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  Wednesday, May 26, 2021  
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University updates COVID-19 protocols following CDC guidance; vaccine required for Vanderbilt University-employed faculty and staff
Following revised CDC recommendations indicating that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks or physically distance, the university is modifying many of its COVID-19 protocols. Additionally, all Vanderbilt University-employed faculty, staff and postdoctoral fellows are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the 2021–22 academic year.
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Meet Vanderbilt University’s new human resources leader
Cleo Rucker says elevating the One Vanderbilt spirit of cooperation and collegiality across all departments is among his top priorities as the university’s chief human resources officer.
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George Floyd and America—one year later
Dr. André L. Churchwell, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, reflects on the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death.
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Former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam leads discussion on the positive role faith can play in politics
Rather than allowing faith to fracture our politics, it should be used as a guiding force to help unify our communities, said former two-term Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam in a virtual discussion on May 25 with Vanderbilt Divinity School Dean Rev. Emilie Townes and author and political columnist Peter Wehner.
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Six students graduate from Next Steps at Vanderbilt in Class of 2021
Six students graduated from the Next Steps at Vanderbilt program as part of the Class of 2021 this May. Next Steps at Vanderbilt provides students with intellectual disability an inclusive, transformational higher education experience that embodies the values of equality, compassion and excellence in all endeavors.
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Vanderbilt postdoctoral fellows recognized at 2021 Spring Postdoc Awards
The Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs announced its 2021 award winners May 24. Postdoctoral fellows, commonly known as postdocs, are professionals who have earned doctoral degrees and are, in most cases, temporarily pursuing additional scholarly training, experience and research progress necessary for a wide range of career paths.
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Master’s in Data Science program recognizes excellence in teaching, exceptional teaching assistants with inaugural awards
The Master’s in Data Science program introduced two awards during the 2020-21 academic year. These awards serve to recognize excellence in teaching and exceptional teaching assistants.
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Office of Research enhances sponsorship and compliance support for faculty
The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is expanding capacity and expertise in Research Development and Support to enhance support for faculty seeking foundation and federal sponsorship for research, scholarship and innovation, as well as research compliance support to both protect and enable cutting-edge faculty research.
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Research community engages in testing of new Vanderbilt Electronic Research Administration system
Research administrators and faculty will have the opportunity to test the new Vanderbilt Electronic Research Administration system to become familiar with how it works and provide feedback to the Sponsored Programs Administration and Process and Solution Implementations teams on its functioning.
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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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Rec Center summer membership available to faculty, staff, postdocs, students
Summer membership to the David Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center will be available for purchase by university faculty, staff, postdocs and active students not enrolled in summer courses beginning June 1.
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Submit biweekly time cards, report holiday time in advance of holiday weekend
Biweekly employees and student workers are strongly encouraged to submit their time cards, and their managers are encouraged to approve those time cards, as soon as work is completed and prior to departure for the upcoming holiday weekend, unless the employee will be working over the weekend.
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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.


Take Note

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

VKC Community Lecture: ‘Learning How Children on the Autism Spectrum Process Sensory Information’ June 17

Employee Learning and Engagement launches professional development workshops

Smetana named to CUPA-HR national board

COVID-19 vaccinations now available for 12–15-year-olds through VUMC

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center SPORE in Breast Cancer funding opportunity

‘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


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Wall Street Journal: Nonprofit seeks to trap carbon in the financial markets
Vanderbilt’s collaboration with the nonprofit organization Climate Vault is mentioned.
The New York Times: These sisters with sickle cell had devastating, and preventable, strokes
Michael DeBaun, J.C. Peterson, M.D. Chair in Pediatrics, is quoted.
CNN: An 8th U.S. state just reached a critical COVID-19 vaccination milestone
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Insider: As Tesla Solar Roof customers file another lawsuit, California is set to decide whether to combine them into a single class-action complaint
Brian Fitzpatrick, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise and professor of law, is quoted.
Redbook: Stress about money is doing a number on your heart health
Derek Griffith, professor of medicine, health and society and director of Vanderbilt’s Center for Research on Men’s Health, is quoted.
The Tennessean: ‘Looking to erase us’: Tennessee parents, advocates criticize Gov. Lee for anti-LGBTQ bills
Cassandra Brady, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, is quoted.
Real Simple: This is why tiny things make us so happy
Brian Wind, adjunct assistant professor of psychology, is quoted. Miss the ‘super flower blood moon’ lunar eclipse? Watch it here
Billy Teets, director of Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory, is quoted.
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