VCU was awarded a $50 million federal grant in late 2019 to oversee a national research consortium studying the long-term impacts of mild traumatic brain injuries or concussions on service members and veterans. (Julia Rendleman, University Marketing)

Sponsored research at VCU hits new all-time high of $335M

Oct. 21, 2020

Funding rose 8% over the previous year, and has grown by a third over the past decade.

VCU graduates Mirella Shaban and siblings Gabriella and Guiliano Melki incorporated RVA4Lebanon, a nonprofit organization, to help with relief efforts in Beirut. (Thomas Kojcsich, University Marketing)

VCU grads organize to help in Beirut relief efforts

Oct. 19, 2020

2,200 pounds of supplies are being distributed in the city, which was devastated by an explosion in August.

Johannes Barfield, one of this year's VCU Alumni 10 Under 10 honorees. (Photo courtesy of Johannes Barfield)

Multimedia artist among those selected for VCU Alumni 10 Under 10 award

Sept. 25, 2020

Johannes Barfield and the other alumni honorees will be honored in a virtual ceremony Oct. 15.

Statue of Charles Darwin outside Shrewsbury Library in the United Kingdom. (Getty Images)

‘Survival of the fit’: A VCU professor’s new book calls for a shift in how we think about evolution

Sept. 15, 2020

“The Major Metaphors of Evolution: Darwinism Then and Now,” aims to address some of mankind’s most urgent problems by bringing back some of the complexity in Charles Darwin’s original arguments.

Science On a Sphere, a 6-foot diameter sphere suspended 25 feet above the ground, shows animated images of the atmosphere, oceans and land. (Courtesy photo)

Science On a Sphere, now at VCU, offers a world of possibilities

Sept. 2, 2020

The global display system, on long-term loan from NASA, adds an element of awe to VCU’s Trani Center for Life Sciences.

Over the years, the Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program has planted 30 million oysters, helping to filter billions of gallons of water. (File photo)

With new federal grant, VCU’s Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program expands its reach

July 22, 2020

The grant from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration will increase the impact of the oyster restoration program.

James Vonesh, an associate professor and assistant director of the Center for Environmental Studies, says the award recognizes that "there is a lot of great stuff going on at VCU in an around river studies." (Photo contributed by James Vonesh)

Vonesh receives River Management Society’s outstanding contribution award

June 16, 2020

The award recognizes contributions at the national or regional level to the nonprofit organization that supports professionals who study, protect and manage North America’s rivers.

When VCU shifted to remote instruction mid-semester, most professors had to modify their courses. In some cases the change led to unexpected opportunities. (Rick Gutierrez, University Marketing)

‘Creative, flexible and resilient’: How VCU faculty and students adapted to remote learning

May 5, 2020

A glance at the innovative ways professors and students continued their work in these unprecedented times.

Lil' Sprouts Microgreens founder and VCU student Trenton Jackson demonstrating his product at a past Real Local RVA event. (Photo courtesy of Trenton Jackson)

Growing greens: Student entrepreneur cultivates food business

April 3, 2020

An interest in health and nutrition led Trenton Jackson to create Lil’ Sprouts Microgreens. Now his business is providing food access during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bioinformatics major Nasita Islam collects a water sample from a rock pool along the James River in Richmond. Islam developed a method to isolate phages from water for a VCU Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Program project. (Tom Kojcscich, University Marketing)

Answers in the rock pools

March 5, 2020

Bioinformatics and Honors College student Nasita Islam discovered a way to find bacteriophages in water samples — now she’s teaching her peers her methods of discovery.