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Rappahannock Record covers Ellery Kellum Rock dedication

June 22, 2017

The VCU Rice Rivers Center Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program's partnership with W.E. Kellum Seafood and Friends of the Rappahannock to restore the Ellery Kellum Rock made the front page of the Rappahannock Record.  

You can read a sneak-peak of the story here

WTVR CBS6 shows why the Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program is powering Virginia

June 20, 2017

WTVR CBS6's Jessica Noll interviewed Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program founder Todd Janeski on the June 2017 episode of "Powering Virginia."

The segment followed Janeski as he and volunteers planted more than 300 bushels of spat-seeded shells on the Piankatank River. The shells were collected from area restaurants and businesses, and aged for nearly a year at VCU Rice Rivers Center.

The Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program and VCU Rice Rivers Center can be seen at 10:33 into the program.  


VCU Rice Rivers Center and partners to dedicate a Virginia Treasures oyster reef

June 14, 2017


By Leah Small, University Public Affairs

State officials have added Ellery Kellum Rock, an oyster reef in Irvington, Virginia, to the Virginia Treasures list, thanks to a partnership between the Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program of the Virginia Commonwealth University Rice Rivers Center, the Friends of the Rappahannock and W.E. Kellum Seafood. Virginia’s Department of Conservation and Recreation leads the Virginia Treasures initiation to preserve, protect and highlight Virginia’s most important ecological, cultural, scenic and recreational assets.

Read the full article here.

A place to learn for generations to come

June 13, 2017

VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D., on the opening of the Inger Rice Lodge at VCU Rice Rivers Center.

Read President's Posts here.

Style Weekly highlights "Animal Land"

June 13, 2017

Style Weekly's Karen Newton makes a visit to Candela Books + Gallery to view "Animal Land," an photography exhibit by VCU Rice Rivers Center artist in residence, Alyssa Salomon.

The show will run through June 24.

Read the article here

A new breed of falcons soars back from brink of extinction in Virginia

June 1, 2017

(Photo by Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)


Bryan Watts, director of the Center for Conservation Biology, is the focus of a recent Washington Post story, "A new breed of falcons soars back from brink of extinction in Virginia."

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Celebrating 10 years of Black Lights and Owls at VCU Rice Rivers Center

June 1, 2017

Hurricane-like rain and a fierce electrical storm didn't keep many away from the VCU Rice Rivers Center on the evening of May 27.  Beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday through 9 a.m. Sunday,  Rice Rivers Center hosted Black Light and Owls, also known BLO.  Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and VCU Life Science Outreach Director Anne Wright led the tenth annual all-night celebration documenting the noctural riches of Charles City County, Virginia.  

When the skies cleared, the group was able to move outside to view the insects that were attracted to ultraviolet and mecury vapor traps, and walk the grounds in search of owls. A side-visit to the Harrison Lake National Fish Hatchery featured a thunderous and mighty frog chorus.

The participants that chose to stay the night enjoyed a pot luck dinner and a chance to camp out on the bluff overlooking the James River, or inside the VCU Rice Rivers Center Education Building, Virginia's first LEED Platinum building.  


VCU Rice Rivers Center Ninth Annual Research Symposium

May 26, 2017

On Friday, May 12, 2017, VCU Rice Rivers Center hosted our ninth annual Research Symposium.  After opening remarks by VCU Rice Rivers Center Director Dr. Greg Garman, student presentations followed. 


What's the solution? Reconsidering assays of extracellular enzyme activity to better represent in situ condition.  Joseph Morina, VCU-ILS

The effect of chronic nutrient addition for wastewater on forest ecosystems at the VCU Rice Rivers Center. Michael A. Beck, VCU-CES

Seasonal and interannual variation in metabolism of the tidal freshwater James River. Spencer J. Tassone, VCU-BIO (pictured)

Surface layer climatological analysis of meterological data at the VCU Rice Rivers Center. Joseph C. Robinson, VCU-BIO and VCU-CES

Evidence of diffuse migratory connectivity for prothonotary warblers from geolocator and isotope data.  Jessie Reese, VCU-BIO

Wanted dead or alive: the importance of oaks in winter roost site selection by red-headed woodpeckers in a fire-affected forest stand.  Ben Nickley, VCU-BIO

Assessing fish assemblages on and off restored oyster reefs.  Danielle N. McCulloch, VCU-CES

Behavioral responses of sub-adult Atlantic Sturgeon to electomagnetic and magnetic fields under laboratory conditions. Andrew McIntyre, VCU-CES

Achieving environmental equity: environmental and socioeconomic analysis of urban heat island effect in Richmond, Virginia.  Kaitlin Savage, VCU-CES and VCU-URSP

"An oyster's-eye view of the Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program." A short film.  Ron Lopez, VCU-CES

"VCU - Panama - 2017." A short film. Brendan Wang, VCU-BIO

VCU Life Sciences Spring Commencement

May 22, 2017

On Saturday, May 13, 2017, 84 degree candidates became VCU Life Sciences' newest alumnae.  

The Commencement Ceremony began at 1:30 p.m. at VCU's Academic Learning Commons to a standing-room only crowd of family and friends.  The graduates enjoyed a post-commencement reception.

Please visit our Facebook page for additional pictures of the day.


Fulbright scholar Ellen Korcovelos uses computer science and speech analysis to combat dementia

May 18, 2017

By Leah Small, University Public Affairs

When recent VCU graduate Ellen Korcovelos emailed her idol, a researcher who is one of the best and brightest in his field, she didn’t imagine he would fulfill her request to meet him, let alone invite her to travel to Toronto to conduct research in his lab.

Korcovelos, who earned an undergraduate degree in bioinformatics from the School of Life Sciences’ Center for Biological Complexity and a minor in computer science in the School of Engineering, couldn’t believe she had the opportunity to learn from Graeme Hirst, Ph.D., a leading researcher in the field of computational linguistics in the University of Toronto’s computer science department. Computational linguistics involves the use of computer algorithms to analyze aspects of speech such as sentence structure, parsing and word frequency, with the knowledge that speech is an indicator of cognitive health.


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