African Americans have the highest rates of tobacco-related cancer of any racial or ethnic group in the country. (Getty Images)

Massey researchers awarded $1.3M to examine impacts of e-cigarette flavor regulations on African American menthol smokers

Aug. 31, 2021

The research aims to find out whether having e-cigarette flavors available — particularly menthol — increases uptake of e-cigarettes and reduces menthol cigarette use.

Human genome. Concept art. (Getty Images)

Study identifies 579 genetic locations linked to anti-social behavior, alcohol use, opioid addiction and more

Aug. 26, 2021

The study, published today in the journal Nature Neuroscience, is one of the largest genome-wide association studies ever conducted.

Ray Shepherd receiving the Outstanding Term Faculty Award at VCU's 2020 Faculty Convocation. (Tom Kojcsich, University Marketing)

Distinguished faculty to be honored at convocation

Aug. 25, 2021

Six will be recognized Sept. 2 for outstanding teaching, scholarship and service.

Brian J. Daugherity, Ph.D.

VCU professor is named recipient of Virginia Museum of History & Culture’s William M.E. Rachal Award

Aug. 19, 2021

The award to Brian Daugherity is in recognition of an article documenting African American activism in Goochland County in the Jim Crow era.

Chuck Todd, left, interviews Sen. Bernie Sanders in June on “Meet the Press.” Questions during the interview — along with many others posed this summer on “Meet the Press” — were supported by research conducted by Josephine Walker, a rising VCU senior interning at NBC’s long-running public affairs program.

At ‘Meet the Press,’ a VCU journalism student provides key research behind the scenes

Aug. 18, 2021

Josephine Walker, a rising senior interning at the NBC program, spent her summer providing research for interviews, as well as drafting questions to ask political leaders appearing on the show.

Biology professor Chris Gough, Ph.D., stands in Monroe Park while holding a piece of art produced by one of his students. (Tom Kojcsich, University Marketing)

Forest ecology, illustrations and jam sessions: How arts and science mix in Chris Gough’s lab

Aug. 17, 2021

Gough, a biology professor — and a trained singer and musician — hosts art students in his lab to better ensure important data is conveyed through imagery.

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.