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  Monday, Sept. 14, 2020  
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Return to Campus Update for Sept. 14
Students, faculty and staff are making tremendous strides in keeping one another as safe as possible and continuing to focus on campus protocols and guidelines in this time of great change. Each member of the Vanderbilt community must be part of the solution, and leaders are emerging across campus.
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Vanderbilt 14th in ‘U.S. News’ rankings; cited for ‘best value,’ ‘best undergraduate teaching’
Vanderbilt has been recognized as one of the nation’s top universities in “U.S. News & World Report’s” 2021 Best Colleges rankings. Vanderbilt is 14th among national universities, up one spot from last year.
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Vanderbilt University launches series on justice, healing with renowned artists and scholars
Vanderbilt University is launching “Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice,” a new initiative conceived by professor Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons and focused on healing at a time of social unrest.
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Nobel Laureate Frances Arnold to deliver the Hall Engineering Lecture tomorrow
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 leads $5M project to revolutionize neurodiverse employment through AI
The National Science Foundation has awarded a highly competitive $5 million grant to Vanderbilt University that greatly expands a School of Engineering-led project for creating novel AI technology and tools and platforms that train and support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the workplace.
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Commodore athletics season to begin without spectators
Vanderbilt University announced on Friday that it would begin the fall athletics season without spectators at home events through the end of October due to health and safety concerns brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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‘Speed Friending, ‘LinkedIn on the Lawn’ bring Stambaugh residents together
Faculty heads of house on The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons are finding creative ways to bring first-year students together safely for meaningful interaction in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 2020 with events in September, October
Hispanic Heritage Month, recognized annually from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, honors the history, cultural diversity and unique contributions of individuals and communities whose ancestry can be traced to Spain, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff will recognize the month with a series of programs and events.
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7th annual Diverse ’Dores Day to be held virtually tomorrow
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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2020 Levi Watkins, Jr. M.D. Lecture set for Oct. 6; award nominations sought
Save the date for the 19th Annual Levi Watkins, Jr. M.D. Lecture to be held at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 6. The keynote speaker will be Selwyn M. Vickers, senior vice president for medicine and dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Alabama–Birmingham. Registration details for the online event to come.
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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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Employee Appreciation: Vandy Pops is Sept. 29
Vandy Pops, an annual event designed to show appreciation for employees, will take place on Zoom as well as in campus offices this year. Please take a moment out of your day on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 3:30 p.m. to share some words of encouragement with your co-workers.
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Vanderbilt names two deputy athletic directors
Former athletic directors and distinguished college administrators Tommy McClelland and Kristene Kelly have joined Vanderbilt as deputy athletic directors, Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletic Director Candice Storey Lee announced today.
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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

VINSE Spotlight Podcast: Austin Howes–Optical limiting using materials that change their properties when exposed to external energy sources

‘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

4th annual Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative Boot Camp set for Oct. 23

Funding opportunity: 2020 Reynolds Foundation Breast Cancer Pilots

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

Daily parking on campus begins; waitlist for October opens

Employee Appreciation: Become a Music City Platinum Ambassador

Vanderbilt launches Healthcare Bluebook to help employees save on medical costs

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
· 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
VOX: Give everybody the internet
Ganesh Sitaraman, professor of law, is quoted.
USA Today: COVID-19 vaccine candidate from Oxford University and AstraZeneca on hold after ‘unexplained illness’
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of preventive medicine, is quoted.
TODAY: Dining out may increase risk of contracting COVID-19, CDC reports
Todd Rice, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Trump is destroying the Republican Party. Why won’t any of his peers speak up?
Jefferson Cowie, James G. Stahlman Chair in American History, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Mostly white schools need to focus on racial justice the most (featured letter)
Richard Milner, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Education, writes about the importance of racial equality being taught at predominately white schools.
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