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  Friday, Apr. 7, 2023  
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Spring Faculty Assembly is Monday, April 10; learn about other opportunities for faculty to engage with administration
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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Vanderbilt’s Shihong Lin wins Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize
Shihong Lin, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been awarded a Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Lin was recognized for his contributions in advancing fundamental understanding of, and developing innovative technologies for, water separation processes to address critical challenges in water and resource sustainability.
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Provost commissions Women in STEM Initiative, committee appointed
A new Women in STEM Initiative launched by the Office of the Provost will address the need for a larger and more skilled U.S. workforce in science, engineering and math by inspiring, supporting and mentoring young women to develop their fullest potential within those fields.
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Undergraduate students tout the importance of NEH funding to their education  
In March, humanities advocates converged on Washington, D.C., for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to advocate in person for funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities. Elizabeth Meadows, associate director of the Robert Penn Warren Center, was joined by two undergraduate students and members of the RPW Student Advisory Council—Coco Randolph and Shunnar Virani—to discuss how the humanities are shaping their education.  
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Faculty, staff invited to serve as mentors for Posse Scholar Program; deadline to apply is Monday, 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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Vanderbilt survey shows shifts in commuting patterns, new trends in mobility
Vanderbilt University has released findings of the 2022 survey on commute and transportation practices, conducted to help inform mobility and transportation efforts and expand Vanderbilt’s understanding and support of the community.
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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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Interactive map of campus sculptures aims to teach Vanderbilt community about history of its art
The map launched this month and is available at
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Public comments invited for VUPS re-accreditation process
An assessment team from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. will examine all aspects of Vanderbilt University Public Safety’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services as part of an accreditation process that occurs every four years. As part of the assessment, VUPS personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments, commendations and other information regarding the agency’s quality of service.
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Volunteers needed for pedestrian safety research on campus
Vanderbilt University faculty, staff and students are being asked to volunteer 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. The fair features presentations of student research projects that are representative of a variety of fields and disciplines.
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Vanderbilt Data Science project showcase is April 11
Vanderbilt Data Science is hosting their annual showcase April 11. The showcase features seven project teams made up of 39 undergraduate students presenting their work.
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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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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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The Future of the A&S Curriculum Committee will host curriculum expert, author Roosevelt Montás April 14
The Future of the Arts & 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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Registration open for 2023 Graduate Recognition Ceremonies
Registration is now open for graduating seniors to participate in this year’s Graduate Recognition Ceremonies for specific identity groups as part of the university’s 2023 Commencement celebrations.
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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 we each can take 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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Do what you can
In going all in as a runner and a double major, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar of the Year finalist Kaira Brown embodies Ashe’s commitment to improving communities.


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

Quick Facts website updated; new Re:VU card available

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

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

Residential Colleges host Transfer Student Appreciation Week April 10-14

SEC hosts Generative AI Forum April 14; Vanderbilt data scientist Dr. Charreau Bell to speak on panel

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

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

Campus Dining to celebrate Earth Month with sustainability events throughout April

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

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust–Ornamental Horticulture Grants

Limited Submission Opportunity: V Foundation 2023 V Scholar Cancer Research Grant

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 Mallinckrodt Grant Program


Coming Up

· APR ·
  ‘Emerge 2023: I, Chatbot’ conference is April 8
· 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 ·
  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
Inside Higher Ed: 16 institutions unite to help rural students attend college
The Small Town and Rural Students (STARS) College Network, a partnership of 16 institutions, including Vanderbilt, is featured.
USA Today: Many rural and small-town students skip college or go local. A new effort aims to change that
Douglas L. Christiansen, vice provost for university enrollment affairs and dean of admissions and financial aid, is quoted.
CNN: Opinion: The images of Trump’s historic day tell a surprising story
Nicole Hemmer, associate professor of history, authored this opinion piece.
STAT: Hospitals pledge to protect patient privacy. Almost all their websites leak visitor data like a sieve
Brad Malin, Accenture Professor and professor of biomedical informatics, is quoted.
The New York Times: Is tofu good for you?
Xiao-Ou Shu, professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Wall Street Journal: FTC rejects Illumina’s $7 billion deal for cancer test developer grail
Rebecca Allensworth, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
The Atlantic: Return of the people machine
Joshua Clinton, Abby and Jon Winkelried Professor and professor of political science, is quoted.
Engadget: We can build immortal celebrities from ChatGPT and their existing back catalogs
Claire Sisco King, associate professor of communication studies, is quoted.
Andscape: Ashes to ashes: As ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws spread, Black people fear for their lives
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor and professor of medicine, health and society, is quoted.
Forward: Christians are holding Passover seders. This bishop is telling them to stop
Amy-Jill Levine, Mary Jane Werthan University Professor of Jewish Studies and University Professor of New Testament Studies, emerita, is quoted.
Bloomberg: Ukraine has given the world a blueprint to fight hunger
Amanda Little, writer in residence in English, authored this opinion piece.
The New York Times: As Her Music Is Reconsidered, a Composer Turns 135. Again.
Douglas Shadle, associate professor of musicology, co-authored this piece.
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