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  Friday, June 18, 2021  
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Vanderbilt’s Juneteenth commemoration continues
Vanderbilt joins the nation in celebrating President Biden’s historic decision to immediately establish Juneteenth as a federal holiday. Vanderbilt will remain in session and will continue events that have been scheduled throughout the week commemorating the end of slavery in the United States on June 19, 1865. University leaders look forward to engaging with the Vanderbilt community around future observances of the Juneteenth holiday.
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Vanderbilt joins peer group studying legacies of slavery and racial injustice
Vanderbilt University has become the newest member of the Universities Studying Slavery consortium as part of its reinvigorated commitment to confront racial injustice while working toward a more inclusive and welcoming campus community.
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VU graduate students highlight contributions of Black scientists as part of Juneteenth celebration
In honor of this year’s Juneteenth holiday, Vanderbilt University graduate students from the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics created a poster charting key achievements from Black scientists stretching back to 1837.
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VandyBoys play Saturday in College World Series
The VandyBoys make their 2021 College World Series debut Saturday at 6 p.m. CT against Arizona. The game will be televised live on ESPN. Stay tuned to for information on fan events in Omaha, Nashville-area watch parties, where to get CWS gear and more.
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Watch: Chancellor hosts sustainability webinar
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier, Vice Chancellor for Administration Eric Kopstain and distinguished environmental economist Michael Greenstone discuss the series of innovative solutions putting Vanderbilt on track to become the first member of the Association of American Universities to achieve carbon neutrality this spring—decades ahead of the university’s initial sustainability goal.
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Merrikh named finalist for Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists for second year
For the second year in a row, Professor of Biochemistry Houra Merrikh has been named a finalist for the 2021 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists in the life sciences category for her discovery of a potential solution to prevent the evolution of antimicrobial resistance and, in some cases, even reverse existing resistance.
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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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Applications for Vanderbilt Leadership Enrichment program accepted through July 9
Applications are now being accepted for the Vanderbilt Leadership Enrichment program, designed to develop key leadership skills and competencies for staff who are managers or operational leaders demonstrating high potential.
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Nashville medical leaders to discuss racial health disparities and possible solutions today
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’ is 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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World Microbiome Day virtual seminar set for June 23
Join the Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative for a special World Microbiome Day seminar and Q&A session on Wednesday, June 23, featuring Yale University’s Benjamin Chan. World Microbiome Day celebrates the importance of understanding and deploying microbial communities and their products for positive outcomes in a sustainable manner.
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Owen Forward Summer Leadership Series hosts two events June 23
Owen Graduate School of Management professor Kelly Goldsmith will host bestselling author and former Best Buy Chairman and CEO Hubert Joly, and Owen professor Kimberly Pace will discuss “What it Takes to Land a Position in the C-Suite,” in a pair of virtual events on Wednesday, June 23. Register now.
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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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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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Healthcare Bluebook price transparency tool now protected with multi-factor authentication
Healthcare Bluebook, an online price comparison tool for health care services that is free for Vanderbilt benefits-enrolled faculty, staff and their dependents, is now protected using multi-factor authentication. MFA provides an additional layer of security for users logging in to a secure environment.


Take Note

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

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

Blood drive marking 9/11 anniversary set for July 2

Employee Learning and Engagement launches professional development workshops

Submit your tuition benefit application for fall 2021 now

Vanderbilt Eye Institute now a DeltaVision provider; claims covered effective Jan. 1, 2021

Vanderbilt Farmers’ Market is back on Thursdays through Oct. 28

Join the Spring into Summer Step Challenge

Learn about Diabetes Prevention Program at upcoming sessions

Join Health Plus’ Babies and You prenatal education program

Become a Health Plus Wellness Commodore

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


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Vanderbilt in the News A project to overcome polarization
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier is interviewed about the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy.
Fortune: Apple’s government subpoenas raise a much bigger tech issue
Gautam Hans, assistant clinical professor of law, is quoted.
The New York Times: Gunman in Florida Publix shooting did not know victims, sheriff says
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health and Society, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Voters around the world think their governments are out of touch. They have a point.
Noam Lupu, associate professor of political science and associate director of the Latin American Public Opinion Project, writes about a new study that finds elected representatives’ policy positions are often closer to those of the rich than to those of the poor.
The Tennessean: A defense of civility in a contentious world
Benigno Trigo, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in the Humanities and professor of Spanish, writes about the importance of civil discussion in today’s contentious society.
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