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  Wednesday, June 16, 2021  
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The Tennessean: Strong academics paired with SEC athletics is a blueprint for greatness at Vanderbilt
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletic Director Candice Lee co-authored this opinion piece that details how Vanderbilt’s rigorous academics, membership in the competitive SEC conference and location in Nashville make the university a desirable destination for student-athletes and coaches, as evidenced in the success of head baseball coach Tim Corbin, whose College World Series-bound team excels in the classroom and on the playing field.
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Staff and postdocs who submit vaccination record by July 19 eligible for $1,000 prize drawing
As announced last month, COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for all members of the Vanderbilt community for the 2021–22 academic year. To thank those who submit their vaccination records early, the Division of Administration will conduct a drawing for 25 Vanderbilt University-employed staff and postdocs who submit their records to the university’s vaccine portal by 8 a.m. on July 19. 
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VandyBoys head to College World Series; team sendoff is Wednesday
The VandyBoys are Omaha bound for their fifth College World Series appearance. National champions in 2014 and 2019, Vanderbilt is one of eight teams playing for the 2021 national title starting Saturday, June 19. Fan are invited to send off the team from Hawkins Field Wednesday and may begin lining up at 11 a.m.
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Lindsley named to Medicinal Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society Hall of Fame 
Craig Lindsley, the William K. Warren, Jr. Chair in Medicine and director of Vanderbilt’s  Warren Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery, will be inducted to the 2021 class of the Division of Medicinal Chemistry Hall of Fame.
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Two Vanderbilt students named 2020-21 Goldwater Scholars
Rising senior Minna Apostolova and rising junior Joseph Sexton have been named 2021 Barry A. Goldwater Scholars, the nation’s most competitive scholarship for undergraduate STEM students who show exceptional promise of becoming the nation’s next generation of research leaders.
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Three receive Keegan Fellowships
Class of 2020 graduates Frances Burton and Matt Zhang were named Michael B. Keegan Traveling Fellows for 2020-21, and Class of 2021 graduate Barton Christmas was named a Keegan Fellow for 2021-22. The Keegan Fellowship aims to enhance the development of future leaders through world travel and experiential learning.
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Watch faculty discuss Juneteenth, more events this week
Leading up to Vanderbilt’s annual observance of Juneteenth, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion André L. Churchwell hosted a discussion with Reverend James M. Lawson Professor of History Dennis C. Dickerson and Associate Professor of History Brandon Byrd about this important date in history.
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Portion of West End Avenue closed June 17–20 for crane removal
West End Avenue between 24th and 25th avenues will be closed June 17–20 for the removal of a 20-story construction crane used to complete the exterior and masonry work on the West End Tower connected to Nicholas S. Zeppos College.
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Discussion on the origins of life featuring cross-section of Vanderbilt academics set for June 17
How do academics with diverse areas of expertise view the origins of life? A June 17 virtual discussion hosted by the School of Medicine Basic Sciences will bring together perspectives from single-cell biology, theology, space and time and metaphysical philosophy to explore the unique and common understandings among the fields.
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Nashville medical leaders to discuss racial health disparities and possible solutions June 18
Local health experts will explore health disparities and inequities in the Nashville community and how these issues can be addressed during a virtual event on Friday, June 18, from 1 to 2 p.m. CT.  Hosted by Vanderbilt, “Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in Nashville: An Update” is free and open to the public. 
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‘A Conversation on Bostock v.
Clayton County and the Rise of
Anti-LGBTQIA+ Legislation’ set
for June 22  
A discussion about the 2020 Supreme Court ruling on Bostock v. Clayton County and its ongoing relevance in American jurisprudence amid recent increases in anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation is scheduled for Tuesday, June 22, from 11 a.m. to noon CT. The ‘Dores in Dialogue event is presented in partnership with LAVA, the LGBTQIA+ Association of Vanderbilt Alumni.
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Vanderbilt political scientists discuss shifts in U.S. Congress with longtime North Carolina Rep. David Price
The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy will host a virtual discussion June 28 about the evolution of the U.S. Congress and how to find issues of common ground in a time of polarization. The discussion will feature current U.S. Rep. David Price and Vanderbilt political scientists Alan Wiseman and Larry Bartels. 
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Submit your tuition benefit application for fall 2021 now
The EdAssist portal is now available for submitting fall 2021 tuition benefit applications, including dependent tuition applications.
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Vanderbilt Eye Institute now a DeltaVision provider; claims covered effective Jan. 1, 2021
Vanderbilt Eye Institute is now a provider in Vanderbilt University’s DeltaVision network. Any employee who visited the Vanderbilt Eye Institute beginning Jan. 1, 2021, will be contacted by DeltaVision as their claim is reprocessed.


Take Note

University hosting free walk-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics for faculty, staff and postdoctoral fellows 

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

‘Estate Planning: Essential Legal Documents’ June 16

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

Nashville Jazz Workshop and Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy host Juneteenth Jazz and Art Live Experience June 19

Blood drive marking 9/11 anniversary set for July 2

Employee Learning and Engagement launches professional development workshops

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center SPORE in Breast Cancer funding opportunity

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowships

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2022 NEH Summer Stipends

Learn about Diabetes Prevention Program at upcoming sessions

Win big with Health Plus’ Spring into Summer weigh-ins and step challenge

Become a Health Plus Wellness Commodore

Join Health Plus’ Babies and You prenatal education program


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Vanderbilt in the News
NBC News: Novavax COVID vaccine highly effective in U.S. trials, including against variants, company says
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
National Geographic: How the new Alzheimer’s drug works—and why the FDA is under fire for approving it
Matthew Schrag, assistant professor of neurology, is quoted.
Education Week: We pay superintendents big bucks and expect them to succeed. But we hardly know them
Research by Jason Grissom, Patricia and Rodes Hart Chair and professor of leadership, policy and organizations, is cited.
Bloomberg Law: Defender turned judge picks navigate GOP wary of knowledge gaps
Brian Fitzpatrick, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise and professor of law, is quoted.
Los Angeles Times: Biden’s first foreign trip as VP was a breeze; Harris’ was into the lion’s dean
Amanda Clayton, assistant professor of political science, is quoted.
Nashville Pride: Vanderbilt Poll: Tennesseans split along party lines on vaccines, 2020 election and ‘cancel culture’
The results of the latest Vanderbilt Poll–Statewide continue to be highlighted.
Bloomberg Law: Vaccine incentives guidance from EEOC leaves employers guessing
Jennifer Shinall, professor of law, is quoted.
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