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  Friday, Aug. 28, 2020  
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Diermeier thanks faculty for Return to Campus efforts, pledges continued support for research
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier expressed gratitude to the entire Vanderbilt community for efforts to return students and faculty to campus safely during the global pandemic, and pledged that Vanderbilt would continue to support faculty and their research, during his inaugural Faculty Assembly address held virtually on Aug. 27.
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16 honored with service and research awards at Fall Faculty Assembly
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and Faculty Senate Chair Catherine McTamaney presented faculty awards for both spring and fall 2020 as part of the virtual faculty assembly held Aug. 27.
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Hurricane Laura and our commitment to supporting the Vanderbilt community
Vanderbilt has a variety of resources to assist the university community as the devastating impact of Hurricane Laura continues to unfold, as well as any number of circumstances or events that may bring about a need for support or assistance, writes Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente in a message to the VU community.
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Campus COVID testing program expands to weekly mandatory testing for all undergraduates
Vanderbilt University will expand its campus COVID-19 testing program to include mandatory weekly testing of all undergraduate students beginning Monday, Aug. 31.
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Get to know Vanderbilt’s residential faculty: Professor Edwin Williamson
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 Edwin Williamson, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and faculty head of Hank Ingram House.
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Nine students selected as newest cohort of Bass Military Scholars
Among the nine new Bass Scholars, who are pursuing graduate and professional degrees across several Vanderbilt schools, are a former Army Ranger who served in combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, a Naval Academy graduate who flew jet fighter combat missions from an aircraft carrier, and two of the first female officers to serve in previously all-male Army field artillery units.
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New psychology research reveals factors that may affect COVID-19 vaccine adoption
According to new research by Associate Professor of Psychology Jennifer Trueblood, the development of an effective vaccine is only the first part of a solution to developing herd immunity against COVID-19.
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A physician’s role in the fight against misinformation
Kathleen Montgomery, MD’15, made headlines this summer for a Facebook post she wrote in response to a conspiracy theory video regarding COVID-19. Her post, shared more than 200,000 times, pointed readers toward reliable sources of scientific information.
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University policy on organized off-campus events during COVID-19 pandemic
Informal meetups of members of the Vanderbilt community, whether on or off campus, are limited to 10 or fewer people, and all individuals must be physically distanced and masked at all times.
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Randall to deliver VUSN Dean’s Diversity Lecture Sept. 10
Alice Randall, a “New York Times” best-selling author and Vanderbilt writer in residence in African American and diaspora studies, will present “A Novel Approach to Building Your Anti-Racism Toolkit and Self-Care in a Time of Reckoning” on Thursday, Sept. 10, at noon. Registration is required for the online event.
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Nobel Laureate Frances Arnold to deliver the Hall Engineering Lecture Sept. 15
Nobel Prize-winning chemical engineer Frances Arnold will deliver Vanderbilt's fall John R. and Donna S. Hall Engineering Lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m. Arnold's lecture, “Innovation by Evolution: Bringing New Chemistry to Life,” will be live streamed, and registration is required.
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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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College Colors Day is Sept. 4
Vanderbilt will celebrate College Colors Day on Friday, Sept. 4. Vanderbilt faculty and staff can get a 10 percent discount on most VU merchandise at Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt with a university ID.
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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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Return to Campus video series
A new video series is highlighting Vanderbilt’s Return to Campus Plan and informing members of the campus community what will be different this semester. More videos will be added over the coming weeks.


Take Note

Vanderbilt community mourns passing of Robert Gotcher

Wond’ry launches Innovation Portal

VINSE Spotlight Podcast: Kaitlyn Ryder–sending electronics to space

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

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

Tips for talking about wearing masks, physical distancing

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

Join the online Nashville Hope Choir

Blair School offers tai chi sessions via Zoom

Blair Academy now open on Zoom

Blair Academy offers Kindermusik on Zoom

Blair offers senior adult classes through ZOOM

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

Join Health Plus Fit for Fall Team Challenge

All three steps of Go for the Gold now ready


Coming Up

· SEP ·
  Managing difficult conversations, manager responsibilities for compliance topics of new HR workshops
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  Faculty can learn ‘Finance Fundamentals’ in new series presented by Finance and Faculty Affairs
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  Webinar: ‘Federal Funding for Early Career Faculty’ Sept. 22
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  ‘Disrupting Everyday Bias’ workshop now available every weekday through Sept. 30
· NOV ·
  Save the date: Alzheimer’s Disease Research Day set for Nov. 13


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Vanderbilt in the News
Reuters: Could U.S. regulators authorize a COVID-19 vaccine before the election?
Kathryn Edwards, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Pediatrics, is quoted.
USA Today: Scientists worry FDA could be pressured to approve COVID vaccine before it’s fully tested
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of preventive medicine, is quoted.
TODAY: Why did the FDA authorize convalescent plasma, a potential treatment for COVID-19?
Todd Rice, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
Good Housekeeping: Evidence-backed ways parents can think like a teacher to improve virtual learning
Ilana Horn, professor of mathematics education, is quoted.
Wired: A huge COVID-19 natural experiment is underway—in classrooms
Tina Hartert, Lulu H. Owen Chair in Medicine, is quoted.
Culturico: Democracy’s burden
Robert Talisse, W. Alton Jones Chair in Philosophy, writes about the burden democracy imposes on citizens.
The Conversation: Constant dieters might be choosing the wrong way to lose weight
Kelly Haws, Anne Marie and Thomas B. Walker Jr. Chair and professor of marketing, writes about the eating habits and portion choices of constant dieters.
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