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  Monday, May 10, 2021  
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Dr. Anthony Fauci to open celebrations for Class of 2021 this Friday
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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Staff invited to spring assembly on May 20
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier will hold the university’s first Spring Staff Assembly on Thursday, May 20, to share a state of the university address with staff and launch a new series of annual staff awards. The event will be held virtually, and all university staff are invited to attend.
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Vanderbilt student group strives to ‘move the needle’ on COVID-19 vaccinations
A student-led group called the Vanderbilt Initiative for Public Health Equality is partnering with the Division of Administration to reduce COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy within the campus community.
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Five law faculty honored with awards for outstanding teaching
Five Vanderbilt law professors—James F. Blumstein, Tracey E. George, Kevin Stack, Ingrid Wuerth and Nicholas S. Zeppos—have received 2021 Hall-Hartman Awards for Outstanding Teaching from the Vanderbilt Bar Association.
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Deadline extended to May 14 for fall 2021 faculty award nominations
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 Printing Services to reopen on campus in June
Vanderbilt Printing Services is restructuring its operations, consolidating its footprint from an off-campus warehouse on Chestnut Street and will reopen in the former Campus Copy store located in Rand Hall in early June.
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Winners of top student art prizes named for 2021
Senior Emily Kopec is the 2021 recipient of the $25,000 Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award, the Department of Art’s top student prize, and senior Cayla B. Mims is the recipient of the $10,000 Merit Award.
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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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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: Impact of medical care comes full circle as preemie becomes future
A tumultuous entrance into the world set Demetra Hypatia Hufnagel on a trajectory that would inspire her bright future and affect the futures of many young lives to come.


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

‘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

Funding opportunity: American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center SPORE in Breast Cancer funding opportunities

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
Newsy: Facebook’s oversight board upholds Trump ban, for now
Gautam Hans, assistant clinical professor of law, is quoted.
Fortune: Choosing an MBA concentration in human resources could set you apart
Sue Oldham, associate dean of the Owen Graduate School of Management’s MBA operations, is quoted.
Nashville Post: Of Note: 7 May 2021
The naming of Vanderbilt’s newest residential college in honor of Marieke and Jeff Rothschild is highlighted. Chancellor Daniel Diermeier is quoted.
Bloomberg: Can incentives sway the vaccine hesitant?
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Associated Press: Study: Residents left big metros during pandemic for family
Peter Haslag, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.
The Ecomonist: When central banks issue digital money
Morgan Ricks, professor of law, is quoted.
Nashville Scene: An art installation with international relevance finds its home in Nashville
Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Art, is quoted.
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