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  Wednesday, March 17, 2021  
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A message from Chancellor Diermeier about one year of adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic
The past year has brought out the best in many of us, requiring the Vanderbilt community to navigate challenges while growing together in ways it never could have imagined before, writes Chancellor Daniel Diermeier in a message to the university community.
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Return to Campus update for March 17
The latest numbers from Vanderbilt’s COVID-19 public dashboard, details regarding summer session, and the continuation of health and safety protocols through summer 2021 are included in this week’s Return to Campus update.
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Office of Faculty Affairs launches redesigned faculty development webpage; upcoming workshops announced
The Office of Faculty Affairs has redesigned its faculty development webpage to share the full scope of resources available for faculty at Vanderbilt. The redesigned webpage convenes many resources in one place, allowing faculty to find the support they need to be successful in their teaching, scholarship and service activities.
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Roos, emeritus physics professor and pioneer in recycling technology, has died
Charles E. Roos, a retired physics professor who built his department’s research in areas ranging from superconducting wire to recycling technology, has died. He was 93.
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The ‘Do-Something’ Members of 116th Congress: Legislative effectiveness study from Vanderbilt, UVA identifies member success in advancing bills
Legislative effectiveness scores are at the core of the research conducted at the Center for Effective Lawmaking, co-directed by Vanderbilt’s Alan Wiseman. Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Gary Peters, D-Mich., along with Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and retired Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., were the most effective Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the recently completed 116th Congress, according to new research from the center.
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Vanderbilt’s Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice features works by revolutionary composer, renowned artist
Vanderbilt University’s Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice initiative has announced its spring programs, which will feature works by African American composer Julius Eastman and Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama.
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16 from Vanderbilt receive Fulbright awards; VU among top producers for 2020-21
Sixteen students and recent alumni from Vanderbilt University have been awarded Fulbright awards for the 2020-21 academic year. In addition, Vanderbilt is among the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most Fulbright U.S. students for 2020-21.
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Vanderbilt’s IRIS Center provides educational resources to record number of online visitors during COVID-19 pandemic
A record number of visitors representing 222 countries have sought out the wide array of educational resources available online through Vanderbilt University’s IRIS Center during the past year.
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Synchro Motion and PredictionHealth: Vanderbilt’s NSF National I-Corps teams are making an impact through innovation
Since the inception of the Vanderbilt I-Corps Site Program just three years ago, more than 20 teams of VU innovators have been accepted into the National Science Foundation’s prestigious National I-Corps Program, turning their STEM ideas and research into novel inventions that improve health care, strengthen cybersecurity, produce clean energy, support people battling drug abuse and mental health disorders and more.
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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 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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MacArthur Fellow to deliver Hall Lecture on robot learning and safety in avionics today
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 Thursday
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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Research conversation Friday to address higher education equity, student success
Peabody College’s Kelly Slay will describe her recent research in a talk, “Beyond Access: Advancing Equity, Optimizing Low-Income Student Success in an Institutional Promise Initiative,” on Friday, March 19, from noon to 1 p.m. CT. The virtual event is sponsored by the Peabody Research Office and is open to the public.
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Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology’s 500th seminar to feature acclaimed biochemist and inventor Michael Marletta
The Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology’s 500th seminar speaker will be award-winning biochemist, inventor and educator Michael Marletta. His talk will take place on Wednesday, March 24, at 12:15 p.m. CT, when he will discuss the vitality and toxicity of nitric oxide in the body.
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New podcast discussion series will launch March 24 with ‘recognition at work’
Pod Talks @Vandy, a new series discussing popular podcasts, will launch on Wednesday, March 24, with a discussion about rehumanizing the workplace and harnessing the power of social recognition. Krystal Clark and Krista Vaught from HR’s Employee Learning and Engagement team will host the discussion from 2 to 3 p.m. CT.
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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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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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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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Nominate staff for new awards celebrating excellence
A new series of annual awards will launch this spring to recognize the many contributions of university staff to the Vanderbilt mission. 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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USAC virtual food drive exceeds goal, provides over 21,000 meals to Middle TN neighbors
Vanderbilt’s University Staff Advisory Council partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee in February to raise $5,335 and provide more than 21,000 meals to community members in need across the region.
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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.


Take Note

‘Communication Strategies for Seniors with Dementia’ March 17

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

Vanderbilt Brain Institute hosts Brain Blast 2021

Webinar series for faculty seeking federal research funding continues March 24

‘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

Discovery Sciences Emerging Scholars Lecture: Ana Arruda March 30

Cell and Developmental Biology hosts weekly seminar series

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

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

Blair Academy now accepting scholarship applications for 2021-22

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

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

Study to investigate effects of nuts on diet


Coming Up

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  Vanderbilt Data Science Institute hosts AI for conservation expert Tanya Berger-Wolf
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  Virtual discussion on gender and disability
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  Register for colorectal cancer awareness webinar
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  Register for 2021 Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Conference


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Vanderbilt in the News
Associated Press: Democrats bank on relief aid to win back wary working class
Noam Lupu, associate professor of political science and associate director of the Latin American Public Opinion Project, is quoted.
The Washington Post: The pandemic helped D.C. slash family homelessness. But a new crisis looms.
Marybeth Shinn, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of human, organizational and community development, is quoted.
CNN: COVID-19 vaccine ads expected in next few weeks as part of $250 million Biden administration campaign
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Hechinger Report: Opinion: Sorry, Sam Zell, college students absolutely need those stimulus checks
Ph.D. students Christine Dickason and Cara DeLoach write about food insecurity issues among college students.
Bloomberg Law: Ninth Circuit poses sticking point for lower court expansion
Brian Fitzpatrick, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise and professor of law, is quoted.
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