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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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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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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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Last chance to participate in Healthy Minds Study; survey closes today
As part of Vanderbilt’s continued commitment to enhance students’ mental health and well-being, all undergraduate, graduate and professional students are invited to participate in the Healthy Minds Study, a web-based survey designed to assess students’ mental health status, health behaviors and use of health services.
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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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Join weekly meditation sessions each Friday through end of semester
As students enter the final month of classes for the spring 2021 semester, they are invited to join the Center for Student Wellbeing’s virtual meditation sessions featuring Vice Provost Vanessa Beasley and Assistant Provost Jill Stratton. The meditation series occurs every Friday at 8:30 a.m. CT through April 30.
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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

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

Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion launches new monthly newsletter


Coming Up

· 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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