Tag Archives: Spring 2016

Experts-in-Residence: HCA Health System

Experts-in-Residence: HCA HEALTH SYSTEM

April 21, 2016
2:00 pm-3:00 pm, Alumni Boardroom
3:00 pm-4:00 pm, University Career Center Conference Room

Sometimes you just need an expert. Fortunately, we have some! Our Expert in Residence program brings successful professionals to VCU to share their experiences and offer advice on how to chart your own career path.

We’d like to invite you to meet our Experts from HCA Health Systems. Learn about non-clinical careers in the healthcare industry, how each of our experts entered the field, and get tips for your own job search.

Our panelists include:

Ryan DeWeese
Associate Administrator Johnston-Willis Campus, CJW Medical Center

Pete Long-Innes
Assistant Administrator Chippenham Campus, CJW Medical Center

Greg Burnham
Resident Regional Manager, Crothall Healthcare – CJW Medical Center

Karen Walters
EVS Patient Experience/HR/Training Manager, Crothall Healthcare – CJW Medical Center

Make sure to prepare questions to ask the group! You can reference our informational interview guide for examples.

Prelude to Flint, MI

Washington DC Lead Crisis 2001 – 2006: Prelude to Flint, MI

Marc Edwards, PhD, MS

Charles Lunsford Professor of Civil Engineering
Virginia Tech

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

12:00-1:00 pm
SunTrust Building 4th Floor Auditorium
919 E Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219

Dr. Edwards was one of the Primary Investigators on the Flint, MI water study team that identified the water crisis amid resident concerns.  Edwards is a Past-President of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Science Professors.  In 2004 and 2010, he testified to the United States Congress on the issue of lead in Washington DC drinking water and scientific misconduct at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), respectively.  His research group is currently emphasizing research on premise plumbing– a problem costing consumers in the U.S. billions of dollars each year and which also can endanger the safety of potable water.  Time Magazine named Dr. Edwards “The Plumbing Professor” in 2004 and listed him among the 4 most important “Innovators” in water from around the world.


Additional information on the Water Study team can be found at http://flintwaterstudy.org/

Please join us for this incredibly important talk regarding successful community-academic partnerships on one of the most significant American public health crises in recent years.

Health Professions Speaker Series: Religious Diversity

2016 Health Professions Flyer - March 22

Feeling “stuck” about your future? This workshop will help.

March 17
12-1 pm
University Career Center, Student Commons

Are you worried that you picked the wrong major? Paranoid about finding a job after graduation? Dreading the thought of not succeeding. Guess what, you’re not alone.

Many undergraduate and graduate students experience stressors that lead to feelings of being “stuck” and unable to move forward with decisions about careers and long-term goals.

Join us on March 17 for a brief workshop designed to assist you in understanding the factors that contribute to career decision-making processes. This workshop will also help you identifying perceived stressors affecting your decisions and provide techniques to help you move forward with planning of long-term goals.

Don’t get “stuck”. Attend this workshop and let us help you keep moving forward!

Find Your Park: Volunteer Opportunity


ART+BIO Collaborative

The ART+BIO Collaborative, a Cambridge, MA non-profit organization, leads “Field Studies of Art+Nature,” immersive travel programs that integrate art and science. Our January 2016 program was a great success and had a record number of applicants. We are excited to offer a Spring Break section, which will take place this March. I’m emailing to promote this unique opportunity.  ISLAND LIFE: Tropical Field Studies of Art+Nature in Puerto Rico will bring together a unique group of Biologists and Artists to creatively explore the tropical wildlife of the Caribbean.


ISLAND LIFE is a hands-on, immersive, project-based program that integrates biology and art in the field, at various environments in Puerto Rico. The focus of the program is to learn about Puerto Rico’s diverse wildlife through artmaking and field biology.  We travel to rainforests, dry forests, beach, coastal, coral reef, mangrove, and mountain environments.  The program involves multiple site-specific projects that integrate creativity, art and biology.

Dates: March 7-12, 2016
Info and Application: http://www.artbiocollaborative.com/island-life

This program is designed for students, artists, scientists, professionals and all people interested in nature, art, and biology. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you are interested or have questions. Thank you!

Triangle Fraternity: Upcoming Events


Darwin Day 2016

Work study position – Biogeochemistry

The Neubauer lab is looking for a part-time lab assistant to contribute to on-going research in wetland biogeochemistry. Responsibilities will include: cleaning glassware; labeling bottles and test tubes for field sampling and experiments; weighing soil samples; filtering water samples; measuring pH/salinity of water samples; pipetting reagents; drying and grinding soil.

The person should be organized, keep careful notes, proficient with computers, and work well in a team. Possible opportunities for field work available in the spring. Outstanding students may have opportunities to work with scientific instrumentation including: plate reader, gas chromatograph, and ion chromatograph.  Hours are flexible and pay will depend on experience.

– Preference given to biology majors, particularly those who have wetlands, biogeochemistry, or ecology coursework.

– Preference given to students with prior lab experience.

– Individual must have the ability to work independently with a positive attitude for repetitive tasks.

– Must have good organizational skills, a strong work ethic, and be detail-oriented. Must be trustworthy and safety conscious.

– Must be available to work between 9 am and 5 pm (no evening hours available).

– MUST be eligible for Federal Work Study

To apply, please prepare: (1) a letter of interest describing your qualifications for this position, (2) a brief resume/CV, and (3) contact information for three references. Email these documents to odemeo@vcu.edu with “Lab Assistant” as the subject line of your message.

Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Course

Health Sciences Student Initiatives and Inclusion is offering, HumanCare, an upcoming interdisciplinary co-curricular course in Spring 2016.  The 5-part course explores topics about diversity, leadership and inclusion specific to healthcare providers.
The course is being offered at two levels; one for beginning participants and one for continuing. In Part 1, new students will learn how patients’ social, cultural, and religious backgrounds might affect their healthcare needs. Students will also learn how their personal experiences can be harnessed to make them better healthcare providers. Part 2 centers on putting those lessons into action and becoming diversity leaders in their fields.

Check out this flyer for more information