A VCU-led research team is publicly releasing data from a meteorological tower at the Rice Rivers Center, making it the only open dataset for a tidal freshwater wetland on North America’s East Coast. (Photo by Megan May)

Data gathered at Rice Rivers Center provides new insight into how ecosystems respond to climate change

Nov. 16, 2023

Carbon, methane and other data collected by a “flux tower” is being made publicly available to researchers, teachers and policymakers.

Ciara Rhodes, a VCU alum, is a doctoral candidate in the Center Integrative Life Sciences Education in VCU Life Sciences. (Contributed photo)

VCU Life Sciences doctoral student Ciara Rhodes receives National Institute of Justice fellowship

Nov. 6, 2023

An alternative skeletal sampling technique for the recovery of DNA is the focus for the first-generation college student who finds inspiration in the lab and the classroom.

At the VCU Rice Rivers Center, VCU students and faculty conduct field research that yields impactful discoveries. (Photo by Chris Gough)

It’s Earth Science Week. Explore how VCU’s ‘river campus’ prepares students for careers in earth sciences.

Oct. 9, 2023

Faculty members and a student reflect on their experiences at the VCU Rice Rivers Center and what makes it such a powerful resource for the university and the community.

Dr. Greg Garman stands next to Amelia V. Johnson, who researched the history of the Rice River Center's land and designed the educational sign pictured.

Amelia Johnson’s Gold Award project uncovers the history of the Rice Rivers Center property

Oct. 2, 2023

An interpretive sign is dedicated on the river’s bluff at the center.

At the event at the Science Museum of Virginia, VCU engineering professor Stephen Fong, Ph.D., shared results of recent VCU research on the health care costs of extreme heat. (Photo by Thomas Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications).

VCU faculty share insight at climate roundtable with Rep. Jennifer McClellan and NASA Deputy Administrator Pamela Melroy

Aug. 1, 2023

Researchers Stephen Fong, Ph.D., and Damian Pitt, Ph.D., discuss how extreme weather threatens public health in Virginia and across the country, as well as strategies for mitigating climate change.

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.

Prolonged periods of extreme heat are becoming more common due to climate change, costing the U.S. approximately $1 billion in health care costs every summer, according to a new report. (Getty Images)

Interdisciplinary study from VCU reveals health care costs of extreme heat

July 17, 2023

Physicians, earth scientists, staff and students collaborated to better understand the health impact of extremely hot days in Virginia and across the nation – and they estimate a toll of $1 billion per summer.

Naci Oz in a lab

Naci Oz, CILSE Ph.D. candidate, recipient of the Smriti Bardhan Award of Excellence in Genetics Research

July 14, 2023

His research focuses on cellular aging and age-related disease.

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.

Rima Franklin, Ph.D., who will serve as interim vice provost of VCU Life Sciences, conducts research in microbial ecology, wetland and soil biogeochemistry, nitrogen cycling, and environmental and public health microbiology. (File photo)

Rima Franklin named interim vice provost of VCU Life Sciences

June 12, 2023

Franklin, who will continue to serve as chair of the Department of Biology, joined the VCU faculty in 2007.