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  Monday, May. 8, 2023  
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WATCH: Chancellor holds conversation about sustainability efforts
On May 3, faculty joined an online conversation about the university’s ongoing efforts surrounding sustainability.
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Vandy United reaches initial goal, begins next chapter
Vandy United, the largest campaign in the history of Vanderbilt athletics, has achieved its initial $300 million fundraising goal, ushering in a new era of historic investment in student-athletes and the athletics experience.
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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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Data Science Institute project aims to build AI model for language acquisition
The Vanderbilt University Data Science Institute began work this semester on a research project to bridge the gap in language acquisition of low-resource languages through deep learning. The team is developing an AI assistant for language professors and tools that keep the curricula up to date with changes in the Hindi language.
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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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Language Tables program wraps up successful inaugural year
The Vanderbilt Language Tables program concluded its inaugural year on campus on April 20, bringing together students, faculty, staff and the public to explore languages and international cuisine in Vanderbilt dining halls.
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Symposium highlights undergraduates’ creative arts and writing projects
The 2023 Spring Vanderbilt Undergraduate Creative Writing Symposium and Arts Showcase was held April 13 to celebrate a diverse range of undergraduate talent across fields and disciplines at the university. This year’s symposium featured the highest-ever number of submissions and attendees.
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Vanderbilt Career Center releases post-graduation outcomes for Class of 2022, launches survey for Class of 2023
Learn where the 2022 graduates are now. The Graduate Pathway Survey helps show next steps after Vanderbilt. The class of 2023 are encouraged to complete the survey now.
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School of Medicine Basic Sciences launches Apex Lecture Series
The Apex Lecture Series will bring scientists who are influencing the trajectory of their fields to engage with our scientific community. The next event will feature Volker Dötsch from Goethe University on Monday, May 22.
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Lab-to-Table Conversation: ‘Social Media and Addiction’ May 9
How is social media creating conversations about addiction and recovery? How is it building broader community? And how is it a complex space to engage with as a person in recovery? The discussion, led by Erin Calipari, will feature psychiatry experts on May 9.


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WATCH: Student-athletes embody Vandy United on and off the field
Vanderbilt student-athletes in the Class of 2023 showcase collaboration, leadership and integrity in the classroom and on the field of play.


Health & Safety Updates

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

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

Connect with colleagues at Walking Wednesday May 24

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

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


Campus Updates

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


Limited Submission Opportunities

2024 Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award Deadline: May 9

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


Take Note

Vanderbilt takes its online, hybrid offerings to new heights, launches Vanderbilt Online

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

Public comments invited for VUPS re-accreditation process

‘Dean Reviews and Searches: Objectives and Outcomes’ May 9

Department of Pharmacology hosts ‘Circadian genes, rhythms and the biology of psychiatric disorders’ lecture May 9

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

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

Applications open for Global Scholars in Residence second cohort

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


Coming Up

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  Faculty invited to grants management discussion on May 9
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  ‘Ask Fidelity: Navigating Market Volatility’ webinar May 10
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  Cell Dynamics Symposium May 18–19
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  Deadline for Community Scholars Award applications is May 26
  Diermeier announces paid administrative closure day in July


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Washington Post: These professors are asking students to consider divisive ideas — and learn
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier is quoted.
The Washington Post: Lawmakers again want to advance the EARN IT Act. Cybersecurity experts still oppose it.
The Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats at Vanderbilt is mentioned. Bloomberg, CyberScoop and Morning Consult published related coverage.
Fox News: AI-powered cruise control can stop ‘phantom traffic jams’ before they start
Dan Work, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Jonathan Sprinkle, professor of computer science, are quoted.
The Hill: What would a debt ceiling failure mean for Americans?
Yesha Yadav, Milton R. Underwood Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
The Guardian: UK’s competition watchdog aims for leading global role
Rebecca Allensworth, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
Interesting Engineering: Weird worlds: These are the most extreme exoplanets we’ve discovered so far
Keivan Stassun, Stevenson Professor of Physics and Astronomy, is quoted.
Voice of America: COVID-related learning loss in US mirrors global trend
Stephen Heyneman, professor of leadership, policy, and organizations, emeritus, is quoted.
Verywell Health: How does Lilly’s Alzheimer’s drug compare to aduhelm and leqembi?
Matthew Schrag, assistant professor of neurology, is quoted.
Nashville Post: Blair School of Music welcomes Mussi
Ernesto Estigarribia Mussi, incoming assistant professor of conducting, is quoted.
The National Desk: Sheeran copyright infringement case highlights ‘troubling’ trend for artists, expert says
Joseph Fishman, professor of law is quoted. Law360 published a related article featuring Fishman.
Associated Press: US approves 1st vaccine for RSV after decades of attempts
William Schaffner, professor of health policy, is quoted. AARP published a related article featuring Schaffner.
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