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  Monday, Apr. 10, 2023  
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Spring Faculty Assembly is today, April 10
The annual Spring Faculty Assembly will be on Monday, April 10, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Student Life Center Ballroom. It’s one of several opportunities this spring for faculty to engage directly with members of the administration.
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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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Misti Yang, Mellon Assistant Professor of the Public Communication of Science and Technology, has died
Misti Hewatt Yang, who taught courses in the Communication of Science and Technology program and held a secondary appointment in the Department of Communication Studies, died March 23.
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Staff and faculty invited to serve as mentors for Posse Scholar Program; deadline to apply is today, April 10
The Vanderbilt Posse Scholar Program is seeking faculty and staff members to serve as mentors to the university’s Posse Scholars. The national Posse Foundation identifies, recruits and trains individuals who have extraordinary leadership potential.
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School of Engineering announces 2023 alumni honorees, distinguished friends
Two business leaders and a retired Navy vice admiral will join the School of Engineering’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni, and two business professionals associated with the school have been named a distinguished friend of the school. They will be recognized in an induction ceremony at the April 20 Engineering Celebration Dinner.
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Flexner Deans’ Lecture Series: Kevin B. Churchwell April 24
Dr. Kevin B. Churchwell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Boston Children’s Hospital and the 2022 Vanderbilt University School of Medicine distinguished alumni honoree, will present “The Importance of EDI for Medical Education in the Hospital Setting” April 24 at noon.
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Sign up to be a faculty marshal for Commencement 2023
Faculty who would like to be a 2023 faculty marshal can now RSVP 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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Residential colleges host Transfer Student Appreciation Week April 10-14
Vanderbilt’s residential colleges are hosting the inaugural Transfer Student Appreciation Week April 10-14. To highlight transfer students’ contributions and accomplishments, the VU community is invited to social and educational events throughout the week.
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Volunteers needed for pedestrian safety research on campus
Vanderbilt University faculty, staff and students are asked to participate in a research project to help make our campus safer and more comfortable for pedestrians.
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Spring 2023 Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair is April 11
The Office of Experiential Learning and Immersion Vanderbilt welcomes the university to the spring Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair, scheduled for Tuesday, April 11, from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Student Life Center Commodore Ballroom.
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Spring 2023 Undergraduate Writing Symposium & Arts Showcase is April 13
The Vanderbilt Writing Studio and the Office of Experiential Learning and Immersion Vanderbilt invite the Vanderbilt community to attend the Spring 2023 Undergraduate Writing Symposium & Arts Showcase April 13. This event is a celebration of student-created work and features projects representative of a variety of fields and disciplines.  
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Vanderbilt Blair School of Music presents Benjamin Britten’s ‘War Requiem’ April 14-15
Conducted by Robin Fountain and featuring guest alumna soprano Lauren Urquhart, faculty tenor Tyler Nelson and baritone Dashon Burton, this once-in-a-lifetime performance event will bring together the combined forces of the Blair School of Music.
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Vanderbilt Data Science project showcase is April 11
Vanderbilt Data Science will host its annual showcase on Tuesday, April 11. The showcase features seven project teams made up of 39 undergraduate students presenting their work.
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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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Quick Facts website updated; new Re:VU card available
Vanderbilt’s official public source for general university facts and figures is the Quick Facts website, which has been fully updated for 2023 and is now live. In addition, a printed Re:VU card that features a QR code linking to the full set of data found on the Quick Facts website is now available.
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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 will be performed on both the Fisk and Vanderbilt campuses in April, thanks to a new arts partnership created by the universities’ theatre departments.
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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 build belonging, enrich Vanderbilt community
Meet some members of the Class of 2023 who are cultivating belonging to strengthen, support and enrich the community at Vanderbilt and beyond.


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Dores punch ticket to Vegas
Vanderbilt punched its ticket to the NCAA Bowling Final Four Saturday, sweeping a best-of-four tiebreaker, 4-0, over Youngstown State.


Health & Safety Updates

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


Take Note

Data Science Institute offers support to faculty building AI tools for the classroom

Undergraduate students tout the importance of NEH funding to their education  

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

Public comments invited for VUPS re-accreditation process

Campus Dining to celebrate Earth Month with sustainability events throughout April

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

Campus Dining’s Farm to Campus menu series continues April 13

‘Black and Jewish Allyship: A Personal Story’ talk is April 13

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

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

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2024 Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award

Limited Submission Opportunity: Mathers Foundation Grant Program Summer 2023

Limited Submission Opportunity: ADA Pathway to Stop Diabetes Awards (Initiator and Accelerator)


Coming Up

· APR ·
  Vanderbilt Divinity School to host conversation with Garth Brooks and Stephanie Davis on impact of ‘We Shall Be Free’
· APR ·
  Vanderbilt’s Curb Center and chatterbird collaborate for evening of new music featuring Blair composers
· APR ·
  Digital Humanities Against Dark Times Conference April 14-15
· APR ·
  TEDx VanderbiltUniversity is April 18
· MAY ·
  Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘The Beekeeper of Aleppo’ May 3


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Washington Post: Tennessee House expels two Democrats in historic act of partisan retaliation
Carrie Russell, principal senior lecturer in political science, is quoted.
The New York Times: You can be fired for being overweight. Should New York change that?
Jennifer Shinall, professor of law, is quoted.
Today: Woman with long COVID smells coffee for the first time in 2 years in emotional video
Justin Turner, associate professor of otolaryngology, is quoted.
Nashville Post: On the Move: 6 April 2023
Dawn Ellerbe, assistant vice chancellor for athletic communications and senior associate athletic director, is featured.
CBS News: Gun violence in the U.S. is becoming more fatal, new research shows
Jay Wellons, Cal Turner Professor and professor of neurological surgery, is quoted.
The New York Times: As her music is reconsidered, a composer turns 135. Again.
Douglas Shadle, associate professor of musicology, co-authored this piece about composer Florence B. Price.
CBS News: The food we eat and its impact on climate change
Amanda Little, writer in residence in English, is quoted.
Forward: #FreeEvan movement takes off on social media for American Jewish reporter jailed in Russia
Shaul Kelner, associate professor of sociology and Jewish studies, is quoted.
STAT: A new AI tool aims to help surgeons quickly analyze brain tumor mutations during surgery
Lola Chambless, associate professor of neurological surgery, is quoted.
Axios: How Tennessee GOP expelling 2 Democrats could have ripple effect in other states
Bruce Oppenheimer, professor emeritus of political science, is quoted.
The Wall Street Journal: Our many Jesuses
James Hudnut-Beumler, Anne Potter Wilson Distinguished Professor of American Religious History, is quoted.
National Review: Abolish judicial elections? Not so fast
Brian Fitzpatrick, Milton R. Underwood Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
MarketWatch: Opinion: Thinking about investing in alternatives? Ask these 6 questions first.
Research by Peter Rousseau, Hubbard Family Professor and professor of economics, is cited.
Nashville Scene: Vanderbilt and Fisk collaborate with ‘Sweat’
Phillip Franck, professor of theatre, is quoted. Leah Lowe, associate professor of theatre, is mentioned.
Education Week: ‘Thank you for all that you do’: How educators are honoring Assistant Principals Week
Ellen Goldring, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor and professor of educational leadership and policy, is quoted.
CNN: Late-stage RSV vaccine trials show ‘exciting promise,’ some scientists say
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
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