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  Monday, April 25, 2022  
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Two Class of 2022 students awarded Keegan Traveling Fellowships
Yousef Abu-Salah and Louisa “Loulou” Byars, both members of Vanderbilt’s Class of 2022, have been named Michael B. Keegan Traveling Fellows for 2022–23. The Keegan Fellowship aims to enhance the development of future leaders through world travel and experiential learning.
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Class of 2022 unlocks $100K gift to Experience Vanderbilt; donors invited to special reception with Chancellor Daniel Diermeier
Senior students stepped up on Giving Day to unlock a challenge gift that provided $100,000 to Experience Vanderbilt. In honor of meeting this challenge, and as part of the yearlong 2022 Seniors Give Back campaign, Chancellor Daniel Diermeier invites all senior students who have made a gift to join him at a special reception. 
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New faculty appointed to lead residential colleges
Three new residential faculty have been appointed as leaders in shaping student learning experiences beyond the classroom. Ravindra Duddu will be the inaugural faculty head of Rothschild College, scheduled to begin housing students in fall 2022. In addition, Sutherland House and Murray House will welcome two new faculty heads of house: Chezare Warren and Renã A.S. Robinson.
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Emilie Townes to conclude deanship of Vanderbilt Divinity School in 2023
Emilie M. Townes, who has led the reenvisioning of theological education at Vanderbilt Divinity School while increasing the visibility of the institution’s historical commitment to seeking justice, will step down as dean effective June 30, 2023.
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Celebrated composer and Vanderbilt professor emeritus Michael Kurek named composer laureate of Tennessee
Michael Kurek, who served 14 years as chair of the Department of Music Composition at Vanderbilt Blair School of Music, is only the second person to hold the distinction of composer laureate of Tennessee
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Diermeier, Balser livestream event will focus on leading under adversity
Vanderbilt University Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and Vanderbilt University Medical Center President and CEO Dr. Jeffrey Balser, PhD’90, will discuss their experiences leading through the COVID-19 pandemic in a livestreamed event scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27. 
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Vanderbilt to celebrate APIDA graduates during AAPI Heritage Month in May
Vanderbilt will host its inaugural Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Graduates Recognition Ceremony on May 11. The ceremony, a joint effort of the Student Center for Social Justice and Identity, campus partners and student organizations, coincides with Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
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Registration open for 2022 Graduate Recognition Ceremonies
Vanderbilt’s graduating seniors are encouraged to participate in this year’s Graduate Recognition Ceremonies for specific identity groups as part of the university’s 2022 Commencement celebrations.
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Student Care Network offers tips on test preparation and managing test anxiety
The Student Care Network, in partnership with a variety of campus partners, offers resources and services to help students prepare for final papers, examinations and presentations.
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Office of Global Safety provides community resources amid COVID-19 travel advisory updates
Changes in federal agencies’ procedures for designating nations’ level of travel risk will allow Vanderbilt’s Office of Global Safety to better communicate those risks to potential travelers connected with the university.
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Annual survey of undergraduate seniors open now through May 9 
The annual VU Senior Survey provides graduating seniors with an opportunity to evaluate Vanderbilt in detail, evaluate their experience in their own major and report on their plans for the future.
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Campus Dining launches spring 2022 survey
Vanderbilt Campus Dining is hungry for feedback and needs your help. In an effort to measure student satisfaction in a number of areas, the department is conducting its semiannual Dining Survey throughout the month of April.
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Attend ‘Survivor: Intersections of Cancer and Mental Health with Ethan Zohn’ on April 26
Ethan Zohn, winner of CBS’s “Survivor,” a two-time cancer survivor, humanitarian and former professional soccer player, will discuss his journey with reality television, cancer, mental health and humanitarian work on April 26 at 7 p.m. CT at the Blair School’s Ingram Hall.
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REGISTER: Vanderbilt Unity Project hosts panel on risks to democracies
The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy will host “Democratic Erosion and How to Prevent It,” an online panel discussion, April 28 at noon. Vanderbilt political scientist Josh Clinton and professor Susan Stokes of the University of Chicago will explore the tactics and conditions to which democracies are most vulnerable during a conversation moderated by Noam Lupu, political scientist and associate director of the Vanderbilt Latin American Public Opinion Project.
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2022 Engineering Design Days return in person April 28–29
The Vanderbilt School of Engineering’s Design Days 2022 will highlight 77 problem-solving projects developed by teams of students during the 2021-2022 academic year. The annual celebration returns to an in-person jam-packed event in Featheringill Hall April 28–29 following two years of virtual showcases.
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Fire alarm tests scheduled at Rand Hall April 25, 27
Fire alarm testing is scheduled at the new Student Access Office on the second floor of Rand Hall on Monday, April 25, and Wednesday, April 27, between 3–5 p.m., lasting for a few minutes.
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Service road between Rand, Sarratt and Powerhouse to be impacted April 25
The service road east of the roundabout at the end of Vanderbilt Place, between the university’s Powerhouse and Rand Hall/Sarratt Student Center, will be impacted on Monday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a crane installation to conduct work at the Powerhouse.
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Neurodiversity Inspired Science and Engineering graduate trainee program now accepting applications
Applications are open through June 15 for the Neurodiversity Inspired Science and Engineering graduate trainee program. The NISE program engages students across STEM disciplines in the development, deployment and commercialization of future of work at the human technology frontier (FW-HTF) approaches and devices that support neurodiverse individuals, and/or that are inspired by their abilities.
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COVID-19 Updates

Office of Global Safety provides community resources amid COVID-19 travel advisory updates

Vanderbilt no longer requires indoor masking in line with latest CDC guidance


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Stringfellow appointed to Federal Depository Library Program task force

Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘Hamnet’ May 4

Work-Life Workshop: ‘Navigating Gender Bias in Professional Communication’ May 11

ISSS recruiting hosts for EAT program

Adult research participants needed for sound sensitivity study


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Vanderbilt in the News
Fast Company: Why Activision Blizzard finds itself in the DOJ and SEC’s crosshairs
Amanda Rose, FedEx Research Professor of Law, is quoted.
Nashville Business Journal: Tech Bytes: Vanderbilt beefs up Wond’ry with staff, startup incubator
The Wond’ry’s new incubator, Launch, is mentioned.
CNN: Some travelers, faced with fewer colds, will still mask in flight
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Medical News Today: Trans, gender-questioning students at higher risk in 5 health domains
Gilbert Gonzales, assistant professor of medicine, health and society, is quoted.
Psychology Today: Moral injury is similar in health care workers and veterans
Keith Meador, professor of psychiatry and behavioral scineces, and Jason Nieuwsma, adjoint associate professor of the practice of integrative chaplaincy, are quoted.
The Christian Science Monitor: ‘People are just really unhappy’: Why Biden is so unpopular now
John Sides, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
Bloomberg Law:  Nazi victims’ heirs get high court win over stolen Pissarro
Suzanna Sherry, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law, Emerita, is quoted.
Healthline: Why experts say kids should get anxiety screening at age 8
Yasas Tanguturi, assistant professor of clinical psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted.
Reuters: Musk secures $46.5B in funding for Twitter bid
Josh White, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.
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