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  Friday, Oct. 2, 2020  
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Search committee announced to find next dean of School of Nursing
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente has appointed a committee to conduct a national search for the next dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Linda Norman, current dean and Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing, announced last week that she will step down from the position in June 2021.
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Vanderbilt Phase 2+ of Return to Campus Plan remains in place as Nashville moves to Phase 3
Though the city has transitioned to Phase 3 of its Roadmap to Reopening Nashville, the university remains in Phase 2+ of the Vanderbilt Return to Campus Plan. Vanderbilt community members are expected to abide by university protocols at all times, whether on or off campus.
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Vanderbilt authors, works highlighted at 2020 Southern Festival of Books
The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word will be held online Oct. 1-11, with Vanderbilt faculty, staff and alumni participating and three new VU Press titles spotlighted.
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Blair String Quartet to perform online and in 3D virtual reality today
The Blair String Quartet will perform a live-streamed concert on Friday, Oct. 2—including a portion that can be experienced in 3D virtual reality—as part of the Blair On Air fall concert series.
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Public Health AmbassaDores continue work to encourage healthy behaviors during pandemic
Public Health AmbassaDores have been assisting the Vanderbilt community since July and serve as one of the university’s main resources for educating individuals about health and safety protocols during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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Football team unveils vintage-logo helmet; shop similar styles from College Vault collection
During the Oct. 3 home football opener against LSU, the Commodore football team will wear special helmets featuring a vintage Vandy logo first worn during the 1979-82 seasons. This logo is part of the university’s College Vault merchandise collection, available at the Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt bookstore and online.
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Tips to secure your Zoom meetings, avoid ‘Zoombombing’
VUIT is offering tips to help avoid “Zoombombing,” when uninvited guests join Zoom meetings with the intention of disrupting the meeting or sharing unwelcome content.
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Celebrate LGBTQI History Month
LGBTQI History Month—a time to come together, reflect, celebrate and educate—will be observed at Vanderbilt throughout October. Events are sponsored by the Office of LGBTQI Life in partnership with others on campus and in the community.
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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.
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Noted children’s author, alumna to discuss ‘Difficult Conversations with Kids’ at next Parenting Group meeting
Vanderbilt alumna and children’s book author Anastasia Higginbotham will lead a discussion titled “Difficult Conversations with Kids” at the next meeting of the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center’s Parenting Group on Thursday, Oct. 8.
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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 representative of 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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Watch: Vanderbilt, Let’s Vote
Administrators, faculty, coaches and students are encouraging the Vanderbilt community to engage in the democratic process and exercise their right to vote in upcoming elections. The deadline to register to vote in Tennessee is Monday, Oct. 5.
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Ask an Expert: What does the future of COVID-19 testing look like?
Nicholas Adams, research assistant professor of biomedical engineering, discusses what testing for the COVID-19 might look like as we enter cold and flu season.


Take Note

Employee Appreciation announces Vandy Pops swag winners

New feature expands Heard Libraries’ Scan and Deliver service

One Generation Away food distribution event set for Oct. 3

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

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

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

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

New discount program helps staff and faculty maximize their savings

Health insurance premiums for 2021 benefits announced

Get your VUnetID and password ready for Open Enrollment

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

Programs for Talented Youth announces fall, winter virtual learning opportunities

WeGo Public Transit announces service changes for fall


Coming Up

· 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
Associated Press: Michael Eric Dyson to join Vanderbilt in 2021
The appointments of three new faculty members, Michael Eric Dyson, Major Jackson and Shatema Threadcraft, are highlighted.
ESPN: Vote here! Ahead of the presidential election, America’s sports stadiums and arenas become polling centers
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and professor of medicine, health and society, is quoted.
The Week: How to talk to teens about voting
Brooke Ackerly, professor of political science, is quoted.
Bloomberg: Warning signs flash ahead of COVID’s second U.S. winter
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted
CNN: The next few months could get ugly. Here’s how to stay safe as the pandemic rages on
David Aronoff, Addison B. Scoville Jr. Professor of Medicine, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Police use of force on ex-Trump campaign manager familiar during crisis calls, experts say
Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, is quoted.
PolitiFact: Fact-checking the first 2020 presidential debate, Joe Biden vs. Donald Trump
Stacie Dusetzina, associate professor of health policy, is quoted.
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