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Rima Franklin, Ph.D., who will serve as interim vice provost of VCU Life Sciences, conducts research in microbial ecology, wetland and soil biogeochemistry, nitrogen cycling, and environmental and public health microbiology. (File photo)

Rima Franklin named interim vice provost of VCU Life Sciences

June 12, 2023

Franklin, who will continue to serve as chair of the Department of Biology, joined the VCU faculty in 2007.

One of the seven small waterfowl bone aerophones discovered at the Final Natufian site of Eynan-Mallaha that can be described as a notched flute (Andean quena type). Detail of the play-holes (in green), the marks (in blue), the mouthpiece, the distal part and the red ochre residues that decorated the instrument. (Davin et al., 2023)

VCU forensic science professor Tal Simmons, team discover 12,000-year-old flutes made from bird bones

June 9, 2023

Found in northern Israel, they are the first prehistoric sound instruments identified from the Near East – and the oldest imitating a bird call from any ancient civilization.

Anh Minh, a rising sophomore at VCU, with her father, Nguyen Cuu Duc, Ph.D., a former research fellow at VCU. (Contributed photo)

Rising sophomore’s journey from Vietnam to VCU started when she was 3

June 9, 2023

Anh Minh’s father, Nguyen Cuu Duc, served as a research fellow at VCU in 2006-07. Even then, Duc had a feeling his daughter might return to study at VCU.

Albert Farrell, Ph.D., (left) and Catherine Ingrassia, Ph.D., interim dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences, pose for a photo after Farrell won the College of Humanities and Sciences Distinguished Mentoring Award this spring. Farrell, founding director of the Clark-Hill Institute for Positive Youth Development at VCU and longtime psychology professor, is retiring after 43 years at VCU. (Courtesy Alexis Finc, College of Humanities and Sciences)

Albert Farrell, mentor, researcher and founder of VCU’s Clark-Hill Institute for Positive Youth Development, retires after 43 years

June 8, 2023

Psychology professor has spent decades supporting Richmond and the study of youth violence prevention.

David Baldacci shows his handwritten remarks to attendees at the VCU Libraries Rising Scholars Program book and author luncheon. Baldacci shared that he writes his best-selling novels in longhand. (Tom Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

In support of young scholars, author David Baldacci connects VCU, libraries, Richmond and how communities can change

June 6, 2023

Renowned novelist and VCU alum returns to campus for 10th anniversary fundraiser at Cabell Library.

McKenna Brown (second from left), shown on a recent visit to Guatemala, served as the founding director of VCU’s School of World Studies in the College of Humanities and Sciences. He retires this year after 28 years on VCU’s faculty. (Courtesy McKenna Brown)

R. McKenna Brown, founding director of VCU’s School of World Studies, retires after 28 years

June 1, 2023

An expert in Maya culture and language, Brown expanded global learning and international partnerships for students and supported faculty development.

The program will prepare entry-level trainees to serve as bench-ready firearms analysts in the area of microscopic comparisons of firearms-related evidence. (Photo courtesy of Stephanie Stephanie Walcott, VCU Department of Forensic Science).

New noncredit VCU certificate program will train crime lab analysts

June 1, 2023

Addressing national demand, the 18-month curriculum in forensic firearms examination broadens VCU’s footprint in the field.

Gabriel’s House at 816 W. Franklin St. is home of the African American Studies program. The building was named after Gabriel, an enslaved Richmond man who organized a rebellion in 1800 intended to end slavery in Virginia.

20 years after the establishment of the African American studies major at VCU, a look back at the program’s history and impact

May 30, 2023

Since its origins more than five decades ago, the program has developed into a ‘hub for Black intellectual thought.’

SJ Sindu, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of English at VCU’s College of Humanities and Sciences, teaches creative writing and released her first graphic novel, “Shakti,” this week. Here, she enjoys a cup of tea in her home office. (Max Schlickenmeyer, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

With graphic novel ‘Shakti,’ SJ Sindu shares ‘the kind of story that I wanted to have’ as a child

May 26, 2023

VCU creative writing professor blends Tamil mythology from native Sri Lanka, manga inspirations from childhood, LGBTQIA+ narratives and life lessons on emotions and bullying for middle-grade readers.

Daniela Negrete (left) and Mariana Fernandes Gragnani have helped lead Collective Corazón, a student organization that aims to break down cultural barriers in health care. (Tom Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

From the heart, VCU student group promotes Latinx health equity

May 24, 2023

Collective Corazón’s efforts include a spring symposium that spotlighted professionals and inspired aspiring practitioners.