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  Friday, April 30, 2021  
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Today: Caroline Kennedy leads off celebrations to honor Class of 2020
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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Vanderbilt to keep masking, physical distancing protocols in place
The CDC announced on Tuesday new guidelines regarding outdoor masking for vaccinated individuals when alone or in small groups. However, Vanderbilt’s COVID-19 safety protocols and mask requirements on and off campus will remain the same whether individuals are currently vaccinated or not.
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There’s still time to volunteer for Class of 2020, Class of 2021 Commencement
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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Founder’s Medalists to be recognized at Class of 2020 Commencement
The 10 students who graduated with first honors from each of Vanderbilt’s schools and colleges will be recognized during the Class of 2020’s Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 1, and Sunday, May 2.
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First female Vanderbilt athletic director named Peabody distinguished alumna
Candice Storey Lee, the first African American woman to head a Southeastern Conference athletics program, will be honored by Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development with the 2021 Distinguished Alumna Award during Class of 2020 Commencement May 2 and Class of 2021 Commencement May 16.
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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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Final day to apply for CFT’s Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows program
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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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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‘Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Journal’ to publish first issue since 2015
The “Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Journal” is being revived after six years to serve as a valuable platform to publish articles demonstrating the wide array of research being done by Vanderbilt students as part of either their undergraduate progress or as the final, culminating piece of their Immersion Vanderbilt plan.
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Vanderbilt students featured at College Signing Day, a virtual celebration with Michelle Obama
A group of Vanderbilt student performers will be featured at College Signing Day, a virtual concert sponsored by first lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative, on Saturday, May 1, beginning at 1 p.m. CT. Speakers and celebrities including Obama, Conan O’Brien, The Weeknd, Stephen Curry and Amanda Gorman also will appear.
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Go for the Gold log-in page branded VUMC but still accessible to VU employees
University employees should note that the log-in page for Go for the Gold, Vanderbilt’s comprehensive health promotion program, is branded for VUMC employees but is also accessible to VU faculty and staff.
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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: Soccer star builds future on the field and in medicine
Student-athlete Myra Konte was drafted in January by the North Carolina Courage—her dream team—but will delay her professional soccer career temporarily to continue her education at Vanderbilt.


Take Note

Ph.D. student in biomedical engineering wins $20K P.E.O. Scholar Award

NISE graduate trainee program now accepting applications

Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative offers cutting-edge biotechnology skills workshop for local high school teachers

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

Duke professor and author to discuss ‘What Star Trek Can Teach Us About Evolution’ May 19

Basic Sciences virtual conversation: ‘How the Brain Remembers’ May 26

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center SPORE in Breast Cancer funding opportunities

‘The Business of VU’ preparing for fifth cohort in fall 2021; applications now open

Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion launches new monthly newsletter

Name change for Grandfathered Sick Time

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

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  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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CBS News (New York): Supreme Court to hear New York case on right to carry gun in public for self-defense
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health and Society, is quoted.
CNN: Tennessee governor declares that COVID-19 is no longer a health emergency with only 25 percent of state’s residents fully vaccinated
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The New York Times: Baby mammoths were meals for these saber-tooth cats
Larisa DeSantis, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, is quoted.
Science: COVID-19 ‘brain fog’ inspires search for causes and treatments
James Jackson, research professor of medicine and director of the ICU Recovery Center, is quoted.
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