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  Friday, Sept. 11, 2020  
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The Open Dore: Keeping an eye on our strategic priorities
The importance of priorities detailed in the Academic Strategic Plan as well as Vanderbilt’s mission of learning and discovery is heightened in challenging times like these, writes Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente in her first “Open Dore” newsletter of the academic year.
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Cheek to step down as director of Bass Military Scholars Program
Gary H. Cheek, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general who has served as the inaugural director of Vanderbilt University’s Bass Military Scholars Program since 2019, has announced that he will be stepping down in 2021.
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Lasting and Meaningful Change: Birch discusses diversity on campus and athlete activism
Adolpho A. Birch III, JD’91, chief legal officer and senior vice president of business affairs for the Tennessee Titans, recently was named chair of a new Vanderbilt Board of Trust ad hoc committee that is partnering with university leadership to evaluate and recommend policies around equity, diversity and inclusion. Here he discusses the work of the committee, the rise in athlete activism, and his favorite Nashville sports memory.
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Assistant director of NSF’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering to give virtual talk today
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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Griffith raising awareness about men’s health equity and structurally based risks for COVID-19
Derek Griffith, professor of medicine, health and society and founding director of the Center for Research on Men’s Health, takes an intersectional approach to researching the impacts of COVID-19, advocating for a more nuanced understanding of identity’s role in determining risk to enhance policy reforms toward greater health equity.
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NIH grant supports Vanderbilt effort to increase diversity in Alzheimer’s research
A new $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health is enabling Vanderbilt University chemist Renã A.S. Robinson to expand her research on racial disparities in Alzheimer’s and other diseases.
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Student Advocates for Public Health launched to promote dialogue around COVID-19
Student Advocates for Public Health, a new student group, will engage undergraduates in education, training and dialogue to promote the safest possible campus for everyone at Vanderbilt.
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Daily parking on campus begins; waitlist for October opens
More than 1,700 members of the Vanderbilt community expressed interest in a new daily parking program that is being piloted in response to feedback about the desire for more commute options, including sustainable options, and flexibility when parking.  
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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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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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Employee Appreciation: Vandy’s Cookin’ on Sept. 16
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. The recipes on Wednesday, Sept. 16, will be presented by Jordan Rogers, executive chef for Vanderbilt Campus Dining.
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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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Professor hopes to inspire the vision of indivisibility for which the American flag stands
The symbolism of frayed, worn flags in professor Mel Ziegler's “Flag Exchange,” on view at the Frist Art Museum through Oct. 12, raises questions about the capacity of the American experiment to be sustained through national triumphs and shortcomings, including our own time of divisiveness.
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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.


Take Note

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

‘Meaningful Activities for Older Adults’ 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

2020 Levi Watkins, Jr. M.D. Lecture set for Oct. 6; award nominations sought

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

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

Vanderbilt launches Healthcare Bluebook to help employees save on medical costs

Employee Appreciation: Become a Music City Platinum Ambassador

Register for ‘Control is the Goal’ blood pressure management program

Go for the Gold: How to determine your risk for diabetes


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 Washington Post: Pandemic makes flu shots vital this season. Health officials aim for easier, safer ways for you to get the vaccine.
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of preventive medicine, is quoted.
The New York Times: How to both work and school from home
Richard Milner, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Education, is quoted.
Diverse: Vanderbilt University’s Bass Military Scholars Program offers veterans the opportunity to hone skills applicable to the civilian world
Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Gary Cheek, director of the Bass Military Scholars program, and two Bass Scholars, Devin T. Adams and Ken Barnes, are quoted.
The Wall Street Journal: ‘Great Adaptations’ review: Survival of the weirdest
Stevenson Chair in Biological Sciences Kenneth Catania’s book, Great Adaptations, is reviewed.
Forbes: Atomic weapons testing while troops looked on—did it increase their cancer risks?
Research by John D. Boice Jr., research professor of medicine, is cited.
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