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  Monday, May. 15, 2023  
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Diermeier encourages Class of 2023 to live life the Vanderbilt Way, ‘dare to grow’
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier congratulated Vanderbilt University’s Class of 2023—for embodying “commitment, dedication and courage” during the past four years—in his Commencement address at Bridgestone Arena on May 12.
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WATCH: Nobel Peace Prize winner, journalist Maria Ressa calls on graduates to renounce social media manipulation and redefine democracy
Maria Ressa, an internationally acclaimed journalist who was awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for exposing government corruption and human rights violations in her native Philippines and for defending free and accurate speech worldwide, called on the Vanderbilt Class of 2023 to seek truth and facts despite the “toxic sludge” of misinformation manipulating social media.
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Vanderbilt University honors emeritus and emerita faculty, deans
Vanderbilt University has honored 33 retiring faculty members for their years of service by bestowing upon them the title of emerita or emeritus faculty. Additionally, four outgoing deans were honored for their service as deans. They were recognized during Vanderbilt’s Commencement ceremony.
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Vanderbilt honors Class of 2023 Founder’s Medalists
Vanderbilt’s Class of 2023 Founder’s Medalists were recognized on Graduates Day. Since 1877, the university has awarded a gold medal to the student graduating with first honors from each of the university’s 10 schools and colleges.
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‘U.S. News’ graduate school rankings: Here is how Vanderbilt graduate and professional programs placed
Vanderbilt University graduate and professional programs’ placements in the 2023–24 U.S. News & World Report Graduate School rankings were released. Four of Vanderbilt’s graduate and professional schools are in the top 20 of the U.S. News rankings. 
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Vanderbilt researchers awarded $3.2M NIH grant for study on child mental health
Carolyn Heinrich and Melinda Buntin have been awarded a $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to support their research on how school-based health centers impact children’s mental health and education outcomes.
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Vanderbilt alum Ashwin Kumar named 2023 Knight-Hennessy Scholar
Vanderbilt alumnus Ashwin Kumar has been selected from a pool of more than 7,000 applicants for the 2023 cohort of the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, where scholars receive up to three years of financial support to pursue graduate studies at Stanford University.
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Vanderbilt students manage $500K portfolio in TVA Investment Challenge Program
Vanderbilt University students in two business courses managed a $500,000 investment fund and took fourth place in the 2022 Tennessee Valley Authorities’ Investment Challenge. The Vanderbilt team beat the S&P 500 performance by 3.9% and outperformed 21 other teams.
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School of Nursing and VUMC launch new program for diverse nurses aspiring to leadership
Nurses from underrepresented groups in nursing who are interested in leadership are invited to apply for a new aspiring leaders academy to be held at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing July 17-19, 2023. The academy is for those who have more than three years’ nursing experience and are not yet in leadership roles in health care or academia. Spots are limited, so applicants are encouraged to apply by May 31.
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Printing Services wins prestigious printing award
Vanderbilt University Printing Services recently earned a 2023 In-Print Award, one of the highest honors in the printing community. This year, the Printing Services team earned a Silver Award for the 2023 edition of LiveIt Nashville, a publication cosponsored by the Division of Government and Community Relations and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. This year’s silver award is Vanderbilt’s second In-Print award since 2019.
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VPA hosts ‘Speak Easy’ talk series May 18 to help postdocs tell their scientific story
The Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association hosts “Speak Easy,” a talk series designed to help postdoctoral researchers polish their “lay” scientific communication skills in a fun and casual setting. The next event will be on Thursday, May 18, at 5 p.m. in Alumni Hall, Room 100.
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Vanderbilt celebrates Bike to Work Day, offers Bike Month updates
May is National Bike Month, and Vanderbilt has several activities and resources planned to showcase the many benefits of bicycling.
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Campus Dining announces staff and faculty Flex Meal Deal for summer 2023
Campus Dining has announced its summer 2023 Flex Meal Deal for Vanderbilt faculty, staff, graduate and professional students. Flex Meals can be purchased in blocks of 10 meals, and are regularly $100 (plus tax) per block. During the summer 2023 Flex Meal Deal, three additional bonus meals are added at no additional charge. This promotion runs through Monday, May 22. Meals can be purchased online, and there is no limit to the number of bonus meals you can earn.


Health & Safety Updates

Public Health Central Command Center has discontinued operations

Move in May with Vanderbilt’s employee wellness program Virgin Pulse

Connect with colleagues at Walking Wednesday May 24

‘Let’s Talk’: Making mental health the next normal

Earn rewards through Vanderbilt’s new wellness program; receive higher points for completed actions


Limited Submission Opportunities

ADA Pathway to Stop Diabetes Awards (Initiator and Accelerator) Deadline: May 22

2024 Macy Faculty Scholars Program Deadline: June 7

W.M. Keck Research Program–Concept Papers (Fall 2023) Deadline: June 8

Engineering Information Foundation Grant Programs (Fall 2023) Deadline: June 13

Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Grant Programs for Organizations Deadline: June 19


Campus Updates

Medical Center Drive to be closed May 20

Natchez Trace closure delayed until further notice

Commons houses to undergo furniture, flooring upgrades this summer

Two levels of Baker Garage to close April 24–Aug. 1

Window maintenance near Medical Center North A-wing entrance begins April 17

Construction affects entrances to Medical Center North Round Wing starting April 10


