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  Friday, June 25, 2021  
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Amy Johnson named assistant provost for immersion and experiential learning; Jill Stratton to focus on residential colleges
Amy Johnson has been named assistant provost for immersion and experiential learning at Vanderbilt University and will begin her new role on July 15. Jill Stratton also will assume a new role at Vanderbilt as assistant provost for residential education and associate dean for residential colleges, effective July 1.
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Vanderbilt beats Stanford at College World Series to keep season alive; next game today at 1 p.m.
Down 5-4 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Commodores scratched across two runs—the final one coming on a wild pitch—to defeat Stanford 6-5 in an elimination game at the College World Series in Omaha on Wednesday. Vanderbilt survives to face North Carolina State at 1 p.m. CT on Friday.
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Vanderbilt joins COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge to boost vaccine distribution
Vanderbilt University is taking part in the COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge, which was recently launched by the White House to increase vaccine access and distribution among students and their communities. 
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Staff and postdocs: Submit vaccination records by July 19 to be eligible for $1,000 prize drawing
COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for all members of the Vanderbilt community for the 2021–22 academic year. To thank those who submit their vaccination records early, the Division of Administration will conduct a drawing for 25 Vanderbilt University-employed staff and postdocs who submit their records to the university’s vaccine portal by 8 a.m. on July 19. 
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New Multicultural Community Space to open on campus this fall
A new community space for multicultural student organizations and their leaders to gather will open in Vanderbilt's West End Neighborhood this fall, the Office of the Dean of Students and the Student Center for Social Justice and Identity have announced.
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Five receive Graduate Leadership Anchor Awards
The Vanderbilt Graduate Student Council has announced the winners of its inaugural Graduate Leadership Anchor Awards. The awards were designed to identify and honor the hard work and leadership of graduate students at Vanderbilt.
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Grad student adds drone imagery to toolbox for post-disaster recovery
 A new online gallery of photos taken in the days, weeks and months following the March 2020 tornados that struck Middle Tennessee is the work of Daniel Perrucci, a Ph.D. candidate in civil engineering, who wants to make disaster recovery more equitable.
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Vanderbilt political scientists discuss shifts in U.S. Congress with longtime North Carolina Rep. David Price
The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy will host a virtual discussion June 28 about the evolution of the U.S. Congress and how to find issues of common ground in a time of polarization. The discussion will feature current U.S. Rep. David Price and Vanderbilt political scientists Alan Wiseman and Larry Bartels. 
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Interest session for new Jewish Employee Affinity Group is June 29
A virtual event to discuss the formation of a Jewish Employee Affinity Group is scheduled for Tuesday, June 29, from 3 to 4 p.m. CT. Those who identify as Jewish, the parents of Jewish children, other family members and friends are encouraged to attend.
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Applications for Vanderbilt Leadership Enrichment program accepted through July 9
Applications are now being accepted for the Vanderbilt Leadership Enrichment program, designed to develop key leadership skills and competencies for staff who are managers or operational leaders demonstrating high potential.


Take Note

Event to mourn passing of VU staff member Amber Pursley is today

Panel to discuss reflections on equity, diversity and inclusion within Vanderbilt one year later June 28

Blood drive marking 9/11 anniversary set for July 2

Inclusive Book Group to discuss Alice Randall’s ‘Black Bottom Saints’ July 22

University hosting free walk-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics for faculty, staff and postdoctoral fellows 

COVID-19 vaccinations now available for 12–15-year-olds through VUMC

Employee Learning and Engagement launches professional development workshops

Submit your tuition benefit application for fall 2021 now

Healthcare Bluebook price transparency tool now protected with multi-factor authentication

Join the Spring into Summer Step Challenge

Vanderbilt Farmers’ Market is back on Thursdays through Oct. 28

Become a Health Plus Wellness Commodore

Join Health Plus’ Babies and You prenatal education program

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2022 Searle Scholars Program

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 Procter & Gamble Higher Education Grant Program


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Vanderbilt in the News
Forbes: Colleges ban medical marijuana use, even in states where it is legal
Robert Mikos, professor of law, is quoted.
Refinery 29: It’s weirdly sexy to drink alcohol out of these very specific cans
Kelly Goldsmith, professor of marketing, is quoted.
ABC News: From Biden to Congress, Big Tech is under mounting pressure
Rebecca Allensworth, Tarkington Chair in Excellence and professor of law, is quoted.
Stat: Chadwick Boseman’s tragedy is America’s tragedy: In colorectal cancer hot spots, young men are dying at higher rates
Research by Andreana Holowatyj, assistant professor of medicine, is cited.
FiveThirtyEight: Why is there such a gender gap in COVID-19 vaccination rates?
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health and Society, is quoted.
Chalkbeat Tennessee: Tennessee teachers get lessons on new law limiting classroom discussions on race
Matthew Shaw, assistant professor of public policy and education, is quoted.
Time: After weeks of declining vaccination rates in the U.S., they went back up in June. Will the momentum last?
Loren Lipworth-Elliot, research professor of medicine, is quoted.
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