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  Monday, Apr. 4, 2022  
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Celebrate the investiture weekend with Vanderbilt 
Vanderbilt University will host a series of events April 8–9 in honor of Chancellor Daniel Diermeier’s investiture. Surrounding the ceremony will be opportunities for the VU community to learn more about the university’s past and future, and to enjoy a grand family-friendly celebration. 
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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 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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Larry Bartels honored with SEC Faculty Achievement Award
Esteemed political scientist Larry Bartels, whose scholarship deepens the understanding of how voters behave and that behavior’s consequences for democratic governance, is Vanderbilt University’s winner of the 2022 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award.
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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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Deficient communication around how to access COVID-19 vaccinations could be worsening vaccine hesitancy
Vanderbilt University professor Carolyn Heinrich and colleagues conducted research to examine interactions between people inquiring about how to get a COVID-19 vaccine with state agencies and major vaccination sites. Their findings are newly published online in the journal “Social Science & Medicine.”
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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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Raver to present School of Medicine’s annual Simpson Lecture today
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver will discuss “Science and Social Impact: A Path From Early-stage Career to University Leadership” on Monday, April 4, at noon in Light Hall, Room 208.
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Inaugural ECE Day is today
The Vanderbilt Electrical and Computer Engineering Department will present its inaugural ECE Day on Monday, April 4, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Student Life Center. This one-day event will bring together alumni, faculty, students and staff to celebrate scientific breakthroughs, discuss curriculum innovations and recognize achievements.
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Biologist, author David Haskell to deliver Howard Lecture on sonic environments
David George Haskell, an award-winning author and professor of biology and environmental studies at the University of the South, will deliver the keynote address for the 2021–22 Harry C. Howard Jr. Lecture at Vanderbilt University. The event will take place Thursday, April 7, at 4:10 p.m. in the Central Library Community Room.
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Churchwell to discuss fashion and innovation in Vanderbilt Woman’s Club spring lecture
Dr. André L. Churchwell, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, will discuss fashion and innovation in an upcoming lecture hosted by the Vanderbilt Woman’s Club. The talk will be on Friday, April 8, at noon at the Scarritt Bennett Center.
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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 concerts will be April 8 at 7 p.m. on Alumni Lawn and 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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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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Registration for New Leader Orientation now open
Employees recently hired or promoted to the role of supervisor or manager are invited to participate in New Leader Orientation.
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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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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 offers ‘Compliance Fundamentals: Manager Responsibilities at Vanderbilt’
Human Resources is offering another round of “Compliance Fundamentals” for university leaders. These modules are intended for leaders who have staff reporting to them as well as for administrative officers and administrative managers.
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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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I Am Vanderbilt: Emily Suttle
As much as any component of overall wellness—including sleep, exercise and mental health—nutrition plays a vital role in students’ success at Vanderbilt. No one understands this better than Emily Suttle, Campus Dining’s registered dietitian.


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

WeGo Public Transit bus service changes take effect April 3 

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

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

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

Applications for Scaling Success Grants due May 4

Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘Hamnet’ May 4

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

HR announces new professional development tool, employee perks program

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

VERA offers training resources for faculty

Participants sought for study on consumption of nuts to reduce abdominal fat, metabolic syndrome

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


Coming Up

· APR ·
  Vanderbilt Law School Dean’s Lecture Series featuring Laura E. Gómez, UCLA School of Law
· APR ·
  Emerging Scholars Lecture: Mary Jane Tsang, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
· MAY ·
  Registration open for VICC annual Scientific Retreat on May 2


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Insider: Biden’s billionaire tax would work a lot like the withholding you see on your paycheck
Beverly Moran, professor of law, emerita, is quoted.
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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