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  Monday, April 5, 2021  
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Countdown to April 7: Vanderbilt Giving Day
Giving Day is this Wednesday, April 7. The entire Vanderbilt community is invited to take part in this 24-hour event to help advance the university’s mission of education, discovery and leadership.
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Nominations open for fall 2021 faculty awards recognizing research, service
Nominations are now open for Vanderbilt’s top faculty awards, which recognize outstanding achievements in research and service to the university and demonstrate Vanderbilt’s appreciation for and commitment to excellence. All faculty are eligible to submit nominations for the four awards to be presented at the 2021 Fall Faculty Assembly.
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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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Vanderbilt civil engineer to design tech-driven decision-making and disaster response tools for Houston-area food banks
Following massive storms and a major disaster declaration in Texas, Hiba Baroud and collaborators were selected by the NSF, DOE and DHS as Civic Innovation Challenge awardees to develop tech-driven disaster response tools.
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Nominate staff for new awards celebrating excellence; nominations close today
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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Students invited to participate in Healthy Minds Study
As part of Vanderbilt’s continued commitment to enhance students’ mental health and well-being, all undergraduate, graduate and professional students are invited to participate in the Healthy Minds Study, a web-based survey designed to assess students’ mental health status, health behaviors and use of health services.
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ASCE chapter wins nine awards in 2021 regional conference
The Vanderbilt student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineering placed third overall and won top awards in eight additional categories at the 2021 Southeast Student Conference March 25–27. Vanderbilt also co-hosted the virtual event.
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Laverne Cox appears tomorrow, Bill Nye on April 13 for 2021 Impact Symposium series
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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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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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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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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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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Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory to host virtual star party April 17
Join Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory on Saturday, April 17, at 8 p.m. CT for a free, educational star party and discussion.
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Class of 2021: Social justice activist strives to make change through health care
A family legacy of fighting for civil rights fuels Chicago native Anana Upton, whose mission is creating positive change in underserved communities.


Take Note

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

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

‘Product Management 101’ virtual discussion is April 14

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

Employee Learning and Engagement launches professional development workshops

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

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

Security notice: Attempted kidnapping (off campus)

Get active in April with Health Plus and win prizes

Reach your goals with a Health Plus personal lifestyle coach

Health Plus Nutrition Corner: The benefits of breakfast

Study to investigate effects of nuts on diet


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Tennessean: Why Tennessee seniors are still dying from COVID-19 despite efforts to vaccinate them
Melissa McPheeters, research professor of health policy, is quoted.
National Geographic: Can AstraZeneca dispel doubts about its shots?
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Nature: Why is it so hard to investigate the rare side effects of COVID vaccines?
Kathryn Edwards, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
The New York Times: Witnesses describe frustration and fear as they watched George Floyd struggle
Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, is quoted.
Today: 4 tips to follow before getting in-home beauty services during COVID-19
David Aronoff, Addison B. Scoville Jr. Professor of Medicine, is quoted.
Nashville Post: COVID-19 update: Nashville opens vaccine to residents 16+
Buddy Creech, associate professor of pediatrics and director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program, is quoted.
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