Students grow microgreens as part of their Urban Food Production class, taught by John Jones, Ph.D. (Kevin Morley, University Marketing)

Food for thought

Nov. 22, 2022

Faculty, staff and students from all corners of VCU and VCU Health are using their collective brainpower, unconventional ideas and deeply rooted passion to combat food insecurity on campus and in the greater community.

From left, VCU forensic science alum Bailey Jones; VCU forensic science doctoral student Tyson Baird; VCU forensic science alum and former lab manager Laerissa Reveil; and Michelle Peace, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Forensic Science in the College of Humanities and Sciences. (Contributed photo.)

VCU forensic science department wins three research awards

Nov. 16, 2022

Scientists, who each worked in VCU’s Forensic Toxicology Research lab, honored at Society of Forensic Toxicologists meeting.

Lian Currie

CBDS undergraduate academic advisor Lian Currie awarded 2022 Excellence in Advising

Nov. 10, 2022

VCU submits Currie's name for the National Academic Advising Association Region 2 award in the same category. 

On a recent trip to Feed More, John Jones, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Center for Environmental Studies (pictured), and Lisa Mathews-Ailsworth, assistant director for student support in the Division of Student Affairs, acquired roughly 600 pounds of food for VCU's Ram Pantry. (Contributed ph

With new Feed More partnership, VCU’s Ram Pantry can provide emergency food to students at a fraction of the cost

Nov. 2, 2022

Financial contributions to VCU’s Ram Pantry fund will now stretch further and will help many more VCU students who face food insecurity.

Woman on the banks of the water with blue gloves on performing an experiment with the water

Mary Coughter, Ph.D. candidate, subject of VPM film

Oct. 26, 2022

The film focuses on her research on microorganisms in the James River.

Allyson Kennedy

Allyson Kennedy, Ph.D. named one of VCU Alumni's 10 Under 10

Oct. 25, 2022

Kennedy will be one of 10 individuals honored by VCU Alumni at its 10 Under 10 awards event

This sturgeon tagged with No. 16713 traveled 922 kilometers during last fall's spawning season. She was tagged in November 2017. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Balazik, Ph.D.)

Sturgeon traveled up to 1,350 kilometers in the James River last fall. Can you beat that?

Oct. 24, 2022

VCU Rice Rivers Center holds second sturgeon challenge, encouraging the public to try to match the sturgeons’ spawning journeys via running, walking, cycling, swimming and rowing.

“Demographic predictions suggest that by 2050, urban areas will be home to approximately 68% of the human population,” said VCU's Brian Verrelli. “With this rapid urbanization, habitats will be irrevocably changed, and natural resource extraction will accelerate.” (Getty Images)

For first time, study identifies top trends in the biological impacts of urbanization

Oct. 4, 2022

VCU professor leads effort to scan the growing field of urban evolutionary ecology, including the effects of social injustice on biodiversity.

Four people siting a table with VCU logo in gold on a black tablecloth

Representing Problem-Based Learning

Sept. 19, 2022

This past week, ENVS student Dylan Stephens participated in a student panel discussion on Problem-Based Learning for the September VCU Board of Visitors meeting.

U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman and P. Srirama Rao, Ph.D., vice president for research and innovation, saw a demonstration of an experimental way to harvest invasive blue catfish at the VCU Rice Rivers Center on Wednesday. (Photo by Joe Schumacher, district director for Rep. Wittman.)

Rep. Wittman visits VCU’s Rice Rivers Center, observes an experimental way to more efficiently harvest invasive blue catfish

Sept. 8, 2022

The congressman visited VCU’s “river campus” to hear about research on sturgeon, tidal wetlands restoration and more.