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  Monday, Apr. 11, 2022  
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Daniel Diermeier formally installed as Vanderbilt University’s ninth chancellor
In keynote remarks delivered at an investiture officially marking his tenure as Vanderbilt’s ninth chancellor, Daniel Diermeier urged the university community to seize this aspirational moment and join him in building “The Great University” for today’s world.
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Career networking event focused on supporting the military community
Vanderbilt hosted a group of military veterans and their spouses for a career networking event that took place on campus April 1. Chancellor Daniel Diermeier spoke to attendees of the event and Dr. André Churchwell, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion, and Eric Kopstain, vice chancellor for administration, also attended.
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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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Inaugural awardees announced for Scaling Success Grant
The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is pleased to announce the three awardees for the February 2022 cycle of the Scaling Success Grant, which is the first cycle of this internal funding opportunity. The awardees are Ann Kaiser, Susan W. Gray Professor of Education and Human Development, Steven Wernke, associate professor of anthropology, with Co-PI Yuankai Huo, assistant professor of computer science and computer engineering, and Karl Zelick, associate professor of mechanical engineering.
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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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Ella Baker Day talk to explore ‘Sustaining the Power of Grassroots Organizing’
Briana Perry, co-executive director of Healthy and Free Tennessee, will discuss “We Who Believe in Freedom: Sustaining the Power of Grassroots Organizing” on Tuesday, April 12, at 6 p.m. in the Vanderbilt Student Life Center Board of Trust Room. The event, presented by the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, is in honor of Ella Baker Day.
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Join HR Employee Learning and Engagement for Thought Leader Series on ‘Neurodiversity in the Workplace’
Join HR Employee Learning and Engagement for the next installment in its Thought Leader Series. “Neurodiversity in the Workplace” with David Caudel, associate director of the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation, will be on Thursday, April 14, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via Zoom.
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Vanderbilt Giving Day is April 21
Vanderbilt University’s annual Giving Day is Thursday, April 21, and the entire Vanderbilt community is invited to stand together for this 24-hour event that raises vital funds for Vanderbilt scholarships, innovation and research while uniting the community toward a common goal. 
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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, 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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Boring, soil testing to occur on campus starting April 11
As part of a multi-year Central Utility Infrastructure project, TTL Inc., a geotechnical company, under the direction of the Campus Planning and Construction office, will be conducting exploratory soil testing and boring on campus for approximately four days starting Monday, April 11.
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Employee Appreciation: Win a chance to attend Bridgestone Arena events in April
Vanderbilt University is offering faculty and staff a chance to enjoy the “suite life” at Bridgestone Arena in April. Full-time and part-time benefits-eligible faculty and staff may enter to win two tickets to a number of upcoming events.
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HR Employee Learning and Engagement offers peer-to-peer learning opportunities for managers and leaders
Conversation Circles, a series for managers and leaders, creates an intentional space where supervisors, managers and leaders can share and discuss insights and best practices while building their peer networks.
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Student Care Network launches Social Justice CARE website
The Student Care Network has launched the Social Justice CARE website, where students have access to resources relative to connecting with affirming Community, Action that can be taken on social justice issues, resources for Restoration and self-care, and Education on a number of social justice related topics.
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Campus Dining launches its spring 2022 survey
Vanderbilt Campus Dining is hungry for feedback, and needs your help. In an effort to measure student satisfaction in a number of areas, the department is conducting its semiannual Dining Survey throughout the month of April.
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I Am Vanderbilt: Brandon Hulette
Brandon Hulette is a longtime U.S. Army reservist with broad experience in epidemiology, public health, emergency management and more. But he primarily considers himself a teacher.


COVID-19 Updates

Additional COVID boosters available for certain individuals   

Vanderbilt will no longer require indoor masking in line with newest CDC guidance

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


Take Note

Limited Submission Opportunity: Mellon Foundation Higher Learning Program–2022 Call for Concepts

VERA offers training resources for faculty

Share your priorities for addressing climate change in Nashville  

WeGo Public Transit bus service changes now in effect 

Enjoy the Benefits of Breakfast with April’s Nutrition Corner

HR to host mental wellbeing and awareness talk April 13

‘Selecting Good Literature for Children’ topic of Parenting Group meeting April 13

Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘Hamnet’ May 4

Applications for Scaling Success Grants due May 4

Join the new Health Plus Pacers walking & running club!

Limited Submission Opportunity: V Foundation 2022 V Scholar Award in Adult Cancer Research

Registration for New Leader Orientation now open

HR offers ‘Compliance Fundamentals: Manager Responsibilities at Vanderbilt’

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center introduces toolkits to mitigate stress caused by needlesticks in patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Data Science Institute to host ‘AI Summer’ to train researchers


Coming Up

· APR ·
  Steine Lecture: Racial Disparities in Today’s Economy
· APR ·
  Emerging Scholars Lecture: Mary Jane Tsang, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
· APR ·
  Flexner Deans’ Lecture Series: Robinson Lecture with Utibe R. Essien, MD, MPH
· APR ·
  McGee Public Policy Lecture: Understanding the Intergenerational Transmission of Poverty: How Economic Research Can Inform Policy
· APR ·
  Queer on the Inside: Business Edition


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Vanderbilt in the News
Nashville Business Journal: Vanderbilt University chancellor: ‘We have to stop worrying what the Ivy League is thinking’
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier is featured.
Becker’s Hospital Review: 75 Black health care leaders to know | 2022
André Churchwell, Levi Watkins Jr., M.D. Professor of Medicine and vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, is mentioned.
NPR: How green laws stop green projects: The indicator from planet money
J.B. Ruhl, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law, is quoted.
Nashville Business Journal: Data deep dive: Nashville lands highest in NIH funding across state
Paul Harris, professor of biomedical informatics, is quoted.
USA Today: A new coronavirus variant combination, XE, has been detected in the U.K. Here’s what we know.
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Election commission votes to push anti-tax referendum fight to state Supreme Court
James Blumstein, University Professor of Constitutional Law and Health Law and Policy, is quoted.
Forbes: 5 fun ways to teach your kids about money
Bethany Rittle-Johnson, Anita S. and Antonio M. Gotto Professor of Child Development, is quoted.
Medscape: Novel drug offers new hope for Rett syndrome
Jeffrey Neul, Annette Schaffer Eskind Chair in the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
STAT: Faced with high drug prices, seniors are abandoning cancer drugs at the pharmacy
Stacie Dusetzina, associate professor of health policy, is quoted.
Futurity: Pandemic health workers faced rates of ‘moral injury’ similar to combat vets
Keith Meador, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted.
Law 360: China tariff clash leaves sliver of hope for importers
Tim Meyer, professor of law, is quoted.
Medical News Today: Long COVID: Primate study reveals forms of ‘brain injury’
James Jackson, research professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Moguldom Nation: Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmed to Supreme Court: 3 clues on how she may rule on the bench with lifetime appointment
Tracey George, Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Professor of Law and Liberty, is quoted.
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