Love and alcohol: Romantic relationships can influence genetic predispositions for alcohol problems
June 26, 2019
How do the people we love shape our drinking? Researchers know that genetic and environmental factors influence alcohol outcomes such as abuse or dependence. However, romantic relationships can alter the impact of those genetic influences.
Study finds ‘robust evidence’ of persistent racial and ethnic disparities in discipline in secondary schools across the United States
June 19, 2019
Albert Ksinan found that African American students and students self-identifying as two or more races were at greater risk for discipline actions across all disciplinary measures in both middle and high schools.
Supreme Court’s redistricting decision may be ‘most important development in Virginia politics in a generation’
June 17, 2019
VCU Professor Alex Keena, Ph.D., said the Supreme Court’s decision in Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill delivers a major structural advantage to Democrats in the General Assembly elections.
Anthropology professor receives NSF grant to study humans’ early ancestors
June 13, 2019
Amy Rector, Ph.D., is part of a team conducting research in Ethiopia where the oldest Homo fossil and earliest stone tools have been found.
A simple, fast and less-costly approach to diagnosing blood cancers?
June 7, 2019
Physics Professor Jason Reed and Massey Cancer Center researchers are studying the viability of ‘DNA barcoding’ under a grant from the Commonwealth Health Research Board.
Who was Mr. Baptiste? A VCU professor’s investigation may have just proven the identity of the world’s first black published composer.
May 23, 2019
The author of this sheet music in “A Voyage to the Islands Madera, Barbados, Nieves, S. Christophers and Jamaica” is known only as "Mr. Baptiste." VCU professor Mary Caton Lingold, Ph.D., has uncovered documents that suggest Baptiste was a black musician and composer.
‘A Little Child Shall Lead Them’: Inside Prince Edward County’s battle for school desegregation
May 14, 2019
A new book co-edited by a Virginia Commonwealth University history professor offers a different perspective on the battle for — and against — educational opportunity in Prince Edward County, Virginia.
Facing fears: How exposure therapy can help children with anxiety
May 9, 2019
Michael A. Southam-Gerow, chair of VCU’s Department of Psychology, discusses his new book, “Exposure Therapy with Children and Adolescents.”
A VCU lab and Virginia nonprofit are using drones to create 3D models of Monument Avenue’s monuments
May 7, 2019
A drone piloted by Ashley McCuistion is circling the Robert E. Lee monument on Richmond’s Monument Avenue, taking detailed photographs that will allow her to create a 3D digital model of the controversial monument.
Cottom to receive prestigious early career award from American Sociological Association
April 29, 2019
Tressie McMillan Cottom, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology in the College of Humanities and Sciences, has been named the recipient of the Doris Entwisle Early Career Award of the American Sociological Association section on Sociology of Education.
Psychology professor edits special journal issue on disability and social justice in rehabilitation research
April 16, 2019
A special issue of the journal Rehabilitation Psychology edited by a Virginia Commonwealth University psychology professor explores disability and social justice in rehabilitation research.
Newman’s book wins gold medal 2019 Independent Publisher Book Award
April 11, 2019
“A Dark Inheritance: Blood, Race, and Sex in Colonial Jamaica,” (Yale University Press) by Brooke N. Newman, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of History in the College of Humanities and Sciences, has won a 2019 Independent Publisher Book Award.
English professor receives Fulbright award to teach, conduct research in Romania
March 7, 2019
Cristina Stanciu, Ph.D., an English professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, has received a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar award to teach in Romania for one year and to conduct research for a new book manuscript, “Archives of Memory and Survival: Indigenous Representation in Residential School Literature and Film.”
Professor receives U.S. government’s highest honor bestowed to early career scientists and engineers
July 11, 2019
A chemistry professor is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.
Is it possible to halt the coronavirus’ infection cycle? A VCU study is exploring the possibility.
July 2, 2020
“If we can find ways to prevent the virus from getting into cells in the first place, we might be able to prevent people from becoming infected.”
Journalism professor’s new textbook offers a fuller understanding of how politics and media work
Sept. 25, 2020
Mallory Perryman’s book, “Mediated Democracy,” covers the complex relationship between media, politics and citizenship.
Q&A with VCU professor Michael Paarlberg, senior Latin America policy adviser for Bernie Sanders’ campaign
July 30, 2020
With fewer than 100 days to the general election between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, Paarlberg said much is at stake when it comes to U.S.-Latin America relations.
VCU professor receives $1.4M grant to study links among divorce, marital discord and offspring alcohol use
Aug. 17, 2020
Parental divorce and separation and parental marital discord are known correlates of offspring alcohol use disorder.
CDC funds 10 projects — including 3 with VCU connections — that seek to prevent gun violence
Oct. 14, 2020
To find ways to address gun violence, the CDC recently awarded 10 grants that seek to investigate how to prevent firearm-related violence and injuries. Three of the grants have connections to VCU.
Most implicit bias training in health care lacks proper foundation, research finds
May 20, 2020
In a forthcoming paper in The Lancet, a VCU psychology professor says such training should be grounded in a clinical translational framework to address racial and ethnic disparities in health care.