Take Note

Public comments invited for VUPS re-accreditation process

VICC Spore in Breast Cancer Developmental Research Program funding announcement – now due today, May 15

International Conference on Approximation Theory and Beyond in conjunction with the 35th annual Shanks Lecture is May 15-18

Provide feedback on WeGo Access proposals May 16 and 18

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center hosts ‘Community input and collaboration in research development and implementation’ virtual panel May 18

Applications open for Global Scholars in Residence second cohort; Deadline is May 26

Blair School of Music hosts MusicTech for teens July 10–14

‘Business of VU’ preparing for seventh cohort in fall 2023


Coming Up

· MAY ·
  Cell Dynamics Symposium May 18–19
· MAY ·
  Vanderbilt Basic Sciences Apex Lecture: ‘Mechanism of genetic quality control in germ cells’ May 22
· MAY ·
  Deadline for Community Scholars Award applications is May 26
· JUL ·
  Diermeier announces paid administrative closure day in July


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Inside Higher Ed: Academics win Pulitzers in arts and letters
Jefferson Cowie’s, James G. Stahlman Professor and professor of history, Pulitzer Prize win is mentioned. NPR also published an article featuring Cowie. Research by Cowie is cited in The New York Times.
The Guardian: Covid officials say new ‘Arcturus’ variant could be linked to conjunctivitis
William Schaffner, professor of health policy, is quoted. Today published a similar story quoting Schaffner.
Newsweek: Supreme Court ruling puts spotlight on transgender pronouns
Lisa Bressman, David Daniels Distinguished Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
Smithsonian Magazine: Can digital psychiatry really fill the mental health care gap?
Bradley Malin, Accenture Professor and professor of biomedical informatics, is quoted.
HuffPost: Do over-the-counter varicose vein treatments actually work?
Mark Iafrati, professor of vascular surgery, is quoted.
Health: Adding exercise to treatment programs may help reduce substance use, study shows
Erin Calipari, assistant professor of pharmacology, is quoted.
SC Media: US better prepared to combat persistent ransomware threat
The Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats is featured.
Forbes: Your soap might make you more attractive to mosquitoes—here’s why
Laurence Zwiebel, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Biological Sciences, is quoted.
Good Housekeeping: 6 best air purifiers for allergies, tested by experts
Derek Damin, assistant professor of clinical medicine, is quoted.
Axios Nashville: Allergy season hits Nashville
Stokes Peebles, Elizabeth and John Murray Professor and professor of medicine, is quoted.
AARP: 4 foods to eat (and 6 to avoid) for stomach ulcers
Reid Ness, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
Psychology Today: What do we really know about mass shootings?
Research by Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor and professor of medicine, health, and society, and Tara McKay, assistant professor of medicine, health and society, is cited.
The Tennessean: Nashville’s new mayor must learn from past failure and enact a new transit vision | Plazas
The Vanderbilt Poll – Nashville is cited. Axios Nashville also published an article citing the Vanderbilt Poll — Nashville.
Nashville Post: Of Note: 10 May 2023 Delek, Southwestern Family of Companies, Vanderbilt announce updates
The District Impact Report, a project that highlights Vanderbilt’s impact in Tennessee’s 99 state House and 33 state Senate districts launched by the Vanderbilt University Division of Government and Community Relations and Office of Data and Strategic Analytics, is featured.
Targeted Oncology: FDA postpones approval decision for N-803 in BCG-unresponsive NMIBC carcinoma in situ
Sam Chang, Patricia and Rhodes Hart Professor and professor of urology, is quoted.
Healthline: Scientists may have figured out how to make vaccines last longer
Buddy Creech, Edie Carell Johnson Professor and professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
Consumer Reports: Smarter: Should kids be exposed to dirt?
Russell Leftwich, adjunct assistant professor of biomedical informatics, is quoted.
HealthDay: RSV in first year of life tied to risk for childhood asthma
Research by Christian Rosas-Salazar, assistant professor of pediatrics, is cited.
Accuweather: Thunderstorms can trigger asthma attacks, experts explain
Brian Christman, professor of medicine, is quoted.
Science: Giving heart
Ashish Shah, professor of cardiac surgery, is quoted.
HealthDay: Cancer patients give telemedicine high marks
Travis Osterman, associate professor of biomedical informatics, is quoted.
The Tennessean: The week in politics: What Gov. Bill Lee says about his political future
The Vanderbilt Poll – Statewide is cited. The Tennessee Tribune and WPLN also published an article citing the Poll.
Nashville Post: Launch Tennessee, Vanderbilt announce partnership
Nathan Green, vice chancellor for government and community relations, is quoted. The Tennessee Tribune and published similar articles quoting Green.
Healio: Early palliative care ‘did not show a benefit’ for patients undergoing cancer surgery
Myrick Shinall, associate professor of surgery, is quoted. MedPage Today published a similar article quoting Shinall.
Health: More than 500,000 at-home COVID tests recalled, FDA warns of bacteria risk
William Schaffner, professor of health policy, is quoted. Becker’s Hospital Review also published an article quoting Schaffner.
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