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  Monday, March 8, 2021  
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Vanderbilt to convene scholars, activists 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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Town hall Thursday 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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2020 Tennessee Men’s Health Report Card: Overall improvement, work to be done
Men’s health across Tennessee is trending toward improvement, but racial and geographic disparities persist, according to the 2020 Tennessee Men’s Health Report Card compiled by Vanderbilt’s Center for Research on Men’s Health in cooperation with Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the Tennessee Department of Health, Meharry Medical College and the Tennessee Men’s Health Network.
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Underrepresented students’ perceptions of calculus instruction reveal ‘weed-out’ mechanisms that discourage participation in STEM
Peabody faculty Luis Leyva led a research team that identified mechanisms in undergraduate calculus instruction that contribute to the function of introductory mathematics as a gatekeeper to STEM majors among underrepresented students.
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Vanderbilt College of Arts and Science recognizes outstanding faculty teaching during COVID-19 pandemic
The College of Arts and Science has recognized more than 50 faculty with COVID-19 Innovative Teaching Awards, which celebrate faculty who responded to the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19 by going above and beyond in adapting their coursework and teaching during the fall 2020 semester.
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Vanderbilt Blair faculty and alumni collaborate on ‘Vanderbilt Virtuosi’ album
“Vanderbilt Virtuosi,” an album of works composed and performed by faculty and alumni of Vanderbilt Blair School of Music and spearheaded by Molly Barth, was released on the Blue Griffin label in February.
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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
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association will recognize VU and VUMC postdoctoral fellows who have demonstrated excellence in research, service, mentorship and a commitment to the postdoc community, as well as their mentors, with the annual postdoc awards. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, March 19.
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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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Women in Data Science conference is today
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’ Tuesday
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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Byrd to give next Law School Dean’s Lecture on Race and Discrimination March 18
Brandon R. Byrd, assistant professor of history, 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 18, beginning at noon CT.
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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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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.


Take Note

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

Discovery Sciences Emerging Scholars Lecture: Daniel Castro March 17

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

‘Risks of Alzheimer’s Disease in Adults with Down Syndrome’ webinar and introduction to research study is March 29

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

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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  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 Tennessean: Dr. Anthony Fauci set to speak to graduating Vanderbilt University students
Vanderbilt’s announcement that Dr. Anthony Fauci will be the guest speaker for the Class of 2021 virtual Graduates Day event on May 14 is highlighted.
Insider: School shootings will probably tick back up again when kids go back to the classroom, but experts say we can stop them from happening
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health and Society, is quoted.
NBC News: The reckoning with Dr. Seuss’ racist imagery has been years in the making
Ann Neely, adjunct associate professor of teaching and learning, is quoted.
USA Today: Three vaccines. Increased manufacturing. How U.S. will have enough COVID-19 vaccine for every adult in May—or even sooner.
Melissa McPheeters, research professor of health policy, is quoted.
The New York Times: The latest case of vaccine alarmism
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Guardian (U.K.): A few rightwing ‘super-spreaders’ fueled bulk of election falsehoods, study says
Lisa Fazio, assistant professor of psychology, is quoted.
Los Angeles Times: California thinks it can stop COVID by flooding poor areas with vaccine. Will it work?
Helen Keipp Talbot, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
The New York Times: Introducing our new polling blog
An essay written by Joshua Clinton, Abby and Jon Winkelried Professor of Political Science, for the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy is cited.
USA Today: As Americans get vaccinated, fewer are getting tested for COVID-19. Doctors say that could be a big problem.
Romney Humphries, professor of pathology, microbiology and immunology, is quoted.
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