The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities cited VCU’s RTR teacher training program, the da Vinci Center for Innovation and the Richmond Health and Wellness Program when naming the university as a finalist for its Innovation and Economic Prosperity University Awards. (Photo by Allen Jones, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

VCU a finalist for Innovation and Economic Prosperity awards

July 20, 2023

President Michael Rao, Ph.D., hails APLU for “recognizing our emphasis on being a strong partner in our community.”

Rohan Rathi is a rising senior in the VCU Honors College who is majoring in bioinformatics in VCU Life Sciences. (Tom Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

Honors student, faculty member research how to improve medical trust in Kenya

July 18, 2023

As part of a VCU summer research program, Rohan Rathi is working with professor Christopher Brooks on a project framed by pandemics.

The study, “Aggression As Successful Self-Control,” led by David Chester, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, was published in the journal Social and Personality Psychology Compass. (Getty Images)

Controlled cruelty: New study from VCU finds aggression can arise from successful self-control

July 13, 2023

A new study by a Virginia Commonwealth University researcher has found that aggression is not always the product of poor self-control but, instead, often can be the product of successful self-control in order to inflict greater retribution.

Rebecca Martin, Ph.D., a professor in the School of Medicine, is a co-founder of Pleros Therapeutics. Its leading product is a molecule drug that targets enzymes involved in allergy responses, specifically asthma. (Kevin Morley, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

More than ever, startups at VCU are turning ideas into businesses

July 11, 2023

Where science meets commerce, TechTransfer and Ventures is helping inventors find an audience beyond campus.

Tricia Vaughan has served as the Virginia House of Delegates journal and records keeper since 2005. (Jud Froelich)

‘The Guardians of Process’

July 7, 2023

A now somewhat-forgotten president created America’s professional civil service in 1883 and, by extension, modern U.S. government. Since then, civil servants have flourished and grown more and more necessary, all in the face of never-ending aspersions.

Carolyn Eastman, Ph.D., is a historian of early America with a special interest in 18th- and 19th-century histories of political culture, the media and gender. (Contributed photo)

History well-spoken: VCU professor Carolyn Eastman to explore speechifying in the Revolutionary Era

July 5, 2023

Oratory – and how it shaped the early American identity – will be the talking points of July 20 address at St. John’s Church in Richmond.

Keith Rogers, who has received two degrees at VCU, recently was named city manager in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. (Contributed photo)

South of the (Virginia) border, VCU alum Keith Rogers Jr. takes the lead as city manager

July 3, 2023

With two VCU degrees, a decade in Richmond government and a stint in N.Va., Rogers is now leading Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

From surf, turf and sky, NASA and VCU’s Rice Rivers Center deliver an immersive summer experience for undergraduates

June 29, 2023

In its inaugural session on the East Coast, the environmental research program taps VCU expertise and facilities to give 22 students from across the nation a hands-on role in high-level work.

Image from the syllabus for Christopher Martiniano's Greetings From Hell summer class. (Contributed image)

Mixing the old and the new, Greetings from Hell puts a devilishly vivid spin on a VCU summer course

June 27, 2023

Through literature, art and even AI, students in Christopher Martiniano’s pandemic-era class dug into the underworld.

Kevin Allison Ph.D., speaking into a microphone

Kevin Allison appointed chair of the Department of Psychology

June 26, 2023

Allison recently served as associate chair in the Department of Psychology and as associate vice president for strategy and development in the Office of the President.