VCU Libraries offers a wide range of webinars and in-person workshops to help researchers at all levels in the health sciences master online tools and other resources and strategies that benefit research projects. Topics include making the most of PubMed, finding scientific and medical images, using Creative Commons, mining databases and searching for reliable consumer health information.
Reporter Gina Kolata explores the history of the 1918 influenza pandemic. "The 1918 flu epidemic puts every other epidemic of this century to shame," she says. "It was a plague so deadly that if a similar virus were to strike today, it would kill more people in a single year than heart disease, cancer, strokes, chronic pulmonary disease, AIDS and Alzheimer's disease combined. The epidemic affected the course of history and was a terrifying presence at the end of World War I, killing more Americans in a single year than died in battle in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War."
The VCU Libraries Innovative Media department presents Wednesdays in the Workshop. The equipment and spaces in the Workshop are free and open to all members of the VCU community. Stop by each Wednesday for hands-on demonstrations of the proper usage of resources, services and workspaces. All Wednesdays in the Workshop run from 3 to 4 p.m. and are held in the Workshop in the lower level of Cabell Library unless otherwise noted.
How-to Talks by Postdocs is a series of instructional brown-bag lunch talks for the general VCU health-sciences community taught by postdocs. These are not seminar talks, but an opportunity for postdocs to share how to do something related to the health sciences. Talks are held on Mondays, noon–1 p.m., in the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences second-floor lecture room. All in the VCU community are welcome to attend and are encouraged to bring their own lunches.
The VCU Libraries Innovative Media department invites the VCU community to Tech Tuesdays at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences. Stop by on select Tuesdays for hands-on demonstrations of library technology resources, services and workspaces. All Tech Tuesdays run from noon to 1 p.m. and are held in Tompkins-McCaw Lecture Room.
To celebrate International Open Access Week, students, faculty and staff are invited to a brown bag lunch and screening of Paywall: The Business of Scholarship, a new documentary that focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35–40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google.
Comic industry giant, Mike Mignola is coming to Richmond to join in conversation with TyRuben Ellingson, chair and professor of the VCUarts Department of Communication Arts. Mignola is best known for his distinctive art style and creation of the pulpy genre-bending Hellboy, a multimedia franchise rooted in comics and spanning live-action movies, animation, games and more. Blending elements of horror, detective fiction and super heroes, Hellboy has become a fan favorite since it appeared in 1993. In addition to his work as a graphic novelist Mignola has also served as a concept designer, production designer and executive producer on multiple films. On the eve of the release of a Hellboy movie reboot, Mignola sits down with longtime friend, Ellingson, for an evening of unscripted conversation.
The book sale offers a wide assortment of materials: paperback and hardcover novels, poetry collections, history books, biographies, scholarly studies, cook books, children's books, art books, comics, audio books, CDs, DVDs and more.
Students, faculty, staff and the greater community are invited to screenings of landmark films in recent cinema history that tackle challenging themes in the humanities, arts and sciences. The films will be followed by a short discussion on the overall themes and subject matter of each film. Popcorn and beverages will be provided at each screening.
Hernán Diaz, winner of the 2018 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award for In the Distance, reads from his book. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event will be followed by a public reception, book sale and signing.
The Folger Shakespeare Library's Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO) project proudly presents a transcribathon here in James Branch Cabell Library. "A transcriba...what?" you may ask. At the transcribathon, people get together to transcribe and encode handwritten Early Modern documents. The purpose of the event is to help the Folger Shakespeare Library make clean transcriptions of its documents so that the documents are more readable and thus more usable for researchers and students around the globe.
In celebration of the importance of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and maps and their ability to connect people, regions and systems, VCU Libraries is joining with hundreds of organizations around the world to mark GIS Day on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. Events run from 2 to 5 p.m. and will include lightning talks from GIS practitioners across many disciplines from VCU and the Richmond area, a workshop introducing ArcGIS Online and a panel conversation on GIS careers.
This film shows the faces of real people in the middle of the immigration debate and asks if the United States can continue withholding basic necessities from an estimated 11 million undocumented residents.
Members of faculty and staff in the humanities at VCU have an impressive record of scholarly productivity and are recognized, both nationally and internationally, for their significant contributions to our understanding of the human condition across cultures, throughout the past, and in the present. The Meet VCU’s Authors series invites members of the Richmond community as well as colleagues and students from VCU and other local universities to come and meet VCU's authors as they talk about their recently published books and answer questions about their work.
Rabbi Jill Jacobs, executive director of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, speaks about the mission, accomplishments and ongoing efforts of her organization, which mobilizes rabbis, cantors and other concerned American Jews to protect human rights in North America and Israel. She is the author of Where Justice Dwells: A Hands-On Guide to Doing Social Justice in Your Jewish Community and There Shall Be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice through Jewish Law and Tradition. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. A public reception will follow.
Tompkins-McCaw Library is proud to host the traveling National Library of Medicine exhibit "Confronting Violence, Improving Women's Lives." The exhibit covers the history of activists and reformers in the United States who seek to end domestic violence of women.