Jeffrey Seeman, a visiting senior research scholar at the University of Richmond, recently was inducted into the American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellows Program. The program recognizes members of ACS for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession and the society. Fellows come from academe, industry and government. In 2008, Seeman received a grant to create videos to encourage middle and high school student interest in science. Awarded by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Special Grant Program, the grant supported the development of The Archimedes Initiative, a free, Internet-based self-learning experience website to improve science literacy. A native of Jersey City, N.J., Seeman received a B.S. from Stevens Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from University of California at Berkeley. The Archimedes Initiative can be found online at http://www.archimedesinitiative.org.
The Richmond Chapter of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities recently selected E. Bruce Heilman, University of Richmond chancellor, as dinner chair for the 49th annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner on Oct. 27 at the Richmond Marriott. The event honors individuals who have made significant humanitarian contributions to the greater Richmond community. A 1999 recipient of a Humanitarian Award from the organization, Heilman served as a U.S. Marine during World War II. He is currently national spokesman for The Greatest Generations Foundation, a member of the board of directors of the Virginia War Memorial Educational Foundation and a founding member of the National Museum of the Marine Corps. In July, Richmond City Council presented Heilman the Richmond Public and Civic Service Award for his “public, military and civic service and dedication to higher education.” Heilman received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. Prior to beginning his long association with the university as president for 17 years and then chancellor, he was president of Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C. The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, a 76-year-old organization, delivers programs to educators and students in Richmond City Public Schools, as well as Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to state boards and commissions: Board of Long-Term Care Administrators – John Randolph Scott of Glen Allen; Council on the Status of Women – Randy Davis of Richmond, community outreach coordinator for Medicaid Fraud and Control Unit for the Office of the Attorney General, and Ruth Zajur of Richmond, community relations for BJ’s Wholesale Club; Latino Advisory Board – Omar M. Rashid, M.D., J.D. of Richmond, general surgery resident at VCU Health System; Virginia Scenic Rivers Advisory – Brian H. Ewald of Glen Allen, regional sales manager of Spectranetics.
Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.
The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.
The theme for the annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside has been announced.
This year's event, which opens Nov. 25 and will continue through Jan. 9, will explore "Living Color" and show how the world's kaleidoscope of colors speaks to people, impacts nature and influences culture, according to Garden officials. The event features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. > Read more.
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CalendarThe Armour House & Gardens will host a Nature Journaling Workshop for ages 10+ from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join instructor Lynn Wilson, a Riverine master naturalist, to learn how pen and paper can magically transform the experiences of places you love. Dress for walking outside and bring a bag lunch. Supplies are included. Cost is $20. Register in advance by calling 652-1446. Full text