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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

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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