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  Friday, Apr. 14, 2023  
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John Geer appointed to senior advisor role in Office of the Chancellor
John G. Geer, a distinguished political scientist, a dedicated teacher and a longtime administrative and academic strategy leader at Vanderbilt University, will take on a new role in the Office of the Chancellor. Geer has been named a senior advisor to Chancellor Daniel Diermeier on key strategic initiatives that promote democracy, free expression and open dialogue—all flagship priorities for the university.
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Vanderbilt University joins Silicon Ranch, NES and TVA to ‘flip the switch’ on Vanderbilt I Solar Farm
Vanderbilt University joined Silicon Ranch Corp., Nashville Electric Service and Tennessee Valley Authority on April 11 to “flip the switch” on the Vanderbilt I Solar Farm in Bedford County. The solar facility represents a significant step by Vanderbilt toward the ambitious goal to power its campus entirely through renewable energy.
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Register for ‘Unity Dinner: Hours of Hope’ on Tuesday, April 18
The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy continues its Unity Dinner series with Unity Dinner: Hours of Hope on Tuesday, April 18, at 5:30 p.m. Please register to attend; space is limited.
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Herowear exosuit technology launches with on-campus departments
An innovative exosuit developed by a team of Vanderbilt engineers comes full circle this semester with a pilot implementation in the Division of Administration. The pilot test includes the use of 27 Apex 2 suits over six weeks. During the pilot test, users will wear the suits in actual work conditions and provide feedback throughout the duration of the study.
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Vanderbilt hosts public discussion on antisemitism and racism
Vanderbilt recently hosted scholars from Fordham University for the public roundtable discussion “Confronting Hate: Antisemitism and Racism” to explore how historic occurrences of antisemitism and anti-Blackness inform current white supremacist movements in the United States.
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Sign up to be a faculty marshal for Commencement 2023
Faculty who would like to serve as a 2023 faculty marshal should RSVP by Friday, April 14, to participate. Faculty marshals are central to Commencement, creating a dignified and beautiful celebration of Vanderbilt graduates and their academic achievement. 
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MoveVU plans April information sessions, announces 2023–24 parking rates
To help you make the best commute decision for your needs, the university has numerous resources to customize your commute plan. Learn more at upcoming information sessions and view next year’s parking rates online.
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Rites of Spring music festival is April 21-22
Ferg and Dayglow will headline Vanderbilt University’s 2023 Rites of Spring music festival, which takes place on Alumni Lawn. Other performers from a wide range of genres include Sean Kingston, Muni Long, Coco Jones, Maude Latour, Edgehill and a performance by Vanderbilt student-athlete Yaubryon.
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Giving Day to be celebrated April 27
Vanderbilt University will celebrate its seventh annual Giving Day on Thursday, April 27, with the early giving period open now. Contributions of all sizes from across the university will add up to make a difference in the lives of our Vanderbilt community.
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Vanderbilt University Campus Dining celebrates Earth Week with Menus of Change
Campus Dining is celebrating Earth Week April 17-21 by offering a special week of menu items that represent various principles of the Menus of Change, a groundbreaking initiative that aims to support healthier, more sustainable and more delicious food choices. To showcase the Menus of Change principles, three dining halls at Vanderbilt University are offering food that highlights different aspects of the initiative.
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2022–23 Vanderbilt Awards for Leadership Excellence announced
On March 29, the Vanderbilt community celebrated the Vanderbilt Awards for Leadership Excellence in the Student Life Center Ballroom. During the ceremony, 19 student leaders and eight student organizations were presented with awards for their service to the community.
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New Fisk–Vanderbilt arts partnership launches with the play ‘Sweat’ on both campuses
The Pulitzer Prize–winning drama Sweat by Lynn Nottage is being performed on both the Fisk and Vanderbilt campuses in April, thanks to a new arts partnership created by the universities’ theatre departments. The show will take place at Vanderbilt’s Neely Auditorium April 13–15.
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The Future of the A&S Curriculum Committee will host curriculum expert, author Roosevelt Montás April 14
The Future of the Arts and Science Curriculum Committee will host curriculum expert and author Roosevelt Montás for a talk and Q&A session on Friday, April 14, at 3 p.m. The topic of discussion aligns with the author’s latest book, Rescuing Socrates: How the Great Books Changed My Life and Why They Matter for a New Generation.
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Drake Lecture Series: ‘Inhuman Memory’ with professor Kathryn Yusoff April 21
Vanderbilt’s Department of English presents the spring 2023 Drake Lecture, “Inhuman Memory” with visiting professor Kathryn Yusoff from Queen Mary University of London. The lecture will be on Friday, April 21, at 3:15 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
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Data Science Institute will host free AI Summer workshop
The AI Summer workshop is a free course designed to help researchers, educators and students gain a deep understanding of the latest AI technologies and techniques, specifically deep learning and transformers, and how they can be used to solve a variety of problems. The workshop is set for May 8-June 2.
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Data Science Institute offers support to faculty building AI tools for the classroom
Faculty interested in leveraging the latest developments in large language models to enhance their teaching are invited to apply for free assistance from the Data Science for Social Good Fellows. An information session, “Using ChatGPT in Teaching: Generative AI and Prompt Engineering for Education,” will be on Tuesday, April 25, at 4 p.m.; faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.
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Project Safe to provide programming in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month throughout April
The Project Safe Center has teamed up with various offices and student organizations to provide programming in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month throughout April. These programs are designed to highlight everyday actions to prevent acts of sexual violence and support those who have been impacted.


