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The chemistry of zinc can be fundamentally changed, making it trivalent — or a valence of three — with the proper reagent, according to a new paper by VCU researcher Puru Jena, Ph.D.

Study shows zinc’s oxidation state can be made +3, fundamentally changing the element’s chemistry

Aug. 16, 2021

A new paper by VCU researcher Puru Jena “shows that fundamental chemical properties of an atom can be changed” and could lead to the synthesis of new materials with applications to many industries.

"Deluge" by Leila Chatti

Leila Chatti wins 24th annual Levis Reading Prize for ‘Deluge’

Aug. 13, 2021

Chatti will receive an award of $5,000 and will give a reading from her work at 7 p.m. on Sept. 23 in the VCU James Branch Cabell Library, and via livestream.

The infrastructure bill’s approval by the Senate is a historic investment and a big win for President Joe Biden’s agenda, says VCU expert Alex Keena. (Getty Images)

The Senate has passed a $1.2T bipartisan infrastructure plan. What happens next?

Aug. 11, 2021

VCU expert Alex Keena discusses the bill’s significance and how the next major spending package could be a true test in Washington.

Karen McIntyre, Ph.D.

VCU professor receives prestigious journalism education award

Aug. 9, 2021

The Hillier Krieghbaum Under-40 Award is given for outstanding achievement and effort in teaching, research and public service.

In a new study to be published in the journal Motivation Science, 1,500 participants across six experiments were given the opportunity to repeatedly choose between a small amount of immediate retaliatory aggression or a larger amount of delayed revenge. Across the experiments, the researchers found a clear and consistent preference for immediate revenge. (Getty Images)

Is revenge a dish best served cold? For most, ‘hot and ready’ is preferable, VCU study finds

Aug. 5, 2021

Across six experiments involving 1,500 participants, researchers found a clear and consistent preference for immediate revenge.

Students at the Indian Industrial Boarding School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. (Photo courtesy of the Cumberland County Historical Society, Carlisle, Pa.)

‘A painful chapter in our nation’s history’: New class to shed light on Indigenous boarding schools

Aug. 3, 2021

The course will examine the traumatic histories at the schools in the United States and Canada, where thousands of Native children lost connections with their cultures, languages and families.

James Rothrock with his wife Jane at a Richmond Squirrels baseball games. (Photo courtesy of the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services)

Faculty and staff work to create new scholarship honoring alum James Rothrock

Aug. 3, 2021

The former commissioner of the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services spent his life advocating for people with disabilities.

Page from “The Day the Klan Came to Town,” a new graphic novel featuring art by VCU advertising professor Bizhan Khodabandeh. (Courtesy of Bizhan Khodabandeh)

Graphic novel illustrated by VCU professor tells the story of ‘The Day the Klan Came to Town’

Aug. 2, 2021

The comic is a fictionalized retelling of a community’s resistance to a violent march of thousands of Ku Klux Klan members in Carnegie, Pennsylvania.

Carlo Rosati, a retired FBI firearms and ballistics examiner who teaches in VCU's Department of Forensic Science, appeared in Sunday's episode of "Forensic Files II."

VCU forensic science instructor appears on ‘Forensic Files II’

Aug. 2, 2021

Retired FBI examiner and adjunct faculty member Carlo Rosati was featured on the episode “The Orange Shorts.”

Stephen Chan of Ameriflux conducts a site evaluation of a tower that gathers greenhouse gas data at VCU Rice Rivers Center. (Contributed photo)

VCU wetlands research will help improve models that predict global climate change

July 29, 2021

A project at the Rice Rivers Center fills a unique gap because it will capture data from a source that is both tidal and freshwater, which is “rare in tidal regions because of proximity to saltwater.”