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  Friday, Jun. 23, 2023  
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Niloofar Razi Howe to enhance Vanderbilt’s expertise in national security
Vanderbilt University has appointed Niloofar Razi Howe, a technology entrepreneur and influential thought leader and strategist on national security and cyber threats, as a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the College of Arts and Science, effective July 1.
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Secure Dores initiative to enhance safety on campus
The Division of Administration will complete a project this summer to enhance the security of university buildings and enable Vanderbilt University Public Safety to monitor exterior-facing doors on campus.
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University launches campus-wide security review
A university-wide working group has begun a comprehensive review of Vanderbilt’s emergency preparedness, particularly in response to an active shooter scenario. The group is also evaluating and supporting near-term and longer-term security enhancement solutions.
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Vanderbilt expands investments in staff; search for inaugural vice chancellor for people, culture and belonging underway
Vanderbilt University is doubling down on its investments in its staff with the launch of an international search for a new vice chancellor for people, culture and belonging. This expanded role will bring together key operational activities that impact the staff experience, including hiring, staff development, equal opportunity and access, health and wellness programs and belonging initiatives.
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Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory hosts ‘Meet the Astronomer’ event June 30
Vanderbilt University researchers are scheduled to reveal an exciting update in the realm of pulsars and gravitational waves from National Science Foundation headquarters on June 29. On June 30, they will return to Nashville to share what they found and what the discovery means for our future understanding of the cosmos.
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Ginny Moore named American Association of Nurse Practitioners fellow
School of Nursing professor Ginny Moore, DNP, MSN’90, was named an AANP fellow in honor of her outstanding achievements and exemplary service in nursing. Moore, who directs the Women’s Health and Gender Related Nurse Practitioner specialty, was inducted on June 22.
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Vanderbilt celebrates Juneteenth with faculty discussion, educational events
Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion André L. Churchwell hosted a discussion with faculty members about the history and importance of Juneteenth in observance of the federal holiday. In addition to the conversation, on June 16 the Black Cultural Center hosted "Juneteenth: Celebration of Freedom," Vanderbilt’s annual event celebrating the holiday.
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Search launched for Ingram Scholars Program faculty director; application deadline is July 7
Provost C. Cybele Raver has announced a search for the faculty director of the Ingram Scholars Program. Applications for the position, which are due July 7, should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and an email approval to apply from the candidate’s chair and dean.
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Applications now open for First Friends program
First Friends facilitates cross-cultural exchange through friendship, connecting Vanderbilt University international students with Americans on and off campus. An annual program coordinated by International Students & Scholar Services, international students join First Friends to immerse themselves in American life and culture.
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Lab-to-Table Conversation: ‘Science of Sight: Advances in Eye Research’ on June 27
Learn about current treatments for cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma and how new technologies are moving these discoveries forward at the next Lab-to-Table Conversation on June 27.
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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.
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V150: Center for Discovery
With roots back to Vanderbilt’s beginning, Dyer Observatory has long been a center for discovery, education and outreach.


Health & Safety Updates

Join the next healthy habit challenge with Vanderbilt’s wellness program Virgin Pulse

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


Limited Submission Opportunities

2024 NEH Summer Stipends Deadline: June 29

2024 Searle Scholars Program Deadline: July 12


Campus Updates

Access road installation from Stevenson Center Lane to Garland Hall changes pedestrian routes beginning June 26

Section of Natchez Trace to close starting June 19 for infrastructure project

Work zone may affect Peabody Administration Building entrance starting May 22

Wyatt Center roof work will begin May 17

Commons houses to undergo furniture, flooring upgrades this summer

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


Take Note

Broadway Bridge closure affects WeGo service starting June 19

Provide feedback on proposed WeGo fall service changes through July 17

Registration open for Space Science summer camps at Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory

Tuition benefit applications for fall 2023 now open

Vanderbilt community invited to make suggestions for new campus time capsule


Coming Up

· JUN ·
  Limón Dance Company to host free outdoor movement class June 23
· JUL ·
  Diermeier announces paid administrative closure day in July


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Vanderbilt in the News
CBS News: Q&A: Black scientist Antentor Hinton Jr. talks role of Juneteenth in STEM, need for diversity in field
Antentor Hinton, Jr., assistant professor of molecular physiology and biophysics, is featured.
Main Street Nashville: Renovated basketball court honors history of North Nashville, brings community together
Coverage of a community partnership to install a new outdoor basketball court at Watkins Park in North Nashville. Candice Lee, vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletic director, is quoted.
Axios: Gifts for dads this Father’s Day lag behind Mother’s Day
Kelly Goldsmith, E. Bronson Ingram Professor and professor of marketing, is quoted.
The Atlantic: Is crypto dead?
Yesha Yadav, Milton R. Underwood Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
Bloomberg: A 2023 recession wouldn’t be so bad for Biden. A downturn in 2024 would
Larry Bartels, May Werthan Shayne Professor and University Distinguished Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
The Jerusalem Post: What do gifted children need? Future Scientists Center offers answers
The research of Camilla Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development, is cited.
Washington Post: Dog cancer research advances pursuit of drugs for humans and canines
Alexander Bick, assistant professor of medicine, is quoted.
NBC News: Rates of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease are soaring, study finds
Suzanne Sharpton, assistant professor of medicine, is quoted.
Bloomberg: The Soros’s billions can unite the climate fight
Amanda Little, writer in residence of English, authored this opinion piece.
Chalkbeat: The ‘Tennessee 3’ created a historic teachable moment. Will schools be allowed to teach it?
John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of political science, is quoted.
Tennessean: How Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s gun law proposal compares to red flag laws in other states
The Vanderbilt Poll – Statewide is cited.
Politico: A simple way to regulate TikTok
Ganesh Sitaraman, New York Alumni Chancellor’s Chair, professor of law and Director of the Vanderbilt Policy Accelerator for Political Economy and Regulation, authored this piece.
Tennessee Tribune: A call to action: ‘Save the Morris’ organizers urge residents to lobby council
Forrest Harris, professor of the practice of ministry, is cited.
Des Moines Register: What’s dividing the United Methodist Church? Core beliefs over LGBTQ issues, biblical authority
James Byrd, professor of American religious history, is quoted.
Healthline: 1 in 4 people with diabetes have eye damage, study finds
Sapna Gangaputra, an assistant professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Science, is quoted.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Mellon Foundation awards $25 million to 9 cities through its monuments project
Vanderbilt University is mentioned.
The Tablet: LGBTQ+ catholics urged to ‘proclaim compassionate love of God’ by outreach 2023 speakers
Amy-Jill Levine, Mary Jane Werthan University Professor of Jewish Studies and University Professor of New Testament Studies, emerita, is mentioned.
Twin Cities Business: Help for the overweight worker
Jennifer Shinall, professor of law, is quoted.
The Science Advisory Board: New medication offers hope for metastatic colorectal cancer patients
Cathy Eng, David H. Johnson Chair in Surgical and Medical Oncology, is quoted.
Washington Post: Men who use testosterone drugs don’t face major heart risk, study says
William Schaffner, professor of health policy, is quoted.
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