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  Wednesday, April 21, 2021  
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Return to Campus update for April 21
The latest numbers from Vanderbilt’s COVID-19 public dashboard; updates regarding the university’s testing program; a reminder to the VU community that safety protocols remain in place on and off campus; and the importance of submitting your vaccination records are included in this week’s Return to Campus update.
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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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Message from university leaders regarding Derek Chauvin trial verdict
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente and Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Dr. André L. Churchwell release a message to the Vanderbilt community regarding the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.
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Senior Associate Dean of Basic Sciences Roger Chalkley to retire
Roger Chalkley, professor of molecular physiology and biophysics and senior associate dean for biomedical research education and training, will retire this summer, his department has announced.
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Doyle named editor of ‘Research in Higher Education’
Vanderbilt Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education Will Doyle has been named editor of “Research in Higher Education,” which publishes studies examining issues in postsecondary education.
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Bruff named assistant provost and interim director of Digital Commons
Derek Bruff has been appointed assistant provost and named interim director of the Digital Commons, a new faculty development initiative from the Office of the Provost launching in the fall of 2021.
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Alumni Association Board’s philanthropic gifts endow fund supporting undergraduates
Vanderbilt University’s Alumni Association Board recently met its goal of endowing a fund supporting undergraduate students nearly two years ahead of schedule. Board members made gifts and pledges exceeding the initial goal of securing $100,000 in philanthropic support, allowing the fund to begin distributing awards to students this summer.
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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 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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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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Volunteer for Class of 2020, Class of 2021 Commencement ceremonies
Vanderbilt is gearing up for Commencement ceremonies May 1–2 and May 15–16, and your help is needed to make the celebrations for graduates and their families a success.
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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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Renowned climate scientist to deliver Earth Day lecture today
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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Saving a sinking Venice topic of Engineering’s Parker Lecture April 23
Georgia Institute of Technology professor Rafael Bras will discuss “Saving Venice: Triumphs and Failures” on Friday, April 23, at noon CT as part of the School of Engineering’s Frank L. Parker Distinguished Professor Lecture Series. 
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Name change for Grandfathered Sick Time
As the university continues to advance its diversity and inclusion efforts, Human Resources has committed to being thoughtful and intentional with the language it uses in all policies and procedures. As a result, Grandfathered Sick Time will be renamed Legacy Sick Time effective April 20.
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The Faces of VU’s Response to COVID-19: Gretchen Person
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

Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion launches new monthly newsletter

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

Webinar series for faculty seeking federal research funding continues April 27

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

Inclusive Book Group to discuss Madeline Miller’s ‘Circe’ May 5

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

Register for virtual Day of Wond’ry, set for May 12

Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative offers analytics boot camp May 17

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

Employee Learning and Engagement launches professional development workshops

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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William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
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