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  Monday, April 5, 2021  
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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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Celebrate Giving Day April 7 with on-campus events and virtual concert
Giving Day is April 7. This annual event is an opportunity for the entire university community to join together to help advance Vanderbilt’s mission of education, discovery and leadership by making a gift of any size.
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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

‘Product Management 101’ virtual discussion is April 14

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

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

Security notice: Attempted kidnapping (off campus)

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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