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  Wednesday, May 5, 2021  
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Esteemed psychologist, university leader Cybele Raver named Vanderbilt provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs
C. Cybele Raver, a distinguished psychologist who serves as deputy provost at New York University, has been named provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Vanderbilt University, Chancellor Daniel Diermeier announced today. Raver will begin her new role July 1, 2021.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci to open Commencement celebrations
for Class of 2021
Vanderbilt University is honoring its Class of 2021 with a special weekend of Commencement celebrations May 14–16. 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 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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Dow named to Harvard-based leadership program for helping cities prosper
Bonnie J. Dow, dean of academic affairs for the College of Arts and Science and professor of communication studies, is among 10 Nashville leaders selected for a Harvard Business School leadership program focused on communities’ shared growth and prosperity.
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Faculty, students to honor late professor Matthew Walker III at virtual memorial May 8
Faculty, students, administrators and friends of the School of Engineering and School of Medicine will hold a memorial to honor professor and mentor Matthew Walker III. The virtual service will stream live on Saturday, May 8, from 11 a.m. to noon CT and is open to the public.
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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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Graduate student wins fellowship to study gut microbiome’s relationship to childhood obesity
Graduate student Catherine Shelton has been selected as one of two students nationally to receive the ninth annual Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship grant from Danone North America, the fresh dairy and plant-based products company. Shelton will use her grant to fund her research on identifying early-life microbiota components that may prevent obesity in children.
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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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Dean of University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing to discuss advancing health equity May 18
Antonia M. Villarruel, the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, will discuss “Advancing Health Equity: A Mandate for Nursing” on Tuesday, May 18, from noon to 1 p.m. CT as part of the VUSN Dean’s Diversity Lecture Series. The event is free, but registration is required.
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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.


Take Note

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

Register for virtual Day of Wond’ry, set for May 12

Parenting Group brainstorming session is May 12

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

Blair School of Music offers ‘Music Theory Without Fear’ June 7-11

Blair School of Music offers interactive Zoom Kindermusik classes June 9-July 21

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

NISE graduate trainee program now accepting applications

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

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

Employee Learning and Engagement launches professional development workshops


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
· MAY ·
  Basic Sciences virtual conversation: ‘How the Brain Remembers’


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Vanderbilt in the News
USA Today: With 100 days behind him, Biden’s challenges mount and expectations rise as COVID-19 concerns ease
Vanessa Beasley, vice provost for academic affairs, dean of residential faculty, associate professor of communication studies and contributor to the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy, is quoted.
Reuters: Analysis: In Apple versus Epic Games, courtroom battle is only half the fight
Rebecca Allensworth, Tarkington Chair in Teaching Excellence and professor of law, is quoted.
Business Insider: George W. Bush says the Republican Party has a shot at future elections if it curbs its ‘white Anglo-Saxon Protestantism’
John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of political science, is quoted.
Marketplace: If Congress won’t raise wages for all workers, what are some other methods?
Sharece Thrower, associate professor of political science, is quoted.
National Geographic: Did the Amazon rainforest contribute to the ‘Little Ice Age’ of the 1600s?
Tiffiny Tung, associate professor of anthropology, is quoted
The Hill: Cities, states experiment with incentives for vaccinations
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education: The racial gap in gifted education programs is not only about access
The research of Jason Grissom, Patricia and Rodes Hart Chair and professor of leadership, policy and organizations, is highlighted.
The Week: Why kids bully—and what to do about it
Anjali Forber-Pratt, assistant professor of human and organizational development, is quoted.
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