UR professor wins $278K grant from NIH

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Linda Boland, associate professor of biology at University of Richmond, a three-year, $278,682 grant to research lipid modulation of potassium channels — important to the rhythm of heart muscle and the electrical activity of brain cells.

The grant comes from NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences and includes funds for a post-doctoral fellow and several undergraduate student research assistants.

Boland studies the modulation of potassium ion channels by membrane-derived polyunsaturated fatty acids. The signals are released following certain forms of cellular communication and impact proper rhythmic firing of heart muscle and some regions of the brain — affecting memory disorders, epilepsy, pain, and cell death during stroke and heart attack.

“In the past six years, 26 Richmond students have played an integral role in research in my lab, doing the types of experiments that are typically done in a medical school setting,” said Boland. “I am fortunate that undergraduate students at Richmond have been motivated to ask and answer really hard questions how lipids derived from the cell membrane influence the electrical activity of cells. The answers to these questions have important health implications for brain and heart.”

Boland has taught at UR since 2004, after earning a Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill, completing two post-doctoral positions at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital and teaching for 10 years at the University of Minnesota Medical School.
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Therapeutic healing


In a room labeled the garden room, a bright space with lavender-colored walls and pebble-gray chairs, art therapist Becky Jacobson might ask her patients to imagine a safe place, but she doesn’t ask them to describe it to her — she wants them to draw it.

The patients are free to draw whatever they envision, expressing themselves through their colored markers, a form of healing through art therapy.

“Some people might not feel safe anywhere because they have had hard things happening to them, and I have the background to help that person reground and feel safe in the group,” Jacobson said. > Read more.

Eight’s enough? Crowded race for 56th District develops


Following the retirement of Delegate Peter Farrell [R-56th District], a number of candidates have thrown their hats into the ring to vie for the open seat in the Virginia General Assembly district, which contains a portion of Henrico’s Far West End.

Democratic challengers include Lizzie Basch and Melissa Dart, while Republican contenders include George Goodwin, Matt Pinsker, Graven Craig, Surya Dhakar, Jay Prendergrast and John McGuire. In addition to a section of Henrico, the district also includes portions of Goochland and Spotsylvania County, as well as all of Louisa County. > Read more.

On the trail to Awareness


Twenty-five teams, composed of some 350 participants, gathered at Dorey Park in Varina April 8 for the Walk Like MADD 5k, to benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving Virginia. The event raised more than $35,000, with more funds expected to come in through May 7. > Read more.

Leadership Metro Richmond honors St. Joseph’s Villa CEO


Leadership Metro Richmond honored St. Joseph's Villa CEO Kathleen Burke Barrett, a 2003 graduate of LMR, with its 2017 Ukrop Community Vision Award during its annual spring luncheon April 6.

The award honors a LMR member who demonstrates a purposeful vision, a sense of what needs to be done, clear articulation with concern and respect for others with demonstrated action and risk-taking. > Read more.

Glen Allen H.S. takes second in statewide economics competition

Glen Allen H.S. was among six top schools in the state to place in the 2017 Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance.

Taught by Patricia Adams, the Glen Allen H.S. team was runner-up in the Economics division, in which teams faced off in a Quiz Bowl. > Read more.

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