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  Friday, Mar. 31, 2023  
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Diermeier, university leaders answer questions, share resources with VU community after Covenant School tragedy
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier hosted an online all-community meeting on March 29 to discuss the tragic shooting at The Covenant School. Diermeier was joined by fellow university leaders, who offered insight into campus safety policies and procedures, shared resources for mental health and processing traumatic events, and answered questions from the Vanderbilt community.
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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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First of three opportunities for faculty to engage with administration to be held Monday
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 on Monday, April 3, from 4:10 to 5 p.m.
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Molecular physiologist Nancy Carrasco named SEC Faculty Achievement Award winner
For her scholarship that has led to the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for thyroid cancer, Dr. Nancy Carrasco has been honored with a 2023 SEC Faculty Achievement Award.
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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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WATCH: Vanderbilt’s forward-thinking approach to large-scale renewable energy
Vanderbilt is a leader in developing ways to combat climate change through public-private partnerships—a model of innovation for other institutions. The Vanderbilt I Solar Farm in Bedford County, Tennessee, will mitigate approximately 70 percent of the university’s annual indirect greenhouse gas emissions.
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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.
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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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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. 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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Vanderbilt public policy studies student named 2023 Truman Scholar finalist
Vanderbilt Arts and Science student Rohit Kataria has been named a 2023 Truman Scholar finalist. Kataria joins 199 students from 133 institutions around the U.S. being recognized for their excellence in academics, service and leadership.
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Vanderbilt Divinity School to host conversation with Garth Brooks and Stephanie Davis on impact of ‘We Shall Be Free’
Singers and songwriters Garth Brooks and Stephanie Davis will discuss the continuing importance of a song they co-wrote more than three decades ago when Vanderbilt Divinity School hosts “We Shall Be Free in 2023: Pursuing Unity Through Music” on April 11 at Langford Auditorium.
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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.
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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.
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Online seminar outlines how VU can help faculty researchers with competitive research proposals
Research Development and Support, which provides tailored services for faculty interested in pursuing competitive research proposals from a range of external sponsors including federal, state and local governments, industry partners and nonprofits, will offer an online seminar about their services on April 19 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. over Zoom.
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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. To kick off the month, Project Safe will be hosting a SAAM Kick Off Block Party raise awareness and celebrate our campus commitment to preventing sexual violence.


Health & Safety Updates

Gain wider access to mental health support through new provider Lyra

Resources available for women’s and gender-related emotional and physical health

Earn up to $240 through Vanderbilt’s new wellness program; get double points through March 31


Take Note

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

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

Vanderbilt launches website to commemorate Sesquicentennial celebration

WeGo service changes go into effect April 2

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

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

Emerge 2023: I, Chatbot conference is April 8

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

Health and Wellness for Vandy Vets program creates space for military veterans to focus on well-being


Coming Up

· MAR ·
  Vanderbilt Writing Studio hosts 15th annual Undergraduate Writing Symposium March 31
· MAR ·
  Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, Community Resource Center hosts period product drive
· APR ·
  Vanderbilt student art exhibition featuring upcycled materials opens April 1
· 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
Los Angeles Times: Nashville shooter, who was ‘under doctor’s care for emotional disorder,’ used 3 guns, police say
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor and professor of medicine, health and society, is quoted.
Vox: Conservatives are using the tragedy in Nashville to push their anti-trans agenda
Sophie Bjork-James, assistant professor of anthropology, is quoted.
The Hechinger Report: Toddlers need social emotional learning, teachers say
Mary Louise Hemmeter, Nicholas Hobbs Professor and professor of special education, is quoted.
The National Desk: Biden to travel around US to tout accomplishments as anticipated reelection campaign nears
John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science, is quoted.
Salon: “This is not a dog whistle”: Trump’s Waco rally called out as “blaring air horn” to extremists
Nicole Hemmer, associate professor of history, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Faith in the South: New Vanderbilt, Belmont posts announced
Yolanda Pierce, incoming Divinity School Dean, is featured.
Chalkbeat Detroit: Credit recovery becomes key strategy for Detroit district’s graduation rate boost
Carolyn Heinrich, University Distinguished Professor of Leadership, Policy and Organizations, is quoted.
The Conversation: Brains also have supply chain issues – blood flows where it can, and neurons must make do with what they get
Suzana Herculano-Houzel, associate professor of psychology, authored this piece.
The 19th: What would the economy look like if it worked for women?
Christopher Carpenter, E. Bronson Ingram Professor and University Distinguished Professor of Economics, is quoted.
Healthday: Risk for acute myocardial infarction increased for patients with pneumonia
Andrew Wiese, assistant professor of health policy, is featured.
Tech & Learning: How district leaders can design a holistic plan for student safety and wellbeing
Nicole Cobb, associate professor of the practice of human and organizational development, is featured.
The Washington Post: How to know whether you have allergies or a virus
William Schaffner, professor of health policy, is quoted. Self also published a story quoting Schaffner.
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