Malcolm Hill, associate professor of biology, Vincent Wei-cheng Wang, professor of political science, and Lisa Gentile, associate professor of chemistry, recently were appointed associate deans in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Richmond. The appointments are effective January 2012. Hill has taught at the university since 2004 and is a former chair of the biology department. He has received grants and awards totaling more than $900,000 to support his research on the evolutionary ecology of sponges in temperate and tropical marine systems. Wang has taught at Richmond since 1996 and served several years as chair of the political science department. Under his leadership, political science and international studies grew to have the most majors in the School of Arts and Sciences. Gentile has taught at Richmond since 2006 and chairs the chemistry department. Her research explores protein structures and what happens when they are altered in diseased states. Under a $1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, she led development of Richmond’s Integrated Quantitative Science course, a team-taught, year-long course for students with outstanding science aptitude.
Sanjay Mittal, CEO of eHealthObjects, Inc., recently was awarded the Vanguard Award of the Year 2011 by the Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce. Mittal will be recognized at VACC’s upcoming annual gala on Dec. 7. For more information, visit http://www.asianchambergala.org
The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.
The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)
The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.
For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.
The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.
The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.
Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.
Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise
Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.
They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.
As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.
Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.
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