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.
Eminent Scholars announced for 2019-20
April 30, 2019
The College of Humanities and Sciences Eminent Scholars program serves to recognize mid-career faculty scholars and reward them for their scholarly contributions to their discipline, the College and the university.
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.
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.
$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.
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.
‘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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cottom earns top honor from American Sociological Association
Feb. 7, 2020
VCU professor recognized for advancing public understanding of sociology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.