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  Wednesday, May 11, 2022  
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Vanderbilt Law School announces $17.5M bequest from W. Weldon Wilson, JD’86, to extend scholarship program
Vanderbilt Law School Board of Advisors member W. Weldon Wilson, JD’86, and his wife, Elaine, have documented a $17.5 million bequest to support their existing Weldon Wilson Scholarship at Vanderbilt Law School. The scholarship was established in 2011 in honor of Weldon’s 25th reunion.
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Johns, leading Vanderbilt scholar on early modern art and culture, has died
Christopher M.S. Johns, the Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Professor of Fine Arts and professor of history of art and architecture, died at his home on May 8 after a long illness.
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Cyber defense leaders address growing security challenges as part of Vanderbilt’s inaugural Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats
U.S. Cyber Command Director Gen. Paul Nakasone, former President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid and a range of military and intelligence leaders, scholars, prominent journalists and private sector experts in cybersecurity, energy and finance convened at the Vanderbilt Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats May 4–5.
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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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Entrepreneur Reid Hoffman to open Commencement celebrations for Class of 2022 tomorrow
Vanderbilt University will honor the Class of 2022 with a series of events May 12-13. Reid Hoffman, an accomplished entrepreneur, executive, investor and philanthropist who has played an integral role in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses, will deliver the Graduates Day address to 2022 graduates and their families.
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Three Vanderbilt students named Goldwater Scholars for 2022
Rising seniors Alexandra Duncan, Andrew Hanna and Ethan Nguyen have been named 2022 Barry A. Goldwater Scholars, joining 2021 Goldwater Scholar and fellow rising senior Joseph Sexton. The Goldwater Scholarship is the nation’s most competitive scholarship for undergraduate STEM students who show exceptional promise for becoming the nation’s next generation of research leaders.
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Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership aims to train next generation to implement change
Leaders at the forefront of systemic change make a difference by thinking about how to shift old patterns that have kept people marginalized. Thirteen students nominated by deans across Vanderbilt this year got the chance to engage in such big-picture thinking as participants in the Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership’s interprofessional student fellowship.
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Excellence in Podcasting award winners honored at reception
Vanderbilt University’s second Excellence in Podcasting competition was held during the spring 2022 semester. Awards were presented in April to the students whose podcast submissions exemplified the goals of the competition: using audio storytelling to communicate ideas, share perspectives, make arguments and persuade others.
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Peabody graduate students partner with Campus Dining to improve employee safety
Peabody College graduate students Sara Davis and Burcak Kaynar spent the spring semester conducting an analysis of the language of safety in Vanderbilt Campus Dining operations. In an effort to improve overall employee safety, they focused on the use of large machines in Campus Dining facilities by multilingual employees.
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Vanderbilt announces closure of COVID-19 testing center during summer 2022
The Vanderbilt University COVID-19 testing center at the David Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center will close operations for the summer, beginning May 16. Because of the reduced population and continued low positivity rates on campus, the asymptomatic testing program is also suspended.
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Volunteer at Class of 2022 Commencement
Vanderbilt is gearing up for Commencement May 12–13, and your help is needed to celebrate our graduates and their families.
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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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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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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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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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VUIT to conduct phishing simulation exercises
VUIT Information Security continues to see phishing campaigns targeting the VU community. As part of ongoing efforts to improve information security practices at Vanderbilt, VUIT will operationalize regular phishing simulation exercises for all faculty and staff on a quarterly basis.
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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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WATCH: Class of 2022 students find belonging and enrich community
Students who attend Vanderbilt belong to a special community, brought together for the purpose of making each other—and society as a whole—better. Meet members of the Class of 2022 who have cultivated belonging to strengthen, support and enrich their community.


COVID-19 Updates

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

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

American Cancer Society–Institutional Research Grant funding opportunity

Limited Submission Opportunity: ADA Pathway to Stop Diabetes Awards (Initiator and Accelerator)

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 NEH Summer Stipends

Occupational Health offers telehealth services for faculty, staff, postdocs

Health Plus comes to you in 2022

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 ·
  Work-Life Workshop: ‘Navigating Gender Bias in Professional Communication’
· MAY ·
  VKC Conversation Series: ‘Studying the Connection Between Reading Comprehension and Math Word Problem-Solving’
· MAY ·
  ‘What is a Geriatric Care Manager?’
· MAY ·
  HR offers ‘Compliance Fundamentals: Manager Responsibilities at Vanderbilt’


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Bloomberg Law: Supreme Court leak prompts new look at old way of doing business
Brian Fitzpatrick, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise and professor of law, is quoted.
Nashville Post: Potential menthol cigarette ban triggers equity concerns
William Blot, research professor of medicine, emeritus, is quoted.
Main Street Nashville: Local teen raises awareness about MIS-C, a rare but serious inflammatory syndrome
English Flack, associate professor of clinical pediatrics, is quoted.
Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee GOP majority lawmakers challenged Republican Gov. Lee during 2022 legislative session
John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of political science, is quoted.
History: Henry Kissinger’s controversial role in the Vietnam War
Tom Schwartz, Distinguished Professor of History, is quoted.
Daily Montanan: Kalispell one of the fast-growing cities as people flocked to more rural places after COVID
Peter Haslag, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.
Ebony: Vanderbilt professor takes on marginalization of Black professionals in STEM in new book
Ebony McGee, professor of teaching and learning, is featured.
Bloomberg: What do I do when my PCR Is positive and my rapid test Is negative?
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
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