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  Wednesday, May 4, 2022  
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Diermeier speaks to Danish Parliament
Vanderbilt University Chancellor Daniel Diermeier gave remarks during a public hearing held by the Higher Education and Research Committee of the Folketinget, the Danish Parliament, on May 3.
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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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College of Arts and Science names Kam as dean of faculty affairs
Cindy D. Kam has been named dean of faculty affairs in the College of Arts and Science. Kam, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science and director of the Research on Individuals, Politics and Society Lab, steps into the role as Kamal Saggi, Frances and John Downing Family Professor of Economics, moves into a new leadership position in the Office of the Provost.
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Leyva named 2022 LGBTQ+ Educator of the Year by Out to Innovate
Luis A. Leyva, assistant professor of mathematics education at Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development, has been recognized by Out to Innovate as the 2022 LGBTQ+ Educator of the Year. 
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May 4-5: Former Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid to speak at Vanderbilt Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats
The origins, realities and effects of the world’s most pressing threats are the focus of the inaugural Vanderbilt Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats scheduled for May 4-5. The summit will feature a fireside chat with Kersti Kaljulaid, who served as president of the Republic of Estonia from 2016 to 2021.
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Army Futures Command awards Pathfinder seed funding to Tonia Rex and Doug Adams
Two Vanderbilt professors were awarded Pathfinder seed funding for a project that could benefit soldiers by optimizing their neurological performance through suggested behavior protocol and by improving aircraft design and equipment to reduce the effects of in-flight vibration and percussion.
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Hayes named assistant provost and senior director of the Career Center
Alayna Hayes, an accomplished career services professional with extensive experience developing programming and content to promote student learning and engagement, has been named assistant provost and senior director of the Vanderbilt Career Center. She will begin her new role on June 15.
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Two Vanderbilt students named to Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship Program for New Americans
Tao Hong, a second-year Ph.D. student in interdisciplinary materials science, and Hari Srinivasan, an incoming Ph.D. student in neuroscience, have been named to the 2022 cohort of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship Program for New Americans. This merit-based graduate award for immigrants and children of immigrants provides 30 fellows annually with up to $90,000 in funding to support their graduate studies.
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Freshman engineering student earns Department of Defense SMART Scholarship
Vanderbilt freshman Evelyn Marx has been selected as a SMART Scholar by the U.S. Department of Defense. The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation Award is designed to enhance the DoD workforce with “talented, innovative and brilliant scientists, engineers and researchers.”
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Fitch affirms Vanderbilt University’s AAA bond rating
Vanderbilt University’s bond rating continues to be AAA—the highest level—as designated by the Fitch Group, a leading credit agency.
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Entrepreneur Reid Hoffman to open Commencement celebrations for Class of 2022
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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Employee Learning and Engagement Thought Leader Series: ‘Do I Belong Here? Recognizing and Overcoming Imposter Syndrome’ is tomorrow
Join HR Employee Learning and Engagement for the next event in its Thought Leader Series. “Do I Belong Here? Recognizing and Overcoming Imposter Syndrome” with Maureen Gannon, associate dean for faculty development and professor of medicine, will be on Thursday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to noon via Zoom.
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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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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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‘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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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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Staff WAVE Council seeking new members
The Staff Women’s Advancement and Equity Council is seeking new members. Established in January 2019, Staff WAVE works to foster an environment of equity, opportunity, fulfillment and empowerment for all women at Vanderbilt University. Nominations are being accepted through May 7.
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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: Strong vision, enterprising spirit propel Class of 2022 students to forge new paths
Meet members of the Class of 2022 whose strong vision and enterprising spirit propelled them to learn, explore and thrive.
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Dashboard Update: COVID-19 positive cases among VU community members
See the latest updates to VU’s COVID-19 dashboard. Vanderbilt maintains this dashboard to inform the university community about the number of positive COVID-19 test results for the spring 2022 semester.


COVID-19 Updates

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

Additional COVID boosters available for certain individuals   

Vanderbilt no longer requires indoor masking in line with latest CDC guidance

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


Take Note

Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘Hamnet’ May 4

Bid on Vanderbilt surplus goods until May 6

Work-Life Workshop: ‘Navigating Gender Bias in Professional Communication’ May 11

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

VERA celebration set for May 24; RSVP by May 16

VERA offers training resources for faculty

Limited Submission Opportunity: W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program–Concept Papers Fall 2022

Limited Submission Opportunity: Tennessee Arts Commission–Arts Build Communities grant

ISSS recruiting hosts for EAT program

Programs for Talented Youth accepting applications for summer 2022 programs

Employee Education Assistance Program to expedite tuition reimbursements

Making summer plans? Maximize your savings with Abenity employee perks

Move in May with Health Plus: Registration open for Step Challenge and Wellness Bingo

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 ·
  ‘Design Thinking, Upskilling and Experimenting for Career Growth’
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  Roundtable discussion: ‘Defending the Indian Child Welfare Act’
· MAY ·
  HR offers ‘Compliance Fundamentals: Manager Responsibilities at Vanderbilt’


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Vanderbilt in the News
Bloomberg: Nobody knows where the red line is for cyberwarfare
This week’s Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats hosted at Vanderbilt is mentioned.
Making the Case: The story behind Dunn v. Blumstein, 50 years after it changed voting in Tennessee
James Blumstein, University Professor of Constitutional Law and Health Law and Policy, is featured.
The New York Times: Learning more
The research of Christopher Candelaria, assistant professor of public policy and education, is cited.
Austin Public Radio: Efforts to unionize bring Austin Starbucks workers together
Daniel Cornfield, professor of sociology, is quoted.
The Hechinger Report:  Many certificate programs don’t pay off, but colleges want to keep offering them anyway
The research of Lesley Turner, associate professor of economics, and doctoral student Cody Christensen is cited.
Bloomberg Law: New biomed unit under pressure to use untried drug patent grabs
Stacie Dusetzina, associate professor of health policy, is quoted.
The New York Times: Loss of pandemic aid stresses hospitals that treat the uninsured
John Graves, associate professor of health policy, is quoted.
Politifact: Trying to keep up with the omicron subvariants? Here’s a guide
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
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