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  Friday, Mar. 18, 2022  
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Diermeier announces one-time monetary award for Vanderbilt employees
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier will recognize Vanderbilt University employees for their diligent work over the past two years with a one-time supplement to their paychecks. All eligible faculty, staff and postdocs will receive a $1,500 bonus in their paychecks at the end of March.
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Atlanta shootings a year ago sparked AAPI communities to call for change
March 16 marked the one-year anniversary of the day a 21-year-old man went on a shooting rampage at three spas in the Atlanta area, killing eight people—six of them women of Asian descent. The shootings stoked outrage and fear among Asian Americans, who were already experiencing discrimination, racism and hate crimes related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The act of violence led to dialogue at Vanderbilt and college campuses across the country and resulted in calls to create more inclusive spaces for AAPI populations.   
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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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Heard Libraries acquire collection of jazz, world music master Yusef Lateef
The Heard Libraries are now home to a rich collection of research materials from the life and career of Grammy-winning musician Yusef A. Lateef. This latest music-related acquisition is helping Vanderbilt build a world-class archive of African American music in partnership with the National Museum of African American Music.
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WATCH: Reform for Redemption: Cyntoia Brown-Long and Gov. Bill Haslam call for criminal justice reform
During the first-ever public conversation between former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and sex trafficking victim and convicted murderer Cyntoia Brown-Long, the two agreed that significant improvements are needed in the criminal justice system. On March 15, Brown-Long and Haslam came together for Vanderbilt’s first public lecture at Langford Auditorium since the COVID-19 pandemic halted similar events for nearly two years.
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‘Radiolab’ creator Jad Abumrad to speak March 18 as part of CSET mini-conference
Jad Abumrad, creator and host of the “Radiolab” public radio program and podcast, will speak at the Student Life Center on Friday, March 18, as part of the Communication of Science and Technology program’s daylong mini-conference, “Improving Science Communication: The Promise of Science and Humanities Collaborations.” Abumrad’s talk, scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. in Ballroom A, as well as the mini-conference are open to Vanderbilt University faculty, students and staff.
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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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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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Center for Effective Lawmaking hosts ‘Race & Political Representation: Inside & Outside of Congress’ on March 31
Scholars and elected officials discuss how those advocating for underrepresented groups have made progress inside and beyond Congress. The event will be Thursday, March 31, at 6 p.m. CT at the Student Life Center Commodore Ballroom.
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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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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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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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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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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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Internal teaching grant applications for spring 2022 now available
Applications are now open for two internal funding programs supported by the Office of the Provost—the Educational Advancement Fund and the Course Improvement Grant. The programs are designed to support excellence in the classroom through continued pedagogical advancement and long-term educational transformation.
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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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Annual parking permit holders: Center Garage lower level to close for repairs 
The lower level of the Center Garage (Lot 206A) will close on Monday, March 21. This closure is anticipated to last at least three weeks and is necessary to make repairs to the garage.
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Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries announce new visitor hours and policies
In response to Vanderbilt’s updated health and safety protocols for visitors and suppliers, the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries have announced new visitor hours and policies with visitor restrictions no longer in effect.
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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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Applications open for Center for Teaching’s Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows program
The Center for Teaching is now accepting applications for the 2022–23 Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows program, designed to provide a set of professional development opportunities for junior faculty to learn about successful teaching practices.
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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

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


Take Note

March 16 Security Notice: Sexual assault

Security Notice: Update on March 16 security notice, March 17 AlertVU

Colorectal cancer awareness webinar March 18

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

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

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

Tour De Hawkins 5K set for April 2

Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘Hamnet’ May 4

Applications for Scaling Success Grants due May 4

2022 NIH S10 Shared and High-End Instrumentation Grants

VERA offers training resources for faculty

New lecture series launches for faculty interested in Ancora partnership

Report 2021 contributions to outside retirement plans by April 1


Coming Up

· MAR ·
  ‘A Multimedia Survey of an Integrated, Comprehensive Arts and Medicine Program’
· MAR ·
  Panel discussion: ‘Modernismo à Brasileira: 100 Years Since the Semana de Arte’
· MAR ·
  Frist–CLACX virtual panel: ‘Patria y Vida: Reflections on Art and Politics in Cuba’
· MAR ·
  Brain Blast 2022
· MAR ·
  Vanderbilt Alzheimer’s Disease Research Day


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Tennessean: ‘A big mistake’: Former Gov. Bill Haslam on waiting too long to address clemency requests
Former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, co-chair of the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy, is quoted.
CNN: War crimes expert: Russian invaders are crossing a line
Mike Newton, professor of the practice of law, is quoted.
NBC News: Lasting depression and anxiety can follow severe case of COVID
Jim Jackson, research professor of medicine, is quoted.
Philly Voice: Americans are stressed about inflation and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, survey finds
Lindsey McKernan, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted.
Nashville Post: On the Move: 15 March 2022
Andrea George, assistant vice chancellor for environmental health and safety, is mentioned. Eric Kopstain, vice chancellor for administration, is quoted.
Reuters: U.S. Senate approves bill to make daylight saving time permanent
Beth Malow, Burry Chair in Cognitive Childhood Development and professor of neurology, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Meet the two patients who drive Vanderbilt’s new cancer chief to find cures for the disease
Ben Ho Park, Cornelius Abernathy Craig Professor of Medicine, and W. Kimryn Rathmell, Hugh J. Morgan Professor of Medicine, are quoted.
Nature: A more inclusive genome project aims to capture all of human diversity
Krystal Tsosie, Ph.D. candidate in genomics and health disparities, is quoted.
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