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  Wednesday, May 18, 2022  
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Philippe Fauchet to conclude deanship of School of Engineering in 2023
Philippe Fauchet, who has led the School of Engineering through a decade of significant and strategic growth in research collaborations, academic programs, endowed chairs, faculty and student recruitment and more, will step down as dean effective June 30, 2023.
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Olatunji, Tung named associate provosts for doctoral programs
Tiffiny Tung, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology, and Bunmi Olatunji, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor and director of clinical training in the Department of Psychology, were recently appointed associate provosts for doctoral programs and will lead efforts to enhance doctoral training, policies, student recruitment and experiences.
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Jeffery awarded Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for nursing innovators
School of Nursing Assistant Professor Alvin Jeffery has been named a Betty Irene Moore Fellow for Nurse Leaders and Innovators by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. His fellowship project will focus on electronic health record usability.
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Esteemed astrophysics professor Keivan Stassun co-authors study for NASA on increasing diversity and inclusion in space mission leadership
Keivan Stassun, Stevenson Professor of Physics and Astronomy and director of the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation, is a co-author of the study “Increasing Diversity and Inclusion in the Leadership of Competed Space Missions.” The report will be published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on
May 18.
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A message to the Vanderbilt community regarding recent violence in California
We are deeply distressed by the news of another shooting, this time at a church in Laguna Woods, California, write Chancellor Daniel Diermeier, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver and Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer André L. Churchwell in a message to the Vanderbilt community.
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Ross-Orta named director of student transitions and community engagement; Erb promoted to director of residential colleges
Roshaunda “Ro” Ross-Orta, a program manager for residential colleges, has been named director of the new Office of Student Transitions and Community Engagement, and Natalee Erb, associate director of residential colleges, has been promoted to director of residential colleges.
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‘Retrocomputing’ exhibit showcases the dynamic history of the personal computer
“Retrocomputing,” a new exhibit in the Science and Engineering Library, showcases the remarkable series of breakthroughs that took place during the early days of personal computing. All members of the Vanderbilt community are invited to learn about and interact with the vintage computers through the end of the calendar year.
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Internal teaching grant applications for spring 2022 available
Applications are open for two internal funding programs, the Educational Advancement Fund and the Course Improvement Grant, designed to support excellence in the classroom through continued pedagogical advancement and long-term educational transformation. The deadline to submit for the upcoming second round has been extended to Friday, May 20.
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Nominations open for fall 2022 faculty awards recognizing research, service
Nominations are now open for Vanderbilt’s top faculty awards, which recognize outstanding achievements in research and service to the university and demonstrate Vanderbilt’s appreciation for and commitment to excellence. All faculty are eligible to submit nominations for the four awards to be presented at the 2022 Fall Faculty Assembly. 
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Divinity School hosts ‘Nonviolence in a Troubled World’ May 18
Vanderbilt Divinity School and the James Lawson Institute for the Research and Study of Nonviolent Movements will host “Nonviolence in a Troubled World: A Time for Communal Lament, Reflection and Call to Action” on Wednesday, May 18, from 11:30 a.m. to noon.
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Register now for May 23 Spring Staff Assembly
All Vanderbilt University staff are invited to attend the Spring Staff Assembly, either in person or virtually, to celebrate university staff and their many contributions to the university’s mission.
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Attend ‘AI and Machine Learning in Biomedical Research’ on May 24
Biomedical researchers with expertise in data science will discuss the impact of artificial intelligence and machine learning on biomedical research, how it is being used for new and paradigm-shifting discoveries, as well as ethical concerns on Tuesday, May 24, from noon to 1 p.m. CT.
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Learn about Vanderbilt’s Employee Education Assistance Program June 8
Vanderbilt University staff interested in continuing their education or pursuing additional degrees can learn about the Employee Education Assistance Program during a panel discussion on Wednesday, June 8, from 11 a.m. to noon CT via Zoom.
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Submit proposals for new Employee Affinity Groups through June 15
The Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is requesting proposals for Employee Affinity Groups for 2022–23. Employee Affinity Groups are employee-led and -facilitated groups formed around interests, backgrounds, identities and common bonds.
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Take VUIT Faculty and Staff Satisfaction Survey for chance to win $100 Amazon gift card 
Vanderbilt IT has released a Faculty and Staff Satisfaction Survey. Your responses will help VUIT shape and improve its IT service offerings. The survey should take less than five minutes to complete, and you can submit answers anonymously. 
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‘Business of VU’ preparing for sixth cohort this fall
The Business of VU program is preparing to welcome its sixth cohort in fall 2022. Learn more about the program, and apply now for participation this fall.
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Lane closure, fence changes at Owen Graduate School of Management worksite
The Owen Graduate School of Management renovation and addition project, set to open for the 2022-23 academic year, will be expanding its site borders to complete the remainder of the work.
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Campus hydro-drilling and soil boring project underway
As part of a multiyear central utility infrastructure project, a hydro-excavation project on campus is currently underway. The work will occur from May 16 to June 10, beginning on Children’s Way extending down 25th Avenue to Jess Neely Drive and Vanderbilt Place.
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Neurodiversity Inspired Science and Engineering graduate trainee program now accepting applications
Applications are open through June 15 for the Neurodiversity Inspired Science and Engineering graduate trainee program. The NISE program engages students across STEM disciplines in the development, deployment and commercialization of future of work at the human technology frontier (FW-HTF) approaches and devices that support neurodiverse individuals, and/or that are inspired by their abilities.


