The Rice Rivers Center is at the center of the Virginia Sturgeon Restoration Team’s effort to restore the sturgeon to its native range and historical stature within state waters. Read more.
Before Sunday, Mo Alie-Cox (B.S.’15/GPA; M.S.’17/GPA) couldn’t tell you the last time he scored a touchdown. He knows it wasn’t a reception. Read more.
Bol Gai Deng (B.A.’08/GPA) is running for president of South Sudan, but no one can say when the election is or whether it will happen at all. Read more.
X.C. Atkins’ newest work is a debut collection of short stories. “Grace Street Alley and Other Stories” contains 27 interlinked stories, set largely in Richmond. Read more.
Alumna Danielle Mackowsky (M.S.’14/H&S) takes over our Instagram account from the annual meeting of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists. Read more.
In May 2017, Lea Lahoud (M.S.’18/HP) left her Mediterranean seaside home and traveled 5,800 miles to pursue a dream of becoming a hospital chaplain. Read more.
By Erica Naone
Juk “J” Ting, D.O. (B.S.’90/H&S), 49, insists he’s an “average Joe.” Coming from a Virginia Commonwealth University alumnus who’s both a practicing physician and an airline pilot, the claim is a bit hard to swallow.
Ting worked as a stadium doctor at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles for 11 years. His passion for flying became a career in 2016. He flew the Boeing 777 for Southern Air, which offers air freighter services, and is now flying the Boeing 747 for Kalitta Air, an American cargo airline. He didn’t trade medicine in for flying, though. Ting is Board certified in emergency medicine and is licensed to practice medicine in 22 states, which he does between flights through the telemedicine company Teledoc.
Javon Davis (B.A.’14/GPA; Cert.’15/GPA; M.P.A.’16/GPA), policy and government affairs manager for the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department takes over the VCU Alumni Instagram. Read more.
A well-known forensic toxicologist, Peace has traveled the world presenting research on groundbreaking subjects such as uses and misuses of electronic cigarettes. Read more.
Katie Schwienteck (Pharm.D.’15/P) set a goal several years ago to one day attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in Lindau, Germany.
“I had heard how wonderful it was,” she said. “I thought it would be an awesome experience. As it turns out, it most definitely was.”
A Ph.D. candidate in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine’s Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology who’s already earned an advanced degree from the School of Pharmacy, Schwienteck, Pharm.D., was one of two students from the School of Medicine selected to attend this year’s event. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings focus on physiology, medicine, physics and chemistry.
“It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Chelsea Cockburn, an M.D.-Ph.D. student who also was selected to attend. “Just to meet all the laureates and hear their stories was incredible.”
Schwienteck and Cockburn were among 600 students from 84 countries. Only 30 were from the U.S.