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  Friday, April 22, 2022  
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Vanderbilt community stands together for Giving Day 2022
The Giving Day results are in: Nearly 5,900 members of the Vanderbilt community—including alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and friends—donated more than $5 million.
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2022 Spring Faculty Assembly will be in person on April 28
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and the Faculty Senate will celebrate Vanderbilt’s faculty by presenting many of the university’s highest honors at the 2022 Spring Faculty Assembly on Thursday, April 28.
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Milner to assume presidency, scholars to present research at AERA meeting in San Diego
Vanderbilt professor H. Richard Milner IV will become president of the American Educational Research Association this month when the organization meets in San Diego. Milner, Vanderbilt’s first elected president of AERA, is a researcher, scholar and leader of urban education and teacher education.
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Helmuth honored with 2022 K.C. Potter Award for outstanding service to students
Faculty Head of Sutherland House Chalene Helmuth has received the 2021–22 K.C. Potter Outstanding Service to Students Award, given by the Office of the Dean of Students to a faculty member who provides outstanding service consistently to individual students or student groups through personal advising, development of programs, or improvements to university systems and policies that affect students.
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Kalousová, Bolton receive Alzheimer’s Association awards
Lucie Kalousová, assistant professor of medicine, health and society and of sociology, has received a two-year New to the Field Award of $114,000 from the Alzheimer’s Association. Corey Bolton, a postdoctoral fellow at the Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer’s Center, has been awarded a two-year, $140,000 Alzheimer’s Association Clinician Scientist Fellowship.
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Vanderbilt Law student selected for Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics law program
Samantha Smith, BA’19, JD’22, is one of 14 law students worldwide chosen for the 2022 law program of the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics. FASPE provides a unique historical lens to engage graduate students in professional schools and early-stage practitioners in an intensive course of study focused on contemporary ethical issues in their professions.
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Prothena and Warren Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery collaborate on new Alzheimer’s disease therapeutics
Prothena and the Warren Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery have entered into a collaborative research agreement to develop new small molecule therapeutics for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease in individuals with Down syndrome.
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Office of Global Safety provides community resources amid COVID-19 travel advisory updates
Changes in federal agencies’ procedures for designating nations’ level of travel risk will allow Vanderbilt’s Office of Global Safety to better communicate those risks to potential travelers connected with the university.
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Diermeier, Balser livestream event will focus on leading under adversity
Vanderbilt University Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and Vanderbilt University Medical Center President and CEO Dr. Jeffrey Balser, PhD’90, will discuss their experiences leading through the COVID-19 pandemic in a livestreamed event scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27. 
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REGISTER: Vanderbilt Unity Project hosts panel on risks to democracies
The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy will host “Democratic Erosion and How to Prevent It,” an online panel discussion, April 28 at noon. Vanderbilt political scientist Josh Clinton and professor Susan Stokes of the University of Chicago will explore the tactics and conditions to which democracies are most vulnerable during a conversation moderated by Noam Lupu, political scientist and associate director of the Vanderbilt Latin American Public Opinion Project.
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Attend ‘Survivor: Intersections of Cancer and Mental Health with Ethan Zohn’ on April 26
Ethan Zohn, winner of CBS’s “Survivor,” a two-time cancer survivor, humanitarian and former professional soccer player, will discuss his journey with reality television, cancer, mental health and humanitarian work on April 26 at 7 p.m. CT at the Blair School’s Ingram Hall.
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Employee Learning and Engagement Thought Leader Series: ‘Do I Belong Here? Recognizing and Overcoming Imposter Syndrome’ May 5
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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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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Vanderbilt observes Sexual Assault Awareness Month with campus programing
Vanderbilt University is observing Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April with programs designed to educate, raise awareness and build skills.


COVID-19 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

Stringfellow appointed to Federal Depository Library Program task force

Enabling Innovation Initiative: ‘Non-linear Career Paths: It is OK to Change Your Mind’ April 22

Applications for Scaling Success Grants due May 4; informational town hall is
April 26

Vandy Walks returns April 28 with ‘Annuals and Perennials in Bloom’

Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘Hamnet’ May 4

VERA offers training resources for faculty

Limited Submission Opportunity: Mathers Foundation Grant Program Summer 2022

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 Macy Faculty Scholars Program

ISSS recruiting hosts for EAT program

Programs for Talented Youth accepting applications for summer 2022 programs

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 soon: Upgraded website for Fidelity NetBenefits, Vanderbilt University’s retirement administrator

Enroll now in Health Plus’ Control is the Goal blood pressure management program

A Healthier You: ‘Awareness, Action and Planning for Your Health–Where Do You Start?’


Coming Up

· APR ·
  ‘CliftonStrengths for VU Employees’
· MAY ·
  Registration open for VICC annual Scientific Retreat
· MAY ·
  ‘The Big Quit: How Do I Keep My People?’
· MAY ·
  HR offers ‘Compliance Fundamentals: Manager Responsibilities at Vanderbilt’


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Vanderbilt in the News
Associated Press: Doctors suggest new names for low-grade prostate cancer
David Penson, Paul V. Hamilton, M.D. and Virginia E. Howd Professor of Urologic Oncology, is quoted.
Diverse Issues in Higher Education: What white university presidents and other leaders could learn from HBCU leadership about diversifying STEM
Ebony McGee, professor of teaching and learning, co-authored this piece.
The Fiscal Times: Many cancer patients on Medicare skip filling high-priced prescriptions: Study
Stacie Dusetzina, associate professor of health policy, is quoted.
Knoxville News Sentinel: Knoxville startup named finalist for Elon Musk’s $100 million carbon removal tech prize
Cary Pint, adjoint associate professor of mechanical engineering, is mentioned.
Newsmax: Placing COVID patients on stomach not always beneficial: Study
Todd Rice, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
HealthDay: Transgender, gender-questioning teens have worse health outcomes
The research of Gilbert Gonzales, assistant professor of medicine, health and society, and Cameron Deal, an undergraduate student, is cited.
Axios Nashville: Vanderbilt to study long COVID
Cyndya Shibao, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
Forbes: Crisis management lessons from Twitter’s response to Elon Musk’s hostile takeover bid
Barbara Bell, adjunct instructor in leadership, policy and organizations, is quoted.
Pew: Small towns drew most new pandemic residents
Peter Haslag, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.
Forbes: Will U.S. airlines benefit financially from the end of the mask mandate?
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
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