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  Friday, Jun. 9, 2023  
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Celebrating Owen Graduate School of Management Dean M. Eric Johnson
M. Eric Johnson, whose 10-year term as Ralph Owen Dean of the Owen Graduate School of Management ends June 30, reflects on the milestones of his tenure as well as the school’s tremendous momentum.
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Ingram Scholars Program recognizes Heuser’s service
The Ingram Scholars Program extends its gratitude to Brian L. Heuser, associate professor of the practice in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations at Peabody College of education and human development, for his two terms of service as he concludes his faculty directorship in December 2023 and returns to a full-time faculty role at Peabody College.
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Vanderbilt-initiated startup Zeno Power receives $30M to build, launch first commercially developed nuclear energy–powered satellite
Zeno Power, a startup initiated through the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s Innovation Center, is on track to launch the first commercially developed space nuclear system in history. The satellite will be used by the U.S. Space Force to conduct first-of-its-kind mission types.
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Vanderbilt launches Future of Learning and Generative AI Initiative and interdisciplinary advisory board
Vanderbilt University has created the Future of Learning and Generative AI Initiative and appointed members of an advisory board. Both will center their efforts around scholarship and opportunities connected to the growing use of nascent artificial intelligence technologies. 
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Nominations open for fall 2023 faculty awards recognizing research, service
Nominations are now open through June 16 for Vanderbilt’s top faculty awards, which recognize outstanding achievements in research and service to the university and demonstrate Vanderbilt’s appreciation for and commitment to excellence.
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Vanderbilt community invited to Juneteenth celebration at National Museum of African American Music
The Vanderbilt University community is invited to attend Juneteenth activities at the National Museum of African American Music from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, June 19. To celebrate the Juneteenth holiday, admission is free to all.
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Get engaged with these Juneteenth events
Vanderbilt University invites the community to events celebrating Juneteenth hosted by a number of campus partners. Vanderbilt recently announced that university staff will receive Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in United States, as a paid holiday beginning in 2023.
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Celebrate Pride with events all month
In celebration of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, Vanderbilt is inviting members of the university community to events offered this June through the K.C. Potter Center and the Glammadores LGBTQIA+ Employee Affinity Group, as well as community partners across Nashville.


Health & Safety Updates

Earn rewards through Vanderbilt’s new wellness program; receive higher points for completed actions

Specialized mental health resources available for LGBTQIA+ employees; learn ways to practice allyship in the workplace


Limited Submission Opportunities

Engineering Information Foundation Grant Programs (Fall 2023) deadline: June 13

Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Grant Programs for Organizations deadline: June 19

2024 NEH Summer Stipends deadline: June 29


Take Note

Robertson named director of strategic communications for Vanderbilt libraries

Ike Robinson Deans’ Lecture: ‘Mitigating Microaggressions to Maximize Medicine: The Time is Now’ is June 12

Office of Science and Technology Policy offers virtual listening sessions

Vanderbilt to offer Strategic Innovation program for working professionals June 21–23

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Business of VU’s seventh cohort now accepting applications through June 9

Security Notice: Advisory

Registration open for Space Science summer camps at Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory

Vanderbilt community invited to make suggestions for new campus time capsule


Campus Updates

Work zone may affect Lot 5 near Wilson Hall beginning May 22

Work zone may affect Peabody Administration Building entrance starting May 22

Wyatt Center roof work will begin May 17

Natchez Trace closure delayed until further notice

Commons houses to undergo furniture, flooring upgrades this summer

Two levels of Baker Garage to close April 24–Aug. 1

Construction affects entrances to Medical Center North Round Wing starting April 10


Coming Up

· JUN ·
  Vanderbilt to observe Juneteenth with paid staff holiday
· JUL ·
  Diermeier announces paid administrative closure day in July


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Vanderbilt in the News
Smithsonian Magazine: Unraveling the mysteries of Oda the Ichthyosaur
Neil Kelley, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, is quoted.
NBC News: Viruses and other bugs could make a summer comeback
Buddy Creech, Edie Carrell Johnson Professor and professor of pediatrics, is quoted. Ice clouds high in Earth’s atmosphere could help predict climate change. NASA wants a closer look
Research by Ralf Bennartz, Stevenson Professor and professor of earth and environmental sciences, is cited.
The Tennessean: College education should be celebrated and encouraged
Dennis Hall, professor of physics, emeritus, authored this opinion piece.
The Tennessean: Underreported? Untreated? New CDC study sheds light on Lyme disease, impacts
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The New York Times: ‘He is seriously not going to be president.’ Our columnists and writers discuss Mike Pence.
Nicole Hemmer, associate professor of history, is quoted.
Bloomberg: Vast networks of fungi may hold key to climate fight
Amanda Little, writer in residence in English, authored this opinion piece.
Deseret News: Perspective: When did the Democratic Party become the party of the upper class?
Noam Lupu, associate professor of political science and associate director of the Latin American Public Opinion Project, is quoted.
Nashville Scene: Long COVID diagnoses a focus for local, national researchers
Sara Martin, assistant professor of medicine, is quoted.
Fox News: Red states outpacing progressive-run states in ‘racial equality in education,’ new study reveals
Shaun Dougherty, associate professor of public policy and education, is quoted.
Semana: The scary theory that reveals exactly how many years humanity has left
Research from Marcelo Disconzi, associate professor of mathematics; Thomas Kephart, professor of physics; and Robert Scherrer, professor of physics, is cited.
Barron’s: Americans hate the economy. What Biden needs to figure out.
John Sides, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor and professor of political science, is quoted.
Nashville Scene: ‘Tree Ninja’ cultivates a forest in Nashville’s neighborhoods
Katherine Oung, a Vanderbilt undergraduate student, authored this piece as part of an environmental journalism course taught by Amanda Little, writer in residence in English.
Snopes: Is Temu shopping app a communist China-based scam that spies on users?
Douglas Schmidt, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Computer Science, is quoted.
Spectrum: Capturing autism’s sleep problems with devices nearable and wearable
Beth Ann Malow, Burry Professor and professor of neurology, is quoted.
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