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  Wednesday, May. 3, 2023  
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Vanderbilt Poll: Actionable consensus on guns and abortion exists between Tennessee’s MAGA Republicans, Democrats
In its latest semiannual statewide survey, the Vanderbilt Poll measured significant bipartisan support for various gun regulations, basic protections for abortion access as well as health care access for the LGBTQ community. The survey was conducted April 19–23 among 1,003 registered Tennessee voters.
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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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Vanderbilt takes its online, hybrid offerings to new heights, launches Vanderbilt Online
The Office of Digital Education is working to bring Vanderbilt’s best-in-class education to a larger online audience than ever before with the launch of Vanderbilt Online, a centralized portfolio of the university’s digital education offerings, including online and hybrid degree programs, certificates, boot camps, micro-credentials and continuing education courses.
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Vice Provost for Research and Innovation Padma Raghavan joins India-U.S. university partnerships task force
Padma Raghavan, vice provost for research and innovation, has been named by the American Association of Universities to a task force that will explore university partnerships between the U.S. and India.
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Mike Drish named executive director of undergraduate admissions at Vanderbilt
Michael A. Drish, a seasoned university admissions professional with more than two decades of experience spanning public and private institutions, has been named executive director of undergraduate admissions at Vanderbilt University. He will begin in the role on May 22.
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Vanderbilt to offer Strategic Innovation program for working professionals June 21–June 23
Vanderbilt Executive Education will offer the Strategic Innovation program this summer, designed to help working professionals create a culture that nurtures business-building innovation. From Wednesday, June 21, through Friday, June 23, participants will learn innovation and concept development frameworks through prototypes and case studies.
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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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Gift extends support for Vanderbilt’s award-winning rocket team
The inaugural Mark Dalton Faculty Director of Experiential Learning in Aerospace Engineering is Amrutur “A.V.” Anilkumar. Anilkumar has served as the faculty adviser to Vanderbilt teams that have won numerous national and international aerospace engineering awards over two decades.
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170 Vanderbilt undergraduate students showcase research at annual fair
The research fair, sponsored by the Office of Experiential Learning and Immersion Vanderbilt and the Office of Undergraduate Education within the Office of the Provost, provides the campus with an annual opportunity to share the groundbreaking research conducted by students and world-renowned faculty.
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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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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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V150: From Research to Reality
Vanderbilt’s Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization streamlines innovation’s path from campus to the marketplace.


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 workshop is May 11


HR Workshops

Understanding Higher Education course available for employees

HR Employee Learning and Engagement invites managers to next Conversation Circle


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

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

Nashville seeks input on mobility improvements for Connect Downtown

Public comments invited for VUPS re-accreditation process

Volunteers needed for pedestrian safety research on campus

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center hosts ‘Empathy and Morality Should Not Be Conflated’ lecture May 4

Department of Cell and Developmental Biology seminar series continues May 8

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

Data Science Institute hosts free AI Summer workshop beginning May 8

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

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


Coming Up

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


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Vanderbilt in the News
Washington Post: Opinion | These universities are pushing back on censorious students. Finally.
Coverage of the Future of Free Speech Project opening its first U.S. office at Vanderbilt is featured. The Tennessean also published an article on the announcement.
Axios Nashville: Brands allow customers to opt out of Mother’s Day marketing
Kelly Goldsmith, E. Bronson Ingram Professor and professor of marketing, is quoted.
Politico: The Hill’s biggest health care battle you haven’t heard about
Stacie Dusetzina, professor of health policy, is quoted.
STAT: Survey: Anti-LGBTQ legislation takes alarming mental-health toll on queer youth
Kirsty Clark, assistant professor of medicine, health, and society, is quoted.
Discover: The daunting task of measuring dinosaur intelligence
Suzana Herculano-Houzel, associate professor of psychology is quoted.
Education Week: Dyscalculia and Dyslexia: reading disabilities offer insights for math support
Lynn Fuchs, research professor of special education, is quoted.
Investopedia: What if you could bank with the Federal Reserve?
The research of Morgan Ricks, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor and professor of law, is cited.
Bloomberg: Flying tractors are a window into farming’s future
Amanda Little, writer-in-residence in English, authored this opinion article
SELF: A new COVID variant seems to be causing pink eye, because of course it Is
William Schaffner, professor of health policy, is quoted.
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