At the time Paul Henderson started to write his book, he felt as though he was going through a tunnel "and I just didn’t see the end of it." (Tom Kojcsich, University Marketing)

Meet-a-Ram: Paul A. Henderson, an educator who wrote a book about perseverance

Oct. 3, 2022

Henderson, a former track and field athlete at VCU, strives to help students be the best versions of themselves.

Jeanine Guidry, Ph.D., hopes her new study will help create better messaging and more trusting relationships related to the use of COVID vaccinations. (Contributed photo)

Evangelical Christians were less likely to get COVID-19 vaccine after conversations with faith leaders

Sept. 28, 2022

A VCU-led study also found that evangelicals whose health care provider asked them about the vaccine were more likely to get vaccinated.

A study co-led by VCU and Rutgers researchers found that teen alcohol misuse can have consequences for physical health and life satisfaction into an individual's 30s. (Getty Images)

Adults who misused alcohol as teens report dissatisfaction and poor health in midlife, study finds

Sept. 27, 2022

A Virginia Commonwealth University- and Rutgers-led study of more than 2,700 pairs of twins showed the consequences of drinking in adolescence for health can last decades.

Central State Hospital, formerly known as the Central Lunatic Asylum for the Colored Insane, opened in 1869 as the first psychiatric facility in the U.S. to exclusively treat African American patients. (Photo courtesy of the 2022 documentary, "The Central Lunatic Asylum for the Colored Insane," by Shawn Utsey)

VCU professor's documentary explores the first psychiatric facility for African Americans and the history of scientific racism

Sept. 27, 2022

Shawn Utsey’s latest film, “The Central Lunatic Asylum for the Colored Insane,” about what is now called Central State Hospital premiered at the Afrikana Film Festival in Richmond this month.

Last month new students marched down the streets during Spirit Walk, an annual tradition at the start of the school year. (Kevin Morley, University Marketing)

Unlimited spirit

Sept. 15, 2022

More than 5,000 new Rams arrived on campus last month. We talked to eight of them to get their unique perspectives and plans for their time at VCU.

Growing tensions between China and the U.S. over Taiwan reflect "the possible reshaping of the international system," according to William Newmann, Ph.D., an associate professor of political science at VCU. (Getty Images)

Presidential decision-making in the 1960s and 1970s tells us a lot about what’s next for Taiwan, China and Russia, scholar says

Sept. 14, 2022

William W. Newmann, author of “Isolation and Engagement: Presidential Decision Making on China from Kennedy to Nixon,” shares his thoughts on current events in China through the lens of presidential decision-making.

Kadidia Macki Samake, who received a bachelor's degree in international studies at VCU, works as American Center deputy director and EducationUSA adviser for the American Embassy of Mali. (Contributed photo)

VCU alum starts ‘dream job’ at the American Embassy of Mali

Sept. 14, 2022

Among her duties, Kadidia Macki Samake provides guidance for students planning to study in the U.S.

Tax delinquency of company-owned properties was the only variable in the researchers' model that predicted violence in all but four of Richmond's 148 neighborhoods. (Getty Images.)

What best predicts violence in Richmond neighborhoods? Negligent landlords.

Sept. 13, 2022

A study by Virginia Commonwealth University researchers found that the tax delinquency of company-owned properties was the only variable that predicted violence in all but four of the city’s 148 neighborhoods.

A new research project will provide a comprehensive assessment of how genetic counselors’ training, demographics, attitudes and beliefs factor into aspects of the cancer genetic counseling process. (Getty Images)

VCU-led, NCI-funded project aims to reduce racial disparities in cancer genetic counseling

Sept. 12, 2022

Researchers hope their $3 million five-year study’s findings will help educators improve communication practices for genetic counselors in training and reduce cancer disparities between Black and white patients.

Queen Elizabeth II in March 2015. (Joel Rouse/ Ministry of Defence)

Historian reflects on Queen Elizabeth II and the longest reign in the British monarchy

Sept. 12, 2022

Brooke Newman discusses how the world changed during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, and what King Charles III’s reign might look like.