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2014–2015: VCU Libraries presents...

Through the Looking Glass: An Exhibit of Microscopic Images

Through the Looking Glass: An Exhibit of Microscopic Images

In January and February of 2014, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences invited submissions of microscopic images from VCU students, faculty and staff. More than 40 images were submitted for consideration, and 24 are featured in the exhibit held in the library's gallery. Images were analyzed and scored by Scott Henderson, Lara Mabry, Rene Olivares-Navarrete and Ning Zhang on the basis of aesthetic appeal, technical skill and scientific significance. Anders Hånell, Ryan Clohessy and Gireesh Reddy are recipients of prizes and best-in-show honors.

An Evening with Natasha Trethewey, United States Poet Laureate and Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

An Evening with Natasha Trethewey, United States Poet Laureate and Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

Natasha Trethewey, United States Poet Laureate (2012–2014), winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University reads from her poems and then engages in conversation with Claudia Emerson, VCU professor and acclaimed poet and winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

Sanger Series: Enhancing the Transparency and Reproducibility of Science

Sanger Series: Enhancing the Transparency and Reproducibility of Science

Concerns voiced by the public and scientists suggest the systems for ensuring the reproducibility of biomedical research are in need of repair. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is exploring ways to strengthen the rigor and reproducibility of research findings. Learn more from thought leader Lawrence Tabak in a presentation that takes to task current research practice.

Meet VCU's Authors: Ryan K. Smith

Meet VCU's Authors: Ryan K. Smith

Members of faculty 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 new "Meet VCU's Authors" series from the Humanities Research Center 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.

Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture

Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture

Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences is proud to host a traveling exhibit, "Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture." The exhibit, developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health, illustrates an iconic history of AIDS alongside lesser-known examples of historical figures who changed the course of the pandemic. Utilizing a variety of historic photographs, pamphlets and publications, "Surviving and Thriving" is divided into five historical investigations, each of which highlights how different groups responded to AIDS. Early responders cared for the sick, fought homophobia and promoted new practices to keep people healthy. Scientists and public-health officials struggled to understand the disease and how it spread. Politicians remained largely silent until the epidemic became too big to ignore. Activists demanded that people with AIDS be part of the solution.

Meet VCU's Authors: Gregory D. Smithers

Meet VCU's Authors: Gregory D. Smithers

Members of faculty 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 new "Meet VCU's Authors" series from the Humanities Research Center 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.

Levis Reading Prize Night

Levis Reading Prize Night

Roger Reeves, winner of the 2014 Levis Reading Prize for King Me, reads from his book and then participates in a question-and-answer session with the audience. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The event will be followed by a book sale and signing.

Advance Your Research

Advance Your Research

This day of drop-in workshops for graduate students and advanced researchers features topics such as making more effective data visualizations, finding your voice in scholarly conversations, locating possible collaborators and finding inspiration to make your research process better, faster and smarter.

International Open Access Week 2014

International Open Access Week 2014

In conjunction with the international Open Access Week initiative, VCU Libraries presents a series of exciting open-access events that will be of interest to faculty, early career researchers, graduate and undergraduate students.

Sanger Series: Science and the World's Future

Sanger Series: Science and the World's Future

The world badly needs the innovation that comes from continual scientific and technical advances. And both the knowledge and the problem-solving skills of scientists are critical for every nation, no matter how rich or poor. Every society also needs a "scientific temper," the type of rationality and tolerance that stems from the central values of science: honesty, generosity, an insistence on logic and evidence and a respect for all ideas and opinions, regardless of their source of origin. Learn more as leader and advocate Bruce Alberts discusses the important role of science and science education to our future.

The Leigh Street Armory

The Leigh Street Armory

The Leigh Street Armory in Richmond's historic Jackson Ward neighborhood, thought to be the first armory in United States history to have been manned by African American militiamen, has served important military and cultural roles since its completion in 1895. This exhibit tells the complex story of the Leigh Street Armory, focusing on four periods in its ongoing life: its beginnings, its military use by African American militiamen, its conversion to a community center and the present-day project seeking to save it from its decline.

VCU Cabell First Novelist Award Night

VCU Cabell First Novelist Award Night

Helene Wecker, winner of the 2014 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award for The Golem and the Jinni, reads from her book and is then joined by her agent for a discussion of the evolution of the book from original idea to first draft to published work. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event will be followed by a public reception and book sale and signing.

Meet VCU's Authors: Katherine Saunders Nash

Meet VCU's Authors: Katherine Saunders Nash

Members of faculty 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 new "Meet VCU's Authors" series from the Humanities Research Center 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.

