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  Monday, May 16, 2022  
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WATCH: Celebrating the Class of 2022
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier congratulated the Class of 2022 for their “persistence, patience and above all, courage” during the past four years when he delivered his Commencement address at Vanderbilt Stadium on May 13. An estimated 14,000 guests joined graduates of the university’s 147th class during an in-person main ceremony that was livestreamed on Vanderbilt’s website.
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Virtual conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is today at 10 a.m.
The Vanderbilt community is invited to attend a virtual conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday, May 16, at 10 a.m. CT hosted by the Association of American Universities. Zelenskyy will discuss how America’s leading research universities and Ukrainian officials and educators can work together to help rebuild his country’s decimated higher education sector.
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A message to the VU community regarding the tragedy in Buffalo
We are deeply saddened by the loss of life in Buffalo, New York, and horrified by reports that the incident Saturday afternoon was racially motivated, 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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Vanderbilt Mobile Vaccine Program recognized by American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Christian Ketel and Carrie Plummer, both associate professors of nursing, were recognized by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners for their stewardship and successful outcomes of the Vanderbilt Mobile Vaccine Program. Since its start in March 2021, the mobile clinic has administered 15,000 COVID-19 vaccines to more than 6,500 people in Nashville and Bedford, Coffee, Rutherford, Williamson and Wilson counties.
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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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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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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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School of Nursing to host conversation with Congresswoman Lauren Underwood
Lauren Underwood, a registered nurse who represents Illinois’ 14th Congressional District, will discuss leadership, nursing and health equity during a virtual conversation with Vanderbilt University School of Nursing leaders on Tuesday, May 17, from noon to 1 p.m. CT. The event is free and will be available via Zoom.
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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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‘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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HR Employee Learning and Engagement offers small group life design series
An offering from HR Employee Learning and Engagement invites VU employees to explore how they can apply design thinking to their lives and careers.
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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.
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Commons houses to undergo furniture, flooring upgrades this summer
The Office of Housing and Residential Experience will upgrade student rooms in Stambaugh, Murray and North houses on The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons this summer. From May 16 through July 15, beds, case goods and hard-surface flooring will be replaced.


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

A conversation with VU alumna Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey is May 17

Employee Health and Fitness Day Fair is May 18

VERA celebration set for May 24; RSVP by May 16

‘CliftonStrengths for VU Employees’ is May 25

VERA offers training resources for faculty

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

American Cancer Society–Institutional Research Grant funding opportunity

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 ·
  VKC Conversation Series: ‘Studying the Connection Between Reading Comprehension and Math Word Problem-Solving’
· MAY ·
  ‘What is a Geriatric Care Manager?’
· MAY ·
  ‘Preventing and Reversing Burnout: The Reality of Self-care’
· MAY ·
  HR offers ‘Compliance Fundamentals: Manager Responsibilities at Vanderbilt’


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Vanderbilt in the News
Main Street Nashville: Vanderbilt Law School announces $17.5M gift from alumnus
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier is quoted.
Nashville Business Journal: From the publisher: We have to blaze trails for others
Candice Lee, vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletic director, is quoted.
Nashville Post: Of note: 13 May 2022
Padma Raghavan, vice provost for research, is quoted.
CNN: Elon Musk says his deal to buy Twitter is on hold
Josh White, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.
Market Watch: The clock is running out for Congress to pass Big Tech antitrust bills this year
Rebecca Allensworth, Tarkington Chair in Teaching Excellence and professor of law, is quoted.
The Record: Digital cooperation by U.S., Ukraine is a success on multiple levels, Pentagon chief says
The Vanderbilt Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats is mentioned.
Nashville Post: Vanderbilt, Meharry researchers find Moderna vaccine safe for kids 6-11
Buddy Creech, Edie Carell Johnson Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
Nashville Scene: Cooper at a crossroads: An early look at the mayoral race
Josh Clinton, Abby and Jon Winkelried Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
Science News: Here’s the latest good and bad news about COVID-19 drugs
Mark Denison, Edward Claiborne Stahlman Professor of Pediatric Physiology and Cell Metabolism, is quoted.
The Nashville Ledger: Nashville ‘a roof shy’ of landing other major events
John Koch, senior lecturer in communication studies, is quoted.
Politico: War on women redux
John Sides, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
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