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  Wednesday, April 7, 2021  
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Faculty and staff invited to celebrate Giving Day today
Vanderbilt University’s annual Giving Day kicked off at midnight, and the entire university community is invited to celebrate this special event. Faculty and staff play a vital role in supporting Vanderbilt’s mission and are encouraged to consider extending their investment in the university by making a gift of any size to an area that is meaningful to them.  
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Return to Campus update for April 7
The latest numbers from Vanderbilt’s COVID-19 public dashboard, safety reminders for the return of warmer weather, and a new working group to explore changes to the university’s health and safety protocols are included in this week’s Return to Campus update.
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Wente, Kopstain launch COVID-19 Safety Protocols Working Group
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente and Vice Chancellor for Administration Eric Kopstain have announced the launch of a new working group to focus on reviewing the university’s current COVID-19 protocols in light of changing CDC guidelines with a goal of making recommendations on any potential updates for the summer and fall 2021 semesters.
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VUPS committed to campus safety amid rise in national incidents of violence, civil unrest
To ensure Vanderbilt continues to be a welcoming environment and as safe as possible for all, Vanderbilt University Public Safety actively monitors for any potential threats to the campus and coordinates with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies as needed to protect the Vanderbilt community.
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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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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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Parker appointed chief of staff for vice chancellor for government and community relations
Sally Parker, senior assistant provost, has been named chief of staff in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Government and Community Relations, effective May 3, Vice Chancellor Nathan Green has announced.
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Vanderbilt’s Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows arrive in Nashville to complete 10-month professional development program
Nine mid-career professionals from nine countries arrived in Nashville In January to complete the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship at Vanderbilt University. The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, focuses on professional development and mutual exchange.
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New issue of ‘Vestigo’ now available online
“Vestigo,” a publication by the School of Medicine Basic Sciences, provides an in-depth view of research happening in the Vanderbilt community, highlights trainee accomplishments and celebrates the success of Basic Sciences faculty. The Winter 2021 issue is now available online.
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Project Safe hosts programming, events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Vanderbilt Project Safe is offering educational programs throughout the month, including an eight-session empowerment self-defense course, guest lectures from national experts such as Donna Freitas, a performance by renowned poet Ashlee Haze, dialogue with author Mary Adkins about the intersection of class and sexual violence on college campuses, and more.
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Vanderbilt professor to discuss best practices to achieve diversity at the Ph.D. level tomorrow
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 tomorrow
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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The Faces of VU’s Response to COVID-19: Dennis Spann
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 amid unprecedented challenges.


Take Note

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

‘Product Management 101’ virtual discussion is April 14

Kids and boundaries topic of Parenting Group meeting April 15

‘Hidden Challenges: Visual and Motor Symptoms in Autism Spectrum Disorder’ April 19

Flexner Deans’ Lecture: University of Toronto’s Nicole Woods to speak April 19

UVA’s McDonald to launch ELE Thought Leader Speaker Series April 20

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

Employee Learning and Engagement launches professional development workshops

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

Study to investigate effects of nuts on diet


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Wall Street Journal: In Chauvin trial’s first week, prosecutors lean on raw video, emotional testimony
Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Companies, facing new expectations, struggle with pressure to take stand on Georgia voting bill
Bruce Barry, Brownlee O. Currey, Jr., Professor of Management and professor of organizational studies, is quoted.
Reuters: Half of Republicans believe false accounts of deadly U.S. Capitol riot—Reuters/Ipsos poll
John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of political science, is quoted.
USA Today: Congress’ most effective lawmakers aren’t generally its household names
Alan Wiseman, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair, professor of political science and co-director of the Center for Effective Lawmaking, is quoted.
Nashville Post: Vanderbilt taps chief human resources officer
The appointment of Cleo Rucker as the university’s chief human resources officer is highlighted. Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer André L. Churchwell is quoted.
U.S. News & World Report: Why Tennessee seniors are still dying from COVID-19
Melissa McPheeters, research professor of health policy, is quoted.
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