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Jessica Trisko Darden, Ph.D. (Kevin Morley, University Marketing)

Meet-a-Ram: Jessica Trisko Darden

April 28, 2022

Her background as an international pageant winner gives her a unique perspective on gender in politics.

From left to right: PACME recipients Kelechi (K.C.) Ogbonna, Mignonne Guy, LaChelle Waller, Jenna Lenhardt, and Sofia Hiort-Wright with Michael Rao and Aashir Nasim. (Tom Kojcsich, University Marketing)

‘Diversity drives excellence’ at 2022 PACME ceremony

April 27, 2022

“Each PACME winner is an exemplar of the power of relationships and how, when we honor our relationships, we create something that is bigger than ourselves,” Aashir Nasim, Ph.D.

VCU Demo Day at the Shift Retail Lab will highlight and reward talent across the university for innovations ranging from medical devices to social and nonprofit ideas. (Kevin Morley, University Marketing)

VCU Demo Day to showcase student entrepreneurship, innovation

April 26, 2022

Six teams will pitch their ideas in an effort to gain financial awards to advance their products to market.

Gregory Smithers, Ph.D. (Courtesy Gregory Smithers)

For centuries, Two-Spirit people had to carry out Native traditions in secret. Now, they’re ‘making their own history.’

April 25, 2022

History professor Gregory Smithers’ new book, “Reclaiming Two-Spirits,” centers the narrative of Two-Spirits in their role as keepers of knowledge.

Erika Misseri is developing an app that will help voters see who's donating to their local candidates' campaigns. "You could pull up, for example, the mayor [of your local community] and see his stockholdings, if he has them, who he is married to, his recent tweets, his vote history, who’s donating to him based on what industry they’re in and who else [those donors] are donating to," she said. (Allen Jones, University Marketing)

Undergraduate co-founds, leads nonprofit to give U.S. voters easier access to info on local candidates’ campaign finances

April 22, 2022

Now building an app for her nonprofit, Erika Misseri credits a VCU course that ‘changed her life’ for encouraging her to pursue research.

Kendall Gehring has wanted to be a forensic anthropologist since she was 14. (Kevin Morley, University Marketing)

Class of 2022: Kendall Gehring is driven to solve cold cases with forensic anthropology

April 22, 2022

“I’ve always loved puzzles,” says Gehring, who has had two internships with the FBI and has been a leader in VCU’s Department of Forensic Science.

This week's panel discussion will touch on recent and ongoing conflicts in Ukraine, Colombia and other countries around the world. (Getty Images)

VCU will host State Department officials for panel on global conflict

April 18, 2022

Panelists will explore how data can be used to understand, predict, address and prevent tensions around the world.

Steph Cull will continue their research and studies as a graduate student in the Health Psychology Ph.D. program in the College of Humanities and Sciences. (Tom Kojcsich, University Marketing)

Class of 2022: One conversation led to exciting research projects and ‘a new passion’

April 18, 2022

“I’m not sure that I’d even be the person I am today if I had not done this research. It changed my way of thinking,” said Steph Cull, who graduates in May.

Sylvester A, Johnson, Ph.D., founding director of the Virginia Tech Center for Humanities; Michael Lynch, Ph.D.; Andrew Crislip, Ph.D., William E. Blake Chair in the History of Christianity at VCU; William E. Blake, Ph.D. professor emeritus at VCU. (Department of History)

A longtime military officer and historian returns to VCU

April 15, 2022

Michael Lynch, Ph.D., receives the 2022 Graduate Alumni Achievement Award from the Department of History.

Gabriel Thomas will graduate next month with a bachelor’s in mass communications with a concentration in broadcast journalism. (Tom Kojcsich, University Marketing)

Class of 2022: Gabriel Thomas is a TV journalist who’s passionate about serving the community

April 15, 2022

‘It's not just her natural curious nature and inquisitive spirit … it's that she truly wants to make a difference in the world.’