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  Friday, Sept. 18, 2020  
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University launches ‘Vanderbilt, Let’s Vote’ to encourage engagement in democratic process
Vanderbilt’s Division of Government and Community Relations, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost, has launched “Vanderbilt, Let’s Vote,” a new initiative aimed at promoting voter engagement and increasing voter registration.
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Vanderbilt will not grant exceptions to student quarantine and isolation policies
As the university continues its work to help slow the spread of COVID-19, individualized exceptions to student quarantine and isolation policies will not be granted. Public health requires consistent collective action, and the policies in place help protect the health and safety of the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities.  
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Tuleen, longtime Vanderbilt administrator and chemistry professor, has died
David L. Tuleen, an emeritus chemistry professor who excelled first as a teacher and later as a university administrator, has died.
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Vanderbilt seeks submissions for newly expanded Graduate School dean and vice provost role by Sept. 25
Faculty interested in a newly expanded leadership position for graduate education at Vanderbilt University are encouraged to submit applications or nominations. The deadline for these submissions is Friday, Sept. 25.
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White House Office of Science and Technology Policy director to speak Sept. 25
Kelvin Droegemeier, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will deliver a regional webinar on Friday, Sept. 25, co-hosted by Vanderbilt and the University of Tennessee System.
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Nobel Laureate discusses ‘new-to-nature’ enzymes in Vanderbilt Engineering’s Hall Lecture
Mixing chemistry, biology and engineering, Frances Arnold, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, tweaks enzymes found in nature to perform new tricks by altering their DNA. Arnold delivered Vanderbilt’s 2020 fall John R. and Donna S. Hall Engineering Lecture on Sept. 15.
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Panel discussion today will focus on women of color and civic engagement
The legacies of Ida B. Wells and J. Frankie Pierce and their fight for suffrage for Black women will be the topic of a panel discussion on Friday, Sept. 18. The online event will explore how Wells’ and Pierce’s life’s work contributed to the struggle for women’s suffrage and how their legacies inform Black women and civic engagement in our communities today.
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Webinar: ‘Federal Funding for Early Career Faculty’ Sept. 22
A webinar highlighting federal funding opportunities and strategies for early career faculty is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 22, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The webinar will be broadcast remotely.
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School of Nursing remembrance event set for Sept. 23
Students, faculty and staff from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing will stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and the need for social justice during the VUSN Social Justice Day of Remembrance on Wednesday, Sept. 23.
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50+ Affinity Group brainstorming session set for Sept. 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. 23
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. 23, will be presented by Aaron Dilts, 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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Ask an Expert: Why is the flu shot especially important this year?
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of preventive medicine, discusses the importance of getting a flu vaccination this year amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


Take Note

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

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

‘Pandemic Parenting Check-in’ topic of Parenting Group meeting on Sept. 24

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

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

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

Limited Submission Opportunity: VentureWell Faculty Grants Program

Funding Opportunity: American Cancer Society–Institutional Research Grant

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

‘My Knowledge’ now available in Oracle Cloud

WeGo Public Transit announces service changes for fall

Daily parking on campus begins; waitlist for October opens

Vanderbilt launches Healthcare Bluebook to help employees save on medical costs

Join Fit for Fall Team Challenge and complete a Go for the Gold wellness action


Coming Up

· 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
The Tennessean: ‘His voice is missing’: What would Vanderbilt trailblazer David Williams say about social justice?
David Williams II, former vice chancellor and athletics director, is highlighted. Current Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletic Director Candice Storey Lee is quoted.
Trump has forgotten how he won election: More carrot, less stick
Larry Bartels, May Werthan Shayne Professor of Public Policy and Social Science and professor of political science, is quoted.
The New York Times: Schools are nearly back. Here’s what to know.
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of preventive medicine, is quoted.
Voice of America: Moderators hold the center of debate stage
John Koch, senior lecturer of communication studies, is quoted.
Parents: The return to the one-room schoolhouse
Catherine McTamaney, associate professor of the practice of teaching and learning, is quoted.
U.S. News & World Report: 6 common college admissions myths
Douglas Christiansen, vice provost for university enrollment affairs and dean of admissions and financial aid, is quoted.
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