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  Friday, March 26, 2021  
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Vanderbilt to offer classes in person this fall
Vanderbilt University announced this week that fall semester classes will be offered in person. University leaders continue to monitor the pandemic to inform the full plan for fall, and additional information will be shared in the coming weeks. 
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The Open Dore: One year in, better days on the horizon
The month of March marks one year since the COVID-19 pandemic began to have its most direct impacts on the Vanderbilt campus and beyond. The pandemic made more visible the inequities, racial injustices and political unrest that continues to plague us, writes Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente in the latest edition of “The Open Dore.”
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University Librarian Valerie Hotchkiss to step down in June
Valerie Hotchkiss announced today that she will step down as leader of the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries at Vanderbilt University on June 30.   
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Milner elected to membership in National Academy of Education
Vanderbilt University Professor of Education H. Richard Milner IV has been honored for his outstanding contributions to the field and elected to membership by the National Academy of Education. Milner was one of 22 education scholars elected from institutions across the country.
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Vanderbilt professor’s book explores Jews’ and Christians’ differing interpretations of the same biblical texts
People of different religious traditions interpret the Bible differently, but what did those passages originally mean? Professor Amy-Jill Levine explores this in her latest book, “The Bible with and Without Jesus.”
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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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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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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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‘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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Williams to give next Law School Dean’s Lecture on Race and Discrimination March 31
Rhonda Y. Williams, the John L. Seigenthaler Professor of American History, will deliver the next lecture in Vanderbilt Law School’s Dean’s Lecture Series on Race and Discrimination. The online event will be on Wednesday, March 31, beginning at noon CT.
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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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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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Interest session for new Asian, 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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Vanderbilt professor to discuss best practices to achieve diversity at the Ph.D. level in virtual event on April 8
Keivan Stassun will discuss strategies to increase underrepresented minorities at the Ph.D. level in science and engineering in an event hosted by the Association of American Universities on Thursday, April 8, at noon CT.
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International climate webinar hosted by School of Nursing April 8
The Vanderbilt School of Nursing will host “Green Recovery, Climate Solutions and a Just Transition,” a public webinar and discussion, on Thursday, April 8, from 1 to 2 p.m. CT. The free webinar, part of the  Solve Climate by 2030 project, will feature youth involved in climate issues and leaders in conservation and sustainability, including Vice Chancellor for Administration Eric Kopstain, who heads Vanderbilt’s FutureVU initiative.
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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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Programs for Talented Youth announces summer courses; now accepting applications for grades 3–12
Are you looking for an engaging summer opportunity for an academically advanced learner in your life? Programs for Talented Youth is now accepting applications for its summer 2021 virtual programs: PTY Online Academy, Mentor Immersion, and Rising Experts.
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Class of 2021: Twins combine passions for literature, science in emerging area of narrative medicine
Identical twins Jade and Jazmyn Ayers have immersed themselves in literature and personal narratives for years, leading to majors in English as well as a creative way to pair storytelling with another of their passions: medicine.


Take Note

VU, AmericasBarometer cited in Ecuador’s 2021 presidential debate

‘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

Blair Academy now accepting scholarship applications for 2021-22

Reach your goals with a Health Plus personal lifestyle coach

A Healthier You: ‘Small Changes, Better Sleep’

Study to investigate effects of nuts on diet


Coming Up

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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
CNN: When will kids and teens be vaccinated against COVID-19?
Buddy Creech, associate professor of pediatrics and director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program, is quoted.
Insider: Human rights groups are urging the Biden administration to get children out of the makeshift Border Patrol facilities
Kathryn Humphreys, associate professor of psychology and human development, is quoted.
Yahoo! Life: What’s behind the rush to return to ‘normal’? Experts say optimism, frustration and desperation may be factors.
Craig Smith, associate professor of psychology and human development, is quoted.
Chalkbeat: How Tennessee school leaders spend billions in federal relief funds will carry huge stakes, both practically and politically
Claire Smrekar, associate professor of public policy and education, is quoted.
The New York Times: Vaccinated people can get COVID, but it’s most likely very rare
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Tennessean: ‘Watershed moment for Nashville’: Inside the effort to vaccinate 10,000 in one day
Alex Jahangir, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, is quoted. Instructors in Nursing Robbie Panepinto and Susanna Rudy and Vanderbilt nursing students Leigh Thomas, Victoria Symonds, Anya Krause and Zach Campbell are featured.
Quartz: The new wave of retail traders is younger, less white and less male
Joshua White, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.
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