James Walker believes design influences the way we interact within our physical spaces, whether we’re outside or in. An MFA student in VCU’s Visual Communication and Design program, James is a native of rural southern Illinois and earned a degree in graphic design at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. His most recent design project, Dead Bicycles, was developed to stimulate social interaction and local awareness. .. Read More t

When Joey Cheek first put on skates, it was one of those rare moments where it feels like you’ve found the thing you were made to do. In 2002, he won his first Olympic medal, a Bronze, at the Salt Lake City Olympics. Four years later, he achieved the pinnacle of sport, winning the World Championships and Olympic Gold and Silver Medals at the 2006 Olympics Games in Torino, Italy. After winning the Gold in 2006, he announced he would be donating all of his Olympic bonus money to refugees fleeing the conflict in Darfur, Sudan. Cheek co-founded Team Darfur, a coalition of Olympic and professional athletes focused on ending the genocide in Sudan... Read More t

Dr. Amir Ahmed Toor is an associate professor of medicine in the Bone Marrow Transplant Program at Virginia Commonwealth University. His passion for discovering the underlying order in seemingly random biological systems has helped lead his research in developing safe cancer treatments that harness the power of the immune system... Read More t