Bhavi Modi celebrates her dissertation defense in December of 2016 with a small party thrown by her adviser Dr. Jerry Strauss. Bhavi worked on finding variants important in polycystic ovary syndrome specifically in the DENNDIA gene. Pictured are Bhavi with her committee members, Dr. Rita Shiang, Bhavi Modi, Dr. Joyce Lloyd (front row), Dr. John Nestler and Dr. Jerry Strauss. Not pictured, Dr. Kelly Archer. Photo courtesy of Dr. Bhavi Modi.

Students Samantha Spencer (MS 2015) and Navaneetha Bharathan volunteer at the Science Museum of Virginia. On this day, they are cooking up a healthy snack for museum patrons while discussing the science behind the ingredients as well as the techniques to prepare them. Other demonstrations they have given include showing that rats can be trained to play basketball. Samantha is currently a PhD student in the neuroscience program at VCU. Photo courtesy of Navaneetha Bharathan.

Students Anting Hsiung and Brian Hur get into the holiday spirit as they celebrate winter break at a winter potluck for laboratories on the 11th floor of Sanger Hall. The Departments of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Human and Molecular Genetics and OB/GYN have labs on the 11th floor. Photo courtesy of Dr. Eun Lee.

Dr. Paul Fisher, Chair of the Department of Human & Molecular Genetics and Director of the Virginia Institute for Molecular Medicine (VIMM), gives a talk on his research to the Institute’s External Review Committee along with VIMM Faculty and Dr. Peter Buckley, the Dean of the School of Medicine. Photo by Aaron Wallace.

Three scientists walk into a bar... students Amrita Sule (Molecular Biology and Genetics), Varsha Ananthapadmanabhan and Ajinkya Kawale (Molecular Biology and Genetics) have some fun with Science while attending Science Pub RVA, a program of The Community Idea Stations’ Science Matters Initiative. The station is Central Virginia’s PBS and NPR stations. This program brings scientists and people with curious minds together for evenings to discuss science in a casual setting. On this night, Casey Mallinckrodt, object conservator with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts discussed Science in Art Conservation. Photo by Joe Ring.

Samantha Spencer, Navaneetha Bharathan and Dr. Rita Shiang participated in the March for Science in Washington DC on Earth Day, April 22, 2017. The march was a non-partisan movement to celebrate science. Marches were held worldwide with a global attendance estimated at 1.07 million. It was thought that 100,000 participants marched in the nation’s capital.

Drs. Aaron Wolen and Tim York confer on a point during a workshop on Managing Research using Open Science Framework. Drs. Wolen and York are Co-Founders of the VCU Data Science Lab. This entity was recently created in the support of rigorous, transparent and reproducible research at VCU through the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.