COVID-19 Updates

Vanderbilt announces closure of COVID-19 testing center during summer 2022

Office of Global Safety provides community resources amid COVID-19 travel advisory updates

Additional COVID boosters available for certain individuals   

Prescription benefit covers over-the-counter COVID-19 tests


Take Note

Employee Health and Fitness Day Fair is May 18

VERA celebration set for
May 24

‘CliftonStrengths for VU Employees’ is May 25

VERA offers training resources for faculty

American Cancer Society–Institutional Research Grant funding opportunity

Commons houses to undergo furniture, flooring upgrades this summer

Share your thoughts on traveling through downtown for mobility and transit improvements 

ISSS recruiting hosts for EAT program

Employee Education Assistance Program to expedite tuition reimbursements

Making summer plans? Maximize your savings with Abenity employee perks

Occupational Health offers telehealth services for faculty, staff, postdocs

Research study seeking subjects ages 8–20 with neurofibromatosis

Adult research participants needed for sound sensitivity study

Children 8 and older with or without autism sought for research study on emotions, physical sensations


Coming Up

· MAY ·
  ‘What is a Geriatric Care Manager?’
· MAY ·
  Vanderbilt Brain Institute seminar: ‘Human Neurodevelopmental Disease–From Embryos to Organoids’
· MAY ·
  ‘Preventing and Reversing Burnout: The Reality of
· MAY ·
  HR offers ‘Compliance Fundamentals: Manager Responsibilities at Vanderbilt’


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Vanderbilt in the News
CNBC: LinkedIn co-founder to graduates: Friendships ‘may be your life’s most important work’
LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman’s Vanderbilt Graduates Day address is featured.
Thomson Reuters Foundation: Carbon footprint labels to steer climate-friendly buying
Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law and director of Vanderbilt’s Climate Change Research Network, is quoted.
The Oklahoman: Oklahoma voters could be asked to change state supreme court nominating process
Brian Fitzpatrick, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise and professor of law, is quoted.
EcoWatch: ‘Not just a science’: Vanderbilt University’s new major offers a new way to study climate change
Jonathan Gilligan, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, is quoted.
Black History Year (podcast): Revising white revisions with David Ikard
David Ikard, professor of African American and diaspora studies, is interviewed.
Main Street Nashville: Middle Tennessee families struggle to find baby formula amid U.S. shortage
Anna Morad, associate professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
Pride Publishing Group: United Methodist Black leaders discuss church future
Herbert Marbury, associate professor of Hebrew Bible, is quoted.
Healthline: Q&A: What to expect with COVID-19 this summer
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is featured.
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