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  Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020  
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2020 Fall Faculty Assembly to be held virtually tomorrow
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier will share his vision and priorities for the new academic year and present many of the university’s highest honors at the Fall Faculty Assembly—to be held virtually—on Thursday, Aug. 27.
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Vanderbilt appoints Olatunji as interim dean of Graduate School, launches search committee for graduate education leadership role
Vanderbilt has named Bunmi Olatunji, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Psychology, as interim dean of the Graduate School. Olatunji currently serves as associate dean of academic affairs for the Graduate School and takes over as Dean Mark T. Wallace returns to the faculty starting Sept. 1.
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New ‘Inclusion at Vanderbilt’ web portal launches
The university has launched an updated web portal to help inform students, faculty, postdoctoral scholars and staff of key equity, diversity and inclusion resources and activities.
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Preparation, collaboration over summer paves way for effective teaching in hybrid classroom
Vanderbilt’s substantial investments in classroom technology and efforts to foster collaboration over the summer were aimed at preparing faculty to teach effectively within the hybrid classroom this fall.
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A&S tackling world’s greatest problems with Grand Challenge Initiative
Vanderbilt University’s College of Arts and Science has launched the Grand Challenge Initiative to invest in collaborative research projects with the potential of making a significant impact on some of society’s most pressing questions.
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Get to know Vanderbilt’s residential faculty: Professor Frank Dobson
As the new academic year gets underway, Vanderbilt’s faculty heads of house are revealing some things about themselves in this special portrait series. Get to know Frank Dobson, associate dean of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons and faculty head of Gillette House.
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Vanderbilt professors strive to make math enjoyable for middle- and high-schoolers
The Nashville Math Club, hosted by Vanderbilt math professors for middle- and high-school students who want to learn concepts in creative and fun ways, meets online starting Sept. 8.
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Faculty and staff invited to join inaugural LGBTQI+ Affinity Group
Faculty and staff who identify as LGBTQI+ and their allies are invited to join a virtual launch party and brainstorming session of the new employee LGBTQI+ Affinity Group. The event will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.
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Vanderbilt alumnus’ persistence helped propel 19th Amendment ratification
At a time when Americans are voicing their opinions at the ballot box and in other ways, Vanderbilt University is joining people across Tennessee and the nation in commemorating the centennial of the long-fought battle to secure a woman’s constitutional right to vote.
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Women’s Equality Day film screening and virtual discussion is today
The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center will sponsor the online screening of a short film followed by a discussion on Wednesday, Aug. 26, to mark Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment.
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Registration for seventh annual Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair now open
The seventh annual Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 8. This year’s event will be virtual, complete with presenters, breakout sessions and a chance to safely and responsibly interact with students, faculty and staff from across campus.
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Test of AlertVU system scheduled for Sept. 1
Vanderbilt University Public Safety will conduct a test of the AlertVU emergency notification system on Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 2:30 p.m. AlertVU rapidly sends notification messages in the event of an imminent threat or danger to the Vanderbilt community.
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Employee Appreciation: Become a Music City Platinum Ambassador
Vanderbilt Employee Appreciation is teaming with the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp to offer a series of online training webinars for university employees from Aug. 17 through Sept. 14.
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Visit Faculty Q&A page on Return to Campus website
Vanderbilt faculty are encouraged to visit the Faculty Q&A page, which includes answers to questions asked by faculty at recent Return to Campus town halls. The page continues to be updated regularly.
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Ask an Expert: What do we know about the future of contagious outbreaks?
Manuel Ascano, assistant professor of biochemistry and pathology, microbiology and immunology, discusses the challenges scientists face when researching which virus may cause the next pandemic.


Take Note

Research-related IT resources at Vanderbilt info sessions Aug. 31, Sept. 18

Single Parent Group announces fall schedule; next meeting Sept. 3

Join the online Nashville Hope Choir

Blair Academy now open on Zoom

Blair Academy offers Kindermusik on Zoom

Blair offers senior adult classes through ZOOM

Blair School offers tai chi sessions via Zoom

VINSE Spotlight Podcast: Kaitlyn Ryder–sending electronics to space

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists–All Categories

Tips for talking about wearing masks, physical distancing

Young Commodores fans invited to join Mr. C’s Kids Club

Join Health Plus Fit for Fall Team Challenge

All three steps of Go for the Gold now ready

A Healthier You: ‘Nourish a Healthy Mind and Body’

Vanderbilt’s EasyRide program expands to offer free regional bus, train rides


Coming Up

· AUG ·
  Vanderbilt, Nashville commemorate 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment
· SEP ·
  Managing difficult conversations, manager responsibilities for compliance topics of new HR workshops
· SEP ·
  Faculty can learn ‘Finance Fundamentals’ in new series presented by Finance and Faculty Affairs
· SEP ·
  Webinar: ‘Federal Funding for Early Career Faculty’ Sept. 22
· NOV ·
  Save the date: Alzheimer’s Disease Research Day set for Nov. 13


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Vanderbilt in the News
Politico: An uncertain future for road travel
Dan Work, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
Washington Examiner: Colleges crack down on parties to stem outbreaks
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier is quoted.
The New York Times: When the world shut down, they saw it open
Aimi Hamraie, assistant professor of medicine, health and society, is quoted.
Associated Press: Trump announces plasma treatment authorized for COVID-19
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of preventive medicine, is quoted.
Marketplace: Insurers’ offers to cover COVID-19 treatment are expiring
Stacie Dusetzina, associate professor of health policy, is quoted.
ABC News: New clinical trial means real data in COVID-19 fight, maybe answers
Todd Rice, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
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