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  Wednesday, March 23, 2022  
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Vanderbilt University launches refreshed visual identity
Vanderbilt University has launched a refreshed visual identity designed to reflect the university’s forward momentum and to build pride and visibility across the institution, including its athletics program.
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Get inside look March 28 at making of Vanderbilt’s new visual identity
Vice Chancellor for Communications and Marketing Steve Ertel and Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletic Director Candice Lee will share a behind-the-scenes look at how Vanderbilt University’s new visual identity was developed in a virtual event on Monday, March 28, at 4 p.m. CT.
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Colleen Niswender lands national award, several grants for Rett syndrome research
Colleen Niswender, associate professor of pharmacology and director of molecular pharmacology for the Warren Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery, was awarded the ASPET Scientific Achievement Award in Drug Discovery and Development for her work in the development of novel treatments for neurological and psychiatric disorders.
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Data Science Institute builds AI technologies to support book project about the Black experience at Vanderbilt
Partnering with the Vanderbilt Data Science Institute, Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center Director Rosevelt Noble is leveraging custom artificial intelligence techniques to identify common themes and topics for his book, “Lost in the Ivy,” about the experience of African Americans at Vanderbilt.
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Graduate student receives prestigious 2022 Harold M. Weintraub Award
Jacob Steenwyk, a sixth-year doctoral student studying biology in The Rokas Lab, is a recipient of the 2022 Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award presented by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He is the second Vanderbilt student ever to receive this honor.
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Vanderbilt announces updates to Freedom of Expression policy in Student Handbook
Vanderbilt has updated its Freedom of Expression policy—a vital part of the university’s commitment to open discourse, discovery and learning—to strengthen civil and respectful discussion and debate of challenging ideas and beliefs among the campus community. The revised policy and guidelines also clarify the university’s policy on various forms of free expression such as demonstrations, dissents and protests.
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Mentor network at the Wond’ry gives direction to entrepreneurial dreams
Meet three Vanderbilt community members and entrepreneurs who are thriving with help from the mentor network at the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s Innovation Center.
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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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Nominations open for Spring Staff Awards
Nominations are now open 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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Vanderbilt, Nashville to participate in Earth Hour to raise awareness about climate change
Vanderbilt University and the city of Nashville will participate in Earth Hour on Saturday, March 26, to raise awareness about climate change.
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Panel discussion: ‘From Vincent Chin to #StopAAPIHate: Helen Zia and 40+ Years of Asian American Activism’
To observe the first anniversary of the shootings that targeted Asian American women in Atlanta and the 40th anniversary of the killing of Chinese American Vincent Chin by white autoworkers, Vanderbilt’s AAPI employee affinity group will host an in-person event with author and activist Helen Zia from 12:30 to 2 p.m. March 24.
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Initiative for Race Research and Justice to host ‘Was Whoopi Right? A Webinar Panel Discussion about Race and Jewishness’
The Initiative for Race Research and Justice at Vanderbilt Peabody College will host a virtual panel discussion to address actor Whoopi Goldberg’s recent comments about race, Jewishness and the Holocaust. The free event is scheduled for Thursday, March 24, at 6:30 p.m. CT. Registration is required. 
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Watch free screening of ‘LFG’; panel discussion is March 28
Vanderbilt will host a virtual panel discussion of the documentary film “LFG” on Monday, March 28, beginning at 5 p.m. CT. The event is part of Vanderbilt’s Women’s History Month celebration.
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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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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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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

Campus Dining returns to reusable cups, plates, utensils

Donate gently used professional clothing to Graduate School Career Closet

VERA offers training resources for faculty

‘Advocacy in Action: Grounds Gained in Grassroots Activism and the Call to Keep Advancing’ March 23

Employee Learning and Engagement: ‘CliftonStrengths for VU Employees’ March 24

‘Your Mental Health is Just as Important as Your Physical Health’ March 24

Vanderbilt Women in STEM Symposium is March 24

Flexner Deans’ Lecture to feature ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ executive producer Zoanne Clack March 28

HR Employee Learning and Engagement: ‘What is Employee Engagement, and Why Does It Matter?’
March 29

Women’s Center hosts salary negotiation workshop
March 29

‘Managing Money Confidently’ is March 30

Tour De Hawkins 5K set for April 2

Inaugural ECE Day is April 4

‘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


Coming Up

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  VICB Seminar: University of Ottawa’s Derek Pratt
· MAR ·
  Flutist Molly Barth and violinist Inés Voglar perform
· MAR ·
  Frist–CLACX virtual panel: ‘Patria y Vida: Reflections on Art and Politics in Cuba’
· MAR ·
  Brain Blast 2022
· MAR ·
  ‘From Broadway to the White House—Who’s Hiring Humanities Grads?’


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Vanderbilt in the News
Associated Press: Labor foe Schultz returns as Starbucks union effort grows
Dan Cornfield, professor of sociology, is quoted.
The Guardian: Michigan governor kidnap case: Hardened terrorists or FBI dupes?
Amy Cooter, senior lecturer in sociology, is quoted.
Inverse: The controversial search for genius in the remains of Einstein’s brain
Suzana Herculano-Houzel, associate professor of psychology, is quoted.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education: Diversity officers gather to advance equity and anti-racism strategies
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health and Society, is mentioned.
Politico: The South’s health care system is crumbling under COVID-19. Enter Tennessee.
Stephan Russ, associate professor of emergency medicine, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Vaccines remained highly effective at preventing serious illness and death during omicron surge, CDC report says
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Guardian: My sleepy brain loves the sound of permanent daylight savings. But do scientists agree?
Beth Malow, Burry Chair in Cognitive Childhood Development and professor of neurology, is quoted.
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