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  Monday, April 19, 2021  
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Message from university leaders on standing united with the AAAPI community
As one we must stand united with our Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander community members against racism and discrimination, write Chancellor Daniel Diermeier, Provost Susan R. Wente and Vice Chancellor André L. Churchwell in a message to the Vanderbilt University community.
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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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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.
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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.
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Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion launches new monthly newsletter
The Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence have collaborated on a new monthly newsletter, “The Inclusive Connector,” which will launch in the coming weeks.
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Engineers’ groundbreaking discovery points to new route for creating thermal superconductors
The relentless increase in heat loads imposed on devices in modern technologies is driving renewed interest among engineers and materials scientists in the area of heat transfer. A team of engineers led by Vanderbilt professor Deyu Li has shown experimentally that the thermal conductivity of a special kind of ultra-thin nanowire becomes divergent with the wire length.
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Vanderbilt scientists use fossil records to understand the present, predict future ecosystems
Vanderbilt environmental scientists show that patterns found in fossil records of ancient ecosystems may be the key to combating today’s biodiversity crisis and making informed conservation decisions.
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Assistant principals have much to offer in advancing equity and improving schools, Vanderbilt-led research finds
Effective assistant principals have the potential to greatly impact a school’s success, though they are often underutilized, a new Vanderbilt-led study finds.
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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 to Center for Teaching’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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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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Vanderbilt’s Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice brings Ibrahim Mahama’s art to Fisk University
Through a partnership with Vanderbilt University and other Nashville organizations, Fisk University will host a large-scale public artwork by prominent Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama starting April 21.
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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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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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Virtual Spring Undergraduate Research Fair is April 22
The first annual spring semester Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair is scheduled to take place on Thursday, April 22, from 2 to 5 p.m. With the inception of Immersion Vanderbilt, a spring version of the fair provides students with an additional opportunity to showcase their projects.
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Class of 2021: Divinity student pursues master’s work at the junction of theology and social justice
With a heart for serving others and an interest in the intersection of theology and social justice, Erica Johnson was drawn to pursue a master’s degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School while working at a social services center for victims of domestic abuse.


Take Note

Employee Learning and Engagement launches professional development workshops

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

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

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

Curb Center, Metro Arts present ‘The Role of the Artist in Crisis and Recovery’ April 21

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

‘Pandemic Parenting Check-in’ topic of Parenting Group meeting April 29

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

Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative offers analytics boot camp May 17

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

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

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center SPORE in Breast Cancer funding opportunities


Coming Up

· 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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The Tennessean: Vanderbilt poll: A majority of Nashvillians approve of local leaders
The results of the latest Vanderbilt Poll–Nashville are highlighted.
Nashville Post: Vanderbilt names vice chancellor for development
The appointment of John Lutz as Vanderbilt’s vice chancellor for development and alumni relations is highlighted. Chancellor Daniel Diermeier is quoted.
Vox: How effective was Derek Chauvin’s defense?
Chris Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, is quoted.
Education Week: Is the assistant principal the most overlooked, undervalued person at school?
Research by Ellen Goldring, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Education, is highlighted.
New York Post: Polar bears are mating with grizzlies to become ‘pizzly bears’
Larisa DeSantis, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, is quoted.
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