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Spiders in the Know

The 5th annual Spiders in the Know was held via Zoom on Friday, May 22. Staff who were unable to attend can view the program online.Watch the video

Spider Talks: Fighting bone disease with zebrafish

In this episode of Spider Talks, President Crutcher sits down with Isaac Skromne, a development biologist who uses zebrafish in his research related to bone disease and the central nervous system. Watch the video

Spring 2020 employee well-being programs

URWELL Employee provides weekly self-care offerings while the University's modified operating status is in place.Learn more

Department of Geography creates open access COVID-19 digital dashboard using GIS technology

The mapping and data project, using data from the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center, focuses on Virginia, but includes all U.S. coronavirus cases.Learn more

Spider Insider now online

From celebrating UR Downtown’s 10th anniversary to taking an inside look at the completed arts facilities renovations to honoring those who have ensured UR's vital work continues during this unprecedented time, it’s all between the pages of the spring 2020 issue.Read the issue
COVID-19 Update

The University will move to remote learning for the remainder of the spring semester, shift to remote work for employees to the greatest extent possible, and celebrate the Class of 2020 Commencement at a later date this year. We also have updated information on academic policies and picking up student belongings. Visit the COVID-19 response website

Information and resources for employees (e.g., medical insurance, retirement plans, and remote work) can be found on HR's Practices, Policies, and Resources During COVID-19 webpage. Visit the Remote Work Resources webpage for tips and tricks for working from home and to join the remote work listserv

Dependent Eligibility Verification

HR has engaged Health Decisions to conduct a dependent eligibility verification of all dependents enrolled in the University's benefit plans. If you are a member of a UR-sponsored plan, please check your mail and complete the verification process. Contact Health Decisions at 1-888-869-0008 if you have questions about the process.

Faculty & Staff Accomplishments

Gunkel Awarded

Dieter Gunkel, assistant professor of historical linguistics, has received an $18,000 fellowship from the Center for Hellenic Studies. Gunkel plans to explore modern studies of languages similar to Greek, ancient descriptions of the Greek language, and fragments of ancient Greek music.

Kvam Awarded

Paul Kvam, a professor of statistics, has received a Fulbright Scholar Award for travel to Hong Kong to further his research in nonparametric statistics. Kvam plans to visit City University of Hong Kong from Jan. to early May 2021.

de Sá Awarded

Rafael de Sá, professor of biology, has been awarded more than $400,000 from the National Science Foundation for his research on the diversity and evolution of a frog species found in South America.

Mew published in Information Systems journal

Dr. Lionel Mew, assistant professor and program chair of information systems, recently published Designing and Implementing an Undergraduate Data Analytics Program for Non-Traditional Students in the Information Systems Education Journal.

Sackley Awarded

Nicole Sackley, associate professor of history and american studies, was awarded a $2,000 VFIC Mednick Memorial Fellowship for her project, Co-op Capitalism: Cooperatives, International Development, and American Visions of Capitalism in the Twentieth Century.

O'Neal Published

Will O'Neal, director of organic chemistry laboratories, published his book Exercises for the General, Organic, & Biochemistry Laboratory, 2nd Edition, with Morton Publishing.

Thornton a featured expert in COVID-19 jobs report

Linda Fisher Thornton, SPCS adjunct associate professor of HR Management and CEO of Leading in Context, LLC, is a featured expert commenting on unemployment rates and claims in a WalletHub report, Cities with the Biggest Growth in Unemployment Due to COVID-19.

Shelton offers job search tips

Becca Shelton, SPCS and alumni career advisor and assistant director of career services, offers 5 job search tips to those seeking a job during the global pandemic in How To Find A Job In A Global Pandemic on The Girlfriend from AARP

Sackley Awarded

Nicole Sackley, associate professor of history and american studies, has been awarded a $50,000 American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship for her project, Co-op Capitalism: Cooperatives, International Development, and American Visions of Capitalism in the Twentieth Century.

Knouse and Hickman Published

Laura Knouse, associate professor of psychology, and Gill Robinson Hickman, leadership studies professor emerita, published When Leaders Face Personal Crisis (Leadership: Research and Practice) through Routledge.

Bowie Published

Jennifer Bowie, associate professor of political science published “Flowers v. Mississippi on Race in Jury Selection” in SCOTUS 2019 Major Decisions and Developments of the US Supreme Court. 2020. (edited by David Klein and Morgan Marietta).

Sweis Published

Rania Kassab Sweis, associate professor of anthropology and global studies, published “Hospital Warzones: What Syrian and US Health Workers Now Share” in The Global Post.

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