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UR professor wins $278K grant from NIH

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Linda Boland, associate professor of biology at University of Richmond, a three-year, $278,682 grant to research lipid modulation of potassium channels — important to the rhythm of heart muscle and the electrical activity of brain cells.

The grant comes from NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences and includes funds for a post-doctoral fellow and several undergraduate student research assistants.

Boland studies the modulation of potassium ion channels by membrane-derived polyunsaturated fatty acids. The signals are released following certain forms of cellular communication and impact proper rhythmic firing of heart muscle and some regions of the brain — affecting memory disorders, epilepsy, pain, and cell death during stroke and heart attack.

“In the past six years, 26 Richmond students have played an integral role in research in my lab, doing the types of experiments that are typically done in a medical school setting,” said Boland. “I am fortunate that undergraduate students at Richmond have been motivated to ask and answer really hard questions how lipids derived from the cell membrane influence the electrical activity of cells. The answers to these questions have important health implications for brain and heart.”

Boland has taught at UR since 2004, after earning a Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill, completing two post-doctoral positions at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital and teaching for 10 years at the University of Minnesota Medical School.
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HandsOn Day set for Oct. 17

HandsOn Day 2015, which will feature 1200 volunteers serving more than 65 nonprofits in Greater Richmond, will take place Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Among the projects in Henrico or surrounding communities that need volunteers are: installing GardenFest lights Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, distribution center assistance at Feedmore, pumpkin carving with residents at SupportOne, work and play at Housing Families First, paint for independence at Heart Havens, spruce up the shelter and clean sweep at Harbor House at Safe Harbor, pinwheel project at REAP and Kidney Walk prep at National Kidney Foundation Serving VA. > Read more.

Online tool helps identify best native plants for pollinators

Virginians who want to plant beneficial plants for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds have a new resource at their fingertips. The online Virginia Native Plant Finder now lets users search for native plant species that benefit pollinators. The tool, which is managed by the Virginia Natural Heritage Program, is free and easy to use; searches can be completed on desktops, tablets or smartphones.

Native plants are those that grow where they evolved; they have traits that enable them to adapt to local conditions. The Virginia Native Plant Finder lets users create their own custom native plant lists by selecting from dropdown menus. > Read more.

Growlers to Go opens in Short Pump; opening celebration Oct. 15

Growlers to Go has opened its second area location – in Short Pump, next to Trader Joe's.

Unlike the flagship store on the Boulevard in Richmond, this location is equipped with a Tasting Room, offering customers the opportunity to drink pints or tasting wheels as well as order snacks on premises. > Read more.


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Henrico County Public Schools’ Family and Educator Resource Center will sponsor a Bullying-Prevention Workshop Oct. 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Godwin High School, 2101 Pump Road. Representatives… Full text

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