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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 .

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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.

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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.
Community

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.

The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.

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