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  Wednesday, March 10, 2021  
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Return to Campus update for March 10
The latest numbers from Vanderbilt’s COVID-19 public dashboard, new details about outdoor campus gatherings, and information about the vaccine distribution phases are included in this week’s Return to Campus update.
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New CRISPR screening technique developed at Vanderbilt leads to discovery of pathway that may be linked to cancer initiation
A new genome-wide CRISPR screening technique conducted by researchers at Vanderbilt University is offering new insights about how tumors in 80 to 90 percent of all cancers grow.
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Five engineering faculty recognized with innovative teaching awards
The extraordinary and creative efforts of five engineering faculty members to adapt to new teaching environments in fall 2020 have been recognized with Teaching Innovation Awards by Philippe Fauchet, Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Dean of Engineering.
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Town hall tomorrow 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 awards celebrating staff excellence launched; winners announced at inaugural Spring Staff Assembly May 20
A new series of annual awards will launch this spring to recognize the many contributions of university staff to the Vanderbilt mission, Chancellor Daniel Diermeier announced today. Recipients of the new awards celebrating staff excellence will be announced at the university’s first-ever Spring Staff Assembly, scheduled for May 20.
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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 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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Vanderbilt announces increased size limit, new amenities for outdoor official campus gatherings
As Nashville begins to have consistent warmer weather, the university is encouraging students to enjoy campus outdoor spaces by updating its gathering size maximum for official on-campus, outdoor gatherings from eight to 12 people beginning Wednesday, March 10. 
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Campus Reading announced for 2021-22 academic year
The Campus Reading for the 2021-22 academic year will be “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi. The selection was chosen by a team of faculty and students.
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Vanderbilt to convene 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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Candice Lee to join Vanderbilt panel discussion on women in sports
Candice S. Lee, vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletic director, will join a panel of administrators and student-athletes for “She Persisted: The Past, Present and Future of Women in Sports,” a conversation about women’s sports since the passage of Title IX in 1972. The discussion will take place Tuesday, March 16, beginning at 5 p.m. CT as part of Women’s History Month.
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Zeppos College event to explore multiracial identity March 14
Nicholas S. Zeppos College will host a virtual panel discussion, “Through My Eyes: How Multiracial Identities Impact Perspectives on Today’s World,” on Sunday, March 14. Audrey Bowden, associate professor of biomedical and electrical engineering and the faculty head of Zeppos College, will moderate the event, scheduled from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. CT.
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Owen Forward presents ‘The Future of Sustainability’ March 15
Owen Forward will present a half-day virtual conference on Monday, March 15, featuring Vanderbilt administrators, faculty and alumni in dialogue about sustainability leadership. “The Future of Sustainability” will begin at 12:15 p.m. CT and is open to the Vanderbilt community.
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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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Writing Studio offers weekly workshops this spring
Building on the student support services it offered in the fall, the Writing Studio will launch a series of weekly writing workshops this spring open to all Vanderbilt students.
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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

‘Communication Strategies for Seniors with Dementia’ March 17

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

‘Women’s Leadership in the Academy’ topic of talk March 24

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

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

Cell and Developmental Biology hosts weekly seminar series

VERA Live Demo Open House held each Tuesday

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

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

Study to investigate effects of nuts on diet

Register for upcoming ‘Disrupting Everyday Bias’ workshops

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

Winter is ending, but Seasonal Affective Disorder remains


Coming Up

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  Case Western’s Jain to discuss age-related disorders at next Discovery Lecture
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  Virtual discussion on gender and disability
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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
Business Insider: Critics say Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax plan breaks the law. They’re wrong, according to multiple law professors.
Beverly Moran, professor of law, emerita, is quoted.
Associated Press: Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 still wait for advice
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Chalkbeat Tennessee: Want big advances from students and schools? Invest in principals, says new research
Jason Grissom, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Leadership, Policy and Organizations, is quoted.
HuffPost: Here’s how I fought for my dog to become the first downhill skiing service animal
Claire Barnett, communications coordinator at the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation, writes about her experience advocating for permission to downhill ski with her service dog and the importance of accessibility for the disabled community.
Business Insider: A future COVID-19 vaccine could be squirted up the nose. The nasal spray could stop transmission, especially in kids.
Buddy Creech, associate professor of pediatrics and director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program, is quoted.
The Other Journal: Jesuit life, family life
Bruce Morrill, Edward A. Malloy Professor of Roman Catholic Studies and professor of theology, writes about the history and structure of the Jesuit brotherhood.
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