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  Friday, April 2, 2021  
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Chancellor says Vanderbilt emerged stronger, ready for the future after year of challenges
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier credits Vanderbilt’s uniquely collaborative spirit—coupled with a willingness to take bold action when needed—for the university’s strong position after the triple crises of 2020.
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Rucker named Vanderbilt University’s chief human resources officer
Cleo D. Rucker, who has worked over the past decade to build a strong workplace culture, support employee growth and meet organizational goals at Vanderbilt University, has been promoted to the new position of chief human resources officer.
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Seven faculty members honored at Spring Faculty Assembly
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier presented prestigious awards to seven academic leaders at the Spring Faculty Assembly on April 1. He also announced the establishment of the Chancellor’s Award for University Service.
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John Lachs, longtime Vanderbilt philosophy professor, to retire in August
Centennial Professor of Philosophy John Lachs will retire and receive emeritus status on Aug. 15, after more than 50 years of teaching at Vanderbilt University. Lachs’ thought-provoking lectures have been perennial favorites among not only students, but also many alumni, who eagerly have signed up for his numerous appearances at Reunion and Vanderbilt chapter events.
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The Rev. James Lawson receives NAACP Chairman’s Award for integral contributions to racial justice
The Rev. James Lawson, a civil rights icon and Vanderbilt University distinguished professor, emeritus, has received the prestigious NAACP Chairman’s Award, which recognizes individuals who demonstrate exemplary public service and use their distinct platforms to create agents of change.
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Learning Disabilities Association honors Douglas Fuchs
Peabody faculty member Douglas Fuchs has received the 2021 Award for Contributions to Research, Practice and Advocacy from the Learning Disabilities Association of America.
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Faculty invited to submit Seeding Success Grant proposals; application portal now open
The Office of the Provost invites faculty to submit proposals for the inaugural round of Seeding Success Grants, a reinvigoration and expansion of previous internal funding programs designed to support faculty research, scholarship and creative endeavors.
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First class of students submits formal Immersion Vanderbilt proposals, achieving milestone for the program
The Vanderbilt Class of 2023 reached an important milestone for the university on April 1, when students submitted their first formal Immersion Vanderbilt plan proposals.
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Dixie Place renamed in honor of Vanderbilt surgical pioneer Vivien Thomas
A Vanderbilt University School of Medicine student-led effort has led to Dixie Place, the city street that runs between Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Central Garage and the Oxford House on 21st Avenue South, being renamed Vivien Thomas Way.
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Vanderbilt hosts international conference on leading Afro-Hispanic writer, activist
Manuel Zapata Olivella, an Afro-Colombian novelist who became known throughout Latin America as the dean of Black Hispanic writers, will be celebrated during an international conference April 8–10 hosted virtually by Vanderbilt.
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Learning by doing: How large firms transfer knowledge
Amid COVID-19, businesses will have to implement new procedures and training methods. Assistant Professor of Strategic Management Megan Lawrence examines what practices work best, and why.
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Three recent books from Vanderbilt University Press celebrate the history and culture of Nashville
Three recent titles from Vanderbilt University Press examine the history and celebrate the culture that distinguish Nashville as a unique Southern city.
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Curb scholar convenes roundtable to discuss ‘The Role of the Artist in Crisis and Recovery’
The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy and Metro Arts Thrive will present “The Role of the Artist in Crisis and Recovery,” a roundtable discussion with three local artists. Curb Public Scholar Emily Habeck has been exploring the event’s theme as part of her graduate course work and will moderate the discussion on April 21.
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Nominate staff for new awards celebrating excellence; nominations close Monday
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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Vanderbilt to celebrate Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week April 5–9
Vanderbilt University will recognize the many contributions and significant impact of its graduate and professional students with a series of Instagram posts and prize giveaways during Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week April 5–9.
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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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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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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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A conversation with poet Sonia Sanchez set for April 7
Sonia Sanchez, a poet, playwright, professor and activist, will give a virtual talk on Wednesday, April 7, beginning at noon CT in celebration of National Poetry Month as well as Black art and artists.
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Interest session for new Disability Employee Affinity Group is April 14
A virtual event to discuss the formation of a Disability Employee Affinity Group is scheduled for Wednesday, April 14, at 6 p.m. CT. The meeting will be conducted over Zoom. 
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Class of 2021: Multitalented musician sets his sights on law and politics
At Vanderbilt, Anighya Crocker found the freedom to pursue all of his passions, double-majoring in voice performance and law, history and society. Next, he is looking toward law school and politics—and maybe a run for governor of Tennessee.     


Take Note

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

Employee Learning and Engagement launches professional development workshops

Women’s Center hosts money management events April 5 and 6

Health Plus Walking Wednesdays kick off on National Walking Day, April 7

Curb Center, Metro Arts present ‘The Role of the Artist in Crisis and Recovery’ April 21

Cell and Developmental Biology hosts weekly seminar series

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

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

Get active in April with Health Plus and win prizes

Health Plus Nutrition Corner: The benefits of breakfast

Reach your goals with a Health Plus personal lifestyle coach

Study to investigate effects of nuts on diet


Coming Up

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  VU professor to discuss best practices to achieve diversity at the Ph.D. level in virtual event
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  International climate webinar hosted by School of Nursing
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  Shaw to give Law School Dean’s Lecture on Race and Discrimination


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Tennessean: What will Vanderbilt athletics facilities look like after $300M capital campaign? Here’s everything we know
The public launch of the Vandy United Fund is highlighted.
The Guardian (U.K.): The Suez boat saga enthralled the world—but not those with naviphobia
James Jackson, research professor of medicine, is quoted.
Diverse: Dr. H. Richard Milner IV voted president-elect of AERA
Richard Milner, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of education and leadership, policy and organizations, was voted president-elect of the American Educational Research Association, effective at the end of the 2022 annual meeting.
The Tennessean: ‘Why do they hate us so much?’: Frustration grows among transgender Tennesseans as bills targeting youth advance
Mary Romano, associate professor of pediatrics, and Cassie Brady, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, are quoted.
The Japan Times: A better way for farmers to cash in on carbon
Amanda Little, writer in residence in English, writes about how to effectively establish a market that would make carbon dioxide a cash crop for U.S. farmers.
BBC News: The real reason humans are the dominant species
Suzana Herculano-Houzel, associate professor of psychology, is quoted.
The Tennessean: ‘We all screamed.’ Could four women of color convince corporations to fund research into ‘the digital divide’?
Hasina Mohyuddin, assistant dean of equity, diversity and inclusion at Peabody College, is quoted.
Yahoo! News: 1 dose of Moderna, Pfizer vaccines effective against COVID-19. ‘Get the second dose,’ experts say.
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
NBC News: Pfizer says COVID vaccine 100 percent effective in children ages 12 to 15
Buddy Creech, associate professor of pediatrics and director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program, is quoted.
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