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  Wednesday, March 3, 2021  
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Class of 2021 Commencement to be celebrated in person May 15–16
Vanderbilt University announced today that it will host in-person Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2021. The events, which will adhere to campus safety protocols, will take place May 15–16.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci to deliver 2021 Vanderbilt Graduates Day address
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top leader in infectious disease research and a renowned biomedical scientist, will receive Vanderbilt University’s prestigious Nichols-Chancellor’s Medal in May 2021 when he speaks to the university’s graduating students and their families.
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Caroline Kennedy to deliver virtual Graduates Day address to Vanderbilt Class of 2020
Caroline Kennedy, a bestselling author, attorney and former U.S. ambassador to Japan, will receive Vanderbilt University’s prestigious Nichols-Chancellor’s Medal when she speaks to Class of 2020 graduates and their families at their Graduates Day celebration on Friday, April 30.
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Return to Campus update for March 3
The latest numbers from Vanderbilt’s COVID-19 public dashboard, continuing safety protocols in warmer weather, and a reminder to verify My Health at Vanderbilt preferences are included in this week’s Return to Campus update.
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Vanderbilt launches updated internal faculty funding programs to advance scholarship and research, announces upcoming faculty town hall
The Office of the Provost has announced two new internal funding programs, Seeding Success Grants and Rapid Advancement Micro-grant Program (RAMP) awards. Both opportunities are designed to simplify funding models and are meant to have a broad reach across schools, departments and disciplines.
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Bordenstein elected to American Academy of Microbiology
Seth Bordenstein, Centennial Professor of Biological Sciences and director of the Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative, has been elected to fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology.
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Applications for Center for Teaching’s Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows program now open
The Center for Teaching is currently accepting applications for the 2021-22 Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows program, which provides a set of professional development opportunities for junior faculty to learn about successful teaching practices.
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Despite limitations of pandemic, research continues at Peabody, College of Arts and Science
During the Research Ramp-up process, more than 3,000 Vanderbilt research personnel have returned to in-person research activities, while many others have continued remotely through perseverance and ingenuity. The efforts of Peabody College’s James Booth and the College of Arts and Science’s Katherine Friedman are highlighted.
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Nominate a staff member for a 2020–21 Diversity Leadership Award
Nominations are open until Friday, March 5, for the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion’s 2020–21 Diversity Leadership Awards. The awards recognize staff members who demonstrate exemplary leadership by putting the ideals of equity, diversity and inclusion into practical action.
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Severe Weather at Vanderbilt: Do you know what to do?
March 3 marks one year since a significant tornado struck Nashville, and May 1 will be 11 years since the city’s historic flood. These milestones are an important reminder to review what to do in the event that severe weather threatens the Vanderbilt community.
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Celebrate Women’s History Month with virtual events in March
Vanderbilt will honor the struggles and celebrate the achievements of women of all nations and cultures in March during Women’s History Month. The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, in cooperation with other campus partners, will host a full calendar of events.
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‘Race, Rights and the Woman Suffrage Movement’ topic of lecture tomorrow
Joan Marie Johnson, an author who has written extensively about the history of women’s suffrage, feminism and social activism, will discuss “Race, Rights and the Woman Suffrage Movement: The Stories of Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, Irene Moorman and Rose Schneiderman” on Thursday, March 4, at 5:30 p.m. CT.
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Celebrating 40 Years of ‘Nine to Five’: A Conversation with Screenwriter Patricia Resnick is March 15
Vanderbilt University’s Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center is partnering with the Belcourt Theatre to host a conversation with Patricia Resnick, screenwriter of the film “Nine to Five,” on Monday, March 15. The virtual event begins at 5:15 p.m. CT and is free and open to the public.
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Welch to give next Law School Dean’s Lecture on Race and Discrimination March 4
Kimberly M. Welch, assistant professor of history and of law, will deliver the next lecture in Vanderbilt Law School’s Dean’s Lecture Series on Race and Discrimination. The online event will be Thursday, March 4, beginning at noon CT.
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Peabody Dean’s Diversity Lecture: ‘First-gen is not my Only Identity’ March 4
Sonja Ardoin, assistant professor and student affairs administrator at Appalachian State University, will discuss “First-gen is not my Only Identity: Recognizing Intersections” on Thursday, March 4. The talk, part of the Peabody Dean’s Diversity Lecture Series, will begin at 7:15 p.m. CT.
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Women in Data Science conference set for March 8
The Vanderbilt Data Science Institute and Vanderbilt Genetics Institute will co-host a regional Women in Data Science virtual conference on Monday, March 8. The event will broadcast WiDS Worldwide America events—including keynote speakers, Technical Vision Talks and a panel on paths to leadership—from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT.
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Economics’ McGee Public Policy Lecture to discuss ‘The Macroeconomic Policy Response to the Pandemic’ March 9
Christina D. Romer, the Class of 1957-Garff B. Wilson Professor of Economics at the University of California–Berkeley, will discuss “The Macroeconomic Policy Response to the Pandemic: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” on Tuesday, March 9, beginning at 4 p.m. CT. Her virtual talk is the spring 2021 McGee Public Policy Lecture sponsored by the Department of Economics.
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Virtual discussion on gender and disability is March 22
A virtual town hall-style discussion about identity, language and gender is scheduled for Monday, March 22, as part of Vanderbilt’s commemoration of Women’s History Month. The conversation about person-first versus identity-first language will be held from 11 a.m. to noon CT via Zoom.
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Communications’ Eagles wins Emmy Award
Zack Eagles, visual media manager in the Division of Communications, was honored with an Emmy Award from the Midsouth Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on Feb. 27.