A VCU-led experiment will improve forecasts of how the forest carbon cycle responds to disturbances — a key question for climate change
Sept. 2, 2020
Millions of trees die each year from invasive pests and pathogens, threatening the ability of forests to serve as a natural solution to climate change.
Removal of Aunt Jemima brand is ‘long overdue,’ VCU history professor says
June 17, 2020
Gregory Smithers is co-author of the 2015 book “Racism in American Popular Media: From Aunt Jemima to the Frito Bandito.”
Prominent poets examine state of American poetry, Larry Levis’ legacy in new book
July 31, 2020
VCU alumna and professor collaborate to share extended interviews from the making of their documentary on Levis’ life and work.
A better approach to college drinking prevention?
Sept. 27, 2019
CHS researchers are developing a program that focuses less on student drinking, and more on the underlying factors that lead people to drink.
English professor’s book sheds new light on poet and preacher John Donne
Sept. 19, 2019
The book reveals how Donne’s writings have circulated throughout history, and how religious readers, communities and movements affected the distribution and reception of his body of work.
A taste of Italy: Professor’s clinical research examines whether food really is the best medicine
Sept. 6, 2019
Salvatore Carbone, a professor of kinesiology and health sciences, is studying the benefits of a diet rich in healthy fats.
VCU professors’ study aims to encourage actions to protect the James River
May 22, 2020
Public relations and advertising faculty have received a grant to examine how digital media messaging could more effectively promote public action to improve the river’s water quality.
Expert on Eastern Europe health care voices concern about COVID-19 in Russia and Ukraine
April 22, 2020
“There are real questions about the ability of these health systems to handle something major.”
VCU biology professor receives $1.3M grant to study membrane transport pathways in yeast
Jan. 9, 2020
“We are interested in understanding the different ways that cells internalize material,” said Derek Prosser, an assistant professor in the Department of Biology.
Can Indigenous knowledge rooted in the deep past help address climate change?
Aug. 28, 2019
VCU history professor Gregory Smithers will explore that question as part of a prestigious four-year Global Professorship in England.
New book by former VCU president, history professor tells four-decade history of the university
Oct. 1, 2020
“Fulfilling the Promise: Virginia Commonwealth University and the City of Richmond, 1968–2009,” by Eugene Trani and John Kneebone illuminates the past and future of American public higher education.
Grant aims to discover genes and environmental factors that strongly interact to modulate aging patterns
Sept. 23, 2019
Kaya's four-year grant from NIH totals $512,000.
New ‘Bad Boys’ film taps expertise of VCU’s Santa Muerte scholar
Jan. 17, 2020
“Much of her pop culture appeal is connected to surging interest in narco-culture, and one of Santa Muerte’s many diverse roles as folk saint is that of narco-saint,” says VCU expert Andrew Chesnut.
$1.35M grant expands pro bono behavioral health care to Richmond-area underserved populations
Sept. 11, 2019
The Primary Care Psychology Training Collaborative embeds clinical psychology doctoral trainees from VCU in health safety net clinics in Richmond.
National Science Foundation funds will help VCU better train math graduate teaching assistants
Aug. 27, 2020
The grant is part of a collaborative project at three universities to improve undergraduate STEM education across the country by training TAs in engaging, inclusive and equitable instruction.
Researchers receive $3.1M grant to investigate the sustainment of mental health programs in schools
July 8, 2020
A grant from the National Institute of Mental Health will enable VCU researchers to study whether evidence-based mental health programs in schools continue after research support is removed.
Romantic partnerships mitigate influence of genetic predisposition to alcohol consumption
July 17, 2019
Yet relationships’ “protective effect” against high-risk drinking is limited to men, according to a new study in Addiction led by a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychology.
Inside the brains of psychopaths: VCU research aims to understand antisocial empathy
Sept. 5, 2019
David Chester, Ph.D., leads a research team that investigates the dark sides of human behavior, trying to discern the underpinnings of traits like violence, aggression and revenge.
An often-made claim that e-cigarettes are ‘95% safer’ is not valid
Jan. 8, 2020
Thomas Eissenberg of the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products at VCU was one of six experts who investigated the claim and found it unreliable and outdated.
‘Everyone at the table’: VCU media lab works to improve health communications
June 24, 2020
With science changing rapidly, the need for clear, accurate messages regarding public health is crucial, said Jeanine Guidry, who runs the Media+Health Lab.
What factors are associated with alcohol misuse in early midlife?
Sept. 14, 2020
VCU researchers have been awarded a $3 million grant to study the risk factors and consequences of drinking in one’s 30s and 40s.
Pinterest’s efforts to moderate vaccine discussion may be causing an information vacuum
Oct. 13, 2020
The social media platform’s 2019 policy to curb vaccine misinformation has led to an increase in the presence of verified medical sources, but a reduction in content visibility.
Newman's book announced as finalist for the 2019 Frederick Douglass Book Prize
Aug. 16, 2019
This coveted annual prize recognizes the best book on slavery, resistance and/or abolition published in the preceding year.
‘Writing Our Way Out’ podcast explores traps and turning points that can lead to prison in America
June 12, 2020
VCU English professor David Coogan is hosting a podcast version of the book “Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail” that he co-wrote with 10 former Richmond City Jail inmates.
