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  Monday, April 12, 2021  
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Churchwell to moderate April 19 discussion with veteran civil rights leader Andrew Young
Dr. André Churchwell, Vanderbilt vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, will moderate a discussion with veteran civil rights leader Andrew Young at 6 p.m. Monday, April 19. The conversation will focus on voting rights and the future of democracy. 
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Panel to focus on violence against Asians and Asian Americans through lens of history and racial injustice
The Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will host a panel of Vanderbilt faculty, staff and students to share their experiences as members of the Asian and Asian American communities during the second “This Moment in America” discussion on Monday, April 19.
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Cultural context of health is critical in responding to pandemics, new research shows
While populations’ access to health care is crucial to combating the spread of COVID-19, a team of Vanderbilt researchers has found that understanding the cultural context of health within a community is an equally significant factor—and can help leaders better prepare for future crises.
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MHS writer-in-residence Odie Lindsey recognized for latest novel
Odie Lindsey, writer-in-residence in medicine, health and society, has received the 2021 Award for Fiction from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters for his novel “Some Go Home.” The prize is the state’s highest designation for creative works.
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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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Graduate School names endowed scholarship recipients
The Vanderbilt Graduate School has recognized outstanding research among Ph.D. candidates across the university in 2020-21 through the nomination and awarding of endowed scholarship funding.
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Remember the Empty Chair: A COVID-19 Memorial Event honors those affected by pandemic
The Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life joined with several campus partners to host “Remember the Empty Chair: A COVID-19 Memorial Event” last week on Library Lawn.
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Special live music returns to campus with COVID protocol-compliant performance
Students and faculty from Vanderbilt Blair School of Music and a Jewish studies class hosted a COVID protocol-compliant live music performance on April 8.
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Bill Nye, ‘The Science Guy,’ to appear for Impact Symposium tomorrow
Engineer, comedian, author and inventor Bill Nye will be the featured speaker for the final event in Vanderbilt University’s 2021 Impact Symposium on Tuesday, April 13.
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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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Staff listening session on Asian, Asian American violence scheduled for this week
The horrific shootings in Atlanta last month heightened deep concerns about ongoing violence against Asian and Asian American communities. In response, the university will host a staff listening session on Thursday, April 15, at 12:30 p.m. CT.
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Data Science Institute virtual event April 16 to share data used to predict elections
How do television networks predict election outcomes? The virtual event “A Peek Inside the NBC Decision Desk: Election 2020” scheduled for Friday, April 16, at 2 p.m. CT will provide an overview.
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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: Xuanxuan Chen is completing her senior year virtually—and taking the distance in stride
Xuanxuan Chen is thankful for her memories of Vanderbilt’s campus as she completes her senior year from home in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China—14 time zones away—as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Take Note

Documentary on bowling team’s path to 2007 NCAA Championship debuts on SEC Network April 12

‘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

‘Are We Closing the Race/Ethnicity Gap in ASD Identification and Outcome?’ April 28

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

Employee Learning and Engagement launches professional development workshops

Limited Submission Opportunity: NEH American Rescue Plan – Humanities Organizations

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2022 Breast Cancer Alliance Young Investigator Grants

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

Study to investigate effects of nuts on diet


Coming Up

· APR ·
  Flexner Deans’ Lecture: University of Toronto’s Nicole Woods to speak
· APR ·
  UVA’s McDonald to launch ELE Thought Leader Speaker Series
· APR ·
  Curb Center, Metro Arts present ‘The Role of the Artist in Crisis and Recovery’


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Vanderbilt in the News
The New York Times: A detective was accused of lying. Now 90 convictions may be erased.
Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, is quoted.
NBC News: CDC’s messaging problem highlights pandemic’s uncertain future
Loren Lipworth, research professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Economist: With millions vaccinated, rare side effects of jabs are emerging
Kathryn Edwards, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
What to know about expected but rare ‘breakthrough’ COVID cases
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Vaccine conversations can be messy. Here’s how to talk about the shots.
Sunil Kripalani, professor of medicine, is quoted.
San Francisco Chronicle: Caitlyn Jenner is no Arnold Schwarzenegger. And she’s no threat to Newsom
Eunji Kim, assistant professor of political science, is quoted.
New York Amsterdam News: The invisible shield: How qualified immunity prevents victims of police abuse from seeking justice
Brian Fitzpatrick, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise and professor of law, is quoted.
The Hindu: Polar bears forced to forage eggs as warming shrinks hunting grounds: study
The research of Larisa DeSantis, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, is highlighted.
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