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  Wednesday, March 30, 2022  
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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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Famed writers, musicians and politicians among new advisory board for Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy
The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy has announced the formation of a 26-member advisory board spanning multiple backgrounds and fields—from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and biographer Walter Isaacson to Grammy-winning artists Faith Hill and Tim McGraw—that is committed to the project’s mission to elevate facts and evidence-based reasoning in American political discourse.
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Vanderbilt professional and graduate schools excel in 2023 ‘U.S. News’ rankings 
Vanderbilt University’s graduate programs showed continued strength in the 2023 ”U.S. News & World Report” Best Graduate Schools rankings, with five of Vanderbilt’s graduate and professional schools falling within the top 25.
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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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Vanderbilt offers new climate and environmental studies major
The Vanderbilt College of Arts and Science has launched a new climate studies major. The major integrates the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to give students a comprehensive perspective on climate change, its challenges and its possible solutions.
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Five honored by Women’s Center with annual awards
The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center has honored five individuals from the Vanderbilt community as recipients of its annual awards for 2022.
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Final days to submit nominations for Spring Staff Awards
Nominations are open through Thursday, March 31, for the 2022 Spring Staff Awards, which recognize the many contributions of university staff to Vanderbilt’s core goals and mission. The winners will be announced at the second annual Spring Staff Assembly on May 23. 
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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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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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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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VUIT to host Cybersecurity Town Hall webinar today
VUIT will host Vanderbilt’s first Cybersecurity Town Hall webinar on Wednesday, March 30, at 2 p.m. CT. All Vanderbilt staff and faculty who are interested in learning more about Vanderbilt’s cybersecurity transformation are encouraged to attend.  
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Center for Effective Lawmaking hosts ‘Race and Political Representation: Inside and Outside of Congress’
March 31
Join the Center for Effective Lawmaking for a roundtable discussion touching on questions of race, representation and policymaking in the contemporary Congress. The event will be Thursday, March 31, at 6 p.m. CT at the Student Life Center Commodore Ballroom.
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Free screening of documentary ‘In a Different Key’ is March 31
Vanderbilt will host an exclusive pre-release screening of the documentary “In A Different Key” on Thursday, March 31. The film is the story of a mother who tracks down the first person ever diagnosed with autism, now an elderly man in rural Mississippi, to learn if his life story holds promise for her own autistic son.
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Expert panel to discuss importance of partnerships in education research and policy
The Nashville Partnership for Educational Equity Research and the Peabody Research Office will co-sponsor a panel discussion on research-practice partnerships Friday, April 1. The panel will be held virtually via Zoom from 11 a.m. to noon CT. Advance registration is encouraged.
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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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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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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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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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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

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

Justin Baba named associate director of Biophotonics Center at Vanderbilt

Donate gently used professional clothing to Graduate School Career Closet

Divinity lecture: ‘Mary Magdalene in the Gospel of John: A Case of Textual Suppression?’ March 30

‘Managing Money Confidently’ is March 30

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

Panel: ‘Imagining a Digitally Equitable Future’ April 1

Tour De Hawkins 5K set for April 2

WeGo Public Transit bus service changes take effect April 3 

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

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: The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Grant Programs for Organizations

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2022 Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust Ornamental Horticulture Grants

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


Coming Up

· MAR ·
  Law School’s Victor S. Johnson Lecture: ‘International Law and Women’s Human Rights in Afghanistan’
· MAR ·
  Vanderbilt Alzheimer’s Disease
Research Day
· APR ·
  Racial justice teach out on immigration and border politics
· APR ·
  Vanderbilt Nonprofit Speaker Series: ‘Change Begins with You’
· MAY ·
  Registration open for VICC annual Scientific Retreat


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Vanderbilt in the News
USA Today: Was it a gaffe or an escalation? Biden prompts concern after saying Putin ‘cannot remain in power’​
Thomas Schwartz​​​​​​​, Distinguished Professor of History, is quoted.
La Stampa: ‘The Pharisees: A colloquium and a book, in a major cooperative effort to overcome negative stereotyping’
Amy-Jill Levine, Mary Jane Werthan University Professor of Jewish Studies and University Professor of New Testament Studies, Emerita, is quoted.
Live Science: What are the most common elements in the human body?
Steven Townsend, professor of chemistry, is quoted.
U.S. News & World Report: What are the best heart-healthy exercises?
Marshall Brinkley, assistant professor of medicine, and Justin Bachmann, assistant professor of medicine, are quoted.
Verywell Health: Moderna to request COVID vaccine authorization for kids under 6
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Market Watch: Taylor Swift, founders of Netflix and LinkedIn join list of 2022 commencement speakers
LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman’s upcoming address at Vanderbilt’s Graduates Day is included.
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