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  Friday, April 9, 2021  
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More than 7,600 members of Vanderbilt community support university on Giving Day
More than 7,600 members of the Vanderbilt community, including alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and friends, joined together on Giving Day, April 7, to donate more than $5 million to help advance the university’s mission of education, discovery and leadership.
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Provost Susan R. Wente receives Mary Jane Werthan Award
Provost Susan R. Wente is among five members of the Vanderbilt community who were honored recently by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center. The center presents annual awards to recognize those at Vanderbilt who have demonstrated leadership, fostered mentorship, promoted gender equity and contributed significantly to the advancement of women at VU.
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Dr. James Crowe Jr. receives SEC Faculty Achievement Award
Dr. James E. Crowe Jr., a physician-scientist on the front lines of global research to eliminate human susceptibility to COVID-19 and other illnesses, is Vanderbilt University’s winner of the 2021 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award.
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Stewart receives prestigious book prize for ‘Witness to Marvels’
Tony K. Stewart has been awarded the Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Book Prize by the Association for Asian Studies for his recent monograph, “Witness to Marvels: Sufism and Literary Imagination.”
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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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Apply for CFT’s Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows program through April 30
The Center for Teaching is accepting applications through Friday, April 30, for the Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows program, which provides professional development opportunities for junior faculty to learn about successful teaching practices.
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Student-developed machine-learning techniques make surgeries safer and easier to review
An interdisciplinary fellowship with the Data Science Institute has resulted in a promising machine-learning technology that can effectively track complex surgical activity, having the potential to improve patient outcomes, safety and documentation.
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Vanderbilt leadership development programs underway
The Employee Learning and Engagement team held virtual opening sessions for Vanderbilt Leadership Academy and Vanderbilt Leadership Enrichment in late February. 
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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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Shaw to give Law School Dean’s Lecture on Race and Discrimination April 15
Matthew P. Shaw, assistant professor of public policy and education and assistant professor of law, will deliver the final lecture for the spring 2021 semester in Vanderbilt Law School’s Dean’s Lecture Series on Race and Discrimination. The online event will be on Thursday, April 15, beginning at noon CT.
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Class of 2021: Interdisciplinary teamwork in the lab leads Ph.D. student to job with biotech giant
After graduating with a Ph.D. in cell and developmental biology from the Vanderbilt School of Medicine Basic Sciences, Alissa Guarnaccia will begin a rare postdoctoral research position with health care biotechnology giant Genentech.


Take Note

‘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

Limited Submission Opportunity: VentureWell Spring 2021 Faculty Grants Program – Sustainable Design

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
Bloomberg: High-profile hacks are making privacy experts nervous
Gautam Hans, assistant clinical professor of law, is quoted.
Associated Press: Vanderbilt fires women’s basketball coach Stephanie White
Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletic Director Candice Lee announced this week that Vanderbilt is parting ways with women’s basketball head coach Stephanie White.
The Tennessean: ‘I was speechless’: Lung cancer survivor champions screening method Vanderbilt helped expand
Erin Gillaspie, assistant professor of thoracic surgery, is quoted.
HuffPost: Poll: Half of Republicans think Capitol rioters were largely peaceful or left-wing agitators
John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of political science, is quoted.
Health: A new double-mutant variant of COVID was detected in California—here’s what we know so far
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Tennessee Tribune: Cleo D. Rucker named Vanderbilt University’s chief human resources officer
The appointment of Cleo Rucker as the university’s chief human resources officer is highlighted. Chancellor Daniel Diermeier, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer André L. Churchwell and Vice Chancellor for Administration Eric Kopstain are quoted.
Inside Higher Ed: Days of reckoning
Chancellor Emeritus Nicholas S. Zeppos writes about compensating student-athletes.
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education: Richard Milner to lead the American Educational Research Association
Richard Milner, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of education, has been elected president-elect of the American Educational Research Association. His term as president will become effective at the end of the 2022 annual meeting.
Today: Brain fog is common in COVID-19 survivors. Experts share helpful advice
James Jackson, research associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
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