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  Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2022  
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26 faculty honored at inaugural endowed chair investiture ceremony
Vanderbilt Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver honored faculty from across the university at an endowed chair investiture ceremony on campus Feb. 24, conferring the university’s highest scholastic rank on those who had received the designation during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021.
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Vanderbilt University professor Kimberly Welch awarded prestigious 2022 Dan David Prize
Kimberly Welch, associate professor of history and assistant professor of law, has been awarded a 2022 Dan David Prize. The internationally renowned annual award, headquartered at Tel Aviv University, gives prizes of $300,000 each to nine early- to mid-career history scholars whose outstanding contributions expand knowledge of the past, enrich society in the present and promise to improve the future of the world.  
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Ben Jordan, esteemed professor for generations of engineering students, has died
Benjamin Thomas Jordan Jr., associate professor of the practice of engineering management, died Feb. 21 in Nashville following a brief illness. He was 79. Jordan was an active faculty member in the Division of General Engineering and had been teaching three engineering management courses this semester.
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WATCH: Billie Jean King and Candice Lee discuss progress made and challenges remaining for equality in sports
Sports icon and champion for equality Billie Jean King joined Candice Lee, vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletic director, for “Game, Set, Match: A New Era of Equality in Sports” on March 1. The conversation, part of the Chancellor’s Lecture Series, was presented in partnership with the Nashville Public Library Foundation’s Votes for Women.
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Government and Community Relations establishes Community Engagement Collective
The Division of Government and Community Relations has convened the Community Engagement Collective to serve as a campus-wide forum to establish shared knowledge, structures, processes and guidelines to inform Vanderbilt’s work in the Nashville and Middle Tennessee communities.
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Vanderbilt Communications and Marketing wins three Emmy Awards
Vanderbilt University’s Communications and Marketing team was honored with three Emmy Awards from the Midsouth Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences during the organization’s livestreamed ceremony on Feb. 26.
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Tennessee Education Research Alliance welcomes new executive director
The Tennessee Education Research Alliance, a research-practice partnership between the Tennessee Department of Education and Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development, has named Laura Booker, senior lecturer in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations, as its new executive director.
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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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Staff bonuses for Vanderbilt’s Acorn School staff funded through state grant
The Tennessee Department of Human Services has awarded a $600,000 grant to the Vanderbilt Child and Family Center that will provide all full-time staff at the Acorn School a one-time $2,000 retention bonus.
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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 of each award will be announced at the second annual Spring Staff Assembly on May 23. 
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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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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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Ask an Expert: How can students catch up after falling behind during
Many students are using online options to catch up during COVID-19, but questions remain about how well these online credit recovery approaches are working. Carolyn Heinrich, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Public Policy and Education, offers her perspective on why credit recovery is taking a new focus during the pandemic. 
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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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‘First Woman of Color in Congress: Patsy Takemoto Mink, the Intersectional Feminist Behind Title IX’ is tomorrow
“First Woman of Color in Congress: Patsy Takemoto Mink, the Intersectional Feminist Behind Title IX” is scheduled for Thursday, March 3, at 4 p.m. CT as part of Vanderbilt’s celebration of Women’s History Month.
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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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HR Employee Learning and Engagement offers new peer-to-peer learning opportunity for managers and leaders
Conversation Circles, a series for managers and leaders, creates an intentional space where supervisors, managers and leaders can share and discuss insights and best practices while building their peer networks.
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2 Chainz, Miguel headline Rites of Spring; tickets on sale now
Rites of Spring is scheduled for Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23, on Alumni Lawn. Tickets for Vanderbilt students, staff and faculty are on sale 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

University announces updates to COVID-19 protocols

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

COVID symptoms and safety: What you need to know


Take Note

Vanderbilt researcher calls for dismantling racism in STEM fields in newly published commentary

Local Java reopens in Sarratt Student Center

Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘The Vanishing Half’ March 2

Evolutionary Studies Initiative hosts Elisabeth Bik for virtual J.T. Scopes Lecture March 2

Flexner Deans’ Lecture Series presents students Evan Mercer and Somtochukwu Ukwuani March 7

‘Understanding Sundowners in the Elderly’ is March 9

Data Science Institute hosts ‘AI Fridays’

VERA continues to offer training resources for faculty

New lecture series launches for faculty interested in Ancora partnership

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

Updated Conflict of Interest Policy takes effect March 1; annual disclosure campaign for faculty, staff and postdocs launches

Report 2021 contributions to outside retirement plans by April 1

Form 1095-C now available online at My VU Benefits


Coming Up

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  Digital Commons: Workshop on training research assistants to clean data
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  Emerging Scholars Lecture: UC-Irvine’s Theresa Loveless
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  Vanderbilt Software Carpentries boot camp March 10, 11
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  Brain Blast 2022
· MAR ·
  Vanderbilt Alzheimer’s Disease Research Day


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Vanderbilt in the News
Sports Business Journal: Lee-way to success
Candice Lee, vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletic director, is featured.
The Hill: Systemic racism is rooted in immigration laws—it can no longer be ignored
Karla McKanders, clinical professor of law, co-authored this piece.
The New York Times: Judge Jackson’s rulings: Detailed, methodical and leaning left
Tracey George, Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Chair in Law and Liberty, professor of law and vice provost for faculty affairs, is quoted.
New York Magazine: The Other First: What it means to nominate a veteran public defender
Sara Mayeux, associate professor of law, is quoted.
Chattanooga Times Free Press: Chattanooga megachurch to host Republican mayoral forum on Sunday
Phillis Sheppard, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Associate Professor of Religion, Psychology and Culture, is quoted.
NBC News: Indoor mask use no longer necessary across most of the U.S., CDC says
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
CNN: ECMO therapy cuts COVID-19 patients’ chance of dying by half, if they
can get it
Whitney Gannon, assistant in medicine, is quoted.
The New York Times: Pfizer shot is far less effective in 5- to 11-year-olds than in older kids, new data show
Kathryn Edwards, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
The Wall Street Journal: COVID-19 booster shots are slowing as omicron surge fades
Buddy Creech, Edie Carell Johnson Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
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