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  Friday, March 5, 2021  
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Mark Bandas, associate provost and longtime dean of students, to retire in May
After 27 years guiding, educating and providing support for students at Vanderbilt, Mark Bandas, associate provost and dean of students, will retire in May 2021.
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G.L. Black named new associate provost and dean of students
G.L. Black, who has played an integral role in Vanderbilt student affairs for nine years, has been named associate provost and dean of students. The appointment is effective May 17, following the retirement of longtime dean Mark Bandas.
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Vanderbilt convenes scholars, activists across generations to examine Nashville’s role in fight for racial justice
The Vanderbilt community will welcome a diverse panel of renowned civil rights and social justice activists, journalists, historians and scholars for an examination of Nashville’s role as an intellectual center of the struggle for racial justice, then and now. The daylong virtual symposium will be held on Friday, March 26, starting at 9 a.m. CT and is open to the public.
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Upcoming town hall will discuss updated internal faculty funding programs to advance scholarship and research
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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New book describes turning point in the racialization of classical music
Associate Professor of Musicology Douglas Shadle’s latest book explores how Antonín Dvořák’s New World Symphony raised new questions in classical music about the place of African American music within the broader musical culture of the United States.
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Peabody College scholars to present groundbreaking research at Council for Exceptional Children annual meeting
Scholars from Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development will present their latest research on important issues in special education at the Council for Exceptional Children’s annual meeting, “Learning Interactive Virtual Event (L.I.V.E.),” March 8–13.
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Nominations are open for annual postdoc awards; deadline is March 19
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association will recognize VU postdoctoral scholars who have demonstrated excellence in research, service, mentorship and a commitment to the postdoc community, as well as their mentors, with annual awards. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, March 19.
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Last day to nominate staff 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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Vanderbilt’s Volunteer Leadership Week drives collaboration and support
Vanderbilt hosts a gathering of the university’s most engaged volunteer leaders each spring for a special weekend of activities designed to foster collaboration in support of the university’s mission and momentum. This year all events were held virtually during Volunteer Leadership Week, an extended slate of programming presented Feb. 22–26.
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Are you experiencing Wi-Fi issues? Contact VUIT
Do you need help with Wi-Fi or other technical issues? Contact VUIT—the Tech Hub is ready to assist all VU students, faculty and staff with any issues, requests or questions they may have.
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Baseball to allow limited fan attendance at upcoming games
Vanderbilt will allow a limited number of fans and season ticket holders from the 2020 season to attend upcoming baseball games at Hawkins Field beginning this weekend. A limited number of students will be permitted to attend home games and will be seated in the outfield.
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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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Join Vanderbilt faculty for a panel discussion of the film ‘Picture a Scientist’
The Vanderbilt University community is invited to a panel discussion of the film “Picture a Scientist” on Tuesday, March 9, from 4 to 5 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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MacArthur Fellow and Berkeley engineer to deliver March 17 Hall Lecture on robot learning and safety in avionics
Claire Tomlin, a pioneer in hybrid control systems research, will deliver the Vanderbilt School of Engineering’s spring 2021 John R. and Donna S. Hall Engineering Lecture on Wednesday, March 17, at 4 p.m. CT. Her lecture, “Safe Learning in Robotics,” is open to the public.
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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.


Take Note

New ground stickers across campus encourage ‘Meditation on the Go’

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

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

Favorite children’s books topic of Parenting Group meeting March 18

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: 2021 V Foundation Pediatric Cancer Research Awards

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2022 Takeda Innovators in Science Award–Gastroenterology

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

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

Register for upcoming ‘Disrupting Everyday Bias’ workshops

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

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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  Byrd to give next Law School Dean’s Lecture on Race and Discrimination
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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
The Guardian (U.K.): Twitter targets COVID vaccine misinformation with labels and ‘strike’ system
Lisa Fazio, assistant professor of psychology, is quoted.
Vox: The Republican revolt against democracy, explained in 13 charts
The research of Larry Bartels, May Werthan Shayne Chair in Public Policy and Social Science and professor of political science, is highlighted.
The Washington Post: Johnson & Johnson vaccine deepens concerns over racial and geographic inequities
Helen Keipp Talbot, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
USA Today: ‘Vaccine angels’ can only do so much: How can U.S. make it easier to find COVID-19 vaccination appointments in minutes, not hours?
Melissa McPheeters, research professor of health policy, is quoted.
ABC News: Dolly Parton gets COVID-19 vaccine she helped fund with her $1 million donation
Naji Abumrad, professor of surgery, administered Parton’s first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
USA Today Network: Gov. Cuomo scandal: Women often face fraught path in reporting sexual harassment
Joni Hersch, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of law and economics, 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.
Healthline: Children may start to be vaccinated for COVID-19 in the fall: why that’s important
Buddy Creech, associate professor of pediatrics and director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program, is quoted.
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