VCU physics professor receives NSF grant to develop new process for early cancer detection
June 10, 2020
A new type of sensor for cancer markers could mean improved chances of survival for patients.
Media+Health Lab wins presidential research grant
Aug. 8, 2019
The $49,689 award has been given for the research project "#Doesanybodycare: Encourage suicide-related bystander behavior on Instagram."
Marrying the family: Your in-laws’ drinking problems could lead to alcohol issues of your own
Aug. 20, 2020
A study of more than 300,000 couples in Sweden finds marriage to a spouse exposed to parental alcohol misuse increases a person’s likelihood of developing a drinking problem.
Political rhetoric blows MS-13 violence out of proportion, VCU research finds
Aug. 29, 2019
A new study by VCU researchers examined 20 years of violent crimes linked to MS-13 and found that political rhetoric greatly exaggerates the size of threat posed by the gang.
At VCU, 170 experts gather to focus on solutions to opioid crisis
Jan. 16, 2020
Participants were encouraged to “drive toward solutions and breaking down of silos” among law enforcement, medical, scientific and treatment professionals.
Genetically at-risk youth can lower risk of alcohol problems by taking part in prevention program
July 31, 2019
A VCU-led study has found that participating in a family based prevention program during adolescence reduces the likelihood that people with a genetic predisposition to alcohol problems develop those problems as an adult.
Cottom earns top honor from American Sociological Association
Feb. 7, 2020
VCU professor recognized for advancing public understanding of sociology.
For older adults, ‘hope’ may be a key piece for improving health, psychological and social well-being
Feb. 14, 2020
VCU professor emeritus Everett Worthington, Ph.D., is co-author of a new study that sheds light on the role of hope in improving the lives of an aging population.
Forensic science lecture series explores emerging research and high-profile cases
Aug. 30, 2019
Tal Simmons, Ph.D., a VCU forensic science professor, delivered the first talk of the lecture series. She spoke on “Forensic Anthropology in the Service of Human Rights.”
Study raises alarms about how vaccine information is shared on social media
Aug. 12, 2020
A VCU-led analysis of content on Pinterest related to the flu vaccine may hold clues that could help public health officials combat potentially deadly misinformation.
Physicist prints 3D models of cancer cells to mimic tumor growth and provide insight for novel therapeutics
April 24, 2020
Daeha Joung, Ph.D., uses physics and three-dimensional printing technology to make live models of tumor cells for VCU Massey Cancer Center investigators to better understand disease progression and explore new therapeutic opportunities.
New podcast, ‘Transcripts,’ shares stories and struggles of transgender activists across the U.S.
July 8, 2020
The podcast from the Tretter Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota is co-hosted by VCU professor Myrl Beam and Minneapolis City Council member Andrea Jenkins.
This VCU professor’s invention speeds up how sexual assault DNA evidence is processed
Sept. 30, 2019
The device could one day play a key role in reducing the nation’s backlog of untested rape kits and expedite crime solving.
NIH awards $1.65M to VCU professor to study the role of brain metals in Parkinson’s disease
Oct. 9, 2019
Chemistry professor Heather R. Lucas’ research may uncover novel disease pathways and could inspire new targets for drug development.
International symposium explores how nanoscience can help solve problems in energy, medicine
Nov. 5, 2019
Cato Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D., a University Professor at the University of Connecticut, delivers keynote remarks at the International Symposium on Clusters and Nanomaterials on Monday.
An untested foundation? A VCU study finds that many published psychology experiments lack evidence of validity
April 30, 2020
“Construct Validation of Experimental Manipulations in Social Psychology," a study conducted by VCU's David Chester and Emily Lasko, focuses on the practice of experimental manipulations.
VCU English professor named a Society for the Humanities fellow
March 5, 2020
Adin Lears, Ph.D., an assistant professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, has been named a fellow at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University for the 2020-21 academic year.
CNN's Sanjay Gupta visits VCU to interview forensic science professor
Oct. 4, 2019
Michelle Peace, Ph.D., appeared on CNN's Weed 5 to discuss her research on e-cigarettes and CBD oils and liquids.
‘This is a very big problem’: Rising sea levels will lead to significant displacement in coming decades
Nov. 6, 2019
The Maldives, a small country in the Arabian Sea, is at high risk of being made uninhabitable by rising sea levels.
‘More cases will be solved’ now that Virginia has eliminated its rape kit backlog, VCU expert says
July 9, 2020
The announcement that Virginia’s rape kit backlog has been eliminated is a “momentous occasion,” said Tracey Dawson Cruz, professor and chair of the Department of Forensic Science at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Q&A: Why folk saint Santa Muerte should be considered the ‘matron saint of the Mexican drug war’
Feb. 18, 2020
A new paper by VCU professor R. Andrew Chesnut, Ph.D., and University of Alberta professor Kate Kingsbury, Ph.D., reveals the death deity is venerated by both sides of the drug war.
Structurally complex forests better at carbon sequestration
Aug. 12, 2019
A new study led by VCU researchers may have implications for mitigation of climate change.