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Vanderbilt social, political historian Jefferson Cowie wins Pulitzer for ‘Freedom’s Dominion: A Saga of White Resistance to Federal Power’
Jefferson Cowie, a celebrated U.S. politics and culture historian, has won the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for his book that “radically shifts our understanding of what freedom means in America.”
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Vanderbilt hosts Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats
The second Vanderbilt Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats took place May 4 and 5. It included remarks from international experts and industry leaders on the nature of modern conflict and emerging threats that the intelligence, technology and academic disciplines must consider in this era.
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Preparing for Plan B: Rainy weather could shift outdoor Commencement to Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville
Those attending Commencement are encouraged to monitor updates through email and on Vanderbilt’s Commencement website,, to stay up to date on location changes caused by inclement weather.
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Internationally acclaimed journalist, 2021 Nobel Peace Prize winner to open Commencement celebrations
Maria A. Ressa, an internationally acclaimed journalist who has endured political threats and government arrests for her commitment to truth and democracy, will receive Vanderbilt University’s prestigious Nichols-Chancellor’s Medal when she speaks to the university’s graduating students and their families on May 11 during 2023 Commencement activities. Vanderbilt is honoring the Class of 2023 with a series of events May 11–12.
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LaunchTN, Vanderbilt partner to support innovation, commercialization of Tennessee-based technologies
With the new partnership, LaunchTN and Vanderbilt will work collaboratively to support, engage and attract high-growth startups.
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New interactive map highlights Vanderbilt’s impact in Tennessee’s State House, Senate districts
The project, called the District Impact Report, is an interactive dashboard that showcases the university’s economic, social and cultural contributions to communities across the state.
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'Let’s Talk': Making mental health the next normal
How do you know when you need help from a mental health professional? Our feelings and thoughts can be tough to talk about, and, for most people, mental health is a bit of a mystery. Lyra, the university’s mental health services provider, can be a great way to access the support you need.


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V150: Peace Through Prosperity
Muhammad Yunus, who earned a Ph.D. in economics at Vanderbilt in 1971, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his work combating poverty through a bank that gives small loans to poor people.


Health & Safety Updates

Public Health Central Command Center will discontinue operations May 12, 2023

Health and Wellness for Vandy Vets program creates space for military veterans to focus on well-being; final session is May 11


Limited Submission Opportunities

Mathers Foundation Grant Program Summer 2023 Deadline: May 11

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation–Data Visualization of Structural Racism and Place Deadline: May 11

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


Campus Updates

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

STIR Lab seeking research participants age 13–18 for social media study

VICC Spore in Breast Cancer Developmental Research Program funding announcement – now due 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

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 ·
  ‘Ask Fidelity: Navigating Market Volatility’ webinar May 10
· MAY ·
  Cell Dynamics Symposium May 18–19
· MAY ·
  Deadline for Community Scholars Award applications is May 26


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Record: The NSA’s research chief on emerging tech — including ‘beyond belief’ leaps in AI
The Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats, a cybersecurity event held at Vanderbilt, is featured. The Vanderbilt Hustler also published a story about the Summit.
The New York Times: Is red state gun reform in sight? Tennessee is about to find out.
The Vanderbilt Poll – Statewide is cited. Nashville Pride also published a story citing the Poll.
The Washington Post: There’s a war raging. It’s against normal politics.
Nicole Hemmer, associate professor of history, is quoted.
Wall Street Journal: Banks are in the grips of investor crisis of confidence
Research by Morgan Ricks, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor and professor of law, is cited.
Bloomberg: Regulatory actions throw Microsoft’s mobile gaming ambitions into doubt
Rebecca Allensworth, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
The Tennessean: We HIV medical specialists want to clear the record on antiretroviral treatment | Opinion
Ten Vanderbilt researchers co-authored this opinion piece: April Pettit, associate professor of medicine; Anna Person, associate professor of medicine; Aima Ahonkhai, assistant professor of medicine; Peter Rebeiro, assistant professor of medicine; Carolyn Audet, associate professor of health policy; Tara McKay, assistant professor of medicine, health, and society; Daniel Escudero, assistant professor of medicine; Cristian J. Chandler, assistant professor of medicine; L. Lauren Brown, adjunct assistant professor of medicine; and David Haas, professor of medicine.
Sci Tech Daily: Better than antibiotics – stool transplants show promising results in treating life-threatening infections
Research by Maribeth Nicholson, associate professor of pediatrics, and Sari Acra, professor of clinical pediatrics, is cited.
Becker’s Hospital Review: New website aims to share best practices on virtual nursing
Kelly Aldrich, associate professor of nursing, is featured.
Diverse Issues in Higher Education: On the Move: Duane Watson
Duane Watson, associate provost for faculty development and Frank W. Mayborn Professor and professor of psychology and human development, is featured.
Medical Buyer: Robot-assisted surgeries on rise in US, India
Robert J. Webster, Richard A. Schroeder Professor and professor of mechanical engineering, is quoted.
Wall Street Journal: CDC Director Walensky to step down
William Schaffner, professor of health policy, is quoted. The New York Times published a similar article quoting Schaffner.
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