“I would say to anybody who's thinking about [studying abroad] that they should look into it as soon as possible and start looking into scholarships and talk to the advisers, because they will make it happen,” Frances Burson said. (Contributed photo)

VCU senior found a French connection at study abroad fair

Aug. 30, 2023

Public relations major Frances Burson spent a month in Lyon this summer learning about international human rights through a different cultural lens.

Shiv Khanna, Ph.D., will retire in September as Commonwealth Professor and chair of the Department of Physics at VCU. (Tom Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

Physics professor Shiv Khanna retiring after 39 years at VCU and discoveries that have changed science

Aug. 25, 2023

Renowned for his groundbreaking work on superatoms, Khanna says teaching and inspiring students has been central to his legacy.

With funding from the Justice Department, Emanuele Alves, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Forensic Science, is developing a breathalyzer that can differentiate between THC and CBD, leading to fewer false-positive results for THC. (Tom Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

VCU forensic science professor hopes a better THC breathalyzer will increase road safety

Aug. 25, 2023

Emanuele Alves, Ph.D., is developing a device that could offer results within minutes and reduce false positives.

Joe Reiner

Joseph Reiner appointed chair of the Department of Physics

Aug. 24, 2023

Joseph Reiner, Ph.D. is a professor of physics who specializes in experimental biophysics and nanoscience.

Ailita Whalen participated in the Eastern Africa Development and Democracy program as a teaching assistant. (Contributed photo)

Busy trip to East Africa finally brings study abroad dream to fruition for VCU undergrad

Aug. 24, 2023

As a teaching assistant for the program on development and democracy, international studies major Ailita Whalen helped lead fellow students to five countries.

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$271 million in record-breaking donor support for VCU changes lives of students, patients

Aug. 24, 2023

This achievement marks the third consecutive year of unprecedented donor support and the biggest fundraising year in the history of the university and its health system.

Back Row: Penelope Sayago (McNair Scholar), Stanley Cheatham (McNair Graduate Assistant), Aceyonna Watkins (McNair Scholar), Ayana Carter (McNair Scholar), Nyla Anderson (McNair Scholar), Saron Bereket (McNair Scholar), Cindy Vigil (McNair Scholar), Jamie Graves (McNair Scholar). Front Row: Juanita Agbenouwope (McNair Scholar), Skye Thurston (McNair Scholar). Front Center: Shay Lumpkin (McNair Program Coordinator). (Photo by Kevin Morley, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

First undergraduate McNair Scholars at VCU use summer research program to propel doctoral dreams

Aug. 23, 2023

Recent federal grant promotes graduate studies for underrepresented students, and their interests cover a range of disciplines.

In today’s announcement, Fast Company highlighted how VCU and the da Vinci Center are reimagining entrepreneurship training in higher education. (File photo)

VCU’s Shift Retail Lab wins Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Award

Aug. 22, 2023

Part of the da Vinci Center, the lab supports students and local businesses while reimagining how entrepreneurship is taught.

Victor Tan Chen, Ph.D., an associate professor of sociology, studies economic inequality, labor movements and trends around unions in the U.S., where union support is rising while union membership is at an all-time low.  (Tom Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

How will the Hollywood strike end? VCU sociology professor and union expert shares what history tells us.

Aug. 21, 2023

Streaming services and AI may be the new battlegrounds for actors, writers and studios, but echoes from the 1960 and 1980 picket lines are familiar and strong, says Victor Tan Chen.

Matilde Moros

Loss of a beloved colleague, Matilde Moros

Aug. 18, 2023

Dr. Matilde (“Mati”) Moros, an associate professor in the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, passed away on August 10, 2023.