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  Monday, March 29, 2021  
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Vanderbilt launches historic $300 million investment campaign for athletics
Vanderbilt University today publicly launched the Vandy United Fund, an ambitious fundraising vehicle that will invest $300 million in Vanderbilt’s student-athletes and athletics programs through major facilities and operational enhancements.
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A message from Chancellor Diermeier regarding recent storms and flooding
The Vanderbilt campus did not suffer any damage due to recent storms and flooding, and the university remains open. University officials are reaching out to students, faculty and staff to determine who has been impacted and to provide support.
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2021 Spring Faculty Assembly to be held virtually this Thursday
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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Annual pay increase process returning in June
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier announced today that, beginning in early June, working units across Vanderbilt University will be able to resume annual pay increases for nonunion staff, effective with the July 2021 payroll cycle.
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Rev. James Lawson joins fellow scholars, historians and activists for Vanderbilt symposium on racial equity
Prominent scholars, journalists, historians and activists gathered virtually for a daylong symposium discussing the fight for equity. “Racial Justice, Freedom and Activism in Nashville and Beyond: Then and Now” was hosted by Vanderbilt University on March 26. 
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STEM faculty to share insights at April 2 discussion on ‘Teaching and Race’
Faculty and instructors seeking to broaden their understanding of best practices to close racial and other systemic performance and persistence gaps in the classroom are invited to “Promoting Persistence in STEM,” a discussion hosted by the Center for Teaching, on Friday, April 2, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. CT.
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Vanderbilt students, staff, faculty volunteer at mass COVID-19 vaccination event
More than 60 Vanderbilt students, staff and faculty members helped Nashville’s Metro Public Health Department vaccinate more than 10,000 community members in a marathon, 14-hour event on March 20.
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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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FMLA and medical leave move to Origami Risk system April 5
Beginning April 5, Vanderbilt’s process for reporting FMLA and other medical leave will move to the new Origami Risk system. With the new system, employees will continue to follow the same process, but the look and feel will be slightly different.
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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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Frist Center for Autism and Innovation to discuss ‘Autism and Disability Representation on Screen’ March 30
The Frist Center for Autism and Innovation at Vanderbilt will host a virtual discussion, “Autism and Disability Representation on Screen,” on Tuesday, March 30, at 10 a.m. CT. The event will be hosted on Zoom, and registration is not required.
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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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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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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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Class of 2021: Master’s student is bringing hope through education to war-torn Sudan
Ryan Boyette is using his Peabody master’s degree to further the work of the education nonprofit To Move Mountains, which he and his wife, Jazira, launched a few years before coming to Nashville.


Take Note

VINSE Spotlight Podcast: Brian O’Grady–new biomaterial that supports growth of neurons into neural networks

OpEd Project offers opportunity to strengthen writing effectiveness; workshop applications now being accepted

‘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

Funding opportunity: American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant

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

Blair Academy now accepting scholarship applications for 2021-22

Programs for Talented Youth announces summer courses; now accepting applications for grades 3–12

Reach your goals with a Health Plus personal lifestyle coach

Security Notice: Sexual assault

Study to investigate effects of nuts on diet


Coming Up

· MAR ·
  Vanderbilt experts discuss colorectal cancer research progress in virtual event
· APR ·
  Vanderbilt MPH Program hosting National Public Health Week events April 5–9
· APR ·
  COVID-19 memorial planned for April 6–7
· APR ·
  VU professor to discuss best practices to achieve diversity at the Ph.D. level in virtual event


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Vanderbilt in the News
Associated Press: Vanderbilt announces new dean of nursing to start July 1
The appointment of Pamela Jeffries as dean of the Vanderbilt School of Nursing is highlighted.
NBC News: Metal taste side effect reported after Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination
Buddy Creech, associate professor of pediatrics and director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program, is quoted.
The Hill: Committee chairs continue their lawmaking decline
Alan Wiseman, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of political science, co-writes about the lawmaking effectiveness of Congress’ committee chairs. New research from the Center for Effective Lawmaking, which is a collaboration between Vanderbilt and the University of Virginia, is highlighted.
USA Today: Family said Colorado suspect had ‘mental illness.’ Experts say that’s rarely the cause of mass shootings.
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health and Society, is quoted.
Drug Target Review: Identifying a novel treatment for heart attacks
The research of David Merryman, Walters Family Chair and professor of biomechanical engineering, is highlighted.
Inside Higher Ed: Freshmen and learning loss
Carolyn Heinrich, Patricia and Rodes Hart Chair and professor of public policy and education, is quoted.
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