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Register for virtual Graduates Day address by Caroline Kennedy April 30
Join us as bestselling author, attorney and former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy delivers a virtual Graduates Day address to the Vanderbilt Class of 2020 on Friday, April 30, beginning at 11 a.m. CT. The event is open to the entire Vanderbilt community.
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Register for virtual Graduates Day address by Dr. Anthony Fauci May 14
Join us as the nation’s top leader in infectious diseases research and internationally renowned biomedical scientist Dr. Anthony Fauci delivers a virtual Graduates Day address to the Vanderbilt Class of 2021 on Friday, May 14, beginning at 11 a.m. CT. The event is open to the entire Vanderbilt community.
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H. Richard Milner IV voted president-elect of American Educational Research Association
H. Richard Milner IV has been voted president-elect of the American Educational Research Association, the largest national interdisciplinary research association devoted to the scientific study of education and learning in the world.
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Vanderbilt Poll: Approvals slip for Nashville’s elected leaders, public schools; mayor receives high marks for response to challenging issues
Davidson County voters have slightly less confidence in their elected officials and core institutions compared to last year; however, a majority of Nashville residents still think the city is “generally headed in the right direction,” according to the latest Vanderbilt Poll-Nashville.
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Vanderbilt Arts and Science professor named 2021 Guggenheim Fellow
Emily Greble, a historian of modern Europe whose research explores how the Balkans challenge presumptions about European history, is among 184 artists, writers, scholars and scientists awarded a 2021 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.
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Vanderbilt chemist wins David Y. Gin Young Investigator Award
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Steven D. Townsend has been awarded the 2021 David Y. Gin Young Investigator Award by the American Chemical Society. The award is one that “encourages outstanding contributions to research in carbohydrate chemistry by scientists in the first seven years of their independent career.”
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Rodes and Patricia Hart establish second chair in Department of Urology
H. Rodes Hart and Patricia Ingram Hart, whose generous gifts continue to advance the mission of Vanderbilt University, have endowed a second chair in urologic surgery. Dr. Melissa R. Kaufman will be the inaugural chair holder.
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Divinity School welcomes new faculty focused on Latinx studies
Vanderbilt Divinity School has announced the hiring of Yara González-Justiniano, assistant professor of religion, psychology and culture. González-Justiniano, who will focus on Latinx studies, brings a wealth of experience in theological and cultural study and nonprofit program leadership.
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Center for Teaching offering two course design institutes in May
The Center for Teaching is offering course design institutes on two different themes in May as a way to help faculty and other instructors prepare for teaching this summer and fall. The Online Course Design Institute will be offered May 17–21, and the Course Design Institute on Inclusive Teaching will be offered May 24–27.
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Apply to 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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Renovation of Vanderbilt Stadium north end zone underway
An exclusive new premium seating option that puts fans close to the field will be available for the upcoming football season. The new seating option will be in the current north end zone space near the video board and will feature 28 loge boxes—private seating areas with four seats each—and at least 80 individual premium seats.
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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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UVA’s McDonald to launch ELE Thought Leader Speaker Series April 20
Kevin G. McDonald, vice president of diversity, equity, inclusion and community partnerships at the University of Virginia, will kick off Vanderbilt University Employee Learning and Engagement’s Thought Leader Speaker Series on Tuesday, April 20.
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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 Carlos A. Nobre 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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Class of 2021: Undergraduate research inspires future physician-scientist to bridge the bedside and the bench
When Mason Clark was in middle school, his beloved grandmother suffered a serious heart attack. She survived, thanks to the help of the local hospital, and the experience led Clark to his life’s purpose.


Take Note

Employee Learning and Engagement launches professional development workshops

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

‘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

Dementia care options discussed at virtual event April 21

Join the Active in April step challenge; registration ends April 21

Discovery Sciences Emerging Scholars Lecture: Sonya Neal April 23

Leadership in the time of COVID-19 panel to feature VUSN alumni April 28

Racaniello to give keynote address May 6 at 2021 ASPIRE Career Symposium

Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative offers analytics boot camp May 17

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center SPORE in Breast Cancer funding opportunities

Limited Submission Opportunity: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation – Creating Equitable Pathways to STEM Graduate Education

Limited Submission Opportunity: NEH American Rescue Plan – Humanities Organizations

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


Coming Up

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  Data Science Institute virtual event to share data used to predict elections
· APR ·
  Curb Center, Metro Arts present ‘The Role of the Artist in Crisis and Recovery’
· APR ·
  Government and Community Relations kicks off She-roes series with ‘A Tribute to Betty C. Nixon’
· APR ·
  ‘Are We Closing the Race/Ethnicity Gap in ASD Identification and Outcome?’
· MAY ·
  Control is the Goal blood pressure management program begins


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Daily Mail (U.K.): Meet the ‘pizzly bear’: Critically endangered polar bears are mating with grizzly bears in Alaska and creating a hybrid animal that is more resilient to climate change
Larisa DeSantis, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, is quoted.
BBC News: Why ‘stay-at-home parent’ is a job title
The research of Joni Hersch, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of law and economics, and Jennifer Shinall, professor of law, is cited. Shinall is also quoted.
Reuters: 9th Circuit: Trial judge abused discretion in lowering (yes, lowering) class action fee award
Brian Fitzpatrick, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise and professor of law, is quoted.
ABC News: Pausing Johnson & Johnson vaccines shows monitoring system is working: experts
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
CNBC: Crumpled clothes and bare shelves: As retailers like Walmart, Macy’s woo customers back, some have to clean up shop
Kelly Haws, Anne Marie and Thomas B. Walker, Jr. Professor of Marketing, is quoted.
Good Morning America: Black women turn to doulas as maternal mortality crisis deepens
Stephanie DeVane-Johnson, associate professor of nursing, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Trump didn’t bring white working-class voters to the Republican Party. The data suggest he kept them away.
Noam Lupu, associate professor of political science and associate director of the Latin American Public Opinion Project, writes about new data showing Donald Trump failed to attract white working-class voters to the GOP during his presidency.
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