"We Made Do: Caring for the Sick and Wounded in the Great War" Exhibit Opening Reception and Talk

"We Made Do: Caring for the Sick and Wounded in the Great War" Exhibit Opening Reception and Talk

In honor of Veterans Day, Tompkins-McCaw Library opens a new exhibit on MCV's Base Hospital 45, in service of France during World War I. This unit of health-care workers was formed in 1917 and commanded by Dr. Stuart McGuire, who at the time was dean of the Medical College of Virginia. The unit was deployed to France in July 1918 and worked out of a converted infantry barracks in Toul, roughly eight miles from the front lines. The hospital treated 17,438 casualties, although only 350 lives were lost. The exhibit features artifacts from the library's Special Collections and Archives department.

We Made Do: Caring for the Sick and Wounded in the Great War

We Made Do: Caring for the Sick and Wounded in the Great War

Tompkins-McCaw Library presents a new exhibit on MCV's Base Hospital 45, in service of France during World War I. This unit of health-care workers was formed in 1917 and commanded by Dr. Stuart McGuire, who at the time was dean of the Medical College of Virginia. The unit was deployed to France in July 1918 and worked out of a converted infantry barracks in Toul, roughly eight miles from the front lines. The hospital treated 17,438 casualties, although only 350 lives were lost. The exhibit features artifacts from the library's Special Collections and Archives department.

Digital Pragmata: Virtual/Material

Digital Pragmata: Virtual/Material

Digital pragmata flourish at the nexus of research, teaching and creativity. They can be digitized artifacts, collaboratively edited virtual models, 3D-printed replicas and a thousand other projects. How do the virtual and the material worlds interact with each other, as we increasingly digitize the physical and manifest the digital? What new possibilities does this meeting ground offer—in the classroom, the laboratory or the studio?

Data Management Bootcamp

Data Management Bootcamp

Graduate students, faculty, administrators and staff interested in learning more about data management issues and best practices are invited to participate in a Data Management Bootcamp sponsored by seven Virginia institutions, Jan. 7–9, 2015. This collaborative event features experts from across the state and provides opportunities for local, hands-on practical experience. Topics include: finding and reusing data, documentation and metadata, data wrangling, rights and access, database creation and more. Madelyn Wessel of VCU University Counsel will speak on the legal aspects of data rights, access and protection of intellectual property.

Happy 500th Birthday to Andreas Vesalius

Happy 500th Birthday to Andreas Vesalius

Andreas Vesalius, author of the landmark text De humani corporis fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body), is often considered the founder of modern anatomy. In honor of his 500th birthday, which fell on December 31, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences presents a special exhibit featuring works by Vesalius, including a showing of a rare 1555 edition of De humani corporis fabrica. Cake will be served at the opening on Thursday, January 15, from noon to 1:50 p.m. in the first-floor Special Collections and Archives reading room. Stop by and celebrate Vesalius and the progress of medicine.

Meet VCU's Authors: G. Antonio Espinoza

Meet VCU's Authors: G. Antonio Espinoza

Members of faculty 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 new "Meet VCU's Authors" series from the Humanities Research Center 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.

13th Annual Black History Month Lecture: Still Separate, Still Unequal

13th Annual Black History Month Lecture: Still Separate, Still Unequal

More than half a century after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, long after the official end to "separate but equal," deep racial injustice persists in our society. Unequal access to education remains a dominate force shaping our communities and is seen widely as a pressing civil rights issue today. ACLU Racial Justice Program Director Dennis Parker will examine the extent of educational inequity and how our society pushes some children from the education system to the justice system. He will examine how implicit bias defines the modern United States in nuanced ways that stubbornly obstruct our progress toward equality for all. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event will be followed by a public reception.

Wild Things / Far and Near: Photographs by Rob Sabatini

Wild Things / Far and Near: Photographs by Rob Sabatini

Rob Sabatini applies the same pursuit of knowledge, attention to detail and excellence in technique to his profession of periodontics as he does to his avocation—wildlife photography. A boyhood love of the outdoors and an early interest in amateur photography have grown into a passion of adulthood. In 2009, he learned of a rookery of great blue herons on the James River in downtown Richmond. He hit the river with his first camera and an old 100-300mm lens and discovered a creative outlet that has taken him into the plains of East Africa, the river banks of the Amazon Basin, to U.S. national parks and his own backyard in search of images of glorious wildlife. The images in this exhibit were chosen to highlight some of Rob’s favorites over the past three years, with selections that highlight subjects from both travel expeditions and more local venues. The 2015 exhibition at Tompkins-McCaw is his first.

Digital Pragmata Brown-bag Session: "Persistent Virtual Worlds: Shaping Everyday Realities"

Digital Pragmata Brown-bag Session: "Persistent Virtual Worlds: Shaping Everyday Realities"

Statistics show that over 183 million people in United States play video games at least one hour a day, and virtual worlds of all types are now accessible to us on demand. With this kind of proliferation, can we tell the difference between what is virtual and what is real? This presentation will look at virtual worlds in terms of how they not only connect with reality but also how they inform and shape how we function in our daily lives. From frequent flier miles, to earning mayoral status in the mobile app Foursquare, to leadership development in video games, to discovering new football moves in Madden Football, persistent virtual worlds influence our thoughts and behaviors in surprising ways.

