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  Friday, April 23, 2021  
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Pioneering Vanderbilt scholars Amy-Jill Levine and Hortense Spillers elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced today the election of two esteemed members of Vanderbilt’s faculty, Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies, and Hortense Spillers, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English. They are among 252 new members selected for the academy in 2021.
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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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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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‘This Moment in America’ discussion features candid conversation on the rise of anti-Asian sentiment
A virtual panel of students, faculty and staff from Vanderbilt’s Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities shared painful personal reflections as well as suggestions for change as they discussed the rise of violence, xenophobia and anti-Asian sentiment during the second “This Moment in America” panel hosted by the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
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Undergraduates get in-depth look at approaches to cancer treatment through virtual tumor boards
Vanderbilt’s Health Professions Advisory Office, in collaboration with faculty at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, gave a group of undergraduate students a firsthand look at how physicians approach specialized cancer treatment. The students were given the opportunity to participate in a series of virtual “tumor boards.”
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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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Saving a sinking Venice topic of Engineering’s Parker Lecture today
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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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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Julie Barroso to discuss patient-driven research on ‘long COVID-19’ in virtual event April 27
Professor of Nursing Julie Barroso will discuss patient-driven research as it relates to “long COVID-19,” the range of symptoms that can last weeks or months after first being infected with the virus on Tuesday, April 27, at noon CT. She also will discuss nursing care for long COVID-19 patients.
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Register for ‘The Summit: Advancing Inclusion and Diversity in the Workplace,’ set for May 19
The Southeastern Higher Education Recruitment Consortium and Vanderbilt University Human Resources will host the second annual Summit: Advancing Inclusion and Diversity in the Workplace symposium on Wednesday, May 19. This year’s event will focus on the importance and benefits of diversity and inclusion as an integral part of inclusive leadership, recruitment and retention.
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Class of 2021: Law graduate tackles new frontier with space law
The ink may not yet be dry on Ramon Ryan’s law degree, but his legal research is already gaining national attention.


Take Note

Webinar series for faculty seeking federal research funding continues April 27

‘Reimagining Cities: A Conversation with Majora Carter’ is April 27

‘The Accidental Creative: How to Captivate’ topic of Pod Talks @Vandy 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

2021 Postdoc Awards to be held virtually May 24

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 American Honda Foundation

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 Mallinckrodt Grant Program

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center SPORE in Breast Cancer funding opportunities

Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion launches new monthly newsletter

Employee Learning and Engagement launches professional development workshops

Name change for Grandfathered Sick Time


Coming Up

· APR ·
  ‘Are We Closing the Race/Ethnicity Gap in ASD Identification and Outcome?’
· MAY ·
  Control is the Goal blood pressure management program begins
· MAY ·
  Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative offers analytics boot camp


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Washington Post: How Derek Chauvin became the rare police officer convicted of murder
Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, is quoted.
Associated Press: Public art display in Nashville promotes social justice
Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama’s installation at Fisk University, part of Vanderbilt’s Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice initiative, is highlighted.
NBC News: Experts believe a contagion effect could be tied to recent mass shootings
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health and Society, is quoted.
MarketWatch: People who aren’t comfortable taking financial risks are more likely to hold off on getting a COVID-19 vaccine
Research by Jennifer Trueblood, associate professor of psychology, is highlighted.
The New York Times: What do you call a bunch of black holes: A crush? A scream?
Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, Stevenson Professor of Physics and Astronomy, is quoted.
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