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  Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020  
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Vaughan Jones, preeminent Vanderbilt mathematician, has died
Vaughan Jones, one of the world’s foremost mathematicians and a celebrated professor in the College of Arts and Science, has died.
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Return to Campus Update for the week of Sept. 7
Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff are adapting to the current reality of campus life during the COVID-19 pandemic—and learning to thrive and support each other while doing so.
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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 forum to discuss their challenges and successes throughout the fall semester.
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Assistant director of NSF’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering to give virtual talk Friday
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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VERA system advances to iterations phase
The university’s transition to the new Vanderbilt Electronic Research Administration system, provided by Huron, recently entered the iterations phase of its implementation timeline after concluding the configuration phase, which took place from May to July.
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Randall to deliver VUSN Dean’s Diversity Lecture tomorrow
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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Vanderbilt offers Commodore Card on iPhone and Apple Watch
Students, faculty and staff can now add their Commodore Card to Apple Wallet and use their iPhone and Apple Watch to access buildings on campus, purchase meals and more.
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Bell siblings reflect Vanderbilt’s culture of innovation
Alumni Charleson and Charreau Bell are siblings, business partners, innovators and entrepreneurs, as well as emblematic of the culture of innovation at Vanderbilt’s Wond’ry and Data Science Institute.
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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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Vanderbilt launches Healthcare Bluebook to help employees save on medical costs
Healthcare Bluebook, an online price comparison tool for health care services, is free for Vanderbilt benefits-enrolled faculty, staff and their dependents beginning Sept. 15.
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Employee Appreciation: Vandy’s Cookin’ today
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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50+ Affinity Group brainstorming sessions set for Sept. 15, 23
Faculty and staff age 50 and older are invited to join a virtual brainstorming session for the new employee 50+ Affinity Group. Several sessions will be offered to accommodate those who may be interested.
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‘Disrupting Everyday Bias’ workshop now available every weekday through Sept. 30
In this two-hour online instructor-led workshop, participants will learn the skills to disrupt the impact of bias in their interactions, behaviors and decision-making and the various ways unconscious bias can impede the development of a diverse and inclusive work environment. September dates are currently available for registration in Oracle Learning. 
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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

VINSE Spotlight Podcast: Timothy Boire–Shape memory polymer that could transform vascular surgery

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

‘Third Wave Coffee, Maya Farmers and the Creation of Value’ Sept. 17

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

Work-Life Workshop: ‘Reducing Zoom Fatigue During COVID-19’ Sept. 22

Wond’ry launches Innovation Portal

Funding opportunity: 2020 Reynolds Foundation Breast Cancer Pilots

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

Employee Appreciation: Become a Music City Platinum Ambassador

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

Game Plan for Your Health Video: ‘Connectedness–Some Assembly Required’

Are you at risk for obstructive sleep apnea?


Coming Up

· 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
The New York Times: Steroids can be lifesaving for COVID-19 patients, scientists report
Todd Rice, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
Time: Children across Europe are going back to school. Here’s how 3 countries are managing it
Kathryn Edwards, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Pediatrics, is quoted.
Inside Climate News: Q&A: A law professor studies how business is making climate progress where government is failing
Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair in Law, is interviewed.
Parade: You’re being judged for your parenting choices right now, and it’s OK—here’s how to react to judgment
Craig Smith, associate professor of psychology and human development, is quoted.
Forbes: What color is the ‘Corn Moon’? Why the moon sometimes looks orange (and when to see it this week)
Billy Teets, Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory outreach astronomer, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Democrats are losing white voters to Republicans. They need to shift gears.
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and professor of medicine, health and society, writes about the need for Democrats to develop a strategy to counteract polarizing politics and gain support from conservative white voters.
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