportunities. Community-Engaged Research Impact Grants support faculty incorporating community-engaged research experiences into their existing programs. Apply for the grants at the following URL. For more information, contact Erin Webster Garrett at or visit

Nominate a VCU Colleague, Student or Organization for the 2021 PACME

Nominations are being accepted for the 2021 Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment. The VCU and VCU Health System communities are invited to nominate a faculty member, staff member, academic or administrative leader or organization, or a student or student organization. Nominations are due by March 10 at the following URL. For more information, contact Division for Inclusive Excellence at or visit

Spring Midterm Grades Are Now Available

Students are encouraged to go to eServices to begin checking to see if their professors have submitted a midterm grade for one or more classes. Log on to Student eServices at the following URL. If you have received a midterm grade indicating unsatisfactory academic progress, see your instructor or academic advisor. The last day to withdraw from classes is May 5. Questions: Email the following address. For more information, contact The Office of Records and Registration at or visit

IRB Satisfaction Survey

The VCU Human Research Protection Program invites members of the VCU and VCU Health research community who are familiar with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to take an anonymous satisfaction survey. The survey will be available through March 26. Results will help to evaluate current services and plan for the next year. Click on the following link to begin the survey. For more information, contact Elicia Preslan at or visit

Franklin Street Detour in Effect March 8-13

Facilities Management advises that West Franklin Street between Shafer and Laurel streets will be closed March 8-13 due to work on the new storm and sanitary sewer system as a part of the STEM Building construction. The sidewalk on the north side of Franklin Street will remain open. For more information, contact Margaret Kelland at or visit

VCU Recreational Sports Swim Lessons for Children

VCU Recreational Sports is offering its second session of swim lessons for children. Parent/Child and Preschool Levels 1-3 will be held at Cary Street Gym Aquatic Center on Saturday mornings. The program will be held March 20-April 24 on Saturdays. (No class on April 3). Register at the following URL by noon March 19. For more information, contact Jenna Dillon at or visit

Recreational Sports OAP Climbing Challenge

VCU's Recreational Sports Outdoor Adventure Program is hosting its first annual climbing challenge, which runs through March 31. Climbers are challenged to set a personal record or compete against friends to climb a total of 2,900 feet to ascend the face of El Capitan on the 35-foot Cary Street Gym Climbing Wall. Climbers can also participate in the OAP's group goal of climbing 29,035 vertical feet to the peak of Everest. All levels of experience are welcome. Register at the Climbing Wall. For more information, contact Sam Albert at or visit

Suit Yourself Closet To Reopen March 10

Students can take advantage of the Suit Yourself Closet by making appointment on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and noon. Reserve a day and time through Handshake at the following URL, indicate in the survey your preferences and a selection of items will be ready to inspect. Masculine, feminine and gender-neutral styles are available, with select styles ranging from XS-XXXL. All clothing is free for students. For more information, contact Ash Taylor-Beierl at or (804) 828-6166 or visit

Call for Speakers: Men in Mental Health

Active Minds at VCU will present a student speaker panel focusing on breaking the stigmas around toxic masculinity and raising awareness about the importance of open communication about mental health in men. The organization is seeking male-identifying speakers. To participate, fill out the Google form at the following URL. This event will be held 7-8:30 p.m. March 17. Questions: Email For more information, contact Rachel Bastien at or (757) 759-3101 or visit

Career Week Events: March 29-April 1

VCU Career Services and Alumni Relations will present a series of events designed to connect students and alumni with employers, information and opportunities to support professional development. Attend as many events as desired in the areas of arts, media and communications, health care, public and social service, STEM and even a Create Your Own Adventure. Visit Handshake to register for events (search "Career Week"). For more information, contact Monique Sample at or visit

Race and Trust in Institutions Study

Are you 18 years of age or above and self-identify as Black/African American? Consider the Race and Trust in Institutions Study. The purpose of the study is to explore how public incidents involving law enforcement and African Americans may affect mental health and institutional trust. All data will be held confidential. SONA Research credit is available for participants in this study. Non-SONA participants will be entered into a raffle for one of ten $25 gift cards. For more information, contact Shawn Jones, Ph.D., MHS, at

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