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  Wednesday, April 28, 2021  
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Return to Campus update for April 28
The latest numbers from Vanderbilt’s COVID-19 public dashboard; Vanderbilt to keep masking, physical distancing protocols in place; the importance of getting vaccinated and submitting your vaccination records; and updates regarding the university’s testing program are included in this week’s update.
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Construction to begin on Vanderbilt graduate and professional student housing development
Construction will begin on Vanderbilt University’s housing development for graduate and professional students during the week of April 26. Adjacent to campus on Broadway, between Lyle and 20th avenues, the development is the culmination of student feedback and the university’s desire to provide graduate and professional students housing near campus at below-market rates.
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Global Voices Fellows named for fall 2021
Emily J. Lordi and Caroline Randall Williams will build on Vanderbilt’s national and international recognition while amplifying the reach and impact of their research as Global Voices Fellows for the fall 2021 semester.
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Matthew Walker III, gifted biomedical design professor and mentor, has died
Matthew Walker III, who developed and taught Vanderbilt University’s innovative biomedical engineering design curriculum, died unexpectedly on April 24. He was 56.
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Class of 2020 Commencement celebrations begin Friday
The Vanderbilt Class of 2020 is being honored in a special weekend of Commencement celebrations. All activities will observe campus health and safety protocols. Here’s what you need to know to guide you through the weekend.
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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 Friday
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 Vanderbilt community and the public.
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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 Vanderbilt community and the public.
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Vanderbilt to recognize emeriti faculty at Class of 2020 Commencement ceremony
Vanderbilt University will recognize the 33 faculty members who retired last academic year at its Class of 2020 Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 1.
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Two new internal funding programs to support classroom excellence announced
The Office of the Provost announces an additional two new internal funding programs, the Educational Advancement Fund and the Course Improvement Grant, designed to support excellence in the classroom through continued pedagogical advancement and long-term educational transformation.
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On Unity: Beasley presents history of the president’s address to a joint session of Congress (VIDEO)
Presidential rhetoric expert Vanessa Beasley presents the history of the U.S. president’s annual address to Congress—and what to expect in tonight’s address.
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Grissom voted president-elect of Association for Education Finance and Policy
Professor Jason Grissom of Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development has been voted president-elect of the Association for Education Finance and Policy, the preeminent organization for research on policy and finance in pre-K–12 and higher education.
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Guengerich, Hamm named to inaugural class of ASBMB Fellows
Biochemistry professor Fred Guengerich and pharmacology professor Heidi Hamm have been named part of the inaugural class of fellows of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The newly established honor recognizes the most distinguished members of this professional society.
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Arts and humanities faculty finding grants success with support of RDS team
An emerging trend has developed in the arts and humanities community at Vanderbilt, thanks to the leadership of faculty researchers, scholars and artists and the support of grants managers and the Research Development and Support team within the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.
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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 Friday
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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Excellence in Podcasting Competition underway; students invited to apply through May 17
To showcase and honor explorations in audio storytelling, Vanderbilt University has announced the Excellence in Podcasting Competition, open to all undergraduate, graduate and professional students.
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‘The Business of VU’ preparing for fifth cohort in fall 2021; applications now open
The Business of VU program is accepting applications for its fifth cohort in fall 2021, offering the Vanderbilt community an educational opportunity to learn about the business operations of the university and the higher education landscape.
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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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The Faces of VU’s Response to COVID-19: Ryan Storey
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

NISE graduate trainee program now accepting applications

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

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-Ingram Cancer Center SPORE in Breast Cancer funding opportunities

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 American Honda Foundation

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 Mallinckrodt Grant Program

Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion launches new monthly newsletter

Employee Learning and Engagement launches professional development workshops

Register for Move in May activities from Health Plus

Go for the Gold steps 1 and 2 now live


Coming Up

· MAY ·
  Control is the Goal blood pressure management program begins
· MAY ·
  Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative offers analytics boot camp
· MAY ·
  2021 Postdoc Awards to be held virtually


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Vanderbilt in the News
Roll Call: Digital art frenzy raises questions for tax, law enforcement
Joshua White, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.
Vanderbilt Hustler: Debrief with Diermeier: Close of the 2020–21 school year, vaccine protocols, the VSG election and more
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier reflects on the current academic year and shares insights about the future.
ABC News: What Americans need to know about the government’s VAERS database: analysis
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Men lag behind women in coronavirus vaccinations, especially in Black communities
Derek Griffith, professor of medicine, health and society, is quoted.
The Conversation: QAnon hasn’t gone away—it’s alive and kicking in states across the country
Sophie Bjork-James, assistant professor of the practice of anthropology, writes about the new focus and continuing influence of QAnon.
Your Classical: Deconstructing the racial myths behind Dvořák’s ‘New World Symphony’
Douglas Shadle, associate professor of musicology, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Those who got COVID between vaccine doses urge caution: ‘We were so close’
Buddy Creech, associate professor of pediatrics and director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program, is quoted.
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