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  Monday, Sept. 28, 2020  
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Vanderbilt Strong Faculty Grant Program launches
The university has announced the Vanderbilt Strong Faculty Grant Program to help faculty continue to make progress in their teaching, research, scholarship and creative expression efforts during the constraints on activities required by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Michael Eric Dyson, distinguished scholar of race and religion, to join Vanderbilt faculty next year
Michael Eric Dyson, a globally renowned scholar of race, religion and contemporary culture, will join Vanderbilt as Centennial Chair and University Distinguished Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies in the College of Arts and Science and University Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society in the Divinity School in January 2021.
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Vanderbilt welcomes 26 new tenure-track and tenured faculty members in 2020-21
In the 2020-21 academic year, Vanderbilt University is welcoming 26 new full-time, tenure-track and tenured faculty members across nine schools and colleges. The new faculty come from more than 20 disciplines and include scholars at multiple points in their academic careers.
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New faculty Major Jackson: Community through poetry
Major Jackson, an accomplished poet and essayist, will join the Vanderbilt faculty as Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English in January 2021 after 18 years in the Department of English at the University of Vermont.
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New faculty Shatema Threadcraft: Political bodies
Shatema Threadcraft, whose scholarship focuses on the intersection of race and gender, will join the departments of Gender and Sexuality and Political Science in the College of Arts and Science as associate professor in January 2021.
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Return to Campus Update for Sept. 28
Vanderbilt University will remain in Phase 2+ of the Vanderbilt Return to Campus Plan as the city of Nashville transitions to phase 3 of its Roadmap to Reopening Nashville on Thursday, Oct. 1.
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Faculty head of house encourages healthy bodies and healthy minds
When faculty head of Murray House Alyssa Hasty connects with first-year students this semester, she’s often doing so from a white painted circle on a lawn at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons.
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White House science and technology director urges need for research security
In a regional webinar on Friday, Kelvin Droegemeier, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, urged researchers to be aware of the pervasive threat by some foreign governments to the United States. The talk was hosted by Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee System.
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Vanderbilt will allow limited student attendance for first home game, announces enhanced virtual fan features
Vanderbilt today announced it will allow limited student attendance at its first home football game on Saturday, Oct. 3, as well as a slate of game day virtual features for fans.
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Undergraduate Research Fair to be held virtually Oct. 8; register in advance
The seventh annual Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 8, from 1:30 to 6 p.m. The virtual event will feature poster presentations of student research projects representing a variety of fields and disciplines.
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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, an initiative to raise awareness on cybersecurity and provide education on strategies to keep your information protected. Throughout the month of October, look for articles in MyVU from VUIT with tips for staying safe online.
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Get your VUnetID and password ready for Open Enrollment
Open Enrollment begins at 8 a.m. on Oct. 19 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Nov 2. Elections are effective Jan. 1–Dec. 31, 2021. One thing you can do now to prepare for Open Enrollment is get your VUnetID and password ready.
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Employee Appreciation: Vandy Pops is tomorrow
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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Employee Appreciation: Vandy’s Cookin’ on Wednesday
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. 30, will be presented by Audrey Patterson, chef de cuisine at E. Bronson Ingram College, and Justin Netto, executive catering chef at Vanderbilt.
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Watch: ‘How to be a Champion’
Decades ago, famed sportswriter Grantland Rice, Class of 1901, described how to be a champion. Today, student-athletes like Vanderbilt Baseball pitcher Kumar Rocker, Class of 2022, embody the champion spirit.
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Lisa Fazio: How to spot misinformation—and what to do about it
Lisa Fazio, assistant professor of psychology and human development at Peabody College, shares a few tips on how to avoid knowledge neglect and spreading misinformation.


Take Note

VINSE Spotlight Podcast: Kyle Hawkins–Bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses that live on and inside the human body

Vanderbilt civil engineering alumna is ASCE Nettleton Award recipient

Vanderbilt to offer flu shots for faculty, staff and postdocs through Flula-2-Uza 

Law school panel discussion on Tennessee’s anti-protest law set for Sept. 30

Register for ‘Eat Well, Live Well: A Nutrition Webinar’ Sept. 30

Next meeting of Single Parent Group is Oct. 1

MPH program sponsors Stata Boot Camp Oct. 9, 16, 23

Limited Submission Opportunity: VentureWell Faculty Grants Program

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 Moore Inventor Fellows

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

Daily parking on campus begins; waitlist for October opens

WeGo Public Transit announces service changes for fall

Programs for Talented Youth announces fall, winter virtual learning opportunities

September is National Emergency Preparedness Month

Celebrate completing Go for the Gold with virtual high fives, win prizes


Coming Up

· SEP ·
  ‘Disrupting Everyday Bias’ workshop now available every weekday through Sept. 30
· OCT ·
  2020 Levi Watkins, Jr. M.D. Lecture set for Oct. 6; award nominations sought
· OCT ·
  4th annual Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative Boot Camp set for Oct. 23
· NOV ·
  Save the date: Alzheimer’s Disease Research Day set for Nov. 13


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Vanderbilt in the News
USA Today: As SEC football season opens, expect shows of unity but no anthem protests on field
Candice Storey Lee, vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletic director, is quoted.
USA Today: Supreme Court: How nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation process will unfold
Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted.
CNN: COVID-19 vaccinations could start in November or December, Fauci says
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of preventive medicine, is quoted.
The Tennessean: COVID-19 is making addiction worse but could offer a blueprint for treating it (opinion)
Erin Calipari, assistant professor of pharmacology and a Vanderbilt Global Voices Fellow, writes about the increase in overdoses and addiction-related deaths during the pandemic.
CNBC: The Supreme Court may gut the Affordable Care Act. What’s next?
John Graves, associate professor of health policy, is quoted.
Ars Technica: Justice Department sends its Section 230 rewrite to Congress
Gautam Hans, assistant clinical professor of law, is quoted.
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