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  Monday, March 22, 2021  
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Barney S. Graham named Vanderbilt Distinguished Alumnus
The Vanderbilt Alumni Association has named Barney S. Graham, PhD’91, as the recipient of the 2021 Vanderbilt University Distinguished Alumnus Award. This honor is the highest bestowed upon a member of the university’s alumni community.
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Retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Scott Brower to lead Bass Military Scholars Program
Retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Scott E. Brower, who has helped shape Tennessee’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic with the benefit of his extensive military leadership experience, has been named director of Vanderbilt University’s Bass Military Scholars Program.
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2021 Spring Faculty Assembly to be held virtually April 1
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier will reflect on the past academic year and present many of the university’s highest honors at the Spring Faculty Assembly on Thursday, April 1. The event—to be held virtually—will begin at 4:10 p.m. CT.
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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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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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COVID-19 memorial planned for April 6–7
The Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life will join with several campus partners to host “Remember the Empty Chair: A COVID-19 Memorial Event” on Tuesday, April 6, and Wednesday, April 7, on Library Lawn.
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New conflict of interest disclosure system launching this week
The Office of Conflict of Interest and Commitment Management is launching the new Vanderbilt University Conflict Disclosure System. The new system follows the recommendations of university stakeholders and is designed to make the disclosure process more efficient and user-friendly.
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Employee Learning and Engagement launches professional development workshops
Vanderbilt employees are invited to engage with Employee Learning and Engagement during new virtual learning experiences designed exclusively for the Vanderbilt community and led by the ELE team.
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Connect with colleagues at USAC’s next Virtual Coffee Break
Network and socialize in a work-from-home world at the University Staff Advisory Council’s upcoming Virtual Coffee Breaks. USAC hosts the Virtual Coffee Breaks every other Wednesday at 10 a.m.
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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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Metzl to give next Law School Dean’s Lecture on Race and Discrimination March 25
Jonathan Metzl, director of the Center for Medicine, Health and Society, 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 25, beginning at noon 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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‘Women in the Workforce and COVID-19’ topic of Women’s History Month event March 29
Elizabeth Gedmark, vice president of A Better Balance, a national nonprofit advocacy organization, will discuss “Women in the Workforce and COVID-19: Where Do We Go from Here?” on Monday, March 29. The virtual event will begin at noon CT and is part of Vanderbilt’s 2021 celebration of Women’s History Month.
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Vanderbilt experts discuss colorectal cancer research progress in virtual event
In recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the School of Medicine Basic Sciences will host a panel discussion, “On the Cutting Edge: Research Toward a Cure for Colorectal Cancer,” on Tuesday, March 30, from 11 a.m. to noon CT.
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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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The Faces of VU’s Response to COVID-19: Stephen Gitschlag
As Vanderbilt reflects on the one-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact, we are honoring the dedicated staff, faculty and students who rallied to support our One Vanderbilt mission and ensured that the university adapted amidst unprecedented challenges.


Take Note

‘The Farhud Massacre and the Jews of Baghdad: Through the Eyes of a Child Survivor’ March 23

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

VKC to present ‘The Challenge of Health Equity in Clinical Research’ April 1

Discovery Sciences Emerging Scholars Lecture: Chrystal Starbird April 2

Cell and Developmental Biology hosts weekly seminar series

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

Limited Submission Opportunity: Prevent Cancer Foundation 2021 Community Grants

Limited Submission Opportunity: Phi Beta Psi Charity Trust Cancer Research Grant

Limited Submission Opportunity: V Foundation 2021 V Clinical Scholar Program

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

Blair Academy now accepting scholarship applications for 2021-22

Study to investigate effects of nuts on diet


Coming Up

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Vanderbilt in the News
The Wall Street Journal: You’re vaccinated. Can you finally take a vacation?
David Aronoff, Addison B. Scoville Jr. Professor of Medicine, is quoted.
Salon: Joe Biden has been better than we could have hoped—but is that enough?
Thomas Schwartz, distinguished professor of history, and Jeffrey Bennett, associate professor of communication studies, are quoted.
ABC News: COVID-19 reinfections rare, but older adults are more at risk, large study suggests
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Independent (U.K.): Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz and the squad have made their mark in Congress—just not with actual lawmaking, study finds
New research from the Center for Effective Lawmaking, which is a collaboration between Vanderbilt and the University of Virginia, is highlighted.
The Guardian (U.K.): COVID: Viral shedding is greatest in afternoon, study suggests
Candace McNaughton, associate professor of emergency medicine, is quoted.
The Conversation: Context influences the decisions you make—whether you’re a homebuyer, a juror or a physician
Jennifer Trueblood, associate professor of psychology, writes about how context influences human judgment and decision-making.
Health: What Is xenophobia—and how does it affect a person’s health? Here’s what experts say
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health and Society, is quoted.
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