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  Monday, May 3, 2021  
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Vanderbilt Provost Susan R. Wente celebrates achievement through adversity with Class of 2020
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente and Chancellor Daniel Diermeier welcomed back the undergraduate Class of 2020 for a special in-person and virtual ceremony on May 1 at Vanderbilt Stadium, and graduate and professional students were honored with separate ceremonies held by their respective schools across campus on Sunday, May 2.
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Caroline Kennedy urges Vanderbilt graduates to be ‘active citizens,’ embrace democratic values in Graduates Day address
Caroline Kennedy drew on inspirational remarks that her father, President John F. Kennedy, delivered at Vanderbilt in 1963 when she spoke virtually to the 2020 graduates and their families on April 30. Her Graduates Day address was postponed from last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Open Dore: Opening the door to opportunities ahead
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente reflects on the guiding principles behind “The Open Dore” newsletter in the last edition before she departs Vanderbilt to take the helm at Wake Forest University as its first woman president. 
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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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Volunteer for Class of 2021 Commencement ceremonies
Vanderbilt is gearing up for Class of 2021 Commencement ceremonies 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 prohibition of guns on campus not changed by Tennessee’s permitless carry law
Vanderbilt’s prohibition of guns on campus will remain in effect following the passage of a new state law that allows for both open and concealed carrying of handguns for people 21 and older without a permit as well as for military members ages 18 to 20. The university prohibits anyone other than on-duty police officers from possessing firearms on campus.
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Virtual Q&A to discuss new internal funding programs is May 5
The Office of the Provost announces 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. Faculty are invited to attend a virtual Q&A session on Wednesday, May 5, at noon CT.
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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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Postdoctoral research fellow wins early-career award from International Association of Sedimentologists
Elizabeth Chamberlain, a U.S. National Science Foundation postdoctoral research fellow in earth and environmental sciences, has been awarded the 2021 Dr. Richard Faas Research Prize by the International Association of Sedimentologists.
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The Wond’ry pairs up with VUIT to launch ‘Genius Bar,’ bringing technical innovations to life
To assist the Wond’ry’s Ideator and Builder entrepreneurs developing innovations with a technology component, Vanderbilt’s innovation center and VUIT have launched the Wond’ry-VUIT Genius Bar.
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ASPIRE Annual Career Symposium May 6-7 will focus on careers for the citizen scientist
“Careers for the Citizen Scientist,” this year’s career development symposium through the ASPIRE program, will be May 6-7. Biomedical science graduate students and postdoctoral fellows can learn about career paths blending communication and science and hear a keynote from esteemed virologist Vincent Racaniello.
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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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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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Class of 2021: From rockets to fighter jets, mechanical engineering major builds on big successes
Will Reisner enjoys reaching new heights. The mechanical engineering senior is the vehicle team lead on the perennially top-ranked Vanderbilt Aerospace Design Laboratory rocket team.


Take Note

Curb Center, ArtLab studio open COVID-19 collaborative exhibit at VUMC

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

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

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

NISE graduate trainee program now accepting applications

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

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

W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program seeking concept papers for fall 2021

VU Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 Mathers Foundation 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

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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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Vanderbilt in the News
Fortune: Inequities of health care past and inequities of health care present
André L. Churchwell, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, and his brothers and fellow physicians Keith and Kevin discuss the factors contributing to enduring inequities in health care.
Newsweek: Polar bear-grizzly bear hybrids likely to become more common thanks to climate change
Larisa DeSantis, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, is quoted.
Inverse: India’s COVID-19 crisis: The ‘double mutation’ issue isn’t what you think
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Newsweek: Joe Biden’s first 100 days: What did he promise and what did he deliver?
Vanessa Beasley, vice provost for academic affairs, dean of residential faculty and associate professor of communication studies, is quoted.
CNN: Saber-toothed cats stalked and ate baby mammoths
Larisa DeSantis, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, is quoted.
Republica: Estados Unidos tras 100 días de mandato de Biden: Nuevo orden, misma polarización
Robert Talisse, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy, is quoted.
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