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  Friday, March 12, 2021  
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Faculty Fellowship Challenge significantly expands faculty fellowships and directorships
Vanderbilt University’s Faculty Fellowship Challenge, launched in September 2018 to create fellowships and directorships to fuel research discoveries and expand teaching opportunities, successfully concluded in December 2020 with 36 positions created, supported by 31 unique endowments from alumni and other donors. The university backed the challenge with a matching investment.
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2021 summer session details announced
Vanderbilt University has announced details about summer session, including information about online courses, experiential learning and in-person research, and residential housing.   
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Vanderbilt Divinity School awarded LEED certification following renovation and addition
Vanderbilt Divinity School has received a LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its renovation and addition project that was completed in 2020. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, offers a framework for healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings.
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Divinity faculty reimagines economic structures through a Christian lens
Examining economies through the lens of Christianity could highlight ways economic structures can be redesigned to better align with Christian values, according to research by Distinguished Professor of Theology Joerg Rieger.
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Peabody faculty awarded $1.6M grant to examine impacts of practitioner coaching at early learning centers
A team of researchers at Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development has been awarded $1.6 million by the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs to examine the effects of practice-based coaching at early childhood learning sites.
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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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New awards celebrating staff excellence launched
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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Vanderbilt alumnus named Luce Scholar
Matthew Shorten, BMus’20, has been named to the 2021-22 class of Luce Scholars. A nationally competitive fellowship, the Luce Scholars Program aims to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society.
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Pre-law advising now available at Career Center
The Career Center is now offering pre-law advising to undergraduate students in partnership with Carrie Russell, director of pre-law advising, assistant dean of undergraduate education in the College of Arts and Science and senior lecturer in political science.
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Vanderbilt University announces summer youth programming update
Vanderbilt University will not be hosting summer programming for children and adolescents on campus at this time. As an alternative, several programs, including Vanderbilt Summer Academy and Summer Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young, are offering virtual learning opportunities.
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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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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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Candice Lee to join Vanderbilt panel discussion on women in sports
Candice 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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MacArthur Fellow 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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Register for 2021 Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Conference March 26
Join the Vanderbilt Center for Entrepreneurship as alumni, students, entrepreneurs and investors convene for a day focused on the challenges and rewards of business creation and growth.
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Art of Healing Exposition seeks entries through March 31
The Art of Healing Exposition will showcase the ways in which creative arts can be used as a healing tool in our daily lives. Featuring creative, educational and exploratory opportunities, the show will examine how society is navigating unprecedented challenges with a direct impact on our physical and mental well-being. Entries are being accepted through March 31.
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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

Spring forward this Sunday for daylight saving time

Campus Dining now featuring local and sustainable produce

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

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: V Foundation 2021 V Scholar Award in Adult Cancer Research

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

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

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

Study to investigate effects of nuts on diet


Coming Up

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  ‘Pandemic Parenting Check-in’ topic of Parenting Group meeting
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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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Vanderbilt in the News
NBC News: ‘Are you listening?’ The struggle to reach students you can’t see
Elizabeth Self, assistant professor of the practice of teaching and learning, is quoted.
Vox: The stimulus shows why the left should stop worrying and learn to love the suburban voter
John Sides, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Uncovering the full history of Sevier Park’s Sunnyside Mansion 
Lauren Clay, associate professor of history, writes about the importance of recognizing the existence and lived experiences of enslaved people in Nashville.
Voice of America: Critics say CDC’s advice for vaccinated people is too cautious
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Wall Street Journal: COVID-19 vaccines targeting multiple variants are in the works at Moderna, Novavax
Buddy Creech, associate professor of pediatrics and director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program, is quoted.
Yahoo! News: Men are more optimistic than women about a return to normal by the end of 2021, survey finds
Craig Smith, associate professor of psychology and human development, is quoted.
Radio Prague International: Antonín Dvořák’s ‘New World Symphony’—an ‘American’ anthem that delighted, divided a nation
Part two of an interview with Douglas Shadle, associate professor of musicology, regarding the topic of his new book, Antonín Dvořák’s New World Symphony.
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