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  Friday, March 11, 2022  
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Chancellor Diermeier shares new research with multidisciplinary faculty group
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier recently shared the manuscript for his forthcoming book on corporate reputation with a small group of faculty whose diverse areas of expertise reflect the cross-disciplinary approach of his academic research.
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WATCH: Experts discuss what’s next in the COVID-19 pandemic
Some of Vanderbilt University’s leading experts on vaccines, infectious disease and public health came together for a special panel discussion on March 10 to talk about the future of the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual event, “The COVID Conundrum: What’s Next,” was hosted by the Chancellor’s Lecture Series in partnership with the Vanderbilt School of Medicine Basic Sciences.
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Vanderbilt will no longer require indoor masking in line with newest CDC guidance
Vanderbilt University will no longer require masking or physical distancing indoors. The change is effective immediately and aligns the university with recent CDC guidance that classifies Davidson County in the “medium” COVID-19 community level.  
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Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice hosts panels on power of artistic activism
The Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice will present “Artistic Activism and the Power of Collective Resistance,” a series of speakers and panels focusing on art as an act of solidarity and resistance, starting March 16 and continuing through 2023.
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How to ease your child’s anxiety about the war in Russia-Ukraine
Concerns about strife in a country far from home are adding worries to a generation already on edge from navigating changes in everyday life due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Associate Professor of the Practice of Human and Organizational Development Nicole Cobb offers some ideas for how to help.
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REGISTER: Author and advocate Cyntoia Brown Long, former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to discuss criminal justice reform
For the first time since former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam granted clemency to sex trafficking victim and convicted murderer Cyntoia Brown Long, the two will sit down together for an event at Vanderbilt University to discuss criminal justice reform. The discussion will be held in Langford Auditorium and via livestream on Tuesday, March 15, at 6 p.m. CT.
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New photography exhibit at Divinity School documents life during
COVID-19 pandemic
The work of Nashville artists Joon Powell, Bill Steber, Dawn Majors and John Partipilo is featured in a new exhibit at Vanderbilt Divinity School titled “Nashville: A Pandemic Observed.” Students and community members will have the opportunity to attend a gallery talk featuring the artists and Vanderbilt scholars on Tuesday, March 15, from 5 to 7 p.m.
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Portrait series honors contributions of six women pivotal to Vanderbilt
Six women who have helped shape the university and its history are being honored as part of a new Women at Vanderbilt Portrait Project at the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center. The portraits, commemorating women from the 19th century through today, will be unveiled at an event on March 14.
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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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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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Frist Center for Autism and Innovation seeking applications for new fellows, affiliates
The Frist Center for Autism and Innovation has announced its 2022 call for membership, which allows Vanderbilt faculty and staff to apply to become affiliates or fellows of the center. Applications are due by March 15. 
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Office of Immersion Resources invites faculty and staff to mentorship workshop March 15
The Center for Teaching and the Office of Immersion Resources are hosting an Immersion Vanderbilt Experience Mentorship Workshop on Tuesday, March 15, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. via Zoom. Faculty and staff who are interested in learning more about changes to Immersion Vanderbilt and best practices in mentoring Immersion Vanderbilt experiences are invited to attend.
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AlertVU full-scale test scheduled for March 15
A full-scale test of the AlertVU system in scheduled for Tuesday, March 15, at 2 p.m. CT. AlertVU is used at Vanderbilt to alert all students, faculty and staff in the event of an emergency that poses an imminent threat or danger to the Vanderbilt community.
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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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‘A Beautiful Work in Progress: A Conversation with Mirna Valerio’ March 17
Mirna Valerio, an ultrarunner and advocate for the inclusion of all people—regardless of race, gender or size—in running and fitness will give a virtual talk on Thursday, March 17, at 7 p.m. CT as part of Vanderbilt’s Women’s History Month celebration.
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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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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 are open for annual postdoc awards; deadline is today
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association will recognize Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center postdoctoral fellows who have demonstrated excellence in research, service, mentorship and a commitment to the postdoc community, as well as their mentors, with the annual postdoc awards.
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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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VUIT offering productivity workshops
VUIT is offering a series of workshops to help faculty and staff use Microsoft tools more efficiently.


COVID-19 Updates

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

‘Kids and Irritability’ topic of Parenting Group meeting March 17

‘Eat Well, Live Well’ webinar March 17

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

Tour De Hawkins 5K set for April 2

Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘Hamnet’ May 4

Data Science Institute hosts ‘AI Fridays’

HR Employee Learning and Engagement offers new peer-to-peer learning opportunity for managers and leaders

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2022 NIH S10 Shared and High-End Instrumentation Grants

VICC SPORE in Breast Cancer developmental research funding opportunity

VICC SPORE in Breast Cancer career enhancement funding opportunity

VICC funding opportunity: The Richard S. Reynolds Foundation Breast Cancer Translational Innovation Award


Coming Up

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  Panel discussion: ‘Modernismo à Brasileira: 100 Years Since the Semana de Arte’
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  Frist–CLACX virtual panel: ‘Patria y Vida: Reflections on Art and Politics in Cuba’
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  Brain Blast 2022
· MAR ·
  Vanderbilt Alzheimer’s Disease Research Day


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Vanderbilt in the News
Newsweek: Russia intentionally starving Ukrainians as method of warfare—war crimes expert
Mike Newton, professor of the practice of law, is quoted.
The Conversation: Support for democracy is waning across the Americas
Elizabeth Zechmeister, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science and director of the Latin American Public Opinion Project, and Noam Lupu, associate professor of political science and associate director of LAPOP, co-authored this piece.
USA Today: Huge study finds most COVID-19 vaccine side effects were mild for Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna
Elizabeth Phillips, John A. Oates Chair in Clinical Research and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Tennessee Tribune: Samar Ali: ‘You can be smart and crazy’
Samar Ali, research professor of political science and law and co-chair of the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy, is quoted.
Undark: A surplus of Black Ph.D.s teaching outside the ivory tower
Ebony McGee, associate professor of teaching and learning, is quoted.
STAT News: Florida’s decision on COVID vaccines for healthy kids adds to confusion and distrust
Buddy Creech, Edie Carell Johnson Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
Charter: What the 1970s tell us about the future of work
Jefferson Cowie, James G. Stahlman Professor of American History, is quoted.
CNN: Health experts warn Florida’s plan to recommend against COVID-19 vaccine for healthy kids is irresponsible
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Contemporary Clinic: The expanding role of the nurse practitioner shifts to meet the needs of the pandemic
April Kapu, professor of clinical nursing, is quoted.
Today: How experts diagnose and treat post-COVID ‘brain fog’ symptoms
James Jackson, research professor of medicine, is quoted.
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