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  Wednesday, April 14, 2021  
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Lutz named Vanderbilt University vice chancellor for development and alumni relations; Sweet to lead Information Technology
John M. Lutz, who has served as Vanderbilt University’s interim vice chancellor for development and alumni relations since April 2020, will assume the role permanently, and Brett Sweet will assume leadership of Vanderbilt University Information Technology in addition to his finance leadership role, Chancellor Daniel Diermeier announced today. These appointments will take effect immediately.
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Shea Ralph to lead Vanderbilt women’s basketball
Shea Ralph, a seven-time national champion as a student-athlete and a coach, has been named Vanderbilt women’s basketball head coach. Ralph joins the university after spending 14 seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Connecticut.
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Return to Campus update for April 14
The latest numbers from Vanderbilt’s COVID-19 public dashboard; a reminder to the VU community that safety protocols remain in place on and off campus; VUMC now offering vaccines to all Vanderbilt community members; and updates to the university’s testing program are included in this week’s Return to Campus update.
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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 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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Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering awarded VentureWell grant for undergraduate immersion class
A new Nanomaker Immersion course coming to Vanderbilt aims to train the next generation of nanotechnology entrepreneurs in a facility rarely utilized by undergraduates. Vanderbilt professor Alice D. Leach will teach nanotech development and commercialization techniques to the next generation of nanotechnology entrepreneurs beginning in fall 2022.
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Follett Higher Education to assume university bookstore operations June 1
Vanderbilt University has entered into an agreement with Follett Higher Education to assume operation of the university’s bookstore at 25th and West End avenues.
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Government and Community Relations kicks off She-roes series with ‘A Tribute to Betty C. Nixon’
The Division of Government and Community Relations is kicking off a new series to celebrate women who blazed the trail and their legacy with “A Tribute to Betty C. Nixon,” a discussion at noon on Tuesday, April 27.
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Engineering’s Senior Design Day April 30 will feature interactive, virtual environment
Senior Design Day 2021 will highlight dozens of problem-solving projects developed over the 2020-21 academic year by teams of Vanderbilt University School of Engineering students, though the format is a bit different this year.
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Interest session for new Disability Employee Affinity Group is today
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 Blair School of Music to host events on Wilson Lawn April 16 and 18
After a year of online-only performances, Vanderbilt Blair School of Music will host two in-person events this week to be held at the outdoor stage on Wilson Lawn. Admission is free, but tickets are required.
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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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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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‘GQ’ magazine’s global editorial director to discuss addiction and art at Vanderbilt Center for Addiction Research event April 21
In recognition of Alcohol Awareness Month, the School of Medicine Basic Sciences will host a conversation between Will Welch, global editorial director of “GQ” magazine, and the Vanderbilt Center for Addiction Research on Wednesday, April 21, from 11 a.m. to noon CT.
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Renowned climate scientist to deliver Earth Day lecture April 21
Climate scientist Carlos A. Nobre, who is renowned for his work on the impact of Amazon deforestation, will deliver the 2021 Earth Day Lecture on Wednesday, April 21, at 1 p.m. CT. Nobre’s talk is part of a joint venture by the Vanderbilt Evolutionary Studies Initiative and the Center for Latin American Studies to highlight science in Latin America.
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Peabody Dean’s Diversity Lecture to explore new book on Nashville’s social justice sites
Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development will host a virtual Dean’s Diversity Lecture on Wednesday, April 21, in conjunction with the publication of a new book examining Nashville’s many sites important in the struggle for social justice.
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The Faces of VU’s Response to COVID-19: Valerie Hotchkiss
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

‘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

Dementia care options discussed at virtual event April 21

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

Employee Learning and Engagement launches professional development workshops

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

Limited Submission Opportunity: NEH American Rescue Plan – Humanities Organizations

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

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2022 Breast Cancer Alliance Young Investigator Grants

Funding opportunity: American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant

Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core seeking applicants for Community Scholars Awards

Programs for Talented Youth announces summer courses; now accepting applications for grades 3–12

Study to investigate effects of nuts on diet


Coming Up

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


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