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  Wednesday, May 19, 2021  
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Inaugural Spring Staff Assembly is tomorrow
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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COVID-19 vaccination required for students this fall
Vanderbilt University has announced it will require new and returning students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the 2021–22 academic school 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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Class of 2021 graduates celebrated at recognition ceremonies May 13–14
A number of Vanderbilt graduates participated in recognition ceremonies supported by the Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence May 13–14 as part of the university’s 2021 Commencement celebrations.
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LaLonde named associate vice chancellor for community engagement
Kristine LaLonde, a former Nashville Metro Council member and veteran public servant, educator and community volunteer, will join Vanderbilt University’s Division of Government and Community Relations as associate vice chancellor for community engagement.
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Churchwell featured in ‘Community Conversation’ series May 22
Nashville Vice Mayor Jim Shulman will host Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Dr. André Churchwell for a Community Conversation on Saturday, May 22.
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Maternal health expert named to American Academy of Nursing Jonas Policy Scholars Program
James Muchira, a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Nursing, has been named an American Academy of Nursing  Jonas Policy Scholar. This program supports early-career scholars seeking to build their knowledge and aptitude in health policy.
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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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2021 Postdoc Awards to be held virtually May 24
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association will recognize the university’s exemplary postdoctoral fellows as well as faculty mentorship at the 2021 Postdoc Awards Ceremony on Monday, May 24, at 5 p.m. CT.
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Plan ahead for updates to Oracle Cloud this weekend
Vanderbilt’s Oracle Cloud environment will be updated with the newest release May 21–22. Please plan ahead for this period when the system will be unavailable.
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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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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.
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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.


Take Note

Library catalog and related services unavailable Memorial Day weekend

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

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

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

VINSE Spotlight Podcast: Kent Hallman–using phase change material to build photonic devices

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

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

NISE graduate trainee program now accepting applications

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

Learn about Diabetes Prevention Program at upcoming sessions

Play Move in May wellness bingo

Nutrition Corner: Fuel your workout


Coming Up

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  Basic Sciences hosts virtual conversation: ‘How the Brain Remembers’


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Tennessean: In a year of challenges, college graduates deserve their day of celebration
In this opinion piece, Chancellor Daniel Diermeier discusses how Vanderbilt University worked to stay safe and build community leading up to 2021 Commencement.
Associated Press: The unwitting are the target of COVID-19 falsehoods online
Lisa Fazio, assistant professor of psychology, is quoted.
The Guardian: ‘Their stories need to be told’: The true story behind ‘The Underground Railroad’
Richard Blackett, professor of history, emeritus, is quoted.
The Wall Street Journal: COVID-19 vaccine works, even if side effects differ for all, doctors say
Kathryn Edwards, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Pediatrics, is quoted.
Inverse: How to sleep better while intermittent fasting
Carl Johnson, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Biological Sciences, is quoted.
Associated Press: Bleak futures fuel widespread protests by young Colombians
Lesley Gill, professor of anthropology, is quoted.
Freethink: Ketamine infusion: What it’s like and how it works
Lisa Monteggia, professor of pharmacology, is quoted.
Main Street Nashville: First toilet paper, now gas. What causes panic buying?
Kelly Goldsmith, associate professor of marketing, is quoted.
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