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WATCH: Class of 2023 students collaborate, form connections
Meet some members of the Class of 2023 whose inspired collaborations—within Vanderbilt, across the Nashville community and beyond—are making the world better.


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Dores punch ticket to Vegas
Vanderbilt has punched its ticket to the NCAA Bowling Final Four. The team is competing today for a chance to advance to the national championship.


Health & Safety Updates

Manage stress through Vanderbilt’s wellness program Virgin Pulse

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

Three myths about mental health care, debunked


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


Take Note

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

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

MLAS summer and fall 2023 course offerings announced

Interactive map of campus sculptures aims to teach Vanderbilt community about history of its art

Public comments invited for VUPS re-accreditation process

Volunteers needed for pedestrian safety research on campus

Quick Facts website updated; new Re:VU card available

Campus Dining to celebrate Earth Month with sustainability events throughout April

‘Kids and Picky Eating’ topic of Parenting Group meeting April 19

Online seminar April 19 outlines how VU can help faculty researchers with competitive research proposals

Women’s Center hosts ‘AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiation’ virtual workshop April 20

Vanderbilt to host Impact Evaluation Network of the Latin American and the Caribbean Economic Association, April 20-21

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


Coming Up

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  Digital Humanities Against Dark Times Conference April 14-15
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  Vanderbilt Blair School of Music presents Benjamin Britten’s ‘War Requiem’ April 14-15
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  TEDx VanderbiltUniversity is April 18
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  Flexner Deans’ Lecture Series: Kevin B. Churchwell April 24
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  ‘In Conversation with the Chancellor’ event will discuss sustainability May 3


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Chalkbeat Detroit: New poverty research could bring more clarity to charter school comparisons
Joanne Golann, assistant professor of public policy and education, is quoted.
Healthline: Study finds these simple non-drug interventions can help people with Alzheimer’s disease
Matthew Schrag, assistant professor of neurology, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Incoming American Medical Association president talks gun violence, trans rights, abortion
Jesse Ehrenfeld, adjoint professor of anesthesiology, is featured.
The Washington Post: After a pandemic lull, strep cases are bad again. Here’s what to know.
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Wall Street Journal: How the ‘Tennessee Three’ turned GOP’s rebuke into a rallying cry
John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of political science, is quoted.
Time: Why other state legislatures might hesitate to copy Tennessee’s lawmaker expulsions
Bruce Oppenheimer, professor emeritus of political science, is quoted.
WPLN: ‘Whiskey fungus’ is covering this Tennessee town. Jack Daniel’s ethanol pollution is to blame.
Antonis Rokas, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Biological Sciences, is quoted.
Newsweek: Ketamine could help treat severe traumatic brain injuries in children
Michael Wolf, assistant professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
Becker’s Hospital Review: AACN recognizes 5 leaders for nursing contributions
E. Wesley Ely, Grant W. Liddle Professor and professor of medicine, and Brenda Pun, director of data quality at the Vanderbilt Critical Illness, Brain Dysfunction and Survivorship Center, are featured.
The Independent: Nashville votes to reinstate Justin Jones, Tennessee legislator expelled by Republicans for gun protest
Carrie Russell, principal senior lecturer in political science, is quoted.
NBC News: Promising new AI can detect early signs of lung cancer that doctors can’t see
Kim Sandler, associate professor of radiology and radiological sciences, is quoted.
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