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  Monday, May 17, 2021  
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Diermeier commends Class of 2021 for leadership during year of adversity
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier thanked the Class of 2021 for their leadership during a year like no other when he spoke at the university’s in-person and virtual Commencement at Vanderbilt Stadium May 15. Graduate and professional students also were honored during separate ceremonies across campus May 15 and 16.
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Read chancellor’s full address to the graduating Class of 2021
Read the full text and watch a video of Chancellor Daniel Diermeier’s address to graduates of the Class of 2021 delivered at Vanderbilt Stadium on Saturday, May 15.
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COVID-19 vaccination required for students in fall 2021 
Vanderbilt University today announced it will require new and returning students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the 2021–22 academic year. The requirement applies to all undergraduate, graduate and professional students this fall and will be handled in a manner consistent with other university policies governing student vaccine requirements.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci encourages Class of 2021 to lead by unifying country around shared health goals
Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s leading expert on infectious disease research, called on the Class of 2021 to use the skills they honed at Vanderbilt to help Americans come together on what should be a universal goal: defeating the COVID-19 pandemic. Fauci spoke virtually to the 2021 graduates and their families on May 14.
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Vanderbilt honors Class of 2021 Founder’s Medalists
The Founder’s Medalists for the Class of 2021 were announced during Commencement ceremonies May 15–16. Since 1877, Vanderbilt has awarded a gold medal to the student graduating with first honors from each of the university’s 10 schools and colleges.
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Vanderbilt bestows emeritus and emerita titles, honoring 41 retiring faculty members
Vanderbilt University is honoring 41 retiring faculty members for their years of service and bestowing on them the title of emeritus or emerita faculty.
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Nashville salutes the Class of 2021
Nashville’s Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge was lit in Vanderbilt University colors the evening of May 16 to cap a weekend of celebrations for the Class of 2021.
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Deadline to apply for new internal funding programs supporting classroom excellence is Friday
Two new internal funding programs, the Educational Advancement Fund and the Course Improvement Grant, will support excellence in the classroom through continued pedagogical advancement and long-term educational transformation. The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 21.
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Nominations for Thomas Jefferson Award open through May 24
Nominations are open through Monday, May 24, for the Thomas Jefferson Award, which recognizes distinguished service by a member of the faculty to Vanderbilt through extraordinary contributions in the councils and government of the university.
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Staff invited to spring assembly this Thursday
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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VU receives outstanding achievement award for innovative programs in college career services field
The Career Center’s Katharine Brooks and Grace Foy have received the NACE/Chevron Award from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. The national award recognizes outstanding achievement in innovative programs in the career services field.
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Infrastructure, utility work begins in campus historic core near Kirkland, Neely and Benson
Starting Monday, May 17, work will begin in the “historic core” of campus adjacent to Kirkland Hall, Neely Auditorium and Benson Science Building. This work will update the underground infrastructure, including the installation of new chilled water lines in support of FutureVU’s sustainability goals.
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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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Dean of University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing to discuss advancing health equity tomorrow
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 Wednesday
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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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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‘The Business of VU’ preparing for fifth cohort in fall 2021; applications now open
The Business of VU program is accepting applications for its fifth cohort in fall 2021, offering the Vanderbilt community an educational opportunity to learn about the business operations of the university and the higher education landscape.


Take Note

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

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

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust – Ornamental Horticulture Grants

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 V Foundation Adult Translational Cancer Research Awards

Funding opportunity: American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center SPORE in Breast Cancer funding opportunities

NISE graduate trainee program now accepting applications

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

Play Move in May wellness bingo

Learn about Diabetes Prevention Program at upcoming sessions

Nutrition Corner: Fuel your workout

A Healthier You: Exercise your way


Coming Up

· 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 New York Times: Gasoline buying fever rages as pipeline company begins restart
Kelly Goldsmith, associate professor of marketing, is quoted.
Fox News: Don’t blame the filibuster for blocking Democrats’ agenda
Bruce Oppenheimer, professor of political science, emeritus, is quoted.
The Wall Street Journal: Trump-Biden was worst presidential polling miss in 40 years, panel says
Joshua Clinton, Abby and Jon Winkelried Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
Slate: The trial that could break the App Store hinges on one important question
Rebecca Allensworth, Tarkington Chair in Teaching Excellence and professor of law, is quoted.
NBC News: Fully vaccinated? You can ditch the mask, CDC say
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Insider: CDC panel OK’s Pfizer for 12- to 15-year-olds after safety review. Shots could go in arms tomorrow.
Helen Keipp Talbot, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
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