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  Wednesday, April 20, 2022  
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Celebrate Giving Day with on-campus events April 21
Giving Day, April 21, is a chance to celebrate the impact of the Vanderbilt community’s philanthropy. In addition to the Give on the Green celebration happening from noon to 4 p.m. on Library Lawn, look for school-specific lunchtime events, power hours and the grand opening celebration of the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center’s transformed courtyard, funded by last year’s Giving Day donations. Visit to learn more.
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Vanderbilt professor named 2022 Guggenheim Fellow 
Robert Barsky, professor of French, European studies, Jewish studies and law, is among an accomplished group of 180 artists, writers, scholars and scientists awarded a 2022 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.    
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Churchwell brothers to be keynote speakers for Becker’s Healthcare annual meeting
Dr. André L. Churchwell, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, will join his brothers, Drs. Kevin and Keith Churchwell, as keynote panelists for Becker’s Healthcare’s 12th annual meeting in Chicago. The three health care executives will speak together in a keynote panel discussing “CEO, Leadership and Strategy Issues.”
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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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Vanderbilt adds volleyball as a varsity sport
Vanderbilt University has announced the addition of women’s volleyball as the university’s 17th varsity sport. Enabled by the transformational Vandy United campaign, the sport will begin competition in the 2025–26 academic year.
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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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Vanderbilt’s IRIS Center provides broad access to educational resources, support during pandemic
With schools across the country facing personnel shortages and COVID-19 continuing to affect education, people have turned to the IRIS Center at Vanderbilt Peabody College for free resources and support. In 2021, the center’s website hosted roughly 4 million visits from 223 countries. 
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Law School Dean’s Lecture: ‘Implicit Bias, Structural Bias and Implications for Law and Policy’ April 21
The spring 2022 Law School Dean’s Lecture Series on Race and Discrimination will conclude with “Implicit Bias, Structural Bias and Implications for Law and Policy,” a talk by California Supreme Court Associate Justice Goodwin H. Liu, on Thursday, April 21, at 12:30 p.m.
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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.
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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

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

VKC TRIAD welcomes Rajaraman as director of Behavior Analysis Research

VERA offers training resources for faculty

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

‘CliftonStrengths for VU Employees’ is April 26

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

Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘Hamnet’ May 4

American Cancer Society–Institutional Research Grant funding opportunity

Limited Submission Opportunity: Mathers Foundation Grant Program Summer 2022

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 Macy Faculty Scholars Program

HR Employee Learning and Engagement offers peer-to-peer learning opportunities for managers and leaders

HR offers ‘Compliance Fundamentals: Manager Responsibilities at Vanderbilt’

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

ISSS recruiting hosts for EAT program

Programs for Talented Youth accepting applications for summer 2022 programs

Share your priorities for addressing climate change in Nashville  


Coming Up

· APR ·
  ‘Understanding and Paying for Long-term Care’
· APR ·
  Discovery Sciences Emerging Scholars Lecture: Monica Santisteban
· APR ·
  ‘Creating the Retirement You Want’
· APR ·
  ‘Business Strategy in the World of Technology’
· MAY ·
  Registration open for VICC annual Scientific Retreat


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BBC News: Twitter board takes action to fight Musk bid
Josh White, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.
Fortune: Here are the COVID subvariants behind the latest rise in cases—including the most contagious strain dominating the country
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Univision: Can Russia be forced to pay for the cost of the war in Ukraine with frozen assets?
Ingrid Wuerth, Helen Strong Curry Professor of International Law, is quoted.
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education: Three Black scholars who have been assigned to new positions or duties
Major Jackson, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in the Humanities and professor of English, is mentioned.
Marca: Good Friday: What’s the meaning of this holiday?
Bruce Morrill, Edward A. Malloy Professor of Roman Catholic Studies, is quoted.
Publimetro México: Bukele: ¿Qué ejemplo para América Latina marca su mano dura en El Salvador?
Noam Lupu, associate professor of political science and associate director of the Latin American Public Opinion Project, is quoted.
Reuters Health: Groundbreaking study documents pressures, harms among adolescent caregivers in Europe
Feylyn Lewis, program manager for Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Students for Health Equity, is quoted.
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