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  Wednesday, March 24, 2021  
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Pamela Jeffries named dean of School of Nursing
Pamela R. Jeffries, an internationally recognized leader and innovator in nursing and health care education, will become dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, effective July 1, pending Board of Trust approval.
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Return to Campus update for March 24
The latest numbers from Vanderbilt’s COVID-19 public dashboard, expansion of vaccine eligibility, and the launch of the university’s vaccination tracker are included in this week’s Return to Campus update.
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Coronavirus experts discuss importance of research investments, lessons learned from COVID-19 at Chancellor’s Lecture Series
Vanderbilt’s role in shaping each step of the medical response to the COVID-19 pandemic began three decades ago and is grounded in the determination of a small group of scientists to understand coronaviruses. The research, and the faculty and alumni who helped lead it, was the topic of the March 23 Chancellor’s Lecture Series virtual event, “Vanderbilt in the Vanguard: The Decades-Long Journey to a Coronavirus Vaccine.”
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Vanderbilt to use $2.8 million in federal coronavirus relief to support students
Vanderbilt continues to support students who have demonstrated need and are facing significant financial challenges due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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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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OpEd Project offers opportunity to strengthen writing effectiveness; workshop applications now being accepted
The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center and the Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence invite Vanderbilt faculty, graduate and professional students, postdoctoral fellows and staff to apply for an upcoming two-day workshop to be conducted virtually by the OpEd Project, which is committed to increasing the number of women thought leaders contributing to key public forums through their writing.
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Very Real Help and Zeno Power: 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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Nominate staff for new awards celebrating excellence; deadline is April 5
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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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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Vandy-in-Hollywood program offers diverse student voices unique path to entertainment industry
The Vandy-in-Hollywood summer internship program, now approaching its 15th summer, has redoubled its focus on diversity by establishing a scholarship fund that enables all students to participate. This summer, the program’s founders, along with the Vanderbilt Career Center, are taking the experience virtual.
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Information sessions available for students interested in undergraduate data science minor
Vanderbilt announced earlier this year the addition of an undergraduate minor in data science beginning with the fall 2021 term. The university will offer several information sessions to provide an overview of the minor and answer any questions for interested students.
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Vanderbilt to convene scholars, activists Friday 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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Award-winning paleontologist to discuss how the past can help us conserve our future in virtual event today
The Vanderbilt Evolutionary Studies Initiative is hosting a free presentation by prominent paleoconservationist Michael Archer, who will discuss how understanding ancient life can help conservationists save endangered species today. The virtual event will be Wednesday, March 24, at 3:10 p.m. CT.
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Metzl to give next Law School Dean’s Lecture on Race and Discrimination Thursday
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’ Thursday
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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Voyager missions discussion hosted by Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory Thursday
Billy Teets, director and resident astronomer for Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory, will lead a discussion of the history of the Voyager spacecraft—including their engineering, major discoveries and what they are up to today. The virtual event will be at 7 p.m. CT on Thursday, March 25.
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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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QuestBridge, PersistVU host Money Matters Week March 30–April 2
Money Matters Week, which aims to uplift and broaden the Vanderbilt community’s understanding of the ways in which people and students from low- and lower-income backgrounds experience and navigate systemic and social barriers, will feature a week of events March 30–April 2. The programming will include a faculty panel, virtual workshops and games, and online information on financial literacy and wellness.
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Annual Crawford Lecture will discuss burnout March 31
Author Amelia Nagoski will give a virtual talk titled “Burnout: What to do When You’re Overwhelmed and Exhausted About Everything You Have to do and Still Worry that You’re not Doing Enough” on Wednesday, March 31. The event, this year’s Crawford Lecture, will begin at 7 p.m. CT and is part of Vanderbilt’s 2021 celebration of Women’s History Month.
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Interest session for new Asian American and Pacific Islander Employee Affinity Group is April 1
A virtual event to discuss the formation of an Asian American and Pacific Islander Employee Affinity Group is scheduled for Thursday, April 1, at 5 p.m. CT. The meeting will be conducted over Zoom. 
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Vanderbilt MPH Program hosting National Public Health Week events April 5–9
The Vanderbilt Master of Public Health Program is hosting a series of virtual events during National Public Health Week April 5–9 to bring together students, faculty and staff from across the university and Medical Center to discuss issues vital to improving health and wellness in our community and around the world.
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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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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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The Faces of VU’s Response to
COVID-19: Hanan Fakhruddin
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

VAHLA student-alumni networking event is March 25

Vanderbilt expert to speak about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected addiction on March 26

‘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

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

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

Blair Academy now accepting scholarship applications for 2021-22

Study to investigate effects of nuts on diet


Coming Up

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  New podcast discussion series launches with ‘recognition at work’
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  Register for 2021 Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Conference
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  Vanderbilt experts discuss colorectal cancer research progress in virtual event
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  Art of Healing Exposition seeks entries through March 31


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Vanderbilt in the News
ABC News: COVID long-haulers speak about living with brain fog, rancid smells and crushing fatigue
Sara Martin, assistant professor of medicine, is quoted.
HuffPost: Experts predict what summer 2021 will be like with the COVID-19 pandemic
David Aronoff, Addison B. Scoville Jr. Professor of Medicine, is quoted.
Religion News Service: In Germany, Vatican ban on blessing same-sex couples catches church ‘in process’
Bruce Morrill, Edward A. Mallory Professor of Roman Catholic Studies, is quoted.
The Conversation: Why can’t the IRS just send Americans a refund—or a bill?
Beverly Moran, professor of law, emerita, writes about navigating the IRS tax filing system.
Kaiser Health News: The hype has faded, but don’t count out convalescent plasma in COVID battle
Vanderbilt research is highlighted.
Forbes: Noteworthy 2021 college commencement speakers begin to be announced
Vanderbilt is mentioned.
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