Meet VCU's Authors: Karen A. Rader

Meet VCU's Authors: Karen A. Rader

Members of faculty 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 new "Meet VCU's Authors" series from the Humanities Research Center 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.

Public Signing of a Beam Needed to Complete the New Library Building

Public Signing of a Beam Needed to Complete the New Library Building

Stop by the construction site on the Compass between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and sign your name or write your best wishes on a beam needed to complete the structure.

Topping-off Ceremony for the New Library Building

Topping-off Ceremony for the New Library Building

Please join us at 2 p.m. at the construction site on the Compass for a traditional topping-off ceremony where we celebrate our progress by lifting a beam needed to complete the structure into place.

30th Annual Brown-Lyons Lecture: Never to Die? The Jewish Vision of Immortality

30th Annual Brown-Lyons Lecture: Never to Die? The Jewish Vision of Immortality

In the "catalog" of Jewish beliefs, the concepts of resurrection and immortality may be the least credible to the contemporary mind. But still there are those who accept them not only as acts of faith but as rational prospects. No one has proved or disproved life beyond death. But the idea persists, and the general conviction that death is not the end endures. One thing seems sure: The hope of eternal life crystallizes the teaching of Judaism about the divine worth and character of human personality.

Advance Your Research

Advance Your Research

This day of drop-in workshops for graduate students and advanced researchers will help you read scholarly texts and media, find grant funding, explore fair use of images and use Google and grey literature to make your research process better, faster and smarter.

VCU Libraries Makerspace Open Forum

VCU Libraries Makerspace Open Forum

Continuing to work closely with students in making decisions about new library facilities and equipment, the Innovative Media department will host an open forum. A part of the new Innovative Media Studio will be a makerspace filled with hands-on technologies ranging from 3D printers to scanners to laser cutters to crafts to Arduinos to robotics and much more. The university community is invited to come learn about our plans so far and, more important, to help us to shape the makerspace. It is your space!

Digital Pragmata Brown-bag Session: "Past, Present and Future Ideas for Digital Projects: A Discussion Examining Triumphs, Tribulations and Applications of the Interactive 1889 Baist Atlas of Richmond, VA"

Digital Pragmata Brown-bag Session: "Past, Present and Future Ideas for Digital Projects: A Discussion Examining Triumphs, Tribulations and Applications of the Interactive 1889 Baist Atlas of Richmond, VA"

Lauren Work will present on her experience and lessons learned regarding the development, launch, reception and future of the interactive Baist Atlas of Richmond, VA, site and then open the floor for discussion of digital projects ranging from humanities to archives to innovative media and how project managers might scope, collaborate, produce and think about these projects at VCU in the future.

Comic Arts Lecture by Scott McCloud

Comic Arts Lecture by Scott McCloud

Scott McCloud, the cartoonist of The Sculptor and comics theoretician behind the groundbreaking Understanding Comics, will present on the language of comic arts. Following the talk, there will be a live Q&A moderated by comics historian Christopher Irving, author of Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics. The event will be followed by a book sale and signing.

VCU Tech Fair

VCU Tech Fair

Technology Services and VCU Libraries present the 2015 VCU Tech Fair on Tuesday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the VCU Student Commons and on Wednesday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences. The event features hands-on demos, presentations, free light lunch and giveaways.

Cabell Library Graduate Students Forum

Cabell Library Graduate Students Forum

Learn about the new James Branch Cabell Library and, especially, plans for our graduate and faculty reading room. We will be soliciting your suggestions for how we can better serve your needs in this space designated just for you. Your feedback is an important part of our design, so come ready to share your ideas!

Digital Pragmata Brown-bag Session: "A Sense of the Particular: Telling Stories in Time and Virtual Space"

Digital Pragmata Brown-bag Session: "A Sense of the Particular: Telling Stories in Time and Virtual Space"

A storyteller typically crafts an experience in time, presenting a particular set of events in a particular order. When these stories move to the web, however, the audience makes their own decisions about the order of the experience, in effect "choosing their own adventure." This talk by Alice Campbell, digital initiatives archivist at VCU Libraries, will look at the stories archivists share about objects, and the ways that the hypertextual possibilities of the web can be used to tell tales of connections, layered meanings and multiple alternatives.

Digital Pragmata: The Future in Four Dimensions

Digital Pragmata: The Future in Four Dimensions

How does our choice of creative tools impact the representation of time? What are some of the current trends in art and scholarship focusing on time? What does it mean for us even to say that we are talking about time, and how does our culture inform that understanding? Join us as dynamic practitioners in the arts and humanities come together in a conversation on the subject of time.

Careers in Art and Historic Conservation

Careers in Art and Historic Conservation

The VCU Libraries Preservation and Inventory Management Department, in cooperation with the Virginia Conservation Association, presents a special seminar on "Careers in Art and Historic Conservation." Explore career opportunities and become a hero for our National Treasures!

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