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  Friday, May 14, 2021  
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Dr. Anthony Fauci opens celebrations for Class of 2021 today
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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Vanderbilt’s masking, physical distancing protocols remain in place for Commencement
Vanderbilt University’s health and safety protocols remain in place and are unchanged for campus Commencement ceremonies May 15–16. All graduates, guests and other members of the Vanderbilt community attending Commencement must remain masked at all times on campus and must maintain physical distancing with those outside of their guest unit.
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Mark Bandas named dean of students, emeritus
Associate Provost and Dean of Students Mark Bandas will become dean of students, emeritus, effective May 17. Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente recently announced the title and presented Bandas with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
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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 Project on Unity and American Democracy to host book launch, talk with Gov. Bill Haslam May 25
The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy and Vanderbilt Divinity School will present a discussion on the role that religious faith plays in politics as explored in “Faithful Presence: The Promise and the Peril of Faith in the Public Square,” a new book by former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. The virtual event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 25, from noon to 1 p.m. CT.
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Deadline today for faculty awards recognizing research, service; Thomas Jefferson Award nominations accepted through May 24
Nominations for three of Vanderbilt’s top faculty awards recognizing outstanding achievements in research and service to the university are open through May 14, while nominations for the Thomas Jefferson Award, which recognizes distinguished service to Vanderbilt through extraordinary contributions in the councils and government of the university, will be accepted through May 24.
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Alumni couple McCartney and Jay Wilkins give $100,000 to Experience Vanderbilt 
Grant Brown, president of Vanderbilt University’s Senior Class Fund, announced during the May 14 Graduates Day festivities that alumni couple McCartney Kay Wilkins, BS’01, and Jay Wilkins, BS’99, are doubling their initial gift to Experience Vanderbilt this year in honor of the Class of 2021.
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Vandy United pop-up store benefiting student-athletes open through May 28
Through May 28, Commodore fans and friends can show their support for Vanderbilt student-athletes by purchasing Vandy United-themed shirts, totes, tumblers, stickers and more via an online store. Proceeds from the sale of items will benefit Vanderbilt scholarships and make a direct impact on student-athletes.
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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.


Take Note

Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative offers analytics boot camp May 17

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

Learn about Diabetes Prevention Program at upcoming sessions

Play Move in May wellness bingo

Nutrition Corner: Fuel your workout

A Healthier You: Exercise your way


Coming Up

· 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
NBC News: FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for children 12 to 15
Buddy Creech, associate professor of pediatrics and director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program, is quoted.
Marketplace: Income influenced where Americans moved in 2020
Peter Haslag, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.
Health: What is Mucormycosis? India sees rise in potentially fatal fungal infections during COVID-19 surge
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Consumer Reports: Your questions about the coronavirus vaccine in children, answered
Kathryn Edwards, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Pediatrics, is quoted.
Yahoo! News: ‘Anti-white watch’ is the racist answer to surging hate crimes
Sophie Bjork-James, assistant professor of the practice of anthropology, is quoted.
Religion News Service: First ELCA transgender bishop, Megan Rohrer, hopes to ‘translate good news’ for the curious
Ellen Armour, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Associate Professor of Feminist Theology, is quoted.
The Conversation: I spent a year and a half at a ‘no-excuses’ charter school—this is what I saw
Joanne Golann, assistant professor of public policy and education, is quoted.
The Chronicle of Higher Education: As colleges strive for a return to normal, students with disabilities say, ‘No thanks’
Aimi Hamraie, associate professor of medicine, health and society, is quoted.
Philadelphia Inquirer: The U.S. is buying COVID-19 vaccine for everyone. That could pave the way for drug price reform.
Stacie Dusetzina, associate professor of health policy, is quoted.
Bloomberg CityLab: Working from home for some threatens mass transit for all
The research of Dan Work, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is cited.
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