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  Friday, May 21, 2021  
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Diermeier honors staff for ‘ingenuity, dedication and collaboration’ at first Spring Staff Assembly
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier held Vanderbilt University’s first Spring Staff Assembly on May 20 to share a state of the university address and present a new series of annual staff awards. Nearly 1,000 people attended the virtual event, which was streamed live from the Student Life Center.
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Churchwell looking forward to transition, new challenges
Dr. André Churchwell has led VUMC’s diversity and inclusion efforts for the past 12 years and in 2020 was named Vanderbilt University’s vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer. Going forward, he will focus solely on his university role while continuing to see patients in his cardiology practice at Vanderbilt Heart. It’s a transition he says he’s looking forward to.
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Research with six Tennessee school districts shows inequities in how students experienced schooling during COVID-19
The Tennessee Education Research Alliance has released a report highlighting major findings from its work examining student and teacher experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Early longitudinal study on impact of pandemic shows increase in depression, less social anxiety among young adults
Autumn Kujawa, assistant professor of psychology and human development, has been conducting one of the first studies tracking people’s response to stress exposure before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Smetana named to CUPA-HR national board
Erik Smetana, executive director for people and engagement in Vanderbilt University Human Resources, has been named an at-large director to the national board of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.
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Faculty invited to submit Rapid Advancement Micro-grant Program proposals; application portal now open
The Office of the Provost invites faculty to submit proposals for the inaugural round of Rapid Advancement Micro-grant Program awards, which are designed for smaller-scale funding opportunities that require a quick response.
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Deadline to apply for new internal funding programs supporting classroom excellence is today
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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Vanderbilt faculty partner with Nashville arts group for a cosmic country western musical
With the help of a Vanderbilt Strong grant and Vanderbilt’s Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy, two Vanderbilt University instructors came together to create a boisterous country western musical comedy. The play, “Sloppy Bonnie,” will run May 20–June 5 in the parking lot of Oz Arts Nashville.
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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

Churchwell featured in Nashville ‘Community Conversation’ series May 22

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

Basic Sciences virtual conversation: ‘How the Brain Remembers’ May 26

Library catalog and related services unavailable Memorial Day weekend

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


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Vanderbilt in the News
Roll Call: Biden’s labor support may stall unless Senate enacts protections
Bruce Oppenheimer, professor of political science, emeritus, is quoted.
FiveThirtyEight: Militias pose a serious threat. So why is it so hard to stop them?
Amy Cooter, senior lecturer in sociology, is quoted.
The New York Times: ‘When you hear the heart, you know it’s your motor’
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
USA Today: Mask wars: As stores update COVID mask policies for vaccinated customers, are more conflicts on the horizon?
Kelly Goldsmith, associate professor of marketing, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Tips to make laundry day more gentle on the environment
Jonathan Gilligan, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, is quoted.
National Geographic: How COVID-19 is changing our expectations for other vaccines
Jennifer Trueblood, associate professor of psychology, is quoted.
Source: What’s next for America’s inland waterways
Janey Camp, research associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is interviewed for an episode of ASCE Interchange about the future of America’s inland waterways.
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