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  Friday, April 1, 2022  
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36 scholars honored at endowed chair investiture ceremony
Vanderbilt Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver honored 36 scholars from across the university at an endowed chair investiture ceremony on campus March 30.
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Vanderbilt ranks 12th in annual survey of NIH funding; 2021 awards topped $445M
Vanderbilt University again ranked among the nation’s top research institutions receiving funding from the National Institutes of Health, according to the latest data compiled by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research.
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Celebrate 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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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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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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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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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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Raver to present School of Medicine’s annual Simpson Lecture April 4
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 April 4
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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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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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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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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2 Chainz, Miguel headline Rites of Spring; tickets on sale now
Rites of Spring is scheduled for Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23, on Alumni Lawn. Tickets for Vanderbilt students, staff and faculty are on sale now.
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Summer enrollment for Divinity School Lifelong Learning program now open
Vanderbilt Divinity School is accepting registrations for summer enrollment in its Lifelong Learning program until April 24. Early bird pricing is available through April 3.
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Data Science Institute to host ‘AI Summer’ to train researchers
The Vanderbilt Data Science Institute will host “AI Summer,” a four-week interactive, hands-on learning experience with live coding where anyone with an interest in advanced data science techniques can learn to use, train and share data models using any research or project data. 
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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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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.


COVID-19 Updates

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

To mask or not to mask?

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

COVID symptoms and safety: What you need to know


Take Note

Last day to donate gently used professional clothing to Graduate School Career Closet

Panel: ‘Imagining a Digitally Equitable Future’ April 1

Law School Dean’s Lecture: ‘Patient or Prisoner–Hospitals as Carceral Settings’ April 1

Tour De Hawkins 5K set for April 2

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

Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘Hamnet’ May 4

Applications for Scaling Success Grants due May 4

VERA offers training resources for faculty

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

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

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


Coming Up

· APR ·
  Racial justice teach out on immigration and border politics
· APR ·
  Vanderbilt Nonprofit Speaker Series: ‘Change Begins with You’
· APR ·
  Emerging Scholars Lecture: Mary Jane Tsang, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
· MAY ·
  Registration open for VICC annual Scientific Retreat


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Vanderbilt in the News
Associated Press: Vanderbilt taps 26 notable names to democracy project board
The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy advisory board announcement is featured.
The New York Times: How robots can assist students with disabilities
Maithilee Kunda, assistant professor of computer science and computer engineering, is quoted.
Mashable: The best tablets for kids from all the biggest brands
Georgene Troseth, professor of psychology and human development, is quoted.
AARP: FDA OKs second COVID-19 booster for 50+
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Los Angeles Times: Column: FTC says the maker of TurboTax deliberately tries to make your tax filing more difficult and expensive
Beverly Moran, professor of law, emerita, is quoted.
Associated Press: ‘Grooming’: The ubiquitous buzzword in LGBTQ debate
Sophie Bjork-James, assistant professor of anthropology, is quoted.
The Atlantic: Why kids’ COVID vaccine results don’t look like adults’
Buddy Creech, Edie Carell Johnson Professor of Pediatrics, and Kathryn Edwards, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Pediatrics, are quoted.
Newsy: College student shares difficulties with endometriosis diagnosis
Lara Harvey, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, is quoted.
Main Street Nashville:  ‘A pivotal moment’: Lipscomb celebrates new president Candice McQueen
Camilla Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development, is quoted.
STAT News: U.S. approves second COVID-19 booster for people 50 and older
Kathryn Edwards, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
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