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  Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2022  
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Vanderbilt University, Medical Center reach $1B milestone together in research funding
Faculty at Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center achieved a significant milestone in 2021: more than $1 billion in research funding awarded from external organizations. 
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VU community, families invited to Alumni Lawn celebration April 9 featuring free food, music, activities
All Vanderbilt community members, along with their families, are invited to a celebration on Alumni Lawn directly following the main investiture ceremony of Chancellor Daniel Diermeier on Saturday, April 9.
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Join leaders in higher ed, athletics, innovation for discussions on Vanderbilt’s history and future
Vanderbilt is hosting a series of events April 8–9 in honor of Chancellor Daniel Diermeier’s investiture. Surrounding the ceremony will be opportunities for the Vanderbilt community to learn more about Vanderbilt’s past and future. 
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James Lawson returns to Vanderbilt for launch of institute carrying forward his quest for justice and equality
Vanderbilt University will launch the James Lawson Institute for the Research and Study of Nonviolent Movements during a livestreamed celebration featuring the Rev. James Lawson and keynote speaker John M. Seigenthaler on April 7.
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Vanderbilt Wond’ry opens new incubator space for startups affiliated with Nashville’s universities
The Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s Center for Innovation, has opened an incubator space called Launch, which is dedicated to startup founders affiliated with local universities.
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Volunteer Leadership Weekend celebrates alumni, energizes supporters
Nearly 200 alumni and parent volunteers returned to campus April 1–2 for the annual Volunteer Leadership Weekend. The weekend’s theme, Vanderbilt in Classroom, Community and Conversation, was designed to give university volunteer leaders an inside view of changes underway at Vanderbilt and to provide firsthand insights from university leaders, faculty and students about how these initiatives improve the educational experience.  
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Dean Fauchet announces 2022 alumni honorees, distinguished friend of the engineering school
Philippe Fauchet, Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Dean of Engineering, has announced the 2022 members of the school’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni, and a new member of the school’s Circle of Distinguished Friends.
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A message to the Vanderbilt community about spring holy days
Vice Chancellor André L. Churchwell and University Chaplain Chris Donald remind the Vanderbilt community that many religious and spiritual traditions represented on campus will be observing significant spring holy days. The reminder is intended to be a tool to assist students, faculty and staff in being proactive when planning academic or work responsibilities.
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Q&A: Vanderbilt expert discusses inclusive workplaces for people on the autism spectrum
April marks Autism Awareness Month. In 2022, neurodiversity in the workplace is an issue capturing attention, as conversations on how to create more inclusive spaces for all continue among business leaders.  Tim Vogus, deputy director of the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation and the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr., Professor of Management at the Vanderbilt […]
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Sign up to be a faculty marshal for Commencement 2022
Faculty who would like to be a 2022 faculty marshal can now RSVP to participate. Faculty marshals are central to Commencement, creating a dignified and beautiful celebration of Vanderbilt graduates and their academic achievement. Replies are requested by Wednesday, April 6.   
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Registration open for 2022 Graduate Recognition Ceremonies
Vanderbilt’s graduating seniors are encouraged to participate in this year’s Graduate Recognition Ceremonies for specific identity groups as part of the university’s 2022 Commencement celebrations.
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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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Vanderbilt celebrates National Public Health Week April 4–10
Vanderbilt’s Master of Public Health Program will host a series of events April 4–10 for National Public Health Week. The events are free and open to all.
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Musicians host tribute concert to reflect on loss during COVID-19 pandemic
The Vanderbilt University Symphony Orchestra and Vanderbilt’s collegiate choirs will host a musical tribute to remember those who’ve suffered a loss during the COVID-19 pandemic. The concert will be on April 10 at 2 p.m. at the Martha Rivers Ingram Center for the Performing Arts at Vanderbilt Blair School of Music. 
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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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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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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

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

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

COVID symptoms and safety: What you need to know


Take Note

Join Health Plus for National Walking Day fair and campus walks April 6

National Institute of Mental Health director to speak at VU April 6

Churchwell to discuss fashion and innovation in Vanderbilt Woman’s Club spring lecture April 8

‘Microlearning Series on Positive Psychology: Final Experience and Savoring’ April 11

HR to host mental wellbeing and awareness talk April 13

Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘Hamnet’ May 4

Applications for Scaling Success Grants due May 4

WeGo Public Transit bus service changes in effect

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

VERA offers training resources for faculty

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

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  Biologist, author David Haskell to deliver Howard Lecture on sonic environments
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  Steine Lecture: Racial Disparities in Today’s Economy
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  Emerging Scholars Lecture: Mary Jane Tsang, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
· APR ·
  Flexner Deans’ Lecture Series: Robinson Lecture with Utibe R. Essien, MD, MPH
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  McGee Public Policy Lecture: Understanding the Intergenerational Transmission of Poverty: How Economic Research Can Inform Policy


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Bloomberg: Make Sun Belt cities more like New York and Los Angeles
The research of Peter Haslag, assistant professor of finance, is cited.
Voice of America: U.S. public school libraries pressured to remove certain books
Emily Phillips Galloway, assistant professor of literacy education, is quoted.
The Center Square: Report: South Dakota gives taxpayers high return on their investment
Paul Chaney, E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Accounting, is quoted.
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education: Vanderbilt University acquires the papers of jazz musician Yusef Lateef
Lorenzo F. Candelaria, Mark Wait Dean of the Blair School of Music, and Jeff Coffin, adjunct instructor of jazz saxophone, are quoted.
Kaiser Health News: Black students experiencing racism on campus lack mental health support
Ebony McGee, associate professor of teaching and learning, is quoted.
CNN: First human challenge study of COVID-19 yields valuable insights about how we get sick
Kathryn Edwards, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
Science: Early mammals got big before they got smart
Suzana Herculano-Houzel, associate professor of psychology, is quoted.
Today: How severe will this year’s tick season be? Here’s what to know
Karen Bloch, professor of medicine, is quoted.
Tennessee Ledger: Senate makes wrong move in locking clocks
Beth Malow, Burry Chair in Cognitive Childhood Development and professor of neurology, is quoted.
U.S. News & World Report: Did the omicron coronavirus surge lead to an increase in MIS-C cases?
Sophie Katz, assistant professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
NBC News: Heart issues more common after COVID infection than vaccination, CDC reports
Buddy Creech, Edie Carell Johnson Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
CNET: Which booster should you get? What to know about mixing COVID vaccines
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Reuters: Amazon workers in New York warehouse vote to form union
Dan Cornfield, professor of sociology, is quoted.
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