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  Monday, Apr. 3, 2023  
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New dean of Basic Sciences aims to take Vanderbilt to the next level in biomedical research, drug discovery
Whether working on dynamic discoveries in the lab, connecting with students and faculty or pursuing his passion for nature photography, acclaimed biomedical researcher John Kuriyan is inspired by his recent move to join Vanderbilt as the new dean of the School of Medicine Basic Sciences and Distinguished University Professor.
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Vanderbilt community invited to gathering in honor of The Covenant School
“Remembrance and Reflection: A Gathering for the Vanderbilt Community in Honor of The Covenant School” will be Tuesday, April 4, at 4 p.m. in the Wyatt Center Rotunda, with a reception to follow.
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Ellerbe named assistant vice chancellor for athletic communications and senior associate athletic director at Vanderbilt
Dawn Ellerbe, an accomplished communications and marketing leader in the collegiate athletic world, has joined Vanderbilt University as the new assistant vice chancellor for athletic communications and senior associate athletic director.
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First of three opportunities for faculty to engage with administration to be held this afternoon
Three faculty-focused events this spring will offer faculty the opportunity to engage directly with members of the administration. The first event, an online “In Conversation with the Chancellor” discussion, will provide an update on faculty-led administrative improvements and will take place today, April 3, from 4:10 to 5 p.m.
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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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Hoogland Undergraduate Business Program celebrated at campus gathering
Students, faculty, administrators and alumni recently gathered on campus to celebrate the official naming of the university’s undergraduate business minor in recognition of Vanderbilt alumni Susan and Keith Hoogland, who made a $5 million commitment on behalf of their family in support of the program.
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Steine Lecture in Economics to discuss ‘Child Health as Human Capital’ on April 4
Janet Currie, the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs and co-director of the Center for Health and Wellbeing at Princeton University, will discuss “Child Health as Human Capital” on Tuesday, April 4. Currie’s talk is the 2023 David Steine Lecture sponsored by the Department of Economics.
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Schachter, Reisman in conversation at the Parthenon April 3
Author Allison Schachter, professor of Jewish studies, English and Russian and East European studies, will discuss her works in a conversation moderated by Nancy Reisman, professor of English, on Monday, April 3, at the Parthenon. The event, part of the 2022–23 Nashville Jewish Book Series, is co-sponsored by the Department of Jewish Studies and Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies.
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Environmental writer Cal Flyn to discuss ‘Islands of Abandonment’ as Warren Center’s Howard Lecturer
Cal Flyn, an award-winning author and journalist who has written extensively on nature and environmental issues, will deliver the 2023 Harry C. Howard Jr. Lecture on April 4.
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Global leader in medical technology to discuss public health inequities, better products at Engineering lecture April 4
Krista Donaldson, BS’95, who directs Innovation to Impact at Stanford University’s Byers Center for Biodesign where her work focuses on ensuring design tools and processes are broadly applicable across global markets, will deliver the School of Engineering’s 2023 Chambers Family Entrepreneurial Lecture on Tuesday, April 4, at 4:15 p.m. at the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s Innovation Center, in the Engineering and Science Building.
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Staff invited to serve as mentors for Posse Scholar Program; deadline to apply is 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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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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Campus Reading announced for 2023-2024 academic year
The book, a story of self-discovery, young love, and the exploration of what it means to belong in a community, underscores the 2023-2024 Martha Rivers Ingram Commons programming theme of “Be/longing.”
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Campus Dining to celebrate Earth Month with sustainability events throughout April
In support of Vanderbilt’s sustainability goals, Campus Dining is excited to celebrate Earth Month throughout April. Join the Vanderbilt community at events all month long, including specialty menu events, sustainable product giveaways, guest speakers and the popular Rand Farmer’s Market.
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Vanderbilt’s Curb Center and chatterbird collaborate for evening of new music featuring Blair composers
The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy at Vanderbilt and chatterbird, a Nashville-based chamber ensemble, are collaborating to spotlight four Blair School of Music composers and their new works on April 12. The performance will be at Saint Elle in the Wedgewood–Houston neighborhood.
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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.


Health & Safety Updates

Gain wider access to mental health support through new provider Lyra

Risk Management reminds employees to report workplace injuries

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


Take Note

Vanderbilt launches website to commemorate Sesquicentennial celebration

Noam Chomsky’s biographer, VU Professor Robert Barsky, interviewed about his work

Campus Dining’s Farm to Campus menu series continues April 3

Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week is April 3-7

Vanderbilt Master of Public Health program hosts National Public Health Week April 4-7

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

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

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 Mallinckrodt Grant Program

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


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 ·
  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
Nashville Business Journal: 5 tips for parents navigating the aftermath of Nashville’s Covenant School shooting
Nicole Cobb, associate professor of the practice of human and organizational development, is quoted.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Guns, guns and still more guns: Is there no end to America’s obsession with firearms?
David J. Wasserstein, Eugene Greener Jr. Professor and professor of Jewish studies and of history, authored this opinion piece.
The Christian Science Monitor: Reviving extinct species: Can we? Should we?
Bruce Jennings, adjunct professor of health policy, is quoted.
The Tennessee Tribune: Survey finds patients value immediate access to test results
Bryan Steitz, instructor in biomedical informatics, is quoted.
The Texas Tribune: Why Ted Cruz’s next reelection path looks smoother with Beto O’Rourke behind him
The Center for Effective Lawmaking, a partnership between Vanderbilt and the University of Virginia, is mentioned.
Bloomberg: Can Denver’s next mayor find a fix for homelessness?
Beth Shinn, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Human, Organizational and Community Development, is quoted.
K-12 Dive: Are 3rd grade reading laws on their way out?
Victoria Risko, professor emerita of education, is quoted.
Pitchfork: Songwriting at the dawn of AI: When machines can write, who is the artist?
Joseph Fishman, professor of law, is quoted.
Agence France-Presse: Posts mislead on Gardasil shot safety
Cosby Stone, assistant professor of medicine, is quoted.
BuzzFeed News: Amid right-wing anger, Nashville’s LGBTQ community is stepping back—for now
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor and professor of medicine, health and society, is quoted.
NBC News: Millions set to lose Medicaid coverage as pandemic-era rule expires
Carrie Fry, assistant professor of health policy, is quoted.
Pride Publishing Group: Vanderbilt Divinity School names influential public theologian Yolanda Pierce as next dean
Yolanda Pierce, incoming Divinity School dean, is featured.
The Daily Beast: Scientists brought human lungs back to life with pig blood
Ciara Shaver, assistant professor of medicine, is quoted.
Observer: The AI revolution is upon us, whether or not copyright laws are ready
Daniel Gervais, Milton R. Underwood Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
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