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  Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021  
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Return to Campus update for Jan. 27
As a new semester begins, Vanderbilt is sharing the most recent and relevant updates with undergraduate students to keep them informed of important changes, new offerings and other information to help ensure a successful spring.
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Chancellor, provost share message with Class of 2021 regarding Commencement
In the coming weeks, Vanderbilt will announce more details about official plans for its May 2021 Commencement ceremony. The university is grateful for students’ patience as it explores scenarios that will prioritize Vanderbilt’s commitment to honoring and celebrating graduates’ accomplishments while protecting health and safety as much as possible, write Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and Provost Susan R. Wente in a message to the Class of 2021 and their families.
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Applications for Joe C. Davis Fund, which supports immersion projects, now being accepted
The Office of Immersion Resources is currently accepting applications for the Joe C. Davis Fund to support Immersion Vanderbilt projects. Applications are open to all undergraduate students with qualifying immersive experiences.
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FutureVU progress report for FY2020 now available
Transformations of the West End and Peabody neighborhoods, pioneering solar energy partnerships, improved recycling and more sustainable transportation choices are among the achievements outlined in the latest FutureVU progress report.
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New bike lanes seek to enhance safety, transportation options on campus
New bicycle lanes on Jess Neely Drive and Vanderbilt Place are aimed at improving safety and rider experience on campus, and supporting Vanderbilt’s goal of increasing bike commuting and enhancing bike path infrastructure at the university.
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Campos-Pons leads women artists in film collaboration marking historic time
Vanderbilt Professor of Art Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons says her vision for “When We Gather,” a new film and art project, was influenced by remarks from Vice President Kamala Harris, the first woman and first woman of color to serve in that role. The online premiere for the three-minute film, which pays tribute to heroines of the past, visionaries of the present and leaders of the future, will be on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 6 p.m. CT.
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’Dores in Dialogue: A conversation on the history and complexities of the term Latinx Jan. 29
The Vanderbilt Association of Hispanic and Latinx Alumni and the Vanderbilt Alumni Association invite the university community to attend the virtual event, “’Dores in Dialogue: A Conversation on the History and Complexities of the Term Latinx,” on Friday, Jan. 29, from 11 a.m. to noon CT.
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Writer in residence Alice Randall to discuss ‘Black Bottom Saints’ Feb. 4
Author Alice Randall, writer in residence in African American and Diaspora Studies, will discuss her new book, “Black Bottom Saints,” during a virtual event on Thursday, Feb. 4. The event, open to all faculty, staff and alumni, will begin at 5 p.m. CT and be conducted via Zoom.
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Divinity School marks Black History Month with new ‘Resilient Souls’ online art exhibit
Pain, healing and resilience are themes woven into Nashville artist Ashley Mintz’s new online exhibit supported by Vanderbilt Divinity School. The visual collection, “Resilient Souls: We Rest Then We Rise,” will run in a fully virtual format Feb. 1–March 12 in celebration and reflection of Black History Month.
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Heard Libraries’ MLK Day service project enhances Nashville civil rights resources
Heard Libraries staff contributed to and improved the quality of Wikipedia information on Nashville-area social justice organizations and activists when they took part in a voluntary edit-a-thon on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


Take Note

‘Social (In)Justice of Mental Health’ topic of Harold Jordan Lecture Feb. 5

Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative offers analytics boot camp Feb. 26

Cell and Developmental Biology hosts weekly seminar series

Ideator and Builder offerings at the Wond’ry

Submit abstracts for 2021 Global Health Symposium


Coming Up

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  ‘Mental Health, Involuntary Treatment, Legal Capacity and Human Rights’


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Vanderbilt in the News
USA Today: The second Trump impeachment trial is set for February. What happens next?
Suzanna Sherry, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law, is quoted.
USA Today: ‘Hard truths and important facts’: Biden pushes for coronavirus testing reset with $50 billion plan
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Elemental: Why men are more likely to die from COVID-19
Derek Griffith, professor of medicine, health and society and director of the Center for Research on Men’s Health, is quoted.
Marketplace: Another challenge for the Biden administration: Thousands of federal appointments
David Lewis, Rebecca Webb Wilson University Distinguished Professor, is quoted.
Medical News Today: COVID-19 and the brain: What do we know so far?
Pratik Pandharipande, professor of anesthesiology, is quoted.
Nashville Scene: A science writer travels to the fields and labs where agriculture is changing
Amanda Little, writer in residence in English, is featured.
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