Chemical and Life Science Friday

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Jamestown Brew

An Archaeologist, a Brewmaster and an Engineer Walk into a Bar...


A university, a historical foundation and a brewery seem like an unlikely alliance. Unless, that is, you’re attempting to recreate America’s first beer. Stephen Fong, Ph.D., associate professor of chemical and life science engineering, is working with Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation, whose archaeologists recently excavated a brewery from the 1600s. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, a Richmond-based brewhouse, will produce the actual beverage.

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Nastassja Lewinski, Ph.D., Wins 35 Under 35


Nastassja Lewinski, Ph.D., 33, assistant professor of chemical and life science engineering, has won an American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) 35 Under 35 Award. The outstanding young professional AIChE members were honored for making significant contributions to the organization and to the chemical engineering profession.

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Alumni Feature: Julia and Nicholas Cain


Julia (B.S. ’01) and Nicholas Cain (’01), two VCU School of Engineering alumni who helped to build one of the nation’s most influential craft brewing businesses, have established a scholarship for chemical engineering undergraduates. The Julia and Nicholas Cain Scholarship is the school’s first scholarship endowed by VCU Engineering alumni. The school is where the couple met and where their professional journey began.

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Meeting of the Minds: Medicines for All Summit


The VCU School of Engineering has established the Medicines for All Institute with a $25 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The inaugural Medicines for All Summit recently convened leaders from academia, industry and nonprofits. The two days of talks centered on questions of how — and why — to overhaul pharmaceutical engineering.

See a Recap of the summit

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How Medicines for All Makes It Real


Hear from B. Frank Gupton, Ph.D., Floyd D. Gottwald Chair and chair of the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering, and Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D., Alice T. and William H. Goodwin Chair in Biomedical Engineering and dean of the School of Engineering, about the Medicines for All Institute.

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