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  Friday, Sept. 4, 2020  
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Center for Teaching offers professional development to support equity, diversity and inclusion
The Center for Teaching’s programs, resources and professional development opportunities under the banner “Teaching, Difference and Power” seek to make Vanderbilt a more diverse, inclusive and equitable institution.
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Vanderbilt students adapt to new ways of socializing and supporting each other amid pandemic protocols
Now that many Vanderbilt students have returned to Nashville, they are adapting to the new reality of campus life—and learning to thrive and support classmates while doing so.
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Ideas for socializing during the pandemic
This semester may look different from years past, but that hasn’t stopped students, faculty and staff from interacting with their fellow Commodores in new and meaningful ways amid the COVID-19 pandemic and its necessary safety protocols.
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Wente continues ‘Open Dore on Location’ series, invites faculty to provide fall semester feedback
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente has relaunched her Open Dore on Location series, which is being held in a new digital form due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Upcoming sessions will offer faculty a small, open-forum format to discuss their challenges and successes throughout the fall semester.
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Gould appointed senior associate dean in Basic Sciences
Kathleen Gould, Louise B. McGavock Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology in the School of Medicine Basic Sciences, has been named senior associate dean for biomedical research, education and career development.
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Get to know Vanderbilt’s residential faculty: Professor Melissa Gresalfi
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 Melissa Gresalfi, associate professor of mathematics education and dean of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons.
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Vanderbilt historian says Kissinger’s legacy offers relevant lessons for today
Vanderbilt University historian Thomas Schwartz has written a biography of famed diplomat Henry Kissinger that offers lessons for today’s political leaders.
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Assistant director of NSF’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering to give virtual talk Sept. 11
Margaret Martonosi, assistant director of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation, will speak at a virtual campus visit on Friday, Sept. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. CT.
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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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7th annual Diverse ’Dores Day to be held virtually Sept. 15
Diverse ’Dores Day, an annual event showcasing the offices, organizations and departments on campus designed to empower and equip Vanderbilt community members to be agents of positive social change, is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Constitution Day events to focus on women’s fight for voting rights with author Elaine Weiss
Vanderbilt University will honor Constitution Day on Thursday, Sept. 17, with a focus on the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution featuring a conversation with Elaine Weiss, author of “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote.” 
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College Colors Day is today
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: Vandy’s Cookin’ on Sept. 9
Vanderbilt Employee Appreciation invites you to attend a series of Zoom webinars to learn recipes geared toward employees working remotely and preparing food at home. Vandy’s Cookin’ will take place on four consecutive Wednesdays, Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 30, from 3:30 to 4 p.m. each day.
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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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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

Wond’ry hosts Fantasy Football Draft Party featuring IBM’s Watson Sept. 9

Talking to kids about COVID-19 topic of Parenting Group meeting Sept. 10

‘This is Public Health’ virtual fair set for Sept. 16

Present your idea at Wond’ry’s Innovation Open Mic Sept.16

Research-related IT resources at Vanderbilt info session Sept. 18

Wond’ry launches Innovation Portal

VINSE Spotlight Podcast: Ross Koby–Mechanochemistry

Funding opportunity: 2020 Reynolds Foundation Breast Cancer Pilots

Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core announces new round of mini-grants for fall 2020

Tips for talking about wearing masks, physical distancing

Join Health Plus Fit for Fall Team Challenge

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

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


Coming Up

· SEP ·
  Webinar: ‘Federal Funding for Early Career Faculty’ Sept. 22
· SEP ·
  ‘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
Associated Press: CDC has not reduced the death count related to COVID-19
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of preventive medicine, is quoted.
NBC News: Coronavirus missteps from CDC and FDA worry health experts
Loren Lipworth, research professor of medicine, is quoted.
Forbes: How this under 30 alum and his team used gravitational waves to discover a new class of black hole
Karan Jani, research assistant professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
The Conversation: Nearly two centuries ago, a QAnon-like conspiracy theory propelled candidates to Congress
Sophie Bjork-James, assistant professor of the practice of anthropology, writes about the QAnon conspiracy theory and the political impact of a similar conspiracy theory in the early 19th century.
Vox: Can anything change Americans’ minds about Donald Trump?
Larry Bartels, May Werthan Shayne Professor of Public Policy and Social Science and professor of political science, is quoted.
The Chronicle of Higher Education: New Black intellectual histories
Brandon Byrd, assistant professor of history, is quoted.
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