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  Friday, May. 5, 2023  
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School of Nursing dean receives advocacy award from American Association of Nurse Practitioners
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners selected Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Dean Pamela R. Jeffries as its Tennessee honoree for the 2023 Advocate State Award for Excellence. The award recognizes Jeffries’ work as dean and an educator to support and promote the nurse practitioner role.
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Blair jazz program wins three ‘DownBeat’ awards
The Vanderbilt University jazz program has been awarded three DownBeat Student Music Awards. Founded in 1976 by the music industry’s preeminent jazz publication, the Student Music Awards are considered among the most prestigious honors in jazz.
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Vanderbilt establishes task force to address Supreme Court’s university admissions decision
Vanderbilt has convened a task force to help the university react to the possible impact of two anticipated U.S. Supreme Court decisions in cases that challenge the use of race as a factor in college admissions. The university-wide panel will work to gauge the effects on recruitment and admission practices, and on Vanderbilt’s ability ensure equal opportunity in carrying out its imperative to educate diverse minds.
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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 first event will feature Jason Spence from the University of Michigan Medical School on Monday, May 8.
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Vanderbilt Data Science Institute, women’s basketball team collaborate to improve performance, reduce risk of injury
The Vanderbilt University Data Science Institute continued its project with the women’s basketball strength and conditioning program to use data to improve athletic performance while reducing the risk of sport-associated injury. This semester, the focus was on making better use of training and competition data.
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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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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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Sustainability, mobility and transportation efforts highlighted in FutureVU FY2022 Progress Report
Vanderbilt University made significant progress toward its FutureVU goals in fiscal year 2022, with an increased focus on Campus Dining initiatives and an increased push toward sustainable mobility and transportation efforts.
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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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Annual Parking users: Note event parking closures May 4–5
Some annual parking lots will be reserved for visitors May 4–5 for the Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats. Annual parking permit holders are encouraged to seek other parking locations on those days.
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Volunteer at Class of 2023 Commencement
Volunteer for 2023 Commencement. The university has various volunteer opportunities still available for the Class of 2023’s main and undergraduate ceremonies on Friday, May 12.


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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

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


Limited Submission Opportunities

2024 Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award Deadline: May 9

Mathers Foundation Grant Program Summer 2023 Deadline: May 11

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

2024 Macy Faculty Scholars Program Deadline: June 7


Campus Updates

Section of Natchez Trace to close May 1 for campus utility improvements

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

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

Department of Cell and Developmental Biology seminar series continues May 8

Data Science Institute hosts free AI Summer workshop beginning May 8

Vanderbilt Basic Sciences Apex Lecture: ‘Interrogating stem cell niches during human development’ May 8

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

Faculty invited to grants management discussion on May 9

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

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

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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  2023 Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats is May 4–5
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  ‘Ask Fidelity: Navigating Market Volatility’ webinar May 10
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  Cell Dynamics Symposium May 18–19
· MAY ·
  Deadline for Community Scholars Award applications is May 26
· JUL ·
  Diermeier announces paid administrative closure day in July


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Vanderbilt in the News
Tennessean: Vast majority of Tennesseans support bipartisan gun reform, ‘red flag’ law, new poll finds
The Vanderbilt Poll – Statewide is cited. Axios Nashville, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tennessee Lookout, Nashville Post, Main Street Nashville and The Nashville Ledger published related stories on the Poll.
Prevention: The year of making noise
Karen Winkfield, professor of radiation oncology, is quoted.
SELF: 5 tips for exhausted new parents who are also dealing with migraine
Jan Brandes, assistant clinical professor of neurology, is quoted.
Nashville Scene: How the Titans got new turf
The Vanderbilt Poll – Nashville is cited.
HealthDay: Which kids face the highest risk of self-harm?
James Antoon, assistant professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
The Future of Commerce: CPG carbon neutrality: The murky world of environmental claims
Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
NBC News: Allergies in the sky: Airlines are pressed to treat severe reactions
Tyler Barrett, professor of emergency medicine, is quoted.
New Scientist: MRSA could be prevented with genetically engineered antibodies
Jim Cassat, associate professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
The Guardian: Top 10 books about being poor in America
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor and professor of medicine, health, and society, is mentioned.
HuffPost: This symptom might flag your child has the new arcturus Covid strain
William Schaffner, professor of health policy, is quoted.
HealthDay: Mindfulness approach helps ease the stress of parenting a child with autism
Neill Broderick, assistant professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
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