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  Monday, March 15, 2021  
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‘Vanderbilt in the Vanguard’ panel to focus on university’s role in vaccine development
Vanderbilt scientists on the front lines of COVID-19 research will share their insights on the pandemic and subsequent vaccine development during a Chancellor’s Lecture Series event on Tuesday, March 23, at 5 p.m. CT, hosted by Chancellor Daniel Diermeier.
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Vanderbilt Giving Day is April 7
Vanderbilt University’s annual Giving Day will be celebrated this year on Wednesday, April 7. The entire Vanderbilt community is invited to take part in the 24-hour event, which will include challenges throughout the day to amplify impact.
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Vanderbilt scientists sketch rare star system using more than a century of astronomical observations
Vanderbilt astronomers have painted their best picture yet of an RV Tauri variable—a rare type of stellar binary—by mining a 130-year-old dataset that spans the widest range of light yet collected for one of these systems, from radio waves to X-rays.
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Unique transdisciplinary collaboration gives undergrads exposure to research experience in the humanities
A humanities research team at Vanderbilt’s Center for Genetic Privacy and Identity in Community Settings recently explored various topics on genetic privacy in 21st-century literature, film and TV. The team’s novel approach to literary studies involved undergraduates, graduate students and faculty in all aspects of the research process while spanning multiple disciplines.
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Heritage Month Project celebrates diversity of Vanderbilt community
The Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the University Staff Advisory Council have partnered on an initiative to celebrate the myriad cultures, identities and voices that comprise the Vanderbilt community.
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Infrastructure and utility assessment to occur in historic core near Kirkland, Neely, Benson
In preparation of an infrastructure and utility project planned for this summer in the historic core of campus near Kirkland Hall, Neely Auditorium and Benson Hall, hydro-drilling—a less invasive process using high-pressure water to dig—will occur at six to seven spot locations starting on Monday, March 22.
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Nominations are open for annual postdoc awards; deadline is Friday
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 for faculty 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 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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Celebrating 40 Years of ‘Nine to Five’: A Conversation with Screenwriter Patricia Resnick is today
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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Divinity School to host liturgy to promote healing through art
Vanderbilt Divinity School’s Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture program will host “Liturgy of Art and Social Healing” on Tuesday, March 16, for the next installment of the Relevant Religion series.
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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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Data Science Institute hosts AI for conservation expert Tanya Berger-Wolf in virtual event March 19
A virtual discussion, “Trustworthy AI for Wildlife Conservation: AI and Humans Combating Extinction Together,” will take place on March 19 at 2 p.m. CT. The discussion is hosted by the Vanderbilt Data Science Institute.
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Annual Cuninggim Lecture: ‘Eloquent Rage: The Power of the Angry Black Woman’ March 25
Brittney Cooper, associate professor of women’s and gender studies and Africana studies at Rutgers University, will present Vanderbilt University’s annual Cuninggim Lecture on Thursday, March 25. Cooper will discuss “Eloquent Rage: The Power of the Angry Black Woman” beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT via Zoom.
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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.


Take Note

Blair Academy now accepting scholarship applications for 2021-22

VINSE Spotlight Podcast: Francis Afzal–photonic devices with potential to vastly increase data communication rates

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: 2021 Conservation, Food and Health Grants

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

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

Take Health Risk Assessment, get personalized nutrition report

Study to investigate effects of nuts on diet


Coming Up

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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
The Tennessean: Why tutoring is key to get Tennessee students caught up after time outside of the classroom
Carolyn Heinrich, Patricia and Rodes Hart Chair and professor of public policy and education, is quoted.
Nashville Scene: ‘Oxford American’s’ annual food issue features a heaping helping of local talent
Alice Randall, writer in residence of African American and diaspora studies, is featured as guest editor for Oxford American’s annual food Issue. The issue also includes writing contributions from Amanda Little, writer in residence in English, and Caroline Randall Williams, writer in residence in medicine, health and society.
Fierce Biotech: CRISPR screen unveils new clues to the cause of uncontrolled cell division in cancer
Vanderbilt’s CRISPR screening research is highlighted.
USA Today: What does victory against the COVID-19 pandemic look like? USA Today’s vaccine panel weighs in
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
CBS News: A big beneficiary of the $1.9 trillion aid bill: Working-class and middle-class households
Kathleen McKiernan, assistant professor of economics, is quoted.
Associated Press: Defying rules, anti-vaccine accounts thrive on social media
Lisa Fazio, assistant professor of psychology, is quoted.
The Washington Post: What encourages Black Americans to get vaccinated? Hearing that other Black Americans want the vaccine.
Postdoctoral research fellow Marzia Oceno co-writes about research showing African Americans are more likely to get vaccinated when they hear that a higher proportion of their racial group plans to do so as well.
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