Take Note

Vanderbilt Health Walk-in Clinic in Hillsboro Village treating VU community for non-emergency care

A Year Later: Healing from the tornado

Inclusive Book Group to discuss Maya Angelou’s ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ March 3

‘Pandemic Parenting Check-in’ topic of Parenting Group meeting on March 12

Cell and Developmental Biology hosts weekly seminar series

Vanderbilt Libraries offer series on evidence-based research and information sharing

VERA Live Demo Open House held each Tuesday

VINSE Spotlight Podcast: Marm Dixit—solid-state batteries, a promising technology for next-generation energy storage

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2022 Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award

Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core seeks mini-grant applicants

Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core seeking applicants for Community Scholars Awards

Register for upcoming ‘Disrupting Everyday Bias’ workshops

Programs for Talented Youth now accepting applications for virtual summer mentorship experiences for rising 9th-12th graders

Beware inquiries from university vendors regarding suspicious purchases

Celebrate National Nutrition Month with Health Plus


Coming Up

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  Case Western’s Jain to discuss age-related disorders at next Discovery Lecture
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  Register for colorectal cancer awareness webinar
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  Webinar series for faculty seeking federal research funding continues
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  Art of Healing Exposition seeks entries through March 31


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Vanderbilt in the News
Associated Press: What’s in an adjective? ‘Democrat Party’ label on the rise
Vanessa Beasley, vice provost for academic affairs, dean of residential faculty and associate professor of communication studies, is quoted.
Salon: Talking to the boogaloo, part 2: Exclusive conversations with a would-be revolutionary
Amy Cooter, senior lecturer in sociology, is quoted.
The Wall Street Journal: COVID-19 vaccines yield breakthroughs in long-term fight against infectious disease
Buddy Creech, associate professor of pediatrics and director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program, is quoted.
Reuters: U.S. authorizes J&J’s COVID-19 vaccine, making it third available
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
NBC News: Inside ‘post-COVID’ clinics: How specialized centers are trying to treat long-haulers
Carla Sevin, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Can sports fans catch COVID-19 in the stands? It’s pretty unlikely, local experts say
David Aronoff, Addison B. Scoville Jr. Professor of Medicine, is quoted.
Harvard Business Review: Stop using job titles to guide your search
Katharine Brooks, Evans Family Executive Director of the Career Center, writes about how to refine your job search to find a position you love.
Nashville Scene: Not even a pandemic can slow Jeff Coffin down
Jeff Coffin, adjunct instructor of jazz saxophone, is featured.
Elle Decor: The stories that inherited furniture can teach us
Caroline Randall Williams, writer in residence in medicine, health and society, writes about how we develop our taste in furniture.
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