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  Friday, May 7, 2021  
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Vanderbilt Board of Trust names seven new members
The Vanderbilt University Board of Trust elected seven new members with a wide range of leadership expertise and breadth of experience at its April 30 meeting.
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Resolutions honoring Wente, VU faculty, staff presented May 6
A resolution adopted by the Vanderbilt Board of Trust in appreciation of faculty and resolutions adopted by the Faculty Senate honoring Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente as well as university staff were presented at the senate’s monthly meeting on May 6.
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Return to Campus update
The latest numbers from Vanderbilt’s COVID-19 public dashboard; changes to health and safety protocols coming later this month; the importance of submitting vaccination records; and updates regarding the university’s testing program are included in the final Return to Campus update of the spring semester. 
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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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Churchwell to step down from VUMC diversity leadership roles, devote focus to university EDI work
Dr. André L. Churchwell will step down from his Vanderbilt University Medical Center administrative role as chief diversity officer and as senior associate dean for diversity affairs at the School of Medicine on June 30. Going forward, he will devote that portion of his time to his role as vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer for Vanderbilt University.
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Faculty, students to honor late professor Matthew Walker III in virtual memorial tomorrow
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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Deadline extended to May 14 for fall 2021 faculty award nominations
Nominations are open through May 14 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.
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Soldier-Inspired Innovation Incubator team advances to finals for xTechBOLT prize, will compete for $500,000
A transdisciplinary team from Vanderbilt, Soterix Medical and the U.S. Army has advanced to the finals of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command’s xTechBOLT competition, where they will compete in November with four other teams for the $500,000 first-place prize.
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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.
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Class of 2021: Naval veteran’s compassion and service lead to future in health care management
As a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine officer, Ken Barnes built a strong operational and technical background. But he calls the concentration in health care he pursued at Owen Graduate School of Management the bridge to his next chapter.


Take Note

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

Parenting Group brainstorming session is May 12

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

Employee Learning and Engagement launches professional development workshops

Funding opportunity: American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center SPORE in Breast Cancer funding opportunities

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

NISE graduate trainee program now accepting applications

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

Security notice: Shooting off campus

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Register for Move in May activities from Health Plus

Participate in Walking Wednesdays on campus or at home


Coming Up

· MAY ·
  Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative offers analytics boot camp
· MAY ·
  Duke professor and author to discuss ‘What Star Trek Can Teach Us About Evolution’
· 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
The Tennessean: Vanderbilt names New York University leader Cybele Raver provost, chief academic officer
The appointment of psychologist and deputy provost at New York University Cybele Raver as Vanderbilt’s new provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs is highlighted.
The New York Times: Pfizer reaps hundreds of millions in profits from COVID vaccine
Stacie Dusetzina, associate professor of health policy, is quoted.
Time: Why men are falling behind in COVID-19 vaccination
Derek Griffith, professor of medicine, health and society and director of Vanderbilt’s Center for Research on Men’s Health, is quoted.
Associated Press: Facebook board’s Trump decision could have wider impacts
Gautam Hans, assistant clinical professor of law, is quoted.
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