Hezha Barzani stands outside of his office at the Atlantic Council in Washington.

Hezha Barzani, a VCU senior, has a unique perspective on the Afghanistan withdrawal

Oct. 14, 2021

His family fled the Kurdistan region of Iraq in 1996. Their refugee experience was executed in an efficient manner thanks to Operation Pacific Haven.

The Robert E. Lee monument in June 2020. VCU's Humanities Research Center brings together faculty and graduate students from different departments across VCU with common research interests. Among them: a new research group called Memory and Monuments, which seeks to investigate issues of race, power and memory, mainly focused around local Confederate monuments and African American landmarks. (Max Schlickenmeyer, University Marketing)

Supporting humanities research and collaboration among scholars

Oct. 13, 2021

VCU’s Humanities Research Center brings together faculty and graduate students with common research interests.

A new clinical trial will offer community members experiencing depression while pregnant with opportunities to take part in activities designed to increase social connectedness and strengthen their emotional health and well-being. (Getty Images)

Pregnant individuals experiencing depression will have access to mindfulness activities through a VCU study

Oct. 11, 2021

The newly funded study will focus on serving Richmond’s minority, low-income or low-education community members and, if effective, could be replicated elsewhere.

The coastline of Sorrento, Italy. (Courtesy of Stephanie Tignor)

Study abroad — from home

Oct. 8, 2021

When the pandemic suspended international travel — and student Erin McCoy’s study abroad trip to Italy — VCU’s Global Education Office helped her identify a virtual opportunity instead.

A woman walking between huts in a refugee camp. (Courtesy of Miriam Kuttikat)

Sharing their stories: Social work-led researchers are studying Horn of Africa migrants in greater Washington

Oct. 8, 2021

They aim to identify the daily life stressors of the migrants, and to develop steps to improve their lives.

VCU students Magnolia Lang (left) and Destiny Guzman check out items on display in the Shift Retail Lab. (Kevin Morley, University Marketing)

Shift Retail Lab will support VCU student innovators and entrepreneurs

Oct. 5, 2021

The 2,700-square-foot lab will provide students with retail and office space, and will serve as a front door to Richmond’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The CDC has awarded a $6 million grant to two VCU researchers who will co-lead a project to identify strategies that prevent and decrease rates of youth violence in Richmond. (File photo, University Marketing)

CDC awards $6M grant to VCU to address youth violence in Richmond and beyond

Sept. 29, 2021

The grant is one of only five awarded nationally and designates VCU as one of the CDC’s Youth Violence Prevention Centers.

In 2020, more than 5,100 people under age 18 were shot and more than 1,300 were killed in the U.S. (Getty Images)

NIH awards $2M to study VCU program focused on reducing youth violence amid surge in gun injuries and death

Sept. 23, 2021

The program, Bridging the Gap, provides violently injured patients with a brief hospital-based intervention that aims to prevent retaliatory violence.

John Smith with VCU doctoral students Natalie Bohmke and Nico Chavez. (Tom Kojcsich, University Marketing)

For Richmond residents with kidney disease, a new program offers free exercise rehabilitation

Sept. 21, 2021

Renal Rehab, run by VCU’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences, helps chronic kidney disease and renal transplant patients integrate exercise and improved nutrition into their lifestyle.

Jeanine Guidry, assistant professor and director of the Media+Health Lab in the VCU's Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture. (Tom Kojcsich, University Marketing)

Variants, misinformation, vaccine hesitancy: Jeanine Guidry’s work is more crucial than ever

Sept. 20, 2021

Guidry, a VCU professor and researcher, has been studying public health communication for years. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become a topic of international importance.