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  Wednesday, March 9, 2022  
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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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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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REGISTER: Experts to discuss what comes next in the COVID-19 pandemic
Registration is now open for a special panel discussion about the future of COVID-19, featuring some of Vanderbilt University’s leading experts in COVID vaccines, infectious disease and public health. The virtual discussion will be on Thursday, March 10, at noon CT.
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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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Research Development and Support aids researchers seeking competitive foundation awards
Research Development and Support is enhancing its support for faculty seeking funding from external sponsors with a new emphasis on foundations and other private sponsors.
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Vanderbilt University named a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly University 
The League of American Bicyclists, the premier grassroots advocacy organization encouraging better bicycling and protecting the rights of people who bike, has honored Vanderbilt University with a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly University award in recognition of the institution’s achievements in promoting and enabling safe, accessible bicycling on campus. 
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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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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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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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Nominations are open for annual postdoc awards; deadline is March 11
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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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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Registration for Undergraduate Creative Expression Showcase now open
Presenter registration is open for the spring 2022 Vanderbilt Undergraduate Creative Expression Showcase. This event, designed for students to showcase their creative works, will be held in person on Thursday, April 7, in Alumni Hall from 3 to 6 p.m.
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Student proposals now being accepted for spring Undergraduate Research Fair April 14
The second annual spring Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair is scheduled for Thursday, April 14. Students who have completed research while undergraduates at Vanderbilt are encouraged to apply.
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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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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

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

‘Understanding Sundowners in the Elderly’ is March 9

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

‘Eat Well, Live Well’ webinar March 17

Colorectal cancer awareness webinar March 18

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

Report 2021 contributions to outside retirement plans by April 1

Applications for Scaling Success Grants due May 4

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

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

· MAR ·
  Emerging Scholars Lecture: UC-Irvine’s Theresa Loveless
· MAR ·
  Vanderbilt Software Carpentries boot camp March 10, 11
· MAR ·
  Panel discussion: ‘Modernismo à Brasileira: 100 Years Since the Semana de Arte’
· MAR ·
  Brain Blast 2022
· MAR ·
  Vanderbilt Alzheimer’s Disease Research Day


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Hill: White House hopes for light at the end of its tunnel
Samar Ali, research professor of political science and law and co-chair of the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Trump muses about a really bad—and evidently illegal—idea to bomb Russia using Chinese flags
Mike Newton, professor of the practice of law, is quoted.
The Atlantic: The who-cares-if-you’re-innocent project
Sara Mayeux, associate professor of law, is quoted.
Newsweek: Could Vladimir Putin be overthrown by his own people?
Thomas Schwartz, Distinguished Professor of History, is quoted.
The Washington Post: How it started, how it’s going: See how 6 women’s lives have changed in the pandemic
Feylyn Lewis, program manager of Students for Health Equity at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, is featured.
Associated Press: Experts: Alleged plot against governor signals ominous shift
The research of Amy Cooter, senior lecturer in sociology, is cited.
Bloomberg Law: Pharmacy agent study would show role in drug price ‘dysfunction’
Stacie Dusetzina, associate professor of health policy, is quoted.
CBS News: Cryptocurrency companies resist pressure to close Russian accounts
Yesha Yadav, professor of law, is quoted.
CNN: The end is near: The new pandemic data looks promising—for some, anyway
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Bloomberg: Food is just as vital as oil to national security
Amanda Little, writer in residence in English, authored this piece.
The Conversation: Why did Russia invade Ukraine?
Kathryn David, Mellon Assistant Professor of German, Russian and East European Studies, authored this piece.
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