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  Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2023  
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Vanderbilt Divinity School names influential public theologian Yolanda Pierce as next dean
Yolanda Pierce, dean of the Howard University School of Divinity and a prominent leader on the role of religion in public life, will become dean of Vanderbilt University’s Divinity School effective July 1.
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Vanderbilt to kick off yearlong Sesquicentennial celebration with events March 24–25
Members of the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities are invited to take part in the university’s Sesquicentennial kickoff celebration March 24–25. Events include a kickoff ceremony featuring Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and a “Songs of America” conversation with performances by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell on Friday, March 24, and a community party with free food, music and family-friendly activities on Alumni Lawn on Saturday, March 25.
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Diermeier discusses free expression, open inquiry and constructive debate in ‘Chronicle of Higher Education’ essay
The capacity to entertain different views is vital not only on a college campus, but also in a democratic society. Universities must educate students to converse, cooperate and coexist with people who see the world differently, writes Chancellor Daniel Diermeier in an essay published in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
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College of Arts and Science faculty lead comprehensive, collaborative overhaul of undergraduate curriculum
A significant faculty-led effort to redesign the College of Arts and Science undergraduate curriculum is nearing completion, aiming to provide a more integrated, inspiring and enduring program of study for all Arts and Science students.
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Training Opportunity: Increase research administration skills in two-day workshop with Society of Research Administration International
Beginner- and intermediate-level research administrators are invited to participate in an on-campus two-day training provided by the Society of Research Administrators International. Please RSVP by March 23.
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Vanderbilt launches website to commemorate Sesquicentennial celebration
A new website commemorating Vanderbilt’s Sesquicentennial—the 150th anniversary of the university’s founding—celebrates the people, places and programs that make up Vanderbilt’s rich history.
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Vanderbilt named nominating partner for Schmidt Science Fellowship program
Vanderbilt University has been named a nominating partner for the Schmidt Science Fellowship program. This competitive fellowship is open to late-stage doctoral students in the fields of natural sciences, computing, engineering or mathematics after completion of their Ph.D. Fellows will receive a stipend of $100,000 a year for up to two years and placement in an internationally renowned lab.
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TEDxVanderbiltUniversity is April 18; register to attend now
Vanderbilt Human Resources’ Employee Learning and Engagement team is hosting the seventh annual TEDxVanderbiltUniversity on Tuesday, April 18. This year’s event will take place in Ingram Hall at the Blair School of Music.
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‘New York Times’ bestselling author to deliver lecture on women, leadership and engaged citizenship
Vanderbilt’s residential colleges and the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center will host New York Times bestselling author Julie Lythcott-Haims March 23 for “Your Turn: How to Be an Adult,” a lecture based on her bestselling book. Before the lecture, she will speak with the Vanderbilt Parenting Group during a lunchtime session.
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Lab-to-Table Conversation: ‘Genetic Information: Balancing Ethics and Impact’ March 28
Join the School of Medicine Basic Sciences for the Lab-to-Table conversation “Genetic Information: Balancing Ethics and Impact” on Tuesday, March 28.
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Join Vanderbilt in raising awareness of climate change during Earth Hour on March 25
Vanderbilt University will participate in Earth Hour on Saturday, March 25, by turning off the exterior lights at West End Tower from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Vanderbilt’s participation, in coordination with Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s office, is part of a Metro Nashville initiative to have businesses and organizations across the city collaborate to raise awareness about climate change.
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Mark Cuban to visit VUMC March 23; discussion to be livestreamed
Vanderbilt University Medical Center will host “A Discussion with Mark Cuban: How Cost Plus Drugs Is Innovating to Lower Prescription Drug Prices in America” on Thursday, March 23, at 12:15 p.m. at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. All members of the Vanderbilt community are invited to livestream the event.
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Resources available for women’s and gender-related emotional and physical health
March is national Women’s History Month, a time to acknowledge, reflect and honor the many achievements of women. Vanderbilt’s Office of Health and Wellness is reminding the university community of resources available to help address women’s and gender-related health challenges.
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AlertVU test scheduled for March 23
Vanderbilt University Office of Emergency Management will conduct a test of the AlertVU emergency notification system on Thursday, March 23, at 2:30 p.m. Before the test, it is recommended that all staff, faculty and students review and update their contact information to ensure AlertVU message delivery.
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‘Confronting Hate: Antisemitism and Racism’ panel is March 28
Vanderbilt University will host a panel discussion, “Confronting Hate: Antisemitism and Racism,” on Tuesday, March 28, at 7 p.m. in the Central Library Community Room. The discussion will address the historical links between antisemitism and other forms of racism and their contemporary resonances in the United States today.
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Women’s History Month event series underway
Vanderbilt is celebrating Women’s History Month in March with a series of events hosted by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center. The events will focus on the theme “Women Who Tell Our Stories,” which aims to celebrate the struggles and achievements of all women from every background.
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Vanderbilt celebrates Disability Awareness Month in March
Vanderbilt University is celebrating Disability Awareness Month in March, with more than 10 campus partners and organizations collaborating on a series of events aimed at raising awareness and appreciating the contributions of the disability community.


Health & Safety Updates

Gain wider access to mental health support through new provider Lyra

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

Davidson County COVID community level low


Take Note

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

World on Wednesday: ‘The Governance of Antarctica: A Continent without a Country’ March 29

Scott Edwards, expert on the evolution of biodiversity, to deliver J. T. Scopes Lecture

Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center hosts Mechanic Shop Femme workshop March 29

David Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center sidewalk to be affected by crane work on March 22

‘When Women Lead: Unapologetically Taking Up Space’ March 27

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

Vanderbilt Data Science Institute to host AI Revolutions Symposium March 27-28

Virtual Lunch and Learn: VA Caregiver Support Program March 30

WeGo service changes go into effect April 2

‘Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Womanist Truth, Womanist Resistance’ roundtable March 27

MLAS spring and summer 2023 course offerings announced

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


Coming Up

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  HR Employee Learning and Engagement: ‘The Importance of Employee Engagement’ March 23
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  Vandy Cooks: ‘Easy Breakfast Meal Prep Recipes’ March 23
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  Vanderbilt Brain Institute hosts Brain Blast March 25
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  Flexner Deans’ Lecture: Alex Lupi, Ekiomoado Olumese March 27
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  Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, Community Resource Center hosting period product drive in March


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CNBC: How a TikTok ban in the U.S. might work
Doug Schmidt, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Computer Science, is quoted.
The Tennessean: ‘I’m being hunted down’: This Tennessean turned to peacemaking after coping with anti-Muslim hate
Samar Ali, research professor of political science and law and co-chair of the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy, is quoted.
CNN: Steps have dropped since COVID-19 and the trend is worrisome, study says
Evan Brittain, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Times of India: Colon cancer is rising among young adults; know the warning signs and risk factors
Reid Ness, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Guardian: Dominion lawsuit is just the start as Fox faces losing friends—and viewers
Nicole Hemmer, associate professor of history, is quoted.
Nexstar Media Group: ‘Grooming’: The ubiquitous buzzword in LGBTQ school debate
Sophie Bjork-James, assistant professor of anthropology, is quoted.
The Financial Times: U.S. Treasuries’ rollercoaster ride strains bond market functioning
Yesha Yadav, Milton R. Underwood Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
Slate: They were also victims of the Holocaust. Their fight for recognition is still ongoing.
Research by Ari Joskowicz, associate professor of Jewish studies, is cited.
The Wall Street Journal: Russia’s Vladimir Putin faces arrest warrant by international court
Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law, is quoted.
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