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Every day College of Health Professions students, alumni, faculty and staff do extraordinary things. Read more about our latest achievements below.

VCU students open Hopewell grade schoolers’ eyes to science at STEAM Day

On their first day of spring break, VCU science, technology, engineering, arts and math students showed off science experiments to students at Patrick Copeland Elementary School.

VCU student Sarah Plutkis, right, demonstrates a Samantha Dua, a senior majoring in medical laboratory sciences at the VCU College of Health Professions, and her friend Sarah Plutkis showed off their “magical dancing corn” experiment with baking soda, water and vinegar as one third-grader exclaimed, “Why are the bubbles picking up the corn? That’s so weird!”

Read more about STEAM day on VCU News.

Antimicrobial wipes in health care: how effective are they?

Melissa Jamerson, Ph.D., Jenica L. Harrison, Ph.D., and Lisa Perkins, all of the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, are part of a team that is testing the effectiveness of antimicrobial wipes in the health care setting as well as in the educational laboratory environment. Read more about their research on the effectiveness of antimicrobial wipes in the following VCU News article, Antimicrobial wipes in health care: how effective are they?

Class of 2021: At 62, lifelong learner Joyce Swenson is ready to take on new challenges

“I’ve always had a passion for the medical field as well as community development. This is something I always wanted to do,” said Swenson, 62, who works in the hospital lab at Saint Francis Medical Center. She said she will likely continue to do so after she completes her degree.

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CHP Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Marilyn Bibbs Freeman

 Meet Dr. Marilyn Bibbs Freeman, a Medical Laboratory Sciences graduate of the VCU College of Health Professions. Marilyn is the deputy director of the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services in Richmond. Hear her thoughts on why the College is the foundation for who she is, and the reason behind her success. 


The Hidden Front Line

Becky Perdue, Joan Shumaker and Doris Costley, graduates of the College's Medical Lab Sciences program, were featured in a story on planned giving in the MCV Foundation's Chronicle of Giving publication. We are sincerely thankful for their continued support of the MLS program and the College of Health Professions.

Read the full article here on pages 34-36


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