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.
Richmonders Jim Morgan and Dan Stackhouse were married at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside Mar. 7 month after winning the Say I Do! With OutRVA wedding contest in February. The contest was open to LGBT couples in recognition of Virginia’s marriage equality law, which took effect last fall. The wedding included a package valued at $25,000.
Morgan and Stackhouse, who became engaged last fall on the day marriage equality became the law in Virginia, have been together for 16 years. They were selected from among 40 couples who registered for the contest. The winners were announced at the Say I Do! Dessert Soiree at the Renaissance in Richmond in February. > Read more.
The Fourth Annual Healy Gala will be held Saturday, Apr. 11, at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The event was created to honor Michael Healy, a local businessman and community leader who died suddenly in June 2011, and to endow the Mike Healy Scholarship (through the Glen Allen Ruritan Club), which benefits students of Glen Allen High School.
Healy served as the chairman of Glen Allen Day for several years and helped raise thousands of dollars for local charities and organizations. > Read more.
The Richmond Battlefield Ruritan Club is holding a Brunswick stew sale, with orders accepted through March 13 and pick-up available March 14. The cost is $8 per quart.
Pick-up will be at noon, March 14, at the Richmond Heights Civic Center, 7440 Wilton Road in Varina.
To place an order, call Mike at (804) 795- 7327 or Jim at (804) 795-9116. > Read more.
Two events this weekend benefit man’s best friend – a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Glendale Ruritan Club, and an American Red Cross Canine First Aid & CPR workshop at Alpha Dog Club. The fifth annual Shelby Rocks “Cancer is a Drag” Womanless Pageant will benefit the American Cancer Society and a spaghetti luncheon on Sunday will benefit the Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club. Twin Hickory Library will also host a used book sale this weekend with proceeds benefiting The Friends of the Twin Hickory Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Ichiban offers rich Asian flavors, but portions lack
In a spot that could be easily overlooked is a surprising, and delicious, Japanese restaurant. In a tiny nook in the shops at the corner of Ridgefield Parkway and Pump Road sits a welcoming, warm and comfortable Asian restaurant called Ichiban, which means “the best.”
The restaurant, tucked between a couple others in the Gleneagles Shopping Center, was so quiet and dark that it was difficult to tell if it was open at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday. When I opened the door, I smiled when I looked inside. > Read more.
Disney’s no-frills, live-action ‘Cinderella’ delights
Cinderella is the latest from Disney’s new moviemaking battle plan: producing live-action adaptations of all their older classics. Which is a plan that’s had questionable results in the past.
Alice in Wonderland bloated with more Tim Burton goth-pop than the inside of a Hot Topic. Maleficent was a step in the right direction, but the movie couldn’t decide if Maleficent should be a hero or a villain (even if she should obviously be a villain) and muddled itself into mediocrity.
Cinderella is much better. Primarily, because it’s just Cinderella. No radical rebooting. No Tim Burton dreck. It’s the 1950 Disney masterpiece, transposed into live action and left almost entirely untouched. > Read more.
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