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  Friday, May 13, 2022  
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Diermeier urges Class of 2022 to go forward with courage, ‘dare to grow’
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.
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Vanderbilt honors Class of 2022 Founder’s Medalists
Since 1877, Vanderbilt has awarded a gold medal to the student graduating with first honors from each of the university’s 10 schools and colleges. The awards are named after the university’s founder, Cornelius Vanderbilt, who made a contribution to endow the awards in their first year.
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University honors 35 as emeritus and emerita faculty
Vanderbilt University has honored 35 retiring faculty members for their years of service by bestowing upon them the title of emerita or emeritus faculty. They were recognized during Vanderbilt’s Commencement ceremony on May 13.
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WATCH: Entrepreneur Reid Hoffman tells Class of 2022 that cultivating close friendships ‘may be your life’s most important work’
Reid Hoffman, who played integral roles in founding the companies PayPal and LinkedIn, called on Vanderbilt University’s Class of 2022 to invest in true, substantial and enduring friendships as they set out on the next phases of their lives.
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Search committee named for next dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver has appointed a committee to conduct a national search for the next dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School. The committee includes faculty members, deans, an alumnus and a current student.
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Growing Forward: Celebrating progress
Through their experiences at Vanderbilt, members of the Class of 2022 have built a set of tools that will help them forge the progress needed for their next steps, writes Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletic Director Candice Lee in the latest “Growing Forward” newsletter.
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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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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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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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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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‘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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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.
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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.


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 now covers over-the-counter COVID-19 tests


Take Note

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

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

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 ·
  Nursing to host conversation with Congresswoman Lauren Underwood
· MAY ·
  ‘What is a Geriatric Care Manager?’
· MAY ·
  HR offers ‘Compliance Fundamentals: Manager Responsibilities at Vanderbilt’


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Vanderbilt in the News
Nashville Business Journal: 4 pieces of advice for business leaders from Vanderbilt’s Candice Lee
Candice Lee, vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletic director, is featured.
Nashville Post: Alum gives $17.5M to Vanderbilt Law School
Elaine and W. Weldon Wilson’s $17.5 million gift to add to their scholarship fund at Vanderbilt Law School is highlighted.
Nature: Child care crowdfunding campaigns aim to keep mums on the academic track
Patrick Retton, associate vice chancellor for administration and chief of operations, and postdoctoral scholar Heather Beasley are quoted.
ABC News: Why 100 million Americans could be infected during COVID surge this fall
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Journal of Blacks in Higher Education: Study finds higher level of Black maternal mortality due to effects of racism and sexism
The research of Evelyn Patterson, associate professor of sociology, is featured.
Nashville Public Radio: 7 Tennessee children identified as part of mysterious outbreak of severe liver disease
Anita Pai, assistant professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
Bloomberg: Fertilizer shortages finally give dung a chance
Amanda Little, writer in residence in English, authored this piece.
Texas Public Radio: Supreme Court to decide if military reservists can sue states for employment violations
Suzanna Sherry, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law, Emerita, is quoted.
The Daily Beast: The fringe fanatic behind the scariest abortion bill In America
Sophie Bjork-James, assistant professor of anthropology, is quoted.
Inside Climate News: Gen Z has a fast fashion problem. That’s bad for the climate and equity
Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law and director of Vanderbilt’s Climate Change Research Network, is quoted.
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