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  Wednesday, March 31, 2021  
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Vanderbilt School of Medicine, Law School climb in 2022 ‘U.S. News’ rankings
Vanderbilt University’s graduate programs showed continued strength in the 2022 “U.S. News & World Report” Best Graduate Schools rankings, which were released today.
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Return to Campus update for March 31
The latest numbers from Vanderbilt’s COVID-19 public dashboard, the increase in younger patient hospitalizations due to COVID-19, Nashville’s opening of vaccine eligibility to people age 16-plus, and Vanderbilt’s planned return to a full residential learning experience this fall are included in this week’s Return to Campus update.
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Award-winning actors Aubrey Plaza and Laverne Cox and Bill Nye, ‘The Science Guy,’ to headline 2021 Impact Symposium
Actor, comedian and producer Aubrey Plaza; actor, producer and human rights advocate Laverne Cox; and engineer, comedian, author and inventor Bill Nye will be the featured speakers at Vanderbilt University’s 2021 Impact Symposium. This year’s event, which will be entirely virtual, is scheduled for consecutive Tuesdays beginning March 30.
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Class of 2023: Immersion Vanderbilt proposals due tomorrow
Students in the Class of 2023 need to submit their Immersion Vanderbilt proposals by April 1. Advisers in the Office of Immersion Resources are ready to assist.
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Grace Potter and Chris Mann to headline virtual Giving Day concert on April 7
A special virtual Giving Day concert on Wednesday, April 7, at 6 p.m. CT will feature headliners Grace Potter and Chris Mann, BMus’04, along with drop-in appearances from some of your favorite Commodores, including faculty, alumni, students and more.
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Rise to the challenge on Vanderbilt Giving Day, April 7
Vanderbilt Giving Day on Wednesday, April 7, is an opportunity for the entire university community to join together to help advance the university’s mission of education, discovery and leadership by making a gift of any size. Students are invited to take part in this 24-hour event, which will include challenges throughout the day to amplify impact.
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Undergraduate Writing Symposium to celebrate student authors and writing as learning and discovery
The Writing Studio’s annual Undergraduate Writing Symposium, to be held as two separate virtual events in April, aims to create a space to celebrate Vanderbilt undergraduates’ achievements as writers and scholars while spotlighting the deep connections between writing, learning and discovery within the undergraduate experience.
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Applications for summer 2021 VI4 Artist in Residence Program now open to students nationwide
The summer 2021 Artist in Residence program applications are now open to all undergraduate students nationwide. Applications submitted online will be accepted until April 2. The residency is facilitated by the Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology and Inflammation.
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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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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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The Aspen Institute hosts conversation with Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy co-chairs Ali, Haslam and Meacham
The Aspen Institute’s Socrates Program will host a virtual conversation, “Is National Unity Possible?” on Thursday, April 1, at 1 p.m. CT featuring the co-chairs of the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy: former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Vanderbilt faculty members Samar Ali and Jon Meacham.
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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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QuestBridge, PersistVU host Money Matters Week through 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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Join weekly meditation sessions each Friday through end of semester
As students enter the final month of classes for the spring 2021 semester, they are invited to join the Center for Student Wellbeing’s virtual meditation sessions featuring Vice Provost Vanessa Beasley and Assistant Provost Jill Stratton. The meditation series occurs every Friday at 8:30 a.m. CT through April 30.
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Engineering school, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ R&D Center enter educational partnership to enhance collaborations
The Vanderbilt University School of Engineering and the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center have entered an educational partnership agreement that will link top-tier experts from Vanderbilt and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
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The Faces of VU’s Response to COVID-19: Mitchell Lampley
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

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

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

Security Notice: Sexual assault

Security Notice: Attempted kidnapping off campus

Study to investigate effects of nuts on diet


Coming Up

· APR ·
  Vanderbilt MPH Program hosting National Public Health Week events April 5–9
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  COVID-19 memorial planned for April 6–7
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  Vanderbilt professor to discuss best practices to achieve diversity at the Ph.D. level in virtual event
· APR ·
  International climate webinar hosted by School of Nursing


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Vanderbilt in the News
Associated Press: Vanderbilt to spend $300 million to upgrade football, hoops
The launch of the Vandy United Fund is highlighted.
Los Angeles Times: Op-Ed: Learning from the Nashville model of social change
Daniel Cornfield, professor of sociology; Dennis Dickerson, the Revered James M. Lawson Professor of History; Larry Isaac, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in the Humanities and professor of sociology; and the Rev. James M. Lawson Jr. write about Nashville’s nonviolent movement and how it modeled a community-centered approach to dismantling Jim Crow laws.
The Tennessean: Can you be fired over your sex life? Dave Ramsey thinks so.
Jennifer Shinall, professor of law, is quoted.
The Verge: Vaccines are changing how we interpret COVID-19 numbers
Melissa McPheeters, research professor of health policy, is quoted.
CNBC: The U.S. is in a delicate position as COVID cases increase alongside vaccinations, experts warn
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Clarin: La reacción de Estados Unidos ante la salida de Argentina del Grupo de Lima
Noam Lupu, associate professor of political science and associate director of the Latin American Public Opinion Project, is quoted.
The Denver Post: Experts warn mental health discussions in wake of mass shootings don’t give the full picture
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health and Society, is quoted.
The Christian Science Monitor: How a Dvořák symphony set back Black American classical composers
Associate Professor of Musicology Douglas Shadle’s book, Antonín Dvořák’s ‘New World’ Symphony, is highlighted.
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