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
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.
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.
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.
The United States Army Field Band will present a free public performance at Deep Run Park in Henrico on Sunday, Aug 3 at 3 p.m.
Members of the band are soldiers who also serve as “musical ambassadors of the Army” and perform for schools and communities nationwide.
The Concert Band will be performing along with the Soldiers’ Chorus. > Read more.
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.
‘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.
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CalendarThe Summer Nature Series at Three Lakes Nature Center, 400 Sausiluta Dr., continues with “Mega-monsters: Dinosaurs” from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nature center staff will open the classroom doors… Full text