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  Wednesday, May 12, 2021  
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Vanderbilt awards endowed chairs to 11 faculty members
Vanderbilt University has selected 11 prominent faculty members who have distinguished themselves as pioneers and leaders in their fields to receive endowed chairs.
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Nine faculty named 2021 Chancellor Faculty Fellows
Nine outstanding faculty members from across the university have been selected for the 2021 cohort of Chancellor Faculty Fellows. This group is composed of highly accomplished, recently tenured faculty from a wide variety of disciplines and areas of expertise.
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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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Deadline is Friday for fall 2021 faculty awards recognizing research, service
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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EADJ and Campos-Pons honored with major art awards
Afro-Cuban American artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons and the Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice, a trans-institutional partnership that she founded at Vanderbilt University, have received prestigious awards this spring.
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Vanderbilt commercialized 25 COVID-19 related discoveries, facilitated nine startups during record-setting year
The Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization continued to play a pivotal role in translating the research findings of Vanderbilt faculty into products and companies in 2020 that have the potential to transform many aspects of life, from disease prevention to quality of life-enhancing products.
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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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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:
Family bonds inspire biomedical engineering major
to fight breast cancer through cellular research
A series of family heartaches propelled Yoanna Ivanova to pursue cellular research tied to breast cancer. She credits her fellow engineering majors in the Clark Scholars Program for creating positive experiences in and out of the lab.


Take Note

Parenting Group brainstorming session is May 12

Virtual Day of Wond’ry set for May 12

VKC to discuss ‘Standards of Care, Disability and COVID-19’ during May 19 panel

ELE Thought Leader Series: ‘The Fundamentals of Excellent Communication’ May 25

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

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

Participate in Walking Wednesdays on campus or at home

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Security notice UPDATE: Possible shots fired at Holiday Inn


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
Associated Press: Online speech shield under fire as Trump Facebook ban stays
Gautam Hans, assistant clinical professor of law, is quoted.
Axios: The wealthy exodus from superstar cities
Peter Haslag, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.
The New York Times: 5 tips for taming back-to-school anxiety
Mary Louise Hemmeter, professor of special education, is quoted.
Bloomberg: A baby boom would be bad
Amanda Little, writer in residence in English, writes about declining birth rates and global food insecurity.
Nashville Medical News: Leading with purpose
April Kapu, professor of clinical nursing, has been named president-elect of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
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