The stories of 2021

Dec. 17, 2021

Jill Biden’s visit. The 10th anniversary of VCU’s historic Final Four run. Rabia Kamara takes the ice cream world by storm. Here are the VCU News stories of the year.

Adele Balmer

Center for Integrative Life Sciences Education Ph.D. candidate named COVES Policy Fellow

Nov. 10, 2021

Adele Balmer recently completed a 12-week program with the goal to strengthen the relationship between sciences and the state lawmakers in Virginia.

9 people in masks in from of screen saying MTS FINALS

Center for Integrative Life Sciences Education candidates place in competition finals

Oct. 18, 2021

Students presented their research in three minutes or less.

The 14,000-square-foot VCU Rice Rivers Center Research Facility includes offices, collaborative/teaching spaces and state-of-the-art research laboratories for VCU students, faculty, staff and research partners. (Allen Jones, University Marketing)

A research gem for the river

Oct. 18, 2021

New VCU Rice Rivers Center Research Facility brings game-changing capabilities for researchers exploring the ecosystem of the James River.

Stephen S. Fong Ph.D. affixes a monitor on his car to measure local ozone pollution.

Stephen Fong, Ph.D., measures air quality in Richmond

Oct. 6, 2021

Fong's work part of VCU News article

A comic created by Maggie Colangelo and Bernard Means tells the story of the world's oldest ham.

The subject of a VCU student and professor’s new comic? The world’s oldest ham.

July 16, 2021

The one-page comic gives the Isle of Wight County Museum “another way of telling the story of Smithfield hams.”

VCU students take samples from water pools collecting on rocks on the James River. (James Vonesh, for VCU News)

How VCU’s Center for Environmental Studies is emerging as a national leader in hands-on freshwater education

July 14, 2021

A $497,000 grant from the National Science Foundation is the latest development in the center’s focus on experiential river studies.

VCU students Abby Wright and Nathan Salle took part in a series of VCU courses in 2018 that included a 10-day excursion to Idaho’s Lower Salmon River. Photo by James Vonesh.

New certificate at VCU to provide students with outdoor leadership credentials

June 14, 2021

“These leadership skills are transferable to many jobs, both in the outdoors and elsewhere. The leadership skills that they learn here can take them a long way in the future.”

A VCU Life Sciences doctoral student is working with the Virginia League of Conservation Voters to build a voter education guide ahead of Virginia's June 8 primary, and will continue working with the league this summer to create a nonpartisan voter guide for the November general election (Getty Images)

Putting science on the ballot

June 2, 2021

Doctoral student Kayla Mathes studies forest ecology and is raising awareness of climate change ahead of Virginia's 2021 elections through her work with the Virginia League of Conservation Voters.

Students and recent graduates from across VCU are helping us better understand SARS-CoV2 and COVID-19. Among them is a trio from the VCU Life Sciences bioinformatics program. (Getty Images)

VCU graduate students use bioinformatics to help in the fight against COVID-19

May 27, 2021

Compiling and analyzing state data plays a major role in testing and the vaccination process.