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  Monday, March 21, 2022  
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Professor Jim Blumstein reflects on the enduring significance of his Supreme Court voting rights victory 50 years later
In 1970, soon after moving to Nashville to join Vanderbilt’s faculty, New York native Jim Blumstein filed suit against the State of Tennessee after he was prevented from registering to vote. Here he reflects on the landmark voting rights case that went all the way to the Supreme Court.
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Biomedical engineer awarded $1.1M to study molecular underpinnings of human brain networks on a large scale
Mikail Rubinov, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, computer science, psychiatry and psychology, has been awarded a four-year, $1.1 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to better understand the development and organization of brain networks, as well as their change in development and aging.
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Kimberly Welch awarded Mellon Foundation’s New Directions Fellowship
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has selected Kimberly Welch, a Vanderbilt scholar of American slavery, race and law, for a New Directions Fellowship that will expand her interdisciplinary research on African Americans and the history of finance.
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Rescheduled 2022 MLK Joint Day of Service set for April 2
The annual MLK Joint Day of Service brings together hundreds of student volunteers from Nashville-area colleges and universities to continue the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through service. This year’s event will be on Saturday, April 2, beginning at 10 a.m. at Tennessee State University’s Gentry Center. Following the opening program, volunteers will go to different service sites. Lunch will be provided.
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New Wond’ry lecture series to discuss ‘high voltage ideas’ with economist John List March 21
Stop and Wond’ry, the Wond’ry’s new lecture series, will host economist John List on Monday, March 21, at 4:30 p.m. CT. List will discuss his new book, “The Voltage Effect,” and actionable, science-backed takeaways for leaders, teams and organizations in all sectors seeking to take their ideas to the next level.
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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, 12:30–2 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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Expert panel to discuss importance of partnerships in education research and policy
The Nashville Partnership for Educational Equity Research (PEER) 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 open for VICC annual Scientific Retreat on May 2
The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s 23rd annual Scientific Retreat will be held on May 2 in the Student Life Center with national and international experts presenting on “Advances in Lung Cancer Research.” Registration is open now.
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Vanderbilt celebrates Women’s History Month in March
Vanderbilt University is celebrating Women’s History Month with a series of events in March. Women’s History Month honors the struggles and achievements of women of all nations and cultures.
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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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Ride the bus for FREE with your Commodore Card
Vanderbilt provides all full-time and part-time Vanderbilt University students, faculty, staff and postdocs with free access to Nashville’s buses using their Commodore Card. Learn more about how to plan, swipe and ride.
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VUIT offering productivity workshops
VUIT is offering a series of workshops to help faculty and staff use Microsoft tools more efficiently.
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I Am Vanderbilt: Midori Lockett
Midori Lockett has been involved in community service and outreach since she was a teenager. That’s one reason she finds her current role as chief community impact officer in the Division of Government and Community Relations especially meaningful.


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

VERA offers training resources for faculty

New lecture series launches for faculty interested in Ancora partnership

Employee Learning and Engagement: ‘Perspective Taking–Expanding Beyond Your Viewpoint’ March 22

Discussion of new book about African American lodges and cemeteries in Tennessee is March 22

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

Vanderbilt Women in STEM Symposium is March 24

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

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

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

Women’s Center hosts salary negotiation workshop
March 29

‘Managing Money Confidently’ is March 30

Report 2021 contributions to outside retirement plans by April 1

Tour De Hawkins 5K set for April 2

Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘Hamnet’ May 4

Applications for Scaling Success Grants due May 4


Coming Up

· MAR ·
  Panel discussion: ‘Modernismo à Brasileira: 100 Years Since the Semana de Arte’
· MAR ·
  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


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Hill: Biden raises stakes with allegations of Russian war crimes
Mike Newton, professor of the practice of law, is quoted.
Rolling Stone: The Senate just voted for you to get less sleep, expert says
Beth Malow, Burry Chair in Cognitive Childhood Development and professor of neurology, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Frist Art Museum showcases beauty through life and works of Alma Thomas
The work of María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Art, is mentioned.
Axios Nashville: Cyntoia Brown Long, former Gov. Bill Haslam reunite
Bill Haslam, former governor of Tennessee and co-chair of the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy, is quoted.
HCPLive: April Kapu, DNP: The mental stress of the Ukraine war
April Kapu, professor of clinical nursing, is quoted.
The Tennessean: The Nashville Ballet’s ‘Lucy Negro, Redux’ revives stories of Black and women empowerment
Caroline Randall Williams, writer in residence in medicine, health and society, is quoted.
The Conversation: How does the immune system mobilize in response to a COVID-19 infection or a vaccine? 5 essential reads
Sanjay Mishra, postdoctoral scholar, is quoted.
Smithsonian Magazine: Six important things to know about COVID vaccination in children
Buddy Creech, Edie Carell Johnson Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
The Atlantic: Tuberculosis got to South America through … seals?
Tiffiny Tung, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in the Social and Natural Sciences and professor of anthropology, is quoted.
Time: As life returns to normal, there’s one major COVID-19 risk we’re ignoring
Wes Ely, Grant W. Liddle Professor of Medicine, is cited.
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