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 10th Annual Filipino Festival will be held Aug. 7-8 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 8200 Woodman Rd., beginning with opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. Friday and continuing with live entertainment, food and exhibits until 10 p.m. On Saturday the festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a full schedule of performances featuring traditional Filipino dance, music and song.
Filipino cuisine, including BBQ, pansit, lumpia, adobo, halo-halo, lechon, empanada and leche flan, will be available for purchase. The festival will also feature a children's area, church tours, exhibits, and health screenings. > Read more.
The Children’s Museum of Richmond last week opened its new Short Pump location at Short Pump Town Center, to the delight of children who attended a sneak preview of the location July 10. The new facility, located under the forthcoming LL Bean store (formerly the food court) is 8,500 square feet in size – much larger than CMoR’s former Short Pump location at West Broad Village, which opened in 2010. The new space includes The CarMax Foundation Service Station, the Silver Diner, a grocery store, a performance stage and an art studio, as well as a giant Light Bright Wall. > Read more.
Spinoff is predictably silly, devoid of plot
In Minions, those jibberjabbering little corncob things from Despicable Me have finally earned their own feature film. Specifically, three of them: Kevin (tall), Stuart (plays the ukulele) and Bob (loves his teddy bear), all voiced by co-director Pierre Coffin.
After tracing the evolution of Minionkind – we don’t know what they are, but we know they’re hardwired to serve the baddest villain around – our three Minion heroes set off upon a quest to save their species and find the newest, nastiest villain overlord. > Read more.
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