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Sarah Izabel
Student’s rise as a researcher takes her from law school in Brazil to an NIH lab
Sarah Izabel discovered Virginia Commonwealth University one frigid day when she just wanted to come in from the cold. Bundled up and shivering, she and a friend were walking near VCU in the winter of 2010 when they stumbled upon the University Student Commons and stepped inside to warm up. Izabel and her friend were both from Brazil, and were in the United States to improve their English and explore opportunities in the country. Unfamiliar with the area, they had never heard of VCU and didn’t understand what it was, but Izabel found herself immediately drawn to it.
glass of liquor next to a book
What predicts college students’ drinking habits? How much they think others are drinking.
A new study by VCU researchers examines students’ genetic risk of alcohol use, roommates’ drinking habits and the perception of peer drinking.
La'Tila Abbott
Class of 2019: Entrepreneur and biology graduate driven by a personal mission
Being diagnosed with alopecia areata at age 16 inspired in La'Tila Abbott a passion for health sciences that eventually led her to VCU. Abbott will graduate in May with a biology degree.
American Civil War Museum
History grad students’ Civil War research will be on display at American Civil War Museum’s grand opening
When the new American Civil War Museum at Historic Tredegar officially opens its doors on Saturday, May 4, visitors will have an opportunity to check out new scholarly research conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University history graduate students about the Civil War and how it is remembered.
Caitlin Cain in a chemistry lab
Chemistry and Forensic Science student receives prestigious NSF graduate fellowship
Caitlin Cain, a senior majoring in chemistry and forensic science, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees.
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Humanities and Sciences students shine during Research Weeks
As part of Research Weeks (April 5-26), VCU News is highlighting the work of undergraduates whose work was made possible by VCU’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, Department of Biology, Division for Community Engagement and guidance from faculty members.
History graduate student Josh Dow (left) and Eric Johnson, head of innovative media at VCU Libraries, prepare to use a technique called photogrammetry to capture a 3D image of a wooden game at Agecroft Hall & Gardens. (Photo by Brian McNeill, University Public Affairs)
Joshua Dow is creating 3D images to make Agecroft Hall’s collection more accessible
Sitting on a rotating turntable is a small wooden game called Nine Men's Morris, part of the collection of Agecroft Hall & Gardens, a historic house museum within a Tudor manor that was brought to Richmond in the 1920s piece by piece from Manchester, England.
bust of a head marked up with sections of the brain designated as language, individuality, time and other categories
Not all psychopaths are violent. A new study may explain why some are ‘successful’ instead.
A new study conducted by VCU researchers sheds light on the mechanisms underlying the formation of “successful” psychopaths.
Tarek Haggy
Student turns EMT experience into research opportunity
“The research process as an undergraduate has had an instrumental impact on my personal development,” Tarek Haggy said. “It’s taught me things that no class could and provided early exposure to the professional world.”
Andrea Simonelli and Kaitlyn Novalski in the marshall islands
A VCU professor and student are visiting Pacific islands, exploring how they are adapting to the threat of climate change
“People are not planning for out-migration,” said Andrea Simonelli, an assistant professor of political science. “They are focused on preserving their way of life for as long as they can.”
two highball glasses - each with a shot of liquor
Early marriage may lead to unsafe drinking behavior by those with higher genetic risk of alcohol use
Though previous research has found that marriage protects against risky alcohol use, that protection is not uniform, and getting married early can exacerbate risk for alcohol use among individuals who are genetically predisposed to drink more.
syeda fatima
‘I never imagined to be where I am today’: VCU student selected for prestigious NIH scholarship
VCU student Syeda Fatima immigrated to the U.S. four years ago. She’s now a recipient of the highly competitive NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program.
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COVID-19 has sparked a 12-fold increase in the remote delivery of mental health care across the U.S.
Prior to the pandemic, psychologists reported performing 7.07% of their clinical work with telepsychology. During the pandemic, that number has soared to 85.53%.
How do people with psychopathic traits control ‘dark impulses’? A study finds answers in the brain.
Using neuroimaging technology, a team of researchers has investigated the possibility that “successful” psychopathic individuals have more developed neural structures that promote self-regulation.
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Students’ plan for at-home COVID-19 testing kit recognized by Clinton Foundation
A team of VCU undergraduates was one of 38 recognized out of 1,400 entries in the COVID-19 Student Action Fund.
desiree longmire
VCU student Desiree Longmire is examining why so few physician assistants focus on gerontology
Desiree Longmire’s conversations with her grandparents about their health influenced her decision to become a physician assistant and led to a research project to determine how many physician assistant programs in the U.S. offer a gerontology curriculum.
A facial approximation of Nesiur on display at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
A VCU student’s project revealed an ancient Egyptian mummy’s face. It’s now on display at a museum.
The mummy, Nesiur, was “digitally unwrapped” using CT scans. VCU student Mason Smith, along with a VCU forensic anthropologist, used the data to generate a facial approximation.
matt tessema
Student selected for Fulbright UK Summer Institutes
The highly competitive award, funded by the US-UK Fulbright Commission, enables outstanding U.S. students to participate in three- or four-week programs at prestigious universities throughout the United Kingdom.
Jessica Cooper, Dani Jabado and Katherine Werner at VDOT
VCU students’ internship will help VDOT better predict oversight costs of local projects
The students — Jessica Cooper, Katrina Gauntt, Dani Jabado and Katherine Werner — are graduate students in the Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research.
sara macrae in front of john marshall high school
VCU English student, a teacher at Richmond’s John Marshall High School, digs into the school’s past
Sara MacRae’s research project for her master’s degree is a study of the history of the school and its current site, which was once a smallpox quarantine zone following the Civil War.
Thea Cheuk at Warner Bros. Studio in Burbank, California
Student’s research leads to DC Comics internship
The research paper Thea Cheuk wrote last spring on the DC Comics character Dick Grayson did more than combine Cheuk’s interests in graphic arts and gender studies, it also led to a coveted internship at one of the comic industry’s largest publishers.
Lily Thompson, a former VCU master’s degree student in the Department of Biology and lead author of the study, places a moth larva into a cup
VCU, UR study on spread of gypsy moths amid climate change receives prestigious award
The study received a Royal Entomological Society Award for Best Paper Published in 2017/18 in the journal Physiological Entomology.
graphene water molecules on both sides of graphene
New study reveals a graphene sheet behaves ‘like a mirror’ for water molecules
The study led by VCU researchers addresses an important area for medicine, industry and science: Understanding how liquids — mainly water — interact with surfaces.
anirban mahanty
VCU biology major’s passion for medicine, science and research leads to prestigious NIH scholarship
Anirban Mahanty is the third VCU undergraduate in four years to receive the highly competitive NIH Undergraduate Scholarship.