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  Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2023  
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Diermeier to host all-community online meeting March 29
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier will host an online meeting for the Vanderbilt community on Wednesday, March 29, beginning at 2:30 p.m. In light of Monday’s tragic shooting at The Covenant School, the focus of this meeting will be an opportunity to mourn together as a community as well as share information and resources to help process these events.
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Chancellor shares message regarding Covenant School tragedy; community support sessions announced
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier shared a message with the Vanderbilt community after a shooting March 27 at The Covenant School in Nashville. Support sessions for faculty, staff, postdocs and students are scheduled throughout the day on Wednesday, March 29.
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Opportunities for faculty to engage with administration offered at three upcoming events
Three faculty-focused events this spring will offer faculty the opportunity to engage directly with members of the administration, including one in-person celebration and two online “In Conversation with the Chancellor” events.
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Next Faculty Senate meeting set for March 30
All Vanderbilt faculty are invited to attend the next Faculty Senate meeting, scheduled for Thursday, March 30, from 4:10 to 5:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Faculty Commons Building at 1101 19th Ave. S.    
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Vanderbilt kicks off Sesquicentennial in style with ceremony, conversation, music and more
Vanderbilt University launched the yearlong celebration of its 150th anniversary with a series of events March 24–25, including a formal ceremony in Langford Auditorium, a conversation and performance at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, a concert at the Blair School of Music, a community party and more.
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Latest Vanderbilt Trailblazers portraits unveiled during Sesquicentennial celebration
Six pioneering members of the Vanderbilt community who played significant roles in the university’s history were honored at a portrait unveiling and reception March 25 as part of festivities kicking off Vanderbilt’s yearlong Sesquicentennial celebration.
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Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Facilities Officer Mike Perez to retire
Michael G. Perez, an accomplished university facilities operations and management leader for nearly 40 years—the last seven of which he’s served as associate vice chancellor and chief facilities officer at Vanderbilt—will retire from the university, effective December 2023. A national search is underway to identify his successor.
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Inaugural Student Care Network Wellbeing Fair is March 30
The inaugural Student Care Network Wellbeing Fair will take place on Thursday, March 30, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Library Lawn, weather permitting. The event, open to all students, faculty and staff, will feature free food from local vendors, chair massages, yoga, meditation and various mindfulness activities to promote well-being.
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REGISTER: ‘Elections and Insurrections: Attacks on Democracy in the U.S. and Brazil’ March 30
In partnership with the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Studies, the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy will host Brazilian historian and journalist Dr. Thiago Krause and former U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Michael McKinley to discuss similarities between the Jan. 8 insurrection in Brazil this year and the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in 2021.
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UCC, SCN host Racial Stress Awareness Week March 27–31
The University Counseling Center and Student Care Network will host Racial Stress Awareness Week March 27–31 to provide opportunities for learning, expressing, coping and connecting.
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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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First cohort of Global Scholars in Residence announced
Four international scholars will visit Vanderbilt University this spring as the first cohort of the Global Scholars in Residence program.


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

Vanderbilt launches website to commemorate Sesquicentennial celebration

Impact Symposium to feature Tabitha Brown, Giancarlo Esposito, Shiza Shahid March 27–29

VKC Conversation Series hosts ‘Mental Health in Individuals with IDD’ March 30

Virtual Lunch and Learn: VA Caregiver Support Program March 30

VKC’s 2023 Augmentative and Alternative Communication Workshop is March 31

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

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

‘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 hosting period product drive in March
· APR ·
  ‘Islands of Abandonment: Life in the Post-Human Landscape’ April 4
· APR ·
  Vanderbilt Divinity School to host conversation with Garth Brooks and Stephanie Davis on impact of ‘We Shall Be Free’
· MAY ·
  Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘The Beekeeper of Aleppo’ May 3


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Vanderbilt in the News
Diverse Issues in Higher Education: Dr. Yolanda Pierce named dean of the Vanderbilt University Divinity School
C. Cybele Raver, provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs, is quoted.
Axios Nashville: Vanderbilt University celebrates 150th anniversary
Vanderbilt’s Sesquicentennial is featured.
Reuters: Analysis: Coinbase, SEC on collision course for ‘existential’ clash over crypto industry
Joshua White, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.
The Tennessean: What brought Mark Cuban to Nashville this week? Cost Plus Drugs
Stacie Dusetzina, professor of health policy, is quoted. Research by Ruchika Talwar, clinical fellow of urology, is cited.
The Washington Post: Bacteria from meat may cause more than a half-million UTIs, study says
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
MarketWatch: Community bankers cheer ‘courageous’ moves to backstop deposits but stay mum on lifting insurance caps
Morgan Ricks, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
Associated Press: Muddy clothes? ‘Cop City’ activists question police evidence
Samar Ali, research professor of political science and law and co-chair of the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy, is quoted.
U.S. News & World Report: Losing a spouse may be more lethal for men
Mohana Karlekar, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
Los Angeles Times: Gunwoman, a former student, kills 3 children and 3 staff at a Nashville church school
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor and professor of medicine, health and society, is quoted.
USA Today: Lawmakers say TikTok hearing validated security concerns. But TikTokers aim criticism at Congress
Doug Schmidt, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Computer Science, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Struggling with your CPAP machine? Blame your biological clock.
Beth Malow, Burry Professor and professor of neurology, is quoted.
CNN: Opinion: Trump’s visit to Waco is a provocation of historic significance
Nicole Hemmer, associate professor of history, authored this opinion piece.
HuffPost: Do you need another COVID booster? Here’s what experts say.
William Schaffner, professor of health policy, is quoted. USA Today also published a story quoting Schaffner.
The Hollywood Reporter: Biden’s TikTok dilemma: Go after China or pursue social media antitrust claims
Rebecca Allensworth, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
Insider: Janelle Monáe on the future of Black creativity and the vital importance of Black artists who “challenge what we know about art”
Rebecca VanDiver, associate professor of history of arts, is quoted.
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